Crowdfunding campaign for Limerick filmmaker’s New York ‘Narcan’ venture

first_img Previous articleLimerick student’s design wins Dyson awardNext articleBig turnout for Cliona’s Foundation cycle Alan Jacques Email NewsLocal NewsCrowdfunding campaign for Limerick filmmaker’s New York ‘Narcan’ ventureBy Alan Jacques – September 4, 2015 691 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSlimerickMalachy McCourtNarcannew yorkPeter McNamara WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AN online crowdfunding campaign is underway to help complete production of a short film by Limerick director Peter McNamara.Inspired by his time living and working in New York, ‘Narcan’ tells the story of Sean Ryan, an Irish paramedic working the unsympathetic streets of the ‘Big Apple’.The cast includes Malachy McCourt and Limerick actor Peter Halpin, who played the writer and actor in ‘Angela’s Ashes’, which was based on the life of his older brother, Pulitzer prize winning author Frank McCourt.The story unfolds as the film’s central character, Sean, toils to manage a fractured personal life. His only son refuses to speak to him and the void between himself and his wife Sinead, grows larger with every passing day. During the course of a 12-hour shift, life-changing decisions with irrevocable consequences must be made.According to Peter McNamara, ‘Narcan’ is a film about family separation and how it’s become a commonplace in society.” I wanted to capture a glimpse inside a very stressful job and, as the film plays out, Sean’s psychological state is tested as he stretches the moral boundaries,” he explains.“For months, we prepared and analyzed the script multiple times, we needed every character to be recognizable and I think you’ll find elements of yourself in each and every one of them.”After assembling a small crew of 15, cameras rolled inside the locker room of one of New York’s busiest emergency stations and so began the rollercoaster ride shooting of ‘Narcan’.“All members of the cast and crew were pushed to the limit and sometimes beyond, all in the name of art. Everybody shared my vision and worked tirelessly to bring it to life. I’m so proud of each and everyone who was part of the ‘Narcan’ team.“It was a life changing experience and now I know that New York is where I want to be based making beautiful films for the foreseeable future,” he told the Limerick Post.Co-funded with Soberanis Productions, a crowdfunding campaign has been kick-started to complete the film. For more details see Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedinlast_img read more

HKS’ Calestous Juma among the 100 Most Influential Africans for 2016

first_imgCalestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), has been named among the 100 Most Influential Africans for 2016 by New African magazine.Juma, whose research and writing focus on science, technology and the environment, is considered a top thought leader in relation to African agriculture and economic development. He serves as director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at HKS’ Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and faculty chair of the Mason Fellows Program.“This year, we celebrate those Africans who made an impact and made their mark in a challenging year,” wrote the magazine editors. “In compiling this year’s list, we sought the guidance of some of the most influential experts and global thought leaders in their respective fields.”“Congratulations @calestous for driving innovation in education,” tweeted the magazine editors.Juma wrote that he was surprised by the honor since he had been named to the list three previous times. “I thought they were done with me,” he said.But Juma acknowledged that the work he is doing in the field of African education will help the continent shape policies for generations to come.last_img read more

COVID-19: ‘Mudik’ ban catches travelers flat-footed

first_imgIn East Java – another province hit hard by the virus, with at least 785 confirmed cases – the provincial administration has set up eight checkpoints to monitor people who leave or enter the province.Seven checkpoints have been established along its western border with Central Java, located in Tuban, Bojonegoro, Ngawi, Magetan, Ponorogo, Pacitan and in a toll road in Mantingan district, Ngawi. On its eastern border, a checkpoint has been set set up at Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi regency, the main access point to East Java from the neighboring island of Bali. East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, however, said the checkpoints were not aimed at preventing people from participating in mudik, but to check people’s travel documents, body temperature, and to make sure they obeyed the physical distancing policy during their journey.  In Surabaya, East Java, a husband and wife were stranded at Juanda International Airport on Friday following the suspension of domestic and overseas flights – commercial and chartered – from and to airports managed by Angkasa Pura I.”I already bought the tickets, but I just recently found out about the ban. My wife and I don’t know what to do as we couldn’t fly home,” Andro Liem, a resident of Batam, Riau province, said on Friday as quoted by Tribunnews. The couple, who came to East Java for business matters, were offered a refund or reschedule by the airlines. However, with no relatives in East Java, both are anxious about the financial cost of staying longer in the province.”I have a 10-month-old child at home in Batam. I will be very worried if I can’t go home. The regulation to curb COVID-19 shouldn’t be like this,” Andro Liem’s wife, who refused to be identified, said.In East Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan, some travelers were surprised to find that all commercial voyages to and from Sampit Port had been stopped.”I thought the mudik ban would be implemented later,” said Yogi, a resident of Temanggung, Central Java, as quoted by Antara news agency.Yogi said he arrived in East Kotawaringin two months ago for business matters and had planned to come back to his hometown for Idul Fitri. The father of two now has to spend Ramadan and Idul Fitri away from his family as Sampit Airport has been closed as well.In Bali, however, some West Nusa Tenggara residents were allowed to leave the province via Padangbai Port and return to their hometowns, under certain conditions.”West Nusa Tenggara residents with ID who have been terminated from their jobs and have nowhere else to go are still permitted to come back to West Nusa Tenggara,” Padangbai Port Authority head Ni Luh Putu Eka Suyasmin said on Saturday as quoted by Antara News Agency.Annually, some 20 million people from Greater Jakarta travel to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo earlier announced his decision to ban mudik after reviewing a Transportation Ministry survey showing that 24 percent of respondents had plans to travel home.The same survey indicated that around 7 percent of respondents had already left on mudik trips.Asip Hasani contributed to the article from Blitar, East Java.Topics : Thousands of travelers across the country have been stopped, turned back, or otherwise stranded as the government’s mudik (Idul Fitri exodus) ban comes into effect. The Transportation Ministry restricted all passenger travel starting on Friday as the government attempts to prevent citizens from participating in mudik to curb the spread of COVID-19.Within the first five hours after the Transportation Ministry’s travel restrictions were officially enacted, the Jakarta Police had stopped over 1,000 motorists attempting to leave Greater Jakarta. “From 12 a.m to 5 a.m, a total of 1,181 motorists were asked to turn around,” Jakarta Police traffic director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said in a written statement on Friday.Some 498 motorists were stopped at the Bitung tollgate heading toward Merak, Banten, while 683 motorists were stopped at the Cikarang tollgate heading toward West Java.Sambodo said vehicle checkpoints had been set up in 18 posts around Jakarta’s border and that police would start issuing fines to motorists who persisted in trying to leave the city starting on May 8.Jakarta is considered the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, with at least 3,798 confirmed cases and 353 deaths as of Sunday. last_img read more

Senate endorses sustainability plan on campus

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government Senate has endorsed a new sustainability plan that aims to conserve energy and other resources on campus. The Sustainability 2030 Resolution passed by a unanimous vote at the USG meeting on Tuesday after an initial proposal by the Academic Senate Sustainability Taskforce. While USC has already adopted a Sustainability 2020 Plan, the Sustainability 2030 Resolution aims for USC to embed sustainability efforts in a broader vision and longer-term strategy and approach both long-range planning needs and short-term implementation steps. It aims to create a more specific framework toward campus sustainability, in order to create the tangible change that it claims the Sustainability 2020 Plan failed to incite.The resolution states that its goal is for USC to be “widely recognized regionally, nationally and internationally as a leader in teaching and research on a wide range of environmental sustainability issues.” It calls for USC to integrate sustainability into all aspects of the University, including education and research, community engagement, energy conservation, transportation, procurement, waste and water. “Surveys and petitions have shown that students care about the sustainability of their campus, and yet USC still lags behind our peer institutions on almost every metric of sustainability,” Sen. Katie Bolton said. “The 2020 plan was a good start, but the new 2030 plan pushes the University to go farther and to do better.”The new resolution calls for USC to regularly develop, lead and engage in strategic partnerships on campus and in the community to promote sustainability practices and education, as well as achieve carbon neutrality across all campus buildings. Another goal is for USC to reduce single occupancy vehicles by 50 percent from the 2014 levels, convert the University motor fleet to zero emissions, reduce the University’s carbon footprint by 50 percent and position USC as a visible and progressive participant in local, regional and international sustainable transportation activities. The plan aims for USC to be recognized as a leader among higher education institutions in using its purchasing power to encourage environmentally sustainable operations in its supply chain. The final goal is for USC to achieve campus-wide “zero waste” and reduce potable water usage by 50 percent from 2014 levels. Now that the Senate has endorsed the plan, the next step is working toward getting the Sustainability 2030 Resolution approved by the USG administration. Because it is resolution rather than a proposal, a member of USC’s upper administration, most likely from the Provost’s office, is now obliged to meet with the Academic Senate to discuss the strategy, according to Zachary Manta, the director of Environmental Core, who helped write the resolution.last_img read more