Los Angeles reaches deal with Olympic leaders for 2028 Games

first_imgMayweather-McGregor is a stale act already The dual award of the games relieves the IOC of having to test the global interest in hosting the Summer Olympics for several years until the 2032 Games are up for grabs.Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson called the agreement a “win-win-win scenario.”The opportunity to host the Games “is a golden occasion further strengthening Los Angeles — not just through bricks and mortar, but through new opportunities for our communities to watch, play and benefit from sport,” Wesson said. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In a statement, the Paris bid committee welcomed the announcement in Los Angeles but stopped short of confirming the obvious, that Paris is in line for the 2024 Games.“Paris 2024 is proud to be working together with the IOC and our friends in Los Angeles to reach a positive solution for both cities, the Games and the whole Olympic Movement for 2024 and 2028,” committee co-chair Tony Estanguet said.In embracing what amounted to the second-place prize and an 11-year wait, LA will receive a financial sweetener.Under the terms of the deal, the IOC will advance funds to the Los Angeles organizing committee to recognize the extended planning period and to increase youth sports programs leading up to the Games. The IOC contribution could exceed $2 billion, according to LA officials. That figure takes into account the estimated value of existing sponsor agreements that would be renewed, as well as potential new marketing deals.The delay to 2028 opens a host of questions for Los Angeles, which is looking at the prospect of retooling its multibillion-dollar plans for more than a decade into the future. It would face challenges from maintaining public interest to recasting deals for stadiums, arenas and housing that have been in the works for months and even years.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite This July 11, 2017, file photo shows banners of Los Angeles 2024 candidacy, Paris 2024 candidacy and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), during the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Extraordinary Session, at the SwissTech Convention Center, in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was announced Monday, July 31, that Los Angeles has reached an agreement with international Olympic leaders that will open the way for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games, while ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris.  APLOS ANGELES, United States — Los Angeles has reached an agreement with International Olympic leaders that will open the way for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games, while ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, officials announced Monday.The deal would make LA a three-time Olympic city, after hosting the 1932 and 1984 Games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Speaking with reporters at a soccer stadium in Carson, just outside LA, Garcetti said the 2028 proposal was the better of the two, promising to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in additional benefits.The deal “was too good to pass up,” the mayor said.He also suggested the IOC would easily ratify the 2024-2028 deal in September.LA and Paris were the last two bids remaining after a tumultuous process that exposed the unwillingness of cities to bear the financial burden of hosting an event that has become synonymous with cost overruns.LA was not even the first American entrant in the contest. Boston withdrew two years ago as public support for its bid collapsed over concerns about use of taxpayer cash. The U.S. bid switched from the east to the West Coast as LA entered the race.But the same apprehensions that spooked politicians and the local population in Boston soon became evident in Europe where three cities pulled out.Uncomfortably for IOC President Thomas Bach, whose much-vaunted Agenda 2020 reforms were designed to make hosting more streamlined and less costly after the lavish 2014 Sochi Games, the first withdrawal came from his homeland of Germany.The lack of political unity for a bid in Hamburg was mirrored in Rome and Budapest as support for bids waned among local authorities and the population. It was clear they did not want to be saddled with skyrocketing bills for hosting the Olympics without reaping many of the economic benefits anticipated.Just like in the depleted field for the 2022 Winter Games which saw Beijing defeat Almaty, the IOC was left with only two candidates again.With two powerful cities left vying for 2024, Bach realized France or the U.S. could be deterred from going through another contest for 2028 if they lost. Bach floated the idea in December of making revisions to the bidding process to prevent it producing “too many losers,” building support that led to LA and Paris being able to figure out themselves how to share the 2024 and 2028 Games.center_img ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube With the agreement, the city is taking “a major step toward bringing the Games back to our city for the first time in a generation,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.He called it a “historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States” and the Olympic movement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The agreement follows a vote earlier this month by the International Olympic Committee to seek an unusual deal to award the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously. Paris is the only city left to host the 2024 Games.The Los Angeles City Council and U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors will consider the agreement in August. If approved, the IOC, LA and Paris could enter a three-part agreement, clearing the way for the IOC to award the 2024 Games to Paris, and the 2028 Games to LA. The IOC vote is scheduled for September, in Lima, Peru. MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Surlast_img read more

Magnolia looks to exploit San Miguel starters’ heavy minutes

first_imgIt’s no secret that San Miguel utilizes its starters to the hilt and Magnolia plans to take advantage of that come Game 3 in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “What we’ll do next game is to really bring out that energy,” said Barroca, who is averaging 29 minutes per game while norming 16 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists.“We can rest for longer periods of time and coach [Chito Victolero] said that would be the key for us to pressure San Miguel.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel has had four of its starters play at least 40 minutes in the two games so far in the series with 2013 MVP Arwind Santos logging the most with an average playing time of 42 minutes.Reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo is at close second, playing 41 minutes a game, while Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot log 40.5 and 40 minutes per game.Magnolia, on the other end, has no player logging in at least 40 minutes with big man Ian Sangalang playing the most minutes per game at 36.The Hotshots, though, have six players—apart from Sangalang—play at least 20 minutes a game.And with playing time distributed amongst that many players, Barroca said their fresh legs would help them put the pressure on San Miguel on Game 3 and break the 1-1 series tie.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ LATEST STORIES Michael Jordan: Kemba Walker is epitome of a Hornet Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Point guard Mark Barroca, who is part of the team that completed the 2014 Grand Slam, said the Beermen’s heavy minutes will prove advantageous to the Hotshots, who are seeking their first title in four years.“San Miguel, when you look at it in the perspective of playing time, isn’t that deep,” said Barroca in Filipino after the team’s practice Maundy Thursday at Ronac Art Center. “You can see the minutes of the starting five and it seems that they are the only ones playing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The other players will play for 10, nine, seven minutes unlike our team whose players have balanced minutes. Maybe we’ll take advantage of that scenario.”Barroca’s words aren’t just based on observation as numbers prove it. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Dual Citizenship: Liberians Everywhere Take Pastor Kortu Brown to Task

first_imgThe Pastor of the New Water in the Desert Assembly (NWIDA), Reverend Dr. Kortu K. Brown, in an article published on our front page yesterday and in our online edition, called on “ordinary Liberians” to stand up against dual citizenship to avoid what he called “recreating the age-old Americo-Liberian Country divide” that plunged the country into a bloody coup and a devastating civil war. But Pastor Brown received swift reactions from Liberians at home and abroad as the following Letters to the Editor from the paper’s online edition indicate. —Editor.Moses Sandy · Top Commenter · Temple University: Mr. Editor, please tell Rev. Brown that his reference to Sierra Leone as one of the many countries in the world without dual citizenship is wrong. Sierra Leone passed its dual citizenship law in 2006. The Reverend is historically wrong.Elijah Kollie · Works at University of Minnesota: This pastor needs to study the History of Liberia before he can make such a comment about the division of Liberia so-called Congor and Native Liberian. This has nothing to do with Native Liberians and Congor Liberians. There are native Liberians and congor Liberians who have naturalized as American citizens and will in no way impact the political and social economic situation of the Liberian government. This is the 21st century, and we have long past the treatment of native Liberian by Americo Liberian as subordinates. We will all be equal in every political and social economic activity. This has nothing to do with class system as was in the past. Therefore pastor you have nothing to fear about. Lots of Liberians will in fact gain from this dual citizenship. Liberians having children by American citizens are automatically American citizens. Liberian Americans will advocate for lots of help for Liberians through their congress men and women to assist Liberia when the need arises. There are lots of Liberians in the military in the United States and other Liberians holding elected positions in the United States and many of us are tax payers as a result, we can influence the political calculations in the United States that will benefit Liberia. Liberians need not to worry about what is in there for them. You have lots to gain than to lose.Nyemade Wani · Top Commenter · University Of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia campus. Every now and then you get an idiot who defies common sense. This man is afraid that when Liberians come back, they will show that he is not only not a man of God, he is nothing and he wants to continue conning the Liberian people to support him since he has no skills to of anything. And Liberian Observer seems to always put some idiot on their cover. First of all, most of those who fled the war are indigenous people. So you are denying these people their birthright. Second, many of them send their hard earned cash to your parishioners so you can sit on your fat butt and do nothing but chase the women in your church and eat. Shut up because you have absolutely nothing to contribute. As a Liberian what have you done to bring your people up? Who do you think galvanized the US and send hundreds of things to Liberia during the Ebola crisis? Nyemade Wani · Top Commenter · University Of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia campus:  countries that have dual citizenship and the world has not ended. : United States, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Australia, France, Ghana, Greece, Granada, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Ivory Coast, Togo, Tunisia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Switzerland, Panama, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Belgium, Barbados, Chile, Egypt, Finland, Italy, Pakistan, Peru, Sweden and the list goes on. These countries are far better than Liberia so what the hell are you talking about? And for your information Zimbabwe is a dying country with more than 3 million Zimbabweans living in South Africa.Livingstone Gongor · Pottsville, Pennsylvania: Why it is true that there are fewer countries in the world that don’t accept dual citizenship, but most of the world’s countries embarrass dual citizenship. I think pastor Brown has to take into consideration that the world we live in now is a global village. There are many developed nations that embarrass dual citizenship. Like for example the few countries he named are all developing countries. So therefore I think pastor Brown has to do more research and try to compare why many countries that have dual citizenship are in fact developed than those that opposed dual citizenship. The idea of dual citizenship is to let citizens choose where they can live freely and progress in life. I know he’s thinking that these people do not love their countries but in the flip side they do. I can challenge Pastor Brown to check the record as to how the Liberian’s economy is growing. He is benefitting from Liberian living overseas directly or indirectly. If he’s so afraid of people having divided loyalty then make sure to have a tougher law that is enforced. I mean people should respect every law regardless of which country one lives in. If he wants to only grant partial rights to people who have dual citizenship then where is the birth right? A true democratic country will grant their citizens the right to free life. If your government dies the right thing you will not have to force people to live in a country.Nyemade Wani · Top Commenter · University Of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia campus: We cannot listen to a man who wears a dress. The church has been one of the places that has oppressed people over the years. Besides those who were born in Liberia and now live elsewhere, do you really think there is a long line forming to become Liberian citizens. South Africans can travel t the US for 90 days without a visa, Liberians cannot even go to the bathroom in Kenya without visa and they want to say that Liberian passport is so valuable. Let us hear, mehn. You think right now if you in a foreign country and something happen to you, the Liberian government will send in Special Forces to rescue you? Citizenship sonly as strong as the power of the government and Liberia has squat power. Mr. Brown, if the Liberian passport is so valuable, why the long line for DV and for people wanting to go abroad? You better fix your country and start dealing with the corruption. Calling yourself a man of God, oh please.Charles Stevens · University of Liberia: Rev. Brown you want to tell the world that the town of the blind, the one eye man must be the chief ? Make room for other people who can move around the town .foster please stop preaching divide, telling the people the true don’t be afraid, you will still be paster, we love you bringing the worldMoses Sandy · Top Commenter · Temple University: Mr. Editor, please tell Rev. Brown that his reference to Sierra Leone as one of the many countries in the world without dual citizenship is wrong. Sierra Leone passed its dual citizenship law in 2006. The Reverend is historically wrong.Bishop William Snorton Sr. ·Dover, Delaware: I love you Brother Brown, but you have got this wrong.Daa Onenokay · Top Commenter · Works at State of New Jersey: Some pastors are wise and some are stupid.Kla Allison · Cape Palmas HIgh School: I don’t understand why some Liberians will always do and say things with anger and try to disrespect other people. This pastor, as a Liberian, just stated why I he think dual citizenship is not good for Liberia and some people are insulting him. Why can’t you just articulate the important of dual citizenship in Liberia without using insulting words? Responding to someone with insult on this network shows your leave of understanding. Liberians, we can be better than this.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scientific Drops Hot New Release and USA Tour Date

first_imgIntro Science Nation , Unstoppable! Wonda World, DJ Sly! Need I Say More, Your Will like it !!Verse1Let’s cheers for moment thought it was over / what’s a Rav4 to a Range Rover /Da na my baynay if u a soldier /whether your drinking drinks or your Sober/no case/Science brought the city alive /3 is a crowd so 2 will survive /uh huh they hating the King has arrive /choose 1 there’s a million ways to die/ Paco Rabonne yo wats up/got me fresh to death from a new hair cut /off in the whip wit my homie Moses /the Black Camero ain’t hard noticeChorus2xShe wearing Brazilian hair Dah Na news there!!For rubber gun to kill bird Dah na news there!White teeth black Dah Na news there!!When lay man bite lay dog Dah news there!!She borrow shoe from her friend Dah Na News thereScrapper eating gari Dah Na News thereThe whole country on scrah Dah na news thereSenator riding Keke Dah news there!!Verse2AME got nice chicks/UMU pa they are tightest/Cuttington maybe I might just hmmmm UL none righteous /Balling babe lib ladies /ur stole my heart than the love for Mercedes /ah who/Stella Maris get one black beauty I freakor she na fun I Dey kolo 4 you/Gh,Naija /whether shockie or alkada/dance like this one be revival/any Artist want remix akwaaba/Wilson the noodles bring chaooo/hangovers no headache Tsingtao/ahh Science Nation we ruling /making hits be dah Class that I’m Schooling /ChorusShe wearing Brazilian hair Dah Na news there!!For rubber gun to kill bird Dah na news there!White teeth black Dah Na news there!!When lay man bite lay dog Dah news there!!She borrow shoe from her friend Dah Na News thereScrapper eating gari Dah Na News there!!The whole country on scrah Dah na news there!Senator riding Keke Dah news there!!Verse 3Dj Sly he’s so fly /bout to blow and reach for the sky/Team Scientific Where ur at /Carlos, Stephen, Archie and Djlas/Dj Blue u still My Brabi/ JMK u know where we heading/Dunn Studio my 2nd home/ya next up homies mo hits coming soonChorusShe wearing Brazilian hair Dah Na news there!!For rubber gun to kill bird Dah na news there!White teeth black Dah Na news there!!When lay man bite lay dog Dah news there!!She borrow shoe from her friend Dah Na News there!Scrapper eating gari Dah Na News there!The whole country on scrah Dah na news there !Senator riding Keke Dah news there!!OutroHey Ladies!!We’re in the building right nowMy name is Unstoppable DJ SlySuperstar DJAlright Ladies, lets wine it to the ground, Go down lowWine it to the groundBring it, bruk off, bring it, bruk offAfrica style!!Dance to the beat, America styleI say dance to the beat, Caribbean styleDance to the beat, dance to the beat, Dubai styleDance to the beat, London styleI say dance to the beat, dance to the beat, Asian styleWine it, sexy Ladies, Wine itBreak it down, break down, wine itTurning up!!BeatshopGhWillisbeatzShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Scientific’s “Dah Na News” featuring DJ Sly is probably the only dance song playing during this rainy season that comes with an exceptional hip-co slant to it that has surprisingly grabbed the multi award winning lyricist a whole different set of fans, the die hard hip-co fans.It’s not surprising to hear Scientific rap in Collo, but it’s definitely refreshing to know that he can transition at any given moment, as the need arises. And with the excitement that hip-co fans now have for what they say, “is long overdue,” Science Nation could take over the hip-co crown, too, in due time.Scientific announced his first US tour earlier this week, which caused many to say, “we can’t understand why Scientific has never been to America to showcase his talent.” Set to run from September to December, the tour will see one of the finest lyricists Africa can boast of flexing his vocabs in states like Rhode Island, North Carolina, New York, Washington, D.C. and South Carolina. Bookings have already kicked off, but if you are interested in seeing Scientific in a city near yours, call (202) 643-8226.As for LIB Life, while we are sure Scientific will break into the US market, we caught up with the rap icon and humanitarian for him to share with us why he has finally decided to transition to hip-co, giving his fans a little more to be proud of.SCIENTIFIC: I have been in the Liberian industry a long time, way before DenG and them. I think the reason I haven’t reached my full horizon is because I was based in Ghana and wasn’t really concentrating on LIB heavy. Not like I wasn’t doing stuff in LIB, but I wasn’t concentrating on the industry heavy, and I was looking out of the box and everything, and that’s why it seems like I wasn’t making any buzz.LIB LIFE: So why the transition, was it necessary?Scientific: I am known in the LIB industry for sure and there comes a point you have to deliver and give the people what they want because you have already broken the boundaries in terms of lyricism or whatever and they know that you can hold it down. It is not new to the Liberian people that Scientific can really rap, and I am nice with it so I just had to switch it up a little bit and flip the whole LIB slang to it and the people accepted it. I have tried it once or twice and it worked, I just felt like I will give them what they want this time, and I knew this particular record was going to be real dope and different, because I knew the angle where I was coming from with it. It is a good feeling, it’s a dope record and I am feeling it. I did promise to give the Liberian people a lot more since relocating back home, flip it, us the LIB Hip-Co and just keep giving them hits 100 percent, because making good music is nothing new to me, in terms of making hit records, be it Hip-Co or whatever, I just know how to do it like a Boss.LIB LIFE: Then there’s the question of why it took so long to get the opportunity to finally go to the United States of America to show them what Liberia really is made of.Scientific: I am grateful because God made it happen and he’s about to decorate and showcase me to the world. I know my competition is out there and a lot of fans in the US have been wanting to see me in person or to perform live so, this is a very big blessing. My daddy Apostle Enoch Annor Baffour has been praying for me and standing in the gap for God to shower his blessings upon me and I say Glory be to Jehovah because I am an overcomer. Amen.LIB LIFE: We wish you all the continued success and can’t wait to see you standing alongside some of the greatest artists in the world.Below are the lyrics to Liberia’s now favorite song, DJ Sly, Scientific – “DAH NA NEWS.”last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S greatest ever music export Clannad are to tour America later this year for the first time in two decades – with one of their shows set to be broadcast across the States on St Patrick’s Day.The Grammy Award-winning Gaoth Dobhair family will see their ‘Live from Christchurch Cathedral’ show – recorded last January in Dublin – shown on TV stations on St Patrick’s Day.And we can also reveal that TWO separate album launches will take the American market by storm. The first is a new 30-sing double CD called ‘Timeless’ which will include tracks from the past three decades.With worldwide sales of more than 10 million records, Clannad has maintained a presence on the concert and festival circuit.But after 14 years they are finally back in the studio working on a brand new Clannad album for release in September – Celtic music known in America as ‘Clannad Music.’© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyNEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Grammy Award®-winning Irish family band Clannad– the original Celtic artists who introduced their native Gaelic tongue into contemporary pop as far back as 1970 – will be the focus of attention on St. Patrick’s Day this year, as PBS stations across the north­east broadcast “Clannad – Live from Christchurch Cathedral.” In advance of the PBS broadcast, a new 30-song, double-CD collection has been compiled, spanning the past three decades of Clannad’s recording career. TIMELESS will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting March 6th through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060130/LEGACYLOGO ) The PBS special, produced and directed by Cathal Watters, premieres on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th.  Airings will continue through­out the month (please check local listings).  The concert was recorded at the ancient Irish cathedral on January 29, 2011, as part of the annual Temple Bar Tradfest.The release of TIMELESS and the broadcast of “Live from Christchurch Cathedral” set the stage for Clannad’s first North American tour in almost 20 years, to commence in September.  Dates will be announced in the months ahead via their website,www.clannad.ie.Clannad’s rich heritage is as deep as their own roots in rugged, secluded Donegal, the most northwestern county in Ireland, and their hometown of Gaoth Dobhar (pronounced ‘Gweedore’).  They were originally known as An Clann as Dobhar, ‘the family from the townland of Dore,’ which was compacted to Clannad (pronounced clan-ehd).The five-member group comprises the three singing and song­writing Brennan siblings, Moya (the eldest, known for her distinctive lead vocals and evocative harp playing), Ciaran (pronounced Kieran, adept on piano, guitar and bass), and Pol (Paul, the youngest, also on tin whistles and flutes); along with their older twin Duggan uncles, Padraig (pronounced Porric, on mandolin, guitar, harmonica, and vocals) and Noel (on guitar and vocals). Between 1973 and 1980, they recorded six traditional albums, each of which helped to shape and refine the band’s now unmistakable sound.  In 1979 and ’80, they brought out 18-year old Eithne, aka Enya – the fifth of the nine Brennan siblings – on keyboards and background vocals for two albums, Crann Ull and Fuiam.  This marked the start of Enya’s multi-platinum recording career (though her first solo album did not appear until 1986).In 1982, Clannad recorded “Theme from Harry’s Game” for the Granada series of the same title set in Northern Ireland.  The song hit #5 on the Irish chart and won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Soundtrack from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, the UK’s most prestigious music honor.  (The song was also nominated for the British BAFTA Award that year for Best Television Music.)  It was included on Clannad’s album, The Magical Ring (1983), which became their first gold-selling disc in the UK.  Years later the song brought them success in America when it was used in a major advertising campaign for Volkswagen.Clannad also created the music for the highly popular UK television series “Robin Of Sherwood,” which aired from 1984-86.  Their Legend album was compiled from the soundtrack music which won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Television Music of 1984.Clannad’s growing worldwide popularity brought U2’s Bono into the studio to record “In a Lifetime” with them, a top 20 UK single included on their 1986 album, Macalla.  Encouraged by Jackson Browne and members of Toto, Clannad recorded their next album in Los Angeles. Sirius (1987), co-produced by Russ Kunkel and Greg Ladanyi, included guests J.D. Souther, Steve Perryof Journey, Bruce Hornsby, and others.  The album led to Clannad’s first world tour the following year and two high-profile UK soundtrack albums: Atlantic Realm (1988, for a BBC documentary about the Atlantic Ocean) and The Angel And the Soldier Boy(1989, for a short animated film).1990-91 was a breakthrough year for Clannad, hinged on the success of their album Anam, which included “Ri Na Cruinne (King Of The Universe),” composed overnight (literally) for the global One World One Voice campaign.  Filmed and broadcast by the BBC to an international audience estimated at 200 million, One World One Voice put Clannad in the company of Afrika Bambaataa, Laurie Anderson, the Chieftains, Peter Gabriel, Bob Geldof, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Gipsy Kings, Eddie Grant,Chrissie Hynde, Mali’s Salif Kieta, the Kodo drummers of Japan, the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra, Lou Reed, Robbie Robertson, Dave Stewart, Sting, Little Steven Van Zandt, Suzanne Vega, and others.Released on Atlantic in 1992, Anam‘s success was assured as it added both “In a Lifetime” (with Bono) and “Theme from Harry’s Game” to the tracklist.  “Ri Na Cruinne” subsequently won the Billboard Music Award for World Music Song Of the Year.The four Atlantic album releases continued with Banba (1993, Clannad’s first Grammy Award®-nominated album, including “I Will Find You” from the movie The Last Of the Mohicans); Lore (1996, their second Grammy Award® nomination, including “Croi Croga,” originally written for Braveheart); and Landmarks (1998).  The latter won Clannad their first Grammy Award® (Best New Age Album), and was the last record they released together as a group before embarking on various solo projects that continue to this day.  In 2007, Clannad received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ireland’s Meteor Awards, comparable to the Grammy Awards®, the UK’s BRIT Awards and Canada’s JUNO Awards.With worldwide sales of more than 10 million records, Clannad has maintained a presence on the concert and festival circuit.  After 14 years they are finally back in the studio working on a brand new Clannad album for release in September. It is fascinating to consider that what today is so widely regarded as Celtic music was first called “Clannad music.”  There is perhaps no greater testament to the impact of this groundbreaking group than that simple fact.  It all begins with ClannaCLANNAD TO BROADCAST ACROSS UNITED STATES FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY – FIRST TOUR IN 20 YEARS was last modified: February 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:american tourClannadGaoth DobhairGweedorenew albumlast_img read more


first_imgThe popular farmer who was killed in a freak accident in Ballybofey yesterday has been named locally as Joseph (Josie) McDermott.A full investigation has been launched into the accident which killed the late Josie McDermott.Mr McDermott, 74, was killed after a car on which he was working collapsed on him at his farm in the townland of Glencovitt.It is understood Mr McDermott was found by one of his sons. His wife Ann and grown-up family are being consoled by the local community.The Health and Safety Authority have also been informed of the tragedy and are expected to launch a full investigation into the incident.Local county councillor Martin Harley, who knew Josie personally, said he was a “lovely man.”He also revealed how the late Mr McDermott had battled cancer for more than 20 years. “Josie was a lovely man and that’s all you can say about him.“He bravely battled cancer for up to 20 years and he never let it get to him.“The entire community is so saddened by his death and the unfortunate way he died,” said Cllr Harley.The late Mr McDermott and his family were looking forward to one of his sons’ wedding in July. TRIBUTES PAID TO BALLYBOFEY FARMER KILLED IN FREAK ACCIDENT was last modified: May 1st, 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:Ballybofeycardeaddonegalfreak accidentGardaiJOSIE MCDERMOTTlast_img read more


first_imgKettlebells are pieces of strength-training equipment made from cast iron and can be intimidating to someone who is not familiar with how they work. Using kettlebells in your fitness routine can challenge your body and build strength, stamina, endurance and flexibility unlike other piece of equipment.Kettlebells were largely unheard of in the west until former-Soviet elite Special Forces’ trainer Pavel Tsatsouline brought Kettlebell training to the US in 1998.Up until that time, Kettlebells were a tool for developing incredibly well conditioned soldiers and athletes in the former Soviet Union. A common fitness goal for women is losing body fat and inches around the waist, thighs and arms.Kettlebell training offers you the ability to burn fat with high-intensity workouts.Any weight loss program can be difficult to accomplish, but using kettlebells provides a fun and exciting alternative to “normal” workouts that help to keep you motivated.Design your workout programs for high repetition compound movement exercises, such as the kettlebell swing, reverse lunge or shoulder press in a circuit, with little to no rest between sets.Kettlebells are effective at increasing strength by using full-body functional movements that incorporate several muscle groups for each exercise.An example of a strength workout combines kettlebell swings, front squats and reverse lunges.Perform 10 repetitions of swings, followed immediately by 10 front squats and then 10 reverse lunges. Continue for a total of five rounds and rest as needed. What size Kettlebell? If you are going to buy one Kettlebell, it pays to try them out first. Here is a rule of thumb to work by:Beginners:Men start with an 12-16kg bellWomen – start with an 8-12kg bellIntermediates:Men start with an 16-20kg bellWomen – start with an 12-16kg bellAdvanced:Men start with an 20-24+kg bellWomen – start with an 16-20+kg bellThe weight of bell that you choose will differ from exercise to exercise. You will be able to deadlift more than you will shoulder press, so the weight of bell should reflect the difficulty of the exercise.Perhaps the king of all Kettlebell exercises, the Kettlebell Swing, is a powerful movement that develops the entire posterior chain of muscles while providing a great platform for building endurance and athletic conditioning.Believe it or not, just using this one exercise 3 times weekly for sessions of a mere 5 minutes will improve your cardio output, mobility and strength.The Kettlebell swing is a complicated movement and can cause injury if not taught correctly; if you are thinking of using kettlebells, ask the advice of an experienced and qualified kettlebell trainer. Performance: Place the Kettlebell between your feet in a shoulder width stance. Crouch down as if you were closing a car door with your butt, grip the kettlebell and swing it in front of you by quickly rising up and thrusting your hips forward. Your hands act as a guide – allow your hip drive to do the work, not the arms or shoulders.Kettlebells are a versatile piece of equipment that are a great addition to any workout.Once you have mastered the techniques your range of exercise combinations are limitless.I have found them to be a great tool that my members regularly use in all my Rushe Fitness classes for strength and fat loss.#TrainSmartThe next phase of Rushe Fitness classes start on the 21st of September.If you would like more information on the or to book a space, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl * Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: KETTLEBELLS FOR STRENGTH AND FAT LOSS was last modified: September 6th, 2015 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:emmet rushefitness columnkettlebellslast_img read more

Banks and foreign exchange in South Africa

first_imgWith a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you’ll find South Africa an inexpensive destination. And an easy one – our financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers.A R5 (five rand) South African coin. (Image: Wesley Nitsckie, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)Rands and centsSouth Africa’s unit of currency is the rand, which is divided into 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200, and coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation, both of which are legal currency. All transactions are rounded down to the nearest 5c.How far will my money go?A long way. With a favourable exchange rate for the major international currencies, you’ll find South Africa an inexpensive destination.Banking made easyYou’ll also find South Africa an easy destination to navigate. From the moment you step off the plane, you’ll start seeing banks, bureaux de change, and automatic tellers.The major banks have branches as well as automated teller machines (ATMs) in most large towns – and all over the cities. ATMs are linked to all major international networks, and it is possible to draw currency from them. They accept Cirrus or Maestro cards as well as all major credit and debit cards. You will not be charged any fees over and above those levied by your own bank.Always be vigilant when drawing cash from an ATM.International banks have branches in the major cities.Banks are generally open from 8.30am or 9am to 3.30pm Mondays to Fridays, and 8.30am to 11am on Saturdays. Many bank outlets in larger towns, and especially those in shopping centres, have extended these hours, and some are open on Sundays. Branches at airports adjust their hours to accommodate international flights.Credit cards and cashAll major credit cards can be used in South Africa. If you have a so-called “chip card”, you will be required to enter a pin code. Pin-based debit cards are often accepted too. Remember to notify your bank in advance that you will be travelling.When it comes to paying for fuel, you can pay cash or use your credit card.Road tolls, on the major routes between cities, can be paid using MasterCard or Visa. Fees vary from under R10 to around R200, depending on the route you are travelling on.Foreign exchangeTo exchange cheques for cash at foreign exchange dealers, you must present a valid passport.Travellers’ cheques can be cashed at all banks, bureaux de change and at some hotels.Remember that all money transactions that involve foreign exchange must be done by authorised dealers. In terms of exchange control regulations, it is illegal to buy or sell foreign currency to anyone except an authorised dealer.TaxesAll South Africans pay value-added tax as it included in the price of most goods and services. It is currently set at 14%. Visitors are not exempt from paying it, but if you are a foreign passport holder you can claim it back on the items you are taking out the country if their value is over a certain limit. Be sure to request a tax invoice when buying goods.Foreign exchange servicesForex services are offered by Absa, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank and credit card companies.The Reserve Bank website carries a full list of authorised dealers.Brand South Africa reporterReviewed: 1 August 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South Africa teams up with Swiss for research

first_img4 June 2015A joint research chair will focus on mitigating environmental health risks in South Africa, particularly in the communities that are most vulnerable to the effects of environmental exposure. It will focus on major drivers of environmental health, such as chemical and biological pollution and climate change.Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor launched the chair, the first bilateral research chair at the University of Cape Town, on 3 June, with Dr Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, Switzerland’s state secretary for education and research, and Swiss ambassador to South Africa, Christian Meuwly. It is the first time another country has been involved in funding a chair under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), and it is expected to provide a model for other countries to participate in the Department of Science and Technology’s flagship programme.The five-year Swiss-South Africa Global Environmental Health Research Chair will incorporate epidemiological, clinical, molecular-biological and social science approaches. Emphasis will be placed on putting the research findings to use through working with communities.Headed by Prof Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie of the University of Cape Town, work will include a focus on major drivers of environmental health, such as exposure to chemical and biological pollution and climate change, and the interactions between them. Human rights and environmental justice issues will also be addressed.The research chair will be supported and managed by South Africa’s National Research Foundation, the University of Basel, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.The two Swiss institutes will fund the first year of the chair, to a value of R1.3- million. The remaining four years will be covered through funding arrangements with the two institutes and the Swiss School of Public Health. South Africa will contribute R1.5-million a year for the five-year duration of the research chair.Pandor said the SARChI project began with 21chairs in 2006 and had grown to 150 occupied chairs in diverse disciplines across the natural sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences. “It’s now a R470-million-a-year strategic intervention.”She saw collaborative partnerships such as South Africa’s co-operation with Switzerland leading to improved knowledge production and human capital development in Africa, she said.The partnership with the Swiss had yielded many successes. “The joint research programme has encouraged direct institutional links and collaborations between our respective higher education and research institutions. It has also supported the active participation of both countries in the European Union Framework programmes.”“From the Swiss Confederation’s point of view, we are very pleased about this positive development in the bilateral science and technology co-operation between our two countries,” said Dell’Ambrogio. “There have been remarkable achievements since the signing of the science and technology agreement in 2007, and the Swiss South Africa Environmental Public Health Research Chair is the latest highlight.”This was one of the first of several such international collaborations for the SARChI chairs, said Dr Gansen Pillay, the deputy chief executive of the NRF.“This co-operation will go a long way in strengthening research leadership and capacity for both Switzerland and South Africa, and the initiative will undoubtedly escalate the number of world-class research projects undertaken by both countries, stimulate strategic research, create career pathways for high quality young and mid-career researchers, and enhance the training of a qualified workforce which will help toward bettering the lives of South Africans.”The joint committee meeting provided an opportunity for the two countries to review and plan the development of the Swiss South African Joint Research Programme. Both countries said they were satisfied with the progress made in advancing the objectives of the bilateral co-operation.Signed in 2008, the programme has resulted in support for 41 projects to date, and the production of a number of PhDs, as well as useful postdoctoral research. It is implemented through various bilateral instruments that include not only joint research projects, but also science-to-market initiatives, faculty and student exchanges, and scientific workshops.Source: Department of Science and Technologylast_img read more

Tarkwa Bay: Africa’s hidden surfing gem

first_imgNigerian surfer and instructor Godpower Pekipuma was born in Tarkwa Bay, the small beach community close to Lagos harbour, where man-made shipping inlets have helped to create naturalistic swells, perfect for surfing.pic.twitter.com/IDLxEDUib6— Godpower Pekipuma (@alloy_92938) February 3, 2016While surfing may not be the most popular sport in Nigeria, the young surfers Pekipuma teaches in the bay are discovering the natural thrill of the sport. He teaches 15 students, some as young as five, to tame the waves of Tarkwa, using borrowed, donated and makeshift boards.Young boys practice #surfing at the #tarkwa bay #lagos #nigeria #snapitoga #everydayafrica pic.twitter.com/8Qo2rtENjh— Snap It Oga (@snapitoga) July 8, 2016“It’s hard to practise more, because we don’t want to break our boards,” Pekipuma told BBC News. It’s the reason he wants to build a small local industry around the sport and the community, teaching residents to build boards. He is also planning on opening a surf shop where surfers can get advice and encouragement.Here’s What Beach Surfing On The Beaches Of Tarkwa Bay In Lagos Lokks Likehttps://t.co/P8dN8K8Pv9 pic.twitter.com/4DssuEjQ8D— Farabale (@FarabaleNow) April 28, 2016Together with Italian-born surf-tourist John Micheletti, Pekipuma also wants to spread the word to the international surfing community, both amateur and professional, inviting them to discover surfing, the Nigerian way.Tarkwa Bay local, John Michelleti, sent us a postcard update from Nigeria. Read it here – http://t.co/uUYDWF5aRd pic.twitter.com/v0qgAuDByB— Zigzag – SA Surf Mag (@Zigzagsurf) August 20, 2015Micheletti, who divides his time between the waves of Cape Town and Lagos, spreading the gospel of Tarkwa Bay to his fellow surfing journeymen, is determined to get the surfing world to experience the unique African surf culture. He told BBC News: “We want the world to see what we are doing, in our own humble way.”The sport is becoming popular enough that even the local film industry, known as Nollywood, is getting in on the action – recruiting Pekipuma, Micheletti and their students to make a surfing-themed movie titled The Ghost of Tarkwa Bay in 2017.Watch the BBC interview with Godpower Pekipuma and John Micheletti about surfing at Tarkwa Bay:Watch a CNN interview with Godpower Pekipuma about life as a surfer in Nigeria:Watch a short film about surfing Tarkwa Bay by surf tourist Armando Abraham, featuring John Micheletti and a great afro-funk soundtrack:Be inspired by a collection of Tarkwa surfing photos, courtesy of Godpower Pekipuma’s Facebook page:Source: BBC NewsSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more