Coronavirus: Youth orchestra’s digital Tchaikovsky triumph

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has silenced many orchestras around the world. But the 70 young musicians who make up the Ulster Youth Orchestra have found a way to make themselves heard. – Advertisement – Under the supervision of Daniele Rustioni, the Ulster Orchestra’s chief conductor, they remotely recorded an ambitious piece of musical magic.The players followed Mr Rustioni’s conducting online before each individual recording was carefully patched together to create a spectacular orchestral experience. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE STAKES QUOTES-FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES      VICTOR ESPINOZA, TAP BACK, WINNER:  “I wasn’t sure about him.  He ran well for me the first time and then didn’t seem the same horse when we ran third.  Today when we were warming up on the backside, he felt like he was back to normal, just like the first time I rode him. We got a good break. I didn’t want to go head and head with the speed. When it was time to run, we took off.”   TRAINER QUOTES      JEFF BONDE, TAP BACK, WINNER: Asked if he expected to be in front:”He’s got a lot of natural speed and we’ve been really working hard to break off behind horses and get him to relax. He was just a little too keen in his early races, and in between them, we had time to really work with him and he responded.“I just told Victor (Espinoza), ‘Don’t let him do too much early. Try to get him into a rhythm. I know we’re going to be in front; just don’t let him burn himself up.’“It was a great race.”KATE BARTON, TAP BACK, WINNER: “I feel great. This means a lot to everyone…our family… our farm…it has taken a lot of years to get here. First stakes win so we are really excited.”(On future for Tap Back) “We’ll see what Jeff has planned for him. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect today, but we were quite pleased. So, we’ll see how he comes out and then establish a game plan.”NOTES: The winning owner is Richard Barton.last_img read more

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To Reduce Corruption Just Put Foreign Officials On Scales

first_imgAs long as there has been corruption (that would be quite a while), well-intentioned societies and individuals have sought ways to reduce corruption as well as measure corruption.It turns out, there is a fool-proof way to measure corruption and expose its occurrence.As highlighted in this article:“In today’s age of expense scandals and hidden bank accounts, a medieval custom of weighing elected officials in public may have new cachet. The annual weigh-in, seen as a metaphor for politicians’ misuse of public funds and a mechanism for accountability, persists in High Wycombe, a large town outside London otherwise known for making furniture.To residents hundreds of years ago, proof was literally in the pudding: A widening of the waistline was jeered as a sign that an official had grown fat at taxpayers’ expense. Shrinking girth was applauded as a sign of responsibility and abstemiousness, suggesting that a leader had been working hard on the people’s behalf. Each May, the mayor and other town officials are seated on brass scales in the middle of the town square. Alongside them is the macebearer, who carries a huge gilded club topped with a crown.The weigh-in is preceded by a “tolling out” ceremony involving bell ringing that originated in 1678 when residents, irate at their drunken mayor, stripped him of his authority. According to records, “in token thereof it was ordered that the great bell should be rung out in testimony of his misdemeanours.”At the weigh-in, for those who have gained from the previous year, the macebearer shouts “and some more!” which in the old days led to the crowd flinging rotten fruit at the profligate officials. Those who lost weight are rewarded by the macebearer’s “and no more!” — and by the crowd’s inevitable cheers.”Happy April Fools’ Day from FCPA Professor.last_img read more

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