Email NewsDanny’s dance to overcome disabilityBy John Keogh – September 10, 2014 657 Twitter Facebook Award winning poet is University of Limerick writer in residence TAGSarts council Advertisement Print Linkedin Dance artist Danny Aherne from Newcastle West, who has received an Arts Council grant to be mentored in the making of dance filmNEWCASTLE West artist Danny Aherne has moved a step closer to realising his dream of create a dance film to be used as part of a public performance.A €2,000 Arts Council grant will allow him to be mentored by Mary Wycherley, one of Ireland’s best known artists working in dance film.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The process will begin with his involvement in the ‘Light Moves’ festival of screen dance, the first of its kind in Ireland, which takes place in Dance Limerick from November 6 to 9.Danny, who has physical disabilities, hopes the mentoring process will enable him to develop skills that would enable him to produce a film that is of high enough quality to be used as part of a public performance by Spoken Dance.“I bring my own unique experience of being inside the dance creative process and my perspective as a visual artist to dance film. Dance film offers me a vast canvass to work on in a way that is not limited by my physical abilities. It allows me to bring the viewer into the dance and view it from the inside.”Danny revealed that he has often had to forego performing as a dance artist due to ill health, but that having a practice as a dance filmmaker ensures his continued creative involvement with Spoken Dance, regardless of his unpredictable health problems.He added: “Mary Wycherley’s experience in dance film is unique. She can help me to see dance and make dance with the eye and expertise of a filmmaker.”Arts and Disability Connect is a new scheme designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work; in the first year of the awards, seven artists have been awarded €25,000 between them. Limerick music project to harness youth activism Colourful Limerick youth cafe ‘Steps’ awarded funds Limerick Artist Receives Arts Council Next Generation Award worth €20,000 Previous articleVirtually There exhibition opens at Mary INext articleSchool fundraiser to show passion for fashion John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp The Arts Council awards Limerick visual artists’ studio funding for 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dance Limerick double bill of new works
Star Files From drug kingpin Heisenberg to LBJ, All the Way star Bryan Cranston sure knows how to keep his fans guessing. Hot on the heels of his final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad, the Emmy winner is gearing up to make his Broadway debut as the 36th U.S. President, and of course, we think his decision is a great move. What better way to stretch as a thespian than to take on eight shows a week? This got us thinking about other small screen actors who could make a Main Stem bow. We’d love to see a dashing Jon Hamm take on another period piece after he’s done filming Mad Men’s final season. Or maybe Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has some time for an engagement on the Great White Way now that he’s dropped the Fifty Shades of Grey film? So we want to know: Which of TV’s dashing leading man should make his Broadway debut next? Cast your vote below! View Comments Bryan Cranston
5 May 2009Boitumelo Semete of South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has secured a grant worth US$100 000 (about R828 000) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for his research into anti-tuberculosis treatment.Semete will attempt to develop “sticky” nano-particles that attach to tuberculosis-infected cells and slowly release anti-TB drugs, providing a therapy that could shorten treatment time and reduce side-effects while using existing medication.The foundation is providing 81 grants to the value of $100 000 each to researchers in 17 countries through its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, which promotes research into bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries.Novel approachesThe projects focus on novel approaches to prevent and treat infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and diarrheal diseases.“Investments in global health research are already paying big dividends. An incredible number of new vaccines, drugs, and other tools are becoming available to improve health in developing countries”, the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program president, Tachi Yamada, said in a statement by the CSIR this week.“Grand Challenges Explorations is our way to help inspire the bold ideas that could one day help transform global health.”New ideasThe 81 funded researchers will explore a wide range of new ideas, including giving mosquitoes a head cold to prevent them from detecting and biting humans, developing a tomato to deliver antiviral drugs, and using a laser to enhance the effect of vaccines.Applicants were selected from more than 3 000 proposals in the second round. All levels of scientists are represented, from veteran researchers to young post-graduate investigators, as are a range of disciplines, such as neurobiology, immunology and polymer science.The grantees are based at universities, research institutes, non-profit organisations and private companies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Annual binding targets “Addressing education and skills development is one of the core aspects of the New Growth Path,” said Patel. Source: BuaNews Education and training in South Africa have received a major boost through the signing of two accords that will see 30 000 new artisans and 16 000 college lecturers being trained, and under-performing schools receiving business and community support. Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Futhi Mthoba said the accords represented agreements on areas of concern in respect of the New Growth Path. “The critical part of the accords is that each partner is responsible for deliverables. We will hold each other responsible,” she said. The accords involve partnerships among business, government, labour and communities, and result from engagements that followed the release of the New Growth Path, which aims to create five million jobs in the next decade. The skills accord has eight key commitments designed to drive training and development. Under it, up to 30 000 new artisan students are expected to enter training this year. The majority of this figure (56%) will come from the private sector, 31% from government, and 13% from state-owned companies. Vavi added that unions would work to change the mindset “of all public servants, including educators, to know that our future lies in their hands”. Business also undertook to improve spending on training beyond the 1% compulsory training levy. The accord stipulates that business will urge companies to spend between 3-5% of their total salary bill voluntarily on training. “We are making a commitment to play our part. All accords will require active participation,” he said, adding that the key to the success of the accords was not the signing itself but rather the participation of all involved to make it a success. Help for underperforming schools “The critical challenge for creating more jobs is to deal with skills shortages and issues, and what we’ve assembled here in these two accords is a partnership right across the training pipeline, from primary school right through to FET collages and beyond,” said Patel. “We’ve brought here the people with resources.” 15 July 2011 Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said all partners involved in the accords would be subject to annual binding targets, adding that his department was in the process of finalising how to spend the fund’s money in consultation with the relevant ministers. Changing mindset of public servants Organised labour, business and community organisations have committed to a target of between 100 and 200 poorly performing schools to be supported in the adopt-a-school initiative. “There is over R4-billion of unspent money from the past, and R2-billion from this year,” he said. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the government was encouraged by the accord specifically for under-performing schools: “It came at the right time. The accord will help redirect resources.” Business and labour have committed to ensuring that the funding of training is available through the skills development levy. It accord will also phase in opportunities for training in a work environment for at least 16 000 lecturers at Further Education and Training (FET) collages. Improving spending on training Representing organised labour, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said that labour had for a long time argued that something needed to be done to change the lives of workers through skills development and education. “The accords will focus on concrete issues,” Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said at the signing of the National Skills Accord and the Basic Education Accord in Pretoria this week. New Growth Path The National Skills Fund will be used effectively to support skills that address the priorities of the growth path.
22 November 2011 Stunning puttMulroy sealed his win in the event, which is co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour, with a stunning 80-foot putt for birdie on the 16th. It was the last of his four birdies on the inward nine, a day after he had sunk five in succession on his way to an eight-under-par 64. LEADERBOARD Mulroy’s victory takes to six the number of South African wins on the European Tour this season. Previous winners include Ernie Els (South African Open Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (Africa Open), Charl Schwartzel (Joburg Open and the US Masters), and Thomas Aiken (Spanish Open). South Africa’s Garth Mulroy scored his maiden PGA European Tour victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek on Sunday to record the 100th win by a South African on the Tour. Questioned about the length of his putt on the 16th afterwards, Mulroy told the Sunshine Tour: “From here to the car park!” There was a four-way tie for third between rising star George Coetzee, Jaco van Zyl, Scotland’s Peter Whiteford and Chile’s Felipe Aquilar on 13-under 275. South African OpenThe attention of the PGA European Tour and the Sunshine Tour now turns to the co-sanctioned South African Open, which takes place at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate. His previous best results had been finishing as runner-up in the Joburg Opens of 2011 and 2008. His winning cheque of €158 500 (approximately R1.77-million) was the biggest of his career. Best ever resultIt was a best ever result for the Scotsman, whose previous best was a third place in this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Saint Andrews. Two-time champion, Pablo Martin of Spain, had a forgettable tournament, carding rounds of 81 and 82 for a two round total of 19-over-par 163, which was 18 shots over the cut. Five-time winner Ernie Els is the defending champion, but will face a tough challenge from a quality field that includes two-time champion Retief Goosen, George Coetzee, Jaco van Zyl, Thomas Aiken, , 2007 winner James Kingston, Soren Kjeldsen, Jbe Kruger, and Hennie Otto. Garth Mulroy (RSA) 69, 68, 64, 68 (-19) 269George Murray (Sco) 66, 69, 69, 67 (-17) 271George Coetzee (RSA) 66, 71, 69, 69 (-13) 275Jaco van Zyl (RSA) 68, 68, 72, 67 (-13) 275Peter Whiteford (Sco) 73, 67, 64, 71 (-13) 275Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 71, 64, 68, 72 (-13) 275Hennie Otto (RSA) 69, 68, 67, 72 (-12) 276Andrea Pavan (Ita) 68, 70, 68, 70 (-12) 276James Kamte (RSA) 72, 70, 69, 66 (-11) 277Jbe Kruger (RSA) 64, 67, 73, 73 (-11) 277Steven Tiley (Eng) 70, 69, 70, 68 (-11) 277 Mulroy finished on 19-under-par 269, after three sub-70 rounds of 69, 68, 64, and 68. Scotland’s George Murray, the only other man to go under 70 for all four of his rounds, finished in second place on 17-under-271 after closing with a 67. The 1986 and 1999 champion David Frost, aged 52, is also in the field. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
(EDS: Repeating after correction in Para 2) By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Aug 22 (PTI) Former recipients of the Arjuna award today lamented that its dignity has been lowered and the government is now “throwing” the honour away. Former India hockey captain Ashok Kumar, who is son of legendary Dhyanchand, legendary middle-distance runner Sriram Singh Shekhawat, who holds national record of 1:45.77 in 800m since 1976, and former India volleyball skipper Suresh Mishra all voiced the same sentiment. “The dignity has to be maintained. Why do you need to give Arjuna every year. Is it necessary? We are now throwing the awards away,” Ashok told PTI. “They (government) have set their own parameters. The value attached with the award should be increased. There should be a cap that only Asiad and Olympic medal winners should be selected for the Arjuna honour,” Ashok, member of 1975 World Cup winning Indian team, said. Ashok, himself a 1974 Arjuna awardee, also denounced the current procedure, where athletes have to send application to be considered for the honour. “You cant beg for award or demand it. Why should I blow my own trumpet that I have achieved something. When someone goes out for competition, it happens with the permission of the government. They know the achievements so it should be the government which should pick athletes rather than players sending applications,” he said. Indias ace squash player Saurav Ghosal also felt the same. “I think the concept of recommending or nominating someone for the awards is flawed. It just doesnt sound right that player needs to be recommended or needs to apply for the award. The committee should pick the winners on their own on the basis of performances. Applying for the awards is like asking for a grant,” the 2006 Arjuna awardee said. Asked if he feels any undeserving candidate has been selected, Ashok said, “I am not talking about any specific athlete but the system.” Shekhawat, who won gold medal in 1974 Tehran Asian Games and a silver at 1970 Bangkok Asian Games, shared how tough the fight used to be for Arjuna among achievers of that era. “When Arjuna awards were decided for year 1972, I was Asiad medallist but still did not get it. There was only one slot and the award was given to V S Chauhan. We both were national record holders but since he was senior to me, he was chosen,” Shekhawat, who was chosen for honour in 1973, recollected. “The selected athletes should be a medal winner at least at the Asian Games level,” he suggested. Suresh Mishra, who also coached Abu Dhabi police volleyball team for 15 years in 80s and 90s, said there should be only Arjuna award and the decision to make a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna the highest honour was not correct. “Which name is bigger, Arjuna or Rajiv Gandhi. Its an insult to Arjuna award. It has been degraded,” he said. Arjuna award was instituted in 1961 and Khel Ratna in 1991-1992. Former India hockey captain Zafar Iqbal though chose to differ, saying giving awards was a way to encourage athletes. “The award is not only for the athletes but also for the masses who follow. It encourages everyone. It has been fair. I dont think its devalued,” the 1979 Arjuna awardee said. Former hockey defender M P Singh suggested that achievements at Commonwealth Games should not be considered. “The level of competition is not that high at CWG Games. And the government should make a policy for sports which do not figure in Asian Games and Olympics,” he said. Close to 20 Arjuna awardees had gathered at the launch of an NGO, Sports: A way of Life, founded by 25-year-old Kanishka Pandey and pledged support for its programme, Sports Literacy Mission. PTI AT BS BSadvertisement
The positive impact that the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) has had on the lives of thousands of children with varying disabilities, through its many interventions, has been lauded by Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites.“The ESP has come a far way and has evolved significantly over the years, which has contributed to the overall success of many individuals, who continue to excel in various capacities throughout the world,” the Minister said.Rev. Thwaites was speaking at the ESP graduation ceremony, held on July 10 at the Apostolic Church of Jamaica, in Kingston Gardens.Administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the ESP caters to children from birth to six years, with challenges, such as cerebral palsy, autism and mental retardation; and children with various forms of mental and physical disabilities, including multiple disabilities.“Let us take into consideration the struggles and sacrifices that parents of children with special needs, caregivers, and the ESP staff undergo on a daily basis, in ensuring the wellbeing of these remarkable graduates who have done extremely well academically, despite their challenges,” the Minister said.He noted that experience has shown that there is not always a happy ending, or a miracle cure, when dealing with disabled children, challenged by autism, cerebral palsy or paraplegia.“Caring for special people, especially children, exhibit our value for human life in immeasurable ways, which many times are accompanied with mixed emotions. This is so because we do not understand the purposes and appreciate the logics of creation in all of its aspects. Nonetheless, it gives us a chance to reach beyond ourselves, in how we care and uplift those who are weakest in our midst,” the Minister said.He added that there are happy moments in the lives of children with developmental disabilities, which are as a result of daily struggles and sacrifices that parents and caregivers make.“Amidst the challenges faced, parents I urge you to retain a tremendous regard for the gift of your children, whether they can walk, speak, or attain great heights in the eyes of the world. Appreciate them, love them unconditionally, and look beyond their disabilities to the remarkable task of civilization, great or small, which you must lead,” the Minister said.He pointed out that while the programme contributes significantly to uplifting children with special needs, much more can be done to better cater to the educational needs of such children, through private and public partnerships.“The State cannot do it alone. So I am urging private sector companies and individuals to get on board, and support the ESP in its mission to reach out to children with special needs,” the Minister said.For more information on the ESP, persons can contact the Ministry of Labour and Social Security at: 922-8000-13 or 922-5585.Contact: Jeneva Gordon