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GLORIOUS MUSICAL SUNDAYS SET FOR RETURN TO CONWAL

first_imgDONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2014 SESSION OF THEIR SUCCESSFUL SERIES OF CONCERTS IN CONWAL PARISH CHURCHStarting on Sunday 26th January, the Donegal Chamber Music Society will present the first of five concerts during the first half of this year as part of “Sundays in Conwal 2014”.The opening concert will be played by the accomplished Donegal Camerata, the resident ensemble of this third series of concerts. An International Ensemble of professional players based in Donegal, the Donegal Camerata will continue their eclectic and attractive chamber music recitals, offering a program with cardinal works from the string repertoire along with some pieces in a more light-entertainment vein.For the first recital of the year they will present music by W.A. Mozart, P. I. Tchaikovsky, Antonín Dvořák, Josef Suk and Béla Bartók. As before, in each concert they will present a new work by an Irish Contemporary Composer. The work chosen from the Contemporary Music Centre Library for this recital will be a piece related to Donegal, Ian Wilson’s An tIarthar, composed in 2010 for the Donegal Chamber Orchestra.As well the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble, other artists will be appearing in “Sundays in Conwal 2014”. Some have already been confirmed; the Donegal Chamber Orchestra offering concerts in February and June.Donegal Chamber Music Society has been presenting concerts in Donegal since 2009, working with other cultural institutions both locally and nationwide with the aim of fostering an appreciation of Classical Music in the County. The Society collaborates regularly with Donegal County Council, Music Network, Donegal Music Education Partnership, the University of Ulster and the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland. Their committee (Chairperson Graham Harrison) would like to acknowledge the inestimable collaboration of Canon Stewart Wright and the Select Vestry for their concerts in Conwal Church. With some exceptions, “Sundays in Conwal 2014” take place mostly on the 4th Sunday of each month at 3pm. Music lovers in Donegal may like to make a note of these dates: January 26th, February 23rd, March 23rd, May 11th and June 22nd.“Sundays in Conwal 2014” 1st Concert26th January, 3pm. Conwal Church. LetterkennyDONEGAL CAMERATA String QuintetProgramme W.A. Mozart (1756-1791): Divertimento in F Major, K. 138/125c (1772)P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11 (1871)Ian Wilson (b.1964): An tIarthar (2010) (CMC)Louis Laporte (ca.1850 – 1922): Intermède-pizzicato for string quintet (1901) Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Slavonic Dance in e minor, No. 2 Op. 72 (1886-7)Josef Suk (1874-1935): Ella-Polka (1909) from EpisodesBéla Bartók (1881-1945): Romanian Folk Dances (1917) Sz. 68 BB 76Admission €10/5. Tickets will be available at the doorGLORIOUS MUSICAL SUNDAYS SET FOR RETURN TO CONWAL was last modified: January 20th, 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:camerataConwal Parish Churchdonegal chamber orchestraGLORIOUS MUSICAL SUNDAYS SET FOR RETURN TO CONWALlast_img read more

Jimmy Garoppolo injury: What to learn from 49ers, NFL history?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA – Tom Brady tore the ACL in his left knee in 2008 – against the Kansas City Chiefs.Jimmy Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee Sunday – against the Kansas City Chiefs. Garoppolo, through his previous 3 1/2 seasons at New England, saw first-hand how well Brady recovered and recaptured elite form. Now it will be Garoppolo trying to follow Brady’s lead once again after an injury that’s floored …last_img read more

Hire a Gopher to Rototill Your Land

first_imgWe may holler at them when they dig up our lawns and gardens, but pocket gophers are an important part of the ecosystem, say Jim Reichman and Eric Seabloom in a UC Santa Barbara press release.  They change the nutrient availability for plants, among many things:They act like little rototillers, loosening and aerating the soil.  They loosen the soil and the speed at which plants decompose, causing higher production of plants, and they may be important to the biodiversity of plants.  They definitely have an important effect.”It’s surprising anything would want to live underground, since it is costly; “burrowing through the soil costs 360 to 3,400 times as much energy as walking the same distance on the surface.”  Nevertheless, they are well adapted for their role in the underground economy.  Good eyesight is not important in their usual dark surroundings, but “they compensate for this with other, well-developed senses, such as large whiskers, which are sensitive to movement and help them in dark tunnels.  They have powerful claws and teeth for digging.  They are vegetarian, or herbivores, surviving mostly on roots,” the press release explains.  Their diet of roots significantly impacts plants, but has an overall beneficial effect on the landscape:“Excavation behavior, which involves construction of long burrows by displacing soil into mounds on the surface, generates major impacts on the physical environment,” said Reichman.  “These produce a complex mosaic of nutrients and soil conditions that results in vertical mixing (through burrow collapse and moving deep soil to the surface) and horizontal patchiness (in relation to the hollow burrows, refilled burrows, surrounding soil matrix and surface mounds).”For these reasons, gophers are the “ecosystem engineers” of the landscape.  The authors suggest that our attempts at cultivation and pest control has led to deterioration of the soil and detrimental impacts on native plants.  It’s another reason to allow restoration of native grasslands where possible.A place for everything, and everything in its place in God’s country.  Each player has the equipment and the skills to do its job.  The payroll operates automatically, and the system as a whole enjoys the fringe benefits.  The little rototillers seem to enjoy their way of life (including making humans stomp their feet).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Special honour for 50-try Habana

first_img5 July 2013Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula honoured Springbok star Bryan Habana on Thursday for his feat of becoming the first man to score 50 test tries in the green and gold.Habana reached the milestone two weekends ago when he scored twice against Samoa in the Castle Lager Incoming Series decider at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, which South Africa impressively won 56-23.“Since making his Springbok debut in 2004, Bryan has been an inspiration on and off the field, and it is very well-deserved that his name will forever live in the annals of the game as the first Springbok to reach this special milestone,” South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins said at the time.DonationDuring an event held in Johannesburg on Thursday to launch the Nelson Mandela Sports Day, Habana received a special trophy and R50 000 from the Department of Sports and Recreation. He donated the money to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.“I feel privileged to be honoured in this manner by our minister of sport,” the flying winger said.“However, I think it’s only appropriate that I share the accolades with my team- mates, without whom I would not have been able to score any tries. To get one try for the Springboks was amazing. To reach 50 is almost unreal.”‘Madiba did so much for us’Commenting on his donation, he added: “Madiba did so much for our wonderful country, and this donation is just a small gesture to help his legacy live on forever.“We all know how close children have always been to his heart, and I think the building of this new hospital will ensure the world will forever know what Nelson Mandela was all about.”Habana scored on his test debut against England at Twickenham in 2004 and has gone on to become only the sixth player in test history to score 50 Test tries.Top test try scorersJapan’s Daisuke Ohata tops the list with 69 five-pointers in 58 tests. Australia’s David Campese scored 64 tries in 101 tests, Shane Williams scored 60 tries in 91 tests for Wales and the British and Irish Lions, Hirotoki Onozawa of Japan scored 55 tries in 80 tests, and Rory Underwood scored 50 tries in 91 tests for England and the Lions.Habana was named the IRB’s World Player of the Year in 2007 after South Africa lifted the Rugby World Cup, during which he equalled Jomo Lomo’s World Cup finals record of eight tries in the tournament.He is also a three-time South African Rugby Player of the Year, having received the accolade in 2005, 2007 and 2012.last_img read more

Biosecurity recommendations for youth exhibitors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As county fairs continue across Ohio and the great Ohio State Fair is about to begin, biosecurity does not take a rest. Pork Checkoff director of swine health information and research, Dr. Lisa Becton, said that message is very important for youth exhibitors during the summer show season.“As kids are actively in the fair season, showing animals and moving them around, it’s very important to know that diseases can transmit easily,” Becton said. “So it is important to do things like cleaning equipment or trailers between shows, making sure animals have proper vaccinations for things like influenza or other diseases just to make sure their not transferring anything or getting anything.”Many times the importance of making sure a show animal is isolated from other animals on the farm after a show is overlooked.“Even though an animal may look healthy, it may be carrying a virus or bacteria,” Becton said. “It’s very important to give some time to that returning animal to get a look over and get tested before it interacts with other animals and gets them sick as well.”A few basics can go a long way in making sure that potential pathogens are not transferred from one place to another. Resources are available at www.pork.org.“As you visit that website you will find information specifically for exhibitors as to what they can do before a show, during a show and after a show,” Becton said. “You’ll also find our ‘Champions of Biosecurity Guidelines’, which are specifically set for exhibitors. So there are some useful things there that will help protect what not only is an exhibit animal for youth, but also an investment.”last_img read more

ONE Championship, GAMMA team up to bolster MMA’s Olympics bid

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sityodtong believes the partnership is necessary for the sport’s continuing progress.“Like me, Alex is also a lifelong martial artist. In the coming days, weeks, months, and year, I encourage martial artists of all backgrounds around the world to unite together to elevate the sport of mixed martial arts together,” Sityodtong shared.GAMMA will also stage its Amateur World Championship in Singapore in November around the same time ONE will be holding a blockbuster event also in Singapore.“I am personally thrilled to invest in the sport of mixed martial arts at the amateur level, and grow the entire sport in the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments The tie-up is in line with ONE’s commitment to developing strong amateur foundation for mixed martial arts as the sport hopes to finally gain recognition as an Olympic sport.“I am excited to announce that ONE Championship has partnered with the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA), the independent governing body for the sport of mixed martial arts worldwide, with a seven figure, multiyear partnership to elevate the sport of mixed martial arts and prepare it for entry into the Olympics,” said SityodtongFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“ONE Championship and GAMMA share the authentic martial arts values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion in the same spirit of the Olympics,” he added.Headed by president Alex Engelhardt, GAMMA, a non-profit organization, was established last year and now has the membership of over 60 national federations from all over the world. Liverpool beats Porto again, returns to Champions League semifinal Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Aiming to strengthen mixed martial arts on the amateur and grassroots level, ONE Championship has partnered with independent governing body Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA).ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the news on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Blueribbon education panel quietly unveiled draws immediate fire

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The members of a promised blue-ribbon panel to study First Nations education have been quietly named and the selection is already drawing fire from a key First Nations chief.The names of the three panellists were posted on the government tendering website Merx on Sunday as an “advanced contract award notice.”The notice names David Hughes, president of charitable organization Pathways to Education Canada and former head of Habitat for Humanity Canada, as chair of the panel.Hughes will be joined by George Lafond, from Muskeg Cree Lake Nation, Sask., and currently an Aboriginal initiative special advisor to the University of Saskatchewan’s president, along with Caroline Krause, a faculty associate at the University of British Columbia and former principal an elementary school in one of Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhoods.The independent panel is expected to be officially unveiled sometime between March 14 and 18.Their final report on elementary and secondary First Nations education is expected for release in July during the Assembly of First Nation’s annual general assembly held this year in Moncton, N.B.The panel is also expected to submit an initial report in late May to Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo and Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan.The panellists will each be paid $200,000 for the contract which runs until July 31.While Atleo could not be immediately reached for comment, a source indicated the national chief was aware of the initial concerns raised by some chiefs over the appointments. Atleo, however, is urging chiefs to work through the panel to force their concerns onto the agenda, including a close study of funding levels.Duncan’s office issued a statement saying the three panelists were the best choices for the job.“The national panel consists of three very qualified and respected individuals, each of whom bring an informed perspective to the discussion,” said the statement. “This government is committed to First Nations students and we continue to work with the AFN on this important issue.”Duncan announced the creation of the panel in the House of Commons last December, saying it was a joint initiative between the government and the AFN.The panel announcement came in response to consistent calls from First Nation leaders for a major overhaul of First Nations education.The blue-ribbon panel has been touted by Duncan and the AFN as a major step in reforming First Nations education. The panel’s recommendations, while non-binding, could also lead to legislative changes, Duncan has said.In December 2009, Kitigan Zibi First Nation Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, with a roomful of chiefs standing around him in in support, dramatically demanded then Indian affairs minister Chuck Strahl make education a pressing priority.Whiteduck, who sat on a senior education advisory council involved with the creation of the panel, said he was disappointed with the choices.Whiteduck said he was informed during a council meeting Friday that the panel had been selected but the names would be kept secret until the Merx notice appeared on Sunday.Whiteduck said he had no idea how the panellists were selected, despite several regions submitting suggestions for candidates.He said he is upset about the decision to appoint a non-First Nations member as chair of the panel.“They selected a chair that is not First Nation. What message are we sending to our students that we can’t even lead this thing?” said Whiteduck.Whiteduck said he was also upset at the appointment of Krause.Whiteduck said an internet posting by Krause on the Macdonald-Laurier Institute website should have disqualified her as a candidate.“Is it the intent of the AFN to unconditionally support the candidacy of Ms. Krause who obviously views First Nation education administrative practices as being corrupt? This is unacceptable,” wrote Whiteduck, in an email to Ghislain Picard, Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.Krause wrote on the website that she supported the creation of individual education accounts for First Nations students to pay for university because “the current funding system is not working and…it is open to serious abuse, favouritism and other discriminatory practices.”The proposed Aboriginal Post-Secondary Savings Account has been promoted by the likes of First Nations thinker and author Calvin Helin.The idea, however, has received lukewarm reception from many [email protected]>last_img read more

First Contact launches second season on APTN

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsLove it or hate it, the controversial show First Contact debuted its second season this week on APTN.Over the course of a month six Canadians with racist views and prejudices travelled to several Indigenous communities to learn more about Canada’s role in cultural genocide.Their trip included visits to Kanesatake, Que., to learn more about the Oka Siege from Ellen Gabriel and Elder John Cree; to Natuashish in Labrador to spend time with local Innu people; to Thunder Bay to learn about exposed racist attitudes toward Indigenous people; as well as to Saskatoon to speak with Colten Boushie’s family.For Stephanie Pituley things started to change after she visited an old residential school in southern Ontario.“Just the idea of children being taken away from their parents gives me the heebie jeebies. I can’t imagine somebody coming in and taking my child from me for no reason,” the mother of five told APTN.In a twist, Pituley herself is Metis.She obtained Metis citizenship with the Manitoba Metis Federation three months before filming.It’s something she struggled with while filming the show.“Halfway through our journey this is when I started to feel I shouldn’t even recognize myself as that because there are so many people that do recognize as Metis and they know their heritage, they know their culture, they know the history behind it. I know nothing,” said Pituley.After the first season debuted last fall social media lit up with praises for the program, which takes its premise from the Australian show of the same name, but also many criticisms, especially from Indigenous people.The main concern being it shouldn’t fall on Indigenous people’s shoulders to educate others.Vanessa Loewen, a producer with Animiki See Digital Production, said this is the position they wanted to take while creating a Canadian version.“We decided that our efforts toward reconciliation and trying to build a better relationship was to take this approach,” she said.During a reunion panel on Thursday one participant argued it is up to Indigenous people to educate others after saying he was at the blunt end of ‘hostile’ attacks on social media.“All I would like is Indigenous people if you’re online and you see someone legitimately wanting to learn about the culture and asking questions and you see them getting attacked please help,” said Brennen Kovic.“Indigenous people want allies. People that want to learn want allies in you as well.”Stephanie MacLaurin was a community host to three of the participants while they visited Fort William First Nation in Ontario.She took the opportunity to engage in peaceful dialogue with the participants, including Pituley, but says Indigenous people should not apologize for their anger.“I think that Indigenous righteous rage is important…we have more than enough right to be angry over what’s happened,” said MacLaurin.MacLaurin doesn’t regret the decision to participate in the show and even says if the opportunity came up again she would do it, but she believes non-Indigenous people have to step up and educate themselves as well.“I want to turn one of the misconceptions about Indigenous people around and one of them is we’re lazy. I think as non-Indigenous people they’ve been extremely lazy in learning their history and the truth around Canadian society,” said MacLaurin.First Contact is available to stream online at [email protected]@bhobs22last_img read more