Attorneygeneral denies denigrating judiciary

first_imgAttorney-general Costas Clerides denied on Wednesday that he had ever disrespected the judiciary and its officers during a public spat earlier this year that eventually led to changes in the operation of the supreme court.Clerides was responding to a motion filed by lawyer Chris Triantafillides at the supreme court asking it to compel the attorney-general to issue a statement restoring the prestige and credibility of the justice system and its officers.The hearing was part of an appeal filed by the state against the acquittal of former Bank of Cyprus (BoC) CEO Andreas Eliades and his deputy Yiannis Kypri over the reclassification of the Greek bonds held by the lender in 2010.Triantafyllides represents Eliades.The spat broke out after Eliades was acquitted when Clerides’ brother Nicos claimed, and later provided details, that the courts were controlled by the Polyviou and Chrysafinis law firm, which represented BoC, among others.“There is not a single supreme court judge who does not have a child at the law office that promotes the banks’ interests,” the attorney-general’s brother had said of the firm.The attorney-general later said that in supreme court’s final judgement in a separate case of market manipulation case filed against BoC three of the five judges on the appeals court had children or a spouse employed at the law firm representing the bank in the appeals process.Citing court transcripts, Clerides said that at the beginning of the appeals process, which got underway on January 11, 2018, none of the members of the supreme court volunteered this information regarding their connection to the defendants’ law firm.On Wednesday, Clerides said Triantafyllides’ motion was unfounded. He said it was highly insulting and there was no need for anyone to ask him to reaffirm his confidence towards justice and its officers.The AG said he had never offended the credibility of the judiciary and was only making certain observations concerning two particular appeals and objective impartiality. The spat resulted in the supreme court changing judicial practice.“I do not feel any need to restore the prestige of justice because I have never offended it,” he told the three-member panel. “There is no point of referring the application to the supreme court plenum (full bench of 13 judges).”The court rejected the motion and adjourned until April 8 to hear the appeal.In February, Clerides had requested the recusal of supreme court President Myron Nicolatos, who was one of the three judges adjudicating the appeal.The attorney-general argued that there were questions surrounding Nicolatos’ “objective impartiality”.Nicolatos himself rejected any doubts over his impartiality, but recused himself regardless.During the spat, allegations surfaced that Nicolatos’ daughter and sister had benefited from out-of-court settlements with BoC.Nicolatos himself had also adjudicated in an appeal filed by Eliades who had been jailed for market manipulation, in a separate case to the ongoing one.In a 2 to 1 decision, the three-bench court had found that the bank and Eliades, although they had made false representations about the financial status of the bank, did not do so with intent to manipulate the market but rather to ‘reassure’ shareholders.The casting vote, which benefited the bank, belonged to Nicolatos – leading to talk of a quid pro quo between the judge and the lender, and the suggestion that Nicolatos ought to have recused himself from those hearings.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Runestad named to Criminal Justice Policy Commission

first_img06Feb Rep. Runestad named to Criminal Justice Policy Commission State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, has been appointed by House Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as a legislative representative on the Criminal Justice Policy Commission.The 17-member commission is responsible for reviewing current sentencing guidelines, exploring alternatives to incarceration, promoting rehabilitation programs and making recommendations to the Legislature. The Commission includes representatives of the Legislature, the attorney general, and 12 members appointed by the governor.“I’m honored to be asked to serve in this capacity,” said Runestad, who was also recently named chair of the House Judiciary Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. “I’m looking forward to delving into the issues our criminal justice system is facing, and working with this group of experts to come up with policy changes that make meaningful improvements.”### Categories: Runestad Newslast_img read more

VanderWall plan to extend ag disaster loan program signed into law

first_img Categories: VanderWall News 26Apr VanderWall plan to extend ag disaster loan program signed into law State Rep. Curt VanderWall’s plan to extend a low-interest loan program for struggling farmers after agricultural disasters was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.The disaster loan program allows growers and producers to receive assistance to alleviate the financial impact of crop damage caused by natural disasters. It was created after a crop disaster in 2012, but the program expired in February.“This program was a lifeline for struggling local farmers after brutal weather wiped out fruit crops in 2012,” VanderWall said. “Some farmers did not carry insurance on their crops, so the loans helped them pull through until they were able to sell their harvests after the next growing season.”House Bill 4562, now Public Act 111 of 2018, re-establishes the program in law, ensuring the Legislature will be able to act quickly should the governor declare another crop disaster in the future.“Michigan’s growers and producers deserve our support,” VanderWall said. “The food and agriculture industry employs hundreds of thousands of people and pumps billions of dollars into our economy each year.”###last_img read more

Keeping up with the Pope Bishops Try to Match Franciss Style

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 26, 2014; National Catholic ReporterCatholic bishops probably grimace every time The Verdict, starring the late Paul Newman, is rerun on TV. As an alcoholic, downtrodden lawyer, Newman as Frank Galvin faces off against Ed Concannon, played by James Mason, sneering his way through his role as the high priced lawyer for Bishop Brophy (Edward Binns) and the opulent Boston Archdiocese rather callously fending off a medical malpractice suit.That kind of opulence of the Catholic Church is a thing of the past in some places. In Philadelphia, for example, the archdiocese just announced the closing of 16 parishes. It’s obviously only the most recent closing/merger dynamic in the archdiocese. As recently as 2010, the Philadelphia archdiocese comprised 266 parishes, but will now shrink to 219. Spokespersons for the archdiocese attributed the closings to shrinking church attendance and shifting populations, but it’s not hard to see the financial strain beneath the decision-making. According to Charles Zech of Villanova University’s Center for Church Management and Business Ethics, “The archdiocese is in a terrible financial situation in part due to subsidizing parishes that can’t support themselves. Frankly, that’s not good stewardship.” He said that the plan of closing and mergers of parishes was “long overdue.”Do the financial strains in the parishes filter up to the level of the fictional Bishop Brophy in his comfortable offices as he determined with lawyer Concannon just how cheaply they could buy off the plaintiffs in the malpractice suit? Are leaders of the church cutting back on lavish expenditures and lifestyles? At the recent semi-annual meeting of U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, something else was pushing them, according to Michael Paulson of the New York Times, to “rethink…what kinds of houses they live in, and what kinds of cars they drive.”It is the example of how Pope Francis is conducting himself on the national stage. According to Paulson, the bishops “find themselves unsettled in ways large and small, revisiting both how they live and what they talk about in light of the new pope’s emphasis on personal humility and economic justice.”“After several of their colleagues faced recent criticism for lavish houses,” Paulson wrote, “several bishops said in interviews that they were paying new attention to their own spending, mindful of the pope’s decision to eschew the apostolic palace for a small suite in a Vatican guesthouse, and aware that their parishioners are concerned about how the church uses its money.”It’s a problem of keeping up with the Pope. “The Pope Francis Effect,” some call it.Look at the problems Pope Francis has created for the formerly high-living bishops just in the past couple of weeks. The other day, he had his motorcade stop in a small Italian village to kiss a disabled woman lying on a stretcher. The Vatican announced recently that Francis would meet with Irish victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clerics, accompanied by other survivors from the U.S., Poland, and the UK. Unlike his predecessors (and some other church leaders) who had embarrassingly close relations with organized crime, Pope Francis chose this month to finally excommunicate the Mafia, though some sources question whether he officially excommunicated the entire mob or simply said that they were inexcusably evil and Mafiosi should be excommunicated. He appears to be living his beliefs in a simple, human kind of religion, without the trappings of affluence and excess. “Just when they thought they had mastered the art of pleasing popes like St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, along comes Pope Francis to throw them into turmoil about how to remake themselves in his image and likeness,” writes Eugene Cullen Kennedy, a psychology professor at Loyola University, about the U.S. bishops in an article in the National Catholic Reporter. While describing bishops as “bright ambitious men” whose “principal motivation…was that, at sunset, their actions and decisions of the completed day would be pleasing to and approved by the pope” (a conclusion he draws from the Sheehan/Kobler study of U.S. bishops), Kennedy thinks that their ability to please this pope might be challenging.“They must have known that Pope Francis was trouble the minute he got on the bus with the other cardinals after he was elected…He rejected the papal apartments and bought a secondhand car that would delight environmentalists and/or junk men. When a reporter asked him about a priest accused of homosexuality, he answered, as naturally as a man who is a pastor by nature, ‘Who am I to judge?’”Kennedy writes, “The bishops’ worry is not apparently about what the pastoral pope does or says. It is the dismay they feel at being expected to speak spontaneously like a Christian, to share the concern that lives in their hearts rather than lies dead in canon law books. Being a true Christian is all that the pope seems to expect, but nobody ever prepared the present bishops for that, and the thought never occurred to them spontaneously.”Kennedy’s article is a scathing commentary about the U.S. Bishops. It certainly applies to bishops with the image of Bishop Brophy in The Verdict, so distant from and so unfeeling toward the poor family who lost their sister in a Catholic hospital. Does it apply to today’s U.S. bishops? Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is trying to get Pope Francis to visit next year in conjunction with the city’s hosting of the World Meeting of Families. If the Pope makes his first visit to the U.S. next year, will he see bishops simply striving to please their leader, or really being what the Pope seems to want—true Christians?—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Orange France has passed the milestone of signing

first_imgOrange France has passed the milestone of signing up one million subscribers to its Open quad-play offering, which combines its TV service with internet, fixed and mobile telephony.The offering now provides up to four additional mobile telephony subscriptions starting from €17.90 a month. Orange said that 75% of subscribers had said in a survey conducted earlier in the year that they were interested in an offering with several mobile subscriptions.last_img

Frances competition watchdog has confirmed that i

first_imgFrance’s competition watchdog has confirmed that it will not force a separation of Canal Plus’ content and distribution arms as a condition for the reauthorisation of its merger with TPS.Bruno Lasserre, president of the competition authority, said at a press conference yesterday that the regulator would not force Canal Plus to split its channels from its pay TV distribution activities or end the broadcaster’s right to control the third-party commercialisation of its own premium channel subscribers. However, he said the option to remove pay TV bouquet CanalSat’s right to control the commercialisation of its channels.Lasserre said he did not want to destablise the French model of financial support for the country’s cinema production activities, of which Canal Plus is a central pillar.Lasserre said he nevertheless intends to take measures to allow the development of lower-cost pay TV offerings in France and to ensure that rival service providers can develop video-on-demand services, possibly by restricting Canal Plus’s grip on VOD deals. Lasserre said he did not believe that the entry of new online players would offer sufficient competition to justify taking no action on VOD services.The competition authority is expected to take a final decision by July 24.last_img read more

The US broadcast networks PBS and PBS Kids have la

first_imgThe US broadcast networks PBS and PBS Kids have launched channel apps on Roku web-streaming TV boxes in the US.The PBS channel features videos from popular PBS programs such as NOVA, Masterpiece, Frontline and Antiques Roadshow, while the PBS Kids channel includes full-length episodes of shows like Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!Roku users can also stream content from their local PBS station and short, web-original videos from PBS Digital Studios.last_img read more

Iraqi governmentbacked holding company The Iraqi

first_imgIraqi government-backed holding company The Iraqi Media Network has launched a new bouquet of Iraqi channels on the Arabsat satellite platform at 26° East.The Iraqi Media Network has built the bouquet, the Satellite TV Broadcast Platform, at its facility in Baghdad. The platform includes TV channels aimed at the Iraqi population that broadcast from inside or outside Iraq, and is designed to enable Iraqi and other Arabic viewers to watch channels on a single frequency across the Middle East and North Africa and parts of Asia and Europe.The Iraqi Media Network’s own media outlets include Al-Iraqiya TV and Republic of Iraq Radio.last_img read more

Croatian telecom operator Vipnet is beginning the

first_imgCroatian telecom operator Vipnet is beginning the migration of its satellite TV platform to the new white label platform created by Eutelsat and Vipnet parent Telekom Austria at the 16° East position this week.Vip Sat TV customers will receive new HD receivers by the end of November free of charge.The Vip Sat TV service will be available for HRK78.5 (€10.30) a month with no minimu contract for the basic package. Subscriber can upgrade to an expanded package for HRK40. Ustomer signing up for 12 or 24-month contracts will receive additional discounts and benefits.Vipnet has added new channels HBO, Nat Geo Wild , Discovery World , Discovery Science, 24Kitchen , children’s channel Boomerang , movie channel Cinestar Premium HD and sports channels Fight Channel and Kreator TV/Extreme Sports/Motors TV to its expanded package.last_img read more

French pay TV operator Canal has named former Fra

first_imgFrench pay TV operator Canal+ has named former France Télévisions executive Thierry Langlois as head of its thematic channels, occupying a new post that groups together documentary, art and lifestyle, entertainment and kids channels in a single structure. Langlois will also be charged with heading up Canal+’s sport and cinema services. Langlois, who will report to Maxime Saada, Canal+ Group’s deputy CEO in charge of pay TV channels, has served as head of broadcasting and programmes at public channel France 3 since 2011. He has also held other senior roles at France Télévisions and served as audiovisual and animated image director at France’s content creation organisation the CNC in 2010.France Télévisions’ director-general Rémy Pflimlin confirmed Langlois’ departure from the public broadcaster in April, and France Télévisions announced in late May that the channel’s director of factual programming, Dana Hastier, would replace him.last_img read more

Jørgen Madsen Lindemann MTG president and CEO Mo

first_imgJørgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG president and CEO.Modern Times Group (MTG) reported record sales in the first quarter, with lower revenues in its Scandinavian free TV business offset by sales growth in Nordic pay TV and free TV in emerging markets.Announcing the results, MTG said that enhanced efficiency in its traditional business helped to fuel growth in its digital businesses and that profits were stable compared to last year – despite “significant FX headwinds” and continued digital investment.“The growth in online viewing is more than compensating for lower linear channel viewing levels in the Nordic region, and our combined Nordic TV businesses grew their sales,” said MTG president and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann.“Our emerging market free-TV operations generated higher sales and improved profitability in seven out of eight markets as we took shares in generally stable or growing markets. Our emerging market pay TV operations continue to be impacted by the geopolitical crisis and Russia’s ban on advertising on most pay TV channels.”Overall MTG said that net sales were up 1% year-on-year at constant exchange rates to SEK3.7 billion, while net income was SEK318m compared to SEK159 million in the same quarter last year.Sales for MTG’s free TV Scandinavia business were down 8% at constant FX, with the Swedish and Norwegian TV advertising markets estimated to have declined in Q1 while the Danish market is estimated to have been stable.However, sales were up in MTG’s pay TV Nordic markets by 4% at constant rates, driven by the expansion of Viaplay. MTG reported Nordic growth in its third party network subscriber base and a decline in its satellite base. Overall Nordic pay TV subscriber numbers came to 973,000, down slightly from 978,000 a year earlier.In MTG’s emerging markets, free TV sales were up by 9% and pay TV sales were up 22% at constant rates.The free TV results were driven by sales gains in the Baltics, Czech Republic and Bulgaria, while the pay TV figures were helped by the consolidation of Trace from July 2014.However, MTG did caution that its emerging markets subscriber base for satellite pay TV continued to decline “due to the effects of the geopolitical situation in Ukraine.”“We have now almost finalised the annual upfront agreements for our free-TV businesses, with price increases in most markets reflecting TV’s unique reach and superior return on investment,” said Lindemann.“Viaplay continues to grow its subscriber base and usage levels, while our channel packages are more broadly available than ever before. We have also added new programming content or extended valuable existing rights to ensure that we have the best possible entertainment offerings in each market.”last_img read more

José María AlvarezPallete Spanish telco Telefónic

first_imgJosé María Alvarez-PalleteSpanish telco Telefónica’s board has approved the appointment of José María Alvarez-Pallete as executive chairman of the company.Alvarez-Pallete replaces long-serving chairman César Alierta, who announced his departure last week. He has previously served in a number of top executive positions at Telefónica, including chief operating officer of the Spanish unit and executive chairman of Telefónica Latin America and Telefónica Europe, including Spain.Telefónica has also named four new independent directors to replace departing members  Fernando de Almansa, Carlos Colomer, Santiago Fernández-Valbuena and Alfonso Ferrari. These are Ignacio Cirac, a physicist and managing director of Germany’s Max Planck Institute, Javier Echenique, general manager of BBVA Group, Sabina Fluxà, CEO of Iberostar Group, and Peter Löscher, president and CEO of Siemens Group.“José María Álvarez-Pallete is the best-prepared and most valuable executive to face the newest challenges of the digital market,” said Alierta.last_img read more

Serbian telecom operator MTS has added five new ch

first_imgSerbian telecom operator MTS has added five new channels from national broadcaster RTS to its TV offering.MTS, formerly known as Telekom Srbija, has added RTS Život, RTS Drama, RTS Kolo, RTS Trezor and RTS Muzika to its basic offering.Lifestyle and entertainment channel RTS Kolo (RTS Life) provides a variety of shows on different topics, including Kvadraturi kruga and Sasvim prirodno.RTS Drama includes TV shows and movies from RTS’s archive along with coverage of theatre performances, while RTS Trezor airs shows about science, the arts and sport produced by the broadcaster in the last century.RTS Kolo focuses on Serbian folk and traditional music, while RTS Musika features modern rock and pop music and airs coverage fo concerts and RTS music shows such as Tri boje zvuka and Bunta.last_img read more

Mediapros successful bid for Italian Serie A foot

first_imgMediapro’s successful bid for Italian Serie A football rights has hit a significant hurdle after a Milan court suspended the award of rights to the Spanish broadcaster and producer.The court’s intervention followed a complaint by Sky against the Italian football league’s decision to accept Mediapro’s €1 billion-plus bid. Sky made the case that Mediapro had taken part in a bidding process reserved for ‘independent intermediaries’ while in reality it was a communications player in its own right.Italian antitrust regulator the AGCM ruled in March that the award of rights to Mediapro for the next three seasons was valid, and Sky subsequently filed a legal suit with the Milan tribunal, which has now suspended the award until May 4 when it will make a definitive ruling.The ruling has forced Mediapro to postpone the deadline for offers from Italian service providers to license the rights, which had originally been set for April 21.Sky has reiterated its desire to continue to “contribute to the growth of Italian football” by providing a quality offering to subscribers.Separately, Sky is launching three showcase channels on the Mediaset Premium platform, marking the first phase of the new partnership between the pair. Two standard-definition channels dedicated respectively to entertainment and sport and one HD channel dedicated to sport will air on Mediaset Premium from tomorrow until June 3.The move follows the wide-ranging deal struck earlier this month, whereby Sky will make nine movie and TV series channels from Mediaset Premium’s offering available to satellite subscribers and will also create a new digital-terrestrial pay TV offering to be distributed on the Italian DTT platform using Mediaset’s transmission capacity.last_img read more

TV technology provider Nagra has teamed up with Sa

first_imgTV technology provider Nagra has teamed up with Samsung Electronics, the market leader in home entertainment for over ten years, have announced the launch of TVkey Cloud, providing enhanced content protection for smart TVs equipped with Nagra’s TVkey hardware based root of trust.TVkey Cloud builds upon the existing TVkey specification deployed in the market today. While the TVkey system using external USB dongles is the reference for one way broadcast pay TV solutions, the growing availability of internet-connected smart TVs opens up new possibilities to combine the security capabilities of the TVkey embedded hardware in the TV with security management systems in the cloud, according to Nagra.TVkey Cloud is open to a wide ecosystem of industry players, including conditional access vendors and TV manufacturers, and complies with MovieLabs requirements for Enhanced Content Protection of 4K Ultra HD, HDR, and early release content. Samsung will launch the first TVkey Cloud in its 2019 lineup of Smart TVs.All new TVkey Cloud Smart TVs are fully compatible with TVkey USB dongles and will for the first time, allow consumers to immediately access premium broadcast content on their new Smart TV through a TV app with the ease of access as the established OTT service providers.“With TVkey Cloud, we are enabling impulse purchase of pay TV content on any Samsung Smart TV without requiring any additional hardware, lowering the subscription costs and removing entry barriers. Consumers will be able to activate their pay TV services instantly as part of the initial TV set-up, making it even easier than ever to access pay TV services and enjoy their favorite programming on their new Samsung TV set. At the same time, it enables a no-CAPEX business model that gives service providers a cost-optimized path to a premium service,” said Maurice Van Riek, SVP Content and Asset Security for Nagra.Nagra is exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.C81.last_img read more

French service provider Iliad TelecomFree has unv

first_imgFrench service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has unveiled its long-awaited next-generation box, the Freebox Delta, alongside a lower-cost device, the Freebox One.Freebox Delta will be available to Free subscribers for a premium price of €49.99 a month, while Freebox One will be available for €29.99 for the first year for the first 100,000 subscribers.Freebox Delta will provide access to Netflix as part of the subscription – a first for Free, which has resisted integration with Netflix to date. The Freebox Delta subscription will include Netflix’s basic offering, and existing Netflix customers can transfer their subscription to Free while retaining their profile. The box will also support 4K UHD HDR video, with over 100 movies to be made available in the format to subscribers.The triangular shaped Freebox Delta will also provide access to Canal+’s offering for service provider partners, TV by Canal, and will provide the possibility of buying electronic copies of movies. In total, Free says that Delta will provide access to 50,000 hours of content, with navigation focused on content rather than channels, on the model of Sky Q.The Freebox DeltaThe box offer will also include access to LeKiosk, providing 1,000 press titles, and a music player from technology partner Devialet. The latter – which has also been integrated by Sky in the UK – will be provided as an option, for an additional €10 on top of the monthly subscription for the box.Other features include Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant integrated, which can be activated by saying “Alexa” or “OK Freebox”. Free is also offering various smart home features, including a security pack with WiFi camera and motion detectors.The box includes 1TB of storage, which can be enhanced up to 20TB.Free is providing two remote controls for the first 70,000 customers – a smartphone-like touchscreen remote and a more traditional soft-touch remote, both designed by Jasper Morrison and both rechargeable wirelessly by placing them on the box. The ‘official’ remote will be decided after a trial period.The Freebox OneThe Freebox Delta will deliver high-speed broadband services of up to 10Gbps, with Free currently offering 400Mbps broadband over fibre in areas where this is available. For ADSL subscribers, Freebox Delta can offer combined internet access via DSL and 4G mobile technology in what Free boss Xavier Niel described as “a revolution” for those not able to sign up for fibre-based broadband.The cheaper alternative , the Freebox One, will be available for €29.99 for the first year and €39.99 thereafter for the first 100,000 subscribers. Freebox One also includes many of the features of Freebox Delta, including access to Netflix inclusive.The delayed launch of the Freebox Delta has been much anticipated in France, where Free has struggled of late to arrest a decline in subscribers and fixed and mobile revenues. The operator had 6.459 million fixed customers in France at the end of September, down from 6.495 million a year earlier.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet POLICE are investigating an arson attack on a house in Derry.The probe was launched after fire crews from Northland station were tasked to the scene yesterday afternoon around 4.15 pm.A Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson said: “Crews responded to a fire at an end-terraced house at Elmwood Road in the Bogside area of Derry. “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hosereel jet to extinguish the fire.“Crews ventilated the smoke from the premises.“The cause of the fire appeared deliberate. ”ARSON PROBE OVER FIRE AT TERRACED HOME IN BOGSIDE was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:center_img ARSON PROBE OVER FIRE AT TERRACED HOME IN BOGSIDEbogsideDerryELMWOOD ROADNIFRSPSNIlast_img read more


first_img BRIAN FRIELDerrydonegalFRIELFEST UP AND RUNNING WITH PROGRAMME OF MUSIComaghREADINGSTHEATRE AND OUTDOOR EVENTS The late playwright Brian FrielAN international festival has kicked off in the North West celebrating the life and work of the late playwright, Brian Friel.The five-day festival, which takes place in Derry, Donegal, and Omagh, presents a programme of music, theatre, readings and outdoor events.This year’s festival celebrates the relationship between Brian Friel and Homer as it is said that each year the playwright would read one or other of the two Homer epics – The Odyssey or The Iliad. As part of the programme, Fermanagh-born actor/director, Adrian Dunbar will direct a special adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, presented with food and music on five beaches in Donegal.There will also be performed readings of three plays by Friel, including Making History, in unique locations in Derry, Knockmoyle, near Omagh and in locations in Donegal including Letterkenny, Glenties, Portnoo and Ardara.FrielFest is part of Arts Over Borders, a new cross-border arts initiative for Ireland.Brian Friel died on October 2, 2015, aged 86. Born in Omagh, his family moved to Derry when he was ten-years-old and it became his adopted city where he was educated at St Columb’s College.Following his death, the father-of-five was laid to rest in Greencastle, Co Donegal.FRIELFEST UP AND RUNNING WITH PROGRAMME OF MUSIC, READINGS, THEATRE AND OUTDOOR EVENTS was last modified: August 27th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more