Facebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by BrightWire NetworksAlong with the flashlights, batteries, drinking water and gasoline, don’t forget to take care of your business’ computers, servers and network equipment by Friday afternoon ahead of the worst of what The Weather Channel is calling the “Pacific Northwest Storm Parade.” Two strong storms are expected onshore, with the second wave being the remnants of Typhoon Songda. Heavy rains and strong winds are likely through the weekend.There are some simple things your business should do in the face of stormy weather to protect your data and your equipment:At the end of the work day, properly save and close your files, close your programs, and shut down your workstations.Confirm that desktop computers are plugged into a surge protector/UPS battery backup.Verify that any routine security patches or updates are completed (especially on servers) that are attached to smart UPS back-up systems, so that if they need to auto-shutdown they can do so quickly and efficiently.Check that data is backed up and that the back-ups were successful, in case any equipment is damaged or destroyed. When was your last backup verification test?Ensure that mission critical backup devices or physical storage are not in locations vulnerable to flooding.“We’re trying do our part on behalf of clients to make sure these precautions are taken,” said Todd Whitley, co-founder of BrightWire Networks in Olympia, “and we recommend that business people take a few minutes on Friday to do the same.”
Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Doug O’Neill1081010169%$588,286 Corey Nakatani881691218%$793,528 Kent Desormeaux12425221720%$1,389,110 Tiago Pereira85981211%$312,884 Tyler Baze19026202314%$1,441,444 SMITH SEEKS AN UNPRECEDENTED TRIPLE IN BIG ‘CAPBRONZO, HARD ACES WORK FOR SANTA ANITA HANDCAP Brice Blanc3362318%$242,872 Brandon Boulanger956586%$197,436 Martin Garcia9518131219%$1,299,460 COOL HAND SMITH EYES THIRD STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP WIN Mike Smith has been down this road before. The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden in hundreds of major races throughout his career of more than 33 years, but winning one never grows old nor does the buzz that surrounds it.Still, the native of Roswell, New Mexico, who turns 50 on August 10, manages to keep his emotions under control, both before and during the race. He’ll do that again when he rides prohibitive favorite Shared Belief in next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, a race he will be seeking to win for an unprecedented third straight year, having won it with Game On Dude in 2013 and 2014.Johnny Longden, Corey Nakatani, Bill Shoemaker and Gary Stevens have won the race twice in a row, Shoe on two separate occasions, but no one has achieved the elusive “Triple.”Not even immortals such as Eddie Arcaro, Longden, Shoemaker and George Woolf himself, who won the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap in 1935 aboard the 7-year-old Azucar, were able to win the Big ‘Cap three straight years in 77 previous runnings of the historic race.“I’m excited about it,” Smith said of the Big ‘Cap. “I’m not sure who’s running in it yet, but Shared Belief has proved he can definitely go the mile and a quarter, and given the opportunity, he’s going to be tough to beat. He’s a good horse and he’s proved that, and I think his last race (beating Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7) really proved it.”That endorsement aside, Smith feels we haven’t yet seen the best of Shared Belief.“I think there’s room for him to step up even a little bit more than he’s shown, so we’ll see what happens,” Smith said. “He’s been training really well since, from what I hear, so all systems are go. We’re excited about it.”FINISH LINES: Chilean-bred Bronzo, working in company with the Irish-bred Circling for Neil Drysdale, worked seven furlongs on an unexpectedly rain-free Saturday morning in 1:27.20 for next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. Circling was given 1:28.40 . . . East Coast invader Hard Aces, recently acquired by Hronis Racing for trainer John Sadler, worked six furlongs for the Big ‘Cap under Victor Espinoza in 1:14.40. Espinoza has the Big ‘Cap mount on the 5-year-old Hard Spun horse, winner of the restricted Louisiana Handicap last out at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 17. . . Santa Anita offers two huge guaranteed pools on Big ‘Cap Day, $1 million in the Late Pick 4 and $250,000 in the Pick 6 . . . Brian Beach, agent for Espinoza, the regular rider of Horse of the Year California Chrome, has engaged his rider on Eddie Logan winner Bolo for Carla Gaines in next Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes . . . With Martin Garcia in the saddle, Damascus Stakes winner Chitu, prepping for the Grade II San Carlos Stakes next Saturday, worked five furlongs in company for Bob Baffert in a bullet 58.40, fastest of 69 works at the distance, the average time of which 1:01.20. Stablemate Pimpernel was timed in 58.80. Sky Kingdom also fired a bullet for Baffert, going four furlongs in 47 flat while stablemate Opsec was timed in 47.20 . . . Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. reports Prospect Park came out of his five furlong work yesterday “great” for the San Felipe . . . Next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap will mark a personal milestone for dedicated racing fan Ray Ware, as the Glendora resident will be on hand for his 50th consecutive edition of America’s longest continually run “Hundred Grander.” Ware’s first Big ‘Cap was in 1966, when Lucky Debonair, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, cruised to a one-length victory as the 3-1 favorite . . . Trainer Bob Hess Jr. has the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs penciled in for California Cup Derby winner Mischief Clem . . . The Racetrack Chaplaincy of So Cal, which supports the backstretch workers’ children’s ministry, will hold its charity golf event, “Tee Up Fore Kids Charity Golf Tournament” April 6 at Glendora Country Club. To register, contact Sharla Sanders at 626 733-3815 or via email at email@example.com for a donation form . . . Not only are jockeys Tyler Baze, Kent Desormeaux and Espinoza in a donnybrook for the runner-up spot in wins behind runaway leader Rafael Bejarano in Santa Anita’s jockeys’ standings with 26, 25 and 23, respectively, through Friday, they were bunched in purse earnings, too, at $1,441,444, $1,389,110 and $1,400,408 . . .The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) invite all to an open forum at Santa Anita on March 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Baldwin Conference Room on the third level of the Clubhouse. For more information, call 626 574-6620 or visit www.toconline.com . . . California racing rarity: two Oklahoma-breds, Wildly Excessive and Lust for Life, run in today’s second race. Joseph Talamo15617162611%$1,190,822 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 27) Rafael Bejarano17043252225%$1,896,514 Martin Pedroza1261118179%$519,374 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Philip D’Amato49119722%$512,270 Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Mandella4287719%$418,586 Jeff Bonde2690335%$321,280 Felipe Valdez3877818%$204,698 Richard Baltas46107322%$394,918 Bob Baffert671414921%$1,266,198 Victor Espinoza12323241419%$1,400,408 John Sadler829151311%$642,186 Peter Miller1011820818%$1,036,386 Gary Stevens6811111216%$938,820 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Eurton57118819%$550,318 Fernando Perez1221116109%$532,312 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150 A. C. Avila2362326%$156,974 James Cassidy4685917%$304,850 Flavien Prat82109812%$516,536 Edwin Maldonado821151013%$404,386 Mark Casse4385519%$633,598 Mike Smith7415161120%$1,365,091 Mark Glatt4778715%$371,574 -30- Jerry Hollendorfer11222161620%$2,141,878 Drayden Van Dyke13715161811%$822,306 Elvis Trujillo14717171112%$1,044,292 Michael Pender3264319%$162,160
Dimitar Berbatov, legend of Manchester United or Tottenham and ambassador of Betfair, wished that Luka Jovic, striker of Real Madrid, is not taking its toll on the fame of playing in a top club like white. “Look, I’m from the Balkans like him,” the Bulgarian began to explain. “I know perfectly well that sometimes we like to live too long, so I hope that all that success, that his signing for Real Madrid has not gone to his head, because that can be very dangerous for a young player like him. He needs to be disciplined ”, the former striker started.Berbatov does not speak for the sake of speaking. He knows what is being said because he himself went through, he confesses, a similar situation. “I was at Bayer Leverkusen, I was the same age as Jovic and I was playing Ulf Kirsten, who was God in Leverkusen, one of the best strikers in the history of Germany. And I was in that thinking position, but why the hell am I not playing? I deserve it, I demand to play, ”continued the Betfair ambassador.“And of course, you start thinking a lot of nonsense because you are young and you think you know everything. But with a little patience, hard work and good people around you to tell you the truth, you go out. That helps, ”Berbatov indirectly advised Jovic. “That is a solution to your case. The other, if you want to play immediately, is to leave on loan. If Jovic wants that, play now, I imagine him being very useful in a handful of Premier League teams, “Berbatov said. “Jovic is an extraordinary choice for many clubs in England.”“Benzema is one of the most underrated strikers”Because, Berbatov insists, Jovic is good. Very good. But you have a huge hurdle ahead. “Don’t forget that his competition is Benzema. Benzema, for me, is one of the most underrated players in world football at the moment. He scores so many goals and yet he is not given the recognition he deserves,” defended the former striker. Gallic.“That is why it is so difficult for Jovic, because he has the Frenchman in front of him. I only hope that when Zidane gives Luka a new opportunity, he will take advantage of it, score goals and leave as he did in Germany. Because if not, I insist, you only have two options: either continue working or go to England or any other place where you can play ”, settled the Betfair ambassador.
Adventist Development Relief Agency ADRA Network in collaboration with the Lathal diason Church has recently embarked on its Xmas and New Year distribution of assorted items to about six hundred Ebola survivors across Montserrado County.According to ADRA’s project Coordinator Madam Hester Curry, the ADRA Network Ebola Xmas and New Year project is intended to identify with and help Ebola survivors and others who were seriously affected by the outbreak of the deadly virus in the country.She said the Xmas and New Year project came about when the head of ADRA visited Liberia and saw the need to help Ebola survivors.Madam Curry asserted that the distribution is not the first involvement of ADRA since the outbreak of the virus and it will not be the last adding that ADRA remains committed to helping and providing assistance to Ebola survivors in the country.Madam Curry also disclosed that the distribution of the food and non-food items which included bags of 25kg rice, chloride, Cholrine, Mattresses by her institution is worth about US$110K (one hundred and ten thousand United States Dollars).The Chairperson of Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia, Patrick Farley extended thanks to ADRA Network and its partners for the gesture, but added that Ebola survivors are faced with several other challenges including discrimination and stigmatization.He also appealed to ADRA Network and its partners and other local and international organizations to provide medicines for Ebola survivors noting that “we need more medicines because most Ebola survivors leave the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) with different kinds of sicknesses.”ADRA’s Country Director Mr. Anthony Zaizay promised to continue working with Ebola survivors in the country as part of his institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility, stressing that the fight against the virus is one that needs the collective effort of everyone.Mr. Zaizay described survivors of the deadly Ebola virus as heroes noting that they were not careless with their lives. He encouraged Liberians to report themselves to the health center whenever they experience any signs of the virus.The ADRA Country Director also assured that his institution will give first preference to Ebola survivors in terms of employment in order to make them feel accepted and he then encouraged survivors to take advantage of any vacancy at ADRA Liberia noting that vacancies are frequently announced at ADRA Liberia.“If we have vacancy at ADRA and we received applications from survivors and others with the same qualification, we will choose the survivor for the job”. Mr. Zaizay declared. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Diego Costa has reassured Chelsea he will not risk his fitness while on international duty with Spain this week.The striker has enjoyed a prolific start to his Premier League career following a £32million summer move from Atletico Madrid, but his ongoing injury troubles have been highlighted in recent weeksJose Mourinho revealed Costa has barely trained with the rest of the Blues’ first-team as he continues to struggle with a niggling hamstring problem, with the manager also stating he would prefer to see the player get some much-needed rest during the international break.Despite his requests, Costa was called up by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg, and while the Brazil-born forward insists he is ready to contribute, he also claimed he will not play unless he is fully fit.“I’m here ready to play,” he said to Spanish sports newspaper Marca after linking up with his international colleagues on Monday.“I’ve had some problems but it’s getting better.“I’ve already played three games in a week and the coach [Del Bosque] knows that I carry some problems but I will treat them during the week.”He added: “I don’t want to be in the middle [of Spain and Chelsea]. Mourinho has not told me anything.“One has to take into account that many times I am the one that makes the decision depending on how I feel.“Here I have the confidence of the coach, the technical team, and if there is a problem I tell them.“If I’m here and I’m injured then I don’t play because it would be worse.” 1 Chelsea striker Diego Costa
Wales star Gareth Bale 1 Wales manager Chris Coleman has noticed no difference in Gareth Bale’s mood during training with the national side ahead of their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel.Bale, the world’s most expensive footballer, has been publicly criticised by fans of his club Real Madrid after a series of below par performances in recent months.The Welsh winger received the brunt of the abuse after Madrid lost 2-1 to arch rivals Barcelona on Sunday, but Coleman believes his star player is ready to perform.“I cannot see any difference in Baley at all,” said the Wales manager.“If I thought it was bothering him, and we’re all human beings so I know it can bother you from time to time and you can get a bit down, then I would have sat down with him and had that conversation.”Coleman Bale remains focused solely on the task at hand with Wales as they head to Haifa unbeaten so far in their four matches during qualifying.The 44-year-old said: “We have not mentioned Real Madrid. We have only talked about Wales, Israel and the job at hand.“He is happy, relaxed and more importantly he is fit and ready to play.”Bale’s recent troubles have triggered rumours linking him with a return to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United reportedly interested in the former Tottenham man.
Best team: La Mirada. Coach Dennis Guerra wants to be back on top after coming in second last season. He has the team to do it with four-year starters Amanda Martinez and Dani Castro as well as three-year starters Carly Cram, Julie Reich and Katie Smith. “We have high expectations for ourselves. The girls we brought into the squad are all quality girls,” said Guerra. Cerritos figures to have a strong team that could possibly challenge Mayfair or La Mirada. Bellflower will likely finish behind Cerritos followed by Glenn, Artesia and Norwalk. Best game: Mayfair at La Mirada, Jan. 30, 5 p.m. La Mirada brings a very experienced team returning a full squad with the exception of one player. Mayfair, however, can’t say the same. The loss of defender Cassie McKay and goalie Lisa Miramontes is tough for the defending champs. But Mayfair newcomers Monique Cisneros, Loren Hammer and goalie Danielle deSeriere should keep them in contention. “We’re hoping to win league again,” said coach Sal Marroquin. “We have a young team. We will continue to improve and hope the rest of it works out by itself.” SAN GABRIEL VALLEY LEAGUE Best team: Downey. Coach Julie Attias has a strong team in Kathy Orellana, the league co-MVP last season with 28 goals, and four-year varsity starter Jennifer Powell. She also has a sense of urgency considering she will leave coaching after this season to raise her young daughter. “I have to win it all,” said Attias, whose last outright league title came three years ago. “We’re willing to share, as long as we get No. 1 in CIF, I’m happy.” Best game: Downey at Warren, Jan. 26, 3 p.m. These rivals will be fighting for the league crown again this year. Warren lost a few players, but has more than enough weaponry in Lily Salazar, Roxy Correra and keeper Kristin Borzi. “We still have a lot of talent on the team. I hope to win league again,” said coach Terese Duffy. The rest: Both Paramount and Lynwood figure to be in the mix this season. Both have solid teams and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they vie for one of the top spots in the league. OTHER LEAGUES Los Alamitos is off to another good start in defense of its Sunset League crown. Though six players — including the entire four-player backline — graduated and immediately went on to Division I programs, shed no tears for coach Pat Rossi. He still has scoring machine Sophia Medina (13 goals, 19 assists) to use her speed and skill to dominate games, and the new backline is solid in front of goalie Tori Rocke, who started on last season’s world-beaters. At Valley Christian, much of the defense graduated, but most of the offense remains. Though Tiana Torp spent much of December fighting through a leg injury, she and junior Ashley Haagsma form an enviable pair up front that combined for 31 goals and 22 assists last season. Midfielder Lauren Hernandez has been a Crusader stalwart for years, and while they lost early ground in the Olympic League race with Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Brentwood, the Crusaders can still expect to be a force come playoff time. With only one senior playing a major role, last season’s St. Joseph team was in position for a Serra League title or runner-up finish before faltering down the stretch and falling in the playoffs at Los Alamitos. Now a year older, a year wiser, senior and Oregon State-commit Natalie Farah leads a solid team, helped by juniors Caitlin Luna and Gabby De La Torre. Playing in the tough Serra League means the Jesters cannot ignore any opponent, but if last year has taught them focus, they can again reach the playoffs, except with a higher seed this time. “It’s definitely a more veteran team than last year,” Jesters coach Eddie Perez said. “Now they have experience playing in tough games.” L.A. CITY SECTION Yes, San Pedro suffered its first Marine League losses in recent memory last season. But the Pirates should once again be able to hold off Banning and the rest to take the league title. It remains to be seen if they will return to book their customary spot in the City semifinals. :Matt Zimmerman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 499-1338. Daniel Frias can be reached at email@example.com or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “We just have good, solid all-around players that can get the job done,” said Wilson coach Jason Kirkwood, whose team is seeking a fifth consecutive league crown. “We have a really good mix that will make us extremely competitive this year and the next two years.” Best game: Millikan at Wilson, Jan. 23, 3 p.m. The first meeting was a close one, with Wilson winning 1-0 at Millikan. With scorers such as senior Nicole Montoya and junior Kerrin Stephan, and defenders Stephanie Pimentel and Nikki Brannigan, the Rams have the talent to challenge for the league title. The only issue is that Wilson just has more of it. And the rest: While this is likely the year that Millikan passes Poly for second place, the young Jackrabbits may also have trouble holding off Lakewood for third. The Lancers won the first meeting between the schools 1-0, and have a roster heavy in underclassmen with junior Brooke Ehinger leading the way. Even if they fall to fourth, the Jackrabbits should still have little trouble qualifying for the playoffs. The new CIF-SS rule that seven-team leagues now have four automatic postseason berths ensures that. Though Cabrillo has the talent to make some noise, it would be too much to ask of the Jaguars to make the playoffs at this point. As usual, Jordan and Compton are simply spoilers for the top teams. SUBURBAN LEAGUE One thing is clear: It is very likely at least one local girls team will play at either Downey or Warren high schools, co-hosts of this season’s CIF-SS championships. MOORE LEAGUE Best team: Wilson. It’s not that the Bruins haven’t been pushed in recent seasons. They have turned back challenges from Poly, were beaten by Lakewood two seasons ago, and edged Millikan 1-0 in last season’s finale to stay undefeated in the league. But that’s the key: They have learned to deal with every challenge, and have an excellent group of seniors to lead the way, including forward/midfielders Erin Doherty (16 goals, six assists last season) and Natalie Moreno (six goals, 20 assists). Add the return of seniors Kacey Doherty and Kristina Walowski from injury, and the Bruins are potent enough offensively to once again take the league. Junior goalie Kaitlyn Gustaves provides the steady play of a three-year starter, and has the ideal size to dominate her position. The Bruins’ only issues are twofold: They must overcome the most uncontrollable aspect of sports and stay healthy, and they have to prove they can beat the best in the playoffs. The spotlight shone on area teams last season, as two teams won CIF Southern Section championships in girls soccer. And while Division I champion Los Alamitos and Valley Christian, Division V co-champ, each suffered significant losses to graduation, they each have plenty of returning talent that could well have them in title position again. Yet, neither has the level of young yet experienced talent that Mayfair can field in its quest for its first CIF-SS crown since 2000.
3 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Chelsea FC News The Belgian celebrates his mesmerising winning goal against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup Gary Cahill has admitted he may have to leave Chelsea in January and go in search of regular first-team football, but Sarri has urged the former England defender to bide his time before making any decisions.“I have spoken with him but I think that there is October, November, December, so I think that he has to wait,” said Sarri.“And then we have to wait. I repeat, I was really very happy with the performance of Cahill (at Liverpool on Wednesday).“And so now Gary for me is very useful. January is far from now, so we will see.” Hazard has already scored six goals across seven Chelsea appearances this term, but Sarri continues to maintain that the 27-year-old can still improve.Hazard climbed off the bench to slot a stunning winner as Chelsea sneaked past Liverpool 2-1 in the Carabao Cup at Anfield on Wednesday, and should start against the Reds in the Stamford Bridge rematch.Eden Hazard is the best player in the WORLD, claims Chelsea legend John Terry“I think that he is for sure one of the best (players in the world), but I am absolutely convinced that he can improve,” said Sarri.“If he’s able to improve during training maybe he will be able to use and serve at 100 per cent. REAL DEAL “Because I think that we have seen only 75, 80 per cent of his potential.“So I think that if he’s able to improve he will be the best in the world.”Asked if Hazard could be voted the best player in the world in a year’s time, Sarri continued: “I think so, I think so.“It’s very difficult to compare him with other players. He’s a genius. He’s unique. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Sarri insisted Gary Cahill is still useful to the Blues’ squad Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed “genius” Eden Hazard to become the best player in the world if he can improve his intensity to his training.The Italian went on to say he “wants everything” from the Belgian playmaker and urged him to wring every last drop of potential out of himself. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED REVEALED Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Hazard has had a fine season so far silverware Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City punished “He’s a genius, technically I think he’s the best. And so I want him to be the best in the world.“More continuity from the physical point of view, from the mental point of view.“Because he has the opportunity to improve more, and he can become the best player in the world.“It’s a very interesting challenge I think.“He has a lot to give, to the team, to the staff. And I want everything.” gameday cracker 3 shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT
Ireland must postpone its vote on the Fiscal Treaty due to rapidly increasing uncertainty in Europe, in particular the decision by the German Bundestag to defer its own ratification of the Treaty, says North West MEP Marian Harkin.Speaking today in the European Parliament in Brussels today, Harkin said that “given the decision by the German Government to defer ratification it is clear they are unable to get the required majority in the Bundestag. This is a clear signal that there may be some amendments or changes to the current Treaty. Irish people cannot be expected to make an informed decision in those circumstances”.“While I have said from the beginning that there was no need to ‘rush to referendum,’ I offered my reluctant support for the Treaty because it guarantees access to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and it is, I believe, a stepping stone towards a stronger economic Union. However, the result of the French election in particular, and the insistence of Francois Hollande on the inclusion of a growth compact has now moved the goal posts, and in this context we must ensure we do not score an own goal. “Enda Kenny said that this vote was more important than a general election – I agree with him, that is why we must get it right and be absolutely clear on what exactly we are asking Irish citizens to vote on” the Ireland North & West MEP concluded. REFERENDUM MUST BE POSTPONED, SAYS MEP HARKIN was last modified: May 10th, 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:REFERENDUM MUST BE POSTPONEDSAYS MEP HARKIN
A popular weekend celebrating Inishowen’s love of traditional music gets underway next week. On Friday October 13 the Seamus Grant weekend, in Clonmany, will mark its sixth anniversary and organisers say they plan on making this year’s festivities the biggest to date.The weekend celebrates the heritage, music, genealogy and culture of Clonmany and is dedicated to the memory of one of its most famous musicians – Seamus Grant. This year’s line-up includes renowned Glenfin fiddle player Paddy McMenamin, Northern Exposure, Mick Denieffe, Reel Trad and Rab Cherry.Born in 1934 in the townland of Gortnahinsion, in Clonmany, Seamus was the son of musicians Mary Ann Grant and Willie Grant.His parents’ love of music was passed on to him along with the teachings of his uncle, Willie Joe Grant, and neighbour ‘White’ Dan Doherty, who later became his father in law.Living through an era when traditional music was under threat from Rock, Pop and Country music, Seamus stayed true to his roots and continued to play old tunes and ceilis at weddings, parties and other local gatherings.He also passed on the tradition by teaching young people of the area. Chairman of the Seamus Grant Weekend organising committee, Pat McGonigle, said: “We are so excited to celebrate the 2017 Seamus Grant Weekend and have some really impressive musicians lined up for this year’s event, including Paddy McMenamin who is a self-taught fiddle player from the Glenfin Gaeltacht.“When we set up the weekend back in 2012, we did so to honour the great life and work of Seamus Grant and the annual weekend is a wonderful tribute to him. But now, six years, on the weekend has grown in success and popularity – more than we could have ever envisioned – and attracts musicians and concert-goers from all over Donegal, Ireland and even as far as America.“The weekend of events caters for all and we have a variety of activities taking place, including beginners’ music workshops, trad sessions and concerts. We hope to entice more people than ever to Clonmany this year for the event in the hope that we can pass on Seamus’ love and passion of traditional music.”The Seamus Grant Weekend starts on Friday (October 13) at 8.30pm in the Market House, Clonmany, with Paddy McMenamin in the company of Mick Denieffe. It will be followed by a pub session in the Square Bar and McFeely’s bar afterwards, at 10pm.A host of activities takes place on Saturday (October 14) including beginners’ music workshops, fiddle assessment clinics, a talk by Rab Cherry who is one of Ireland’s foremost fiddle makers and restorers as well as an exhibition by local schools. On Saturday evening a concert will be held at the Ballyliffin Hotel, at 8pm, with bluegrass band, Northern Exposure, supported by the best of our local musicians.On Sunday (October 15) an afternoon of music, song and dance in a traditional style and setting will take place at Glendowen, Meentagh Glen.Young musicians are set to perform in the Ballyliffin Hotel, at 4pm, and a trad session will take place at the Rusty Nail at 5.30pm before the weekend comes to a close at the Market House in Clonmany at 8pm for the farewell session.For more information visit www.SeamusGrantWeekend.comSeamus Grant (1934 – 2005) Seamus Grant was a talented and widely respected fiddle player from the townland of Gortnahinsion, in the parish of Clonmany.He passed on the tradition by teaching young people of the area and those who were privileged to have their first introduction t music from Seamus remember the man as much as the music – the dignity, the decency and the wisdom that cam as easily to him as the tunes.Paddy McMenaminPaddy is a self-taught fiddle player from the Glenfin Gaeltacht. He is a part-time farmer who would have heard the music from his father and mother, as well as from some of the many great fiddle players from around that area.Paddy launched a widely acclaimed first album last year titled ‘Paddy McMenamin and friends’.Northern ExposureBrendan Hendry and Jonny Toman were special guests to the 2016 Seamus Grant Weekend and are welcomed back this year to perform in concert as part of the well-known Bluegrass group ‘Northern Exposure’. They will be joined on stage by Jonny’s father Peter Toman and his uncle Patsy Toman.Bluegrass is a genre of music with close links to our Irish tradition and, although it is widely popular, we rarely get a chance to hear it played in these parts by such widely acclaimed performers.The sweet sound of the Seamus Grant Weekend hits Inishowen next week was last modified: October 8th, 2017 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:clonmanydonegalInishowenMUSICSeamus Grant