Concern expressed as vandals spoil clothes bank in Inishowen

first_imgAn Inishowen community group has hit out at dumpers who vandalised a community clothes bank in the area. The Fahan Community Group said bags filled with garden cuttings and household waste had been dumped in the clothes bank at the Fowler Hall in Tooban over the summer – only to be found when the recycling company came to collect.The local group receives a couple of hundred euro each time a full clothes bin is collected. The Heritage group, who use the money to put back into the local community, are currently working on the Fahan graveyard project where work on the restoration of the 7th century Mura’s Cross is continuing.It is understood that those involved left behind identifiable materials, a matter a group spokesperson said would be taken further if they didn’t stop.A spokesperson for the Fahan Community Group said: “We’re are asking the people involved to stop or the matter will be taken further.”Concern expressed as vandals spoil clothes bank in Inishowen was last modified: October 16th, 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) Tags:FahanInishowenlast_img read more

Relive Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s five Grammy-winning moments

first_imgSouth African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo won their fifth Grammy at the 2018 Grammy Awards, confirming their status as one of the country’s greatest cultural exports.South African isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo rose to global fame with their appearance on Paul Simon’s Graceland album. As one of South Africa’s most prolific groups, the singers are world ambassadors for South Africa and its cultures. (Image: Ladysmith Black Mambazo website)CD AndersonOver the last 40 years, the KwaZulu-Natal ensemble have brought traditional Zulu harmonies, called isicathamiya, to a global audience. They won the 2018 Best World Music Album award on 28 January for Shaka Zulu Revisited, a contemporary reworking of their 1987 breakthrough album.Ladysmith Black Mambazo first came to the world’s attention through their work with Paul Simon on his multiplatinum, Grammy-winning album, Graceland, in 1986.However, it was the original Shaka Zulu album – the follow-up to Graceland – that group founder Joseph Shabalala always considered their landmark album in taking the South African sound to the world. It won them their first Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Recording in 1988.To mark the 30th anniversary of the album, Ladysmith, led by Shabalala’s four sons since his retirement from music in 2008, re-recorded it. They gave the songs a modern feel without losing the traditional elements that have made the singers’ music so popular.Thamsanqa, Msizi, Thulani and Sibongiseni Shabalala said that the album was a way to pay tribute to their father and his leadership, as well as a dedication to the legacy of the many members of the ensemble over four decades, many of whom have since retired or died. Ladysmith Black Mambazo currently includes Shabalala cousins Albert and Abednego Mazibuko, as well family friends Russel Mthembu and Ngane Dlamini.In addition to a host of South African, African and global music and cultural awards, the group have been nominated for Grammys 19 times.Tweets about “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” The 2018 win is Ladysmith’s fifth Grammy. The group was also nominated this year for the Best Children’s Album award for Songs of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around the World. That Grammy went to American Lisa Loeb’s Feel What U Feel.Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Msizi Shabalala accepts the award for Best World Music Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, USA, on 28 January 2018. (Image: Official Grammy website)On accepting the Best World Music award in person at the Grammys in Los Angeles, group leader Msizi Shabalala dedicated the win to his father and his commitment to using music as a way to bond the world’s diverse cultures. The group’s philosophy behind the music, Msizi said, was always “that people have to unite… not in fighting with each other but [in] harmony and peace and love”.Ladysmith are currently on a world tour to promote their new albums and celebrate their continuing success, longevity and fans around the world.Here are the five Grammy-winning moments that made Ladysmith Black Mambazo a global music sensation:“Unomathemba” from the 1988 Best Traditional Folk Recording Shaka Zulu“Selingelethu Sonke” from the 2004 Best Traditional World Music Album Raise Your Spirit Higher“Vela Nsizwa” from the 2009 Best Traditional World Music Album Ilembe: Honouring Shaka Zulu“Emgodini” from the 2013 Best World Music AlbumLive: Singing for Peace Around the World“Hello My Baby” from the 2018 Best World Music Album Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration Read more about Ladysmith Black Mambazo and other great South African music in these Brand South Africa articles:Mambazo’s golden anniversaryA journey around Africa with ten great songsSouth African music gets three Grammy nodsWatch: Salif Keita and Black Mambazo call for harmony in AfricaSouth African musicSource: News24, official Grammy website, WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

MyPlanet Rhino Fund supports anti-poaching efforts

first_imgMyPlanet Ambassador and conservationist Braam Malherbe shares his views on conservation and the importance of  ensuring the longevity of endangered species such as rhinos.Following the alarms set off by the steady decline in the world’s rhino population, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in 2010, declared 22 September International Rhino Day to raise awareness around the plight of rhinos and mobilise the world against illegal rhino poaching.As International Rhino Day comes around again this year the MyPlanet Rhino Fund, established in March 2011 and administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, puts fundraising for the cause on centre stage.“As custodians of the planet, we have to really do something,” says MyPlanet Ambassador and conservationist Braam Malherbe.“When we make that one small change and start giving back, everything comes together.”The MyPlanet Rhino Fund has raised R1.318-million in the past year with the support of more than 30 000 MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders and partner stores around the country.The MySchoolMyVillageMyPlanet partner stores donate to the fund whenever a programme cardholder swipes their card when shopping.“Know where your money is going when donating to various rhino causes so that you can be sure it directly benefits rhino conversation!” Malherbe says, offering advice to rhino conservation supporters.“With the MyPlanet Rhino Fund you can know that funds are administered by a panel of independent parties who are experts in the field.“There’s total transparency, you can visit the website, look at the blogs and regularly get updates as to where your money has gone.”Watch MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet at Rhino Orphanage with Braam Malherbe:MYPLANET RHINO FUND BENEFICIARIESThe MyPlanet Rhino fund supports a number of environmental organisations, including the Savé Valley Conservancy established in 1991 on more than 3442km2 of previously privately owned livestock farms in Cheredzi, in Zimbabwe.In 2010 the large-scale wilderness area experienced an increase in poaching even with the anti-poaching scouts stationed throughout the area. This led to the introduction of the Special Species Protection Unit, in part funded through the MyPlanet Rhino Fund.The fund has also supported training and setting up the Black Mamba All-Woman Anti-Poaching Unit operating in the Balule Nature Reserve in Limpopo. The reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and covers 400 km2.The unit was created in response to the nature reserve being targeted by poachers and is made up of 26 young women from the surrounding areas.The women underwent extensive training for six weeks and operate from five hubs stationed throughout the nature reserve.Patrolling hot spots and working observation posts spread throughout the park, the unit sets up roadblocks and conducts routine searches of the premises to weed out and deter poachers.Donations from MyPlanet went towards constructing and upgrading the picket sites, deployment and transportation, equipment and uniforms, and monthly food rations for the unit members.last_img read more

12seconds Gets a New iPhone App: Sending Video to Twitter Made Easy

first_imgfrederic lardinois Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#twitter#user-generated content#Video Services#web Note: This story was embargoed until 10am Pacific, but as usual, the app still hasn’t gone live in the store. This is becoming standard procedure these days and Apple is doing a disservice to both the developers and the press by not giving developers a clearer idea about when a new application will actually appear in the store.Update (5:30pm): the app is now available in the App Store.Earlier this year, 12seconds announced tighter integration with Twitter and this app clearly shows this. Once you have uploaded your video, a message will be posted to your Twitter feed. One nice aspect of the app is that it is extremely easy to use. You just tilt the iPhone sideways and the recorder automatically opens. After recording a video, you can play it, retake it, or delete it. In a future update, 12seconds also plans to integrate Facebook Connect. This will give users the ability to share video on both Twitter and Facebook. The company also plans to release a few more iPhone 3GS apps in the near future.A number of other Twitter video services like TwitVid already offer iPhone apps (iTunes link). 12seconds, however, is one of the largest players in this space – especially now that Seesmic has decided to shift its focus away from its video service. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts, an online video service that lets users upload short video clips, just announced its new iPhone application. While the first 12seconds app could only send still pictures and audio, this new version can finally also send real video from the new iPhone 3GS to 12seconds’ online service. To post a video, users of 12cast (iTunes link) simply record a new video in the app (no longer than 12 seconds), give it a title, and hit the send button. In addition, users can also send any pre-recorded videos right from their library to 12seconds. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more