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first_imgFunding for Donegal’s biggest and best-known arts festival is down by 50% but the organisers of the Earagail Arts Festival have promised one of the best line-ups for many years.The festival was officially launched at the weekend with director Paul Brown promising ‘something for everyone’ in the Donegal audience.Up to 40,000 people will attends events across the county for this the 23rd festival which runs from the 9th to the 24th of July. Paul said organisers of this year’s event have had to be realistic about their budget but nonetheless a feast of entertainment which includes musicians, comedians, actors, artists and clowns awaits.“I would say that funding is down by 50% but that’s the economic reality we have to work within today.“Having said that, I think the line-up for this year’s festival is first class. We really do have something for everyone.“Planning for such a large festival has to be done literally years in advance. We are already making calls about the festival in two years time. But that’s what you have to do. “There’s such a lot of great stuff at this year’s event and we are trying to bring value for money to people who want to get along to a number of shows,” he said.One of Paul’s personal favourites takes place on the very opening night of the festival and is entiled Feast of the Senses.Admission might be a little steep at 35 but for that people get an unusual three course supper and entertainment by here super acts including Little John Nee, Ponydance and Pokey LaFarge.The event takes place in a huge marquee in Letterkenny Town Park and is one not to be missed.“I can’t say too much about the food but it is being done by Rathmullan House which means it is going to be simply amazing if not a little unusual. “It’s going to be a terrific night and will really kick-start the festival,” said Paul Brown.A high quality FREE brochure outlining everything you need to know about this years two week event has been produced and is available in shops and other outlets.The festival officially kicks off at 9.30pm on Saturday, July 9th with the Eargail Arts Festival Parade on Main Street.After that it’s endless days and nights featuring such legends as John Prine, Solo Cissokho, Puja, Trad Trathnona, Scubadice, The Selecter, Lisa Hanningan, T with the Maggies, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and The Tragedian. And that’s before we even talk about drive-in movies, carnivals or children’s events!But that’s just a sample of what’s on offer with the full list being available on www.eaf.ie or in the festival brochure.To try and encourage as many people to get to as many events as possible while also thinking of the purse-strings, the festival has a special ‘five for 50’ deal which entitles people to get into any five of certain listed shows for just €50.Throughout the two weeks of the festival, donegaldaily will be bringing you updates, pictures and gossip from an event we should all be very proud of.EndsUPDATED ‘SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE’ AS TOP CLASS EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL IS LAUNCHED was last modified: June 15th, 2011 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:donegalEaragail Arts Festivallaunchedlast_img read more

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Australian scientists take to the streets to protest job cuts

first_imgSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Abandoning their usual reserve, nearly 1000 scientists across the country downed instruments and grabbed placards this week to protest pending job losses at the nation’s leading research organization, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). “Scientists are not known for rushing to the barricades,” says Anthony Keenan of the CSIRO Staff Association, who adds that while staff members are concerned about job cuts at CSIRO, they are “dismayed” at the government’s short-sighted approach to science.  Job cuts at CSIRO are the direct result of the government’s decision last month to slash AU$115 million, or 16%, from the organization’s budget over 4 years. As many as 420 staff members, mostly scientists, could be out of work by June 2015, according to a memo circulated to staff members on 14 May by CSIRO chief Megan Clark. According to the Staff Association, the losses are “unprecedented.” Currently, CSIRO has 5500 positions. The pending cuts could leave the agency with 1000 fewer staff members than last year, and up to 2500 fewer than it had in the 1990s. The conservative government, elected last September, has also chosen not to appoint a science minister, the first time since the portfolio was created in 1931.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Protests occurred today at the Black Mountain site near Canberra, the Melbourne suburb of Clayton, North Ryde near Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, and Perth. On Tuesday, scientists gathered at regional sites in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland, as well as in Western AustraliaAfter speaking at the Canberra protest, former science minister and opposition Labor Senator Kim Carr blasted the government with this tweet: “No Science Minister, no policy, no idea.”last_img read more

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