SPECIAL REPORT: Donegal musicians John Cutliffe and Rory Gallagher team up with a multitude of Irish and international talent to raise money for children in Gaza. The summer of 2014 war was devastating the Gaza strip. More than 2,000 people were killed, 600 of which were children.Donegal musician John Cutliffe was in East jerusalem when he heard that patients from Gaza were being brought to Palestinian hospitals in the area. He went for what he thought would be one visit to see if there was anything he could do. That was the start of five weeks of daily visits to three different hospitals in the area. The wounded were men, women and children. in many cases they had lost everything including most of their family members, their homes and all their belongings. John along with other volunteers would visit the patients, find out what they needed and then go shopping to find them the essentials to just get by in the new scary surroundings.The children especially moved John and he was often overcome with emotion he had to find a quiet place to break down a little. Most people needed a lot of items but all they really wanted was to have someone visit them and understand. In the weeks John and his friends were there they saw horrific injuries and many of the patients died while they were in the hospital.John wrote a song for a little girl he met there called Shyma, who symbolised the sheer horror of what was happening. She was just four and had seen most of her family killed in the explosion that injured her. She was innocent and scared and hurt. One day when John was chatting to her she finally smiled for the first time.The next morning while waiting for a lift John wrote the bare bones of the song. “The melody of the verse was there and Shyma’a smiled lyric but very little else, just a feel for what it should be,” he said.John sent the shell of the song to his friend Rory Gallagher from Kilcar, Co. Donegal in Lanzarote who finished it, making it a modern day lullaby for peace.Now John has gathered friends from the UK, Ireland and even Jerusalem to sing and play on this song. With a zero budget he and some very talented and helpful people recorded in studios all over the world to work on this song, sending tracks to John in his current home of Amman in Jordan. The final tracks are being mixed in Nashville by a top engineer.All profits from the downloads of the song will go to two charities helping children in Gaza as they face an uncertain future – The Palestinian Red Crescent and The Qattan Center for the Child.The song features talented & well known artists; Rory Gallagher. John Cutliffe, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Liam O Maonlai, Donogh Hennessy, Honor Heffernan, Martin Tourish, Wee Glee Singers, Jerusalem Children’s Choir, Brian Mullan, Laurence Doherty, Clare Lindley, Claire McDaid, Kevin Cutliffe, Sophia Brock, Caroline Cutliffe. You can find more details & dates of when the song will be released on https://www.facebook.com/shymasmiledDONEGAL MUSICIANS RORY GALLAGHER AND JOHN CUTLIFFE LAUNCH SONG FOR GAZA was last modified: November 28th, 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:charityconflictGAZAJohn CutliffeRory Gallaghershymasmiledsong
2 March 2010Johannesburg residents took a break from their busy schedules, donned their Bafana Bafana jerseys and kicked back with the rest of the country on Tuesday to celebrate the 100 days countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.BuaNews spoke to some of the South Africans who gathered at the 100 days countdown celebration on Maude Street, Sandton, on Tuesday.Thami Makhaya, wearing his Bafana jersey and sporting a vuvuzela, spoke of the long road to 2010, beginning with the country winning the bid in 2004 to host the World Cup.“This World Cup will unite this country,” Makhaya said. “I think once people realise just how big this event is, they will look beyond the differences and unite as South Africans to show the world what we can offer as a nation.“We have travelled a long journey as a country, and this is an opportunity to take yet another step forward.”The Khan family of four, who where dressed up for the occasion, said they came to Maude Street to support their country.“It is important for us be part of this historic occasion … All of Africa is supporting South Africa,” said Suraya Khan. “The World Cup is already a success, because it has shown that Africa is capable.”2010 will undoubtedly go down in the history books as one of the country’s most memorable moments, she said.For Josef Mkhabinde, the World Cup is about the legacy it will leave behind. “It’s what Africa has been dreaming about … I approach the tournament with confidence. Our stadiums are ready, our transport and security plans have been fine-tuned.“I can assure you we will not disappoint,” Mkhabinde said, “because we are a loving nation.”The world will descend on South African shores on 11 June – more than six years after the country was chosen as hosts – to witness the world’s greatest sporting event being held on African soil for the first time.Source: BuaNews
South Africa’s population reflects a nation of diversity, with over 56.5-million people and a wide variety of cultures, languages and religious beliefs.A South African child wears his country’s flag on his face. (Image: Brand South Africa)According to Census 2011 the country’s population is 51.77-million, up from the census 2001 count of 44.8-million. Statistics South Africa’s 2017 mid-year population estimate puts the total at 56.5-million people.Africans are in the majority, making up 79.2% of the population. Coloured and white people each make up 8.9% of the total, and the Indian/Asian population 2.5%. The “other” population group makes up 0.5% of the total.According to Census 2011 data from Statistics South Africa, in 2011 the country’s population was 51 770 560, of which 26 581 769 (51.3%) were female and 25 188 791 (48.7%) were male.Africans are in the majority at just over 41-million, making up 79.2% of the total population. The coloured population is 4 615 401 (8.9%), while there are 4 586 838 (8.9%) whites. The Indian/Asian population stands at 1 286 930 (2.5%). In 2011, “other” was included in the Census, and accounts for 280 454 or 0.5% of the total.SOUTH AFRICA’S POPULATION: CENSUS 2011Population groupNumber% of totalAfrican41 000 93879.2%White4 586 8388.9%Coloured4 615 4018.9%Indian/Asian1 286 9302.5%Other280 4540.5%TOTAL51 770 560100% Sources: South Africa Gateway, Statistics South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Rattled by the doping scandal that has rocked Indian athletics, the Sports Ministry is planning to bring a new law to deal with the menace in the forthcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament.”We are going to the Cabinet in this regard and wish to bring a specific law on doping in the Monsoon Session of Parliament,” said Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Ajay Maken, on the sidelines of a workshop on population held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday.”We also want that the WADA norms be applicable to all sports. In case the norms or international sports bodies are different from those of WADA, or are in conflict, then the norms of international sports bodies would be applicable.”When asked about the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which does not adhere to WADA norms on doping, the minister said, “I am not talking about any one sport. This will be made applicable to all sports.””Mostly, the norms of various international sports bodies are in consonance with those of WADA. We expect that all such sports bodies adhere to WADA norms. But in case of a conflict, the norms of international bodies would apply.”On the action taken so far on doping within the country, the minister said, “Whatever it is, now we have asked NIS, SAI and NADA to be more vigilant. I have asked NADA to carry on more surprise checks, increase the frequency and change the dope officers and I am hopeful of positive results.”advertisement”We have already started conducting raids. Surprise checks were carried out on Saturday at NIS in Patiala and such raids are being conducted at Bangalore today. Such raids will be carried out more frequently and wherever dope material is found entering the premises, strict action will be taken.””Already, strict action has been taken against seven officials and Justice Mukul Mudgal has been appointed to carry out a thorough probe. Strict action would taken. We will spare no one.”- With PTI inputs