Top independent film producer, Alicia Van Couvering, joins Film in Limerick…

first_imgLifestyleArtsNewsEducationTop independent film producer, Alicia Van Couvering, joins Film in Limerick for online masterclassBy Cian Reinhardt – April 23, 2020 826 INDEPENDENT film producer, Alicia Van Couvering will join Film in Limerick on Wednesday, April 29, for a free ‘creative producing’ online film masterclass through Innovate Limerick.The masterclass is the latest in the Wednesday Workshops series and is open to anyone in the Mid-West with an interest in filmmaking.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ten years ago, at the age of 22, American film producer, Van Couvering got her big break as the producer on Lena Dunham’s first feature Tiny Furniture, which launched Dunham’s career and became the basis for the hit HBO series GirlsSince then she has continued to champion indie directors and collaborate with indie stalwarts including Joe Swanberg, Ry Russo-Young, and Olivia Wilde. Van Couvering has worked with some of the most exciting young actors in Hollywood including Rebecca Hall, Anna Kendrick, Greta Gerwig, and John Krasinski, as well as big stars like Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon.Regional Film Manager Paul C. Ryan said Van Couvering is someone who built a “remarkable career” making personal films “with the best new talent in the industry”. “Alicia is someone who has built a remarkable career doing just that and continues to find and develop original exciting stories,” Said Mr Ryan, adding, “and I’m looking forward to hearing about her experiences and her advice for local producers looking to jump into making their own features”.In 2012 Van Couvering was listed as one of 10 producers changing Hollywood by The Wrap and her name continues to be attached to brave and original storytelling.  She is set to make her first feature with an Irish director this coming year as producer of ‘The New World’ – the feature directorial debut from Irish actor, writer, and director, Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Catastrophe, Divorce).With her extensive experience finding, developing, and producing indie hits, Van Couvering will share her journey and insights in to developing films with new directors and how to build a flourishing career as a creative producer.The session with Alicia Van Couvering is the third of 10 free online Wednesday Workshops events that Film in Limerick has developed for aspiring and practicing filmmakers in the Mid-West. The initiative is supported by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. Register for the event here Facebook Email Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Previous articleAbbeyfeale company getting back to workNext articleWATCH: Highlights of Limerick’s 1973 and 2018 All Ireland Wins Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] WhatsApp Print Linkedincenter_img Belltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this Autumn Advertisement Film in Limerick Launches New Documentary Film Scheme Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 TAGSartseducationfilm in limerickIrelandlifestyleLimerick City and County RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Limerick Senator has beef with meat industrylast_img read more

Obama Receives Uribe at the White House to Discuss Matters of Common Interest

first_imgBy Dialogo June 30, 2009 Washington, 29 June (EFE).- The president of the United States, Barack Obama, today receives his Colombian counterpart, Alvaro Uribe, at the White House to address a wide range of topics on the bilateral agenda, among them the Free Trade Agreement bogged down in Congress. This is Obama and Uribe’s first meeting at the White House, although they met on April 18 during the fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. The bilateral meeting will take place at 2:15 p.m. Washington time in the Oval Office, and according to the White House, Obama will first meet with Uribe alone, without press access, and then the two will hold an “expanded meeting,” after which they will be available to journalists. It is expected that the two leaders will go over topics on the bilateral agenda, among them the thorny subject of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by both countries in November 2006 and still bogged down in Congress as a result of Democratic reluctance and pressure from labor unions about the labor situation and human rights in Colombia. During his election campaign, Obama said that he would oppose ratification of the FTA with Colombia as long as violence against union activists continued. On taking office, he instructed his trade representative, Ron Kirk, to review the U.S. trade agenda and analyze ways to make improvements in the FTA. Uribe arrived in Washington on Sunday afternoon, for a two-day working visit that includes today’s meeting with Obama, as well as with high-ranking officials in his administration. Before meeting with Obama, Uribe will meet in the morning with the United States Trade Representative, Ron Kirk; the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke; the director of the White House National Economic Council, Larry Summers; and the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Gil Kerlikowske. He will also meet with the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick. In addition, he will have lunch with representatives of think tanks and political analysts. In the afternoon, Uribe will also present the Order of St Charles, Great Cross Degree, to Tom Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, “who has been a friend of Colombia throughout his lengthy diplomatic career,” according to the official agenda. On Tuesday, Uribe will take part in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, where he will discuss the incentives his administration is offering to investors and the achievements of his policy of “democratic security.” Subsequently, Uribe will travel from Washington to Panama to attend the swearing-in of Panamanian President-Elect Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal on the following day. Uribe is accompanied on this visit by Chancellor Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde, Minister of Trade, Industry, and Tourism Luis Guillermo Plata, and three secretaries.last_img read more

Will underestimating their bullpen needs cost the Dodgers a playoff berth?

first_imgMaeda differs from Blanton, Morrow and Koehler in an important way, however. His predecessors’ careers as starting pitchers had played out. The 30-year-old Maeda has made it clear to the Dodgers that he still sees himself as a starter and Friedman said the Dodgers affirmed to Maeda that they also see him returning to the starting rotation at some point in the future – though not likely this year.Maeda has financial reasons to be reluctant to make the move. He will take a paycut by moving to the bullpen.Maeda’s incentive-laden contract includes a relatively low base salary of $3 million annually and a series of bonuses tied to games started and innings pitched that are weighted to life as a starting pitcher. In 2016, he made $8.9 million in bonuses alone. Last year, he added $4.9 million to his base salary. This year, he has reached only $2.65 million in bonuses and figures to add another $500,000 in innings bonus at most while pitching out of the bullpen.Maeda declined to answer any questions about the financial hit he will be taking by moving to the bullpen. The Dodgers could adjust his contract to include bonuses more relevant to a reliever but not until the offseason (and with the approval of the players’ union and MLB).“We have a lot of respect for Kenta and have had a lot of open and honest discussions, starting in Colorado,” Friedman said. “To his credit, his mindset is he wants to get back to and win the World Series this year and I think he fully understands our thought process and appreciates what we did in 2016 and 2017 (to get him to bonus markers) and knows that this was not financially motivated whatsoever.”UP NEXTPadres (LHP Clayton Richard, 7-10, 5.11 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 5-4, 3.73 ERA), Friday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Kenta Maeda’s success out of the bullpen last October and the ability to shift him from the rotation to a relief role again this month was one of the reasons the Dodgers didn’t more urgently pursue bullpen help at the non-waiver trade deadline. How that move plays out could be the difference between the team winning the NL West or missing the postseason entirely. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES — It is the decision that might have doomed the Dodgers’ season.As the trade deadline approached a month ago, bullpen help was clearly the team’s greatest need. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi have both acknowledged this. But the team chose to spend its resources – seven prospects, one big-league player and the limited space the Dodgers had left under the luxury-tax threshold – on offense, trading for infielders Manny Machado and Brian Dozier and adding only John Axford to the bullpen (for 3-1/3 innings before a fractured leg bone sent him to the DL).The bullpen has only become a larger and more costly deficiency in the weeks since the non-waiver trade deadline passed. So the question has grown more important – why didn’t the Dodgers do more to address it at the deadline?“Obviously, relievers were front of mind for us and something we spent a lot of time on with other teams, trying to line up on a guy or guys that made sense,” Friedman said earlier this week. “At that time, as we looked ahead to the guys we were going to get back from injury … as we looked ahead to our starters who might end up in the bullpen as we got guys back from injury, that put us in position to be selective. So we had certain guys identified. We were aggressive targeting. It just didn’t line up – which is when we switched gears to Dozier and had the idea let’s make our offense better which in turn will relieve some pressure when we can tack on runs. “Our whole point is looking forward. We should feel good that it will come together and be good,” Friedman said of the Dodgers’ bullpen.Kenta Maeda is one of the in-house reasons the Dodgers are optimistic that a functional bullpen can be assembled out of the current dysfunctional mess.A key tool in Friedman’s largely successful past history of bullpen-building has been the ability to identify and acquire “conversion candidates” – starting pitchers who can be even more successful as relievers. Joe Blanton and Brandon Morrow were those guys in the Dodgers’ bullpen the past two seasons. They hoped Tom Koehler would be that guy this season (but a spring shoulder injury scuttled his season).Maeda checks a lot of those same boxes.“I think having an out pitch is critical. In Kenta’s case, he has two with the split(-fingered changeup) and the slider,” Friedman said of what he looks for in a conversion candidate. “And then one unknown is whether the velocity will play up or not. Everyone assumes it will with everybody, but it doesn’t tend to happen.“He’s a really good major-league starting pitcher. When you take a guy who is a good major-league starting pitcher and shorten him up, we think he can be even better in that role. So we think the ceiling is really high for what he can do in that role.”Maeda’s velocity does play up in a relief role, as was obvious last fall when he moved to the bullpen during the postseason.“Can he? Absolutely,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked if Maeda could finally be the replacement for Morrow his bullpen has lacked all season.“One part of it is the ability to get lefties and righties out. That speaks to his pitch mix. The other part of it is having been a starter and being able to prepare for hitters and the ability to throw a strike when you need to – you’re talking about command, which all starters have to have. He checks that box.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “That hasn’t materialized as often. But we’re confident as you look at the back of the baseball card and the history of these guys that will come.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers’ offense has scored 11, 12 and 21 runs in games over the past three weeks. But it has also scored three or fewer in 11 of the past 18 games (and lost 10 of those 11).And Friedman and Zaidi are not guilty of ignoring the bullpen. During the season, they have made multiple moves in search of useful pieces, acquiring Dylan Floro, Zac Rosscup, Erik Goeddel and Daniel Hudson.Those small moves have not been enough.Friedman would not talk in specifics about the “targeting” of relievers at the deadline. But the Dodgers believed they could set “a high bar” and focused on only a small handful of relievers they believed would be an upgrade over their in-house options. That narrow group is believed to have included Raisel Iglesias of the Reds, Kyle Barraclough of the Marlins and Brad Hand of the Padres with one or two others. Only Hand changed teams and the likelihood of the Padres trading Hand within the division was low.last_img read more