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Violins Unite Gang Girls in El Salvador

first_img ‘‘Karina’‘ is a 16-year-old gang member who learned to play the violin, and now she is part of a string orchestra that includes 30 girls from two rival gangs that subjected the country to violence and set its crime rates among the highest in the world. ‘‘The most difficult part was to know that we were going to be near the other gang. It was difficult to sit by their side. But once we started to learn how to play the instruments, we focused on that in order to move the orchestra forward,” the young lady confirmed to AFP, under the fictitious name of ‘‘Karina’‘. The Female Orchestra of the Salvadoran Institute for Childhood and Adolescence (ISNA), created for young girls (between the ages of 14 and 17) that were members of the “Mara Salvatrucha” (MS-13) and “Barrio 18” gangs, was featured with the National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert that took place on the evening of September 20. The orchestra is sponsored by the Organization of American States (OAS) as part of the truce agreed between the maras (gangs). An enterprise foundation theater, located in the west of San Salvador, was the setting where the ladies debuted as musicians, playing violins, violoncellos, and violas to interpret four pieces with the philharmonic: ‘‘Cuerdas al Aire’‘, ‘‘Canción del Folclor Francés’‘, ‘‘Brilla, Brilla Estrellita’‘, and ‘‘Cumbia’‘. The orchestra is part of a pilot project organized by the Inter-American Commission for Drug Abuse Control (CICAD), and the OAS’ Department of Education and Culture, along with Colombia’s Batuta Foundation. According to official figures, Salvadoran prisons hold over 10,000 gang members, while about 50,000 are free in local districts and streets. By Dialogo September 25, 2012last_img read more

Huskies win unexpected Sierra title

first_img Glendora 62, Damien 60 Griffin Ramme’s shot was blocked as time expired, crushing the Spartans’ dreams of a Sierra League title. Damien (24-4, 8-2) kept the game close, trailing by a point entering the fourth quarter. But the Tartans’ Dominic Tiger-Cortes hit back-to-back 3-point baskets to extend his team’s lead to seven and the Spartans never fully recovered. Diamond Bar 59, Chino 48 Senior Mickey Dolentes scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers as the Brahmas (16-11, 6-4) defeated the Cowboys to clinch a playoff spot. Nick Turner scored 24 points to lead the Huskies (21-6, 9-1). SIERRA LEAGUE Jonathan Black scored 10 points for Diamond Bar. Alfred Martinez scored 21 points for Chino. CITRUS BELT LEAGUE Redlands East Valley 87, Rialto 63 John Howard-Holcombe scored 19 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Wildcats (17-9, 8-5) defeated the Knights. Eisenhower 65, Carter 49 Nicholas Carter scored 15 points and Kauri Black and Alex Varner each had 13 points to lead the Eagles (13-13, 6-7) past the Lions. Andrew Bock scored 18 for Carter. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Bonita 59, Diamond Ranch 57 Sophomore center Chris Cunningham had 14 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the visiting Panthers (16-9, 6-2) against the Bearcats. MAJESTIC LEAGUE Packinghouse Christian 78, Lake Arrowhead Christian 35 Junior guard Joel Pulliam scored 24 points with nine assists and senior forward Spencer Hirsch added 15 as the Bears (12-9, 8-2) defeated the visiting Eagles 4-14, 2-8). MT. BALDY LEAGUE Don Lugo 57, Montclair 53 Eric Sanabria scored 15 points as the Conquistadores (10-18, 6-5) defeated the Panthers in a tiebreaker game to advance to the playoffs for the first time in two years. The same scenario occurred to the teams last year, when Montclair won. Nate Ambriso scored 15 points for Don Lugo. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Chino Hills didn’t expect to be the lone team atop the Sierra League standings after Thursday’s regular season finale. The Huskies’ 56-27 victory against Ayala, combined with Glendora’s upset of Damien, gave Chino Hills its first outright Sierra League title. last_img read more


first_imgThe priest who quit his Co Donegal post after claiming he was being bullied may be persuaded to change his mind.Numerous parishioners in Glencolmcille have approached local county councillor Brendan Byrne to mediate between the two parties.And now Colr Byrne said he is will to try and resolve the issues between Fr Bill McGeady and anyone who has a difference of opinion with him. Colr Byrne told Donegal Daily that “nothing is insurmountable.”“We can get over this. People have differences of opinion all the time and I think we can resolve this issue.“The alternative, the fact that Glen could be left without a priest, is not even worth thinking about.“Whatever differences the two parties have had is minor in the grand scheme of things. “I would be quite happy to mediate between Fr McGeady and other people,” he said.Fr McGeady, who is originally from Gaoth Dobhair, claimed he could no longer continue his duties after being physically and verbally abused by people for the way he ran his parish.Last Sunday morning the 74 year old issued a letter to parishioners in which he outlined his situation and offering his resignation.Colr Byrne said the vast majority of people who contacted him had nothing but good things to say about Fr McGeady.“I haven’t spoken to Fr McGeady personally but I would be happy to sit down and try and sort things out. “The vast, vast majority of people who have spoken to me about the situation have nothing but good things to say about Fr McGeady.“But if people do have certain issues, then surely we can sit down as adults and resolve them. As I said already, nothing is insurmountable,” he said.MOVES AFOOT TO KEEP ‘BULLIED’ PRIEST FROM LEAVING DONEGAL was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Colr Brendan ByrneFr Bill McGeadyGlencolmcillelast_img read more