Music Generation provides the key to open engagement

first_imgPrint NewsCommunityMusic Generation provides the key to open engagementBy Rose Rushe – September 26, 2019 350 Boris Hunka, Music Generation Limerick. Photo: Cian Reinhardt“MUSIC Generation is part of the national network of education providers and each one is arranged very differently, according to the different regions and areas,” explains Boris Hunka, who heads up the collective’s Limerick operation.“This has let us build something very suited to the city and the musicians we had at our disposal, as well as the young people and what they are getting and what they are not.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are not a music school. Our aim is to provide music for people who wouldn’t otherwise access it.“Our core funding is for people under 18 but we run a lot of wellbeing programmes in the community in places including Limerick Prison, the psychiatric unit at University Hospital Limerick and the Novas emergency housing shelter at McGarry House.”Initial approaches came from those on the ground, such as Garda diversion workers or the mental health services and from that, regular connections on a range of sites took root.“The key is we go in with music so we don’t get the same resistance to authority that a lot of programmes have. We go in and are building trust, working with music.”“We don’t get any guaranteed funding, only the promise of match-funding for what we raise locally.”“Since we hit full capacity 2016, our stats are about four and a half thousand people a year. The scale of it is enormous.”The dozen staff define themselves as a musician’s team: “We go in as a musician, rather than a teacher in the room  – that allows those doors to open.”Hermitage Green’s Darragh Griffin, Protobaby’s Tony Monaghan and members of the Rusangano Family are on board.“We are also very avowedly non competitive so we don’t do any grades or exams or competitions.“Another important part of the role is creating and managing the team. We have schools and community sessions across the day, and then our after-school programme, subsidised at 50 per cent of cost. The trick is to make sure people appropriate for each session are available and doing it.”“The mental health work came about partly as we realised we were working in that area anyway, without it being named, and partly because it’s a personal thing.”Over years, the Music Generation head took out an MA in Psychotherapy in UL. It has been useful.Having done his psychotherapy placement in LIT’s student counselling, Boris has seen the spike in youth reporting  mental health difficulties first hand.Out of that evolved another project, which involved musicians going to schools to engage with young people and helping them to handle anxiety.MGLC got the national Youth Mental Health Award from Social Innovation for this initiative.He is hoping to pioneer a new approach to the music and mental health arena: “bringing in more of a group process combining elements of community musicianship, music therapy and psychotherapy.The plan is to have such a group meeting once a week at the Creative Centre in Athenaeum House on Upper Cecil Street.“It’s not a new thing, that music has a strong mental health/ wellbeing component and it is talked about all the time, but actively harnessing in real way rather than talking about it is rarer.”The funding model is every euro raised is matched by Music Generation nationally. There is a €25,000 allocation from the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, while Limerick Council’s Regeneration Fund is a vital fluctuating source of income driven by projects. The JP McManus Benevolent Fund has contributed generously, and schools contribute to the cost of sessions.“There is a separate Music  Generation Limerick County coming on stream as technically, the county is not covered,” Boris explains.Yet from Cappamore’s former Vocational School, the group is working with schools, summer camps and youth groups around south and east Limerick.Back home, “We started just before City of Culture 2014 and rode the chaotic energy of that wave.”All genres are covered – rock and hip-hop, classical music, a country element, metal, techno, trad. He especially rates the improvisational nature of jazz “setting up and not worrying about it and playing” as vital.“Our defining achievement has been the work we do with teenagers. Every Saturday up to 70 teenagers appear at 10am and work in a very concerted way. This year we have seen the fruits of people who have been coming three or four years really bursting out. “Musicians and groups who grew up under the aegis of MCLG include PowPig,  Strange Boy Nature, Hazey Haze, Mankky – respected artists getting national gigs and international recognition.“These are guys who came to us when they were 13, 14 years old.”There is attention from music press and a second album, ‘Limerick Voices Vol 2’ of songs written by the teenagers.“This is the first year that we can prove that it works, this non-directive approach and working in this way and bring wellbeing to people. Similarly, stories about people coming to us, extremely vulnerable who might have done their Leaving Cert or be going on to do an apprenticeship, but we know that without any shadow of a doubt that if our programme had not existed, they probably wouldn’t have kept on that path.”“Our Saturday programme receives no regular funding at all as there are no fees involved. If we started charging teenagers, we’d see the back of them.” Facebook Previous articleThe Funk DefectorNext articleThe healing dynamic of fine art Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post WhatsAppcenter_img Email Linkedin Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Sligo upset Rosenborg

first_img Substitute Andy Waterworth grabbed a winner three minutes from time as Linfield claimed a 1-0 home win over AIK but that was as good as it got for the Northern Irish teams. Derry went down 1-0 at home to Shakhtyor thanks to a goal from Nikolai Yanush while strikes from Dardan Rexhepi, Mauricio Albornoz, Jacob Larsson and a penalty from Niklas Barkroth saw Crusaders lose 4-0 to Brommapojkarna in Sweden. Press Association Captain Alan Keane and Danny North had the Irish side 2-0 up before an own-goal from goalkeeper Gary Rogers handed the 22-time Norwegian champions a lifeline for the second leg. Dundalk did not fare so well in their first leg as they lost 2-0 at home to Hajduk Split thanks to goals from Mijo Caktas and Nikola Vlasic. center_img Sligo claimed a shock victory in the Europa League second qualifying round as they claimed a 2-1 win over Rosenborg in Norway.last_img read more

National GAA fixtures

first_imgIn GAA, Ballyboden St Enda’s take on St Vincent’s at Parnell Park in the Dublin Senion Football final. That match kicks of at 4pm.Meanwhile in London Robert Emmetts face St Gabriels for the Senior Hurling final. The action gets underway at Ruislip from 2pm. In the Ulster club senior quarter-finals Crossmaglen Rangers meet Cargin, and Kingscourt take on Kilcoo.Meanwhile Naomh Conaill and Trillick meet at MacCumhaill Park, while it’s Scotstown vs Slaughtneil at Clones. All those games are at 2.30pm.last_img read more

Steve Ballmer officially owns the Los Angeles Clippers

first_imgThrough their first 27 years in Los Angeles, the Clippers had been the picture of sports futility: 17 head coaches, 20 top-10 draft picks, one playoff series win.And, of course, Donald Sterling, arguably the most despised owner in the country.Key word? “Had.”Now, the Clippers are the most talented basketball team in the city, with a pair of All-NBA players in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, a widely respected head coach in Doc Rivers, and — officially as of Tuesday — the wealthiest owner in all of American sports. The NBA announced Tuesday that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s purchase of the basketball franchise had been finalized, following a prolonged legal battle allowing Sterling’s wife, Shelly, to sell the team for a record $2 billion.Ranked the 31st-richest man in the world by Forbes at a net worth of $21.4 billion, Ballmer paid at least $200 million more than even the franchise’s most optimistic valuations.In the 58-year-old, the Clippers get a man known for on-stage outbursts and his love of basketball. Already, the wheels are turning anew. According to Yahoo! Sports, Ballmer is set to negotiate a contract extension with Rivers, whom Clippers interim CEO Dick Parsons recently called the team’s “father figure.”Ballmer described himself in a phone interview as “so committed, so enthusiastic” about buying the Clippers. “The team is phenomenal, and we had a heck of a year last year.”He also reaffirmed his support for coach Rivers, saying he is “excited” to have him leading the team. Ballmer said he purchased “100 percent” of the team from Shelly Sterling but confirmed that the agreement leaves her with some perks, including being the team’s “No. 1 fan.” Per a copy of the sale agreement, Shelly Sterling will also receive two courtside seats, 12 VIP passes, and — if the Clippers win an NBA title — three championship rings.“I hate losing the team, but it’s going to a wonderful person who’s going to make us all proud,” Shelly Sterling said.Ballmer and Shelly Sterling had agreed to terms May 29, but the transaction was tied up as she and her Donald Sterling battled in probate court over whether she had authority to enact a sale of the team. On July 28, Judge Michael Levanas had issued a tentative oral decision that ruled overwhelmingly in Shelly Sterling’s favor, even granting a rare probate exception allowing a sale to go through regardless of an appeal. He finalized the order Tuesday.“The transaction in which Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers closed today following the entry of an order by a California court confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the team,” the NBA said in a statement. “The NBA Board of Governors previously approved the sale and Ballmer is now the Clippers Governor.”While Ballmer raised eyebrows when he reached his $2 billion agreement May 29 with Shelly Sterling, more high-priced transactions are anticipated.A lucrative bidding war is expected for the media rights to the Clippers, whose current broadcast deal with Fox-owned Prime Ticket expires after the 2015-’16 season.The Dodgers, who were bought for a U.S. sports franchise-record $2.15 billion by Guggenheim Baseball Management in 2012, secured an $8.35 billion television contract for 25 years from Time Warner Cable in 2013. Only two years earlier, Time Warner Cable had shelled out $3 billion for a 20-year deal with the Lakers — the richest local television deal in the NBA at the time.And in June, rumors surfaced that Ballmer could be in play to buy Staples Center from multimedia conglomerate AEG. The Clippers’ lease at Staples Center runs through 2024, but they are third in the pecking order behind the AEG-owned Kings and the Lakers.Donald Sterling had owned the franchise since 1981 and moved them here from San Diego in 1984, but his racist comments to female friend V. Stiviano were made public by TMZ in late April.The controversy resulted in a lifetime ban from the NBA, with the league poised to terminate his interest in the team and force a sale. That latter step became unnecessary once Shelly Sterling removed her husband as a trustee on the basis of mental incapacity, and negotiated a sale to Ballmer on her own.Ballmer, who lives in Seattle, said he would likely spend his winters in Los Angeles. He has no plans to move the team to the Pacific Northwest. “Absolutely, the Clippers stay in Los Angeles,” Ballmer said.Donald Sterling is expected to continue fighting through court appeals, but the franchise is moving on without him. The NBA even filed a counterclaim against Donald Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust on Monday, in response to a federal antitrust suit he had filed in June.Meanwhile, a city rejoiced.“It’s a great day for Los Angeles to see this sale go through,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon. The mayor said he called Donald Sterling and advised him to sell the team shortly after the scandal broke this spring.“In Steve Ballmer, we have someone who is going to keep the team here,” Garcetti said, “who has the resources to continue to build the Clippers.”Ballmer will attend a Clippers Fan Festival at Staples Center at noon Monday, along with Rivers and Clippers players.“This is an amazing new day in Clippers history,” Rivers said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to work together with Steve as we continue to build a first-class, championship organization. I am already inspired by Steve’s passion for the game, his love of competition and desire to win the right way, and I know our players and fans are going to be inspired as well.”The biggest fan already is. Known for years as “Clipper Darrell,” Darrell Bailey has been the team’s de facto mascot for years, donning his red-and-blue-split suit even as the franchise trudged through mediocrity.Asked in a recent phone interview what he would tell Donald Sterling if he had the chance, Bailey said, “I love you, appreciate you. I have no hard feelings for you.”He paused.“Let’s go, Ballmer! Let’s go, Ballmer!”Staff Writer Dakota Smith contributed to this story.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Canny neighbour manages to catch runaway rabbits

first_imgA big-hearted neighbour turned big game hunter to help the ISPCA trap two escaped rabbits.The animal welfare group had received numerous calls about two wandering rabbits in the Woods Estate near Buncrana.The rabbits had been sighted by a number of people over a couple of weeks however, the escapees were very nervous making it near impossible to catch them. A kind-hearted lady who was concerned about them, set to work coaxing them into her garden.But despite numerous attempts, the woman just couldn’t catch the runaway rabbits.However after a number of days and coming up with a clever plan, the woman landed her catch.The woman used a laundry basket propped up with a large stick and some carrots as bait. As soon as the rabbits went to eat the carrots, she pulled the stick by way of a long piece of string from her home and trapped the runaways.ISPCA Centre Manager, Denise McCausland, described the trap as “ingenious.”“It was ingenious and she was so patient. She went to so much effort in trapping the rabbits,” she said.Denise is appealing for information to track down the owner of the runaways.She said “We are appealing for information to help trace an owner for these little guys who may have escaped. One of the male rabbits has a deformity in his right eye and it is unclear if he has any vision and whether it is a result of a previous or recent injury. “Both rabbits appear to be in reasonably good health, just a little tired and hungry. The male rabbit appears to be neutered and they are both currently being veterinary assessed.”Denise said the centre wanted to say a huge thanks to the animal-loving public for reporting the sightings and for the numerous efforts to capture them.She added omestic rabbits would struggle to fend for themselves in the wild and were in serious danger from predators, placing them in a very vulnerable position.“We currently have no rabbit hutch or enclosure at the centre and we hope someone might like to donate one, used or new, so we have a dedicated space to help more rescued rabbits”. Anybody with information about the rabbits is asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online here ISPCA is also looking for volunteers who can help out. By dedicating your time, skills and expertise to the ISPCA, you can make an immense difference in your community.Volunteers who help walk, feed and look after the animals in ISPCA care are helping our fight to end animal cruelty. ISPCA volunteers also meet and work with like-minded animal lovers, and gain valuable experience working in an animal welfare environment. The ISPCA has a number of volunteer roles available to work hands-on with the animals in our cattery, kennels and stables. We are also looking for grounds keeping and maintenance volunteers, and people to help out at various events, or to do some fundraising! To become an ISPCA volunteer, you must be over 16 years of age. For more information, visit and to arrange a visit to the ISPCA Donegal Rehabilitation Centre, please email [email protected] or call us on 074 91 52360.Background on the ISPCA in DonegalThe ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre is located at Barrack, Ballyare, Ramelton, Letterkenny and is the first animal rehabilitation centre of its kind in Donegal and has already helped so many animals since it opened in June 2018. The majority of the animals rescued were victims of neglect and abuse and many others were injured and in need of veterinary care. Once they are brought into the centre they are cared for, rehabilitated and then responsibly rehomed.We are currently receiving a lot of calls about cats and kittens and our cattery is full to capacity. We are treating a lot of sick and unwanted kittens which could have been prevented if owners had neutered or spayed their cats. In most cases, spaying and neutering has overwhelmingly positive health benefits and it also prevents accidental litters of kittens or puppies which can also be challenging in finding good homes.Pet owners need to play their part by spaying and neutering their pets and this will massively help in preventing unwanted litters in the first place. We are asking to public to ask their vets for advice and do the right thing for their pets.The Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre is going from strength to strength and this has only been made possible with the kind help of our local supporters who have made donations, fostered an animal or volunteered their time.It costs over €100,000 annually to run the centre, including two full time members of staff who care for and rehabilitate the animals in our care. These costs don’t include the local ISPCA Inspector. Donations, no matter how big or small, are really appreciated so we can continue our work – donations can be made online neighbour manages to catch runaway rabbits was last modified: August 23rd, 2019 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:buncranacaughtdonegalLooserabbitslast_img read more

QPR v Atalanta: Austin sits out friendly

first_imgNeither Charlie Austin nor Leroy Fer have been included in QPR’s matchday squad for their pre-season friendly against Italian side Atalanta at Loftus Road. Austin, who has been linked with the likes of Newcastle, and Fer, who is reportedly a target for Sunderland, have both been carrying minor injuries. Rangers say neither player is fit enough to feature in Sunday’s game.Tjaronn Chery and James Perch start for the R’s, as do fellow new signings Ben Gladwin, Massimo Luongo and Sebastian Polter.Trialist Grant Hall is among the Rangers substitutes, as is Oscar Gobern.Midfielder Gobern has featured in previous pre-season friendlies, while Tottenham centre-back Hall has also joined QPR on trial. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Hill, Phillips, Chery, Gladwin, Polter, Faurlin, Luongo, Perch, Kpekawa.Subs: Lumley, Diakite, Hall, Grego-Cox, Comley, Blackwood, Doughty, Gobern, Emmanuel-Thomas, Henry, Furlong, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Alaska and Delta to end partnership

first_imgAlaska Airlines continues to top the traditional carrier satisfaction rankings. Photo: Alaska Airlines US carriers Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are getting divorced next year in a breakup that will surprise few in the aviation industry.A deteriorating relationship between the two airlines, prompted largely by Delta moving in on Alaska’s Seattle hub, has resulted in the two ending their partnership from May 1 next year.The move will see an end to codesharing and frequent flyer reciprocity but the carriers will retain an interline agreement that allows baggage and ticketing connectivity.Delta said the two airlines now codeshare on only a small number of flights as a result of the bigger airline’s growth in Seattle.It also vowed to continue investment and growth in the Pacific Northwest after more than tripling flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport  (Sea-Tac) since 2013.Delta pitched the decision as “a  positive milestone for both airlines’ that would allow Alaska to focus on its merger Virgin America and Delta to concentrate on creating more customer choice at its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub, where it now operates more than 150 peak-day flights to more than 40 destinations. “We view Seattle and the Pacific Northwest as one of the most important markets in the country, with strong economic growth, cultural diversity and some of the world’s most innovative brands and minds,” Mike Medeiros, Delta’s vice president – Seattle, said in a statement. “As a result, we have invested heavily in our product, services, facilities and the community. “Our focus now is earning the long-term trust of Pacific Northwest customers by demonstrating the value of partnering with a global airline and the benefits of being a Delta SkyMiles Member.”Delta SkyMiles members will able to redeem miles on flights operated by Alaska until April 30 but after May 1 will be only able to do so on tickets bought before December 19. Medallion benefits will not be available on flights operated by Alaska Airlines.In an online post, Alaska managing director of alliances Charles Breer said the breakup should come as no surprise as the relationship between the two airlines had become increasingly competitive over the last few years. “Given our own growth and expansion, Alaska Airlines now can take people virtually anywhere they need to go,’’ he said. “We’ve grown tremendously and with the recent acquisition of Virgin America, we’re now the fifth largest airline in the US.“We offer more nonstop West Coast departures than any other airline. And, along with our extensive global partner network, you can seamlessly travel to more than 900 destinations worldwide, including on American Airlines, which is the world’s largest airline.”Alaska closed its acquisition of Virgin America earlier this month and is still deciding whether to keep Sir Richard Branson’s iconic brand. The deal gives the airline an expanded route network with almost  1,200 daily flights to 118 destinations across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba.Alaska also announced Monday it was making its Mileage Plan more generous by allowing members to book award flights using fewer miles and earn more miles when they fly on some flights.Alaska Global Partners and elite members are now eligible for complimentary upgrades on award travel when they book main cabin tickets and can also earn miles on Virgin America flights.last_img read more

Involving locals in reviving Panna’s tiger population pays off

first_imgIn 2009, as a homesick T3 meandered almost 442 km to return to the Pench Tiger Reserve, its former home, large numbers of locals helped bring the male tiger back to the Panna Tiger Reserve, where it had been translocated. Foresters tracked T3’s movement using radio collar signals, locals alerted other villagers living along the trail, temporarily cut off power supply to wire fences around fields, and identified some common abodes and caves where the tiger could take shelter. A sense of ownership had taken over them, following a meeting with the Forest Department on November 5, 2009. Scores of villagers came out to accompany 70 foresters and four elephants to ensure T3 returned to the Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR), where tigers had gone extinct by the beginning of that year.‘Sense of ownership’Registering a 7% growth in its tiger population every year since, the PTR, where population stress, poaching and management gaps had caused their untimely extinction, houses 52 tigers today. All the seven tigers, reintroduced under the Tiger Recovery Plan, have bred cubs. “Panna’s revival has been people-centric,” says Rangaiah Sreenivasa Murthy, former director of the reserve, who led efforts from 2009 to 2015. “It has been about inculcating a sense of ownership for tigers among local staff and those living around the Reserve.”Spread over 576 sq. km. of deciduous forests in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, PTR used to be a hunting preserve for rulers of the princely states of Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar. In fact, to conserve the species then, there was a ban on killing females, cubs, and tigers shorter than 9 feet. “People here are trigger-happy,” said Mr. Murthy. “For the feudal lords here, honour and pride means everything.”So, foresters told the community patriarchs they met: “You have lost the tiger, the pride of Bundelkhand. We want to restore it. Support us and get involved.” They devised a conservation model focused on coexistence with tigers, and involved ‘Jan samarthan se baagh samrakshan’ (tiger conservation with people’s support). Under the ‘Friends of Panna’ initiative, foresters met and shared information with every local on the revival plan and their role in it. Children were taken to nature camps inside the park, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund. But the threat of international poaching rackets, flourishing under mercenaries from the local Pardhi, Kanjar and Baheliya tribes, loomed large. Complacent field staff, under pressure from poachers, sometimes tried to bury evidence and even connived to organise hunts. To counter this, supervisors began handling confrontations with poachers. Four field staff were jailed for dereliction of duty; the conviction of 11 poachers instilled the fear of law among others. After T3 was brought back, it mated with T1, a tigress brought to the reserve earlier, with the help of urine-lure technique, wherein urine of a tigress is sprayed around to attract a tiger. On April 16, 2010, T1 was delivered of the first litter — four cubs — the first of a tigress reintroduced in the Reserve. In 2011, T4 became the first orphaned tigress in the world to be re-wilded, and bore and reared two cubs to adulthood in the wild. Well establishedToday, PTR’s tigers occupy a range from the Narmada to the Son rivers, having established themselves in the Satpura and Sanjay Tiger Reserves as well. According to Mr. Murthy, an abundant prey base (chital, sambhar, neelgai and chinkara) and the perennial river Ken, which flows through the Reserve, have contributed to the revival. Expanding tourism in the reserve is a new challenge. In contrast to approximately 20,000 visitors to the Reserve previously, 50,000-60,000 people visit it in every season now, he said, which may cause stress to tigers.Pardhi and Baheliya villagers were trained as guides and made aware of tiger conservation, said K.S. Bhadoriya, PTR’s current Director. One member from each village household is a part of one of seven groups, and they take turns to patrol the reserve with the forest personnel.last_img read more

Vatican embassy says TRC report will be sent to Rome

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The  Vatican embassy in Ottawa says it will send the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report to Rome.A spokesperson at the embassy did not have an immediate comment about the recommendations aimed at the Church including a call for Pope Francis to come to Canada to issue an apology to “survivors.”The TRC report said the apology should be “for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools.”The report is calling for the Pope to issue an apology “similar to the 2010 apology issued to Irish victims of abuse and to occur within one year of the issuing of this report.”In the report released Tuesday, the three TRC Commissioners aimed a number recommendations at churches in Canada that had ties to residential schools.The TRC is asking that churches that are party to the settlement agreement develop educational strategies to ensure their congregations understand the church’s role in residential schools and that churches change their curriculum for young clergy to be taught about the history of the [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more