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Donegal retains 13 Blue Flags, but Lisfannon loses out again

first_img Facebook Donegal retains 13 Blue Flags, but Lisfannon loses out again By News Highland – May 21, 2018 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter Google+center_img Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDriver arrested in Burnfoot after failing roadside drugs testNext article‘Vicious assault’ on teenager in Derry being treated as sectarian News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 All 13 blue flag locations in Donegal have retained their award for 2018.An Taisce has announced the International Blue flag and Green Coast awards recipients for 2018 at the awards ceremony held in County Wicklow this afternoon.Ian Diamond is Costal Awards Manager for An Taisce. He says that while it’s all good news this year, there’s always room to improve…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/blueflagWEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For the second year in a row, Lisfannon Beach in Inishowen is without a Blue Flag, partly as a result of issues with sewerage services for a number of local homes.Buncrana based Councillor Rena Donaghey says efforts are being redoubled to address those issues, with a view towards having the flag restored in 2019.Cllr Donaghey is stressing that the beach is still a safe spot in which to swim, and all services are still being provided…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/renadon1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

 

Frigid Blast Continues With A Little Snow Too

first_imgA reinforcing shot of bitter cold air will come in time for the new year and we are looking at a little snow to coat the ground as well. High temperatures have been in the 20s most of this week with wind chills in the single digits. Now another, even colder, shot of air will be arriving on New Years Eve. A cold front will be moving through on Saturday which will bring a shot of some light snow. With ground temperatures below freezing, any snow will easily stick to the ground.Computer models show a period of light snow during the morning and early afternoon hours on Saturday. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)Snow will fall mainly between 7am-3pm Saturday with a coating to 1″ expected. High temperatures on Saturday may briefly creep above the freezing mark but that will be the last time for a while.Forecast Snow Amounts around 1″ possible on SaturdayBehind the front, blustery conditions for New Years Eve as highs will not get out of the low 20s and winds chills will be in the single digits all day.Forecast Highs on New Years Eve.It will be downright frigid if you are going out for First Night in Ocean City. Coldest temperatures that we have seen in a long time will settle in. Winds will still be busy as temperatures drop into the teens and wind chills will drop below zero.Wind Chills at or below Zero New Years Eve night.We will start the New Year just like we finished it. High temperatures will be in the low 20s with brisk northwest winds around 20mph which will make temperatures feel like its in the single digits despite the sunshine.Wind Chills during the day on New Years Day will remain in the single digits.Not much relief the remainder of the week as frigid air will hang around and temperatures will mostly remain below the freezing mark all week. For those snow lovers out there, despite all this cold weather, no snow is expected through the period. (Except this Saturday of course). A “thaw” could come by next weekend as highs could reach into the low 40s.Happy New Year!last_img read more

 

A joyful noise

first_imgThe Kuumba Singers of Harvard College celebrate the African-American aural tradition, and have done so for almost 40 years. The singers held their annual winter concerts, a holiday tradition of songs and dances, in Memorial Hall in early December.The group’s Web site says its name was chosen because it “allowed for all modes of diasporic expression. In Swahili, ‘kuumba’ roughly means creativity, though the literal meaning is more subtle: It is the creativity of leaving a space better than you found it.”Kuumba singer Amber James ’11 added, “The songs we sing and the dances we do and the poems we read, they are all designed to bring people together in celebration of black creativity and spirituality. The concert is so moving because of the range of emotions that are represented in music from the black diaspora. Pain, sorrow, strength, resilience, peace, joy, love, and countless others are all intensely felt through the music and movements.” Singing from the heart Impassioned vocalists Omobolaji Ogunsola ’10 (from left), Amber James ’11, Kaydene Grinnell ’10, and Marissa Glynias ’12 give it all they’ve got. A chorus line Matthews Mmopi ’11 (from left, red shirt), Nathan Whitfield ’09, Omobolaji Ogunsola ’10, Amber James ’11, Kaydene Grinnell ’10, and Marissa Glynias ’12 rehearse for the Kuumba Winter Concert. Dancer in red A singing and swaying Amber James ’11 at rehearsal for the Kuumba Winter Concert inside the Memorial Church. Harvard Kuumba Singers Dressed to sing Darkly and festively draped, the Kuumba Singers unite. Flight of the Kuumba Singers This regal-looking statue overhears Maxwell Nwaru ’10 rehearsing. Full house Under the Memorial Church’s white pillars, a rapt audience watches as the Kuumba Singers process to the stage. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

 

Long Island’s Guitar God Joe Satriani Talks Strange Beautiful Music

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ong Island’s own Joe Satriani is perhaps the most widely lauded rock guitarist of all time.A true legend of his craft, he’s credited with not only bringing instrumental guitar to the rock scene in such a profound way that it’s become part of the culture that now defines us, but for teaching his artistry to such noted rockers as fellow Long Islander Steve Vai and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.Whether he’s on a solo tour or rocking alongside Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, or his current Chickenfoot bandmates—Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, formerly of Van Halen, and Chad Smith, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers—when Satriani’s fingers fly across the strings, he doesn’t simply command the stage, he transports the listener through a multi-layered universe of intricately astonishing sounds that have no business coming from a guitar. Not a guitar from this planet, anyway.The concerted buildup of notes and tones, otherworldly avalanches that tell stories without the crutch of lyrics—Satriani’s guitar licks are recognizable in their unique interplay, the sometimes-haunting, always evolving waves of color build upon one other, echo and bounce off each other, collapse and are reborn again, underscored by swelling melodies that wash over audiences like an extraterrestrial sonic ocean.Songs like “Surfing with the Alien,” “Satch Boogie” and “Crystal Planet” are flat-out mesmerizing—works of aural art in themselves. If you watch a YouTube clip or are lucky enough to catch him live you will undoubtedly see fingerwork that will quite simply bend your mind. The tracks drum up adrenaline and anticipation while simultaneously stirring deep emotions. Rich and fast arpeggios drive relentless rhythms in sequences that only Satriani has been able to master, inspiring such a devoted following that some consider him more guitar god than mortal man.“Satch,” they call him.Besides signing autographs on nearly every body part imaginable—many of which are then tattooed directly over his pen strokes—one fan even went so far as to name his son Satriani, asking him to sign the birth certificate, according to an interview with the Vancouver Sun.“He’ll be wondering why he’s called Satriani and not Dave or something,” he joked to a reporter.The Carle Place native is currently on a worldwide tour titled The Unstoppable Momentum (named after his most recent album); it hits The Space at Westbury June 7. Last month, he released a memoir, Strange Beautiful Music—a pseudo-how-to guide for becoming a rock mastermind, replete with all the technical wizardry and virtuosic magic for any aspiring guitar-maestro sorcerer, dusted with fascinating stories from his youth and meteoric rise to six-string supernovae status—and 15-album box set Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings (Legacy Recordings). They mark his 30th anniversary as a professional musician and a renewed contract with Sony Records.He recently spoke with the Long Island Press about all this and more.Satriani is recognized as a virtuoso who possesses a supernatural mastery of not just the instrument (of which Ibanez guitars have an entire series named after him), but all the effects and electronics through which the notes cascade from the amplifiers. He controls unmatched technical skills forged by countless teenage nights and weekends staying in, practicing, practicing, practicing. His genius is centered on lightning-fast finger play called legato, two-handed tapping, alternate picking and sweep picking, which result in flawlessly smooth, flowing rivers of sound.Indeed, Satriani seems able to translate his very soul into sound.His body of work encompasses 14 studio albums (and a slew of live discs), including such landmark guitar records as Not of this Earth (1986), Surfing with the Alien (1987), Crystal Planet (1998), Strange Beautiful Music (2002), Engines of Creation (2000), Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock (2008), and Unstoppable Momentum (2013). Satriani has racked up 15 Grammy nominations and earned his rightful place in rock ’n’ roll history, atop the hierarchy that include his heroes: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.Since 1995, his G3 Tour—featuring Satriani and two other notable guitarists, ranging from Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen to Kings Park native John Petrucci and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, among others—has been captivating audiences around the world, and this August he’ll be unleashing his fretboard fury with three other renowned guitarists (Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons and Mike Keneally) as The G4 Experience.And since it’s obvious from listening to any of his songs that Satriani simply can’t contain his gift (the notes sort of just bleed out of him), he shares it—mentoring way too many renowned players to list in this article. His styles and students cross genres—from the heavy metal hellfire of Metallica and the alt-rock swooning of Counting Crows to the bubblegum power pop of Third Eye Blind.In fact, Satriani’s ability to coax such a variety of music from his instrument has contributed to his unearthly persona, something he delights in and perpetuates. His fascination with science fiction and space began as an 8-year-old boy, before he’d ever picked up a guitar, when he was in the UFO club in his elementary school, according to an interview with Space.com.“I grew up in a time when the national neurosis was aliens from space right after World War II,” he said. “I was born in the perfect moment of hysteria where anything flying in the sky must be from outer space.”Satriani carried that interest into the studio, replicating ripples of time and space in songs like “Borg Sex” and “Is There Love in Space?”A perfectionist, he has a demanding work ethic that began the day he walked off his high school football field, telling his coach he was quitting to become a professional musician. It was September 18, 1970. The day that Jimi Hendrix died.Is it hyperbole to suggest that the spirit of Jimi awakened in a 14-year-old Joe that day?“Even now I can’t quite say what happened in my head, but I knew that because he died, I decided to become a guitar player. That moment of decision was immediate and profound. It changed my life and everything about me,” the 57-year-old writes in Strange Beautiful Music.Satriani began a regimen of practice—first on a borrowed guitar from his sister, and finally, his own—that has not let up to this day, another facet of his life influenced by Hendrix. That his late hero still practiced so much after he’d attained monumental success was a revelation to Satriani.“I think it takes quite a lot of work to maintain one’s musicianship,” he tells the Press in a phone interview from his home in California.As testament, in preparation for his upcoming tour that hits The Space at Westbury on June 7, he runs through the entire set of his concert at least once a day.“That’s in addition to the other six to seven hours that I’m working on music, where I might be playing all kinds of guitar and bass and working on mixes and things like that,” he says.Yet Satriani often speaks of a realm that goes beyond technical ability and lets the musician’s personality shine through. It’s this transcendental place where Satriani believes true artistry resides.“It’s a muscle that you’ve got to learn to flex or it’s a spiritual power that you have to learn to nurture,” he explains. “It helped me to express the innermost feeling that I’m having toward a subject that I’m directing toward a piece of music and it also allowed me to sort of get over the hurdle of my own physical limitations. That’s an important thing for any artist.”Satriani’s flexing that muscle in ways that he hasn’t for the bulk of his career: recently, as part of the supergroup Chickenfoot and in the development of an animated series with guitarist/singer/songwriter Ned Evett based off a four-minute video Evett had created from some of Joe’s drawings to the song “Lies and Truths.”“You get two guitar players together and they start all kinds of schemes,” he says. “So we then said, ‘Let’s see if we can create a full-on series based on a very unusual story.’ We’ve been working on it for a very long time and we’re close to finishing our pilot episode. We’re basically learning as we go on this thing and we hope that at some point people will be able to see it on something like Adult Swim.”Carle Place native, extraterrestrial guitar god-sorcerer, Joe Satriani.MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETYFor all of his technical expertise and precision, Satriani isn’t afraid to stretch as an artist, to experiment, and to grow. It’s a generosity of spirit that reveals itself in multiple ways: evident in his teaching others his hard-won guitar virtuosity, as well as his vocal support of artists from completely other mediums. On April 6, for example, he appeared on VH1’s That Metal Show, alongside fellow guitar demigod Yngwie Malmsteen and comedians Artie Lang and Press favorite Jim Breuer.Afterward, he couldn’t help but gush over Breuer’s comedic talent.“I’m just an average guy, just a musician, and I can act up from time to time, but there’s no comparison when you sit next to a guy like Jim and he’s doing his thing,” he tells the Press. “They physically embody the joke, the thing that they’re doing. It’s such a gift. It’s truly amazing.”Breuer, who hails from Valley Stream and was profiled by the Press in March, is an unabashed heavy metal aficionado and a dedicated fan of Joe Satriani. When the Press reached out and asked if he had questions for his fellow Long Islander, the comedian immediately responded with this pressing inquiry:“Where’s the best Long Island spot to get a slice? For me, it’s Ancona Pizza on Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream.” [A Press staffer’s belly agrees.]Satriani didn’t miss a beat.“Well, it’s been a very long time since I went hunting for pizza on LI,” he answers, “but when I was a kid, our favorite place was Frank’s on Post Avenue in Westbury.”This conversation, between phone calls and text messages, led to Satriani making plans to record on Breuer’s upcoming rock album Heavy Metal Man this coming November, alongside other rock titans.All of his praise and appreciation of other artists is merely a humble Satriani calling it at he sees it, a raw honesty that seems to pervade all aspects of his musicality. Consider his latest band, supergroup Chickenfoot—a quartet of music heavyweights as diverse as they are legendary.While Satriani speaks in a precise, thoughtful manner, choosing his words as carefully as he teases out guitar riffs, the same cannot always be said for his bandmates, especially the boisterous Sammy Hagar, the group’s front man and singer. During an interview about Strange Beautiful Music, Hagar took credit for loosening up Satriani in a way he said had never been done before:“We’re not afraid to make a mistake and go for it and try anything,” he said. “Joe loved that, and got so into it that he fell right into the same attitude. So as Chickenfoot started playing more together as a band, I could feel him getting off the hook and loosening up. I’m always telling him that, ‘We turned you out,’ which is like we took a virgin and made him a whore.”Satriani sees things a little differently.“Chickenfoot wasn’t a band that had any kind of discipline whatsoever,” he tells the Press. “There was zero discipline. Zero track record. I wound up being the de facto guy to pull it all together.”After his bandmates would record, Satriani says they’d leave him and producer Glyn Johns to complete the tracks:“So yeah, this was a bone of contention after a while because I said, ‘Guys, you can’t keep doing this.’ But that’s exactly how it happens. From his perspective, [Hagar] thinks that he’s loosening me up. But if you loosen me up, there will never be another record, because no one will be there to pull it all together.”“I love collaborating and I recognize that although it can be difficult when you’re in the middle of it, the end of result is worth it, and usually far better than you would have done on your own,” he writes in Strange Beautiful Music.Being part of a band is something he hasn’t experienced since early in his career, just out of Carle Place High School. For a man who’s since toured the world and is an internationally recognized guitar deity, it’s the completion of a circle.His show at The Space at Westbury on June 7, thus, marks the coming home of a living legend.—With Christopher TwarowskiJoe Satriani’s The Unstoppable Momentum tour rolls into The Space at Westbury for a homecoming gig on June 7. Visit thespaceatwestbury.com and this week’s “Do This” for more details. Tickets are also available HERE.last_img read more

 

Bali rejects Timor Leste’s request to quarantine citizens

first_imgThe Bali provincial administration has rejected Timor Leste’s request to put 17 of its citizens who are due to be repatriated from China due to the novel coronavirus outbreak into quarantine on the island.The decision to reject the request was made during a meeting held by the administration on Monday.“The relevant parties in the province did not agree to grant the request; therefore, it’s difficult for us to accept it,” Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati said on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com. Tjokorda said the provincial administration had responded to the government’s policy by asking all Bali tourism stakeholders, including hotel management and travel agents, to collect data on Chinese tourists who were still in Bali. The restriction is expected to affect Chinese tourists who have arrived since Feb. 2 because the average length time of Chinese tourists visiting Bali stay is four days, he added.I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali would also follow the government’s restriction on people travelling from China. “We will suspend 164 of 247 regular flights from Bali to China,” airport spokesperson Arie Ahsanurrohim said, as quoted by tribunnews.com.The ban, however, would not apply to 55 flights to Hong Kong and 28 to Taipei, he went on to say.The Indonesian Tour Guide Association (HPI) in Bali has reported that the viral outbreak has affected the island’s tourism as nearly 1,000 Chinese-speaking tour guides are currently unemployed.HPI Bali Chairman I Nyoman Nuarta said some 1,300 people acted as guides for Chinese tourists visiting the island, about 80 percent of these focused on serving tourists from mainland China.Some of the unemployed tour guides have switched to other work such as taxi driving and others have chosen to return to their hometowns, he said.“Hopefully, this won’t last too long and there will soon be certainty,” he added. (syk)Topics : He previously said Timor Leste had asked for Indonesian permits and assistance to quarantine 17 of its citizens in Bali. The request was made through the Indonesian Embassy in Dili.The decision was made based on considerations and input from several tourism stakeholders in Bali.It is also in line with Indonesia’s policy to restrict travel to visitors from China because of the outbreak, by suspending flights to and from all regions in mainland China. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Sunday that Indonesia would bar visitors who have been to China in the past 14 days. The ban will be effective starting Feb. 5.Read also: 10,000 Chinese tourists cancel trips to Bali over coronavirus fears: Travel grouplast_img read more

 

Ocean Infinity Takes Island Pride on Long-Term Charter

first_imgOcean Infinity said it has agreed a seven-year contract with Island Offshore for Island Pride. The vessel should expand Ocean Infinity’s platform for AUV data acquisition and analysis, and support a variety of operations globally.Island Pride is a multi-functional subsea support and construction vessel of UT 737 design, 103 meters in length with a beam of 21 meters and free deck space of 880 square meters.Ocean Infinity said it believes that Island Pride’s setup with deep water crane and two work-class ROVs is well suited to operations.CEO Oliver Plunkett of Ocean Infinity said: “We are very excited to have agreed this charter with Island Offshore. Given our success in the market and our clear path to future growth we felt it was important to expand by partnering for the long term. Island Offshore have proved to be a great vessel owner to work with and we look forward to a long and successful relationship as our business continues its rapid expansion.”Havard Ulstein, CEO Island Offshore, stated: “This charter is a clear statement of confidence in our vessel, crew and the long term stability of our business. We are thrilled to join Ocean Infinity as they push the boundaries of technology and that they chose us to support them in that goal.”last_img read more

 

‘Transgender women aren’t women’ – Australian academic slams her critics

first_imgOneNewsNow 26 October 2015Australian academic Germaine Greer has defended her earlier comments on transgender women, saying that “it doesn’t make them (transgender women) a woman”.“I think people should be allowed to have the male to female procedure… all I’m saying is that it doesn’t make them a woman,” she said in an interview with BBC Newsnight.She also claims that “a great many women” who are not transgender think transgender women – who she refers to as “male to female transgender people” – do not “look like, sound like or behave like women”.Her comments have prompted an outburst, with critics saying she should “keep quiet” on the issue.Greer did say that she would be prepared to use female pronouns when referring to someone if that was their preference, “as a courtesy”.A petition has been launched asking Cardiff University to cancel a lecture by Germaine Greer, saying her views are “problematic” for transgender people.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/-transgender-women-aren-t-australian-academic-slams-her-critics-q17492last_img read more

 

Ex-Eagles’ keeper joins Kwara United

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Kwara United have completed the signing of former Super Eagles goalie Dele Aiyenugba ahead of the 2020/21 Nigerian Professional Football League season.At the outgone NPFL season that was canceled due to the continuous threat of Coronavirus, Kwara United were aiming to finish among the top clubs on the final standings. The club’s management under the leadership of Kumbi Titiloye and Bashir Badawiy are now in top gear to bolster the squad so as for the Harmony Boys to soar next term in all competitions.Before leaving Nigeria in 2007, Aiyenugba recorded his name in the history books of the Nigerian and African football considering his awesome achievements.He actually started his career at Kwara Stars in 1998 before his brilliant performances then made ways for him to join Enyimba in 2001.—Tags: Dele AiyennugbaKwara UnitednpflSuper Eagleslast_img read more

 

ANOTHER BUSINESS BOMBSHELL AS JACKSON’S HOTEL GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known hotels has gone into receivership.Jackson’s HotelThe Bank of Ireland has confirmed it has appointed a receiver to Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey.The hotel will continue to trade as a going concern and al staff will remain in place. All wedding bookings and other vouchers will be honoured, the hotel has confirmed.The news comes just two days after the Seaview Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair confirmed it has closed with the loss of 35 jobs. ANOTHER BUSINESS BOMBSHELL AS JACKSON’S HOTEL GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP was last modified: January 8th, 2015 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:donegalJackson’s HotelReceivershiplast_img read more

 

SETI Reinvades Oz

first_imgTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first SETI search, astronomers from around the world are going to tune into the stars, listening for aliens.  Frank Drake named his first attempt in 1960 after the land of Oz: Project Ozma.  Today’s searchers, looking at promising candidates with much better resolution, are once again paying tribute to L. Frank Baum’s children’s tale by calling their search “Project Dorothy.”  Frank Drake is pleased, though disappointed at half a century of finding nothing.  “Over the past 50 years our searches have not yet produced the discovery we all hope for,” he said.  “This is understandable – in our vast and awesome universe it will take long, painstaking and comprehensive searches before we will have a good chance of success.”  The story can be found at Space.com.Frank Drake is the only scientist in the world famous for what he has not found, and for his Drake Equation that calculates any answer from a series of unknowable unknowns.  His celebrity shows there is still hope for those whose only skills are ignorance and talk.    Remember when the Darwin funDOmentalists laughed and laughed at the Kansas school board for daring to allow alternatives to evolution with jokes about its members being wackos from the land of Oz (04/21/2005)?  Well, the SETI devotees (usually the same crowd) have no protection from the hole they just opened up for themselves.  Next they should start Project Wicked Witch, Project Scarecrow, and Project Munchkin.    What Baum didn’t describe in detail was the religion of the munchkins.  Before Toto revealed the semi-intelligent cause behind their Wizard’s tricks, the munchkins maintained a sacred ritual, pointing their dishes to the sky and calling for wisdom that never came.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more