French regulator the CSA has unveiled six new chan

first_imgFrench regulator the CSA has unveiled six new channels on the country’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) service.The regulator has approved licences for TF1’s movie and drama channel HD1, M6’s family network 6ster, Amaury’s sports channel L’Equipe HD, Nextradio TV’s documentary station RMC, NRJ’s female skewing network Cherie HD and diversity channel Tvous la Telediversitie.The HD channels will launch before the end of 2012 and are expected to reach 50% of the country by the middle of next year. The channels will initially launch in Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux.last_img read more

The board of US videoondemand site Hulu has held

first_imgThe board of US video-on-demand site Hulu has held discussions with a number of potential buyers in an effort to establish their interest in acquiring the site, according to US press reports. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both reported that News Corp and Walt Disney – Hulu’s joint owners along with Comcast – were weighing their options and considering a sale as well as buying each other out.The WSJ named investment firm Guggenheim Partners as one potential buyer. However Reuters said that though Hulu’s board had approached several firms, it had not received a formal offer.In January, Guggenheim Partners launched a new digital media arm in a bid to “acquire and invest in new media companies and properties that will meaningfully expand its current portfolio.”Guggenheim Partners appointed Ross Levinsohn, formerly the interim CEO of Yahoo until Marissa Mayer took over, to head up this division. Levinsohn was previously rumoured to have been interested in buying Hulu during his time at Yahoo.last_img read more

CME coCEO Michael Del Nin The cochief executive

first_imgCME co-CEO Michael Del NinThe co-chief executive officer of Central European Media Enterprises (CME), Michael Del Nin, has slammed the firm’s Q3 performance as “unacceptable” as its revenues narrowed and it reported an operating loss of US$45 million (€32.7 million).The weak results came as CME warned that if it is unable to secure additional financing, “we will be unable to meet our debt service obligations and generally fund our operations sometime within the next twelve months.”Commenting on the results, co-CEO Christoph Mainusch said that the firm was now focused on “improving the monetisation of our audiences” and that improving the performance of its Czech operations is “the top priority.”“Christoph and I find this level of performance unacceptable and have directed all of our energy since starting with CME a few weeks ago to addressing the major reasons for these financial results and making changes to improve them going forward,” said Del Nin. The co-CEOs took charge of CME following the departure of former CEO Adrian Sarbu in August.Though CME’s net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2013 was better than in Q3 2012, coming in at a loss of US$23.3 million compared to a loss of US$32.6 last year, revenues dipped to US$135.8 million – down year-on-year from US$140.1 million.The firm’s operating loss of US$45.0 million was also worse than its US$18.4 million loss last year. Meanwhile, operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA), a measure of the profitability of ongoing business activities, came in at a loss of US$32.4 million compared to positive US$ 3.5 million last year.CME cited a US$15.1 million increase in content costs, US$ 4.2 million of restructuring charges, US$ 6.4 million of severance costs, and approximately US$ 5.0 million of operating and other costs, as well as a weaker dollar, for the steep decline in OBIDA.CME said that it no longer believes it will see a previously expected rebound in its Czech ad performance during the fall season, based on a combination of the current level of commitments, the continued weakness in demand from advertisers during October and on-going feedback received from advertisers and agencies.The firm revised down its full-year outlook to reflect “lower expectations for our operations in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic,” higher than expected restructuring charges, unanticipated severance costs, non-cash accelerated amortisation of programming, and the timing of carriage fee increases primarily in Romania and the Czech Republic.The results cap a difficult few months for CME, which has seen the departure of a number of top executives since Sarbu’s exit – including CFO David Sach, executive VP, strategic planning and operations Anthony Chhoy and the general director of CME’s Czech commercial TV station TV Nova, Jan Andrusko.last_img read more

MTGxs Lina Brounéus and Fredrik Ljungberg Modern

first_imgMTGx’s Lina Brounéus and Fredrik LjungbergModern Times Group’s MTGx digital division has upped company executive Fredrik Ljungberg to programming director for streaming service Viaplay Nordic.Ljungberg, who has been at MTG for more than six years, will take up his new role on October 1.He was previously head of programme planning, acquisition and research, in charge scheduling and acquiring content for MTG TV´s free channels in Sweden.In his new role, Ljungberg will take responsibility for programming on Viaplay Nordic and will report to Lina Brounéus.MTG said the appointment marks the beginning of “a new integrated MTGx content team,” following the creation of a new combined digital unit earlier this year.In March, MTG announced it was merging its Viaplay online pay TV business with itds MTGx ‘digital accelerator’ unit to create a more powerful digital entertainment arm, headed by headed by chief digital officer Rikard Steiber.MTGx now leads the digital development of all MTG´s products across all markets, including its core Viaplay service.Ljungberg joins a content team that is led by Jakob Mejlhede, chief content officer of MTGx.With the appointment, Brounéus, who is currently Viaplay’s programming director, will also take a broader responsibility as COO of content for MTGx and Viaplay, responsible for all digital content across MTGx channels.“As content goes more and more digital, it´s exciting to be part of a new set-up, where we work more integrated within MTG”, said Ljungberg.last_img read more

French telco Iliad TelecomFree has joined Orange

first_imgFrench telco Iliad Telecom/Free has joined Orange in declining to distribute Netflix when it launches in the country on September 15.Iliad Telecom CEO Maxime Lombardini said that the pair had failed to reach an agreement on distributing the US streaming service to Free subscribers’ boxes. Lombardini said that Netflix and Iliad had failed to come to an agreement on the economics of a deal, but did not rule out a compromise being reached in the future.Lombardini told French press that to his knowledge Netflix had not struck an agreement with the three other leading operators. Orange CEO Stéphane Richard confirmed at the end of July that his company would not distribute Netflix on its Livebox service, at least initially.The news comes as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings continues his press campaign in France. In an interview with daily newspaper Le Figaro, Hastings said that Netflix could break-even in France if it secured 10% of the country’s homes. Hastings said he hoped to win over about a third of French homes in five to 10 years’ time.Hastings reiterated that Netflix is committed to support the French production industry despite being based in Amsterdam, a move that exempts it from a formal commitment under the country’s content creation support rules.Canal+ is meanwhile expected to make a raft of announcements related to its existing CanalPlay SVoD service on September 10. According to the Journal du Dimanche, the pay TV operator plans to introduce the ability to download films and series for viewing offline, in addition to making new content available on the platform.last_img read more

Netflix missed its US target for new customer sign

first_imgNetflix missed its US target for new customer sign-ups and reported lower than expected operating income in its third quarter results.The subscription video-on-demand service added 0.88 million new US members in the quarter, compared to 0.98 million prior year and a forecast of 1.15 million.Netflix attributed the over-forecast to “slightly higher-than-expected involuntary churn” which it said was down to the ongoing transition to chip-based credit and debit cards in the US, which has resulted in cards being re-issued – sometimes with different card or account numbers.Globally, Netflix’s membership grew by 3.62 million to 69.17 million members, beating its forecast of 3.55 million. Netflix said that in terms of global net additions, Q3 saw its most accurate projections to date.In terms of financials, Netflix’s operating income was US$74 million (€65 million), compared to US$110 million last year and a forecast of US$81 million. Net income almost halved year-on-year from US$59.2 million to US$29.4 million. Meanwhile, revenue climbed year-on-year from US$1.41 billion to US$1.75 billion but was just shy of Reuters estimates of US$1.75 billion.“As we have indicated previously, international contribution losses will grow sequentially in Q4 as we launch Spain, Italy and Portugal. We have announced our expansion to South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore in early 2016. Our plan remains to run around break-even through 2016 and to deliver material profits thereafter,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells in a letter to shareholders.Netflix said it remained “on track to become global by the end of 2016” but said that the competitive landscape “remained vibrant” as other SVoD services continue to evolve and remain active bidders for content.Speaking on the Netflix earnings call, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: “The media business is absolutely in flux… You’ve had this growing move away from linear and towards on-demand, both watching and spending. So the future of how the networks and studios deal with Netflix, and Hulu, and Amazon Prime Instant Video is certainly going to determine their future.”On the content side, Sarrandos said “I think we definitely are being more adventurous in terms of the genres that we’re going into,” citing the launch of Netflix’s first talk show, with Chelsea Handler, early next year. He added that the likelihood of Netflix competing directly with Vice in the next two years is “probably high.”Commenting on the results, Paolo Pescatore, director of multiplay and media at CCS Insight said: “The key takeaway from Netflix’s latest financial results is its slower US subscriber growth. This is a result of the US competitive landscape intensifying and the arrival of new online video services such as Sling TV.Pescatore claimed that for Netflix these latest results “reinforce that its future growth lies in overseas expansion”, but said the main obstacles will be the amount of investment needed to secure rights for each country and how quickly the firm can become profitable in each market.“Regardless, we still believe that Netflix is a prime takeover target. All web players are looking for a stronger presence in paid-for video, something Netflix has achieved with remarkable success – potential suitors include Apple, Alibaba and Google,” he added.eMarketer media analyst, Paul Verna, said: “Netflix faces an increasingly fragmented and competitive market. Companies including Amazon, Hulu, Apple, Google and HBO are not only vying for viewing time and subscription dollars, they are also driving up the cost of content acquisition.“Netflix plans to invest approximately US$5 billion in content next year, up from just over US$3 billion in 2015. These rising costs, coupled with ongoing international expansion, will continue to put pressure on Netflix’s profitability.last_img read more

Twitter has acquired Magic Pony Technology a UKb

first_imgTwitter has acquired Magic Pony Technology, a UK-based outfit that specialises in machine learning techniques for visual processing.Twitter said Magic Pony’s technology would be used to enhance the company’s strength in live video. The technology is based on research by the London-based team to create algorithms that can understand the features of imagery.The company holds over 20 patents covering machine learning based approaches for visual processing on web, desktop and mobile.The move is the latest acquisition by Twitter in the field of machine learning, following the purchase of Madbits in 2014 and Whetlab in 2015.Magic Pony’s team will join the Twitter Cortex, a broader team of engineers, data scientists, and machine learning researchers. Magic Pony will serve as the European homebase for Twitter’s machine learning efforts.In a blog post, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that Twitter Cortex was “dedicated to building a product [Twitter] in which people can easily find new experiences to share and participate in”.last_img read more

Enrique Martinez The president and managing direct

Enrique MartinezThe president and managing director of Discovery Latin America / US Hispanic, Enrique Martínez,  is due to retire at the end of December after 24-years at the company.Fernando Medin will take over Martínez’s role on January 1, 2018, after being promoted from his existing position as Discovery’s executive vice-president and general manager for Brazil and the Southern Cone.Martínez will stay on in an advisory role for Discovery Networks International, reporting to president and chief executive JB Perrette.Paying tribute to the outgoing executive, Perrette described Martínez as “an incredible leader who has won the admiration of his peers in the industry as well as everyone who has worked with him” and said “his legacy will endure after a 35-year career in the pay-TV business”.Martinez said: “It has been an amazing opportunity to work for the best media company in the world and I am lucky to have been able to build and lead the Latin America business during my 24-years at Discovery.”Martinez joined discovery in 1994 and has since led the creation of a diverse portfolio of networks in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and the US Hispanic market.His successor, Medin, joined Discovery in 2002 as vice president of  Discovery Latin America / US Hispanic’s legal department, and also played a key role in launching the company’s subsidiaries in Spain, Mexico and Brazil.“I look forward to continuing to create value and unlocking growth opportunities for the company, as well as to lead one of the best teams in the business,” said Medin. read more

Sony Pictures Television Networks SPTN has named

first_imgSony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has named Turner executive Steve Hornsey as vice-president of its UK Entertainment portfolio and Viacom-owned Channel 5 kids chief Sarah Muller as VP of SPTN’s UK kids and youth portfolio.Steve HornseyHornsey will oversee the entertainment channel portfolio which consists of seven channels, including film services Sony Movies Channel and Movies4Men.Muller will take responsibility for leading the programming and development of SPTN’s linear and ad-supported VOD kids’ brands including Pop, Tiny Pop, Pop Max and recently launched AVOD service Pop Fun, alongside SPTN’s music channel portfolio.Hornsey is currently director, general entertainment UK and Northern Europe at Turner, where he has been responsible for programming Turner’s pay, free-to-air and SVOD entertainment services including TNT, truTV and TCM. Prior to joining Turner, Hornsey was general manager at UKTV overseeing Watch and alibi.He will be taking up his new role at SPTN in April.Sarah MullerAt Channel 5, Muller has been responsible for the kids brand Milkshake. Her previous roles including a 10-year tenure at the BBC, moving from CBBC head of acquisitions to creative director, where she developed programmes including Danger Mouse, Strange Hill High, Harriet’s Army, Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground and Just William.Muller joins SPTN in March.Both Hornsey and Muller will report directly to Kate Marsh, SPTN’s EVP, Western Europe, international networks and will also become part of Marsh’s regional senior management team.Marsh said: “We are thrilled that Sarah and Steve are joining SPTN. Sarah has a wealth of experience in children’s and youth programming and I have no doubt she will lead our talented and passionate team to new successes.  Steve’s scripted planning and brand management expertise will help us cement our position as a leading free-to-air entertainment broadcaster as we continue to grow and expand our services across the UK and the region.”last_img read more

Smallerscale video service providers and content

first_imgSmaller-scale video service providers and content providers are increasingly looking to the cloud to provide shared facilities that can enable them to launch services more economically, according to an industry panel at the ANGA COM event in Cologne.IP video platform operators require scale to deliver their services and a shared multi-tenancy private cloud-based platform is best placed to deliver this, according to Gernot Jaeger (left), chief officer, B2B solutions at Zattoo.Jaeger said that the TV-as-a-service platform provided by his company delivered scale through the sharing of cloud resources among various operators.He said that operators today typically were still deploying their own set-top boxes but are complementing this by offering their services via apps to other devices, such as Swiss telco Salt’s use of Apple TV boxes and other service providers deploying their services to Roku devices.Steve Oetegenn, president of Verimatrix, also speaking at the ANGA COM event, said that his company was working with content owners to provide a ‘content market place’ to enable operators to tap into “a vast array of content” that is encrypted and can be delivered on-demand to different players.“The cloud provides this kind of scalability,” he said. “Content owners can now reach consumers directly or they can reach service providers that want to reach that same base.”Oetegenn said that operators could also use the cloud to provide resources on-demand for IP coverage of live events such as the World Cup. In addition to the benefit of shared resources, using the cloud can also provide a wealth of data to enable operators to shape their services in line with patterns of consumer demand, he added. He said that the cloud was now capable of delivering services more efficiently and the vendor community was “ well-prepared” for the shift.Oliver Soellner, ABOX42, said that intelligence is moving to the cloud, but added that consumer premises devices were also becoming more sophisticated. The software stack and capability of the platform is becoming mroe rather than less important, he said. “That is the challenge for the set-top suppliers. Services are moving to the cloud but there is a need to manage the service through its lifecycle. Cloud services are designed to change over time, unlike with DVB-C.”last_img read more

Hispasats control centre Hispasat the Spanish sa

first_imgHispasat’s control centreHispasat, the Spanish satellite-based telecommunications operator, and Quadrille, the software provider and supplier of solutions for contend and OTT channels delivery via satellite, are introducing today a new solution for non-linear satellite-managed services, or Push VOD, at IBC. The solution allows on demand video content to be distribute via satellite without the need of internet access.Through this new solution, Hispasat provides a tool to its clients in the media market who wish to distribute non-linear content or video-on-demandn via satellite quickly and easily. The platform can also be used in market segments such as mobility and corporate and government services, according to Hispasat.Quadrille is providing its QuadriFast software package to send video files and advertisements.Ignacio Sanchis, chief commercial officer of Hispasat said that “innovation in audiovisual services is part of Hispasat’s DNA. We always seek to offer the best solutions that allow our clients to develop and grow their services via satellite. Thanks to the solution that we’ve developed with Quadrille, our clients will be able to offer added value services, such as VoD or Catch-up TV, in a simple and efficient manner”.Xavier Battas, CEO of Quadrille, said: “The time has come when satellite TV viewers can have access to non-linear contents as if they were connected to the internet. The great thing about accessing non-linear contents via satellite with QuadriFast is that users will always have the best visual experience without any loss of image quality. We here in Quadrille are very proud of having provided our experience in this field to Hispasat”.Hispasat is exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.C37.last_img read more

Video viewing remains a highly social medium in th

first_imgVideo viewing remains a highly social medium in the US, with almost half of viewing time spent with others, according to GfK MRI.The research firm’s latest Cord Evolution study claims that Americans watch TV or video in groups for 48% of their total viewing time.In addition, 49% of all adults – and 60% aged 18-34 – reported co-viewing more often now than they did three years ago.Some 58% of co-viewing time was found to be spent with a partner, 19% was spent with children, 16% with family members, and 9% with friends.In terms of TV services used most often when co-viewing, 48% said they co-watch traditional TV services, while 52% co-view streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.However, among 18-34 year-olds, 72% opted for streaming services as their co-viewing medium of choice.“The social nature of TV viewing continues to drive people to this enjoyable shared experience,” said Amy Hunt, vice-president of TV and video media sales at MRI.“A lot has been said recently about the introduction of dynamically inserted ads for shows; but this seems to be predicated on the idea of only one target watching. The increase of co-viewing suggests that more ad options will need to be available, to appeal to the widest possible audience range.”MRI’s Cord Evolution research is based on 24,000 in-person, in-home interviews, asking about “cord intentions” and tracking “cord disruption” – namely the impact of new digital offerings on traditional TV subscriptions and linear viewing behaviour.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet DONEGAL has been left shocked and stunned today over the sad news that a young woman from the county has been murdered in India.The woman is in her 20s and is from Buncrana in Inishowen.Her naked body was found with cuts and marks to her face. buncranaCANCONACOUNCILLOR RENA DONAGHYFOREIGN AFFAIRSGOAIANSinishowen Police in Goa say a post mortem examination will be carried out to determine how the young woman died and if she was the victim also of a sexual assault.The identity of the young woman has not yet been released officially until Gardai can inform all her relatives of the tragic news.However, sources have named the girl.Local councillor Rena Donaghey said: “The whole community and the town of Buncrana is in deep shock today. Everyone is very saddened by the news. “She was a lovely young woman who has come to a very sad end.“She was very popular and very liked in the community. She headed off on a backpacking holiday in February to do some travelling.“On behalf of the community, I would like to offer sympathy and condolences. I hope God will give the family strength at this tragic time to help them through the weeks and months ahead,” said the Fianna Fail councillor.”The popular woman grew up in Buncrana, attending the local Scoil Mhuire secondary school.A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told “The Irish embassy in Delhi is in contact with the Indian authorities in relation to reports of an incident involving an Irish citizen. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide consular assistance.”The victim was found in Canacona near Goa.Police sources told the Times of India that a local farmer noticed the body while he was on his way to the fields, in a woodland spot – 300m from a road.According to IANS the victim had arrived in the Palolem beach area on Sunday evening to participate in Holi celebrations before being found dead on Tuesday.“We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects,” a police officer told IANS.Six “suspects” have been questioned by police in relation to the killing and reports say that one man is due to be brought before a court today.LATEST NEWS….SHOCK AND SADNESS AS DONEGAL WOMAN MURDERED IN INDIA was last modified: March 15th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

All are welcome to attend the viewing on Tuesday

first_img“All are welcome to attend the viewing on Tuesday 29th November at 1900 in the European Parliament.“To register just email“ANDERSON TO HOST SCREENING OF ’66 DAYS’ IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet “Bobby Sands led the 1981 Irish Republican Hunger Strike in response to barbaric conditions imposed upon political prisoners in Long Kesh and Armagh Gaol.“Support for his struggle against the British Thatcher government was so immense that it saw Bobby be elected as Member of Parliament for Fermanagh South Tyrone. Bobby Sands remains an inspiration to all republicans and all those fighting oppression, occupation and discrimination across the world.“We will be particularly delighted to welcome the film’s director, Brendan J Byrne to Brussels to take part in a panel discussion about the film and its subject matter.“Joining him will be former political prisoners Councillor Seanna Walsh and Jennifer McCann MLA who will speak on their own experiences as political prisoners during the recent conflict. ANDERSON TO HOST SCREENING OF ’66 DAYS’ IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTBOBBY SANDSJENNIFER MCCANN MLALONG KESHREPUBLICAN HUNGER STRIKESEANNA WALSH Sinn Fein MEP Martina AndersonSINN Féin MEP Martina Anderson will host a screening of the award-winning film, ’66 Days’ in the European Parliament in Brussels later this month.Ms Anderson said: “This documentary film charts the course of one of the most significant moments in recent Irish history, the 1981 Hunger Strike and tells the story of its leader, IRA Volunteer Bobby Sands.“The documentary is a powerful piece of film and includes a range of interviews from contemporaries of Bobby, journalists, historians and those involved, from all sides, in the recent conflict in Ireland.“It is a detailed production that includes a wide range of views and provides an insight into one of the most recognisable freedom fighters in the world.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet (Photo – Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)DERRY City and Strabane District Council have launched an exciting programme of sports camps to get local youngsters out of the house and active at their leisure facilities during the school holidays.The initiative aims to provide a varied and affordable programme for local young people aged between 4 and 18 and includes swimming lessons, lifesaving courses, junior wall climbing and multi sports skills camps.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, encouraged local parents and young people to take advantage of the wide range of activities on offer.“I am delighted to launch the 2017 Sports Camps programme which offers a wide range of options to keep our young people engaged this summer,” she said. “I would encourage parents to have a look at the wide range of activities and venues available across the City and District on Council’s website to find out how they can register their youngsters to get out and active.“The schemes are a great way for them to learn new skills, make new friends and reap the health benefits of regular physical activity.”One of the main elements of the programme are the Everybody Active (EBA) Summer Sports Camps which are open to children aged between 8 and 12 and will be hosted for four weeks in July.The EBA camps will take place five days a week at Templemore Sports Complex and the Foyle Arena and three days a week at the Melvin Sports Complex running from 9am to 3pm each day. COUNCIL OFFER LOCAL YOUNGSTERS A FEAST OF SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS They feature a range of sporting and physical activities including football, gymnastics, hockey, gaelic, rugby, swimming, arts and crafts and the cost is £30 for five days and £15 for the three day scheme.For younger children a Multi-Skills Camp for 6 – 8 year olds will be hosted at Brooke Park, Foyle Arena and the Melvin Centre for two weeks in mid August featuring a range of activities aimed at developing the ABC’s of sport and fundamental movement skills.The Climbing Wall Camp at Foyle Arena and Lifesaving Courses at City Baths are more targeted at teenagers while children as young as four can avail of intensive swimming lessons.All the camps are fully supervised and led by qualified instructors who will teach the children new skills and encourage participation in sports, physical activity and arts based activities.Sport Development Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council Ryan Porter urged people to register early for the camps to avoid disappointment.“The sports camps feature a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities designed to teach new skills offer new experiences and promote health and well-being over the summer months,” he said“There is always great demand for the Council’s summer activities so I would definitely advise parents to check out the information online now and see what’s on in their area.”Registrations for EBA Camps and Multi-Skills open Thursday 25th May at 5pm and Swimming lessons registration opens Thursday 1st June 10am with places allocated on a first come, first served basis.To ensure successful registration parents must bring full payment, and proof of age – e.g. passport or birth certificate.Full details on costs, times and activities on offer at each of the centres and information on how to register are available on the website OFFER LOCAL YOUNGSTERS A FEAST OF SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS was last modified: May 17th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet “There’s a number of residents whose accommodation is no longer fit for purpose, so the Red Cross are looking after five of the residents until the Housing Executive, working with social care, is able to find them alternative accommodation.”“We believe the fire was started deliberately”Flats in Co Derry evacuated over ‘arson’ attack was last modified: September 27th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Fire crews at the scene of suspected arson attackFIRE crews had to move around 12 people from apartments in Co Derry in the early hours of Thursday after a suspected arson attack.Up to 30 firefighters were called to the block in Long Commons in Coleraine after a fire broke out in a second floor flat just after 02:00 BST. They managed to stop it spreading to the other flats.An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way, but the fire service believe it was started deliberately.Substantial damageFire service Group Commander Tom Morrow said there was substantial damage to the flat where the fire started.“The crews first in attendance did a great job suppressing that fire and stopping it spreading throughout the premises whilst rescuing people from the building at the same time,” he said. coleraineFIRE AND RESCUE SERVICEFlats in Co Derry evacuated over ‘arson’ attackLong Commonslast_img read more

Fr Gormley said Derry was not a playground for p

first_imgFr Gormley said Derry was not “a playground” for political games and the violence in the city was “beyond anti-social”.“How dare they set themselves up as some sort of arbitrator for disputes within our community.“They don’t listen but what needs to happen is we all need to get off the fence – we need to be saying face-to-face to people that we know that enough is enough.Talent journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in Derry on Thursday“These are not games – these are deadly actions.”He added that Ms McKee “in her heart of hearts wanted to make a contribution to ending this cycle of violence by writing about the effects of violence on our young people”.He also called for a march that was organised to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising on Monday to be cancelled in the wake of Ms McKee’s death.An illegal dissident republican parade was due to take place in the Creggan estate in Derry, where she was shot.“If these people are serious about our community, what they will do is… they will call that off,” he said.“They will not have men in combat uniform walking past the place where Lyra McKee was murdered a few feet away.”“It has to be called off.“I’m speaking for, I’m sure, everyone in the Creggan but everyone has to make their voices felt.“It would be so disrespectful to have that march.”Shortly after the priest’s comments, dissident republicans posted on social media that the event would be cancelled.A statement issued by political party Saoradh, which represents the ‘New IRA’, tried to justify the use of violence.The sealed off area of Creggan in Derry where 29 yr old journalist Lyra Mckee was murdered. (North West Newspix)The organisation extended its sympathy to Ms McKee’s family and friends and claimed that she was “killed accidentally” and her death was “heartbreaking”.The Saoradh statement sparked a social media backlash, with hundreds of hostile comments criticising their version of events.Priest: Gunman should have seen family’s devastation after murder of Lyra McKee was last modified: April 19th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Fr Joe Gormely said gunman should have come to hospital to see devastation of his actions on murdered Lyra McKeeA PRIEST who anointed Lyra McKee after she was shot has said he wished that the gunman could have gone to the hospital where she was taken and seen “what they did” to her and her family.The 29-year-old journalist was shot dead by a lone dissident republican gunman in Derry’s Creggan estate on Thursday night during serious rioting following police raids. ShareTweet Fr Joseph Gormely says he received a call to go Altnagelvin Hospital shortly after midnight where Lyra died after being rushed there by police in a landrover.The priest told BBC NI News: “[Ms McKee’s family] just thought it was somebody else, it had to be somebody else – it wasn’t Lyra.“I would love if those people who had fired those shots came over and saw what they did in Altnagelvin [Hospital] last night, if they came over and saw that scene of a young woman and her family.“This is their Good Friday and we have to stand beside them…on this terrible cross that has been visited by such an evil act.” .CRegganDerryFr Joseph GormleyPriest: Gunman should have seen family’s devastation after murder of Lyra McKeeSAORADHlast_img read more

ABC NEWS The Centers for Disease Control says t

first_img (ABC NEWS)- The Centers for Disease Control says that researchers are revisiting a highly cited study of suicide rates by occupation – including farmers – that was published in 2016, saying that problems with the data could have led to inaccurate findings.Multiple news organizations, including ABC News, and lawmakers cited the study’s findings that farmers faced higher-than-average suicide rates.But the CDC office that manages information related to injuries and deaths in the U.S. said the authors informed them some of the results could be inaccurate and are going through a “thorough reanalysis” of the data. Tumblr Facebook Next PostProtester who climbed Statue of Liberty charged in federal court HealthNewsWatch CDC says authors ‘revisiting’ highly cited study on suicide rates including farmer suicide rates By Daniella HankeyJul 06, 2018, 04:36 am 317 0 Twitter Google+ Daniella Hankeycenter_img Pinterest Previous PostFacebook blocks, then restores Declaration of Independence post Linkedin Home NewsWatch Health CDC says authors ‘revisiting’ highly cited study on suicide rates including farmer suicide rates The CDC did not specify what the errors were or how they could impact the final findings.“CDC is committed to quality and is working to meet our usual standards for excellence. The scientific authors are working diligently to reanalyze and publish corrected data. We apologize for the errors in the report. Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities,” Courtney Lenard, a spokeswoman for the CDC injury center said in a statement. Maillast_img read more

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first_imgHome NewsWatch Local News Hico Woman Graduates From Military Training Tumblr Mail Next PostFayette County Man Arrested After Drugs Were Exposed To Three Children Pinterest Google+ Linkedin Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at Facebook Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Hico Woman Graduates From Military Training By Tyler BarkerJan 23, 2019, 13:48 pm 475 0 Twitter Previous PostHulu ups price for live-TV service, cuts basic package price HICO, WV (WOAY) – U.S. Air Force Airman Loretta M. Hypes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.Hypes is the daughter of Danny H. and Loretta N. Hypes of Hico, W.Va.She is a 2018 graduate of Midland Trail High School, Hico, W.Va.last_img read more