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  3. I do. Some pages are prettier than others, but I have a page for every show AND the first movie ticket stub and paper adverts for Rattle and Hum. The Galleria 10 is where I worked. I have no idea how many times I actually watched it while it was there, but it was a lot.
  4. From my handy dandy scrapbook of all my shows....a grand total of $59, and back when all tickets were the same price apparently because we were on the Floor for New Orleans and mid level seats for Atlanta.
  5. These are the smiling faces of the children in Vesnova Children's Institution. Unfortunately some of our medical trips have had to be temporarily postponed, but we send all our love from Ireland and we promise that we will be visiting you all again very soon ♥️♥️♥️
  6. What better way to celebrate your wedding and give back than with some chocolate!!! Our caramel chocolate heart wedding favours are simple, delicious and perfect for putting the finishing touch to your special day. We do not ask for a specific price but rely on your generosity to help thousands of children have lifesaving cardiac surgery through our Cardiac‘Flying Doctors’ programme. All donations received for wedding favours fund our Cardiac programme that has saved and continues to save the lives of thousands of children in the Chernobyl affected regions.
  7. **🤎🐣EASTER RAFFLE🐣🤎** So guys we promised you another Lotto Bonus Ball Raffle and here it is!! As you are aware we have had to cancel many fundraisers due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We are trying to keep some small amounts of funds going into the account in dire times. So we have been donated some fab prizes by AMAZING local businesses to which we owe huge thanks ...some to enjoy while in isolation and some to look forward to when all this passes. Tickets are once again €10 per number choosing from 1 to 47. You can pay by idonate or paypal. Both links below. Or you can Revolut trinagilchriest@hotmail.com https://www.idonate.ie/…/11378214_dublin-chernobyl-internat… or PayPal @dublinccibranch@gmail.com Our prize is worth just over €500 and consists of 1 x Large Choc Hamper containing Butlers, Lir and Lily O Briens Eggs donated by IAA Dublin Airport. 1 x Large Easter Bunny Toy 1 x Selection of Red & White Wine, Prosecco and Biscuits 1 x 2 day Staycation Fennessy's Hotel Clonmel donated by Olga Grudan 1 x €60 Voucher Bon Appetit Malahide 1 x Yoga Next Door Voucher donated by Hot Yoga Dublin 1 x € 50 Voucher donated by Skin Deep Salon Donabate 1 x 30 min Private Golf Lesson with Eoin Arthur's @ Kinsealy Golf Academy 1 x Voucher donated by Red Velvet Hair Salon for Curly Blowdry Please share for us and dont miss your chance to win this fabulous prize. #Easterraffle #ChernobylChildren #charity #fundraiser
  8. Music Generation Kildare gets underway and welcomes the appointment of Music Development Officer, Alan Costello. A wonderful announcement in light of the difficult news environment we're currently experiencing 👏 Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board - KWETB Kildare County Council together with Music Generation is delighted to announce the appointment of Irish pianist, lecturer and traditional musician Alan Costello to the role of Music Generation Development Officer for Kildare. https://www.musicgeneration.ie/news/article/music-generation-kildare-gets-underway/
  9. News Sing Ireland - Virtual Choir IRELAND'S CALL - VIRTUAL CHOIR We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe. As choirs and singing groups all around the country have now suspended rehearsals, we are sure that you are all missing group singing and meeting your friends each week. In the meantime, we would like to invite you to join together in a 'virtual choir' project. The piece we will record is Ireland's Call and Sing Ireland is collaborating with our friends in wind and concert bands all around Ireland to make this recording (www.bandsofireland.com) You are asked to make a video of yourself performing the piece (if you are not comfortable with providing a video just let us know and we will use the audio only). The piece has been arranged for SATB choir and voice parts for the piece may be downloaded by clicking the links below. You will need two devices - one to open the backing track which you will sing along to and one to record your performance. Make sure to have the backing track on headphones so it doesn’t appear on your voice recording. HOW TO RECORD YOUR VOICE VIDEOS SHOULD BE RECORDED IN LANDSCAPE (lengthways) at 30FPS. iPhones are set to this automatically and androids can be changed easily in the camera app. 1. Open or download the vocal score for your own voice part on the first device (tablet or laptop). Print out the music if you like or make it viewable on the device for you to read as you sing along. 2. Locate the backing track for your own voice part. This is the track that you will sing along to. In each backing track, a guide to your own voice part will appear in the right ear with the other guide music in the left ear. 3. Set up the second device (phone or tablet) to record your performance. We suggest singing in a room with no echo - carpets and curtains help dampen down the sound. 4. Using headphones to listen to the backing track on the first device, press play on the backing track and sing along while recording your video on the second device. 5. When you are happy with your recording, locate the recording on the second device and rename it with your own name similar to the following examples: Choir-Tenor-Michael-Murphy or Choir-Soprano-Mary-Murphy. HOW TO SEND YOUR VIDEO TO US 1. Open the website www.wetransfer.com. Click on ‘Add your files’ and select your recording from your device. 2. In the second field enter the email address 2020singireland@gmail.com In the third field enter your own email address and click on ‘Transfer’. You are now done! Please tell your friends and fellow choir members about this fun project and help us to reach our target of one thousand singers (or more)! The deadline for your recordings is 5pm on Monday 30th March 2020. VOCAL SCORES SOPRANO VOCAL SCORE PDF ALTO VOCAL SCORE PDF TENOR VOCAL SCORE PDF BASS VOCAL SCORE PDF BACKING TRACKS SOPRANO BACKING TRACK ALTO BACKING TRACK TENOR BACKING TRACK BASS BACKING TRACK HOW TO RECORD YOUR VIRTUAL CHOIR VIDEO Published 23 March 2020
  10. Do you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to the Coronavirus? You can register to get extra help with things like food deliveries. 🚚 Visit: https://bit.ly/2xZWdgN 👈 Don't worry if you aren't 100% sure if you are extremely vulnerable. Register anyway, just in case. ❤️ Guidance is available for people in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland too. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable?fbclid=IwAR1Wo0FlWku5PlXY5xYMBarPHNRW2m3OfeCVqJ-miFxnw4IRlNvtjZrn0Js
  11. "Somebody asked me, 'What's your disability?' I don't have one. I am Will — that's who I am. Down syndrome is an extra chromosome, which is also extra love." This really made us smile. 🙂 Congratulations Will! This is incredible news. 👏👏👏 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/will-brewer-down-syndrom-mount-saint-vincent-university-student-union-election-1.5499246?fbclid=IwAR0VU_OultE4zfe0wFg2qC4fZPdI9KfkUiFO9Ef2Za12mEQ0siVPvpKOKI0
  12. https://www.facebook.com/donate/2503852396387686/10158164926291354/ Our support workers are still going the extra mile to help people with a learning disability during the lockdown. Please help us support everyone in our #MencapFamily
  13. If you've just seen the latest episode of Casualty on BBC One tonight you may have been affected by some parts of the episode. 📺If anything you saw matched your experience of either helping, or being, a person with a learning disability in hospital, it might have brought up some bad memories. If you'd like some support, contact our helpline. 💬Visit: mencap.org.uk/mencapdirect 👈
  14. INSPI(RED) by Cavanaugh Bell, a first-grader who used $600 of his own money, saved up from two birthdays & three Christmases, to send Coronavirus care packages to seniors. https://tanksgoodnews.com/2020/03/23/cavanaugh-bell-coronavirus-care-packages/?fbclid=IwAR3vAEpUm-7H-QUJA1yQ9UVGUjKlUmg9-ePzuaWIxPve3VgNA_k2-cGYdYg
  15. A letter from the future about how we handled the coronavirus pandemic Different countries learned different lessons 11 comments Tom Fletcher 2 days ago UK residents have been told they can only leave their house to exercise or get food ( Getty ) Your dad asked me to tell you about the Great Pandemic of 2020. Hard to believe it was 30 years ago. At the time there was an American president who called it a Chinese virus, because it started there. But unlike the virus, that didn’t catch on. I can’t remember his name, but he used to shout at us on something called Twitter. Other leaders didn’t do that. Sadly America got it worse than most. Twitter? It was a way we used to communicate. You typed short messages and hoped people liked them. Sounds old-fashioned now. It didn’t help at first in 2020. People were too distracted to take the virus seriously and then too anxious to treat it rationally. They rushed out to buy toilet roll. There were crazy conspiracies. We saw some of the worst of humanity. But gradually the crisis brought out a deeper form of human solidarity then we had known. We watched Italians sing to each other from balconies. An ex-footballer gave his hotel space to health workers. Governments protected employees when they lost their jobs. Everywhere, people formed groups to help the vulnerable. And scientists came up with a cure. We found so many heroes in our midst. And some superheroes too. We started to applaud the health workers every night. Before the virus, we had forgotten how much we needed them, believe it or not. But these people kept heading right into the path of the virus, to prevent it reaching so many of us. I will never stop thanking them for the people I love that they saved in those long months of 2020. As the crisis got worse, we had to stay at home. Many of us found it hard at first. We did lots of odd things to cope. I wrote out my funeral service: it reminded me why I wanted to live. In those days we sent each other something we called memes. I used to get them first from the kids. Then the internet. Then my friends. Then my parents. But I was still happy when I got them from my parents. But something else happened. We read more books. We watched the films we had always meant to see. We spent more time preparing and eating food together. We started waving to strangers. We listened more to birdsong. Maybe I imagined it but the stars seemed brighter. We called people we loved more. We damaged nature less. We felt our emotions more keenly. We discovered the silence between the notes. For a few months, your dad and his brother studied at home. My respect for teachers grew faster than the curve on the graphs of deaths caused by the virus. Some days it was hard. But other days it was the only place to be. Studying with your dad, I remember talking about Thomas Edison, who said that he hadn’t failed 1,000 times, just found 1,000 ways that didn’t work. That got us onto talking about the invention of the lightbulb, and the people searching for a vaccine. We found out that Edison had also been home-schooled. When a lightbulb in your dad’s room went out, he looked at me with such wonder that I thought I would cry. I got to watch a lightbulb go on that day. When I think now about the people who went on to discover new sources of energy to save our climate and new ways of caring for the most vulnerable, I think that the virus was somehow part of that. Look at the incredible books, songs and work of art produced in 2020. Politics got better too. Many leaders rose to the challenge. We realised we needed to strengthen how we worked together across borders, that the answer to global threats was not just a bigger wall. We stopped forcing out health workers just because they were born somewhere else. We remembered that people from other places had the same strengths and weaknesses as us. It took years to rebuild the global economy, but we built one that gave more people a chance. It seems strange to look back now and think it took a virus to do all that. Read more Actor arrested by FBI for allegedly peddling fake coronavirus cure New York hospital suffers 13 deaths in a day amid wait for beds Man describes battle with coronavirus in order to raise awareness Coronavirus WhatsApp service by WHO offers information to billions Police play Baby Shark to thank people for staying home in lockdown Different countries learnt different lessons. In a strange way, the virus exposed our existing weaknesses. Countries that had controlled people too much didn’t respond quickly enough. Countries that under-invested in their health systems couldn’t respond effectively enough. Countries that had allowed political polarisation didn’t have the collective will to act together. Countries that had isolated themselves from neighbours found themselves asking those neighbours for help. Countries that had created an underclass of unprotected workers saw the virus spread faster as a result. The countries that didn’t learn these lessons suffered worse in later pandemics. Of course many friends faced far, far tougher times than us. Too many people lost too many of the people they loved much too soon. We buried them quietly as the worst of the hurricane hit us. But later, when it was done, we celebrated them loudly. Thirty years on, it is those people I remember. Not the virus. Some people say it is individuals that shape the world. Others say we're all tossed along on the tide by larger forces of history. I think that year we discovered that neither is completely true. The world is much bigger than we can comprehend. But we can still change it in small ways. Sometimes that means just carrying on, even if that meant not carrying on our normal lives in 2020. People can be infuriating. But they are more often amazing. At times like that, you fall back on those who are kind, curious and brave. You feel more grateful for the blessings you inherit, and greater compassion for those who don't have them. After the virus, there was still music, love, camaraderie, mountains, oceans, family, laughter, purpose, soul. Life really is beautiful. And we’re here for a good time, not a long time. As your grandfather, that’s what I want you to know.
  16. Some days, and especially these days, we just need a moment. This morning, Hoda Kotb showed us that this is okay. Thank you for your vulnerability and bravery during this crisis. #COVID19
  17. Global response to coronavirus falters as pandemic worsens and Trump lashes out at China Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY Published 6:46 PM EDT Mar 26, 2020 WASHINGTON – After Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded a "virtual" summit on Wednesday with top diplomats from six other countries, he struck a note of solidarity with U.S. allies as the world faces down a common enemy: the coronavirus pandemic. "I made it clear to our G7 partners – especially to our friends in Italy and the rest of Europe – that the United States remains committed to assisting them in all ways possible," Pompeo told reporters at the State Department after his private video conference with foreign ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom. But the Trump administration has not championed an international response to the global disease threat – nor have other world leaders, experts say. "It’s been very chaotic,” said Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and director of global health studies at Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Indeed, after the G7 meeting ended, a German news outlet reported that the seven foreign ministers could not agree on a joint statement because Pompeo insisted on using "Wuhan virus" to describe the pandemic, a move seen as deliberately provocative toward China. Pompeo essentially confirmed that report Thursday. “Different countries take different approaches," Pompeo told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday when asked about that report. "My theory is we should always be accurate with respect to how we identify something. This virus began in Wuhan; I’ve referred to it as the Wuhan virus.” During other international crises – such as the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and the global economic meltdown in 2008 – world leaders joined forces to confront the threat of disease and economic collapse. But the reaction to COVID-19 has been very "state-centric," Huang said, with most afflicted countries turning inward. Across the globe, individual governments are competing to secure scarce medical supplies from a strained global supply chain, closing borders with little to no notice to their neighbors, and lobbing verbal broadsides that threaten to deepen the discord. "The world today that’s impacted by this is terribly fractured, terribly fragmented," said Stephen Morrison, director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs, a Washington think tank. "We don’t see much on the horizon in terms of promising diplomatic initiatives to bring the major powers and others together to address both the pandemic virus crisis, as well as the economic dislocations that it’s brought forward." One reason: The coronavirus is unprecedented in the force and speed with which it has spread from one country to the next. First reported by Chinese officials in late December, it has now infected at least 415,000 people across more than 150 countries, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. "Typically on an international level, the World Health Organization goes into full throttle," in response to disease outbreaks, as does the United Nations, said Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. But the world was "caught off guard" by coronavirus, he said. "And once it began hitting the United States, it’s been a little bit of a catch-up game." US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2020. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS, AFP via Getty Images Morrison and others say the virus struck also at a particularly problematic time, when international institutions have been weakened and a nationalistic fervor has swept many governments. In those countries best positioned to rally an international response, several leaders greeted the outbreak "with a particular level of skepticism" and "were somewhat dismissive of the notion that there needed to be high-level coordinated action," Morrison said. "Certainly that was true in Washington, in London, in Rome, and elsewhere." In Washington, the Trump administration has, among other steps, shut down travel from Europe without consultation, scorched Iran for its handling of the epidemic, tried to buy up scarce medical equipment from U.S. allies that are themselves under siege with coronavirus cases, and accused China of a virus cover-up. "China was very secretive, okay?" President Donald Trump said during a March 21 briefing on the U.S. coronavirus response. "Very, very secretive. And that's unfortunate." There were also reports that the Trump administration offered a large sum of money to a Germany company working to develop a coronavirus vaccine, sparking fears the U.S. was trying gain exclusive rights to inoculate Americans first. Both the German firm and the White House denied the report, but it highlighted the sense that this was an every-man-for-himself battle and demonstrated that traditional allies were eyeing each other with new suspicions. Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at CSIS, said it's not only the U.S. that has responded to the pandemic with a unilateralist bent. "There is just an absolute scarcity of coordination and collaboration in Europe," she said. "This is going to be a soul-searching moment for the European Union," because it’s created the potential for solidarity, coordination and collaboration across the EU, Conley said. Instead, "what we’ve seen is that this pandemic has completely laid bare that ... those institutions are not going to be used for this great challenge." Pompeo has echoed Trump in criticizing China. At Wednesday's news conference, the secretary of state pivoted from touting America's global generosity to attacking China for what he has labeled a "cover-up" of the initial outbreak. “The Chinese Communist Party poses a substantial threat to our health and way of life, as the Wuhan virus outbreak clearly has demonstrated," Pompeo said, refusing to use the official medical name – COVID-19 – despite objections from Chinese officials and public health experts who say it could lead to stigmatization and attacks on Asians. Pompeo noted that China was the first to resist international help. Officials suppressed reports about the outbreak and sought to punish doctors who raised alarms. Xi Jinping’s government refused to allow U.S. medical experts to go to Wuhan, the initial epicenter, and brushed off the Trump administration’s offer of financial assistance. "We tried ... from the opening days to get our scientists, our experts on the ground there so that we could begin to assist in the global response to what began there in China, but we weren’t able to do that," Pompeo said Wednesday. Chinese officials have since been more transparent, sharing the virus' genome sequence and other vital data. And some experts fear that picking a fight with China now is counterproductive, particularly because the country dominates the global supply chain for in-demand medical products. "We should be cooperating with China. This is not a good time for us or for China to say 'Let’s have a spitting match'," said Gayle Smith, who served on the National Security Council and other top positions in the Obama administration. “The fact that we’re interconnected and dependent, it isn’t a political position. It’s a statement of fact." Smith worked at the White House when President Barack Obama grappled with the Ebola outbreak, and she said he badgered other world leaders to cobble together a campaign against the disease. "He called pretty much every leader on the planet to say ‘Here’s what we’re doing. we’ve got this many doctors, this much money'," Smith recalled. Then he would say: "'What are you going to do? How much money can you put in? How many health care workers? He really pressed everybody." As the coronavirus continues its steady march, Smith noted, scientists, epidemiologists and other experts are sharing their research and other information about the virus across borders. But, she added, "at the level of global political leadership, there’s a real stark absence of the kind of international collaboration that's needed." Even if the scientists keep cooperating as they race to develop a vaccine, Huang said he doesn’t foresee that happening on the political front. He fears if and when a vaccine becomes available, those countries that have the capacity to manufacture it “will first satisfy the needs of their people and those countries that do not have the capacity will have to wait. This will probably cause more death and more suffering.” Published 6:46 PM EDT Mar 26, 2020
  18. Something fun for your Friday! We hid 24 words in this word search. Can you find them all? 🔎
  19. Sorry we couldn't make the thread while the rest of you were here, although it looks like we missed out on some site glitchiness, so maybe that was for the best. I hope you'll accept a few belated thoughts on this tour because it was one of my favorite tours and the first one of theirs where I saw multiple shows (Dallas, Chicago #3, San Antonio, and Houston). Rewatching the show I was struck by how truly awesome the screen was for it. Of course, I already knew that, but it was good to be reminded again. This tour also had one of my all-time favorite openings: Larry and Adam's "Mission: Impossible" theme song to announce that the festivities were about to begin (not on the DVD, tragically, but it was certainly played), then the scintillating "Pop Musik" remix, then the opener "Mofo" flowing into "I Will Follow" - easily one of the best starts to a show of all their tours. After finishing the show, I thought (yet again) that there need to be more "Pop" songs played on future tours (e.g., how has "Gone" gone on this long without being played again regularly?). Another section I loved was "Please" flowing into "Streets" - that worked so well. The digital doves flapping on the screen, complete with trippy tracers, as "Streets" was ending is one of the images from that tour that sticks in my memory the most. I have a few memories of each show: Dallas A tidy, little six-hour drive took me from my home in San Antonio to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for the 7th show of the tour. This was the first show where they dropped the problematic "Do You Feel Loved" from the set - I love that song, but, if you have ever heard recordings of it from previous shows, I think they made the right decision; it just wasn't working. They also played "If God Will Send His Angels" - that's a personal fave of mine. The number of headliners I have seen open for U2 I have already lost count of - the headliner that night was...Rage Against The Machine. On the first leg of the tour (and, I think, on the second leg in Europe as well), U2 had a "karaoke" section in the middle which they dropped on the 3rd leg onward (the Mexico City shows were on the 3rd leg). I still remember Bono racing out to the b-stage saying something along the lines of "let's get ready to rock" and tearing into that old classic rock chestnut..."Daydream Believer". 😆 It was very humorous. Chicago (show #3) I was at an academic conference at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan (for those who don't know the area, Ann Arbor is just west of Detroit). After it was over, I stayed for a few extra days for a vacation - a rock and roll vacation. 😎 The first two shows in Chicago were Friday and Saturday night, so obviously these two shows were sold out. However, this third show was on Sunday, so tickets remained. Do I drive all the way out to Chicago to see this show? Of course I do. Keep in mind, Ann Arbor to Chicago is a short flight, but not so short a drive (241 miles) - my insanity will be more fully revealed later when you learn that this round trip was only half of the lengthy driving I did before I flew back home. Point of trivia! This was the very first concert ticket I ever bought on the Internet. I felt so futuristic. It's funny to think now that was ever a "new" thing. It was The Edge's turn on karaoke tonight: he channeled his best Tom Jones and belted out "It's Not Unusual" (also very humorous). The opening band was the Fun Lovin' Criminals (if you remember "Scooby Snacks", you remember the Criminals). I also remember "MLK" after "One" at the end of the show. If I had to guess why that got performed, I think it was a nod to The Peace Museum in Chicago, a visit to which by the band in the early 80s was directly responsible for the naming of the band's fourth album after they saw a display about Hiroshima (thus, "The Unforgettable Fire"). (The other bit of insane driving on this trip involved my driving to Toronto on the following day to see Rush perform in their hometown. Ann Arbor to Toronto is also a short flight, but not a short drive (a mere 280 miles). I saw the show, crashed in a Days Inn next to the old Maple Leaf Gardens, and drove back the next day (which, coincidentally enough, was July 1st, Canada Day). The morning before going to Toronto I was greeted by history live on CNN - the date was June 30, 1997: the historical significance of that day - that was the day that the UK gave Hong Kong back to China, presented live on TV. It was a dizzying couple of days. If the math-inclined members of the forum figured out that I drove a combined 1042 miles in 2 1/2 days just to see two concerts, you calculated correctly.) San Antonio Finally, my hometown show! Also very (and unfortunately) memorable. This was the band's very first show after Michael Hutchence's untimely death. The band was very shaken by it, especially Bono. They hastily put together a tribute on-screen for him. INXS/Australian-related songs were snippeted often (Never Tear Us Apart (twice), Waltzing Matilda (twice), Stayin' Alive (The Bee Gees being from Down Under too) - "Wake Up Dead Man" also performed after "One". Michael's shadow was hanging over the festivities - they still put on a great show (as they always do). I believe the opening band was Smashmouth (if so, we were "Walking On The Sun"). Houston This show has a nice story attached to it. I was working as a teacher in inner-city San Antonio at the time. The class I had had for four straight years was just about to graduate (the tickets for this leg of PopMart went on sale in the spring). Unbeknownst to me, my students got me a "thank you" gift for our collective time together. They gave me a card and there was a ticket inside of it! A U2 ticket! (I think they figured out that I was a U2 fan because I wore my PopMart t-shirt to work the day after the Dallas show. In fact, they knew even before then.) At first, I was very concerned - I had told them that I already had a ticket for the San Antonio show. I thought they had gotten me another one. They saw my concern and asked me to look at the ticket more closely - of course, it was for the Houston show. They always did listen well. 😊 Easily, my most valued gift from any of my students. "Never Tear Us Apart" and "Wake Up Dead Man" were played again - this was just a few days after the San Antonio show, so feelings were still raw. There was a moment of humor which lightened the mood - during "Bullet", after Bono sang his "100, 200, 300, 4" chant and swung his umbrella like a golf club, the top came off, leaving him with a small, naked handle in his hand. 😆 I have to give Bono credit; he soldiered on doing his best to pretend that nothing out of the ordinary had happened. This show was just a couple of stops before the Mexico City shows, so the DVD reminds me of the Houston show very much. (Extra note: the dates of the 3rd leg of the PopMart tour need correcting - the Houston show is listed as the second show in Atlanta; there was only one show in Atlanta, and Atlanta has never had an Astrodome. Also, I know that U2 is extremely talented; however, there is no way they played both Vancouver, BC in Canada and their first show in Mexico City on the same night - the Tours page here tries to claim otherwise; I'm calling bullsh*t.) Thus ends my PopMart travelogue. 😎 I'm glad everyone had fun watching the show together. 👍
  20. AID AND DEVELOPMENT 6 stories you might have missed in March 27 March 2020 10:38PM UTC | By: ANNE PAISLEY JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email The news cycle has been dominated by coverage of COVID-19 — and while we have some news for you on the pandemic’s impact in Africa, we also have promising developments in the search for a vaccine, profiles of women who are changing the world, and some stories of hope and joy amid global shutdowns. Countries brace for the spread of COVID-19 in Africa Earlier this week, Rwanda became the first sub-Saharan African nation to order a total shutdown as COVID-19 spreads across the region. In Nigeria, most schools have closed, and in Lagos — Africa’s largest city — the government ordered 70% of the workforce to stay home. With more than 3,300 confirmed cases so far across Africa, nations are bracing for the imminent spread. But guidance like social distancing and handwashing for 20 seconds is difficult in highly congested areas, such as in informal settlements like Kiberia in Kenya. In the Democratic Republic of Congo — a nation already dealing with the Ebola outbreak and a measles outbreak — health ministers fear the impact of COVID-19. African leaders are also bracing for the economic impact of COVID-19. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa is currently coordinating with African finance ministers to mobilise US$100 billion in financial support across Africa. Promising developments on potential COVID-19 vaccines Over 40 potential vaccines for COVID-19 are now in development, and the first phase of clinical trials have already begun. While a fully approved vaccine is still likely a year or more away, the pace of testing is remarkable, with some potential vaccines reaching clinical trials in record time. Beyond vaccine development, global organizations are stepping up: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has directed resources to lower-income countries to boost their health systems and ensure access to routine immunizations, and the Global Fund is directing its resources to COVID-19 responses. The World Bank Group has committed an initial US$14 billion to response efforts, and the IMF has announced US$50 billion in emergency financing. The second patient cured of HIV reveals his identity For the past year, the second person ever to be cured of HIV was known only as the “London Patient.” But earlier this month, Adam Castillejo stepped forward. “This is a unique position to be in, a unique and very humbling position,” he said. “I want to be an ambassador of hope.” Last year Adam received a bone-marrow transplant to treat his lymphoma. Because the donor carried a mutation that impeded the ability of HIV to enter cells, the transplant essentially replaced Adam’s immune system with one resistant to HIV. While Adam was successfully “cured” of HIV, the treatment is not a practical option for widespread HIV treatment, both because it was intended to treat his cancer and because of the risks involved. But the story still grabbed the world’s attention and sparked hope among researchers and doctors. A new leader for the US Agency for International Development There will be a new head of the USAID starting 10 April. Mark Green, the current USAID administrator, announced last week that he would step down after leading US global development efforts since August 2017. His replacement came as a surprise to the global development community: The Trump administration named John Barsa, head of USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, as the new leader, rather than promoting current Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, as many expected. Devex has the full story behind the surprising choice. Taking time to celebrate women This month marks Women’s History Month, and — while it feels like ages ago — the world marked International Women’s Day on 8 March. At ONE, we celebrated successful campaigning for new laws in Senegal to end gender-based violence. We highlighted four powerful women who are closing the gender gap — from political empowerment, to education, to health, to economic inclusion — and celebrated female inventors who are often under the radar. We’re all in this together COVID-19 reminds us that global health knows no borders, and global solidarity is needed now more than ever before. From Italian singers serenading health workers from their balconies, to community networks in South Africa, and the new “caremongering” trend in Canada, the world has come together in big and small ways. To get you through these times, the BBC has rounded up five headlines that show some hope, NPR has a list of concerts you can attend online, and a rugby commentator’s narration of everyday life has garnered more than 100 thousand followers. And Ugandan artist Bobi Wine is using music to spread awareness.
  21. Michael Hutchence....not Michael Jackson. She was referring to Bono struggling to sing One because it was right after Michael Hutchence died. I had to think for a minute, as to who you were talking about.
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  23. Thank you all for participating in the #U2getherAtHome watch along party. Great music is even better in good company!! Thanks for the fun night and see y'all next week !

    1. Manohlive


      Thank you.  It's a wonderful distraction. 

  24. Thanks to everyone that joined us and coming back once we got back in. This has been lots of fun. And special thanks to @Madfl3a for dreaming this up and pulling it together for us. Until the next one...stay safe and remember to social distance yourselves.
  25. now that the show ended, we should go to get tacos... 🤔 Thanks 3,000 to Jo for doing this... it was fun, even with the board glitches... Thanks to everyone, everyone, everyone for their comments... as always, your rock. Be excellent with each other and wash your hands. See you soon!!!
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    It looks like the board administrators are running some processes in the background, so it might be glitchy for a bit... We reported the issue and it's getting looked into... patience, please...

    now carry one each other and be one (but not the same)

  27. btw.. be informed: It looks like the board administrators are running some processes in the background, so it might be glitchy for a bit... We reported the issue and it's getting looked into... patience, please... now carry one each other and be one (but not the same)
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