Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims PLAY LIST 01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’00:58Inquirer Varsity Seven: FEU’s Toni Basas02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Both UST and UP are tied at 2-4.After narrowly losing the opening set, the Lady Maroons trained their efforts on Rondina on the way to nailing their first frame win since beating University of the East last Feb. 4.That limited the options of UST, which had already lost EJ Laure, who is out for the season because of a shoulder injury, and libero Rica Rivera, whose reception the Tigresses sorely missed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Another Filipino shoots for world title The Lady Bulldogs were never in control except in the neck-and-neck battle in the second frame. They got 10 points each from Jaja Santiago and Roseyln Doria.UP laid out a punishing net defense—scoring 14 kill blocks in the process—while letting loose Carlos, who unloaded a career-high 32 points to arrest her team’s losing streak.The Lady Maroons also got 24 points from the other half of their twin-engine offense, Isa Molde. And UP focused on clamping down on Rondina—the top scorer this season with an average of 22 points per game.Rondina still managed to produce 23 points, while Christine Francisco and Dimdim Pacres had 12 and 10 respectively for the Tigresses, who led 18-10 in the opening set but struggled long and hard to close.“I need to be the leader and come up with a game to inspire my teammates,” said Rondina. “But I still have room for improvement.”ADVERTISEMENT Earlier, the UP Lady Maroons found an antidote to high-powered UST star Cherry Rondina by unleashing scoring dynamo Diana Carlos in a 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12 victory.Pons finished with 18 points, while Basas had 13 as FEU scored the stunning upset for a 4-2 record, tying title favorites La Salle and Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This is a big help for us, especially for the team’s morale,” said FEU coach George Pascua in Filipino. “Hopefully we can sustain the momentum, the consistency, and the effort.”Setter Kyle Negrito added eight points aside from tossing 25 excellent sets for the Lady Tamaraws. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netNeed more proof that it’s open season in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament? Far Eastern University just hammered out another one.With Bernadeth Pons and Chin Basas at the helm, the Lady Tamaraws dealt the previously invincible Lady Bulldogs their first defeat, 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20, to form a crowd at second place at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments
PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Doing things right the whole game for the first time this week, Alaska gave its confidence a huge boost and pumped life in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign after a 125-104 ripping of defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 3 of their Final Four series at Ynares Center here.It was the highest scoring game in the series for the Aces, who forged a Game 4 slated Sunday after getting 24 points from the flu-stricken Vic Manuel coming off the bench and 21 points and 13 boards from import Diamon Simpson.ADVERTISEMENT “We got one [win] and that’s all we needed [coming into this game]. Now we have another chance,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “Today just kind of felt like our day. We made a bunch of shots and we had a bunch of bounces go our way.“I just hope we have many of those days,” Compton said. “Obviously we’re still down, but I tell you what I love my guys and I asked them to fight till the end and they did. I’m just really proud of my guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Alaska closed out the half with a 64-55 lead, and the turning point of the game was when the Aces managed to stay in step with the Beermen with San Miguel’s usual third quarter storm. Alaska took a 94-77 lead into the fourth.Meanwhile, former Alaska import Romeo Travis, who was the Best Import in the 2015 Governors’ Cup, gets another stint in the league after agreeing to play for the Magnolia Hotshots in the season-ending Governors’ Cup. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Travis, one of LeBron James’ best friends while they were growing up in Akron, Ohio, led the Aces to the Finals in that conference only for Alaska to be swept by San Miguel Beer.Finally showing the form of a top seed, Rain or Shine comes into Game 3 of its Final Four series with crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra with newfound confidence on Saturday as both teams gun for a crucial win in the series that has been reduced to a race-to-two at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.After snapping the Gin Kings’ tournament-best eight-game winning streak with a super finishing kick in Game 2, the Elasto Painters enjoy some sort of momentum in their 6:30 p.m. contest.James Yap was one of the heroes in that 109-100 win and will try to repeat his sterling performance, along with teammate Reggie Johnson, who had 25 points and 20 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Pirates crush erratic Bombers for 3rd straight win ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed delight at the exceptional work being done at the Liberia Mission and especially the skills they are imparting in the young people of this country.“I just want to say how pleased we are to have a group of young people like you that have come together and are applying your time learning a profession and doing well; being able to prepare yourself for leadership of the country; and the way you are doing it is so different and so pleasing,” the Liberian leader told the crowded assembly during a familiarization visit.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the comments during a pre-Christmas visit to the school’s campus in Caryesburg District.President Sirleaf praised further the efforts of the volunteer staff, headed by Joseph Sehnert, who is also the mission director and a Lay Franciscan Missionary, for bringing up these young students in the way they should go and prepare themselves. Mr. Stanley Maticka, also a volunteer staff, is chief operating officer.She also commended the principal of the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, Rufus P.K. Sayemie and the dean of the residential, student work and agriculture program, Alpha John Roland, for the exceptional work they are doing in preparing the young students towards a brighter future.The Liberia Mission which has as its motto: “God-Education-Work” was founded on November 3, 2003 with seven children. The Mission is funded and supported by Franciscan Works of Chicago, Illinois and runs on an annual budget of US$275,000, with US$215,000 as operational cost; while the average per residential student is US$2,047 per annum. There are currently 105 (75 boys and 30 girls) beneficiaries; but presently 75 students are on campus due to the Ebola crisis. The rest will return when government lifts the ban on educational activities. The Mission runs a school and residential program. The residential program includes the students’ work and an agriculture program.Under the education program, the Mission runs the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School from grades K-1 to 9th. All 9th grade students in the school made a 100 percent pass in this year’s WAEC exams. Of the 105 beneficiaries, 60 attend the campus school, St. Anthony; while 30 of those beyond 9th grade attend the Booker Washington Institute; five attend St. Kizito Catholic School in Paynesville; while 10 have passed the 12th grade WAEC exams and are seeking a university education when school resumes.Under the work program, the students work 20 hours a week with a monthly salary of LD$3,500. The program offers skills development and training in plumbing, masonry, electrical and civil engineering, cooking, animal husbandry, horticulture, small machine repair, painting, carpentry, tile installation, among others.The Mission operates on 25 acres of land, with five acres used for infrastructure and the rest for farming. Currently, the farm raises 170 pigs, 105 laying chickens, 16 ducks, 10 goats, 4 sheep, 4 cows, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 donkeys, 1 monkey and a red duiker deer.In addition, the farm has about 5,000 cassava plants, 340 water melon, 150 okra plants, bitter ball, palava sauce, cucumber, and eggplant farms.During the tour of campus, President Sirleaf was presented a number of gifts, including fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and a chicken which she in turned purchased. They also have pigs for sale at very reasonable prices.As is usual during the festive season, the Liberian leader presented the Mission with an assortment of gifts including some cash to enjoy a Merry Christmas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Friday slammed the Kaieteur News for a misleading article it published on the declaration to the Integrity Commission. The PPP stated that the issue of declaration was raised on Thursday last at a news conference hosted by Opposition Leader and PPP General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo.Members of Parliament are, as public officials, among those required to declare their assetsThe reporter, according to the PPP, asked whether all current PPP/C parliamentarians had filed returns, to which the PPP General Secretary responded that he was not aware of how many persons had filed, but assured that checks would be made. The reporter also asked the PPP General Secretary if he had personally filed, to which he responded no, but committed to do so. On Thursday, (October 11, 2018) he said clearly: “We will get it done because it is something that we believe in. When we were in office, we made sure that every Minister did up to 2014.”Further, the PPP General Secretary at the same news conference, stated that returns must be filed by all parliamentarians and Ministers, not only for 2018, but for the three years during which the Integrity Commission’s secretariat was disbanded by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government. The PPP General Secretary was clear on multiple occasions in his condemnation of that action.The Party notes too that the Kaieteur News has not, until now, raised queries with the President, Prime Minister or any other APNU/AFC Government official; many of whom have not filed returns with the Integrity Commission for the past 10 years.The Party stated that with Local Government Elections in the air, the Kaieteur News has reverted focus to its anti-PPP agenda; quite possibly because of “benefits? being accessed by the newspaper’s principal, Glenn Lall. On Friday, the PPP General Secretary questioned the inaction of the APNU/AFC coalition Government to fully collect on a $3.8 billion judgement handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against Guyana Stores Limited – a company to which Lall is closely linked. Additionally, recent queries were raised in the local media about Lall’s ‘man of business’ being back in business after being hired as an investigator at the Special Organised Crimes Unit; ironically after he was dismissed multiple times by Government agencies for corrupt acts. These are just two examples of some of the factors that have likely influenced the favourable reporting on the APNU/AFC coalition Government coming from Saffron Street.Additionally, to date, the PPP/C is still awaiting information on the non-compliant former parliamentarians, some of whom are current Ministers in the APNU/AFC coalition Government, to proceed with filing of private criminal charges. The PPP/C on June 21, 2017, sent a letter to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Abeena Moore, requesting the names of the delinquent People’s National Congress Reform parliamentarians, of the Eighth and Ninth Parliament, who failed to submit declarations for the years 2001-2006 and 2006-2011. The same was requested for APNU parliamentarians who served in the 10th Parliament for the years 2011-2015. To date, there has been no response.Guyanese would recall that in July 2016, the PPP/C moved to the National Assembly to address the issue of greater accountability for persons in public life, via a motion. The motion called for all parliamentarians to make their tax returns, as well as their asset declarations to the Integrity Commission, public for the last 10 years. This was voted against by the APNU/AFC parliamentarians at the time.These issues, relative to the APNU/AFC Government’s sordid lack of accountability, have been totally ignored by the Kaieteur News.The Party has been, and remains, committed to transparency and accountability, unlike the APNU/AFC coalition Government, for which these words have become empty rhetoric.The PPP stated that the Kaieteur News misled Guyanese for many years and on this basis, the PPP will not sit silent and allow them to do so again.
When they cried, they wept for their parents trying to put food on the table, for friends lost, for themselves. About 11 years ago I cared for a gentleman who had had a severe stroke, and it was hard to understand him when he talked. But he couldn’t talk anyway because he just kept crying. “Are you having a lot of pain?” I’d ask. He always shook his head no. “What can I do for you?” By Mary Clare Lockman “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” – Horace It had always been difficult for me to watch old men cry. Helpless and unsure, I couldn’t imagine the hardships they endured in life … the want of the Depression to the horrors of world wars. “Nothing,” he would answer. Then he’d look at me as his eyes filled with tears. Helplessly I offered, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.” The old man would nod his head, then tears spilled down his face until both cheeks were drenched. Since he couldn’t wipe his own eyes, I would dab a tissue on his sodden cheeks, then leave, wondering what was really hurting him. One day, the old man’s son came to visit. He approached me and asked how his father was doing. I told him that I didn’t know if his father was sad because of his stroke or if something else was bothering him. “Let me see if I can figure it out,” the son said. “I’ve got a good idea of what it is.” About a half hour later, he came to me. “My dad was a survivor of the USS Indianapolis. They were on a secret mission at the end of World War II. They were struck by torpedoes and sunk. No one knew they were there because they had no radio contact. For five days they were in the water while sharks circled around them and picked off people one by one.” “How horrible!” “It was. My dad has never cried about it. He said that since he’s been lying in bed, that’s all he can think about.” With this information, I knew what I had to do to care for him. I pulled up a chair when he started talking and just let him talk. I learned to accustom my ear to the old man’s speech pattern, and he told me the whole incredible story. He spoke of the sounds in the water when the sharks came and the screams as 600 men were yanked under. He spoke of the frigid water on his body and the darkness at night. “It was so dark you couldn’t see the person next to you,” he said, weeping. “We kept talking at night so we wouldn’t feel so alone. “We were all afraid to go to sleep. But the worst part was the never-ending thirst.” I choked back tears. “I’m always amazed at what people can endure.” He smiled in that gentle way of his. “I wonder if the reason I keep thinking about it is to give me the strength to come back from my stroke.” He paused for a few seconds. “Because this is the hardest battle I’ve ever fought. But if I made it through the Indianapolis, I can make it through this too.” And he did. From that day on he worked diligently at his physical therapy and became … again … a survivor. Chicken Soup for the Soul was created by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. To submit a story, send it in care of the Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough has travelled all over the world studying nature’s weird and wonderful creatures, however the beasts he meets up in Manchester might just top the lot!In his latest study, Sir David tells all about the fascinating different species he encounters at Manchester United’s training complex – Carrington.Even Wayne Rooney comes out of hibernation to say hello!
DONEGAL captain Michael Murphy has been voted the official gaa.ie Player of the Week.The Glenswilly man’s performance against Derry at Celtic Park on Sunday had fans from all 32 counties voting online.He had strong competition from Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) and Shane Walsh (Galway) in the football vote, but the Donegal captain was a comfortable winner in the end getting almost half of the votes. ***GAA.ie FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK1. Michael Murphy (Donegal) – 1477 votes (48.3%)2. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) – 807 votes (26.4%) 3. Shane Walsh (Galway) – 775 votes (25.3%)The 2012 All-Ireland winning captain changed the game for Donegal against Derry, inspiring their comeback. Brought close to goal for the second half, his influence in the decisive third quarter was profound.Two of his points in that period, his one from play and that incredible sideline ball from the right wing, will live long in the memory.That stellar performance at the most crucial period of the game saw him pick up a huge amount of support on Facebook, more than enough to take him past Donnelly and Walsh, although they both polled very strongly.Donnelly just pipped Walsh into second place after his dominant display from centre-half-back in Tyrone’s replay victory over Down at Newry on Saturday night. The Trillick St. Macartan’s man received 26 per cent of the vote. In third place was Galway’s Shane Walsh. The Kilkerrin-Clonberne man was the star of the Galway team that won the U21 All-Ireland last year and against London he really announced himself at senior level, scoring 1-6 of his side’s tally in Ruislip, including 1-3 from play and a brilliant ’45’. He received 25 per cent of the vote.***Players of the Week are decided based on votes cast by followers of @officialgaa on Twitter and on the Official GAA Facebook Page.MICHAEL MURPHY VOTED GAA.IE FOOTBALLER OF THE WEEK was last modified: May 28th, 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:gaa.ieMichael Murphyonline vote
Latest Premier League News Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mesut Ozil broke forward and his low cross was scuffed by Ramsey into the path of Aubameyang, who doubled the lead, despite standing in an offside position.Substitute Cenk Tosun forced a late save out of Cech as Everton looked to set up an enthralling finish, but Arsenal held on to continue their winning ways and pick up a first clean sheet under Emery in the process. tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED gameday cracker 4 Unai Emery’s Arsenal revolution continues to build momentum as Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired in quick-fire second-half strikes to secure a 2-0 victory.The Gunners have now secured a fourth successive Premier League win at the expense of Everton, although replays proved their second goal should not have stood Walcott was aiming to give his old side a headache Aubameyang tucked home the second, although he was offside They had a glorious chance to take the lead inside 90 seconds as Dominic Calvert-Lewin broke behind Arsenal’s high defensive line.The England Under-21 international burst into the box only to be stopped by recalled Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech as he looked to round the Gunners captain.The visitors continued to keep a high tempo, forcing Arsenal into a couple of defensive errors as Emery’s side once again tried to play out from the back.Arsenal came close to breaking the deadlock as Hector Bellerin’s cross was knocked down to Nacho Monreal by Aubameyang, with Jordan Pickford making a smart save from the Spaniard’s strike. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 4 Lacazette bends the ball past Jordan Pickford to score Arsenal’s opener huge blow silverware gameday cracker scrap Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The pace of Walcott and Richarlison threatened Arsenal’s defence throughout the first half and the pair combined for the latter to again test Cech.With Arsenal enjoying more of the ball after the interval they were denied a penalty by referee Jon Moss, who was unmoved by claims of handball against Jonjoe Kenny.They hit the front soon after, though, Lacazette with a pinpoint finish inside the far post after an incisive pass from Aaron Ramsey – and things got better just three minutes later. no dice silverware The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 Most Popular Football News Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed 4 REVEALED shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won In an open encounter it was Everton who were next to threaten, Cech pushing away a Richarlison strike after the Brazil international had easily held off the challenge of Bellerin.Having started his Everton career with a bang before his red card at Bournemouth, Richarlison was looking to hit the ground running on his return and bent another shot wide.Lucas Digne was next to force Cech into action as his free-kick was tipped over the crossbar after Sokratis Papastathopoulos was booked for fouling former Arsenal winger Theo Walcott on the edge of the box.Sokratis was forced off with an injury soon after, with Rob Holding replacing the Greece defender for Arsenal, who almost took a fortuitous lead into half-time as Aubameyang’s misplaced cross flummoxed Pickford and came back off the crossbar. It was the third time in the last five league games they have started together that both forwards have found the back of the net.After losing the opening two games of his reign, Emery has been unbeaten since, although the Toffees will feel hard done by to leave the Emirates Stadium on the receiving end of a defeat.Marco Silva’s men had the better of the first half, with Richarlison, back in the team after serving a three-match ban, a threat for much of the opening 45 minutes.Despite a decent display, Everton remain without a league win since the second week of the season and have not won a Premier League encounter at Arsenal since Andrei Kanchelskis scored the winner at Highbury in January 1996. A good day’s work all in all for the Gunners
The Minister for Education & Skills Ruairí Quinn has revealed that 30 teaching posts are to go across Co Donegal.The Minister told Senator Brian O’Domhnaill that primary schools across Co Donegal will lose a significant number of teaching posts from September.Senator Ó Domhnaill said this was further evidence of the present Government’s anti-rural agenda. “The cuts to small schools and disadvantaged rural schools this year are just further evidence of this Government’s anti-rural agenda. Following a series of questions, the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has confirmed to me this week that at least nine Primary Schools in Donegal will lose a teacher from September.“That amounts to at least 30 teaching posts. In addition to this, all 101 of Donegal’s primary schools face staff losses and larger classes in September 2013, 2014 and 2015.”The schools losing a teacher this September are:Scoil Náisiánta Gort an Choirce Scoil Náisiánta Arainn MhárScoil Náisiánta Loch an IubhairScoil Chonaill, Bun BeagScoil Naisunta, na hAcraiScoil Cholmcille, Malin Scoil Náisúnta Umlach, Carraig AirtAyr Hill NS, RameltonMany other Schools across Donegal will not get an additional teaching post due to the changes to the staffing schedules, according to Senator O’Domhnaill.Senator Ó Domhnaill added, “Rural DEIS schools will continue to lose posts from September as the Government only saved posts in urban DEIS schools. “This leaves almost all of the DEIS Schools in Donegal with legacy posts, an estimated at 13, at risk of losing teachers.“For example, St Eunan’s National School in Raphoe, a rural DEIS School will lose 4 staff from September 2011 to September 2012. This represents a blatant attack on the most vulnerable young children. St Eunan’s will lose a liaison teacher, a resource teacher a concessionary legacy post and an administration principle post.“This is only one example of how the Fine Gael/Labour education cuts will hit Donegal schools. This county is particularly badly hit by the outright attack on Minority Ethos, the Irish Language, Culture and Social Rights.”MINISTER REVEALS HIT-LIST OF SCHOOLS ACROSS DONEGAL TO LOSE 30 TEACHERS was last modified: March 7th, 2012 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:DEIS SCHOOLSSenator Brian O’Domhnaillteachers
8 December 2010A group of internationally acclaimed South African musicians have come together to form a Quartet of Peace that is using classical music to promote worldwide the ideals of reconciliation, freedom and hope represented by South Africa’s four Nobel Peace laureates.Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk are the inspiration behind the quartet’s formation.The Quartet of Peace consists of David Juritz, also leader of the London Mozart Players; Suzanne Martens, previous concert master of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and a lecturer in the University of Stellenbosch’s music faculty; Gareth Lubbe, principal violist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany; and Peter Martens, former principal cellist of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and currently artistic administrator and director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.Juritz is first violin and Suzanne Martens is second violin, while Lubbe is the violist and Peter Martens plays the cello.The quartet kicked off its international tour with a debut concert in Stellenbosch University’s Endler Hall on 15 October 2010. Its official launch concert took place at the Kings Place recital hall in London on 5 December, and raised money for children affected by poverty and war.The event was held with the support of the London Chamber Music Society and featured the UK premiere of composer Eugene Skeef’s new work Uxolo (an Nguni word meaning “forgiveness”).Skeef, who also works in conflict resolution, composed the piece especially for the quartet’s performances.Besides Skeef’s Uxolo, the quartet also performed works by JS Bach, Mozart, Ravel and Bach.Music fosters reconciliationThe remarkable project is the realisation of world-renowned luthier Brian Lisus’ dream – held since Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994 – to use music to foster peace and reconciliation in the world.His vision has become a reality as friends with a passion for classical music and string instruments have rallied around him. offering their assistance to get the Quartet of Peace project off the ground.And since the eminent musicians have volunteered their talents at no cost, the project has developed into a large initiative receiving interest and support from the French minister of arts and culture and the London Chamber Music Society, among others.Lisus hand-crafted brand new string instruments for members of the quartet. The four instruments carry the inscriptions of peace, reconciliation, hope and freedom on the back – the Mandela cello is named Hope, the Luthuli violin is Freedom, the Tutu violin is Peace, and the De Klerk viola is Reconciliation.Message of peaceFurthermore, the musicians are taking the message of peace to local and international audiences with the music of accomplished South African-born composer, percussionist and poet Skeef, now resident in London.Skeef’s involvement in the initiative is interesting, as he was a young activist during apartheid who co-led literacy campaigns in schools and communities across South Africa. He currently serves on the board of directors of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, among many other commitments.The prominent artists were all inspired by the idea of taking the ideals of Mandela, Tutu, De Klerk and Luthuli to the world.They were also motivated by the fact that concert proceeds go towards Musequality projects that uplift and heal children who are disadvantaged and at risk. One of these, the Hout Bay Music Project, teaches 60 children to play string instruments and drums and also offers lessons in life skills. Another, Melodi Music in Soweto, starts children off on the recorder before they advance to other woodwind instruments.The intention is also to help disadvantaged children and child refugees on the African continent, as music is proving to facilitate healing in youngsters who have experienced hardships early in life.Lisus worked around the clock to complete the cello, the last instrument made for the quartet. He said it had been a long journey to see the initiative come to fruition, but the involvement of “wonderful people” was overwhelming.The violinmaker added that he looked forward to hear the musicians play on his handcrafted instruments and to see the concerts supporting music projects for children around the world.“The Quartet of Peace must make everybody aware of the South African ideals; we want to inspire the world to peace and reconciliation – to walk in the footsteps of Mandela, Tutu, Luthuli and De Klerk.”Concert scheduleThe quartet’s inaugural concert in Stellenbosch on 15 October was followed by a performance at the Sans Souci High School in Cape Town on the next day and then the first international concert in Leipzig, Germany, in St Thomas church where Johann Sebastian Bach is buried.They moved on to London’s Kings Place for the 5 December performance, before travelling to Ljubljana in Slovenia for a 7 December concert.They will give an intimate performance in the L’Atelier de Picasso in Paris, France on 13 and 14 December.According to Skeef’s website, the quartet is awaiting confirmation from the Nobel Peace Prize committee of an 11 December performance at the Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. The composer is also currently organising a special performance of the Quartet of Peace at the home of Nelson Mandela.A special fundraising concert will take place on 16 December, South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.