US Author, Poet and Activist, Maya Angelou, Dies at Age 86

first_imgPoet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.One of America’s leading literary voices, she made her name with the 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.It was the first of seven volumes of autobiography that traced her life from a childhood of abuse and oppression in the Deep South in the 1930s.Her family said: “She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.”In a statement on Facebook, they said she passed away quietly at home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at 08:00 EST (12:00 GMT).”Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belaboured by a loss of acuity or comprehension,” they said.”The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.” A statement from Wake Forest University, where Angelou had been professor of American studies since 1982, said: “Dr Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world.”Harry Potter author JK Rowling tweeted one of Angelou’s quotes in tribute: “‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.’ Maya Angelou – who was utterly amazing.”Civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson wrote: “The renaissance woman has made a peaceful transition. She acted, sang, danced & taught She used poetry as a road for peace.”Raised by her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas, Angelou wrote about being raped by her mother’s boyfriend at the age of eight. After she told her family what had happened, the boyfriend was killed.”I thought my voice had killed him, so it was better not to speak – so I simply stopped speaking,” she said. She remained mute for five years, but read voraciously.Angelou later became a singer, a dancer, cocktail waitress, prostitute and an actress before beginning her writing career.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which dealt with the racism and family trauma of her upbringing, spent two years on the US best-seller list.Her career had many outlets, straddling television, theatre, film, children’s books and music.Through her writing and interviews, her strength and eloquence as a role model for those seeking to overcome inequality and injustice won her many admirers.Angelou was also a prominent civil rights activist and a friend of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.Her poetry collections included Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie (1971), And Still I Rise (1978), Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987) and I Shall Not Be Moved (1990).Her poem On the Pulse of the Morning, written for US President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, struck a nerve with the nation and sold more than a million copies in the US.She was also commissioned to write poems to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995 and remembered Nelson Mandela in a poem for the US State Department last year.The National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award, were among her honours.Continuing to act as well as write, she appeared in the groundbreaking 1977 TV drama Roots and earned a Tony Award nomination in 1973 for her performance in the play Look Away.She wrote the 1968 TV series Black, Blues, Black and became the first African-American woman to have a feature film adapted from one of her stories when her screenplay Georgia, Georgia was made in 1972.Angelou directed the film down in the Delta, won three Grammys for her spoken-word albums and received an honorary National Book Award in 2013.In her final Face book post on Monday, she said an “unexpected medial emergency” had forced her to cancel an engagement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgIt was a night of glamour and fun at the Ultimate Summer Party in conjunction with Slim R Us at the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny as funds were raised for the Letterkenny Women’s Centre.Karen McGlinchey set up Slim R Us a year ago and holds classes in Termon, Ramelton, Ballybofey and Letterkenny, to celebrate her members success Karen held a Summer Party Night which included a Fashion Show from Clare Clothing, Paco, New Look, Marks & Spencer & High Society Dress Emporium. All of the models are members of Slim R Us and have all successfully lost weight and enjoyed their debut on the catwalk in all of the fabulous style from each of the shops.Guests were greeted with bubbly and nibbles and had the opportunity to browse around the exhibits including Kara Gems, Atlantic Crafts. Catriona McElhinney, I Want Candy, Bling & Things, Forever Living Products, Ann Summers, Carol Natural Beauty, Freshair, Stellar Photography, all of whom donated prizes for the raffle along with Nearys Pharmacy, Beauty Parlour and Rebecca’s Hair Creation.Roisin Kavanagh from the Women’s Centre gave a talk about all the work that the Women Centre are involved in and explained how funds have now been stopped and all of their work is carried out voluntarily so they are extremely thankful for the support. All of the guests were treated to a surprise performance from Letterkenny’s very own Jason Friel who performed in the Rte Star Search and Ulster Teen Idol , everyone was moved by his Ed Sheeran and Gareth Brooks Performance.Elaine McIntyre would like to thank all of the models for such a fantastic achievement and for making the evening such a success with the support of all their family and friends, thanks to Petermark and Siobhan Boyle for looking after all the hair and make up for each of the models. Thanks to all of the businesses for the Raffle prizes, thank you to Jason Friel for his outstanding performance, special thanks to the press, thanks to Celebrationz for the beautiful decor, thanks to Suellen Heneghan and Patricia Doherty for all their assistance during the event, thanks to DJWJ for his upbeat music throughout the show and during the disco, thanks to Roisin Kavanagh from the Women’s Centre and special thanks to Karen McGlinchey and of course thanks to all who supported the event. For more info on the event visit or visit www.slimruswithkarenmcglinchey.comLADIES OUT IN FORCE FOR THE ULTIMATE SUMMER PARTY AT THE RADISSON was last modified: July 29th, 2012 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:Radisson blu Letterkennylast_img read more

12 best Premier League players under 23? Young talent to look out for this year

first_img 12 12 The new Premier League season kicks off on Saturday 13 August on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.England’s top flight clubs are packed full of talented players and here, talkSPORT looks at 12 of them.Some players are well known, others are on the verge of breaking into their first team, but the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Holgate and Josh Onomah are still well worth keeping an eye on.Which young player are you looking forward to seeing play this season? 2. Mason Holgate: 19-year-old Everton defender – Everton paid Barnsley £2m for Holgate in 2015 and he can play in the centre of defence or at right back. He joined the club’s first team for the tour of Australia in 2016 and he excited a few fans after a composed display against a strong Man United team in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial. 4. Jordan Pickford: 22-year-old Sunderland goalkeeper – Man United are said to have scouted the Sunderland academy product, but Pickford appears set to remain on Wearside. The club’s goalkeeper coach Adrian Tucker expects there to be a fight for the no.1 shirt currently held by Vito Mannone, who welcomes the competition because it “makes me work even harder.” 12 3. Ben Chilwell: 19-year-old Leicester left back – Chilwell rejected Liverpool to sign a new five-year contract at Leicester and this season will be his time to shine. He rarely started last season owing to Christian Fuchs’ presence highlighting the depth available to manager Claudio Ranieri. 12 12 12 10. Matt Targett: 20-year-old Southampton left back – Targett – Southampton’s Young Player of the Year in 2015 – got his chance during pre-season under Ronald Koeman in 2014, following Luke Shaw’s exit. He has been progressing since and started England’s 2016 Toulon final against France, which the Young Lions won. He will hopefully challenge Ryan Bertrand for regular game time under Claude Puel. 12 6. Josh Onomah: 19-year-old Tottenham midfielder – They like to see ‘their own’ take to the pitch at White Hart Lane and Onomah has been slowly breaking into the first team. He was limited to substitute appearances in the Premier League last season, but was given extended run outs in the Europa League and could get even more domestic chances considering his manager is Mauricio Pochettino. Fans could also be seeing a lot more of young stopper Cameron Carter-Vickers, too. 7. Lewis Cook: 19-year-old Bournemouth midfielder – Cook came through Leeds’ highly-regarded academy and was sold to Bournemouth for £6m in the summer. Before that, though, the central midfielder had two impressive seasons at Leeds and won the Football League Young Player of the Year last term. An England U19 player, he has all the attributes to become a full England international. 8. Demarai Gray: 20-year-old Leicester attacking midfielder – Gray joined Leicester in January from Birmingham and ended the season as a Premier League winner. He showed flashes of his brilliance in his 12 appearances (11 as a substitute) including a dazzling run against Swansea, leading to a Marc Albrighton goal. At £3.7m, it looks like Leicester got a bargain and the player is itching to show more. 11. Reece Oxford: 17-year-old West Ham defender – Of the youngsters at West Ham – where there are many talented players – Oxford is the stand out player. A lot was expected after impressing against Arsenal in August 2015 and he has recently been linked with a big money move to Man United. Oxford captained the Hammers’ U21 squad to Premier League Cup victory last season and has reportedly asked manager Slaven Bilic for assurances about first team games ahead of the new campaign. 12. Sheyi Ojo: 19-year-old Liverpool winger – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp rates the teenager highly and when asked if he will be sent on loan, the boss couldn’t say. “Sheyi is a wonderful player that’s for sure and his future is 100 per cent at Liverpool,” he said. “We don’t have to make decisions so early.” This will be good news for Reds, who have enjoyed watching him in pre-season; however, he may miss the start of the new campaign owing to a slight back problem he recently picked up. 12 5. Marcus Rashford: 18-year-old Man United striker – Rashford burst onto the scene last season and forced his way into England’s Euro 2016 squad. Fans will hope Jose Mourinho allows him to continue his progress and the teenager has the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (above, with Anthony Martial) and Wayne Rooney to learn from. There is also the versatile Timothy Fosu-Mensah, though he may want to find his strongest position in order to flourish under Jose Mourinho. The manager said he “likes specialists and not so much the multi-functional players,” upon his arrival at the club. Like any Man United prospect, though, they won’t amount to anything until allowed to leave for free and bought back at a hugely inflated price. 9. Rob Holding: 20-year-old Arsenal defender – Holding may have no option to step up this season and his manager Arsene Wenger could throw him into the fray against Liverpool on the opening day. The club are short on options in defence and Wenger has praised his £2m summer signing’s ability to adapt to the higher level. “He shows intelligence, composure, character and it’s impressive,” he said. “You do not see that often.” Also add Jeff Reine-Adelaide to this list as another Arsenal kid to keep an eye on. 12 12 12 12 1. Nathaniel Chalobah: 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder – scroll through to see other young players under 23 to watch – Over the last few seasons Chalobah has always threatened to crack the first team, but now it appears he will under Antonio Conte. He can also play in defence and Chelsea fans have certainly been getting excited over his pre-season performances where his work-rate has been there to see. He definitely wouldn’t look out of place alongside N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic or Cesc Fabregas this season. last_img read more


first_imgThe Termon Senior Ladies team which defeated Genfin on SundayFROM JAMES TREARTY: All  County Ladies senior  Semi-finalTermon  4–18  Glenfin 0–8.It  was  a  sister  act that helped Termon  dethrone County  Champions  Glenfin  in an  entertaining game at  the  Cross Roads on Sunday.Termon  who  fielded  with  the  McLaughlin, McCafferty and  Friel  sisters  soaked up a  lot of  pressure in the opening period  where  Glenfin  went ahead  by three points to one.But  once Termon got  to  grips  with Karen  Guthrie  and  Yvonne  Keating  it  was  all Termon to the  end.Geraldine Mc  Laughlin finished  with a  personal  tally  of 3–8.Termon now  go  on   to play Four masters  who  defeated  St  Eunan’s  last week in the other  semi-final.Final  score Termon 4–19  Glenfin 0–8The Glenfin team that was defeated by Termon in the Donegal Senior ChampionshipLADIES GAA: TERMON BEAT GLENFIN IN COUNTY SEMI-FINAL was last modified: September 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LADIES GAA: TERMON BEAT CHAMPS CASTLEFIN IN COUNTY SEMI-FINALlast_img read more


first_imgA WELL-known Co Donegal farm sold today for more than €800,000.Bidding wars ensued as five different lots went under the hammer on farmland and buildings in the townlands of Woodtown and Coolboy near Ballyare.The property, a mile from Illistrin was owned by the late David Patterson. Estate agent Boyd Robinson told that the intense interest in the land showed the growing strength of the agricultural sector.“It was very intense with more than five interested bidders on each of the five plots sold today,” said Boyd“In total the farm realised €831,000. It showed the level of interest in farmland at the moment in a sector which is growing.“We are delighted for our clients and obviously delighted that everything sold at the auction.” The lands sold as follows:Lot 1  15 acres of fair grazing with 3 bedroom chalet and Shed       €209,000Lot 2 13 acre of fair grazing                                                              €189,000Lot 3 17 acres of fair grazing                                                             €252,000Lot 4 24 acre of fair grazing                                                              €140,000 Lot 5 2 bedroom cottage on 1 acre                                                        €45,000INTENSE BIDDING SEES DONEGAL FARM SELL FOR MORE THAN €800,000 was last modified: April 28th, 2012 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:000INTENSE BIDDING SEES DONEGAL FARM SELL FOR MORE THAN €800last_img read more


first_imgA well-known Donegal disability campaigner is to travel to Budapest to attend a conference on hate crime.Frank LarkinLetterkenny man Frank Larkin will attend a 6 day event in Budapest from this Saturday entitled “Facing Facts”.“It is a conference and training event on Hate Crime and how to effectively monitor it. It is an area I have done a lot of research on in the last couple of years and have worked closely with the Gardaí on it. “I will be compiling a report from this event and feeding back to relevant disability organisations and also to the Gardaí,” revealed Frank.There will be 20 participants from 14 different European countries who were chosen from 60 applicants from a range of different backgrounds of groups affected by hate crime.“My hope is to bring information back which will change the way that Disability Hate Crime is viewed by the powers that be in this country,” said Frank, who is a Disability Awareness and Equality Trainer.  DONEGAL DISABILITY CAMPAIGNER TO ATTEND HATE CRIME CONFERENCE was last modified: March 13th, 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:DisabilityFrank Larkinhate crimelast_img read more

Books on Insulation and Energy-Efficient Building

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Two new books that might interest green builders recently caught my eye: The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices by Alex Wilson and The JLC Guide to Energy Efficiency by the editors of The Journal of Light Construction.Full disclosure: I was a minor participant in the creation of both books. At Wilson’s request, I reviewed portions of his manuscript before publication and provided feedback. I also wrote several of the articles appearing in the JLC book.Alex Wilson’s book, Insulation: The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices, is a short (83-page) electronic book that sells for $129. (BuildingGreen members can purchase the book at a $30 discount.)Wilson’s downloadable report seems aimed at designers and architects rather than at builders or insulation contractors. The book includes no installation tips.Wilson provides basic background information on the three modes of heat transfer, as well as solid information on R-value, U-factor, and air leakage. The guide also includes separate articles on many types of insulation, including batts, rigid foam boards, and spray foam products.Much of the information in this guide is written for those who are interested in green construction; for example, there is detailed information on the possible environmental effects of phenol formaldehyde and halogenated flame retardants.A few quotes will provide a sense of the topics featured in this guide:Wilson doesn’t just describe the insulation products on the U.S. market; he also provides guidance. Readers of Environmental Building News are probably already aware of Wilson’s fascination with FoamGlas, also known as cellular glass insulation. In a table listing material recommendations, FoamGlas is BuildingGreen’s “top pick” for insulating slabs and the exterior of foundation walls. Since an R-19 layer of this rarely used insulation has an installed cost of $6.20 to $7.50 per square foot,… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Pleasure seekers

first_imgKiran Sawhney, 40, Owner, Fitnesolution, DelhiHeading to a gym at the end of a hard day’s work figures as a chore on your daily list of must-dos and you obviously do not look forward to it. So how is it that all those women staring out at you from the glossies manage it day in, day out? Simple, have fun while you’re at it.”It is essential to make a mundane routine fun. There’s no point in doing the same thing 365 days a year. I try and do something different every single day,” says Delhi-based fitness expert, Kiran Sawhney, 40. If it’s aerobics you’re doing, try and change the choreography. If it’s circuit training, tweak it a little or try any form of ‘dancercise’- jazz, tango or bhangra-as they are great fun workouts. For, as the body begins to get used to a fitness regimen, its effectiveness begins to drop. At her studio, Fitnesolution, Sawhney tries to bring these elements together.A graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, this fitness aficionado was a stay-athome mother until 1996. She had also completed a course in commercial flying and then went on to do a course in fitness and took a liking to it. Courses and certifications followed as she balanced work with bringing up her two sons, Sarthi, 19 and Siddharth, 18. Of course it helped that her timings were flexible, there were no deadlines and her husband was supportive.Unlike other gym-obsessed trainers, she recommends working out at home once you know the exercises. “You don’t have to buy heavy duty machines, inexpensive equipment like a bosu ball, trampoline or medicine ball can give you fully equipped workouts,” she says. A good idea in the summer is to go for water sports or aqua aerobics. It keeps you fit and cool. And since it’s a group activity, you can ask your friends to join in. In fact enrolling with a friend for a workout like kick-boxing or krav maga can be enjoyable and is sure to keep you motivated.Eefa Shrof, 37, Wellness Coach, PuneAnd who better to ask about the power of motivation than a survivor. At the age of 22, Eefa Shrof met with a serious accident and severely injured herself. Besides broken bones, she had torn ligaments and damaged the soft tissue in both her legs. She was told it would be a few years before she could walk. Shrof was bedridden. That is when a friend introduced her to yoga. She recovered without any surgery and in eight months was walking around.Four years later, she began to teach the practice that had helped her heal. “It transformed me in a way you only read of in books,” she says. At 37 today, she’s trained the who’s who of Bollywood. Her specialisation is the Ashtang Vinyasa and her innovation, super yoga, is her attempt to bring the physical, spiritual, emotional and social aspects of the practice of yoga together.Since she practices the same routine everyday, once in a while she takes a break and instead goes cycling or running for a week. So what is it that spurs her to keep going? For some people music works but for her it’s movies all the way. “I find the Rocky series intensely inspiring. Whenever I’m down and out, I watch one of the films and it lifts me instantly.” Setting goals is important too. “If there’s a posture I’m trying to master, I tend to look at a lot of its pictures and keep trying till I get it right,” she says.She stresses the need for role models especially those you can identify with. It’s something she also tries to incorporate in the leadership development programmes she runs for children and young adults. “I take up youth icons and break their success down into attributes all of us have. It makes the person more identifiable and the goal more achievable.”Mishika Goel, 31, Co-founder, Leapstart, DelhiFor entrepreneur and mother of two, Mishika Goel, the best workout is one where she can involve the children. “Then it’s not something you dread and gives you great time with the kids.” Echoes Sawhney, “Outdoor activities like biking are an amazing way to bond with the family or your partner.”Goel suggests turning the TV off and heading outdoors as much as you can. She does train in the gym four to five times a week but it’s playing with the young ones she enjoys most. And her work gives her ample opportunity to do just that. She has co-founded Leapstart in Delhi and Bangalore, a programme for age appropriate fitness for children that supplements the school curriculum with physical education by providing trainers and assessing performances of the students.It was when she wanted to enroll her five-year-old son Arnav, then four, for soccer classes, that she realised it wasn’t the right way to go about it. “In India, there’s no research about how a child should learn a sport, the way lessons should be divided, individual needs and hardly any recognition of the fact that sports give you skills to deal with life. They teach you to accept defeat in a positive way and try harder,” she says.An MBA from Cardiff University in the UK, Goel left the corporate world to pursue what she felt strongly about. With mounting rates of diabetes and heart problems, she thinks the current trend of ill-health among young professionals is only going to get worse and that’s where physical fitness steps in to sort the problem. “It’s great if we can make a difference by building a healthier community and make children enjoy fitness as much as they enjoy games.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Argentina won’t have Lionel Messi at Rio Games

first_imgArgentina football team’s head coach Gerardo Martino has said captain Lionel Messi agreed with the decision to leave him out of the Olympics squad as it would have been too much for the star striker to play at both Copa America and Olympics in Rio.Messi guided Argentina to the gold medal in 2008, but there will be no repeat of that successful campaign come August as he will play at the Copa America in the United States instead.”I always felt that it would be an exaggeration to have Leo play at the Olympics again, especially if you bear in mind there’s the Copa America first,” Martino was quoted as saying by on Tuesday.”It would have been a different matter had there not been a Copa before the Olympics. I discussed it with Leo and he agreed with me. It’s a bit like what has happened to Neymar. It seems like Brazil have made the decision to only take him to the Olympics and not the Copa.”Martino further added that, “We felt that it was a better option to strengthen the team for the Olympics in defence.”last_img read more

Ben Stokes out for a duck in latest Canterbury outing

first_imgEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes’ search for rehabilitation in New Zealand encountered another roadblock Sunday when he was run out for a one-ball duck in his latest innings for Canterbury province at Christchurch.Stokes is playing for the province of his birth in New Zealand’s domestic one-day competition while he waits for prosecutors in England to decide whether he will be charged for his role in a brawl outside a nightclub in September.The 27-year-old New Zealand-born all-rounder is suspended from the England team while the police investigation continues.By playing for Canterbury, outside the scope of his suspension, he has a chance to find form in case he is recalled by England for the current Ashes test series in Australia. That could happen as early as next week’s third test in Perth if he is not charged.Stokes has already been named in England’s one-day team to play in Australia next month but that selection is provisional on any decision made by police and England’s Crown Prosecution Service.Sunday’s match was Stokes’ third for Canterbury since he arrived in New Zealand late last month to visit family. His parents, Deb and Gerard Stokes, live in Christchurch.Stokes made 2 runs and took no wicket in his first match and scored 34, took a catch but no wickets in his second match.On Sunday he claimed his first wicket in 24 overs in Canterbury colors, catching former New Zealand one-day player Anton Devcich from his own bowling. Devcich top-scored with 59 in Northern’s total of 274 and Stokes finished with 1-56 from 10 overs.advertisementHe had faced only one ball when he was run out during Canterbury’s reply. Opener Michael Pollard hit a lofted shot to mid-on, Stokes watched the ball rather than his partner and was run out by a direct hit from the field by Brett Randell.Northern Districts won the match by 43 runs.last_img read more