• HK drops plans for Chinese patriotism classes

    first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Public anger over the classes has been growing for months. Many feared they were a ploy by Beijing authorities to indoctrinate the city’s young into unquestioning support of China’s Communist Party, though Leung and other senior officials denied it.China regained control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997 after more than a century of colonial rule, but the city has been allowed to retain a high degree of autonomy, a separate legal system and civil liberties not seen in mainland China, such as freedom of speech.Leung’s retreat follows a week of protests by thousands in front of government headquarters coinciding with the start of a new school year. Organizers said 120,000 took part on Friday evening, though police put the number at 36,000, local news reports said.The decision comes a day before elections for the city’s legislature. Sunday’s vote will be the first time the public will be able to choose more than half the seats. Deepening opposition to the education plans could have undermined support for pro-Beijing candidates.The protesters worried the new subject would be an attempt to indoctrinate the city’s young with nationalist education classes similar to ones used in schools all over China to inculcate support for the Communist government. How do cataracts affect your vision? The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The fears rose after a pro-Beijing education group published a pamphlet earlier this year extolling the virtues of one-party rule. The government stressed that the booklet, called “The China Model,” was not part of designated teaching material.According to curriculum guidelines, students would learn in the classes about China’s political leaders, the contributions they have made and the difficulties and challenges they face. They would also learn how to “speak cautiously,” practice self-discipline and get along well with others in a rational and respectful way.The controversy is the latest sign of increasing discomfort with mainland China’s growing influence on the city. Hong Kongers have also been perturbed about stunted democratic development and an influx of wealthy mainlanders buying up property and driving up prices.___Follow Kelvin Chan on Twitter at twitter.com/chanman(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Associated PressHONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong officials backed down Saturday on plans to make students take Chinese patriotism classes following a week of protests in the former British colony sparked by fears of pro-Beijing “brainwashing.”The semiautonomous Chinese city’s leader, Leung Chun-ying, said it would be up to schools to decide whether to hold the classes. They were to have become a mandatory subject in 2015 after a three-year voluntary period.last_img read more

  • LOS ANGELES — Ralph Lawler is calling his final re

    first_img LOS ANGELES — Ralph Lawler is calling his final regular season game for the Los Angeles Clippers.The newly named Hall of Fame broadcaster is being joined by friend and former on-air partner Bill Walton for the Clippers’ game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Staples Center.Lawler, who turns 81 on April 21, plans to end his 40-year career whenever the Clippers are eliminated from the playoffs, which begin this weekend.The team plans a halftime ceremony for Lawler. They unveiled an on-court logo honouring him, and the players are wearing special shooting shirts thanking Lawler for his years of service.Fans are signing an oversized thank you card outside the arena and will receive Lawler bobbleheads, which recite some of his signature phrases such as “Bingo!” and “Oh me, oh my!”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2019 6:43 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Clippers honour broadcaster Ralph Lawler for 40-year career Los Angeles Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler, below, jokes around with former broadcast partner Bill Walton during a news conference prior to an NBA basketball game between the Clippers and and the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. This is scheduled to be Lawler’s last regular-season game before retiring. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) last_img read more

  • House approves recreation developments in 59th District

    first_img Categories: Miller News,News The Michigan House recently approved funding for Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects, including two land acquisition plans in Cass and St. Joseph counties.The Stewart Lake and Dowagiac Creek projects included in House Bill 4078 are among 69 land acquisition and recreational development projects totaling $24.7 million throughout the state supported with revenues from the NRTF, said state Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis.“These projects will be a huge boost to the recreational opportunities in the 59th House District,” Miller said. “This money is constitutionally restricted for the purpose of acquiring land and developing recreational projects, and this local development will also have a positive impact on our area economy for years to come.”One project involves the acquisition of a 137-acre parcel that includes lake frontage on the west, south and east sides of Stewart Lake. The $504,800 purchase will provide for habitat conservation and restoration, as well as a swimming and fishing destination for St. Joseph County residents and visitors. The project will open access to an entire lake that had previously been closed to the public.The second project involves the purchase of a 120-acre parcel with 5,500 feet of frontage on Dowagiac Creek, a popular trout stream that is stocked annually by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The corridor includes diverse habitats and is home to seven threatened and 13 special concern species of animals and plants. Recreational opportunities include fishing, kayaking, bird-watching, camping and some hunting. The acquisition will cost $749,900.The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.##### 09Feb House approves recreation developments in 59th Districtcenter_img Miller: Residents and visitors will benefit from projectslast_img read more

  • CMS Warns States You Cant Withhold Planned Parenthood Funds

    first_imgShare66TweetShareEmail66 SharesWarning / Bernard DUPONTApril 19, 2016; Washington Post“Providing the full range of women’s health services neither disqualifies a provider from participating in the Medicaid program, nor is the provision of such services inconsistent with the best interests of the beneficiary, and shall not be grounds for a state’s action against a provider in the Medicaid program.”“Re: Clarifying ‘Free Choice of Provider’ Requirement in Conjunction with State Authority to Take Action against Medicaid Providers” (SMD-#16-005), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) NPQ has written a good deal about the attempts by several states to curtail Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, and until now, those battles have been fought at the state level—though the Department of Health and Human Services has warned states about an existing rule promulgated in 2011 that disallowed the pulling of Medicaid dollars based on other services provided. But yesterday, in an unprecedented caution from CMS, the Obama administration warned all 50 states that anything they do to cut the Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood might put them at odds with federal law.The 10 states that have attempted to cut funding are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin, but 24 have been involved in a variety of actions to interfere with the organization’s ability to provide women’s health services. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement that in recent months, “These political attacks on our patients have gone from a simmer to full rolling boil. […] What they couldn’t do in Congress, they’re now trying to do state by state, and jeopardizing care for more than half a million people.”Marissa Padilla, a spokeswoman for the federal Health and Human Services department, wrote the following in a statement:CMS is sending a letter to all states to ensure they have a clear understanding of their obligation to follow longstanding Medicaid law guaranteeing that beneficiaries have the right to receive covered services, including family planning services, from any qualified and willing provider of their choice.—Ruth McCambridgeShare66TweetShareEmail66 Shareslast_img read more

  • Online video streaming service Netflix has struck

    first_imgOnline video streaming service Netflix has struck a deal with Nintendo that will see a raft of kids content roll out on its Wii gaming console. The move will see Netflix’s Just For Kids block available in the United States and Latin America.Netflix added that it was also in talks with Sony to bring the kids package to the Playstation 3. 
David Watson, director of product innovation at Netflix, who is in charge of its family and kids content, said: “Visit the Just for Kids section in the Netflix Wii app and you’ll find a world of TV shows and movies suitable for children 12 and under. With unlimited instant viewing my sons can watch as much Phineas and Ferb or Johnny Test as they want, without being interrupted by commercials.”last_img read more

  • Satellite operator Eutelsat has signed a new launc

    first_imgSatellite operator Eutelsat has signed a new launch contract with Arianespace for a future satellite launch on board an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana.Eutelsat said the latest contract provided it with launch flexibility and schedule assurance for its expansion play of launching six satellites by the end of 2014.last_img

  • Turner Broadcasting System has appointed Oliver He

    first_imgTurner Broadcasting System has appointed Oliver Herrgesell as international senior vice-president of communications.Herrgesell will serve as Turner Broadcasting’s chief communications and public relations executive in markets outside the US, with responsibility for developing communications strategy and overseeing the execution of messaging related to Turner’s international business portfolio. He will be based in London at Turner International’s EMEA headquarters.Herrgesell was previously executive vice-president of communications, public affairs and marketing for RTL Group in Luxembourg.“This position and Oliver’s professional stature reflect the importance of our international business interests,” said Jeff Matteson, senior vice-president of communications for Turner Broadcasting System.  “Oliver brings experience, standing and a long working relationship with Gerhard Zeiler to a senior leadership role that will have significant influence on the company’s continuing efforts to position, advantage and grow its international entertainment, animation and news brands’ profile and collective success.”last_img read more

  • UPC Cablecom has taken full control of Télélancy a

    first_imgUPC Cablecom has taken full control of Télélancy after the Geneva municipality of Lancy sold its 55% share in the cable network to the Liberty Global-owned TV and internet service provider. Switzerland’s UPC Cablecom already held a 45% share in Télélancy and in the last 18 months has also taken over the Télémeyrin and Télécarouge cable networks in the French-speaking part of the country, and entered into a purchase agreement for the complete takeover of Naxoo (022 Télégenève) with the city of Geneva.With the full takeover of Télélancy, UPC Cablecom said it is “investing again in French-speaking Switzerland and enhancing its market position in this part of the country further.” The cable network has a customer base of some 9,500 households.“Our cable network is now in the hands of professionals who are in a position to develop it further under the best possible conditions. This sale will secure the future of our cable network. And customers will be able to benefit from first-rate products and services over the long term,” said the mayor of Lancy, François Lance.last_img read more

  • UK settop provider Pace is to acquire optical net

    first_imgUK set-top provider Pace is to acquire optical networking for access networks leader Aurora Networks for US$310 million (€226 million).According to Pace, the acquisition positions it to support operators’ demand for increasing bandwidth as well as combining a highly profitable and growing business serving over 200 customers in 50 countries and further widening Pace’s business out from customer premises equipment.“Since the announcement of the Pace Strategic Plan on 17 November 2011, we have consistently delivered on it, achieving almost all of the milestones and targets laid out at that time and there remains significant opportunity for development of the core business. The acquisition of Aurora represents an important evolution in this process and enhances our strategy to grow a broader platform across hardware, software and services. Acquiring Aurora will allow Pace to expand beyond our core business and build deeper and more embedded relationships with our customers, which the Company believes will strengthen Pace’s position as a market leading solutions provider for the pay TV and broadband industries,” said Pace chairman Allan Leighton.“Following a strong first half in 2013, good progress has been made in the period with continued momentum across the business. I am pleased to be able to announce the acquisition of Aurora. Aurora is a leading player in the pivotal area of Optical Transport and Access Network solutions, with a complementary overlap to Pace’s blue-chip customer base and a strong and seasoned team of talented and innovative cable industry professionals,” said Pace CEO Mike Pulli.Pace will pay US$310 million plus a further US$13 million payable on closing in connection with tax benefits. The acquisition will be financed by a new US$310 million five-year amortising term loan, and Pace is using the deal as an opportunity to refinance its existing debt with a new US$150 million five-year revolving credit facility.The company said the acquisition would be accretive to earnings next year and would accelerate Pace’s profitability drive towards a 9% return on sales rate by 2015. The value of the acquisition represents a historic EBITDA multiple of 10.5, or 8.2 after expected synergies.Separately, Pace is to to provide a full whole home solution to Altibox, the Norwegian triple-play service provider.Pace’s Whole Home solution will enable Altibox to deliver broadband and TV throughout the home.The solution includes Pace’s next generation Media Server platform and Pace’s client platforms. The Media Server acts as a hub for both premium and non-premium content into and around the home, while the clients extend Altibox’s service onto multiple TV screens within the subscriber’s home.last_img read more

  • Polish pay TV operator nc backed by TVN and Cana

    first_imgPolish pay TV operator nc+, backed by TVN and Canal Plus Group, had 2.2 million post-paid customers at the end of December.The unit posted ARPU of PLN65.70 (€15.80) and full-year revenue of PLN2.2 billion.The subscriber figure was more or less flat quarter-on-quarter. However nc+ has lost about 300,000 subscribers since its launch, replacing former services ‘n’ and Cyfra+.TVN itself posted modest full-year growth in revenue of 1.8% to PLN1.555 billion, boosted by a recovery in the advertising market.Adjusted full-year EBITDA was PLN506 million, up 3%, despite an increase in programming costs in the fourth quarter and the negative impact of an imparimant charge in its investment in Onet Holding.TVN said it outperformed other broadcasters reaching the highest all day commercial target group audience share in its history at 22.7% while posting year-on-year audience share increases for the four consecutive quarters of 2013.The group’s management said it was now considering a PLN500 million share buyback programme over the next two years.last_img read more

  • Teleste is due to introduce a number of new DOCSIS

    first_imgTeleste is due to introduce a number of new DOCSIS 3.1-compliant solutions and products at ANGA COM this year.The firm said that these are designed to improve network capacity and evolve networks towards the upcoming DOCSIS 3.1 standard.Among the product offerings to be announced at the show are: Teleste’s AC1500 and AC2500 amplifiers for DOCSIS 3.1 environments; its DOCSIS 3.1 ACE8 node with wireless management and its AC810 fibre optic node; and Teleste’s 3D line, it’s new DOCSIS 3.1-compliant family of RF passives.Another DOCSIS 3.1-compliant access product that will be on show is Teleste’s BarrIER technology – a solution for reducing ingress/egress issues within the in-home access networks.Teleste will also showcase its DOCSIS Access Hub, which is now available for shipping, its Teleste Luminato headend offering and its new Teleste Palomino IP-to-analogue TV converter.“Consumer demand for higher broadband speeds has been constantly growing for several years. More and more network capacity is required especially for streaming video, and the upcoming DOCSIS 3.1 standard addresses that demand. However, pressure to ensure high quality of services is at the same time increasing,” saidHanno Narjus, Teleste’s senior vice president of video and broadband solutions.“With the help of our significant experience in the cable industry, we are striving to help our customers keep ahead of the tightening competition.” Teleste will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.2, stand E19.last_img read more

  • UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 has launched

    first_imgUK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 has launched an updated, “fully mobile” version of its 4oD catch-up app with new streaming options and short-form content.The broadcaster is now offering streaming over 3G and 4G networks for the first time on iOS and Android devices.Channel 4 is also rolling out exclusive mobile-focused short content to reflect what it says is “growing viewer demand for snackable videos.”With the ‘4oD shorts hub’ Channel 4 will curate a selection of new and exclusive shorts, including: magazine shows on subjects like films, games, news and current affairs; popular science and futurology series; comedy and satire formats; lifestyle and food shows; and education formats for teens.The first original shorts will be available on 4oD in July, with Channel 4’s deputy chief creative officer, Ralph Lee, to oversee the short-form commissioning strategy and head of online, Richard Davidson-Houston, leading the editorial and commissioning team.“Short form content is an incredibly exciting development both for viewers and for producers. We’ve already had a great response to shorts from some of the UK’s most innovative new indies. Our doors and minds are wide open to ideas from forward-thinking producers who want to join in with this exciting new development,” said Davidson-Houston.last_img read more

  • Ian Munford Content delivery network Akamai is lik

    first_imgIan MunfordContent delivery network Akamai is likely to see a more than seven-fold increase in traffic in 2020 due to massive growth in video traffic, according to company executive Ian Munford.Speaking at TV Connect in London this week, Akamai’s director of product marketing, digital media, said that currently the CDN’s traffic peaks at 36 terabits per second. He predicted this would rise to “about 340 terabits minimum” in 2020.“We’re going to have this huge exponential growth curve of video traffic. The question we have to think about is how do we make the dreams of people talking about an online world actually happen,” said Munford.He described “huge peaks” in online traffic that have been seen around some major sporting events and predicted that the same would happen at this summer’s Rio Olympic Games.“The London Olympics, in terms of traffic, peaked at about a terabit per second. Rio will peak somewhere between about 15 and 18, so the [online] audience figures are now coming into the realm of TV,” said Munford.With the recent online success of the Super Bowl, which CBS live-streamed in the US, Munford said that multi-casting is becoming a “central strand of scaling in the future”. Munford said Akamai is working with a number of telecommunication companies around the world to “make that a reality”.“We’re fixing the dream of effectively moving our video consumption habits online,” he said. “I think the CDN is fundamentally essential – whether it’s Akamai or someone else. It’s the only way that we can scale adequately based on what’s coming down the line.”last_img read more

  • Liberty Globals Belgian unit Telenet is to acquir

    first_imgLiberty Global’s Belgian unit Telenet is to acquire cable operator Coditel Brabant from international cable and telecom group Altice for €400 million in a move that will extend its presence from Flanders to Brussels, French-speaking Wallonia and Luxembourg.Coditel Brabant operates under the SFR brand, providing cable services in Brussels, Wallonia and Luxembourg as well as mobile telephony services in Belgium through an MVNO agreement with BASE, the former KPN subsidiary acquired by Telenet earlier in 2016.The deal means that Telenet will extend its coverage in Brussels tou about two thirds of the city footprint, as well as giving it a national presence for the first time, enabling it to compete head on with Proximus.The acquisition values Altice’s operation in the two countries – referred to as SFR BeLux in the agreement – at 6.5 times estimated 2016 EBITDA and is expected to generate annual synergies of €16 million by 2021.Telenet said it intends to finance the acquisition through a combination of existing cash and cash equivalents and available liquidity under its revolving credit facilities.Telenet said it would invest an additional €12 million in 2017-18 in modernising the SFR BeLux network.Altice was reported to be considering a sale of its Belgian unit last year, having lost out to Telenet in the battle to take control of BASE in 2015.Telenet said it was confident of obtaining regulatory approval for the deal.last_img read more

  • Restrictive rules governing the distribution of co

    first_imgRestrictive rules governing the distribution of content will kill off French fiction in the international market if they remain unchanged, according to Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada, who has blamed France’s competition regulator for a disastrous fall in subscriber numbers at the pay TV operator’s SVOD service CanalPlay.Maxime SaadaSaada, addressing a French senate committee last week, said that restrictions that meant that CanalPlay could not offer series exclusively were responsible for a collapse in the service’s subscriber numbers from 800,000 to 200,000.He said that even thought the restriction had now been lifted, this was too late for the subscription video-on-demand service.“While Netflix and Amazon were arriving in France, Our video-on-demand service, CanalPlay, was unable to benefit from exclusivity of distribution. This injunction, which has just been lifted, has been fatal for it, since it has shifted in the meantime from 800,000 to 200,000 subscribers,” said Saada.“The rapidity of the change in this market has to be better taken into account by the public authorities. If nothing is done, in two years, French fiction will no longer exist internationally. Our national market is the only one that works in this way! Even with French fiction, Netflix doesn’t have to observe the rules that are imposed on us.”Saada said that regulatory restrictions had systematically stymied Canal+ and benefited international competitors such as Netflix.He said that media regulator the CSA had “systematically penalized” the pay TV operator by imposing disproportionate fines on the company for content rules infringements, while competition watchdog the Autorité de la Concurrence had subjected Canal+ to about 60 injunctions and requirements related to its acquisition of TPS.Saada also said that “certain aspects” of the award of Ligue 1 football rights to Spanish broadcaster Mediapro – which he pointed out was now majority owned by a Chinese investor – appeared to him to be “abusive”, giving the Catalan player a monopolistic position.Saada said that the proposed €25 to be charged by Mediapro for its service will be higher than the equivalent price charged by Canal+ while it still holds the rights, and said that a secondary market based on new sublicensing rules would have to emerge.“I don’t see how Mediapro will be in a position to profit from its investment, without having distributors at its side,” he said.last_img read more

  • Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has stru

    first_imgSpanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has struck a deal with Vodafone and Orange to acquire rights to La Liga for distribution in bars and clubs, according to local press.According to El País, citing unnamed sources, Mediapro is paying €120 million for the rights. Vodafone and Orange previously jointly acquired the rights to exploit La Liga matches in public venues via the Horeca channel through the vehicle of a Unión Temporal de Empresas (UTE). According to El País, the pair have now decided to resell the rights to Mediapro, which acquired them for the 2019-23 seasons in the last rights auction.Mediapro will in its turn resell its coverage of La Liga for bars to operators that want to carry them, including Telefónica-owned Movistar+. For the current season it can also take over contracts with bars and clubs previously held with Vodafone and Orange, according to the report.In June, Mediapro agreed to sell the rights to UEFA Champions League and Europa League football to Telefónica while retaining rights to air matches in public venues and via its OTT TV service BeIN Connect.Mediapro has said that the market for football in bars and clubs in Spain is currently underdeveloped compared with the residential market, with greater potential for growth. According to the broadcaster, only 60,000 establishments currently pay for football content in the country, compared with about 350,000 in Italy.last_img read more

  • Swisscom grew its TV base by 37 yearonyear aft

    first_imgSwisscom grew its TV base by 3.7% year-on-year after adding 54,000 TV connections in the first six months of the year, reaching a record 1.5 million TV customers at the end of June.The Swiss multi-play operator said that TV and broadband connections continue to grow, with strong demand for inOne bundled offerings continuing in the second quarter.In the first half of the year roughly 550,000 customers opted for inOne, pushing the total to 1.89 million customers at the end of June – meaning that inOne covers 43% of all mobile subscriptions and 48% of fixed-line broadband connections.The number of fixed-line broadband connections continued to grow by 39,000 year-on-year to around 2.03 million, which also benefited Swisscom TV, which remains the most popular digital TV service in Switzerland.“Despite persistently strong competition driven by promotions and saturated markets, we once again made gains with our bundled offerings,” said Swisscom CEO Urs Schaeppi.“I am particularly pleased that 1.5 million customers are using Swisscom TV, more than ever before. Fastweb in Italy also continues to enjoy growth.“The situation with conventional fixed-line telephony remains a challenge, as structural factors are leading to a continued decline in the number of connections. Our initiatives to reduce costs are taking hold. We are on track for full-year 2018.”Swisscom’s financial performance for the first half of 2018 was in line with expectations. Net revenue increased by 2.0% to CHF 5.805 billion (€5.1bn). Operating income before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) declined by 5.2% to CHF 2.143 billion and net profit by 6.2% to CHF 787 million.last_img read more

  • Tumble Leaf Produced by Amazon Studios and Bix Pix

    first_imgTumble LeafProduced by Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment for Amazon Prime Video, Tumble Leaf follows a blue fox named Fig and his caterpillar friends as they go on adventures to learn about science. The show was created by Kelli Bixler and Drew Hodges.Tumble Leaf bested Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins and Vampirina as well as Amazon Prime Video’s The Stinky And Dirty Show.Amazon was nominated in last year’s International category for Melody 1963: Love Has To Win and The Snowy Day, but ultimately lost out to Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants.Despite the global SVOD’s victory, the big winner at this year’s awards, which were presented on Sunday (November 25) in London, was CBeebies show Hey Duggee, which picked up three prizes, including Pre-School Animation, Digital and the newly introduced Directing honour.CBeebies also won Channel of the Year, beating the likes of CBBC, Hopster and TrueTube, and marking its sixth triumph in the category since the prize was introduced in 2006.Elsewhere, CBBC’s So Awkward won Best Comedy, while CBBC’s Joe All Alone was awarded Best Drama. S4C’s puzzle-solving show Prosiect Z won Best Entertainment and CBBC’s Mumbai Street Strikers (My Life) won Best Factual.Justin Fletcher won his fourth presenter BAFTA for Something Special while Get Well Soon Hospital won Best Pre-School Live-Action.First-time nominees Chloe Lea and Tom Bidwell won for their work on Katy, in the Young Performer and Writer categories, while Tom Courtenay won the Best Performer award for his role as Grandpa in Grandpa’s Great Escape.SpongeBob SquarePants won Best International Animation, while CBBC’s Nowhere Boys took home the Best International Live Action award.Meanwhile, Paddington 2 won Best Feature Film; Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle nabbed Best Game; and the inaugural Content for Change prize went to TrueTube’s What Do You Mean I Can’t Change The World?.TrueTube also conquered the Short Form category for Origins, a film that explores the influence of a person’s upbringing on their life.Clive Juster, the producer of iconic children’s TV shows such as Mr Benn, King Rollo, Towser, Spot the Dog and Maisy Mouse and Paz, received the Special Award for his outstanding contribution to children’s media.last_img read more


    first_imgDERRY MAN CELEBRATES AS WIFE WINS €38,000 ON TV GAME SHOW was last modified: December 14th, 2014 by John2John2 Tags: A DERRY dad of two is celebrating tonight – after his wife scooped a small fortune on a TV gameshow.Paul Harkin, from Lettershandoney in Co Derry, was cheering in the audience as his accountant wife Fiona was counting the cash on RTE’s ‘Winning Streak’ show.The couple live in Oranmore, Co Galway, and were joined on the show by friends and relatives from there and Derry. ShareTweet DerryFiona HarkinLettershandoneyOranmorePaul HarkinRTEWinning streak Fiona won €33,000 and a luxury €5,000 holiday to Croatia in the earlier rounds of tonight’s show filmed at RTE studios in Dublin.But her luck ran out when it came to the chance to spin the wheel for the potential to win a €1,000,000 fortune.None of the chances for her to be in with a chance of going for that prize came up.But they will be celebrating nonetheless, with €38,000 to help with the building of their new home in Galway.last_img read more

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    first_imgShareTweet DerryGALLIAGH COMMUNITY EMPORWERHEARTLESS THIEVES STEAL CAR AND BURN IT OUT NEAR WHITE CHAPELWHITE CHAPEL HEARTLESS car thieves have struck in Derry again.This car was stolen in Derry this week from its owner.It was later found burnt out on the roundabout at White Chapel. Galliagh Community Empowerment posted it on their Facebook page:“We would ask if anyone knows who was driving it last night could you please let us know.“It has been brought to our attention that this car was in fact stolen.“These heartless thieves have no care for anyone but themselves.” HEARTLESS THIEVES STEAL CAR AND BURN IT OUT NEAR WHITE CHAPEL was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more