Reps Bellino Sheppard will continue fight to lower auto insurance rates

first_img03Nov Reps. Bellino, Sheppard will continue fight to lower auto insurance rates Categories: Sheppard News State Reps. Joe Bellino and Jason Sheppard said they would continue the fight to bring lower auto insurance rates for all Michigan drivers.Bellino and Sheppard both voted in favor of House Bill 5013, which would guarantee lower rates for all drivers in Michigan – the state with the highest car insurance rates in the nation. The bill would have offered personal injury coverage options, fought fraud and abuse and addressed medical costs.The bill fell short in a vote late Thursday.“Instead of empowering the powerless, the exact opposite happened,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “People will continue to suffer under the current no-fault insurance system. This fight is not over. I will continue to fight for lower auto insurance rates.”Michigan’s costs are so high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The House plan allowed those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.“Lansing proved today that special interests still controls daily-business,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “I am disappointed in how the vote ended up going. Not one special interest liked this bill. It’s because the bill was for the people – not them.”The bill remains in the House.last_img read more

House plan offers additional protections for first responders

first_img19Mar House plan offers additional protections for first responders Categories: Berman News,Iden News,News,Yaroch News State Reps. Ryan Berman, Brandt Iden and Jeff Yaroch have introduced a plan to stiffen penalties for criminals who threaten or carry out targeted attacks on first responders and corrections officers in Michigan.Berman, who serves as a reserve police officer, said attacks on law enforcement officers and other first responders have increased over the past few years, creating a need for stronger protections.“Our first responders put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the public,” said Berman, of Commerce Township. “It’s upsetting to think anyone would become a target just because of the uniform they wear, but that’s the unfortunate reality for too many of our emergency personnel.”The new legislation would protect law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel by providing additional deterrents against crime. Under the plan, anyone who is found to have committed a violent felony targeting a first responder would be subject to two additional years in prison, served consecutively with any other penalties.In 2016, law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose to their highest level in five years, with 135 officers killed in the line of duty. Michigan was among the five highest-ranking states for police fatalities, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.“Our first responders bravely and regularly risk their lives to serve and protect the people of Michigan,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “I will stand by them and do everything I can to reverse this alarming trend.”The lawmakers noted that today is Law Enforcement Mental Health Awareness Day, a time bringing attention to the high occurrence of stress-related health issues in police officers.“I speak from experience when I say the job is dangerous enough, even without people out there who target you because you have a patch on your sleeve,” said Yaroch, who served as a firefighter and paramedic in Clinton Township for more than 25 years before taking office. “We must do everything we can to protect the people who protect us.”House Bills 4337-39 have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.###last_img read more

More Schools Cut Ties with Cosby

first_imgShare8TweetShareEmail8 SharesSeptember 13, 2015; Philadelphia InquirerWhat do you do with a tainted donor, especially one who has contributed to so many institutions for higher learning and who has not yet been formally convicted of a crime?The answer may be seen in the slow rolling out of a long list of disassociations between comedian Bill Cosby and those universities and colleges that have been favored with a gift from him and wife Camille. Most recently, at Ohio’s Central State University, the name of the Camille O. & William H. Cosby Communications Center will be changed to the simpler CSU Communications Center as a consequence of the mounting allegations of drugging, sexual assault, and rape lodged against the star by more than 50 women. The name on the building has been covered since July 10th pending a final decision, but will now be permanently removed. The name of a New York University filmmaking workshop, previously called the William H. Cosby Future Filmmakers Workshop, has also been changed.Earlier, Cosby resigned as a trustee of Temple University in Philadelphia, where he did his undergraduate work. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where Cosby received his masters and doctorate degrees, requested that he step down as honorary co-chairman of the school’s fundraising campaign. He was also removed from the board of advisers of High Point University, and Spelman College discontinued a professorship endowed by the Cosbys, returning some funds. The Cosby’s $20 million to Spelman, made in the late eighties, was at the time the largest single contribution to a historically black college or university, and was used in part to build the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center. (There is no word about whether that name will be changed.)Rick Cohen asked last November how soon nonprofits should take steps to disassociate with the comedian turned self-styled public moralist. We have no doubt we will continue to see more declarations before the end of the year.—Ruth McCambridgeShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shareslast_img read more

Lagardère has reduced the value of its stake in pa

first_imgLagardère has reduced the value of its stake in pay TV provider Canal Plus by €300 million. The move leaves the French conglomerate’s 20% holding in Canal Plus worth about €1.2 billion, higher than the estimates of most analysts.The write-down is the first made by Lagardère on its stake in the pay TV operator since it made the acquisition five years ago. Lagardère’s moves to dispose of the stake stumbled on its inability to agree a price with Canal Plus majority owner Vivendi and its own failure to carry through with its stated intention of floating the holding on the public market.Lagardère has also cut the value of its Lagardère Unlimited sports rights unit by half, taking its cumulative impairment losses to €900 million, about one third of Lagardère’s market value. The company’s shares fell sharply on the news.Lagardère is expected to announce full-year results in March. The company has said its fourth-quarter revenues amounted to €1.951 billion, flat year-on-year on a comparable basis. Lagardère Active, comprising media activities including TV, produced revenues of €367 million, stable on a comparable basis.last_img read more

Teleport and playout operator SatLink Communicatio

first_imgTeleport and playout operator SatLink Communications has been selected to provide end-to-end broadcast services and content distribution for six Nigerian TV channels to Africa on Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite.The broadcasters will also use SatLink’s HD Playout Centre.
SatLink will deliver two Christian channels from Hosanna Broadcast Network, along with Voice of God, Champions of Fire TV and Hola TV to DTH viewers in west, east and central Africa.David Hochner, CEO of SatLink, said, “These latest African customer announcements represent an important milestone in our engagement with the African market place as a strategic focus for our company. These are perfect examples of where we can add value to African broadcasters looking for an end-to-end service including all equipment and installations as well as satellite distribution and playout services to deliver localised content into and out of Africa.”last_img read more

Russian broadcasters CTC Ren TV and Channel 5 hav

first_imgRussian broadcasters CTC, Ren TV and Channel 5 have teamed together to launch an online video service, dubbed the Russian Hulu.The broadcasters have reached an agreement that will see a raft of content from all of the channels launch on the site.The new service will use the CTC Media’s Videomore platform that it launched in December 2010.Viacheslav Sinadski, CTC Media’s chief strategy officer, said: “CTC Media has traditionally been ahead of the game when it comes to trends and industry changes, striving to adapt to the evolving market as quickly as possible.  We have come to the conclusion that our future success depends on three factors: the availability of high-quality new content, the ability to advertise on television, as well as the overall scale. The first two criteria have always been at our disposal, but we can significantly expand the scale of our business only by attracting new strategic partners including media holdings, TV channels and copyright holders.”last_img read more

Virgin Media plans to roll out a targeted advertis

first_imgVirgin Media plans to roll out a targeted advertising trial “imminently”, according to Mark Brandon, commercial director at the UK MSO.Brandon told Digital TV Europe that Virgin Media was taking its move into advanced advertising “one step at a time” but that it would launch a full-scale service in 2013.“I know there is demand for this,” said Brandon. “Agencies back it and certainly advertisers back it even more. Although Brandon did not reveal specific details about the degree of targeting or the type of clients involved, he said that advertisers were likely to look to target across fairly broad categories to begin with. “You could target to the micro level but the big advertisers only want a little bit more than they have at the moment,” he said.Brandon said Virgin Media would leverage data provided by third parties as well as its own data in launching the service.Speaking on a panel session at the Future TV Advertising conference in London yesterday, Brandon said that his company had already launched video-on-demand advertising and that this had been an unqualified success.Virgin Media has also just launched its TV everywhere product and advertising would be added to this soon, he said.Brandon said Virgin Media was also developing advanced on-demand advertising services for the TiVo platform. The company recently ran a campaign for HTC1 phones that sought to drive viewers to a branded content experience.“Behaviour in TiVo homes is quite different,” he said. DVR use so far had not had a huge impact on ad viewing, he said. However, within TiVo homes, viewers were willing to get their content from a broad number of sources available to them without thinking too much about whether the source was the DVR or on-demand.Brandon said that Virgin Media had invested in dynamic advertising systems and had conversations with advertising partners about how to manage this. In some cases, Virgin Media would sell the advertising itself, while in other cases it would take the broadcaster’s existing advertising, he said.Speaking on the same panel session at Future TV Advertising, Simon Kelehan, head of content, UPC Ireland, said his company’s cable VOD service including seven day catch-up with an ad funded model and dynamic ad insertion would be rolled out very shortly. UPC Ireland was the first Liberty Global property to roll out dynamic ad insertion, he said. “We are looking forward to starting out on that journey,” said Kelehan. “We think it’s a great commercial opportunity. We think cable VOD offers broadcasters an opportunity to regain some of the ground lost to DVR.” Kelehan said UPC’s cable VOD service would make the disabling of fast-forward functionality available as an option to broadcasters.last_img read more

Conax is using ANGA COM to introduce the Conax Sec

first_imgConax is using ANGA COM to introduce the Conax Secure Client for multiscreen devices. The Telenor-owned conditional access company has introduced a Software Development Kit containing a security-hardened Microsoft  PlayReady DRM client.The product uses techniques such as obfuscation, key smearing, variability, renewability, secure storage, secure time and optimised cryptography to deliver enhanced security for over-the-top providers implementing multiscreen TV services, according to Conax“For Conax this is a natural step,” said Tom Jahr, Conax, speaking at a press briefing held by Conax at ANGA COM. He said Conax had taken key features within the existing Conax Contego Multiscreen Xtend solution and developed them as a standalone product. Web TV operators without set-top boxes can implement content security using the SDK without the need for a full Contego headend.The Secure Client supports services including VOD, OTT live TV, catch up TV and network DVR. The client can be implemented on PCs, Macs, iOS devices and set-tops, with a version for Android coming soon.Jahr said that Conax Contego enabled multiscreen to be managed as part of an overall offering from a single headend. “Contego is a multi-DRM solution so we can support DRMs other than Microsoft PlayReady,” he said. “We are bridging to other technolgies as well.”Contego DRM Control supports bridging to platforms including TiVo To Go and Cablecard.Conax also used ANGA COM to demo new advanced features it could support including network DVR and companion device features such as swipe, smart remote and ‘follow me’. Jahr said that Conax believes that the standard EPG will ultimately disappear and be replaced by the personalised EPG.Contego Xtend Multiscreen gives operators the possibility to deploy a pre-integrated ecosystem including content and metadata handling, transcoding and encryption, workflow management and condiitional access/DRM as well as content delivery and support for multiscreen clients.“We have lowered the bar for operators entering the multiscreen world,” said Jahr.Morten Solbakken, CEO, said Conax was preparing for an emerging world in which operators would deliver services to a range of devices rather than a dedicated set-top box.last_img read more

Shopping network QVC is launching two new channels

first_imgShopping network QVC is launching two new channels in the UK – QVC Style and QVC Extra. The networks go live next week and will be available 24 hours a day via Sky, Freesat and on Freeview for viewers with internet connected TVs. Viewers can also tune in online on QVC’s UK website.The QVC Style channel will be dedicated to fashion, fashion accessories and jewellery. It was previously broadcast as an interactive channel only on Sky.QVC Extra will showcase the best of QVC’s entire product range and will also air as the night-time feed on QVC’s main channel between 2.00 and 9.00 in the morning.At the same time, QVC announced it is switching off its QVC Active service on Sky – a red button interactive service that lets viewers buy products over their set-top box.QVC said the QVC Active switch-off comes as more customers choose to use smartphones and tablets, as opposed to the interactive service, for ordering items.“The launch of these two standalone channels follows the previous huge success of QVC Beauty which trod the same path. These new specialist channels are a logical next step for us as they give viewers the choice of watching our main channel or a QVC channel featuring products of interest to them with another opportunity to see our best products in case they missed them the first time around,” said Brian Farrelly, QVC’s director of media operations.last_img read more

Netflix and YouTube now account for more than 50

first_imgNetflix and YouTube now account for more than 50% of downstream traffic on fixed networks in North America, according to a new research by broadband network solutions firm Sandvine.The Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H2013 claims that Netflix now accounts for 31.6% of downstream traffic in North America, with YouTube accounting for 18.6%.In the UK, Netflix is responsible for more than 20% of traffic – less than two years on from the VoD service’s launch there. By comparison, in the US, it took the firm almost four years to achieve the same traffic, the study found.The report also said that peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing had fallen below 10% of total traffic in North America “for the first time ever.”“Since 2009 on-demand entertainment has consumed more bandwidth than ‘experience later’ applications like peer-to-peer filesharing and we had projected it would inevitably dip below 10% of total traffic by 2015. It’s happened much faster,” said Sandvine CEO Dave Caputo.Five years ago, P2P filesharing accounted for more than 31% of web traffic in North America. Eleven years ago it was 60%, according to Sandvine’s stats.Meanwhile, the report also tipped video traffic on mobile networks in Africa to grow “faster than in any other region before it,” despite only currently accounting for less than 6% of traffic.“The African market is especially unique, as most users are connecting to the internet for the first time through mobile devices,” said Caputo. “In other parts of the world, new users have first connected to the internet via a fixed line. While video is a small part of mobile bandwidth in the region today, we predict Africa will be the fastest video adopter and operators will respond with creative device-and application-based service tiers.”last_img read more

Almost half of Spanish cable operator ONOs TV bas

first_imgAlmost half of Spanish cable operator ONO’s TV base now take its TiVo advanced TV service.According to ONO it had 382,000 TiVo customers at the end of March, representing 49% of its TV base.ONO added 33,000 new customers in the quarter overall, taking its base to 1.901 million. The company added 283,000 revenue-generating units, taking the total number of services sold to 5.517 million.ONO said its success was due to its bundling strategy. The additions included 230,000 new mobile customers, taking its mobile total to 1.315 million active lines.In fixed broadband, ONO added 30,000 customers to take its total to 1.561 million, including 849,000 very high-speed customers.Revenues grew by 2.8% to €410 million for the quarter, with retail revenues stable at €301 million.ARPU grew from €53.20 to €54.20 year-on-year.EBITDA was down 7% year-on-year, however, at €165 million, and ONO recorded a net loss of €24 million.last_img read more

Google Daydream Google is reportedly gearing up to

first_imgGoogle DaydreamGoogle is reportedly gearing up to release its new Daydream virtual reality platform “in the coming weeks”.According to a Bloomberg report, which cites people familiar with the matter, Google is investing “hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece” on VR films and programmes.It is also said to be funding the production of 360-degree videos with various popular YouTube stars.The news comes in the same week that Android rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices – the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, which includes support for Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers.Google first announced its Daydream VR plans at its I/O developers conference in May.At the event, Google’s vice-president of virtual reality, Clay Bavor, said that Google had developed a VR headset reference design and was working with partners across the ecosystem to develop headsets that will “work seamlessly with Daydream-ready phones” – several of which will also be available this autumn.He also named a number of partners that will bring immersive applications to Daydream, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN – “so you will be able experience the world’s news like you’re actually there.”The Google exec added that: “Hulu, Netflix, HBO, even IMAX are brining their libraries to Daydream so you’ll be able to watch shows and movies in a virtual cinema, or an immersive 3D film in a virtual IMAX theatre.”last_img read more

Zack van Amburg Jamie Erlicht Jamie Erlicht and

first_imgZack van Amburg & Jamie ErlichtJamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg are joining technology giant Apple to lead its push into original programming.News broke last week that the pair was exiting Sony Pictures Television, where they were co-presidents.Apple has been experimenting with original programming, and recently launched itsfirst original series, Planet of the Apps.With Erlicht and Van Amburg at the helm, a push into ambitious, high-end programming could follow. They count Sony-produced series such as Breaking Bad, Better CallSaul, Rescue Me, The Shield, Damages and The Goldbergs.The pair will now oversee all aspects of video programming, reporting to Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services.“Jamie and Zack are two of the most talented TV executives in the world and have been instrumental in making this the golden age of television,” said Cue. “We have exciting plans in store for customers and can’t wait for them to bring their expertise to Apple – there is much more to come.”Van Amburg said Apple’s programming would have the “same intention” as the company’s “relentless focus on delighting customers”.“We want to bring to video what Apple has been so successful with in their other services and consumer products – unparalleled quality,” added Erlicht.Tech and digital giants have begun focusing heavily on content, as they seek to consolidate the supply chain.News emerged last week that Facebook was close to ordering its first scripted original, a revival of MTV comedy Loosely Exactly Nicole.last_img read more

Piracy has always been a niggling problem for broa

first_imgPiracy has always been a niggling problem for broadcasters. With the recent surge in demand for premium video, brands feel that their revenues are heavily endangered.The eBook:• Outlines the piracy threat and its scale;• Explains why premium sports content is at most risk;• Illustrates how piracy varies regionally across the world;• Specifies the available security mechanisms.This in-depth paper comes from Cleeng, a specialist in video security and a candidate for the “Excellence in Content Protection Award” at the upcoming TV Connect Awards.Download eBooklast_img

The European cable industry as David to the telco

first_imgThe European cable industry, as David to the telcos’ Goliath in infrastructure-based competition, has always been collegiately-minded, willing to share experiences and collaborate, for example by working towards technical standards that help reduce the cost of equipment by delivering scale.Light Reading’s Cable Next Gen Europe event in London this week saw cable industry technologists gather to discuss technology roadmaps and share experience around the innovations that will enable the industry to compete with larger telecom giants.For some, in truth, the very idea of a ‘cable industry gathering ‘is somewhat outdated. As the industry has consolidated, divisions have emerged between the big-time players and smaller operators. Larger operators are determining the technology roadmap to be followed by others, convergence between fixed and mobile operators is softening the demarcation between cable and other types of communication providers, while cable operators themselves are adopting a variety of technologies – not just coaxial cable – to extend their base of customers and better serve those they have.The Cable Next Gen Europe event saw Vodafone group head of fixed development Nuno Sanches kick off proceedings by outlining his company’s plans to establish its cloud-based Vodafone TV platform as the single group-wide platform. Vodafone plans to ultimately migrate its entire TV base to the single cloud-based Vodafone TV platform, beginning with new subscribers in greenfield markets, followed by existing subscribers with a basic TV service.The company has now launched TV services in five markets and is planning to move “every other Vodafone product to this platform in coming years and have a single product,” he said.Mobile giant Vodafone, which delivers fixed services over multiple types of network in multiple markets, including large HFC cable footprints in Spain and Germany, could hardly be described as a ‘cable’ company as such. Its embrace of cloud technology to deliver TV makes perfect sense, enabling to transcend physical infrastructure and launch services quickly in new territories. Sanches said that Vodafone would move away from traditional set-top boxes where that makes sense and that he expected the box footprint to reduce. The company believes its value proposition is centred on delivering a superior user experience that matched consumers’ experience on mobile.For the cable industry – in most of Europe traditionally a vehicle to deliver TV signals under a utility model – as for the telecom business more widely, video is now simply one application that can be delivered over a best-in-class broadband network. The key task for cable in this context is to keep up with rivals in terms of delivering faster and faster broadband.Also present at Cable Next Gen Europe were Liberty Global senior technologists Mark Burns and Ade Brittain to talk through Liberty’s access network roadmap for the next few years – a presentation rich in references to cable-only technologies such as R-PHY, Virtual CCAP, Full Duplex DOCSIS and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS. One of cable’s big priorities now is to work towards the distributed access architecture that will give them much greater flexibility in the battle to compete on speed.All of these are ways in which cable players with HFC networks can mitigate the cost of competing with rival telcos and stay ahead in the broadband race without ploughing limitless funds into digging the streets to bring fibre to the home. Some, such as Full Duplex DOCSIS, can enable HFC operators to deliver the same kind of symmetrical services that only fibre is capable of today. The main objection operators lodge to investing in this technology is that there is little, if any, demand for symmetrical bandwidth – except in the enterprise and government services markets, where operators may in any case prefer to pull fibre when required rather than invest too much time and effort in newfangled DOCSIS variants.The promises of 1Gbps and symmetrical bandwidth are however potentially useful tools to deliver effective marketing messages and avoid the risk of appearing to be yesterday’s technology when fibre players can already offer these. (Operators are however also aware of the risk of overpromising even on downstream speeds when most customers’ in-home WiFi networks are incapable of delivering those speeds to end devices.)In many markets fibre-to-the-home remains in short supply, of course, giving cable a window to compete on speed with telcos still trying to squeeze more bandwidth out of copper. However, this may not be the case in all markets forever. Also present at Cable Next Gen Europe was Greg Mesch, the outspoken boss of the UK’s CityFibre, which recently announced plans to spend a further £2.5 billion (€2.9 billion) building fibre networks across the UK’s major cities in a wholesale model that he says will undercut BT Openreach and – incidentally – provide a third infrastructure-based competitor alongside Liberty Global-owned cable operator Virgin Media.CityFibre’s key customer is none other than Vodafone, which has lagged in the UK fixed market but may now be able to use CityFibre’s to compete head-on with on-off dancing partner Liberty Global in the latter’s most important market. The emerging mixing and matching of technologies means that ‘cable’ will inevitably have less meaning as a category in the future, with potentially less fraternity between cable players.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet British Army Technical Officers were tasked to the scene.“Police attended and, following examination, a quantity of ammunition has now been removed for further examination.”DERRY SECURITY ALERT ENDS AFTER AMMUNITION REMOVED FOR EXAMINATION was last modified: February 26th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: A security alert in the Ardmore area of Derry has now ended after an ammo findA PSNI spokesperson said the Lisdillon Road outside Derry “has now fully reopened following the discovery of a quantity of ammunition in the area last night, Saturday 25 February”. TThe PSNI spokesperson said: “Police were called to the area shortly after 5.30 pm yesterday evening after a suspicious object was discovered in the area.”center_img ATODerry CityDERRY SECURITY ALERT ENDS AFTER AMMUNITION REMOVED FOR EXAMINATIONLISDILLON ROADPSNIlast_img read more


first_img BALBANE PASSCONDEMNATION OVER CREGGAN HOAX ALERT WHICH FORCED FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMESfoyleMark H DurkanPSNISDLP MLA All roads in the area later reopened once the area was cleared and a number of residents who had left their homes were later allowed to return.Mr Durkan said: ““Parents were forced to take their young children into the freezing snow by those with no consideration or care for this community,” he said.“Those behind this alert have caused serious disruption at a busy time of year for these families and should be ashamed of their actions.”Police have appealed for information on contact detectives on the 101 number. SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has condemned those who caused a hoax alert in the Creggan area of Derry yesterday which he said forced families out into some of the coldest weather of the year.Police and the Army bomb squad carried out tests on the item which was found at Balbane Pass on Saturday morning and later declared it as an “elaborate hoax”.The object was later taken away for further examinations. ShareTweet CONDEMNATION OVER CREGGAN HOAX ALERT WHICH FORCED FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMES was last modified: December 10th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

The vehicle is suspected of being a run around c

first_imgThe vehicle is suspected of being a ‘run around’ car as details could not be found on database.Inspector Moore said: “At around 5.50 am, it was reported that a vehicle was overturned near the Hatmore shops. Police attended the scene and the vehicle has since been seized. “Police are working to establish the owner of the vehicle and where it has come from.“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw anything suspicious at the Hatmore Area to contact police in Strand Road on 101, quoting reference number 257 or 03/07/19 “Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”Police probe over overturned crashed car at Hatmore Park in Derry was last modified: July 3rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet The scene of the crash where a car hit a lamp post and overturnedPOLICE in Strand Road are appealing for information following a report of a road traffic collision at Hatmore Park, Derry this morning, July 3. As Derry Daily reported earlier, a man and a woman were said to have escaped uninjured from the vehicle after it hit a lamp post and overturned and then fled on foot. Hatmore shopsInspector MoorePolicePolice probe over overturned crashed car at Hatmore Park in DerryPSNIlast_img read more


first_img Mail Pinterest Previous PostWVDEP’s REAP Program Announces More Than $85,000 in Litter Control Grants Twitter WOAY – Watch lists for individual college football awards continued Tuesday for the Bronko Nagurski Award and Outland Trophy.West Virginia, Marshall, and Virginia Tech all had at least one player named to either or both lists; this means that the Mountaineers currently have six players on lists for seven awards. The Herd have five players on lists for six awards, and the Hokies have three players on lists for five awards. It is not mandatory for a player to be on a preseason watch list to be eligible for a particular award.Among the watch lists nominees for the Outland Trophy – which goes to the nation’s best interior lineman – are WVU’s Yodny Cajuste, Marshall’s Ryan Bee, and Virginia Tech’s Ricky Walker. Bee and Walker are also on the list for the Nagurski Award (best defensive player), along with the Mountaineers’ Dravon Askew-Henry and David Long Jr.Watch lists continue Wednesday with the Lou Groza and Ray Guy AwardsCollege Football Watch List Update – July 24West Virginia MountaineersWill Grier (Maxwell, O’Brien); David Sills V (Maxwell, Biletnikoff); David Long Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski); Gary Jennings Jr. (Biletnikoff); Dravon Askew-Henry (Thorpe, Nagurski); Yodny Cajuste (Outland)Marshall Thundering HerdTyre Brady (Biletnikoff); Levi Brown (Rimington); Malik Gant (Thorpe); Juwon Young (Butkus); Ryan Bee (Nagurski, Outland)Virginia Tech HokiesJosh Jackson (Maxwell); Ricky Walker (Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland); Kyle Chung (Rimington) Next PostTwo Arrested For Breaking Into A Home And Using Heroin Linkedin Tumblr Facebook Home Sports News Marshall College Football Watch List Update – July 24 Google+ Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More MarshallSportsSports NewsVirginia TechWVU College Football Watch List Update – July 24 By Matt DigbyJul 24, 2018, 14:58 pm 811 0 last_img read more

The fallout from the PRISM scandal has reached Sta

first_imgThe fallout from the PRISM scandal has reached Stage Two, where faces in front of television cameras promote memorable slogans to give people reasons to accept their abuse and to pretend that everything is okay. And, overall, these slogans and their promoters break down into to two primary models –  predators and battered women. Let’s start with the predators. These abusers –  who are building the largest blackmail archive in all of human history – keep coming back with the same old hateful slogan: If you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear. Understand this clearly: these are the words of a predator speaking to his hostages. As you sit, his gun pointed at your chest, he says, “As long as you keep the rules, I won’t shoot.” This phrase is intended to hold you in that position, under the complete control of the gunman. The trick of this evil phrase is that it takes the first position – with you as a hostage – as a given; as an assumed starting point. The phrase allows no possibility of you existing without a gun pointed at you. Your captor says, “Don’t transgress me and I won’t kill you.” But all the while he maintains that it is righteous for him to keep you in permanent fear of the SWAT team breaking down your door at 3 am and sticking their automatic weapons in your face. But, of course, it’s never “terror” when they do it, and you can be sure that, after you’re taken in, their friends at the TV stations will call you “suspected terrorists.” Never accept a predator’s right to say this to you. Don’t accept his right to hold such a position over you. Instead, say something like: I don’t grant you that position. Why would I want you (or your bosses) to hold such a position over me? Whoever throws this phrase at you is justifying your position as a hostage and is locking you into it. Now, let’s move on to the equally disturbing issue of battered women. The sad truth is that quite a few women have been beaten by their boyfriends or husbands, and they stay, rather than leave. Instead, they find ways of justifying their abusers, saying things like: We’re working it out. First, we have the predators trying to lock everyone into place in front of their guns. It’s not that bad. At least he doesn’t… Surveillance on financial data is a whole different subject. That is about taxes, not free communication. And there are many other variations. So, we have hit the season of a two-fold attack on reason: You’re not my master. The primary job of the state is providing security for its citizens. Second, we have the sycophants trying to convince us that it’s okay – that we really do need our abusers.center_img I can’t manage without him. This is ugly stuff, but spousal abuse is, sadly, not uncommon. But notice that people routinely use variations of the same “it’s not so bad” slogans to justify government abuse: Mass surveillance is good because it also collects the data to prove people to be innocent! He said he’s sorry. It wasn’t like it seems. If I just ease up a little on him, it’ll be alright. I’d rather trust a computer and algorithm to spy on me than a human. This is the other side of the PRISM scandal, the one that most people don’t (or don’t want to) see: the subtle manipulation of our minds to ultimately turn us into sheep… those that will accept the role of the abused without question or complaint. And to me, that’s the most disturbing side of all. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more