Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Stradosphere: A Strad-Studded Gala Evening” Raises $535,000 for Ensemble

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) transformed the Southland into “Strad Central” with its unprecedented STRAD FEST LA featuring eight of the world’s most exquisite and rare Stradivarius violins brought together for the first time in history and played by renowned violinists in a series of four sold-out events from March 26-29, 2014. The festival was capped by Stradosphere: A Strad-Studded Gala fundraiser co-chaired by Pat and Sandy Gage at the California Club in downtown LA at which the Orchestra, rather than honoring a celebrated artist or philanthropist, instead feted the eight 300-year-old violins considered among luthier Antonio Stradivari’s most divine hand-crafted creations. The March 29 gala at the California Club raised $535,000 to benefit LACO’s concert series, radio broadcasts and community engagement programs. LACO, considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, is a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire, adventurous commissions and stand-out events like Strad Fest LA.“We may never see a gathering of Stradivarius violins like this again in our lifetime,” said LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine.In addition to the gala, Strad Fest LA included a scholarly evening at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, and concerts at Zipper Hall in downtown LA and The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.The featured violin/violist pairings included LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer on the 1716 “Milstein” Strad, Martin Chalifour on the 1711 “Kreisler” Strad, Chee-Yun on the 1714 “Leonora Jackson” Strad, Cho-Liang Lin on the 1715 “Titian” Strad, Elizabeth Pitcairn on the 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Strad, Philippe Quint on the 1708 “Ruby” Strad, Xiang Yu on the 1666 “Serdet” Strad, and 12-year-old prodigy Ray Ushikubo on the c. 1720 “Beechback” Strad. The 1666 “Serdet” Strad is the earliest known of the Stradivarius violins, and the seven others are all from Stradivari’s Golden Period during the late 1600’s and early 1700s. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Biggest Signs You Want To Be With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Benefits Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Stradosphere: A Strad-Studded Gala Evening” Raises $535,000 for Ensemble STAFF REPORTS | Photography by LEE SALEM PHOTOGRAPHY Published on Monday, April 7, 2014 | 3:29 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Hinterland estate expected to attract international buyers

first_imgAnd one of four bedrooms. The architecture is “chic wine country style”.“Sarabah Estate Vineyard is owned by a prominent private Brisbane family who have improved the property in every aspect and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” said marketing agent Michael Vettoretto of Sotheby’s International Realty, who is selling the property on behalf of owners Cameron and Toni-Maree Bishop. “They have loved growing their own grapes and having their wine bottled, exploring the branding options of an established vineyard name and developing all other aspects of the property for their personal enjoyment. Even their friends and family have participated in the annual traditional vine pruning festivities.” The kitchen features marble and stainless steel. The wrought iron staircase.Past a larger-than-life chess set resplendent at the entry way, inside the grand entrance lobby a chandelier enhances an undulating staircase with wrought iron balustrades. Further exploration of the house reveals a rooftop terrace, a basement wine cellar, generous bedrooms and a master suite with a sitting area and fireplace, one of five in the house. The valley surrounds are captured through multiple vantage points inside the home, while concertina doors open to whimsical garden settings and sun-filled patios. 46 Rymera Rd, Sarabah is on the market via an expressions of interest campaign.TOWERING white pillars, creamy tones, elaborate decor and a strikingly regal facade. The mansion looks as though it’s been plucked from a European countryside, to rest in the Sarabah Valley, in the Scenic Rim.Like a fine wine, the residence has deepened its characteristics, pairing with the picturesque valley to produce an exclusive estate. There are multiple patios.“The property could be remodelled as a boutique hotel with room to develop additional accommodation on site, subject to council approval,” Mr Vettoretto said. “It’s the perfect home for entertaining all year round with endless options, formal and informal, indoors or outdoors.”The property is on the market through an expressions of interest campaign and Mr Vettoretto expects attention from both domestic and international buyers. Most living spaces overlook the tranquil valley. One of six bathrooms. The property features a large pool.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoPillars lend grandeur to the home.As well as the vineyard, olive groves and main residence, the property encompasses a cellar door bistro, wedding function centre, marquee, a working market garden and citrus grove. At the heart of it all, yet tucked away at the end of a long driveway lies the manor, currently used as a private residence.last_img read more

Wärtsilä Installs HiTE System Onboard Lorelay Pipelayer

first_imgWärtsilä has installed its Serck Como Horizontal Tube Evaporator (HiTE) fresh water production system onboard the pipe-laying vessel ‘Lorelay’, owned by Allseas. This is the first commercial installation of the Wärtsilä’s system.The Wärtsilä HiTE is designed to function in a wide range of operational areas, i.e. shallow waters with poor quality seawater, where alternative technologies, such as reverse osmosis or plate technology, reach their limits. The operation of the Wärtsilä HiTE achieves energy savings of 75 percent compared to single stage designs with a specific heat consumption of 200 – 280 kWh per ton, depending on design.“This evaporator produces pure distillate, even in difficult seawater conditions, plus it does so reliably and with low operating costs. The possibility to operate the unit at part load gives it great flexibility to utilize available waste heat. Our engineering team has confirmed that the Wärtsilä HiTE is exceeding our expectations, and that it is completely in line with the technical specifications and the requested maximum allowed energy consumption. The system produces good quality water, and we are extremely happy with the outcome,” explained Taco Straathof, technical inspector, Allseas.The HiTE has the flexibility to operate while the engines are at low load during dynamic positioning (DP) operations. For example, at DP the Lorelay operates at engine loads of between 15 and 35 percent.The system’s automated smart processes adjust according to the amount of energy provided, which is an important factor for vessels with varying engine profiles, the company noted.The Wärtsilä HiTE is suited for a variety of vessel types, including special vessels, chemical tankers, small cruise ships, and for offshore applications.last_img read more

County Museum receives 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal

first_imgDonegal County Museum has revealed that Defence Force Ireland has donated one of the 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medals (An Bonn Comórtha Céad Bliain 1916) to the Museum. The medal is now on display at the Museum on the High Road, Letterkenny. Captain Bridget Clarke, Adjutant, 28 Infantry Battalion attended on this occasion.Lt Colonel J Whittaker, Defence Forces Headquarters said “Given the role played by members of Óglaigh na hÉireann at local level, I would like to provide Donegal County Museum with the 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal.” The medal serves to honour the legacy of continuous service by Óglaigh na hÉireann to the State since its foundation and to acknowledge the prominent and special role of Óglaigh na hÉireann in the centenary commemorations throughout 2016.It was designed to reflect the tradition of the original 1916 medals but was made respectfully different in deference to the men and women of 1916 who were originally awarded the medal.“Donegal County Museum has a longstanding collaborative relationship with the Defence Forces, particularly the 28 Infantry Battalion and we are delighted to have the 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal for our collection”, Judith McCarthy, Curator, Donegal County Museum.County Museum receives 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal was last modified: February 22nd, 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)last_img read more


first_imgA committee has been set up to assess demand for the establishment of a Gaelcholáiste, a new Irish language secondary school serving the south of the county.While there are three Irish language primary schools in the region, Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré in Sligo, Gaelscoil Chluainín in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim and Gaelscoil Eirne in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, to date there is no second-level Irish medium school.Now there is a proposal for a secondary school in Sligo. Carol Ní Chormaic, Chairperson of the Gaelcholáiste 2015 Committee, told us: “Immersion education is regarded by many as the best way to learn Irish and most immersion students can be expected to reach a greater level of second language proficiency than students in other school-based language programmes.“The new Irish language secondary school, Gaelcholáiste, which we hope will commence in September 2015, will not only serve the pupils of the existing Irish-medium primary schools but will also be open to pupils who attend English-medium schools in the region.“Indeed pupils from all lingustic and cultural backgrounds will be most welcome in the school.”Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré were recently sanctioned an additional Junior Infant class to cater for increased demand for Irish medium education in the primary sector. According to principal Mícheál Ó Broin, the importance of continuity in the all-Irish education sector, with children progressing from Naíonra to Gaelscoil to Gaelcholáiste, cannot be overstated.“The decision of the Department of Education and Skills to sanction an extra class in our school satisfies increasing demand in the region and contributes to the viability of an all-Irish second-level facility,” he said.The benefits of immersion education, and in this case education in an all-Irish school where all subjects except English are taught through Irish, has been well documented globally over the past three decades.A recent study shows that pupils of Irish-medium schools achieved greater than the national average levels in reading and writing in both English and Irish. Further studies also indicate that immersion students perform as well as, or better than, non-immersion peers in mathematics. Furthermore, research by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland shows that pupils of Irish-medium schools attained a higher academic standard than other pupils in the same age group.There is also evidence to suggest that an all-Irish education actually enhances English language development and that students who obtain an all-Irish education learn further languages with greater ease. Data from European countries suggests that bi-lingual children often find it easier to acquire other languages and a study in the Basque Country found that bi-lingual students show a greater ability in learing a third language. Research also shows that students from all-Irish schools have a greater tolerance of other cultures and are more open to cultural diversity due to the cultural enrichment they experience.Members of the Gaelcholáiste 2015 committee will contact primary schools in the region in the coming weeks to arrange the circulation of questionnaires to parents with view to assessing demand for an Irish-medium secondary school. For information, email [email protected] Information: Anna Ní Bhroin,Gaelcholáiste 2015 [email protected](087) 0667600NEW GAELCHOLÁISTE PROPOSED FOR SOUTH DONEGAL SCHOOL CHILDREN was last modified: May 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallyshannonGaelscoil Eirnelast_img read more

How The Internet Of Things Will Transform Everything – According To IT Experts

first_imgTags:#enterprise#enterprise IT#Internet of Things#SAP A new survey of IT decision makers by SAP and Harris Interactive reithat the rise of machine to machine (M2M) communications – more commonly referred to as the “Internet of Things” – is on the cusp of transforming our homes, our cities and how business is conducted.How, you ask?By leveraging Big Data and real-time analytics to improve parking and traffic flow, which could reduce pollution and traffic accidents as well.By managing all the gadgets in our homes, from lights, computers and smartphones down to our coffeemaker and garage door. Wake up, the coffee is brewing, the house is heated, the car already knows the best route to work and the news we need is showing on the screen of our choice – prioritized, obviously.Connected cars, roads and smartphones will guide us to the nearest open parking spot – and bill us automatically.This Internet of Things will also let businesses increase “efficiency, productivity and collaboration,” as it delivers real-time data and insight when and where it’s most needed, including to a widely dispersed, highly mobile workforce.Buried within the survey results are such nuggets as:Mobile devices will outnumber humans this year. 90% of consumer-connected devices will have access to some personal cloud in 2013.24 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020.66% of IT professionals surveyed believe business and consumer technology will converge within 3-5 years – great news for consumer tech leaders like Apple, Samsung and Google.At least 4 billion terabytes of data will be generated this year alone.The trend toward BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has clear and present business repercussions: 75% of the surveyed IT professionals believe that employees’ personal use of mobile devices impacts how the business itself uses the cloud. 65% think the Internet of Things’ biggest challent in managing and analyzing the resulting real-time data.(Note: SAP and Harris have also prepared an infographic of the survey results, visible here.)Global PhenomenonThe business-funded survey of 751 IT “decision makers” was generally upbeat about the Internet of Things. A statement released with the survey suggested connecting data from CRM systems, social media and billions of devices, all in real time, will result in “the ultimate social media collaboration of man and machine.” That said, it is somewhat surprising that IT decision makers in developing countries – China, India and Brazil – appear more eager eager for the M2M revolution. Consider the response percentages to specific statements regarding the Internet of Things:Gives companies greater insight into their business: China (96%), India (88%), Brazil (86%), Germany (79%), U.S. (74%) and UK (61%)Enables businesses to respond to real world events: China (92%), India (86%), Brazil (82 %), Germany (82%), U.S. (78%) and UK (73%)Increases business efficiency:  Brazil (54%), UK (53%) and U..S (49%)Increases productivity for employees:  China (69 percent) – significantly higher than any other countries surveyedNearly all decision makers (89%) across all surveyed countries agreed, however, that widespread availability of LTE/4G infrastructure was vital for the success of the Internet of Things. This will likely not come cheap, however. A recent statement by Cambridge Wireless noted that today’s mobile networks are “lacking ubiquitous coverage” and suggested that “service tariffs are too high to support” the full potential of the Internet of Things.(See also Futurist’s Cheat Sheet: Internet of Things)The hope of the Internet of Things is that greater connectivity, vastly more data, improved data analysis – and response – will make our lives better in ways we can scarcely predict, at home, on the road, at work; everywhere.Note: Per SAP, “the survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of SAP among 751 IT decision makers in Brazil (n=126), China (n=125), Germany (n=125), India (n=125), the United Kingdom (n=125) and the United States (n=125) between January 15 and February 1, 2013.” Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img brian s hall How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

REP Pushing Ahead to Provide Electricity for All

first_imgStory Highlights General Manager of the Rural Electrification Programme Limited (REP), Garfield Daley, says the agency is pushing ahead to provide electricity for the remaining three per cent of rural communities islandwide, which do not currently have the service.“This is what we will be doing over the very short to medium term. We will be going full speed ahead to ensure that we complete our mandate,” he assured.The General Manager informed that it is estimated to cost upwards of $7 billion to complete the task.This figure, he informed, “should cover the thrust in terms of traditional pole lines, connection to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) grid and also the introduction of renewable energy technologies.”The General Manager was speaking to JIS News after a ceremony to turn on lights in the community of Bottom Yard, in Bath, St. Thomas, on July 23.He advised that on completion of the current electrification thrust, an additional 20,000 households are expected to have access to electricity through connection to the national power grid.The REP was incorporated in 1975 with the specific mandate of expanding electricity supply to rural area communities. The entity has successfully wired over 80,000 homes in rural communities, since its inception.These include households St. Thomas, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, where projects were undertaken over the last six months at a cost of over $12 million. An agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the REP’s operations are funded primarily through government subventions.Having achieved some 97 per cent electricity coverage in rural communities, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, announced during his 2013/14 Budget Debate presentation in Parliament, that the REP will be renamed Jamaica Ener­gy Solutions Limited (JESL), and given a new mandate to develop renewable energy solutions.He indicated that these solutions will, among other things, target the remaining rural households yet to receive electricity.The Minister further said the new entity will also promote energy efficiency and conservation; and provide project management services for the design and implementation of energy solutions for major housing initiatives by agencies of the State, espe­cially where low-income earners are the targeted beneficiaries.Mr. Paulwell also advised in July that as part of this development, Jamaica will partner with Cuba for the transfer of knowledge and technology to facilitate the local manufacture and assembly of cost effective photovoltaic (solar) light panels.This undertaking forms part of the administration’s move towards incorporating renewable alternatives into Jamaica’s energy mix, so as to reduce the country’s huge energy bill.Mr. Daley told JIS News that based on these developments, the REP will be undertaking specific projects “to generate our own revenue,” adding that “we have projections that those revenues can be significant.”“So, those (projected) revenues, along with what normally comes from government,  should provide the resources to enable us to complete these projects (to install electricity in rural communities),” he said. Project estimated to cost upwards of $7 billion to complete the task REP’s operations are funded primarily through government subventions REP pushing ahead to provide electricity for the remaining three per cent of rural communities islandwidelast_img read more

University of Toronto owns oldest Englishlanguage book in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – The University of Toronto says it now owns the oldest English-language book in Canada, a 15th century text that introduced ancient ideas to new audiences.The book is an English translation of essays by Roman politician Marcus Tullius Cicero — “De amicitia” (Of Friendship) and “De senectute” (Of Old Age) — published in 1481 by William Caxton, the first person to print English language books.The printed text, which is now part of the collection at the university’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, carries the first translation of classical texts to English, said PJ Carefoote, the university’s interim head of rare books and special collections.“A book like this is part of that whole transition that’s going to bring western society out of the Middle Ages into what we now call the modern era, with the Renaissance and the Reformation,” said Carefoote.“It’s an important text from the point of view of what it does for reviving learning in the west, that people now have access to something like Cicero … in their own tongue.”The book, which discusses the ideas of old age and friendship and links the two concepts, came just a few years after the first book printed in English — “The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye” — which Carefoote said was printed by Caxton in either 1473 or 1474.Printed English books from that period are particularly hard to come by because of their significance to the history of the language, Carefoote said.Caxton’s books, which translated established languages like Greek and Latin and were mass produced, helped standardize English at a time when it was a new language with varying dialects, Carefoote explained.“When Caxton, this printer, comes along and starts translating works … multiple copies of an English language (book) — and he chooses specifically the London dialect — are being spread across England,” he said.“English starts to become English, it starts to unify.”A book dealer contacted Carefoote about the Caxton text last year, he said, and donations from the public helped the university acquire the book.The way the book is written means it may not be easy for a first-time reader to immediately understand, said Carefoote.“It’s kind of like reading Shakespeare for the first time — it takes a little bit of time,” said Carefoote, who added that the font can also be difficult to understand at first.“People look at it and say ‘oh, I’m not going to be able to read that,’ and I say just look at it for five minutes, and they all say that after you get used to the form, you read it like anything else.”Having the book at the University of Toronto means that students in the book history and print culture program, who study the origins of technology and culture, can use it as study material, Carefoote said, noting that several other departments are interested in the text as well.The book also marks the Fisher library’s 15 millionth book, which Carefoote said was just a happy coincidence.last_img read more

Newfoundland woman searching for family missing in Northern California

first_imgLEWISPORTE, N.L. — A Newfoundland woman is pleading for help finding missing family members nearly 7,000 kilometres away in the California town of Paradise, a fire-ravaged community at the epicentre of the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.Randy and Paula Dodge are among hundreds of people reported missing after a massive blaze, called the Camp Fire, levelled the Northern California town of 27,000.At least 42 people have been confirmed dead in the area.Megan Janes, the couple’s niece, said she’s been in contact with the sheriff of Butte County and that a search party has visited her aunt and uncle’s home twice.Searchers found the charred remains of their house and the burned-out shells of their vehicles — but no bodies, she said.“We just don’t know what happened,” she said in an interview from her home in Lewisporte in central Newfoundland, adding that calls to local shelters and hospitals have also yielded no information about the fate of the couple in their late 60s.“The hope is because there were no bodies on the scene, someone picked them up and helped them. But so far there is no word. We have no clue.”The family has tried to remain hopeful that the couple managed to evacuate before the inferno swept through the town, Janes said.But after several days with no information on their whereabouts, she said the family is starting to prepare for the worst.“In the beginning there was hope,” Janes said through tears. “We’re still praying and we’re still hoping but honestly at this point I think we’re preparing.”Janes said her mother, a Canada-U.S. dual citizen who lives on the Avalon Peninsula, is praying for her brother.“I think God is giving her peace,” she said.Janes said she’s used social media to try to locate her aunt and uncle, noting that, “You could be miles and miles away but you can still help.”Meanwhile, authorities in California have moved to set up a rapid DNA-analysis system and bring in cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and more search teams to the Paradise area.“I want to recover as many remains as we possibly can, as soon as we can,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Monday night as he announced the discovery of 13 more dead.“I know the toll it takes on loved ones.”More than a dozen coroner search-and-recovery teams looked for bodies across the apocalyptic landscape that was once Paradise, while anxious relatives visited shelters and called police and hospitals in hopes of finding loved ones.The record-breaking Camp Fire is one of three wildfires wreaking havoc and devastation across California.The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has destroyed many homes — including those of celebrities such as Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young. The smaller Hill Fire is also in the state’s southern region.The Canadian Presslast_img read more