Month: June 2021

‘I play all the instruments in my Irish music band’

Caitríona Lagan is an All-Ireland champion musician from Castledawson, County Londonderry.

The 15-year-old plays five instruments – banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and mandola.

During lockdown she began posting videos on social media showcasing her wide-ranging musical talent.

“I will remember music helping me through lockdown, it gave me something to do and it kept me going,” she told BBC News NI.

On Thursday, the Northern Ireland Executive announced the relaxation of rules around live music would be delayed to 5 July.

The changes have been delayed due to concerns about an increase in case numbers of the Delta variant.


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‘I’ve Given It Everything I Have’

Quentin Tarantino knows that once you’ve reached the top, the only option is to go down.

While promoting his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” novel on “Real Time With Bill Maher” on June 25, Tarantino confirmed he plans to retire after making one more film.

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“You’re too young to quit and you’re at the top of your game,” Maher pushed.

“That’s why I want to quit,” Tarantino said over a cheering audience. “Because I know film history and from here on end, directors do not get better.”

Maher responded that they got started in the

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Farming with Driverless Tractors… is it Possible?

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While farmers are generally eager to embrace an autonomous machine that eliminates one of their most time-consuming tasks, there are a wide range of potential issues that must be considered before such machines make their way onto the market.

In a round-table session that followed the FIRA 2020 keynote, “Farming with No Tractor Driver, is it Possible?”, four panelists discussed the various limitations that must  be overcome for driverless tractors to be developed, deployed and, eventually, adopted worldwide.

In the roundtable that followed, Antoine Chatelain (nursery employee and robot operator at Chatelain Nursery), Aymeric

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Get back into hitting those hiking trails

 By Caleb Lunetta 

Signal Staff Writer 

The Santa Clarita Valley is a known trails and hiking mecca, according to local experts.  

With over 11,000 acres of open spaces and more than 100 miles of trails, ranging from extreme elevation climbs to gentle slopes and open meadows, in terms of hiking, the SCV has plenty to offer.  

And according to the experts, whether you wanted to shed the “Quarantine 15” — a few pounds put on from the confinement — or you’d just like to get outside as we head into the summer months, now’s the time to get into the

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Which countries are on the UK’s green list for quarantine-free travel?

The UK government has announced the latest changes to its traffic light system for foreign travel.

Until today, there have been 11 countries and territories on the green list, meaning there is no need to quarantine when entering the UK from any of these places (subject to a negative COVID-19 test).

However, after the Northern Ireland executive updated its own green list earlier today, the UK government has now confirmed an additional 15 destinations will be added to the quarantine-free list.

This is now the full list of territories and countries where quarantine is no longer required to enter the

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Hiking the Grand Canyon in the Summer: How to do it

Grand Canyon National Park trails never close due to extreme hot weather. But just because they are always open, does not mean you should go.

Arizona has seen record temperatures in recent weeks and its only June. Those record highs can be life threatening if you are unprepared and don’t take the weather seriously.

Temperatures also vary significantly from the rim of the Grand Canyon to the bottom. It can be 80 degrees when you start your hike, but the temperature will quickly increase as you descend. If safety measures aren’t taken, any unprepared hiker can be affected by

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Jon Hassell, avant garde US composer, dies aged 84 | Jon Hassell

Jon Hassell, the influential American avant garde composer who invented the global-minded “fourth world” musical aesthetic, has died aged 84. In a statement, his family said the “iconic trumpet player, author and composer” died in the early hours of 26 June, after just over a year of health complications.

In spring 2020, Hassell broke his leg in a fall at his recording studio and spent four months recuperating in hospital, in isolation owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hassell “cherished life and leaving this world was a struggle as there was much more he wished to share in music, philosophy,

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Akriti Singh elated with her debut film’s win at UK film fest: People in India are now taking interest | Bollywood

Akriti Singh’s directorial debut Toofaan Mail has been named best film (youth choice) at the UK Asian Film Festival and the actor-filmmaker is on cloud nine, as she calls it a “wonderful validation” for her that she’s on the right path.

“I don’t know about long terms effect but right now, I’m feeling very confident about the film. I know I’ve made something fresh. Not just an award, but the film also got a very good reviews and response from the audience. It was a houseful show. I’m very excited to get the film out to a wider audience,” shares

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Black US farmers dismayed as white farmers’ lawsuit halts relief payments | US news

The US Department of Agriculture was scheduled to begin sending out payments to Black and minority farmers this month, as part of a $4bn loan forgiveness program included in the $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill that passed Congress in March.

But a lawsuit on behalf of white farmers accusing the Biden administration of discrimination has, at least temporarily, stopped the checks, prompting dismay among Black farmers and campaigners.

The money, intended as a way to address more than 100 years of discriminatory practices and policies that have historically and disproportionately disadvantaged Black owners of farmland, is now being held up

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Finding Equity in the Outdoors

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“Hasn’t anybody ever seen a Black hiker before?” said actor Blair Underwood in a cheeky Funny or Die video from 2009.

In the sketch, Underwood plays a hiker determined to take a peaceful stroll through nature. After receiving numerous stares from fellow trekkers, though — some dubious, some supportive, all passersby are white — Underwood realizes he’s an anomaly. He’s a

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