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Hubert Lawrence: Sherone Simpson – comeback of the year

first_imgAwards are flying around the world in this festive season and, thankfully, some have come Jamaica’s way. Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and young Christopher Taylor have gotten their share from sporting bodies and media organisations alike. There may well be more to come. One oft overlooked category might include sprinter Sherone Simpson. When she came back from a minor drug suspension for unintentional use of a stimulant in 2014, she was a shadow of the woman who had been a mainstay of the Jamaican team for more than a decade. Her return to prominence is the comeback of the year. An Olympic 100m finalist in 2004, Commonwealth 200m winner and world number one over 100 metres in 2006, joint Olympic silver medallist in the 100m in 2008, and repeat World Championship finalist in the 200m, Simpson has a portfolio many envy. Added to that, her speed and safe hands have made her a key member of the 4x100m unit that has become the best in the world. REGAINING COMPETITIVE FORM Asafa Powell managed to regain his usual sub-10 form late in the 2014 sprinting campaign with victory over Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole. Simpson, however, struggled and aborted her 2014 season early. It was painful to watch. This year, with the guidance of coach Maurice Wilson, she gradually regained competitive form. Instead of the slouchy 2014 200-metre fourth place at the Jamaican National Championships, she looked more like her urgent self. A near dead heat with former MVP Club training partner Fraser-Pryce in the 200 metres at the UTech Classic heralded her progress. At this year’s Nationals, she was a strong second-place finisher in the 200 metres, and a flying fourth in a fast 100-metre final. In 2014, she logged times of 11.34 and 23.38 seconds in the 100m and 200m, respectively, at the Nationals. This year, the corresponding figures depicted a much brighter picture at 11.14 and 22.62. Her 100-metre win at the Pan-Am Games was wonderful. Seizing the moment, Simpson produced a winning time of 10.95 seconds. It was her 13th sub-11 clocking and her first since 2008. Out in the 100-metre semis in the World Championships, the 32-year-old comeback kid reached the 200m final, where she ran a season’s best time of 22.50 seconds and chipped in with a high-speed first leg to help Jamaica to reach the 4×100-metre final. CLEAN SLATE Her comeback would be perfect if the authorities would wipe her slate clean. After all, it’s been proven that the company that supplied the tainted supplement that got her and Asafa Powell in trouble was guilty of incomplete product labelling. She and Powell sued the offending company and won an out-of-court settlement. If the USA track and field association, USATF, can back Allyson Felix in her quest to run both the 200 and 400 metres at the 2016 Olympic Games, perhaps the JAAA can help our two heroes erase the blot on their reputations. That, and an individual Olympic medal next year, would make Simpson’s comeback complete. If she stays injury free, success is possible. – Hubert Lawrence was making notes at track side when Sherone Simpson ran for Manchester High School at Girls’ Championships 2002.last_img read more

Liberia Validates Charter on Food Crisis Prevention, Management

first_imgSeveral government ministries and international stakeholders have ended a two-day validation and assessment of the Charter to prevent and manage food crises in Liberia.The workshop, sponsored by ECOWAS and other UN partners, reviewed the 2010 revised Charter’s regional and national processes including a desk review of Liberia’s food and nutrition survey that exposed the country’s capacity to establish a national framework on food insecurity.The validation covered food crises and management; a national dialogue, the process of the charter; its content and the evaluation of the Charter focused on the evaluation report. Looking at information dissemination and analysis of issues, the need for consensual information; the importance for support for the emergence of perennial food security information systems, to have shared diagnosis, delivering information that facilitate decision making; contribution to institutional and financial sustainability of information mechanism; reinforcing information reliability; cooperation and analyzing data within the time frame.The two-day discussions targeted food crises prevention and management taking into account governance, respect of principle of participation, appropriation and responsibility; the dialogue in the coordination with regards to information, support for the setting up of dialogue mechanisms and promoting transparency to ensure effectiveness.Other issues were the analysis of the crises based on the selection or choice of tools as well as consensus, national capacity to understand and analysis, capacity to design framework, immediate effects and coordinate action.Closing the two-day workshop yesterday, Deputy Minister of Agriculture for Regional Development, Research and Extension, Thomas Gbokie, thanked all the participants and indicated that unlike 2010 when the Charter was revised, the validation process with recommendations cutting across institutions should be implemented.Min. Gbokie said there is a need to work and put the issues into action considering how the Ebola crisis tested the country and what will be next is unknown, therefore it must inform all that the process is a wake-up call.Meanwhile, the two-day national workshop on the validation and assessment of the Charter for the Prevention and Management of Food Crises in Liberia reports presented highlight that there is no harmonized frameworks for food insecurity management and food security information system in the country.Even though the Charter report being validated states that Liberia had never had food crises since 2000, the country still remains food insecure and lacks the technical consensus for food management as the Charter of 1990 observed the lack of early warning systems and dialogue mechanisms.However, that Charter covers the Sahel and other West African countries with an objective of minimizing the adverse effect of food aid and ensured that it ultimately fades out so that countries are encouraged to produce their foods.The said Charter was revised because of the changes taking place in the world, there were more complex food crises, increase in urban population, strong influence of the international market on the region, rise to power of farmers’ organizations and a report to diversify response tools, among other issues.Meanwhile, the revised Charter of 2010 to date still considers as objectives, the review and the commitment of the States and all other actors with the idea of preventing and managing food crises.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Demerara Assizes opens with high drama in court

first_img… as cousins jailed for killing taxi driverBy Shemuel FanfairIt was high drama at the opening of the June session at the Demerara Criminal Assizes, as two accused admitted their involvement in the June 2014 killing of taxi driver Danraj Latchman at Parika Backdam, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Appearing separately before Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court on Tuesday, 20-year-old Ashraf Ally and Abdool Razack, 21, both plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter. After consideration of the mitigating factors, the Judge sentenced them both to 15 years imprisonment, pending deductions for time served.  Defence Counsel for the two men, Kemo Griffith, had earlier stressed that they were teens at the time, noting that they enrolled in several prison programmes to better themselves. However, State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy maintained that the killing was a senseless act. Hardy added that Latchman’s life was snatched from him.The court heard that Ally now plays steel pan and has even performed at the British High Commissioner’s residence. Ally, who turned up to his hearing dressed in a suit and tie also took up barbering behind bars. Addressing the court, the accused went on a 15-minitue tirade detailing events leading up to the crime, saying that he and others met up with girls and were consuming alcohol before going to Parika.After brief advisement from his Attorney, the accused then broke down in streams of tears, with much of his words being inaudible.“I already confess to God, I am very sorry. I learn a lot since I’m in prison; every time I think about my future, I get frustrated,” he stressed.When Abdool Razack appeared, the court similarly heard that he took up classes while being incarcerated. Defence Counsel Griffith stated that his client enrolled in building technology, Information Technology and joinery classes and can now prepare a “mean curry” after being elected as ‘head cook’ at the Timehri prison. Razack intends to expand his family’s carpentry business once he is released. Razack apologised to Latchman’s family and asked the court for mercy, saying that he put his own family to shame and disgrace.Moments after the Judge handed down Ally’s fate and adjourned for Razack’s sentencing, Latchman’s mother, Tarmati Daby almost fainted in the court, knocking over one of the benches. Outside the courtroom, she exclaimed that justice was not served.“Me need justice, this nah justice, me want justice, this unfair,” expressed the woman who had to be assisted by family members. Meanwhile, sister of deceased, Indra Latchman, said they intend to hire an attorney to appeal the court’s decision.On the flipside, Abdool Razack felt that his allocated time should have been less and he declared his innocence while he was being led away to the prisoner’s holding cell.The taxi driver whose body was found in cane fields at Parika Backdam was hired by the two young men to transport them from Lusignan, East Coast Demerara; to Parika, East Bank Essequibo. The two were accused of killing Latchman between June 10 and 14, 2014.  Police believe the two men intended to only steal the teenaged Latchman’s car but after the young man was strangled they fled the scene, and later confessed to the crime after being detained.   Justice Singh, who took the salute at Tuesday morning’s opening, will hear all cases before the return of Justice Jo-Ann Barlow, later in the session.last_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: KILLAGHTEE N.S. HOST 8KM WALK AS PART OF FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

first_imgDunkineely in BloomDunkineely Community Limited is running a garden competition in the Bruckless, Killaghtee and Dunkineely area. Categories will include: •        Best town garden•        Best country garden•        Best container display•        Best business (including bars) Judging will take place on Sunday 5th of July so you have plenty of time!Entry forms are available from the DCL office.Killaghtee National School FundraiserKillaghtee N.S. will hold an 8km walk as a school fundraiser on Saturday 20th June starting 11:00am. Meeting at Killaghtee Hall at 10:30am. Registration fee €5 per person or €15 per family. Refreshments served afterwards on return in the Killaghtee Church hall. Please come and ‘stretch your legs’ and support a local school. All are welcome. Sponsored by Bank of Ireland.Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015 Pilgrimage to Lourdes from 28th Aug to 2nd Sept 2015 – 5 Nights in Lourdes, Hotel Paradis.  Cost €719pps includes insurance.  Single room supplement €150.  Led by Fr Patrick Hughes and Fr James Sweeney.  Enquiries to Parish Office Bruckless 074 9737015. Pilgrimage organiser, Pilgrimages Abroad, Lauri Duffy Travel to whom all monies must be paid, License no. 052 PH   Tel: 016359300Dry-Stone Walls Seminar, GlencolmcilleThe County Donegal Heritage Office of Donegal County Council presents a free seminar on the heritage and conservation of dry-stone walls in County Donegal in Halla Mhuire, Glencolmcille on Saturday, June 20th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There is an expert line-up of guest speakers and early booking is strongly advised.  To book your free place, contact Donegal County Museum on (074) 912 4613 or e-mailmuseum@donegalcoco.ie.Courses We are planning a six week course in either Upcycling (i.e. converting old and waste materials into something new and useful e.g. furniture) or a Follow-on Interior Design Course with Sile Kelly (the most popular of these two would run).If you are interested in any of these, please contact the DCL office on 087 3421922 or 074 9737678 as soon as possible.  Courses will run subject to application for ETB part funding on the Community Education Support Programme.Local RepresentativeCllr. Niamh Kennedy will be available for members of the community in DCL office, Dunkineely on Thursday evenings 5:30 – 7:30pm.  Mobile: (087)2062336  Email: niamhkennedy@donegalcoco.ieLibraryDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) –  Has a small library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc.  BorrowCeol agus CraicTraditional music session each Wednesday at McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely at 10pm. All musicians and singers welcome.Recovery from Emotional DistressG.R.O.W. – Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing! Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mor Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.DCL OfficePlease feel free to pop into the office any morning Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30 and chat with Michael, use the Internet (20c per half hour),  print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book.ETB Adult Education ServicesThe following courses for adults may be commencing in Donegal Town in the near future.European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Monday & Tuesday 9.45am to 1.45pmQQI (FETAC) Level 4 Major Award in Information and Communications Skills. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9.45am to 1.45pmQQI (FETAC) Level 5 Major Award in Nursing Studies. Thursday & Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm and alternate Wednesday 9.30am – 1.30pm.  (limited places available).QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education. Monday & Tuesday 9.30am to 1.45pm and alternate Wednesday 9.45am to 1.45pm. (limited places available).The courses are part-time and are free of charge to any adult with less than upper second level education / have a social welfare payment / have a medical card.  Courses are accredited by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) and do not affect existing social welfare entitlements.  For further information and an application form contact: 074 9725520 or email: siobhancoughlan@donegaletb.ieBruckless Cemetery SundayCemetery Sunday will be held on Sunday 26th July at 4:00pm. Parishioners are asked the tidy up their family plots for the occasion. Thank you.COMMUNITY NOTICE: KILLAGHTEE N.S. HOST 8KM WALK AS PART OF FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN was last modified: June 9th, 2015 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:CommunityDCLDDFeaturesLocalNoticeslast_img read more

DONEGAL RESIDENT SEXUALLY ASSAULTED YOUNG GIRL AT DUBLIN AIRPORT

first_imgLiudas Vaisvilas who lives in Letterkenny.A 51-year old man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl at Dublin Airport after wrestling her to the ground in public has been ordered to undergo a full psychiatric assessment.The man, who has lived in Donegal for almost a decade, told gardaí he was having flashbacks to when he worked in the Russian Special Forces in Siberia and believed he was protecting his girlfriend from falling bombs. Liudas Vaisvilas, with an address at Glenveagh Court, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal to sexual assault at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport on April 10, 2014.The Irish Independent reports that hours after he was released from garda custody following the incident, Vaisvilas was arrested for sexually assaulting a young girl in a similar way at Eddie Rocket’s Diner on O’Connell Street.Judge Patrick McCartan said while Vaisvilas might well try to explain away the first incident on the basis of having drunk vodka, he was not drunk at the time of the second sexual assault.The judge expressed concern that whatever was troubling Vaisvilas could lead to repeat offences. He remanded him in custody for sentencing next February, pending a full psychiatric assessment and updated probation report.Garda Tanya Shinkins told Noel Carroll BL, defending, that the 19-year-old victim was sitting in the airport at about 10:30 waiting for a flight when Vaisvilas walked right up and put his face very close to her.He asked her repeatedly if she had the internet and then sat down beside her and grabbed her between her legs.The girl was in shock and started screaming for help but a man sitting near her seemed also too shocked to help. The girl went running towards two airport officials for help but Vaisvilas rugby-tackled her to the ground.He had one hand between her legs and the other on her bottom and the girl said she felt helpless and couldn’t breathe as he was so strong.Airport authorities and members of the public managed to get Vaisvilas off the girl and he was arrested shortly after midnight.Vaisvilas said he was shocked when shown CCTV footage of the incident and wanted to apologise and explain to the girl that he had been “crazy” and “confused in his mind”.Dominic McGinn SC, defending, said his client’s mother and another relative had died recently, and he had missed a flight home to Lithuania for a funeral.He had not slept for the previous five or six days, had drunk some vodka, and was having flashbacks to when he worked in the Russian army, counsel said.Vaisvilas was previously sentenced to six months’ suspended for the second sexual assault in Eddie Rocket’s Diner. He has one other conviction for road traffic offences.Vaisvilas has lived in Ireland for nine years and worked at a meat-packing plant in Letterkenny.Judge McCartan adjourned sentencing until February 2 next and said Vaisvilas will get full credit for the time he has spent in custody.The court heard Vaisvilas has been in custody since the offence because he was unable to pay the €1,500 required under his High Court bail.DONEGAL RESIDENT SEXUALLY ASSAULTED YOUNG GIRL AT DUBLIN AIRPORT was last modified: December 19th, 2014 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)last_img read more

Dems’ battle takes a toll

first_imgSACRAMENTO – While the hard-fought Democratic race for governor heads to a squeaky-tight finish, the winner of Tuesday’s election may have an even bumpier road ahead after passing that hurdle. The expensive and bruising campaign – with a flurry of attack ads unleashed by both candidates in the last few weeks – may put the winner of the primary at a disadvantage in trying to take down Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the fall. And the two candidates – state Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly – have essentially performed most of the opposition research on each other that Schwarzenegger’s campaign team will need in the fall – information that’s already being seen by voters in ads attacking campaign fundraising and environmental records. “Westly and Angelides have been effective in one thing: raising doubts about each other,” said Jack Pitney, government professor at Claremont McKenna College. “And those doubts will linger. Dowd also noted that Schwarzenegger’s approval ratings are higher than those of the last two governors who were re-elected. “I’m not surprised that we’ve improved,” Dowd said. “I am sort of surprised that there’s such a huge number of undecided voters in the Democratic primary. They’re not only undecided, but unenthusiastic.” The two Democratic candidates and their allies are expected to spend at least $70million combined in the primary, with most of Westly’s spending coming out of his own pocket. Schwarzenegger’s campaign will start the general election with about $10 million banked. The Field Poll released Friday found Angelides and Westly in a statistical dead heat. But the poll also found that one of four likely voters is undecided, a record high in the survey’s 60-year history. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson has predicted that turnout Tuesday will be 38 percent, compared with 42.4 percent who voted in 1998, the last competitive Democratic race. “I think there’s voter malaise,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University. With more similarities than differences between the candidates, the primary has come down to them trading attacks on tax increases, the environment and gas prices. And those negative messages, O’Connor said, make voters question the credibility of the candidates. “They may think all of them are unbelievable,” O’Connor said. “The only thing I conclude is that campaign consultants make too much money to start with.” Officials with both campaigns acknowledged that voters may have been turned off by the negative tone, but each has blamed the other for starting the attacks. Earlier in the race, Westly had pledged to run a clean campaign and urged his rival to do the same, a challenge Angelides declined. Angelides, trailing in polls, went into attack mode in the spring, comparing the controller to Schwarzenegger and other Republicans. Westly responded with a series of ads criticizing Angelides’ environmental record as a developer before he became treasurer. “Some folks may be turned off by negative ads, but the fact is Steve Westly made clear from day one he would not be swift-boated,” said Westly campaign spokesman Nick Velasquez, referring to the 2004 presidential campaign attacks against Sen. John Kerry. “He would respond if attacked.” Velasquez said Angelides “spent the last month bashing Steve Westly up and down the state, likening him to Tom DeLay and Rush Limbaugh. If that’s not negative campaigning in a Democratic primary, I don’t know what is.” The Westly campaign, he added, is simply drawing legitimate “contrasts” between the two candidates, particularly on their environmental records. Angelides has responded to the attacks by rolling out the environmental organizations that have endorsed him, such as the League of Conservation Voters, in a series of ads and campaign appearances. The Angelides campaign hopes the environmental issues will help swing some of the Democratic voters who are still undecided. “I think it’s going to be part of what makes the difference on Election Day,” said Angelides campaign spokesman Dan Newman. “Voters in these final days are going to be able to cut through the mud that Westly has put on TV by looking to these leaders who they respect as \ the candidate we can count on for better schools and a clean environment.” Other high-profile races Tuesday include the campaign for attorney general, with Oakland Mayor and former Gov. Jerry Brown facing off against Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo; and the GOP primary for state controller between former Assemblyman Tony Strickland and Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria. The state has almost 15.7 million registered voters. Election officials had issued more than 3.8 million absentee ballots and as of Thursday had received almost 935,000. Los Angeles County has more than 3.8 million registered voters, including 1.9 million Democrats, 1 million Republicans and 729,000 decline to state or nonpartisan. More than 544,000 voters requested absentee ballots and as of Thursday, 171,000 had been returned to the registrar. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Moreover, the Schwarzenegger campaign has probably been taking notes throughout the primary season, and we’ll see some of those attacks re-emerge in the fall.” Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger has been able to sit back and burnish his image with several recent accomplishments, in- cluding a deal on an infrastructure bond and a proposed budget that increases education spending and pays down debt. The governor’s campaign has not stated a preference for facing either candidate in the Nov. 7 general election. Schwarzenegger strategist Matthew Dowd boasted that the governor’s campaign is looking stronger now that his approval rating is rebounding from the hits he took during last year’s special election. A Field Poll released Friday found the governor would have a slight lead, 44-42, over Westly in a November matchup, and a 46-39 edge over Angelides. last_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal’s training ground, £52m move set to be announced

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette is at Arsenal’s training ground to finalise his move to the club.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas announced on Monday that they had accepted an offer from the Premier League side for their star striker.Lacazette has now agreed personal terms with the Gunners and is currently undergoing a medical at their London Colney HQ.The fee for the 26-year-old is understood to be ‘at least £45million’ – surpassing the £42.4m paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.Lacazette has been in prolific form for the French club over the past three years and fired 37 goals in all competitions last season.He had looked set to sign for Atletico Madrid this summer before a transfer ban imposed on the Spanish club scuppered a deal.The France international is now heading to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger made his move, and his signing could be confirmed as soon as Tuesday evening.The imminent arrival of Lacazette provokes questions over the future of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud – with Ozil’s situation also uncertain.Sanchez, whose contract expires in June 2018, has been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Speaking at the Confederations Cup, the Chile forward said he knew what his future had in store, but declined to reveal what it entailed.France striker Giroud, meanwhile, has been linked with Everton, among other clubs. Alexandre Lacazette 1last_img read more

“If they don’t kill themselves in cars they kill themselves with drugs”

first_imgA Circuit Court Judge in Letterkenny has issued a stark message about what he perceives to be a serious drug problem in Donegal.Judge John O’Hagan, commenting during the sentencing of 36-year-old Letterkenny man Vincent Whoriskey to 18 months imprisonment for drug-related offences, said: “It’s a terrible problem, particularly for young people in Donegal if they don’t kill themselves in cars they kill themselves with drugs. “Some people seem to think of drugs as recreational as having a pint but the courts say differently and the law says it is is an offence to sell drugs to feed your own habit and deal with debts.”Queried as to the extent of the drugs issue, Garda Brady said ‘there is a lot of cocaine’ and noted that last weekend, which was the busiest weekend of the year in the county, that ‘there was enormous amounts of it around town’.“If they don’t kill themselves in cars they kill themselves with drugs” was last modified: June 24th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:JUdge John O’HaganletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

DDTV: WHY A VERY SPECIAL ‘CHRISTMAS WISH’ IS HELPING DONEGAL’S SVP

first_imgA very special song featuring some very special kids is helping the Donegal branch of St Vincent De Paul help other less-fortunate families this Christmas. This beautiful song which was originally written for Blue Ribbon’s new Christmas HonkyTonk Musical.. ‘Honkytonk Ho Ho Hoedown’. ‘Christmas Wishes’ was audio-recorded as a voice-guide for the children of Blue Ribbon in Harmony Studios, developed into a nostalgic video shoot of Blue Ribbon actors and friends by 13 yr old Ben Carr in Cooneys Homeware Store, Letterkenny, was piloted and edited by Brian Kerrigan and Marty Curran, and finally, ‘Christmas Wishes’ evolved into a youtube video, ‘SVP Christmas appeal by Blue Ribbon’ , which asks Donegal people to donate to their local SVP store.Following the success of Blue Ribbon’s St Vincent de Paul youtube hit, Just Believe, sung by Kyra McBrearty, the team are back in action You Tube style for Christmas 2014.The video highlights the magic of Christmas, and upon sharing the video on local and social media, Blue Ribbon are delighted with the idea that fans and followers will spare a thought for local families who need a little lift this Christmas.And again this year, they will donate small gifts of toys, jewellery, food or money to their local St Vincent de Paul Committee or Outlet, and other supportive venues such as WHoriskeys, Ramelton and Cooneys Homewares. The appeal last year, through youtube and local schools and media, was such a highly successful experiment, resulting in hundreds of gifts, hampers of food donations, and the sum of 1680euro being raised by the appeal, that the team have decided to film a new video with PMC Medias for this Christmas, 2014.Entitled SVP Christmas Appeal, Christmas Wishes, the idea is simple – when people see and share the video, they will help share and promote awareness of St Vincent de Paul’s work LOCALLY, and will be reminded to make a contribution, no matter how big or small, to their local committee.Countless families in our area are facing a bleak Christmas, due to financial and usually temporary struggles. By spreading awareness of the magic of Christmas, and how every little helps, Blue Ribbon Arts and our local community can indeed make a difference.With spiralling shares on facebook and Twitter, the video on youtube reached the attention of Charlie McGettigan, Leitrim (‘Rock and Roll Kids’ Eurovision winner), who immediately advised his Glaswegian based distribution firm ‘Emubands’ to launch it on iTunes with immediate effect.The song, ‘Christmas Wishes by Brighdin Carr’ is now available to download on itunes for 99c, which is entirely in aid of SVP, Donegal. Brighdin and her team at Blue Ribbon, as well as the newly formed Lurgybrack NS School Choir performed the song at the recent Clanree Hotel Highland Radio Christmas Fayre on Sunday 7th.The response to the choir and the song has been phenomenal, with high hopes that with every share and every download, local SVP reap the rewards of a shared endeavour to make this Christmas a good one for as many young children as possible. With the organic spread of the video on facebook and youtube, Blue Ribbon Arts are delighted to collaborate with Karen Murphy Speech and Drama in an exciting challenge this Christmas.‘Karen has been teaching the song to her classes this week in the lead-up to the Christmas shows, as have we at Blue Ribbon Arts.’ Says Brighdin Carr, Director and Songwriter. ‘As the song was originally only recorded as a ‘guide vocal’, I do not consider myself a ‘singer’, preferring to cast others in this role, but, on this occasion, both Brian Kerrigan and Marty Curran insisted on using my vocal on the project. However, now that people are beginning to hear – and like – my song, I stand by my own professional judgement, and hereby challenge anyone and everyone, school, solo, club or band , to record their own version of my song to upload on youtube or facebook for SVP as soon as possible to help us raise awareness and money for our local SVP this Christmas. Karen Murphy is on board with the prize – ‘Beat the January blues with a custom-planned Drama/Dance/Music Workshop for your school/club/party/etc’.. ‘So here you go.. the simple rules are;1. Download ‘Christmas Wishes by Brighdin Carr’ from itunes (99c) or simply view, post and share our youtube video version ‘SVP Christmas appeal by Blue Ribbon’. 2. Record yourself/club/school etc singing the song and upload on facebook or youtube, tagging blueribbonarts, SVP Letterkenny and KarenMurphy on your post.3. Include either:(a) Cheque for SVP on your video(b) Invitation to people to drop off gifts/donations at your local SVP outlet or your own premises of choice(c) At least ONE obvious Donegal landmark/building/location.· Nb: You can record your own backing track or private message on blueribbonarts with your email address to receive the original backing track to the song.· The winner is the video with the most recorded shares/views by 31st January 2014.· The winner receives a workshop of their choice in drama/dance/music from 1oam-2pm on a day of their choice in January 2015 by BlueRibbon Arts and Karen Murphy Speech and DramaCheck online at St Vincent de Paul, or call into your local Community Liaison to see how you can help, simply choose a gift, wrap it, address it to ‘Christmas Wishes Appeal’ and leave at the St Vincent de Paul shop, Letterkenny. Let’s get together, posting and sharing, singing and bringing a little hope to some families in Donegal this Christmas.On a separate note, last year’s SVP song, ‘Just Believe’, also written by Brighin, just made this year’s Christmas FM toplist, receiving airplay and inclusion in a new pilot album for selected airplay in more than 600 stores nationwide, including Spar, Eurospar, Centra, Eurogiant, Mace and more. This has led to a surge in youtube views of last year’s video, ‘Just Believe’ – which is also musically great news for SVP. Well done Kyra and Blue Ribbon.DDTV: WHY A VERY SPECIAL ‘CHRISTMAS WISH’ IS HELPING DONEGAL’S SVP was last modified: December 9th, 2014 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:Blue RibbondonegalletterkennySVPlast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Would you like to get paid to undertake a funded Research Masters at LYIT?

first_imgJob Vacancy: LYIT in conjunction with Communications Technology company ERNACT are offering academics an exciting opportunity to complete a funded Research Masters programme at the educational facility. The innovative initiative would see the successful candidate participate in the exciting project which is a collaboration between LYIT and ERNACT.LYIT, School of Computing, is offering a Masters by Research (MRes) to carry out new research on how rural areas in Europe, particularly Donegal and the North West Crossborder area, will be impacted by the availability of High Speed Broadband. The successful candidate will carry out this research in collaboration with ERNACT, based in CoLab, part of the North West Regional Science Park on the LYIT Campus in Letterkenny.ERNACT or European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology provides digital development and international project management services to Europe’s regions and cities. The successful applicant will have full access to ERNACT’s European-wide broadband research, partnerships and projects.The MRes is fulltime, includes payment of fees and a bursary of €5,000 per annum. It commences in October 2016 and is 2 years in duration. It would be attractive for those with an Honours Degree in Computing, Business, Economics or the Social Sciences.A primary objective of this masters is the provision of high quality research and development training leading to the award of a Master’s by Research degree. It will also include training in advanced research techniques (Certificate in Research Practice) and in the application of new knowledge and technologies. If you wish to apply for this Research Masters, please email your cv to Dr. Gertie Taggart – gertie.taggart@lyit.ie.The closing date for receipt of applications is 23rd September 2016.Job Vacancy: Would you like to get paid to undertake a funded Research Masters at LYIT? was last modified: September 21st, 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)last_img read more