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  • Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of Italian journalist kidnapped

    first_img News May 16, 2021 Find out more PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 11 September of Italianjournalist Lorenzo Cremonesi, of the Milan daily paper Corriere della Sera,a few hours after he was kidnapped in the Gaza Strip. September 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of Italian journalist kidnapped May 28, 2021 Find out more News News Organisation Follow the news on Palestine RSF_en PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes June 3, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 10 September of Italianjournalist Lorenzo Cremonesi, of the Milan daily paper Corriere della Sera,a few hours after he was kidnapped in the Gaza Strip.Nobody claimed responsibility for his seizure, but the journalist told hispaper that he thought the kidnappers were members of the Al Aqsa MartyrsBrigade, an armed group linked to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ AlFatah movement.————————————————————————–10.09.2005 Concern about kidnapping of Italian journalist in GazaReporters Without Borders voiced great concern today at the kidnapping in the Gaza Strip on 10 September of Italian journalist Lorenzo Cremonesi, of the daily paper Corriere della Sera, and called for his immediate release.“This is the second time in less than a month that a foreign journalist has been kidnapped there,” it said. “Local and foreign reporters have to work amid great lawlessness. The Palestinian Authority must make plans to seriously protect journalists when it takes control of the territory. We regret that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has not immediately responded to our request on 25 August to take more effective measures to protect journalists.”Cremonesi, the paper’s Arab affairs specialist, was seized in Deir El-Balah by five masked gunmen who witnesses said dragged him out of his car and pushed him into another that drove off towards the Nusseirat refugee camp.Armed men in Gaza kidnapped Mohammed Ouathi, a sound-man for the French TV station France 3, on 14 August and held him until 22 August. last_img read more

  • Sunday racing in Thurles

    first_imgTipp FM’s David Lawlor tells us what we can expect: Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay Irish action today is at Thurles with a 7 race card.Eight runners will go to post in the feature Mares Novice Chase worth €57,500.The first is off at 1.20pm.last_img

  • Edwards joins Saints for St Ann clash in JCA 50 Overs Championship

    first_imgStrengthened by the inclusion of Barbados batsman Kirk Edwards in their line-up, St Catherine CC will attempt to move one step closer to defending their title when they play away to St Ann CA in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association 50 Overs Championship today. The contest, which is scheduled to get under way at 9:30 a.m., will be played at the Noranda Bauxite Oval. Edwards, who was on Friday named to the Jamaica Scorpions’ 13-man squad for their opening round WICB Four-Day Professional Cricket League clash away to Barbados on November 6, is expected to add steel to an already solid ‘Saints’ batting line-up. Led by out-of-favour Jamaica and West Indies batsman Danza Hyatt, St Catherine also boasts the experienced Tamar Lambert and former West Indies ‘A’ representative Shacoya Thomas. This is in addition to former national youth opener Oraine Williams, who recently returned from Ireland, all-rounders Gavin Wallace (leg-spinner), off-spinner Peat Salmon and pacer Wayne Morgan, plus spinner Odean Brown. “When you look at Edwards’ international and first-class statistics, he should bring a lot to St Catherine both on and off the field,” Hyatt said. “He makes our batting stronger, and with us looking to defend our title this is what we want.” St Ann, like St Catherine, boast a record of four wins and one loss from the zonal stages and according to their coach, Cleon Smith, they are not too perturbed by the presence of Edwards. “Kirk Edwards is a well-known name in regional cricket, but cricket is played on the field, not by names,” said Smith. “Jamaica Defence Force and University of the West Indies (UWI) had star-studded line-ups and we stopped them.” St Ann, captained by national opener John Campbell, will be looking to stellar performance from Xavier Marshall, as well as Tevin Gilzene and Duran White. In other matches, unbeaten Kingston, with up-and-coming batsman Brandon King at the helm, will host UWI at Sabina Park. The UWI team will be led by new Jamaica first-class captain Paul Palmer Jr Kensington will travel to Manley Horne Park to face St Elizabeth and St Catherine CA will host St James at Ewarton Bauxite Oval.last_img read more

  • The decision to honour Kadir was no mistake

    first_imgDear Editor,There is total public outrage on the recent honouring of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir by the PNC Government. Chief among those who have expressed their amazement and indignation is the USA through its embassy here in Guyana. The move to honour a terrorist who clearly plotted to commit mass terrorism in their country certainly brought stern rebuke by the superpower. However, it must be noted that even amidst their rebuke, the USA has given recognition to the following commendable acts by the PNC regime.Those commendable acts as stated by the US Embassy are: “Guyana is a model to the world on religious tolerance and understanding.” These words of commendation were made at an international forum. Further, the US Embassy’s statement affirms the fact that “The Guyana Government has shown security cooperation with the US Government in its extradition of an alleged murderer.”So, the question any sane person would ask is, why would the PNC-led coalition Government want to change the time honoured good relations with the US, why would they want to upset the US in this wild, reckless move to acclaim a terrorist? Well, the answer is ever so clear. Now, here is the answer to my question. Pursuant to the US making such sweet words of the PNC, they have also made statements to the effect “All parties in Guyana must abide by the Constitution.” The US has also made statements that “there should be free and fair elections in Guyana”. And here is where the rubber hits the road, these statements made by the US do not sit well with the PNC. Whenever you speak of “respect for the Constitution” or the conduct of “free and fair elections,” you have automatically hit a raw nerve on the PNC’s side and this is the real reason for their reaction by honouring Kadir.The PNC, in a cold, heartless and calculated response to the USA’s what they would call, “interference in their domestic affairs,” plotted this response. The decision to honour a convicted terrorist was not spontaneous nor was it a mistake, it was a clear cut attack on the USA sending that message that you need to butt out of Guyana whenever we are in charge. The PNC is on a course to rig the next election and they are of the firm resolve that the USA should have no oversight of things here while they conduct that nefarious scheme of theirs.The real reason is as clear as day. Why they would want to sully the good relations they have had with the USA at this time? By their latest actions, they are sending a clear and decisive message to the superpower as to what they want to achieve in this country.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

  • GAA NEWS: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC SEE OFF GALWAY

    first_imgFROM RORY O’DONNELL IN BOSTON Donegal 4 – 15 Galway 1-5Donegal swept past Galway with a powerful display off football and finally provided a look at the capabilities of a team laden with intercounty talent. With Kevin Cassidy in the half back line, Brian White and Brian Donnelly in the middle of the field, and Dessie Dolan and Derek Maguire up front, Donegal blew past their opponents and effectively had their place booked in next week’s  final after 20 minutes had expired.The long layoff did not affect Donegal in the slightest as they gave Galway a roasting in the first 15 minutes of the game. Winning everything in the middle of the field, and with lots of running from the midfielders and half forwards, Donegal clocked up 2 goals and five points as Galway struggled to deal with the onslaught. When in possession Galway struggled to find options, while Donegal had nothing but when the ball was in the hands of a yellow shirted player. Louth duo Derek Maguire and Brian Donnelly combined for the first goal. Maguire created the opening and Donnelly crashed the ball home from inside the 21. Donegal carved open the Galway defence again for Eddie Kelly to fire home and the writing was on the wall for Galway. Dolan and Maguire followed with a point each before Maguire slotted home Donegal’s third goal with 25 minutes of the half expired. Galway managed points from O’Rourke and Kevin O’Grady, but as if to rub salt in Donegal goaled a fourth time when an attempted point dropped short and Kieran Williams forced the ball into the net. At the half Donegal were looking in good shape with a massive 16 point lead. Galway took the field looking to salvage some pride over the second 30 minute stint. Kevin Cummins entered the fray and netted with 5 minutes gone. Galway did manage to put in a better shift, but Donegal could well afford to take their foot of the gas. Galway tried to put the high ball in to Paddy O’Rourke, but to little effect. When Sean O’Donnell was shown a second yellow card and had to leave the field of play Galway’s task became even harder. The last 20 minutes of the game ran it’s course as Donegal continued to pop over the points. After a display like this, Donegal have to be considered red hot favourites to lift the fourth senior football championship in the history of the club.Referee: Syl Doyle (Loch Garman)Man of the Match: Derek Maguire (Donegal)Donegal: P. Boyle, D. Reynolds, M. Canny, K. Mulhern, G. Reynolds, K. Cassidy, B. Donnelly, B. White, E. Kelly, D. Dolan, F. Clancy, D. Maguire, K. Williams. Galway: P. McComiskey, J. O’Callaghan, D. Wynne, S. Gallagher, E. Whelan, S. O’Donnell, E. Kavanagh, T. Walsh, J. Kehoe, M. Kenny, D. Reddin, K. O’Grady, P. O’Rourke. Junior A FootballDonegal 0-13 Aidan McAnespies 1-8The second junior A finalist was decided Sunday morning.  Donegal came from behind late in the second half after looking comfortable in the first.  McAnespies opened the second half with a flurry of scores to take a five point lead into the last 10 minutes, but Donegal rallied with seven points on the trot to make the final next Sunday.The first period saw McAnespies open a two point lead before Donegal got into the game.  Aaron Mcloughlin pointed first and was followed by Peadar Nugent.  Donegal had most of the possession, but wasted several chances.  Points from a Paddy McMyler free followed by a Christy McLoughlin point and a lovely score from Kevin Curran put Donegal ahead.  Most of the chances fell to the men from Tir Chonaill who looked the fitter side.  Paddy McMyler added another free before the half time whistle, and Rocky Ivers a fifth point followed byPaddy Wanish.  McAnespies generated a handful of chances that drifted wide and Donegal led by 0-6 to 0-2 at the break.Before the second half was five minutes old McAnespies were on top.  A burst of scores to open the half from Enda Hamill, Fergus McMahon, and Nigel Regan erased Donegal’s lead.  Regan netted in typical fashion from close range and Enda Hamill almost had a second, but Jonathan Byrne got a hand to the shot and tipped it over the bar.  McAnespies looked far from sluggish now.  The fresh legs of substitutes Hamill and Neil Donaghy gave the team a lift.  Fergus McMahon was more involved in the middle while at the back Steven Magill and Barry Smith did well.  Paddy Stones added a point and with 10 minutes left Donegal were the ones with the gap to bridge.  The northerners came forward in waves and for McAnespies it was all hands to the pump.  The breaks in the middle were going to Donegal and three pointed frees on the trot from Kevin Curran and Paddy McMyler closed the gap to three points.  Christy Bell had a shot that was destined for the far corner and Smith acrobatically tipped it over the bar.  The excitement grew as Bell pointed to level the scores.  Barney Friel put the winning score over the bar. Referee:  James Owens (Loch Garman)Man of the Match:  Enda Hamill (Aidan McAnespies)Donegal:  J. Byrne, P. McNulty, D. McBride, P. McLoughlin, E. Doonan, D. Doherty, C. Bell, M. McGinty, R. Ivers, K. Curran, P. McMyler, C. McLoughlin, D. Green.  Macs:  N. Duffy, P. McCusker, G. McAlinden, A. McLoughlin, G. Hennessey, B. Smith, F. McMahon, S. Lynn, S. Magill,A. Comerford, E. Daly, P. Nugent, N. Regan.On Friday night, Kerry and Donegal also could not be separated after 80 minutes of play and the final score was Kerry 1-15 to 0-18 for Donegal. The finalists will not be decided until next week. GAA NEWS: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC SEE OFF GALWAY was last modified: August 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC SEE OFF GALWAYlast_img read more

  • Mormons and Psychologists Burn Their Brains

    first_imgCan an MRI scan tell anything about spiritual experience?Some neuroscientists at the University of Utah decided to put Mormons in an MRI scanner and watch their brains light up when they felt spiritual. Science Daily describes the experiment:During fMRI [functional MRI] scans, 19 young-adult church members — including seven females and 12 males — performed four tasks in response to content meant to evoke spiritual feelings. The hour-long exam included six minutes of rest; six minutes of audiovisual control (a video detailing their church’s membership statistics); eight minutes of quotations by Mormon and world religious leaders; eight minutes of reading familiar passages from the Book of Mormon; 12 minutes of audiovisual stimuli (church-produced video of family and Biblical scenes, and other religiously evocative content); and another eight minutes of quotations.During the initial quotations portion of the exam, participants — each a former full-time missionary — were shown a series of quotes, each followed by the question “Are you feeling the spirit?” Participants responded with answers ranging from “not feeling” to “very strongly feeling.”The neuroscientists measured a connection between self-professed spirituality and activity in the prefrontal cortex, involved in rational decision making, and in the nucleus acumbens, a part of the brain involved in reward feelings. “Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music,” the article says. Here’s how the headlines came out:This is your brain on God: Spiritual experiences activate brain reward circuits (Science Daily)Spiritual Mind: What a Religious Experience Looks Like in the Brain (Live Science)Rachael Rettner at Live Science cautions, “The researchers noted that more studies, including those that look at people from different religions and cultures, are needed in order to identify other brain regions linked with religious experiences.”Philosophers warn that correlation is not causation. What does the experiment signify? What does it mean? Can any conclusions be drawn? If Mormon spiritual feelings produce the same results as gambling, drugs or sex, does the experiment mean anything at all?Apparently the radiologists forgot to include a control group. If any of the scientists were non-Mormons or atheists, they should have scanned themselves when thinking about nothing at all, or when thinking about doing science. Others could be measured when thinking about their favorite football team scoring a touchdown, having ice cream, or petting their dog. If all these things produce similar levels of reward activity in the brain, what could the scans possibly signify, other than the observation that human beings are easily aroused by pleasurable thoughts of all kinds?Such measurements certainly could not speak to the truth or falsity of a religion’s truth claims. Yet the authors of the paper in Social Neuroscience focus on the “evolution of complex religious systems” as if those are distinct from complex scientific systems within a materialistic, evolutionary framework. Here’s their conclusion:Theoretical models of religious cognition have proposed that networks comprised of ventral striatal and prefrontal regions may play a critical role in the development and maintenance of religious ideation….Given commonalities in brain architecture across individuals with limited neural mechanisms for representing euphoria, a search for shared neural mechanisms for intense religious and spiritual feelings across cultures may provide insight into the evolution of complex religious systems and opportunities for cross-cultural understanding of deeply held religious beliefs and experience. Ultimately, the pairing of classical reward responses with abstract religious ideation may indicate a brain mechanism for attachment to doctrinal concepts and charismatic in-group religious leaders.How, exactly, did doctrinal concepts (concepts being in the realm of rational thought and logic) become attached to purely physical pleasure responses? Do concepts even fit into an evolutionary worldview? Where did concepts come from? How did they evolve by mutation and selection?If religion evolved, so did Darwinism. If religion is an epiphenomenon of neurons, so is Darwinism. That implies that any “pairing of classical reward responses” with abstract scientific ideation may indicate a brain mechanism for attachment to scientific concepts and influential in-group scientific leaders. Let these scientists prove otherwise, using only Darwin’s toolkit of natural selection on random variations.We would like to know the motivation of these scientists. Why are they performing such experiments, which are doomed from the start to be meaningless? Knowing the mindset of today’s naturalistic secular scientists, we suspect their motivations include trying to prove that religion is nothing more than a neural activity in the brain that evolved because it makes people feel good. Like Marx, they want to show that religion is an opiate of the people, producing the same response as drugs. If so, let us remind them that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. That self-refuting motivation equally implies that doing science is nothing more than a neural activity in the brain that makes scientists feel good.This research was funded in part by the National Institute of Mental Health. If anyone thinks this was a well-designed scientific activity, let’s start asking some questions: What is the significance of a pleasure response if it applies equally well to all kinds of non-spiritual activities, including drugs and gambling? If natural selection would prevent harmful activity like taking drugs, why would it reward it? It could kill the individual before he or she could pass on their genes. Why did they measure only self-induced “spiritual” activities and not rational activities like a debate on the truth claims of Mormonism? Why did they choose only Mormons and no control group? The paper astonishingly says that “each subject served as their own control,” hardly a good model of experimental setup. (Visited 63 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If the scientists are secularists and believe that religion evolved because it produces pleasure, why would natural selection reward anything they would presume to be irrational? If the scientists were scanned and showed responses, would they be upset if religious people drew conclusions that the scientists were sinners and this was their guilt manifesting itself in their brains? Why not? How do they know that the fMRI activity was not a secondary response to some other concurrent stimulation? I say it’s time to put the neuroscientists in the scanner and analyze them. We need to cure their Yoda Complex. We need to teach them about the argument from reason for the existence of God. We need to warn them about the danger of engaging in self-refuting belief systems.Exercise: Add to our list of questions that scientists never ask who perform these kinds of experiments on “the evolution of religion.”A note to Mormon readers: If your religion makes you feel warm and happy, that’s nice, but it has nothing to do with the truth of your church’s doctrines. You can get the same warm fuzzies from sex and drugs. The same warning applies to all religions and systems of ideas. Better do your homework on what you believe. Why did they not compare feeling-based religions like Mormon with rational-based religions like Presbyterianism, and atheism as an outgroup? How about scanning a Christian suffering persecution? or a PhD theologian writing a book on systematic theology? Would the scientists be willing to get into the scanner and let religious people run scans on them? Why not? Can they point to fMRI signatures of other intense feelings, including hate, pride, anger, fear, or laughter? Are those always distinct from pleasure responses in predictable ways? Why didn’t they measure the brain activity when the subjects thought about fear of hell or concern they are involved in a cult? Are the scientists presuming that the more the response, the better the religion? or that all religions that produce the same fMRI scan are equivalent? On what basis?last_img read more

  • Springbok Women ready for World Cup challenge

    first_img25 July 2014Springbok Women’s rugby captain Mandisa Williams on Thursday expressed her excitement about the IRB Women’s World Cup ahead of the tournament’s kick-off in France next week.The South African team has only two more training sessions scheduled in Cape Town before it departs for Paris on Sunday following a week of high-tempo practices with the coaching staff and the South African Rugby Union’s Mobi-Unit.The final training session on Friday will involve another training run against the Stellenbosch Academy Under-19 boys team to boost the team’s physicality before the tournament.In a very tough pool, South Africa’s Rugby World Cup campaign begins on 1 August against Australia, followed by clashes against the hosts and Six Nations champions, France, on 5 August and Wales on 9 August‘We have worked hard’“We have worked hard on and off the field since assembling in the World Cup holding camp last Monday, and with the tournament drawing nearer the energy in the team is electric,” Williams said at training on Thursday.“The players are excited for the challenge ahead after several months of preparation. Of course with excitement the nerves flare up too, as this will be the first Women’s Rugby World Cup for several players in the squad, but this is natural before such a big tournament.”Mental preparationWilliams said with the on-field preparations almost completed, it was important for the players to work on their mental state of mind for the competition so that they are focused on the task at hand when they arrive in France.“From a game preparation point of view, we have done everything we could to improve the areas of our game that required attention,” she said.“We have two more field sessions to fine-tune these aspects of our game. But with the World Cup a week away, it is important that we are also prepared mentally, so we will be focusing our attention on getting that right in the next few days.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Geocaching.com Hamsters Go Big Time

    first_imgGeocaching.com HamstersRumor has it Geocaching.com internet servers are run by cute, hard-working, squeaky-voiced hamsters. Now you can have a Geocaching.com hamster of your own. Your hamster could either be a Trackable or commemorated on clothing. The hamsters just launched  their own products today. You know you’re kind of a big deal when you have your own merchandise line. But the humble hamsters weren’t always big time.The hamsters toiled running Geocaching.com (Groundspeak) servers in obscurity for years. All that changed six months ago. Thousands of geocachers watched this first Geocaching.com hamster video as the site received a server upgrade in May. Instantly the hamsters were a hit.Hamster Trackable TagTwo lucky geocachers even adopted retired Geocaching.com hamsters used in the video. You can follow the adventures of one the hamsters in Germany on the blog, “Karlson the little hamster from Groundspeak.”Now Shop Geocaching is introducing hamster themed merchandise. Customers outside the United States can ask their local Official Groundspeak Distributor for hamster merchandise. You can buy Trackable Groundspeak Hamster Tags.  You can also purchase hamster shirts.Detail on Hamster ShirtIf you’re interested in watching the hamsters in their natural habitat, you can watch all three Geocaching.com hamster videos at the end of this blog post.As far as what’s next for the Geocaching.com hamster, a lot of folks are asking. The answer may just rhyme with “bleacher tankth smoothie” (feature length movie) … or could that just be another rumor?Hamster Shirt GEOCACHING.COM HAMSTER VIDEOSThis is the first Geocaching.com Hamster video launched in May of this year. Geocachers discovered the history of the hamster rumor and learned more about the server upgrade. SharePrint Related”Hammy” a Groundspeak Hamster Finds a New HomeJune 22, 2011In “Community”Groundspeak Hamsters Find New HomesJuly 1, 2011In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2011April 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img The video you see below is the “Down for Maintenance” hamster video which will appear when the site is briefly down for performance upgrades. Geocachers in Europe sent hamster food to Groundspeak Headquarters when the servers were slow during one week in the summer. We thought it was hilarious and wanted to thank them, including a cameo by Geocaching.com Co-Founder and CEO Jeremy Irish. This is the response video from Geocaching.com posted on German blogs. Ironically since the hamster food arrived the servers have been faster than ever. Hmmmm…  (Please do not send any more hamster food)last_img read more

  • New York Directs Disclosure of State Returns to Congress

    first_imgA new New York law directs the state tax commissioner to disclose state tax returns to certain U.S. Congressional Committees. The disclosure requirements apply to state returns and reports filed by:various federal, state, and local public officials, including the U.S. President; andcompanies, partnerships, and trusts controlled by those officials.The law limits disclosure to certified written requests by:the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee;the U.S. Senate Finance Committee; andJoint Committee on Taxation.It also requires redaction of:any copy of a federal return attached to the New York return;information contained in the federal return that gets reflected on the state return or report; andSocial Security numbers, account numbers, and residential address information.If New York shares President Trump’s resident tax returns with Congress, would it shed any light on what is in his federal tax returns? The answer is unclear. Plus, the president and his lawyers will certainly fight any attempt to disclose his New York returns to Congress.What Does a State Return Reveal About a Taxpayer?Most states use federal adjusted gross income as the starting point for computing state income tax liability. The New York return is no different, except that it shows more information from the federal return than many other states. This includes amounts reported on the federal return for:interest and dividend income;business income or losses;capital gains or losses;S corporation, partnership, and other pass-through entity income or losses; andreal estate rental income.More than half of the states, including New York, allow taxpayers to claim certain itemized deductions, instead of a standard deduction. New York permits itemized deductions for:medical expenses;state and local income taxes paid;property taxes;foreign taxes paid on real estate;mortgage interest; andgifts to charity. A little less than half of the states allow a net operating loss (NOL) deduction. The New York NOL deduction is the smaller of:a taxpayer’s federal NOL deduction; orfederal taxable income computed without the NOL deduction.Finally, a state return can reveal what tax credits a taxpayer is using to offset state income tax liability. What Doesn’t a State Return Reveal About a Taxpayer?States generally require taxpayers to assign or source income from business inside and outside the state. Under New York sourcing rules, a taxpayer must report the percentage inside and outside the state of:payroll;property; andsales.But, taxpayers do not need to identify the name of the states or other jurisdictions in which they have business payroll, property, or sales.Thus, President Trump’s New York state return would not show the extent of his business income or losses from places like Russia or Saudi Arabia.By Tim Bjur, J.D.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

  • How to Ruin a Wedding in 7 Easy Steps

    first_imgEver feel like you’re competing with the guests to take wedding photographs?NOTE: THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE SATIRICAL.If you’re a professional photographer than chances are you shoot weddings, and rightfully so. Weddings make for great photographs and consistent income. However, one of the biggest challenges to overcome are the other “photographers” at the wedding. We’ve all seen these people, they’re distracting and oblivious. In their attempt to capture the wedding they actually ruin it for everyone else.There is admittedly a trade-off between being in the right place to get the best photograph and trying to not be a distraction. However, if you’re one of the “photographers” we’re talking about, you don’t really care. In fact, it almost seems like these “photographers” are trying to ruin the wedding! Here are the 7 all-to-common mistakes these “photographers” make:1. Turn on the Beep FunctionThe wedding chapel is likely going to be very quiet so what better way to make your presence known than turning on the beep function. Sure there are ways to turn off the sound settings (that are easily accessible from the menu screen) but you don’t care. If you wanted to make the most noise possible, try turning up the shutter noise volume to be as loud as possible!2. Forget to Reserve SeatsPre-planning is entirely overrated. Instead of showing up to the wedding early enough to get to a good seat you can show up late and ask people to move. Yeah, it might be distracting, but how else are you going to get awesome shots?!3. Turn on Focus Assist and Red Eye ReductionEveryone knows that on-camera flash makes for the best photographs. Besides, how else is your kit lens supposed to shoot in low light? Make sure you focus assist is turned on so that it flashes 3-4 times before you actually take a photograph. While you’re at it make sure the red eye reduction setting is on so a big orange light will fill up the chapel!4. Put the Camera in AutoWith all those numbers and wheels on the camera who has time to learn what they all mean? Simply throw your camera into auto-mode and start shooting. What’s the worst that could happen?5. Stand in the Aisle with the BrideThere is no better way to get a beautiful shot of a bride walking down an aisle than to stand right in the middle of it. While this may block the view for a few of the guests, and maybe the groom, it’s worth it because seeing the bride in pictures is far more important than seeing the bride in person.6. Walk Around During the WeddingIf the paid photographer is allowed to walk around at the wedding so should you. Feel free to walk around the stage, the guests will be so focused on the bride and groom that they won’t notice you at all.7. Block the Actual PhotographersCan’t think of a great place to shoot? Find the photographer. If you stand where he/she is shooting you will get a great shot.The following video will cover all these steps and more.So there you have it. If you’re looking to ruin your next wedding and frustrate the actual photographers simply follow these 7 steps. But if you want to actually do a good job and potentially become a paid photographer yourself, I highly recommend reading through our blog here on PremiumBeat, where you can learn all about cameras, lenses, and photography techniques.To avoid the problems mentioned above I highly recommend asking the wedding coordinator to make an announcement before the wedding outlining what guests shouldn’t do during the ceremony. Different photographers can deal with different levels of nuisance, but for me I always ask for guests to remain in their seats, turn off their flash, and put up their cameras during family portrait time.This satirical video was created by The Star as part of their Master Glass Series. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any other tips for ruining a wedding? Have any wedding photography horror stories? We would love to hear them in the comments below.last_img read more