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first_imgThe cream of Donegal boxing will be on display when Carrigart ABC hosts what promises to be a cracking tournament this Sunday, November 25th at 6pm in the parochial hall in Carrigart.The tournament sees a Donegal Select take on a Carrigart Select with no less than fourteen bouts throughout the evening.Admission on the night is a very reasonable €7 for adults and just €4 for children with a packed house expected for what promises to be a great night’s entertainment. LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE AT CARRIGART BOXING TOURNAMENT was last modified: November 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:boxing tournamentCarrigart ABCDonegal Selectlast_img read more

Blog Review: The Green Spotlight

first_imgOn choosing the right gift“Before the holidays (and other gift-giving occasions), I sit down and have a brainstorm session to try to come up with thoughtful, meaningful gifts that are well suited to each person on my list. Then, I run those ideas through my budget filter, as well as another set of filters that I consider to be just as important: In an effort to be an environmentally and socially conscious consumer, I strive to choose gifts that meet one or more of the following criteria — many of which also happen to be economical…”[She goes on to list “non stuff” — activities, gift certificates, making a donation — as well as locally made goods, Fair Trade goods, homemade things, and products with green attributes or purposes. She also includes a number of useful links to find them.] On protecting your pet“Many conventional flea and tick treatments (particularly the topical, spot-on treatments that are applied directly onto pets’ skin, but also many flea collars, powders, and sprays) contain highly toxic pesticides, some of which have been shown to cause a range of serious reactions in pets, from skin problems, vomiting, and excessive drooling to neurological problems (e.g., seizures or uncontrollable shaking), heart attacks, and death. So, horrifically, some pesticides end up serving as pet-icides…“The Center for Public Integrity did a study in 2008, and found that at least 1,600 pet deaths related to spot-on treatments were reported to the EPA over the past five years. According to the NRDC, cats may be more susceptible to adverse reactions than dogs, since they are more likely to lick the treatments off of their fur and they often lack enzymes for metabolizing or detoxifying the pesticides. Many of these pesticides are toxic to humans, as well, and children are especially vulnerable to exposure.” Miriam Landman describes herself as a writer, accredited LEED professional, former reporter/producer for public radio’s Living on Earth, and the founder of M. Landman Communications & Consulting.She also has written Green Homes case studies for GBA, including one about a home made of composite ICFs, and another about a California renovation.More to the point, this former part-time professional cellist publishes The Green Spotlight.She sums up the blog’s mission this way: “The Green Spotlight weblog presents concise information and useful links related to green living, green building and design, green business, and sustainable communities.” And after browsing this site for a morning, I’d have a hard time coming up with a better description.For GBA readers, many of the entries will seem like old friends. There are, for example, nuggets on the value of water conservation, the need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, and how to choose the most appropriate building site. This is the kind of information you’ll find in GBA’s Green Basics, or just about any book on green building you happen to pick up.But there also are some surprises: how to get rid of bed bugs without resorting to chemical pesticides, how to choose gifts that don’t strain the environment, and even tips on picking the right dog food.Landman is a serious collector of quotations. Edmund Burke, Voltaire, Lao Tzu, Margaret Mead, Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, Woody Allen, and Lily Tomlin are among her sources of inspiration, the glue being the value of individual initiatives for change, no matter how insignificant they might seem. “I always wondered why someone doesn’t do something about that,” Lily Tomlin is quoted as saying. “Then I realized I was somebody.”She also is on the hunt for positive developments in our often dispiritingly negative world. By following a link to her Facebook page (you don’t need your own account to have a look), I was directed to the story of a 9-year-old boy’s science project that saved Reno, Nevada, tens of thousands of gallons of water each year (the trick involves water pressure, but to get the whole story you’ll have to read it yourself). Or, you might want to read about Project Kaisei, a California-based project working to remove plastic debris from the North Pacific Gyre, a huge patch of ocean whose currents gather a variety of unhealthy and unsightly garbage.There’s lots here to read, no matter what your particular green interests. Here are some excerpts: On kicking the fossil-fuel habit“Until government and industry help shift our infrastructure and economy away from dinosaur fuels and into clean, renewable energy sources, we’ll never be able to get really ‘clean’ — so we should all be pushing for government to end the huge subsidies and tax breaks for dirty energy industries and to support cleaner energy sources (e.g., local solar, wind, tidal power, biomass, and some types of biofuels — a topic for a future post). But we can also do a lot right now, in our everyday lives, to start weaning ourselves off the junk.”center_img On the benefits of choosing an appropriate site“Living in a sensible and sustainable location has numerous benefits. You can reap significant financial savings (e.g., by reducing the amount of driving you have to do; or by avoiding or minimizing the need to build new infrastructure or to do extensive site grading. Location efficiency can also yield broad, collective benefits for society and our shared environment, such as: reducing sprawl-related automobile dependence, traffic, and air pollution; protecting public health, environmental health, and the climate; conserving natural resources, habitat, and open space; and contributing to the creation of livable, walkable, healthy, and vibrant neighborhoods that enhance your community’s quality of life and local economic opportunities.” On the value of individual effort“Progress tends to take longer than we’d like. Change is almost always incremental: it happens through a series of steps, because many people are fearful of or resistant to change. However, small steps can gradually lead to larger strides. Individual actions can have a ripple effect. And small changes made by growing numbers of people can add up to a big impact. We shouldn’t let ourselves get paralyzed into inaction because we feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of a problem or we think our actions won’t make a difference.“Doing something constructive to address a problem is better than doing nothing. Wise thinkers throughout history — from Euripides to Lily Tomlin — have come to this conclusion, and they have articulated it in a variety of ways.”last_img read more

Industry Interview: “Leaving Neverland” Composer Chad Hobson

first_imgWe chatted with composer Chad Hobson for some insight into his process and influences — and what aspiring composers need to know.PremiumBeat: Chad, with subject matter as explosive as we see in Leaving Neverland, how did you and director Dan Reed arrive at the tone?Chad Hobson: Dan Reed wanted something magical, and Disney-like. Therefore, at our first music meeting, we came up with the concept of a “Walk through a magical forest.” You start walking, and everything is beautiful, but as you walk further and deeper into the forest, it starts to become darker and more disturbing. The limbs of the trees start to twist and the sparking sunlight fades to darkness.Jimmy Safechuck in Leaving Neverland (via HBO).PB: How do you generally see the role of the composer? Are you adding another layer to the narrative already on screen? Or do you see your part as simply being of service to the story and should stay unobtrusive?CH: There are no rules. And it depends on the film. The composer should be the air you breathe. Yes, you should be supporting the narrative, but there are endless ways to do it. I feel it’s your job to expand the story and turn the corners. Not necessarily playing what’s on screen.Chad Hobson (Photo by Adam Tiernan Thomas).PB: Writers often describe having to “kill their darlings,” meaning sometimes you really love something you write, but it doesn’t serve the whole of the story. How often do you fall in love with an aspect of a score and then re-evaluate it either from the original instrumental treatment or from the whole?CH: I try not to fall in love with any of it until it’s dubbed! The score can be a moving goal. You cannot become attached to it during the writing process. As a composer, you never really know what someone may like or dislike. You probably have a gut instinct about a cue or a melody, but there’s only one way to find out and that’s to play it to the powers that be. That can be a lonely place.Image via Gascoigne (KVH Media Group).PB: You’ve worked on so many documentary projects — how does scoring a real-life subject differ from a feature film? Do you feel any responsibility to not allow the music to manipulate emotions, as you might want to do in a narrative feature?CH: I think scoring real events is generally harder. It can be difficult to frame the events and unite the story. Whereas, generally in fiction, there’s usually already a uniting factor in the writing.Formula 1: Drive to Survive (photo by Daniel Vojtech).PB: What scores, other than your own, do you think have worked extremely well to support the storytelling?  What, in your opinion, made it so memorable or successful?CH: Oh, that’s a hard question! There are many. But in recent factual programs, I really liked the work of Walter Mair on the Netflix series about F1: Drive to Survive. Somehow, he and the program captured the intense competition between the teams and agony of failure and the elation of victory, or just surviving to the next race. Really great!PB: Any general advice for young composers on best practices to get their film careers going?CH: The only advice I could give is to keep going. Find your voice and throw yourself into everything you do. Do as much writing as possible. Be brave, push yourself into the uncomfortable places creatively, and never forget to enjoy the process.Cover image via Leaving Neverland (HBO).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Composer Dominik ScherrerIndustry Interview: Documentary Editor Aaron WickendenIndustry Interview: DJ Stipsen, DP of “What We Do in the Shadows”The Sun is Also a Star Film Composer Herdís StefánsdóttirIndustry Interview: Miles Hankins — The Composer Behind “Long Shot”last_img read more