Intelsat has successfully launched the Intelsat 22 satellite.The satellite took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning. It will provide C- and Ku-band capacity for media, government and network services customers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Once operational in May, it will replace Intelsat 709 at 72° East and is expected to have a useful life of approximately 18 years.“Intelsat delivers broadband infrastructure everywhere, and the successful launch of Intelsat 22 delivers enhanced satellite capacity for telecommunications leaders in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, such as the UAE’s Etisalat and Ethio Telecom of Ethiopia,” said Intelsat CEO Dave McGlade.
Month: August 2019
Distrify is launching movies from the UK Jewish Film Festival on its on-demand service.The festival is currently underway, is screening 81 Jewish films at venues throughout the UK.“Distrify was created as a distribution platform to help filmmakers find audiences and, equally important, to help audiences find films,” says Kobi Shely, Distrify’s head of marketing partnerships.Distrify will make the movies available, in full, on its on-demand service on a download to own or rent.Shely said he wants Distrify to expand its work around film festivals. “We want to see this model working with other festivals because helps a festival to capitalise on its brand and audience relationship and extend the value of its curation skills year-round. We see the UK Jewish Film Festival very much as a pioneer in the film festival arena.”
Jose TolosaThe international arm of US media giant Viacom has appointed Jose Tolosa COO. Tolosa replaces Pierluigi Gazzolo who shifted from COO to head of Lat-Am at VIMN last year.Tolosa takes up his new role with immediate effect, reporting to VIMN’s President and CEO, Bob Bakish, and will relocate from Miami to New York.Viacom said that Tolosa will be focused on accelerating the company’s international growth strategy, including extending its pay TV footprint in key growth markets and increasing TV everywhere and digital efforts.Bakish said: “Jose is one of the most strategic and forward-thinking executives I’ve worked with and is well-suited to assume the role of COO at this point in VIMN’s evolution.”Tolosa was senior VP, strategy and business development at VIMN from 2009-to-2013 before being upped to executive VP, strategy, business development and operations.
TalkTalk became the most complained-about UK pay TV provider in the second quarter, according to new stats released by broadcast regulator Ofcom.TalkTalk’s complaints volume increased from 0.12 per 1,000 customers in Q1 2015 to 0.14 in Q2, pushing BT into second place.BT, which was the most complained-about operator in Q1, saw a reduction in complaint volumes from to 0.15 in Q1 to 0.11 per 1,000 customers in Q2.“The only provider to generate fewer complaints than the industry average was Sky (0.01 per 1,000 customers), which remained the best-performing pay TV provider,” said Ofcom.Overall, the total volume of telecoms and pay TV complaints made to Ofcom continued to decrease in Q2 2015, even as the number of consumers taking up these services increased, according to the regulator.The latest report covered the three-month period from April to June 2015.
Deutsche Telekom-owned Croatian service provider T-Hrvatski Telekom has launched a promotional offer combining fixed internet and its MAXtv service for HRK1 a month for six months.In addition, customers who choose the company’s top-tier mobile tariff with a two-year contract will pay only HRK1 a month for the first six months.Customers who sign up for T-Hrvatski Telekom’s MAX2 and MAX3 packages and choose one of three top-tier TV services – HBO Premium, Pickbox of MAX Arena, will also pay only HRK1 a month for the first six months.
Qatar-based pay TV provider BeIN Media Group has signed a five-year multi-million dollar output deal with Italia Film International, whereby beIN will acquire over 600 movie titles from studios including Disney.Italia Film International is the exclusive distributor of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucas Films movies in the Middle East, and also has exclusive distribution relationships with Dreamworks, Film Nation, The Weinstein Company, Arclight and Lotus Entertainment. The company has expanded its distribution business to Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh in recent years.The deal with beIN, which it describes as the biggest output deal to date in the Middle East, covers movies including John Wick 2 with Keanu Reeves, Hologram for a King with Tom Hanks, Silent Wife with Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, Unlocked with Michael Douglas, Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom and The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch.“This is the most significant deal for Italia Films as it positions us as a major force across various content platforms. beIN is an ideal partner for Italia Films as beIN has proven to be a major force in pay TV industry in MENA. beIN’s entry into entertainment content will create value for it’s subscribers throughout this region. We are proud to be part of their aggressive expansion drive.” Said Giuseppe Vincenti, CEO & Partner, Italia Film International.”beIN is committed to bringing the best family entertainment to it’s subscribers throughout MENA. This deal with Italia Film gives beIN access to leading Hollywood content. We are aware of Italia Film ability to secure very prominent Hollywood content assets and hence we are confident that through this deal we will be able to bring major Hollywood blockbusters exclusively to beIN subscribers,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy CEO of beIN Media Group.
The BBC is launching BBC Teach, a new home on YouTube for BBC video resources and clips for use in the classroom, along with a series of ‘Live Lessons’ – interactive lessons that are designed to enable pupils and teachers to take part in real time.According to the BBC, a variety of topics across the primary and secondary curriculum will be covered throughout 2016, including music, art, science and literacy.The first live less, which will take place on February 27, will focus on learning with the BBC micro:bit, a personal coding device being provided free to each pupil in Year 7 in England and Wales), year S1 in Scotland and Year 6 in Northern Ireland.Each 45-minute webcast will be designed for a particular age group with information published on the website prior to the lesson and remaining there post-lesson for future use.“BBC Learning is bringing the best of the BBC’s programme-making skills and on-screen talent directly into classrooms while reinforcing the BBC’s commitment to formal education. Live Lessons have been designed to bring innovative and inspiring curriculum-linked content to life whilst also providing an opportunity for thousands of children to participate in a shared learning experience,” said Sinead Rocks, head of BBC Learning.“BBC Live Lessons will be fully interactive, with pupils participating online during the live broadcast part from both the studio and in their schools across the country. The opportunities to pose questions to expert guests and share what they learn will provide an experience a lifetime away from the outdated ‘sit and watch’ schools television of the past.”
Chinese pay TV operator StarTimes has launched a service in Ghana, offering a range of packages with up to 440 channels including both local and international services.StarTimes is offering three packages in Ghana – Super for GHS60 (€13.50), with over 90 channels, Smart, for GHS30, offering 60 channelos, and Nova for GHS15, which provides 30 channels. A range of Chinese and Indian add-on channels are available for GHS80.Payment can be made via mobile payment system SlydePay, developed by local IT specialist DreamOval.StarTimes is offering the service via a set-top box that provides reception of both pay TV and free channels, which is retailed for around GHS140.StarTimes currently offers services to about eight million homes across sub-Saharan Africa, where it compete with incumbent pay TV operator MultiChoice.The company has had a rocky road to get to the point of launching a service in Ghana. Two years ago it became involved in a legal dispute with the country’s government over a cancelled contract to provide digital-terrestrial services to pave the way for Ghanaian digital switchover.
Eurosport has teamed up with drone racing outfit DR1 Racing to exclusively distribute content for broadcast in 70 countries across Europe and Asia-Pacific. The first episode of the DR1 Invitational from Los Angeles will air on Eurosport 1 on November 8 at 23:00 CET.Eurosport will televise three additional racing series next year, including the DR1 Champions Series set to debut in 2017, and the DR1 Micro Series. Eurosport.com will also host Micro Events and additional video content featuring extra footage, outtakes and interviews with drone racers.Eurosport will also represent DR1’s sublicensing interest globally.Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton said: “Eurosport is constantly looking to innovate and we believe new technology, be it Virtual Reality content in our coverage or innovations within emerging sports, is a great driver of engaging fans in sport. It has been fascinating to see the continued growth in popularity of eSports and the way DR1 combines this with the more traditional nature of sporting competition is an exciting model. We are looking forward to working with DR1 and offering fans the chance to follow the twists and turns of this exciting news sport on all Eurosport’s platforms.”Brad Foxhoven, Founder of DR1 Racing, said, “We are thrilled to be bringing this exciting sport that combines Formula 1, NASCAR and eSports to an audience as broad as Eurosport’s.Eurosport showed a genuine appetite to not only broadcast drone racing through its linear broadcast channels but also play an important part in growing the sport via its social and digital platforms too. The growth opportunities of drone racing, both from a high performance and an innovation standpoint, are endless.”
France’s AB Group could be looking at a sale, with Mediawan, the investment vehicle of Xavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse and Pierre-Antoine Capton a possible suitor, according to a report in French financial daily Les Echos.According to Les Echos, citing unnamed sources, AB Group could enter talks with a number of possible buyers, including Mediawan. Lagardère has also been named as a possible candidate in the past.AB Group’s president and majority shareholder, Claude Berda, is approaching 70, fueling speculation about a possible sale. According to Les Echos, the group could seek between €350 and €400 million.Berda owns a 53% stake in the group, with management holding 13.5% and broadcaster TF1 holding 33.5%.The group owns about 20 channels but makes the majority of its revenues from distribution and the exploitation of its programming catalogue.Mediawan, a ‘Special Purpose Acquisition Company’ (SPAC) was recently created by Niel, owner of Iliad Telecom, Troisième Oeil Productions founder Capton, who serves as chairman, and Pigasse, Lazard Group’s global head of acquisitions and CEO of Lazard France, to acquire one or more operating businesses with an intention to focus on “target businesses or companies with principal operations in the traditional and digital media content and entertainment industries in Europe”. The group says on its website that it has “identified potential target businesses and companies but have not engaged in discussions with any potential acquisition or combination candidates, nor do they have any agreements or understandings to acquire any potential target businesses or companies.”
David AbrahamChannel 4 chief executive David Abraham is leaving the UK broadcaster later this year to launch a new media business in 2018.Abraham has been at the public service commercial broadcaster since 2010 and leaves amid further questions over its future structure.The channel appeared to have weathered a storm last year amid suggestions that the government wanted to privatise the channel. Having lobbied hard and appearing to have won support for its position, the pressure looked to have been alleviated with the departure of pro-privatisation culture secretary John Whittingdale.His predecessor Karen Bradley, however, has continued to review the pubcaster and is thought to be weighing an attempt to force it to relocate from London to Birmingham, a move that Abraham opposes.News of Abraham’s departure was botched when the broadcaster tweeted a partial statement about his exit before then confirming the resulting news stories arising from the social media release.He will remain at the helm of Channel 4 until a replacement is found, which will happen before end-2017. The broadcaster said he was leaving to “develop personal plans to launch a media enterprise in 2018”.Abraham said: “I had three priorities when I joined Channel 4 in 2010: to build an independently sustainable business while still delivering strongly to our public remit; to assemble a team capable of delivering creative renewal post Big Brother; and to become world leaders in digital and data innovation.“After several successive years of positive momentum and with revenues now of £1 billion (US$1.2 billion), investment in content of £700 million and sustained creative performance, I have decided that 2017 is the right year for me to hand over this important public job to my successor.”Prior to Channel 4, Abraham’s TV career included stints leading Discovery in Europe and then its TLC cable net in the US, and as CEO of channels group UKTV.Speaking about his next move he said: “I now look forward to working with the Channel 4 Board to support and hand over to my successor and then begin the next phase of my life – back in the private sector where I hope to build an organisation that makes use of all that I learned from leading different kinds of innovative creative businesses.”Last week Abraham was in Israel at INTV talking about Channel 4 and highlighting its strong digital performance and investment in the likes of SVOD service Walter Presents.Charles Gurassa, Channel 4 chair said: “David Abraham has been an outstanding chief executive of Channel 4 over the last seven years. Under his leadership the Channel has delivered record revenues, record programme investment, award winning creative renewal and industry leading digital innovation.“He leaves the organisation in excellent creative and financial health and with a strong and highly experienced team in place. We wish him well in his future new enterprise.”
Steven HeinNBC Entertainment has drafted in former Legendary Digital Networks (LDN) exec Steven Hein.His new post as senior VP of digital content will see him lead development and production of native digital content for shows such as Will & Grace, World of Dance and This is Us.He’ll report to Rob Hayes, executive VP of digital at NBC Entertainment.In April, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said social media and digital content was becoming a key element to launching successful broadcast TV shows.Hein was previously senior VP of programming and production at LDN, where he worked on multiplatform content for the Nerdist, Geek & Sundry and Smart Girls brands.He was also part of the team that launched LDN’s subscription VOD platform, Alpha, which debuted in November and offers programming and digital content from all of Legendary’s key subsidiaries.Before that, he was Twentieth Century Fox, working on development and production of made-for-digital films and series.NBC pointed to Hein’s past in digital video, noting he had worked with early adopter digital publishers such as iFilm, Mediatrip and Atomfilms during the late 1990s. During this period he worked on series with the likes of Sam Raimi, Doug Liman and Jerry Zucker.“Steven brings a wealth of experience developing and producing world class digital content in today’s rapidly evolving television landscape.” said Hayes. “He will be instrumental in helping grow our multiplatform presence and advance our digital strategy.”
The global pay TV business will gain 95 million new subscribers between 2017 and 2023 to take its total global base to 1.1 billion, according to Digital TV Research.According to Digital TV Research, based on forecasts for 138 countries, the global pay TV total base passed the one billion mark last year.IPTV platforms will win most of the new subscribers likely to sign up over the next five years, taking 81 million new customers to overtake pay TV satellite subscribers this year, according to the research outfit.According to Digital TV Research, satellite TV will add 31 million subscribers, while digital-terrestrial pay TV services will add 10 million. While digital cable services will add 61 million subscribers by 2023, analogue cable will lose 88 million, resulting in an overall net loss for cable operators.Analogue cable subscribers numbered 90 million at the end of last year, representing a significant challenge for operators keen to convert them to digital services. Overall, Digital TV Research predicts there will be 525 million cable TV subscribers by 2023, down only slightly from the 528 million recorded in 2010.The number of pay TV subscribers in North America is expected to fall to 92 million by 2023, down from 112 million in 2012.The number of pay TV subscribers was flat in Latin America in 2017. Fewer than 5 million more pay TV subscribers are expected between 2017 and 2023 – bringing its total to almost 76 million.Eastern Europe will lose 2.4 million subscribers between 2017 and 2023 – down by 2.9% to 79 million. This is more to do with poor economic conditions than cord-cutting. Eastern Europe also has a legacy of low-paying analog cable TV subscribers to convert to digital. 2017 was the peak year for the region. The 2017 total included 20 million analog cable subscribers.Western Europe will still gain subscribers between 2017 and 2023. Although this only represents a 2.6% increase, it means nearly 3 million more subs to take the total to 106 million.Sub-Saharan Africa will climb by 74% between 2017 and 2023 to 41 million pay TV subscribers. In the Middle East and North Africa, the number of pay TV homes will increase by 4.5 million between 2017 and 2023 to 21 million.The Asia Pacific pay TV sector is vibrant, with subscribers up by 78 million over the next five years to 686 million.China will continue to supply about a third of the world’s pay TV subscribers, with 375 million expected by end-2023. India will bring in another 16% of the total by 2023 – or 180 million. China and India will together provide half the world’s pay TV subscribers by 2023.
Ericsson Media Solutions’ three constituent product areas – compression, delivery and platforms – can all continue to deliver growth following completion of the acquisition of a majority stake in the business by One Equity Partners, according to company executives.Following completion of the current ‘carve out’ process, One Equity Partners will be the 51% owner of the business, with Ericsson retaining a 49% stake.“We should be through that process by the end of the year. We will have a new name and a new brand but will retain our relationship with Ericsson,” Mark Russell, CTO and head of strategy told DTVE at the NAB Show, the first major trade show at which Ericsson Media Solutions has exhibited since the change of ownership announcement in January.This unit will comprise Ericsson’s compression assets, media delivery including 2014 cloud delivery acquisition Fabrix Systems and the TV platform business comprising MediaRoom MediaFirst and other assets.“It covers everything from acquisition to contribution to distribution. We have a pretty broad presence in the space,” said Russell.Russell said that uncertainty about the future of the business ahead of the January deal had “some impact” commercially, but added that Ericsson had engaged with customers to inform them about what was happening. “We have engaged with all of our customers and kept them apprised and updated,” he said. “Our customers were appreciative that we did things openly during the process. Our conversations with them have been quite positive,” he said.Russell said that in broad terms, both vendors and customers were consolidating as the media business undergoes rapid transformation wrought by changing viewing patterns and technology development. “The gravitational forces are towards consolidation,” he said.At the technology level, he said that there is a broad transformation of media workflows towards a primarily OTT all-streams approach. “OTT is not a sidecar. It is the main thing. All of those workflows are being remapped around that and we want to play big in that space. We have underlying assets that we will employ and we’ll look at other avenues to fill the portfolio out,” he said.While there is a transition to cloud based delivery, he said, larger operators are likely to build a streaming TV service but maintain “a managed aspect to that service. You get a pure streaming TV service but for subscribers that continue to value that big screen you can still give them the level of quality they expect.”He said that managed delivery and OTT will cohabit in a single platform.On the compression side, Ericsson wants to surf the coming UHD TV wave. “The company will invest in AV1, but it is hard to gauge whether it will become a dominant codec, or something that allows the HEVC [community] to coalesce,” he said. “As a primary player in the industry we need to support those trends.”On the delivery side, Ericsson will expand its media delivery platform to handle both unicast live and multicast live content as well as applications such as cloud DVR, he said.On the platform side, Russell said that Ericsson would support the main industry ecosystems but would not try to further develop a proprietary solution. “We’ve put energy into the Android ecosystem but I have to say we are taking a balanced view of RDK as well. We want to be on the main industry-wide ecosystems rather than create our own underlying middleware stack,” he said.Also speaking to DTVE at the NAB Show, Gowton Achaibar, COO and head of R&D,said that customers understood the logic of creating a standalone entity with revenues of US$400-500 million from the much larger Ericsson. “A standalone business has the power and freedom to allocate capital independently,” he said.Achaibar reiterated that Ericsson’s compression, storage and delivery, and platforms products can all deliver growth. He said the company had a wide range of customers across all three of its key product areas, with some buying all three and some choosing to mix Ericsson solutions with those of third-party providers.Separately, Ericsson Media Solutions used the NAB Show to debut its MediaFirst UHD platform, described by the company as a software-based multi-application media processing and encoding platform. The platform combines MediaFirst’s video and content processing and AVP system encoders.
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Designated Survivor: 60 DaysSubscriptions to Netflix in South Korea have risen by 192% year-over-year.According to smartphone app service market research company Wiseapp, subscriber numbers in the country have nearly tripled to reach 1.84 million. This is a significant increase when compared with June 2018’s subscriber count of 630,000.The majority (38%) of South Korean Netflix subscribers are in their 20s, while 31% are in their 30s and 15% in their 40s. The news will represent an achievement for Netflix, which has added high-profile South Korean content to the platform in recent months. These additions include Chief of Staff, Designated Survivor: 60 Days and Kingdom.Netflix has ramped up its focus on localised content over the past year. Today, the company announced that it has ordered five new originals out of India: Messy, Betaal, Bombay Begums, Mai and Masaba Masaba.
They say that it was because of his love of wine that Pope John XXII bought Valréas which stayed the property of the church until the French Revolution. Events will take place all through the year reaching a peak on 4th – 6th August for the Châteauneuf-du-Pape celebrations and 19th – 20th August for Valréas. 650th anniversary of The Synagogue of Carpentras: Carpentras is home to the oldest synagogue in France and celebrates its 650 year anniversary in 2017. It was built in 1367 and has been the subject of an extensive three year renovation programme. To celebrate the anniversary, there will be concerts, exhibitions, conferences, and so forth – including displaying some of the ancient Jewish texts from the library such as the Hebrew Bible that dates from 1550. This would be a grand time to visit the area and follow the route of Jewish history including Avignon and Cavaillon. New accommodation options in the Vaucluse: La Maison de Crillon, Crillon le Brave – only opening in June 2016, this little jewel of luxurious comfort overlooks the gorgeous Ventoux countryside. Just eleven rooms decorated with objets d’arts and fine furnishings in a modern building of stone, wood and glass. Domaine de Palerme, Ile-sur-la-Sorgue – This chambres d’hôtes, which also opened in June 2016, is in an eighteenth century farmhouse where Albert Camus stayed in the Fifties. There are five enormous rooms with original tiled floors and blown glass windows. The setting is magnificent – a garden of over 6000 square metres with masses of luxurious vegetation. Villa du Haut Vallon, Gordes – A very elegant chambres d’hotes, the Villa du Haut Vallon is situated just fifteen minutes from the village of Gordes in impeccably manicured gardens. The interior is a perfect harmony of old and new with three vast suites that feature the original beams, doors and stairs. The owner collects vintage luxury cars so one may take a trip around the Luberon in style. Hotel Le Petit Palais d’Aglae****, Gordes – This hotel also opened in June 2016 but is like no other! It is like entering another world …an Italian Renaissance extravaganza where the normal codes of decoration have been totally ignored. There is also an exceptional restaurant L’Euphrosyne where the menu reflects the style of the property – happy, light, colourful, fizzy!Avignon 2017: 7th April – 27th August 2017 sees the Raoul Dufy Exhibition in Avignon at the Angladon Museum collecting 60 of the great artist’s works in the recently added new space. New Openings: Just opening – March 2017 will see the inauguration of an exceptional building dedicated to wine. The Dubrule family have invested in an architectural marvel with their new wine cellar in Curcuron in the Luberon, designed by Jean–Michel Wilmotte using glorious materials such as dried stone, wood, glass etc. They wanted to emulate some of the beautiful wineries of Spain and Aquitaine and this has certainly been achieved. Not only will there be tastings of wines from all over the world chosen by Alain Graillot, but also a library of books dedicated to the Luberon and a collection of glasses on display.September 2017 will see the opening to the public of the hydro-electric station at Bollène. The majestic façade is classed as an historic monument and was known at the time as the French Suez. It is a working industrial site where you can learn about hydro-electricity, the Rhône River and so on. Guided visits take an hour and a half – Monday to Saturday inclusive.DD TRAVEL FEATURES…..NEW IN THE VAUCLUSE PROVENCE 2017 was last modified: March 24th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: BY TIM HEDGLEY, GROUP TRAVEL EDITORTHE sun is out this weekend and when sunshines it makes me think of France. this country has always been a favourite of mine and I recently got notification of some amazing places to visit Vaucluse Provence. so if you are traveling that direction consider these.The wine is flowing at Châteauneuf du Pape: 2017 is the 700th anniversary of the castle of the Popes at Châteauneuf du Pape as they started its construction in 1317. This was their summer residence. It is also the 700th anniversary of the Enclave of the Popes in Valréas. Marquis de Sade: Spring 2017 will see the doors opening of the newly restored Château of the de Sade family in Saumane. It is one of many residences that the family owned throughout this part of the world and the labyrinth of corridors and passages shows the imagination of the young Marquis. It has a medieval soul, a Renaissance charm and shows the fantasies of the eighteenth century. The Marquis lived here from the age of five to the age of ten with his illustrious uncle who was a famous intellectual and scientist. BY TIM HEDGLEYDD TRAVEL FEATURES…..NEW IN THE VAUCLUSE PROVENCE 2017GROUP TRAVEL EDITORVISIT SOUTHERN FRANCE ShareTweet
“I am very happy to support this initiative and would ask everyone to think about how they currently travel and how they can travel more sustainably to make a difference to our environment.”Margaret Edwards, Museums and Visitor Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council said, “The Tower Museum are delighted to support Translink’s Bus and Train Week with our pop up displays as it is a great way of highlighting the important role public transport has played in the City and District.“The city in particular, has a unique history that recognises the important role public transport played in influencing the development of the North West over the years. In 1900 four separate rail networks operated in and out of the city.“In 1989 the former Derry City Council opened a museum on Foyle Road, the Foyle Valley Railway Museum in conjunction with the North West Railway Society to tell the story of the areas unique rail network which connected the city to Dublin, Belfast and Donegal. THE Tower Museum has teamed up with Translink to celebrate Bus and Train Week which began earlier this week, June 5th and continues through to June 11th, promoting the advantages of using public transport.The museum will be providing a pop up exhibition at Translink’s Foyle Street bus station and will be displaying a number of collections from the museum, including a selection of objects and images relating to its railway collection.The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh said, “Promoting sustainable travel was a key objective of the Council’s Community Plan/ Strategic Growth Plan.“The aim this week is to celebrate and promote the advantages of using public transport and to encourage more people to leave their car at home and travel by bus or train. “As Foyle Valley Railway Museum prepares to open its doors to the public again, members of Destined, who have secured the lease to reopen the museum will be on hand tomorrow, Thursday 8th June to inform the public about the upcoming reopening.“There will also be information available on Friday 9th June at Foyle Street Bus Station on the history of shirt factories, the Laurentic and the Tower Museum’s learning and events programme.”For further details on upcoming events and exhibitions at the Tower Museum, visit www.derrystrabane.com.TOWER MUSEUM SUPPORTS BUS AND TRAIN WEEK was last modified: June 7th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet FFoyle roadFOYLE VALUE RAILWAY MUSEUMLAURENTICTOWER MUSEUM SUPPORTS BUS AND TRAIN WEEKTranslink
INSPECTOR O’BRIENtTYRCONNELL STREEYOUNG BOY DONNACADH MAGUIRE (6) DIES IN HOSPITAL AFTER BEING FOUND BADLY INJURED IN DERRY STREET ShareTweet Police at Strand Road appeal six year old boy dies in hospital after collision in Derry this morningPOLICE have confirmed that officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a young child in the Tyrconnell Street area of Derry this morning, Tuesday 11 July.Shortly before 10.30am six year old Donnacadh Maguire was found significantly injured in the road.He was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he subsequently passed away. Tyrconnell Street remains closed at this time.YOUNG BOY DONNACADH MAGUIRE (6) DIES IN HOSPITAL AFTER BEING FOUND BADLY INJURED IN DERRY STREET was last modified: July 11th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: One man has since been arrested and remains in custody at Strand Road police station assisting police with their inquiries.Inspector O’Brien said: “While it is possible that Donnacadh’s injuries were sustained as the result of a collision with a vehicle, we are working to establish exactly what happened and we are keen to speak to witnesses.“I would ask anyone who was on Tyrconnell Street this morning between 10am and 10.30am to please get in touch with officers in Strand Road.“Or contact the Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101, quoting reference number 390 of 11/07/17.
Security alert in Derry ended on Friday after a viable bomb was found in the Lettrshandoney areaSINN Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has condemned those responsible for causing a security alert in the Lettershandoney area of Derry this week.Residents were evacuated from their homes on Thursday after violent dissident republicans told an intermediary they had left a bomb in the area.Following two days of searching, police said a viable bomb device was found on Friday and made safe by British Army ATO.The Foyle MLA said:“This is the second alert in as many days. These alerts do nothing for the image of Derry.“These alerts have caused disruption in the area, on two occasions residents were asked to leave their homes.“This was a reckless attack and the last thing the people of Derry want. “Whoever is behind this alert needs to realise they do not represent the people of Derry and stop these futile actions immediately.“Anyone with any information on these alerts should bring it forward to the PSNI.”MCCARTNEY CONDEMNS SECURITY ALERT IN DERRY was last modified: September 2nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet LettershandoneyMCCARTNEY CONDEMNS SECURITY ALERT IN DERRY