The inquests will be held in Buncrana next week of two brothers who drowned while fishing for lobster off the Donegal coast.Glengad men Francis (68) and Danny McDaid (70) died when their boat capsized three miles off Inishowen in March, 2008.The brothers had been plucked from the water and rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital but were pronounced dead later. No alert had been issued by the vessel, and it is believed the two men had been in the water for some hours.Both had been separated and swept some three miles from where they had been working, into Northern Irish territorial waters.Apart from loose debris, there was no sign of their boat, the 10 metre Strath-Marie.The alarm had been raised by Francis McDaid’s son when their wooden half-decker boat failed to return to Bunagee harbour. The search for the men, which was coordinated by the Malin Head Radio Coastguard, involved the Rescue 118 helicopter as well as the Lough Swilly Lifeboat, Portrush Lifeboat, the Greencastle Coast Guard vessel and several local boats.Inquests into deaths of two Donegal fishermen to be held next week was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Acknowledgement of God as Creator permeated the inauguration celebrations today in the US Capitol.A new presidential term is called an inauguration: a beginning. The Bible opens with an inauguration, too: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Here are a few moments during today’s presidential inauguration ceremonies where God was acknowledged as the Creator of all things.For the invocation, Cardinal Timothy Dolan made two references to God as Creator.Also at the invocation, Dr Samuel Rodriguez quoted James 1:17, “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the father of lights.”The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang “America the Beautiful,” which opens with glorious visions of spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain. The prayer in the chorus, “God shed his grace on thee,” signify that God is the source of these wonders of nature.In his first inaugural address, President Trump said that all men, whether black, brown or white, bleed the same red blood of patriotism, implying we are all descended from one human pair as taught in Genesis. Shortly after that, he said, “And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.” Earlier in the speech, he quoted Psalm 133, which speaks of how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity. He ended with repeated invocations, “God bless America.”At the benediction, Franklin Graham quoted I Timothy 2:3-5 and 1:7 that speak of one God, immortal, invisible, to whom our prayers should be addressed, and one mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus.In the final prayer, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson cited Acts 17:26 which says that God has made from one blood all the nations to live on the face of the earth.At the inaugural luncheon, a black pastor led the invocation, calling on the eternal Lord God, our refuge and strength. He spoke of God’s providence and, like Franklin Graham earlier, cited I Timothy 2:3-5. He spoke of God-appointed duties. He used nature imagery, praying that Trump’s presidency might be like the sun shining through clouds, like a rainbow after the storm, and like the singing of birds at dawn. In conclusion, he invoked God’s sovereign name.After the luncheon, Patrick Conroy led the benediction, praying, “May we always be grateful for the kindnesses we receive.”The day’s celebrations began and ended with religious observances: first, a service at St. John’s Church; on Saturday morning, the National Prayer Service.In Live Science, Jeanna Brynner explains the history of God-and-Bible traditions in inaugurations. She explains why they are constitutional, but “separation of church and state” is not. Phys.org, by contrast, posted a rather funny article about how secularists are looking for non-religious hymns. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Imagine” are contenders for unbelievers who still want some kind of spiritual celebration for special occasions.Acknowledgement of God as our Creator has a unifying message. We are all on this earth together. Malachi considered it intuitively obvious: “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?” (Malachi 2:10). Paul, speaking in Athens, agreed that he was of the same “one blood” of the Greeks and “all nations.” America’s Declaration of Independence also unifies us, stating that all men are created equal, and that our rights our endowed by our Creator. The peaceful transfer of power illustrated today despite deep political divisions was smoothed by these repeated acknowledgements that a single, common Creator is the ultimate source of our blessings, and deserves our common allegiance.What can atheists and evolutionists say? Darwinians might allege (and notoriously have alleged) that some people are more evolved than others. Here’s a recent example: Science Daily put out a blatantly racist claim, “Arctic Inuit, Native American cold adaptations may originate from extinct hominids” (notice the perhapsimaybecouldness index). And on solemn occasions, to whom will they give the invocation and benediction? To Darwin? To chance? to the Stuff Happens Law?Imagine Darwin’s Moron Pumpernickel Choir singing the atheist version, America the Ugliful (see Panspermia in the Darwin Hymnbook). We post it here to accentuate the contrast between Biblical creationism and Darwinian evolutionism. Be sure to go back and read Katherine Lee Bates’ original uplifting lyrics as cleansing after groaning at the Darwin version below.PANSPERMIA (to the tune of America the Beautiful)1. O ugliful for birdless skies, for amber acid rain,For purple lightning tragedies above the fruitless plain;Panspermia, panspermia, come shed thy spores on me,And crowd my scenes with selfish genes from sea to lifeless sea.2. O ugliful for stinking slime, that sees beyond the years;Thine accidental mutants climb, evolving blood and tears.Mutation rate, mutation rate, chance mend thine every flaw,Select the best, blot out the rest, till red in tooth and claw.3. O horrible for meteor strikes, whose stern dispassioned stress,Bombard thy dinosaurs extinct, across the wilderness;No miracle, no miracle, may chance thy luck refine,Till all success be randomness. (Don’t say that word Design!)4. Unscrupulous for theories proved by suffocating strife,Who more than truth their status loved, abortion more than life,O media, our media, we spread disgrace by thee,And drown our foes with legal woes from plea to whining plea. (Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
20 August 2013 Decisive leadership, a framework agreement for the mining sector, and the adoption of the National Development Plan have helped South Africa maintain a strong reputation in Africa and abroad following last year’s Marikana tragedy, says Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola. Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Monday, Matola said the country’s improved ratings around its financial discipline, education and human development, had also contributed to the world’s perception of the country as a preferred destination for investors. On Friday, South Africa commemorated the first anniversary of the Marikana tragedy, in which 44 people lost their lives in strike-related unrest in the days leading up to and on 16 August 2012.Response to Marikana Matola said the the South African government’s response to the tragedy had contributed to the country’s sustained positive outlook. “I think what is important is the action that came out of that, and what was gratifying for us as South Africans was that in July, for example, [ratings agency] Moody’s indicated that they were encouraged by the kind of responses they were seeing, hence they affirmed our rating although still keeping it at a negative. “But I think the critical point is they affirmed the rating. [That] really speaks to some of the actions that have been taken by the government in terms of commitment to fiscal discipline, ensuring we bring down our debt-to-GDP ratios.” Matola said while the second half of 2012 and parts of 2013 had been testing, President Jacob Zuma’s prompt establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into the Marikana tragedy, and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s role in developing a framework agreement to ensure that the mining industry never faced a repeat of the tragedy, were good steps. While the commission of inquiry was still ongoing, the government, mining companies and labour unions – with the exception of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) – had signed a framework aimed at bringing stability to the sector.National Development Plan Matola said it was importantly that the National Development Plan (NDP) had been accepted as a policy blueprint and was being adopted by government departments as a guide for delivering on the government’s mandate. A policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030, the NDP identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances. Matola said that, having massively boosted its image by hosting a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa’s next “world cup” should be the implementation of the NDP. He noted that on top of an increased investment in skills and education, South Africa had, according to recent studies and surveys, improved in terms of rankings when it came to education, doing business and confidence in its banking sector. South Africa maintained its 36th position out of 50 nations under review in the 2012 Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, an annual survey which measures the international perceptions of various developing and developed countries across the world. “If you look at the Nation Brand Index … we remained 36 out of 50 countries, and largely those are developed economies,” Matola said. “That is a year when two-thirds of the economies declined in terms of their brands, and I think that says a lot about this country.” SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfo
mike melanson Tags:#New Media#news#Video Services#web Related Posts You guessed it folks, it’s that time again – one more rousing rendition of “Hulu is going to offer a pay service”, this time as told by Peter Kafka of All Things Digital.“Hulu Plus”, as Kafka has called it, would be an additional paid version of the website, not a paywall behind which all content would be hidden, and could be available to as many as 10,000 people starting early next week. The new service would offer “access to a deeper catalog of shows than the free service currently offers, plus the ability to watch it on devices other than a laptop or PC, including Apple’s iPad”, as well as the Sony PlayStation for $9.95 a month. As Kafka notes, the new service could help to assuage fears of network owners such as ABC and Fox, which have content on the site, that Hulu is cutting into their core business. The move, were it to succeed, could also prove that there are other ways (such as subscription models) to sell television content online that were more viable than mere advertising. Already, Viacom pulled the Daily Show and the Colbert Report from Hulu earlier this year because they weren’t earning enough through advertising. According to the last time we wrote about rumors of a Hulu Plus, the five most recent episodes of current shows would be available for free, but older shows would require membership. Surely, Hulu would be doing more than this, right? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
What do you do when your creative project implodes? Here are three thoughts to help when it all goes wrong.As Benjamin Franklin so famously quipped “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I think its worth adding a third certainty to that list which is that “things will go wrong.” It’s always surprising how shocked we are then, when things do go wrong.Obviously, no one enjoys it when it happens, but it is going to happen. You may as well be prepared for it (a bit like death and taxes I suppose). Here are a few thoughts for creative professionals (photographers, video editors, producers, designers) on how to make the most of when things go wrong.Problem Solving for Creatives #1: StopThe first thing to do when the wheels fall off the wagon is to stop. The normal human gut reaction when things go wrong is to get defensive. We defend ourselves from being the source of the problem or in any way having something to do with it. We look for someone, or something, else to point the finger at. We take sides and become combative.Resist that temptation and remind yourself that although that’s what I’m inclined to do, it’s not the best thing to do. Don’t jump to offering solutions as quickly and as readily as you can. Don’t side step the real root of the problem, just to make everyone love you again. This best thing to do is stop, take a breath, think on the issue and consider your options.Problem Solving for Creatives #2: LearnPeople always say we learn most from our mistakes not our successes. Why? Because we have to think about what went wrong in order to solve the problem. When there is no problem there is no thought.Why did this issue happen? Was their a lack of communication? Was it simply an oversight? Look at it from all angles and talk to the accuser. Make sure you understand why they may be upset. Get all the facts. Problems are just opportunities to learn, wrapped up in wreckage.Sometimes you did nothing wrong and are having to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Or you’re totally to blame and need to sort it all out. Either way, take the high road and be a team player. Being the guy who solved the problem, fixed a relationship and finished the project is key to maintaining a better reputation. No one wants to work with the guy that just got angry and quit.Problem Solving for Creatives #3: ChangeSo now that the wheels have come off, we’ve stopped, thought it through and learned what we did right and what we did wrong, then what? Well now comes the hard part, which is actually changing.One of the biggest challenges of working in a creative field is that we’re being paid to create something artistic for someone else. The artist’s tendency is to get wrapped up in our art, when we should be trying to serve their needs. So we have to let go of ”You’re trying to ruin my art” in favor of a “I’m trying to give you the best version of what you want” approach.They say in script writing that a failure in the third act is really a problem in the first. Often problems arrise because the set up wasn’t worked through properly. The brief wasn’t clear, wrong expectations were set or crucial details were misunderstood. Often projects with tight turn arounds suffer in the briefing stage the most. Spending a healthy amount of time nailing the brief (and getting it down on paper so everyone is clear) can save a lot of headaches later.Like in any business communication is the key to success, but it may even be more so when creativity comes into play. Make sure you understand your client’s vision of the project, the objectives and the timelines. Use what you’ve learned from past mistakes to ensure that you can complete what they’re after in the time allotted.Nailing a project without headaches can be key in turning a first time client into a lifelong client. Put your ego aside, be communicative and enjoy creative success!
Not sure if that equipment is legit? Does that deal feel too good to be true? Avoid getting scammed and learn to spot counterfeit camera gear with these quick tips.Unfortunately, not all camera gear is created equal. Sadly, some pieces of equipment are created simply to trick users into buying them. However, the following article has a few tips for helping you spot counterfeit camera gear the next time you’re on the market for new equipment.1. Look for MisspellingsMisspellings, whether intentional or unintentional, are an immediate sign that your equipment is fake. Give your equipment a quick look. If there’s something misspelled, it’s a fake.2. Where Are You Buying It From?Buying from a reputable seller is everything. Look for reviews and ratings regarding your seller. The following video posted by Fstoppers shows us that even items purchased on Amazon can be fake:3. Instruction ManualsFake equipment almost always comes by itself in a box. So, if there’s a printed out manual included in the box, it’s a good sign that the product is real. This also applies to equipment purchased online. Sure… someone could probably fake a manual, but scammers likely won’t make the effort.4. Look for a WarrantyAlmost every piece of new equipment comes with a one year warranty included in its box. If a warranty isn’t in the box, you can bet your lens it’s a fake. It’s also important to note that boxes are easy to fake. Just because your equipment is in official-looking boxes doesn’t make it legit.5. Serial NumbersMost professional equipment comes with a serial number located somewhere on the exterior. If your piece of equipment doesn’t come with a serial number, then there is a good chance that it’s fake.6. Does it Fit?Official equipment such as lenses, adapters, and rigs will be incredibly snug. If you hear things moving around when you lightly shake your equipment, there’s a problem. This is especially true when buying camera lenses or adapters. Good adapters should fit lens mounts perfectly with no slippage.7. “Too Good to Be True” Prices Usually AreAnybody want to buy a fake camera?The online camera market is incredibly competitive, so it’s no surprise that online stores are always trying to undercut each other in terms of price. However, if you find a piece of equipment for half the normal retail cost, it’s probably a fake or, even worse, an empty box!8. HologramsMost of the popular camera manufacturing brands have “official” stickers that feature holograms. These stickers are hard to replicate, so they’re great indicators of official equipment.9. Clear PrintingThe battery on the left is a fake. The battery on the right is real. (via Canon)Printed information on genuine equipment is almost always incredibly sharp and easy-to-read. Counterfeit equipment, on the other hand, tends to be lower in quality – including written content. You won’t see illegible text on official equipment.10. Test the EquipmentTest the gear! If you’re buying a piece of camera equipment in person, you should always test the gear before you buy. If the seller won’t let you test the camera – that should be a huge red flag. Even if you’re wanting to buy your equipment online, it’s good practice to go to your local camera store and test the camera to make sure it is a good fit for you.This video created by Canon outlines a few quick ways to spot a fake.Want to learn even more about spotting fake equipment? Check out a few of the following posts:9 Questions to Ask When Buying a New LensHow to Spot a Fake Camera Battery10 Tips for Buying Second Hand LensesHave any tips for spotting fake equipment? Have you ever fallen prey to faux gear? Share your stories in the comments below.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat started his four-day visit to Pune district on Thursday.Mr. Bhagwat is scheduled to hold a series a meetings with RSS pracharaks, branch heads and cadre at Talegaon-Dabhade in Maval Taluk on November 10 and 11 at the Indrayani Mangal Karyalaya and Ram Manohar Lohia hall, respectively.The RSS chief is expected to address a rally there after his meetings, said sources. He will address another rally in Kothrud in Pune on November 12.
Singapore: A Singaporean couple was on Monday jailed for abusing a Myanmar maid after the pair force-fed her with a funnel, made her eat her own vomit and threatened to kill her family if she reported the maltreatment. In a case described by Singapore prosecutors as “arguably one of the worst of its kind” in the city-state, the married couple — who were sentenced two years ago over the abuse of another maid — beat and kicked their helper and made her clean the house in her underwear. Also Read – US, Japan sign trade agreements on agriculture and digital exportMoe Moe Than, 32, was also given little food, limited use of the toilet and faced threats that her parents in Myanmar would be killed if she reported the abuse, court documents showed. District Judge Olivia Low on Monday sentenced the woman, Chia Yun Ling, to 47 months in prison and ordered her to pay a fine. Her husband, Tay Wee Kiat, a former information technology manager, was jailed for 24 months. They were ordered to pay compensation to the maid. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTheir mistreatment of Than during her employment of nearly a year in 2012 was detailed in more than 20 charges. “In the present case, the accused persons had systematically and persistently abused Moe Moe Than both physically and psychologically throughout the period of her employment,” state prosecutors told the court. One charge said Chia, a former senior sales manager, force-fed the maid a mixture of rice and sugar through a funnel after the helper told her she did not have enough food to eat. This caused the victim to choke and she ran to the toilet to throw up, the charge said. Chia followed, scolded and slapped the maid, and instructed her to throw up into a plastic bag “and thereafter (made) to eat her own vomit,” the charge added. The same couple were in March 2017 sentenced to jail terms for abusing their Indonesian maid — the husband for two years and four months and the wife for two months. They have yet to serve those sentences. Singapore has taken a tough stand against maid abuse to protect some 250,000 domestic workers from other parts of Asia who work in the affluent nation for higher salaries.
Raipur: Maoists exploded an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday, killing five policemen who were escorting BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi who too was killed, authorities said. The deadly explosion took place around 5.30 p.m. in Kuakonda area in Dantewada. “All the killed security personnel are from District Reserve Group,” said an official. The District Reserve Group is a locally raised force vested with battling Maoists. Mandavi was the lone Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Bastar region which accounts for 12 Assembly seats. The Maoist attack came two days before the start of the Lok Sabha polls.
The mother of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has told authorities that she does not wish to pursue criminal charges against her son, who last week was arrested for misdemeanor family assault for allegedly hitting her in the face with his cap.A Dallas County district attorney’s spokeswoman says the case DeSoto police filed against Bryant includes an affidavit of non-prosecution from the complainant. The affidavit means the complainant doesn’t want to proceed.Police in the southern Dallas suburb arrested Bryant last week after a July 14 incident in which he allegedly hit his mother, Angela Bryant, across the face with a ball cap. A police affidavit says Bryant grabbed his mother by her T-shirt, causing her bra to tear.Prosecutors haven’t said whether they will pursue the case. Bryant is accused of misdemeanor family violence.According to the incident report, Bryant became angry when his mother asked him to leave her home during an argument Saturday afternoon. Initially, DeSoto police captain Ron Smith said Bryant slapped his mother in the face. But the police report, which was released later, clarified that Bryant allegedly grabbed her by her T-shirt and hair and “hit her across the face with his ball cap.”Angela Bryant, whose T-shirt and bra were allegedly torn during the incident, indicated on the 911 call that this was not the first time she was assaulted by her son.“I can’t keep letting him do this,” said Angela Bryant, who made the call from the nearby home of family friend and adviser David Wells. “I can’t keep letting him do me like this. I’m tired. I’m going to put an end to it today. I’m going to put an end to it today. I’m tired.”Officers who responded to the 911 call from Bryant’s mother did not observe any injuries and she did not complain of pain at the time, according to the report. On Monday, after officers contacted Bryant’s mother at her home, the report states that she said she had pain in her wrists, hands and arms. Officers observed swelling around her wrists at that time, according to the report.After being transported to the DeSoto police department, Angela Bryant, 37, provided a written statement detailing the alleged assault. According to the report, she stated that Dez Bryant repeatedly struck her in the hands and wrists. Officers observed bruising on both arms. She also complained that her chest was sore from Bryant pushing her.Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for assaulting a female family member.“It’s pretty straightforward,” Smith said. “Him and his mom got in an argument. She had some injuries. We made an arrest.”