Hurricane Harvey barrels toward the Texas coast

first_imgElizabeth Campbell ReddIt Elizabeth Campbell Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Matt Looingvill struggles with his umbrella as he tries to walk in the wind and rain, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey intensified into a hurricane Thursday and steered for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges in what could be the fiercest hurricane to hit the United States in almost a dozen years.(AP Photo/Eric Gay) Facebook + posts Linkedin Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Twitter Twitter  Several counties are evacuating and Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency for 30 counties along the coast. Some residents, however, are boarding up windows and planning to wait out the storm. TCU Class of 2016 alumnus Israel Cano, a public information officer for Corpus Christi, said he’s camping at city hall until Sunday or Monday. He’s expected to keep residents posted on conditions via the city’s social media accounts. “My job is to be the know-it-all of everything that is happening around the city to be able to respond correctly,” Cano said. Several Horned Frogs are from some of the areas expected to take a severe hit. According to the TCU registrar’s office there are 14 students from Corpus Christi, two students from Victoria and 280 students from Houston whose permanent addresses are from those cities. Senior marketing major, Wyatt Wheeler, is from The Woodlands – about 30 minutes north of Houston. He said his mother headed to the grocery store Thursday morning. “She is loading up on groceries, on sandbags, gas and any longterm items she might need like water and filtration systems,” Wheeler said. Wheeler said he is remaining calm about the upcoming storm, partly because his house is higher up which limits his concern over possible flooding. “I’m not worried at all,” Wheeler said. “We’ve never had a flood in our house. It’s more just a matter of gearing up for not having power.” Wheeler said that after Hurricane Katrina, they didn’t have power for a week and a half, but added that his mother loves to read so she’ll be able to pass the time learning without electricity. Hurricane Harvey InfographicVenngage Infographics Elizabeth Campbell CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance Linkedin Elizabeth Campbell World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution And for some people evacuating from the area, Dallas/Fort Worth is where they are headed, including some of the infants from the NICU of the children’s hospital in Corpus Christi.  WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Cano said this includes not just giving updates, but also having conversations with people over social media to answer any specific questions they may have.Corpus Christi is under a voluntary evacuation order, but many residents are choosing to stay. Cano said people have been stocking up on supplies.Israel Cano’s parents boarded up the windows of their home. (Photo by Israel Cano.)“I went to Home Depot and it felt like something out of a disaster movie,” he said. “I went to H-E-B yesterday and all the shelves were empty. It was crazy to see it change as rapidly as that.”Cano said that while he is “nervous” for the approaching storm, he’s confident in the city’s plan.“It’s still going to be bad, but I feel more reassured by knowing exactly what’s happening,” Cano said. “Even though there is uncertainty, we have an idea.” Israel Cano’s dog Buster will be brought inside during the storm. (Photo by Israel Cano.)Cano will be stationed inside the city hall building, in his office with no windows. His parents, who live in the area, have decided to board the window and remain in their home.Fort Worth won’t feel the full impact of the hurricane. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth predicts only heavy rainfall.  With that in mind, Fort Worth and other North Texas cities are coordinating with officials in the affected areas. Thursday morning the Fort Worth Fire Department sent 14 members of the swift/flood water team and the urban search and rescue team to assist with hurricane efforts along the coast. Facebook printUpdate Friday 1:30 p.m.: Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall overnight on the Texas coast, is forecast as a Category 3 storm with winds of up to 110 mph.TCU Provost Nowell Donovan sent out an email to TCU faculty Friday morning encouraging them to show their “usual compassion” to students who have family in the area and may have to miss class to handle family emergencies.“It is easy to sit back and contemplate with awe Nature’s power from afar, to revel in the statistics a few hundreds of miles from the Gulf,” Donovan wrote. “The sad fact is that some people who waken this morning may well be gone by the end of the weekend.”During a Friday afternoon press conference, Gov. Greg Abbott urged any Texans in low lying, flood prone areas to evacuate as immediately.“This is going to be a very major disaster,” Abbott said. “What you don’t know and what nobody else knows right now is the magnitude of flooding that will be coming.”Abbott said officials are responding in a “very aggressive way” to ensure the “needs of fellow citizens be addressed swiftly.”  Texas Department of Transportation is “fully aware” of traffic levels to ensure the “swiftest levels of evacuation,” Abbott said.Hurricane Harvey is barreling toward Texas and is expected to become a Category 3 hurricane when it reaches the coast early Saturday morning. Elizabeth Campbell ReddIt Previous articleUpdate: Heavy rainfall expected in Fort Worth, Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas coastNext articleHoroscope: August 25, 2017 Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Good and New Charity issue statement following Sunday Times article

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – December 19, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Previous articleHighlandTV: The Monday Night Sessions Christmas SpecialNext articleAdrian Doherty on Loreto Milford’s Ulster Schools success News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Facebook A statement this afternoon has been released on behalf of the Good and New Charity Shop in Letterkenny, in response to an article in the Sunday Times revealing that the charity had received over €400,000 more than it had spent in the past two years.The organisation say auditors have confirmed to them that the €400,000 figure mentioned was from accounts filed in November 2016.They added that it was their intention to build up this reserve which would be used to purchase a building in early 2017 at a cost of €270,000 to run the organisation from. This was completed in early 2017. Hence there was a surplus of funds on the balance sheet that the article referred to for this purpose.Statement in Full -“It is with disappointment and huge concern that we read the article in the Sunday Times on December 17th and the questions raised within it regarding the operations and finances of the Good and New Shop charity.The charity operates a desperately needed bus service for cancer patients travelling to Galway and has (until the end of 2016) carried 713 people (approx. 8 – 10 trips per person) to treatment facilities not available in Donegal.We are keen to address the issues raised and want to ensure our good reputation is not tarnished in anyway so we can continue to provide this vital service.Our chairman was taken off guard when contacted by the journalist and is not used to answering media queries. He was mistaken in thinking that his accountant was away. The auditors have met with us and confirm the following details regarding our accounts.The figure of €400k mentioned in the article was from accounts filed in November 2016. It was our intention to build up this reserve which would be used to purchase a building in early 2017 (cost in the region of €270K incl legal fees, renovation, etc) to run the organisation from.  This was completed in early 2017. Hence there was a surplus of funds on the balance sheet that the article referred to for this purpose. The rest of the cash is on the balance sheet. We, like most charities, aim to keep funds of up to two years running costs in the organisation, to ensure a continued service for the charity. This is standard practice within charities nationwide and our auditors can verify that the funds are there for this purpose.The charity is an association and has a registered charity number (as per the above) but is moving to a company limited by guarantee structure which was a legal requirement to purchase the property. The CLG company is in the process of seeking charity status and is working with the Charity Regulator to finalise same.  This process can take some time hence the charity is still operating as an association until this process is completed.The organisation has, today, taken a decision to create a website for The Good and New Shop which will highlight the work and the activities of the organisation. We hope this will be launched as soon as is possible in the New Year.  It will be an excellent facility to show the work of our wonderful and very necessary volunteers.We are regulated by the charity regulator and can assure the public that the accounts and our charity status is operated meticulously to best practice standards. We intend to continue to provide this important service to the regions of Donegal and the patients who depend on this bus service for their vital cancer treatment”. Google+center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Good and New Charity issue statement following Sunday Times article Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Union Librarian walks out of debate

first_imgAfter a week of turmoil in the Oxford Union, Kostas Chryssanthopoulos, the Union Librarian, walked out of the Thursday debate following an impassioned speech in which he declared that he refused to “sit next to a President who does not believe in freedom of speech”.The Librarian’s intervention comes after a week in which the Oxford Union has seen itself embroiled in controversy as the Union President sought to use the society’s money to cover his legal expenses after a defamatory article was published by student website The Tab. The decision, which was passed on Monday, was then challenged by a Special Adjournment Motion proposed by Chryssanthopoulos and signed by 39 other members.Following the proposal of this motion, an extraordinary Standing Committee meeting was called to withdraw the decision to cover the President’s legal fees, which was passed by 11 votes to 3. However, a number of members remained dissatisfied that the issue was not to be debated at the open debate on Thursday.The Librarian’s intervention followed the customary opening speeches by the President, Ben Sullivan, and the Secretary, Lisa Wehden, which are usually reserved for private business to do with the society. However, the Librarian then launched into a two-minute speech in protest against the Sullivan, in which he claimed that, “I refuse to sit next to a President who does not believe in freedom of speech. And I refuse to sit next to a President who has lied to members and tried to cover it all up with our money”.“I cannot in all good conscience continue to sit here tonight and remain silent in the face of a President who shows such disdain for the society he has pledged to serve”.Chryssanthopoulos claimed that his attempts to have a “free and open discussion” were “blocked”, adding that “If we had nothing to worry about then why should it ever matter where such a discussion takes place”.Following his speech, Chryssanthopoulos walked out of the debating chamber to strong applause, leaving the Librarian’s seat vacant.Charles Malton, the Union Treasurer, invited members who wished to direct questions to the President to do so after the main debate had finished in their own speeches. The debate, which proceeded as normal, asked the house to debate the motion “Promiscuity is a virtue, not a vice”.In his following speech, Malton said, “I know that as a committee we voted at the start of term to organise expenditure to protect the reputation of the union, there were libellous claims made in a newspaper article which had nothing to do with ‘the banter squadron’ as you may have heard it reported in The Tab, it was far more serious, and damaging, and false.“As a committee we made the decision that it was damaging to the union to allow that to happen, that those false claims about things that went on at meetings should be put right, because those kinds of falsity should not be allowed to be published [to a wide audience] and that’s why I, along with many others voted to pay the legal fees, to defend the union, not to defend Ben Sullivan, but to defend the union. They [the lawyers] were employed not in a personal capacity to defend Ben Sullivan, they were employed by this organisation, to protect its reputation against things which were incredibly damaging, incredibly serious, and incredibly untrue.”The full text of Kostas Chryssanthopoulos’ speech is available here.last_img read more

Martin Keown reacts to Sol Campbell’s ‘serious’ advice for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jul 2020 11:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link167Shares Full Screen Keown responded to Campbell’s advice for Aubameyang (Picture: Stadium Astro/Youtube)Martin Keown responded to Sol Campbell’s advice for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to have a ‘serious’ conversation over his Arsenal future by warning the Gunners about handing the striker a bumper new contract. Campbell advised the Gabon international, 31, to work out what the club’s plans are for the next couple of years before committing his future to the Emirates. Keown, however, thinks Arsenal should be wary over offering the attacker big money. He fears Aubameyang will be handed a hefty deal and then fail to live up to the high standards he set – in similar fashion to how Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career has gone downhill since he signed a £350,000-a-week contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY Read More by Metro ‘I hope that Aubameyang is a different type. ‘It may be that he goes, but a quick decision needs to be made this summer.’Campbell had said previously of Aubameyang’s future: ‘He’s got to settle down and have a conversation with the manager and he needs to have a clear understanding of what they’re looking to spend, who they’re trying to get in.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It’s going to come down to trust, can he trust the club to say, right we are looking for x, y and z, we’re going to bring two or three players in and I think they’ll push us on to really challenge for the top four or really you never know, the Premiership. ‘He needs to sit down with his people and have a serious conversation about where the club is going in the next two or three years, because he hasn’t got five years, six years to say let’s see how it goes, he needs almost instant success now.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. SPONSORED Coming Next Read More 1 min. story Skip Ad Comment Martin Keown reacts to Sol Campbell’s ‘serious’ advice for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip 1/1 / About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More ‘Aubameyang is one of those players – of course you want to keep him at the football club,’ Keown told Stadium Astro.‘But you don’t want the Ozil situation that as soon as he signs a bumper deal that he goes into a comfort zone. ‘Something like that happened to Ozil, we lost that player when he signed for all that money every week. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers final score: Kawhi Leonard leads LA to 98-88 win

first_imgAnunoby has left the court for now, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has entered the game in his place.Here’s the inadvertent eye poke by Leonard on Anunoby.— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) November 12, 201910:41 p.m. ET — The Raptors win the opening tip, but Patrick Beverley earns the first points of Monday’s contest with a layup.Pregame10:38 p.m. ET — Here is the Raptors’ starting five against the Clippers: VanVleet, Powell, Anunoby, Siakam, and Gasol. The Clippers’ starters? Beverley, Shamet, Leonard, Patterson, Zubac. Raptors coach Nick Nurse’s defensive gameplan was effective in limiting Leonard but wasn’t enough to earn a second win in as many nights in LA.Four different Raptors scored double-digit points on Tuesday: Pascal Siakam (16), Norman Powell (15), Fred VanVleet (14) and Chris Boucher (13). But an inability to finish down the stretch — they were outscored 25-10 in the fourth quarter — and only 15 trips to the free-throw line compared to LA’s 30 ultimately left the Raptors down by 10 at the final buzzer.MORE: Kawhi Leonard on facing Raptors: ‘They’re taking up where they left off’The Raptors lost starting forward OG Anunoby to injury early in the game when Leonard inadvertently poked him in the eye while Anunoby grabbed a rebound. The team confirmed early on that Anunoby would not return Monday, but the third-year player’s status moving forward is still unknown.Sporting News tracked live scores, updates and highlights from Raptors vs. Clippers on Monday.Raptors vs. Clippers scoreQuarterQ1Q2Q3Q4FinalRaptors2323321088Clippers1536222598Raptors vs. Clippers live score, updates and highlightsQuarter 41 a.m. ET  — The Raptors, on the second night of a back-to-back, appear gassed at the end of this one. Leonard and the Clippers take a win, 98-88, after a hard-fought game.12:56 a.m. ET  — Harrell makes up for the block on him a minute earlier and slams a dunk home off Leonard’s feed. Leonard knocks down two free throws to bring the lead to eight points.12:55 a.m. ET  — Chris Boucher completely stuffs Harrell at the rim, sending the Raptors’ bench — and the Toronto contingent at Staples Center — to their feet. He puts a layup in a few moments later to help the Raptors crawl to a four-point deficit. The Clippers lead 92-88 with 1:21 to play.Norman Powell slipped on a wet spot and came away limping, but he remains in the game.WHAT A BLOCK BY BOUCHER!— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 12, 201912:49 a.m. ET  — The Raptors have only scored eight points through the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter and miss several shots, even after stripping the ball from Leonard yet again. Kawhi ties his career-high for turnovers in one game (eight). Nick Nurse takes a timeout with a little more than three minutes left to play. Clippers hold a six-point lead (92-86). 12:40 a.m. ET  — After Siakam misses two free throws, both teams miss shots back and forth until Harrell slams home a dunk for the Clippers. Hollis-Jefferson’s foul sends Harkless to the line — he knocks done one of two free throws, bringing the game to 87-82 Clippers.12:32 a.m. ET  — The Raptors call a timeout with 9:11 remaining. They trail Los Angeles 82-79.12:30 a.m.  ET  — The Clippers take a one-point lead with a three-point shot. 10 minutes remain in the game.End of Quarter 3 — Raptors 77, Clippers 7312:25 a.m.  — Raptors rookie Matt Thomas knocks down a three to take a 75-72 lead. He has six points so far on Monday. VanVleet is able to extend Toronto’s lead to three points after being fouled, and Thomas knocks down a bank shot to end the third quarter. 12:20 a.m. ET  — Clippers guard Landry Shamet is helped off the court after falling while on defense.Here’s the Landry Shamet injury. It’s hard to see exactly what caused it.— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) November 12, 201912:13 a.m. ET — The Raptors continue their fantastic defense on Leonard (seven turnovers), but VanVleet misses a clear layup. The Raptors remain down by two (67-65) with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter.12:09 a.m. ET  — Toronto’s Powell drives to the net and slams a dunk for his 15th points of the game, a Raptors team-high.Yeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh @npowell2404— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 201912:05 a.m. ET  — Five consecutive missed shots by the Clippers result in a breakaway for Toronto’s Powell, but he is fouled. The Clippers take a timeout with a three-point lead, 58-55.Clippers just had eight offensive rebounds inn a single possession, and failed to score a single point. Ivica Zubac’s face says it all.— Clipper Insider (@clipperinsider) November 12, 201912:03 a.m.  ET  — Fred VanVleet is given a technical foul for arguing with the referees during a Clippers possession.11:57 p.m. ET —   It takes a full 90 seconds for either team to score to start the second half, but Los Angeles’ Landy Shamet puts up a three to open the scoring once more.End of Quarter 2 — Raptors 46, Clippers 5111:36 p.m. ET  — A flurry of missed shots and wild turnovers in the last few minutes of the half. Patrick Beverley’s layup takes a 49-36 lead for the Clippers just before the half ends, and Toronto’s Powell takes an offensive foul with 0.5 seconds left. Patrick Beverley takes two free throws and sinks both to end the quarter. The Clippers lead 51-46.11:27 p.m. ET  — Leonard’s fourth turnover of the night causes analysts to note how well Nick Nurse and the Raptors have planned to defend their former teammate.Kawhi just committed his 4th turnover. He’s played 16 minutes without a FG (0-for-5). Credit to Nurse and his sleepless night of game prep, Hollis-Jefferson, who has been excellent, and several others that have done a great job trapping him.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) November 12, 201911:25 p.m. ET  — Siakam slams a dunk home after a pretty feed from Gasol.This right here is what you call a DIME— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 201911:20 p.m. ET  — Clippers center Montrezl Harrell draws a foul for a potential three-point play. Raptors remain ahead, 35-33, during a timeout.11:14 p.m. ET  — The Clippers go on a 10-1 run and briefly take back the lead, but Toronto quickly regains the lead.End of Quarter 1 — Raptors 23, Clippers 15Freddy pullin’ up from ANYWHERE— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 201911:04 p.m.  ET  — Toronto’s Marc Gasol draws a charging foul. The teams trade missed shots until Raptors’ Chris Boucher hits a three-point shot to extend Toronto’s lead to seven points.10:58 p.m. ET  — Norman Powell hits one of two foul shots and the Raptors take a 10-9 lead with five minutes left in the first quarter.10:55 p.m. ET  — Sportsnet reports that OG Anunoby has a poked right eye and will not return to Monday’s game. The Raptors confirmed this report minutes later.10:52 p.m. ET  —   Siakam sinks a floater to cut Toronto’s deficit to three points. The Clippers take a timeout.10:43 p.m. ET  — Play is stopped less than two minutes into the game after Raptors forward OG Anunoby goes down with an injury. Kawhi Leonard hit  22-year-old Anunoby  in the eye as he collected a rebound. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was given a technical foul for protesting after play continued while Anunoby laid on the ground. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Toronto Raptors 98-88 in Los Angeles on Monday in Kawhi Leonard’s first game against his old team since he helped bring Toronto its first NBA Finals title in June.Leonard nearly earned a triple-double on the night (12 points, nine assists, 11 rebounds) but often found himself double-teamed by his old teammates, limiting his scoring ability. Clippers guard Lou Williams led all scorers with 21 points in a fairly low-scoring, sometimes sloppy night for both the defending NBA champions and this year’s Finals favorite, the Clippers.last_img read more

Cardiff v QPR: Debut for Rangers and three other changes

first_imgQPR make four changes to their starting line-up for the game at Cardiff, with goalkeeper Matt Ingram brought in for his debut.Alejandro Faurlin, Clint Hill and Paul Konchesky have all been brought back into the side by boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.Hill has been passed fit following a hamstring problem and returns alongside Grant Hall at centre-back, with Nedum Onuoha moving to right-back. James Perch and Gabriele Angella are both out injured.Konchesky comes in for Jack Robinson, while Faurlin’s inclusion means Massimo Luongo will play in a more advanced position, with Junior Hoilett dropping to the bench.QPR: Ingram; Onuoha, Hall, Hill, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Luongo, Chery; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Kpekawa, Hoilett, Gladwin, El Khayati, Petrasso, Washington.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A’s observations from final day at MLB Winter Meetings

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The flashy lights and sounds of the slot machines striking a jackpot can cause visitors to feel a bit lucky, but the A’s approach to winter meetings at the Mandalay Bay has been a more conservative one.After the signing of catcher Chris Herrmann to a one-year deal Tuesday afternoon, the A’s remained silent on Wednesday, and it appears that might be the case until A’s GM David Forst and co. return to Oakland Thursday night. It’s not like the A’s are the only team that’s been …last_img read more

South African male choirs take winning compositions to South America

first_imgSouth African composers Xander Kritzinger and Andrew-John Bethke will travel to South America with two male choirs to share their uniquely South African blend of sacred, classical and jazz choral works.While in South America, the two choirs will showcase the best of the South African choral tradition, performing unique blends of sacred, classical and jazz works in a number of South African languages as well as French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and Latin. (Image: Cape Town Male Voice Choir, via Facebook)Mathiba MolefeTwo accomplished South African male choirs are preparing for a tour of South America in July, where they will perform award-winning compositions by two of South Africa’s leading choral composers.Composers Xander Kritzinger and Andrew-John Bethke took top honours at the Choral Composition Competition facilitated by Ekurhuleni’s Cenestra Male Choir and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir (CTMVC), sponsored by the National Lottery.Along with a chance to perform in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay, the two composers each received R10,000 and the respect of South Africa’s choral community. Kritzinger and Bethke received the recognition for their original compositions In Die Skadus van my Siel and A Prayer for Africa, respectively.Michael Dingaan, conductor of the Rand Afrikaans University Chorale choir, and German choral conductor and lecturer Professor Martin Berger were the judges, together with the musical directors of Cenestra and the CTMVC.“The aim of the competition was to unearth talented South African composers and bring back a focus to male choir singing,” said Lewis Rabkin, chairperson of the CTMVC.“The competition showcases the ability of South African choral composers, as we are not yet fully tapping into local potential and talent.“The grant from the National Lotteries Commission has made it possible for us to co-ordinate the Composition Competition and to send our two choirs overseas,” said Rabkin.Kritzinger and BethkeApart from being an award-winning composer and accomplished musician, Dr Andrew-John Bethke also acts as the director of music at the Grahamstown Cathedral. (Image: Diocese of Grahamstown, via Facebook)Hailing from Cape Town, organist and composer Bethke is the former director of music at Grahamstown Cathedral and Rhodes Choir conductor. Some of his other works have already been performed abroad.Commenting on his winning composition, Bethke said: “I wanted to write a piece which attempted to pull together traditional South African musical techniques and languages, rooting the piece strongly in South African traditional culture.”Before becoming an award-winning composer and renowned musician, Xander Kritzinger was a member of the greatly acclaimed Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. (Image: Xander Kritzinger, via Facebook)Kritzinger kicked off his musical career singing in the Drakensberg Boys Choir before becoming a music teacher and choirmaster of Stellenbosch High Choir and the Viva Cantare Community Choir, where he works today.Speaking about his composition, In Die Skadus van my Siel, which means “In the shadows of my soul” in Afrikaans, he says: “I wrote it at my beach house while listening to the ocean roaring. The house always brings fond memories and while being there one often tends to think about people who are no longer with us. They still dwell in the shadows of our souls, even after time.“I did not expect that the composition would win a prize, but I am delighted and honoured that the piece will be performed.”The tourWhile in South America, the two choirs will showcase the best of the South African choral tradition, performing unique blends of sacred, classical and jazz works in a number of South African languages as well as French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and Latin.Members of the choirs will also participate in workshops and master classes at the Melodia! South American Music Festival in which they are performing in Argentina and Uruguay.On 24 June, the CTMVC will present a preview of the tour programme at a gala farewell concert at Hugo Lambrecht’s Auditorium in Parow.All the proceeds from the concert will go to Link2Grow, a non-profit organisation that aims to empower women in Cape Town by linking those who have needs with those who have the resources to address them.last_img read more