Mountain Youth Talent Contest At Greening Up the Mountains

first_imgThe Mountain Youth Talent Contest returns to the Main Street Stage on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.  The Greening Up The Mountains contest is the first in the Talent Contest series, which culminates with an overall winner performing the Mountain Heritage Day Festival in September.The Mountain Youth Contest aims to discover and develop talented youth in the Appalachian Heritage Arts.  The Contest provides an opportunity for young people to perform on stage before an audience.  The contest are produced by Jackson County 4-H and are held at the Greening Up The Mountains Festival in Sylva, the Strawberry Jam Festival in Bryson City, and the Franklin Area Folk Festival in Franklin each year.Entry forms are now available for all of the Mountain Youth Talent Contests for 2018.  The first Contest is at Greening Up the Mountains Festival in Sylva, NC on April 28th.  The entry deadline is April 18th. Go to to find the entry forms.Participants in these contests must exhibit a talent that will reflect Appalachianlast_img read more

In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of August 9, 2019

first_imgShare This!What an epic week….with new theme parks being announced and missing quarterly projections, following the theme parks has certainly gotten interesting. What are your thoughts on the theme park competitions?This week you may have missed news about new additions for Disney+, find out what ABC has up its sleeves, and there’s a new patent from Universal that has us intrigued. Let’s dive in!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsThe Orlando Sentinel interviewed Disney’s Animal Kingdom VP, Djuan Rivers. Find out just how close he is to Expedition Everest and why.This week was a big week for Disney as they announced their quarterly earnings…and things were a little….interesting, as attendance fell at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World this time, with earnings per share much lower than expected.  Due to the missed projections, Disney stock also took a hit this week.This makes me very excited. You’ll be able to bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month!If you are going to be purchasing Disney+, it has been announced that there will be Home Alone, Night at the Museum, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid reboots. Thoughts?The Lion King had another big weekend, earning $72 million and it is now the second-biggest movie of the year globally with $1.195 billion. In addition, Toy Story 4 is nearing a box office milestone of it inches closer to the $1 billion mark. Its international box office is currently sitting at $959 million.There’s going to be another live action The Little Mermaid, but it won’t be where you think…this version will air on ABC and will feature Auli’i Cravalho, Queen Latifah, and Shaggy. The Little Mermaid will air on November 5.This is going to be awesome. The Goldbergs will be headed to Disneyland on the season premiere this year. My DVR will be set!Blooloop spoke to Patrick Braillard who is a Creative Development Show Director and Writer at Universal Orlando Resort, to see what’s in store for Halloween Horror Nights 29. What are you looking most forward to this year?Oh my goodness…this looks intense. Universal has filed a patent for two new tower rides – one with interactive features, and one with rooms stacked up a tower with a rotating lift system. Curious to see if and what they’ll use it for.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Toy Story 4 Hot and Cold Food Container and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

Regina Mundi – Queen of Soweto

first_img19 January 2004No trip to Soweto in Johannesburg is complete without a visit to Regina Mundi, the largest Catholic Church in the most populous black urban residential area in the country.Not only has the vast church always been a spiritual haven for thousands of Sowetans, it has also played a pivotal role in the township’s history of resistance against apartheid. As such it is a well-circled destination on the tourist map: every day the church opens its doors to streams of visitors keen to witness the scars it still bears from the Soweto uprisings, when police stormed through its doors, firing live ammunition at fleeing students.But both before and after the dramas of the Soweto uprisings, Regina Mundi – whose name in Latin means Queen of the World – has quietly offered its protection to those struggling for liberation. When political meetings were banned, people sought the safety of Regina Mundi – if not Queen of the World, then surely Queen of Soweto – to form their political strategies.What started out as “church services” often ended up as political rallies. Funerals, points out Father Vusi Mazibuko, who has been pastor at the church for the past four years, were often political affairs. They started off at Regina Mundi and ended up at Avalon Cemetery.When protesting students were fired at by police on their way to Orlando Stadium on June 16 1976, and Hector Pieterson and many others were killed, the students fled for sanctuary to Regina Mundi. With buckets of water at the ready, they managed to douse the teargas canisters thrown into the church by police.But then police stormed the church, firing live ammunition. Although no one was killed, many were injured and the church’s sacred symbols were damaged. The broken marble alter, the bullet holes in the ceilings and the damaged figure of Christ all bear testimony to the terrible lack of restraint shown by police that day.Regina Mundi has always been a home to the community of Soweto and has functioned as a centre for important community events. Anti-apartheid stalwart Dr Nthato Motlana once described Regina Mundi as “not just a church – it is the people’s church, the church of the nation”.And on 30 November 1997, declared Regina Mundi Day, former President Nelson Mandela paid tribute to the church during a ceremony marking its restoration. “Graduates of Regina Mundi are making important contributions to the reconstruction and development of our country. Such was the role of this church in the lives of many of us; such was the esteem with which it was held, that it popularly became known as the people’s cathedral.”“Regina Mundi served the greater Soweto community in times of need. It opened its doors to anti-apartheid activities when all other avenues were closed to the majority of oppressed . It was this stance that earned Regina Mundi a reputation as one of Gauteng’s greatest protest centres, a literal battlefield between forces of democracy and those who did not hesitate to violate a place of religion with teargas, dogs and guns. Regina Mundi became a world-wide symbol of the determination of our people to free themselves,” Mandela said.Today the church is as much “the people’s church” as ever, swamped by the demands of the community in its midst, whose needs are different but perhaps even more challenging. Though relaxed and youthful-looking in jeans and a t-shirt, Mazibuko clearly finds his job overwhelming at times. Although the daily deluge of tourists – sometimes as many as 200 a day – are taken care of by two full-time tour guides, Regina Mundi is constantly called on for assistance by the community.“It’s a busy place. People come to you in need of help and sometimes you don’t have the means to help them,” says Mazibuko. The needs of the community are great, particularly during the era of HIV/Aids, he adds. Funerals are frequent – more so because of the scourge of the disease.The rather ordinary-looking, typically 1960s building (it was built in 1964, replacing Moroka’s first church as the parish church), located almost in the middle of Soweto between Rockville and Moroka, belies the richness of its interior: the space inside is vast enough to absorb the murmur of tourists and the sense of peace is all-pervasive.Morning light shines through the beautiful stained-glass windows (donated by Poland in 1998); the renowned Black Madonna looks serenely down from her vantage point to the right of the alter and the rows and rows of gleaming pews are a welcome invitation to the thousands who attend mass every Sunday. Regina Mundi can seat 2 000 people and has space for a further 5 000 standing.The “Queen of Soweto” has come a long way since her humble beginnings. Today an impressive park built by the City of Johannesburg, with a fountain, benches and green lawns, is in front of the Church. Memorial stones, including a “peace pole” donated by Japanese Christians, and a plaque documenting the Church’s history are in evidence outside. Upstairs is an art gallery featuring photographic and art works, documenting the history of the church and the broader subjects of Soweto and Johannesburg.Not only have the grounds been restored and upgraded, but Regina Mundi has continued to play an important role in Soweto and society in general.Fittingly, Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings were held in the church from 1995 to 1998, presided over by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.In March 1998 Regina Mundi made international headlines after a visit by President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary. Clinton caused a furore among Catholics worldwide when he and his wife took Holy Communion during a two-hour service he attended at the church.Since Clinton is a Baptist and his wife a Methodist, this constituted a breach of the cardinal rules of the Catholic Church. Mazibuko says that Father Mohlomi Makobane, parish priest at the time, found it impossible to refuse the Clintons communion when they joined the rest of the congregation.According to the Los Angeles Times, Makobane said: “Let’s be practical. He’s a child of God and came willingly to share the Eucharist with us and pray with us … And he’s the most powerful man in the world . If I had denied him communion when he came with the procession . there would have been much more noise.”But the story didn’t end there. Makobane chose to base his sermon on adultery at a time when the scandal around Clinton’s adulterous affair hung heavily over the heads of the presidential pair. Makobane recalled the parable of the adulterous woman saved by Jesus Christ from being stoned to death.Newspapers gleefully reported how Clinton “became visibly uncomfortable” when Makobane read from John: 1-11. “Clinton looked sombre and rocked on his heels as the priest read the text. Mrs Clinton’s head was bowed throughout the reading.” But Makobane’s sermon preached forgiveness as Jesus forgave the adulterous woman.What next for Regina Mundi? In Mazibuko’s view, the church will continue to play the pivotal role it has done since its inception. “The church is an eye. It must see to it that justice is done.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Zolani Mahola: the face of fresh

first_img15 May 2007Singer Zolani Mahola has been a busy woman of late. “Doo Be Doo”, the chart-busting track that charmed millions of South Africans, has also propelled her band Freshlyground into the international arena. Freshlyground was the opening act for UK pop star Robbie Williams’ South African tour in 2006. They followed that up by giving the world a foretaste of the 2010 South African vibe at the Fifa World Cup closing ceremony in Germany, before scooping the 2006 MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act.Earlier this year they were chosen by the South African government to perform at the unveiling of Parliament’s new logo.In between, they’ve been doing gigs for their loyal local fans and travelling the world from Joburg to Japan, getting their passports stamped in Belgium, France, Zimbabwe, Holland, Italy, Mozambique, Germany, Namibia and Mauritius along the way. Phew!As to why the band is such a hit with the global audience, Mahola remains modest.“I think that it is the same reason non-South Africans have fallen in love with Bongo Maffin, Johnny Clegg, Bayethe and Simphiwe Dana, to name only a few. There is life in our music! There is a depth of feeling in the expression, a certain joy that many other cultures have perhaps lost.”Freshlyground’s sound is distinctively southern African, yet defies classification, combining elements of kwela, folk, jazz, indie rock and Afro pop. Its eclectic nature gives their music broad appeal, enabling them to cross cultural boundaries.Rainbow bandThe way the band members, coming from contrasting musical and racial backgrounds, seem to blend so effortlessly has also caught the attention of the international media. Both Time magazine and The Washington Post have labelled Freshlyground the personification of South Africa’s “rainbow nation” ideal.While that may seem like a lot of pressure to put on the performers, Mahola takes it in her stride.“It is something to be proud of, for sure, although it also feels very normal,” she says. “It feels to me like people should be in harmony with each other. We don’t have to all be friends, but I think there is a basic humanity we all share that is unlearned as we grow up. The illusion of separatism is a human construct, I think … Of course we are different, but that difference is something to celebrate; not to use to keep us apart.”Each of the band members – who hail from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe – contributes something different to the sound. The Eastern Cape’s Mahola attributes her own musical style to the traditional Xhosa ceremonies she took part in.“There is a lot of theatre and music involved in many if not all of the rituals,” she explains. “I try to bring a celebratory quality to my style of singing and to the lyrics, of course.”Township girlBorn in Port Elizabeth on 19 July 1981, Zolani Mahola was raised in the townships of Kwazakhele and New Brighton. She believes it is the heart of the people that is the Eastern Cape’s most valuable asset.Some of her favourite memories are of childhood Christmases, “. family coming to PE [Port Elizabeth] from all over the country, all the kids in the family playing together. I remember being taken to the beach around those times, braais, Happy Valley … fun times.”Mahola first attended Kama Primary and later St Dominic’s Priory and Trinity High School. It was at Trinity that she first got involved with a drama group and realized that “being onstage was a very comfortable and energizing space”.Her road to success, Mahola says, “started with someone having faith in me, which gave me the courage to believe I stood a chance in this field. That first someone was my drama teacher Isobel van der Linde.”Given new confidence and a firm foundation in her performance art, she left Port Elizabeth to study drama at the University of Cape Town.It was as an actress that many South Africans first got to know Mahola. She starred in the series Tsha Tsha as Boniswa, a character from rural Peddie in the Amathole district.“I really enjoyed playing that character because she was so strong and self aware,” Mahola says. “She was a good example to girls and young women growing up in an environment that often does not give value to their emotional well-being or to their dreams. She was able to show girls around the country that actually it is possible and necessary to put themselves first, whether it be in terms of a sexual relationship, career-wise or even in a family setting.”The role of Boniswa also drew on her own experiences. “There is a certain strength or toughness in the personality of the character which I think that perhaps most township girls share.”Despite losing her mother at a very young age, Mahola had an excellent role model in her father.Personal, universal“My father did the best he could under very difficult circumstances. I love him. Nomvula (the title track from Freshlyground’s current album) is indeed a tribute … It is a ‘thank you’ to the people who brought me into this world. That said, I think it is a universal song, even though it contains very specific details about my life. There is something in the mood of the song that people really connect with, regardless of whether they speak isiXhosa or not.”Sung in isiXhosa and English, the lyrics of Mahola’s songs range from catchy, upbeat and fluffy to introspective and sad, but they are always relevant to people’s lives. Zithande, for example, tackles relationships and HIV/Aids. And it’s something that Mahola feels very strongly about.“It hurts that people are disappearing. It hurts that kids cant be kids any more in many situations … that they have to take on and see things that no child should be exposed to. It hurts that a woman can be faithful all her life and be infected by a husband who has multiple partners.“A lot of it is sore,” says Mahola, “but I believe that people are becoming more aware, and with the greater availability of anti-retroviral medication, we can only hope for the best. The Treatment Action Campaign is one organisation that has done a lot of work on destigmatising HIV/Aids, on gender relations and on challenging government to make treatment more available to our people.South African realities“It is important that all of us get involved, from government to businesses to the entertainment industry to mothers taking care of children orphaned because their parents were infected and died.”The reality of South Africa, its sorrows as well as its joys, infuses the music of Freshlyground – and that is what has earned the musicians their adoring fanbase.“I take a lot from people,” Mahola says. “As Brenda [Fassie] once sang, umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, we learn humanity from those around us, they help to make us real in a way.” The band is working hard on recording material for a new album, due out in September. In line with their plans to release internationally, Freshlyground has signed with Sony BMG Africa.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, winter 2007 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.last_img read more

Ahhh! 5 Storytelling Apps That Will Scare You Silly

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#apps#halloween#PopSugarTech#scary#Storytelling 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published by our partners at PopSugarTech.Halloween creeps closer! The house has been cobwebbed, the candy is out, and the costume is good to go . . . so now what? Get ready for the festivities by spooking yourself and your friends silly with haunting tales of ghosts, talking dolls, and phantoms. These five hair-raising storytelling apps will frighten, startle, and disturb you into the All Hallows’ Eve mood.iPoe ($4)—This interactive and illustrated Edgar Allen Poe app reimagines all the poet’s greatest, spookiest classics. Terrifying animations and an original soundtrack illustrate “The Oval Portrait,” “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Masque of Red Death,” and “Annabel Lee.”True Ghost Stories From Around the World ($1)—User-submitted ghost stories from all over the world are compiled in this collection of the strangest and scariest spirit sightings. This growing anthology of supernatural events is updated daily.Scary Story Kit ($2)—Complete with spooky sounds, mood-setting lights, and haunting images, this digital aid will bring your scary stories to life.Scary Stories For Kids ($1)—These horror tales are not for the faint of heart. Possessed antique dolls, a snowy winter’s night, and talking dolls are the stars of these short stories.200+ Scary Stories, Sounds, And Pranks ($1)—Every classic spook, from R.L. Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is packed into this app. The “Auto-Scare” feature randomly plays sounds at any time, making it the perfect vehicle to creep out your audience.Too scary? There’s always It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ($6)!More stories from PopSugarTech: The Only Feature That’s Worth Upgrading To The iPad Air 2 ForThe 9 Photos You Should Never Ever Post To InstagramApps That’ll Make You Feel Like There Are 40 Hours In A DayWhy Android Lollipop Will Change Your Digital Life Forever15 Texts Only A Best Friend Can SendImage courtesy of Shutterstock nicole nguyencenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Meet the one and only Ajay Bhatt and other Intel Technology Rock Stars and learn more about what it took to create PCI, PCIe and USB initiatives

Meet the Rock Stars of PCI, PCI Express and USB Initiatives at IDF.The real Ajay Bhatt and other Intel Rock Stars will be on hand to take your questions about PCIe and USB.  You might even get him to sign an Ajay Bhatt t-shirt if you ask a question that’s not too hard for him to answer! 11.10-Noon: TCIS006: PCI Express* 3.0 Technology: Device Architecture optimizations on Intel PlatformsThis session is for developers with advanced knowledge of PCI Express* Technology and related usage models. This session will help developers comprehend platform implementation challenges and what is needed to build the ecosystem for successful product deployment. Topics include: 3.40-4.10pm: TCIQ002: Q&A and panel on PCI ExpressGet any lingering questions you have on PCIe at this open session where no PCIe question will go un-answered! consider attending the following sessions on Thursday, Sept 24th in room 2003 starting at 11.10am. For the real scoop on what’s going on in PCIe today Overview of PCI Express* (PCIe*) 2.1 and 3.0 technology protocol extensions as well as the power/performance benefits and applicability across various market segmentsImplementation considerations for a selected set of PCIe Technology protocol extensions aimed at Intel based platformsSoftware development required for these features. This event is on Tuesday Sept 22nd at 6pm in room 2004, level 2. An overview of Intel’s analysis of the logical layer enhancements required for the PCI Express* 3.0 technology operating at 8.0 GT/sImplementation challenges and considerations for Intel based platforms. 1.40-2.30pm: TCIS007: PCI Express* 3.0 Technology: PHY Implementation Considerations on Intel PlatformsThis session is intended for developers with advanced knowledge of PCI Express* Technology.This session will help developers appreciate, understand, and address implementation challenges related to the encoding scheme.Topics include: 2.40-3.30pm: TCIS008: PCI Express* 3.0 Technology: Electrical Requirements for Designing ASICs on Intel PlatformsThis session will focus on the electrical and mechanical elements of designing PCIe with topics to include: Overview of silicon and motherboard/add-in card design features required to support typical PCI Express* Technology one connector and two connector topologies at 8.0 GT/sAnalysis of studies for deeper understanding of transmit and receive equalization schemes, measurement, and testingProcess for determining form factor specific electrical requirements, PCB design guidelines, and add-in card and motherboard test methodologies. read more

Rahul Dravid likely to announce retirement today

first_imgIndia’s batting stalwart Rahul Dravid is likely to announce his retirment from Test cricket on Friday, bringing the curtains down on an illustrious career which made him the second highest run-getter in the longer format till now.Although there hasn’t been any official confirmation of the news but the BCCI on Thursday sent a media release about Dravid holding a joint press conference along with president N Srinivasan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday afternoon.”Mr. N. Srinivasan, President, BCCI, and Mr. Rahul Dravid will address the media at 12:30 pm on Friday, 9 March 2012, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru,” the release stated.The 39-year-old Dravid had a disastrous tour of Australia where he scored only 194 runs in eight innings at an average of 24.25. Even more disappointing was that Dravid popularly known as “The Wall” was bowled in six out of the eight innings as the Australian pacer Ben Hilfenhaus repeatedly breaching his defence with ease.There has been intense speculation about Dravid’s impending retirement ever since he failed with the bat during the Australian tour.Dravid had already announced his retirement from ODI cricket after the away series against England when he was surprisingly recalled in the shorter format due to his stupendous performance in the Test series where he scored three centuries in four matches.One of India’s greatest ever Test players, Dravid had scored a whopping 13,288 runs in 164 Tests at an average of over 52 which made him second highest scorer behind Sachin Tendulkar. He has hit 36 centuries and 63 half centuries with 270 against Pakistan being his highest score.He also has a very impressive ODI record where he had scored 10,889 runs at an average of shade less than 40. He has 12 centuries and 83 half centuries in the shorter format.Under his capataincy, India won away Test series in the West Indies as well as England but had a disastrous 2007 World Cup where they were out in the first round. advertisementlast_img read more

MPBL: Munti faces unbeaten QC at home

first_img‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Regine Arocha named NCAA Finals MVP PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Denied of a home victory at the start of its campaign in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)-Anta Rajah Cup, Muntinlupa faces another acid test when it battles unbeaten co-league leader Quezon City on Tuesday.Expect a full house crowd at Muntinlupa Sports Complex as the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers try to sustain the momentum of a three-game winning streak against the formidable Capitals supported by Royal Manila at 9 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Muntinlupa has picked up victories on the road since losing to Navotas in its first game while Quezon City is undefeated in four games to share the lead with the Tanduay-backed Batangas City Athletics.“They’re starting to play better while gaining more confidence,” said Quezon City coach Vis Valencia, referring to the host team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWinless Bataan and Imus collide at 7 p.m.STANDINGS: Batangas 4-0, QC 4-0, Muntinlupa 3-1, Valenzuela 3-1, Parañaque 2-2, Navotas 2-2, Caloocan 1-4, Imus 0-4, Bataan 0-4 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more