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first_imgA TEN-year-old boy has been awarded more than €5,000 in court today – for cutting his knee.The settlement relates to an incident at Ostan Gweedore Hotel three years ago.Barrister Patricia McLaughlin told Donegal Circuit Civil Court, sitting in Letterkenny today, that the child had arrived at the hotel on July 12, 2009 with his mother and sister. Whilst the child’s mother was locking the car, her son fell on grass in the grounds of the hotel and cut his knee.Judge Petria McDonnell was told that the hotel management were not told of the incident at the time.“The first they knew of it was a letter which arrived a year later,” said Ms McLaughlin.The hotel, she said, was not accepting liability but was prepared to settle the claim.It was still not clear, said the barrister, how the cut came about but the boy had to receive eight stitches for a wound to his knee.“There are no long term effects and the boy in fact wears the scar as a badge of honour I’m told,” said Ms McLaughlin.She said the hotel had made a low all-in offer to the boy which totalled €6,000 to cover costs and the injury and the boy would receive €5,059.90 as part of the settlement.DONEGAL BOY (10) GETS €5,000 FOR CUT KNEE was last modified: October 15th, 2013 by John2Share 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:boycut kneeDonegal circuit civil courtostan Gweedorelast_img read more

Sharks waive forward as Patrick Marleau gets set to return

first_imgCHICAGO — The Sharks have placed forward Jonny Brodzinski on waivers — clearing a roster spot for Patrick Marleau, who is expected to officially join the team Wednesday.Brodzinski, who signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sharks this summer, played in two of four games this season and did not have a point. Brodzinski dressed for Tuesday’s game in Nashville against the Predators and had one shot on goal in nine minutes of ice time in a 5-2 Sharks loss.Per CapFriendly, Brodzinski’s NHL …last_img read more

The 4 Best Lenses for Shooting Wedding Videos

first_img85mmImage via The Digital PictureThe 85mm is great at capturing wedding footage in a journalistic style. The 85mm is one of the most popular lenses used for portraits. One of the best reasons to use the lens is the great low-light capabilities. It’s much easier to work at a distance and still get a nice clean image during dark wedding receptions.It’s fantastic during dances, and is the opposite of the 35mm. Instead of seeing the couple and the guests in the shot, the 85mm will blur out the background and give you a really nice image of just the couple. The bokeh it produces during the wedding reception is excellent. One of the downsides is the weight. You will get tired of carrying this thing around.Check out this breakdown from Adorama comparing 22 different 85mm lenses.70-200mmImage via The Digital PictureI feel like every wedding videographer will tell you that this is THE lens to have, but it’s really only good for ceremony. Your money will be better spent getting a nice 50mm. That said, if you shoot a lot of big weddings, the 70-200 is still essential. You’ll want to make sure you have a lens with image stabilization.This lens will help you hide in the back and go unnoticed by guests. You can easily capture some nice close-up shots as well as quickly zooming out to capture the whole bridal party.Check out this comparison between the Tamron 70-200, Sigma 70-200, and Canon 70-200mm lenses from Tony Northrup. 50mmImage via The Digital PictureThe 50mm lens is the go-to lens for photographers and videographers alike. This lens is incredibly versatile. To get the best composition and framing, all you have to do is take a few steps forward or backwards. The 50mm is great for capturing all those candid moments of the bridal party goofing off and laughing. It’s not as wide as the 35mm, which can be beneficial if you are working in tight spaces — like small hotel rooms.At the wedding venue, the 50mm can capture great details like table tops, the cake, toasts, seating cards, and everything in between. Where the 35mm was great at capturing the couple and everyone celebrating behind them, the 50mm will allow you to draw more focus on the couple.This video from Digital Rev aims to narrow down the best 50mm by showing off several brands of glass. Bonus – Specialty LensesThe following lenses aren’t the best for every wedding or videographer. However, they are great for very specific reasons.14mmIf you’ll be flying your camera on a Steadicam or Glidecam, the 14mm is a great lens simply because you won’t have to keep adjusting the focus. Most 14mm lenses have a hyperfocal distance of three feet, so you can get pretty close or be back a bit and not have to focus.100mmIf you are planning to get footage of the wedding rings or some dress details, a 100mm macro is the way to go. You’ll capture some great little details, but that’s pretty much the only thing you can use this lens for. It will sit in your camera bag the rest of the day.What are your go-to lenses for shooting weddings? Share your kit in the comments below!center_img Shooting a wedding, but not sure what camera gear you need? Take a look at four of the best lens options for capturing the whole wedding day.Top image via ShutterstockWhen shooting a wedding, you will want a few different lenses to work with. In fact, if you’re carrying your lenses with you, it may be best to swap lenses during the day. Lenses that work great for ceremonies may not work at all during the reception.During the wedding day, you will want to get plenty of intricate details. This includes big things like exteriors of the hotel, church, or venue, down to little things like rings and cufflinks. Now, there isn’t one magic lens that will capture all of these things equally, so here are the four lenses you’ll need to capture the whole wedding day.35mmImage via The Digital PictureThe 35mm is a wide-angle lens that’s perfect for shooting the entire wedding day. Its compact size also helps everyone on camera act like themselves. They tend not to be very intimidated by this lens. Before the ceremony, you can use this lens to capture the entire room while the bridal party is getting ready. It’s great for capturing a lot of action happening at once.During the ceremony, this lens is great at setting a feel for the vows. It really helps set the scene, allowing you to focus on the storytelling. At the reception, this lens is wonderful for capturing the bridal party entrances. Not only do you see each couple walking in, you get some great footage of everyone in the background cheering them on. The same goes for the first dance and parent dances. Having the crowd smiling and crying in the background can really take the footage to another level.Here’s a comparison between the Canon 35mm, Zeiss 35mm, Cooke 40mm, and the new XEEN 35mm from cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC.last_img read more

A.P. Shah: we live in an age of propaganda and half-truths

first_imgCriticising the culture of unnecessary secrecy pervading government and bureaucratic circles, former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Ajit Prakash Shah on Saturday said that the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression was under attack.“We live in an age of propaganda, proactive false information and half-truths. The media coverage, or rather black-out, of certain press conferences, and distorting headlines with a pro-government bias is an attempt to spread disinformation. Unless ordinary citizens demand accountability from the government, there will be no change in the situation,” Justice Shah said during the inaugural lecture of the Moneylife Foundation’s Pune RTI Centre.He said it was only the existence of the Right to Information (RTI) Act that had helped put a check on corruption and expose major loopholes in the Aadhaar project and the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.He said the Aadhaar Act further compounded problems. “While the RTI Act regulates the citizen’s right to information regarding third-party public authorities, the Aadhaar Act is concerned with the right to access information about oneself. Shockingly, the proviso to Section 28(5) of the Act makes clear that Aadhaar number holders do not have the right to access core biometric information about themselves. This means that while the State has access to my fingerprint and iris scan in their Central Identity Database Repository, the individual is prohibited from accessing his information,” said Justice Shah.According to him, a ‘popular’ government cannot deny its public access to information and scrutiny of its records.Justice Shah expressed concern that the Whistle Blower’s Protection Act and Lokpal had not been put in operation despite the law being approved more than three years ago in Parliament. The government had instead moved an amendment Bill in May 2015 to severely dilute it, he said.“While there is a perceived air of incorruptibility around the current Prime Minister, that itself is no reason to discard or dilute existing laws promoting proactive oversight and audit of government actions, especially since the problem of corruption and opacity in the functioning of the lower levels of government remain,” he said.last_img read more

No fresh violence reported in Shillong

first_imgA week after clashes broke out between local Khasi people and Sikh community members, life in Shillong is gradually returning to normalcy with no fresh violence reported from anywhere in the city prompting authorities to relax the daytime curfew. The capital of Meghalaya was gripped by violence since May 29 following an altercation between Sikh residents in the city’s Punjabi Lane area and Khasi drivers of State-run buses. More than 10 people, including policemen and CRPF personnel, were injured in the clashes. As in past two days, curfew was relaxed for nine hours in the 14 “vulnerable areas” from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Authorities will decide on further relaxation of curfew, Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, P.S. Dkhar said.last_img read more

Paste Launches VIP Subscriber Program

first_imgSubscribers to the program are billed quarterly (those that pay for a full year up front get an “exclusive” t-shirt). So far, says Regan-Porter, the program has hit its break-even point just one week out. “We have a minimum we need to make it worthwhile and we got that within a day after the first email went to the subscriber list. It was surprising how many subscribed to the annual subscription. For the past week it’s been above 75 percent.”Now that the hard costs have been covered, Regan-Porter is taking a wait-and-see approach to any further success. “We don’t know what to expect. The more the better, but it could get too big in terms of giving out all those free albums.”The 180,000-circ magazine had similar success with its name-your-price subscription effort, ultimately signing up 33,000 subscriptions, 28,000 of which were new business. Decatur, Georgia-based music magazine Paste has been busy rolling out a number of strategic initiatives over the last 12 months. Beginning in fall 2007, it experimented with a name-your-price subscription effort, launched an ad network in September this year, and now has introduced a premium digital content subscription offer.The six-year old magazine appears to be stiff-arming a tough market for music magazines. Earlier this year there was a minor spate of independent music magazine shutdowns. “It’s obviously a tough industry, but we’ve had a good year in revenue,” says Tim Regan-Porter, Paste’s president. “But we know that you can’t survive if all you do is print, it’s not even fully serving readers if you just focus on print.”This latest venture, called Paste Digital VIP, leverages the magazine’s digital platform by making premium content available for a $3.95 per month subscription. Included in the package are albums, DVD samplers, MP3 collections, 11 digital editions of the magazine, and VIP subscriber-only access to the magazine’s entire digital archive, among other perks.last_img read more

Penthouse Owner Offers 210M for Playboy

first_imgFriendFinder’s offer comes on the heels of an announcement this week that Hefner is looking to purchase all of Playboy’s outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock for $5.50 per share (he already owns 69.5 percent of its Class A and 27.7 of its Class B stock) and aims to take the company private. By way of public announcements, Hefner has made it clear that he does not intend to sell his stake in PEI to any third party.FriendFinder—which retained Imperial Capital, LLC as financial advisor for the bidding process—says its offer represents a 10 percent premium over Hefner’s offer. See below for the entire text of FriendFinder’s proposal to PEI’s board of directors:Gentlemen:We understand that you have received a proposal from Hugh Hefner to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock of Playboy for $5.50 per share in cash, implying an equity value for Playboy Enterprises of approximately $185 million.We believe that we can structure an offer to acquire Playboy Enterprises, Inc. in a transaction worth over $210 million of equity value (which could increase based on our receipt and review of certain due diligence information including updated financial data), and would propose a meeting with your board to discuss this opportunity on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. This would represent at least a 10% premium over the proposal made to you by Mr. Hefner and Rizvi Traverse.We would propose an arrangement where we would partner with Mr. Hefner in our efforts to drive shareholder value. We envision that following the completion of the proposed transaction, Mr. Hefner would retain editorial control of Playboy Magazine and would be entitled to reside in the Playboy Mansion.We believe our proposal is in the best interests of Playboy Enterprises and its minority stockholders. Our proposal provides an excellent opportunity for the minority stockholders of Playboy Enterprises to realize liquidity for their shares at a significant premium to market values, provides a basis for future growth, and would reinvigorate the company and enhance the legacy of the Playboy brand.We would expect continuity of senior management through completion of the transactions contemplated by this proposal, and we are open to participation by continuing members of senior management on a going forward basis.We have spoken with our financial advisors and have contacted major lenders regarding potential financing for this transaction. We are very confident that ample financial resources will be available to complete this transaction. We contemplate that the definitive agreements will not contain a financing contingency.This indication of interest is non-binding and no agreement, arrangement or understanding between FriendFinder Networks and Playboy Enterprises, Inc. has been or will be created until such time as definitive documentation has been executed and delivered by all appropriate parties, any requisite consents are obtained and any proposed agreement, arrangement or understanding has been approved by any special committees and the Boards of Directors, as appropriate.We believe that together we can create a 21st century media powerhouse and generate tremendous synergies through the combination of Playboy’s iconic brands and licensing engine with the Penthouse brands and the demonstrated technological innovations of FriendFinder Networks.Sincerely,FRIENDFINDER NETWORKS INC.Marc H. BellPresident and Chief Executive Officer As promised, Penthouse magazine publisher FriendFinder Networks has announced that it has made a proposal to acquire Playboy parent Playboy Enterprises Inc. for $210 million. The proposal was sent to PEI’s board of directors today.PEI released it’s own statement confirming that it had recievedFriendFinder’s offer and that it will “give it appropriateconsideration.” A Playboy spokesperson did not immediately return arequest for comment.In connection with its proposal, FriendFinder says it would leverage its 200,000 affiliates in its network of Web sites and social networking companies to extend Playboy’s global reach. “We are very excited about the prospect for the combination of Playboy Enterprises and FriendFinder Networks,” CEO Marc Bell says in the announcement. “We look forward to [Playboy founder Hugh Hefner] and other key members of management being an integral part of the combined companies.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Management Trainee at Primus ManagementFull-Time Enterprise Account Executive at VeritivFull-Time Logistics Operations Agent at Concordia International Forwarding CorporationPart-Time Starbucks Team Member at TargetPart-Time Server at Glendale Senior DiningFull-Time Cook at Glendale Senior DiningFull-Time Entry Level Sales at Trinity SolarFull-Time Delivery Driver at FedExFull-Time Sanitation Laborer at Packers Sanitation Services(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Protesters suspend quota reform demonstration

first_imgA demonstrator chants slogan during quota reform demonstration. Prothom Alo file photoThe agitating students who had been demanding a reform in the existing quota system on Thursday suspended their demonstrations until a gazette is published abolishing quota.The leaders of the Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Raksha Parishad announced the decision on Thursday morning, a day after prime minister Sheikh Hasina declared in the parliament that there would be no quota in the public service jobs.“We have stopped the demonstrations honouring the prime minister’s declaration,” said Hasan Al Mamun, a convener of the platform.On Wednesday, the PM in the parliament said that there would be no quota in the public services, amid countrywide protests from the students who demanded recruitment on the basis of merit.“Since no one wants the quota, I think, there should be no quota,” Sheikh Hasina said in reply to a supplementary question from Awami League member of parliament Jahangir Kabir Nanak.last_img read more

Beer Company BrewDog Debuts StreamingVideo Service in Latest Niche SVOD Move

first_imgThe new “BrewDog Show” features James Watt (above right) and Martin Dickie (left), co-founders of the brewery, traveling the world to celebrate other beer-making practitioners and enthusiasts. The company’s headquarters is located north of Aberdeen, Scotland, and its U.S. operations are housed on a 42-acre site in Columbus, Ohio, that opened in 2017.Other BrewDog Network originals are: “Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person?”, hosted by actress-comedian Alison Becker (“Parks and Recreation”); “Four Sheets,” featuring comedian Zane Lamprey in a “drinkation” adventure inspired by his long-running series “Three Sheets”; and “Business Punks,” a docu-series in which Watt profiles “business misfits who have clawed their way to success.”“After our previous TV show ‘Brew Dogs’ got cancelled, we didn’t want to sit around in our underpants, crying into a tub of ice cream,” Watt and Dickie said in a joint statement. “So we decided the only thing to do would be to build our own TV network.”BrewDog Network’s lineup of acquired content includes: William Shatner’s “Brown Bag Wine Tasting”; Zane Lamprey’s “Drinking Made Easy”; “The Flying Winemaker,” an international wine and travel show; “Surfing the Menu,” hosted by chef Curtis Stone, in which two cooks travel discover the tastiest food and recipes in far-flung locales; and “Never Ever Try this at Home,” a comedy-reality series featuring hosts Teddy Wilson and Norm Sousa.To launch the SVOD service, the brewery teamed with L.A.-based production company Redtail Media, which produced the original “Brew Dogs” TV series. Redtail partners Chris Burke and Jared Cotton serve as BrewDog Network’s GM and head of creative, respectively.Watt and Dickie founded BrewDogs in 2010 through crowdfunding initiative Equity for Punks, raising £56 million ($72 million) over five rounds.Watch BrewDog Network’s sizzle reel:Pictured above: BewDog co-founders Martin Dickie (l.) and James Watt Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Netflix has been spending money on streaming-video content like, well, a drunken sailor. Now comes a subscription VOD product from a Scottish beer-brewing company that’s geared around a tippling lifestyle — with a show lineup that includes such fare as “Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person?” and “Four Sheets.”Indie brewery BrewDog is launching the BrewDog Network, with several hundred hours of programming spanning craft beer, cocktails, food, travel, comedy, game shows, and documentaries. The SVOD service, priced at $4.99 monthly, features 14 original series at launch, including “The BrewDog Show,” a reboot of the TV series that previously aired on NBCUniversal’s Esquire Network (which shut down in early 2017).The SVOD service is available worldwide on Android and iOS devices and online at brewdognetwork.com. The five-bucks-per-month fee, the company noted, is less than the price of a pint of its beer.last_img read more