Titanic Dance, a local dance company have jetted off to China this morning to perform an International performance.The Local Dance Company which is led by Drumkeen man Raymond Sweeney and Louise Hayden, both starred as principle dancers in the world famous Lord of the Dance.The video clip by BBC Newsline speaks to Raymond and the rest of the group as they give their views of their show in Derry yesterday, August 4th. Click play to view the video below. Drumkeen and Donegal are extremely proud of local 34-year-old Raymond Sweeney Creative Director, Producer and Lead Dancer of Titanicdance, a hugely successful Irish Dance Musical Extravaganza that is making waves in both China and the USA and is set to be a world wide sensationDonegal’s Raymond along with 26 Talented Cast Members, Five Musicians and One Singer travelled to China on the 5th of August to perform in the China International Folk Arts Festival at the Qinghai Grand Theatre in West China’s Qinghai Province from the 8th to 12th of August.This is a wonderful achievement not only for Raymond and the Cast but also for Donegal and gives great inspiration to other aspiring dancers of what can be achieved, through talent, hard work and dedication.Raymond’s passion and talent for Irish Dancing started many years ago, at the age of 9 he started dancing with Teri Lafferty School of Dancing. His natural talent and commitment to his craft ensured many successes over the years and by the age of 16 his professional career kicked off when he joined Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.Speaking before boarding his flight to China Raymond said: “We created Titancidance in 2013 opening in An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny, from here we performed in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast and the Millennium Forum in Derry and now we are heading to China! We are so excited and honoured to be taking part in China’s International Folk Arts Festival and are hoping that this will be the big break that we need to bring Titanicdance worldwide. I have been so lucky during my career to have danced with some of best Dancers all over the world but Titanicdance is particularly special for me, this is not just an Irish dance show; it’s an emotional journey of hope, aspiration, love, heartbreak and sadness that we hope will mesmerise audiences everywhere”.Travelling to China will provide an excellent platform to showcase this incredible show to a global audience, gain the recognition it deserves and allow people to experience this amazing production first hand. Our feet are tapping just thinking on it!Best of Luck to Raymond and the whole cast, China is just the tip of the Iceberg!Drumkeen man aiming to be Titanic success in China was last modified: August 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BBCchina performancetitanic dance group
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the years, as I have worked with beef cattle owners I have asked them where temperament ranks as they make culling decisions and decide which animals and genetics to keep in the herd. I have heard replies ranging from “It’s a factor, something I keep in mind” to “It’s one of the top 3 factors in my decision.” Glenn Selk, Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, recently presented the results of a couple of studies showing that wild and/or excitable cattle negatively affect profit in the cattle operation. Here are excerpts from that article:Selk cited a Mississippi State University study published in 2006 that used a total of 210 feeder cattle consigned by 19 producers in a “farm to feedlot” program to evaluate the effect of temperament on performance and net profit. Temperament was scored on a 1 to 5 scale (1=nonaggressive, docile; 5=very aggressive, excitable). Three measurements were used: pen score, chute score, and exit velocity.Measurements were taken on the day of shipment to the feedlot. Exit velocity is an evaluation of temperament that is made electronically by measuring the speed at which the animal leaves the confinement of the chute. Exit velocity and pen scores were highly correlated. As pen scores increased, so did exit velocity. As pen score and exit velocity increased, health treatments costs and number of days treated increased, while average daily gain and final body weight decreased. As pen score increased, net profit per head tended to decline.A Colorado State University study published in 1996 examined the effects of temperament on weight gains and the incidence of dark cutting. Cattle were temperament ranked, on a 5-point system, while animals were held on a single animal scale. Their results show that there is a highly significant effect of temperament ranking on average daily gain. Animals exhibiting the highest temperament ranking also have the lowest average daily gains. Conversely, animals that were the calmest had the highest average daily gains. Those cattle that have the highest temperament ranking, those that were berserk, also have the highest incidence of dark cutters. Dark cutter carcasses will be discounted approximately $20 to $25 dollars per hundred pounds compared to carcasses with normal colored lean.How effective can culling be to improve the temperament of your herd? Temperament is considered a moderately heritable characteristic with a heritability score of 0.36 to 0.45. This indicates that progress can be made by selecting against flighty and excitable cattle.
A cross-border motor rally to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is arriving in Agartala from Bangladesh on Tuesday afternoon. The rally, which got underway at Rajghat in New Delhi on February 4, will culminate on February 24 at Yangon in Myanmar.The Border Security Force (BSF) has made arrangements to support the itinerary of the motorists on the border. The rally entered Bangladesh from Kolkata on Monday, sources in BSF said.“We will facilitate the rally to the Agartala Check Post from Bangladesh. The Ministry of Transport and Highways has organised the rally,” senior BSF official of the Tripura Frontier Arun Kumar Verma told The Hindu.Government officials said the rally would travel 7,250 km before it reaches Yangon. It will cover places historically associated with Mahatma Gandhi, both in India as well as in Bangladesh and Myanmar.Officials said the ultimate aim of the rally is to spread the values of Mahatma Gandhi throughout route of the rally. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is supporting the event.
zoom Not enough companies in the shipping industry are following joined-up risk management procedures, according to international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.The second annual Moore Stephens Shipping Risk Survey revealed a fall in the overall level of satisfaction on the part of respondents that sound risk management had contributed to the success of their organisations. The involvement of senior management in managing risk at the highest level also declined against last year.Respondents to the survey rated the extent to which enterprise and business risk management is contributing to the success of their organisation at an average 6.6, on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high), compared to 6.9 last time. Under a quarter of respondents (23%) returned a rating of 8.0, compared to 26% last time, while 70% put the figure at more than 5.0 out of 10.0, as opposed to 74% in 2015.Overall, respondents rated the extent to which enterprise and business risk was being managed effectively by their organisations at 7.0 out of 10.0 (unchanged from last time).Demand trends were deemed by the greatest number of respondents to pose the highest level of risk to their organisation, closely followed by competition, with the cost and availability of finance in third place.“The survey revealed that risk is being managed effectively within a high percentage of those organisations which participated in the survey. It is nonetheless disappointing to find that confidence in the level to which enterprise and business risk management contributes to the success of shipping organisations has fallen slightly in the past 12 months. So, too, has high-level involvement by senior managers,” Michael Simms, Moore Stephens Partner, Shipping & Transport, said.Simms added that the current rating of 7.0 out of 10.0 in respect of the level of effective management of risk at companies which participated in the survey is not too discouraging, however, “it needs to be higher, as does the figure of just over 40% of companies which formally document the management of risk.”