first_imgThe Donegal Chamber Orchestra is part of the Society’s work.PICTURE: With the kind permission of John Soffe ( Check his Facebook page (,The Donegal Chamber Music Society has unveiled a feast of classical music concerts over the next couple of weeks.The Society been presenting concerts in Donegal since 2009, working with other cultural institutions both locally and nationwide with the aim of fostering an appreciation of Classical Music in the County.The Society collaborates regularly with Donegal County Council, Regional Cultural Centre, Music Network, Donegal Music Education Partnership, the University of Ulster and the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland. Their committee (Chairperson Graham Harrison) would like to acknowledge the inestimable collaboration of Canon Stewart Wright and the Select Vestry for their concerts in Conwal Church. This November they have three highly recommended chamber music concerts in Letterkenny including two concerts in the historical setting of Conwal Parish Church as part of ‘Sundays in Conwal 2014’ and one Music Network concert in the Auditorium of the modern Regional Cultural Centre.RTE Contempo String Quartet. Sunday 16th November, 3pm. Admission €12/€10 concessions.The Regional Cultural Centre is delighted to present the first ever concert in Letterkenny by the RTÉ Contempo Quartet in Conwal Parish Church onSunday, November 16, at 3pm, in association with Donegal Chamber Music Society. The Contempo String Quartet was formed in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania. Recognised as one of the world’s top string quartets, Contempo has won 14 international prizes and performed more that 1,000 concerts all over the world in venues including Carnegie Hall NY, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields London, The Philharmonie Berlin, The Opera House Tel Aviv, The Waterfront Hall Belfast and National Concert Hall Dublin. Contempo recorded the Adagio from Beethoven’s Opus 131 for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ television drama Band of Brothers and composed and performed the music for the Danish silent film The Abyss. RTÉ announced Contempo Quartet as the new RTÉ string quartet last November replacing the outgoing RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet.Programme:Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”Hamza el Din: Escalay: The Water WheelHaydn: String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor ‘The Rider’ ******SOLO CELLO in the Regional Cultural Centre. Friday 28th November, 8pm. Admission €12/€10 concessions.Following the tremendous success of The Naked Violin Tour with Tasmin Little, Music Network is delighted to present Leonard Elschenbroich, one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation, in an evening of masterpieces from the solo cello repertoire. Leonard will interweave his intriguing programme with anecdotes and stories of personal connections to the pieces.My cello voice, My Voice with German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich Programme to include:Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007Hindemith: Solo Sonata, Op. 25, No. 3Taverner: ThrenosKevin Volans: A Short Walk in the Gardens of SolitudePiatti:12 Caprices, Op. 25 (No. 7 Maestoso / No.11 Adagio – Allegro)Lucca Lombardi: Essay 3 (Steiner)******DONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble. Sunday 30th November, 3pm. Admission €10/€5 concessions.The last concert of ‘Sundays in Conwal 2014’ takes places on Sunday 30th November with another performance by the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble (2 vlns, cello, double bass), the resident ensemble of the series.The Donegal Camerata (founded in 2007) is an international string ensemble of professional players based in the North West. They have performed at the 400th Anniversary celebrations of Letterkenny, in RTÉ Radio 1’s SundayMiscellany and at the Allingham Arts Festival. The group regularly appears in various venues and festivals across the county as well as offering an established concert series in Letterkenny.ProgrammeRossini: String Sonata No. 2 in A Major for 2 violins, cello and double bassStamitz: Divertimento (Trio) in C Major for Strings Op. 21 No. 3Denise Kelly (b. 1954): Four Sketches of Dublin/ Fragmentations (1988) (CMC)Borodin:Trio in g minor for 2 violins and cello on a Russian song ‘What have I done to hurt you?’Beethoven: 6 Ländler in D Major for Two Violins and Bass, WoO 15Johann Strauss I: Freudengrüsse Walzer Op.105Concert tickets for all those concerts can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 00353 74 91 20777DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY UNVEILS STUNNING CONCERT LINE-UPS was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Chamber Music SocietyLine-upNovember concertsRTElast_img read more

Raiders deliver a Christmas gift to fans stuck in the middle

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Other than watching Dwayne Harris alertly pick up a punt at the 1-yard line and race 99 yards for the game’s first touchdown, there wasn’t a lot in terms of game details that Raiders fans will remember about their Christmas Eve win to close out the 2018 home season.The Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 27-14 Monday night in what may or may not be the last game of a two-part, 40-year history at the …last_img read more

Cosmologist Has a Sobering Thought: We Are Forever in the Dark About Dark Energy

first_imgAn evangelist for the standard model of cosmology is having a moment of penitence.  He is admitting to himself, and to the world, that “we will remain resolutely in the dark about dark energy.”    In a piece in New Scientist, Pedro Ferreira [Oxford] has revealed the vicious circle of assumptions that undermine confidence in the claims of modern cosmologists.  Most models assume a flat universe for convenience.  Without knowing the geometry of space-time, or the evolution of dark energy, or whether the cosmological constant (lambda) represents acceleration, we have no basis for assuming a flat universe.This means that we cannot pin down the geometry of space-time.  We are then caught in a vicious circle: to know the geometry of the universe we need to pin down dark energy.  Yet to determine how much dark energy there is, we need to know the geometry.  Knowing one without the other is futile and a recipe for disaster.    These recent results are sobering.  Having proselytised about the great discovery of the millennium, that the universe is flat, I now find myself backtracking.  And there is a sense of foreboding that it may never be possible to know our cosmos as well as we’d like to.Ferreira unraveled the hype behind COBE, WMAP and the other instruments and studies that seemed to support the standard model.  He was “brutally honest” about how little we actually know.  He talked about new findings that “shook my faith in the notion” that the universe is flat.  He ended his confession on a mildly optimistic note.  “Happily all is not lost: new experiments are being designed to probe the deepest recesses of the cosmos,” he said.  New probes and small projects are “chipping away at our ignorance.”  Getting a handle on the geometry of space-time “is just going to take a bit longer than we originally thought.”Cosmologists are the biggest hype marketers in the universe.  How many books have been written promoting a golden age of “precision cosmology”?  How many speeches have been given?  How many dazzling planetarium shows?  Ferreira is not the only evangelist that preached to us, “repent and believe the big bang gospel” (e.g., 11/02/2002).    Some skilled visualization can turn vicious circles into works of art.  In the land of logic, though, they are still vicious.  They have the habit of blinding the unwary of their own assumptions.  Christians should not trust the loud voices of salesmen on the big bang bandwagon promoting their snake oil potions of dark stuff.  Now that one of them has come clean, admitting its efficacy is doubtful, and that it might even be a “recipe for disaster,” have we learned our lesson?  Now that he has admitted that “it may never be possible to know our cosmos as well as we’d like to” would you drink his new, improved elixir next time?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Unite for Bafana Bafana!

first_img18 June 2010, Johannesburg – Bafana Bafana has in the past the past few weeks done more to cement our proudly South African identity as a Rainbow Nation than the collective efforts dating back to the 1995 Springboks World Cup triumph.With the attention of the world fixed on our beautiful country, seeing all South Africans put aside their differences to rally behind the team is closest to realising the united nation Nelson Madiba Mandela continues to dream about. One loss in 13 matches is no reason to drop our heads in shame.Bafana did us all proud when they held Mexico, a country ranked over 60 places above them, to 1-1 draw in the opening match when few gave the team a chance. Admittedly, the match against Uruguay did not end in the way we had hoped.However, if there was a time to show our boys that the nation is with them through the good and the bad times, then this is it. Bafana Bafana may be down, but they are certainly not out. A convincing win against France in the match scheduled for Bloemfontein on Tuesday is all the team needs to progress in this first World Cup on African soil which the country is exceptionally hosting.“For this reason, now more than ever, we need to paint Tuesday yellow and green from all the four corners of our country in support of our national team. The vuvuzela clarion call must bring us together as we spur our Boys on their most important assignment yet,” said Sophie Masipa, Marketing Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand SA).“Bafana Bafana, we believe, should be the war cry on Tuesday. Wearing our Bafana jerseys and waving our flags high will send a clear message to our boys that the nation remains loyally behind them. The Bafana 12th   is us, the fans, we must carry on playing our part.  Ke Nako!” she said.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comKalay MaistryMedia Relations ManagerInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Email: kalaym@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Ohio Fall Weed survey follow-up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistSo I got some calls after our Extension Fall Weed Survey — if these are the problem weeds, then how do you deal with them?It is becoming apparent that with the move to herbicide tolerant crops, we aren’t necessarily getting rid of all of our weeds — only 30% of our fields are weed free. Giant ragweed moved back into first place for worst weed, seen in 34% of fields overtaking marestail seen in 30% of fields. And then there is the pigweed problem — waterhemp appeared frequently, so did redroot pigweed and then there are the concerns about Palmer amaranth and its escape across Ohio. Weed2018 Ohio rank% of fieldsGiant Ragweed134Marestail230Waterhemp610Redroot pigweed105 So how do we deal with problem weeds? I look in the back of the Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Weed Control Guide — all of these weeds are there, so it’s not just a problem for you but these appear to be problems across the eastern Corn Belt as well. Mark Loux has the weed control guide posted on his website:, along with several other resources.Herbicide classification chart: If you know what herbicide class is missing the weed, then this will help you choose another direction for your campaign.Pigweed (amaranth) ID factsheet: You have to scout to know what’s out there — then you have to identify it. Once upon a time we had a whole industry that spent their time scouting, that’s gone but now you can be that crop scout.Palmer amaranth in OH factsheet: Where have they been spotted? How to keep them off your farm? And learn how to remove them. “Go Rogue” is the new phrase from the university weed science team — and to get rid of the seed (a must) then you are likely to have to remove them by hand.Marestail control factsheet: For those of us who have had to deal with this for 16 years, we know the drill: use a fall burndown, then a spring burndown with residual, and use multiple modes of action with those pre-emergent herbicides. If you miss it with your pre-emergent herbicide then you better have a LibertyLink variety or Extend beans because glyphosate will not take it down (and neither will other post herbicides in soybeans).Herbicide Resistance Screening: We don’t do that much anymore. Contact the University of Illinois for pigweed species screening. We can probably help you with identification, but likely you will need to send the sample you wish to have screened for resistance to Illinois: else is in the Weed Control Guide? I tell farmers in meetings that you need to think like a weed to understand how they grow and how to control them. The guide starts with “Weed Control Principles” and for the first 23 pages that’s what it covers. It’s about the longest chapter in the guide, and yet no one reads it. Start there, then go to “Control of Problem Weeds” starting on page 182. After you read those sections, then I’ll allow you see the charts for herbicide selection. Read those last, even though these are the pages that most people start with first.Some other useful information is to be aware of how much we have overused our (very effective) herbicides. These three images come from Ian Heap at He is the guy that tracks resistant weed development across the world. How do we “develop” resistance? Only after exposure to a herbicide do we make selections that will reproduce, and then become the dominant population. Typically, it is a very small number of weeds within a species that have the genes to make it resistant, then with the herbicide pressure we place on the weed, there is a shift in the population until there are a bunch of resistant weeds growing in your field.last_img read more

Working for Free? Considerations for Creative Professionals

first_imgIn this post we look at three reasons why creative professionals might take on unpaid work.  Does it ever pay to work for free?Normally I would be the first to argue that creatives should be paid and paid well for their work – just as anyone should be rewarded for a job well done.  However, there may be some times when it may actually pay off to work for free.If you’re a freelancer (video editor, producer, graphic designer, photographer, etc) you’ll certainly have some off-days when you’re time rich. Invest that time as best you can in one of the three following ways…PURPOSE – Projects You Believe InI’m a firm believer that there is an irrefutable law woven into the fabric of the universe that generosity is rewarding. Give something and you’ll feel good about it for days, get something and you’ll probably have forgotten about it sooner than that. So the first reason you should work for free is on projects with purpose.  Call up your small local charity or good cause – the one that you actually really care about – and ask them how you can help by offering your creative services for free.Normally you might think twice about giving away hundreds or thousands of dollars of your hard earned cash, but its easier to give away the same value in your time, skills and expertise. And who knows, off the back of your generosity they might get back 10 times more. Your free fundraiser video, design or photography which might normally have cost $3000 could help raise $30,000 more!  Isn’t that time well spent?As an example here is a free video I made for one of my favourite charities – Refugee Support Network, which helps unaccompanied teenagers who arrive in London seeking Asylum:PASSION – Projects You Have To DoThe most obvious reason to do something for free is because you want to. Passion projects are vital to help keep your creativity and love for what you do alive, especially if you’re cutting wedding videos or corporate snores 40 hours a week.  Ji Lee, then Creative Director at Google Labs, now Creative Director at Facebook, shared some inspiring stories of how his own hobby projects led to getting hired by the big players.In a less grand example, my mate Jeremy made this 1 minute love letter of a film about his toaster, sent it to the manufacturer, who in response hired him to make more videos for them. One thing really does lead to another.The one minute video:The final commissioned project:Progress – Projects To Get AheadFinally the third reason why you should work for free is simply because you’re just starting out and you’ve got nothing else to showcase your budding talent and creativity. Doing free work at the beginning is a good way to build your reel or portfolio and sometimes you just have to take what you can get. But you should only do this for a short time and then make sure you do the real work of getting as many people as possible to see it, so that it can lead to paying gigs. Send it to people who might  want to do something similar, or who can see the potential for what they do, in what you’ve created.The flip-side of this is that once you’re established in your field then the only other time to invest yourself in free work is when you’re trying to move into a new area and you don’t get have an example of it. Characteristically directors/producers want to see a music video if you want to cut music videos, or broadcast credits, or long form work if you want to do more of the same. They say you should ”Dress for the job you want.” – to look as if you’ve already got it. In the same vein shoot and edit (for free) the projects you want to get paid for.So those are my thoughts, what are yours? Hit the comments section below and share your experiences.last_img read more

Modi to launch Kashmir hydropower plant as Pakistan seethes

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate on Saturday a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting protest from neighbour Pakistan that says the project on a river flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies.The 330-megawatt Kishanganga hydropower station, work on which started in 2009, is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the volatile State under Mr. Modi amid frosty ties between the nuclear-armed countries.Pakistan has opposed some of these projects, saying they violate a World Bank-mediated treaty on the sharing of the Indus river and its tributaries upon which 80 per cent of its irrigated agriculture depends.‘Violation of Indus Waters Treaty’“Pakistan is seriously concerned about the inauguration [of the Kishanganga plant],” its Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. “Pakistan believes that the inauguration of the project without the resolution of the dispute is tantamount to violation of the Indus Waters Treaty [IWT].”The Kishanganga project was delayed for several years as Pakistan dragged India to the International Court of Arbitration, which ruled in India’s favour in 2013.These are “run-of-the-river” schemes: IndiaIndia has said the hydropower projects under way in Jammu and Kashmir are “run-of-the-river” schemes that use the river’s flow and elevation to generate electricity rather than large reservoirs, and do not contravene the treaty.A day before Mr. Modi’s trip to the northern State, at least nine people were killed on both sides of the border due to firing by each other’s security forces, officials said.The two countries have fought three wars, two over Kashmir that they rule in part but claim in full.India accuses Pakistan of promoting militancy in Kashmir, a charge that Islamabad denies.Safe passage during RamadanThe federal Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that it would suspend all operations against militants in the region during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.More than 130 people have been killed this year in militant violence in the Kashmir Valley.Mr. Modi, who is on a day-long visit to the State, will also flag off the construction of the 14 kilometre-long Zojila tunnel to provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh cities.The government said it would be the longest road tunnel in India and Asia’s longest bidirectional tunnel, to be constructed at a cost of $1 billion. ($1 = 67.9850 Indian rupees)last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Mexico

first_imgMexico will be counting on Javier Hernandez and Giovani Dos Santos for success at the World CupWith few big names in its squad, Mexico could find it hard to make it out of its World Cup group.The Mexicans were drawn into Group A with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon, and the absence of some European-based players won’t help.Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez and Villarreal forward Giovani Dos Santos should be there, but Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela – maybe the country’s top offensive player – is a notable absence. Vela has declined to play for the national team, citing personal reasons.Here are five players to watch:RAFAEL MARQUEZRafael Marquez will be playing at his fourth World Cup and is charged with bringing much-needed experience and leadership.The former Barcelona defender, now Mexico’s 35-year-old captain, has had a mixed record since the last World Cup. Three injury-plagued seasons at MLS team New York Red Bulls seemed to mark the end of his career at the top level, but in December 2012 he signed for Mexican club Leon and led the team to a league title last year.Marquez’s strength is starting Mexico’s attacks from his center back position and in reading the game. Opposition teams may seek to exploit his lack of pace.JAVIER HERNANDEZJavier Hernandez is closing in on becoming Mexico’s top all-time goal scorer, but the Manchester United striker may not start in Brazil despite being the team’s most recognizable name and a regular since the last World Cup.advertisementLack of minutes in the Premier League has hampered Hernandez’s chances at the international level, and Oribe Peralta appears to be ahead of him in coach Miguel Herrera’s pecking order.”Chicharito,” the nickname he wears on his shirt, is likely to play the role of substitute at the World Cup as he does for his club when it needs a late goal.Known mainly for his ability to convert chances in the penalty area, a goal from Hernandez against France at the last World Cup helped secure a big win for Mexico.CARLOS PENACarlos Pena is one of the younger players that will be looking to make an impact at the World Cup with a move to Europe after the tournament a possibility.The attacking midfielder has secured a starting place for Mexico over the last six months and helped Leon to a 2013 Mexican league title.Pena is physically strong, has good stamina and is a goal-scoring threat. His nickname “Gullit” is derived from a hairstyle that resembles Netherlands great Ruud Gullit.GIOVANI DOS SANTOSGiovani Dos Santos debuted for Barcelona when he was just 18 and was compared to Brazil great Ronaldinho. But the forward’s career stalled when he moved to Tottenham in 2008 and struggled for playing time.The half-Brazilian joined Villarreal last year and has found some consistent form in Spain.Dos Santos was heavily criticized in Mexico for his performances in World Cup qualifying. But he played on the wing, instead of down the center, where he is set to feature for “El Tri” in Brazil.ORIBE PERALTAOribe Oeralta was the star in Mexico’s gold-medal win at the London Olympics and is set to lead the national team’s attack at the World Cup.Peralta made a name for himself late in his career, but has scored goals consistently over the last two years for both Santos Laguna and for Mexico.An all-round striker who can also create chances, Peralta is known for his work rate and ability to score spectacular goals.last_img read more

Ishant to undergo more tests on sore leg, says bowling coach Joe Dawes

first_imgIshant SharmaRuled out of the ongoing third Test due to a sore leg, pacer Ishant Sharma’s leg injury has left the team’s bowling coach Joe Dawes quite apprehensive and he said the star performer will have to be monitored carefully in the coming days.Tall fast bowler Pankaj Singh replaced Ishant in the Indian squad for the ongoing third Test against England.”Ishant has a sore leg. We need to do a few more tests but we have 11 days before for the next Test, so we will watch him carefully,” Dawes said after the opening day’s play yesterday.Asked at what juncture the team decided to leave him out, he said, “Pankaj was named in the first 12 yesterday. Ishant had a bowl in the morning before toss but he felt sore and then around 10.20 am (about ten minutes before toss) it was decided.”England reached a comfortable 247 for two on an easy pitch after Alastair Cook came back to form with 95 runs and Gary Ballance scored an unbeaten 104 runs, his second hundred of the series.”Maybe it was not the best days for our bowling attack, but Pankaj coming through was a real positive for us. He could have easily got a couple of wickets but things didn’t go his way. Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) had an off day. We are working on the consistency of our bowlers,” said the coach.Dawes also informed that the young Indian attack had dinner with West Indies great Michael Holding ahead of the match.”Yes, we had dinner with Michael Holding and the bowlers had a lot of questions for him. It was a good time spent with the royalty of fast bowling,” he added.advertisementCook was able to get away on the day when Ravindra Jadeja dropped him on 15. There have been a lot of changes in the slip cordon for India since the transition set in, and it doesn’t look set at the moment.”It is a new cordon and the ball wobbles a bit here in England after going past the bat. They are working hard as a group. Even Mark Waugh and Mark Taylor dropped a few in their time,” he signed off.last_img read more