Mexico missing students case file shows contradictions

first_imgMEXICO CITY – While Mexican prosecutors declared last year that 43 missing students were incinerated at a landfill,official documents show one gang suspect testified that at least nine were slaughtered elsewhere.The office of Mexico’s attorney general posted on its website Sunday the 54,000 pages of documents from the much-criticized investigation into a case that has bedeviled President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration.A review by AFP of hundreds of pages found contradictory testimony among some of the more than 100 suspects who have been detained, including Guerreros Unidos drug cartel members and municipal police officers.The report — a maze of documents divided into 85 tomes and 13 annexes with several typos and redacted information — was made public by Attorney General Arely Gómez following freedom of information requests from journalists. It is rare for Mexican authorities to make investigative documents public online.Gómez’s predecessor, Jesús Murillo Karam, concluded late last year that police in the southern city of Iguala attacked the students on Sept. 26, 2014, after they had seized buses for a protest in Mexico City.Murillo Karam said the officers abducted 43 students and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, which confused them with rivals, killed them and incinerated their bodies at a garbage dump in the neighboring town of Cocula.But parents of the students have never accepted the official conclusion.Last week, Gómez invited international forensic experts to reinvestigate the landfill after independent experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights found no scientific evidence that the 43 students were burned to ashes there.Tomás Zerón, the prosecutors’ chief of investigations, insisted that a “large” number of students were incinerated at the dump, although he acknowledged that he could not confirm whether it was all 43. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPKilled on a hillBut the newly released documents include the testimony of Marco Antonio Ríos Berber, a confessed member of the Guerreros Unidos, who said 13 students were taken to a hill on the outskirts of Iguala, where at least nine were killed.Ríos Berber testified that he was ordered to buy diesel fuel and that when he returned, three students had been shot in the head by two other gang members, including one nicknamed “Chuky” or “Choky.”The bodies were tossed in a pit and incinerated with the diesel. A vehicle arrived later with the 10 other students.“I shot two in the head” and four more were killed by other gang members, Ríos said. He added that the six bodies were thrown in the pit, incinerated and covered with dirt and tree branches.“They left the four others tied up. They had beaten them and left them unconscious,” he testified. He said he went home at 3 a.m. on Sept. 27 and did not know what happened to the other students.An official in the attorney general’s office said Ríos’ was another line of investigation, not a contradiction.The official said the “hypothesis of the garbage dump is the most conclusive” because it relies on confessions and forensic evidence.In October 2014, Guerrero state prosecutors said hit men confessed to killing and burying 17 students on the same hill.A mass grave was found on the hill that same month with 28 bodies inside, but DNA tests showed none were those of the students. Related posts:Independent probe doubts 43 Mexico students cremated Mexico’s 43 missing students continue to haunt President Peña Nieto – and they should Parents of 43 missing students in Mexico wage hunger strike Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students Consulta el expediente del Caso #Iguala aquí: #Transparencia— PGR México (@PGR_mx) October 11, 2015center_img 15 asphyxiatedThe published file includes other testimonies that Murillo Karam used to conclude that the students were killed and incinerated in Cocula, though even they had some contradictions.One suspect said he saw around 30 students transported in a truck to the landfill while another saw around 40. Neither gave a precise figure.Confessed hit man Jonathan Osorio Cortes, alias “Jona,” said 15 students were already dead when they arrived at the dump because they died from asphyxiation from being piled on top of each other in the back of the truck.Another one arrived dead with bullet wounds.Survivors were either shot in the head or beaten to death with a tree trunk after some were interrogated over whether they were infiltrated by the rival Rojos gang, he said.Their bodies were then burned in a funeral pyre of wood, tires and diesel.Another suspect said the ashes were dumped in eight black trash bags and tossed in a river an hour’s drive away.Authorities have only confirmed the identity of one student among those remains while DNA tests partially identified another one. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Kevin Kolb started last season as Arizonas quarte

first_imgKevin Kolb started last season as Arizona’s quarterback,while John Skelton finished the year with the job.Whoever begins the 2012 season in that role — be it Kolb,Skelton or maybe some guy named Manning — you betterbelieve they will have earned the job.“Will there be a competition,” Cardinals coach KenWhisenhunt said at the NFL Draft Scouting Combine inIndianapolis. “Obviously I think John did a great job forus over the last half of the season when he was forced toplay because of Kevin’s injury, and that’s what you want –– he did the job that we asked him to do.” Whisenhunt said having the entire offseason to work withSkelton, which is something they have not had through theQB’s first two seasons in the league, will go a long waytowards helping him become a better quarterback. Combinethat with minicamps and more reps in training camp, andWhisenhunt said there is reason to be excited about theyoung QB’s future.“That being said, we didn’t get a great opportunity to seea lot of Kevin because of the injuries this year, but inthe snapshots of times that we did see him we were excitedabout what we saw,” Whisenhunt said. “So, I think John’searned the ability to be given consideration for theposition, just because of what he did and his record andthe way he played, but I also think that we’ve got a lotinvested in Kevin as well for that position.“There’s nothing wrong with competition. I think it makesboth players — all players — better.”So as of now the plan is to roll with either Kolb orSkelton under center, but things are subject to changedepending on who may or may not become available in thecoming weeks. And one has to think if the team has a chance to acquire acertain soon-to-be former Colts QB, they’ll do their bestto make it happen. Not because the team is unhappy withits current signal callers, but rather because they’dalways be ready to improve the team. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories “Everybody out there associated with our team understandsthat this is a competitive game and we’re all looking toget better, so if those opportunities present themselvesthen so be it,” Cardinals GM Rod Graves said. “Butotherwise we’ve got an outstanding group of quarterbackswith us right now, we believe we can win with thosequarterbacks and we’re preparing as if they’re going to bethe group that we’re working with. “We’ll see what other opportunities present themselves ifthat happens.”Indeed we shall. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_imgFrom 2006 to 2009 with Detroit he averaged 123.7 total tackles per season, but has seen that number drop to 50.2 over the last five seasons, which has also seen him play for four different teams. He was available on June 3 for a reason, though Sims believes he’ll be able to contribute quite a bit to his new team.“My aggressiveness and my work ethic, speed,” he said when asked what his biggest strengths are. “You watch me play football, I’m around the ball. I think that’s essential to having a great defense, a linebacker that’s around the ball no matter what.”If there is one saving grace for the Cardinals through all of this it’s that while they appear to be thin at the inside linebacker spot, they are pretty strong in pretty much every other spot on their defense. While it is hoped that Sims will contribute, there shouldn’t be any unreasonable expectations. No one will ask him to be Daryl Washington.“Daryl Washington his a hell of a linebacker, and it’s going to be hard such talent like that,” Sims said. “But I think this organization’s doing a good job bringing in good talent. They already have talent in-house, and adding me to the linebacking corps I think is going to be really good.” Top Stories Ernie Sims was without a team long enough. The veteran signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, bringing the former No. 9 overall selection in 2006 to the team that, incidentally, made the pick right after he was taken off the board.The Cardinals brought Sims in for a workout earlier last week, and likely saw signing him as more of a necessity once Daryl Washington was suspended for the season due to violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With Washington out, the Cardinals offered Sims more than just a roster spot, though he said the only thing the coaches guaranteed him was a chance.“Most definitely,” Sims told when asked if the possibility of playing time enticed him. “I’ve been competing my whole life. That’s what I do, that’s what I enjoy doing.“So the opportunity presented itself and I’m definitely going to try to take advantage of it.”Given that Sims has spent all of one OTA practice with the Cardinals, it would be foolish to try and project what kind of role he will have with the team. As of now, the starters at inside linebacker project to be second-year pro Kevin Minter and veteran Larry Foote, with others — like Sims — possibly entering the mix. But as Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday, before Sims was brought on board, any linebacker the team added in lieu of Washington’s suspension would not be handed a starting role.“He’d have to earn it,” the coach said. “If there’s one available that can do that I’d like to have him.”Is that Sims?Through his first eight seasons in the league, the former Florida State star has shown flashes of effectiveness but struggled with consistency. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Legislation introduced to reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries

first_img Categories: Howrylak News 31Mar Legislation introduced to reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association, and state Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) today announced distracted driving legislation with the goal of reducing fatalities, injuries, and traffic crashes in Michigan.“When operating a motor vehicle, we all have a personal responsibility to protect our life and the lives of the innocent people traveling around us at all times,” said Santilli.  “No text message, social media update, internet search, or any other distraction is worth putting a life in jeopardy.  I commend Representative Howrylak and the bipartisan co-sponsors for their commitment to ensuring all people return home to their loved ones each day.”House Bill 4466 was introduced by Howrylak and co-sponsored by Reps. Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak), David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park), Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township), and Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills).  The bill states that a person may use a portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle if the portable electronic device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and is being used in that manner by the person while operating a motor vehicle.The movement for a hands-free law began after Santilli attended the funeral for Ally Zimmerman, a 16-year-old Romeo High School student who was hit by a distracted driver while traveling as an innocent passenger on December 28, 2010.  He immediately joined forces with Ally’s family and friends to create the “Remembering Ally: Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign.”  The award-winning campaign reached people in more than 90 countries.  Santilli and Ally’s mother, Laurel Zimmerman, both agreed that Michigan’s current texting law is too specific and a hands-free law would be easier to enforce.  After communicating with public safety leaders throughout the nation to determine the best language for a bill, Santilli officially announced a plan to send a hands-free recommendation to the Michigan Legislature during a press conference on March 30, 2016.  Shortly after the announcement, Howrylak reached out to Santilli and offered to sponsor the bill.“The number of distracted drivers continues to rise and we must take action to make our roadways safer,” said Rep. Howrylak.  “The legislation seeks to ensure Michigan drivers have their attention focused on the road at all times, instead of a mobile device.”###last_img read more

News Corp is to take a minority stake in Dubaibas

first_imgNews Corp is to take a minority stake in Dubai-based media group Moby, which is active in Afghanistan and other parts of central Asia and the Middle East.News Corp will fold its 50% shareholding in Broadcast Middle East, its Farsi broadcasting joint venture with Moby, into the group in exchange for a minority shareholding in Moby. News Corp will also provide capital to Moby for its expansion plans.Moby will continue to be chaired by Saad Mohseni, while Zaid Mohseni will continue to serve as CEO of Broadcast Middle East.The latter operates Farsi 1, which launched in 2009, and also launched female-skewed Zemzemeh last year. At the time, News Corp and Moby said they planned to launch another channel with an unspecified theme.last_img read more

Latvian telco Lattelecom has launched a 3D movie s

first_imgLatvian telco Lattelecom has launched a 3D movie service.Movies including Step Up, and Resident Evil: Afterlife are available 3D on-demand for LTV2.10 (€3) per title for 24 hours. Initially the movies are available in their original language but Lattelecom said it planned to offer Latvian and Russian language tracks in the future.The VOD service is available to customers with a 3D TV and broadband connection of at least 8Mbps.Lattelecom began trialling 3D TV in 2010 when it broadcast coverage of the French Open tennis tournament in 3D.last_img read more

Germanys competition authority the Bundeskartella

first_imgGermany’s competition authority the Bundeskartellamt has initially rejected the acquisition of Tel Columbus by rival operator KDG.Germany’s largest operator, KDG, said the step was “not unusual” in German M&A proceedings.Kabel Deutschland said in a statement that it was convinced that consumers and competition in Germany would clearly benefit from the proposed acquisition.If the deal goes through, 880,000 households would get access to KDG’s high speed internet and telephony services. It would also see KDG entering the Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia regions, which would increase competitive choice, KDG said.Kabel Deutschland said it would thoroughly analyse the concerns voiced by the Bundeskartellamt and address them. In addition, the operator will examine how the regulator’s concerns can be overcome by appropriate remedies and will submit a proposal to the Bundeskartellamt, it added.last_img read more

LG Electronics is stepping up its 4K TV efforts a

first_imgLG Electronics is stepping up its 4K TV efforts, adding new 55- and 65-inch Ultra HD sets to its 2013 line-up of televisions.LG said the move would make Ultra HD technology available to a larger segment of the market, with the new LA9700 series the first LG 4K sets to be manufactured in this size. They are also the first to incorporate the new H.265 high efficiency video coding (HEVC) decoder.“When we brought the first Ultra HD TV to market last fall, consumer acceptance was surprisingly strong, considering that the 84-inch TV carried a US$20,000 [€15,000] price-tag. Now, with a wider range of sizes at more attractive prices, even more consumers can enjoy the amazing picture clarity that Ultra HD TVs provide,” said Jay Vandenbree, senior vice president, LG Electronics.last_img read more

Israelbased international news channel i24news ha

first_imgIsrael-based international news channel i24news has launched in Switzerland on the Swisscom TV platform. The new distribution deal saw Swisscom start to air the English version of the channel this week on channel number 557 as part of its international channel package. The French version of i24news is due to launch on the platform in May.i24news’ chief marketing and commercial officer, Laurent Malek, said that i24news already reaches more than 40m homes in Europe – in countries including France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Italy.last_img read more

Netflix has called on the US FCC to veto Comcasts

first_imgNetflix has called on the US FCC to veto Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable. In a petition to the FCC’s media bureau chief William Lake, the streaming video provider argued that the “proposed merger puts at risk the end-to-end principle that has characterised the internet and been a key driver in the creation of the most important communications platform in history”. According to Netflix, the merger of the two US cable giant would “set up an ecosystem that calls into question what we to date have taken for granted: that a consumer who pays for connectivity to the internet will be able to get the content she requests”, and that the merger would turn US consumers’ internet experience into “something that more closely resembles cable television”.Unsurprisingly, Netflix’s petition highlights the issue of access fees charged at interconnection points and their ability to harm internet companies. It said that the merger would give the two cable companies a dominant share of the high-speed broadband market at a time when broadband customers “increasingly engage with more content-rich applications that require high-speed broadband to work properly, such as internet-delivered video”.Netflix compared the current merger proposal with that of AT&T and MediaOne a decade and a half ago, when the US government required the divestment of their respective broadband arms Excite@Home and RoadRunner, as a condition for approval.Netflix said that Comcast and Time Warner together would have the ability to harm online video companies that they viewed as rivals to their own video services.last_img read more

Delia Bushell BT will be able to integrate new tec

first_imgDelia BushellBT will be able to integrate new technology like High Dynamic Range into its Ultra HD offering, but does not expect upgrades to come for another two years, according to Delia Bushell.Speaking at IBC this morning, the managing director of BT TV and BT Sport said that the UK operator had a “big debate” internally about whether this summer was the right time to launch a UHD offer, even though technologies like HDR were not yet ready.“Given that we wanted to do something really dynamic for Champions League, for us the case was clear – launch now and then maybe in two years time add some upgrades around that,” said Bushell.Asked whether BT could upgrade its UHD investment to include technologies like HDR, higher frame rates and wide colour gamut, as they roll out, Bushell said that BT will “be able to blend them in with UHD” in order to “go to the next level.”“Obviously things like  8K are being trialled. In the end, for the current range of production capabilities, and for the current generation of 4K screens going into peoples’ homes, what we’ve created with our 4K service is the maximum that’s possible at the moment and we generally feel that the next upgrades are probably two years away,” said Bushell.She claimed that the choice open to BT was to “launch now or launch in two years” but that it did not want to wait just one year, as it wanted to make the most of its Champions and Europa League football rights.BT secured exclusive live TV rights to all Champions League football matches as part of a £897 million (€1.07 billion) three-year deal that came into effect from the start of the 2015/16 season.Discussing BT Sport more generally, Bushell said that its experiment in bidding for sports rights and launching its own sports channels “had gone even better than we’d hoped” and that, two years in, its “audacious idea is now coming of age.”“When we first launched BT Sport our stated ambition was to make sport accessible to fans again and I think over the past two years, it’s fair to say that we have achieved that goal. There’s a lot more to go, but we’ve made a big step forward. We’ve now got over 5.2 million subscribers,” said Bushell.On the BT TV side, she said that the recent launch of the AMC channel exclusively on BT TV in the UK was an “opportunity to start balancing it out to female viewers as well as male viewers.”Looking forwards, Bushell said:  “I think for BT the next chapter is all about convergence. It’s all about bringing together our BT Infinity fibre network, our BT Sport and our BT TV operations and also our new BT mobile services – and if our Everything Everywhere acquisition deal closes, bringing that new business together into the BT family.”BT launched its BT TV Ultra HD package in the UK last month, which includes Europe’s first live sports Ultra HD (4K) channel, BT Sport Ultra HD.last_img read more

Ericsson and Cisco have teamed up to collaborate o

first_imgEricsson and Cisco have teamed up to collaborate on the future development of networks. The pair have formed an alliance that they say could deliver incremental of US$1 billion (€900 million) or more for each company by 2018 through joint development of products, services and technology spanning enterprise mobility, cloud-delivered IP services and the Internet of Things.The pair said that would follow up the announcement with multiple agreements that include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging markets.The parties have also agreed to discuss FRAND policies and enter a licensing agreement for their respective patent portfolios, enabling joint innovation and providing certainty for customers of both organisations. As part of this agreement, Ericsson will receive license fees from Cisco.Teams from both organizations will also begin working on a joint initiative focused on SDN/NFV and network management and control.The agreement secured endorsements from Vodafone, AT&T and Verizon Communications.“I am excited to work with Cisco on continuing to shape the Networked Society. Foremost, we share the same vision of the network’s strategic role at the center of every company’s and every industry’s digital transformation. Initially the partnership will focus on service providers, then on opportunities for the enterprise segment and accelerating the scale and adoption of IoT services across industries. For Ericsson, this partnership also fortifies the IP strategy we have developed over the past several years, and it is a key move forward in our own transformation,” said Hans Vestberg, president and CEO, Ericsson.“With the pace the market is moving, the successful companies will be those who build the right strategic partnerships to accelerate innovation, growth, and customer value. Today’s announcement brings together two visionary industry leaders, with complementary cultures and track records of innovation. We have worked with Ericsson during the last year on developing a strategy for future industry leadership, and can start executing together today. Our partnership will drive growth for both companies, unique value for our customers, and incredible innovation for the industry,” said Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco.last_img read more

Eurofins Digital Testing is to develop an HbbTV Ap

first_imgEurofins Digital Testing is to develop an HbbTV Application Test Centre in co-operation with Samsung for testing HbbTV Applications on HbbTV enabled TVs.Samsung will provide the initial TV platforms for conducting the compatibility tests. These platforms include an enhanced debug mode which allows the gathering of additional data to diagnose issues. Samsung will also assist app developers to run their applications on Samsung TVs.Eurofins will initially build the Test Centre at its office in Bristol, UK. This Test Centre will take responsibility for testing and validating HbbTV Applications provided by developers to ensure that they conform to the HbbTV specification and function correctly on Samsung devices.The agreement between Samsung and Eurofins allows for the growth of the Test Centre to include more devices in due course – including those from other manufacturers – to further extend the testing capabilities.Johan Craeybeckx, Eurofins Digital Testing’s CEO said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Samsung in creating the first independent Test Centre for the testing and verification of HbbTV apps. HbbTV is gaining increasing acceptance with broadcasters around the world and consumers are rapidly engaging with new applications; this new Test Centre gives broadcasters and developers the perfect environment to rigorously test their new applications and ensure their compatibility across a range of platforms prior to their release.”last_img read more

The BBCs research and development arm has launche

first_imgThe BBC’s research and development arm has launched an interactive, object-based radio drama on BBC Taster – the corporation’s home for new ideas.The Mermaid’s Tears lets listeners choose to follow one of three characters, and as they move around the listener hears different perspectives on the story.BBC R&D collaborated with BBC Radio Drama London on the project, and will showcase The Mermaid’s Tears and the audio control interface it used to produce it at IBC later this week.The drama was made in immersive 3D audio and users can listen in stereo, surround sound or with binaural audio on headphones.The BBC has created interactive radio dramas before – such as The Wheel of Fortune and The Dark House – but this is the first time it has streamed a drama as a collection of individual audio objects with instructions for the audio receiver on how to mix them together.The radio programme was creating using the BBC’s object-based radio studio in BBC Broadcasting House, which the corporation started building last summer and is based around BBC R&D’s IP Studio platform.The Mermaid’s Tears is the first of two pilot programmes that BBC R&D is producing as part of the ORPHEUS project – an EU initiative that aims to create an end-to-end object-based broadcast chain for audio.BBC R&D will show a number of other projects and work on its stand at IBC this year, including IP production, object-based audio, atomised media, speech to text and Virtual and Augmented Reality.It will also be presenting papers in conference sessions on subjects including voice UI and High Dynamic Range, and our work will feature on several of our partner’s stands too.BBC R&D will exhibit in the Future Zone at IBC in hall 8, stand G10last_img read more

Arris is due to unveil a new line of Android TVpo

first_imgArris is due to unveil a new line of Android TV-powered Ultra High Definition (UHD) High Dynamic Range (HDR) set-top boxes at IBC.The next-generation devices are designed to address a range of requirements for cable, telco, satellite and terrestrial operators around the world.They offer WiFi connectivity and DVR options, as well as support and integration with DVB networks, and conditional access and DRM security solutions.Arris said that Android is becoming increasingly popular among both large and small service providers as it offers fast time to market, greater control over the user interface, and access to features like YouTube, built-in Chromecast support, and Google Play Store applications.“Our new set-top solutions with Android TV bring the best of Arris’ global scale, services expertise and latest video technology to operators who want to deliver the future of TV to their customers,” said Arris CPE president Larry Robinson.“Our longstanding relationship with Google and deep experience of tailoring and integrating advanced video solutions positions Arris as the prime partner for operators around the world to launch new enhanced TV services with Android.”Arris will showcase its solutions and services for Android TV at IBC hall 1, stand B19last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet “We didn’t have time to get your details and would be keen to get background info as to what exactly happened in the car,” said Constable Murphy. “We rushed round the corner in time to see a distressed woman leave the house and flag us down.“Her partner had verbally abused her and then come at her with a shovel. We have obviously arrested him.“Domestic Abuse is a real issue in our communities and I dread to think what may have happened if we had not been passing that taxi at that exact time.“Just like that taxi driver we all need to make sure we are looking out for our friends and neighbours.”Constable Ed Murphy of Ballyarnett Neghbourhood Team has expressed his thanks to the taxi driver for his assistance. POLICE have revealed how officers had to intervene last night in Derry to save a woman from a man armed with a shovel.The PSNI revealed on its Foyle Facebook page how members of the Ballyarnett Neighbourhood Team were driving in one of the estates when they were “flagged down” by a taxi driver.“He told us he had just dropped a couple off round the corner and was worried that there would be a domestic incident. MAN ARRESTED BY POLICE AS HE TRIES TO HIT WOMAN WITH A SHOVEL was last modified: November 26th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: He asked the taxi drive to private message him at ‘PSNI Foyle’ on Facebook or ring Strandtown Station on the 101 number. BALLYARNETT NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAMCONSTABLE ED MURPHYMAN ARRESTED BY POLICE AS HE TRIES TO HIT WOMAN WITH A SHOVELlast_img read more

MAYOR of Derry City and Strabane District Council

first_imgMAYOR of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock is urging local people to ditch their regular attire and unleash their inner superhero in aid of her chosen charities next month.Wannabe caped crusaders can take part in the Mayor’s ‘Superhero Week’, running from Monday October 24th through to Monday October 31st, when local people can dress as their favourite super human idol in return for a donation to charity.Schools, workplaces, offices, community groups or any gathering of friends and family can get involved in the initiative where the Action Cancer and Tearfund charities are the beneficiaries.“This is a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness for charity while having a lot of fun in the process,” said Alderman McClintock at this week’s launch in the Guildhall. “The City and District could certainly be a colourful place for that week as local people undergo their transformations.“Schools and colleges can get involved by inviting students to come in dressed as a superhero for the day or decorating their own costumes while workplaces can also show their support by coming in dressed up or even sponsoring their managers to don a costume for the day.“The week coincides with the city and district’s Halloween celebrations too so local people can get into the superhero spirit and raise money by being sponsored to dress up during the festivities.”Schools and groups who want to take part can register now to nominate a date for their event. ShareTweet The Mayor will endeavour to visit your school or group on your Superhero Day so early registration is recommended.For further details or to register contact Karen Henderson, telephone number 02871376527 or CAN BE HEROES, JUST FOR ONE DAY was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: JUST FOR ONE DAYMAYOR HILARY MCCLINTOCKSUPERHERO WEEKWE CAN BE HEROESlast_img read more


first_img THE ALLEY SIZZLES INTO SUMMER WITH NEW PROGRAMME OF EVENTS ShareTweet Always keen to support local musicians our Alley Bar Open Mic Nights are back this July and August and we are pleased to announce Sounds Like Summer Music Competition will return this summer, so if you are a musician and would like to take part in this fabulous competition get in touch.The Three Rivers Brass Band will launch the Summer Jamm Music Festival on the 9th June, a perfect start to what is going to be a rocking weekend full of Ireland’s best rock and country stars performing in the Canal Basin.Other music events to look forward to this summer are ‘Outlaw Country’ , ‘Jazz Gazette’, ‘Burning Love – A Celebration of Elvis’, ‘Lore & Niamh McGlinchy’, ‘The Whistlin Donkeys’, ‘Fred Morrison’ and ‘Donna Taggart’.May and June is full of drama starting with Colin Bateman’s new play a ‘Bag for Life’ which is setting stage this week. This powerful production is a one woman show with a difference which tells the tale of Karen, a young mother who’s troubled past comes back to haunt her.This is followed by ‘On Our Way to Lisbon’ by Brassneck Theatre Company in association with Isosceles Productions.It has been 50 years since Glasgow Celtic achieved the unimaginable by winning the European Cup and becoming the legendary Lisbon Lions.This two-man play tells the story of how, in 1967, Glasgow Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup with victory over the mighty Inter Milan.June sees a one man play come to the theatre as Martin ‘Jim’ McFadden tells his true and personal account of his battle with his bottle and his demons.This honest story of wildness and debauchery will keep you laughing through the hideousness of the darkness.Family Theatre and fun for the summer includes ‘Humpty Dumptys Big Eggventure’, Lyngo Theatre Company with ‘There and Back Again An Odyssey’ by Cbeebies Patrick Lynch.Follow Patrick as he launches Ulysses and his companions on fantastic 20 year voyage back home. The pupils of St Marys Primary School will be presenting Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies in June.Kids if you are looking for something to do over the summer months look no further as the ‘Summer School of Rock’ is here in July.  Join us for one week full of fun and music workshops with the Arts Academy.You will learn musical instrument skills along with group singing, stagecraft and recording skills.If dance is more your thing then learn the moves of ‘Jive in Summer School’ of Jive in August.Encouraging young talent is something we are proud of at the Alley Theatre and we are delighted a number of local dance and drama groups are joining us this summer including Encore Performing Arts Academy who will take to the stage in their annual dance recitals in ‘Dream – Believe and Achieve’ as well Encores ‘End of Year Musical Theatre Showcase’.  The Arts Academy will also be back with their ‘Summer Variety show’.If you love cooking you will not want to miss ‘Flavour of Tyrone Cookery Demonstration’ hosted by Foyle Hospice on the 19th May featuring some of our best loved chefs from around the Strabane District.  Come along and enjoy a special evening of tasty cuisine.Our spacious art gallery will host a variety of exhibitions this summer including textile, sculptures, paintings and photography. Showing currently is Dr Ann O’Mahony and Jane Dunn exhibition ‘Voice’.A beautiful exhibition using textile to claim ‘a speaking voice’ to express ideas and concerns.  Come along on the 13th May 12 – 4pm to meet the artists and see this wonderful exhibition.A look into the end of summer, start of autumn welcomes music from Shawn Cuddy & Richie Kavanagh, comedy drama with ‘Its Wine O’Clock’ and Surestarts Ante –Natal Evening for Mums to be.For more information and to purchase tickets for any of these performances visit or call the box office on 028 71 384444Photo Caption: Pictured at the launch of the Alley Theatre’s summer programme are Emma Devine, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Jacqui Doherty from the Strabane Art’s Academy along with Academy members, Ava Vaughan, Mia Kerrigan, and Niamh Lamont.THE ALLEY SIZZLES INTO SUMMER WITH NEW PROGRAMME OF EVENTS was last modified: May 5th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: NOW in its 10th year, the Alley Theatre welcomes a new programme full of events set to take place over the summer months.Just last week, students of the Arts Academy came together at their latest sell-out show Balo Balo to launch the programme which has  a mix of music, drama, children’s events and art exhibitions to suit all ages and all tastes.Spring and Summer is the time to sit back and relax and enjoy some wonderful music and this programme is full of it.If you love Irish traditional music, we are pleased to announce that ‘The Rolling Wave’ Irish traditional group have a number of sessions planned for both their youth and adult groups throughout the summer starting this Saturday afternoon (13th May) as the youth section will be performing in the Cafe Area.last_img read more


first_img Pinterest Linkedin Previous PostMan Arrested After Stealing From Elderly Family Member Google+ Tumblr Mail Twitter Home Sports News Sports “Best Virginia” Visits Beckley Thursday Next PostChris Cline, Daughter, Friends Remembered at Community Vigil Beckley, WV (WOAY) – Basketball fans in Southern West Virginia had the chance to see former West Virginia basketball stars return to the court Thursday as part of an alumni tour.Those who took part Thursday are on the “Best Virginia” squad, one of 64 teams entered in the 2019 edition of The Basketball Tournament. Names include John Flowers, Da’Sean Butler, Jaysean Paige, Nathan Adrian, and Devin Williams.“Best Virginia” would jump out to an early lead against a “Southern WV Elite” team that consisted of recent Concord stars – including Tommy Bolte and Cam Shannon – and area natives like Derek Brooks and Damien Tunstalle. The Mountaineer alumni went on to win 118-80, led by 24 points from Kevin Jones. Taylor Smith recorded 19 for “Southern WV Elite.”Flowers and “Best Virginia” head coach Jarrod West were both excited about the opportunity to visit Beckley, adding there is still a lot to work on before their TBT run begins on July 26. The alumni tour continues Saturday in the Eastern Panhandle. SportsSports NewsWVU “Best Virginia” Visits Beckley Thursday By Matt DigbyJul 12, 2019, 00:06 am 337 0 Facebook 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 Morelast_img read more