Band joins with Ugandan choir

first_imgWhen 2012 graduates Brian Powers and Nick Gunty traveled to Kkindu, Uganda, last summer, the pair gained much more than expected from their experience. Powers and Gunty, who comprise the band Frances Luke Accord, spent 18 days recording an album with the community’s Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir to raise money for members of the group. “During our stay, we were touched by the many people we met living in rural poverty, who at the same time abound in human potential and an unparalleled spiritual wealth,” Powers said. “Through our interaction with the children and with village leaders, it became apparent that many of these children face hardships that none of us would ever encounter in our lives.” Powers said one of the hardships for the 28 children in the choir is the lack of access to free, public education. “They are not prevented from attending school, but they cannot sit for the necessary exams unless they pay their school fees,” Powers said. “The costs associated with these school fees, including a school lunch and uniform, totals only 70 dollars a year.  But with an average annual income in Uganda of only 511 dollars per capita, many cannot afford even this modest amount.” To raise funds for the children to advance grade levels, the choir and Frances Luke Accord collaborated to record an album entitled “Kandote,” a Lugandan word meaning “I dream.” “All money from the sale of this CD is going directly towards paying these school fees,” Powers said. Kevin Dugan, an operations assistant for Notre Dame men’s lacrosse and the former manager of Youth and Community Programs for Notre Dame Athletics, developed the idea for the project. Dugan is also the founder and director of Fields of Growth International, an organization that uses athletics as a community and human development tool in rural villages in Uganda. “The project was also funded in large part through grants from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement as well as some private donations,” Powers said. “Thanks to these generous grants, we had the unique opportunity to spend 18 days in the wonderful country of Uganda doing what we love: listening to, writing, performing and recording music -and bridging a wide cultural divide along the way.” Powers said the band sent the choir a CD before the trip so the children could learn the songs. Approximately 40 takes of each song were recorded before Frances Luke Accord selected the best one for the album. Kandote can be purchased at any online music store or at the band’s website, FrancesLukeAccord.com/music For fans to gain further access into the production of the album, the band uploaded a YouTube video entitled “Kandote” that details the group’s trip to Kkindu and its interaction with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir.last_img read more

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Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal Predict More Winter on Groundhog Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Both of Long Island’s groundhogs saw their shadows, predicting six more weeks of winter Monday—but even more inauspiciously, Brookhaven town officials cancelled their official Groundhog Day event due to the winter storm.The prognostication from Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal was a departure from last year when they both didn’t see their shadows, effectively forecasting an early spring. This Groundhog Day, Malverne Mal was the first out of the gate, so to speak, to prognosticate, while Hal’s handlers said plowing the roads trumped the furry friend’s long-term forecasting festivities at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center, where the rodent call his hole his home. In the end, however, Hal’s appearance concurred with his fellow species celebrity on Long Island.“Unfortunately, Hal did see his shadow and is reporting there will be six more weeks of winter,” said Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro, whose workers were on hand to record the observation. “While this is certainly not the prediction we were hoping for, the Brookhaven Highway Department will be out in force continuing our tireless efforts to address whatever Mother Nature brings our way this winter.”This year, Mel and Hal agreed with the nation’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Staten Island Chuck in New York City didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring. Hal and Mel both saw their shadows two years ago.Both the National Weather Service and the Old Farmer’s Almanac previously forecasted above-average snowfall this winter, but—besides some days of flurries—few flakes had fallen until the first blizzard of 2015 hit last week, dumping 30 inches of snow on the North Fork.NWS forecasters said a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain falling on LI Monday was expected to freeze after sundown, making for icy roadways during the Monday evening rush hour commute.—With Spencer Rumseylast_img read more

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StarTimes secures broadcasting rights for LaLiga Santander, UEFA Nations League

first_imgRelatedPosts NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi GO partners top retail, tech brands on Black Friday sales this week StarTimes illuminates movie experience with Hollywood Channel, Jenifa’s Diary debuts From September, StarTimes will be the home of Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo as the Digital TV operator has acquired broadcasting rights of LaLiga Santander and the UEFA Nations League.StarTimes secured four-season transmission rights for the Spanish top league, which will be broadcast in French language, from 2020/21 to 2024 season across sub-Saharan Africa. Matches will be aired live and in HD on the StarTimes Sports channels as well as the StarTimes ON streaming application.UEFA Nations League is UEFA’s newest national team competition and is entering its second edition.This national team competition replaces friendlies with competitive matches, allowing nations to play against equally ranked teams.The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League, starting from the group stage, will begin on September 3.The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage matches will be played between September and November. Starting on September 3, matchday 1 will see great games such as Germany vs. Spain, Sweden against France and, titleholder Christian Ronaldo’s Portugal vs. Croatia.“We are delighted to have secured the broadcast rights to LaLiga Santander, one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world,” said Kristen Miao, StarTimes Sports Director. “The acquiring of LaLiga Santander shows our commitment to continuously enrich our bouquets and to provide our subscribers with premium sports content.”“StarTimes has a strong presence in the region and proven expertise in sports in general and football in particular, which will help us all to reach as wide an audience as possible,” said Melcior Soler, Director of the LaLiga audiovisual department.Tags: Broadcasting rightsLaLiga SantanderstartimesSub-Saharan AfricaUEFA Nations Leaguelast_img read more

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