Sarah….doing well thanks to hospital staffA PROUD Donegal grandad is set to golf through the night – in honour of this bundle of joy….his beautiful grand-daughter Sarah Porter.Liam Lynch and a group of golfing buddies embark on a 12 hour golfing marathon all in the name of charity in Buncrana golf club.They will start golfing at 8pm Friday and will be golfing through the night with the support of flashing golf balls and generators to help light up the greens!!! All things going well, they’ll putt their last few balls by 8am on Saturday.Their selected charity is the “Friends of the Coombe” which operates as a support for parents who have babies born before their due date.This charity has been of great support to Liam, a well-known taxi driver in Buncrana, and his family.His daughter Mary Porter gave birth to her daughter Sarah Porter on the 15th of May 2013 at 27 weeks. “As Sarah was born so early she had to spend the first few months of her life in the care of the great people at the Coombe hospital in Dublin,” said Liam’s son Michael.“Without the help and support of the friends of the Coombe charity, Mary and her husband Mark would have really struggled to overcome this traumatic experience. Thankfully however Sarah battled through and is now looking forward to her first birthday next month.”Any donations from the public would be greatly welcomed and can be arranged by contacting Liam on 0876746567 or Mark on 0860750377.Everyone is invited to the golf course tomorrow night (Friday) to help cheer on these golfing heros as they embark on their journey.Maith sibh Little fighter…SarahLIAM SET TO GOLF THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR HOSPITAL WHO SAVED HIS GRAND-DAUGHTER was last modified: April 25th, 2014 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:buncranaCoombe HospitalLiam LynchSarah Porter
A Donegal branch of the Extinction Rebellion activist group has been launched this week.The group, known as XR, is part of an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to highlight the climate change crisis. The aim of XR is to get governments to “tell the truth” about the environmental emergency and to take action against climate change.In cities such as London and Dublin, the group has engaged in protests by blocking traffic and staging ‘die-ins’, where they pretend to be dead. Young and old attended the launch of the Donegal XR branch on Wednesday at the Letterkenny Town Park.Caroline Kuyper at the launch of Extinction Rebellion DonegalThe audience heard Clare Thompson read from the Extinction Rebellion Declaration stating that “Humanity finds itself embroiled in an event unprecedented in its history. One which, unless immediately addressed, will catapult us further into the destruction of all we hold dear: this nation, its peoples, our ecosystems and the future of generations to come.”The group is part of a Derry-Strabane /Donegal collective and will support the development of autonomous local groups across the county. An information evening will take place on 21st August at 7pm in the Community Centre, Letterkenny. A further meeting to formalise the group will take place on 2nd September at 7 pm.Claire Thompson at the launch of Extinction Rebellion DonegalNora Newell at the launch of Extinction Rebellion DonegalVoicing her frustration at the poor response of government to the climate crisis Caroline Kuyper said, “I felt, with many others, that direct acts of disruption of ‘business as usual’ is the only option left at this point to force the issue onto the forefront of governments and corporations’ agenda.” Natural beekeeper Aoife Valley pointed out that “when we act, we feel better. When we set intentions and follow through, we can relax a bit. This is not something we will fix individually. Joining XR is part of me doing my bit. I am hopeful we can sort this out.”The meeting closed with a quote from broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough who has said, “I feel an obligation; the only way we can get up in the morning is believe that, actually, we can do something about it. And I suppose we can”Climate activist group launches in Donegal with rebellious intentions was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:climateExtinction Rebellion
It would be an especially bold move for Amazon to apply this model to phones: Bypassing the typical carrier service-plan requirements, buying wholesale data capacity directly from AT&T (as it’s doing here, and as it does for the 3G Kindle), and charging a lot less for an entry-level smartphone plan than its competition.Imagine, for instance, an Amazon phone with no monthly voice-plan requirement, fair pricing on data plans and unlimited text messaging. It could conceivably cost half what an iPhone does per month, running on the same AT&T LTE network. And this would help Amazon win with its customers and turn gadgets into services.But: This would be risky and challenging, even for Amazon. And Bezos may decide that the distribution power that carriers have — especially domestically — is too great to fight. (That’s the lesson Google learned with the Nexus One.) Perhaps a halfway-there, hybrid approach?Then again, don’t put anything past Jeff Bezos: If any company is ballsy enough to try an end run on the carriers, it’s Amazon. Either way, if this week’s Kindle Fire announcement is any lesson, expect aggressive, ad-subsidized pricing and a service-focused approach with an Amazon phone. And maybe — just maybe — a bold move to disintermediate the phone companies.Also: The Real Reason AT&T And Verizon Are Pushing New “Shared” Data Plans Aggressive Prices So Amazon And Its Customers WinMobile pricing and profit models for mobile devices set Amazon and Apple apart. Apple makes money selling iPhones at tremendous profit and breaks even on media and app sales. Amazon prices its hardware closer to breakeven and hopes to profit on media sales.Bezos gave some context to Amazon’s strategy this week, after introducing the moderately priced $299 large-screen Kindle Fire HD.“Above all else, align with customers. Win when they win. Win only when they win,” he said.How does this apply to hardware pricing?“We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices,” Bezos said. “If someone buys one of our devices and puts it in a desk drawer and never uses it, we don’t deserve to make any money.”Jumping from there to a phone, Amazon is probably preparing one that’s inexpensive by industry standards, one that’s designed so that buyers will keep using it to buy Amazon media, products and services.Depending on how Amazon distributes its phone — directly or through telcos — Amazon could offer a no-contract phone for $200 or a carrier’s standard contract phone for free.Expect Amazon to use some of its Kindle Fire tricks, too, such as ad-supported subsidies from its special-offers program.The Boldest Move: Going Around The Carriers?One of Amazon’s interesting announcements Thursday was a 4G LTE wireless version of the Kindle Fire HD, with a special (low!) price for data service. Unlike other tablets — including the iPad — which require a relationship with a wireless carrier, Amazon seems to be stepping in front of the carriers here, billing customers directly for 4G service — at least for the basic package, which includes 250 MB of monthly service for a $50 annual fee. (“Customers can also choose to upgrade to 3 GB or 5 GB data plans from AT&T directly from the device,” notes Amazon.) The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Amazon did not unveil a smartphone Thursday, despite speculation to the contrary. But its new Kindle Fire tablets give us some clues about an Amazon phone, reportedly in the pipeline. We see a $200 (almost) loss leader that makes buying anything from or through Amazon beyond easy.An All-Amazon-Controlled ExperienceThe idea that Amazon will put a few of its apps on a generic Android phone and call it a day is misplaced. Amazon will control every aspect of its phone, from the way the home screen looks to the way it ties into Amazon’s Kindle bookstore, video-streaming service and music cloud locker.Why?Speaking Thursday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, “People don’t want gadgets anymore. They want services. They want services that improve over time.”Bezos explainted, “Kindle Fire is a service. What does it mean for a hardware device to be a service? It greets you by name. It comes out of the box with your content preloaded. You can choose from 22 million different items. It makes recommendations for you. […] A hardware device as a service. That’s what people want.”Amazon is all about the experience, front to back — much like Apple. Expect total Amazon control over any phone it makes. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan frommer Tags:#Amazon#Analysis#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts
Strippers as athletes, sexuality as a means to power — dynamic cinematographer, Todd Banhazl, discusses crafting the look of STX Entertainment’s Hustlers.Hustlers (courtesy of STXfilms – All Rights Reserved).PremiumBeat: Todd, from the trailer for Hustlers, it looks like you were working with a pink, purple, and blue color palette with green (the color of money) unsaturated. Such an interesting choice to not pop the cash since, on the surface, the film seems to be about that — makes me think it’s a film less about commerce and more about empowerment? Am I off base, or what was the aesthetic for you and director Lorene Scafaria going into production?Todd Banhazl: The movie is absolutely about the quest for power and control over one’s life, over anything else. Money is a means to that power, but sexuality is also a means to that power. We tried to remove green from any of the world, outside of the money. Green is not an indication of power in the film’s aesthetic. The saturated neon colors are an indication of power because the women are soaked in these colors when they are working — hustling the men, working the floor, taking their power back. The colors also relate to the gender politics in the film. The Wall Street dudes exist in clean, white spaces filled with glass and gold and all these glossy indications of wealth. As the women rise to power, they leave these colorful spaces and their spaces start looking a lot like their male Wall Street counterparts. It’s about wealth in that way, and the American Dream. The more money they get, the more the color gets drained from their world.Hustlers. Photo by Barbara Nitke/Courtesy of STXfilms – © Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.PB: Crime dramas are a popular genre, but they have been traditionally male dominated. How did the story, through the female gaze, alter your choice of composition, lens, and movement?TB: We shot the film using all the crime drama techniques that we love from all our favorite movies. We didn’t use the female gaze as actively as you’d think. I mean, we were totally aware of it but . . . we shot the women taking control of the male gaze, and using it to their advantage. We shot large format digital because we wanted the strippers to look like superheroes on a 50ft screen, but we played around a lot with different lenses and resolutions, depending on whether the characters felt empowered or desperate. We charted their emotional journey by modulating the epicness of the image.We shot the strippers like athletes, because they are athletes. We looked at a lot of sports movies as reference more than other stripper movies. I think, visually, we stayed true to these characters’ experiences and tried to shoot them like badass criminals that you love. The fact that we haven’t seen many movies use these camera and lighting techniques — with lead actresses in the frame — speaks to why it was so exciting to make this movie.Hustlers (via STXfilms).PB: The film has some big personalities on screen, featuring Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Constance Wu — women who definitely have been in the driver’s seat of their own careers. From the perspective of the cinematographer, how does an ensemble work with so many star leads?TB: It was so exciting to work with so many explosively talented humans. We were surrounded by so much power and talent every day. My job was to honor that and try to listen and watch and help complement their work and their characters via lighting and camera. It was a true collaboration, especially on a movie like this where both the actors and the team behind the camera were trying to represent women in a light [not] often seen on the big screen. We did it together.Todd Banhazl (via IMDB).PB: Who would you say is your most valuable bench player? I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way to anyone’s role in production, but the obvious collaborator is the director — how valuable to your communication about the work with the production designer or costume designer, for example?TB: It will sound like a cliché but every single person on the team was my MVP. The trust and collaboration between departments was extremely thorough. Our production designer, Jane Musky, is a legend, and her work sings here. Lorene and I always said that the costumes in this film are the other character in the movie. I think Hustlers is our costume designer Mitchell Traver‘s finest work in his already-impressive career. Especially in a movie like this — where we are juggling so many tones and “gazes” — getting the balance right took full cohesion between departments. I’d also like to mention my Gaffer, Josh Hensley, and my entire [grip and electric] team. They pulled off miracles, and the movie looks absolutely huge, due to their talent and skill. When I look at the strip club scenes, I am in awe of what my team created. I’ve been color-correcting the movie, and I need to take breaks to text Josh and tell him that he is a genius.PB: How does it work with your camera department? Do you tend to work with the same people?TB: I work extremely close with my camera department, and I try to work with the same team, if I can. I’ve been working with my 1st AC Rebecca Rajadnya, 2nd AC Tsyen Shen, and DIT Loic De Lame on movies and fashion stuff for years. On Hustlers, I was blessed with the camera dream team. My Operators, Stew Cantrell and Jennie Jeddry, became my creative partners on the film and invested themselves so deeply in the material. Our B Cam team, Nick Huynh and Jan Burgess, and our Loader/The Most Positive Human Ever Jeff Makarauskas, and our camera PA Antonia Colodro, who is a brilliant DP in her own right. It really was an embarrassment of riches for me. They are all my partners in crime, and they typically know what I want before I ask for it, but it’s also an emotional thing. You take care of each other creatively, logistically, emotionally — the whole package.Cover image via Hustlers (photo by Barbara Nitke, courtesy of STXfilms). Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Insights: Production Designer John Paino Tells Big Little LiesIndustry Insights: Hulu’s Das Boot Composer Matthias WeberIndustry Insights: Cinematographer Adrian Peng CorreiaIndustry Insights: The Horror Scores of The Newton BrothersVFX Master Michael Conelly Talks AR and VR Technology
A city Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMFC) court on Friday granted bail to 35-year-old Kenneth Silveira, who was arrested by Crime Branch of Goa Police for a fake Facebook post on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death”. He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000.In a related development, members of civil society staged a protest outside the Goa Police headquarters here on Friday morning condemning Mr. Silveira’s arrest on Wednesday.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal said on Monday that the State was on a steady growth path as political stability has provided it with “an unrestricted space” for development. The State has been consistently growing at a rate higher than the national average, he said.“Odisha’s economy is on the path of steady growth. From subsistence to sustenance and from sustenance to surplus, Odisha’s pace of transformation has been exceptional and the State’s growth has been inclusive,” said Mr. Lal while addressing the House on the opening day of the budget session.“Stability has provided us an unrestricted space for growth and development. Our transparent ways of governance have made us responsive and responsible to the changing needs of our time,” said the Governor.The legislators of the Opposition Congress, led by Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra, however, staged a walkout as Mr. Lal continued with his address. Mr. Mishra told journalists outside the House that they boycotted the Governor’s address as he praised the State government’s activities.‘Pro-people’“My government is untiringly striving to eradicate poverty, accelerate the pace of economic growth, reduce regional disparity and gender differences through various socio-economic measures and pro-people initiatives,” said Mr. Lal.He said that the State is now among the largest contributors to the PDS and is playing a major role in the food security of the nation. The Governor added that Odisha has made a quantum jump by achieving the sharpest decline in infant mortality rate and has scored better than national average in decline of maternal mortality rate.‘Schemes, smartphones’Mr. Lal also spoke about the State government’s newly launched scheme for the development of agriculture and poverty reduction in the State. The government has launched schemes like KALIA for the welfare of farmers and Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana to facilitate treatment of patients, said the Governor, adding that his government has also provided 65,000 smartphones to farmers.The Governor also spoke in detail about several other initiatives of the State government in housing sector as well as for development of infrastructure in different parts of the State.
M.S. Dhoni celebrates with teammates after winning the second Test against England at Lord’s on Monday.It may sound cliched, but the roots of India’s historical win at Lord’s can be traced back to the 0-4 debacle on the 2011 tour to England. Every time India lost a Test during that disastrous summer, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would stress on the importance of learning from the mistakes and moving on.Throughout the series, Dhoni hardly ever lost his cool despite the results going against his team. Bogged down by injuries, Dhoni was already looking ahead and plotting for retribution on India’s next visit. The plan came to fruition at the Home of Cricket, with India winning its first Tests on the hallowed turf in 28 years by defeating Alastair Cook’s team in conditions tailor-made for the home team’s benefit.Ishant SharmaThe Indian players feel the triumph had everything to do with the preparedness to take on England on green wickets. And they thank Dhoni and the coaching staff for their farsightedness. One of the players said that even though the team played two practice games before the first Test at Trent Bridge, the wickets provided were in complete contrast to what is generally expected in England. The team management had made this clear to every member in the squad. “Most of us guys weren’t there in 2011. So when we saw the pitch ahead of the first practice game, we were pretty surprised to see a batting paradise. But that is when the seniors made it clear that this was to prevent us from adapting to English conditions. With Dhoni and some of the other players facing this very problem in the last series, we knew we would get tough conditions only when the series starts,” the player told Mail Today. He said it was a surprise to see a flat deck for the first Test.advertisementPicture of Dhoni & Co. on the lines of the 2001 Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Lagaan’ on Twitter.”We were actually caught off guard. We had expected a wicket that would suit pacers and help the home team. But when that didn’t happen, we knew that the ‘green top’ would come sooner rather than later, and they actually did that at Lord’s. But we were prepared,” he added.Another player said the most satisfying part of the win was how India looked more at ease on the green track than the England players. “As an international team and from past experiences, we were prepared for any kind of wicket. I guess it was more about executing our plans better and we did just that,” he told Mail Today.
zoom Oil and gas major Total has joined SEA\LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.Total is involved across the entire LNG chain, from extracting natural gas onshore and offshore to processing plants where it is liquefied, stored and shipped in a fleet of specially designed carriers to regasification terminals for delivery to business customers.In 2015, the company’s LNG production was of 10.2 million tons. Total’s objective is to double its liquefaction capacity to around 20 Mt/y and increase its LNG trading portfolio to 15 Mt/y by 2020.“Our mission, as an integrated oil company, is to offer global and compliant solutions to our customers to meet the 2020 Global Cap requirements recently set by the International Maritime Organization,” Olivier Jouny, Total Marine Fuels Managing Director, said.”Total has a long historical activity in the bunker industry and is also a strong worldwide LNG player, thus providing the required conditions to position the company on this emerging LNG bunker market, with the objective to be a key player. Total’s ambition is to become the responsible energy major and the Group strongly supports the SEA\LNG drive to make LNG the preferred clean marine fuel of the future.”SEA\LNG brings together players from across the supply chain, including shipping companies, classification societies, ports, major LNG suppliers, downstream companies, infrastructure providers and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to address market barriers and transform the use of LNG as a marine fuel.The coalition members include ABS, Carnival Corporation, DNV GL, Eagle LNG Partners, ENGIE, GE, GTT, Keppel Gas Technology, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corporation, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, Total, TOTE Inc., and Wärtsilä.
Kolkata: Footwear major Bata India is planning to open about 500 franchise stores which would come up in small towns over the next five years, a top company official said here on Friday. “We now have 150 franchise stores. We are looking to get about 500 franchise stores. These will be single-store towns. That means we are looking at 500 towns. We have charted out a five year plan for this,” company CEO Sandeep Kataria told media persons after its 86th annual general meeting here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The footwear major was also adding around 100 stores every year, while closing 25-30 shops for various reasons like being in wrong locations or economically unviable. “The net figure is around 70… There is a combination of renovating the shops, sometimes, increasing it, sometimes relocating it,” said company Chairman Uday Khanna. In 2018-19, Bata India opened 71 new retail stores and 51 franchise ones, besides renovating 47 outlets. It relocated 47 outlets and closed down 28. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The company now has close to 1,500 stores in India, and has over the past three years pumped around Rs 260 crore for modernising its manufacturing plants and renovating its retail stores. “The company’s thrust is to improve the customer experience, get more contemporary, and get more younger people to the stores…. The challenge is younger people are not coming to Bata in the manner we would have liked. “Emphasis now on the marketing team is to retain your loyal customers and get new and young customers, we are also concentrating more on women’s shoes,” said the official. The company invested around Rs 100 crore on its stores in the last three years. Bata now has seven entirely women-run stores, and is planning to open one in South Kolkata, which will also be its first such outlet in eastern India. “In our 500 top stores, 22 per cent of our team members are ladies. This figure is three times what we had three years ago,” said Kataria. As much as 85 per cent of the company’s sales are through its stores, while about five per cent comes from e-commerce. The company now sells over 47 million pairs of footwear in India, with its business now growing at a marginal rate of two-three per cent. Kataria said 50 per cent of the total Rs 55,000-60,000 crore footwear market in India is unorganised.