How LaLiga’s OTT platform is building a new global following

first_imgAdvertisement 742j2vNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7t3wk2bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5k3x( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 58dfWould you ever consider trying this?😱d353kCan your students do this? 🌚og05Roller skating! Powered by Firework In the next ten years, more than 50% of audiovisual revenue will arrive through over-the-top (OTT) streaming services. That’s the opinion of Jose Carlos Franco, managing director of LaLiga’s business intelligence and analytics department, who was presenting the competition’s international data strategy at the SportsPro OTT Summit in Madrid.Advertisement  Advertisement With such a dramatic shift in the broadcast landscape, rights holders will have to become experts in this new technology, which is why LaLiga became the first major football competition to develop its own OTT service, LaLigaSportsTV.Advertisement But doing so does not just represent a new platform to show live sport. As Franco explained, the world of OTT offers an enormous opportunity for data analysis, helping competitions to understand their fans better and build new followings across the world.“We ask two questions in our department. Who are our fans and how do they behave?” Franco said. “With our OTT platform, we are perfectly positioned to develop better knowledge of our users and how they consume sport, which can then be used to grow our audience.”LaLigaSportsTV is a multi-channel platform that was created to provide coverage of less-mainstream Spanish sports, rather than broadcast LaLiga matches. In its first year, the service has streamed 1,145 live events and provided on-demand coverage from 35 different sports across smartphone, tablet, PC and Smart TV environments. In this time, it has accumulated 410,000 registered users.To Franco, each of these users provides a unique data footprint that can help LaLiga to improve its offering. “We have designed dashboards that show the location of every user, how many times they use the app per week, which sports they follow, how long they watch and which device they use,” he explained, adding that all information is strictly anonymized.“By sharing this insight with our marketing teams, we can then send notifications or recommendations for a specific match, TV service or event. This has been very effective.” Part of a larger ecosystemCrucially, data from the OTT platform is combined with data from LaLiga’s many other digital platforms, including its website, mobile applications or games, in a single data lake. This allows for the team to analyses a much broader range of fan behaviors and use data-driven marketing to make a wider variety of relevant offers.“Analyzing all of our data sources together gives us a 360-degree view of the fan,” Franco added. “The sports you choose on the OTT service, the games you play on your mobile, the team you follow in LaLiga, all form a picture of what kind of content you want to receive. This multiplies the amount of relevant and timely offers we can make, which creates much more room for growth.”One of the new methods for making these offers is programmatic advertising. Using the fan data that has been accumulated, LaLiga produces new online articles, in partnership with a range of top media outlets, about topics that fans are showing an interest in. Analyzing all of our data sources together gives us a 360-degree view of the fan,” Franco added. “The sports you choose on the OTT service, the games you play on your mobile, the team you follow in LaLiga, all form a picture of what kind of content you want to receive. This multiplies the amount of relevant and timely offers we can make, which creates much more room for growth.”One of the new methods for making these offers is programmatic advertising. Using the fan data that has been accumulated, LaLiga produces new online articles, in partnership with a range of top media outlets, about topics that fans are showing an interest in.By pushing these articles to specific groups of users, with relevant advertisements included (for example, downloading the LaLigaSportsTV app), LaLiga is significantly increasing conversion rates and growing its registered user base organically. Advertisementlast_img read more

Oceanport Chief Graduates from FBI National Academy

first_imgOne of those matters most likely concerns a Dec. 17 incident at the racetrack, in which local authorities responded to a series of gunshots fired near the main gate around 1:30 p.m. No one was injured during the shooting and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is still investigating. Sincethe 1930s, the FBI National Academy has aimed to improve the administration ofjustice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise lawenforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. Butan economic boom at both sites has led to some “pressing matters” that need tobe discussed, according to Oceanport Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly. Betweenonline and retail sports wagering platforms, the Monmouth Park Sports Book byWilliam Hill has earned approximately $23 million in revenue since opening itsdoors in June 2018. OCEANPORT – Four years ago, the future of Fort Monmouth and the viability of the Monmouth Park Racetrack were questionable. “Iwas down there for about three months, so there’s some things I need to catchup on here and bring back and implement some of the things I learned downthere, in terms of best practices,” Kelly said. “It’s all for the betterment ofthe people in our community. Withmore money circulating at the track’s Monmouth Park Sports Book and more FortMonmouth housing under construction bringing more people to Oceanport, some areconcerned that changes need to be made to public safety. Kellywas a member of the 278th graduating class, which included a select group ofexecutive law enforcement officers from around the globe. The chief said hisclass was composed of representatives from all 50 states, with 37 internationalparticipants. “It’sbasically like going back to college,” Mayor Jay Coffey said. “Chief Kellypretty much earned his master’s in law enforcement and our entire communitywill be better for it because we do have some unique challenges here, such asMonmouth Park, Fort Monmouth and events like the New Jersey Marathon eachspring.” “There’s a lot of changes happening. We’re growing as a town and the police department needs to grow and change with it,” Kelly said. These new challenges prompted Kelly to enroll in the FBI National Academy at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The 10-week program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science. This story originally appeared in the Jan. 16, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Leadersand managers of state, local, county, tribal, military, federal andinternational law enforcement agencies attend the academy. However,participation is by invitation only, by way of a nomination process. Followinggraduation, officers like Kelly are able to join the FBI National AcademyAssociates, Inc., an organization of more than 16,000 law enforcementprofessionals that works to increase standards of competency, cooperation andintegrity. Similarly,since 2016, the opening of 720 new residential units and further retaildevelopment at Fort Monmouth is in full swing, with nearly all of Oceanport’sdevelopable fort land accounted for, according Coffey. That developmentincludes the approval of a New Jersey City University satellite campus on a27-acre parcel formerly known as Squier Hall. Oceanport Police Chief Michael P. Kelly, right, was congratulated by FBI Director Christopher Wray during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony Dec. 20, 2019. Photo courtesy M. Kelly “Theysay only 1 percent of law enforcement gets selected to the program and it’sthat networking opportunity that’s the biggest thing for our department and ourcommunity,” Kelly said. “I now have friends and contacts across the country andin 37 different countries that I can work with a draw knowledge from to contendwith different situations concerning our public safety.”last_img read more

MLS creates a platform to fight COVID-19

first_imgThe MLS is joining with its television partners in the United States, Canada and throughout the world to offer serious content programming to its fans in the coming weeks. The league is using the technology to gather the soccer community during this period social distancing through a plan made for participation for fans, which includes dynamic programming and innovative new content experiences.“Bringing our community together of the Major League Soccer, as long as we stay apart, it’s the spirit of MLS Unites, “said the MLS Commissioner Don Garber, in the statement. “During this challenging moment in history, I know the soccer family will get ahead, because it always does when we need each other the most.” Garber noted that “together with our fans, players, teams and partners, we are going to shed light on what can be done, and on the heroes who lead the way.”Meanwhile, all MLS teams, 26 this season, the twenty-fifth in league history, follow making donations so many monetary like food delivery through the various local charities.He Atlanta United, with its owner Arthur Blank at the helm, has converted on the MLS team that greater contribution has given so far by delivering, with his foundation “The Arthur M. Blank Family”, $ 5.4 million (4.9 million euros) in long-term and immediate relief recovery assistance funds for organizations that are providing critical support in the states of Georgia and Montana. The Foundation will award five million (€ 4.5 million) to The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a fund established by the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.While the owner of the MLS team in Charlotte, David Tepper, through the David A. Tepper Foundation, he donated $ 2.65 million (2.4 million euros) to help the local community. Charlotte’s team won’t start playing in the league until next season 2021, without the colors and logo still defined.Other equipment with significant financial donations have been the Columbus Crew ($ 1.5 million / € 1.3 million) and Seattle Sounders FC, current MLS Cup champions, also donated half a million dollars (€ 450,000). The Professional Soccer League (MLS) The United States presented its platform on Monday “MLS Unites” in which stands out all the efforts that players, coaches and teams perform facing fighting at all levels against the coronavirus pandemic.The initiative established in collaboration with the player unions, through the platform, will show the messages and programs important that are taking place during the COVID-19 pandemicin addition to presenting a series of programs involving MLS clubs, players, coaches, staff, partners and fans.According to the statement offered by the league, the “MLS Unites” platform has been established three fundamental objectives how will those of educate and inform, while also trying to offer the maximum of fun with players connected to it to interact with fans.“MLS Unites” will strive to educate fans of the importance of pay attention to messages that the authorities send the entire population oriented to guarantee your safety. While being connected with the players will also serve fans to publicize the relevance they have during the time that the postponement occurs in the competition.In addition also sand they will exhibit and the Actions of the “heroes” of the community, those who every day are on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, such as sanitary facilities, all security personnel, and supplies and cleaning services.MLS is consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Canada (HC), infectious disease specialists, and other public health entities to receive and share the most current information and guidance. . A essential guide with information on COVID-19 for all fans also available at mlssoccer.com/2020/covid-19, including a graph with six steps for prevent the spread of the virus, as well as more information about mental health, isolation tips, different ways to support relief efforts, and more.last_img read more

Attention surprises Amaechi

first_imgJohn Amaechi might exude calm when you meet him, but publication of his new memoir, “Man in the Middle,” has caused a firestorm in the NBA, in which he spent fiveseasons as an active player and as a closeted gay man. Amaechi said he knew his book would garner some attention since he would be the first NBA player – active or retired – to come out publicly. But reaction from players – both positive and negative – continues to make headlines, particularly those of former NBA star Tim Hardaway, who said, “I hate gay people,” among other homophobic remarks. “I said I would,” he said. “I have many, many flaws, but one of them is not that I don’t do what I say. I do what I say I will. If there is a consistent theme throughout this book, it’s about, essentially, some odd, quirky, isolated fat kid from a foreign country getting to the NBA and doing that in the space of sixyears. “It’s about the underdog, it’s about improbable people achieving the most unlikely of things. That’s how I work. I’m not interested in average, it bores me. Average is default. You have to work to be worse than average. It’s supposed to be a fight, it’s supposed to be hard.” Amaechi, who retired from pro basketball in 2003, first achieved stardom at Penn State. He then became one of the first Brits to play in the NBA when he signed with Cleveland. Of his five full seasons in the NBA, he said his first season with Orlando remains his best memory. “It’s when I felt I was kicking people’s (butts), and I felt like I belonged there,” he said. But after leaving Orlando, he clashed with Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, for whom he played for two seasons. Amaechi believed Sloan to be homophobic, something the coach denied, and that was the major factor in the deterioration of their relationship. But looking back, Amaechi had only a few regrets about his pro career. The biggest one is not playing for the Lakers when he had the chance. “I didn’t take a contract to go to L.A. that I really wanted to take. I desperately wanted to play here. I turned down an awful lot of money but it was a decision based on my principles,” he said. “I felt only this: Orlando was the only team that would take me on the year before. Now everybody wanted me, but Orlando had been the only one to take me on.” Still, he doesn’t plan to take in any Lakers games when he’s in Los Angeles to promote the book. But it’s nothing personal. Amaechi doesn’t follow the NBA or any other pro sports. He works as a psychologist, works extensively with young people, has a sports foundation and a consultant business. He also does extensive corporate speaking in the U.K. and the States. Amaechi has taken on a new role as spokesman for the Coming Out Project for the Human Rights Campaign during his book tour, which has him promoting the importance of being out and living openly and honestly. “I felt a great obligation to do this,” he said. “I felt it was important. My thing with coming out is it’s an individual, personal journey and that if you push people, force people, make them come out in a way that they’re not comfortable with, you neither help them in their own personal life and development, nor do you create good, proactive people. They come out, and then they disappear. Believe me, after the last few weeks especially, I understand the weight of it.” In contrast to Hardaway, some players and coaches have been supportive. That includes Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal, who told reporters: “My view is, I was always taught not to judge people. … If people said stuff about (Amaechi), I would have to stick up for him and I wouldn’t judge him. (Homophobia is) not what this league is about.” Said Amaechi: “To hear Shaquille O’Neal, a younger-generation active player say that, it’s important. It’s important because it inoculates against other hateful words.” Amaechi doesn’t really know Hardaway, other than from the times he played against him, and said there never was any personal acrimony between the two. Amaechi said he felt “saddened” that Hardaway, who was banned by the NBA from participating during its All-Star weekend and has lost at least one endorsement deal, has tarnished his legacy. But he quickly added: “He is not suffering as much as some other people. “There is the psychological and emotional damage that hearing that somebody hates you when you’re 16 years old and unsure of yourself … far outweighs losing a car wash (endorsement),” he said. Although Doc Rivers, who was Amaechi’s coach in Orlando, was the only NBA teammate or coach to personally contact him since the book’s publication, Amaechi insisted he is not disappointed. “It would be really naive to imagine that people would run to my side,” he said. “Especially since running to my side at this point now, it’s not just that you’re running to my side, but you’re running against another player. It’s part of the problem: Straight allies are hard to come by because they risk being called gay, and right now there’s not much worse than being called gay … apart from being called a terrorist, apparently.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Everyone keeps telling me that I knew it was going to be this much fuss, and I absolutely did not,” Amaechi said over lunch last week. “I thought it might be a couple of days of people saying, `Oh, that’s interesting.’ But it became a massive story and a massive talking point. … People in areas where they never talked about gay stuff, all of a sudden started to. I think that was important as a beginning.” By acknowledging that he is a gay man, Amaechi, 35, has joined just a handful of retired male pro athletes in major team sports who had done so: football’s Dave Kopay, Roy Simmons and Esera Tuaolo; as well as baseball’s Billy Bean and the late Glenn Burke. center_img “Someone from a gay magazine spoke to me the other day and suggested that I was a bit cowardly, and that courage isn’t a word he would use to describe what I’m doing. I would agree,” Amaechi said. “It’s about fortitude. Otherwise there would be more than five. “Add up all the teams now – football, hockey, baseball, basketball – that’s maybe 2,000 (players). Then multiply that by all the people who have ever played in the league over the last 20-30 years. Fivepeople have come out in over three generations. This tells you it’s not an easy thing to do. There’s work to be done.” Jim Buzinski, co-founder of Outsports.com, calls Amaechi’s coming out: “The biggest one to date. I think in part because of people like Billy Bean and Esera. Whenever it happens, it’s almost bigger each time. In the age of blogs and a robust Internet, there are a lot more outlets to write about this. It’s been bigger than I thought it would be because John hasn’t been in the league for a few years. But certainly the story is not as big as if an active player were to come out.” While Amaechi’s 290-page book covers his life as a gay man, it also is the story of an unlikely pro athlete from Manchester, England, who, just six years before he made his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers, had never even played basketball. So how did he do it? last_img

College-prep grant goes to LAUSD

first_imgThe Gates Foundation has been hesitant in the past to award grants to Los Angeles Unified because it questioned the district’s commitment to reform. Officials said Monday they will consider future investments depending on the district’s use of the new grant. “We will continue to have these conversations with the key players down here … and we will look for opportunities where there might be overlap,” said Carol Rava Treat, spokeswoman for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nadia Santamaria, a Belmont High senior who has been accepted to UCLA, said students can easily get lost in overcrowded schools, so they need the district’s support and resources. “With a school of 5,000 and only two college counselors, I believe that it is important that we receive all the help that we can get in the community,” she said. naush.boghossian@ dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Real reform starts in communities, it starts with parents and students and teachers coming together, rolling up their sleeves to make a difference,” he said during a news conference at Belmont High School. “This grant is an important investment in the empowerment that’s so essential to transform a school district.” In the five communities, the alliance will work to inform parents, students and teachers about the importance of the so-called A-G curriculum and how to get the resources they need to complete the college-prep course work. Superintendent David Brewer III said the grant, along with the district’s efforts to increase parental involvement and provide a tougher curriculum, will help change academic outcomes for all Los Angeles Unified School District students. “You can tell Bill and Melinda and James Irvine we don’t want to put them on the spot, but we’re going to need some more money out here because we’re going to really take this thing to another level,” Brewer said. “What we need to do is make sure our children are college prepared and career ready, and in order to do that we need to empower our parents.” Los Angeles Unified – which struggles with one of the nation’s highest dropout rates – will get a $2 million grant to help provide college-prep classes to at-risk students, officials announced Monday. The money from the Bill & Melinda Gates and The James Irvine foundations will target low-income and minority students in five Los Angeles communities, including one in the San Fernando Valley. “It will allow us to support our students, our families, our schools in the district toward setting and achieving a higher level of learning,” said Veronica Melvin, executive director of the Alliance for a Better Community, a coalition of outreach groups. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has criticized the district for a dropout rate he claims is close to 50 percent, said the money will be a vital tool in helping raise student achievement. last_img read more

Rooney feels hunger to taste US success with MLS deal

first_img0Shares0000Here I come: Wayne Rooney arrives at Dulles International Airport on Thursday © AFP/File / ZACH GIBSONWASHINGTON, United States, Jun 28 – England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney left boyhood club Everton for D.C. United of Major League Soccer on Thursday, saying he hungers for American success to fulfill a career goal.The US club and English Premier League outfit announced the agreement on a permanent transfer as Rooney was on a flight to Washington. Rooney will complete his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10 and should be in the squad four days later when beleaguered United plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the opening game at the US club’s new stadium.“It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks,” Rooney said in a statement.“Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent — as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.”Rooney, 32, signed a three and a half year deal said to be worth $13 million. His 208 goals in 16 Premier League seasons ranks second on the all-time list.“When I visited earlier this summer I was really impressed with everyone I met connected with the club, and of course the new Audi Field,” Rooney said. “Now I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club.”The former Manchester United maestro posted a video on his Twitter account with him wearing a United jersey with him saying, “Hi DC, at work.”Upon his afternoon arrival at Dulles Airport, Rooney was greeted by a large crowd of supporters. With a DC United scarf around his neck, Rooney posed for selfies and signed autographs on jerseys.Rooney, wearing a grey baseball cap and accompanied by a small entourage, was later spotted at a beer garden in the city where fans watched Belgium’s 1-0 win over England in the World Cup.A chant of “Rooney, Rooney, Rooney” went up from the England fans, but the former England striker stayed only briefly before being hustled away.Rooney departed with the best wishes of his former club, the same Everton side where he began his career at age 16 in 2002.“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next 3 1/2 years with DC United,” the club statement said.United couldn’t be happier to see Rooney, needing a big-name drawing card for its new stadium and a talent boost to revamp a club at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference.“This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization. Wayne is a global soccer icon and his presence at DC United will elevate our product on the pitch and soccer as a whole in our city and in this country,” said United chief executive Jason Levien.Welcome: Fans watch as Wayne Rooney arrives © AFP / ZACH GIBSON“Wayne has thrived when competing at the most elite levels of soccer and we’re thrilled to have his leadership as we enter this new era.”– Beckham says great move –David Beckham, who paved the way for aging European superstars to extend their careers in North American with his 2007 transfer to LA Galaxy, said Rooney’s move was the right one.“It’s great for Wayne and I also think it’s great for the league,” Beckham said. “It’s the right move for him. It’s exciting for fans. I think he’ll do really well. I think DC is the right club for him.”Rooney also follows in the footsteps of the likes of Thierry Henry, Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fellow Merseyside native Steven Gerrard.England’s youngest-ever goalscorer, Rooney displayed a star turn at the 2004 European Championships and later that year joined another teen star, Cristiano Ronaldo, at Manchester United for the first of 13 seasons at the club, during which he racked up 253 goals in all competitions until returning to Everton last year.– ‘We’re beyond excited’ –Last August saw Rooney step down from international duties, with 119 England caps and 53 goals to his name.“Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself,” United general manager Dave Kasper said.“He is a world-class player and he elevates those around him, both through his work-ethic and winning mentality. We’re beyond excited to add someone of Rooney’s caliber and we are thrilled to welcome him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

What becomes a rivalry most?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Rivalries. The intense battles of two legendary warriors. The drama of closely matched combatants going toe-to-toe, giving their best, and bringing out the best in each other. Russell-Chamberlain. Ali-Frazier. Bird-Magic. Red Sox-Yankees. With these things in mind, the Shaq-Kobe rivalry doesn’t really stack up. Different positions, twice-yearly meetings, no championship battles (yet), make this much to do about very little. Is it becoming? If rivalries are blue suits, this is a pair of brown shoes. Since this was mostly a one-sided affair, with Shaq yakking and Kobe ignoring, the end of this thing went as it should have. Taking his cues from Pat Riley and Bill Russell, Shaq stepped to Kobe and extended the olive branch. Kobe responded in kind. Now, with all of the garbage out of the way, these two megastars can get to work creating a rivalry where it counts: on the court. Not in the newspapers, not in the magazines, but on the hardwood, where legends are made and legendary battles are won. Is it becoming? The old girl never looked better. The anticipation of things to come? The endless hype, no matter how unnecessary? The intense battles between two mighty adversaries? Or is it the end of aggressions; the forging of peaceful relations? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Ever since The Trade, the Shaq/Kobe has been on the front burner during nearly every discussion of the NBA season. Who’s going to say what; what’s going to happen when they meet; how will they react? With all that drama taking place, it’s no wonder that everybody drooled like newborns whenever the subject arose. Buzz, however, does not make a great rivalry. Is it becoming? Well, it might make the main course, but it’s only potatoes, not the steak. The media, searching for the Next Big Story, jumped on this like a pack of wolves. Shaq, fully stocked with cute quotes and witty one-liners, kept the hype machine fueled up and ready to roll over anything (including good sense). It is a measure of the hype when seemingly half of all of the stories about Kobe or Shaq included something about their counterpart. The problem here is that this was mostly media driven, with reporters continuing to broach the subject despite its irrelevance. Is it becoming? In an Oscar night ensemble, this isn’t even the borrowed diamond necklace. It’s the fancy hairdo, not the Versace gown. last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL MAN FINED FOR CASTRATING NEIGHBOUR’S ‘RANDY’ DOG RUSTY

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM….FIRST WITH THE NEWS: EXCLUSIVE: A man castrated his neighbour’s dog after it tried to mate with his pedigree pooch.Eddie Flood used a lamb ring to cut the testicles off the little cross terrier dog after claiming his three dogs were being pestered by the dog.Flood, 43, of Carnasaull, Termon, Co Donegal, claimed the dog was allowed to roam freely and that he had been forced to remove it from his house more than 20 times.After becoming ‘sick’ of the dog, he put a rubber lambing ring on it – the kind which is normally used to cut the tails off lambs.Flood used a set of pliers to put on the ring and after a few days the dog was unwell and lethargic.It was only then that it was noticed that the dog had lost its testicles.The dog’s owner, Frank McGettigan told LetterkennyDistrict Court, that he was distraught when he discovered what had happened to his three year old pet dog Rusty.He didn’t know who had done such a thing and mentioned it to Flood but he denied having anything to do with the attack.Inspector for the ISPCA, Kevin McGinley, approached Flood on September 11th of 2009 and put it to him that he had placed the ring on the dog.Flood’s solicitor Ms Sinead Bradley told the court that the lambing ring was a common procedure used on lambs which did cause some discomfort.She said her client now admitted the offence but said his three dogs had been pestered by the little terrier.Flood had a pedigree border collie which he was afraid for as the terrier dog was trying to interfere with it.He claimed he had been forced to lock the dogs into a shed as the terrier had been constantly calling around to the house and trying to interfere with his dogs.He also claimed he had to return the terrrier to its owner on numerous occasions.Flood also claimed his three children had become frightened of the dog – a claim which the dog’s owner completely denied.Ms Bradley said all the neighbours in the area were aware that Mr.McGettigan’s dog was a ‘nuiscance’.But even after he was castrated it was revealed that Rusty the dog returned to Flood’s home and mate with Flood’s three dogs.Mr.McGettigan told the court that he had been forced to give away the dog after the incident after spending more than €200 on vet fees for the injured animal.He said he found the dog a new home because he was afraid for its safety.Ms Bradley said she had been told by neighbours with female dogs that Rusty had been a pest and that no dog was safe from the attentions of the terrier.Judge Seamus Hughes asked if wandering males aorund Termon were also safe from Mr Flood.He fined the unemployed father of four a total of €730 – €230 for the vet bills and a further €500 compensation to be paid to Mr McGettigan for the loss of his dog.He also adjourned the case until March 14th to see if the compensation has been paid to the injured party.Speaking after the case, Inspector Kevin McGinley of the ISPCA said he was satsfied at the outcome of the case.He also revealed that this is the THIRD such case in which a lambing ring has been used to castrate a dog because it had tried to mate with another dog.“We are very pleased at the outcome of the case. Hopefully this will show people that they cannot take the law into their own hands.“We would ask people whose dogs are being worried by other dogs to contact us and we will investigate each case,” he said.EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL MAN FINED FOR CASTRATING NEIGHBOUR’S ‘RANDY’ DOG RUSTY was last modified: December 14th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SINN FEIN TAKING LEGAL ADVICE OVER BLOCK ON DONEGAL TD’S VOTE

first_imgSinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that his party will be seeking legal advice on TDs’ voting rights after Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn was blocked from voting on the Social Welfare Bill.The Donegal North East Deputy planned to vote against cuts today – but was prevented from doing so after his row in the Dail yesterday in which he accused the Ceann Comhairle of bias.Teachta Adams said: “Padraig MacLochlainn TD was suspended on Wednesday from the Dáil. However he was quite rightly permitted to vote against the Social Welfare Bill earlier today but was then subsequently denied his right to vote at a later stage. “The Ceann Comhairle’s defence for this is that this is the traditional way it has always been done in the Dáil. That’s not good enough. There are lots of traditions in the Dáil and Seanad that are archaic, anti-democratic and stifle proper debate.“The denial of Teachta MacLochlainn’s constitutional right to represent his constituents and to vote against the government’s punitive Social Welfare Bill is wrong. Sinn Féin will be taking legal advice on this matter.”SINN FEIN TAKING LEGAL ADVICE OVER BLOCK ON DONEGAL TD’S VOTE was last modified: December 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SINN FEIN TAKING LEGAL ADVICE OVER BLOCK ON DONEGAL TD’S VOTElast_img read more

PEARSE DOHERTY CALLS FOR WEALTH TAX IN ‘PRIME TIME’ DEBATE WITH JOBS MINISTER

first_imgDONEGAL Deputy Pearse Doherty has again called for a tax on Ireland’s richest people in a bid to tackle the unemployment crisis.The Sinn Fein finance spokesman made his call on RTE’s ‘Prime Time’ programme last night during a debate with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.“I would love to see this Government reduce the tax burden on people on low and middle incomes but what we have seen has been the opposite,” Doherty told Pat Kenny. The Donegal TD said a whole raft of new taxes including the home tax, water charges and higher VAT were hitting the vulnerable.Mr Bruton argued that bringing in higher taxes for high earners – especially for high earners who might want to bring jobs to Ireland – had the potential to put them off.But a member of the audience challenged this view, saying countries like Germany, Holland and Finland had 10% higher taxes on high income earners yet they didn’t have the same unemployment levels.The Donegal TD said there is scope for higher taxes on those earning more than €100k. Meanwhile Doherty will publish his submission to the review of the code of conduct for mortgage arrears today at Leinster House. PEARSE DOHERTY CALLS FOR WEALTH TAX IN ‘PRIME TIME’ DEBATE WITH JOBS MINISTER was last modified: April 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PEARSE DOHERTY CALLS FOR WEALTH TAX IN ‘PRIME TIME’ DEBATE WITH JOBS MINISTERlast_img read more