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first_imgSydney’s monorail was pulled down in June 2013 because it was long seen as an eyesore, under-utilised and a waste of money.  The plan is to build an AUD $1 billion monorail above the Tullamarine Freeway and connect to the airport to either Southern Cross or Flinders Street station, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Premier of Victoria, Denis Napthine said that he received a proposal and would discuss it with the Plenary Group, the backers of the project but that a metro tunnel had to be built before any link to the airport could be considered.  The future of public transport between Melbourne Airport and the city of Melbourne could be a monorail if an entrepreneur’s plan goes ahead. Peter O’Brien, the mastermind behind the project, says it would be a cleaner and more high tech substitute for a normal diesel train. The monorail would be similar to one built in Incheon, South Korea because it would be silent and driverless. Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires BirdGang, the time has come. The NFL Draft is finally here! We decided to ask someone who knows a thing or two about football who might be selected as the next Arizona Cardinal. Paige Dimakos sat down with Bertrand Berry (Btrain) to get his take on all things NFL Draft and Arizona Cardinals.last_img


first_imgRep. Tom Barrett, chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and the only Iraq War veteran serving in the state House, spent Veterans Day serving veterans throughout his community.Rep. Barrett, a U.S. Army veteran, began the day at the MSU Student Veterans Breakfast at Spartan Stadium and then was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day Observation at VOA Veterans Housing.“As a veteran I have a great appreciation for these men and women,” said Rep. Barrett, “and I understand the importance of honoring them and thanking them, not just today but every day.“Simply saying thank you means more than most people realize. It’s an important thing to do.”Barrett then visited Lansing’s Advent House Ministries, where he joined other volunteers in serving lunch to veterans.After nightfall, Rep. Barrett joined volunteers with Homeless Angels in reaching out to homeless veterans in downtown Lansing. There are more than 4,000 homeless veterans in Michigan alone.“This was an eye-opening experience,” said Rep. Barrett. “On this very day that we set aside to honor veterans many of them were out in the cold with no place to go. That’s simply not okay.”The group met several veterans on the streets and offered them a place to sleep.In addition to helping veterans in the field, Rep. Barrett has also introduced legislation to protect the quality of life for all service members. After learning of a constituent who was unable to attend his child custody hearing because he was serving aboard a submarine in the U.S. Navy, Rep. Barrett authored a bill to protect child custody rights of service members while deployed overseas. The bill was signed into law in June and became Public Act 50 of 2015.“No one should risk having their kids taken away because they are serving our country,” he said.Rep. Barrett also took legislative action after hearing of a local constituent who was denied service at a restaurant because of his service dog. Last month, Public Act 146 of 2015 was signed into law, protecting veterans who are accompanied by service dogs in public. These dogs provide great relief to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury, and Michigan is now a national leader in service dog protection.Rep. Barrett encourages everyone to do what they can to help veterans in their community throughout the year, not only on Veterans Day. Barrett said Michigan veterans who have questions about benefits and services they are entitled to can visit www.michiganveterans.com for more information.“There’s much more to be done, and I’m confident we can make a difference in the lives of many veterans in our community.”Barrett continues to serve in the military as a Michigan Army National Guard helicopter pilot trained on several different aircraft. Categories: Barrett News,Blog Features,News 12Nov Rep. Barrett: ‘No vet should be homeless on Veterans Day’last_img read more


first_img Categories: Berman News 19Feb Rep. Berman: Give local officials more input in alcohol regulation Local establishments with licenses to sell alcohol would have the freedom to extend their hours of operation upon approval from community officials under legislation introduced today by state Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township.Under Berman’s plan, local governments will be given the option to allow community businesses the ability to sell alcohol between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.“We are simply giving local municipalities the option to allow alcohol permits for establishments desiring to extend their hours of operation,” said Berman, who serves as the majority vice chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee. “It’s an optional program. By no means do communities have to act in accordance with this proposal and grant businesses extended hours. It’s strictly up to local officials on how they wish to regulate alcohol sales within their borders.”Berman said local governments which opt in could see a general increase in revenue.House Bill 4213 now moves to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for further consideration.center_img Legislator authors opt-in plan offering municipalities more independencelast_img read more


first_imgShare23Tweet3ShareEmail26 SharesBy Photo: Kjetil ReeArchitect: Marcel Breuer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 15, 2016; The Real DealA nonprofit law firm in New York is suing the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and a private equity firm (that reports capital commitments of $65 billion). MFY Legal Services filed suit in Brooklyn, claiming the handling of foreclosures by HUD and Lone Star Funds in neighborhoods that include Canarsie and parts of Southern Queens, were racially biased.HUD, a federal program created in the 1930s to provide housing to lower-income families and first-time homeowners, experienced a major increase in delinquent mortgages and foreclosures following the 2008 financial crisis and recession. A spiraling deficit within the agency caught the attention of Congress and by 2010, what is now known as the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP) was born. The new program not only opened a funding stream for HUD to become solvent, but it created a possible alternative to foreclosure for HUD borrowers. The loans in DASP, according to HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan, “are all headed to foreclosure—100 percent of them—because they’ve exhausted their loss-mitigation options.” The new program allows them one more possible alternative through a new lender who is required to try to work with the borrower on loan modifications in order to keep them in their homes.HUD is allowed to sell these mortgages in bulk at discounted rates to investors, and have done so through DASP for as little as 41 cents on the dollar. According to the Atlantic, “Wall Street is once again buying [thousands of] mortgages, and…instead of dealing with shady subprime lenders, they are buying…shaky loans from the government—at a significant discount.”For investors, “there’s a substantial amount of profit to be made,” said Jack McCabe, who consults with investors on the real estate market. “Wall Street investors developed a thirst for non-performing loans, and DASP was an opportunity to unload mortgages while satisfying that thirst.”If DASP is simply a new channel for sharks, New York City would be the prime location for a feeding frenzy. The Times article covering the MFY suit pointed out that the location is an additional lucrative win for investors, who would gain property ownership in one of most attractive and promising real estate markets.This has been brought to light when despite HUD’s requirements that the private firms (typically hedge funds or private equity funds) not foreclose within the first year and provide alternate modifications to stay in the home, both the Atlantic and the recent lawsuit by MFY report unsettling practices. Modification negotiations by private investors have included large balloon payments and interest-only options that seem less like a focus toward supporting home ownership and more like a strategy to confiscate an asset over the long term.MFY, which was founded on the principle of “equal access to justice through community-based legal representation of poor New Yorkers,” is not only bringing these concerns to light, but making a case against the implementation of DASP at an even deeper level. The firm believes the selling of delinquent mortgages to Lone Star Funds is disproportionately hurting black homeowners. Lawyers say the “concentration of the sales [in black communities] is putting black homeowners at greater risk of foreclosure and threatening to undermine decades of progress toward increasing homeownership in these neighborhoods.”According to the lawsuit, sixty-one percent of the 1,100 delinquent mortgages in New York City sold by the Federal Housing Agency (parent agency of HUD) between 2012 and 2014 were in predominantly black neighborhoods. In an attempt to at least modestly intervene, the City of New York bought 24 of the 1,100 mortgages to prevent their sale to the private investors.“We are fighting to help homeowners stay in the neighborhoods they helped build,” Mayor Bill de Blasio” said.Since its inception, the program has sold over 100,000 distressed mortgage loans, and according to an “analysis of HUD’s sales results by the Center for Public Integrity, its fund moved from being $16 billion in the red to $4.8 billion in the black in just two years.”While this is without question a considerable win for the agency and its mission, critics stress that the agency has significant work to do to better assure that private investors live up to the obligations and protections of the borrowers that HUD was designed to help.—Michelle LemmingShare23Tweet3ShareEmail26 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgShare20Tweet29Share18Email67 Shares“Free Rent [citation needed]” by Matt MechtleySeptember 13, 2017; Pittsburgh Post-GazetteWhen a nonprofit hands over too much of its judgment to a for-profit, profit motives may win out, and that is the case so much in the field of charter schools that a number of states have banned for-profit involvement. NPQ has often written about situations where boards agree to questionable relationships with for-profits that lead to complexity, obfuscation, and malfeasance. Looking at how this happens should provide a warning to other nonprofit boards to throw up red flags when they spot conflicts.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently examined how charters in Pennsylvania are taking advantage of state law and using their independence and invisibility to shift funds designed for facilities to the bank accounts of other, separately incorporated businesses they control. Pennsylvania requires charter schools to be incorporated as nonprofit organizations. However, their board members and other leaders are not barred from establishing additional corporations that can provide services to the charter schools they lead, opening a tempting loophole for abusive business practices.Pennsylvania offsets the cost of providing school facilities by allocating funds beyond the per-pupil education funding they require local districts to provide charter schools serving students from their catchment area. Seeing this as an opportunity for creative financial management, the leadership of the multi-school Propel Schools charter network formed a separate nonprofit real estate management corporation, School Facilities Development (SFD).According to the Post-Gazette, “SFD has spent $32.6 million buying a portfolio of seven schools, comprising most of Propel’s 11 locations. With no employees and just a few volunteers and part-time consultants, the nonprofit receives $3 million in annual lease payments from Propel schools, and after debt payments runs annual six-figure surpluses.”The lease arrangements allow Propel Schools to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent subsidies from the state, which are used to pay rent to the real estate company they control. SFS has generated surplus funds from those rentals. This effectively transfers revenue from the Propel schools to another organization that may or may not use them for the benefit of Propel’s students.From the prospective of Propel/SFD, this is just good management, allowing the schools to meet facility contingencies that might not be funded by ongoing public education funds. SFD’s CFO notes, “a healthy balance sheet…enables SFD to make the necessary capital investments and improvements and to reduce outstanding debt.”On the other hand, Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, sees it as problematic. He told the Post-Gazette,You’ve created this nonprofit and sort of in a sense, you control it. You’re getting a lease reimbursement for renting to yourself…the outsourcing of charter school functions to special-purpose nonprofits is still a problem…because the organizations sometimes claim to be outside of the scope of laws governing open records and state auditing…When they say, “we’re a private business,” I somewhat chuckle at that…because some of them have been set up simply to get the management of the charter schools out of the public view.A recent study of Arizona’s charter schools by the Grand Canyon Institute found that similar practices are taking place. The independence given charters from public oversight has led to rampant self-dealing. “In 2013-14, 48 percent of Arizona’s charter school expenditures for contracts, leases and rents were owed (committed) to for-profit companies that employed or were owned by the charter holder or a related party. These commitments amounted to $497.5 million annually. That figure would be higher if administrative and teacher salaries and benefits to related parties were included.” Perhaps this is a way of saving money, but the lack of transparency makes that conclusion difficult to document.A lack of “public view” is more than a cosmetic issue. While state laws governing the operations of nonprofits vary, the complex interlinking of closely controlled organizations and self-dealing relationships provides an avenue for abuse. At its worst, it creates the opportunity for public harm.Nonprofit boards have a critical responsibility to ensure that the benefits that can come from these practices are realized and the potential harms are avoided. Again, self-dealing does not bar an honest, arm’s-length transaction that benefits the nonprofit and does not unduly favor the trustee or officer over others. In the Summer 2017 edition of the Nonprofit Quarterly, Herrington Bryce advised, “These types of transactions should always be approached with very careful legal and ethical scrutiny and within the scope of a carefully crafted and existing policy. Discussions involving the questioning of the involved parties—as well as decisions—and the supporting or exculpatory information should always be retained.”Even when there is no mismanagement or fraud, it can create a complex and invisible system that keeps the public in the dark and out of the loop and weakens the connection between community and school.—Martin LevineShare20Tweet29Share18Email67 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgUK pay TV operator BSkyB is expected to report around 10,000 new pay television subscribers and 140,000 new high definition customers when it announces its quarterly financial results later this week.The News Corp-backed pay platform is set to report its third-quarter financials on Wednesday and investment bank Morgan Stanley believes it will total 10.54 million total customers, with 10.26 million TV subscribers and 4,203,000 subscribers to its Sky Plus HD service. 
”There was also the launch of the Formula One HD channel which should have helped HD adds in the quarter – we forecast these at 140k in line with the Christmas quarter,” noted the bank.This comes as the pay broadcaster is expected to launch a number of new services in the coming months including its new OTT service NowTV before the end of June.last_img read more


first_imgFrench ISP Free has launched a 1Gbps internet service for Freebox Révolution subscribers. Free is offering 1Gbps downstream and 200Mbps upstream for subscribers with its advanced multimedia gateway and set-top box. The increase in speed will be delivered automatically to all Freebox Révolution fibre-to-the-home customers at no extra charge.last_img


first_imgFrench national newspaper Le Figaro has partnered with Brightcove, which will power the mobile version of its news and entertainment channel, Le Figaro TV.Le Figaro will use the Brightcove Video Cloud online video platform to expand the reach of its video library across mobile devices, which currently account for nearly a third of the website’s traffic.The firm said the deal will allow it to seamlessly integrate with leading ad networks and servers, delivering a richer, more interactive advertising experience.“Since introducing video on the site two years ago, we grew our video traffic six-fold and have kept our audiences engaged, with more than 80% of viewers completing more than 50% of each video on Le Figaro TV,” said Bertrand Gie, managing director of new media at Le Figaro.“With Video Cloud, we’re able to broaden the reach of our extensive library of on-demand video content, making it available on tablets and smartphones without compromising on quality or viewer experience.”Le Figaro TV offers original short-form content on-demand. It claims that more than 70 news and review videos are uploaded every day.last_img read more


first_imgUK TV viewers remain broadly traditional in their TV preferences, but strongly identify with programme ‘superbrands’, according to research carried out for free-to-air digital-terrestrial TV platform Freeview.According to the Freeview survey, carried out by ICM, over half – 52% – of respondents act as television ‘brand advocates’, saying they will recommend a TV programme they have enjoyed. Some 21% say they watch extra or behind-the-scenes spin-off shows related to their favourite programmes.Many viewers said they feel closer to some TV ‘super brands’ – including Sherlock, with a 23% score on this question, and Mrs Brown’s Boys, with 22% – than to major household brand names like Apple, with 21%, and Coca Cola, with 16%.Viewers remain somewhat risk-averse, with 43% choosing programmes that are recommended by family or friends and 35% choosing programmes that feature a favourite actor.Some 29% said that TV helps bring together family, partners or housemates together, while 31% said they were willing to make some kind of compromise or joint decision with family or housemates about what to watch.According to the survey, 52% of respondents said that TV admit to being ‘telly addicts’, with 21% saying they watch their favourite programmes out of habit and 33% saying TV brings a sense of structure to their life.“Our research shows the pivotal role TV plays in many people’s lives. It helps us relax and unwind, but also brings us closer to those we love and to the outside world. Advances in technology are making this easier than ever before. Catch-up and on-demand TV have given people a new ability to personalise how they watch television, allowing it to fit in with their daily life. That is why we are excited to be launching Freeview Play, which will allow everyone to fit TV around their personal needs,” said Freeview managing director Guy North.“However it’s important to note that while we are witnessing technological change, most people, most of the time, watch the same kinds of programmes they always have. Old habits die hard, and Brits are tied to the three ‘Cs’: caution, compromise and choice. Technological innovation enables this but there is also an opportunity for the industry to balance ground-breaking ‘critics’ choice’ programming with shows that appeal to a mass market.”last_img read more


first_imgVideo distribution technology provider Quickplay has teamed up with multiscreen app development provider You.i TV to provide a joint platform powered by Quickplay’s virtual headend, combined with a front-end user interface to deliver OTT video services across connected devices including iOS, tvOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Xbox, PlayStation, Roku, Smart TVs and RDK set-top boxes.You.i TV is providing the front-end technology, while Quickplay’s managed video platform provides the backend service via a software defined headend. Quickplay also handles all of the adaptive streaming and content management, including DRM solutions, user entitlements, dynamic advertising insertion, banner ad support, multi-language support, and featured content from over 200 providers.“You.i TV’s reinvention of how TV operators and programmers build multiscreen applications is driving success with major content brands in Canada and the United States,” said Wayne Purboo, CEO and co-founder of Quickplay.“Our work with the You.i TV team on existing opportunities for OTT services will play a key role as we continue to build our partner ecosystem to provide the most open, efficient, scalable and robust solution in the market for operators and content programmers to take advantage of Next Generation TV Services.”last_img read more


first_imgViaccess-Orca has acquired Squadeo, a global provider of secure cross-platform OTT premium video solutions for the TV industry.VO said that the integration of Squadeo’s multimedia QuickPlayer will strengthen its Connected Sentinel Player offering – enabling an end-to-end solution for delivering live and VOD content to PC, Mac and Android and iOS mobile devices.Paul Molinier“As multiscreen video consumption continues to grow, content providers are challenged to deliver consistent, secure, and premium video experiences across all screens,” said Viaccess-Orca CEO, Paul Molinier.“Combining Squadeo’s best-in-class multimedia player technologies with our Connected Sentinel Player offering will enable content providers to deliver better video quality with stronger content protection, and effectively monetise their OTT multiscreen services.”Squadeo provides video players on open platforms pre-integrated with major DRMs. Its end-to-end QuickPlayer allows content providers to offer a multiscreen experience that uses patented video scrambling technology.The end-to-end solution also enables content providers to collect data from QuickPlayer to gain insights into user behaviour, which they can use to increase viewer engagement.last_img read more


first_imgSneaky PeteAmazon Prime Video has revealed that Bryan Cranston-created drama Sneaky Pete is its most popular drama this year in the UK.Unsurprisingly, The Grand Tour ranks as its most popular unscripted series, while American Gods is its most watched fantasy series and Just Add Magic is the leading kids show.Yesterday, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price named The Grand Tour as the most popular original TV show on the Prime Video platform, though as Amazon does not release viewing figures it is unclear how many eyeballs it is drawing.Crime drama Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as a former convict, who adopts his ex-cellmate’s identity in order to avoid his former life.Cranston (Breaking Bad) co-created the series with David Shore (House), who has since exited the series. Graham Yost (Justified) has replaced him, and the series is headed for a second season.In the UK, American Gods is billed as an original series following a deal with distributor FremantleMedia, while Just Add Magic is an in-house series based on Cindy Callaghan’s book of the same name.last_img read more


first_imgRTL Group has taken a 15% minority stake in virtual reality firm Inception, after leading the immersive content network’s US$15 million (€13 million) Series A funding round.RTL said that Inception will provide VR programming, creative, and distribution capabilities to RTL Group thanks to its content network, interactive technology and content making expertise.“Virtual Reality is a new medium for content and creative ideas, which are at the heart of what we do,” said RTL Group’s vice president, business development and group synergies, Christos Schizas, who joins the Inception board.“That’s why it is only natural to explore ways of augmenting our total video universe with this new medium. We see clear potential for synergies with our existing portfolio of content production, multi-platform networks and advertising solutions.”Inception said that the US$15m funding injection will help the company to expand its content catalogue, enhance its technology platform and accelerate growth.The Israel-based firm launched in October 2016 and has apps for Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, iOS, Android, Google Daydream and HTC Vive – with Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality and Sony PSVR “coming soon”.Inception defines itself a “next-generation immersive content network” and was founded early last year by CEO Benny Arbel, CMO Dana Porter Rubinshtein, CCO Effi Wizen, and CTO Nitzan Shenar.Australian businessman James Packer, Isreali tech investor Gigi Levy-Weiss, and Israeli investment outfit iAngels all also contributed to the Series A funding round.“VR is an incredible new entertainment medium and a fantastic opportunity for brands and talents to tell their stories and engage their audience as never before,” said Arbel.“Our unique combination of great technology and content will make VR more accessible and enjoyable for audiences around the world. Together, RTL Group and Inception can play a key role in shaping that experience by combining our expertise in content creation, episodic storytelling, and immersive technology to take audiences to the next level.”last_img read more


first_imgMedia and entertainment solutions provider Amino has secured a new contract to deliver an ‘upcycling’ programme for T-Mobile Netherlands that will transform the operator’s installed base of legacy TV devices to meet the demands of connected consumers.Marieke SnoepUnder the terms of the partnership, T-Mobile will deploy AminoOS software, which allows previously deployed devices to be upcycled to deliver an upgraded TV experience – including integration with the latest media players.According to Amino, the software enables a smooth transition to a new platform with minimal disruption.T-Mobile will also benefit from cloud-based remote assistance and device management capabilities to ensure consumers are given support during and after the transformation. These tools also lower expenditure by reducing the number and duration of customer calls.Currently, T-Mobile provides services to four million customers with 200,000 subscribers to its T-Mobile Thuis (Home) TV service which combines broadcast and over-the-top feeds.Marieke Snoep CCO at T-Mobile said: “The AminoOS solution allows us to cost-effectively offer all our customers a leading-edge TV service that meets their demand for advanced capabilities in a multiscreen, multidevice world.”Donald McGarva, Amino’s CEO added: “Our upcycling capabilities are a proven solution for operators that want customers to benefit from next-generation TV experiences without replacing set-top boxes.”last_img read more


first_imgLiberty Global-owned Virgin Media has teamed up with technology specialist Arris to launch an 8.5Gbps symmetrical broadband trial in Papworth, Cambridgeshire.The six-month trial to 50 homes in the town uses an existing fibre-to-the-premises connection, with data transferred using Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) technology.Virgin Media’s trial uses its existing fibre network in the area to provide download speeds that are 200 times faster than the UK average. Arris said that EPON s typically used to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds to UK homes, but Virgin Media has been working with it to trial new equipment and software to increase the speeds that its residential fibre network is capable of delivering.“The time to deployment is impressive which underlines what can be done with the existing infrastructure,” said technology, media and telecom analyst Paolo Pescatore. “This represents the next step in Virgin Media’s network investment strategy.” “It is important to address the exponential growth in data traffic as people own more devices and are accessing a wide range of services. The biggest use case is video services which will proliferate due to HD, 4K and eventually 8K streams.. Beyond faster speeds, these moves will provide plentiful benefits for when 5G arrives to ensure there is enough backhaul capacity.”Papworth is where Virgin Media first tested 1Gbps full fibre to the premises connectivity in 2014, and was also the original test site for the narrow trenching methodology that the company has used to minimise disruption and speed up deployment when laying new network cables.Richard Sinclair, executive director of connectivity at Virgin Media, said: “As the UK’s fastest widely available broadband provider, we’re committed to making Britain faster and this trial pushes the boundaries of what’s possible. Whether it’s streaming UHD movies on Netflix, playing the latest games online or video conferencing, faster internet connections have changed our lives immeasurably over the past decade. As speed leaders, Virgin Media is not going to stand still; this trial is about looking ahead to the next decade and beyond. With the volume of our customers’ internet usage almost doubling every year, trials like this will ensure we have the capability to meet the demand of data-hungry services in the future – be that over cable or full fibre.”Steve McCaffery, president, international sales and managing director, international business operations at Arris, said: “The world thought multi-gigabit speeds would only be for lab tests, businesses and governments. Thanks to the foresight and ambition of Virgin Media, cutting-edge Arris technologies are now in real people’s homes.”last_img read more


first_imgHbbTV is a global initiative targeted at bridging broadcast and broadband delivery of content and services to allow consumption of content on connected TVs, set-top boxes and mobile devices. HbbTV 2.0 is the latest revision of the standard, it adds major new features including support for Ultra-HD, extra MPEG-DASH profiles and subtitles for broadband delivered content according to EBU-TT-D specifications.Download this Solution Brief to learn about how Keepixo solutions can be used to implement HbbTV 2.0 boradband delivery workflow.last_img


first_imgThe journalist is one of of two PBP candidates now on the council.He said people should actively resist any attempt to introduce a hard border between Londonderry and Donegal.And Councillor McCann added that while he isn’t convinced a hard border will be reintroduced, he believed it should be met with resistance but stressed it must be peaceful.“We are totally against violent protest, which would be counterproductive,” he said. ShareTweet BREXITCouncillor Eamonn McCannDerry and Strabane CouncilHARD BORDERNewly elected McCann calls for civil disobedience over hard Brexit borderpeople before profit An ecstatic Eamonn McCann is elected to Derry City and Strabane District Council at the count on SaturdayVETERAN trade unionist and newly elected councillor Eamonn McCann is calling for civil disobedience if a hard border is reintroduced.He made the call just days after being elected to Derry City and Strabane District Council on a People Before Profit ticket. “People are wondering what the British government is going to do, wondering what the Irish government is going to do and wondering what the EU is going to do. But the real question is, what are the people going to do?”Mr McCann said civil disobedience had been used throughout Irish history as a means of protest – including at civil rights demonstrations 50 years ago.“So the question is how do you stop this thing and I put my trust in the ordinary people rather than the negotiators or government representatives,” he added.Newly elected McCann calls for civil disobedience over hard Brexit border was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more


first_img allianceAlliance PartydupDurkan: Universal Credit hitting pockets this Christmas periodFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanSDLPSinn Fein “This oversight in regards to early Christmas payments cannot be deemed a mere lack of foresight.“The fact that no mitigations were put in place or allowances given for the possibility of this type of situation is disgraceful. “This general mismanagement and uncertainty has characterized Universal Credit from the outset.“The creases have not been ironed out as time has rolled on, instead problems are piling up, adding to the litany of failures brought about by Welfare Reform. ShareTweet THE SDLP’s Mark H Durkan has called for an immediate halt to Univeral Credit after the latest glitch in the system could potentially see families here losing out on a payment this month. As a result of employers’ early payment policy in December, some claimaints could find themselves above the threshold for their assessment period resulting in a ‘zero award.’Said the Foyle MLA: “The latest chapter in the horror story that is Universal Credit is further proof that this cruel system is not fit for purpose; serving another blow at the most financially difficult time of the year. “We are well aware that the system is massively flawed.“Food banks here have braced themselves for their busiest Christmas to date, debt is rising, as is homelessness- it is clear UC is the crisis crippling our communities. “This must not be accepted as the ‘new normal’, I can not stress that enough.“Whilst most people look forward to Christmas or prepare themselves for the new year, others will instead find themselves worrying about their next payment as they struggle to make ends meet.“Perhaps members of the DUP, Sinn Féin and Alliance, who voted for this mess in the first place, will think twice before posing for pictures at their local supermarket food-bank drive this Christmas. “They must hold their hands up to the chaos they have inflicted on their communities,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan: Universal Credit hitting pockets this Christmas period was last modified: December 23rd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more


first_img Facebook Home NewsWatch Health Army Soldier Grows Ear In Arm For Reconstructive Surgery Linkedin “I was just scared at first but wanted to see what he could do,” she said. Pinterest Once Burrage decided to proceed with the ear transplant, the long process began. Surgeons removed cartilage from her rib and carved a new ear. In order to allow the ear to grow new blood vessels so it would have feeling, they placed it in her forearm. After it was grown, they removed it from her forearm and attached it. Doctors later told her that if she had not received medical attention in 30 minutes, she would have bled to death. When the option of ear reconstruction was presented to her, Burrage wasn’t sure if she wanted to go through with it. Burrage was driving from Mississippi to Fort Bliss, Texas, two years ago when her front tire blew out. Her car skidded 700 feet and flipped several times, according to the statement. Google+ While this is the first surgery of its kind in the Army, similar procedures and transplants have been performed. In 2012, a cancer patient who had to have her ear removed, Sherrie Walter, went through a 16-hour procedure to have her ear, neck glands, lymph nodes tissue and part of her skull removed.Dr. Patrick Byrne at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine pioneered the ear surgery that used the forearm to grow the ear for reconstruction. The entire process for Walter’s ear reconstruction took 20 months.For Burrage, there are still two more surgeries left, the Army statement said, but she’s feeling more optimistic and is excited to finish the procedures.“Why should she have to deal with having an artificial ear for the rest of her life?” Johnson said. “As a young active-duty Soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get.” Daniella Hankey Next PostAnticipated EpiPen Shortage May Be Coming Twitter Previous PostCouple Lied About Child With Cancer On GoFundMe HealthNewsWatch Army Soldier Grows Ear In Arm For Reconstructive Surgery By Daniella HankeyMay 11, 2018, 04:24 am 457 0 Tumblr Plastic surgeons at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, performed the Army’s first ear reconstruction and transplant, a statement from the armed service branch said.“I didn’t feel comfortable with the way I looked so the provider referred me to plastic surgery,” Pvt. Shamika Burrage said in the statement. “I didn’t want to do [the reconstruction] but gave it some thought and came to the conclusion that it could be a good thing. I was going to go with the prosthetic, to avoid more scarring but I wanted a real ear.” Mail “The whole goal is by the time she’s done with all this, it looks good, it’s sensate, and in five years if somebody doesn’t know her they won’t notice,” Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery said in the statement. Burrage, along with her cousin who was in the front passenger seat, were both ejected from the car and she “suffered head injuries, compression fractures in the spine, road rash and the total loss of her left ear.” (ABC NEWS)- A soldier who lost her ear in a 2016 car accident has a newly transplanted ear that was grown in her own arm, the Army said. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Websitelast_img read more