21 Dec

Councillor slams decision to refuse John Downey bail

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has slammed the arrest and detention of Co. Donegal man John Downey as ‘outrageous’. The Creeslough man was extradited to Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland earlier this month.The 67-year-old was refused bail yesterday amid fears he could flee before any trial for the car bomb attack which killed Ulster Defence Regiment members Alfred Johnston and James Eames in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. The High Court Judge in Belfast said on Tuesday that Mr Downey was a “real and substantial risk” to abscond if granted bail. Speaking following the ruling, local councillor Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, said: “The ongoing detention of 67-year-old John Downing is outrageous. “Refusing him bail is inexcusable if only because, in light of the Dublin government’s decision to extradite him, he has no-where to go.“Moreover, the charges and alleged evidence are without any merit.  “The recent BBC Spotlight programme, ‘The Troubles’ has detailed not only how British authorities colluded with loyalist death squads but that physical and forensic evidence had either been removed or contaminated. “How on earth can the British State maintain the integrity of what it claims as evidence – supposedly gathered almost a half-century ago – in the John Downey case.”He added that he should be released and be given an apology by the Irish Government. Councillor slams decision to refuse John Downey bail was last modified: October 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:arrestCreesloughJohn Downeylast_img read more

17 Dec

A court win for co-op allows insurance patronage to continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetAfter a two-year court battle regarding the legality of it’s insurance patronage program, Sunrise Cooperative was given the green light to continue the process of making these payments, when available, to customer-owners as it has been for a decade.After the 2008 farm bill made insurance rebates illegal, Sunrise was grandfathered around the law as their insurance patronage was structured to be given to members who chose to use Lund & Smith Insurance Services, LLC (L&S) as their crop insurance provider. Sunrise owns one-third of L & S, so the payments were found to be justified.That is until 2016, when Sunrise was about to merge with TruPointe Cooperative. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) had given notice to Sunrise that those insurance patronage payments would have to stop, since TruPointe was not grandfathered in to the aforementioned law and the addition of TruPointe would change the entity structure of Sunrise.“We looked at what merging with TruPointe and losing the insurance patronage would mean for our customer-owners and it would have been devastating,” said George Secor, President and CEO of Sunrise Cooperative. “At the same time, we looked at all of the benefits of the merger which added up to millions of dollars to a total of 7,000 customer-owners of what would be the new Sunrise Cooperative.”After legal counsel sat down with both the Sunrise and TruPointe Cooperative boards, the decision was made to move forward with the merger and at the same time defend the practice of divvying out insurance patronage.The first decision came down from a district court. That ruling was in favor of the RMA, noting that the 2008 farm bill “prohibits large, abrupt increases in the amount of premium-rebating that can occur when, as in this case, a non-grandfathered entity merges with a grandfathered entity.”Sunrise then took their case to the Sixth Circuit, where they made the argument that nothing about their entity changed after the merger with TruPointe and therefore the insurance patronage should be allowed.All three judges on the Sixth Circuit panel agreed with that assessment.“It took a lot of money, time and effort to defend this right for the customer-owners of Sunrise,” Secor said. “But it was definitely the right thing to do and at the end of the day we prevailed.”AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Sunrise Cooperative’s President and CEO George Secor about the court win and what it means for customer-owners. Audio Playerhttp://ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Sunrise-George-Secor.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

12 Dec

Support Your Documentary Vision with a Thoughtfully Considered Soundtrack

first_imgWhat are you trying to say? What do you want them to feel? Bolster your documentary’s message and flesh out its mood with the right royalty-free soundtrack.No matter what kind of documentary project you’re undertaking, one thing is vital: Ensuring the topic you’ve worked to capture and present hits home. Your film has to connect with viewers in a way that fictional presentations do not; you’re dealing with reality and a higher purpose — “If I don’t tell this story, then who will?”When looking to engage audiences on a deeper emotional level, few tools are as powerful as thoughtfully chosen music. The right soundtrack essentially underlines the information you’ve shared in your footage. It can help your points hit harder or act as a soft light that gracefully illuminates important moments. At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a diverse selection of curated music for documentary projects. Give the playlist a listen and find some songs to support your vision and sell your film’s purpose.Setting the appropriate mood with musicDocumentary Superstar Ken Burns. Image via Peter Carney.In “A Complete Guide to Documentary Filmmaking,” PremiumBeat’s Jourdan Aldredge offers an authoritative collection of nuts-and-bolts tips and techniques for film and video creators chasing their documentary dreams. He explores the six most common “modes” of documentary films, listing them as follows:Poetic Documentaries – focuses on experiences and images to create a feeling rather than a truth.Expository Documentaries – aims to persuade and inform, often through “Voice of God” narration.Observational Documentaries – simply observes the world — your classic cinéma vérité style.Participatory Documentaries – includes the filmmaker and influences the major actions of the narrative.Reflexive Documentaries – includes the filmmaker but focuses solely on the act of making the film.Performative Documentaries – the “Michael Moore” style that uses subject experience to share an emotional response with the world.No matter which style of documentary you’re tackling, Aldredge says, “Your sound and music are merely tools to help you define the mood or tone that you’ve already worked to develop.”Of course, sometimes your sound can be no sound at all. “Before you go too crazy with soundtracking your documentary,” Aldredge says, “consider the possibility of no soundtrack at all (or at least, very little). Emotional cues can be built many different ways.” Tony Zhou explores the topic of meaningful silence in the following video.As you dive into the playlist below, remember to treat your soundtrack as an emotional extension of your documentary’s purpose and style. Let the music complement the pacing of your dialogue and the tone of your topic. The songs in the mix run the gamut of moods and genres, and everything you’ll hear is available in perpetuity with a simple $49 Standard License. We’re confident you’ll find something that supports your carefully shot story.Cover image via The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (HBO).Header image via Free Solo (National Geographic).Playlist header image via FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix).Your search for the best royalty-free music ends here. Check out these additional playlists.Raise the Stakes in Your Action Scenes with a Pulse-Pumping SoundtrackPower Up Your Gaming Videos and Twitch Streams with Royalty-Free MusicFuel Your Audience’s Fears with Eerie Royalty-Free MusicKeep Your Customers Engaged with the Right Royalty-Free Hold MusicSaddle Up With This Royalty-Free Playlist for Westernslast_img read more

1 Dec

Meghalaya-based insurgent group HNLC banned by government

first_imgMeghalaya-based insurgent group Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has been banned by the Central government for its increased activities of violence and other subversive acts. In a notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the HNLC, along with all its factions, wings and frontal organisations, has been openly declaring as its objective the secession of the State’s areas, which are largely inhabited by Khasi and Jaintia tribals, from the Indian Union. The group continues to intimidate and bully civilians to extort funds, maintains links with other insurgent groups of the Northeast to carry out acts of extortion and intimidation, and maintains camps in Bangladesh to give sanctuary and training to its cadre, it said. The Central government is also of the opinion that HNLC’s activities are detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India. If these are not immediately curbed and controlled, the HNLC will regroup and rearm itself, expand its cadre base, procure sophisticated weapons, cause loss of lives of civilians and security forces, and accelerate its anti-national activities, the MHA said. “Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), the Central government hereby declares the HNLC, along with all its factions, wings and front organisations, as unlawful association,” the notification said. The Ministry also listed the violence perpetrated by the HNLC in recent past that include four incidents involving killing of one civilian, during the period from January 1, 2015, to July 31, 2019, arrest of 16 of its cadres, recovery of four weapons, surrender of 14 of its cadres and kidnapping of four persons. Earlier, the HNLC was declared a banned organisation on November 16, 2000 but the ban was later lifted.last_img read more