Child Poverty report card says Fort St. John has lowest rate in BC

first_imgAccording to BC Children and Youth Advocacy Coalition First Call‘s report card of child poverty in BC, while the province ranked the second-highest rate of child poverty, Fort St. John has remained the lowest ranking community in the province at 12 per cent.The report recorded 780 children living in poverty in Fort St. John in the year 2013, and the Peace River Regional District had the second lowest rate of all the districts, with 15.8 per cent — behind the East Kootenays Regional District with 15.5 per cent.Metro Vancouver is the highest ranking BC region for child poverty – with 51 per cent of BC’s children living in poverty.- Advertisement -Outside of Metro Vancouver, the community of Duncan on Vancouver Island ranks next, with 31 per cent.BC’s capital Victoria saw a relatively-low rate, with 16 per cent, as the second lowest rate following Fort St. John.The report makes calls for action and recommends the Federal and Provincial governments make big changes, including increasing the minimum wage to a sufficient living wage,  redesign the BC Early Childhood Tax, and enhance maternity and parental leave.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nokia Theatre events schedule

first_imgNokia Theatre events schedule The curtain goes up on the Nokia Theatre next week with a string of Eagles/Dixie Chicks dates. Here are the venue’s bookings so far. >Oct. 18, 20-21, 24, 26-27: Eagles/Dixie Chicks >Oct. 19: Video Games Live >Nov. 21: “So You Think You Can Dance” Live >Nov. 23: John Fogerty >Nov. 24: La Quinta Estacion >Dec. 7: Enrique Iglesias >Dec. 9: Michael W. Smith >Dec. 12: Bjork >Dec. 16: Tori Amos >Dec. 26-27 and New Year’s Eve: George Lopez >Jan. 18-20: 2008 Chinese New Year Spectacular >Feb. 14: Aretha Franklin >Feb. 16: Russell Peters >March 1: Larry the Cable Guy Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or (213) 480-3232.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! >Oct. 28: Sugarland >Oct. 29: Queens of the Stone Age >Oct. 30, Nov. 2: Neil Young >Nov. 3: Anita Baker >Nov. 18: American Music Awards last_img read more

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ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE GO DOWN TO MUNSTER IN INTERPRO CUP

first_imgDonal O’Bren’s Ulster Senior League lost their opening game against Munster in the Michael Ward Interprovincial Cup in Dublin tonight.Despite going ahead through Paul McVeigh of Letterkenny Rovers after 14 minutes, Munster struck twice in a two minute spell to win the tie.Ulster play Connaught on Saturday afternoon and finish up the tournament when they face Leinster on Sunday morning.ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE GO DOWN TO MUNSTER IN INTERPRO CUP was last modified: October 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS REVIEW FOR APRIL

first_imgDonegal enjoyed a range of sporting successes in April with athletics, badminton, GAA, martial arts and soccer all featuring in the monthly review. Among the highlights was undoubtedly Chloe Magee’s qualification for a third successive Olympic Games. The Raphoe woman who represented her country in Beijing and London defeated a Portagese opponent Telma Santon in France to clinch her place at the Rio Olympics.It was a good month for martial arts as Convoy’s TJ McMenamin won two gold medals in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the 2016 European IBJJF NO-GI Championships at the Palazzetto dello Sport, Piazza Apollodoro in Rome, Italy. Bryan Gorman from Donegal Town also secured a European NO-GI silver medal in the Masters brown belt category at the same championships. Meanwhile Three Rivers Shotokan Karate Club members James Lee Simpson and Emma Dolan won bronze medals at the Scottish International Open Championships at the Meadowbank Sports Complex in Glasgow.There was also the remarkable return to top flight soccer of Ramelton man Conrad Logan after a 16-month injury absence. Just after signing a short-term loan deal the 30-year-old goalkeeper turned in a man-of-the-match performance including two saves in a penalty shoot-out to help Hibernians secure a place in the Scottish Cup Final against Glasgow Rangers.In the middle of April history was made at the UK Sportshall Championships in Manchester when the Donegal U15 Boys took the international title for the first time in the 40-year history of the event under a management team of Louise Gillespie, Sharon Bradley, Gerry Davenport, Thomas Mullen, Sean Loughrey, Sean McGinley and Brendan O’Donnell. The winning team included Pauric Harrold, Liam Keane, Thomas Mullen, Aaron McGrath and Joe Sharkey.There were also super national athletics successes for Tirconaill AC’s Kate McGowan representing University College Dublin and John Kelly for Letterkenny IT who both won gold medals at the Irish Universities Championships Finals in Santry. Kelly took the Shot Putt title with a throw of 16.16 setting a new Donegal record. McGowan was winner of the 400m hurdles in a time of 63.08. In soccer Letterkenny Rovers reached their first ever FAI Intermediate Cup Final with a 2-0 replay win over Ringmahon Rangers from Cork at Leckview Park while Moville Community College had a 2-0 win over Athlone Community College.In early April, Greencastle’s Roma McLaughlin got the first goal as the Republic of Ireland U19s defeated Azerbaijan 3-0 in the second game of the Elite qualifiers in Dublin. The April GAA highlights included Geraldine McLaughlin’s remarkable personal tally of 4-12 as Letterkenny I.T. won the Higher Education Ladies Football Donaghy Cup Final 4-15 to 3-15 against IT Blanchardstown at the UCD Campus.Cloughaneely club woman Roisin Curran and Deirdre Foley (Carndonagh) were named on the 2016 Ladies Higher Education All-Star team after playing key roles on the University College Dublin side that took the O’Connor Cup title while Glenswilly’s Philip O’Donnell won an Independent.ie Football Rising Stars Award for his performances with Dublin City University who reached the final of the Sigerson Cup. An injury-time Aidan McLaughlin helped the Donegal Minors make it back-to-back Ulster League title in a 3-9 to 1-13 victory over Tyrone.In early April after a ten-year gap there was national success for Letterkenny Boxing Club when Paddy McShane won the Boy 3 3kgs Final at the National Stadium in Dublin in a unanimous decision against MJ O’Brien. There was also a national title at the same championships for young Dunfanaghy ABC fighter Bernie McDonagh in the Boy 1 36kg category. Rory Gallagher’s Donegal senior side suffered a heavy ten-point defeat in the National Football League Division 1 semi-final 1-20 to 0-13 against Dublin in Croke Park. In the middle of the month Loreto Community School Milford recorded a 9-18 to 8-6 win over St. Clare’s Ballyjamesduff to win the Corn Mac Neasa (U14 half) Ulster Final in Garvaghy while the Donegal Minor Hurlers lifted the Ulster Shield title thanks to a 3-14 to 3-9 victory over Tyrone at Celtic Park.The Donegal senior ladies booked their place in the Division 2 League Final for the second successive year in a 0-13 to 0-6 win over Cavan in Beragh, Co. Tyrone. In hockey the Raphoe senior ladies side stayed in the hunt for promotion after 4-2 home win over Ballycastle with the help of Kimberley Porter hat-trick. The Three Rivers Club had further success at the International Open Karate Championships in Ardree with gold for Ciaran Crawford, Ace Rodriquez and Emma Dolan. Declan and Brian Boyle in their Ford Fiesta WRC secured a convincing win the Circuit of Kerry Rally in the second round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship. Shaun Sharkey won the Donegal County Pool Championship Final for the second time in three years and also helped Owenie’s Bar to the team title. In rugby Donegal Town RFC won the Ulster U18 Shield Final 14-10 against City of Derry in Cookstown. A the beginning of the month Amy Boyle Carr (St Columba’s Comprehensive Glenties) and vice-captain Tyler Toland (Deele College Raphoe both scored in the Republic of Ireland U15s 5-0 win over Wales in the Bob Docherty Tournament in Wales. Carr and Toland both also featured as the Irish made it back-to-back wins in the tournament thanks to a 3-1 victory came at Dragon Park against Northern Ireland. But there was disappointment for the Donegal girls after losing 1-0 to England in their final game. The dream of an Oscar Traynor Cup title came to an end at the semi-final stage for the Donegal Junior League who lost 3-1 to Clare in Ennis.In April Finn Harps lost three times 1-0 away to Galway Utd; 2-1 to St. Patrick’s Athletic in Ballybofey and 3-1 to Cork City at Turner Cross. An early Dave Scully goal gave Ollie Horgan a fortunate 1-0 win over Bray Wanderers in Ballybofey while at the end of the month, Harps had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park. Horgan’s outfit bowed out of the EA Sports Cup losing out 4-2 on penalties to Galway Utd at Eamonn Deacy Park.Gweedore’s Mark Walsh impressed as the Republic of Ireland U15 side who recorded back to back victories over the Czech Republic to finish their international season on a high as they ran out 3-1 winners at Cahir Park AFC in Co Tipperary today. Adrian Delap and Gareth Doherty came on as second half subs while B.J. Banda was a squad member as the Republic of Ireland Schoolboys side defeated Scotland in Killarney.DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS REVIEW FOR APRIL was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalreviewSports Star Awardslast_img read more

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Barca will face ‘the signing of the summer’ when they take on Sevilla

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Silva moved to Milan from Porto in 2017, but did not have much success in Serie A Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Andre Silva goal vs. Real Madrid (1-0). pic.twitter.com/9aHCtnV6hd— eazy 💜 (@acmilan_eb) September 26, 2018For much of that September evening it felt like Machin’s team could score any time they attacked, and their lethal finisher, with movement that appeared impossible to track, was a huge part of it.“Silva had Madrid against the ropes,” Sport concluded. Putting the European champions to the sword was a huge statement about just how far the youngster can go.Two goals in Portugal’s first two UEFA Nations League matches (the winner against Italy and an initial equaliser against Poland) show Silva’s quality is not only limited to the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, his productiveness filling a Ronaldo-sized void for the country. That will make the potential suitors who are likely already sizing the attacker up even more keen.Unfortunately for them, Sevilla played a smart long-term game when they brought him in on loan. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow 4 no dice REVEALED Hat-trick d’Andre Silva! 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/95M92wzFy3— D R A G A O P I C S (@DragaoPics) August 20, 2018Four goals in his last four games have fired Pablo Machin’s side to the summit of La Liga, and none were more pivotal than the brace in a 3-0 demolition of Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane won’t forget that night any time soon. The opening goal came with just 17 minutes on the clock when Silva snuck behind the Frenchman and evaded the Spaniard to finish first time. The second? Only four minutes later and with one touch again, the striker appeared in the perfect space to double the home side’s lead. ADVICE 4 Sevilla, meanwhile, look like they have pulled yet another rabbit out of the hat. The club that made Freddie Kanouté a goal machine, Álvaro Negredo average a goal every other game, and Kevin Gameiro a three-time Europa League winner have worked their magic again.Next up for the league leaders is a head-to-head clash for first place at the Camp Nou this weekend, and with Barça’s defence letting in more than a goal per game in La Liga at the moment, Silva has the chance to make himself the hero for the big occasion once more. 4 With only six points between 12th and first place, the start of the Liga season has left everyone scratching their heads, and perhaps nowhere are the surprises more prevalent than in the goal scoring charts.A number of educated guesses could have been made in the summer as to who the sharpest players in front of goal would be this term. Lionel Messi is always a given. Gareth Bale, liberated from the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, would be another. Diego Costa or Antoine Griezmann were further clear candidates. shining Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img Silva scored twice against Real Madrid in a 3-0 win Most popular football news Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF With an option to buy for €35m on top of the €3m initial sum paid to bring him in on loan this year, the Andalucian club now hold the keys to the future of Europe’s striker of the moment.That figure already looks like a bargain: continue in his current form, and the resale value for the player could be double. Which is why Milan are kicking themselves over their lack of foresight in agreeing those terms. “People in Portugal knew he was good, so the general consensus was that he was underperforming in Italy and just didn’t adapt,” Expresso journalist Mariana Cabral told talkSPORT. “Of course, though he was bound to improve, no one thought he would do quite so well now.”Sevilla have clearly done their homework – or at least more homework than anyone else, as is so often the case. The instant nature of Silva’s transformation supports that conclusion.The 22-year-old scored a hat-trick in his La Liga debut against Rayo Vallecano: a left-footed strike, poacher’s finish from a corner and smart take-down followed by a high-shot giving him more goals in one game than he had managed in an entire league season in Serie A. A nice stat, and it would have remained had the forward not gone on to hit a purple patch with perfect timing that has helped his team ascend the table. Silva is on loan at Sevilla this season, but the Spanish club have an option to make the move from Milan permanent for €35m Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Andre Silva has scored seven goals in his first eight Liga games REVEALED REPLY RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars A striker who scored twice in 24 appearances for Milan, however, and playing for the team who only scraped into seventh place in Spain last year, would not have inspired the same confidence.Yet here we are with eight games played and Sevilla are top of the league, thanks in large part to seven goals from André Silva, who is proving to be the signing of the summer.The Portuguese is the second highest goal scorer of the Spanish season so far, trailing Cristhian Stuani by one, and unlike the Girona forward, none of his strikes have come from the penalty spot.Silva has shown a remarkable level of efficiency that stands in stark contrast to his dismal season in Italy last year, finally delivering on the potential with which he earned a move away from Portugal in the first place. 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LOCAL NEW: PARISH BULLETIN OF TAWNAWILLY

first_imgNEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 26th 10.00am Special Intention6.00pmSunday 27th 9.00am Frances Mc Carthy – Anniversary11.30am Gertrude Hughes – AnniversaryMonday 28th 9.30amTuesday 29th 9.30am Kathleen Gallagher, New York – Recently DeceasedThursday 31st 9.30am Joseph Thomas – Recently DeceasedFriday 1st 9.30am Nellie Stewart – AnniversarySaturday 2nd 10.00am Special Intention6.00pm Jim Weir – AnniversarySunday 3rd 9.00am Daniel Cleary – 1st Anniversary11.30am Peter Kennedy, St. Joseph Avenue – AnniversaryRecent Death – Hugh Mc Cauley who died in England.Eucharistic Adoration- St. Patrick’s Church, on Thursdays from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome!Rosary – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 7.00pm in St. Patrick’s for our Lady’s month of May.Sick and Housebound – will be attended to on Thursday of this week.Church Collections – We have been advised in Recent Times, not to publish the weekly Church collections because of Monies taken from Parochial Houses and Church Shrines. Sadly, this has occurred on more than one occasion throughout our Country. The average collection will be announced periodically throughout the year. St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 26th 6.30pm John, Cissie and Sean Bonner – AnniversarySunday 27th 10.30am Hugh Mc Menamin – AnniversarySaturday 2nd 6.30pm Kathleen and Dan Cassidy – AnniversarySunday 3rd 10.30am John and Agnes Mc Ginty – AnniversaryRecently Deceased – Joseph Thomas, Birchill – funeral was on Sunday.Masses during the Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday – 10.00amExposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Tuesday from 3pm -7pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.Sick and Aged – will be visited on Friday commencing at 10.30amCemetery Sunday – July 8th at 10.30am, in St Agatha’s, Church, Clar. Please tell your family and friendsNORTH WEST SIMON COMMUNITYThe Band of the 4th Western Brigade is performing in Clar Chapel, Donegal Town on May 31st @ 7.30pm sharp. Supported by the Donegal Abbey Singers and the Donegal Youth Choir, tickets €15.00 or €10.00 concession. Tickets are on sale in Frosses – The Village Shop, Glenties – Paper Stop, Highland Hotel, and Craft Callery. In Ardara – Post Office (c/o Columba Diver). In Killybegs – Costcutters, In Inver – Spar Shop. Tickets will also be on sale at the door on the night or can be booked on line atwww.northwestsimon.ie for more information contact Grainne on 0870552478. PEACE MASSThe monthly Diocesan Mass for Peace will be celebrated in Glenties on Thursday, 31st May, 2012 at 7.30pm. Bus leaving Main Street car park at 6.30pm.ARDS FRIARYOpen Retreat (Open to Everyone) Friday 15th June – Thursday 21st June. Directed by Fr. Flann Lynch OFM Capuchin, Theme: Christian vision, hope and possibility. This retreat will identify the thinking and attitude that undermines the vision and will discover the attitudes and tools that make the vision a reality in everyday living. Commences: 6.00pm Concludes: After Breakfast 21st June, Cost: €390.00.FAMILY COMMUNITY EVENT – FOR NEW PARISH CENTREOn Sunday July 8th we will hold a family ‘walking and talking’ event to raise funds for our new Parish Centre. Registration in the porch of St. Patrick’s Church from 1.30pm and we will begin walking at 3.00pm. The walk route will take us through Donegal Town, around the Abbey Cemetery and along the beautiful Bank Walk. Tea and scones will be served afterwards in Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala in the Aodh Rua building, with lots of opportunities to catch up with friends and to meet new ones. Don’t forget to take a bottle of water and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come along with your friends and neighbours to support your new parish centre and have a bit of fun as a community! No fees, donations only.“Shreked the Musical”Mini Crotchets and the Tir Chonail Youth Choir present “Shreked the Musical” in the St John Bosco Centre on Saturday 2nd , Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th June each night at 8.00pm. Additional Matinee Sunday 3rd at 3.00pm. Adult’s €7.00 or €5.00 concession.H.S.E. SOUTH WEST DONEGAL GROUPWe are going to the Cabaret in the Central Hotel on Thursday 21st June @7.00pm. If interested please book with Maura 0749723103, or Nancy 0749721294, or Mary 0876163497 before June 14th.Parish Bulletin e-mail address is dtkiltd@gmail.com LOCAL NEW: PARISH BULLETIN OF TAWNAWILLY was last modified: May 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEW: PARISH BULLETIN OF TAWNAWILLYlast_img read more

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Men’s Basketball To Face Missouri State Tuesday Evening

first_img The Drake University men’s basketball team, winners of three of its last five games, faces Missouri State Tuesday evening at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. Tipoff for the first meeting of the season between the Missouri Valley Conference rivals is set for 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM.The Bulldogs sit in fourth place in the MVC standings with a 4-4 record, one game behind third-place Missouri State’s 5-3 mark. In their last outing, the Bulldogs fell at league-leading Illinois State, 72-58, despite only trailing by two points with 12 minutes left in the contest. Junior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) has led Drake in scoring the last two games with 20 points in the win over SIU and 13 at Illinois State to help bolster his standing as the league’s second leading scorer in conference games this season. He also ranks second among active MVC players in career scoring.Along with classmate Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.), Timmer has helped the Bulldogs’ offense become more of a long range threat. Since head coach Jeff Rutter took over the program, Drake has averaged 10.1 three-pointers per game. That mark would rank 11th in the nation if extended over the entire season. The team has made 10 or more three-pointers in a game in four-straight games and eight times in total this season.Missouri State has enjoyed tremendous fortunes against the Bulldogs in Springfield. Drake has won just once on the Bears’ home court with that win coming in 2001. The Bears are led by Alize Johnson, who has earned seven weekly Valley awards this season and is the reigning MVC Newcomer of the Week after posting 26 points and 20 rebounds in the team’s win over Indiana State last week. On the season, he is averaging 14.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Two other Bears also average double figure scoring including preseason all-MVC selection Dequon Miller with 12.6 points per game.Following Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs return home to host UNI Saturday, Jan. 28. That contest, broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network, tips off at 1 p.m.Print Friendly Version The Valley on ESPN3 Live Audio Live Stats center_img Drake Game Notes Story Linkslast_img read more

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GREAT DAY PROMISED AT THE CARNDONAGH HORSE RACES

first_imgA great evening’s family entertainment is promised at the annual Carndonagh Horse races tomorrow (Sun).The event does not start until 5pm so families can still get to watch the big Donegal GAA game which throws in at 2pm.With a good day forecast, this will be a great evening’s entertainment for those who have never been at a local horse racing event.There will be refreshments on the course for what promises to be an exciting day.See you all there!GREAT DAY PROMISED AT THE CARNDONAGH HORSE RACES was last modified: June 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carndonagh Horse Racesdonegallast_img read more

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SA’s ‘zef’ trio thrash music scene

first_imgThe weird and highly popular members of Die Antwoord: bare-chested Ninja, Yo-landi and DJ Hi-Tek. With catchy and crude beats, pre-pubescent bodies, gold teeth, tattoos and mean-looking mullets, hilarious trio Die Antwoord have become one of South Africa’s hottest – and most unlikely – exports, landing a deal with a major US label that represents superstars like Eminem and Lady Gaga.And all this since February 2010, when the group emerged from relative obscurity with a series of YouTube videos and their debut album, $O$, posted as a free download on their official website.Within days it went viral and the unexpected swarm of hits, amounting to more than a terabyte of data, crashed the group’s server, forcing them to switch their hosting to the major US-based blog site Boing Boing.A quick look at YouTube today, four months on, shows that their “Enter the Ninja” video has amassed 4.4-million hits, while “Zef Side” has 2-million views, which clearly attests to Die Antwoord’s cult-like global following. Their curious name is Afrikaans for “the answer”.“Zef” refers to the group’s X-factor, which seems to simultaneously embody white Afrikaner working-class trashiness and, according to them, “the ultimate style”.South African newspaper Beeld says the term comes from an old make of car, the Ford Zephyr, which small-town folk here would pimp up with modified engines and bulging tyres, to rip through deserted streets during late-night dicing sessions. Disapproving neighbours called these rough types “real zefs”.Koos Kombuis, one of the country’s best-known alternative Afrikaans musicians and authors, said earlier this year that “zef” is a word from his childhood, and means “common”.But “these days it’s not necessarily negative. I like being common. It’s like wearing high heels with a tracksuit. Being truly zef takes guts.”International hitAnd guts are certainly what Die Antwoord had in March and April, when they made their first two overseas trips. They began with a mini tour of Europe and the US, and then returned to North America to perform at the prestigious Coachella music festival in California, with a crowd rumoured to be as large as 85 000.Joining a line-up that included world-famous Jay-Z, Beyonce and Gorillaz, the South Africans sent shock-waves through the audience and earned instant praise from well-known celebrities and respected publications.Burlesque star Dita von Teese wrote on Twitter that the South Africans were among “the best of Coachella”, and later the New York Times commented that Die Antwoord “fully lived up to its reputation”.The LA Times was also taken by the “deliciously trashy” trio, reporting that the “suspected novelty act proved they had an overwhelming magnetism and a ferocious, deadly serious lyrical flow”.Looking for answersBut who exactly are Die Antwoord, and why has their particular brand of music and brutal image created such a stir?The group call themselves a “fresh, futuristik rap-rave crew from the dark depths of Africa” (sic). Its members are conceptual artist Watkin Tudor Jones, who performs as the roughed-up gangster “Ninja” alongside slinky blonde soprano Yolandi Visser, aka “Yo-landi Vi$$er”, and a rather quiet, portly chap known only as “DJ Hi-Tek”.By opting for cleverly crafted, cryptic media interviews, the trio maintain an air of bizarre intrigue. It’s never quite clear whether they are indeed the portrayed bunch of poor, low-life pals from run-down suburbia, or a slick assembly of manufactured personas created to thrill and shock audiences who’ve grown weary of conventional music genres. Either way, it works.Writers following the craze have their own opinions about the group’s strategy:“Well, let’s just say that there’s a whole lot more method to their darkly surreal live show than such seeming slapstick might suggest,” reviewer Miles Keylock writes in the Mail & Guardian Online.US-based music guide Pitchfork goes a bit deeper in its offbeat analysis Who the hell are Die Antwoord?, calling the outfit “Jones’ latest identity-skewing art project”, which, on the surface, is just the most recent “in a never-ending line of ‘did ya see that?!’ blog-hopping music memes”.But, “considering the mix of absurdity, genuine talent and impressive production values, you can’t help but think: are these guys for real?” Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal writes.Gangland tiesThe group’s heavy use of slang and irreverent lyrics emanate from the culture of the Western Cape’s coloured people, who were forced to settle on the dusty plains outside Cape Town during the apartheid years, so authorities could to make space for more white families within the city.Most communities on the so-called Cape Flats are descended from slaves brought to the country from east and central Africa, the Khoisan who lived in the region at the time of colonisation in the 1800s, and other indigenous African and white people.This complex racial mixing – combined with a legacy of cross-over culture, displacement and oppression – still haunt the area today, and crime, drug abuse and gangsterism are rife.But there are also likeable things that stem from this notorious place, like a highly expressive and often-impersonated dialect – a mix of mainly English and Afrikaans that’s often very funny if you get the gist – and a thriving hybrid of hip-hop music from groups like Brasse van die Kaap and Kallitz.It’s this that Die Antwoord has picked up on and, perhaps, parodied to blow the minds – and ears – of fans.   So bad, it’s goodFor those who may not immediately appreciate or understand the group’s skilful fusion, Richard Poplak, of Canadian publication The Walrus, offers an artful description of zef rap: “an ungodly potpourri of top-40 hip-hop, chintz house, rave music, DIY beat-making and bad techno”.In other words, a combination so wacky and disturbing you can’t help but be drawn in by it.Jones’s bad-ass alter-ego “Ninja” – who has metallic incisors, heavy gold neck chains and a patchwork of prison-gang tattoos – is also straight out of the Cape Flats. In fact, “this is where where Ninja spent years, mining for meaning among the violence, the misery, the strong familial bonds – developing not just a style, but an entire persona”, Poplak writes.Jones has been compared to Eminem in this regard, posing as a “white-boy rapper who successfully appropriated the energy and anger of the black ghetto”, editor Kevin Bloom comments in The Daily Maverick.But Die Antwoord themselves put it best in their $O$ album intro, implying they embrace even more than just “zef-ness” and Cape Flats street cred: “I represent South African culture. In this place, you get a lot of different things … Blacks. Whites. Coloureds. English. Afrikaans. Xhosa. Zulu. Watookal,” says Ninja.“I’m like all these different people, f****d into one person.” Yo-landi chips in, in her little voice: “Whateva, man.”Poplak believes this makes Ninja “the ultimate South African”.The idea is “thrillingly, gloriously radical”, and an essential step towards racial cohesion in South Africa, he writes.Well, we’ll never quite know whether Die Antwoord are actually out to unite an entire nation – or simply cause a bit of controversy and entertaining hype along the way – as they’ll probably never tell us, but that’s okay.Their rise to fame has been a gritty and fascinating study, and has carved out new, brave arenas of performance and expression. Let’s hope there’s a lot more to follow …last_img read more

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Never Mind the Valley: Here’s London

first_imgA settlement for nearly 2,000 years, London is today the most populous greater metropolitan area in Europe with over 13 million residents. Home to popular tourist locations such as Big Ben, The London Eye and Buckingham Palace, London’s skyline is unmistakable. While London often serves as the representative bridge from Europe to the United States, it also is the seat of Europe’s rapidly expanding entrepreneurial landscape.The London startup scene saw its first major consumer Internet success in 1998 with LastMinute, a travel site similar to Expdedia that eventually traded publicly on the London Stock Exchange beginning in 2000. UK companies like LastMinute were largely able to avoid the doom and gloom of the dot-com bubble burst at the turn of the century due to the nature of the venture funding scene.RWW’s Never Mind the Valley series:AustinBangaloreBeijingBostonBoulderIsraelLondonLos AngelesNew YorkPortland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Never Mind the Valley#start chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts The key difference between the startup communities in London and Silicon Valley is that the latter has VCs more willing to take risks with their investments and give money to early-stage companies. The opposite is true in London, meaning that during the dot-com era, there were fewer startups and fewer risky investments. The more daring VCs of Silicon Valley choose to ride the roller-coaster of risk vs. reward and often find success that way, while London VCs choose to take safer bets, investing money in established companies with traction. The major UK firms, such as Index Ventures, Accel Partners and Balderton Capital used this to avoid the pitfalls of events like the dot-com bust, but they sacrifice the possibility of higher returns because of it. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It is this attitude that has created a difficult venture funding scenario for early-stage startups looking for seed money in London. Azeem Azhar, founder of Viewsflow, a platform for identifying valuable business information online, says that three obstacles stand between startups and success in London. The first problem is the difficulties in securing capital due to apprehensive VCs and a lack of second- and third-generation entrepreneurs. The second problem Azhar notes is one of talent.“Silicon Valley’s talent depth is astonishing, and when you get smart people in the same room they make better ideas,” Azhar told ReadWriteWeb. “The numbers are comparatively smaller in London, and there are better industries for engineers to go into, like banking.”The third problem Azhar sees is that the markets in Europe are significantly smaller than US markets. According to Azhar, a typical European early-stage company will sell for less than $50 million, while VCs are looking to make $100 million or more. This complements the first problem, allowing already cautious VCs to become more fastidious than before. However, things have begun to turn around for the London startup scene. In the past, entrepreneurs would leave the UK and cross the pond to the US to find the money to get off the ground. More recently, however, organizations like Seedcamp and The Accelerator Group, as well as new funds like Atomico Ventures and PROfounders Capital, have begun to provide young startups with funding and resources.Mark Littlewood of The Business Leaders Network, a UK-based membership organization that helps connect CEOs and founders with investors and possible customers, says that the VC firms in London are letting their influence slip away.“The most significant trend recently has been the decline in influence (in start up terms at least) of the venture community,” Littlewood told ReadWriteWeb. “VC firms have either been struggling to raise funds whilst at the same time have focused on investing later in more mature businesses.”What is driving this new force of organizations and funds for early-stage startups? It’s the second generation of entrepreneurs from previous successful London startups. The most successful project to come out of London (and perhaps all of Europe) is Skype, which was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis and later acquired by eBay for nearly $2 billion in cash. Zennstrom is now the co-founder of Atomico Ventures. The fund is an effort to invigorate the venture capital industry in the London area so that it may be more like the US – a dichotomy Zennstrom knows well.“I think we went to over 20 VCs here in Europe, and no one wanted to touch the company,” Zennstrom recalled about Skype during a keynote at LeWeb in 2009. “Always the Silicon Valley option seemed very very attractive because it’s such a powerful ecosystem with VCs that are brave that are willing to take risks.”But Zennstrom, along with countless other entrepreneurs, stayed in Europe and managed to create a successful company. Major successes to emerge from London include Last.fm, an Internet radio service acquired by CBS in 2007, Bebo, the largest social network in the UK, which was acquired by AOL in 2008, and Playfish, a social gaming platform acquired by EA in 2009. Other London startups include MOO, TweetDeck, Playfire, LOVEFiLM, HuddleWAYN and Seatwave. With the cycle of returning second-generation entrepreneurs like Zennstrom, the startup scene in London is beginning to grow and be more inclusive. Saul Klein, a partner at Index Ventures and a former Skype employee, has played a large role in mobilizing the startup community by founding both Seedcamp and the Open Coffee Club.Stephanie Robesky, an entrepreneur in residence with Atomico Ventures, says that thanks to the new funds and organizations in London, things are looking up for the future.“There are great opportunities for people to start businesses in London with not just financial support, but operational support as well,” Robesky told ReadWriteWeb. “I think that it is going to continue developing and maturing. The Valley has years on London and Europe, but the Europeans are ambitious.”Other London-based startup events and organizations include DrinkTank London, NESTA, Springboard and Glasshouse London.Photo credits: Trodel and Ian Muttoo.Special thanks to Azeem Azhar, Mark Littlewood and Stephanie Robesky for information and a crash course in London.last_img read more

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