first_imgBeo – let the battle begin!Beo will be holding a battle of the bands for secondary school students in the Greenroom, Letterkenny on Friday September 20th at 7:30pm. All sorts of acts are welcome – solo, bands, R’n’B, DJ etc. Each act will be required to perform 3 songs in total, and one song must be an original.The winning act will be chosen based on a combination of crowd votes and a panel of guest judges. The overall winners will be announced following a special performance by Mojo GoGo.The winning act will be given the chance to perform live at the opening of the national Beo competition 2013/14 in Limerick in front of a crowd of over 200.For more information or to apply, email  BEO LAUNCHES BATTLE OF THE BANDS FOR DONEGAL SCHOOLS was last modified: August 30th, 2013 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:Battle of the BandsBeolast_img read more

Tip-Tap-Toe! Convoy man seals Irish dancing world title triumph in US!

first_imgA young Convoy man has proved once again that he on top of his game by winning a prestigious world Irish Dancing Championship. Conor Rodgers, 21, from Killynure in Convoy has a unique list of sports and past-times as he combines Irish dancing with soccer and GAA. Conor dances for The Mc Conomy Bradley Doherty Academy of Irish Dancing and he had a very successful 2018, winning the Irish National Championship, All Scotland Championship and Great Britain Championship.But the rising star has gone one better this year by winning the U21 Men’s Irish Dancing Championship in the United States.The week-long championships took place in the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel and Joseph S Koury Convention Centre from Sunday, April 14 to Sunday, April 21. Rodgers, son of proud parents Michael and Sharon Rodgers, travelled to North Carolina during the Easter holidays in a bid to be crowned the World Champion.2019 is set to be Rodgers’ final year with Irish Dancing and the university student topped it off with a World Championship.Conor is currently in his third year for a degree in Physiotherapy in Jordanstown, which he is on course to graduate from this summer.Many thanks to Emer Devir and Sharon Rodgers for the photos of Conor with his world title.Tip-Tap-Toe! Convoy man seals Irish dancing world title triumph in US! was last modified: April 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

American Airlines flight bursts into flames

first_imgAmerican Airlines Boeing 767-300, registered N345AN, operating flight AA383 from Chicago to Miami with 161 passengers and 9 crew, aborted its take-off and has caught fire.The flight was well down runway 28R when the pilots rejected the takeoff  because of a suspected uncontained engine failure and fire.Crew initiated an emergency evacuation and  20 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.The 767-300 sustained significant damage.Many passengers filmed the evacuation. Once again passengers have risked their safety and that of their fellow passengers by insisting on taking their carry-on baggage with them.Video of the inside of the 767 taken during the evacuation shows many baggage bins open while passengers can be seen with their carry on baggage.Read: Grab for bags could cause airfares to tripleJet engines are designed with a containment ring to prevent the shrapnel generated by disintegrating parts from tearing through the cabin or fuel tanks but in rare cases this does not work.A source told Reuters the failure in this case was so intense a disk from the CF-6 engine  hit a nearby building roof.The news agency said  US National Transportation Safety Board officials were looking for clues as to whether the fault lay with the engine, with maintenance or a freak event such as debris on the runway entering the engine.GE spokesman Rick Kennedy told it on Saturday that the plane engine dated from the 1980s or 1990s and had been serviced by the airline.last_img read more

AIFF chief Patel discusses Indian football with FIFA chief

first_imgAll India Football Federation (AIFF) chief Praful Patel today met FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter and discussed ways to professionalise Indian football and launch various development projects in the country.The role of FIFA in launching new projects in India was also discussed in the meeting held at the FIFA House in Zurich today.In the meeting, Patel thanked Blatter for laying artificial turfs in the country under FIFA’s “Win in India with India” programme.Patel also attended a meeting of FIFA legal committee here.last_img read more

Justin Bieber’s mom writes of her painful past

first_imgPattie Mallette was 18, living in a home for pregnant girls after years of unrelenting sex abuse and depression when she gave birth to a boy she thought she’d name Jesse, a boy whose first cry sounded like a song.Well, the baby seemed more like a Justin after he popped out. And his last name isn’t Mallette.It’s Bieber.You’d have to be firmly under a rock not to know at least a little bit about Justin Bieber’s YouTube-to-riches story, his loyal fan base of Beliebers, 28 million Twitter followers or the hordes of screaming girls who pack his tours.What you probably don’t know are his mother’s struggles, starting with the painful divorce of her parents, through years of emotional turmoil and hard partying that made school a blur, and her eventual turn to God after a suicide attempt about six months before Justin was conceived.Mallette, 37, has laid bare her past in a new book, Nowhere but Up: The story of Justin Bieber’s Mom, out recently from the inspirational publisher Revell. It’s a powerful, plainspoken story, written in collaboration with A.J. Gregory, a mother herself. A portion of proceeds have been promised to shelters like the one that harbored Mallette in Canada when her mother kicked her out of the house after she got pregnant.Her troubles began well before that, however, and Mallette has forgotten little.”Writing the book was part of my healing process,” she said in an interview. “Just having to relive things as I’m writing it down. There are parts that are still painful to go over.”advertisementShe was 2 when she watched her alcoholic, abusive father walk out the door and about 3 when she was first sexually abused by someone she knew. Mallette doesn’t identify her numerous molesters, including a male baby sitter and the grandfather of a friend, but the last words of her book’s acknowledgments speak volumes. “To my abusers: I forgive you.””I was sexually violated so many times that as the years went by it began to feel normal,” wrote the petite Mallette. “It’s a strange marriage – knowing something is wrong yet at the same time finding it familiar and commonplace.”Fear, shame and the notion that she was an unlovable, “dirty girl” stretched through her life. She said the “void of having a father in my heart” led her down rough paths, including drinking and drugging to oblivion, beginning at age 14.There was pot smoking and LSD. She left home at 16. To support herself and pay for her destructive habits, she turned to petty crime and pot dealing – and the toxic, on-again-off-again, four-year relationship she had with Justin’s father, Jeremy Bieber, that began when she was 15. At 17, she threw herself in front of a truck and landed in a mental ward.It was there that she was led to a Christian life, though her faith faltered soon after and she fell back in with her old friends. Sex with Jeremy left her pregnant. She resisted intense pressure from those around her to have an abortion: “I knew that I had to do what it took. I just couldn’t abort him.”There was no returning home and she went on government assistance after Justin was born. She worked part-time jobs for diapers and rent, wondering how to proceed without a high school diploma, wondering how she could go back to school with no one to care for Justin.With the help of a neighbor who paid for a year’s worth of daycare, Mallette slowly earned her degree, followed by college training in website design on scholarship.Meanwhile, her son’s perfect rhythm on the drums, his guitar playing and singing talent, surfaced early, along with a hyperactive nature and love of soccer and hockey.He earned extra cash as a busker on guitar and a djembe drum he had received as a gift. Singing on the streets for money is something Mallette said she never forced him to do but earned them thousands of dollars after the first time he tried for fun at age 6.Success snowballed when Justin was 12 on the strength of YouTube videos Mallette posted for faraway relatives that were quickly discovered by young people and exploded with millions of views. Along came Scooter Braun, a persistent manager who launched Justin’s career at barely 13, fresh out of junior high.He’s 18 now, his mother’s age when she had him. Mallette said he’s pushing for his independence, moving alone into a house he bought in Calabasas, California. Mom wasn’t invited to join him but lives nearby.advertisement”He doesn’t want me in his space so much but he’s doing really well for himself,” said Mallette, who once traveled with him everywhere.Justin has a fancy sports car that was a gift from Braun and earned him a speeding ticket in July as he was chased by paparazzi. He also has a girlfriend, Selena Gomez, whom Mallette adores.”She’s just a sweetheart. She’s kind and generous and loving,” said mom, who’s often called just that by fans on Twitter.Mallette first told Justin about her past when he was about 12, after she began sharing at small-group meetings.”I felt like he was old enough, mature enough to hear my story, and, you know, talk about it,” Mallette said. “I feel like it’s really important for us to talk, and I’ve always asked him a lot of questions and always tried to protect him from going through the same sort of thing.”At 21, Mallette made a choice to abstain from sex outside of marriage. Still never married and holding strong, she IS ready let go of another promise, this one to Justin when they first moved to the states that she wouldn’t date until he was 18.”It’s time to start dating,” she smiled.Will Justin have a say over suitors?”I think he’s going to be a tough one to please,” Mallette said. “He’s pretty protective, but yeah, definitely, he would have to approve.”last_img read more

a month agoCole urges Man Utd not to overload Greenwood

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cole urges Man Utd not to overload Greenwoodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Andrew Cole has urged the club not to overload Mason Greenwood.Greenwood has scored for United against Astana in the Europa League and Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, and he could start against Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out injured.Cole told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He’s got a chance, he has got a chance. His finishing is a joke. Left or right foot, he’s got quality in abundance.”I just hope they won’t put too much undue pressure on him. He’s got great ability.”The disappointing thing is he’s going to have to get thrown in to the deep end a little bit earlier than they would have liked, due to injuries, due to them being prepared to allow Lukaku and Sanchez to go.”They’re looking at it and saying ‘we’ve got Mason, we’re going to give Marcus [Rashford] the opportunity to play centre-forward.” last_img read more

College Spun’s Staff Picks For All 41 Bowl Games

first_imgCollege Spun's staff picks for all 41 bowl games.Believe it or not, college football’s bowl season is just two days away. This Saturday at 2 PM ET, Arizona and New Mexico will kick things off in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. In fact, there are five contests in total on the day. And as you’re probably aware, there are 41 postseason contests this year – the most in college football history.We’ve gone through and made our picks – including the national championship game. Who will be crowned the College Spun bowl game king? We’ll find out in the coming month.Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.22 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.33 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.43 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.51 PMlast_img read more

Shells First LNG Bunker Ship Arrives in Rotterdam

first_imgzoom Royal Dutch Shell’s first LNG bunker vessel named Cardissa has arrived in the port of Rotterdam to fuel ships with cleaner-burning marine fuel, the company informed.The seaworthy bunker vessel was built at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Company yard in South Korea on behalf of Shell and is powered by Wärtsilä DF dual-fuel engines.The ship will be used to deliver gas to LNG fuelled vessels in Northwest Europe.The bunker vessel will make use of Gate’s LNG breakbulk terminal and jetty in the port of Rotterdam.The LNG-powered vessel has the capacity to carry 6,500 m3 of LNG, and features an innovative transfer system, enabling it to use both large and small LNG terminals.The new vessel was built in response to the increasing acceptance by the shipping industry of LNG as a marine fuel, especially amid stricter environmental regulations.Separately, Shell also concluded a time charter agreement with Victrol NV and CFT for a bunkership with a capacity of 3,000 m3 LNG. The vessel will also be operating from Rotterdam and provides the company with additional flexibility to bunker a range of customers, including vessels operating on Europe’s inland waterways.“LNG as a marine fuel has an important role to play in the energy mix of the future,” says Steve Hill, Executive Vice President of Shell Energy.“With these bunkers and the Gate terminal, we are demonstrating that Shell is dedicated to building a robust and reliable supply chain to meet the needs of our customers. With stricter emissions regulations on the horizon, we continue to work with our customers and partners on cleaner energy solutions.”last_img read more

Comic Relief Joins With Twitch For Gameraisers

first_imgFor the first time ever, Comic Relief is teaming up with social video platform Twitch, to pit celebrities against legendary gamers.Comic Relief and TwitchFor one week only, celebrities including TV star Jamie Laing, Olympian Louis Smith, England footballers Dele Alli and Alex Scott, TV comedian Rob Beckett and Soccer AM favourite Adam Smith will play against some of the best gamers in the country.The GAMERAISERS pairings will be battling head to head on their favourite games to raise cash for issues like youth homelessness, before handing the gaming baton over to the Twitch community to stream their own games whilst raising life changing funds.“I’m a huge gamer and I’m really looking forward to taking on some of the pros and showing them what I’ve got,” Louis Smith said, “If you think you can take me on, put your money where your mouth is – it’s for a good cause after all.”Over the course of a week, the pairings will compete trying to raise the most money they can. They’ll do whatever it takes to prove why viewers should donate to help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa, and losers will face a host of live forfeits and dares.The battle doesn’t stop there either – any gamer can get involved themselves by signing up to join the Comic Relief x Twitch campaign in the coming months. They can get a heads-up on any new unmissable action, download a host of content for use on their channel and on social media and enter some epic prize-draws.Find out more at read more

Trump hits back at Trudeaus criticism of punitive US metal tariffs

first_imgWASHINGTON – Justin Trudeau drew the ire of Donald Trump late Thursday, after warning of a new turning point in Canada-U.S. relations when the U.S. president made good on a threat to impose crippling new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.Earlier in the day, the prime minister called Trump’s use of a national security clause in U.S. trade law to justify the tariffs “totally unacceptable.”Trump shot back hours later in a statement, saying the days of the U.S. being taken advantage of in trade deals “are over.” The U.S., Canada and Mexico are also involved in a tough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.On NAFTA, Trump said: “Earlier today, this message was conveyed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada: The United State (sic) will agree to a fair deal, or there will be no deal at all.”The broadside comes one week before Trump sets foot on Canadian soil for the first time as president, in the G7 summit that Trudeau is hosting in Quebec. It represents an apparent breakdown in Trudeau’s efforts to find common ground with the tough-talking president.Business leaders in Canada and the U.S. predicted dire economic consequences as result of the U.S. decision, which was felt widely across North America and Europe and touched off a storm of criticism on both sides of the Atlantic.Some of Trump’s fellow Republicans also criticized the move. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is not seeking re-election, said he disagrees with the decision.One of several Republicans to voice opposition, Ryan said the administration should not be targeting “America’s allies when we should be working with them to address the unfair trading practices of countries like China.”But the tariffs stung particularly in Canada, where Trudeau evoked the history of the two countries fighting together, from the beaches of Normandy to the mountains of Afghanistan.In his direct conversations with Trump, Trudeau said, he stressed the “interconnectedness of the Canadian and American economies” and the dire negative consequences both would likely face if the tariff threat went ahead.“We talked about how difficult this was going to be in terms of a turning point in the Canada-U.S. relationship,” Trudeau noted.Canada responded by imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of U.S. imports, in response to the American decision to make good on its threat of similar tariffs against Canadian-made steel and aluminum.The tariffs, which apply to a long list of U.S. products that includes everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, will go into effect July 1, said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.“This is the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era,” Freeland said. “This is a very strong Canadian action in response to a very bad U.S. decision.”The U.S. measures, aimed at Canada, Mexico and the European Union, are illegal and counterproductive, said Freeland. Both she and Trudeau sounded incredulous that Canada could ever be considered a national-security threat to such a close and important ally.“That Canada could be considered a national-security threat to the United States is inconceivable,” said Trudeau, adding that the people of the U.S. are not Canada’s target, and that the federal government would have far preferred that its hand wasn’t forced.Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March, but those exemptions were to expire as scheduled on Friday.A spokeswoman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told The Canadian Press that the decision will hurt American workers and families and will “will hike prices, upend supply chains, and cost American jobs.”Perrin Beatty, the president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, called Thursday’s decision “tragic” and said it flew in the face of a long history of military, economic and diplomatic co-operation between the two countries.“The unilateral action by the Trump administration severely damages that relationship. It’s illegal. It’s immoral. It’s irrational,” Beatty said in an interview.During a conference call early Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross played down the divisions. But the move means Trump will be face-to-face with a number of leaders who have taken retaliatory action against the U.S. when he makes his closely watched Canadian debut at the G7 next week.Ross shrugged off questions about the U.S. facing possible retaliation, or whether the move would negatively affect the G7 meeting. And he repeated that while he was looking forward to continuing negotiations, the U.S. decision was based on national security grounds.The long-threatened tactic is sure to cast a pall over the G7, with some observers saying a G6-plus-one scenario is already shaping up.“There are periodic disagreements between any two countries on any given set of topics. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it derails other discussions at all,” said Ross.“It all depends on how the various parties react to the circumstances.”While the tariffs have had “major, positive effects” on industry jobs and workers, “the Trump administration’s actions underscore its commitment to good-faith negotiations with our allies to enhance our national security while supporting American workers,” the White House said in a statement.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, campaigning in advance of the June 7 provincial election, savaged the U.S. president as she called the tariff measure short-sighted and urged Trudeau “to take the strongest retaliation possible to protect our workers” and industry.“I think that we’ve all had just about enough of Donald Trump…. He doesn’t seem to get that his bluster and his bullying are costing people real jobs — in his own country, in Canada and in Ontario,” Wynne said.“I really believe that now the time for talk is done. Donald Trump is a bully and the only way to deal with a bully is to stand up and push back and we have to do that.”But one Canada-watcher in Washington stressed there was no need for Canada to take Thursday’s decision personally.“The key takeaway is Donald Trump does not view the Canada-U.S. relationship as special,” Eric Miller of the Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, said in an interview.“This is Trump versus the world, rather than Trump versus Canada.”last_img read more