Limerick’s Ava in tune for YADA songwriting award

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick’s Ava in tune for YADA songwriting awardBy Liam Togher – November 13, 2014 803 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleLimerick man reaches ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ National FinalNext articleRathkeale gets green light for EU funding Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. TAGS1964Ava BarettawardGaelcholaiste LuimnighmusicsongwritingYADAYoung Artist Development Awards center_img Limerick Post Show | Dora Gola Limerick Post Show | Into The Stream | Emma Langford Email Limerick Post Show | Raging Sons release Someone Else’s Love A LIMERICK student took home a coveted songwriting award at the Young Artist Development Awards (YADA) at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.Sixteen year-old Ava Barett who attends Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, won the award and a €25,000 prize for her song ‘1964’, which will now be recorded as a single in a professional recording studio.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ava, who has been writing songs since she was “able to speak”, was overwhelmed to have won the prize and she is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to practice her childhood passion on a grander scale.She said: “It means so much to me because it means that I can show what I have been doing and show my passion to the people of Ireland. That means a huge amount to me.“I play once a year usually in my school’s talent show and that’s just for the craic. It’s not to win. It’s always been to show my thoughts on the world.“I’m not trying to be famous. I’m just trying to show my view of the world. The writing of the lyrics is probably the most important part for me but forming it is the next most important thing.”Ava’s gift for songwriting was borne out of singing stories to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in her infant years, although she admitted that when she began writing songs, she did not intend to be the person performing them.That changed when she was in fifth class in primary school, when she was inspired by a friend who “had the best voice that I had ever heard” to learn guitar and, subsequently, add chords to the lyrics she had written.Ava explained that she has gone on to learn several other instruments, saying: “I took up banjolele and ukulele and I started playing with different instruments that are quite small.“I like to have small instruments to make different sounds that I might not have heard before. My mother calls my music ‘toytown pop’ because I use toybox toys to make music.”The YADAs are a creative and educational initiative run by the Young Artists Association of Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation established to provide an industry-safe environment for aspiring young artists.The awards were hosted by RTÉ presenters Stephen Byrne and Diana Bunici, with the judging panel including music producer Ray Traynor, singer/songwriter Oisin Kavanagh  and songwriter Don Mescall. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Post Show | Niamh talks Limerick Limerick Post Show | Defying Gravity – A Musical Celebration of Womenlast_img read more

Professor promotes the importance of sleep

first_imgSleep deprivation is an epidemic across college campuses and its pernicious effects often go unnoticed, according to Jessica Payne, Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology.Payne delivered a talk titled “The Neuroscience of Being Your Best Self” in Jordan Hall on Wednesday and focused on the importance of sleep.“I’ve spent years and years working with students and now over 10 years working with corporations and it’s very clear to me, you are truly going to be at your best — and that means best in terms of grades, best in terms of athletic performance, best in terms of creativity — you really need three fundamental cognitive functions in order to do that,” Payne said.According to Payne, these three factors are good sleep, moderate stress and positive emotions. Payne said these cognitive functions are all interrelated and and often declines and deprivations in one will lead to damaging consequences for the other two.“The good news is that for any one of those areas you decide to get better and really improve, you’ll see improvements in the other ones as well,” Payne said.Quantity and quality of sleep are often the most lacking components of optimal brain function for college students, Payne said, because of bad habits like all-night cramming sessions or simply underestimating how much sleep is necessary and healthy. Payne said as much as college students might wish they could somehow live without sleeping at all, sleep remains an integral and essential aspect life for not only humans, but also for animals.“There is no known way to replace or effectively simulate sleep,” Payne said.Therefore, Payne said, it is vital to maximize the effectiveness of sleep and encourage students to take stock of their own sleeping habits and work to improve on them.Payne said the mean amount of sleep needed is approximately eight hours, but follows the a normal or bell curve distribution meaning the amount of sleep needed varies somewhat per person. However, Payne, said the vast majority of people will fall in seven to nine hour range.“Regardless of the specific amount that you … need to be at your best, you really need to go ahead and get that because if you don’t, you might as well be drunk — but you’re going to be having a lot less fun,” Payne said.Often the reason behind people neglecting to get proper sleep, Payne said, is a mistaken belief that sleep is a relatively useless inactive state“Most people think sleep is a dormant state; most people think sleep is a time where the brain is just switched off, [where] it’s powered down like a computer, it’s shut down like a car, it’s resting, maybe it’s rejuvenating but it’s not doing anything,” Payne said.Payne said this widespread fallacy lingers despite contradicting well-established science.“Your brain when you’re asleep is highly active, intensely active,” Payne said.According to Payne, some regions of the brain including the hippocampus, the amygdala and the anterior cingulate cortex are, in fact, more active during sleep than wakefulness. These regions are associated with memory and learning, making them especially important for college students, Payne said.“We can test for memory in two ways: for specific details and to remember the gist,” Payne said.Payne said studies have shown that both kinds of memory are dramatically impacted by how many hours the subjects of the test had slept.Moving on to the other two factors influencing brain function, Payne said, moderate stress is beneficial for the cognition. This is described by the Yerkes-Dodson Law, which shows an absence of stress results in apathy, boredom and tiredness, while a surplus of stress is debilitating, Payne said. However, college students are much more likely to be over-stressed than suffering from a lack of stress, so they should focus on stress reduction methods such as getting adequate sleep, exercise, social support and relaxation training, which includes yoga and meditation, Payne said. According to Payne, relaxation training and meditation in particular can lead to profound and positive changes in the brain.“When we talk about building neural real estate, I’m not saying you have to go to Tibet and become a monk for 20 years,” Payne said. “I’m saying look at this eight-week experiment where people had no idea what meditation even was and for eight weeks, [then] they meditate for 20 minutes a day and, all of a sudden, at the end of eight weeks, they see all these changes I’m talking about.”Payne said creating a positive emotional state is also vital for college students, and she recommends many of the same methods for reducing stress, but also emphasizes emotion regulation strategies. These techniques range from simply recognizing and labelling emotions to reappraising negative situations and training yourself to present to the moment, Payne said. Tags: neuroscience, sleep, sleep deprivationlast_img read more

Assad accuses Turkey’s Erdogan of igniting Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

first_imgSyrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of igniting a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and said Ankara was sending fighters to the region.Turkey, a close ally of Muslim Azerbaijan, has denied sending mercenaries to take part in the fighting.Conflict over the region, which belongs to Azerbaijan under international law but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians, began on Sept. 27 and has escalated to its deadliest level since the 1990s. Assad, in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency, pointed the finger at Erdogan who has expressed solidarity with Azerbaijan and has rejected international efforts to bring about a ceasefire.”He (Erdogan) supports terrorists in Libya, (and) he was the main instigator and initiator of the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia,” Assad told RIA.Assad also said militants from Syria were being deployed in the conflict, an allegation first leveled by French President Emmanuel Macron, who accused Turkey of sending Syrian fighters to fight there, something Ankara and Baku have denied.”Damascus can confirm this,” Assad said of the allegations about Syrian fighters taking part in the hostilities.Topics :last_img read more

Josh Wren Memorial is Saturday at Arlington

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. – Arlington Raceway hosts the Josh Wren Memorial this Saturday, July 16, paying $1,000 to the winner of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature.Fans are asked to wear blue, Wren’s favorite color, to do a “blue out” in the grandstand in his memory.All regular weekly divisions are on the program along with the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.Wren, who died last November at age 24 of colon cancer, had raced go-karts and later Modifieds at Arlington. He also crewed for his father, IMCA Modified veteran Jerry Wren, for many years.last_img read more

NBA wrap: Clutch Kyrie Irving performance helps Celtics top Thunder in Boston

first_img Kyrie Irving: Knicks trade talk ‘nothing but a distraction’ The Celtics got another quality win Sunday.Boston has won four straight since losing to the Warriors in TD Garden and could not miss against the Thunder. The Celtics shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field in a 134-129 victory against Oklahoma City. Kyrie Irving’s clutch gene kicked in again, as he beat the defense to score some important buckets throughout the game.ISO pic.twitter.com/wdF72SquJg— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 3, 2019He also tipped the ball away from Russell Westbrook to force a turnover in the closing seconds. Related News Anthony Davis’ father would never want his son to play for Boston, report sayscenter_img Irving totaled 30 points and 11 assists on 14-of-19 shooting. Seven other Celtics scored in double figures.Paul George’s 37-point performance and Westbrook’s 22-point triple-double headlined for Oklahoma City (33-19), but its seven-game winning streak was snapped.Boston improved to 34-19 and will face the Cavaliers Tuesday.Studs of the NightMike Conley tallied 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the Grizzlies’ 96-84 win against the Knicks.Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors past the Clippers, 121-103, with a team-high 18 points in just 26 minutes.Duds of the NightGordon Hayward scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting for the Celtics.The Grizzlies’ Shelvin Mack scored two points on 1-of-8 shooting against the Knicks. HighlightGrizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. showcased his range by knocking down this contested step-back 3-pointer.Our rook> your rook pic.twitter.com/aucAKrDA8x— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 3, 2019What’s Next?Bucks (38-13) at Nets (28-26) 7:30 p.m. ET — Milwaukee has rattled off three straight wins since losing to the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Brooklyn has lost its last two contests. The Nets will have their hands full trying to take down the best team in the Eastern Conference.last_img read more