Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Phantom FM beats challenge to radio licence

Good News from Today's Irish Independent:

A NEW Dublin radio station has finally been given the green light to go on air.
The High Court has paved the way for Phantom FM to begin broadcasting early in the new year.
The station, which was awarded an FM licence by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) on November 8 last year, was forced to delay its start-up date after being challenged in the High Court by the consortium Zed FM, which is backed by Niall Stokes of Hot Press and Bob Geldof.
It unsuccessfully challenged the granting of the licence to Phantom FM on four grounds, including claims that the BCI was unfairly biased towards Phantom FM, and that members of the consortium wrongly benefited from illegal broadcasting in the past as a pirate station.
Dublin Rock, trading as Phantom FM, is backed by a wide range of entities, including Paul McGuinness's Principle Management and Denis Desmond's Gaiety Investments.
Mr Justice Philip O'Sullivan said yesterday: "The involvement of some individuals with Dublin Rock who had been involved in illegal broadcasting was known to the commission", and they had ceased their illegal broadcasting prior to the application being made.
"It is well established that it is a matter for the commission and not for the courts as to what weight they would attach to this element in their consideration of the character of that particular bidder," the judge said. Judge O'Sullivan referred in his judgment to the affidavit sworn by Zed FM director Dermot Hanrahan regarding the several references Phantom FM made to its past performance in its application for an FM licence from the BCI.
These included a reference to the building on a solid foundation and reputation and the fact that there was a recall amongst Dublin listeners to the Phantom FM radio brand. The court dismissed the challenge of Zed FM.
Ann O'Loughlin


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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

When I find myself in times of trouble / Hybrid children come to me

Ever listened to the Beatles?
Ever listened to Metallica?
Listen to Beatallica!

Toffee Scorpion Candy

Mmmmmm - gotta try these :-)

A Toffee flavoured Candy, which contains a real edible scorpion!The Scorpion is specially bred in Chinese Scorpion Farms for human consumption and they are heat treated to remove toxins, so that they are safe to eat. Scorpions are said to have many health benefits. This candy looks like a piece of ancient amber, but it also a tasty candy and its even good to your teeth because its also sugar-free. Comes presented in its own smart white card box.

Pastor electrocuted as he grabbed mike at baptism

PASTOR has been killed by an electric shock after grabbing a microphone while performing a baptism in water.
The Rev Kyle Lake (33), was partly submerged at University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - only 14 miles from President Bush's Crawford ranch - while baptising a woman in front of 800 people. He reached out to adjust a microphone when he was killed.
The church, co-founded by David Crowder, one of the biggest "rock stars" of Christian music, is popular with students from nearby Baylor University, the largest Baptist university in the world.
"He was grabbing the microphone so everyone could hear," Jamie Dudley, a church business administrator, said. "It's the only way you can be loud enough."
Doctors in the congregation rushed to help Mr Lake, who collapsed after being struck by the fatal jolt of electricity.
An emergency medical crew tried to revive him.
Church colleagues described him as a charismatic religious leader. Blair Browning, a former church leadership team member, said: "I think we all gravitated to him because he looked cooler than all of us, but he was really smart. People that would never have darkened the doorstep of a church felt comfortable talking to Kyle."
"At first there was definitely confusion just because everyone was trying to figure out what was going on," the Rev Ben Dudley, the community pastor of the church, said after he saw his colleague die. "Everyone just immediately started praying."
In Waco in 1993, a stand-off between federal agents and a religious sect, the Branch Davidians, resulted in their compound being destroyed by fire, with the loss of 76 lives.
Chris Ayresin Los Angeles