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The Border

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First episode date7 January 2008
Final episode date14 January 2010
Networks CBC Television Co. , Ltd.
CBC Television
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Final episodeJanuary 14, 2010
First episodeJanuary 7, 2008
Creat byJerremy Hole; Janet MacLean; Peter Raymont; Lindalee Tracy
GenresDrama; Crime; Spy Fiction
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About The Border

Guard it well. This series focuses on the jobs and lives of the Immigration and Customs Security Squad, which includes leader Mike Kessler, adrenaline junkie Gray Jackson, newbie Layla Hourani and hacker Heironymous Slade. It's not just a matter anymore of asking, "Do you have a passport?"

Belgorod: Russian paramilitary group vows more incursions

Belgorod: Russian paramilitary group vows more incursions
May 24,2023 5:40 pm

... Speaking on Wednesday to reporters on the Ukrainian side of The Border, Mr Kapustin, whose nom de guerre is White Rex, said: " We re satisfied with the result [of the raid]...

Ukraine war: Russia's Shoigu vows 'harsh response' after Belgorod incursion

Ukraine war: Russia's Shoigu vows 'harsh response' after Belgorod incursion
May 24,2023 8:30 am

... Mr Gladkov said overnight attacks by drones were mostly dealt with by air defences, but some damage was caused to cars, private houses and administrative buildings in and around Belgorod city, as well as in The Border district of Borisovka...

Ukraine war: US distances itself from Belgorod incursion into Russia

Ukraine war: US distances itself from Belgorod incursion into Russia
May 23,2023 6:50 pm

... Parts of The Border region of Belgorod came under attack on Monday, in one of the most major cross-border raids since Russia invaded its neighbour last year...

Ukraine war: Fleeing Belgorod residents told to stay away

Ukraine war: Fleeing Belgorod residents told to stay away
May 23,2023 6:50 am

... Russian officials say an armed " sabotage" group crossed from Ukraine and attacked the Grayvoronsky district by The Border on Monday...

Ukraine war: Nato watches Russian 'Zombies' in Estonia

Ukraine war: Nato watches Russian 'Zombies' in Estonia
May 23,2023 12:40 am

... " The numbers, though, are tiny compared to the vast forces that Russia can muster across The Border in normal times...

Ukraine war: Saboteurs cross into Russia's Belgorod, governor says

Ukraine war: Saboteurs cross into Russia's Belgorod, governor says
May 22,2023 11:41 am

... Local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said Russian forces were searching for the group, which he said had attacked Grayvoronsky district by The Border...

Sudan conflict: The Eritrean refugees caught between two crises

Sudan conflict: The Eritrean refugees caught between two crises
May 21,2023 8:20 pm

... They have ended up here, four hours from The Border with Sudan, in the hope of finding a way out...

Syria: Dismay and fear as Bashar al-Assad returns to Arab fold

Syria: Dismay and fear as Bashar al-Assad returns to Arab fold
May 19,2023 7:40 pm

... In the last few weeks, the army has deported around 1,500 of them back over The Border at gunpoint, sometimes leaving children behind in Lebanon or forcing children out without their parents...

Cross-Border Orchestra of Ireland: A fusion of Irish and Ulster Scots culture

May 17,2023 10:41 pm

By Eimear FlanaganBBC News NI

" This orchestra started because of peace in Northern Ireland , it wouldn't have ever existed otherwise. "

A Generation ago, Sharon Treacy-Dunne was so inspired by the emerging peace process that she set herself a mission.

Her aim was to bring Young People from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds together, using The Power of music.

The result was the Cross-Border Orchestra of Ireland, which has helped thousands of musicians, singers and dancers from both communities showcase their different cultures on a shared stage.

In recent years, its young members have staged sell-out shows in arenas across the UK and Ireland.

They have toured US cities and performed for heads of state including President Barack Obama ; his then vice-president Joe Biden and the late Queen Elizabeth Ii .

This Week The Orchestra returns to New York to play in one of the Music Industry 's most prestigious Venues - Carnegie Hall .

" We're using this occasion to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which is the whole reason for our being, " its founder told Bbc News NI.

" What better place to do it than on The Most iconic stage in The World ? "

Ms Treacy-Dunne grew up in The Republic of Ireland during The Troubles , in a County Louth village close to The Border with Northern Ireland .

In 1994, she was teaching in St Louis Secondary School in Dundalk when republican and loyalist paramilitaries announced ceasefires after More Than a quarter of a century of violence.

" I was an educator. I was working with Young People and it's an influential position to be in, and I just thought I had a responsibility to play my part in peace-building, " she recalls.

At Her school, she found a stash of instruments that had fallen into disrepair and got them fixed to see if they could be used to forge links with schools across The Border .

Her first collaboration in 1995 involved just two schools - Her own and the Abbey Christian Brothers ' Grammar in Newry, County Down .

" Following the success of that and being able to see The Great potential in cross-border projects, I started trying to contact Protestant schools in Northern Ireland , " she explains.

But in a deeply-divided society, The Project got off to a shaky start.

" The support from the management in the schools was fantastic, but there was massive opposition among parents, particularly the parents in Northern Ireland . They just did not Want It happen, " she recalls.

" It used to upset me so much. I used to go to Belfast for meetings to try and convince people that there was no Hidden Agenda , that This Was so genuinely about bringing people together.

" I'd often come away just crying my eyes out, thinking there was no hope, it would never work. "

The Teacher recalls attending one meeting where parents " were accusing me, very clearly, of trying to destroy Protestant culture and trying to brainwash their children".

" Obviously that was devastating, " she says.

" When I got over the trauma of being accused of something like that, I thought: 'Well, that's their perception and we have to change it. '"

In response, Her orchestra started commissioning music that celebrated both cultures equally.

" We talked to pipe bands and the Ulster Scots Association and anybody we could to see what music was important to them, what music would they like to hear us playing, " Ms Treacy-Dunne explains.

The result was a repertoire which fuses instruments from Ulster Scots culture, including bagpipes and Lambeg drums, with Irish traditional instruments such as the Uilleann Pipes , the harp, the fiddle and bodhrán (drum).

" It did have a huge impact and it did mean all those suspicions and fears just flowed away, " Ms Treacy-Dunne says.

" The Perception of us from then was that we very clearly and genuinely did want to celebrate both cultures; did want to gently try and remove all these barriers that were there and we really wanted to create a shared future for the Young People , for the Next Generation . "

'Lifelong friendships'

The Orchestra 's shows also began to incorporate performances by both Scottish Highland dancers and Irish dancers, sticking to their own styles but sharing a stage.

The Peace initiative brought The Orchestra to a world stage, with performances at the White House, Chicago Symphony Hall and London's Royal Albert Hall .

But membership requires " extraordinary commitment".

On weekends when they are not performing, its musicians travel from all parts of The Island for rehearsals in County Louth.

" There's a gang that come from Limerick, they're up at five o'clock in The Morning . They get the bus So Far , The Train the rest of The Journey , " Ms Treacy-Dunne says.

After a four-hour rehearsal, they begin the 172 mile (277 km) Journey Home .

" But they love it, " their teacher insists, adding some cross-border connections produced lifelong friendships and new experiences.

" They all just get on extremely well, there's no barrier in their minds, " she says.

" I know that sometimes they would head up to the Twelfth of July parades, purely just to be there as a cultural thing and to support their friends in Northern Ireland . "

Peace Proms

The Orchestra 's maximum membership is 140, so its founder was soon looking for ways to involve more Young People in " spreading The Message of peace".

In 2002 they got school choirs involved, initially inviting 200 pupils from Dundalk to sing with The Orchestra .

These performances gradually grew into The Peace Proms - an annual tour which has sold out several arenas across the UK and Ireland.

The Peace Proms currently involves 35,000 children from schools all over The Island , from diverse backgrounds and abilities.

The choirs sing and dance along to plethora of pop, rock and dance anthems, from Coldplay to The Prodigy , and from Madonna to Harry Styles .

" The Brilliant thing About That is in Northern Ireland we have about 6,000 kids who participate, and we have a 50:50 representation for both communities, " Ms Treacy-Dunne says.

" That's one of our greatest successes. "

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