Categories: Bellino News 24May Bellino’s ‘spring cleaning’ proposal receives overwhelming House support The Michigan House Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a plan sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino removing an unnecessary law from the books.Bellino’s plan removes a duplicative reporting requirement within the Office of Community Corrections. Submitted reports outlining funding requests were once received by the state, but that information is now redundant since it is submitted to the Legislature each year within the Michigan Department of Corrections budget.Bellino’s proposal is part of a bill package that he and his House colleagues have been working on to clean up state government and have it run more efficiently for the people of Michigan.“More often than not, regulations in state law are duplicative to others,” said Bellino of Monroe. “My plan, as well as plans sponsored by my colleagues in the Michigan House aim to get rid of unnecessary regulations to keep our government clean and limited.”House Bill 5997 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
Telekom Austria ended September with 213,000 IPTV subscribers.The telco increased its A1 TV subscriber base by 14.6% year-on-year. It said ARPU for its A1 fixed line business increased by 1.3% to €32.2 at the end of September.
Discovery Communications is “not out of bullets” to use for company acquisitions despite its US$14.6 billion (€12.4 billion) takeover of US compatriot Scripps Networks Interactive, its chief executive has said.David ZaslavThe Scripps deal will create one of the largest media companies in the US, and includes US$2.7 billion worth of new debt for Discovery.However, this will not hamstring in it the acquisitions market due to the way it’s financed, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav told investors on a conference call yesterday.“We’re not out of bullets,” he said. “Over the next two years we still have enough room to do some selective purchases that are smaller if we need to.”On a wide-ranging investors’ call that followed the announcement of the Scripps purchase and second quarter financial results, Zaslav gave some colour on the shape of the business following deal closure, which is expected early next year.He said having Travel Channel, Food Network, HGTV and other cable nets in the Discovery bouquet should push up prices for pay TV platforms. “When you put us together, we’re about 20% of the viewership on cable, but we’re less than 10% of the economics,” he said.He also pointed to the potential of launching direct-to-consumer services at competitive prices, with the possibility of moving smaller and less lucrative networks going mobile- or digital-only.Zaslav said discussions had not yet happened about “whether all of [the linear channels] are going to be survivors and winners, or whether some of them need to be invested in more”.“Maybe some of them could be taken in a different way — to mobile or consumers,” he added.Scripps chairman, president and CEO Kenneth Lowe agreed that networks with a “passionate base” of viewers could move to digital distribution in future, adding: “It’s way too early to think about which brands go away.”Zaslav yesterday pointed to synergies between the Discovery model of targeting “passionate super fans” and Scripps’ thematic network bouquet as a key motive for a deal.
CRegganderry psniNEW IRANicola Cornerpolilcep[oSister of Lyra McKee says family ‘living in nightmare’ since her murder Nichola Corner told BBC Radio Foyle there are no words to describe what it had been like for the family since her death.They felt no closer to knowing who killed the 29-year-old north Belfast woman, she said.In an interview with BBC Radio Foyle’s reporter Teresa Craig, Mrs Corner said: “It’s like living in a nightmare that you just can’t wake up from.“Horrific, to say the least.” ShareTweet On the night of the murder, Mrs Corner said the family initially believed Ms McKee’s injuries were not life-threatening.“I got a phone call to say that Lyra had been injured, hit in the head, and police had taken her to hospital,” she said.“I actually thought she’d maybe been hit by a bottle, a brick or some kind of object of that nature.”After some time spent waiting for more detailed information, Mrs Corner decided to call Lyra’s phone, expecting her sister to answer.“I said: ‘Are you alright wee love? Have you been seen by the doctor yet?’The last moments of Lyra McKee’s life as she worked as a journalist when rioting erupted in Creggan on Thursday, April 18“[I was] expecting it to be her, but obviously it wasn’t her.“That’s when I was told that she was very seriously injured and the emergency personnel were working on her at the hospital and I couldn’t understand why.”In a further phone call, Mrs Corner was told her sister had been shot.“You can imagine the devastation of hearing that news, that she had been shot in the head,” she said.“My husband had to pull over because I was screaming and couldn’t breathe.”While she was telling her mother and other family members about the shooting, she received another call from a PSNI constable, who told her police would collect the family to bring them to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The officer told her Lyra had died.“I was actually still in my street. Mummy was still in the car. My whole soul just left.”When she eventually saw Lyra, Mrs Corner said “it didn’t register” that she was dead.“She looked just like she was sleeping.”Three months on, Mrs Corner said there is “still part of you that’s not quite believing it to be true, because it is so unbelievable”.The suspected New IRA killer who shot dead Lyra McKee in Derry’s Creggan on Thursday, April 18Mrs Corner has previously offered to meet her sister’s killer and support him in “accepting responsibility for your actions”.She again appealed for anyone with information on the killing in Derry’s Creggan estate to come forward.Mrs Corner said her family found the media coverage around her late sister’s death at times difficult to deal with.“My mummy does feel that people have been treating her daughter as public property and she wants to ask people to stop doing that, she wants to reclaim her daughter,” she said.Two men have been charged with rioting in the city on the night that Ms McKee was murdered.A 57-year-old woman along with an 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, who were arrested in the aftermath by detectives investigating Ms McKee’s death, were released without charge.Sister of Lyra McKee says family ‘living in nightmare’ since her murder was last modified: July 19th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in Derry in April by New IRA terroristsTHE heartbroken sister of murdered journalist Lyra McKee has said her family’s grief is like a living nightmare.Ms McKee was shot dead by a New IRA gunman while observing a riot in Derry on Thursday, April 18.