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Simon launches Open Door event

first_img The Simon Communities of Ireland has launched this year’s Simon Open Door event which offers consultancy from a professional architect in return for a donation to Simon. This is the seventh year that Simon has partnered with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). Over the course of the partnership almost €250,000 has been raised for the charity’s work with people who are homeless.Simon Open Door is largely organised over a special website which handles the bookings and takes the €50 donation for each hour’s consultancy. The consultation is with a certified RIAI Architect who can give advice on a range of issues relating to homes.Despite a serious downturn in construction and related services, architects throughout Ireland will participate in the event. The website allows people to select an architect and a time on the 7th and 8th of May. People can register on the site from now. The website also contains advice on what information to bring to the architect in the ‘What to remember’ section.In previous years the Open Door event charged €75 for an hour’s consultancy but this has been reduced to €50.www.simonopendoor.ie AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 24 March 2011 | News Tagged with: Events Ireland Simon launches Open Door event  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

UCL: Nigeria’s Olayinka scores in Inter, Slavia Prague draw

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Inter Milan’s hopes of qualifying from a strong-looking Champions League took a significant early blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom seeds Slavia Prague at the San Siro. The Italian side needed a stoppage time leveller from Nicolo Barella to rescue a point after Peter Olayinka’s close-range finish midway through the second half had given the Czech champions the lead. With major Group F rivals Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund facing each other later in Germany, Antonio Conte’s side had an opportunity to set the early pace with a seemingly favourable home fixture. However, it was the visitors who struck first on 63 minutes when Olayinka was quickest to react after Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had made a superb low stop to deny substitute Jaroslav Zeleny. Slavia looked to be on course for only their second ever Champions League win, until Barella found the far corner in the 92nd minute, after Stefano Sensi’s free-kick had come back off the crossbar.Tags: Inter MilanNicolo BarellaPeter OlayinkaSlavia PragueUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Defeat in Paris: It’s Everybody’s Fault, Says Zidane

first_img“Clearly they were better than us in every department – in the way they played, in midfield.” the French boss said during his post-match press conference.“What upset me most is that we did not put enough intensity in the game and at that level of competition, it’s not possible.“They’re good at creating chances, that’s not what worries me. What worries me is that lack of intensity,” Zidane added after Real suffered their first defeat of the season.With their midfield players totally suffocated by the PSG duo of Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti, Real struggled to bring the ball forward.“Failing to create proper chances with the players with have up front – Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard – is a weird feeling,”said Zidane.“You can play badly but if you have the intensity, if you fight for the ball, you’re in the game,” he added.PSG indeed showed more enthusiasm and Angel Di Maria opened the scoring in aggressive fashion, bursting into the area to connect at the near post with Juan Bernat’s cross.Gueye then burst through midfield to set up Di Maria for the second.Keeper Thibaut Courtois was not at his best but Zidane brushed aside any criticism of the Belgian.“It’s everybody’s fault. We win together, lose together,” he said.Also speaking on the game, PSG Manager, Thomas Tuchel claimed the absence of Paris Saint-Germain’s deadly front three may have helped his side beat Real Madrid.PSG won without Neymar, who is suspended, and injured duo Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.Tuchel’s side impressed from the off without their three main stars, with Angel di Maria scoring twice in the first half before Thomas Meunier finished off a brilliant team move during injury-time.And speaking after the final whistle, Tuchel claimed not having his stars may have lowered the expectations enough to relax his side against the Spanish giants.“Maybe the absence of Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe helped the team,” the PSG manager said at his post-match press conference.“Maybe the pressure was less, because everybody was wondering how we could win without those three players.“It can help because we weren’t favourites without Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani. It could have taken some of the pressure off the players.”It was the perfect start to the Ligue 1 giants’ campaign as they go in search for their much-desired first Champions League title.Next up for PSG in the European competition is Turkish side Galatasaray away from home on October 1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Tuchel attributes PSG win to absence of Neymar, Mbappe, CavaniZinedine Zidane fumed at Real Madrid’s lack of intensity after the 13-times European champions started their Champions League campaign with a chastening 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday night.Real, record 13-times European champions, were overwhelmed, especially in midfield, and failed to muster a single shot on target at the Parc des Princes.last_img read more

Third time’s a charm for Lancashire’s Harris

first_img7 Jul 2019 Third time’s a charm for Lancashire’s Harris It was a case of third time lucky for Lancashire’s Geoff Harris when he won the English Men’s Open Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship at The Leicestershire Golf Club.The 37-year-old, England’s Golf Coast Manager from Formby, finished third at Beau Desert in 2017 and second to Nick Day last year at Long Ashton but this time he finally got his hands on the Logan Trophy after closing with a three under par 67 to pip last year’s winner by a single shot on five-under par 205.Harris started the final round level with Day after opening rounds of 68 and 70 but immediately went ahead with a birdie on the second where he hit an 8-iron into four feet. He dropped a shot with a three-putt at the fourth but then birdied the 10th, 12th and 13th before finishing his round with five straight pars.“I must admit I’m more relieved that anything else,” said the new champion, who won once on the PGA EuroPro Tour back in 2004 before being reinstated as an amateur. “After finishing third at Beau Desert two years ago, and then a distant second to Nick last year at Long Ashton, I was beginning to wonder if my chance had gone.“I played very nicely. The golf course is in fantastic condition but it is pretty firm and fast so you have to be careful where you hit it.“I just tried to keep in the play as best as I could and see if I could get a couple of putts to drop. I only hit one driver today and it worked very nicely. I’m delighted to get my name on a trophy as prestigious as this one.”39-year-old Day, from Henbury Golf Club in Gloucestershire, made left-hander Harris work all the way before finally relinquishing the title he won by nine shots 12 months before. He went into the last round tied with Harris and Pleasington’s Calum Metcalfe after two opening rounds of 69 and went on to birdie both the fourth and the sixth before 12 consecutive pars from the seventh saw him post a 68 which left him one shot behind the winner on four under par 206.David Cook, from Parkstone Golf Club in Dorset, also fired a closing 68 to finish alone in third place on 207 while Metcalfe added a 70 to the course record 65 he carded in the second round to secure fourth place one shot further behind.American William Smith and Oliver Willson from Longcliffe both closed with level par rounds of 70 to finish fifth and sixth respectively while Blankney’s Craig Toyne dropped back to eighth place with a final round of 74.Click here for more information.Photo copyright Leaderboard Photography. Tags: Logan Trophylast_img read more

NHL veterans getting opportunity, fresh start with Sharks

first_imgSAN JOSE — Forward Jonny Brodzinski and defenseman Dalton Prout both sensed an opportunity when they signed as free agents with the Sharks earlier this summer.Brodzinski knew the Sharks would be in need of experienced right wingers after the departure of Joe Pavelski and Gus Nyquist. Prout, listed at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, felt he could provide a greater physical presence on the right side of the blue line, which features Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Tim Heed.“I don’t think it’s any …last_img

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Western Film Genre

first_imgHow many of these films have you seen? What are your thoughts on Westerns? Love em, hate em? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. With new productions on the horizon, some say the once dead Western film genre seems to be making a slow comeback. Did it ever really go away?For many of the younger audience members of contemporary cinema, the idea of watching a western is pretty lame… or so I’ve been told. Decade after decade, many of us have heard that the Western was dead. In fact, this theory has been debated quite extensively in articles at Acculturated, Film.com and, to a more modest extent, Cinemablography.While it is true that the Western film genre isn’t as popular as it once was, it does still live on in a major way, whether we realize it or not. Plenty of films and television shows that you watch have their roots firmly planted in the Western film genre. With this said, let’s explore the evolution of the Western film genre from its classic days to present.Classic WesternThe classic era of the Western film genre spanned over 50 years, from 1903’s The Great Train Robbery to the standard clean cut westerns of the mid-1950s. Throughout its early existence, the genre was, as Patrick McGee stated in his book From Shane to Kill Bill, “a conservative film genre.” It was all about individualism, masculinity and American lore.During this era, director John Ford cemented the style in which westerns should be seen, in wide sprawling shots. John Wayne also became a legend during this era and the face of American masculinity. We were treated to classic films like The Virginian, Stagecoach, Red River and Rio Bravo. But underneath all of that muscle and sweat, something was changing.Video courtesy of MovieclipsThe Revisionist & Anti-WesternIn the 1950s, things began to change for the Western film genre. We began seeing the rise of the anti-hero and a move toward narrative philosophies started in Japanese films by Akira Kurosowa, like Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. With films like The Magnificent Seven, High Noon, Johnny Guitar, The Unforgiven and Shane, we began seeing the genre tackle subjects like class and racism. Meanwhile, the classic hero went from the clean-cut cowboy to a rough cowboy with a checkered past.This evolution of the western has lasted ever since. We still see it today on the big screen in films like Unforgiven, The Proposition, Django Unchained and The Revenant. We see it on the small screen with successful series like Deadwood, Hell on Wheels, and Texas Rising.But no director and actor team has contributed more to the anti-western than Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood. The “Dollar” trilogy changed the game for good. Now we want our cowboys to be dirty and gritty, like Blondie in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, who left his companion at the end of a rope staring at his half of the gold.Video courtesy of MovieclipsContemporary & Neo-WesternBecause of the advancements of the anti-western and the birth of the anti-hero, a new form of western began to take root in film known as the contemporary or neo-western. This new form of western wasn’t regulated to just the old west, though it did begin there with films like Hud and The Wild Bunch.By the 1970s, films like the The Getaway and Dirty Harry were just westerns playing out on modern streets. These characters were the same classic type of old west heroes, only now they lived in a time and society that rejected their idea of justice.Again, this form of the western is still in force today through films such as Desperado, Kill Bill and No Country For Old Men. Or even in your favorite television series like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Justified and True Detective. In fact the final fight in Kill Bill, The Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves, shows the Bride and Orin ready to draw like two cowboys on a dusty road waiting for high noon.Video courtesy of MovieclipsFantasy & Space WesternWhat many people don’t know is that the western film genre’s reach is so much larger and broader than they realize. The western has firmly rooted itself in fantasy (for better or worse) with films like John Carter and The Lone Ranger or the upcoming adaptation of the best “Weird Western” of all time, The Dark Tower.Science fiction has probably felt the impact of the western film genre even more than fantasy with its roots going back to the 1930s with Buck Rodgers and Flash Gordon. John Scalzi even wrote a great piece for AMC about the fact that science fiction is essentially the western of old. You can see this clearly when looking at films like Cowboys and Aliens and Guardians of the Galaxy or television shows like Firefly and the animated series Cowboy Bebop.But as many of you know, no sci-fi film has benefited from the western as much as Star Wars. Han Solo and Boba Fett are pulled straight from the pages of the old westerns. The Mos Eisley Cantina scene alone is loaded with nods to old westerns, from a quick draw with a light saber to a hero found in a saloon to even the denial of service to the droids.Video courtesy of Marcelo ZunigaThe Current State of ThingsCurrently we are seeing an uptick in terms of production surrounding the western genre. Big name directors and actors are jumping on board productions such as Jane Got a Gun, The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, Slow West and remake of The Magnificent Seven. Now, will this sustain itself for a long haul? That question isn’t easy to answer.Television is playing a big part in the swing upward for westerns, with series like Hell on Wheels continuing to track well, alongside such recent mini-series as Hatfields & McCoys and Texas Rising. Networks such as History and American Heroes Channel are developing original programming based in the old west and the Civil War. This is a lesson I’ve learned firsthand while directing my latest documentary, a film based on events of the Civil War.If someone asks me if the western will ever rule the box office again, I’ll tell them probably not. Of course, the western was never a box office powerhouse to begin with. In fact, the genre was seen as a B-movie genre until John Wayne came along. But if someone asks me if the western is dead, I’ll emphatically say no. And I’m not the only one who thinks this. The western film genre isn’t ready to ride off into the sunset. Not just yet.ReferencesKitses, Jim. Horizons West: Directing the Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood.British Film Institute; 2nd edition (September 1, 2007)McGee, Patrick. From Shane to Kill Bill: Rethinking the Western.Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 28, 2006)Rickman, Gregg. The Western Reader. Limelight Editions; 1st Limelight ed edition (August 1, 2004).last_img read more

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