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Call for resignations over appointment row

first_img#HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Patricia RyanLIMERICK theatre producer Richie Ryan has called for the immediate resignation of City Manager Conn Murray, Committee Chairman Pat Cox and Chief Executive Patricia Ryan from the board of Limerick City of Culture 2014.Mr Ryan of CentreStage Theatre School was commenting on Ms Ryan’s controversial appointment as chief executive of Limerick City of Culture, without the job being advertised. Ms Ryan, a former adviser to former European Parliament President, Pat Cox, was appointed on Mr Murray’s recommendation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Richie Ryan, the appointment highlights the ineptitude, arrogance and unacceptable manner in which the City of Culture team is treating many Limerick artists. He described the situation as “embarrassing” and said it highlights the total disregard for public funding.“The wink and nod mentality seems rampant in the board structure of The Limerick City of Culture at this time. The management structure raises serious questions when it comes to allocation of resources to the dedicated local theatre practitioners during what has the potential to be a very invigorating time for culture in Limerick City,” said Mr Ryan.He said he has lost confidence in Conn Murray, Pat Cox and Patricia Ryan to steer Limerick City of Culture 2014 with any meaningful transparency or accountability at this time.“I call for their immediate resignation from the executive board. I am sure that this situation would not be tolerated in any other major city in Ireland.”Cllr Tom Shortt, who represented Limerick City Council on the board of the Belltable Theatre for four years, has also said that Patricia Ryan, “must step down now”.He claims Ms Ryan is without any expertise or experience in the demanding world of arts management.“This has gripped the public imagination in Limerick and people are shocked by the arrogance of it.“This is a deeply flawed appointment. For the success and the integrity of the City of Culture project, Ms Ryan must step down. The position must be advertised immediately and a chief executive must be properly recruited,” he declared.Meanwhile, Cllr Joe Leddin said he has “absolute confidence” in Ms Ryan as CEO of the City of Culture project and in its board.“I have met Patricia on a few occasions and I believe she has the professional experience and the ability to ensure that Limerick 2014 will be a hugely successful event,” he said.Speaking at City Hall this week City and County Manager, Conn Murray, told council members that he was satisfied there was no breach of recruitment regulations. He also revealed that the City of Culture project was under pressure to secure a chief executive because of funding delays.“I’m very confident the person in place is the right person to do the job for Limerick,” said Murray. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsCall for resignations over appointment rowBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2013 904 Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Facebook Conn’s new role on immigrant group Print Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSConn MurrayLimerick City of Culture 2014Music LimerickPat CoxPatricia Ryan center_img Linkedin Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter Email WhatsApp Previous articleUL Basketball to be streamed live this weekendNext articleCalls for help from St Vincent de Paul Alan Jacques last_img read more

Noma-Reischauer Prizes awarded in Japanese studies

first_imgThe Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Kodansha Ltd. Publishers hosted the 16th annual Edwin O. Reischauer/Kodansha Ltd. Commemorative Symposium and the 15th annual awarding of the Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies on Oct. 15. The event, held in Belmont, Mass., at the former home of Edwin O. Reischauer, marked the centennial of Reischauer’s birth.The Noma-Reischauer prizes are given annually by Kodansha Ltd. for the best essays written by Harvard students on Japan-related topics. This year, Marie Kodama ’10, social studies, won the undergraduate prize for her essay “Within and Beyond Traditions: Contextualizing Japan’s School-based Peace Education in Classical Japanese and Western Trends.” Wei Yu Wayne Tan, Ph.D. candidate in Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, won the graduate prize for his essay “Blind Monks for Hire: Making Music and Money in Medieval and Early Modern Japan.”The deadline for submitting essays for the 2011 Noma-Reischauer Prize is June 20, 2011.  For more information, call the Reischauer Institute at 617.495.3220 or visit the institute’s website.last_img read more

Syracuse battles to 1-1 tie with Penn State

first_imgKristen Siermachesky wanted to go back in the game. The sophomore was one of five remaining defensemen playing without Syracuse’s senior captain Lindsay Eastwood for the second-straight game. She took the ice for one shift with 11 minutes remaining in the second period, then headed back to the locker room. Siermachesky would not emerge until after the game in street clothes, favoring her left arm and shoulder.“She tried to come back, but she couldn’t,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan, “She probably should have laid on the ice (after the initial hit), but she’s a tough kid.”Despite being reduced to four defensemen for the final 35 minutes of the game, the Orange (6-17-2, 6-5-1 College Hockey America) battled to a 1-1 tie with Penn State (10-10-5, 4-7-1). Penn State was short-handed themselves, losing sophomore defenseman Morgan Rolph to a lower body injury after a nasty collision with Allie Munroe on the boards with 13:20 remaining in the second. The tie gives Syracuse an undefeated 3-0-1 record against the Nittany Lions in the regular season and keeps them at third in the conference.SU opened the scoring for the second day in a row. Sophomore Emma Polaski lofted a shot on net, hoping to pick up a deflection. Junior Savannah Rennie was in just the right place and redirected the bouncing puck past PSU’s goaltender to put SU ahead 1-0 with 12:17 to play in the first.“It felt good,” Rennie said, “A long time coming.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut three minutes later, the Nittany Lions had a bit of good fortune of their own. PSU forward Loli Fidler came around to goalie Maddi Welch’s right from behind the net and banked in a backhand off the back of Welch’s right blocker.With the game tied at one, both teams seemed to up the physicality. Sophomore Jessica DiGirolamo seemed to catch a PSU player around the neck with a stick. Just one minute later, PSU’s Abby Welch — Maddi’s sister — leveled Siermachesky into the boards from behind, injuring Siermachesky’s shoulder and earning Welch a two minute penalty for body checking.Earlier in the season, Dakota Derrer’s season ended at State College because of a questionable hit against the boards, but neither Flanagan nor the players read much into that.“To be honest with you, Dakota’s (injury) was iffy,” Flanagan said, “That’s just part of the game unfortunately.”Without Siermachesky, offensive players were forced to do more to aid the defense. For some, like Lauren Bellefontaine, that meant blocking shots. The freshman finished with four blocks, a career-high.For junior forward Anonda Hoppner, it meant controlling the puck in the offensive zone for as long as possible, despite pushes, pulls and even a takedown in the second period that prompted some barking from the referee toward Hoppner.“She had her stick in between my legs holding me down,” said Hoppner. “When I’m 6-foot-4 on the ice going against girls that are 5-foot-5 and I’m being told that I’m holding them down … it doesn’t make any sense.”Despite the aggressiveness, neither team could break the deadlock. SU’s Kelli Rowswell had a breakaway opportunity with a minute left in the second period but was denied on the backhand.The Nittany Lions couldn’t get past Welch either, as the senior finished with 23 saves. The only shot that beat her from straight-on hit the corner of the crossbar and the post and ricocheted out. PSU called a timeout and asked for a review, which confirmed the miss.Hoppner was ripped down from behind again with 1:55 in the third period, and Brooke Avery got into it with a PSU defender in the waning seconds of overtime. But with the physicality of Saturday’s matchup, SU escaped with a tie against the Nittany Lions.“That’s just conference play in general,” Bellefontaine said, “it’s always really competitive.” Published on January 26, 2019 at 7:56 pm Contact Tim: [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgPhoto courtesy of Lainie Knox Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The TV Junkies: Can you share some about your background with us? Did you always want to work behind the camera?Lainie Knox: Yes, I think I always wanted to be behind the camera, I just didn’t really know how to go about it. When I was in university I did a double major in communication studies and environmental studies, and I really really wanted to make nature/travel/human rights documentaries. David Suzuki was my hero and I wanted to work on shows like that quite badly. I went to school in Montreal, which was quite economically depressed at the time, and I wasn’t a francophone so I never really imagined myself staying there. I always knew that I would move to Toronto. The industry was busy and the economy was booming. It felt like the place to be. So I moved right after school and did anything I could in the industry. None of it was any actual production and it was actually very challenging to get any experience on set at the time. I just did admin/PA work until I got a job on a TV show as a 2nd assistant editor, logging footage for a kids’ wildlife show.There I got to see how “it” all worked. While doing the job I was hired to do, I made it clear to the producer that I was very interested in camera. The crew came back to Canada and I was hired as the PA, driver, gear humper, slater etc. I worked 18-20 hour days all summer and was happy as a clam doing it. After a season or two with that show, I took The CSC Camera Assistant course — the only course back in the day — and sponged up all the info, met some great people I still know and work with, and learned a lot. I started 2nd assisting for someone I met there on shorts, music videos, low budget shows and then my focus puller went into the union so he was sending me his non-union work to focus pull, so I upgraded myself and taught myself how to do it, quickly. [laughs]Later, I joined the union as a 1st and did about a film a year, but I mainly lived in commercials and music videos. The DPs I worked with were just in that world, which I am grateful for because I think being in those realms can be more creative in many ways. Music videos are/were especially more free and creative. There’s less at stake. All that time I was always working on my own projects and trying to DP/operate more. Then I got a call to operate from a DP I had focus pulled for numerous times. He knew I was driven to operate and he is the one who offered me my first show, Season 1 of Killjoys. Now I shoot 2nd unit on the show for him and I get to play and learn and it’s a lot of fun. Many people are drawn to working in television because of its collaborative nature. Working on a show really can make you feel like a part of one giant family, and since you often have to spend a lot of time and work very long hours with that family, it’s important to like them. That importance of finding good collaborators is a lesson that camera operator Lainie Knox has learned time and again throughout her career.Knox has worked her way up from a PA on set to operating the “A” camera on shows like CBC’s Workin’ Moms. In addition to the comedy series, Knox also just wrapped shooting Season 2 of ANNE and will soon return to Killjoys, where she served as “B” camera operator last season.Knox also recently with The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to further discuss her career. She recalled for us how she has found herself at times as the only female technician on set, but has been lucky to surround herself with supportive colleagues, regardless of gender. She also talked about working on shows with female showrunners and how she thinks more women are getting into tech roles.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook read more