Tommy sets sights on reeling in cinema buffs

first_imgEmail NewsLocal NewsTommy sets sights on reeling in cinema buffsBy admin – July 16, 2009 835 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Digital era has arrivedUNDAUNTED by the failure of the developers of the Ennis Road Retail Park (next to Jetland Centre) to attain planning permission for 10 screens from Limerick City Council, cinema operator, Tommy O’Connor, is determined to identify an equally suitable site on the northside.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cork-based O’Connor, owner of the Reel chain, confirmed to the Limerick Post, and as exclusively reported last year, that he was willing to transform three idle units at the Ennis Road Park, giving employment to about 40 people.“Had permission been granted, I would have been up and running at this stage. I thought the site was ideal, with plenty of car parking spaces and already built large units just waiting to be converted into a multiplex”.There was, he pointed out, a huge catchment “people on that side of the city would welcome the type of project that I had envisaged.“To get to a movie, they have to travel right across town, to either the Omniplex in Dooradoyle, or Storm in Castletrroy. I think I would have been able to cultivate a new audience”.When asked if he was still prepared to gamble on providing Limerick with a third cinema location, given the recession, he responded: “Statistics show that the industry in Ireland is thriving. Remember, it is the cheapest form of entertainment, less than 10 euro per person for an evening or afternoon out. I had my homework done in advance…Caherdavin residents and those living in adjoining estates, are simply waiting. Also, Shannon is only a few miles out the road, and they, too, are without a cinema”.O’Connor, who hails from the Lansdowne Park area, and son of the late Vincent O’Connor, an institution at Todds for many decades, would dearly love to set up business in his native city.He had shown an interest in the screens proposed for Bedford Row, but later abandoned the idea. “Cinemas don’t work in city centres…you have to be in the suburbs where car parking is available. Patrons are not going to pay to park their cars in the city when they have the facility for free in Castletroy and Dooradoyle”.O’Connor is certainly not afraid to invest in the future.On a recent visit to his Reel Cinemas in Blackpool, Cork, he “introduced” me to his new digital system, installed at a cost of 80,000 euro, per screen.Showing was Transformers. The film was sent via satellite from the United States to his digital hardware system and projected on screen.“As you see, the quality is crisp and clean, the sound just brilliant and colours especially vibrant.. The era of film turning on a spindle is coming to an end, as, unfortunately, is the day of the projectionist. We are now talking about satellite, hard drives, discs, etc, giving control over to the distribution company. It is possible for me to sit at home and switch on by remote control. Even screening times are regulated from the States”.center_img Advertisement Linkedin Print Previous articleThe search is on for Ireland’s best pubNext articleLeddin secures fresh commitment on reletting adminlast_img read more

Senate convenes in person, vice president for student affairs pays visit

first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate met in person Thursday evening. This week’s meeting was centered around an address from vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding. Hoffmann Harding spoke about campus reopening and the restructuring of student gathering spaces on campus including social spacing of Duncan and LaFortune student centers, and the introduction of many new outdoor spaces for student gathering such as the tents in front of North and South Dining Halls and Library Lawn.Hoffmann Harding mentioned certain aspects of student life that got modified in the reopening process such as an option for students to live off-campus while still earning credit towards the University residency requirement and the opening of secondary residence locations to offer on-campus housing to all students who requested it.In addition to the modifications to campus life, Harding talked about ways to address safety concerns in a way that did not cause divisions within the University community, new Title IX regulations and racial injustice within the community. Hoffmann Harding said the University is hosting conversations with Black student organizations regarding racial injustice in four main areas: campus policing, student mental health, programming funds and space and providing training for inclusion and diversity issues for faculty.Hoffmann Harding fielded many questions regarding issues like dashboard changes, surveillance testing, concerns about Saturday’s home football game and flu season. Following Hoffmann Harding’s informative address, there was an update on the Community/Campus Advisory Coalition (CCAC) in that the CCAC has now finished the election process and the council is finalized.Next, the senate moved to the appointment of 14 members to the Committee on the Constitution. This motion was put in block by parliamentarian, junior Thomas Davis and was passed without debate. Davis said he is very excited at the appointees.“Today is a very exciting moment for me,” he said. “This is a special part of the Committee on the Constitution being able to nominate or appoint members and at large members of the student body. It was a very thorough process and I’m very happy with the appointments I’ve been able to make.”Subsequently, the senate discussed order SS 2021-16: A resolution to Commit to Anti-Racist Action at Notre Dame. This order contained a statement in which the sponsors acknowledged the presence of racial injustice and discrimination on our campus and affirmed their continued desire to engage in open and constructive conversation with leaders of the Black Student Association, Notre Dame Socially Responsible Investing and the organizers of the Notre Dame Strike for Black Lives pertaining to their organizations’ goals and steps forward to foster an anti-racist campus community.Order SS 2021-16 received some push back from Dillion Hall senator Mike Dugan who called for more aggressive resolution that actively calls for more than just conversation pertaining to racial injustice.(Editor’s Note: Mike Dugan is a former News Writer and Systems Administrator at The Observer.)“We need to do something to remove the structures that are posing barriers to students of color and prohibiting them from getting the experience that they deserve here,” Dugan said. “We’re punting, or saying, Notre Dame, talk with people, but we ourselves are not taking a stand.”Despite dissent from Dugan and others, order SS 2021-16 was passed with a vote.This week’s senate meeting concluded by a motion to move order SS 2021-07 pertaining to the availability of $10,000 from the Student Union COVID-19 Response Financial Account to next week’s meeting.Tags: Erin Hoffman-Harding, Senate, Student Lifelast_img read more

Benitez: Torres is improving

first_imgRafael Benitez has insisted that Fernando Torres’ performances are steadily improving despite the striker’s problems in front of goal.Torres has scored only once in his last 14 appearances and missed a number of chances during Chelsea’s Europa League game against Sparta Prague on Thursday.But Benitez believes Torres showed signs in that game that his form is getting better.“I can see him improving. Physically he was working very hard,” said the Blues’ interim manager.“His play was much better, his positioning was much better. We have to have confidence because the way he trains and approaches games is positive.“Part of Fernando’s job is to create space and to put players in good positions with his movement.“He is doing a great job for the team, is doing well and I am convinced he will score goals.”See also:Benitez defends Torres after Chelsea winGiant poster mocking Torres is 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Local Roundup: Grade-schoolers turn out for Mad River run

first_imgArcata >> Two-hundred seventy-nine youths grades K-8 competed at the Mad River Dunes Youth Run at Mad River Beach County Park in Arcata on Tuesday.The closest race of the day came in the boys K-2nd grade half-mile race, where Jacoby Creek second-grader Calahan Figas ran a time of 3:52, edging Fieldbrook’s John Corigliano by a mere two seconds.Caroline Taylor won the girls K-2 race with a time of 4:24. Trinidad’s Vivian Adams (4:33) and Quincey Kelly (5:02) finished second and third, …last_img

South Africa lauds Huawei investment

first_img19 October 2010 Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has welcomed Chinese mobile technology company Huawei’s investment in South Africa, encouraging the company to use it as a platform for expansion on the African continent.The company currently co-operates with South African telecommunications companies MTN, Vodacom and Neotel, offering a range of services that contribute to mobile accessibility in the country.Dlamini-Zuma was speaking in Shanghai, China on Sunday after she and Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Paul Mashatile held discussions with the senior vice president of Huawei Technology, Junfeng Guo.The discussions were held ahead of the minister’s keynote address at the official closing of the South African Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo on Monday.Dlamini-Zuma said the discussions, also attended by South Africa’s ambassador to China and consul-general to Shanghai, looked at the impact Huawei was making on the mobile phone and wireless market in South Africa and the world in general.“Huawei Technology has established one of its few research and development facilities in South Africa, through which South Africans are able to access employment opportunities in addition to benefiting from skills development programmes,” the minister said in a statement.“Government welcomes the company’s investment in South Africa, including foreign direct investment, as well as the company’s contribution to the country’s human capital.“We also encourage Huawei Technology to use South Africa as a gateway to access the region and indeed the continent.”Sapalast_img read more

Dela Peña, Pangga win gold medals in Asian juniors boxing championships

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “Even during clinches, I was talking, saying that this gold is mine and I won’t let it slip away,” dela Peña, last year’s Batang Pinoy silver medalist, said in Filipino.Familiar with his foe, the 15-year-old decorated Pangga said he had to box smartly and threw everything in his arsenal to beat Sukthet, who had sparred with him during the national team’s training in Thailand last month.“He (Sukthet) caught me with a solid body shot that time and it hurt so I had to be careful,” said Pangga, a four-time Batang Pinoy and 2016 Palarong Pambansa champion. “I just followed my coach’s (Ronald Chavez) instructions to measure him up first, in Filipino.”Always beaten to the punch by Pangga in their first encounter, Sukthet changed tactics and turned counter puncher.Eventually Pangga was able to pierce his defenses by unleashing rapid combinations to earn the nod of four judges with only the judge from United Arab Emirates going for Sukhtet.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img John Vincent Pangga. INQUIRER / Roy LuarcaPUERTO PRINCESA — Two finalists, two gold medalists for the Philippines.Kenneth dela Peña and John Vincent Pangga subdued their respective opponents Monday as the host country exceeded expectations in the 2017 ASBC Asian Juniors Boxing Championships at Puerto Princesa City Coliseum here.ADVERTISEMENT Former NBA star Metta World Peace says he’s ‘going to Manila’ Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Both Dela Pena and Pangga are aiming to make it to the Olympics someday.Having given the Philippines its first gold medals in the event confined to 15 and 16-year olds, dela Peña and Pangga will most likely represent the country in this year’s World Juniors,  the date and venue of which have yet to be announced by the AIBA (International Boxing Association).Ricky Vargas, president of the organizing Abap (Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines) was impressed with the Young Turks’ performances. “The kids fought with a lot of heart. They have a lot of potential to make it to the Olympics,” said Vargas. “I was surprised that we won two golds.”Also present were Abap secretary general Pato Gregorio and executive director Ed Picson.The Abap fielded only four bets for the tournament that drew entries from 18 nations, including world powerhouse Kazakhstan, with light flyweight Criz Russo Laurente and lightweight Norlan Petecio failing to advance to the medal round.Other early final bouts saw Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabirkhan snare the light flyweight and light bantamweight Biibars Zheksen snare the gold at the expense of Japanese Toshiya Yano and Uzbek Asadkhuja Muydinkhujaev, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A prized find from General  Santos  City,  Dela Pena beat Kazakhstan’s Akilbek Mukhtarov, 4-1, in the pinweight (44-46kg) category while Pangga, pride of Cagayan de Oro City, bested Thailand’s Sarawut Sukthet by the same score in the light flyweight (50kg) class.Endowed with fast hands and agile on his feet, the 16-year-old dela Peña landed a left-right-left combination midway of the second round that rocked the Kazakh for a standing eight count.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSensing that he was way behind, Mykhtarov launched an all-out assault in the third, pinning Dela Pena on the ropes. Dela Peña,  who’s only on his first year as a boxer, however, weathered the attack with a left to the body followed by a right to the face to earn the wide decision.At the dugout, dela Peña admitted he got tired in the third round, but said he was determined to win for his family, which includes his twin brother and an older brother who have also taken up the sport, and bring glory to his country. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READlast_img read more

Willpower matters love cures

first_imgCansurvive, a literary adaptation of the book ‘CANSURvive: Subah Ka Pata’ written by Asif Ali which deals with the life of cancer patients, their struggles and thereby creating awareness on the disease.Seasoned director and former National School of Drama (NSD)alumna , Vandana Vashisht, beautifully depicts how cancer survivors grapple with the disease and their inner turmoil.   Rajni and Kamal, the two main protagonists both potray cancer survivors and play revolves around how they finally conquer the dreaded disease. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Both the pivotal characters are a study in contrast. While, Rajni is full of life, chirpy and optimistic refusing  to give in, Kamal on the other hand is brooding and gripped in melancholy and always mourning. Showing two sides of the coin, the play provides insight on how the presence of a support system helps a cancer patient win the battle for life.Rajni has her doting husband supporting her on every step of her fight whereas Kamal is ploughing a lonely furrow. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe director succeeded in showing how the desire to live can defeat death itself. Vashisht shows how affection from loved ones can alleviate one’s suffering. Some humour was also weaved in which provided much needed break to the audience. The lighting was very well taken care off and was in sync with the theme.The cast included the likes of Sonal Jha ( Balika Vadhu), Bhupesh Kumar Pandya (who  featured in Vicky donor), Sajida and Vivek (NSD alumni). All the actors did full justice to their characters.The music was given by eminent music director Kajal Ghosh. The contemporary dance to express the emotions of the patients during their treatment added glint to the play. From hand movements to expressions, the choreography too was graceful.The play concluded on the note that apart from one’s willpower, love from family can prove to be a catalyst in recuperation.last_img read more