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Honduran Armed Forces Connect with Youth Through Music

first_imgBy Dialogo December 10, 2015 This humanitarian and scientific work is magnificent which produces: military experience and training. It saves human lives and cures the ill. Also, it shows the human feeling of the Armed Forces. Great The orchestra’s outreach efforts extend to the entire civilian population, as it has raised $112,506 to support foundations that provide medical assistance to the sick, including the Emma Romero de Callejas Cancer Center, which has been helping cancer patients in Honduras since 1991. “There are few professional bands in Honduras one could aspire to join, so being part of this professional ensemble — because all of us are professionals here — is very rewarding,” added Harold Villalta, who plays the trumpet. “We are committed to do our best, mainly for our country.” In addition to showcasing the talents of female musicians, the orchestra is reaching out to the country’s young musicians, giving those in their 20s a place to play, according to Colonel José Antonio Sánchez, an Armed Forces spokesman. From martial band to orchestra “There is so much talent in our young generation and few outlets in our country for them to pour out their capacities, so we decided to open spaces in the Armed Forces so they can contribute to and serve the nation musically,” Col. Sánchez explained. “We do not want their gifts and strengths to be wasted.” “We will expand our musical genres, and the cultural projection of the Armed Forces towards the civilian population will also grow,” said saxophonist Allan Maldonado, one of the band’s more senior members. Social outreach “I greatly respect this pool of talented musicians, both the starting members and the young players that have joined us more recently,” said Maestro Leonel López, the orchestra’s director, whose musical experience surpasses three decades. “I tell them how talented they are. I tell them I don’t expect any less than their best, and that has contributed to the band sounding like it does in a relatively short time.” Originally a 37-member martial band, the orchestra is now composed of a multi-generational group of musicians. Some of the youngest members are not in the Military, and are recent graduates of the National Conservatory of Music and the National School of Music. In the long term, General Fredy Santiago Díaz, Chief of the Honduran Joint Chief of Staff, has high hopes for the orchestra. Connecting with the country’s youthcenter_img “Just to say one is a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Armed Forces is a source of great pride,” said Joel López, one of the newest members. The Symphonic Orchestra of the Honduran Armed Forces, with more than 100 musicians, delivered its debut performance on October 21st, the 59th anniversary of the Military’s creation. “Social outreach is part of the fabric of the Honduran Armed Forces,” Col. Sánchez explained. “This is one new way we are doing it.” In addition to the symphonic orchestra, the Honduran Armed Forces have three martial bands and 33 war bands, which collectively employ 400 musicians nationwide. Meanwhile, flutist Cindy Valladares told the military news program Proyecciones Militares: “I am very excited that we are the first generation of women who joined the orchestra. It is a beautiful experience, an opportunity for growth. I am very pleased to be a member of this group. It is a great door that has been opened to me.” During its performances, the orchestra plays world classics, traditional Honduran and Latin American music, contemporary pieces, and some festive rhythms of the country’s indigenous communities. “It’s been our goal to support different kinds of artistic projects and we plan to continue to do so,” Col. Sánchez continued. “Besides musicians, we have and will continue to support filmmakers in national productions, and we remain open to the possibility of assisting more Hondurans so they too can excel in their artistic fields.” The musicians say they are enthusiastic about being part of the orchestra. For nearly 60 years, the Honduran Armed Forces have protected the country and given humanitarian aid to civilians. Now, they’re also providing musical entertainment. “These are talented Honduran men and women who have devoted themselves with passion to their music and are now part of this group that I know will make history in Honduras,” he said.last_img read more


HBLB funds additional fixtures as racing returns

first_img Submit StumbleUpon HBLB anticipates 40% drop in Levy reserves August 5, 2020 The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) is due to fund nine additional racing fixtures across June and July, in recognition of the ‘high level of immediate demand to run’.With Scotland and Wales resuming racing later this month, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has revised its current racing programme to include race meetings at Scottish and Welsh courses.Tom Byrne, HBLB Operations Manager, said: “The three new fixtures next week are in recognition of the high level of immediate demand to run, which is a reflection of the loyalty and commitment of racehorse owners having kept their horses in training.“We are therefore pleased to be able to provide the funding for these and for additional fixtures when no Irish racing is being staged. This funding is on top of our previously announced £15.7m for the first ten weeks of racing and gives further opportunity to maximise the exposure of British Racing.”The additional fixtures will also give inexperienced studs the chance to run, with the inclusion of more novice meetings. The BHA confirmed that its race schedule for July will be published by early next week.Paul Johnson, Head of Racing at the BHA, added: “Both the Fixture List and race programme for the weeks and months ahead are constantly evolving, as we aim to provide as many chances to run as we can for all sectors of the horse population.“With the Levy Board being asked to provide almost all of the funding for fixtures, we are currently limited to staging three fixtures on most days rather than the five or six we would normally schedule at this time of year.”Competition for places in all races is expected and it is not possible at present to stage as many races as we would like, but we are trying to provide races as and where we can for horses and their owners who have stood by the sport despite the recent uncertainty.“The possibility of adding further opportunities, including for Jump racing after its return in July, will be considered once there is greater clarity about the sport’s income streams in the weeks ahead.” Share Share Related Articles On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020last_img read more


Have Scientists Found the Secret of Aging?

first_imgThere’s a tragic disease that speeds up aging.  Known as progeria (Huntington-Gilford progeria syndrome, HGPS), it is caused by a single point mutation in exon 11 of the NMLA gene.  Children afflicted with this disease look old beyond their years and often die at 13 of heart attack and stroke – essentially, of old age.    A team of scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), publishing in PNAS,1 investigated the results of this mutation.2  They found that the gene builds a mutant lamin-A protein named progerin/LA-delta-50 that lacks the cleavage site to remove a string of RNA during protein synthesis.  As a result, when it comes time for the cell to divide, “During interphase, irreversibly farnesylated progerin/LA-delta-50 anchors to the nuclear membrane and causes characteristic nuclear blebbing” [i.e., bulging].  This causes “abnormal chromosome segregation and binucleation.”    The NIH team followed up on a recent study that small amounts of the mutant protein are found in normal fibroblasts (cells that give rise to connective tissues, like collagen).  They wondered if this is implicated in the normal aging process.  We all have a tiny amount of this mutant protein, the studies suggest.  Fortunately, anti-progerin antibodies monitor our connective tissues looking for giant nuclei and cells with two nuclei, and induce them to self-destruct (apoptosis).    What appears to go wrong, though, is that some of the mutant cells get through the defenses.  The team believes that there is some kind of “irreversible switch” in late-passage cells, allowing the cryptic splice to proceed, “initiating a series of events that lead to mitotic defects and ultimate senescence.”  If this is true, we all have progeria.  The unfortunate victims of HGPS just have a faster version.  Here’s their conclusion:In summary, our studies demonstrate the abnormal membrane association and dynamic behavior of progerin/LA-delta-50 during mitosis, which lead to aberrant chromosome segregation in both HGPS and normal cells.  These observations further implicate progerin/LA-delta-50 in the normal aging process, suggesting that the same molecular mechanisms responsible for the mitotic defects in HGPS may also act at a low level in normal cells at higher passage.  Taken together with results of previous studies, these data add increasing confidence to the long-held assumption that the study of genetic forms of premature aging can shed important light on the normal process of aging.One of the co-authors of the paper is Francis S. Collins, head of the Human Genome Project.  Dr. Collins is a church-going, born-again Christian whose recent book, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, expounded his own theistic-evolution position on origins.1Cao, Capell, Erdos, Djabali, and Collins, “A lamin A protein isoform overexpressed in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome interferes with mitosis in progeria and normal cells,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0611640104, published online before print March 14, 2007.2“This mutation does not cause an amino acid change (G608G), but partially activates a cryptic splice donor site and leads to the in-frame deletion of 150 bp within the prelamin A mRNA.  This truncated prelamin A mRNA is then translated into a protein recently named progerin/LA-delta-50. The Zmpste24/FACE1 cleavage site is missing in progerin/LA-delta-50 because of the internal 50-aa [amino acid] deletion, so that progerin/LA-delta-50 retains the C-terminal farnesylation.”Though we reject Collins’ position on theistic evolution, we respect his epochal work on the human genome and this study that may shed light on normal aging while helping children afflicted with HGPS.  The idea that God somehow front-loaded all the design into the beginning and let it all evolve from there has three problems.  First, it won’t keep the Darwinists from criticizing him, because it does not contain the chance element essential to Darwinian philosophy.  Second, it cannot be true, because it would require either a strict determinism that runs counter to our knowledge of quantum physics or else would require 24×7 intervention by God to guide the evolutionary process.  Third, the evidence is against it.  Fossil and molecular evidence both fail to illustrate a gradual unfolding of complexity.  But we digress; these issues have been taken up in vibrant debates in the creation and ID community during Collins’ recent book tours and interviews by the press (see example of Evolution News).    Think about this finding.  Though it would be reckless to conclude too much about aging at this point in our knowledge, nothing so far is inconsistent with the Biblical view that death is an abnormality.  Physical aging appears linked to the accumulation of defects.  It was not, therefore, part of the original perfect design.  Normally, these defects would be prevented by all the elaborate quality-control mechanisms in the body.  Something has gone wrong.  This is not the way God originally designed the world.    When the first man and woman sinned, according to Genesis, they were expelled from the Garden and the Tree of Life.  God had warned them that the day they disobeyed they would surely die.  Theologically, they became separated from God at once (spiritual death).  Physically, though, all God had to do was loosen the quality control in the genes, or prevent the constant physical renewal that might have occurred prior to the curse, either as a result of the direct fellowship with God (who is Life), or with a secondary source of renewal He provided (the Tree of Life).  The curse, then was denial of access to the ongoing source of life.  To be dead is to be disconnected from the source of life.  Pick a flower and it dies immediately, though it continue to show its outward beauty for a few days.  The human body was left to “coast” with its own internal repair mechanisms.  Incredibly reliable and sophisticated as these are, they cannot stop all the ravages of decay.  Physical death was only a matter of time.    The good news is that God has turned the curse into an opportunity to bless us even more than before.  Think of how tragic it would be to live forever in a fallen physical state, separated from God for eternity.  The Creator came into this world to suffer the curse of death, that He might redeem us from death – we who are dead in sin, and enemies (read Ephesians).  As Judge of the universe, He could have killed the rebels immediately.  Why did he give us time?  Because He is patient and merciful, He gives each individual a measure of time unknown to anyone but Himself.  Were we each to know our time, most would postpone repentance till the last minute.  Not knowing, we can never escape the possibility every moment that this could be the day our soul is required of us.    Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15).  These Christian doctrines will be celebrated by millions during the upcoming Easter season.  By faith we can accept His sacrifice on our behalf.  He promises to those who come to Him that we will live again with Him in a new creation, where there is no more curse.  Our bodies will age and die, but as the apostle Paul said, for the Christian “death is swallowed up in victory.”  Our bodies go to the grave, like seeds in the earth, only to sprout into a new creation by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.    Having died and rose again, Christ has become the first fruits of a harvest that will share in that resurrection.  With this blessed hope, we can work on earth with steadfastness and joy, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord (I Cor. 15:58).  The most stark difference of all between Biblical creationists and secular evolutionists is right here.  Where are we going?  And how should we live?  To the secularist, there is only aging, death, decay and the ultimate cessation of all activity in a pointless universe that generated life for nothing.  For the Christian, the outlook is totally different.  It is filled with joy and purpose.  In the new creation (Revelation 21), there is no more curse, sorrow, aging, or death, but access to the Tree of Life forever in the city of God.  This gives purpose and joy and direction to life.  In the Lord, our labor is not in vain.    If you are an evolutionist and have been reading these pages, perhaps you have been struggling with the increasing evidence that the case for evolution is going poorly, and that the universe and life really do appear designed for a purpose.  Defend materialism as you might during your healthy days, none of the intellectual arguments will matter much when the aging process catches up with you.  While there is time, while there is hope, will you not think seriously about these things?  Consider again the evidence of design (e.g., this article).  Maybe you’ve been reading our pages for years, and maybe you are finding the evidence compelling, but the reality of God has not gotten from your head to your heart.  The Bible tells that the all-wise Creator who alone can explain the complexity and design in the world has revealed Himself in His word and in person, in His Son Jesus Christ – the Lord.  Christ died for you.  2000 years ago, He walked this earth, was crucified in Jerusalem, a city with geographical coordinates we know.  After His resurrection, He appeared in Jerusalem, Emmaus, and Galilee, at places you can visit.    This is not some fable.  Evolutionists tell just-so stories that can never be checked by observation, but the Bible can be corroborated historically (see, for example, the video clips from Lee Strobel on The Bible and Christ).  History shows that a band of frightened fishermen and commoners in Jerusalem were transformed and changed the world.  How?  What made the apostles willing to travel the world, suffer torture and persecution, each one dying as a martyr without flinching to the death?  The only answer that makes sense is that they saw the risen Christ and became changed men.  The followers of Christ, both men and women, received the power of his Holy Spirit, as He had promised, to become His witnesses to all people, nations, tribes and languages (Acts 1).    That same risen Lord Jesus Christ is alive today.  Patiently He waits for you to accept His offer of pardon and new life.  Why delay any longer?  Today could be your passage from inevitable death to eternal life.    For further help, here is a brief explanation of God’s plan of salvation, and here is where to find more help at Christian Answers.  The most detailed Biblical passages on God’s plan of redemption are Paul’s letter to the Romans and the epistle to the Hebrews; a shorter, simpler explanation can be read in I John.  If you have decided to follow Christ, we would like to hear from you confidentially at our feedback line.  Take your knowledge to the point of commitment – do it today.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Video Editing Quick Tip: How to End a Track With Reverb

first_imgAdd epic drama to your next project by ending your clips with audio reverb.Image via ShutterstockIn this thorough tutorial created by Derek Lieu, ending a music cue with reverb is made simple. With just a few easy-to-remember steps, you can give your video a dramatic boost.  The effect is instantly recognizable and will up your production value in a manner of seconds.The video covers the technique for Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer. Derek also goes into further explanation over the process on his blog. The following GIFs are taken from the Premiere Pro section of the video.1. Nest the ClipFirst, find the sound/beat you want to end the clip on. Cut the clip on the exact note you want the reverb to affect. Next, isolate the clip and then Nest it. Rename it and it will move it to a different sequence.2. Add Black Video to Extend the ClipIn order for the clip to be extended, add a clip of black video to the nested sequence. This will allow you to drag your intended clip out to however long you want the reverb to last.3. Apply the ReverbOnce you drag the clip out, Apply a Fade if needed and then Apply the Reverb Effect. Bam. You did it! Also, if you need a new song or sound effect for your video, check out PremiumBeats stacked library full of impressive tracks here.How do you like to use reverb? Share your techniques in the comments below!last_img read more


Tony Finau makes US Ryder Cup team as Jim Furyk’s final pick

first_img0:57 Share via Email Since you’re here… Ryder Cup Share on LinkedIn Golf … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Play Video Xander Schauffele, from California, who finished tied for third in the BMW, had also been considered a possible wild card.Furyk chose Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau last week as his first three picks to play at Le Golf National in Paris at the end of the month. Those four players will join Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth, who qualified automatically through the points system.Justin Rose’s consolation for losing a sudden-death play-off at the BMW to Keegan Bradley was becoming the world No 1, overtaking Johnson.Rose is the fourth English world No1, after Nick Faldo, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. US sports Tony Finau has been selected for the American Ryder Cup team as Jim Furyk’s final captain’s pick.The 28-year-old’s first appearance in the competition was announced after he finished tied for eighth at the latest FedEx Cup event, the BMW Championship at Aronimink, outside Philadelphia. “The final Captain’s Pick is in. Welcome to the team tonyfinaugolf!,” tweeted Ryder Cup USA.center_img Tiger Woods: To be part of Ryder Cup conversation is pretty cool – video news Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Topics Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more


a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp highlights Krawietz influence on victory at Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp highlights Krawietz influence on victory at Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has highlighted the influence of assistant coach Peter Krawietz on victory at Chelsea.Trent Alexander-Arnold thumped home the opener after a well-worked free-kick that involved Mohamed Salah rolling the ball into the path of the young defender.The Reds extended their advantage when Alexander-Arnold played a similar pass to Andy Robertson before his cross was met by Roberto Firmino’s header.”It’s of course from the training ground, the Robbo (Robertson) one is from the training ground,” said Klopp.“The Trent one, I really see the boys on the pitch today had the best view on the pitch. It’s their job to see the best opportunity to score.“It was a direct free-kick so could have scored directly, but this little move changed the whole angle and made it pretty impossible for Kepa (Arrizabalaga) to make a save. It was a brilliant goal.“Pete Krawietz and our analysts, they do a really good job around set-pieces, especially corner kicks.“I loved the corners in the second half where we probably should have scored twice. But it wasn’t a set-piece game, we played a lot of good stuff and in the end you have to score and that’s what we did. All good.” last_img read more


Video: Duke Basketball Released An Epic 55-Minute Video Celebrating The Blue Devils’ National Championship Run

first_imgDuke and UNC get set for the tip.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Since Duke men’s basketball team won the national championship this past spring, many videos have been released celebrating the Blue Devils title. If you’re a Duke fan, you’ve probably watched all of them. None are better than the following one, though. Today, Duke released “Champions Forever: A Look at Duke’s Title Run.” It’s 55 minutes long and includes highlights, interviews, etc. It’s pretty great and definitely worth your time if you’re a Blue Devils’ fan. Videolast_img read more


Car Carrier Sector Braces For a Bumpy Road Ahead

first_imgzoom The car carrier sector has seen an increase in scrapping and almost no new orders in 2016 as vessel owners are trying to combat a decline in global seaborne car trade, according to Clarksons Research.Given the strong link between economic growth, consumer demand and car sales, the car carrier sector has been highly exposed to sluggish world economic performance in recent years, and global seaborne car trade has still not yet returned to its 2008 peak of 21.3 million cars, with average annual growth of just 1.4% in 2013-15. This year has seen further pressure on seaborne volumes, with car trade projected to have dropped 4% to 19.8m cars.The key driver of this fall has been considerably lower imports into developing economies following the commodity price downturn. Car sales in these countries have dropped sharply, and seaborne car imports into the Middle East, Africa and South America are set to drop by more than 10% this year, according to Clarksons Research.While imports into North America and Europe, still the two largest markets for imported vehicles, have grown moderately (by 2% and 4% respectively), this has not been enough to offset declines elsewhere. Other factors have also dented volumes, with expansion of car output closer to demand centres leading to a disconnect between global car sales, which have continued to expand, and seaborne trade volumes.Largely as a result of the downturn in demand, car carrier market conditions have deteriorated further this year, according to Clarksons Research. Most car carriers still operate under long-term agreements, but guideline charter rates have fallen back to subdued levels, with the one year rate for a 6,500 ceu Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) falling to USD 16,000/day in recent weeks, down 30% from the start of the year.Vessel idling has risen, utilisation of active capacity is under pressure, and waiting time between fixtures has increased, whilst a trend towards shorter-term and spot fixtures has also been apparent, Clarksons Research said.In response to these pressures, owners have stepped up supply-side action. Scrapping has increased, and is projected to reach 0.2m car equivalent capacity this year, over four times the 2015 level and the highest since 2009, with fleet capacity projected to have declined by 0.3% in full year 2016. Meanwhile, only two ships have been ordered this year, after 42 contracts were placed in 2015.Yet the road ahead still seems far from clear for the car carrier sector, with demand seeming unlikely to shift up a few gears in the short-term, according to Clarksons Research.last_img read more


Town council rejects application to develop Glen Abbey golf course

first_imgOAKVILLE, Ont. – An Ontario town council has voted unanimously to reject a plan to develop Glen Abbey golf course amid efforts to designate the property as a “significant cultural heritage landscape.”Jane Courtemanche, a spokeswoman for the Town of Oakville, says council on Wednesday refused a development application by Glen Abbey owner ClubLink to develop the lands.The council voted in August in favour of proceeding with a notice of intention to designate the Glen Abbey property as significant cultural heritage landscape under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.This notice, also filed in August, is the first of a number of steps the Town of Oakville needs to take before the designation is finalized.ClubLink’s development plan proposed construction of 141 detached homes, 299 townhomes, 2,782 apartments, retail and office space, as well as parks, open space and natural heritage areas.The ClubLink property is home to the Glen Abbey golf course and buildings, including an estate leased by Golf Canada that houses the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. The golf course has hosted the Canadian Open 28 times.ClubLink may appeal the town’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board, Courtemanche added.The rejection comes days after ClubLink sent a letter notifying Oakville town council of a separate application to demolish or remove the golf course. ClubLink said Monday it notified the Town of Oakville of an application to demolish or remove the golf course and some buildings to make way for a mix of homes, offices and stores. The RayDor Estate House, home to the golf museum would be among the buildings that would remain, it said.Oakville will meet with ClubLink in the “near future” to begin the process of this separate application for demolition, Courtemanche said Thursday.ClubLink has criticized the town’s heritage efforts calling it “broad and overreaching.”“The Town simply cannot use the Heritage Act to mandate land use,” Clublink said in a statement on Monday.The council gave parties who disagreed with its intent to designate Glen Abbey a heritage site until Sept. 25 to file an objection. ClubLink did not file an objection, however, Courtemanche said Thursday that someone else has.The town will review the objection and if it meets the criteria it will forward it to the Conservation Review Board, which will then issue recommendations to Oakville’s town council as to whether it is warranted, Courtemanche said in an emailed statement.She added that if after receiving the board’s report Oakville’s town council decides to proceed, the next step would be to pass a by-law to designate Glen Abbey as a significant heritage cultural landscape.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously reported that the Town of Oakville had granted Glen Abbey heritage status.last_img read more