first_imgSource = Mike Parker-Brown, PR, Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji Nanuku Auberge Resort FijiNanuku named as one of South Pacific’s top 25 hotelsNanuku Auberge Resort Fiji has once again been recognised for its superior service receiving a much coveted TripAdviser ‘Travelers Choice’ award.Based on reviews and opinions received from literally millions of international travellers, this latest accolade recognises the Pacific Harbour-based resort as being among the top 25 hotels – both large and small – in the South Pacific for its luxury and service elements.The award builds on a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence for Superior Service’, Nanuku received in 2016.The resort is again in the running to win a much sought-after ‘Best Dining Experience’ title at this year’s ‘Fiji Excellence in Tourism’ awards for the second time having won the prestigious award in 2016.Paying tribute to the Nanuku team for the efforts they go to in ensuring the resort continues to receive these accolades, a delighted Director of Sales & Marketing, Shashita Nand said after client recognition, industry acknowledgement was highly appreciated.“We are extremely honored to have received this accolade,” Ms Nand said.,“Being recognized as one of the top 25 hotels in the South Pacific is huge recognition when you take into account the number of luxury resorts and properties in the region these days.”For further information CLICK HERElast_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares April 8, 2014; Moyers & CompanyYesterday was Equal Pay Day, and so President Obama signed an executive order requiring more transparency around salaries. One component barred federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with one another, and the other directs the Labor Department to require contractors to provide pay and other compensation data based on sex and race. These two orders are meant to help lift “the veil of secrecy” that obscures pay differentials among workers, but they are, of course, wholly inadequate to the scale of the longstanding problem.We won’t enter the fray in this newswire about charges that the White House staff exhibits a gender pay gap of its own, but we do want to follow up on the issues of secrecy and on looking at your own practice. This gender pay-gap problem plagues our own sector fairly similarly, as can be seen in two recent newswires concerning leadership in large art museums and nonprofit executive compensation generally.Even though this country has made some progress in closing the gender pay gap over the past 40 years, that trajectory of change has flattened out considerably since the recession started (and since Obama took office, as far as that goes), according to this chart from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).But in some ways, that information is less viscerally maddening than the fact that if we work for forty years, the wage differential will cause the average woman to miss out on $431,360. The infographic below from Research Assistant Matt Separa at the Center for American Progress should get you where you live.But getting back to Obama’s executive order, let’s assume that more transparency around salaries will move the needle. How transparent is your organization on salary levels? Can you change the culture around salary openness in your own workplace? And if the idea makes you shudder, can you figure out why and try to move along?Fundraising guru Kim Klein has a great riff in her trainings on grassroots fundraising about how Americans are uncomfortable discussing personal finances. One of the things she says, which I haven’t forgotten in the twenty-plus years since I first heard, it is that many people would rather tell you the details of their sex lives than divulge their salaries. Beside the fact that one conversation sounds more fun than the other, our reticence in discussing compensation is a little strange in our market-obsessed culture, and the part it plays in supporting pay and wealth inequities is worth  considering—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgVideo monitoring specialist Tektronix has launched Sentry digital content monitoring, which is designed to enable cable operators to ensure the quality of live and on-demand services delivered using adaptive streaming through the identification and diagnosis of video and audio quality issues that can impact viewers’ quality of experience (QoE).Sentry provides what Tektronix describes as Perceptual Video Quality (PVQ) analysis on video streams encoded in the H.264 codec used for adaptive streaming.  According to Tektronix, PVQ enables Sentry to identify video artifacts that are due to over-compression, which commonly occurs with motion-intensive programmes like sports and action movies.In an ABR streaming environment, Sentry examines H.264 video streams immediately after they have been transcoded from MPEG-2 and just prior to them being fragmented and encrypted. According to Tektronix, transcoding can introduce QoE-impacting video errors that are virtually undetectable after encryption.Simultaneously with the H.264 monitoring, Sentry examines the accompanying audio programmes encoded in the AAC codec predominantly used in adaptive streaming.last_img read more

first_imgArris and NDS are developing a new solution based on the former’s Media Gateway and the latter’s middleware, DRM and user interface.The companies said the collaboration would offer service providers greater choice and customisation in the way they deliver whole home triple-play media experiences to subscribers.The solution integrates the Arris Media Gateway and Media Player with NDS’ MediaHighway middleware, VideoGuard Connect DRM and the NDS Snowflake user interface. It is being developed in collaboration with several North American cable operators.“We are excited about the opportunity to work with NDS and expand the market reach of the Arris Media Gateway,” said Bruce McClelland, Arris group president, products and services. “Working together demonstrates our companies’ flexibility and commitment to using innovative approaches to deliver cable’s long-awaited whole home solution.”“Today’s marketplace demands that cable operators deliver the most robust content package in an elegant and exciting user experience,” said Jesper Knutsson, NDS vice-president and general manager sales, NDS Americas. “The NDS and Arris software and hardware components of this joint solution come together behind the award-winning NDS Snowflake user interface to deliver seamless and mesmerising whole home experiences for our customers’ subscribers.”last_img read more

first_imgRussian telecom operator Rostelecom has expanded its interactive TV service across the entire Altai region in south Siberia. Rostelecom first began to provide access to small villages in this region in 2011 and with the latest expansion now serves 120 localities in the area.Its interactive TV offering includes more than 100 channels and access to interactive services including social networks and entertainment portal Zabava.ru for RUB230 (€5.60) per month. The firm also has direct licensing agreements with global content producers such as Universal Studios, Warner Bros, Disney, Sony Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox.last_img

first_imgThe international Telemundo channel has launched in Africa.The pay TV network is distributed by the channels division of Telemundo owner NBCUniversal, which has struck a deal with the regional DTH platform DStv.The agreement with the MultiChoice-owned pay TV operator has paved the way for the channel to launch in 48 African countries, starting today, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe. It will also be carried in Portuguese in Angola and Mozambique .The channel carries Telemundo’s own line-up of telenovelas and launch titles includePrecious Rose, Aurora and My Heart Beats for Lola Volcán, which will be exclusive to the channel and seen in the region for the first time.Telemundo said it has lined up 1,400 hours of telenovelas for the new network.last_img

first_imgIvica Mudrinić, the president of Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom is to leave the company to take over as senior vice-president responsible for strategic development and a member of the technology directorate at parent company Deutsche Telekom’s headquarters in Bonn.Mudrinić will be replaced by Davor Tomašković. Tomašković was most recently president of tobacco company TDR and also served as strategy and development director at T-Hrvatski Telekom between 2002 and 2004.last_img

first_imgCable industry technology provider Tata Elxsi has launched a RDK reference development suite to support service providers launching RDK-based devices.Tata Elxsi is providing services including app development, localisation, porting and validation, system integration and deployment.The package includes an HTML5 application framework, RDK specific servers and a set of HTML5 apps, and is aimed to enable operators to accelerate RDK deployment, according to the company.The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is a pre-integrated software bundle developed by Comcast that provides a common framework for customer-premises equipment from service providers, including set-top boxes, gateways, and converged devices.last_img

first_imgMiddle East satellite operator Nilesat has announced technology partners for a next-generation satellite platform – the Nilesat Smart Digital Broadcasting System – that it says will provide for the compression and multiplexing of 360 TV services and 120 radio services over 24 digital transport streams, with the ability to expand up to 480 TV Services and 30 transport streams.Nilesat has contracted Media Era Technologies (Mera-Tech) as the integrator and consultancy partner to supervise the building of the platform, with responsibility for designing, planning, and testing, deploying, and optimising the end-to-end platform.Suppliers include Cisco, which will provide technologies from Cisco Media Production Solutions including its D9036 encoder and DCM platforms to manage headend functions including acquisition, encoding and transcoding, video processing.Mera-Tech has chosen Bridge Technologies to provide the digital media measuring and analysis  technology for the platform. Bridge’s VB330 core probes, VB288 Content Extractor, VB272 Satellite RF S/S2 analysis, VB242 for ASI analysis, VB220 for IP analysis and VBC for probes full management will be deployed at the main production facility and headends to provide a monitoring capability for up to 900 services and 48 Transport streams over Nilesat’s network during the first phase of the project, increasing to up to 1,100 services and 60 Transport streams in the second phase.Newtec has supplied over 30 M6100 broadcast satellite modulators with automatic redundancy for the platform. Newtec’s technology can be upgraded to support DVB-S2X and Carrier ID insertion (DVB-CID), on top of other Newtec advanced satellite technologies that are compatible with the DVB-S2 standard, such as its Automated Equalink pre-distortion technology. Newtec’s Clean Channel Technology provides improved roll-offs for DVB-S2 and advanced filtering for optiomal bandwidth use, according to Newtec.Nilesat currently broadcasts over 730 TV channels, and over 140 digital radio channels uplinked from Cairo, Dubai, Amman, Doha, Riyadh and Beirut. Over 75% of the TV channels are free to air, and the Nilesat audience in the MENA region has shown steady growth, from 11 million households in 2003 to more than 60 million households in 2013.last_img read more

first_imgLiberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet has agreed to buy domestic mobile operator BASE Company for €1.325 billion from Dutch telco KPN.Telenet said that the definitive agreement will provide it with long-term mobile access to “effectively compete for future growth opportunities in the mobile market.”It said the acquisition will allow to meet rising demand from residential and business customers for the full range of fixed and mobile services.“We are very pleased with this important strategic and complementary acquisition and the benefits that it will deliver to all stakeholders, including an enhanced customer experience for both our and BASE Company’s mobile subscribers, resulting in an improved long-term growth profile for the combined company,” said Telenet CEO, John Porter.“Through the acquisition of BASE Company we have made a significant step to secure long-term mobile access conditions, ensuring we are well positioned to effectively compete for the future growth opportunity of mobile data.”Telenet launched its ‘King’ and ‘Kong’ mobile offers in the Belgian market in 2012 and more recently launched ‘Family Deal’ packages, offering a monthly discount on multiple SIMs in the home for existing and new triple-play subscribers.Telenet said that the combination of Telenet and BASE Company will create a “leading integrated communications provider” in the Belgian market, with a combined 2014 adjusted revenue of €2.4 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of €1.1 billion.Telenet said that with the deal, it will make expenditures of around €240 million, including targeted investments in BASE Company’s mobile network and integration costs, most of which will occur over the next few years.“This considerable investment will complement the earlier announced €500 million investment in Telenet’s HFC network as part of the ‘De Grote Netwerf’ program, providing a strong impetus to the Belgian digital economy,” said the firm.The deal is subject to the approval from the relevant competition authorities.last_img read more

first_imgAnke SchaferkordtLinear TV is still the dominant force in TV viewing but there is an urgent and growing need for broadcasters and service providers to partner on audience measurement to enable content providers to make money from non-linear viewing, according to Anke Schaferkordt.Speaking at ANGA COM in Cologne this morning the RTL Deutschland co-CEO said that linear TV is still working, but 47 million video-capable devices were sold in Germany last year and the growing tendency to view video on mobile devices means a growing tend to consume more short-form video.“The largest number of hours is still spent with linear TV but the younger the target group becomes the lower the linear TV share,” said Schaferkordt, adding that RTL is thinking of ‘total video’.Linear TV producers are targeting a very large target group but the broadcaster is keeping an eye on what 17 year-olds want to watch. “Within RTL Group we are present on YouTube and we are the biggest European content provider on this platform,” she said. “We started very early. We have MCNs and we are the market leader in the US and Europe.”Schaferkordt said that all this means that there is a need for “a common currency” in audience measurement across all platforms. “As long as I can’t measure the data this very targeted marketing is not feasible. We don’t have the detailed socio-demographic data. Whenever you go online it is simpler.”The automated marketing of video advertising on the web that RTL has invested in in the US would be rolled out in Europe too, she said.Schaferkordt highlighted that RTL is also active in social media and uses the data available to influence its content. She said that one-to-one communication with users and viewers is possible and the broadcaster does have user groups that give active feedback on its TV formats.Speaking at the same session, Hannes Ametstreiter, CEO, Vodafone Deutschland, said that measurement of audiences was key and new technology would enable this, allowing advertising to be more targeted and more specific. “We are only at the beginning of this transformation,” he said, adding that operators and broadcasters needed to strike new forms of agreement to exploit the possibilities more fully.“We need to open ourselves and have partners. Through technology and content there will be new ways to approach the customer.”last_img read more

first_imgGoogle parent company Alphabet is reportedly looking to cut half the staff of its Google Fiber division, as it looks more to wireless technologies.According to a report by The Information, Alphabet CEO Larry Page has asked Google Fiber boss Craig Barratt to halve the size of the Fiber team to 500 people after failing to meet sign-up targets for its high-speed broadband offering.Citing unnamed sources, the report claims that by the end of 2014 Google Fiber had some 200,000 customers and the current figure is “well short of initial expectations” with Google initially hoping to sign up some 5 million subscribers.The news follows a recent Wall Street Journal report that claimed Google Fiber was proving “more expensive and time consuming than anticipated” with Alphabet now looking to use wireless technology rather than cables to connect homes in around 12 new metro areas.Last month Google Fiber opened up sign-ups for residents and businesses in Charlotte, North Carolina. This came after Google announced plans to launch Google Fiber to 18 more US cities across four new metro areas – Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham – in January 2015.Google kicked off its Fiber initiative six years ago in Kansas City and in June of this year it agreed to buy San Francisco-based internet service provider, Webpass.last_img read more

first_imgSingapore and UK-based satellite equipment provider Global Invacom Group has carried out the first live tests of a new technology that it says enables live, high-quality, large-scale event video streaming over a WiFi network.The technology, Bx-WiFi, was developed through a partnership with the BBC Research & Development, and the University of Hertfordshire, under a European Space Agency (ESA) contract, and was successfully live-tested at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on August 12, 13 and 18, according to the group.According to Global Invacom, Bx-WiFi enables simultaneous streaming of uninterrupted audio or video content from multiple sources – such as satellite feed, ‘live’ video or digital radio – to thousands of smartphone or tablet devices all located in the same hotspot (for example at an event). It uses Forward Error Correction to maintain video quality despite potential Wi-Fi packet loss, and multicast technology that minimises bandwidth usage when a large number of users are simultaneously streaming.According to the company, the technology enables viewing of broadcast content at events without buffering or loss of signal. Bx WiFi does not rely on the Internet and uses little WiFi bandwidth, it says.During the trial conducted in association with BBC R&D, participants streamed a comedy compilation from a previous Edinburgh festival as well as the Edinburgh Tattoo 2016.“BX-WiFi is a breakthrough in streaming technology that is set to redefine video broadcast for large-scale events. Its scalability and flexibility ensure it can be deployed in diverse venues, including coffee shops, stadiums, and even aboard aircraft. We are pleased to work with partners who made this success possible,” said Steven Fisher, systems architect at Global Invacom.“Bx-WiFi will provide high quality video streaming to large user numbers in dedicated locations without saturating the terrestrial broadband telecommunication network. It will facilitate a tremendous increase in video consumption creating major benefits for content providers together with a range of businesses and their customers,” said Pandelis Kourtessis, reader in communication networks at the University of Hertfordshire’s optical networks lab.last_img read more

first_imgUK-based pay TV operator Sky is to build a new dedicated innovation centre on its Osterley campus in West London.The new space will house technology engineers and software developers focusing on innovation across Sky’s broadcast and streaming platforms, consumer products and new areas such as virtual reality.The innovation centre will cover about 6,500 square metres in area. According to the pay TV outfit, it will further strengthen Sky’s tech expertise, adding to its existing sites in Leeds and Milan. With three dedicated technology hubs, the group says it will be in a stronger position to extend its leadership in delivering customers a high-quality viewing and user experience.As part of Sky’s commitment to attracting and developing more women in technology roles and to address the shortage of female talent in the industry, the new centre will become the home of new Get into Tech for Young Women scheme.Based on the success of Sky’s Get into Tech course, which the company claims has already helped over 100 women train to be coders, the new programme will provide girls of school leaving age the chance to train for free as a coder, with further opportunities at the Sky Software Academy when they have completed the course.The re-development of Sky’s campus has included the construction of five new buildings designed to promote the free flow of people and ideas, enabling talent to collaborate and deliver the best outcomes for customers.“Sky customers have always enjoyed cutting edge technology and the best products available – from satellite to streaming Sky has led the way. The launch of this dedicated innovation centre will enable us to push the boundaries even further,” said Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch.The development of the west London campus reflects Sky’s journey over the past 29 years. Just as we have moved from portacabins to a world-class working environment we have also grown from a satellite business to Europe’s leading direct to consumer media company with content, consumer technology and innovation at its core. We have achieved this by always putting customers at the heart of everything we do and in every decision we make.”last_img read more

first_imgCombat sports streaming platform FITE TV has signed a deal with ITV to stream the first ITV Box Office Pay-Per-View (PPV) event via FITE.The first event to be broadcast under this agreement will be Double Or Nothing, the debut PPV event from new professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW), on Sunday, May 26 at 1:00am BST.ITV Box Office launched in February 2017 and is available on Sky, with events available on demand only on Virgin Media and TVPlayer. FITE TV is a digital streaming platform for combat sports featuring over 1,000 PPV events per year available a-la-carte, and is available through apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and in browser. The service has over 1.33 million registered users. The event will be shown concurrently on both platforms.“We’re thrilled to be partnering with FITE to bring this epic event to even more wrestling fans across the UK and Ireland through such a reliable platform,” said Ben Halabi, head of ITV Box Office’s Business Development. “Fite is the digital destination for combat sports streaming, so working with them to reach their network of devoted fans was a natural fit for ITV.”Michael Weber, COO of FITE TV said: “We pride ourselves in giving our subscribers access to the most exciting and uninterrupted content in combat sports and partnering with networks like ITV is a critical piece of doing that.“ITV is one of the largest and most viewed networks in the world, and we’re excited to be their global partner to stream AEW’s Double or Nothing.”last_img read more

first_imgThe range of candles expanded to include custom made candles for weddings, birthdays, memorials, communions, confirmations and christenings,  All candles can be personalised with names and dates and include verses and photos, making them the perfect present or keepsake.Speaking about being part of the Walled City Market, John Mahon comments:“We really like the atmosphere at the Walled City Market because it’s relaxed, there is always some kind of entertainment and the people we meet are a pleasure to chat to.  It’s very well run too and the organisation of the event is excellent.”Laima addss: “Our Christmas range of candles will be available at the next market in October and these make great presents especially as no two are identical and prices vary so there is something for every pocket.“Feel free to call to the Fitzgerald Candles stall and have a chat.”The next Walled City Market takes place this weekend, Saturday 1st October.Customers can look forward to the very best of artisan traders, with a wide selection of speciality foods ranging from street food, homemade jams, breads and cakes and handmade crafted products.With balloon modelling and a wide variety of tasty treats on offer, it’s a fun day out for the entire family.For more information visit www.derrystrabane.com/walledcitymarketREKINDLE YOUR LOVE FOR HANDMADE CRAFTS AT WALLED CITY MARKET was last modified: September 27th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet REKINDLE YOUR LOVE FOR HANDMADE CRAFTS AT WALLED CITY MARKET WITH the feel of autumn well and truly in the air, thoughts are already turning to the festive season.  This months Walled City Market, which takes place this Saturday 1st October from 10am – 4pm in Guildhall Square, is the perfect place for early bird Christmas shoppers to pick up that perfect handmade present.Fitzgerald Candles can offer exactly that, with their wide range of stunning and unique handmade candles.The business started in 2015 as a partnership between three friends – Lolita, Laima and John. Lolita and Laima, both from Latvia, are highly talented crafts people, with a wealth of experience in knitting, crochet, jewellery making, sewing, candle making and weaving, among other things, while John’s expertise is working with driftwood.In January last year the talented trio decided to turn their love of craft making into a business, with Lolita and Laima rekindling their love for candle making by making carved candles. Using equipment specially made in Ukraine, each candle is individually made, then dipped in coloured wax up to 30 times.  It’s after this lengthy process that the ladies true skill comes into play, as they set about carving the candles into beautiful creations.The first candles were sold at a local Donegal market and to family and friends.  Speaking about her candle making Lolita comments;“I feel proud when someone buys my candles as I put a lot of work into each one, and of course I always give a discount when a person buys more than one.”Their success grew when they turned to social media, selling products on their Facebook page called “Fitzgerald Candles.”last_img read more

first_img SINN Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper is encouraged anyone thinking about attending the Christmas event entitled Tales & Trails being hosted at the new Pavilion in Brooke Park to get in quick for tickets.Councillor Cooper said: “Back in November I was pleased to welcome the news that the area in around the new Pavilion in Brooke Park is to be used for a Christmas event entitled Tales & Trails.“I had been working with council officials for some time to identify funding opportunities for programmes in Derry and Strabane to allow these type of events to take place.“And was delighted that the council approved a funding package of £15,000 for Christmas programmes across the five Neighbourhood renewal areas in Derry and Strabane. ShareTweet Brooke ParkCOUNCILLOR MICKEY COOPERNEW PAVILIONSinn FeinTALES OF CHRISTMASTICKETS GOING FAST FOR CHRISTMAS TALES & TRAILS AT BROOKE PARK Admission: FREE Community Event.Donations welcome in lieu of Jamie’s Journey, Children’s cancer Charity.Booking essential: Tel: 02871 268748TICKETS GOING FAST FOR CHRISTMAS TALES & TRAILS AT BROOKE PARK was last modified: December 8th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: “Such has been the huge interest in the Tales and Trails event that nearly all the tickets are gone.“I would encourage anyone looking for tickets to do so fast.“The Tales and Trails with take place on Sunday 18th December 3pm – 6pm and will involve exploring Tales of Christmas from around the world told by a number of special characters.“Local talent will also be on show and Santa will be making an appearance as well. I would like to thank the Good relations Department for their additional support.”last_img read more

first_imgShareTweet A walking tour highlighting filming locations is the main focus for now.The show, created and written by Derry-born Lisa McGee, is set against the backdrop of the Troubles in Derry, Northern Ireland in the 1990s.The six-part series two finished on Tuesday of this week.And no sooner had the credits rolled than Channel 4 announced that there would be a series 3, most likely next Spring. DERRY Girls-themed tourist attractions are being planned for Derry city after the huge success of the Channel 4 comedy.Tourism NI confirmed that it is working with Visit Derry and Derry City and Strabane District Council to create Derry Girls visitor experiences.The attractions are still in the early development stages but Tourism NI said they were “well beyond the starting line”. Judith Webb, of Tourism NI, who specialises in screen tourism, said: “It’s very much the start of a journey – it’s early days.“What we are working on at the moment is actually getting the visitors to really immerse themselves in the show and get out to those locations that were used in the best scenes.The blackboard was a huge hit with fans in series two on the differences between Catholics and Protestants“It’s very much the type of experience that would be a walking tour that is narrated by somebody who is an expert on the show – who knows the funny lines, has some of the insight from the filming and maybe has behind the scenes stories that people wouldn’t necessarily know about unless they came and joined the tour.“That would be our main focus I think initially on the start of this journey.“It’s a great way of people experiencing the city of Derry.”The second series of the comedy came to a close on Tuesday night and plans for a third series have already been confirmed.Derry City and Strabane District Council is taking into account the show’s success in its five-year tourism strategy.“This is a massive opportunity for tourism and visitor numbers and visitor spend, which is what the strategy is all about delivering,” said the council’s tourism officer Jennifer O’Donnell.“But it’s also about that economic development that happens when productions are in the city as well and that can’t be underestimated.”The programme was picked up by the streaming giant Netflix, allowing viewers around the world to watch it.“Because of the Netflix deal, we’re getting Derry into the international market and that’s a unique opportunity for us to maximise he potential,” said Visit Derry’s general manager Odhran Dunne.The cast of Derry Girls back in the city last November to start filming for series two“The pick up has been amazing for only one series going on to international streaming and because of it we’ve had a lot of showbiz and entertainment journalists engaging with us, whereas we are used to travel and tourism journalists.“The target audience for the programme is younger, which is not usually our demographic of visitors to the city, so it’s definitely given us additional hooks to attract people here which is fantastic.”Stall the ball! Tourism chiefs planning Derry Girls tourism attractions for city was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: CHANNEL 4Derry and Strabane CouncilDerry CityLISA MCGEEStall the ball! Tourism chiefs planning Derry Girls tourism attractions for cityTOURISM NIlast_img read more

first_imgShareTweet It aims to develop positive relationships between people of different community backgrounds, and to enhance skills to help participants contribute to improving the attitudes of people within their local areas.Through a series of interactive workshops, community leaders will explore the Holocaust, how it happened, why it happened and how the lessons learned from it can be used to address key issues in today’s society – including sectarianism, racism and the refugee crisis. It is hoped that the programme will equip community leaders with the tools to challenge prejudice, bigotry and intolerance in their own communities and in doing so become champions of Local Community Planning. This programme will also provide an excellent opportunity to critically evaluate one of the most horrific events of the 20th century and to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Council calls on community leaders to join ‘Challenging Prejudice’ programmeDerry and Strabane Council The programme incorporates two elements: training sessions and a study visit which will take a total of 9 days.Training Days: Tuesday 6th November Tuesday 20th November Tuesday 27th November Wednesday 9th January 2019Study Trip: Thursday 10th January – Sunday 13th January 2019 (inclusive)Final Day: Date to be agreed with participating groupParticipants are required to take part in the entire Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme and have a valid passport for travel in order to be considered.There are currently 20 places available. If you would like to express an interest in participating on the programme, contact Good Relations Officer Carol Stewart on 02871 253253 Ext 4297 or carol.stewart@derrystrabane.comFor further information visit http://www.derrystrabane.com/challengingpredjudice Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 31st October 2018.Council calls on community leaders to join ‘Challenging Prejudice’ programme was last modified: October 16th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: DERRY and Strabane Council are calling on community leaders throughout the city and district to sign up to their ‘Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme’ – which includes a study visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and aims to educate people about the events of the Holocaust and consider the lessons for today.The Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme is now in its second year and is part of Council’s proactive approach to improving good relations.The programme will provide opportunities for community representatives, Council staff and the wider community to promote the city, towns and villages as safe and welcoming places for all people. last_img read more