Limerick trainees face losses of €85,000 apiece

first_imgAdvertisement Linkedin Previous articleHickey and Dowling confident for rest of seasonNext articleStern reminders on way to defiant householders admin WhatsApp Twitter Facebookcenter_img Email Print LIMERICK trainees are among the 80 Irish students who may have lost up to €85,000 apiece with the ending of a pilot training course in Florida.The  Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has sent personnel to the Florida Institute of Technology Aviation and the Waterford-based Pilot Training Centre, Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up where it is understood the students paid the fees for courses to be delivered in the United States.Reports emerged yesterday of students, including Limerick trainee pilots who have been left stranded after being told that their course in the US is discontinued.The Waterford training centre, which enjoys an excellent reputation in aviation circles, was not contractible yesterday for comment on whether or not the contract with the Florida Centre has been terminated.Sources close to the situation told the Limerick  Post that while they could not confirm how many Limerick students are involved “it is fair to say there are definitely a number”.It is understood that a number of the students are stranded and others are facing eviction from their accommodation in the coming days. Some are also coming to the end of their visas.According to a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs, there had been no request at time of going to press for its assistance.It is believed that the students were at various stages of training for professional pilot’s examinations and the IAA is today trying to see if  they can continue their training either in Florida or at home.When contacted by the Limerick Post, the IAA said that fees in excess of €80,000 are not unusual in the field of pilot training.Meanwhile, Deputy Willie O’Dea has plans to raise the issue in Dail question time today to see what can be done.“This is a terrible situation for people who have made a huge investment in their training. I will be pushing to see how they can be helped,” he told the Limerick Post.According to the IAA spokesperson the authority “will endeavour to facilitate the crediting of all flight and ground training carried out so far in Florida towards qualifications”.Captain Kieran O’Connor, of the National Flight Training Centre in Dublin,  one of Europe’s largest training centres, held out some hope for the Limerick students when contacted by the  Limerick Post yesterday.“We feel terribly sorry for all the students involved. They have been badly compromised. “If they make contact with us at the training centre , we’ll do whatever we can to help”. NewsLocal NewsLimerick trainees face losses of €85,000 apieceBy admin – July 5, 2012 522 last_img read more

Along China’s keys

first_imgThe evocative piano sonatas and etudes of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Debussy are legendary, beloved around the world and celebrated in the classical canon. But what is known about the playing of Liu Xue’an, or the compositions of He Luting?Piano music in China is young by the standards of the West, as an exhibit at Loeb Music Library reveals. On view through Dec. 18, “One Hundred Years of Chinese Piano Music” sheds light on a tradition influenced by native folklore, poems, philosophy, and even a complex social-political movement, as well as Western styles and techniques.The show traces the century-long history of the publication of piano music in China and was inspired by a 10-volume anthology of Chinese piano works released by the Shanghai Conservatory Press in honor of the centennial. Selected volumes appear in the exhibit alongside signature Chinese compositions, photos, and other items drawn from the Loeb Music Library, Harvard’s Fine Arts Library, the Harvard-Yenching Library, and the Shanghai Conservatory.Visitors can see examples of music colored by both Western and Chinese traditions. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThat China’s rich classical repertoire is largely a secret beyond its borders is unsurprising, said the exhibit’s curator, Harvard library assistant Lingwei Qiu.“It’s a relatively new history,” said Qiu, a pianist who donated to the show several items from her own collection. The exhibit, she said, is “a good chance to just introduce something new, something different. This is like an overview. It’s not a complete history, but it covers the most important moments in Chinese piano music history. It opens a new window.”Visitors who peer into that window will see examples of music colored by both Western and Chinese traditions. Some pieces use the five-notes-per-octave pentatonic scale, which is common in Chinese music. Other compositions are based on the heptatonic scale, which includes seven pitches per octave and is more standard in Western music. Examples of canons and fugues, reminiscent of Bach and Beethoven, are on view. While they have a distinctly Western feel, many are inspired by Chinese folk songs, even ancient works of art.The show’s oldest published piece has a direct Harvard connection.China’s first published piano work appeared in a journal of the Science Institute in Shanghai almost exactly a century ago and was the product of the well-known linguist and musician Chao Yuen Ren. In 1915, the same year his piece was published, Chao traveled to Harvard to pursue his Ph.D. in philosophy. (His daughter, Chao Rulan, became a longtime professor in Harvard’s departments of music and East Asian languages and civilizations.) The composer’s Western-style composition is titled “March of Peace,” and may have been a reaction to World War I, said Qiu.One case of the three glass cases and two wall displays that make up the exhibit is dedicated to contemporary Chinese piano music and includes a 1987 composition by Zhao Xiaosheng inspired by the Chinese theory of I Ching. Another case contains works based on compositions for the ancient Chinese stringed instruments pipa and guqin, whose original music, in some instances, dates back more than 1,000 years.For Lingwei Qiu, the Loeb Library exhibit celebrates not only the treasures of the past, but also the future of Chinese piano music. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAmong the show’s highlights is one of China’s most famous compositions, “Yellow River,” a four-movement concerto for piano and orchestra based on a 1939 cantata of the same name by Xian Xinghai. The concerto, which premiered in 1969, was inspired by a poem by Guang Weiran that urged the Chinese to rise up against Japanese invaders. Despite its Western-influenced compositional style, its patriotic sentiment made it popular with Communist officials in China, who encouraged performances of the piece during the Cultural Revolution. It remains a popular favorite today.For Qiu, the Loeb Library exhibit celebrates not only the treasures of the past, but also the future of Chinese piano music.“This is also a show representing Chinese culture, Chinese history, and Chinese daily life, and it marks a significant step toward the next 100 years.”last_img read more

Agroforestry & Wildlife

first_imgPine straw production, timber sales and wildlife management will top the list of topics at the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day slated for Thursday, Sept. 20, at the University of Georgia’s Westbrook Research Farm in Griffin, Georgia.Experts from across the state will present the latest research on 28 topics at the field day, which is set to begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 4:15 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Tractor-pulled trams will take participants through the forest to each speaker’s site.Held every three years, the event is a joint effort of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.The most popular forestry topics tend to be those related to thinning and prescribed burning. Other topics covered include the economics of longleaf pine management, forest and wildlife management planning, and silvopasture .The field day will cover wildlife topics including quality deer management, feral hogs, bobwhite quail habitat restoration and management, wetland management for waterfowl, beekeeping as a side business, dove field preparation and management, wildlife openings, and attracting bats and birds.Registration is $25 and includes a field day cap and a barbecue lunch. Registration increases to $30 on Sept. 6. To register and review topics the field day will cover, go to or call 770-229-3477.last_img read more