Source = Oaks Hotels & Resorts Hotel Iinterior The results are in and Oaks popular M on Palmer in Townsville has been awarded for the thirdconsecutive year in Trip Advisors most popular awards poll – winning a place as one of Australia’s top 25 Trendiest Hotels.“The reviews are real and based on actual stays, which is fabulous recognition from unbiased travellers who see the best, so our team are thrilled with this news,” said Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Oaks Hotels & Resorts Queensland, Rachelle Cole. The Hotel’s stylish good looks; fashioned on New York Loft style, are complemented by contemporarydecor and sleek inclusions in studio apartments that represent excellent value.Located in the lively Palmer Street Precinct in Townsville, Oaks M on Palmer is within easy reach of all Townsville’s most popular attractions and features a pool and gym and is conveniently nestled behind Townsville’s Metropole Hotel with sports bar, bistro and on-site event and conference facilities. “There is nothing else like this property in North Queensland and it has set a new benchmark in the region for style, quality and the “element of cool” that travellers have responded to,” Cole said. Oaks M on Palmer was also ranked number one for accommodation in Townsville on Trip Advisor in 2011 and has taken out top honours as Townsville’s Top Value and Top Business Hotel previously too.“When independent guests are impressed enough to take the time to share their experience with other travellers on Trip Advisor it really is a huge acknowledgment. To poll in the top 25 Trendiest Hotels amongst the competition that exists in Australia is a fabulous achievement for our property and team,” she said.
Joining a list of other mortgage fraudsters Monday, three Cleveland residents received jail time for their role in a multi-million-dollar scheme while two others in Maryland and Virginia saw their names in fine print over $700,000 in fraud.[IMAGE]Owing today’s fraud blotter to reports from a few sources, _MReport_ canvassed news stories from the “”Federal Bureau of Investigation””:http://www.fbi.gov/ (FBI) and the “”_Cleveland Sun News_””:http://www.cleveland.com/beachwood/index.ssf/2011/12/beachwood_gates_mills_and_clev.html.[COLUMN_BREAK]Homes went into foreclosure as a result of activity by LaFrances Dudley O’Neal, of Maryland, and Donald Ramsey, of Virginia, according to the FBI, resulting in indictments for the two on charges related to bank fraud, mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud.Not without means or willingness to pay, the FBI reports, O’Neal and Ramsey allegedly used sham buyers to purchase properties with bad loans, obtained loan proceeds fraudulently, and sent forth false rental agreements.Each could face time that ranges from 37 to 46 months in jail, the agency said.The _Sun News_ offered the account of three ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Louis Amir, Deirdre Ferguson, and Daphne Stokes, all from Cleveland ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô who drummed up $6.7 million from loan proceeds illicitly obtained from lenders.The grand jury in Cleveland sent back 29 indictments to the alleged fraudsters, all for suspected money-laundering transactions, plus counts of wire fraud, bank fraud, and more, according to the news outlet. in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Five Mortgage Fraudsters Make Monday Fraud Blotter Share Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2011-12-12 Ryan Schuette December 12, 2011 465 Views
Eight lucky Flight Centre agents were recently hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and United Airlines in the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, Las Vegas.The trip kicked off in style, as the April trade incentive winners flew in United Airline’s Economy Plus class and continued on the ground with accommodation at The Signature at MGM Grand.Over five days, the agents enjoyed a taste of the highlife as they enjoyed a variety of unique experiences only available in Las Vegas, including a flight over the famous Las Vegas Strip at night with Maverick Helicopters, a trek through the Downtown Arts District, high performance super car racing at Exotics Racing, a Pink Jeep Tour through the Red Rock Canyon and a Cirque du Soleil show.
With six months to go before the start of the NFL regular season, the Arizona Cardinals have won the NFC West when it comes to free agency moves.According to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling, the Cardinals received an A for their offseason moves, most notably the acquisition of Chandler Jones from the New England Patriots.After pressuring Cam Newton on a season-low 20.7 percent of dropbacks in the NFC Championship Game, the Cardinals watched the Broncos‘ pass rush dominate the league’s MVP en route to the Super Bowl 50 title. Coach Bruce Arians came away convinced that the most pressing offseason priority on an otherwise stacked roster was a disruptive edge rusher. Noting that “pass rushers don’t grow on trees,” general manager Steve Keim shipped draft bust Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick to New England for 2015 Pro Bowler Chandler Jones. Colts coach Chuck Pagano quipped last month that “Von Millers ain’t falling out of the sky.” Arizona just added an athletic pass rusher with 30 sacks over the past three years, the same number Miller has posted over that span.Wesseling said the Cardinals have bolstered the secondary by importing Tyvon Branch. He added that Arizona general manager Steve Keim tweaked the offensive line by replacing Cooper with, “savvy run-blocking guard Evan Mathis while allowing last year’s first round pick, D.J. Humphries to replace Bobby Massie at right tackle.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones, who was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) Wesseling also credited the Cardinals resigning Chris Johnson, Jermaine Gresham and Drew Stanton. He added, “The NFC West’s strongest team just got stronger.”As for the rest of the division, Wesseling gave the San Francisco 49ers an incomplete, saying the 49ers did well in re-signing Ian Williams yet entered free agency with over $60 million in cap space and have managed to only signed guard Zane Beadles. He added that until the Colin Kaepernick situation is settled, it’s not worth giving the team a grade.Wesseling gave Seattle a C while giving Los Angeles a D+.
Categories: News Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, speaks on the House floor regarding House Resolution 245, declaring October 18, 2013, as Mammography Day in the state of Michigan. Price introduced the resolution in the hope of bringing greater public awareness to the importance of mammograms and the early detection of breast cancer. 18Oct Price introduces resolution declaring October 18 as Mammography Day
Categories: Howell News State Rep. Gary Howell today encouraged residents of Lapeer County to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend on June 10 and 11. Rep. Howell of North Branch said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents and out-of-state visitors to fish without a license during the weekend, giving parents and grandparents an opportunity to introduce youngsters to a new and fun summer activity. “As chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and an avid fisherman, I enjoy the many lakes and streams in Lapeer County, not to mention the excellent fishing opportunities in the entire Great Lakes Bay Region,” Rep. Howell said. “Free Fishing Weekend is a chance to take advantage of the natural beauty that surrounds our great state.”All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.For more information about Free Fishing Weekend, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing, or contact Rep. Howell by calling 517-373-1800 or via email at GaryHowell@house.mi.gov. 01Jun Rep. Howell encourages residents to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend
02Apr Rep. Cole applauds President’s promise to fund Great Lakes protection program Categories: Cole News “Our Great Lakes are not only an irreplaceable source of clean freshwater, they are also an important part of our state’s overall economy,” Cole said. “Our state hosts more than five million visitors every year, who spend $2.1 billion in communities and at local businesses across the state. We absolutely need to be good stewards of our water for the long term.”Cole also applauded the efforts of U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman and the rest of the Michigan Congressional delegation for seeking full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.“Great things come about for Michigan families when we are able to reach across the aisle and work together,” Cole said. President Trump pledges $300 million for Great Lakes Restoration InitiativeState Rep. Triston Cole today praised President Donald Trump’s support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.“This critical project will protect our precious Great Lakes from invasive species, clean up toxic contaminants and help restore natural habitats,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “The Great Lakes are our state’s namesake, and we are very proud of our natural heritage. I applaud the president’s promise to join us in protecting these incomparable natural resources for generations to come.”Trump pledged to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million in the federal Fiscal Year 2020 budget at a rally in Grand Rapids on Thursday. [PHOTO CREDIT: Ian Eh Photo]
Categories: Mueller News 10May Rep. Mueller schedules local office hours State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden will host district office hours on Friday, May 24 to meet with local residents of the 51st District.“I believe it is important to prioritize accessibility,” Rep. Mueller said. “As your voice in Lansing, I want to know your thoughts and questions. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation about the state issues you care about most.”Office hours are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Village of Goodrich Hall, 7338 S. State Road in Goodrich.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Mueller’s office by calling (517) 373-1780 or by email at MikeMueller@house.mi.gov.
Share8TweetShare5Email13 SharesJuly 27, 2016; Modern HealthcareIn healthcare, as with many other services, there is tension between the desire to know whether quality is being delivered and the difficulty in agreeing on what quality is and how best to assess it. This drama has been playing out at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) as they issued the first national rankings of hospitals based on 11 facets of patient care with up to 64 total metrics such as hospital-acquired infection rates, readmission rates, and emergency department wait times. Hospitals and healthcare advocates are concerned that the rankings are arbitrary and do not take specific circumstances, such as the composition of a hospital’s patient profile, into account.Anyone wishing to see how hospitals ranked overall may visit the Medicare.gov website to search by zip code, city, or state. Nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental hospitals are included in the evaluations and rankings. Many small hospitals, including most of the more than 1,300 Medicare-defined critical access hospitals in the U.S., are among the 20.4 percent of hospitals not evaluated or ranked because they lack sufficient range of services or number of Medicare patients served.The rankings include titillating but nearly worthless state-by-state assessments based on Medicare patient satisfaction, with Maine and South Dakota tying for first place with 4.1 out of five stars and the District of Columbia coming in last with a 2.0 rating. Of course, patients aren’t treated by states, and many states with low or moderate rankings might have four-star and five-star hospitals among Medicare patient options. Kaiser Health News compiled patient satisfaction rankings for each of the roughly 3,500 hospitals in the rankings. There are many cautions involved in using the new data. A Kaiser Health News/U.S. News article notes:In assigning stars, Medicare compared hospitals against each other, essentially grading on a curve. [CMS] noted that “a 1-star rating does not mean that you will receive poor care from a hospital” and that “we suggest that you use the star rating along with other quality information when making decisions about choosing a hospital.”A Johns Hopkins representative noted than a one-point difference can separate a two-star hospital from a three-star hospital. It’s also crucial to note that patient satisfaction reports are only indirectly indicative of quality or patient outcomes and may be misleading due to mistaken perceptions of what quality care really is.The concerns about a hospital’s Medicare patient profile skewing the hospital star rankings may be justified by the number of specialty hospitals and hospitals in affluent areas at the top, and the number of well-respected and legendary hospital names (like Cedars-Sinai and Northwestern firmly in the middle of the rankings.The rankings were initially scheduled for release in April, but healthcare interest groups’ concerns and Congressional questions caused CMS to delay until this week. The American Medical Association is “disappointed” that the rankings have been released. The AMA issued a statement saying, in part, “We are especially troubled that the current ratings scheme unfairly penalizes teaching hospitals and those serving higher numbers of the poor.” Legislation has been introduced in Congress to force CMS to delay issuing additional hospital rankings for at least a year.—Michael WylandShare8TweetShare5Email13 Shares
Share11TweetShare1Email12 SharesMarch 9, 2017; Kansas City Star and Columbia Daily TribuneIn this age of high-dollar political campaigning, the dividing line between “social welfare” and “political action” has become increasingly important. Unlike political organizations, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations can raise and spend unlimited amounts of funds while granting their donors anonymity. All they need to do is to keep their political activities to less than 50 percent of their annual effort.A newly formed nonprofit, A New Missouri, is raising eyebrows and providing another example of the need for greater clarity. ANM was formed after a heated campaign in which the issues of campaign finance and honesty were used by now-governor Eric Greitens. His campaign, echoing the strains of Donald Trump’s national campaign, based some attacks on the premise that Missouri’s government teems with “corrupt career politicians,” “well-paid lobbyists,” and “special-interest insiders.” He called for the passage of new statutes to create more honesty in government.According to a recent story in the Kansas City Star, A New Missouri was “founded by [Missouri] Gov. Eric Greitens’ campaign treasurer and housed in a building linked to one of Missouri’s most prolific political donors. […] The group’s stated purpose is to ‘promote ideas, policies and/or legislation to create more jobs, higher pay, safer streets, better schools, and more, for all Missourians.’”Sounds like an organization not much different from other nonprofits formed to advocate for better communities. But, according to a story in the Columbia Daily Tribune, the governor’s senior advisor, Austin Chambers, said that though he would not “be directly involved in A New Missouri’s daily operations…there will be coordination between the nonprofit, the governor’s campaign, and the governor’s official state office. Chambers will work for all three. Meredith Gibbons, the Greitens campaign’s finance director, will work out of the office of A New Missouri, as will Greitens’ sister-in-law, Catherine Chestnut.” That appears pretty political.Does the difference really matter? It does if it’s important to know who is giving how much to which candidate. Jordan Libowitz of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington summarized this concern in comments to the Daily Tribune: “If you want to take a massive check and you don’t want people knowing who’s behind it, this is what you do. They call it dark money for a reason.”As a further indication of how the anonymity of a nonprofit can change the nature of a democratic government, funds raised by other Greitens-related nonprofits have begun to replace state funds for ongoing government operations.Since taking office Jan. 9, the governor has eschewed use of the state plane for official business. Instead, he relies on private planes and has said he’ll pay for them with campaign or private money. When the nonprofit picks up the tab, Missourians may never know which individuals or corporations are actually paying for the governor’s travel, or what kind of business they may have before the state, including regulatory matters or legislation that the governor will either sign or veto.John Messmer, a political science professor at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, sees this use of nonprofit status to hide political activity very problematic. “What I find most troubling is that everyone knows that these forces are political organizations that deserve scrutiny and regulation. But since they’re masquerading as a ‘social welfare’ group, they get away with doing things in secret.”Such nonprofits are becoming more popular with elected officials. As NPQ has reported, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Bill de Blasio provide three recent examples of public officials who established nonprofit organizations to support their policy agendas while serving in office.The nonprofit sector has an interest in public policy and the work of government at all levels. Individual organizations have the need and right to speak in support of those they serve and on issues that they believe affect their mission. The Supreme Court ruled in NAACP v. Alabama that donor anonymity was essential to free speech. It said that regulations or laws that “compelled disclosure of affiliation with groups engaged in advocacy may constitute [an] effective a restraint on freedom of association.” The IRS has traditionally respected the decision of the Socialist Workers Party not to disclose its donors on its Form 990. But when nonprofit status becomes a wall preventing citizens’ access to a truly open government, it has become distorted. Is the problem big enough to warrant giving up donor anonymity?—Martin LevineShare11TweetShare1Email12 Shares
Share7Tweet11Share3Email21 SharesBy Nadkachna (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsNovember 27, 2017; Milwaukee Journal-SentinelEarlier this year, NPQ wrote about corporate megadeals, including a $3 billion incentive package in Wisconsin that, in the best-case scenario, involves the state providing incentives to the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn of over $230,000 per job. Compared, however, to the national megadeal average of $658,000 per job, as calculated by Good Jobs First, perhaps Foxconn felt shortchanged.Fortunately for Foxconn, the village of Mount Pleasant (with an annual budget of roughly $20 million) and Racine County (budget a tad above $151 million) have signed on to a multi-year “agreement that provides Foxconn with some $764 million in local incentives,” report Rick Romell and Jason Stein for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. This week, Mount Pleasant Village Council made it official. “The 6-0 vote by trustees,” Romell and Stein write, “came within hours of the public release of a final contract between Mount Pleasant and Racine County, on one hand, and three corporate entities related to Foxconn.” Racine County’s board also approved the deal with an 18-0 vote.Last month, Romell reported on some of the key aspects of the deal as outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding that preceded the final contract:Foxconn is expected to begin building the factory by October 1, 2018, and complete construction over the following six years. The company has said it plans a $10 billion complex covering up to 20 million square feet and employing as many as 13,000 people.In addition to $100 million in development incentives over 10 years, Foxconn ultimately stands to receive up to 2,271 acres of land for free.The company will provide an estimated $60 million for another 1,073 acres, to which the village and county will hold title. Foxconn will be repaid out of tax increment financing (TIF) revenue. Through January 1, 2028, the company can use that land, which is immediately north of the factory site, for expansion. After that, the village and county can sell remaining property to third parties, splitting any profits equally with Foxconn.The village and county will finance purchase of a third bloc of land—622 acres east of the factory site. Foxconn will pay the interest on the loan. The company can buy property in that area at cost.Other aspects of the deal that Romell and Stein highlight:The local governments also will give Foxconn $100 million—in annual payments of $10 million beginning in 2024—as part of the local incentive package.Other major estimated expenses of the village and county include $143 million for land acquisition, $205 million for utilities and other infrastructure, and nearly $90 million in added police and fire protection costs.In exchange, Foxconn pledges “to build a 25-million-square-foot manufacturing complex on about 1,200 acres” that will employ, as noted above, up to 13,000 people and build flat-screen television panels. The contract does include strong provisions to ensure that the revenue generated will be sufficient to cover “infrastructure improvements and other costs connected to the Foxconn project,” so at least the city and county are guaranteed to be made whole for the $764 million, although of course this doesn’t necessarily mean there will be enough tax dollars to cover other costs associated with that growth, such as public schools and social services.Final approval by a Joint Review Board that includes both village and county officials is expected. But, Romell and Stein note, “A number of important hurdles remain…including a review by the US Army Corps of Engineers on the project’s potential impact on wetlands.”Still, Wisconsin elected officials are enthusiastic. “It’s a very historic moment indeed,” said Village President Dave DeGroot. What history will say about this deal remains to be seen.—Steve DubbShare7Tweet11Share3Email21 Shares
Eric DenoyerEric Denoyer, the current CEO of French cable operator Numericable, will take over as chief executive of the combined entity after his company’s takeover of larger telecom rival SFR, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos.According to the paper, Patrick Drahi, the majority owner of Numericable through his Altice investment vehicle, will become president of the enlarged group, with Denoyer, a long-time associate, taking on the role of CEO.Les Echos also reports that Jean-Yves Charlier, the current CEO of SFR, will remain with the group as advisor to Drahi, charged with supervising the integration of the two groups and working on Altice’s international investments. Altice has ivestments in France’s overseas territories and also in Israel, Belgium and Portugal, where it was recently reported that Altice was in talks to acquire Portugal Telecom.
Telefónica has launched an aggressively priced new TV offering, providing its Movistar Fusión+ Premium Extra TV service for €9.90 a month until the end of this year without a contract commitment.Subscribers who sign up for the Movistar Fusión+ convergent offering, which includes options of 30Mbps ADSL or 300Mbps fibre-based internet access for €65 and €77 respectively, between today and September 30 will benefit from the TV offer. The promotion is also open to existing customers, regardless of which package they currently take.The offer includes access to Telefónica’s premium football offering. Subscribers who take the Premium Extra option can view all sport content, premium movies and series and over 80 basic channels in the basic package as well as à la carte channels. Channels available include premium service Canal+ and specialist channels including Caza y Pesca, Mezzo and Classica. Premium Extra is normally priced at €65.Subscribers who take up the offer will be able to view content in HD and take advantage of functionalities including networkd DVR and the Yomvi TV everywhere service, seven-day catch and a video-on-demand catalogue comprising 15,000 movie and series titles.The move, using TV to drive multi-play subscriptions, comes in the wake of launches of low-cost promotions by Telefónica’s rivals Vodafone and Orange. Vodafone is making its football offering, including coverage of Spain’s La Liga and Champions League tournaments, available for €6 a month to existing Vodafone TV customers, available like Telefónica’s promotion until September 30. Orange has also launched a promotion until the end of September, in its case providing Champions League and Europa League football for €5 and Spanish domestic football for €9.95.Telefónica has yet to strike a deal with Catalan broadcaster and Champions League rightsholder Mediapro, meaning that European football is still missing from its offering.Join the discussion on LinkedIn.
Peter MacAvockPeter MacAvock is to replace Phil Laven as chairman of the DVB.The DVB steering board chose MacAvock to take over the role from Laven, who has served as DVBM chariman since 2008. MacAvock served as DVB executive director for 14 years before taking his current position of head of delivery, platforms and services at EBU Technology & Innovation, the technology arm of the European public broadcasters’ organisation.MacAvock takes over as DVB chairman as the organisation tackles the development of UHD TV standards, future transmission systems and the study of virtual reality, as well as the rise of OTT.MacAvock said, “I look forward to the challenges ahead. Chairing DVB is a huge honor, and it remains at the center of the way we do TV. DVB needs to stand on the shoulders of its past successes to prepare for an exciting future: no small challenge in today’s ever changing environment.”
Jordanian public channel Roya TV has launched a video-on-demand and streaming service using technology from Spain-based VSN.Roya TV has tapped VSN to manage and deliver content in a multiplatform work environment, including VOD and live streaming of its programming.The Jordanian TV channel, a customer of VSN since 2011, is using VSN’s VoD and streaming platform, VSNWEBTV, for multiplatform content creation and delivery.Roya TV will deliver live content to iOS devices, Android tablets and smartphones and Smart TVs.VSNWEBTV also allows the channel to distribute its content through social networks such as Youtube, Facebook or Twitter, thanks to its integration with VSNEXPLORER’s media workflows’ automation feature, according to VSN.
Air and rail strikes are taking place across France, which may cause disruption for MIPTV delegates.A range of air service providers have warned that there may be delays over the next week due to an Air Traffic Control strike.Currently, there may be disruptions on April 7 and 8 as well as April 10 and 11.Easyjet said in a statement: “EasyJet have been informed of an Air Traffic Control strike affecting airspace around France on 7th and 8th April 2018. This may impact flights to and from French airports, as well as flights overflying France. We are planning to operate all flights, however it is likely that we will experience disruption on the day.”Rail services will also be affected with many stating that there will be disruptions on April 8,9, 13 and 14. SNCF has confirmed that disruptions may occur outside of these dates as well and advises passengers to check the running of their trains before departure.Eurostar also issued a statement on the matter, as it warns passengers of cancelled trains for April 8. It does, however, expect to run 80% of its services during the strike period.MipDoc and MipFormats are set to kick off this weekend with MipTV beginning Monday April 9.
ShareTweet “We would like to thank the public for their assistance in our appeal for information.”The woman now faces a possible court hearing and a ban from the roads if convicted.COPS QUIZ WOMAN OVER ‘RECKLESS’ DRIVING POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA was last modified: February 7th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: CHIEF INSPECTOR MARK MCCLARENCECOPS QUIZ WOMAN OVER ‘RECKLESS’ DRIVING POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIALIMAVADY ROADPSNI POLICE have interviewed a woman over footage posted on social media which showed a car driver using a Co Derry hard shoulder for an overtaking manoeuvre branded as “reckless”.The woman – believed to have a restricted ‘R’ drive attended the police station voluntarily on Friday.She was interviewed under the Road Traffic Order on suspicious of dangerous driving, illegally overtaking vehicles and driving without due care and attention. In the footage which was posted online, the car appears to be forced to veer onto the hard shoulder on the opposite side of the Limavady Road after trying to overtake as it meets other oncoming traffic.Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: “We asked witnesses to contact us about footage on social media which showed a car driving on the Limavady Road on Tuesday 24 January.“On Friday 3 February, a female attended a police station voluntarily and was interviewed by police.“A file is currently being prepared for the PPS.
ShareTweet Join the procession at any or all of the gates, the Diamond or Guildhall Square to welcome the spirit of Christmas into the city.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Maolíosa McHugh said: “Now in its third year, the spectacular ‘Sound of Light’ procession is something very special and a highlight of our Christmas celebrations.“As the procession makes its way through the trail areas, sound and light will illuminate some of the most recognisable landmarks in the city centre and add a touch of magic to old buildings and streets.“The procession will include light installations, music, projection and performances – including by fantastic choirs.“I would therefore encourage everyone to follow this visually stunning trail through the historic quarters of the old city – and join in what will be a truly magical illuminated experience!”Festivals and Events Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council Jacqueline Whoriskey added:“This is an extraordinary and enchanting Christmas spectacle where larger than life characters alight upon the city centre – illuminating the dark winter streets of our city.“Indeed, for two years now, the City Walls have provided a stunning backdrop for the ‘Sound of Light’ procession and is the perfect setting for residents and visitors alike to enjoy our unique heritage and one of the finest examples of a Walled City in Europe.“This is a truly amazing event which has captured the public’s imagination – as well as importantly showing off our special and distinctive built heritage to an international audience.”Keep up to date with Christmas news and upcoming entertainment & events including the ‘Sound of Light’ trail by visiting www.derrystrabane.com/christmas or following Facebook ‘What’s On Derry Strabane’ for competitions & exclusive festive deals. In the Diamond, which will be filled with Illuminated Winter Palace sculptures and Giant Festive Candelabras, the Inishowen Gospel Choir and fairy tale procession will come together in celebratory performance.Again on the Guildhall steps, surrounded by Giant illuminated candle sculptures, the gospel choir will greet the fairy tale procession for a finale of sound, light and song – blessing the city and the advent of Christmas.The ‘Sound of Light’ procession will leave from Bishop Street car park at 6pm on Friday 1st December and 6pm on Saturday 2nd December, making its way through the Cathedral Quarter, then via Pump Street and Ferryquay Street down through the city centre to Waterloo Street, before finishing up in Guildhall Square.The Friday procession will be a smaller special preview trail taking the same route through the town to prepare for Saturday’s Seasonal Spectacle. THE visually stunning ‘Sound of Light’ procession will weave its way through Derry’s city centre from 6pm on Friday 1st December and 6 pm on Saturday 2nd December. A highlight of the festive celebrations in the city, the magical trail will feature colourful Christmas characters brought to life by production company LUXe.The ‘Sound of Light’ procession this year is led by ‘the Keeper of the Forest’, the stick carrying woodsman / King Wenceslas character and his Six Golden Geese, who will weave around the city bringing light and sound to each of the city’s seven gates.The procession, which heralds the advent of Christmas, will include fairy tale images, a Giant Snowflake, the Snow Queen and her entourage of Snow Angels, a Sugar Plum fairy hanging from a bauble and a Snowman surrounded by a snow storm of light. It will also include the Nutcracker Prince, a flying Fairground Horse and a troupe of Dancing Christmas Stars.As the procession winds its way through the city a choir singing carols, seasonal songs and accompanied by ten families carrying special Christmas lanterns will greet the procession at each of the city gates in turn – Bishop’s, London, Ferryquay, Butcher, Castle, Magazine and Shipquay – with a seasonal blessing of light and song. SPECTACULAR ‘SOUND OF LIGHT’ PROCESSION TO WEAVE ITS WAY THROUGH CITY CENTRE was last modified: November 24th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Derry CityMAYOR MAOLIOSA MCHUGHSOUND OF LIGHTSPECTACULAR ‘SOUND OF LIGHT’ PROCESSION TO WEAVE ITS WAY THROUGH CITY CENTRE
Durkan: Investment in early intervention will save lives and moneyNorthern Ireland Audit OfficeType 2 Diabetes ShareTweet “It is my opinion that the revenue generated through the new ‘Sugar Tax’, which will come into effect from April this year, should be ring fenced and spent on tackling conditions such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.“The pressures on our health system can only be alleviated by keeping people healthier and reducing their dependency on healthcare.“Not enough is spent here on health awareness promotion and preventative measures, but now we have an opportunity to get more to do just that.“Using money raised through the levy means we can target those at high risk and take a wider population approach to prevention by seeking to reduce obesity, improve diets and increase participation in physical activity,” added the Foyle MLA. SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA has called for revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to be used in tackling obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. The Foyle MLA made his comments following the release of a NIAO report examining the prevention and care of Type 2 diabetes which highlights the number of those diagnosed have increased by over 70 per cent, and are projected to reach 100,000 by 2020.Mr Durkan said: “We are all well aware of the massive and growing pressures in our health service.“The NIAO report estimates an annual cost of £400 million to treat diabetes here, 10 per cent of the local health service budgets. Crucially, it forecasts that this figure could potentially rise to 17 per cent by 2035, if allowed to go unchecked.“Three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed. In order to tackle the obesity epidemic here we need a joined-up approach working on a cross-departmental basis. Durkan: Investment in early intervention will save lives and money was last modified: March 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:
bogsideCIVIL RIGHTSDeath of Liam Hillen who first painted ‘You Are Now Entering Free Derry’ on walleamonn mccannLiam Hillen THE man who first painted ‘You Are Now Entering Free Derry’ on a gable wall in the city has died.Liam Hillen was just a teenager when he took a paintbrush to write the soon-to-be-famous slogan on the wall of a house in the city after he was prompted by Derry civil rights activist Eamonn McCann.Bogside man Mr Hillen was 69 when he died on Christmas Day. He had been ill for some time. “Liam was around with a paintbrush as we were talking about putting up slogans – it was actually in a house in Wellington Street at about half two, three o’clock in the morning on the fifth of January, 1969.“I came up with the idea of ‘You Are Now Entering Free Derry’ – not original, stolen from the American one – and Liam went and got a pot of paint and painted it. He was the first person to inscribe that on the wall.”The former People Before Profit MLA said that in the past he had failed to acknowledge Mr Hillen’s role in the making of the historic wall painting – something Mr Hillen himself brought to the political activist’s attention many years later.“To my distress, I was one of the people who denied him acknowledgement,” said Mr McCann.“I have written quite a lot about the period, and it was not until about 20 years ago that Liam came up to me in the Gweedore Bar in Waterloo Street and said to me, ‘I’ve got a bone to pick with you – why didn’t you give me my due acknowledgement?’“I said, ‘Well I will,’ and I have written about it a couple of times since, including in a book I’ve just had published.“In the preface I apologise to Liam, saying I wanted to acknowledge that it was Liam Hillen who first inscribed that slogan.”Mr Hillen had been an activist in the civil rights movement in the late 1960s.“He would have been quite young at the time, in his mid teens. In my memory of him he would have been around 14 or 15,” said Mr McCann.“Every teenager around the place was active at the time.“The most remarkable thing about Liam was that even though that wall became such an iconic thing, used and misused for commercial and political purposes, Liam never made much of a fuss.“He was a very modest man.”Funeral arrangements for Mr Hillen’s have yet to be made public.Death of Liam Hillen who first painted ‘You Are Now Entering Free Derry’ on wall was last modified: December 30th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: On Facebook, Mr Hillen’s nephew Gerard wrote: “My uncle Liam will be at the gates of heaven writing ‘You are now entering free heaven!’”Eamonn McCann paid tribute to Mr Hillen and described him as “a modest man” who never made a fuss about his role in the creation of the iconic slogan.Mr McCann told the story of how the slogan painted on one of the most intense nights of the civil rights campaign was inspired by US student protests at the University of California, Berkeley.“The slogan was taken by me from Berkeley college in California where they had a thing up reading ‘You Are Now Entering Free Berkeley’, to do with the free speech movement among students there in the 1960s,” said the 75-year-old. ShareTweet