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first_imgThe video industry has always worked to improve the TV viewing experience. More than a decade ago, the transition from SD to HD provided significant improvements to video quality. 3DTV was another attempt that failed to get traction and ended up with limited success. More recently, there has been much hype about 4K/Ultra-HD from the CE industry in effort to drive sales of high-end TV models with bigger screens.On the service providers side such technological transitions have historically taken longer time as multiple elements need to fall into place. These include wide availability of new content, sufficient installed base of TV sets and reasonable cost of new equipment both on the head-end and end-customer sides.While there is a clear push from the CE industry to adopt 4K/Ultra-HD, service providers are still struggling with the new value proposition of this new format. Various studies have shown that focusing on delivering more pixels will have limited impact on the viewing experience while incurring extra cost throughout the whole content delivery value chain. On the other hand, there is a general consensus within the industry that high dynamic range (HDR) video will substantially improve the user’s viewing experience and can unlock the potential of Ultra-HD. Efforts are underway to standardize HDR implementation within the end-to-end content delivery chain.This paper outlines the key principles of HDR and reviews the remaining challenges ahead to enable mass commercial deployment of HDR video.last_img read more

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first_img BISHOP’S GATE HOTELMALDRON HOTELSAVOUR LEGENDERRY FOOD FEST THIS MARCH IF you are looking for something exciting to experience this week then look no further than the Legenderry Food Fest.It takes place from March 19-20  in the Guildhall Square and Festival Marquee, Derry and is a two day event of tasty entertainment and fantastic local food.The historic Guildhall will provide a beautiful backdrop for an impressive array of locally produced delicacies from hand crafted confectionary to perfect preserves. Demonstrations from these chefs will run on 19th and 20th March in the ‘Theater of Food’ and visitors can soak up the atmosphere at the artisan food market which will host a range of foods including Braemar Farm, Passion Preserved, Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil, Abernethy Butter and many more.Places to StayWhy not make a weekend of it and explore all the many tourist attractions and destinations that Derry has to offer.The newly opened Bishops Gate Hotel is the perfect location for a short break this spring and Tourism NI is offering a 2 night bed and breakfast stay in a deluxe room with a four course gourmet dinner on one evening as well as a signature cocktail upon arrival, from just £139pp.Try the 4* Maldron Hotel Derry which is the only hotel located within the historic city walls and is the perfect base to explore the maiden city.  Once you have sampled some delicious food at the Legenderry Food Festival, why not take in the city centre shops and many bars and tourist attractions.For a really authentic feel, book into the Brewster which is a well presented, self-catering townhouse within walking distance of all the city’s places of historical interest.Alternatively why not enjoy a short stay at the Everglades Hotel which is a stylish first choice which overlooks the River Foyle and offers breath taking views and is located only a five minute drive from the bustling, historic city centre.For further information check out www.discovernorthernireland.com or join the conversation online with #EnjoyNI16.SAVOUR LEGENDERRY FOOD FEST THIS MARCH was last modified: March 17th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet This event is perfect for foodies or those who are looking for a fun day out and would like to learn more about local produce as there will be a wide selection of artisan food, markets and stalls.There will also be a host of activities for all the family ranging from live music performances, cookery talks and demonstrations, kids craft activities, badge making, face painting, cupcake decorating, balloon modelling and much more!Local hand crafted foods will be available to taste at the Food Fair where over 40 artisan producers will be showcasing their wares.Celebrity chefs in attendance will include Paul Rankin, Michael Deane, Brian McDermott, Paula McIntyre, Ian Orr and Emmett McCourt.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet He will be sentenced today for causing Mr Ritchie’s death by careless driving.His co-defendant in the case, Thomas Hyndman (27), from Knockbrack Road in Ardmore, was also to have gone on trial.But just before the trial started he was re-arraigned on six charges relating to the fatal crash.He pleaded guilty to causing Mr Ritchie’s death by dangerous driving, driving without insurance and while disqualified, failing to remain at the scene of the accident and failing to report the accident. TWO Derry men are facing jail today for causing the death of a grandfather when one of the two cars they were racing lost control and crashed into an on coming vehicle on the outskirts of the city four years ago.David John Ritchie died at the scene on the Glenshane Road and his 17-year-old granddaughter, who had been his front seat passenger, was also injured.In September, Stephen Edward Joseph Magee, (34) from Ivy Mead in the Altnagelvin area of Derry went on trial at Derry Crown Court and denied causing Mr Ritchie’s death by dangerous driving on April 17, 2013. BURNTOLLET BRIDGEDAVID MAGEE.DERRY CROWN COURTdrumahoePSNISTEPHEN MAGEEETHOMAS HYNDMANTWO MEN FACING JAIL FOR KILLING GRANDFATHER IN DERRY RACE CRASHcenter_img Hyndman also pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily injury to his co-defendant Magee by dangerous driving.Magee sustained brain injuries in the fatal crash for which he is still being treated.The jury heard that both Magee and Hyndman drove Vauxhall Astra cars at speed along the Glenshane Road, at times overtaking other vehicles.They raced each other from a garage in the village of Drumahoe to the scene of the accident three miles away.But Magee lost control and crashed into a roadside barrier, rebounding and veering into the path of the oncoming car being driven by Mr Ritchie.The car driven by Magee spun in a clockwise direction, smashed into Mr Ritchie’s car and then crashed down a nearby embankment.It was the prosecution case that the Astra cars had been engaged in racing at speed along a stretch of the Glenshane Road about three miles from Drumahoe before the collision took place near to Burntollet Bridge when one of the cars hit Mr Ritchie’s car coming the other way and in the correct lane of the road. TWO MEN FACING JAIL FOR KILLING GRANDFATHER IN DERRY RACE CRASH was last modified: November 20th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_imgHowever, there had been a series of secret meetings between the pair before that date which were mediated by west Belfast-based priest Fr Alex Reid.The book recounts an encounter three years earlier when the pair met in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, after the SDLP man agreed to meet the IRA.“There he was blindfolded, bundled into a van and taken to Louisburgh, in Co Mayo, to speak to the IRA,” the author writes.“The IRA insisted that the conversation be videotaped.“When Hume refused to grant permission to be videotaped the meeting was over.“The IRA kept him another few days before releasing him.”The meeting was arranged after Mr Hume suggested it would be better to meet with the IRA rather than Sinn Féin during a radio debate with Mr Adams.The February 1985 encounter went ahead despite then Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald warning that any meeting between the SDLP founder and the IRA would be broken up.The book also contains what the author believes is the first public account of the incident from Mr Adams.“Garret FitzGerald intervened and said that if he came across any such meeting he would break it up, that anybody at the meeting from the IRA would be liable for arrest and so on,” Mr Adams said.“So the meeting proceeded.“The IRA had said that they wanted to video part of the exchange because John would be out explaining his version of the meeting, but they would not have that ability.“John disagreed with that, as far as I understand, and John told me that the engagement was friendly and so on.”It has been reported that Mr Hume met with three IRA representatives, two of which he was familiar with while a third was a H-Block escapee.Mr Fitzpatrick last night said his time spent with the IRA would have been “uncomfortable” and suggested the longer he was held the less likely he would be harmed.Despite the failed meeting, what later became known as the Hume-Adams talks developed over subsequent years.The book was penned by Mr Fitzpatrick to accompany a feature length documentary, In the Name of Peace, about Mr Hume.The film is currently showing in cinemas across the country and is expected to be broadcast by the BBC and RTE next year.John Hume in America, From Derry to DC, is published by Irish Academic Press.IRA LEADERSHIP KEPT JOHN HUME FOR THREE DAYS OVER FAILED MEETING, SAYS NEW BOOK was last modified: November 19th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: US President Bill Clinton with John Hume and Martin McGuinnessFORMER SDLP leader John Hume was “kept” by the IRA for several days after a failed meeting years before the start of the peace process, a new book has claimed.The unprecedented sit-down between the Foyle MP and the republican group took place in 1985.Ahead of the little-publicised meeting, the future Nobel peace prize winner was blindfolded and put into the back of a van before being driven more than 200 kilometers from Co Donegal to the west coast of Ireland. He was then said to have been held for several days by republicans before eventually being set free after the planned talks failed to take place.Details are contained in a new book by film maker Maurice Fitzpatrick.John Hume in America, From Derry to DC, charts how Mr Hume helped develop the peace process through his relationship with the White House and contacts in the US Congress.According to the Irish News, some considered a meeting and handshake between Mr Hume and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in January 1988 as the formal birth of the process. ShareTweet gerry adamsIRA LEADERSHIP KEPT JOHN HUME FOR THREE DAYS OVER FAILED MEETINGIRISH ACADEMIC PRESSJOHN HUME FROM DERRY TO DCSAYS NEW BOOKSDLP LEADERSinn Feinlast_img read more

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