HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH THE DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP

first_imgAs the last bars of music fade away on what has been an outstanding summer of music in the North West, the Donegal Music Education Partnership is taking up the baton and inviting aspiring musicians and singers to take part in a huge range of classes aimed at beginners, intermediate and advanced students of all ages.For those who do not fancy a solo career path, there are numerous performance ensembles and choirs to join too with a repertoire covering a wide range of musical genres through classical, folk, traditional, jazz and pop – the Children’s String Orchestra, The Donegal Chamber Orchestra, The Errigal Groove Orchestra, The Donegal Youth Choir and the Inishowen Music Collective – to name just a few.In order to whet your appetite and attract new talent, the organisation is holding auditions on 7th & 8th September in Letterkenny for a number of full scholarships and half-scholarships in selected instruments. 2013 has been an amazing year for the students of DMEP and many have found themselves performing locally, nationally and internationally as well as performing for prestigious cultural events such as the EU Presidency celebrations.In February, Falcarragh-based jazz duo, Conor & Michael Murray and members of the Cloughaneely Ceili Band performed to an audience of distinguished delegates in Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin at a conference organised as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency.Conor Murray, who plays double bass, was also selected to join the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland while David Mc Kelvey, a trombone player from Glenties, was selected to join the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.In early July, the DMEP’s Errigal Groove Orchestra, led by Inishowen saxophonist Sean McCarron, performed at the National Youth Council of Ireland’s National Youth Arts Day in Dublin, giving them an opportunity to meet Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for the Arts, & other influential people as well as to network with other youth arts groups from around the country. But perhaps the most exciting achievement of 2013 (thus far) has been the success of four young classical music students who received scholarships to attend the Summer Chamber Music Workshop at the renowned Apple Hill Centre for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, USA – an acknowledged international centre of musical excellence. Joanne Cuffe (from Ramelton), Ciara Fagan (from Carndonagh), Claire Kinsella and Jane Gormley (both from Letterkenny) are all members of the award-winning Donegal Youth Orchestra and spent the month of July in Apple Hill where they received tuition and performance experience under the direction of Leonard Matczynski and other world-class teachers.What music classes and instruments are offered by DMEP?The DMEP teaching year begins on the 9th September 2013 and the organisation is offering small-group (3 per tutor max) and individual tuition in an absolute treasure-trove of instruments and disciplines: piano and keyboard, acoustic, bass and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, uilleann pipes, harp, flute, recorder, clarinet, oboe, saxophones of all sizes., fiddle, viola, cello and a complete range of brass instruments such as trumpet, horn, tuba, trombone and euphonium.In addition to the instrumental opportunities for learning and participation, the Donegal Music Education Partnership also is a wonderful resource for vocalists and singers. Students are taught how to develop the voice safely, some sight-reading and theory, taught in the rock, pop and classical styles. Learning to perform is a big part of being a singer and students are encouraged to join the various Donegal choirs such as the Errigal Singers and Donegal Youth Choir.So where can you go to learn music, play in a band or sing with DMEP? Tuition is available at 11 teaching centres throughout Country Donegal, from Donegal Town and Ballyshannon in the south, through Letterkenny, Gortahork, Gweedore and Gelnties to Arann Mor Island and up into the Inishowen Peninsula at Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville. There are regular meetings of each of the performing groups held in different locations throughout the county.And if you do not own your own instument or do not want to buy one yet?Well you can always hire one from DMEP at low cost, so there is absolutely no excuse why you cannot take up a new musical hobby this September, which may even one day become a successful part-time or even full-time career. And on this optimistic note the DMEP is keen to report that in times of economic hardship, unemployment or even as a student trying to pay your way through college, there are many former DMEP students who supplement their income by teaching music privately or even playing in hotels, restaurants and bars (piano players are especially in demand!).The DMEP teaching year begins on the 9th September with a full range of instrumental and singing classes on offer. Auditions will be held on 7th & 8th September in Letterkenny for a number of FULL SCHOLARSHIPS and HALF-SCHOLARSHIPS in selected instrumentsTo view a full list of music and voice classes, performing groups and teaching centres throughout the country, visit the Donegal Music Education Partnership website at: http://www.dmep.ie or ring us in our Letterkenny office in the Regional Cultural Centre on +353 (0) 74 91 76293 or +353 (0) 74 91 20012.HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH THE DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 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:HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH THE DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Derek Carr’s egregious turnovers foil Raiders, his cause

first_imgFor the most part, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was outstanding against the Packers on Sunday. Against a fast and talented defense, he went 22-for-28 for 293 yards, pushed the ball downfield a few times, and put his team deep into Green Bay territory drive after drive.But the Raiders lost 42-24 Sunday, because the more important part was that Carr made two egregious errors in the end zone before being pulled with his team down 25 points halfway through the fourth quarter.Related Articles …last_img

After Steph Curry’s broken hand, Joe Lacob won’t give in to tanking talk

first_imgJoe Lacob proclaims himself an optimist, but today he appears to be beyond that designation.Superstar Steph Curry is out, presumably for at least a month, with a broken hand sustained when Phoenix big man Aron Baynes fell on him as the Suns blew out the Warriors Wednesday night.CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile device Curry’s injury, Klay Thompson’s ACL-related yearlong absence and Kevin Durant’s departure for Brooklyn all point to one …last_img

SA mobile users shift from voice to data

first_img4 December 2013 South African mobile phone networks are seeing call revenues declining for the first time in their histories as the younger generation leads the consumer charge into a “new data economy”, according to a new study from research company World Wide Worx. World Wide Worx’s “Mobility 2014” study, released last week, reveals that the 19-24 age group, representing students and entrants into the workforce, is abandoning calls faster than any other segment. “Only 56% of this group’s cellphone budget is now spent on calls, down from 66% in mid-2012,” the company said in a statement. “Data spend, on the other hand, [on text messaging and internet surfing and downloading] has increased from 17% to 24%.” The study is based on face-to-face at-home interviews conducted in late 2013 with 1 200 South Africans, aged 16 and up, in urban and rural areas across the country. It found a dramatic shift in the trend for the overall market, with call spend dropping from 73% of cellphone budget to 65%, while data spend increased from 12% to 16%. At the beginning of 2010, calls stood at 77% and data at 8%. Spending on text messaging remained steady at 13%, while spending on downloading music tracks, which featured for the first time in 2012, doubled from 1% to 2% of the average mobile phone budget. “Older users continue to spend far more overall, but the powerful shift in spend from voice to data will work its way up the age segments in the coming years,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement. “Already, we are seeing a flattening out of the curve of data use from the 25-34 through to the 46-55 age groups. Only above that age does data spend drop off – but not very significantly.”Mobile banking The survey also reveals substantial shifts in the South African mobile banking environment, with the biggest proportional shift coming in the use of banking apps. From only 1% of all banking customers using banking apps in mid-2012, the figure shot up to 9% in late 2013. Cellphone banking also surged, from 28% in mid-2012 to 37% in late 2013. “One in 10 banking customers are now using apps, and that number is still rising fast, which vindicates our strategy of expanding our offerings as the market’s use of these tools evolves,” said Dione Sankar, head of cellphone banking at FNB. “At the same time, looking after the non-smartphone customer through basic cellphone banking has also paid off. We have never experienced such dramatic growth across all mobile channels.”Mobile phone brands According to the survey, Nokia remains the most popular phone brand in South Africa, although its market share has dropped significantly, from 50% to 44%. Blackberry has increased its market share locally from 18% to 23%, despite almost vanishing as a force from Western markets, thanks to its continued aspirational appeal in younger markets. Samsung, meanwhile, has increased its share marginally, from 18% to 19%. “In mid-2012, consumers had indicated they would move away from the brand, with a third of its users saying they would opt for other phones,” World Wide Worx said. “However, the appeal of its Galaxy range of Android devices across all smartphone price segments has resulted in a resurgence for Samsung.” The most popular feature used on phones remains the camera, at 73% of mobile users, with FM radio far behind at 51%, and the music player on the phone catching up to FM at 49%.Tablet usage Tablet usage was measured for the first time in World Wide Worx’s latest study, revealing that approximately 5% of South Africa’s adult cellphone users also have a tablet. The vast majority use it for internet access (77%) and e-mail (57%), with social media and downloading apps in joint third place (43%). Samsung dominates tablet usage by adults, with 52% market share, while Apple iPads hold 23% of the adult market. “Both tablet penetration and market share is set to shift in the coming year,” World Wide Worx said, noting that “a quarter of respondents said they expected to buy a tablet, with 44% of these saying they will buy a Samsung device, and 32% opting for Apple”. SAinfo reporter and World Wide Worxlast_img read more

Kalmbach Feeds to acquire Cumberland Valley Cooperative

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. (KFI) of Upper Sandusky, OH and Cumberland Valley Cooperative (CVC) of Shippensburg, PA are excited to announce that an agreement has been reached and approved by the shareholders of CVC for KFI to acquire a majority of the assets of CVC. Both companies have a long history in agriculture and believe that this opportunity represents a great platform for KFI to continue expanding its market while benefiting the agricultural community that CVC has served for over 80 years.“We are looking forward to the opportunities this acquisition will present. This market is an outstanding agriculture area and we are excited for the opportunity to serve both current and future customers,” said, Paul Kalmbach, KFI president.The transaction is expected to close in late September, and there will be no disruptions to the business during closing. KFI is committed to honoring the grain contracts and grain bank system that CVC has used historically to insure a smooth transition for customers. Both parties want to assure that customers will continue to have options for quality products and great service for many years to come.“CVC has a long history of serving this community through employment, high quality products, and customer service,” said Vernon Horst, Chairman of the CVC Board. “We believe that we have found a partner that can continue this tradition while providing much needed growth for the future.”last_img read more

5 Bang-for-Your-Buck Cinema Lenses for Beginners

first_imgA plethora of makes, models, features, and price points for cinema lenses can overwhelm the first-time buyer. Let’s look at five solid investments.Use this resource as a guide for finding and purchasing your first set of cinema lenses — a set that’ll provide high value for years to come.Some of the Best All-Around Cinema LensesImage via B&HRokinon T1.5 Cine DS Lens SeriesThe Rokinon Cine DS series is one of the most popular bang-for-your-buck lens sets out there. Many DSLR and mirrorless shooters agree that there are few lenses available that match the quality vs. price ratio of these lenses. All lenses share a T-stop range of 1.5-22, are tack sharp, and are built for full-frame sensors. The lenses are equipped with industry-standard de-clicked focus and iris gears, making it easy for an operator or 1st AC to quickly and accurately pull focus and/or efficiently swap lenses on set.These lenses are available in six different focal lengths (14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm) and are available in four different lens mounts (Canon EF, Sony E, Micro Four-Thirds, Nikon F). They’re also very popular with the Panasonic GH5 (and GH5S) and the Sony a7S series.One of the only drawbacks of these lenses is that the image becomes difficult to focus at T-stops wider than T2.8.The 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm can be purchased as a bundle for less than $1,700 — making this set of cine lenses an unbeatable bang-for-your-buck option. Image via B&HMeike T2.2 Manual Focus Cinema LensesThe build and mechanics of the Meike T2.2 Manual Focus Cine Lenses are on par with higher-end cine lenses, and favor the build of Veydra cine primes. The lenses are tack sharp and have a multi-layer coating that keeps veiling flares under control. Lens breathing on both the 16mm and 25mm is almost non-existent.There’s a slight difference in color and contrast between the 16mm and 25mm, with the 16mm favoring more punchy, bluish tones and the 25mm favoring more neutral, greenish tones.The set is available in Sony E, Micro Four-Thirds, and X lens mounts and are currently available in focal lengths of 16mm and 25mm. However, Meike plans to release a 12mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm sometime in late 2019.With the addition of these focal lengths, shooters can expect another high value option for budget cinema lens sets.Both the 16mm and the 25mm are available for purchase for less than $350 each.One of the Best Wildlife and Sports Lenses (and Yes — it Isn’t a Cine Lens)Image via B&HCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS III USMAsk any wildlife or sports photographer what their favorite telephoto lens is and they’ll likely reach for their Canon 70-200mm telephoto zoom. This isn’t a cinema lens, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find another telephoto zoom that gives you the quality and value at this price point. Canon released the first version of this industry-standard telephoto in 1995. Since then, there have been several generations of this sturdy, extremely versatile lens. The current IS III USM generation is the best yet.The lens offers a constant f/2.8 through the entire zoom range, and its Optical Image Stabilization allows you to shoot a rock steady image — even at 200mm.You can purchase the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS III USM for just $2,100.One of the Best Two Lens, Run-n-Gun CombosImage via B&HFujinon MK T2.9 Lens SeriesFujinon’s super lightweight MK T2.9 series lens offers shooters immense versatility in both studio settings and run-n-gun shooting scenarios. Available in 18-55mm and 50-135mm, these two lenses are almost identical in both form and function. Both lenses are par focal, meaning that run-n-gun shooters can set focus and adjust the zoom while keeping their subjects in full focus. Furthermore, both lenses offer a macro mode, enabling you to shoot objects placed within inches of the lens.Both lenses are only available in Sony E and Micro Four-Thirds lens mounts, and are designed for Super 35mm sensors. This makes the Fujinon MK T2.9 series perfect for run-n-gun doc shooters using Super 35mm camera systems, such as the Sony FS7.Both lenses can be purchased for less than $7,800 all-in, giving shooters a massive focal length range across two lightweight and versatile lenses.If You Buy Only One Cine Lens, Consider this One …Image via B&HSigma Cine T2 SeriesThe Sigma Cine T2 series is a re-housing of the wildly popular Sigma Art lenses. This means it includes the same coveted look of the Art lenses, as well as all the features of modern cinema lenses. The Sigma Cine T2 series includes two zoom lenses at the focal lengths of 18-35mm and 50-100mm.The lenses are designed for APS-C/Super 35mm cameras. The Sigma Cine T2 is a stellar performer in low light, and offers a T2 stop throughout the entire zoom range.If you’re only going to purchase one cinema lens, the Sigma Cine 18-35mm T2 is hard to beat at a bargain price of $4,000.Cover image by Tiwiplusk.Be sure to check out these awesome PremiumBeat resources on building your lens kit:Buyer’s Guide: The Best Macro Lenses on the MarketVideo Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography5 Reasons You Should Purchase a “Nifty Fifty” 50mm LensThe Best Set of Go-To LensesBuild a Filmmaking Kit for Less than $5Klast_img read more

To teammates, Tom Brady stands alone as he chases 6th ring

first_imgBut as Brady prepares to play in his ninth Super Bowl, he will have another chance to do something no other NFL player has done.If New England beats Los Angeles, the 41-year-old quarterback will break a tie with Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley and become the first player to win six rings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut to his coaches, teammates and admirers across the sporting world, he already stands alone.Known to Brady affectionately as “Jules,” receiver Julian Edelman called it an honor to be a part of the quarterback’s career. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He communicates well with every player,” McDaniels said. “One of the things that’s always impressed me is how he’s one of the first guys in the building to know a new person’s name, which speaks to how important that is to him, to introduce himself to somebody and also get to know that person, whether it be a practice squad player, a rookie, whatever it is.”Brady’s introductions to new players is always the same. At some point after they arrive Brady seeks them out, walks up and says plainly, “Hi, I’m Tom Brady.”Linebacker Kyle Van Noy said he still remembers his reaction to hearing those words.It was October 2016 and Van Noy, following a trade from Detroit, arrived at the team facility about 5:30 a.m.. Hours later while on a restroom break from a meeting, he turned and saw an outstretched hand.“Tom comes up and kind of shakes my hand like, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Brady.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re an idiot.’” Van Noy said.But he said the moment was emblematic of a player he has no doubt will be at his best on Super Bowl Sunday.“Those little things are why he’s where he’s at,” Van Noy said. “Those little things that people don’t pay attention to, those detailed things, that just separates him. He’s really good at what he does. … That’s what makes him Tom.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He’s a really good football player,” Edelman said. “The best. And he goes out and he consistently proves it.”Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has caught more passes from Brady than any other player and will play alongside him in a Super Bowl for the fourth time. He said Brady’s approach has been the same since their first practice together back in 2010.“The guy is just so precise with everything. Just the way he is out on the field, the way he prepares,” Gronkowski said. “You know every single time you’re going to get the best out of him no matter what the situations are.”After New England’s divisional-round win over the Chargers, Brady was openly miffed about what he perceived as pessimism outside of the Patriots’ locker room about their chances of reaching a third straight Super Bowl following a regular season which they started 1-2 and lost five games.“I know everybody thinks we suck and, you know, we can’t win any games,” Brady said. “We’ll see. It’ll be fun.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town A week later, Brady led the Patriots on a winning drive in overtime to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game — his 12th such drive in the postseason in the fourth-quarter or overtime.The next day he posted a video on Instagram of himself and Gronkowski walking to the team bus after the game. Both are smiling and Gronkowski flashes his AFC championship T-shirt.It was the kind humble brag that Brady has steered away from in the past. But this postseason he has been more open with his emotions and acknowledged after the AFC title win he was “as excited as I have been in a long time.”“When you have 70,000 people cheering against you, it is pretty sweet when you win on the road,” Brady said.On Twitter, congratulations came from all corners of sports.Among them was one from Paul Pierce, who helped lead the Celtics to the NBA championship in 2008. “There’s aliens there’s Pegasus and there’s Tom Brady,” Pierce wrote.Left tackle Trent Brown is in his first season in New England after being traded to the Patriots last April. He said sharing the huddle with Brady has lived up to his expectations.“There’s one word, G.O.A.T. That’s it,” Brown said. “He’s one of those great leaders and it trickles down to the rest of the team.”Brown is a member of a starting lineup on offense that, excluding Brady, has an average age of 27.Brady’s continued ability to lead and inspire teammates more than a decade his junior is a unique skill, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. 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With five rings Tom Brady has already established himself as the most-decorated quarterback in Super Bowl history. He now has a chance to distinguish himself among all players. A Super Bowl win over the Rams would give the 41-year-old a sixth ring, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley for the most all-time. But to his teammates and coaches, Brady already stands alone. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Seventeen years ago, Tom Brady was 24 years old and in his second NFL season when he led the Patriots to a last-second victory over the St. Louis Rams for New England’s first Super Bowl title.Four rings later, Brady will arrive in Atlanta for the Patriots’ Super Bowl matchup with the Los Angeles Rams having already established himself as the most-decorated Super Bowl quarterback in league history.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Even without Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets’ bench too much for Knickslast_img read more

Port of Salalah Sees Surge in Container Volume

first_imgzoom Container throughput at the Omani Port of Salalah, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, reached 1.584 million TEU in the first half of 2016, representing a 29% increase over volume handled during the same period a year earlier.The surge was mainly attributed to an increase in capacity with the completion of a new deep-water General Cargo and Liquid Bulk Terminal in December 2015 as the facility handled around one million metric tons monthly.Some of the container volume growth is the result of Salalah’s proximity to the open sea, and its ability to accommodate the largest of the Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) entering into the Asia/Europe trade lanes, according to APM Terminals. Around 90% of Salalah’s container traffic is transshipment cargo movement.“The largest vessels regularly calling Salalah are about 16,000 TEU capacity vessels which are normally deployed in the Asia/Europe trade lane, for which port calls are decided based upon the sustained ability to handle ULCS performance levels,” Port of Salalah CEO, David Gledhill, said.At present, the largest vessel calling Salalah is the MSC Zoe, which is also the biggest container ship currently in service worldwide, with a stated capacity of 19,224 TEUs.“We are seeing a trend of deployment of these large vessels on major trade lanes and we expect to see more of these calls in the near future,” Gledhill added.Around 30 container liner services call Salalah on a monthly basis, linking the Arabian Sea facility to all major ports in Europe, the Mediterranean, the US East Coast, East Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.The general cargo facility is currently handling 200,000 metric tons (MT) of limestone and some 550,000 MT of Gypsum monthly, among other cargoes. The new berths are used for discharging grain, loading bagged cement, berthing of the multi-national navies engaged in anti-piracy operation, and for cruise vessels.In 2015, Salalah’s volume reached 2.56 million TEUs. The facility also handled 7.9 million tons of bulk cargo in 2015.last_img read more

DUST OFF THOSE SCRIPTS ISSA RAE AND PAUL FEIG ARE SEEKING PITCHES

first_imgIssa Rae and Paul Feig are looking for the next Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club and Empire Records.Rae and Deniese Davis of Color Creative are partnering with Feig and Laura Fischer of Powderkeg on a teen movie contest and are asking for submissions of feature film pitches for projects that exemplify the modern teen experience. READ MORESubmissions open July 15th.Deadline is August 9th.Click the pic below for additional information and/or to submit Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Issa Rae and Paul Feig LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement DUST OFF THOSE SCRIPTS! ISSA RAE AND PAUL FEIG ARE SEEKING PITCHES FOR THE NEXT GREAT TEEN MOVIEDo you have the next iconic teen comedy? If so, Issa Rae and Paul Feig want to hear from you!Rae and Feig’s production companies, Color Creative and Powderkeg, are teaming up to create a teen movie contest seeking the next great script. Rae and Color Creative’s Deniese Davis, along with Feig and Powderkeg’s Laura Fischer, want comedic scripts “that tells the teen experience in 2020,” according to the contest’s official brief. READ MOREISSA RAE, PAUL FEIG PARTNER FOR TEEN MOVIE CONTESTThrough their Color Creative and Powderkeg banners, the filmmakers are looking for pitches for features. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more