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THE JAM FOR JAPAN

Featuring The Barley Mob, The Problematic, Sanzkrit & G-Miley and The Street Soul Orchestra

G-Miley and The Street Soul Orchestra: Winners of “Festival4Stars” 2010..The Sligo-based band brings addictive pop melodies with crisp soulful lead vocals, seductive harmonies and elements of blues, jazz,soul & funk”

Sanzkrit: Sanzkrit released their debut album ‘After The Wedding’ in 2009 to rave reviews in the national press and sold out tours nationwide. They are back with a bang with the new single ‘Midweek Blues’ which Hotpress described as a “cheery, loved-up and instantly catchy indie romp”…

The Problematic: Energetic 3-piece pop/rock band from the heart of Dublin City. Their sound bridges the gap between the likes of Kings of Leon and the delivery of artists like Adele and everything in between

The Barley Mob: Dublin Reggae,Soul,Folk band and winners of “RISING STARS 2010”..In less than a year they’ve played over 100 live shows including 4 slots at ELECTRIC PICNIC 2010!! Their positive music will be heard at Dublin Soul Festival, Sibin, Vantastival, Le Cheile, NPLD and many others this year as well as their return to Electric Picnic 2011.

OXJAM:

“Following Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, Oxfam is raising funds for two partner organisations, one that is assisting mothers and babies and the other providing information to non-Japanese speakers living in Japan.

Japan is one of the most advanced nations in the world in dealing with natural disasters and has accepted international help in only a few specific areas. It is important that ad-hoc efforts to help do not undermine the coordination of the state’s overall relief efforts, especially now that explosions at a nuclear power plant and radiation levels are complicating efforts to assist those affected from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

“The Japanese state has the means to reach 99% of the population but there will always be some who need more specific assistance,” said Oxfam Japan head Akiko Mera from Tokyo.

Ms Mera said that Oxfam Japan will channel funds to the Japan Organization for International Cooperation on Family Planning (JOICFP). Together with the Japanese Midwives’ Association and local doctors, the groups with help breast-feeding mothers by providing them with privacy and their babies with nappies and other products. They are offering counselling to women under high stress.

Another partner – the multi-language centre FACIL (http://www.tcc117.org/facil) – is helping non-Japanese speaking nationals living in affected areas. FACIL was set up as a response to the Kobe earthquake in 1995. It has set up a hotline for people to get information and is translating and re-publishing information put out by local authorities. There are an estimated 40,000 non-Japanese speakers in affected areas.

Most international NGOs like Oxfam are standing-by to assist on the invitation of leading local authorities, and are otherwise providing specialist help as described here.”

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