By Jordi MiroAFPCARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was recovering after a successful cancer operation at a Cuban hospital, his vice president said on Tuesday.A visibly moved Nicolas Marduro, to whom Chávez delegated power before undergoing his fourth round of cancer surgery in Havana, said Chávez would shortly begin a “post-operative phase” that would last several days.“This operation ended correctly and successfully,” Maduro said in an address to the nation. “In these coming hours, we will be very attentive.”He said the operation took six hours and was “corrective surgery of a lesion” that occurred in the same place as before, without elaborating.Earlier, Tareck El Aissami, a former interior minister and member of Venezuela’s ruling party, took to the airwaves shortly after doctors began operating to tell the Venezuelan people all was “going well.”Chávez’s medical team expressed “optimism” as the cancer-stricken Venezuelan president went into surgery, while hundreds of faithful supporters gathered to pray that the longtime, omnipresent leader would live.In the capital, Miriam Escobar stopped with her daughter at a mass being held in a downtown street to “pray for our commandante,” an act replicated in cities across the South American nation.“We know that with faith you will succeed,” Escobar said tearfully.Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa, who visited Chávez on Monday, expressed concern at the “very delicate operation.”“He is going through one of the most difficult moments of his life, this dear friend, colleague and Latin American leader, Commandante Chávez,” Correa said in the border town of Tulcan, Ecuador.“Truly, he is a historic president and let’s hope he comes through this health problem totally re-established,” said Correa, who was meeting with Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos.Chávez, 58, flew to Havana for surgery on Monday after revealing to his stunned countrymen over the weekend that his cancer had returned just two months after his triumphant re-election to a six-year term.The president was first diagnosed with the disease in June 2011. He had assured Venezuelans that he was cancer-free after three bouts of surgery and debilitating rounds of chemo and radiation therapy.Significant aspects of his condition – including the type, location and severity of his cancer – have been kept secret over the past 18 months, fueling rumors and uncertainty in Venezuela.Chávez made clear before his departure to Havana that he was facing a serious setback, publicly naming Maduro as his preferred successor for the first time.Without formally handing over the presidency, Chávez said he was delegating the country’s “high political command” to Maduro while he was gone and said the vice president would succeed him if he became incapacitated.Under Venezuela’s constitution, elections must be held within 30 days if the president dies or is incapacitated either before being sworn into office or in the first four years of his term.Correa, a firebrand leftist economist who could succeed Chávez as leader of the Latin American left, on Monday flew to the Venezuelan’s side in Havana where he found him in “great spirits.”“He gives us all strength,” Correa said on Twitter.Correa said he had also visited Cuban President Raúl Castro and his predecessor, Fidel Castro, during his day-long stay in the Cuban capital.With Cuba’s backing, Chávez has taken the lead in forming a bloc of leftist Latin American governments that vehemently opposes the United States and has friendly relations with U.S. adversaries like Iran.Members of the group include Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela.Though Cuban authorities did not announce it, Chávez is believed to be receiving treatment at the same Havana hospital he was at earlier, known as CIMEQ.The hospital, where Fidel Castro has been cared for, is seen as the communist country’s best facility for complicated medical conditions. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Related posts:What to do in Costa Rica: concerts, culture and love around the country PHOTOS: The final days of Costa Rica’s International Arts Festival 13’30 Restaurant hosts exhibit by Guatemalan artist Herssonoe Ballet performance raises funds for low-income patients and families The 2018 edition of the International Arts Festival (FIA) kicked off on Friday with national and international artists, particularly visitors from this year’s highlighted country, Colombia.Throughout the weekend, performances from music to puppetry to dance took place throughout central and eastern San José, from the Plaza de la Cultura to the Plaza Máximo Fernández in front of the Escuela Roosevelt in San Pedro.For maps and a detailed schedule, or to download the FIA2018 app, visit the government-sponsored event’s Facebook page or website. Facebook Comments
(Right) Vietjet Vice President, Dinh Viet Phuong and (centre)Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, Eric Schulz at the signing of 50 new A321neo single aisle aircraftVietjet and Airbus Ink Deal for 50 A321neo AircraftThe recent conclusion of the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow – one of the world’s premier aviation events saw the signing of big order contracts between Vietjet and two world-leading aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing.New-age airline Viejet signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for the purchase of an additional 50 A321neo single aisle aircraft. The agreement worth USD6.5 billion was signed by Vietjet Vice President, Dinh Viet Phuong and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, Eric Schulz. The additional aircraft will be used to meet the airline’s development demand as well as optimize its efficiency and operation range.Vietjet has a long-standing relationship with Airbus, collaborating on various projects ranging from safety, techniques and operation management. Currently, the Full Flight Simulator located in Ho Chi Minh City – a joint-collaboration between Vietjet and Airbus – is well under way to its final phases and equipment installation which will be ready for operation this October.The latest agreement will see the carrier’s backlog of orders for the A320 Family rise to 171 aircraft, including 123 A321neo and other A321ceo. The delivery will be from now until 2025.This follows Vietjet’s recent MoU signing with Boeing for 100 B737 MAX aircraft. Worth USD12.7 billion, the new order with Boeing is aimed at serving the carrier’s development of airline alliances across the Asia Pacific region and worldwide, and further enhance the airline’s fleet synchronization, modernization and fuel efficiency up to 2025. The deal is also expected to increase bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and the United States, the home of Boeing.As part of this contract, Boeing Commercial Airplanes has committed to deploying a series of strategic partnership programs to develop modern aviation service ecology in Vietnam, inclusive of Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), training for pilots, technicians, engineers, and more, as well as special programs for enhancing the management and automation capabilities for airlines in Vietnam and the Vietnam aviation industry as a whole.“We are honored to deepen our strong partnership with Vietjet as they become our newest 737 MAX 10 customers. Today’s agreement for a repeat order from Vietjet validates the best-in-class capabilities of the 737 MAX family of airplanes,” said Kevin McAllister, President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With this agreement, we take another major step in growing our partnership with Vietjet, one that continues to contribute to the trade relationship between Vietnam and the United States. This agreement also grows Boeing’s presence and partnerships across Asia Pacific, developing win-win partnerships in a region with tremendous development potential.”Source = Vietjet
Lawmaker awards Wayland Union team with special tributeState Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, welcomed the Wayland Union High School varsity softball team to the state Capitol today to recognize their accomplishment as 2015 Division II State Champions.“Every team wants to win a state championship, but there’s a difference between the will to win and actually winning. I am just so impressed with what these young ladies and their coaches have been able to accomplish for their school and their hometown,” Rep. Yonker said.“The Lady Wildcats had an unforgettable season that invoked great pride throughout their community, rightfully earning the respect of their families, friends and neighbors. This great group of talented and determined young athletes played every game with a sense of purpose. I am honored to have the Wayland Union softball team accompanying me at the Capitol today to recognize them for their truly outstanding efforts.”The Wayland Union High School varsity softball team headed by Coach Cheri Ritz won the Division II State Championship game on June 13 by defeating Frankenmuth High School, 11-0. This is the Wayland Softball program’s second state championship victory.##### Categories: Featured news,News 15Jul Rep. Yonker welcomes softball state champs to Capitol Tags: #SB, state champs, Wayland, Yonker
Categories: News,Noble News Families don’t deserve another challenge 05Oct Rep. Noble votes for bill banning local food taxes State Rep. Jeff Noble today said he joined his colleagues in approving a House bill prohibiting local units of government from taxing the manufacture and sale of food and beverages.Noble, of Plymouth, said the Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act received strong bipartisan support in the House vote. The measure, introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker, extends the existing state constitutional ban of a sales tax on food and beverages to city and county governments, preventing the levying of municipal taxes on food.“This is common-sense legislation to reduce big government and protect families across the state from aggressive new taxes,” Noble said. “Lower-income families dedicate more than one-third of their income to pay for food, and adding a local sales tax on food could mean the difference between eating a nutritious meal or going to bed hungry.”“Local governments in Pennsylvania and Illinois recently enacted regressive local taxes on food sales and immediately regretted doing so,” Noble said “The tax prompted people to buy food outside of their communities to avoid the extra tax, which had a negative impact on the local economy as grocery stores cut hours and laid off workers.”The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act is House Bill 4999.
### State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine today said more money to fix roads is headed to northern Michigan, without raising taxes or fees.“It’s obvious to everyone our roads need a lot of work, and we’re adding resources to help get the job done,” Allor said after additional road funding she supported was signed into law. “This is a top priority for Michigan residents.”An additional $175 million in transportation funding will be allocated statewide. Much of the money is headed directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction.Alpena County is expected to receive more than $340,000, Cheboygan County will receive nearly $400,000, Presque Isle County will get about $287,000, Alcona County will top $268,000 and Iosco County will receive more than $389,000. Cities and villages will get extra money on top of those allocations going to countywide agencies.The money is already available because various state departments did not spend as much as originally projected during a previous budget cycle – a sign that state government is being careful and efficient with taxpayer money, Allor said. That’s why no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment.The extra money comes in addition to record-level road funding provided by previous long-term reforms. The state also has strengthened its warranty system designed to make sure new and refurbished roads will last longer. Categories: Allor News,News 20Mar Northern Michigan road repairs getting extra boost, Rep. Allor says
29Nov Rep. Lilly’s firework measures rocket through House committee Categories: Lilly News The House Regulatory Reform Committee Wednesday approved two separate plans authored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, regarding the use and safety of consumer fireworks in Michigan.House Bill 5939 enhances the abilities of local municipalities to determine the times consumer fireworks may be fired off within their city limits.“While a majority of Michiganders enjoy discharging fireworks as well as watching firework displays, most can agree that fireworks fired off late in the evening on days not associated with holidays can be a nuisance,” Lilly said. “Allowing local communities to revise the times during which people can let off fireworks – while still protecting certain dates – would solve a growing problem that has recently come up after the legalization of consumer-grade fireworks in 2011.”House Bill 5941 allows the governor to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks in any county on any given day if he or she determines weather conditions make the activity dangerous to people and property. Lilly’s plan acts similarly to local or regional burn bans in instances of high winds or drought.“Fireworks pose injury risks, and the chances of a firework-related injury are elevated when the weather fails to cooperate,” Lilly said. “Local officials do not allow people to have bonfires after a prolonged drought. This is no different. Safety should always remain a top priority, and this plan allows the governor to ensure the safety, protection and well-being of all Michiganders.”Both bills now move to the full House for consideration.
Share22TweetShare10Email32 SharesFebruary 14, 2017; MinnPostNPQ has written extensively for around fifteen years about payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), those voluntary payments from larger nonprofits meant to mitigate the removal of large properties from the property tax rolls.At a St. Paul City Council study session last week, the focus was on whether and how to get money from nonprofits that are exempt from paying property taxes. St. Paul has the highest percentage of exempt property among the state’s bigger cities—27 percent, almost double what is typical in Minnesota. So, the city implemented a right-of-way assessment program, an annual bill sent to nearly every property in the city to pay for services ranging from snow removal to trash collection. The state Supreme Court recently nullified the program, saying it wasn’t properly applied, directing a lower court to review how it could be applied legally to both tax-exempt and taxable properties.Now, a proposal from the city’s finance, legal, and public works departments would charge property owners a lesser amount under a “Street Maintenance Program” to pay for street sweeping, street lighting, periodic chip sealing, and rebuilding of streets. That proposal, too, has run into trouble. One option under consideration is to get rid of street fees altogether and raise the property tax levy that specifically exempts nonprofit organizations, and then ask nonprofits to make voluntary payments—basically payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs. The city would seek “contributions” from nonprofits with more than $15 million in property value. Similar programs are in effect in Boston and Pittsburgh, along with other cities in the northeastern U.S. The city’s concerns about this proposal have to do with fears of inconsistency and its voluntary nature. Worries were centered on the possibility that PILOT payments would be one of the first things cut when nonprofits face budget shortfalls, making them unreliable and unpredictable. Another concern expressed at the study session, according to MinnPost, is that nonprofits not making the payments could be subject to unfair community pressure and criticism. Furthermore, a spokesman for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, based in St. Paul, expressed reservations about the PILOT concept:We have sympathy for the cities. They have seen decreasing state payments, the property tax is unpopular and they want to provide a high quality of life.…[Yet] this tax exemption is not by accident; it is constitutionally granted with the recognition that nonprofit organizations contribute so greatly to the fabric of our society that their missions should not be impeded nor their resources depleted by taxation.Getting rid of the street fees appealed to several council members, but they acknowledged that the city couldn’t change its system this year and would have to wait until 2018 to potentially capture revenue from a higher property tax and a PILOT program. So the can, once again, was kicked down the road.—Larry KaplanShare22TweetShare10Email32 Shares
Google has completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobility and is replacing CEO Sanjay Jha with Dennis Woodside, formerly president of Google in the Americas.The closure of the deal follows regulatory clearance by China. US and European regulators gave their approval in February.
Polish telco TPSA grew its TV subscriber base by 11% in 2012 to end the year with 706,636 customers. The company’s retail broadband base remained flat at 2.345 million. Fixed segment revenues fell by 3.2% to PLN7.836 billion (€1.88 billion).TPSA’s overall profit was down on expectations thanks in part to a decline in average mobile revenues, with expectations of lower sales for this year, leading the operator to announce a reduction in investments and its dividend.
IneoQuest Technologies will use IBC to preview its new global cloud-based video service assurance solution.The company will also showcase its solutions for Multiscreen/OTT and hybrid video networks.From this month, IneoQuest will begin offering a new global cloud-based video service assurance solution that it says provides complete visibility into post-CDN video quality. According to IneoQuest, broadcasters, content providers, and service providers that rely on third-party CDNs for video delivery must monitor video quality to protect brand, understand business performance, and manage business partnerships. IneoQuest‘s cloud-based video service assurance solution is designed to allow them to monitor the video service quality of any programme, from any CDN, at any location worldwide.“We are very excited to launch our new cloud-based video service assurance solution at IBC this year,” said Calvin Harrison, chief operating officer of IneoQuest. “Given the challenges associated with delivering ABR video and the lack of visibility providers have when using one or more third-party CDNs, leveraging cloud-based video service assurance solutions is the key to obtaining an in-depth understanding and management of video deployments. To address this challenge, our new global monitoring solution leverages the cloud to provide clients instant access to monitor and assure video services wherever and whenever they want.”In addition to its global cloud-based video service assurance solution, IneoQuest will be highlighting its multiscreen and OTT video solutions that can audit, monitor and analyse adaptive video traffic.IneoQuest will also be featuring its solution for hybrid video networks that helps to give service providers a holistic view of both linear TV and adaptive streaming video networks. With the integration of video analytics and service assurance across both Linear TV and adaptive video networks, IneoQuest provides a consolidated video operations centre system that is designed to provide a combined look into the health of hybrid video networks.IneoQuest will exhibit at IBC in Hall 13, room MS24
Belgian cable operator Telenet reported a 1% dip in total cable TV customers in the second quarter with digital TV additions failing to offset a wider decline in analogue cable customers.In the three months ended June 2014, Telenet’s digital cable TV user base was up 5% year-on-year to 1.53 million, while it analogue TV base was down 15% to 548,000.In total, its cable TV customer base was 2.077 million, down from 2.097 million during the same quarter last year and from 2.082 million in the preceding quarter.Telenet said that this quarterly decline “represented a marked improvement” compared to a net organic loss of 10,100 basic cable TV subscribers in the previous quarter.It also said that approximately 74% of its basic cable TV subscribers now generate incremental ARPU on Telenet’s interactive digital TV platform, and that its multiscreen Yelo TV service now has 446,000 active users – up 6% quarter-over-quarter.In the quarter revenue was up 3% year-on-year to €422.0 million, while adjusted EBITDA was also up 3% to €222.3 million.
PowerThe launch of the Starz OTT platform in the Middle East will spark a wave of overseas SVoD service launches in the region, a new report predicts.Traditional cultural barriers that have stopped international companies launching in the Middle in the past are “starting to fall”, according to research firm Ovum, which is part of DTVE publisher Informa.Though the Middle East, whose core is the wealthy Gulf region, contributes just 5% of total global OTT spend, the sector is set for rapid growth, Ovum reported after profiling 11 leading local premium subscription streaming services.This is primarily down to appetite for entertainment content in the Gulf States, a dearth of Western television- and movie-focused platforms offered at low prices, and the fact two-thirds of the world’s Arab population is under 30.US premium pay operator Starz debuted its global SVOD player in the Middle East as Starz Play Arabia on April 2, marking the first time a “non-native” provider had launched such a service there. The service is currently rolling out, offering subs premium shows such as Power (pictured) and Black Sails.Currently most SVOD platforms in the Middle East are offered by established telcos, pay TV operators and broadcasters.“We expect Starz Arabia to thrive in the MENA region given the quality of its catalogue and its timing,” said senior analyst at Ovum’s TV Practice, Tony Gunnarsson.“It will be under pressure, however, as will the rest of the industry, with the almost inevitable entry of Netflix. As the global expansion of SVOD services continues apace, Ovum believes that there are currently over 100 million SVOD subscribers globally, and that this number will grow to 180 million in 2019.”“Middle Eastern subscription streaming is set to grow dramatically compared to other regional markets over the coming years,” added Ismail Patel, analyst in Ovum’s TV Practice. “SVOD revenues will grow by over 25 per cent annually to 2019, accounting for over 70 per cent of all OTT revenues in the region.“A dramatic increase in subscriber numbers is forecast in the next few years and 2019 will see more than one million Middle Eastern subscribers watching streaming services, complementing a growing overall market for visual entertainment.Furthermore, Patel added that “long-held reservations when considering a MENA launch are no longer game breakers as censorship controls are relaxed for pay TV operators and streaming services”.Ovum said local services, which includes the like of icflix, would need to invest in original content to remain competitive, with exclusive programming and movies becoming increasingly important.Furthermore, while live sports would continue to command the biggest audiences, exclusive movies and high-end TV dramas could “significantly differentiate individual streaming services”.
South Africa’s minister of communications Nomvula Mokonyane has named the members of the Broadcasting Digital Migration Advisory Council that will advise her on matters relating to digital switchover and the development of digital-terrestrial TV.Nomvula MokonyaneThe naming of council members follows the appointment of Aldred Dreyer as project director for the DTT Programme Management Office (PMO).The council will work with the PMO to advise the minister on switchover, including the countdown to Free State Province’s planned analogue switch-off at the end of this year.Mokonyane is currently reviewing the DTT switchover plan, and details of a revised model are expected to be released after consultation with the cabinet, including a new date for analogue switch-off.The advisory council will be chaired by Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa, councillor with regulator ICASA. Other members include Dreyer, the head of the PMO, Nomsa Philiso and Michael Markovitz of state broadcaster SABC, Norman Munzhelele, regulatory chief at commercial player eMedia, Percy Mathabela of the department of trade and industry, Linden Petzer, chief director for radio and satellite applications at department of telecommunications and postal services, Thema Kinana of telecom operator Vodacom, Moses Mashisane of telco MTN, Tebogo Leshope, COO of technology outfit Sentech, Thabo Makenete of pay TV operator Multichoice and Sipho Mngqibisa of the Universal Service and Access Agency (USAASA).
Orange is the New BlackNetflix’s Orange is the New Black topped Parrot Analytics’ list of the top 10 most ‘in-demand’ digital originals in the UK market for the week ending July 29.Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer protocols and file-sharing platformThe Netflix prison drama scored an average of 5.36 million demand expressions for the week from July 23-29, placing it above Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which is available free-to-air in the UK on Channel 4 and which scored an average of 4.494 million demand expressions. Third-placed in the UK list was Netflix’s Queer Eye, with an average of 3.36 million demand expressions.The remainder of list was dominated by Netflix original titles, with only two non-Netflix originals making the cut: Star Trek: Discovery – a CBS: All Access original that is distributed by Netflix in the UK – at number five and Amazon’s The Grand Tour at number eight.The other titles in the list were Stranger Things, Castle Rock, 13 Reasons Why, Marvel’s Luke Cage and Narcos.
Virgin Media Television – formerly know asTV3 Group – is currently seeking submissions for a new post-watershed, six –part drama, for 2019/2020.The call for titles if part of an on-going drama initiative laid out by the company.Virgin is inviting entrants to explore contemporary themes, new visual styles and narratives, focusing on original, “noisy” ideas with a view to creating a returnable and “brand-defining” series.David BouchierThe company says this is an opportunity to mix established and new creative production techniques and talent. “The overall style and production values must strive for international standards and appeal,” it says.Virgin will invest in the series with the aid of local funding, grant initiatives and international partners. Companies submitting projects should have demonstrated raising such funds previously.The deadline for submission is August 31, 2018. Applicants can apply via Virgin’s commissioning site.The group is made up of free-to-air channels TV3, 3e and be3. Virgin is currently in the process of rebranding these channels to Virgin Media, 1, 2 and 3. Its VOD platform will be titled Virgin Media Player.It is not yet clear where the drama will be placed in Virgin’s media ecosystem.Virgin Media TV made its first commission at the end of 2016, a series of 15 comedy shorts filmed at the Edinburgh Fringe Fesitval. This was shortly after the hire of its first chief digital entertainment officer, David Bouchier.
Mediaset and ProSiebenSat.1 have strongly denied press rumours that emerged last week that they are in talks about a possible merger.The Italian broadcaster issued a statement that “no negotiations are underway” with the German media group. ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze meanwhile told Reuters that he saw “no industrial logic” in such a combination.Conze told Reuters that his company was working with a number of European peers, including Mediaset as part of the European Media Alliance, the network of 12 broadcasting groups that has agreed to collaborate on certain areas including streaming and advertising technology.Rumours about a possible merger had been fuelled by comments made earlier this month by Mediaset chairman Fedele Confalonieri. Confalonieri told press that a cross-border deal was still being studied but that it was not just up to Mediaset to create such a combination.There has been ongoing press speculation about Mediaset’s intentions with regards to a cross-border merger. In January, Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported that the broadcaster was looking to consolidate ownership of its Spanish operation as the first step in a strategy to create a pan-European broadcasting powerhouse to combat the likes of Netflix and Amazon.The CEOs of ProSiebenSat.1, Mediaset, the UK’s Channel 4, Greece’s Antenna Group, Portugal’s Impresa Group and TVN Discovery Poland last week reiterated their commitment to use the European Media Alliance as a joint platform for joint initiatives in video streaming, technology, and monetisation.Separately Mediaset has cancelled the sale of its digital-terrestrial platform operation, R2, to Sky Italia after regulator the AGCM declined to grant unconditional approval for the deal.The sale was agreed as part of Mediaset’s wider agreement with Sky singed in 2017 that saw Mediaset make its pay TV services available on Sky’s platform and gave Sky access to its digital-terrestrial TV platform.Sky has now asked Mediaset to continue to provide digital-terrestrial TV platform services to it on a non-exclusive basis until the end of June next year, which Mediaset has agreed to.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has confirmed the launch of three Pluto TV channels on Channel 5’s video-on-demand platform in the UK.The launch of the channels on My5, news of which was reported by Digital TV Europefrom the Variety TV Summit in Londonearlier this month, marks the first collaboration between the two Viacom-owned AVOD platforms in the UK, following Viacom’s recent global acquisition of Pluto TV.The addition of the Pluto TV Drama, Pluto TV Movies and Pluto TV Food channels on My5will significantly expand Pluto TV’s presence in the UK, with My5 providing the three Pluto TV channels with distribution across a host of new platforms including YouView, Freeview, Apple TV, and mobile devices.Pluto TV Food brings anew content genre to My5, while Pluto TV Movies and Pluto TV Drama will supplement Channel 5’s existing pipeline of content, cumulatively delivering an extra 720 hours of programming to My5 each year, according to VIMN.The addition of Pluto TV brings My5’s count of standalone channels to 10, including PBS America, Real Stories, BET and BLAZE from A+E Networks UK, which VIMN said together had contributed to a 42% year-on-year increase in content hours on My5.Oli Thomas, VP, digital, Viacom International Media Networks said. “My5 has one of the most diverse ranges of content of any PSB VOD service and the Pluto TV channels further enhance our proposition in the UK. We know that movies and drama in particular work well in the on-demand space and we’re thrilled to debut such an exciting range of library content on My5.”Olivier Jollet, managing director Europe at Pluto TV said: “Collaborating with a well-established VOD platform like My5 allows us to pursue our ongoing goal to further enhance Pluto TV’s visibility in the UK. The three carefully curated Pluto TV channels not only add to My5’s existing line-up but also enable the My5 audience to experience a small portion of Pluto TV’s diverse programming.”In other UK news, Discovery unveiled at its Upfront event in London yesterday that it was rebranding its Home channel in the UK as HGTV, marking the debut of the HGTV brand in the UK.The move follows the completion earlier this month of Discovery’s acquisition of former UKTV channels Home, Really and Good Food after the agreed split-up of UKTV by Discovery and the BBC.
One of them was due to book into the hotel, recover the bomb from the hotel grounds, plant it in the hotel and leave.Detectives believe the device would then have detonated on Saturday, October 10 as people milled around at the PSNI open day.The PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit recovered a sat nav from Poleon’s Ford Focus car showed it had had been driven to Derry from Meath on October 6.Police recovered CCTV footage of the car being parked right behind the Waterfoot Hotel just off the Foyle Bridge dual carriageway.Darren Poleon being escorted from Derry CourtThe car was then driven to Eglinton before it returned to the hotel where police believe one person was collected and another dropped off.The car containing the two defendants was stopped in Omagh the following day by police and officers found two pairs of latex gloves, a toy gun, bolt cutters, and a walkie-talkie.Following arrest, they were released on bail on suspicion of going equipped to commit a burglary.On Friday, October 9, police found an improvised explosive device beside the hotel containing 1.5 kilos of low explosives.It is claimed fire extinguisher and had been concealed in undergrowth bordering the hotel car park.Poleon had made a booking to stay in the Waterfoot Hotel overnight on October 9.He booked his reservation with a credit card, but he gave a false address and false phone number.But he failed to arrive at the hotel that day.Police believe believe Poleon planned to go there, remove the IED from the undergrowth, and place it in the hotel where it was timed to explode during the PSNI recruitment event.REVEALED: TWO DISSIDENT SUSPECTS FACING TRIAL OVER PLOT TO MURDER PSNI RECRUITS AT DERRY HOTEL was last modified: October 6th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: They are jointly charged that on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 they prepared an act of terrorism by placing an improvised explosive device.The dissident suspects are also charged on the same date with possessing an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life or cause damage to property and with conspiring to cause an explosion with an improvised explosive device.Details of the deadly plot emerged when the pair from Co Meath faced the High Court in Belfast earlier this year in a failed bid for freedom.They are currently on remand in Maghaberry prison charged over the plot which was aimed at the Waterfoot Hotel. ShareTweet Brian Walsh at Derry Magistrates’ Court today. PIX BY NORTH WEST NEWSPIXEXCLUSIVE: THESE are the two dissident republican suspects who police believe were planning to detonate a bomb hidden inside a fire extinguisher during a PSNI recruitment event at a Derry hotel last year.At Derry Magistrates’ Court today, Darren Poleon, 41, from Kells and Brian Walsh, 34, from Dunshaughlin, were told they will stand trial in Belfast over the plot.They are expected to appear at Belfast Crown Court for an arraignment hearing at which a date for their trial will be fixed. BRIAN WALSHDARREN POLEONDerryREVEALED: TWO DISSIDENT SUSPECTS FACING TRIAL OVER PLOT TO MURDER PSNI RECRUITS AT DERRY HOTELWATERFOOT HOTEL
“We have a plethora of local talent here, and Culture Night is a great showcase for local performers hoping to reach out to new audiences. All the events are free so the evening is open to everyone to enjoy.“As we prepare our joint bid with Belfast for European Capital of Culture 2023, it’s important that we all think about how we can contribute to developing a future cultural programme which is relevant, inspiring and transformative for the entire region.”The evening begins at 6pm in the Old Courthouse with an exhibition titled ‘Lifford: Stories from the County Town’ featuring readings from the Gateway Writers.There will also be work on display from local painter and sculptor Marina Hamilton. CROSS-BORDER CULTURAL TRAIL PLANNED FOR CULTURE NIGHTTHE ALLEY THEATRETHE OLD LIFFORD COURTHOUSE ShareTweet CULTURE Night will be lighting up venues across the country next week and what better way to celebrate than with a cross-border cultural extravaganza of art, literature, music, song and dance?The Alley Theatre in Strabane will be joining forces with Lifford Old Courthouse on Friday September 22nd, for a special evening of mobile entertainment at Groove on the Move, taking people on a cultural walking journey between the two venues.Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, encouraged people to take the opportunity to enjoy some new cultural experiences.“This is a District steeped in culture and Culture Night provides the perfect excuse to support the local arts scene and take in events and performances which are new and refreshing. If music is more your thing then you’ll love the Cell Sessions featuring a variety of musicians performing in the original dungeons of the Old Courthouse.Performers will include Martin McColgan, who will be performing a number of well-known Irish Ballads, Bryan McWilliams with the very best Irish and Scottish Folk music and Patricia Morris, folk singer-songwriter.Culture Night will continue on its journey with a guided trail stopping off en route for a series of musical milestones.The four sculptural pieces on the way to the Alley Theatre act as cultural stop offs, and the entertainment begins with music at the History Table in the Diamond, Lifford, followed by a piper at the Cod Steaks (the Coins) Lifford.The trail will then continue to the Tinnies site in Strabane where Niamh McGranaghan’s Irish Dancers will perform before Dance Inclusion bring the trail to an end at Where Dreams Come From (Ambrose) in the Alley, Strabane.The evening’s entertainment will continue at the Alley Theatre at 8pm where Foyle Opera will present a selection of well-known operatic arias and choruses including Carmen and a few lesser known arias, under the baton of Artistic Director Ann Jenkins.Contemporary music fans will have the chance to jam at the Open Mic night with Pulse in their studio on Butcher St, Strabane from 7.30pm-9.30pm. All are welcome and all events are free of charge.Culture Night events will be taking place right across the country on September 22nd.Other local highlights include a Highland Dance Open Night in the Sollus Centre, Bready, as well as a number of events in Derry.For details on the full programme go to www.derrystrabane.com/culturenightCROSS-BORDER CULTURAL TRAIL PLANNED FOR CULTURE NIGHT was last modified: September 14th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: