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Word of the trial against Egunkaria arrive in Idaho, USA, where it is followed by local Basques

Word of the trial against Egunkaria arrive in Idaho, USA, where it is followed by local Basques

2009-12-16

The Idaho press, its main daily, The Idaho Statesman, reported yesterday the start of the trial against the Basque newspaper Egunkaria and five of its executives. Given the here on several occasions to carry out different journalistic projects, as well as having stayed at Boise’s Mayor David Bieter’s house while covering the Idaho Memorial in 2002. Here is the article -entitled "Martxelo Otamendi, a Basque with ties in Idaho, faces a terrorism trial” - wondering what the people of Gernika’s sister city have to say regarding it as published in the aforementioned paper.

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The CBS of Reno is now accepting applications for the William Douglass Scholar Award for 2010–2011

The CBS of Reno is now accepting applications for the William Douglass Scholar Award for 2010–2011

The Center for Basque Studies of the University of Nevada, Reno is now accepting applications for the William A. Douglass Distinguished Scholar Award for the academic year 2010–2011. The Douglass Scholar must be a specialist in some aspects of Basque Studies and will be chosen on the basis of his/her contribution to Basque Studies and consistent record of research, achievement and scholarly innovation. For 2010-2011, they are seeking a specialist in Basque History. The deadline for completed applications is January 15th, 2010.

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The San Francisco Basque Cultural Center hosted the 34th Annual NABO Pilota Championship

The San Francisco Basque Cultural Center hosted the 34th Annual NABO Pilota Championship

2009-09-11

The San Francisco Basque Cultural Center hosted the 34th Annual NABO Pilota Championships over a two day period. It marked the 12th time the Basque Cultural Center hosted the 'Txapelketa'. Teams representing four Basque entities (Boise Fronton Association, Chino Basque Club, Kern County Basque Club, Basque Cultural Center) competed in eight categories in a final filled Saturday. NABO holds its annual pilota championship in conjunction with the Basque Cultural Center’s end of summer Basque festival and Championship Saturday saw good crowds watch eight finals.

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A 'pastoral', theatrical play from Xiberoa, was performed in San Francisco, in memory of aita Tillous

A 'pastoral', theatrical play from Xiberoa, was performed in San Francisco, in memory of aita Tillous

2009-09-11

The Basque Community from both the diaspora and Euskal Herria converged on the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco, California the weekend of August 28th-30th 2009. The gathering celebrated the life of Aita Tillous, the Basque Chaplain responsible for the Basque Community of the Western United States for the past 14 years. Aita Tillous passed away on March 30, 2009 in his native Euskal Herria. An advocate of all that is Basque, it was fitting that the weekend was full of pilota, dance, music, singing, bertsolaritza, pastoral from Xiberoa, and his ama hizkuntza (mother tongue). Euskera was present in all aspects. Crowds of over 600 people each day were entertained and helped celebrate his life.

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Boise goes Basque during San Inazio Festival, next weekend

Boise goes Basque during San Inazio Festival, next weekend

2009-07-29

Rhythmic tunes and the patter of dancing feet will reverberate from the Basque block (on Grove St. between 6th and Capitol streets), as thousands of people are expected to gather on Saturday, August 1, for the annual San Inazio Festival. It is a free event put on by the Euzkaldunak (Boise's Basque organization) and one that draws a sizable crowd. Originally the annual affair was conceived to honor St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basque people, but has since evolved into an occasion to celebrate Basque history and traditions.

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NABO Elections: Californian Valerie Arrechea of San Francisco is the new president of the organization (video)

NABO Elections: Californian Valerie Arrechea of San Francisco is the new president of the organization (video)

2009-07-27

The annual North American Basque Organization (NABO) Convention took place last Friday in Reno, Nevada, bringing together almost forty Basque clubs and organizations from the United States and Canada, and marking the beginning of a new presidency for the institution. The previous president, Mary Gaztambide, did not run for reelection, which left Californian Valerie Etcharren Arrechea as the only candidate. Arrechea was elected in the first vote by unanimous vote, after being nominated by Kate Camino, president of Zazpiak Bat Basque Club of Reno. EuskalKultura.com spoke with the new president --see video-- and will post further articles and videos of last weekend's Reno Basque events and celebrations. Please also see video of Guillermo Echenique, new general secretary of Foreign Relations of the Basque Government addressing the NABO delegates.

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NABO Convention, dedication of the Center for Basque Studies today in Reno as a prelude to a Basque weekend

NABO Convention, dedication of the Center for Basque Studies today in Reno as a prelude to a Basque weekend

2009-07-24

A National Convention of NABO will kick off this morning a whole program of Basque events for the weekend in Reno, Nevada. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the First Western Festival held in Reno-Sparks in 1959; it's also the 43rd anniversary of Reno's Zazpiak Bat Basque Club; the 36th anniversary of the founding of NABO, in Reno in 1973; as well as the 30th annual NABO Convention and festival; the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the National Monumento to the Basque Sheepherder, located also in Reno; the 20th anniversary of Zenbat Gara, a Basque cultural group originated at the University of Nevada, Reno; and the 42th anniversary of the Center for Basque Studies of the UNR. The program for today includes the dedication of the new facilities of the Center for Basque Studies of the University of Nevada, Reno.

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400 people attended the Udaleku last performance, hosted in Chino together with the Mus National Tournament

400 people attended the Udaleku last performance, hosted in Chino together with the Mus National Tournament

2009-07-20

"Udaleku is always a big undertaking, but this year for the Chino Basque Club it became even more with 101 participants! It strained our resources, but we bent but did not break. On the same day that we concluded the camp with a final performance, we also had there the NABO Mus tournament. There were almost 400 people in attendance last Saturday. So July 11th was NABO day in Chino with these two events." John Ysursa explains to his NaBasque newsletter suscribers how Udaleku worked this year in Chino, California.

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Ambassador of the Philippines, a country with strong Basque history, received by the new Lehendakari

Ambassador of the Philippines, a country with strong Basque history, received by the new Lehendakari

2009-07-16

The ambassador of the Philippines in Spain, Antonio Lagdameo, was received by the new Basque Lehendakari (President) in Vitoria-Gasteiz last July 9. The Philippines and the Basque Country have developed strong and active relations in recent years. In December 2007, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo made a historic visit to the Basque Country to strengthen the economic, cultural and technical cooperation between the Philippines and the Basque Country. Basque names, from the Spanish colonial period, are all over the Philippine map.

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One of the symbols of 19th century Manila was its Hanging Bridge, built and owned by Basques

One of the symbols of 19th century Manila was its Hanging Bridge, built and owned by Basques

2009-07-16

In the latter part of the 19th century, Manila was a booming metropolis, worthy of the sobriquet “Pearl of the Orient”. The city government was paving new streets and commissioning new bridges to help the rising economy. One of the symbols of Manila’s, and the Ynchausti y Companias’ affluence was the Puente Colgante (“Hanging Bridge”), built by Matias Menchacatorre and originally named Claveria bridge, after governor Narciso Claveria y Zaldua. In Manila My Manila, Nick Joaquin described the bridge during the dawn of the 1870s, “Across the city’s river now arched…the amazing Puente Colgante, suspended in the air, like a salute to the age of science and engineering.” The Industrial Age found its expression in the Philippines in the form of a bridge unparalleled throughout Asia. An article by Alejandro R. Roces originally published in Philstar.com.

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