A SERIES of wonderful performances are lined-up this weekend for the annual Donegal Chamber Music Festival.Three concerts over the weekend will mark this year’s Festival, using different and unique locations including Glenveagh Castle, Glebe and House Gallery and An Grianan Theatre. Different orchestras will be presenting a mixture of well-known pieces of classical music as well as featuring contemporary works by this year Festival’s featured composer, Dublin-born John McLachlan, who lives in Inishowen.Starting this Friday evening, the Festival will bring classical music lovers to the magic of an evening concert at Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh National ParkThe Donegal Camerata String Ensemble (violin, viola, cello, double bass) will present another eclectic program at Glenveagh with music by Leopold Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Astor Piazzolla and a new arrangement of John McLachlan’s Lament. An event which have been described by concertgoers as “a true chamber music experience”, the concert will be followed by tea, coffee and tray bakes at the Castle’s Tea Rooms.Saturday’s Lunchtime concert has become a very popular event at the beautiful Glebe Gallery and House, Churchill. This Free Family Concert, also included as part of this year’s WainFest, will include some children tunes and famous classical pieces played by the Donegal Music Education Partnership’s Junior and Intermediate String Orchestras at the Gallery’s Courtyard.The Orchestra will also perform Dreams Adrift, a piece specially composed for this occasion by John McLachlan. While you are listening to the youngest string players of DMEP, you can enjoy one of the best coffees at the Glebe Tea Rooms while looking at the beautiful gardens and the Gartan lake.Donegal Chamber Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary Concert follows on Sunday.Celebrating ten successful years of chamber music making in County Donegal and beyond, the 2016’s Donegal Chamber Music Festival will end with a very special closing concert at the great venue what is An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny.The first half of the concert will feature special guests including exceptional young talent in classical, jazz and traditional music. The DCO’s programme will include works by Vivaldi, Sibelius, Elgar, Bartók and the “Inishowen Set” composed for the Donegal Chamber Orchestra in 2013 by Donegal based composer John McLachlan.The Donegal Chamber Music Society aims to present Irish Contemporary Music in each of their events and every year the invite a composer to the Festival. This year featured composer is Dublin-born, Donegal based composer John McLachlan. John McLachlan’s music has been performed in over twenty countries and on five continents. He has represented Ireland in festivals in Finland, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, South Africa and Peru and had performances in many other places including Tokyo, New York, Paris and London.He has had commissions from the RTE NSO, the National Concert Hall, the Dublin International Piano Competition and most of the leading contemporary music groups and soloists in Ireland as well as further afield. His music has been recorded by artists such as David Adams, John Feeley and Mary Dullea among others. John McLachlan is a member of Aosdana, Ireland’s state-sponsered academy for the creative arts. He lives in Inishowen, Donegal, with his wife Helen and two sons. For more info on concerts, CDs etc see www.johnmclachlan.infoFeaturing artists:Donegal Camerata String Ensemble; DMEP’s Junior & Intermediate String Orchestras;Donegal Chamber Orchestra with Special Guests and the music of composer John McLachlanDONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble at Glenveagh CastleFriday 14th October, 8pm Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle.Price € 20/€ 15 (Bus leaving car park at 7.30pmBooking essential. An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 9120777Music by Leopold Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, John McLachlan and Piazzolla.Tea, Coffee and tray bakes afterwards FAMILY CONCERT AT THE GLEBESaturday 15th October, 12.30pm.The Glebe House and Gallery, Churchill – Admission is FREEDonegal Music Education Partnership´s Junior and Intermediate String Orchestras.Works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, John McLachlan’s Dreams Adrift and music from the Disney moviesDONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’s 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTSunday 16th October, 7 pm. An Grianan Theatre. Price €12 /€10Join the Donegal Chamber Orchestra and special guests for a celebration of 10 years of wonderful music-making by the DCO in Donegal and beyond. Past and present orchestra members will perform together on stage in a concert which promises to be one of the musical highlights of 2016 at An Grianan. The DCO’s programme will include works by Vivaldi, Sibelius, Elgar, Bartók and the “Inishowen Set” composed for the Donegal Chamber Orchestra in 2013 by Donegal based composer John McLachlan.Donegal Chamber Orchestra, RCC Letterkenny, 16APR2016.Stunning line-up of works for this weekend’s Donegal Chamber Music Festival was last modified: October 12th, 2016 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)
1 November 2012 South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology is to partner with Impala Platinum (Implats) to use and build local skills in the development of hydrogen and fuel cell products, the department announced on Wednesday. The collaboration with the world’s second-largest platinum producer is intended to attain some of the objectives of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development and Innovation Strategy (HySA Strategy), which was established in 2008. Implats will initially co-fund a niche project in the portfolio of HySA Systems to the value of R6-million, over a three-year cycle. The project involves using South African raw materials to explore novel on-board hydrogen storage devices to be used for utility vehicles such as forklifts that will be tested in the Implats environment.Stimulating job creation and economic growth Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said the department hoped its partnership with Implats would eventually lead to job creation and stimulate economic growth. With the necessary steps being taken to build up hydrogen and fuel cell infrastructure, it was essential to begin developing a supply chain of businesses which could generate jobs and growth in these new technologies, said lead investigator and Director of HySA Systems, Bruno Pollet. “Hydrogen-powered utility vehicles will help to create new working partnerships and bring about a sense of cohesion among those already working in the industry,” Pollet said. Implats chief executive officer Terence Goodlace said that long-term global growth could be sustained only on the foundations of resource availability and technological evolution, and that precious metals would be particularly valuable as growth patterns shifted. Implats recognised that beneficiation as a mechanism for generating additional value from a national resource would be increasingly important, Goodlace added.Penetrating the global fuel cell market The Department of Science and Technology has established three centres of competence under its HySA Strategy, which are hosted by some of the country’s leading universities and science councils. These centres of competence are hosted by the University of the Western Cape, co- hosted by the University of Cape Town and analytical chemistry laboratory Mintek, and co-hosted by North West University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The HySA centres of competence have made progress in securing partnerships with the international and local private sectors, which will enable HySA to penetrate the global fuel cell market, the department said. HySA Systems, one of the centres of competence, is based at the University of the Western Cape, and is engaged in systems integration and technology validation. Source: SANews.gov.za
Children’s rights activist Michel Chikwanine was kidnapped as a five-year-old and used as a child soldier in Democratic Republic of Congo. Now he has turned his story into a graphic novel. It is aimed at children from 10 years old and up. He wants to educate that age group about the issue. At the age of five, Michel Chikwanine was kidnapped and forced to become a child soldier. He has turned his story into a graphic novel. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) Priya PitamberWhen Michel Chikwanine was just five years old his life changed irrevocably during a soccer game near his school in Democratic Republic of Congo. Rebel militiamen kidnapped him and the other children and forced them to become child soldiers.In a drug-infused daze, he was blindfolded and told to shoot. His victim was his best friend. “I was forced literally to kill my best friend as an initiation process into the army,” Chikwanine told US news website The World Post. “That’s something I will never forget, and I still fight with every single day.”He was one of the lucky ones who managed to escape after a few weeks and find his family again. They eventually fled to Uganda, and in 2004 made it to Canada as refugees. His father, a human rights activist, was killed in the conflict at home.But his experiences have led him to raise awareness about the issue of child soldiers, and he has become a children’s rights activist.Chikwanine wrote a graphic novel, Child Soldiers: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War, with co-author Jessica Dee Humphreys and illustrator Claudia Davila. It’s aimed at children aged 10 to 14.“It chronicles my experience in escaping this deal and ending up in a refugee camp with my family and escaping a war that affected so many people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,” he said.More than just a graphic novelChikwanine said illustrator Davila did a great job of depicting the story “in a very real way but also not making it too violent for young people”. Michel Chikwanine commended the illustrations by Claudia Davila in his book, Child Soldiers: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)There was an educational resource at the end of the book to help young people figure out how they could get back to their communities, should they find themselves being used as child soldiers, Chikwanine said. “It’s one of the most important parts of the book because as much as my story is so important, taking action and ending the problem is just as important.”Another educational aspect of the book is that it provides a wider view of the conditions that led to the conflict in his country.“When we talk about Africa, or any other part of the world, it’s always talked about in headlines,” he told The World Post. “Africa has a very stereotypical mention of being very violent and poor, but we forget to mention the context of the conflict and the poverty. It leads people to conclude the very stereotypical idea of what Africa is, and that’s not what it is.”Worldwide problemUsing children as soldiers in conflict is not isolated to Africa. According to Canada’s Toronto Public Library, “an estimated 250 000 children in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 40% of which include girls, have been kidnapped, stolen, forced and brainwashed to do the dirty deeds of violent captors in countries where political, economic, and humanitarian disputes have turned into lengthy and bloody wars”. Children are used as soldiers across the world, according to the United Nations. (Image: Human Rights)“Young people have to understand the complexities of what’s happening in the world,” Chikwanine told Toronto’s CBC Radio. “We can’t hide it from them — because whether we like it or not, it’s happening to five-year-olds in the Congo, in South America, in the Middle East and there are gangs here [in Canada] as well.”
22 February 2016When astronomer Kevin Govender found out he that he had been named as a joint recipient of the 2016 Edinburgh Medal with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), his first thought was that it was a mistake. “It wasn’t supposed to be me,” he said. “I thought it could rather be my colleague, George Miley.”But mistakes like that don’t happen, and indeed he was the correct candidate. “The moment I convinced myself it was real, it was unbelievable,” the director of the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) said thoughtfully.Govender first heard about his win towards the end of 2015, when he received an email. He immediately dismissed it as spam. But following a call from Prof Ian Wall, who is on the Board of Directors of the Edinburgh Science Festival, during which the award ceremony will take place, things became real. Wall said the board had been keeping an eye on Govender’s work.It prompted the curious Govender to do further research. “I looked it up,” he explained.He learned that some of the previous individual recipients included prestigious names in the scientific community, such as Prof Jane Goodall (1991), Sir David Attenborough (1998) and Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1999). Four Nobel laureates have also been recipients: Prof Abdus Salam (1989), Prof Wangari Maathai (1993), Sir John Edward Sulston (2001) and Prof Peter Higgs (2013).The medal itself is made of sterling silver and features the original Edinburgh International Science Festival logo – a juggler performing with different symbols of science.Following the announcement, the influx of congratulatory messages came in droves. “I was swamped with well wishes.” He laughed when he said he still needed to respond to each of them. In order to satisfy the scrutiny, he took to his blog because “all the attention had left me rather speechless so far. I’ve barely managed to click ‘like’ on people’s comments to acknowledge their congratulatory nature”.In his post, he acknowledged his colleagues for their efforts in the OAD, he explained his hesitance in having the spotlight on him, and he thanked everyone for their support.“So thank you, my dear friends from near and far for all the well-wishes and congratulatory messages,” he wrote. “I accept them humbly with much appreciation and respect, and with the hope that this opportunity will provide a strong boost for the work that we do on this global initiative.”Govender will attend the awards ceremony on 30 March and will give a talk as well. It takes place during the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival. Because he is a science enthusiast, he said, he was most excited to attend the festival. He had completed his term at South Africa’s national science festival, Scifest Africa, and was keen to see the Scottish event.Receiving the medal was very important for South Africa, Govender added. “The award being given to a South African shows the global position of the country as a leader in astronomy in the developing world.” Having the main office of the OAD in South Africa, with nine regional offices around the world, further solidified South Africa’s leadership role.Govender’s love for science came from his parents, whom he described as a “special combination”. His mother was a teacher and his father a motor mechanic. “I grew up with a love for reading and learning how things worked.”If something went wrong in the Govender household, they fixed it themselves. It formed the basis for science – learning how the world and the universe worked. “When I was in high school, I used to read the science text books of the standard above me because [they were] more interesting,” he revealed. “The teachers supported me.”He and his fellow science enthusiasts formed science clubs to help younger children think about science, which continued throughout university. At his first job at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), he became involved in science outreach projects and got sponsorship from the company.As yet, he has no idea where he will place the medal. “We’ll probably put it on display in the office,” he mused. “We have things on display from all our travels.“This medal gives a level of credibility to the work we do. And we have many affluent people passing through the office – they can then see the recognition.”Through his work, Govender has had to travel to many countries, so much so that his passport has run out of pages to be stamped. Highlights have been getting to know people all over the world and experiencing a wide range of cultures.But his ultimate highlight has been having two children with wife, Carolina Odman. “We’ve had two boys, one is two years old and the other four years old, and that has kept me sane. It gives perspective to the work we are doing.” Kevin Govender says his children help give him perspective. (Image: Supplied)Govender was appointed the OAD’s director in 2011. He was previously part of a tiny delegation that successfully lobbied the United Nations to declare 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009); he chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project in the same year.He was included in the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, and received the National Science and Technology Forum’s Science Communicator award in 2011.He reiterated that the field of astronomy gave us the perspective we needed to change the world. “It opens and broadens our minds, it makes us realise what is, and what isn’t important.”
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The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Tuesday congratulated the seven Indian shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, who have made the cut for the Rio Olympics.Eclipsing the previous high of five shuttlers taking part in the 2012 London Olympics, this year seven Indian shuttlers have made the cut for Rio.The list includes two women’s singles players in Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, one men’s singles player in Kidambi Srikanth, the women’s doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, while Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy make up the men’s doubles team.The shuttlers qualified on the basis of their rankings after the Badminton Asia Championships ended on Sunday. The cut-off date for achieving the required rankings is May 5.India, however, missed out a second qualifier in the singles category as 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap is out of contention due to injury concerns. The only event where India won’t have an entry is in the mixed doubles.