2nd May, 2002
TOUGH TIMES IN RUSSIA FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
by Geraldine Fagan and Felix Corley, Keston News Service
ORTHODOX BISHOP BARS CATHOLIC
CHURCH BUILDING? (22 Apr)
Authorities in the western Russian city of Pskov have halted the construction of a Catholic Church in the wake of a complaint by the local Orthodox bishop, Keston News Service has learnt. Archbishop Yevsevi (Savvin) of Pskov and Velikie Luki appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the regions administration Yevgeni Mikhailov with a request not to allow the destroyers of our homeland and nation - the Roman Pope and Catholicism to triumph on Holy Pskov soil. On 3 April, soon after the archbishop wrote his letter, the city authorities issued an instruction halting the building.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SEEKS TO LIQUIDATE MAGADAN CATHOLIC PARISH (22 Apr).
A legal case in the Russian far eastern town of Magadan is to decide on whether a foreign citizen without a residence permit may lead a Catholic parish. The Church of Christs Nativity, headed by Father Michael Shields, has been warned by the justice department of Magadan region that it is contravening Russias 1997 law on religion. However the lawyer representing the parish told Keston News Service that the parish is challenging this interpretation of the law at Magadan city court. The majority of Catholic priests in Russia are foreign citizens, and few have managed to obtain a residence permit.
WHY WAS CATHOLIC BISHOP EXPELLED?
Varied responses from the Russian state authorities continue to obscure the reasons for the annulment on 19 April of Bishop Jerzy Mazur's valid visa when he tried to return to his Irkutsk-based diocese from his native Poland. In recent days there have been several high-level condemnations of the measures taken against Bishop Mazur and requests to the Russian authorities for an explanation.
CAMPAIGN AGAINST CATHOLICS?
"Events in recent months demonstrate that an organised campaign is being waged against the Catholic Church in Russia, " maintains a 20 April statement from the head of Russia's Catholics, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz. The vice-chairman of the Russian government's Commission for Religious Organisations told Keston News Service that he found the recent incidents involving Catholic clergy "surprising and incomprehensible", but said that as yet he did could not comment on whether they represented an anti-Catholic campaign. There have been calls for a restriction on Catholic activity from the Russian parliament, the Duma, but the presidential administration appears to be at least mildly supportive of the Catholics' position.
DEIRDRE CLUNE, TD.
The building of a second incinerator by Indaver in Cork must be stopped. The governments failed waste management policy has brought about the situation where there is demand for incineration of domestic waste in Cork.
This is the wrong way to deal with the problem of waste disposal. Fine Gael will introduce an effective waste management policy which reduces, reuses and minimises waste.
We will not look on waste as a product that we must dispose of but as a resource and maximise its reuse and recycling potential
Fine Gael is totally opposed to building this incinerator which is a threat to the environment and opposed by the people of Cork. Deirdre Clune T.D.
GET BACK IN THE GAME -
DRIVE WITHOUT PAIN!
Are you plagued by neck or low back stiffness
when you tentatively take those first few steps after a car
journey? Do you feel that in those short few miles you have
acquired the spine of an 80 year old? Has back pain, headaches,
shoulder ache and leg cramps become a familiar part of your daily
routine? just an occupational hazard associated with those
thousands of miles covered in an average weeks work. Do you
have difficulty getting into and out of the car every morning for
the usual school run? Have you ever closely assessed the
ergonomic design of your car seat and considered the implication
of such poorly designed seats on your spine?
Since the first car was invented in the early 1800s we have witnessed continuous improvements in safety, style, design and power. As a race, we tend to pride ourselves in the type of car that we chose to drive. Unfortunately, as the mechanical and engineering design of our cars has evolved, we have left comfort and correct ergonomic design back in the dark ages.
How often have we taken a car for a test drive and paid special attention to the design of the seat? Here are some tips to help you chose the correct car seat or to modify your seat and avoid unnecessary pains and aches. Whether you are a long distance driver or just out for a Sunday drive you can be sure of safe and comfortable motoring.
Assess the back support offered by your car seat. Your buttocks and lumbar spine should be well supported by the back of the seat and you should sit well back into the chair. If your seat does not offer sufficient back support it is essential that you either buy a portable/transferable lumbar support or roll up a towel and place it behind your lumbar spine (the small of your back). Once this fits behind the lumbar spine, it provides support for the spine in its natural S shape. This is a crucial area of the spine to support and inadequate lumbar support will result in a slouched posture whereby the shoulders are dragged forward and the chin pokes outward. Such sustained postures can have heavy implications especially for the muscles, ligaments and joints in your cervical and lumbar spine. Driving with such poor posture will not only re-awaken forgotten low back and neck ache and contribute to overall stiffness but will also culminate in poor concentration and a tendency to fatigue easily.
Another essential safely feature designed to reduce whiplash injuries of the cervical spine is the head restraint. The greater the head-set distance, the greater the whiplash effect. It is imperative that we adjust the head rest so that it is approximately level with the drivers ear.
STEERING WHEEL HEIGHT
Some cars are equipped with adjustable steering wheel height. Ensure that your wheel is correctly positioned for you, so that your arms are not over-stretched and held in such an uncomfortable sustained postural position. This will place extra strain on your neck and shoulders and easily lead to fatigue. Equally check that the wheel isnt too low and close to your body and that you are consequently sitting with your shoulders and arms in a cramped position.
CHAIR HEIGHT & DISTANCE FROM PEDALS
Adequately designed car seats will have height adjustable chairs. This is necessary so that optimum comfort can be achieved, allowing the driver to obtain a good view of the road, irrespective of driver height. If you are small, ensure that you make use of this facility by jacking up your seat and preventing overstrain of your neck as you try to peer over the steering wheel. Be certain to slide your car seat backward if you are tall, so that you can avoid leg cramp. Smaller drivers must be careful that the seat is not positioned so that their feet are too far from the pedals.
More on Driving Without Pain Next Week
For further information, contact Dr. Nichola Dunne BSc.; D.C. at the Douglas Village Chiropractic Clinic, phone: 021-4361559.
EUROPEAN COMPUTER DRIVING LICENCE
By George Thompson
When it comes to confusion there is none more than the E.C.D. L. Whats so confusing you ask? This is a question I posed to the guys at A-1 Sight & Sound in Penrose Wharf recently and they explained that, they get many customers coming in having booked their course only to find that these unwary customers have booked their driving licence (car) theory test elsewhere and because this theory test is done by means of a computer, hence the confusion. So here is a brief synopsis of what the E.C.D.L. is all about
The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is a certificate stating that the holder has passed seven tests. The fast paced course covers the complete syllabus . The first test assesses the candidates knowledge of the basic concepts of information technology ; the other tests are practical tests which assess the candidates competence in using the computer. The Computer Driving Licence is an internationally recognised document. It can simplify employment procedures and assure an employer that applicants for a position and employees in work are competent in managing computers and using common applications. The ECDL is based on a single agreed European Syllabus and includes ..
Basic concepts of I.T. - Using the computer and managing files. Word Processing. Spreadsheets. Databases/Filing Systems. Presentations. Information Network Services.
This course can be availed of in various forms including the ECDL Flexi -Course using the unique Sight & Sound system ensuring that you get the benefit of a classroom style tutorial but at your own pace.
A-1 Sight & Sound also conduct a host of other courses from Secretarial to Web Design in a friendly and professional atmosphere. For further information on these courses contact A-1 Sight & Sound, Penrose Wharf on 021-4551668.
EVAN DANDO - Live in the Half Moon
By Aoife Barry
Aah, the Lemonheads purveyors of scarily poppy rock, hummable tunes that stick in your head for weeks and remind you of all that is good in the music business. But alas, the Lemonheads have, as of their last album, 1996s Car, Button, Cloth, sadly departed ways, and it is now up to their strapping young(ish) frontman, the rather charismatic, and notoriously moody Evan Dando, to wave the flag and keep the Lemonheads spirit alive. Mondays gig in the Half Moon was an affair that was perhaps strictly for the fans and it appeared from the amount of talking going on during the support acts that those who werent fans and who had been dragged there by an obsessed girlfriend/boyfriend were all too happy to let this unique opportunity go right over their heads.
First on stage was the young Cork troubadour Niall Connolly, he with the quintessentially Irish looks and dab hand at writing tortured little tunes about nearly setting his parents house on fire after a night out, entitled I Forgot To Thank You, not to mention his ode to teenage drinking (!), Two For A Fiver. But much of his charm was lost, or rather, drowned out, when half the audience decided to indulge in a spot of banter with the leather-jacket-clad man next to them. But, fortunately for the rest of us, Niall didnt seem to be very put off by the racket and was on fine form as usual, nicely plugging his debut album, Songs From a Corner (which I myself would wholeheartedly recommend!) in between songs.
Next up was a certain Mr. Chris Brokaw, the American uber-talented guitarist who would go on to accompany Evan on the electric guitar for the rest of the night. His repertoire was a little too instrumental for my liking, and it did seem that at the time he didnt quite have the charisma to pull off keeping the crowd entertained during his 30-minute slot. A genuine talent, and an accomplished and respected musician in his home country, he didnt seem to mind the lack of interest, and played with the confidence and poise that only a self-assured musician with many years of experience behind him can. After Chris came Eugene Kelly, the Glaswegian musician who has somewhat of a cult following after the late Kurt Cobain covered some of his band The Vaselines songs during Nirvanas career. Playing such favourites as Mollys Lips, Jesus Doesnt Want Me For A Sunbeam and Son of a Gun, he succeeded on being the only other person on the night, besides Mr.Dando himself, in getting the crowd interested and singing along. This was a rare appearance by Eugene, and one that did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
When Evan Dando finally took to the stage, he did so with a scowl on his face and a glint of anger in his eye something that I feared did not bode well for the night. But happily, I was proved wrong when he quickly composed himself and got into the swing of things with as much vigour as was possible for a man who many consider as the King of Cool. Slightly detached though he was, he went down a storm, not least owing to the large amount of Lemonheads songs he played during his set he even apologised for playing new tracks from his forthcoming album! Into your Arms, Confetti, Big Gay Heart and Shame About Ray got us all singing along, loudly and boisterously. Now we were starting to have fun! Keeping the audience amused and entertained came easily to Dando, not just owing to his huge reputation and large following here in Ireland, but also because he clearly had the fans in mind when he composed his setlist and decided on not using a full band on the night, as well as keeping us up well past the midnight hour when the alcohol coursing through everyones veins guaranteed a very happy audience. A great gig, a genius musician and an intimate venue. Who could ask for more?
BUTTERFLIES AT CORK ARTS THEATRE
When I had a spare moment, I
used to look down over the road, over the frosted glass and
sometimes Id see you....I used to mark it down in my
Observations Diary - the one I use for my Entomological studies...
I used to think of you like a butterfly....I captured you and
took you to a house in the country where I kept you and gradually
you came to know me and like me and then suddenly...
Extracts from the riveting play, The Collector by David Parker, which is to be brought to life by Cabal Theatre Company at the Cork Arts Theatre from Tues 7th May to Saturday 11th May 2002.
Based on the novel of the same name by John Fowles, The Collector tells the story of the abduction and imprisonment of young Art Student Miranda Grey. Her abductor Frederick Clegg, a lottery winner of alien mindset does not trust the ordinary sequence of events to bring him and Miranda together, so he takes fate into his own hands by kidnapping her.
The play in its depiction of their forced relationship, brings to light the stark differences in their characters. Cleggs attitude leads him to regard Miranda as a beautiful butterfly, as an object from which he may derive pleasurable control. Clegg is ridden with insecurities and is overbearingly class conscious and has feelings of discomfort towards his new found wealth. He is unable to find his own place in society and so preys on Miranda for societal positioning allowing his ultimate destructive side to deprive Miranda of her freedom and much more. In an atmosphere of gradually increasing tension, the play descends into a nightmare of horror, violence and madness.
Directed by James Horgan, James describes The Collector as being a very chilling and pivotal drama. With over twenty years of stage work, James has acted in some sixty productions and he holds a Gold Medal in Acting from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Credits include roles in Hair, Godspell, Annie, Oliver, Last of the Mohicans, The Servant, Big Maggie, The Farndale Macbeth and Checkmate. He has receive numerous awards for both acting and direction
Ciaran Birmingham who plays Clegg has just recently decided to devote his life to Professional Acting on a full-time basis and has since taken on a montage of roles. His last role was as the Pharaoh in Joseph and his Amazing Techni-Coloured Coat and after finishing as Clegg in The Collector, he goes straight into rehearsals for the Opera Houses Production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. His vast experience in theatre gives him more than enough scope to become the dangerous paradox that is Frederick Clegg.
Joy Buckle makes her stage debut as victim Miranda Grey, the object of Cleggs manic obsession. Joy brings an unprecedented energy and enthusiasm to the stage. A student of Montfort College of Performing Arts for many years, Joy holds a Silver Medal with the London Academy of Dramatic Art.
The Collector as presented by Cabal Theatre Company is representative of its main objective which is to create challenging, yet accessible theatre with an emphasis on high standards of performance and production. With that, it hopes to provide a professional outlet for both established and emerging talent.
For further information on The Collector, please contact Hazel Morrison or James Horgan at 021 4503600
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