NewsDeath of Limerick fashion designerBy Editor – April 10, 2015 804 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus Email Print Linkedin Shannondoc operating but only by appointment TAGSfashionfeaturedGrafton AcademyHSE CollegeIb JorgensonJohn McNamaraKingston CollegelimerickLimerick Fashion WeekMichael McNamaraNora McNamara Limerick webinar on Slow Fashion & Capsule Wardrobe Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Previous articlePlanning approval for €100 million Limerick retail projectNext articleLimerick Council visit to France cost €10,128 Editor The late John McNamara.Well-known Limerick fashion designer John McNamara died last night after a short illness.Aged 55, he trained at the Grafton Academy in Dublin and Kingston College in London. He worked with top international designer Ib Jorgenson before returning to set up business in his native Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was very involved with the Limerick fashion week and the Limerick International Student Fashion awards.Son of the late Nora McNamara, founder of the HSI Business College and brother of RTÉ radio presenter and HSI director Michael McNamara, he is survived by a wide circle of relatives and friends.
The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School has added another prominent political practitioner to its Senior Advisory Committee: David Axelrod.Axelrod, senior strategist, Barack Obama 2012, and former senior adviser to President Obama, began his three-year appointment by participating at the IOP’s biannual committee meeting in Cambridge on May 5. The committee, chaired by Caroline Kennedy, is responsible for guiding and advising institute staff toward fulfillment of the IOP’s mission of inspiring young people to careers in politics and public service.“The IOP is dedicated to inspire young leaders to take up careers in politics and public life; I can’t think of a more important mission and I’m honored to be part of it,” said Axelrod.
October’s Sexual Violence Awareness Month — a series of programs and events including giveaways, awareness campaigns, a panel discussion and a workshop — will focus on bystander intervention and taking action to prevent sexual violence on campus, Gender Relations Center (GRC) Director Christine Caron Gebhardt said.Emily Danaher | The Observer Gebhardt said the GRC planned the month’s programs based on what it saw as an increase in awareness and discussion surrounding sexual violence issues.“We are beginning to break the silence around sexual violence,” she said. “What that does is help people who are impacted by sexual violence not to be afraid to come forward and receive help, but it also puts a responsibility on us as a community to not merely acknowledge that … we know how to care for them and that we also think about, ‘How do we prevent this from happening again?’”Unlike in previous years, when Sexual Violence Awareness Month emphasized attention to sexual violence and its impact on the community, this year’s events will be more action-focused, in addition to raising awareness and providing support to survivors of sexual violence, Gebhardt said.“After the [crime alert] emails come out, people say, ‘what are we going to do about this?’ and there’s multiple answers to that question,” she said. “One of the most important things is just not to ignore it. That’s one of the basic things that we can do is not to delete the email, but to say, ‘what is it that I can do?’ — Not what Notre Dame can do, but what I can do. If we all take an individual commitment to act, then we can … change our community where we not only say we don’t tolerate sexual violence, but we act to change our culture so that it can’t occur on our campus.”To kick off the month, FIRE Starters, the GRC’s peer educators on gender issues, will hand out free t-shirts Wednesday in LaFortune Student Center and North and South Dining Halls. Senior FIRE Starter Deirdre Harrington said the t-shirts, which feature the text “I am my brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” are a way of connecting the national issue of sexual violence to the University’s Catholic character.GRC staff will also host a bystander intervention workshop Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune. Gebhardt said the workshop, which takes place earlier in the semester than it has in previous years, was a response to students asking how to take action on preventing sexual violence.“What campuses across the country are realizing is that it’s not enough to say, ‘we need to intervene,’” Gebhardt said. “The reason why we do bystander intervention is to show students how to intervene, and I think that’s the biggest thing. The question becomes ‘What can we do for students to follow through?’”Gebhardt said workshop participants will examine different scenarios in which they might need to be an active bystander, brainstorm obstacles to effective intervention and learn how to overcome them.Harrington said FIRE Starters will hand out cups reading “Are you okay?” on Tuesday in LaFortune.“This question has a double meaning — ‘are you okay’ is a way to ask for consent. [It’s] also to encourage bystander intervention, not being afraid to ask someone, ‘hey, are you okay?’” Harrington said.Oct. 8, the GRC will host a panel discussion, “Know Your IX: Resources for Care and Support.” Referencing the federal policy Title IX, which mandates gender equality in schools and provides recourse for student victims of sexual violence, the panel will “discuss the most effective ways to care — physically, emotionally, and spiritually — for those who are impacted by sexual violence,” according to the event poster. The panel will include representatives from Notre Dame, the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph’s County and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.The annual Mass of Healing, which includes intentions for those impacted by sexual violence, will take place Oct. 13 in the Log Chapel. The GRC will hand out prayer cards throughout the week.The same week, Men Against Violence, a GRC group which works to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence, will hold a pledge drive and White Ribbon campaign. According to the event poster, the White Ribbon is an international movement which arose after an anti-feminist killed 14 women at a Canadian university.Sexual Violence Awareness Month will conclude Oct. 30 with the GRC’s annual “Time To Heal Dinner” in the press box of Notre Dame Stadium.Gebhardt said the month offers a way to look at the Notre Dame community’s level of awareness and plan for future action against sexual violence.“After we plan, we step back and listen and see, what are the remaining questions?” she said. “As we do programming in the future, what are the things that we need to continue to talk about, what are the dialogues that people need to participate in, what are the concepts that are difficult as we talk about it? We live in it, so it’s on our minds all the time, so for us, when we talk about it, it’s painful, but it something that we can do.”Harrington said the month would be a way for students to understand how to get involved in the movement against sexual violence.“In order to get campus culture to shift surrounding sexual violence, we need to start with baby steps,” Harrington said. “… We’re building up so we can have events like Take Back the Night and the Time to Heal Dinner, where we’ll have larger attendance because the campus as a community says, ‘We’re going to actively stop sexual violence on our campus and throughout the country.’ In order to start this kind of culture shift, we need to start with poster campaigns, something simple that might remind someone or get the conversation started . . . [and] keep it going.”Regina Gesicki, the GRC’s assistant director for educational initiatives, said students could participate in the month’s events regardless of their level of awareness or involvement in sexual violence prevention initiatives.“We want to promote the idea that we are a community that really cares about each other,” Gesicki said. “From t-shirts with brothers and sisters keepers, all the way to learning how to be a bystander, to resources, it’s wherever you can be a part. Maybe you’re only at the point where you can wear a t-shirt. That’s fine. But maybe you’re ready to be certified as an active bystander. There’s a lot of different ways to get involved, and the idea is that this is offering a lot of opportunities.“You don’t have to do all the things, but do something, and realize that it’s part of a larger effort not only to raise awareness but to raise the investment in the fact that our community is built by every single person.” Tags: bystander intervention, christine caron-gebhardt, Deirdre Harrington, Regina Gesicki, sexual assault, sexual violence, Sexual Violence Awareness Month
SALT LAKE CITY — Seconds after the final buzzer of the Warriors loss to the Utah Jazz Friday, Vivint Smart Home Arena was evacuated due to a suspicious package found by local officials in a nearby building.At approximately 9:30 pm MT, SLCPD found a suspicious shoe box under a table at a nearby restaurant. With the building evacuated, officials deployed a bomb squad and K-9 unit, which indicated that the package was a threat. Officials then ordered the evacuation of the arena and neighboring …
Project Playground gives children and youth better life opportunities through meaningful spare time activities. (Image: Project Playground)Phindi MadunaBrand South Africa recently attended a fundraising event that the Embassy of Sweden hosted in Pretoria. The fundraising event was in support of Project Playground – a Swedish/South African Non-Profit Organisation that was founded in 2010 by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Frida Vesterberg. Their mission was to give children and youth between the ages of 4 and 18 better opportunities in life through recreational and educational activities. The Project currently helps about 750 children and youth in South Africa.Brand South Africa Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kingsley Makhubela (centre) attending a fundraising event for the Project Playground non-profit organisation in Pretoria during October 2017.(Image: Project Playground)While at the event, Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr. Kingsley Makhubela spoke fondly of the long-standing relations between the Kingdom of Sweden and South Africa. “Swedish-South Africa links go as far back as the 1960s when a country-wide Swedish anti-apartheid movement was founded in support of the struggle for liberation” said Dr. Makhubela. In true ‘Play Your Part’ character, Sweden contributed a great deal in bringing about positive change in South Africa. The relations between Sweden and South Africa have continued beyond the struggle for liberation. They now include partnerships that address other socio-economic and political challenges – children’s rights being one of them. Project Playground strives to champion children’s rights through various life orientation programmes.Based in Gugulethu township in Cape Town, Project Playground provides a safe environment where every child grows up with a belief in the future and to positively influence their own life. It is hoped that by making available good role models for the children, Project Playground can nurture capable and assured individuals.The 50 staff members are highly devoted to the vision and mission of Project Playground. Through regular staff development programmes, the team is able to frequently gain knowledge on their specific areas of specialisation in the organisation. This means that the children’s interactions with their mentors is effective because they have a comprehensive view of the child’s environment and represent a continuous and secure contact throughout the child’s upbringing. Project Playground is essentially a sanctuary away from the insecurity that characterizes a lot of children’s lives. Life orientation is achieved by means of team sports, dance, music, art, and drama, among other activities.Project Playground is a wonderful demonstration of how individuals and collectives can come together and play their part for the greater good of their society.Visit the Project Playground website to find out more about how the organisation is playing their part and how you can get involved in helping children in South Africa to reach their full potential.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
We chatted with composer Chad Hobson for some insight into his process and influences — and what aspiring composers need to know.PremiumBeat: Chad, with subject matter as explosive as we see in Leaving Neverland, how did you and director Dan Reed arrive at the tone?Chad Hobson: Dan Reed wanted something magical, and Disney-like. Therefore, at our first music meeting, we came up with the concept of a “Walk through a magical forest.” You start walking, and everything is beautiful, but as you walk further and deeper into the forest, it starts to become darker and more disturbing. The limbs of the trees start to twist and the sparking sunlight fades to darkness.Jimmy Safechuck in Leaving Neverland (via HBO).PB: How do you generally see the role of the composer? Are you adding another layer to the narrative already on screen? Or do you see your part as simply being of service to the story and should stay unobtrusive?CH: There are no rules. And it depends on the film. The composer should be the air you breathe. Yes, you should be supporting the narrative, but there are endless ways to do it. I feel it’s your job to expand the story and turn the corners. Not necessarily playing what’s on screen.Chad Hobson (Photo by Adam Tiernan Thomas).PB: Writers often describe having to “kill their darlings,” meaning sometimes you really love something you write, but it doesn’t serve the whole of the story. How often do you fall in love with an aspect of a score and then re-evaluate it either from the original instrumental treatment or from the whole?CH: I try not to fall in love with any of it until it’s dubbed! The score can be a moving goal. You cannot become attached to it during the writing process. As a composer, you never really know what someone may like or dislike. You probably have a gut instinct about a cue or a melody, but there’s only one way to find out and that’s to play it to the powers that be. That can be a lonely place.Image via Gascoigne (KVH Media Group).PB: You’ve worked on so many documentary projects — how does scoring a real-life subject differ from a feature film? Do you feel any responsibility to not allow the music to manipulate emotions, as you might want to do in a narrative feature?CH: I think scoring real events is generally harder. It can be difficult to frame the events and unite the story. Whereas, generally in fiction, there’s usually already a uniting factor in the writing.Formula 1: Drive to Survive (photo by Daniel Vojtech).PB: What scores, other than your own, do you think have worked extremely well to support the storytelling? What, in your opinion, made it so memorable or successful?CH: Oh, that’s a hard question! There are many. But in recent factual programs, I really liked the work of Walter Mair on the Netflix series about F1: Drive to Survive. Somehow, he and the program captured the intense competition between the teams and agony of failure and the elation of victory, or just surviving to the next race. Really great!PB: Any general advice for young composers on best practices to get their film careers going?CH: The only advice I could give is to keep going. Find your voice and throw yourself into everything you do. Do as much writing as possible. Be brave, push yourself into the uncomfortable places creatively, and never forget to enjoy the process.Cover image via Leaving Neverland (HBO).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Composer Dominik ScherrerIndustry Interview: Documentary Editor Aaron WickendenIndustry Interview: DJ Stipsen, DP of “What We Do in the Shadows”The Sun is Also a Star Film Composer Herdís StefánsdóttirIndustry Interview: Miles Hankins — The Composer Behind “Long Shot”
Showcasing the work of three budding artists, Strokes from the East, a group art exhibition by Kolorbox captures the nuances and diversity of human experience across space and time. The first edition of the three day exhibition will kick off on 28 June in India Habitat Centre. The three artists, Dilip Oinam, Sandeep Jigdung and Deenabandhu Marndi, come from Manipur, Assam and Orissa, respectively. Their works shall bring alive the local milieu of their birthplace as the artists set down to paint the picturesque landscapes of Manipur, Assam and Orissa. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Known for his larger than life solitary figures, from innocent children to women and couples, Oinam’s paintings are drawn from his personal experiences and mythologies. The multi-layered, complex and painstaking treatments in his works enhance the element of drama. Currently, he is based out in Delhi and has done many group shows. Jigdung is counted as one of the contemporary faces of art in the North-East. His works predominantly reflect his experiences of the place of his birth. The vivid and dominating greens in his canvas can almost be considered as a tribute to his vision and impression of the North-East. His current series of work, again characterized by shades of green, is a celebration of both nature and human existence. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUsing photoink, Marndi depicts people and faces, realistically. His take on art is said to have a semi-autobiographical resonance. He is believed to draw from his memories and experiences of growing up in rural Orissa to articulate his humanistic view of life.Interestingly, their lives have been influenced by experiences out of their native states. Oinam who hails from Manipur is a BFA graduate in painting from the Delhi College of Art; coming from Assam, Jigdung did his MFA from College of Art in Delhi; and Marndi settled down in Delhi after completing BFA from Orissa. All these factors play a role in their lives that are inextricably linked with their existence. Watchout for a dash of metrolife leaving its impressions on the Eastern landscapes.WHERE: India Habitat CentreWHEN: 28 -30 June, 11 am to 8 pm