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  • Christians and Yazidis in Iraq Stand on the Brink of Extinction

    10/09/2017 9:59:24 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    Christian ^ | 6 October 2017 | Chris Smith
    Astonishingly, for three years U.S. government bureaucrats have refused to help endangered religious minority communities like Christians and Yazidis survive the genocide ISIS began in 2014. These communities stand on the brink of extinction. As a witness from Iraq testified at a congressional hearing I chaired Tuesday (Oct. 3) — the 10th hearing I have convened on the atrocities — “foreign aid decisions will determine whether Christianity and religious pluralism will survive in Iraq at all.” The U.S. Agency for International Development is reviewing a proposal from the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee to repair 6,800 religious minority homes damaged or destroyed...
  • Mull of Kintyre - Looking back on a Scottish mega-hit

    08/22/2017 6:10:27 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 August 2017 | David Allison
    The late summer might seem like a strange time to write and record a Christmas number one but that is exactly what happened on a Kintyre farm 40 years ago this month. The song in question was Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre", co-written with Denny Laine and featuring the local Campbeltown Pipe Band. For a number of years it was the biggest-selling single of all time, and was the first UK single to sell more than two million copies. Co-writer Laine had joined McCartney's group Wings in 1971, having previously enjoyed chart success with The Moody Blues, and over...
  • Europe’s only private army looking forward to Highland Perthshire event

    05/27/2017 9:03:45 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Courier ^ | 22 May 2017 | Richard Burdge
    Europe’s last remaining private army will play a central role in a weekend of events at a Highland Perthshire castle. The annual Atholl Highlanders Parade and Gathering take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, at Blair Castle. “We think it is fantastic that the Atholl Highlanders are still in existence in 2017, they are completely unique and a living and breathing part of our history and heritage,” said Julia Sim, sales and marketing manager for Blair Castle. “They are also a huge asset to the castle, to Highland Perthshire and to Scotland, as they attract so many...
  • Gairloch musicians drum up historic pipe band victory

    03/24/2017 1:49:38 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    Ross-Shire Journal ^ | 18 March 2017
    A team of young musicians from Gairloch High School came away with their first competition win last weekend by taking first place in the Debut B competition at the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh.   The Championships were established in 2013 with the main aims of encouraging the formation of new schools pipe bands, celebrating Scotland’s musical tradition and the talent of young people.   Pipers and drummers, led by S6 pupil Fraser Wotherspoon, played two marches in front of a panel of expert judges who granted them unanimous first place across both piping and drumming.   This...
  • Obituary: Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Rose, army officer who served with The Black Watch . . .

    09/25/2016 8:39:58 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 20 September 2016 | Alasdair Steven
    "Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Rose, officer who saw service with both The Black Watch and the Gurkhas. Born 22 February 1926 in Glasgow. Died. 2 September 2016, aged 90 Lieutenant Alastair Rose saw service in the Far East and proved a fine ambassador for both The Black Watch and the Gurkhas – regiments which he admired throughout his life. He served them loyally and remained a great upholder of their traditions. This was evidenced when his coffin was carried from Birse and Feughside Church and it was accompanied by the pipes of the Gurkhas. Rose had done much to spread and...
  • VIDEO: Thousands enjoy 175th Lonach Gathering in glorious sunshine

    09/02/2016 4:45:42 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 10 replies
    The Press and Journal ^ | 26 August 2016 | Francesca Marshall
    Hundreds of Highlanders marched through the glens of Aberdeenshire at the weekend to mark the 175th anniversary of the Lonach Gathering. The Lonach Highlanders, the largest body of non-military men to carry ceremonial weapons in Britain, were joined on their marches by Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Around 9,000 spectators turned out to celebrate the games, with organisers hailing the day’s events as the best attended in recorded history. The day featured six pipe bands from across Scotland including who were joined by the pipes and drums of the Royal Guard from the Royal Highland Fusiliers. Drum major...
  • Military spectacle draws thousands to Perth

    08/26/2016 1:43:01 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The ^ | 21 August 2016 | Jamie Buchan
    Perth kept the City of Culture launch party going with its own military tattoo. Around 400 performers from across the globe took part in a scaled-down version of the Edinburgh Castle spectacular. Thousands lined the streets to watch a procession of colourful troupes including the world renowned King’s Guard of Norway. An arena was set up on the North Inch for an hour-long show. The event was organised by Perth and Kinross Council to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Treaty of Perth. The historic document ended a bitter feud between Scotland and Norway. As well as performers from Scotland...
  • 10 brilliant sights that sum up the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green

    08/13/2016 4:04:15 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    Glasgow Live ^ | 13 August 2016 | GILLIAN LONEY
    The pipes and drums have been calling all day - here's what you might have missed at Glasgow Green today. < There are lots of reasons to love Glasgow in August - but the return of the World Pipe Band Championships may just be the biggest. The Worlds took place at Glasgow Green yesterday and today, coinciding with Piping Live! and bringing bands from across Scotland, the UK and the rest of globe together.
  • In pictures: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo opening night

    08/05/2016 5:31:24 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 29 replies
    STVNews ^ | 5 August 2016 | Laura Piper
    The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has once again returned to the city with an explosive performance from the castle esplanade. The Tattoo, now in its 66th year, got under way last night for its first audience preview with a spectacular mix of dancers, drumming and no shortage of bagpipes. A world famous event, which hosts more than 220,000 spectators during its run, the Tattoo is watched by an estimated 100 million people on television each year. Performers from almost 50 countries have taken part in the show and this year is no different, with the King's Guard of Norway a...
  • Royal Highland Fusiliers welcomed home from Kabul

    06/11/2016 5:18:38 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    Edinburgh Evening News ^ | 11 June 2016 | DIANE KING
    The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), marched through Penicuik yesterday afternoon before attending a civic reception as guests of the Lord ­Lieutenant and the Provost of Midlothian. Proud relatives and locals turned out to wish them well as they marked their return from operational duties as part of the UK’s commitment to the Nato mission in Kabul. Troops have been providing protection for the Afghan security forces undergoing training, with some soldiers having been away from home for as long as nine months. The battalion took the opportunity to thank the wider community...
  • Royal Regiment of Scotland celebrates tenth anniversary with pipes and drums march through Edinburgh

    04/23/2016 4:27:51 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 23 replies
    Daily Record & Sunday Mail ^ | 23 April 2016 | STEPHEN STEWART
    SCOTLAND’S super-regiment celebrated their 10th birthday in stunning style yesterday. Crowds flocked to see the Royal Regiment of Scotland march through Edinburgh with flying colours to mark their historic anniversary. Regimental mascot Cruachan IV, a Shetland pony, was cheered by onlookers as he led the parade featuring an honour guard of 100 soldiers with the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the pipes and drums of 2 SCOTS, The Royal Highland Fusiliers. Senior officer Major General James Cowan said: “Our soldiers are proud to parade in Edinburgh symbolising the support we receive from the wider community across Scotland...
  • The Freeper Canteen Salutes the U.S. Marine Corps on its 240th Birthday!

    11/09/2015 5:57:55 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 107 replies
    Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World! | 10 November 2015 | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Salutes theU.S. Marine CorpsOn Its 240th Birthday10 November 1775 ~ 10 November 2015 Semper Fidelis!(Always Faithful!) O ETERNAL FATHER, we commend to Thy protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among nations. Protect them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions and that at all times they may put their trust in Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Marine Corps Prayer by Bishop SherrillFormer Presiding Bishop...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (3 November 2015) [Prayer]

    11/03/2015 5:19:08 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2 November 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem "Satan Before The Lord"Corrado Giaquinto: c. 1750 Character Studies From The Bible JOB 1  In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. 4 His sons used to hold feasts in their...
  • Black Watch Well rededication ceremony

    11/01/2015 4:28:40 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The Royal Gazette ^ | 23 October 2015
    Soldiers from the Black Watch revisited the well dug by their forebears in 1849 — thought to be the first time the famous regiment has returned to the spot since. The pipes and drums of the legendary Scottish regiment, now the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, performed yesterday as the relandscaped Black Watch Well off North Shore Road, Pembroke, was officially opened by Governor George Fergusson and Public Works Minister Craig Cannonier. Mr Fergusson, whose late father Brigadier Charles Fergusson was commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch, said: "Their predecessors dug this well...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/30/15) [Prayer]

    10/30/2015 6:18:14 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 30 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah Nehemiah's Final Reforms 13  On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God, 2 because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.) 3 When the people heard this law, they excluded from Israel all who were of foreign...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/26/15) [Prayer]

    10/28/2015 7:59:33 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 28 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah Priests and Levites 12  These were the priests and Levites who returned with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and with Joshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluk, Hattush, 3 Shekaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 Iddo, Ginnethon,[a] Abijah, 5 Mijamin,[b] Moadiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Joshua. 8 The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah, who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/26/15) [Prayer],

    10/27/2015 12:48:38 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 27 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah 11  Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem. The rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten of them to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while the remaining nine were to stay in their own towns. 2 The people commended all who volunteered to live in Jerusalem. 3 These are the provincial leaders who settled in Jerusalem (now some Israelites, priests, Levites, temple servants and descendants of Solomon’s servants lived in the towns of Judah, each on their own property...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/26/15) [Prayer]

    10/26/2015 6:58:13 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 26 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah 10  [a]Those who sealed it were: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hakaliah. Zedekiah, 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, 3 Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah, 4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluk, 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, 7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8 Maaziah, Bilgai and Shemaiah. These were the priests. 9 The Levites: Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel, 10 and their associates: Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, 11 Mika, Rehob, Hashabiah, 12 Zakkur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, 13 Hodiah, Bani and Beninu. 14 The leaders of the...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/25/15) [Prayer]

    10/25/2015 2:38:30 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 25 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah The Israelites Confess Their Sins 9  On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads. 2 Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/24/15) [Prayer]

    10/24/2015 2:03:05 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 24 October 2015
    Skip to comments.Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/23/15)[Prayer] The Holy Scriptures | 10/23/15 | left that other site Posted on 10/23/2015 3:06:24 AM PDT by left that other site Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem "Ezra Reading the Law to the People" Gustave Doré Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah  8 1 all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel. 2 So on the first day of the seventh...