Technicolor is looking to sell its broadcast servi

first_imgTechnicolor is looking to sell its broadcast services, production and post-production activities, according to French press reports.According to financial daily Les Echos, the technology company is at an early stage of the process of looking to sell its broadcast businesses, but several possible buyers have emerged, including Ericsson.Technicolor provides international playout services for Disney from the UK, while in France it provides broadcast servies to Canal Plus Multithématiques, France 24 and TV5.last_img read more

Global overthetop media server revenue increased

Global overthetop media server revenue increased

first_imgGlobal over-the-top media server revenue increased by 38% and unit shipments were up 68% in 2011, according to a new set-top box market report from Infonetics Research.Worldwide total set-top box shipments grew 13.7% in 2011 compared to the previous year, while revenue was nearly flat, up less than 1%, to US$13.3 billion (€10 billion). Global set-top box unit shipments grew faster (up 6%) than revenue (up 3.8%) between the third and fourth quarters of 2011. Growth in high definition and DVR sales helped keep average selling prices from declining too quickly, according to the report.Motorola, Echostar, Pace and Cisco were the top vendors in terms of global set-top revenue share in the fourth quarter of 2011.The report forecasts that IP set-top boxes and hybrid IP/DTT unit shipments will grow the strongest among the various types of set-top boxes over the next five years, increasing their share of the total market.A second Infonetics report, Video-on-Demand and Encoder Equipment and Video Subscribers, found that following annual declines in 2009 and 2010, during the global recession, the VOD and streaming content servers and video encoders market grew 6% in 2011 to US$803 million, with all major world regions except EMEA increasing spending.Sequentially from the third to the fourth quarters, the overall market was up 4% and up 6% year-on-year. The report forecasts double-digit percent revenue increases in the global video infrastructure market in 2012, with a cumulative US$1.9 billion being spent on standard and high definition MPEG-4 video encoders over the next five years, from 2012 to 2016.Huawei led the global VOD server market in the fourth quarter 2011 and for the overall year, with Motorola and ZTE vying for top sport for global VOD revenue in the fourth quarter.“Two of the most interesting trends in the video equipment and set-top box markets are, firstly, across the board, pay TV operators continue to increase their investments in MPEG-4 encoders to reduce bandwidth requirements for their broadcast channels and VOD streams, and secondly, despite healthy STB unit growth in 2011, revenue was nearly flat, reflecting the growth of lower-cost STBs in emerging markets, particularly China, combined with the increased competition we’re seeing in the more mature markets,” noted Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research.last_img read more

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has doubled the number

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has doubled the number

first_imgDutch cable operator Ziggo has doubled the number of channels available via its TV Everywhere service for Apple devices.From today, the number of channels offered by the Ziggo TV app for Apple devices is increasing from 14 to 28 for those subscribing to the TV Extra package. Those with the Standard package will have access to 24 channels and those taking the TV Plus package will be offered 27 channels.The app for Android devices was updated to offer all 28 channels last month.The latest Ziggo TV app also integrates with Twitter, allowing users to forward, delete and edit tweets via the shortcuts within the app. It also allows up to three devices per household to watch live TV.last_img read more

HBOs Game of Thrones Canal Plus and HBO have stru

HBOs Game of Thrones Canal Plus and HBO have stru

first_imgHBO’s Game of ThronesCanal Plus and HBO have struck a deal whereby the latter will license all new HBO shows for the next five seasons on its premium, thematic pay TV and free-to-air channels.The deal includes the second pay window rights and free-to-air rights to HBO series including Game of Thrones. Canal Plus has secured linear and on-demand rights to all shows, covering multiple screens.Canal Plus has secured the exclusive first pay window rights to Pennsylvania-based drama Banshee, which will be aired on the Cinemax channel. Other series covered by the deal include comedy show Girls and news channel-based drama The Newsroom.Separately, French pay TV service CanalSat is to add eight new HD channels to its line-up on IPTV services.From April 9, CanalSat subscribers that receive the service via IPTV will be able to view Planète+ Thalassa HD, music channels MTV Base HD, MTV Idol HD and MTV Pulse HD, and Orange Cinéma Séries services OCS Happy HD, OCS Choc HD, OCS Novo HD and OCS Géants HD. The first four channels will also be available to CanalSat satellite customers.last_img read more

Vodafone has confirmed that it has made a prelimin

Vodafone has confirmed that it has made a prelimin

first_imgVodafone has confirmed that it has made a preliminary approach to Kabel Deutschland “regarding a potential offer” for the company. In a statement, Vodafone said that there “is no certainty that any offer will ultimately be made, nor as to the terms on which any such offer might be made.”However, the announcement confirms recent speculation that Vodafone has shown a renewed interest in the German cable operator, after reports linking the two companies first emerged early this year.Kabel Deutschland, which currently valued at around €7.12 billion, saw its shares climb by around 8% this morning after the market opened, following news of Vodafone’s interest.In February Vodafone reportedly put on hold its plan to approach Kabel Deutschland after news of the possible bid was leaked, though reports from earlier this month claimed it was taking a second look at the firm.In spite of this Vodafone Deutschland last month signed a preliminary contract with Deutsche Telekom that will enable it to deliver services including IPTV over Telekom’s fibre network. The deal will see Vodafone share the investment risk of Telekom’s fibre rollout.In April, Liberty Global was also reported to have been preparing a bid for the leading German cable operator.last_img read more

Liberty Global has partnered with multiplatform te

first_imgLiberty Global has partnered with multiplatform technology firm ActiveVideo, opting to use the latter’s CloudTV software in its Horizon advanced set-top service.CloudTV delivers user interfaces in the cloud, offering consistent multiscreen delivery using optimised browser technology, according to ActiveVideo.“Liberty Global is using ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform to complement its cloud UI strategy and expand Horizon-like experiences, including cloud DVR, VOD navigation and advanced applications, to STBs and connected devices,” said Liberty Global Europe managing director and CTO Aamir Hussain.Jeff Miller, president and CEO of ActiveVideo added: “Moving the user interface into the cloud reduces operational costs and time to market for advanced services and simplifies future software releases.”The CloudTV platform is designed to stream user experiences with low latency in either H.264 or MPEG2 via IP or QAM networks to any set-top, CI+ television or connected device. The service is already available on more than 10 million devices having been deployed in the United States and abroad by Cablevision Systems, Ziggo, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and other operators, said ActiveVideo.last_img read more

Wuakitv the Spainbased OTT service owned by Jap

Wuakitv the Spainbased OTT service owned by Jap

first_imgWuaki.tv, the Spain-based OTT service owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, will launch in France, Germany and Italy next year, with a further 10 European territory launches planned for 2015, Simon Homent, UK content director confirmed at the OTTtv World Summit yesterday. Rakuten already has a presence in four of the five countries in which Wuaki.tv will be present in Europe in 2014. Countries pencilled in for launches in 2015 include the Nordic markets.Homent said that the company had entered the UK market after its launch in Spain with the object of striking multi-territory content deals in mind. While it operates both subscription VoD and transactional service in Spain and the UK, it will initially launch only transactional services first and will launch subscription services only on “a case by case basis”, said Homent.“With SVoD you start to tread on the toes of free-to-air contracts but with transactional services you don’t get that. Beyond the first three months it’s fairly straightforward,” he said.Wuaki.tv launched in the UK in beta in June in partnership with sister company Play.com. The service came out of beta in September and is now available on the Samsung, Panasonic, LG and Xbox platforms among others. Wuaki.tv plans to add more devices next year, including Roku, said Homent.Spain’s service is available on a number of additional devices including PlayStation. However the main focus for the service is smart TVs, said Homent. He said Wuaki.tv has about 900,000 users in Spain, with a smaller number than that subscribing as well as taking transactional content.Homent said Wuaki.tv faces strong competiton from multiple players in the UK, but that its offer of both new releases on a transactional basis and subscription programming in a single place differentiates it from rival OTT services, with consumers generally unable to gain access to both from a single source. “What we see from a customer’s perspective is that they don’t understand the windowing system. From a user perspective it is quite frustrating,” said Homent.On the transactional side, Wuaki.tv offers content from the Hollywood majors as well as BBC Worldwide and ITV for purchase or rental.The Wuaki.tv service currently offers a limited selection of subscription titles. “We don’t believe we need thousands of titles. We have less than 1,000 film and TV titles but…there is no filler [material],” said Homent.last_img read more

Zeinal Bava Zeinal Bava the CEO of Brazilian telc

Zeinal Bava Zeinal Bava the CEO of Brazilian telc

first_imgZeinal BavaZeinal Bava, the CEO of Brazilian telco Oi, and the former Portugal Telecom chief executive, has resigned his position.Bava had been subject to criticism following Oi’s botched merger with Portugal Telecom.The Portuguese telco’s merger with the Brazilian company ran into trouble as a result of the collapse of shareholder Portuguese bank Espirito Santo International. This left Portugal Telecom with responsibility for €897 million in debt that had been lent to Espirito Santo International unit Rio Forte, leading to a revision of the terms of the merger that left the Portuguese telco with a reduced stake in the combined entity.Oi’s chief financial officer, Bayard de Paoli Gontijo, will take over as interim CEO until a new appointment is made.Bava’s departure comes as Altice, the owner of French cable operator Numericable, currently in the process of acquiring telco SFR, enters talks with Oi about a potential acquisition of Portugal Telecom.last_img read more

BBC director general Tony Hall BBC director genera

BBC director general Tony Hall BBC director genera

first_imgBBC director general Tony HallBBC director general Tony Hall has spoken out in support of changing the licence fee for “the internet age” and outlined a number of planned digital innovations designed to keep the BBC relevant.Delivering a speech at New Broadcasting House in London yesterday titled ‘The BBC in the internet era’, Hall said that he supported charging viewers that only watch catch-up television via the BBC iPlayer the licence fee, and said that implementing an alternative universal household levy would also help to modernise the fee.Hall said that “the internet age strengthens the case for the BBC” and said that the corporation planned to introduce a raft of new features, including better recommendation and personalisation tools.“We face much greater competition for ideas and talent [today]. BBC services won’t be as prominent in an on-demand world. And younger audiences are using linear channels less than their parents,” said Hall.“There’s real jeopardy here. If the BBC doesn’t address these challenges, we could become irrelevant. But I’m confident that we can deal with them, precisely because each of those challenges is also a huge opportunity.”Detailing the BBC’s new digital plans, Hall said the BBC will introduce personalised recommendations on the iPlayer and homepage.“We’ll recommend news and sports stories just for you. We’ll give you your own BBC app, which will remember all your favourite programmes, artists, music, interests, DJs and sports teams. All in one place,” he said.Hall claimed that the “potential is huge” and that the audience can become schedulers.“This is the start of a real transformation – the myBBC revolution. How to reinvent public service broadcasting through data. But we’ll always be doing it our way – not telling you what customers like you bought, but what citizens like you would love to watch and need to know,” said Hall.He also revealed the name of the UK pubcaster’s new production division, BBC Studios. This will handle all BBC productions – excluding sport, current affairs and children’s TV – as part of a plan to allow the BBC to produce for other channels and to broaden the BBC’s own commissioning process.Announcing the studio, Hall rejected calls for the BBC to become a “publisher broadcaster” and end in-house production, and added: “Production is vital to the future of the BBC, but the current model just won’t last.”Hall said he would push ahead with plans for BBC Studios to ultimately become a wholly-owned but separate BBC subsidiary, but added this was subject to discussions with BBC overseer BBC Trust and the BBC’s licence fee charter renewal in 2017.Hall first outlined plans to create the new-look production unit after a series of top-level mergers and acquisitions agreements changed the face of UK independent production, and as the BBC faces various threats to its operating model.last_img read more

Braxton Jarratt IBM has bought cloudbased live vi

Braxton Jarratt IBM has bought cloudbased live vi

first_imgBraxton JarrattIBM has bought cloud-based live video streaming service Ustream, in a bid to extend its IBM Cloud platform and help business customers “unlock the value of video”.Ustream claims to stream live and on-demand video to about 80 million viewers per month for customers such as NASA, Samsung, Facebook, Nike and The Discovery Channel.Initially set up in 2007 to help people in the military connect through video around the world, the service now offers video streaming to companies and broadcasters covering anything from corporate keynotes to live music concerts.IBM said that Ustream will join the newly-formed IBM Cloud Video Services unit, which brings together assets from IBM’s R&D labs and strategic acquisitions – including recently purchased Clearleap.The unit will be led by general manager, Braxton Jarratt, and will target what IBM estimates to be a US$105 billion opportunity in cloud-based video services and software.“Through this latest acquisition and the creation of a new cloud business unit, IBM will provide an end-to-end suite of digital video solutions for the first time under one roof. As a result, clients will be able to take advantage of every stage of the video life cycle through advances in customisation, digital access, visual analytics and more, all to enable the consistent delivery of video content globally,” said Jarratt.Commenting on the deal, Ustream founder and CEO Brad Hunstable said that the partnership was a “natural choice” as IBM is expanding its video portfolio offerings and Ustream is a leader in video solutions for media and enterprises.“By 2017, 80% of all the world data will be video. From programmes on Netflix to videos on Facebook, this emotional medium has permeated our lives,” said Hunstable.“For IBM, acquiring Ustream is a way to turbo-charge their video strategy: our technology and business model will become a foundation for the IBM Video Cloud organisation to rally around the cloud.”The deal was agreed for undisclosed terms.last_img read more

Switzerlandbased TV technology specialist Kudels

Switzerlandbased TV technology specialist Kudels

first_imgSwitzerland-based TV technology specialist, Kudelski Group, has agreed a patent license agreement with Apple, ending a legal tussle between the two firms.In a statement, Kudelski described the with patent agreement as “comprehensive” and said that under the deal the companies have agreed to “dismiss all pending patent litigation”.In 2014 Kudelski subsidiaries Nagravision and OpenTV filed claims for three patent infringements against Apple in the Düsseldorf District Court in Germany.The companies alleged that Apple infringed patents owned by them and were seeking to prevent the US technology giant from further infringement.According to Kudelski at the time, the infringements spanned Apple’s iOS mobile devices, Apple TV, the App Store and OS X-based computers.News of the new patent agreement comes after Kudelski separately settled all pending patent litigation it had with Yahoo in May this year. The two companies entered a patent license agreement whereby Yahoo agreed to make a one-time up-front license fee payment to Kudelski.Kudelski-owned OpenTV filed a patent infringement counter-suit against Yahoo in the US in April in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The group alleged that Yahoo infringed 10 US patents owned by OpenTV and identified a number of infringing products and services, including Yahoo Smart TV, Yahoo Connected TV, Yahoo TV, Yahoo interactive video advertisements, Yahoo fantasy gaming and Yahoo Screen.last_img read more

The European Council has agreed there should be a

The European Council has agreed there should be a

first_imgThe European Council has agreed there should be a minimum 30% quota on European works in the catalogue of video-on-demand service providers, including international providers, such as Netflix and Amazon, offering services in EU member states.The move represents a significant raising of the stakes the EU’s drive to make on-demand service providers raise the level of support they offer to European content creation. The European Commission’s initial proposal for quotas last year suggested a level of 20%.The European Council recommendation of 30% will now form the basis of negotiations with the European Parliament ahead of the adoption of the proposed directive.In addition to the 30% quota, the Council agreement calls for member states to be able to require a financial contribution from media service providers, including those established in another member state, with exemptions for start-ups and small enterprises.The scope of the directive has been extended to include “social media” services, where the provision of audiovisual content forms an essential part of such services.The agreement has also set a two month deadline for national regulators to respond to requests from other member states in cases of problems relating to cross-border services, for instance those arising from providers established in one country but targeting an audience in another.The Council proposal also calls for member states to comply with rules on the protection of minors and the protection of all citizens against hate speech and violence.The raised quota agreement followed an amendment tabled by Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Lithuania and Romania proposing that the level be raised. Greece had earlier called for a 40% quota.“We are very proud to have reached an agreement on audio-visual media services. This is a complex directive which touches on very sensitive issues such as the internal market, fundamental rights and freedoms, cultural diversity and the protection of minors,” said Maltese culture minister Owen Bonnici, whose country holds the EU rotating presidency. “But the marketplace and technology are developing rapidly. We have to ensure that the relevant rules keep pace with these changes. Today’s agreement in the Council  constitutes a further step forward in the completion of the Digital Single Market, which is vital for Europe’s future prosperity.”EC vice-president for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said: “I am pleased that the Council adopted today a general approach on the update of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.It is essential to have one common set of audiovisual rules across the EU and avoid the complication of different national laws.We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way. Today’s agreement among Member States paves the way towards a final compromise with the European Parliament. I would like to congratulate and thank the Maltese Presidency for their hard work to find a consensus on this complex file, just one year after we presented the proposal.”last_img read more

The UK government has confirmed that the BBC licen

The UK government has confirmed that the BBC licen

first_imgThe UK government has confirmed that the BBC licence fee will increase from £147 per year to £150.50 on April 1.The move marks the second price increase in as many years, and comes after the government announced in 2016 that the fee would rise in line with inflation for five years from April 1, 2017.Last year, on April 1, the licence fee increased from £145.50 to £147 per year in what was the first price rise since 2010.Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal. Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April will pay the new fee.All UK viewers who watch BBC television or access programmes on-demand through its iPlayer catch-up service are required to pay the licence fee.The BBC provides nine national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and one of the UK’s most popular websites.last_img read more

Cable operators should look to aggregate online co

Cable operators should look to aggregate online co

first_imgCable operators should look to aggregate online content, invest in new smart home opportunities but in partnership with the likes of Google and Amazon, and prepare for 5G in mobile to develop new growth opportunities while maintaining the existing strength in multi-play and broadband, according to Ted Hall, director of research and analysis at IHS Markit.Ted HallSpeaking at Cable Congress in Dublin, Hall said that the rate of reduction in TV subscribers was declining, and that this reflected the fact that cable had ”weathered the digital switchover storm”, with analogue losses tailing off as analogue bases decline.Broadband remains cable’s “star performer”, said Hall. “Cable has been a real high-speed broadband pioneer in Europe,” he said. DOCSIS 3.0 services have been available in over 40% of European homes for two years.Hall said that take up of next-generation access services was growing, but that cable was facing additional competition, with cable’s market share declining.“Cable is doing a better job of maximising its return on its NGA investment,” he said.IHS Markit earlier released an update on the state of European cable that showed the number of cable revenue-generating units in the EU stood at 121.4 million at the end of last year, up from 119 million a year earlier.Cable TV subscribers were more or less flat year-on-year, with analogue subs falling from 18.9 million to 14 million, while digital subs rose from 36.7 million to 41.5 million.Broadband RGUs grew from 35.7 million to 37.3 million. Telephony subs grew from 27.8 million to 28.6 million.In Europe as a whole, analogue TV subscription revenues fell from €2.2 billion to €1.7 billion while digital subscription revenue grew from €7.9 billion to €8.6 billion. On-demand revenue grew from €389 million to €461 million.Addressing cable’s growth opportunities, Hall said that DOCSIS 3.1 will enable cable to offer downstream speeds of up to 10Gbps, which will position cable well to compete with telcos.Despite the importance of broadband, pay TV is still growing in Europe, said Hall. However, the big growth segment within pay TV has been OTT TV in recent years. Despite this, OTT TV has been additive to pay TV in Europe rather than resulting in the kind of cord cutting that has taken place in the US.Netflix now has more video subscribers in Europe than any other single provider, but Sky is still the leading player in revenue terms, followed by liberty Global, with Netflix third.Netflix has 46% of Europe’s online video subscriptions, followed by Amazon with 16%, but pay TV operators also have a significant share.“Operators are increasingly looking to original series for differentiation,” said Hall. Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Altice and others have invested in originals.However, Hall said that it makes sense for operators to team up with Netflix given the overlapping subscription bases between them.Hall said that growth in triple-play packages had been “solid”, with cable monthly ARPU almost reaching the €30 mark last year.Combining fixed with mobile and marketing quad-play services is a key current priority. Cable is responding to the acquisition of fixed network and DTH assets by telcos, he said.Hall said that the smart home could represent a fifth play for cable operators. Smart home devices are growing in popularity. However, operators will have to work with competitors in this area, he said. “For operators launching their own digital assistants, they should see devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa as part of that ecosystem,” he said.5G is another area for future-looking operators to prepare for, said Hall, cautioning that penetration of 5G is unlikely to take off before the 2020s. Key applications are still not there to drive adoption.last_img read more

The UK needs a strong BBC more than ever in our h

The UK needs a strong BBC more than ever in our h

first_imgThe UK needs a strong BBC “more than ever in our history” to counter fake news, carry Britain’s voice and nurture home-grown content in the face of global media competition, according to Tony Hall.Tony HallSpeaking at the Prospect National Conference in Birmingham this week, the BBC’s director general said that he is “very bullish” about the BBC’s future – “not least because right now we are so needed”.Hall said the country needs the BBC to counter fake news both at home and abroad, to lead the way for trust, accuracy and integrity, and to “carry Britain’s voice and influence to the world at a crucial moment, when we are looking to redefine our global relationships and reshape our international identity.”“It needs us to fly the flag for British content and invest in British creativity at a time when the giant global media companies are threatening to squeeze out the home-grown, British content that speaks directly to our communities.“It needs us to help make the UK a digital winner, with world-leading creative industries that retain British public service values at their heart.”Hall set out and discussed the BBC’s public service ideals to: serve everyone with quality; represent everyone; support education; act as a ‘ring master’ in bringing partners together; and to ‘live its values’, for instance by closing the gender pay gap.Concluding, Hall described the need for a “public service renaissance” and for the renewal of public service values at the heart of British life.“The disruptive forces of new technologies and new global media players have brought real benefit to people in the UK – incredible choice and fantastic new possibilities,” he said.“Moving fast and breaking things is one thing. But in the process we can’t afford to break things that are uniquely British and uniquely valuable. That are, frankly, irreplaceable. I believe that public service broadcasting, along with the values that underpin it, are amongst those precious things.”last_img read more

French linear OTT TV service Molotov has ended tal

French linear OTT TV service Molotov has ended tal

first_imgFrench linear OTT TV service Molotov has ended talks about a possible sale to Orange and has opened negotiations with public broadcaster France Télévisions, which could look to use the OTT provider’s platform to accelerate its digital transformation, according to a report by news magazine L’Express.According to L’Express, citing an unnamed source, France Télévisions could use Molotov’s platform to develop its own OTT video-on-demand offering, and may take a stake in the operation.Talks between Molotov and Orange, which reportedly was seeking to acquire a 50% stake in the company, foundered on different perceptions of value, according to L’Express.The OTT TV player has been under pressure, with free-to-air broadcasters such as M6 demanding retransmission fees, leading Molotov to resort to the law with an assertion that this constitutes an attempt to restrict competition.TF1 and M6 are partners with France Télévisions in the Salto project, which envisages the creation of a joint OTT platform for French content to combat the impact of US players such as Netflix.Vodafone was created two years ago by AlloCiné co-founder Jean-David Blanc and former Canal+ chief Pierre Lescure. Reports emerged earlier this year that the company was looking for a buyer, with Orange named as a likely candidate.Newspaper Libération also reported in June that France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 had looked into buying Molotov as a quick fix to enable them to launch Salto.last_img read more

ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE ALAN TODDMOTORISTS STILL

ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE ALAN TODDMOTORISTS STILL

first_img ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE ALAN TODDMOTORISTS STILL DRINKING AND DRIVING AS 383 CAUGHT OVER THE LIMITPSNI “We tested nearly 11,000 people – a 125% increase in the number of preliminary roadside breath tests compared with the previous operation.“383 people failed those tests; so once again, it is difficult to accept these figures as a success.“One person was detected at over four times the drink drive limit, with a reading of 149 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millimetres of breath while the legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.“We’ve had people literally falling out of their cars and people detected throughout the day and night across the country. This man was given a clean bill of health to drive but others were not so fortunate and now face a court case and losing their licenceTHE number of drivers and motorcyclists detected drink driving during the 2016/17 winter anti-drink drive operation is down very slightly by 4%, compared to the same time last year.According to preliminary figures released today, 383 drink drivers were detected between 24 November 2016 and 3 January 2017, 16 less than during the previous winter operation.Said Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: “When we launched this operation at the end of November, we warned drivers not to take the risk because we would be using new legislation to perform random breath tests at vehicle checkpoints day and night across the country. ShareTweet “Nearly 300 people received warnings because while they provided a positive breath sample, they were below the legal limit. We shouldn’t be detecting people driving with any alcohol in their system.“It’s disappointing that despite our continued warnings, publicity and media coverage generated by this policing operation, that a minority of people completely disregarded the safety of themselves and others by continuing this shameful and incredibly dangerous practice.“Nearly 400 people across Northern Ireland are now facing the stark reality a court appearance where they will most likely lose their driving license for one or more years, be fined, and will have great difficulty in obtaining car insurance in the future.“Many also risk losing their jobs or going to jail. The alternative consequences had they not been caught do not bear thinking about. Each one of these drink-drive detections has potentially saved lives.“Police will continue to detect people who insist on driving after having taken drugs or alcohol.“We are again appealing for all motorists to consider the consequences of their actions. Just do not take the risk of having even one drink if you are driving.“The consequences, as police officers and our emergency service colleagues witness first hand, can be catastrophic.“I am also appealing for all road users and pedestrians to exercise caution and put road safety first.“With longer hours of darkness and the recent arrival of winter weather, road users need to make extra effort to look out for pedestrians and cyclists particularly along rural roads.“Pedestrians and cyclists should wear bright clothing, reflective jackets or armbands where possible to ensure they can be seen.“If everyone slowed down, did not drive after drinking or taking drugs, wore a seatbelt and drove with greater care and attention then together we can save lives on our roads.”MOTORISTS STILL DRINKING AND DRIVING AS 383 CAUGHT OVER THE LIMIT was last modified: January 17th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet He was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.Detectives from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit have also conducted a number of searches today as part of the investigation.A 31-year-old man arrested as part of the same investigation remains in police custody.A PSNI spokesman said: “Officers have arrested a 19 year old man in Derry in connection with a shooting incident in the Central Drive area of the city on Monday, 27 March. Dissident republicans behind two shootings in Derry this weekTWO people  are currently in custody after a man was shot in the leg at a bookies in Derry earlier this week.Police arrested a second man earlier, aged 19, in connection with a shooting incident in the Central Drive area of Derry on Monday.The victim, a 23-year-old man, was shot in the leg at a bookies in front of a number of horrified children. “Police have also conducted a number of searches in the City today as part of the investigation.“A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg in the incident and taken to hospital where he is being treated for injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening at this stage.“Detectives continue to appeal to anyone with information to contact detectives at Serious Crime Branch on 101, quoting reference number 1169 of 27/03/17.“Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity by telephoning 0800 555 111.”Local Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell condemned the two attacks and called on dissident republicans to ends the shootings, saying the gun attacks which came within two days of each other were a “worrying development”.SECOND MAN HELD OVER DISSIDENT SHOOTING AT DERRY BOOKIES SHOP was last modified: March 30th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: CENTRAL DRIVEPSNISECOND MAN HELD OVER DISSIDENT SHOOTING AT DERRY BOOKIES SHOPTERRORIST INVESTIGATION UNITlast_img read more

SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA has sai

SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA has sai

first_img SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA has said that the hard working health workers in Northern Ireland deserve parity of pay, following the news that NHS workers in England are to receive a pay rise worth at least 6.5% over the next three years.He said: “Our health workers constantly go above and beyond the line of duty, working themselves to the point of exhaustion to cover the ever growing number of gaps in the service. “It is not hard to conclude that this is a factor in the difficulty that we are having recruiting staff to the health service. Barnett formuladupDurkan: Northern Ireland health workers deserve parity of payFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanNHS ENGLANDSDLPSinn Fein ShareTweet “Once again, we find ourselves in the familiar situation where people are being left in uncertainty and disadvantaged due to the political brinkmanship between the DUP and Sinn Fein. “Our NHS workers deserve their fair share and it is the very least we owe them,” he added.Durkan: Northern Ireland health workers deserve parity of pay was last modified: June 12th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: “While we welcome the news that NHS workers in England are to receive a pay increase of 6.5% over the next three years, their counterparts here are understandably asking ‘what about us?’“There is already a disparity in pay across the regions and, while we struggle to maintain staff here, we cannot afford for that to grow. “Any Barnett Consequential of this money must be ring-fenced for the same pay increase for workers here.“Frustratingly, any increase here does look likely to be delayed due to the ongoing political impasse – with no Ministers or Assembly in place to sign it off.last_img read more

Missing teenager Morgan GibsonPOLICE say they are

Missing teenager Morgan GibsonPOLICE say they are

first_img Missing teenager Morgan GibsonPOLICE say they are growing increasingly concerned about missing person Morgan Gibson.According to PSNI Foyle, Morgan was last seen in the Glenabbey area of the city at around 10:45 pm on Saturday 8th September. However, there have been a number of reported sightings of her in the Galliagh Park area with one or two males.The PSNI say: “Morgan is 16 years old and wearing blue skinny jeans, a black denim jacket and white vans trainers. “If you have any information about her whereabouts please contact police and quote incident reference 313 of 09/09/18.” Reported sightings of missing teenager Morgan Gibson was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet GALLIAGH PARKGlenabbey ParkPolicePSNI FOYLEReported sightings of missing teenager Morgan Gibsonlast_img read more