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August 10, 2019
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January 25 2016The third annual Here we see Zuni

first_imgJanuary 25, 2016The third annual Here we see Zuni Ishakawa teaching her class “Dying with Natural Dyes” outside in the silt-cast area below the Music Center.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Val Hilburgh with her “Hand Spindle” class in the Music Center.Mary Conti with some of her students of “Tapestry and Beyond” in the old bakery.Louise Hall and her student Chris with a gorgeous scarf made during “Nuno Felting” class.Tasha Miller Griffith teaching Felt Cuff and Beads.last_img

August 7, 2019
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John Petter Ofcom should amend the scope of its Di

first_imgJohn PetterOfcom should amend the scope of its Digital Communications Review to include pay TV, so it can address high prices and a lack of competition in the UK market, according to the CEO of BT’s consumer division, John Petter.In a speech to the Broadcasting Press Guild yesterday, Petter said there were market failings in the UK pay TV space, where Sky is the dominant player. He claimed that Sky customers are paying close to £50 a year more than the EU average for basic pay TV channels and up to £75 a year more if they take premium sports and movie packages, citing Analysys Mason research.“Relative to EU averages Sky customers are paying around a half a billion pounds more per year for the basic packages of pay TV channels. Switching in pay TV is 50% lower than the levels seen in broadband, so it is clear we just aren’t seeing the right levels of competition for Sky,” said Petter.   He claimed that in contrast with the UK broadband market – where there is falling prices, rising speeds and a strong international performance – consumers in the UK suffer from a lack of effective competition in the pay TV market.The broadband market has four major players but none with over 32% market share, compared to the pay TV market where Sky is the dominant player with a 64% share leaving major barriers to entry for new players, said Petter.He added that the broadband market is regulated at a wholesale level, giving players access on an equal basis, while in pay TV there are weak wholesale obligations that only apply to Sky Sports 1 and 2.Petter said that despite its success, BT Sport had not changed overall market dynamics in the UK and that the new channel’s 2.4 million viewers – who didn’t previously watch Sky Sports – are evidence of an unserved part of the population, unable to pay the high prices demanded by Sky.“We think Ofcom should heed the call of Sky’s biggest shareholder. James Murdoch once said in relation to Sky that 21st Century Fox fought for ‘a level playing field and to have competition policy applied with an even hand’. But when it comes to competition in pay TV, the message from Sky seems to be ‘talk to the hand’. We think Ofcom should make Mr Murdoch happy and give the UK a competitive pay TV market that is fit for the next decade,” said Petter.The comments come just over a week after Sky called on UK competition watchdog the CMA to investigate BT’s Openreach division, accusing it of under-investment in the national broadband network used by Sky to serve its customers.In a submission to regulator Ofcom’s strategic review of digital communications, Sky called on Ofcom to make a market investigation reference to the CMA and said that “the common thread” to problems with the UK broadband sector was “BT’s ownership of Openreach”, which carried a risk of “diminishing retail competition as the UK transitions to fibre-based broadband services”.last_img read more

August 5, 2019
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first_imgShareTweet Lisa McHugh played this weekend in StrabaneSTRABANE was buzzing over the weekend as thousands gathered for the local festival celebration of the year as Summer Jamm welcomed record numbers to the town.Over 8,000 people turned out for the annual event which this year took place over two days for the first time.The theme for the celebration was ‘Country Fest’ and the programme featured an impressive showing of country music talent headed up by well-known singing sensations Lisa McHugh and Ritchie Remo.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, joined music lovers for some of the fun on Saturday afternoon. “I had a fantastic time out and about on Saturday in Strabane,” she declared. “It was a great opportunity to meet some new faces and there was a great family friendly atmosphere in the town centre. People of all ages were out to enjoy the festival, which despite the rain, was a fantastic success.“Thousands turned out to support the events and there was great feedback about the programme which was bigger and better than ever this year. Well done to all involved in organising the event – it was a great start to the summer season in Strabane!”As well as performances by country stars Lisa McHugh, Ritchie Remo, Jim Devine, Alanna Quinn, David James and Jordan Devine, there were plenty of activities for younger Summer Jammer throughout Saturday.The town was a hive of activity with street stalls, animation, Zorbing, Circus Workshop, Kite Making Workshop, Willow Weaving, Kidz Farm, Bungee Jump, Kids Carousel, Balloon Modelling and much more. Lisa McHughRECORD NUMBERS TURN OUT FOR STRABANE SUMMER JAMM Local talent was out in force for the busking competition with a top prize of £1000 which was won by Glen Harkin, and second and third prizes of £400 and £200 to Adam Dolan and Roisin Moore.Festival and Events Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Liz Cunningham, said the weekend had been a great success. “We were absolutely delighted to see so many people out and about in Strabane over the weekend. The family events all went down a treat and we saw a brilliant turn out on Sunday to see Lisa McHugh, Ritchie Remo and a whole host of local talent, who had everyone on their feet for hours.“The two day format worked really well and drew even more visitors to the area over the weekend, and the rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits.”RECORD NUMBERS TURN OUT FOR STRABANE SUMMER JAMM was last modified: June 13th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more