LEO Limerick and Innovate Limerick looking for 20 local creatives and…

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostSXSW Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Advertisement Twitter Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerickcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Previous articleUL Bohemians’ Lynne Cantwell appointed South Africa Women’s High Performance ManagerNext articleCorbett misses out as Dublin Dominate All Star Football team Meghann Scully Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LifestyleLimerickNewsLEO Limerick and Innovate Limerick looking for 20 local creatives and entrepreneurs to attend virtual SXSW in TexasBy Meghann Scully – February 19, 2021 358 Photo by Carlos Alfonso on Unsplash CALLING all local creatives, entrepreneurs and anyone ready to reimagine the future and what’s next for the worlds of technology, film, culture and music.Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick is joining forces with Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Limerick to send 10 local film and 10 local tech sector leaders to this year’s virtual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Founded in 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries and an essential meeting place for global visionaries. The event exhibits and highlights the integrations and overlaps between the digital and creative industries and connects attendees with some of the world’s most innovative companies.This year the festival is holding a fully online event from 16-20 March, and we are looking for individuals to join Limerick’s virtual delegation.Delegates will have the opportunity to attend keynote and conference sessions, music showcases, film screenings and online exhibitions and be able to take part in a variety of networking events with creatives across interactive, film, and music industries.Key themes for this year’s events include Challenging Tech’s Path Forward (harnessing the tech industry’s power to be a positive actor), Cultural Resilience in the Arts (how creative communities evolve in times of crisis) and Transforming the Entertainment Landscape (metamorphoses in the music, film, television, sports, and gaming industries).This year’s event features an extensive mix of speakers including: Head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke; filmmakers James Cameron and Barry Jenkins; Director of NASA’s Jet propulsion Lab Dr. Michael Watkins and American politician and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stacey Abrams.Alongside the main festival, a Creative Industries Exhibition digital expo will serve as the epicentre of business for this year’s SXSW experience. Top creative organisations, innovative industry leaders, small businesses, and emerging start-ups from all over the world will come together during the four-day event.As part of the opportunity to join the Limerick Delegation, Film in Limerick and Local Enterprise Office Limerick will hold a warm-up online event for the delegation to help you plan and make the most out of the experience.Staff from the SXSW team will be on hand to help you understand and make the most of the platform and there will be a chance to network with the other delegates.Mike Cantwell, Head of Enterprise LEO Limerick and Innovate Limerick said “Any SME wanting to explore new opportunities should apply to participate in the Limerick delegation to find out about the latest in technology and innovation. Technology groups can network and attend the Innovation awards to examine collaboration and export opportunities; film groups will represent our growing mid-west filming sector. The virtual event is an opportunity to participate on a world stage.”Paul C. Ryan, Regional Film Manager at Film in Limerick, said, “South by South West is probably the most exciting and innovative film event anywhere in the world right now. It’s the heart and soul of independent filmmaking and it has helped launch the careers of many successful independents including; Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg and the Duplass Brothers.”“Its crossover with the technology sector and its eye on the future is where SXSW really shines and it’s an essential event on the calendar for current and emerging film and tech professionals.”Paul Ryan, Director at WP Engine, the global leading WordPress Digital Experience Platform, an Austin company with a base in Limerick said, “SXSW is one of the best known conferences in the US celebrating the convergence of the interactive, film, technology and music industries. Over the years, the event has hosted a broad spectrum of high profile speakers from astronauts to musicians, including WP Engine’s Chairwoman and CEO Heather Brunner.”“In 2021 SXSW goes virtual, where it will draw thousands of fans, technologists, musicians, filmmakers, press, and industry leaders from around the world to immerse themselves in the incredible content, discussion, films, music and thought leadership that has become SXSW’s trademark.”To apply to join the delegation, simply visit the Local Enterprise Office Limerick website here.Deadline to apply is Friday 26 February 2021 at 12noon. Printlast_img read more

Italy shuts stores across country to fight virus

first_img“I can’t even recognise Rome now,” 30-year-old Muscovite Yekaterina said while posing alone for a photo by the usually bustling Trevi Fountain in the heart of Rome.Conte said the closure of nearly everything that had remained open would run for at least two weeks.How Italians will get by in the meantime is not entirely clear.”All shops will be closed except for basic necessities, such as pharmacies and food stores,” said Conte.”Bars, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and canteen services will close. Home delivery is allowed.””No need to rush to buy groceries,” he stressed.Cash injection Conte’s announcement came hours after his government promised to spend up to 25 billion euros ($28 billion) to fight a disease that has put hospitals and the economy under intense strain.The size of Rome’s rescue was the same as one the European Union announced for the entire 27-nation bloc Monday.Italy’s Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said half the money would be used immediately and the other half stowed away and tapped should the health crisis spiral out of control.Part of the government’s cash injection is meant to help small businesses that are suffering the brunt of an implosion in the number of tourists who visit Italy’s art-filled churches and achingly beautiful hills.The government also put more meat on the bones of an emerging plan to let families temporarily suspend some mortgage and social tax payments.Gualtieri said “partial state guarantees” were being discussed to help Italy’s creaking banks survive a resulting cash crunch.Total shutdown Italy has witnessed nearly 60 percent of the deaths recorded outside China since the epidemic first started spreading from the Asian giant’s central Wuhan province in January.The government responded to the outbreak last month by quarantining 50,000 people in 11 villages that were worst affected in the north.That was followed on Sunday with social distancing measures in Milan’s Lombardy region and surrounding areas in which more than 15 million live and 40 percent of the nation’s economic activity occurs.The Lombardy measures were extended to all Italy on Tuesday morning.Conte’s announcement Wednesday ratcheted the restrictions up another notch.The multitude of measures have had a profound and slightly surreal effect on Italian life.The central streets of Rome were deserted on Wednesday evening and buses that are usually crammed with commuters ran almost empty.Tourists have essentially disappeared and the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Square has closed to all but those who want to enter the basilica to pray under its soaring dome overlooking Rome.People have been told to keep at least a metre (three feet) from each other and handshakes are frowned upon. Italians have found themselves starting to talk to each other a few steps apart — while often laughing about the regulations along the way.”As soon as the emergency has passed, we will organise a free carbonara day for doctors, nurses and healthcare workers,” a closing note by a restaurant in Rome’s popular Trastevere neighbourhood said.Topics : Italy on Wednesday shut all stores except for pharmacies and food shops in a desperate bid to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 827 in the the country in just over two weeks.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the latest wave of restrictions in a dramatic appeal to the nation that came with the country of 60 million battling its biggest crisis in generations.”Thank you to all Italians who make sacrifices. We are proving to be a great nation,” Conte said in his nine-minute evening prime time address to the nation. Italians have watched ever tighter restrictions slowly eat away at the very fabric of everyday life.An existing clampdown on public gathering and basic travel had already emptied streets and shuttered everything from churches to restaurants.AFP photographers spotted masked sanitation workers in white nylon suits and rubber gloves spraying Florence’s deserted Saint Mark’s Square with disinfectant through a long hose.Cathedrals posted hand-written notes cancelling mass and cafes apologised to their regulars for having to turn them away.last_img read more

Arsenal expect to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos ahead of Tottenham

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jul 2019 10:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link418Shares Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal expect to sign Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos ahead of Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Arsenal expect to beat north London rivals Tottenham to the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, reports say.Unai Emery is desperate to bolster his squad at the Emirates this summer following a campaign in which the Gunners tamely fell away to miss out on a top-four spot.In Emery’s first season in charge, Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League – one point below fourth-placed Spurs – and lost the Europa League final to fellow London rivals Chelsea.Emery wants to strengthen his squad with a number of signings and has identified Spain international Ceballos as a top target.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTalented midfielder Ceballos has made 56 first-team appearances for Real Madrid since signing from Betis in 2017 but is open to a loan move in order to gain more experience.The 22-year-old has attracted interest from a number of European clubs this summer but Arsenal are confident they will win the race to secure his signature, according to the Daily Mirror.Arsenal have held talks with Real Madrid as well as Ceballos’ representatives and expect the Spaniard to pen a one-year loan deal in north London in the coming weeks.The Gunners are also expected to clinch a £28million deal for teenage defender William Saliba, with reports suggesting he will undergo a medical at the Emirates this week. Comment Arsenal expect to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos ahead of Tottenham Unai Emery is keen to bolster his squad at the Emirates this summer (Picture: Getty)Saliba will reportedly return to Saint-Etienne on loan before joining the Gunners next summer.Asked whether he’s happy to wait a whole year for Saliba, Emery said this weekend: ‘Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution.‘Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility. We don’t want now to go to the second line of players.‘We are waiting. We have very good players. We have very good young players.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We are aware also that we need to improve some players in this squad but only, only I want to sign one, two, three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our team.’Emery added: ‘There are a lot of names. The club is working, Edu is very close to me and Raul [Sanllehi]. We speak every day. Here we spoke with the Kroenke family.‘I want to send a message to all our supporters – we’re very happy to be here with a lot of Arsenal supporters and are very impressed – we are working and preparing and we want to make the best squad possible.‘Our ambition and motivation is with all the supporters.’MORE: How Gareth Bale reacted to Zinedine Zidane’s incredible Real Madrid transfer commentslast_img read more

Qatar submit request to host 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games

first_imgDOHA: Qatar on Monday announced it has formally submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) its request to join the non-committal “Continuous Dialogue” to host a future edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as early as 2032.Qatar delivered the request via an official letter to the IOC’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, said the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC). Qatar had made an unsuccessful bid to host the 2016 and 2020 games. Commenting on the announcement, QOC President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani said: “Never before has an Olympic Games been held in the Middle East. The Olympic rings are a symbol of peace, unity and hope for people around the world, including the people of our region. “Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a meaningful dialogue with the IOC’s Future Host Commission to explore our interest further and identify how the Olympic Games can support Qatar’s long-term development goals. For many years, sport has been a major contributor to our nation’s development. From athletics to cycling, gymnastics to football, tennis to volleyball, Qatar has earned the reputation of a world-class destination for major sporting events. “It is this proven track-record and wealth of experience, along with our desire to use sport to promote peace and cultural exchange, that will form the basis of our discussions with the commission,” he added. Along with Qatar, India, Queensland state of Australia and Shanghai in China are touted to be potential bidders for the 2031 edition of the prestigious quadrennial event. The 2020 Olympics Games, slated to be held in Tokyo, have already been postponed by an year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IANS Also watch: Anti-CAA Protest in Naharkatialast_img read more