first_imgThe book was in this very revered libraryIt shelved in a space seen by very honoredThe pages were covered in gold flint linerMade leather like by winds of many lunarA hardback of diamond protects the emberTucked finely that a borrower would comeSomeday pick it up and caress each leafThe BookThe book was written to tell the story of humansEtched on the mud grounds of mangrove miresRoofed in a shack with holes right into heavensHardly enough room for a pleasant night sleepRations of morsel were scarce and very happyAfter hours of toil for Mama needed a hand tooTime has buffed the rugged boy to a pacesetterThe BookThe book for perusal to become a prized keepAs the sheets dust with time the message newA trophy made of all the earth groomed to glowChants a ballad that lifts the faces of our poorestOf a seafront bathed in the breath of evil leadersZinc shacks stern with daily refuse paves the wayWhich founders stood solid by the Book of books?The BookShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NASCAR’s stars try to regain ground

first_imgToday’s Auto Club 500 at California Speedway is race No. 2. NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are buried in the standings, and each needs a strong race to get back in the Chase running. But Jeff Gordon said it’s way too early to start worrying about making the Chase. “The race really begins at these types of race tracks,” said Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. “Right now, it’s all about evaluating our equipment and our team. Every race is important. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s not like we’re panicking or anything.” Neither is Johnson, Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate and winner of last year’s Chase. Johnson sits 38th in the standings, a result of crashing midway through the Daytona 500 and not finishing the race. “It’s so early in the season. Everybody has crashes, and everybody has bad luck,” Johnson said. “So we’re in no position to worry or panic.” If he has one more bad race, maybe it will be time to panic. Stremme, the second-year NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, is ninth in points after a strong finish in the Daytona 500. He joins a host of unfamiliar names in the top 12, which includes Reed Sorenson, David Ragan and David Gilliland. The top 12 drivers in the standings after the first 26 races qualify for the Chase, NASCAR’s 10-race playoff system to determine its series champion. NASCAR made some changes to the Chase before the season started. One of the changes was to increase the number of Chase qualifiers from 10 to 12. Another was to award more points to race winners. There are more chances for drivers to make the Chase. More than likely, a Stremme or a Ragan will be in the Chase this year. And more than likely, Stewart and Earnhardt Jr. will climb back into contention. “It’s always nice to get a good start to the season,” said Gordon, who is eighth in the Chase standings. “But if anybody can recover, those two guys can.” Ragan, the rookie driver for Roush Fenway Racing, said making the Chase is one of his team’s goals, just not one of its primary goals. His team, however, has a history of making the Chase. He is in the No. 6 Ford in which Mark Martin qualified for the Chase the past three years. And he is driving for a team that qualified all five of its drivers for the Chase one year. His teammates, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, are Chase veterans and championship contenders every year. “We know we’re facing Jeff Gordon, Stewart, my teammates, Kenseth and Biffle,” Ragan said. “They’ve been in the Chase, they’ve won races. They know how to do it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img FONTANA – David Stremme summed it up best by saying the Chase standings are “so messed up right now.” He’s part of that mess. last_img read more


first_imgThe Earagail Arts Festival have officially launched a jam-packed, fun-filled festival programme at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny today. Now in its 26th year, the festival is a two week celebration of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus and carnival.Taking place from Saturday, 12th – 26th July, Earagail Arts Festival is one of the flagship Donegal events along the Wild Atlantic Way. This year’s festival has something for everyone, from family and outdoor events to theatre, comedy, art, workshops and music from all corners of the world.The launch was attended by a host of special guests and friends of the festival and included a range of performances by local musicians and artists.The festival’s centre-piece production is ‘Fiesta’, a new play celebrating one of the finest dance halls in Ireland. Running from Saturday 12th to Monday 14th July, ‘Fiesta’ is a not-to-be-missed celebration of the music, memories and stories that made the Fiesta Ballroom in Letterkenny so unique.Other highlights of the festival programme include ‘I Do’, ‘Bombino’, ‘Melting Pod Finale, ‘Imaginarium’ and ‘The Drive-In.’ Donegal County Manager, Mr. Seamus Neely said, “I am delighted to welcome this 26th edition of the Earagail Arts Festival, which continues to act as an annual high profile focus in the county for the very best of contemporary and traditional, local and visiting Irish and international arts.“This year’s festival has benefited from the input of a rich vein of artistic partners which together showcase the vibrancy, resilience, depth of imagination and community focus that characterises the cultural sector in the county today.Adding to this, Úna Mc Carthy, Head of Festivals & Events, Arts Council of Ireland said, “The Earagail Arts Festival exudes a strong sense of place and identity and continues to deliver a high quality programme which reaches audiences in strategic and surprising ways.Festival Director, Paul Brown said, “Earagail Arts Festival is synonymous with award-winning, ground-breaking international and national music, theatre and visual arts.“The 2014 programme presents new drama that explores the changing patterns of social history in rural Ireland; new site specific theatre, street arts and spectacle; specially commissioned exposés of native spoken word and a host of international music collaborations that bring together local and international players from as far afield as Japan, Egypt, Spain and the United States. “This year we’re inviting everyone to come along and immerse themselves in the real culture of Donegal.Joan Crawford, Client Services Manager, Fáilte Ireland said, “Fáilte Ireland is delighted to again support the Earagail Arts Festival as the flagship cultural event in Donegal with appeal to visitors from all over the world.“The festival achieved significant global recognition with its Homecoming Gathering event in 2013 which leaves it well positioned to grow international bednights for 2014.”Hosting a vibrant and varied programme throughout Inishowen, Letterkenny and west Donegal, Earagail Arts Festival features the best of local and international performances. Pick up a copy of the programme today and start planning your summer of festival fun. For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ieEaragail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL OFFICIALLY LAUNCH 2014 BROCHURE was last modified: June 4th, 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:BusinessEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more