England win series

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP): Ben Duckett and Sam Billings scored half-centuries as England beat Bangladesh by four wickets in their third one-day international yesterday, sealing a 2-1 victory in the series. The hosts compiled a solid 277-6, but England raced to victory with 13 balls to spare, playing methodical cricket and ending Bangladesh’s unbeaten run in their six bilateral series. Duckett made 63, his second half-century in the series, while Billings, who replaced injured Jason Roy in the opening slot, added 62. Those two knocks kept England on course and Ben Stokes, 47 not out, kept up the momentum to win a series, which became heated following a verbal spat between players of the two teams in the second match. Tensions ran high after the incident, but it had no impact on yesterday’s match, although Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza collided with Billings in his third over and the two exchanged words. “There was no impact of that incident in this match. They have really played well,” Mortaza said. “There was lot of dew at the end and our spinners couldn’t grip the ball well. That was the factor.” Billings, playing his first match in the series, shared 63 runs with James Vince in the opening stand to give the tourists a strong start. RUN CHASE “Physically and mentally, we’ve stood up. We wanted to set the tone and our opening partnership set up the run chase,” England captain Jos Buttler said. Fast bowlers Mortaza and Shafiul Islam claimed two wickets apiece for Bangladesh. Mushfiqur Rahim (67 n.o.) was instrumental earlier in Bangladesh’s total, combining with Mosaddek Hossain for 85 after the hosts were left on 192-6 in 39th over. Hossain was unbeaten on 38. Tamim Iqbal and Kayes got the side off to a good start with an 80-run partnership on a pitch that had been covered for the previous three days following constant rain. Iqbal made 45 runs, during which he became the first Bangladeshi batsman to go past the 5,000-run mark. Kayes contributed 46 runs. Sabbir Rahman also made a good start, but was dismissed on 49. England leg-spinner Adil Rashid returned career best figures of 4-43.last_img read more

Timothy Weah: “It Will Be the Best Thing for My Dad to Lead Liberia”

first_imgTimothy Weah (in the middle) stand alongside his father George Weah (R) and a PSG team official after signing a contract with PSG (Photo credit: PSG) With a possible runoff election scheduled for next month, the son of former footballer, now presidential candidate, George Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), has said it would be the best thing for Liberians to elect his father as president of the country at the upcoming November 7 poll.Timothy Weah told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday that his father is going through a lot of pressure from the media and the people, “so I just said, “Dad, you are the best; just keep on doing what you are doing, and I know you are going to win this time.”The 17-year-old American said his dad loves and has helped Liberia, so becoming the next leader of the country would be the best thing.Timothy, a forward for the Paris Saint-Germain youth team, told the BBC, “This time, I feel they will get their votes’ worth and he is going to lead Liberia to a very bright future.”Authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) have announced 95.6 percent of the October 10 polls that show George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai heading for a runoff, with Weah leading with 39.0 percent, while Boakai trails with 29.1 percent of the votes the NEC has tallied so far.In 2005 and 2011, Weah finished runner-up to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the first round and the runoff elections.In the meantime, Timothy said he is focusing on the success of his team in the Under-17 World Cup and to secure a first team status at PSG.Weah on Monday scored a hat trick to help his US U-17 team advance to the quarter finals of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. He is the first American player at all levels to score a hat trick in the World Cup.The USA is expected to face England or Japan in the quarter finals on Saturday, October 21 in Goa, India.“My future goal is to make it into the first team, do a couple of sessions with them and hopefully by the end of the year, make my debut,” Timothy told the BBC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Positions of power

first_imgThe department heads are supposed to police their departments. If they don’t, then they need to be replaced. Having an underboss micromanage them doesn’t necessarily ensure better government. The entire board should be as skeptical of this proposal as Supervisor Mike Antonovich is – and reject the idea of a whole new and expensive layer of bureaucracy. LOS Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors did the right thing Tuesday by endowing the position of chief administrative officer with some power to hold the vast bureaucracy accountable. This change to make the job more like its counterparts in other California counties will no doubt help supervisors in their future search for a successor to CAO David Janssen, who came out of retirement when they couldn’t persuade any qualified candidates to take the job. It’s important that the county’s top administrative officer have the power to police the county’s departments and roll some heads if need be – something that might have averted the King/Drew Medical Center crisis had it been implemented years ago. But the CAO doesn’t need an army of more bureaucrats for support. As part of the CAO’s new empowerment, Janssen is proposing creating a team of deputy CAOs who would each oversee a few department heads. We support giving the CAO more power, but not the power to create a whole new layer of government – no doubt one that’s well paid. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: As a trainer, I have been asked this question a thousand times.Anyone who has stepped foot in a gym has heard someone say, ”I don’t want to lift weights, because I don’t want to get too bulky”.If you are involved in sports I can guarantee that at one stage or another someone who ‘knows what they are talking about’ has told you to stay away from weights because you will get too big and it will slow you down. I used to believe this myself.I spent 8 years training in kickboxing where we were advised that weights would slow us down.So I avoided lifting weights for my legs, (couldn’t neglect the upper body could I?), and ended up the proud owner of a nice set of pencil thin twiglet legs; something I have spent that last 4 years rectifying.Have you had bad advice regarding weights? Drop me a message and let me know.Even today, with the rise of Strength and Conditioning throughout sports, I still hear people asking the same questions and giving outdated advice to athletes.Then we have people who are looking to ‘lose weight’ or ‘get in shape’.For the majority of my clientele, their goal is to look and feel better about themselves.When I am doing the initial consultation with a new client, I will always bring up the topic of weights. I usually ask them if they have any experience of using weights and proceed to inform them that their training programme will involve the use of them.That same phrase will usually surface, ‘I don’t mind using weights, but I don’t want to get too bulky’.I have had men tell me that they ‘wouldn’t mind putting on some muscle, but they wouldn’t want to get too big’ that they ‘don’t want to end up like a bodybuilder.’There is still this idea among the general population that as soon as you start lifting weights, you will turn into a Russian shot putter and your clothes won’t fit you anymore. Some women, through media and misinformation, seem to think that if they lift anything over 2kg they will end up looking like an 80’s action hero, complete with stubble and an Adam’s apple.This couldn’t be further from the truth.If people actually saw how much food has to be eaten, and knew the length and intensity of the training sessions that it takes to put on serious muscle that would actually result in you looking bulky, they probably wouldn’t believe it.The biggest problem with this myth, for both the general public who want to look better and for athletes who want to improve performance, is that people still assume that a programme of lifting weights will resemble a programme for a bodybuilder.This is not the case.If weight loss is your main goal, I have found that following a full body weights programme 3 days per week, can give exceptional results when your diet is in check.If you are a beginner looking to put on some size, again you can start with a 3 day per week full body weights workout; it would just be programmed differently.If you are playing sports, body part splits like a chest day, leg day, and arm day are essentially useless.Your focus should be on;• Developing muscle and movement patterns you won’t get in practice.• Exercises that will have a good carryover to on-field of play performance.• To minimise or reduce the likelihood of injury while training.Upper-lower or Push-pull splits work better for this.Lifting weights does not make you ‘bulky’.There are a huge amount of factors that would have to be in place before this would happen.Weight lifting, when done in the right way with a personalised program, can help you get to your chosen goal, whether it is looking good on the beach or improving performance in your sport.#TrainSmartFor further information on how to get a program to suit your goals, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: DO WEIGHTS MAKE YOU BULKY? was last modified: August 18th, 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:columnemmetfitnessrusheweightsWomenlast_img read more


first_img*CLG BnaG Presentation Dinner Dance*What were you doing in September 1990? Charles Haughey was Taoiseach. Pete Sampras won his first US Open Tennis title. Goodfellas the Robert De Niro movie was released. Ireland was just recovering from the hangover and the euphoria surrounding the Irish soccer team who were beaten by hosts Italy in the World Cup Quarter final. Donegal GAA team had just won the Ulster Senior Football Championship for the first time in 7 years and CLG Baile na nGalloglach won their first ever Championship defeating Convoy in the Junior Championship final on a scoreline of 1-08 to 1-06.The first team from the Club to win a County Championship will be honoured at the Club’s annual presentation night which will take place in the Mulroy Woods Hotel on Sunday 27th December along with the Senior team who won the All County League Division 3 and the Minor team who won a County Minor B Championship. September the 9th 1990 was the red letter day for Na Galloglaigh Gaels as they came with a late, late surge to overcome Convoy in the final at MacCumhaill Park. CLG BnaG, managed by Garrett Horkan and Seamus Durkan Snr, trailed Convoy from early on and but for an excellent goal scored on the stroke of half time by veteran Fergus Friel they may well have had too high of a mountain to climb in the 2nd half. Indeed, Na Galloglaigh did not take the lead until 7 minutes from time when points from brothers John Gerard and Philip “Ogie” Mc Gettigan set them on their way to victory. Great scenes of celebration ensued when referee Liam Brown blew for full time and Pat Barrett had the honour of being the first man to captain the Club to Championship victory.We look forward to the Presentation Night on the 27th when the 1990 heroes can meet and recount stories on the famous campaign and perhaps give some tips to the younger history makers.Tickets for the Presentation Dinner Dance are available from any Committe member price €25.*St Stephens Day Exiles Match*After the great craic that was had last year the Club is holding another Exiles match this St Stephens day. Last year saw over 50 players togging out and it was great to see old friends that are currently scattered all thoughout the country and across the globe get together for a great days entertainment and catch up with each other. The exiles took the trophy last year and will no doubt be looking to show they still have it! There will also be a veterans match featuring the Junior Championship winning side of 1990. Should be a great days fun, throw in at 1pm. Hope to see you there.*Scor Table Quiz*Volunteers are being sought to represent the Club in the Scor Table Quiz competition in January. The categories will include history/geography, general knowledge and GAA. Anyone interested can contact Brendan Ward on 086-3409183 *U14B Schools Final*Congratulations to Loreto Community School Milford on winning the Donegal Vocational Schools U14B Final last Friday defeating Moville Community College by 4-6 to 2-6. BnaGs Rory O’Donnell scored 0-4 while Shane Black had a hand in 3 of the 4 goals. Other BnaG representatives include John Matthews, Bruce McAuley, Conor Coll and Barry Donnelly.*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 5-7-13-19. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. Roger & Bridin McMahon, Ciaran McHugh, John Og Friel, and Nancy Friel. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,580. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2015 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2015 included– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114 *Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751MILFORD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS OF 1990 TO BE HONOURED AT DINNER DANCE was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more


first_imgTWELVE local primary schools working on An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme participated in Water Forums held in Letterkenny last week.The pupils and teachers from the Donegal schools took part in a variety of fun games and activities to increase their knowledge on water conservation.The main objective of the forum was to provide advice and ideas to each school in order to increase their water use efficiency and provide support as they work on the Green-Schools Water theme. An Taisce Green-Schools has teamed up with Irish Water to support schools undertaking the Water theme of the Green-Schools programme throughout Ireland.The Green-Schools Water theme encourages participating schools to improve their water efficiency and to conserve water by adopting simple measures through a seven-step framework. Operated by An Taisce, Green-Schools promotes and acknowledges long-term whole school action for the environment across seven themes including water, energy, waste and sustainable transport.Green Schools Officer Ruth Gaj-McKeever commented “It was a real pleasure to see the dedication and enthusiasm of all the Donegal schools that attended the forum. It show’s great promise that the future generation will be extremely water wise”.In addition, Irish Water and An Taisce have launched a competition to find the Irish Water Green-School of the Year and a poster competition open to all schools currently working towards their Green Flag for Water. These competitions will recognise innovation and creativity among primary and secondary schools who have achieved success in reducing their water consumption, spreading awareness about water issues and involving their community in their Green-Schools Water Programme.Visit www.greenschoolsireland.org for more information.Th Donegal schools who attended the Water Forums were:Holy Trinity N.S. (Model School)Scoil Bhríde (Convoy) St. Eunan’s N.S.Crannogbui National SchoolS.N. TaobhóigeDonagh N.S. Letterkenny Educate TogetherSt Riaghan’s NSGaelscoil na gCeithre MaistríScoil Mhuire (Inishowen)St. Columbas National SchoolScoil an Aingil Choimheadai (Keadue N.S)DONEGAL SCHOOLS LEARN HOW TO SAVE WATER WITH UNIQUE PROGRAMME was last modified: February 11th, 2014 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:donegalsaving water An Taisceschoolslast_img read more

“Grossly unfair” school transport system slammed

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Gary Doherty has today claimed that school transport limitations which restrict students from travelling on later scheduled services as ‘grossly unfair’.The Sinn Fein councillor’s comments come after it was revealed that students who participate in extra-curricular activities after school are not permitted to use their school bus ticket to travel home on scheduled Bus Eireann services.Cllr Doherty said “This policy of not allowing our children to travel on public transport after school is yet another attack on rural Ireland. It has long been the practice that pupils who stayed on after school to participate in extra-curricular activities were allowed to travel on later scheduled Bus Eireann services. But I have been informed by the Minister for Education and Skills that this is no longer the case.” He added that this is blatant discrimination against our school children who live in the more rural areas outside the big towns.“They are not being afforded the same opportunities to participate fully in school activities.“On a practical level, here in the Finn Valley, students from Killygordon/Castlefinn/Lifford attending either Finn Valley College or St Columbas’s College in Stranorlar could avail of the 18.15 bus from Ballybofey to Strabane with their school bus ticket in order to get home.“This is no longer the case. These children must now rely on their parents to come and collect them, and if that is not possible then they simply can’t participate in the extra-curricular activities. He said parents of secondary school pupils are already paying through the nose to send their children to school.“School bus tickets alone are €350 for one pupil and €650 for a family. Given that our rural transport services are rarely anywhere near capacity, I am calling on the Minister to change this policy and allow these pupils to travel on the later, scheduled services.”“Grossly unfair” school transport system slammed was last modified: November 29th, 2017 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:Gary Dohertyschool transportSinn Feinlast_img read more

WATCH: Caitlín Nic Aoidh joins Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018 ambassador team

first_imgDonegal Gaeltacht native Caitlín Nic Aoidh will be at the helm of this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge as a proud brand ambassador for the festival.Caitlín has this week been unveiled as one of the Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018 ambassadors – taking on the role alongside All Star winner Noel McGrath and Snapchat star James Patrice.As a TG4 weather presenter and keen Snapchatter, Caitlín is already a strong advocate of the Irish language for young people. The Cloughaneely native will be leading the celebration of Irish throughout March 1-17th to show people how to have fun with the language. Caitlín shared her delight to take on the role this year, saying she is looking forward to attending many events, especially in the Gaeltacht regions.She said: “Mar bhean Ghaeltachta tá lúcháir mhór orm a bheith i m’ambasadóir ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge le Energia. Cuidíonn an fhéile go mór leis an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn ó cheann ceann na tire. I mbliana tá mé ag dúil go mór freastal ar léar mór imeachtai, cinn sa Ghaeltacht ach go háirithe!”We’ll be seeing more of Caitlín in the weeks to come as she encourages the public, teachers, schoolchildren and people across the world to use a ‘cúpla focal’. Visit the Seachtain na Gaeilge website (snag.ie) for information about events.WATCH: Caitlín Nic Aoidh joins Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018 ambassador team was last modified: February 15th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Caitlín Nic Aoidhseachtain na gaeligelast_img read more

Team SA shine – but no medals yet

first_img11 August 2008South Africa’s men’s 4 by 100 metres freestyle relay team were dethroned as Olympic champions on Monday in an astonishing final in which the first five teams bettered the world record that the USA had set in the heats.The South Africans had qualified for the final by finishing third in their heat, with the sixth best time overall. They clocked three minutes 13.06 seconds, which bettered their gold medal winning time in Athens by 0.11, and was also a new national record.The USA, swimming without their three fastest sprinters, showed amazing depth as they cracked their own world record of 3:12.46 with a time of 3:12.23. Australia and France also finished beneath the previous mark.Relay finalIn the final, the Americans included Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale and Jason Lezak, with only Cullen Jones retained from their team that qualified for the final. It proved to be one of the most eye-opening of all the events swum so far in Beijing.Despite their enviable depth, the Americans needed the fastest leg ever swum in a relay to reel in France over the final 100 metres. Lezak clocked 46.06 seconds with the flying start and hauled in Alain Bernard, who holds the world record at 47.50 seconds, to take the USA to victory in 3:08.24. The French touched a mere eight hundredths of a second later.The winning time slashed an astounding 3.99 seconds off the record that had been set in the heats.Australia took third, Italy fourth, and Sweden fifth, all under the old mark. Canada followed in sixth and South Africa’s Roland Schoeman, Darian Townsend, Lyndon Ferns, and Ryk Neethling finished seventh in 3:12.66, which was once again a national record. Great Britain finished eighth.Basson impressiveJean Basson excelled in the 200 metres freestyle heats, winning his race and recording the second fastest time of 1:46.31. US superstar Michael Phelps turned in the fourth fastest qualifying time.Basson then upped the excitement level considerably by winning his semi-final in 1:46.13. Two swimmers in the other semi-final bettered his time, but not by much, so a cracking final is on the cards. Phelps, in his quest for a record eight Olympic gold medals, made it through by finishing third.While South Africa’s swimmers have failed to win a medal in the pool, it is hard to criticise their performances, which have been littered with national and African records.National recordsGerhard Zandberg won his heat in the 100 metres backstroke in an African record of 53.75 seconds, which was the fifth best time of the heats. He couldn’t match that time in the semi-finals, clocking 53.98, which was good for only sixth and saw him fail to make the final.Riaan Schoeman failed to progress beyond the heats in the 400 metres individual medley, but his time of 4:14.04 was a national record. Kathryn Meaklim also couldn’t progress beyond the 400 IM heats, but she, too, set a national record, lopping almost four seconds off the previous mark in 4:37.11.Mandy Loots established yet another SA record in the heats of the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.61. It wasn’t good enough for her to go on to the semi-finals, but Lize-Marie Retief lowered the new record shortly afterwards to 58.20, which earned her a spot in the semis where she finished last in her race.The one-minute barrierCameron van der Burgh became the first African to break through the one-minute barrier in the 100 metres breaststroke in the heats with his time of 59.96 seconds. He was third in his race as Norway’s Alexander Dale Oen won in an Olympic record that was later broken in the final.Van der Burgh was not as sharp in his semi-final as he had been in the heats and his time of 1:00.57 saw him eliminated after he finished fifth in the second race.Suzaan van Biljon qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres breaststroke by finishing third in her heat in 1:07.55, which was the fifth best time. The winner of the race, Australia’s Liesel Jones, set an Olympic record of 1:05.64 and then won her semi-final in a slightly slower time. Van Biljon was badly off song in the semi-finals, finishing in a time two seconds slower than her time in the heats, and in last place.Augustyn’s star on the riseIn the men’s cycling road race, won by Spain’s Sammy Sanchez over a tough and hilly 245 kilometre course, John-Lee Augustyn, one day shy of his 22nd birthday, excelled by finishing in 27th place. With his recent strong performance in the Tour de France and his gritty showing in Beijing, Augustyn has confirmed that he is a star in the making.Marissa van der Merwe finished 34th in the women’s road race, while teenager Cherise Taylor settled for 49th place.The SA women’s hockey team got their campaign off to a rough start against defending champions The Netherlands. They were crushed 6-0.Rowing hopesRower Ramon di Clemente kept alive his hopes of adding to the bronze medal he won at the Athens Olympics men’s pairs with Donovan Cech, who has since retired. He and new partner Shaun Keeling comfortably qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in their heat.Keeling is confident they can challenge for a medal; he says they held something in reserve in their outing.Rika Geyser qualified for the quarterfinals of the women’s single scull by finishing third in her heat.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Choral singing, South African style

first_imgThe Kearsney choir boys have earnedan international reputation for theiruniquely South African performances.(Image: Elizabeth Goldswain) The choir’s US tour is a dream come truefor many of the boys.(Image: Murray Polkinghorne)MEDIA CONTACTS• Bernard Krüger Kearsney College+27 31 765 9659Wilma den HartighA group of 64 very excited young boys, all members of the award-winning Kearsney College Choir of the private boarding school for boys in Botha’s Hill, KwaZulu-Natal, are heading to New York in June to perform at the UN headquarters.Their performance forms part of an important international choral festival – The Rhythms of One World – which takes place from 24 June to 1 July.The aim of the festival is to celebrate the anniversary of the UN charter, the founding treaty of the organisation signed in June 1945. Through the varied musical performances of choral works in folklore, regional, contemporary and national pop music, the festival is also promoting peace through cultural exchange.Bernard Krüger, director of the Kearsney College music school, says the US trip is a great opportunity for the boys. “One of the highlights of the festival is the closing ceremony at the UN where we will be singing,” Krüger says.The Kearsney travelling choir is also the only African representative at the festival.“It is quite an honour,” he says.Raising fundsGetting so many boys to the US is expensive and the parents committee at the school is working hard to raise the R3.6-million (US$436 000) needed for the trip.Many of choir members are on scholarships and without additional support some would not be able to meet the costs of this tour.“We are always trying to find ways to promote the boys and expose them to sponsors,” Krüger says.This is a dream come true for many of the boys. Some will be leaving South Africa for the first time and for others this is also their first flight.Boys from affluent backgrounds as well as children who grew up in the townships are members of the ensemble, and he says that this is one of the reasons why it is so successful.“Part of the magic of our choir is that the boys come from so many different backgrounds,” he says.Jet-setting choir boysWhile in the US, the choir will also participate in the seventh International World Choir Games, considered the largest choir competition in the world with over 20 000 singers. The competition is tough as this year the boys will be competing against adult choirs, too.But this is no ordinary choir and the chances are good that these well-travelled singers will bring home awards again. Since 2000, the choir has won 12 gold medals at the World Choir Games.“Our choir has had an international footprint for many years and we’ve received many awards in Europe, Germany, Austria, Holland and Asia.”The Kearsney choir boys have earned an international reputation for their uniquely South African performances.“What makes this choir different is that it has that South African spirit, energy, smiles and laughter – the boys really have fun when they are on stage,” says Krüger.“Where most choirs who sing in the competition only perform the notes, our boys enjoy themselves.”The choir specialises in South African and folklore music, and the boys have no difficulty singing in numerous African languages, including Shona and Swahili. The performances also include a lot of dancing.Kearsney College Choir is ranked 17th in the Musica Mundi World Rankings, and is the top folklore choir.Being a member of a choir of this calibre is about more than just casual signing – the boys are required to rehearse nine hours a week and still keep up with their school work, exams and sporting commitments.Many rehearsals take place in the evening, and when all the other boys are going on half term break, the choir will be working hard to fine-tune their singing skills to perfection ahead of the competition and the UN performance.Each boy who wants to become a member of the choir also has to undergo an audition. “What I look for is for a spark of potential,” Krüger says.“The boys are very talented and work very hard.”Supporting charitiesThe boys also hope to use their visit to the US to raise awareness of two local charities, the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust and The Sunflower Fund, a bone marrow registry organisation. Both organisations have had a long association with the school.last_img read more