Club Notes 06/06/2016Socks R us: The Ty Mini Company Socks R Us are selling club socks sizes 3-6 and 7-10 at €10 a pair. Contact Gerard Byrne on 0879413888. Great competition in Ardara today for our two U10 boys football teams. The A team lost their first game to Glenswilly by two points which meant they dropped down into the Shield Competition. The lads went onto beat McCumhaills, Naomh Padraig, and Gweedore before losing to Cloughaneley in the shield final. The B team had a fantastic day out. They beat Glenswillly in their first game before they lost out to McCumhaills. They then went on to beat St Nauls and Glenswilly before they overcame Buncrana in the final. Well done to all the coaches and players for their continued hard work. Huge thanks goes to John McConnell and Ardara for the invite and a well organised blitz. Our U10’s after winning the Joe Larry Gallagher B Shield today in Ardara. Well done to all the coaches and players. Our U12 girls had a busy month of May. Firstly we met Naomh Columba in Tir Chonaill park and with a very good performance, we beat the Glen girls. We then travelled to Ballyshannon where we met a very strong Aodh Ruadh team and we suffered a heavy defeat on a very wet evening. We had a disappointing result in Killybegs, after leading at half time, we let a few quick goals in at the beginning of the second half and we never recovered, ending up loosing by a few points. Last Tuesday saw a wonderful performance in Tir Chonaill park, where some wonderful skill, excellent teamwork and determination ensured that we defeated our near neighbours St Nauls. This was a great evening to watch a football match and the girls showed how much they have improved and scored some wonderful goals & points. We have one league match against Kilcar to play and then on to our all county blitz on July 9th. Well done to all the girls for great efforts at training & matches. Club Lotto: Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available. Club Lotto: There was no winner of the lotto jackpot €1300 in week 47 of the 2015/16 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday the 6th of May. The €25 winners in the lucky dip were Donal Mc Mullin, Care of the post office, Noel Ward, Druminin, Des D, C/o Michael Kelly Jnr, and Eamonn Timoney, Castle Street. The numbers drawn were 1, 8, 12 and 19, Congratulation to all winners. The next draw takes place on the 13th of June.Club Notes: Any club managers, mentors or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday at lunchtime to ensure it is included.Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.com FOUR MASTERS U10’S PERFROM WELL AT BLITZ IN ARDARA was last modified: June 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:four mastersGAASport
For evolutionary theory to work, all human behavior must originate from mindless natural processes. What does that do to honesty and kindness?Godless potheads: A survey of Swiss men conducted by Lausanne University found that people who believed in God used fewer drugs than atheists. Medical Xpress reported the finding: the more atheistic, the more the drug use. “Karl Marx said that religion was the opium of the people,” the article quipped. “New figures now suggest that religion plays a role in preventing substance misuse.” Correspondingly, perhaps atheism instead is the opiate of the people: the dope that turns people to dope. Needless to say, any scientist trying to do believable scientific research must be in full use of his or her mental capacities.Theism might be helpful even if not true: Does it matter if God exists? That’s the question a philospher at Ryerson University is studying, with funds from the Templeton Foundation, according to PhysOrg. Professor Klaas Kraay is not trying to prove or disprove God, but just to see if it makes a difference. “Through our research, we hope to clarify our intuitions about the difference in value that God’s existence makes (or would make) to our lives and to the world around us,” he said. So far, he is just framing the questions, but he and his colleague are trying to refute the position of Oxford philosopher Guy Kahane who has argued religion makes the world worse, and makes people’s lives meaningless. So far he has identified four positions on a scale of belief. “People seem to have strong intuitions and feelings about these four positions,” says Kraay. “However, this grant will enable us to move beyond intuition and feelings and into rigorous arguments about all aspects of this important issue.” But can he even approach the arguments if he is not trustworthy? How does he know rigor is good, if that is not a category of virtue? On what grounds can he assume that rigorous arguments generate true conclusions?Who needs God? Ara Norenzayan’s new book Big Gods: How religion transformed cooperation and conflict (Princeton, 2013) looks like a throwback to the positivism of Auguste Comte (1947-1859), who viewed society in evolutionary stages, passing through a religious stage to culminate in a scientific one. Michael Bond, reviewing the book for New Scientist, summarized it as follows: “As societies mature, many outgrow the need for a spiritual superbeing,” according to Norenzayan. Bond, apparently an evolutionist himself, described the book’s perspective as “a kind of theological take on survival of the fittest.” He finds some of the book’s ideas compelling, such as the idea that having a “big god” enabled societies to control individuals with the notion they are being watched. Once a country outgrows that need, like Denmark or Sweden, they can dispense with the god hypothesis, he says. Still, he is a bit puzzled by the USA, an “outlier” on the graph; it’s “a reminder that religion is about more than cooperation, that belief thrives perhaps because it eases deep existential anxieties where reason and logic cannot help.” But on what basis does he believe in the legitimacy of reason and logic?Fingering evil: Let’s try a test case. Is it legitimate to call Syria’s President Assad evil? He’s the dictator who allegedly launched a poison gas attack that killed over a thousand of his own people, and has killed over 100,000 in the civil war through conventional weapons. Whether we can call him evil is the question Maggie Campbell of Clark University is asking on Live Science. Posing this question on a science site presumes that science is capable of answering it. Campbell, a social psychologist, knows that the answer matters. In true academic style, though, she claims these are “not easy questions with simple answers.” Part of her answer depends on surveys she conducted of individual attitudes, but the gist of it puts the onus on the claimant: “the extent to which a person believes that some people, or social groups, are completely evil relates to that individual’s opinions on violence,” as if defining an opponent as evil justifies revenge. That sounds like relativism, yet later she makes her own value judgments: “Ignoring crimes against humanity is shameful, so any attempt at making the world pay attention is important.” One wonders what she would say if someone called her opinion evil.Evolving good: Another article appeared trying to explain kindness in Darwinian terms – not just any kindness, but the costly kind Robert Trivers called “reciprocal altruism,” like a combat soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save comrades. “In principle, altruism confounds the basic logic of evolution by natural selection because individuals incur fitness costs while providing benefits to others,” Joan B. Silk writes in Current Biology. So does that falsify Darwinism? There is an out, Silk thinks: “Altruistic traits can evolve only when some cue allows altruists to direct benefits selectively to other altruists, and thereby increase the relative fitness of altruists.” Thus she relies on “inclusive fitness” or group fitness, where natural selection acts on the group rather than the individual. She points to putative examples of altruism in the animal kingdom, such as chimpanzee grooming and bat food sharing; Silk waffles, though, on whether the simple explanation works, pointing to other biologists who have disputed it. Asked “Aren’t humans special?”, she referred to evolutionists who have speculated that language enables humans “to inform their partners about their intentions and expectations and coordinate exchanges more effectively.” In the end, though, she urges caution, exiting the Q&A with the ‘further research is needed‘ escape clause: “It would be profitable to assess the factors that stabilize reciprocity in human societies, because this information will influence estimates of the plausibility that strategies based on reciprocal altruism will exist in other species.” One can only hope she was writing altruistically (i.e., expending energy for the benefit of others).Pragmatic or mystical virtue: Rather than reason philosophically about virtue, some authors approach it pragmatically. An article on Medical Xpress, for instance, is titled “Love thy neighbor; It could lower your risk of stroke.” A little reflection shows, however, this is not really love; it is selfishness. Other evolutionists approach it mystically. A photo of neuroscientist Tania Singer in Science titled “Concentrating on Kindness” shows her in lotus position on an MRI machine. Singer is convinced that compassion and empathy would “make the world a better place.” The scientist in her wants to know where a “signature of compassion” might be located in her subjects’ brains, using MRI experiments. If identified, she wants to find “evidence that the instinct to be kind to others can be nurtured through meditation.” She seems to find as much motivation in the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monks and the possibility of “altered states of consciousness,” though, as in scientific evidence in pursuit of her ill-defined goal of trying to make the world a better place. Who defines “better” in evolutionary terms? Needless to say, “many of her colleagues are skeptical of her sweeping vistas—and even more about getting there through meditation,” partly because “historically, meditation is intertwined with religion.” Singer tries to purify her experiments of religion, but Science (its materialist bias showing) questioned her motives, knowing that her funding came from the Templeton Foundation, “a philanthropic organization that has frequently been criticized for trying to blur the boundaries between science and religion.” Meditation is ill-defined, the article points out, and experiments are typically performed with little scientific rigor. Can Singer convince her colleagues she is not on a mystical quest? Either way, who is being truthful and virtuous in the debate?In each of these instances, the evolutionary authors “helped themselves” to the notions of truth and virtue, assuming that their readers would consider them to be speaking or writing altruistically and honestly with unmixed motives, attempting to lead people toward a true understanding of the world. But without genuine truth or virtue—in a survival-of-the-fittest world—anything goes. Cartoonist Zach Weiner showed this cleverly on his strip, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, that appears to satirize evolutionary game theory, showing that ethics is unsustainable in such a world.Evolution implodes when you ask its proponents if truth evolves or virtue evolves. At first, they will launch into their just-so stories about reciprocal altruism, evolutionary epistemology, or whatever. But unless truth and virtue are rock-solid realities independent of what human beings think or feel about them, there is no assurance that anything is really true or virtuous. What’s more, what is considered to be true or virtuous today might be its opposite in the future. Because of this, evolutionists have no grounds for judging anything, including the validity and value of their own beliefs. Consider the consequences. On what grounds can an evolutionist call Assad evil? If Maggie wants to argue that it depends on one’s views on violence, do a little role playing: “Suppose someone called your views on evolution evil and wanted to kill or imprison you and all who agree with you. What would you think of that?” You get the picture. Evolutionists cannot weep if Islam or some future Genghis Khan kills all the evolutionists, because that is a possible outcome of natural selection. Can you imagine any evolutionists not calling that horrendous outcome “evil”? All the “knowledge” bequeathed to us by Father Charlie would be wiped out! “So what?” you respond. “Evolution is as evolution does. Stuff happens.“When the evolutionist is recovering from the horrid thought of the Golden Age of Darwinism being wiped from the history books, similar to the frightening end of George Orwell’s 1984 wherein the history of any resistance to the regime is systematically erased, leaving no trace of the valiant efforts to restore freedom, truth and virtue, you deliver the coup de grace. You ask the evolutionist if truth evolves. If he answers yes, because everything evolves, you ask how he knows that evolution is true. If it becomes false tomorrow, wouldn’t that allow for the possibility that creation is true? If he answers no, you welcome him into the ranks of supernaturalists, because he has just acknowledged that some realities (e.g., truth, virtue, and the laws of logic) are immaterial, timeless, and universal. Most evolutionist brains will have short-circuited before this point, producing a limbic reaction to go on the attack – proving they are only acting out mammalian “survival of the fittest” behaviors, and therefore are not to be trusted. If your interlocutor hears you out, though, you ask him if he is aware of any concept that is simultaneously trustworthy and virtuous (within the constraints of being immaterial, timeless, and universal), if not personal (i.e., like God). Without God, therefore, evolutionary theory is self-refuting.Truth and virtue are preconditions of science—indeed, of any kind of logical reasoning. Evolutionists routinely “help themselves” to these rich foods from the Christian smorgasbord without paying the philosophical price. For that, they are being neither honest nor virtuous. Show a little tough love and graciously but firmly help evolutionists out of their hopeless condition before it implodes on them. 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22 December 2008 The exhibition not only looks at Madiba’s strengths and unifying greatness, but also contemplates his weaknesses, acknowledged by him. Historians question his reluctance to deal with Aids while President, the switch from the Reconstruction and Development Programme to the Growth, Employment and Redistribution programme, and the arms deal. At the opening, the director of the museum, Christopher Till, said: “The exhibition attempts to breathe fresh life into a story that has been well told in countless books, documentaries and other exhibitions around the world.” The exhibition, called “Mandela – Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman” was opened in November and will run until next November, says marketing manager of the museum, Noelene Bhyat. Historians Phil Bonner and Luli Callinicos were brought in as well. The Apartheid Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm. Entrance is R60 for adults, R30 for seniors and students. The exhibition runs until November 2009. He truly is the world’s hero, and although very frail now, at 90, he still engenders powerful feelings of affection and patriotism. The exhibition uses classic interview footage, like the one recorded in the 1960s by the BBC, or the one of Mandela meeting with then president PW Botha in the mid-1980s, or the 1989 video showing president FW de Klerk announcing the unbanning of the ANC and other organisations. The researchers took almost two years to research and collect the hundreds of photographs and displays of original artefacts that make up the exhibition, says researcher Jacqui Masiza. The team consisted of scriptwriters, editors, picture researchers, and a curator. Pictures were sourced from the ANC journal, Mayibuye, Bailey’s Archives, Robben Island, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Museum Africa, the SABC and the BBC. But the one I found most moving was the huge screen replaying images of him: giving his first speech after walking out of prison in 1990; hugging actress Charlise Theron and other celebrities; riding in a carriage with the Queen of England through the streets of London; greeting the late Princess of Wales, Diana; and countless images of people raising a fist or singing in celebration of him. “The strength of the exhibition is the way it attempts to provide a layered glimpse of Mandela in all his various guises and reincarnations,” explained Till. It was a hot summer day outside, but I felt goosebumps all over. I’d walked into the exhibition of Nelson Mandela at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and stood mesmerised by images of him from the moment he left prison. Source: City of Johannesburg The overriding characteristic of all the images is his inimitable smile. Perhaps the most surprising footage is of him shaving and making his bed, serving to emphasise the ordinary man behind the public image. When asked by the BBC interviewer what the black man wanted, Mandela said simply but assuredly: “We want one man, one vote.” In answer to a question whether this would mean driving out whites, he answered: “South Africa is a country of many races, there is room for everyone.” The largest artefact is a rich red Mercedes Benz presented to Madiba when he left prison, made by the workers in the assembly plant in East London. The exhibition will be travelling after its stay at the museum – its first stop is Spain.
If you listen to a rising chorus of Apple investors, it seems increasingly clear that Cupertino will soon dance a Wall Street jig and offer either a share-buyback plan or a higher dividend. Either of which would help support the share price, even if neither move seems likely to restore much of the 40% haircut the stock has taken since September.Yesterday, Bloomberg quoted fund managers at Gamco and Capital Advisors, both of which own Apple shares, saying they expect the company to announce new plans for deploying more of its $137 billion cash hoard in support of investors. Today, Quartz reported that Apple might buy back stock, hike the regular dividend or issue a special dividend as early as this spring, and has retained Goldman Sachs to review its options.The loudest such investor in recent months, of course, has been David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital. In February, Einhorn proposed that Apple begin issuing what he called “iPrefs” — preferred shares that would pay a guaranteed dividend of 4%. Earlier that month, Einhorn had filed suit against Apple to block a proxy measure that would have complicated the issuance of preferred stock — an apparent slap at his plan.Einhorn’s lawsuit got people a bit riled up, leading Apple CEO Tim Cook to call it “a waste of money for all involved” and “a silly sideshow” — which slapped the word “silly” all over Einhorn’s advocacy plan for news cycles to come. Quartz’s unnamed sources, however, claim Apple actually found the idea “interesting,” and Einhorn apparently got what he wanted when Apple dropped its proxy measure on the order of a federal judge. In turn, Einhorn dropped his lawsuit against Apple shortly thereafter.Any formal announcement on cash-to-investors front could come in tandem with a product announcement, though it’s unclear whether a spring announcement might involve an iPhone 5S, an iPad mini revamp, or both.Hedge fund drama aside, Apple has been increasingly public about its plans to spread its mounting wealth, including an initiative to return $45 billion to shareholders over three years. “As of next week we will have executed $10 billion of that plan,” the company announced last month. Einhorn’s suit didn’t plant this seed, but it certainly seems to have accelerated its growth.Lead image courtesy of user 1000 Words at Shutterstock Tags:#Apple#Finance What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement nick statt Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
You just received an email asking you to shoot a wedding. Now what? Here are eleven questions you should ask engaged couples before you shoot their wedding.All images via ShutterstockTalking to an engaged couple is the most important step for planning a wedding shoot. By asking a few simple questions, you’ll be able to pull so much information you’ll need for the day of the shoot. The couple won’t know how many cameras or crew members you’ll need, but by asking these eleven questions — you can figure all that out on your own.When I first receive a wedding inquiry, I immediately reply with a congratulatory message to the couple and attach a copy of my wedding packet. The packet includes a brief bio on myself, the wedding packages I offer (including the starting price), and a request for more information.This packet is incredibly helpful for many reasons. The couple gets to know me a bit and the services I offer. Plus, it gives them a glance at the cost of their wedding video. By requesting their contact information — you are including a call-to-action. If a couple is serious about hiring you, they will immediately respond with their contact information. Also by responding, you know that they agree to your pricing plans. By being straightforward with cost, I am able to target my intended clientele.Once we get past this step, I move forward with additional questions — which can be done face-to-face or in email.1. Who is getting married?/When and where is the wedding?It should be obvious, but the first details you need to ask are who, when, and where. This will be the base of a quote and contract. You need to have the full names of the couple, the location of their ceremony, the location of the reception, the wedding date, and the start time. Be sure you don’t have any conflicts that day. If you’ll be filming before the ceremony as well, you’ll need to know where hair and makeup will be done, what the groomsmen will be up to, or any other places you may need to film that day. Not only do you need locations to know where you will be, but you need to calculate the cost of travel. If there are two videographers, will you use one car — or will the two of you be split up during the day requiring two cars? These are all details you need to figure out well before the shoot.Also, by knowing the start time — you will know the position of the sun. This will tell you how much available light you will have if you’re shooting outdoors. This is a simple question that will give you a lot of answers.2. Do you want a custom quote or package deal?/Do you have a set budget?I am very straight forward with my pricing. There is nothing worse than dragging things out between multiple emails. To simplify the process, I offer different packages — each with their own starting cost. From there you will just need to add things like the cost of travel, parking, additional shooters, or rental gear.While discussing the cost, also ask about their preferred method of payment. Do they want lump sum payments, or will you offer a payment plan? Be sure to clarify the due dates, and impose late fees if necessary.3. What type of coverage do you want?This will tie into the package they choose. Does the couple just want the ceremony and reception filmed, or do they want you to shoot all day? Will they want to follow the bride in the morning to capture hair and makeup, or do they also want to film the groom hanging out with the groomsmen? The type of coverage directly ties into the overall cost. This isn’t a one person shoot if you have to film the bride and groom at the same time at different locations. The more they want filmed, the larger the crew you will need.As a rule of thumb, I never shoot without at least one other person. It’s helpful to have someone not only capture the footage you can’t, but they can also set up and breakdown tripods and gear for the ceremony and reception.4. What type of edit do you want?If a couple has contacted you, hopefully they’ve already seen some of your work. Be sure to ask if they have, and ask which wedding videos of yours they liked the most. If you don’t have many edits under your belt, ask if they prefer a traditional straightforward and chronological wedding video, or if they want a modern cinematic storytelling edit.5. What kind of music do you like?Get a feel for the couple by asking about the music they like. Don’t settle for — “everything.” By knowing the music genres they like, you can start looking for music for the edit. If you can’t get a good answer, be sure to pay attention to the type of music everyone enjoys at the reception. Is this a rustic country wedding or an all-night dance party?You can then license tracks when you start editing. I usually build a playlist of favorites on music sites like PremiumBeat and Shutterstock Music. When I get into editing, I will download watermarked demo versions to make sure I have the right feel for the edit. I also tend to use at least one slower song for the ceremony and a faster song for the reception. It helps the edit flow nicely.Once you have the edit locked in, make sure you license your tracks. If you get a copyright takedown on a wedding video, good luck explaining to the couple why their wedding video was pulled from the internet. You will not only look forward to them wanting a refund, but also any fines for copyright infringement. It’s not worth it! Trust me. Just license tracks from anywhere, and make sure you have the rights to use the songs.If you are interested in checking out some PremiumBeat tracks, you can listen to some Classical and Modern royalty free playlists.6. Are their any planned special moments outside of the ceremony?For all-day shoots, you will want to know as much of the schedule as possible in advance. That way you can prepare your wedding gear accordingly. Is the couple going to have a first look? If so, will it be indoors or outdoors? Maybe the bridal party will all have a morning tea or breakfast they want captured. Groomsmen may take off for a round of golf or lounge around the pool. You need to find out what they want covered, so you’ll know when and where to have cameras ready.This also applies to the reception. You’ll want to know if there are any big choreographed dances or any fun things planned for guests. I’ve seen everything from funny sketches and dances, surprise bands, Marine saber arches, to a family friend hand rolling cigars for guests.7. Do you have any special items you want captured?Will the bride have something old, new, borrowed, and blue? Will the groom be wearing his father’s cufflinks? Making sure to capture all the little sentimental things will make the couple love the final video so much more. Be sure to ask if they have any special decorations on the tables or in the entryway. I’ve had a couple use their grandma’s china plates to serve dinner. While on this topic, be sure to capture all the traditional items too. Wedding rings, jewelry, the veil, shoes. All things worth shooting.8. Do you have any other vendors booked?Once you work in the wedding industry long enough, you’re going to see a lot of familiar faces. It’s not uncommon to work with the same photographer or DJ. The only time that’s a problem is if the two of you don’t work well together. I’m always most interested in knowing if the couple will have a DJ or band.If it’s a DJ I have worked with in the past, and one I trust, I know that I have a reliable source for audio. Having a great relationship with a DJ can be a real timesaver. It’s so much easier to plug straight into their soundboard or speakers. If it’s a DJ I don’t know, or one I don’t trust, then I know I have to focus on capturing all the audio on my own. Be sure to always have some type of audio setup going yourself. It’ll help when syncing, and it will serve as a backup if necessary.9. Do any venues need a signed waiver or Certificate of Insurance?Every church, chapel, synagogue, and venue has their own set of rules. Some require videographers to stay out of certain locations, others have a much more lenient policy. Many big churches ask you to sign a waiver, agreeing to their own church polices. Most often they will require you to use natural lighting, banning any video lights. Other rules are more focused on common sense, like not standing on furniture or pews.Many venues that solely host weddings will have strict rules — mostly because they’ve seen everything happen. If there is a rule, that rule was created for a reason. Some venues also require videographers to provide a Certificate of Insurance — or COI. This is a document issued by your insurance company proving that you have insurance. The venue may ask for a COI that certifies that you are responsible for any damage done while on the property.10. Is there an exit or getaway planned?After the reception, does the couple have a grand exit? You will want to know what time the exit should take place — this will help you decide if you need to set up lights or not. You’ll also want to know some smaller details like if the guests are tossing anything or holding sparklers. Are they driving off in a car, horse and carriage, just walking away? Knowing this will help you keep an eye out for the getaway vehicle. If the couple isn’t leaving yet, you can run out and get a few shots of the car before they leave.11. Do you have any questions for me?Finally, as you wrap up your meeting with the couple, ask if they have any questions or concerns regarding your services. Lay everything out as clearly as possible, so they know exactly what they are getting from you.Sometimes they may ask for special requests. I once had a bride who wanted to have input into the music. I handled that as delicately as I could. I don’t hand over creative control of my edits (they did come to me for my work) but I do allow input. I sent her a playlist of tracks. – Did you know you can make playlists on PremiumBeat and then email them? – I didn’t let her pick the exact songs, but I did allow her to get rid of any she didn’t like. (She wound up loving the video.)In the end, the video is for the couple. Do your best to please them, and you’ll find yourself having success in the future. I can’t tell you how many times one wedding turned into four because of referrals.Was this list helpful? Want more wedding articles like this one? Let us know in the comments below.