Obama to meet EU leaders in April

first_imgBarack Obama, the US president, has confirmed that he will attend a summit of European Union leaders to be held in Prague on 5 April, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek said today. Topolánek, whose country currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, made the announcement after an informal meeting of EU leaders in Brussels devoted to the economic crisis.Obama’s trip will be his first to Europe since taking office on 20 January. European diplomats have privately said that the Obama administration did not consider Europe to be a top priority. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is only coming to Europe this week, where she will attend talks with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Geneva and a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. Obama’s European tour will start on 2 April in London, where he will attend a summit of the G20, which gathers the world’s leading advanced and emerging economies. The G20 will be the most important opportunity for a global response to the economic crisis, and EU leaders will attempt to thrash out a unified position at a formal summit to be held in Brussels on 19-20 March, for which today’s meeting served as preparation. From London, Obama will travel to NATO’s sixtieth anniversary summit, which will be held in Strasbourg (France) and Baden-Baden (Germany) on 3-4 April. The summit will admit Albania and possibly Croatia as new members, consider the way ahead for NATO’s operations in Afghanistan and welcome France’s return to NATO’s integrated command structure.last_img read more

Arcade Fire at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT

first_imgWinn Butler dead ringers, doppelgangers, and duplicates…Mariachi banditos next to a glitter masked cougar…Overweight and underdating Cinderellas…Pimple-headed adolescents, sweating behind homemade Phantom masks…Propeller-headed gonzos in jester hats 4 months early for the Gathering of the Vibes…A Philippine koala and a molester in a track suit (oh wait, that was the openers, Kid Koala and Dan Deacon)…These were among the many freaks and geeks who dressed up for the Arcade Fire show at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT on a windy Tuesday night on March 18th. While talk of the costumes and pageantry of the attendees (and the drama it created online) dominated a lot of the reviews of the first leg of the Reflektor Tour, gimmicks and stunts couldn’t take away from a powerful and career-defining performance from what could be the biggest (literally, there were at least 15 musicians on stage at one time!) and most influential indie band of the 2000s.The show opened to a well-orchestrated curtain drop as the eponymous lead single from the double-album Reflektor, a shoe-in for several Grammys next year, filled the arena and forced even the slickest of hipsters to shuffle their feet. The band followed up on the energy of the audience and immediately went into the skank and shuffle of “Flashbulb Eyes,” which helped to establish the Rara polish much of their previous songs from other albums would receive.For those who have the album and notice the obvious tonal differences in Arcade Fire’s new sound, Rara is a form of festival music usually played during Easter Week in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Régine Chassagne’s (frontwoman and wife of Winn Butler) beloved Haiti, the country that her parents emigrated from before she was born. Before any recording of the new album, Butler and Chassagne visited Haiti and sort of felt a musical rebirth occur within them, and influenced much of the album’s music and lyrics. Another song played by the band that has obvious influences of a Carnival street parade is “Here Comes the Nighttime,” a song that features cultural accents like guiros, afro-influenced drumming, and an easy to chant chorus. The band was able to create a parade-like feel, shooting streamers, spilling confetti, and splashing lights during the performance.Now that Arcade Fire has four commercially successful albums, deciding when and what to play where, and what not to play, comes at a Catch 22. Arcade Fire, an extremely fan-friendly band, is aware of the need to juggle new songs, old hits, and fan favorites. The band organized their albums into four different screen backdrops as the cast rotated different instruments. At any moment, band members Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, and Sarah Neufield would play musical chairs, so to speak, quickly dropping and picking up instruments not normally designated to them. Reflektor was the cohesive glue, and songs from Funeral, Neon Bible, and The Suburbs quickly adhered and adapted to the sticky core.One of the more undissembled performances of the night was “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out),” which features some of the heavy guitars recorded on an Arcade Fire album. The set also featured sober moments, from the low-posture of loss innocence found in “The Suburbs,” to an appeal from Butler to raise money to support the construction of a nursing college in Haiti which was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. But just like their songs, which cover a range of emotional extremes, the performance also attempted to find balance between the frantic and peaceful, the light and dark, or the loud and soft. Performed songs like “Ready to Start,” which features a very aggressive bass line and lyrics about a quarterlife crisis, pairs surprisingly well with the lush and dreamy rhythms and lyrics of “Haiti.” The latter of which at first seem like a baroque ode to her parent’s homeland, but later realizes that the lyrics are ardently haunting and contentious: Rien na’rrete nos espirits/Guns can’t kill what soldiers can’t see. Despite whatever musical genre the song is influenced by, the lyrics find a spirit within the human condition that is often at odds with a world filled with violence and ugliness. This perhaps is their best hand: they are unassumingly combative and assailing on a world filled with hypocrisy and hostility.That is not to say that the entire night was filled with austerity. Winn Butler is actually quite a comedian, in his own right, influenced by the likes of Andy Kaufman, who doesn’t mind if the audience is in on the joke or not. For example, when the Reflektor Tour kicked off late last year in Brooklyn, the band allowed the audience to think that the performance would be in the front of the house, when theatrically, the band snuck out and played the back of the house, rewarding those who stumbled in late. The show in Bridgeport was not without its own set of pranks, one being, the use of an A and B stage (one front, one rear) within the arena, an ode to the previous Brooklyn stage high jinks. During the song “It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)”, Régine rose through the stage and performed the song with a dancing skeleton; later, Butler, Jeremy, and Owen Pallet used the same stage for a stellar performance of the lengthy “Supersymmetry.”The encore probably best demonstrates the Arcade Fire brand of humor. The band has recently taken to touring with giant papier-mâché heads and calling themselves “The Reflektors.” This group, heads and all, emerged from the floor of the B stage and announced that they are playing a cover song from a musician from each state they have toured in. “Butler” announced that they could either play “John Mayer or Hatebreed,” two CT natives. Instantly, “You’re Body is a Wonderland” played over the PA system, as several thousand pieces of red confetti was dumped on an incredulous group of fans in the cheap seats. The real Arcade Fire then arrived on the A stage, chiding “The Reflektors” for not choosing the Hatebreed song because “John Mayer is the worst guitar player in the world.” The band then erupted into an ironic rendition of “Normal Person.”Humorous, yet unusual, indeed.Even though the majority of the themes presented on their albums deal with death and isolation, Arcade Fire is able to undercut those feelings with joy, humor, and celebration, embracing the Rara, disguising the sense of loss each song features (from innocence to the polluted world) and adopting a sense of frolic revelry in the absolutism of death, found in the music of Island cultures. Arcade Fire has always commented on the fact that Americans are quite secluded, detached, and ultimately abandoned from the rest of the world, and The Reflektor Tour attempts to include the audience, allowing them to become part of the theatrics (no matter how silly some looked) and grandiosity that rock shows have become. Certainly, through art, music, and performance, Arcade Fire believes we can attempt to overcome isolation.See videos from the concert below.“Reflektor” “Joan of Arc”“Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”“Afterlife” “Normal Person”  Set List from Arcade Fire, March 18th (Webster Bank Arena)1. Reflektor2. Flashbulb Eyes3.Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)4. Rebellion (Lies)5. Joan of Arc6. The Suburbs7. Ready to Start8.Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)9. We Exist10. No Cars Go11.Haiti12. Afterlife13. It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)14. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)15. SupersymmetryENCORE16. Iko Iko (Dr. John/Dixie Cups cover)17. You’re Body is a Wonderland ( Reflektors John Mayer Cover)18. Normal Person19. Controversy (Prince Cover)20. Here Comes the Nighttime21. Wake Uplast_img read more

Little athletes back on track

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New community grant program launched in Officer

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Road reseal complete

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Galway Minor Hurlers Book All-Ireland Final Place – Commentary and Reaction

first_imgThe Galway Minor Hurlers have booked their place in the All-Ireland Final with an impressive 3-22 to 0-16 win over Dublin in Croke Park Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ALL-IRELAND%20MINOR%20HURLING%20SEMI-FINAL%202018.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Here is another opportunity to hear the commentary again with Niall Canavan and Liam Hodgins Niall also spoke to Galway captain Sean Nearyhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/SEAN%20NEARY%20GALWAY%20MINOR%20HURLING%20CAPTAIN%20POST%20DUBLIN.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email After the game, Niall spoke to Galway manager Jeff LynskeyAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/JEFF%20LYNSKEY%20GALWAY%20MINOR%20HURLING%20MANAGER%20POST%20DUBLIN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

MATCH TRACKER – All-Ireland Minor football final Galway V Kerry

first_imgWelcome to our Sunday Sports MATCH TRACKER of the All-Ireland Minor Football Final between Galway & Kerry, Croke Park 1pm. FULL TIME: Kerry 0-21 Galway 1-14 A Trojan effort from the Galway lads but Kerry make it 5-in-a-row – Thanks for your company – Gerry MurphyAnd, they add another from play. Kerry 0-21 Galway 1-14Games is fizzling out…Kerry have another free in…..another free? another point. Kerry 0-20 Galway 1-14Eanna McCormack comes in for Matthew Cooley60+1 Oisin Gormally pegs one back for Galway. Kerry 0-19 Galway 1-14There will be 6 minutes of added time60′ Another for the Kingdom. Kerry 0-19 Galway 1-1359′ Falvey adss another and put 2 between the sides. Kerry 0-18 Galway 1-1359′ That man Paul Walsh kicks a point. Kerry 0-17 Galway 1-1355′ Lavel again…Tomo Culhane with a lovely score. Galway 1-13 Kerry 0-16Cian Hernon comes on to the Galway team54′ Kerry back in front Begley with a point from play. Kerry 0-16 Galway 1-1253′ Paul Kelly levels it again with a fine point from play. Galway 1-12 Kerry 0-1550′ Cathal Sweeney off injured….Conor Halbart comes in47′ Begley points for Kerry, they’re back in the lead. Kerry 0-15 Galway 1-1146′ Daragh Rahilly answers straight away …level again. Galway 1-11 Kerry 0-1446′ Tomo Culhane kicks a beauty for Galway. Galway back in front. Galway 1-11 Kerry 0-13Oisin Gormally on for Aidan O’HalloranTom Culhane comes in for Daniel Cox44′ Matthew Cooley levels it again from a free. Galway 1-10 Kerry 0-13Yellow Card for Kerry’s Dan Murphy42′ Dylan Geaney puts Kerry into the lead. Kerry 0-13 Galway 1-942′ All square Rahilly points with his left foot. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1239′ Dylan Geaney dances through the Galway defence and points for Kerry. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1138′ Oisin McCormack comes on the Galway team in place of Sean Horkan38′ Cheap free given to Kerry. Paul Walsh gets the point. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1036′ Another goal chance for Galway…saved and out for a 45. That is missed on this occasion.35′ Kerry get the opening score of part 2. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-9Yellow Card for Tony GillSECOND HALF UNDERWAYHALF TIME: GALWAY 1-9 KERRY 0-8.30+2 Killian Falvey adds another, Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-830+1 Paul Walsh tags on a point for Kerry. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-7There will be 2 minutes of added time.29′ Conor Raftery kicks his second point of the game. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-627′ Another point for Kerry Daragh Rahilly. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-626′ Killian Falvey answers for Kerry. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-525′ Liam Judge now gets on the score sheet. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-424′ GOALLLLL for Galway…Tony Gill finishes a brilliant Galway team score. Galway 1-7 Kerry 0-422′ Another free in for Galway. Matthew Cooley makes no mistake. Galway have score 6 points in a row. Galway 0-7 Kerry 0-421′ Matthew Cooley slots a sublime free from pout the field. Galway 0-6 Kerry 0-419′ Captain Conor Raftery puts Galway into the lead. Galway 0-5 Kerry 0-4Tom Culhane replaces Daniel Cox on the Galway team….blood sub17′ Free in for Galway…..over the bar by Matthew Cooley. All-square…Galway 0-4 Kerry 0-416′ Great chance of a goal for Galway as Eoghan Tinney tries to palms the ball into the net….saved by the Kerry goalkeeper!15′ Eoghan Tinney narrows the gap with his first of the game. Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-310′ Matthew Cooley lands a lovely point for Galway: Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-29′ Free for Kerry pointed by Paul O’Shea…that was for over 50 metres! Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-17′ Kerry’s Paul Walsh adds a third. Kerry 0-3 Galway 0-15 ‘ Another point for Kerry from play Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-1. Centre back Dan McCarthy4 Mins: Point from a 45 for Kerry from their Captain, Paul O’Shea. Galway 0-1 Kerry 0-122 seconds: Opening score for Galway Ryan Monaghan comes from the back and finishes a good team move. Galway 0-1 Kerry 0-01 pm. GAME ON!print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Enticing lots announced for Pat Smullen’s Cancer Trials Ireland online auction

first_imgPat Smullen pictured in Navan in 2016. Photo: Patrick McCann Would your rugby club like a kicking master classwith Ronan O’Gara? Would you and your friends fancy a day’s racing and lunch inthe Gigginstown House Stud box at Cheltenham on Gold Cup day? Or how aboutmaking in-roads into that bucket list with VIP racing trips to the Dubai WorldCup, Royal Ascot and Hong Kong, or see Liverpool take on Manchester United atAnfield? Racing,sports and entertainment packages lead auction itemscenter_img These are among the amazing auction items kindlydonated by the sporting and racing world for Pat Smullen’s online auction inaid of Cancer Trials Ireland, one element of the fundraising activitieshappening over Longines Irish Champions Weekend.There is also a unique illustration of Pat Smullenand the nine champion jockeys taking part in Pat Smullen’s Champions Race atthe Curragh on September 15 by racing cartoonist Birdie, a lifetime use of aplain set of light blue racing silks, and yard visits to legendary trainersAidan O’Brien and Willie Mullins.Others have answered the call with signed jerseys,football and hurling final 2020 tickets, racecourse walks with Oisin Murphy andDavy Russell, golf memorabilia and free Irish racing for a year for two people.The full list of auction items is now available toview at app.galabid.com/smullenTo register via SMS1.        Text: smullen followed by your full name2.         To:086 18037863.        Example: smullen John SmithFollow the registration link you are sent fromGalaBid to log in and place bids.To register via browser1.        Visit: https://app.galabid.com/smullen2.        Click on the ‘Register’ button3.        Enter your details and click ‘Register’You will then receive a text to your mobile phonewith a verification link. Clicking the link will take you to the auction whereyou can log in with the password you entered during registration. You are nowready to bid.All proceeds raised from the auction will be donatedto Cancer Trials Ireland, the leading cancer research trials organisation inIreland.Cancer Trials Ireland has two pancreatic trialsready to start – one is a trial on a new drug and another in radiotherapy, andall proceeds raised over Longines Irish Champions Weekend will ensure that theystart as soon as possible.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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