Rep Lauwers Mayor Cronin listen to governors speech

Rep Lauwers Mayor Cronin listen to governors speech

first_img20Jan Rep. Lauwers, Mayor Cronin listen to governor’s speech State Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, welcomed Jim Cronin, Yale mayor for the last decade, to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address in the House chamber this evening.  Lauwers said the priorities the governor laid out in his speech are important for improving Michigan. Categories: Lauwers News,Lauwers Photoslast_img

Rep Canfield recognized by Michigan Academy of Family Physicians

Rep Canfield recognized by Michigan Academy of Family Physicians

first_imgRep. Edward Canfield this week was recognized by the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians for his House resolution declaring Feb. 22-28 as Family Medicine Week.As a family physician himself, Rep. Canfield knows firsthand the efforts of these individuals and was happy to officially recognize the crucial role they play in keeping Michigan residents healthy.“Family physicians are important and unique to the practice of medicine,” said Rep. Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “Not only do they possess years of education and training, but also a special understanding of the whole person in the context of the family and the community.”Rep. Canfield is very involved Michigan medical associations, including the Michigan Osteopathic Association and the Eastern Michigan Osteopathic Association, having served as president of both. He currently serves as a Michigan delegate for the American Osteopathic Association.Rep. Canfield can be contacted by phone at (517) 373-0476 or by email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov. Categories: Canfield News,Canfield Photos 20Mar Rep. Canfield recognized by Michigan Academy of Family Physicianslast_img read more

House approves right to carry legislation cosponsored by Lower

House approves right to carry legislation cosponsored by Lower

first_img State Rep. Jim Lower voted along with a majority of his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives on Wednesday to approve legislation giving legal gun owners back their fundamental right to bear arms without a government-issued permit.Lower, of Cedar Lake, co-sponsored the four-bill package, which removes the penalties for carrying a concealed handgun without first obtaining a concealed pistol license.“Under current law, gun owners can open carry without a permit. To force law-abiding citizens to pay a fee and take a class in order to wear a coat is ridiculous. These bills simply correct this inequity,” Lower said. “People who can legally own guns shouldn’t be forced to navigate government bureaucracy and buy a license before exercising their fundamental right to bear arms for their personal protection. I’m proud to support this simple, common-sense plan that gives lawful people back the freedom they deserve.”Lower stressed the legislation would not give criminals more access to guns. The requirement that a person get a background check to purchase a handgun will remain in place, and any person currently barred from purchasing a firearm law would continue to be prohibited from carrying a gun.Under the plan, the current concealed pistol license permitting structure will remain in place to allow Michigan residents an option to obtain a CPL to continue to carry and receive reciprocity in states that recognize Michigan’s permit. A CPL will also continue to allow people to carry openly in certain restricted zones.House Bills 4416-19 now move to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Lower News 08Jun House approves ‘right to carry’ legislation co-sponsored by Lowerlast_img read more

Bipartisan effort seeks to raise Michigans smoking age to 21 change other

Bipartisan effort seeks to raise Michigans smoking age to 21 change other

first_img14Jun Bipartisan effort seeks to raise Michigan’s smoking age to 21, change other tobacco laws Categories: Bizon News,Brann News,News A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers today detailed legislation that would raise the state’s legal smoking age to 21 and make other important changes to the state’s tobacco laws.Other revisions include banning tobacco product vending machines, enhanced hookah tobacco regulations and modified penalties for those who break the law.“The Michigan Constitution directs the Legislature to protect the health of our citizens, and I take that responsibility very seriously,” said state Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming, who sponsors the bill raising Michigan’s legal tobacco use age from 18 to 21. “We still see far too many young people smoking and using tobacco today. Raising the legal age will save lives and make Michigan much, much healthier.”Other bills in the package are sponsored by fellow Republican Dr. John Bizon of Battle Creek, along with Democrats Abdullah Hammoud of Dearborn and Terry Sabo of Muskegon.Brann’s bill would raise fines those who sell tobacco or related paraphernalia to underage customers, while changing its classification from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. Fines would rise from $50 per incident to at least $1,000 for a first offense.Local governments would be able to adopt their own ordinances, provided they are at least as strict as the statewide measure.Hammoud’s bill calls for prohibiting the storage of hookah tobacco with food products in convenience stores. The legislation also requires hookah tobacco to be stored in a place where it is not readily accessible to the public without assistance from a store employee.“This bipartisan bill package is an important step forward for public health in Michigan,” said Hammoud. “As an epidemiologist, I know that limiting access to tobacco products, especially among our youth, will have several positive outcomes – such as less tobacco products in our high schools and a reduction in cancer rates. My bill specially limits direct access to hookah tobacco, and also would eliminate any potential cross-contamination concerns with the products being stored directly with food items at convenience stores.”Sabo’s bill bans the use of tobacco vending machines after July 1, 2018 – going beyond restrictions already in place in state law.“Banning the use of vending machines to distribute tobacco products is one piece of a broader effort that would improve the health of Michigan residents for generations to come,” Sabo said. “These are important, necessary steps that will help save lives.”Bizon’s bill makes changes in the Michigan Penal Code reflecting penalties for violating the revised laws.“In my nearly four decades of practicing medicine, I have seen far too many cases of throat cancer and other maladies caused by tobacco use,” said Bizon, an ear, nose and throat specialist. “National data shows that the vast majority of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. We must do all we can to deter young people from beginning this bad habit so they have better odds of living long, healthy lives.”House Bills 4736-4739 were officially introduced last week and assigned to the House Regulatory Reform Committee.###last_img read more

Rep Iden local fire department officials testify in support of first responder

Rep Iden local fire department officials testify in support of first responder

first_img Categories: Iden News,News State Rep. Brandt Iden was joined by local fire department officials in testifying for the first responder protection bills before the House Law and Justice Committee today.Iden, of Oshtemo Township, is the sponsor for one of the three bills under consideration, which will make it a felony, punishable by up to two years of incarceration, for anyone who targets or intimidates a member of the police and fire department and emergency medical service personnel.“We are seeing increased incidents in Michigan and across the country where first responders are being attacked while in the course of performing their duties or simply for wearing the uniform,” said Iden. “These are individuals put their lives on the line for us. We need to show these men and women that the state of Michigan has their back.”Joining Iden before the committee were Mark Barnes, fire chief for the Charter Township of Oshtemo, and Jed Wild of the Covert Township Fire Department.“The folks that do these acts, I don’t think they’re going to read (state law) because they’re just going to act,” said Barnes. “What we hope and pray will happen will be getting the perpetrators of these kind of actions off the streets to allow us to do our jobs safely.”Wild, the lead training officer for Covert Township, spoke to the committee on the dangers for personnel responding to a mass shooting incident where secondary devices may be set to specifically harm first responders indiscriminately.“That is not the specific emphasis of this legislation, but this happens across our country,” Wild said. “Evil will reside in our communities year and year out, but we’re going to continue to do our job. We appreciate and recognize you are trying to protect us.”The House Bills 4585, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond; HB 4590, sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto; and 4591, sponsored by Iden, remain under consideration of the committee. 26Sep Rep. Iden, local fire department officials testify in support of first responder protection billslast_img read more

Rep Hernandez on State of the State Delivering results for Michigan taxpayers

Rep Hernandez on State of the State Delivering results for Michigan taxpayers

first_img State Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – tonight said the state’s continued success depends on providing taxpayers with the best possible return on their investments.“We must continue building Michigan’s momentum the right way – spending taxpayer dollars as efficiently and effectively as possible on roads, schools and other essential services our state needs to thrive,” Hernandez, of Port Huron, said after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the State of the State address. “It’s not just about more money. It’s about wisely using what we already have to deliver the results taxpayers deserve and demand.“I will be focused on making state government better – not bigger,” Hernandez said. “I look forward to working with the governor and Legislature in the coming months to craft a state budget that works for all Michigan residents, including our hard-working taxpayers.” ### Categories: Hernandez News,Newscenter_img 12Feb Rep. Hernandez on State of the State: Delivering results for Michigan taxpayers is key to successlast_img read more

Nonprofits Remember Tiananmen Square

Nonprofits Remember Tiananmen Square

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 4, 2014; USA TodayOn my wall is a grainy picture of an unknown man carrying a shopping bag standing in front of Chinese army tanks in Tiananmen Square. No one knows who this guy was, 25 years later. If you’ve seen the photos that preceded the iconic shot, the man actually climbed on the lead tank to stop it and kept getting in front of it when the tank tried to circumvent him. The day before, the People’s Liberation Army had shot (or crushed with tanks in some cases) hundreds or thousands of young protesters. No one’s certain how many actually died, since Chinese authorities then and now suppressed coverage and knowledge of what happened in Tiananmen. But “Tank Man” had to have known—he was there—yet he still faced off against the four tanks.Who he really was has been subject to much debate. Rumors abound, including one that he was a 19-year-old student who was soon arrested and put to death a couple of weeks later. He is impossible to forget, an example of unimaginable courage, and impossible to ignore a quarter century after the Tiananmen Square protests. This young man should be seen as representative of what the voluntary sector is all about, standing up for principle in the face of overwhelming obstacles, not concerned with the obnoxious TED talk self-promotion that absorbs the egomaniacs who are all too prevalent in the U.S. nonprofit sector.What are American nonprofits and American foundations doing a quarter-century later to honor Tank Man and the thousands of protestors whose actions have been buried and suppressed by Chinese authorities? Note that just this week, a Chinese government spokesperson put a spin on Tiananmen that even the worst of message-controlling U.S. hucksters wouldn’t dare try: “In China there are only law breakers,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Fei said this week. “There are no so-called dissidents.” Fei acknowledged that the Chinese government is placing tighter controls on the Internet during this time in which people might take actions to commemorate the Tiananmen Square protests, though he contended that disrupting Google and other Internet access were all in accord with Chinese and international law.Perhaps nonprofits could target and expose the firms that have been hired by Chinese government authorities for mammoth amounts of money to build do PR to create an image of a kinder, nicer China. The Sunlight Foundation revealed that Patton Boggs is among the firms cleaning up on Chinese government money to clean up China’s image. How many Patton Boggs bigwigs sit on the boards of major U.S. nonprofits? These and other firms should be asked to address the meaning of the Tiananmen Square massacres and the actions of the Chinese government now to suppress dissent and deter Tiananmen commemorations.It may be that an appropriate response for U.S. nonprofits would be to recognize and honor nonprofits that are still taking risks to help the dissidents that the Chinese government says do not exist, such as ChinaAid, which runs an “underground railroad” for Chinese dissidents. It might be even more appropriate for major U.S. nonprofits and foundations to engage their Chinese counterparts in a different kind of conversation. For example, last month, American über-philanthropist Bill Gates challenged rich people in China to give more to charity and philanthropy, suggesting that there was a “philanthropy gap” between the U.S. and China. According to Yanzhong Huang writing for The Diplomat, the less than overwhelming philanthropic generosity of China’s rich may be a cause in the “social capital (i.e., trust) deficit” faced by Chinese philanthropy. Perhaps it is the continuing silence of China’s top income classes, unwilling to challenge the continuing repression of free speech by the government, which chips away at their social capital while they become even richer. Gates and others are crowing about the new “Giving Pledge”-type commitments they have received from Chinese oligarchs such as Alibaba’s Jack Ma to make big donations to philanthropy. The Economist and others have referred to Ma as “China’s Carnegie” as a result of his philanthropic pledge. In a nation where free speech is suppressed—as in the history of the Tiananmen protests and the courage of that young man in front of the row of tanks—the notion that Ma might become “China’s version of the charitable Bill Gates” is truly ironic. Where there is no free speech, where “dissidents” are written out of existence, where protests that led to the deaths of thousands are excised from public discourse, philanthropy that aims to do good works misses the most important philanthropic good work of all: the ability of people to speak, think, convene, and act.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Russian service provider MTS has acquired 100 of

first_imgRussian service provider MTS has acquired 100% of the capital of Tatarstan cable TV leader TVT.MTS acquired TVT, which provides cable TV, broadband internet and telephony services to 15 cities across the republic, for approximately US$163 million (€117 million) excluding net debt of about US$17 million.TVT has about 500,000 subscribers, with a 71% share of the TV market in Kazan, the capital, and a 55% share in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan’s second city. The company has a 13% share of the broadband market in Kazan, 19.5% in Naberezhnye Chelny and 18.55 in Nizhnekamsk, in southern Tatarstan.last_img

ITVs new drama channel ITV Encore goes live tonig

first_imgITV’s new drama channel ITV Encore goes live tonight in the UK on Sky Channel 123. The network is dedicated to “the best of contemporary British ITV drama” and at launch will air shows including Mrs Biggs, Poirot, Whitechapel and DCI Banks.From 2015, ITV said the channel will also screen original commissions, alongside successful ITV dram series from recent years.In February, ITV also announced plans to launch a new female-focused channel, ITVBe, which is due to go live towards the end of the year.last_img

Microsoft could be about to launch a Chromecast ri

Microsoft could be about to launch a Chromecast ri

first_imgMicrosoft could be about to launch a Chromecast rival, with evidence provided by one of the company’s latest FCC filings and a certification granted by the WiFi Alliance. Microsoft has unveiled details of a device called the HD-10, including WiFi, HDMI and USB connectivity. A separate document on the WiFi Alliance website identifies a certificate issued on August 19 for a media adaptor described as a Miracast dongle, a Linux-based device certified to operate in the 2.4GHz band. Miracast is the wireless screen-cast standard supported by the WiFi Alliance, also supported by Google. Miracast enables wireless ‘mirroring’ of content from a handheld device such as a smartphone to a connected TV, and is used by Microosft on Windows Phone 8.1.The certificate, initially reported by the Nokia Power User website, suggests that Microsoft may be planning a dongle that can mirror phones, tablets and PCs on a TV, as Chromecast already does. Chromecast additionally enables users to consume media independently of the device they are mirroring.last_img read more

Half of US internet homes now own a connected TV d

Half of US internet homes now own a connected TV d

first_imgHalf of US internet homes now own a connected TV device, such as a games console, streaming media player or smart TV, according to NPD Group.The new research claims that the smart TV industry was a “primary driver” of growth and that the total number of US homes with a connected TV device is now 46 million, a 4 million home increase from Q2 2014.“The increase in the number of homes that use a TV with apps is the result of three very important factors. Sales of TVs with apps have skyrocketed, their user interfaces have improved and there has been a surge in available premium services and programming,” said NPD’s executive director, Connected Intelligence, John Buffone.According to NPD’s Retail Tracking Service, 45% of TVs sold in the US during Q2 supported apps, up from 34% last year and 24% two years ago, with more consumers also now connecting their smart TVs to the web.In Q2, some 69% of all installed internet-capable TVs were connected, compared to 61% last year and 45% two years ago, said the research.Netflix remained the “most commonly used” service among US homes with connected TVs in Q2, followed by YouTube, Amazon Prime/Instant Video, Hulu and HBO Go or HBO Now.“We’re living in the golden age of TV where significant investments are being made in developing original series. This is being enabled by growth in online services such as Hulu and Amazon Video as well as industry leading TV networks benefiting from the large pay TV subscriber base and fast developing over-the-top audience that uses apps on TV,” Buffone.last_img read more

Karen Bradley UK culture secretary Karen Bradley h

Karen Bradley UK culture secretary Karen Bradley h

first_imgKaren BradleyUK culture secretary Karen Bradley has said she is “minded” to refer 21st Century Fox’s full takeover of Sky to regulator Ofcom on public interest grounds.In a statement published Friday, Bradley said that said that she would make her final decision in the week beginning March 13 about whether to issue a European Intervention Notice.If issued, this would trigger an assessment by Ofcom and a Competition and Markets Authority report that would both be reviewed by Bradley.“I have, today, written to the parties to inform them that I am ‘minded to’ issue a European Intervention Notice on the basis that I have concerns that there may be public interest considerations – as set out in the Enterprise Act 2002 – that are relevant to this proposed merger that warrant further investigation,” said Bradley.“To be clear – I have not taken a final decision on intervention at this stage. In line with the guidance that applies to my quasi-judicial role I am inviting written representations from the parties and will aim to come to a final decision on whether to intervene in the merger within ten working days of today’s notification.”Speaking at the Deloitte Enders Media & Telecoms 2017 and Beyond conference in London last week, 21 Century Fox CEO James Murdoch claimed that the company’s consolidation of Sky will provide a major boost for creative industries in the UK, Germany and Italy.“We’re confident the enhanced scale and capabilities of the combined company will be a powerful driver of the creative industry’s vibrancy in Britain, plus in Italy, and in Germany, and in the global market, and a provider of better experiences for customers everywhere,” he said.“To do this at scale, which this combination enables, ensures that the Sky business can continue to compete within a competitive set that now includes some of the largest companies in the world, but none of whom have the local depth of investment and commitment to the UK and to Europe.”However, the plan remains controversial, with a group of UK cross-party politicians last month calling for Ofcom to launch a review into 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch’s suitability to hold a UK broadcasting licence.Ofcom carried out a test of whether Sky should hold a broadcast licence in 2011 at the height of the phone-hacking scandal. While Sky was cleared, the regulator criticised Murdoch – though it fell short of stating that he was not a fit and proper person to hold a broadcast licence.21st Century Fox agreed in December to pay £11.7 billion for the 61% it does not already own of Sky. The terms of the takeover a deal that will value the pay TV operator at £18.5 billion (€22 billion).last_img read more

KaiChristian Borchers The longterm growth in int

KaiChristian Borchers The longterm growth in int

first_imgKai-Christian BorchersThe long-term growth in internet bandwidth and computing, combined with the “detachment” and “low attention span” of millennials for classic TV, will have a massive impact on the traditional media industry over the next few years, with ‘mixed reality’ likely to play a major role, according to Kai-Christian Borchers, CEO of TV technology outfit 3Screen TV.Speaking at the Connected TV World Summit this morning, Borchers said that social media platforms are responding to changes by moving into creating content for their target market and thus retaining their grip on younger age groups.Borcers pointed to the example of a spectator who broadcast on Periscope the FA Cup match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace and for 139,300 viewers.Borchers said that disparate sources of content were being aggregated by social media platforms.While virtual reality may remain a minority activity, the Photonic Lens Chip developed by Magic Leap and mixed and augmented reality propositions could change the name of the game, he said. Magic Leap-enabled glasses could “change the way content is produced and the way we navigate content”.“This could lead to a place where there is campfire TV experience but where everybody wears glasses and sees [their own experience] and this could happen sooner than we think,” he said.Borchers said that voice control could also have a transformative impact. He pointed to his own company’s Alexa skill development, where viewers can ask ‘what have you got for me tonight’ and have their voice analysed in the cloud through artificial intelligence techniques for emotion and mood before providing a recommendation.“The technology is moving very fast and is being powered by these big cloud provider like Google and Amazon and [growing] computer power is the fuel for this,” he said. “if you look at how technology has evolved, the PC was created in 1981… and now everyone is looking at their smartphone screen. Our entire behaviour has changed. VR was introduced last year so how is it going to look in 2025?”Borchers said he believed that the future of TV would be “personalised”, based on a mix of content aggregated from the cloud, and would include many of these other elements such as mixed reality.last_img read more

Telecom Italia TIM has named Pietro Scott Jovane

Telecom Italia TIM has named Pietro Scott Jovane

first_imgTelecom Italia (TIM) has named Pietro Scott Jovane as chief commercial officer.Pietro Scott JovaneJovane, who holds US, UK and Italian citizenship, will join TIM in mid-April, and will report to CEO Amos Genish. He previously worked as group controller for Seat Pagine Gialle, CEO of Microsoft Italia, CEO of publishing outfit RCS Mediagroup and, more recently, CEO for Italian e-commerce outfit ePrice, formerly known as Banzai.At TIM, he will be charged with developing the company’s commercial strategy focusing in particular on the consumer and small enterprise business, top clients – and the multimedia entertainment business.He has been tasked with speeding up TIM’s convergence of content and distribution platforms, and will also be responsible for activities relating to brand development and positioning.last_img read more

Hulu is updating the mobile and web versions of it

Hulu is updating the mobile and web versions of it

first_imgHulu is updating the mobile and web versions of its service, introducing new features designed to make it easier for users to access programmes and control their recommendations.The updates include a new dedicated live TV destination that will take viewers back to the live channel they watched most recently. Mobile users will also get a dynamic live TV guide that shows them what’s on now, what’s coming up in the next 24-hours and lets them to switch channels.Two new recommendation features are designed to give users greater control: ‘Stop Suggesting’ programming and ‘Remove’ from watch history.Hulu is also adding HDMI support to iOS and introducing a new portrait player that lets users control Chromecast playback and channel-surf in the same place.“We know your mobile phone is the most personal device you own. It goes with you virtually everywhere you go and we know it’s how you watch TV when you’re away from your big screen,” said Hulu vice-president of product, Richard Irving.“In fact, we’ve seen that Hulu viewers are taking their TV with them more often these days: Our viewers are watching 84% more hours of programming a month on their phones compared to last year. We also know that your laptop is the other screen that travels with you when you’re on-the-go.”The updates are due to start rolling out in the US to Android and iOS devices next week.last_img read more

Armando Nuñez president and CEO of CBS Global Dis

Armando Nuñez president and CEO of CBS Global Dis

first_imgArmando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, received Variety‘s International Achievement in TV Award yesterday at MIPTV.During the keynote that followed, Nunez was quizzed on the company’s plans for its direct to consumer/streaming business, which is currently restricted to the US (via CBS All Access), Canada and Australia. In response he said it is unlikely that CBS will just “flick the switch” and launch a global streaming business like rival Disney.Instead, he said “we will pick and choose where it makes sense to launch direct to consumer. And when we do we have the luxury of going with either the CBS All Access brand or our premium PayTV brand Showtime.”With Disney and Warner believed to be stockpiling rights to feed their own streaming services, Nunez said that represents a good opportunity for CBS’s international business “because the demand for US programming is still strong among international broadcasters”.CBS’s plans for direct to consumer might be affected by rumours that the company is set to remerge with Viacom. Asked about the potential for such a mega-merger, Nunez said “that’s a question for the board, not me”.last_img read more

This project is around maintaining peoples health

This project is around maintaining peoples health

first_imgThis project is around maintaining people’s health and well-being through the arts  and support for this programme has been secured through the lead partner Arts Council of Northern Ireland under their Arts and Older Peoples Programme which is jointed funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dept. of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Public Health Agency and the Baring Foundation.The Mayor added that Council hopes the finale will be fun for them and their families will enjoy seeing their dad or grandfather perform on a professional stage for the first time.Having got the music making bug we hope their involvement will encouragement them to keep on playing long after the projects completion.As part of this project there are  traditional craft workshops for men too as part of this programme of activities for Arts & Older People programme delivered by Derry City and Strabane District Council and entitled ‘Arts for the Third Age’.For further information on the project contact Jean Smyth Arts Development officer at the Alley Theatre or tickets for the Music to your Ears can be booked through the Alley Theatre Box office 02871384444.MUSIC TO YOUR EARS SUCCESS IN DERRY AND STRABANE was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: MAYOR ELISHA MCCALLIONMUSIC TO YOUR EARS SUCCESS IN DERRY AND STRABANETHE ALLEY THEATRE This project targets the male population is the second phase of the our Arts for the Third Age projects held in Derry City and Strabane District and this music part we have called Music to your Ears.Welcoming the initiative the Mayor, Cllr Elisha McCallion says it all about encouraging men to engage in the arts regardless of their previous experience.“We were unsure who we would attract or what skills they might have. With two very capable and well known musicians facilitating  the workshops, they quickly developed a format that’s worked, splitting them into small groups to develop their skills from total beginners to intermediate guitar players mixed with keyboards and accordions- indeed an eclectic mix to encourage!“Although the main part of the workshop time has been used practicing their playing skills, the men have been introduced to other music styles through visiting musician s demonstrations and developed their song writing skills.” ShareTweet The Alley TheatreIF you have been around Derry on a Tuesday afternoon in Pilot’s Rows over the last nine weeks you couldn’t help but notice the large number of men roving about with guitars or accordion cases. Indeed in Strabane’s town centre similar sights were happening on a Tuesday morning.This has been a men only developmental music project offering an opportunity for the individuals to hone their music skills on a variety of instruments during the classes.So 30y local men have brought in musical instruments to learn under the tutorship of professional musicians Mickey Joe Harte, Terry McCafferty and Keiran Gallen.Many of the guys were engaging in the arts for the first time and this was to be their first forte in to the world of performance.Although some folks were total beginners, for others it was about developing their confidence and learning to accompany fellow musicians.Their only entry requirement was that they wanted to be a part of the project and they were willing to try their best while enjoying a little escapism!The goal they are working towards is a finale performance for their friends and families in the Alley Theatre on Tuesday evening 19th April at 7.30 pm so it is practice, practice and more practice!last_img read more

Council staff Stephanie Roulston and Catherine Mor

Council staff Stephanie Roulston and Catherine Mor

first_imgCouncil staff Stephanie Roulston and Catherine Morris, handing out ‘Older Person’s General Home Safety’ leaflets, to Eileen McNally and Charlie and Kathleen Gillespie, at the Mayor’s monthly ’tea-dance’ in the Guildhall.THOSE who attended this week’s Mayor’s Tea Dance in the Guildhall were able to avail of free home safety advice from members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Health and Community Wellbeing Team. Home Safety Officers hosted a stall at the event in the Guildhall where they imparted free advice, promoted their home safety message and referred people for a home visit from the team.Further information on home safety is available by contacting Council’s Home Safety Team on 028 71 253 253. COMMUNITY AND HEALTH WELLBEING TEAMCOUNCIL’S HOME SAFETY OFFICERS PROVIDE FREE ADVICE AT MAYOR’S TEA DANCETHE GUILDHALL COUNCIL’S HOME SAFETY OFFICERS PROVIDE FREE ADVICE AT MAYOR’S TEA DANCE was last modified: February 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more

Previous PostMega Millions jackpot climbs over 50

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first_img Previous PostMega Millions jackpot climbs over $500 million with no winner on Tuesday CrimeWatch NewsNewsWatchState News Man accused of threatening to kill President Trump arrested in St. Albans By Daniella HankeyOct 10, 2018, 04:32 am 378 0 ST. ALBANS, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — A man from Bremerton, Washington is in a West Virginia jail accused of threatening to kill President Donald Trump. Joshua Wills, 29, is charged with brandishing deadly weapons, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and prohibited acts.St. Albans police officers were called to Roadside Park Tuesday afternoon to meet with U.S. Secret Service agents, according to court documents. Next PostLewis Nissan Athlete of the Week – Haven Chapman The agent said they were looking for Wills after they said he posted on social media that he wanted to kill the president with a katana sword.Agents told officers that Wills gave them the address to the campground he was staying at and admitted he planned on seeing Trump.Agents said they found Wills at the campground and that he had a sword and a knife.When agents and police approached Wills, they said, he moved the sword toward his shoulder and said he would defend himself if officers tried to approach him. He also picked up an ax and pointed it at officers while yelling obscenities.Police said Wills began walking toward the officers with the sword and they shot him with a bean bag gun. They said Wills still tried to resist, but they were able to arrest him after a short struggle.Police said after Wills was arrested, he told them he had a methamphetamine pipe in his pocket. They said they found a plastic container containing what appeared to be methamphetamine.Wills will be taken to the South Central Regional Jail. Google+ Linkedin Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Man accused of threatening to kill President Trump arrested in St. Albans Mail Facebook Twitter Tumblr Pinterest Daniella Hankeylast_img read more

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first_img Previous PostInfant unharmed after spotted crawling across a road in New Jersey Linkedin Home NewsWatch Consumer Weight Watchers rebrands as WW and puts the focus on wellness, not just dieting Tumblr Daniella Hankey “From the moment I chose to invest in the company and join the board, I have believed that the role WW can play in people’s lives goes far beyond a number on the scale,” Winfrey said in a statement released by WW. “As Weight Watchers becomes WW, I believe we will continue to inspire people not only to eat well but to move more, connect with others and continue to experience the joys of a healthy life.” (ABC NEWS)- A brand best known for helping people lose weight has undergone a slimming-down of its own.Weight Watchers will now be known as WW, a new, shortened, name that the company says is a reflection that it’s about more than just losing weight.“We are becoming the world’s partner in wellness,” Mindy Grossman, WW’s president and CEO, said in a statement Monday. “No matter what your goal is –- to lose weight, eat healthier, move more, develop a positive mindset, or all of the above -– we will deliver science-based solutions that fit into people’s lives.” Mail Under its old name, Weight Watchers ranked in the top five for this year’s best diets overall and also made the number one spots for best commercial diets and best fast weight-loss diets, according to U.S. News and World Report. While some things will stay the same, including the WW Freestyle program that applies points to foods, here are six major changes members will notice.1. Focus on mindfulness: As part of its wellness approach, WW is partnering with meditation app Headspace to provide customized mindfulness content for WW members.2. More celebrities: In addition to Winfrey, WW now counts celebrities like music star DJ Khaled, filmmaker Kevin Smith and chef Eric Greenspan among its “ambassadors,” signaling the brand’s outreach to different demographics.3. ‘Wins’ for healthier habits: WW members can now earn rewards like exclusive products and experiences for doing things like tracking meals, activity and weight and attending wellness workshops.4. Personalized points for activities: WW’s FitPoints system that rewards members with more points for more activity is being tweaked. Now, the program will personalize activity points for each member based on their height, weight, age and sex. The update, available in December, is based on the idea that, “Just as all calories are not created equal, the same is true for activities,” according to WW.5. New ways to connect with members: WW, famous for its in-person member meetings, is launching Connect Groups to allow members to connect online through their shared interests, from food to life stages to hobbies and activities.6. Technology improvements: WW members will soon be able to look up SmartPoints values for their food and track foods using their voice thanks WW’s integration with smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. The WW app will be updated for members on Oct. 4, according to the company. Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebook ConsumerHealthNewsWatch Weight Watchers rebrands as WW and puts the focus on wellness, not just dieting By Daniella HankeySep 26, 2018, 04:44 am 329 0 Next PostThe new flu vaccine recommendations as flu season approaches The shift in focus by one of the oldest and best-known diet brands can also be seen as a reflection of society’s shift away from a diet mentality to thinking more about healthy lifestyle choices overall.WW’s move received a seal of approval from Oprah Winfrey, one of America’s most famous dieters whose struggles to lose weight were chronicled on her talk show. Winfrey is an investor in WW and has been public about her success on the program.last_img read more