Playlab eyes SE Asian dominance after $5m roundFunding from Monk’s Hill Ventures will open up “neglected” markets in the fast growing regionMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 14th October 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articlePlaylabPlaylab has set its sights on “owning” the Southeast Asian mobile market after securing $5 million in funding from Monk’s Hill Ventures.So far, Playlab has survived on an initial $500,000 investment from its co-founders Jakob Lykkegaard Pedersen and Thomas Andreasen, and the revenue it has generated since then. Thanks to its biggest franchise, Juice Cube, that hasn’t caused too many problems in terms of growth: in May, Playlab said the Juice Cube games had earned more than $12 million for the company.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games This series B round will help the company to expand further still, beyond its offices in Manila, Singapore and its Bangkok headquarters, which employ around 100 people between them. In an interview with Techcrunch, Pedersen described its ambitions to dominate, if not the world, then at least Southeast Asia.”If we invest now, we can basically own the market once it fully monetises,” he said. “Southeast Asia has been neglected for so long for gaming. Western game companies do very little operations here. Once a user gets into their games, nobody cares much… but you really need to run campaigns, and care much more about your users. So [features like] live chat support, community building and things you wouldn’t have in Western games but crucial for these countries.”Playlab expects to release six new games a year, split evenly between first-party projects and investment partnerships with external developers.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 8 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 9 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Z Event raises €5.7m for Amnesty InternationalThe live streaming event broke the record for the most money raised for charity on TwitchMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterTuesday 20th October 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareFrench streaming marathon Z Event raised €5.7 million in 50 hours for NGO Amnesty International.It’s a record amount for an event of that type, Le Monde reported. The previous record was actually held by the 2019 edition of Z Event, which raised €3.5 million for the Pasteur Institute. Back then, it broke a record established by Bungie with its GuardianCon, which raised $3.7 million (€3.1m) in 2019.Related JobsSenior VFX Artist Remote Spain UK & Europe Big PlanetBuild Engineer – Games – Cheshire, England UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior Unity Programmers F2P Mobile Games Turkey Turkey Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Z Event ran from October 16 to October 18 this year, in Montpellier — though several participants were streaming from home due to COVID-19 restrictions. French president Emmanuel Macron congratulated the Z Event team on Twitter, saying they should be “proud to have shown that, by being united, you can accomplish great things.”The streaming event, which is broadcasted on Twitch, gathers France’s biggest game streamers. It was created in 2016 by Adrien “ZeratoR” Nougaret and Alexandre “Dach” Dachary.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesGamesAid raises £70,000 for multiple charitiesUK-based games industry charity splits donation among seven organizations By Jeffrey Rousseau 4 days agoHumble Bundle rolls back plans to remove charity slidersStorefront backtracks on decision following feedback from the communityBy Danielle Partis 5 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Finance and Policy Image: 123rf Improved access to natural gas supplyImproved monitoring and remediation of methane lossesUpgrade of bus fleets with natural gas-powered busesCleaning marine transport by developing LNG bunkering in city harbours Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Have you read?Powership group notches preferred bidder status in RMIPPPPABB brought on board to power Total-led Mozambique LNG project Sentyurin added that the Forum hopes the European Parliament and the EU Member States will support the sustainability rating of natural gas when they are due to discuss this next month. The UNECE’s Group of Experts on Gas is a high-level policy consultation body to empower and inform the work of UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy. At present, UNECE boasts 56 member States in Europe, North America and Asia, including Russia and the US – two members that are expected to provide it with up to 70% of gas production by 2050. BRICS “The UNECE region will be responsible for 18% of the total gas demand growth through to 2050. Despite ambitious decarbonisation targets in many UNECE members, natural gas will retain a critical role in region’s energy mix, being the most resilient hydrocarbon resource,” added HE Sentyurin. Generation Francisco de la Flor Garcia, Chair of the Group of Experts on Gas: “A (UN) General Assembly resolution adopted on 21 Dec 2020 recognised the key role that natural gas plays in many countries and calls upon governments to enhance energy security through sharing of best practices in security of gas supply and demand. I interpret this resolution as a clear mandate for our continued work.” AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The 8th edition of the Group of Experts on Gas session noted that the UNECE region is falling short of its commitments and objectives on sustainable energy. The Group concluded that its key contribution to achieving these objectives could be in two areas: (a) deep transformation of the energy system; and (b) reducing the environmental impact of energy. The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is supporting the EU’s intention to consider gas as a sustainable source of energy under the new green labelling system. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development “GECF believes that all UNECE member States should recognise the use of gas, especially in cases where the gas technology replaces higher-emitting power sources and can cut emissions,” said HE Sentyurin. Other areas that came under discussion were best practices in methane management in the gas sector, decarbonisation through synergies between gas and electricity, hydrogen, sustainable production and consumption of gas and liquefied natural gas, and gas in transport. TAGSdecarbonisationgasnatural gas Previous articleNo silver bullet but many ways to renew Mpumalanga’s economyNext articleNew rooftop solar PV module tailored for C&I makes a market entrance Pamela Largue RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Natural gas, it was asserted, should begin to be seen as beyond a fuel, and as a vector of energy transition including, notably, hydrogen and bio-gas. Citing the latest available figures available from the GECF Global Gas Outlook 2050, Sentyurin noted that natural gas supply in the UNECE region will increase at an annual average growth rate of 0.8%, representing an overall increase of 29%, climbing from 2,320 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2019 to around 3,000 bcm in 2050. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter This was announced by HE Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General of the association of 19 leading gas-exporting countries while speaking as a keynote at the 8th Session of the Group of Experts on Gas of UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe). The Group recommended that reducing pollution levels and improving air quality will be tied to factors such as:
9.8.2003 Previous articleAlstom awarded €40m boiler modernisation contract in eastern GermanyNext articleHECO’s renewable energy subsidiary seeks project proposals for Maui, Molokai and Lanai chloecox Sited approximately 150 miles from Los Angeles, the Coram Energy Project will have a capacity of three megawatts of power. It is expected to generate 9,198,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough clean, renewable energy to meet the annual needs of about 1,000 average American households. GE Wind Energy designs and manufactures wind turbines with rated outputs that range from 900 to 3,600 kilowatts, and offers support services ranging from project development assistance to operation and maintenance. Worldwide, the company has developed and/or sold over 6,000 wind turbines with a rated capacity exceeding 3,800 megawatts. By chloecox – Twitter About GE Power Systems Facebook Facebook Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project ATLANTA, GA., Sept. 8, 2003 — GE Wind Energy, a business unit of GE Power Systems, will supply two 1.5-MW wind turbines to Coram Energy, LLC for a wind farm in Tehachapi, Calif. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GE selected to supply wind turbines for project in California Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Linkedin GE Power Systems (www.gepower.com) is a supplier of power generation technology, energy services and management systems with 2002 revenues of nearly $23 billion. Based in Atlanta, GA, GE Power Systems provides equipment, service and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, distributed power and energy rental industries. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Coram Energy LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, currently operates 283 Aeroman wind turbines in Tehachapi, California. The acquisition of the two GE 1.5 MW wind turbines marks the first phase of a 50-MW planned build-out/repower of this facility. Coram and its affiliates currently have over 2,000 megawatts of projects in planning throughout North America. Twitter Linkedin CoalEmissionsRenewables The power will be sold to Southern California Edison, one of the world’s largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity. Construction will begin during October, 2003 with completion expected in December, 2003. TAGSCAISOSCE GE’s 1.5-megawatt wind turbines are among the most widely sold wind turbines in the megawatt class. In mid-2002, GE announced that its 1,000th 1.5-megawatt turbine had been placed in operation. Today, over 1,500 of these machines are operating in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the United States. No posts to display
Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(NEWTOWN, Conn.) — Jeremy Richman, the father of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim, was found dead Monday morning from an apparent suicide, according to police in Newtown, Connecticut.The body of Richman, 49, was found at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, where he had an office, authorities said.Richman’s 6-year-old daughter, Avielle Richman, was among the 26 children and educators killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.Police did not provide any additional details surrounding his death beyond describing it as an apparent suicide. An autopsy is expected to be performed Monday, police said.Newtown Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde called Richman’s death a “heartbreaking event for the Richman family” and Newtown community.Bahamonde said “the police department’s prayers are with the Richman family.”If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Beneath wall to wall carpeting, brokers find herringbone flooring, behind a coat of paint may be a marble mantle, or hidden away could be antique mirror doors. (iStock)Of the 2,072 single-family Manhattan residences built before 1920, nearly half have never been renovated. Those homes present some challenges for the folks tasked with selling them — but often surprises as well.Brokers might find herringbone flooring beneath wall-to-wall carpeting, a marble mantle behind a coat of paint or antique mirror doors hidden away.“That’s one of the thrills,” said Cathy Franklin, a broker for Corcoran.Those involved in selling large properties owned by a single family say a key is making the most of unexpected discoveries.Before and after images of a living room from The Renovated HomeLee Stahl, president of renovation firm The Renovated Home, has torn down a wall to find high ceilings and natural light waiting to pour into the room. The same apartment had a kitchen that consisted of four separate rooms, including a butler’s pantry and breakfast room. Combining them, he created a single livable kitchen.Lee Stahl, The Renovated HomeIn another apartment, Stahl removed carpeting that seemed tacked down with Elmers Glue to find handmade mosaic tile, which he estimates would cost a minimum of $100,000.“Seventy years ago, the way people got personality and got design elements into a space was through wallpaper and through furniture,” Stahl said. “Now people want less furniture, less clutter.”Vintage wine, historic coins and periodicals from the 1920s are among the treasures he has uncovered from in between walls where they were once hoarded away.“When people are doing things in these homes, whether they hide things in the walls or ceiling, they’re not anticipating dying,” Stahl said. “And then they die.”Those finds are always returned to the owners of the estate, Stahl noted.Read moreManhattan apartment vacancy smashes 5% barrierPricey Park Slope townhouses drive dealmaking in BrooklynHere’s where NYC real estate stands post Labor Day This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Email Address* Full Name* Message* Renovations are no longer just refinishing the floors and throwing on a coat of paint. Often it’s tearing down walls to create the open layouts popular with today’s buyers. But Christine Martin, a broker with Compass, says pre-war buildings surprisingly lend themselves to modern living.Small staff rooms can be converted to home offices and tearing down walls can allow for huge rooms to easily flow into each other.Before and after images of a library from The Renovated HomeHomes’ exteriors may be tightly regulated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but generally anything and everything inside can and is done to an estate. Still, some argue that preservation is key.“Everything is changing every year with cable and smart wiring and Sonos, but estates are wonderful when they’re less touched,” Corcoran’s Franklin said. “They still have the beautiful hardware and the beautiful moldings and details.”Franklin’s perspective comes in part from her art history degree. As she walks through estates that she has sold, she names their architects, for example Stanford White, who designed 9-11 54th Street in 1896, or Rosario Candela, whose 740 Park was constructed in 1929.Before and after images of a kitchen from The Renovated HomeEven estate buyers who appreciate history, though, typically want to live in a pristine home. “The standard against which apartments are measured is a mint-condition apartment,” said Martin.The pandemic has complicated renovations. However, as many affluent New Yorkers work remotely and live away from the city, some agents say buyers may be drawn to estates.“The home has become more important than ever and will be more important than ever,” Lauren Muss, an agent with Douglas Elliman, said.Contact Sasha Jones
Europe risks making a deadly mistake in Syria.As the country’s civil war turns ever more decisively in favor of President Bashar al-Assad, European countries have slowly begun to reach out to the dictator’s violent regime.In a significant step, Italy earlier this month announced that it is considering reopening its embassy in Damascus. Rome’s decision is the first shift by one of the big Western European states. It runs squarely counter to the stated EU position, championed by France and the U.K., to keep Assad isolated and sanctioned. The reality is that European positioning was shifting even before Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops. Rome’s announcement follows a visit by the Polish deputy foreign minister to Damascus and a trip by the Czech foreign minister in August. While Prague has maintained an ambassador in Syria throughout the conflict and the trip was driven by a humanitarian aim, it was the first senior European ministerial visit since the conflict began.U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December that he was pulling American troops out of Syria | Pete Marovich/Getty ImagesThe EU this week announced new Syria sanctions, but in a notable shift, some member countries pushed for the introduction of sunset provisions to give them an expiry date.The shift in Europe’s position has been accompanied by signs of widening normalization. In October, Jordan reopened its border with Syria, and in December the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain restored diplomatic ties. Syria’s intelligence chief is reported to have visited Saudi Arabia in early January, possibly in anticipation of a coming shift in Riyadh’s position. Syria may also soon be readmitted to the Arab League. These states are now more focused on diluting Iranian and Turkish influence than on regime change.Trump’s decision has accelerated this dynamic. While intra-administration pushback may delay the pullout, the outcome of this debate is almost irrelevant. No one believes in Washington’s capacity to act as a long-term strategic actor in Syria, and most players are making plans that work around the U.S.Assad looks likely to exploit Trump’s decision to make a deal with the Kurds — formerly protected by U.S. forces — to restore Damascus’ authority over the northeast and stop Turkey from entering Syria.In time, Assad could strike a deal with Turkey based on shared cooperation against the Kurds. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan holds a deep personal antipathy toward Assad, but Ankara might nonetheless see an eventual rapprochement with Damascus as a way to squash Kurdish ambitions and counterbalance the influence of returning Arab Gulf states. European governments have long touted — often, without much credibility — their ability to leverage reconstruction funding for change in Syria, but the recent moves reveal a growing risk that Europe’s common position regarding Assad could collapse into irrelevance. An Italian shift will not single-handedly move the wider European line, including on sanctions, but it points to the prospect of an eventual unraveling.Driving the rapprochement are shifts in the facts on the ground. U.S. President Donald Trump has announced a rapid troop withdrawal. Gulf Arab states are restoring ties with Damascus, and jihadist forces are advancing in Idlib, thereby likely justifying regime designs on the province. Assad’s victory is looking like it will be even more conclusive than expected.The reality is that European positioning was shifting even before Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops.Against this backdrop, Europeans need to quickly shape a coherent position that responds to the new reality. Ultimately, there is a case for limited re-engagement if Europeans want to secure some lingering gains for Syrians and their own refugee and security interests.But this must be done carefully, in a way that ties pragmatism to ongoing principles. Incremental decisions by individual countries will push Europe down a slippery slope of re-engagement that will play completely to Assad’s advantage, offering him cost-free re-legitimization.EU states must work together to ensure that they extract some gains for any move in this direction. The bottom line is that Assad is increasingly coming to be seen, even by erstwhile enemies, as the central vehicle through which they can compete with one another for influence. Some officials in Israel even view a reconstituted Assad as the best means of restoring order to its north and weakening Iran’s presence in the country.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan | Edem Altan/AFP via Getty ImagesThis is a remarkable shift that Assad will exploit to cement his position. While Assad faces significant internal challenges, he faces fewer constraints to regaining control of the whole country. He will also have more options to help drive economic growth, including access to oil resources now controlled by the Kurds. Gulf states could also provide reconstruction funding, despite the threat of U.S. sanctions.It’s against this backdrop that the EU must urgently shape a more effective response. The bloc’s leverage may be limited, but Europeans can still do more to shape a better outcome in Syria.Rather than allowing individual countries to move forward unilaterally, European governments should work together to maximize their leverage over Assad — who does want international legitimization of his victory.What Europeans can do, however, is make it clear to those like Italy that Assad must not be given what he wants for free.Doing so has little chance of forcing profound political reform in Syria. But Europeans can still seek to channel the regime’s desire for Western political re-engagement to secure still-important, lower-level gains. These could include access to detainees; guarantees against arrests, forced conscription and property seizures; and the opening of unimpeded aid channels, including a mechanism through which local bodies can act as direct implementors of stabilization support. Europeans should also focus on ensuring that any regime assault on Idlib does not result in another bloodbath. Europeans trying to maintain a hard line against Assad must realize they cannot hope to gain at the peace table what they so recently declined to fight for on the battlefield. What they can do, however, is make it clear to those like Italy that Assad must not be given what he wants for free.This will do more to address core European interests than non-conditional re-engagement.Julien Barnes-Dacey is director of the Middle East and North Africa program at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Also On POLITICO Bolton leaves Turkey on sour note over Trump’s Syria plans By Elise Labott Trump, in Iraq, defends decision to withdraw troops from Syria By Garrett Ross
For 29 hours and 18 minutes, Notre Dame fans tuned in Sunday and Monday to watch a live broadcast of student performances and show their support for student groups by flooding the website with their donations.Chris Collins | The Observer Aaron Wall, the director of Notre Dame Day, said this year’s number of monetary gifts from donors far surpassed that of last year’s. A total of 21,478 gifts were given this year compared to last year’s 16,550 gifts. In 2014, Notre Dame Day’s inaugural year, 4,400 gifts were received.“It’s a year-long process, that’s my full time job. Next year starts now,” Wall said. “The whole idea of Notre Dame Day stems from the incredible student presence that we have on campus … and the reality when we started this a couple years ago was that all groups on campus are required to do fundraising and the reality is that it’s hard to do that.”This year, Glee Club, Saint Edward’s Hall, the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund, Men’s Rowing and Financial Aid occupied the top five spots on the leaderboard. Glee Club held the No. 1 spot with over $33,000.Wall, a Notre Dame alum, said he remembers how hard it was as a student to fundraise for dorms or other student groups. He said Notre Dame Day is a day that helps to make this process easier and helps students alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with running various organizations. He said Notre Dame Day helps donors get more “bang for their buck” by redistributing funds back into student groups.“We’re not raising money for Notre Dame, we’re raising it for the students,” Wall said. “I’m always just surprised at some of the groups I did not know about before. Like the Military Veterans club that raises a scholarship for veterans to get MBA at Notre Dame.“Ask yourself what you love the most and you can support it and use the million dollars that my team has raised ahead of time to multiply it.”Wall said his decision to attend Notre Dame 16 years ago was a transformative experience that has motivated him to continue working for the University.“What I believe the case is, is that … Notre Dame is not a perfect place, it never will be, it’s made up of flawed people and a flawed institution but that’s okay,” Wall said. “But there [are] so many good things about this place that people care so deeply about and that’s why people are generous. We do a good job as a family because there are so many good things for you to support.”He said as an alum his main goal is to support the students here in any way possible.“I know that transformative power of the University and I think as a community we have a great collective sense of that,” Wall said. “We can always do better and invest in our community so that it can continue to thrive and continue to be excellent.”This year, Notre Dame Day raised money for 900 campus groups. These groups included all residence halls, athletic teams, student activities, Notre Dame alumni associations that give scholarships, academic departments and more. Last year over half of the $1 million went to student residence halls and organizations and Wall said he expects the same thing will happen this year after finalizing the numbers.Wall said his favorite part of his job is meeting students. He addressed some of the confusion students have with Notre Dame Day, saying he can understand some of the confusion because when he was a student at Notre Dame, he never understood the fiscal reality of the University.“The point being is that the number one thing I hear from students … is that we’re just raising more money for Notre Dame and the answer is simply that it isn’t true,” Wall said. “It is all about helping students and having the opportunity to raise money for what they care the most about.“I support the College Republicans just as much as the College Democrats. I know you as a group of students are really passionate about your groups and we as the University have to do more and more to support you and this is the fiscal way to do it. This isn’t about raising money for anything but our students.”Tags: fundraising, Notre Dame Day, residence halls
Sixty degrees? Cover your knees.Sure, it rhymes, but there’s a lot to that old saw. Knees are among the hardest working of cyclists’ joints- and the most often troubled. Being kind to your knees by keeping them warm and protected on chilly days pays off in reduced stiffness, soreness, and injury.But all of us have suffered from knee warmers that, to put it simply, suck. As simple as a pair of footless socks should be, there’s little as irritating as poorly-placed seams, bunchiness behind the knees, or bulky grippers that pull shorts down while rubbing uncomfortably on the saddle. All reasons why is why the Roubaix model from Italianate clothiers Capo are standouts.Pre-formed from several pieces of hollow-core Roubaix fabric into a knee-like bend, Capo have nailed the warmers’ fit. Despite the numerous seams, none cross the knee or make themselves known while pedaling. Sewn-in reflective tabs at the calf add a measure of security at dawn and dusk. Black, red, and white versions are available in two sizes (S/M and L/XL) and stitched together right here in the USA.Ultimately, it’s the extremely thin thigh gripper’s that make the Roubaixes work so well. With tacky silicone on both the inside and outside, they hold fast to both leg and shorts, remaining comfortable for several hours on road and off. No pulling, no bunching, and no unnecessary bulk. Until it’s time to pull them off, they’re easy to forget the Capos altogether.Given the overly simple construction, far-Eastern manufacture, and annoying slippage to which $30+ knee warmers are prone, the Capos easily justify the jump to $50. If they hold up even half as long as others we’ve tried, they’re well worth the asking price.marcwww.capocycling.com
Tickets are on sale for John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, the solo play written by and starring the two-time Tony winner of the show’s title. Daniel Sullivan will direct the play at the American Airlines Theatre, with previews slated to begin on December 21 and an opening scheduled for January 11, 2018. The work will play a limited engagement through March 4. John Lithgow: Stories by Heart evokes memories from Lithgow’s family, exploring and expanding on the limits of the actor’s craft, and conjuring a cast of characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P.G. Wodehouse.John Lithgow’s Broadway résumé spans more than four decades. He earned a 1973 Tony Award for his Broadway debut in The Changing Room and another for his turn in the 2002 musical Sweet Smell of Success. Lithgow’s other Broadway performances have included Tony-nominated roles in Requiem for a Heavyweight, M. Butterfly, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Columnist. Lithgow is a five-time Emmy winner for his work on Amazing Stories, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Dexter and a two-time Oscar nominee for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment.The design team will include John Lee Beatty (scenic design) and Kenneth Posner (lighting design). John Lithgow: Stories by Heart first appeared in a 2008 off-Broadway incarnation directed by Jack O’Brien. John Lithgow View Comments
Julia Miles(Photo: Courtesy of WP Theater) Julia Miles, founder of off-Broadway’s seminal Women’s Project who championed the cause of female playwrights and theater artists, died on March 18. According to a statement from WP Theater, Miles passed away after a long illness. She was 90.Miles, who was born in Pelham, Georgia, co-founded the Theatre Current company in Brooklyn Heights during the early 1960s, and, after joining the The American Place Theatre in 1964, identified a key demographic issue in the company’s slate of produced work. “I’ve been here 16 years,” she told The New York Times in 1979, “and realized that we’ve had a very small number of plays by women.”Miles took up her concerns with the Ford Foundation, received an $80,000 grant and began the Woman’s Project, a seminal organization that would nurture the work of women playwrights and directors, becoming the oldest and largest theater company dedicated to promoting the work of female theater artists at all stages in their careers.In 1978, the Women’s Project began its work with Choices, a performed anthology of women-penned poetry and prose. “The production explores the choices that women have,” Miles said when that production opened. “Hopefully, there are now more of those choices and women are more definite about what they are.” Wrote Mel Gussow in The New York Times about the Women’s Project’s inaugural production: “Choices serves as a brief introduction to the artistic energy of literary women. Given the variety of versatile people who are engaged in the ‘Women’s Project,’ we look forward to the plays, playwrights and directors that should emerge.”Under the auspices of the American Place Theatre, the Women’s Project then began its first season, a reading of 20 women’s plays, culminating in a festival of three productions: Lavonne Mueller’s Warriors From a Long Childhood, Betsy Shevey’s Signs of Life and Rose Leiman Goldemberg’s Letters Home. “I want to help women all over the country,” Miles said about the Project’s first season. “Women don’t know there are places receptive to their plays: And there are no role models. There are no plays written and directed by women on Broadway,” she said. “Lavonne Mueller is a good example. She has written nine plays, but never heard a line of hers spoken on stage.” View Comments “It’s now or never for women,” Miles, who studied acting at Northwestern University and took classes with Lee Strasberg after moving to New York, continued. “The first step is to get the number of women playwrights increased. The next step is to get the quality increased. It will happen.”Under her direction, the Women’s Project operated as an essential wing of the American Place Theatre for nine years, producing influential work like Emily Mann’s Still Life (1980), Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd’s A…My Name Is Alice (1983) and Lavonne Mueller’s Breaking the Prairie Wolf Code (1985) and Little Victories (1982), about an imaginative meeting between Susan B. Anthony and Joan of Arc. “The method is similar to that in the first scene of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, in which famous women of art and history exchange ideas and items of biography,” wrote Mel Gussow in his review of Little Victories in The New York Times. “One difference is that in Little Victories, we watch the characters actively contest male domination—and win.”“Neither Joan or Miss Anthony is pictured as an iron maiden,” he continued. “The characters are women first, symbols second.”In 1987, Miles, citing limited financial resources, performance space and “inhospitable” conditions, split from the American Place Theater. The Women’s Project, eventually renamed WP Theater, then became an independent, nonprofit organization with its own board of directors. Now located at the McGinn/Cazale Theater on the Upper West Side, the Women’s Project and WP Theater has produced more than 600 plays written and directed by women over its 42-year history, nurturing artists like Lauren Yee, Sarah Grancher, Laura Enson and Kate Whoriskey in recent years.Notably, Miles was also the founder of the League of Professional Theatre Women, which she began in 1981 to emphasize programming and networking among women in all aspects of theater. The purpose of the League, she said, was “to get the commercial Broadway theater to know about nonprofit women playwrights and directors so that we could get them some work.”“Julia made all of us,” Lisa McNulty, the current artistic director of the WP Theater, said in a letter after Miles’ passing. “The debt all of us women who make theater owe her can never be repaid. We must take her example and do our best to make spaces for artists who aren’t given space, and to shout loudly for those who aren’t given a voice,” she wrote.”If we can do that, we will give back a fraction of what we’ve been given.” Founding Women’s Project members Gayle Austin, Kathleen Chalfant and Julia Miles (Photo: Courtesy of WP Theater)
Related Event ticketing platform Billetto has entered into a long term partnership with Challenge Nordic race organiser RaceMakers, where ‘the goal is to ensure further expansion, in a competitive and ever growing market.’ The partnership is stated as ‘the first in a series of significant collaborations Billetto will present this year, all within the sports segment.’Currently active in 21 countries, the Challenge Family brand is billed as ‘the most rapidly growing long distance triathlon series globally’. The headquarters of Challenge Nordic are located in Denmark – owned and operated by RaceMakers, with Claus Vesterby as the Event Director.Challenge Nordic covers all of the Challenge Family events that take place in Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland, where over 10,000 athletes take part. ‘And in Denmark alone 3,000 volunteers will also be on-board by 2017, to help coordinate the upcoming events.’ Currently there are five events planned across the Nordic region.Claus Vesterby, Event Director & Partner at RaceMakers said “Partnering with Billetto is very exciting. As an organisation we have set new objectives for the possibilities of our events in the Nordics. In collaboration with Billetto, we will increase the number of participants, while we widen our understanding of the athletes. Together, this will ensure that we are offering our athletes the best product we possibly can.”A recent focus on the sport industry will aim to position Billetto as ‘the go-to platform for similar organisers, and a synergy effect between events is to be expected, as even more people with sport interests will visit Billetto.’Mads Rasmussen, Senior Partnership Manager at Billetto added, “The new partnership with Challenge Nordic will not only boost the ticket sales, it will also give the organisation a clearer overview of their target group. Understanding the audience is vital in order to grow, and that is what the Billetto platform is built to do. We are really looking forward to the collaboration with Challenge Nordic – which won’t be the only partnership we present within the sport segment this year.”Billetto is a VC-backed tech startup based in Copenhagen, London, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin and Amsterdam. The company notes that it is growing rapidly and is currently expanding operations across all of its markets.At its core, Billetto is positioned as a simple self-service ticketing platform, designed to make event creation and selling tickets easy. Unlike traditional ticketing services, Billetto adds that it acts as a social and mobile events community, where people can discover local events and follow their favourite artists, venues and promoters.Since its inception in 2009 Billetto has reportedly grown by more than 400% each year, and now includes brands such as Virgin, Soho House, Vice and Red Bull amongst its 16,000 clients. The company hosts more than 50,000 events annually, and its member community has just crossed the first million.www.Billetto.dkwww.RaceMakers.dk
In his passing the gavel ceremony June 30, Chief Justice Fred Lewis announced his intention to establish a committee to study how to evaluate the performance of Florida’s trial and appellate judges and pass the results to the public.Just a month later, the committee is being organized.The Florida Bar Board of Governors at its July 28 meeting approved, as recommended by the Program Evaluation Committee, establishing a Florida Bar/Florida Supreme Court joint committee to study the hows and whys of judicial evaluations.Program Evaluation Committee Chair Gwynne Young said Lewis encountered a proposal for judicial evaluations at a Bar committee and he “liked it so much that he has already run with it.”Young said the select committee as presented would have eight judge members, eight lawyer members, and three public nonlawyer members. She said the PEC’s only change was to recommend the number of public members be increased from three to five.She also said a neutral, careful evaluation of judges is needed to counteract purported surveys and evaluations being done by narrow interest groups.Bar President Hank Coxe said First District Court of Appeal Judge Peter Webster, who has written on the subject, had discussed the formation of such a committee with Chief Justice Lewis, and Lewis will appoint Webster as chair. Coxe said he had spoken with former Republican state representative and former Solicitor General Tom Warner of West Palm Beach, also an expert on judicial evaluation, and Warner has agreed to serve as vice chair.“There must be a [neutral] means of evaluating judges because special interest groups are doing this,” Coxe said.The board unanimously approved the PEC recommendation to create the new joint committee. August 15, 2006 Regular News Panel created to examine judicial evaluation plans Panel created to examine judicial evaluation plans
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A former barrister of the year who made ‘repeated’ sexual advances to an unnamed woman has been fined.According to an independent disciplinary tribunal John Randall made sexual advances to a woman referred to as ‘Ms X’ by repeatedly touching and stroking her thigh without her consent.The act took place in November 2014 in a bar at Highgate House in Northamptonshire.According to the tribunal, which handed down its ruling on Wednesday, Randall ‘failed to act with integrity’. He was fined £2,000 and reprimanded.Randall was called to the bar in 1978. Last year he was named UK Land and Property Barrister of the Year by a legal publication.
A solicitor who allowed a struck-off colleague to continue representing clients has been suspended from practice for two years.Mahesh Chouhan effectively took over management of Middlesex firm ABM Solicitors & Advocates from the banned Bina Maistry in October 2018, but she continued to deal with the client account and sign the firm’s cheques. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal said it appeared Chouhan found himself in charge of a firm with no real understanding of the role; he was ‘out of his depth’ and not competent to have been in a position to be owner.But this did not excuse his conduct, which caused harm to clients and also to the reputation of the profession, with the result that Chouhan needed to be removed for a period of time but not necessarily struck off. Once his suspension ends, he will not be allowed to practise as a sole practitioner or owner of a firm, be a partner of a firm or hold client money, and any work as a solicitor must be approved by the SRA.The tribunal heard that Chouhan had been admitted as a solicitor in 2011, joined ABM in July 2017 and was senior partner with the firm until it was intervened in by the SRA last September.Maistry had been one of the original partners before she was struck off for misleading the court during a hearing, misleading a solicitor in correspondence and attempting to mislead the SRA. But within a month of her being banned, she appeared for the firm in the West London Family Court on two client matters – both placement orders concerning children. It later emerged that Maistry had been holding herself out as a solicitor using her maiden name and that she attended the firm’s offices most afternoons to see clients, with Chouhan’s decisions having to go through her. For at least nine months after being struck off, she remained the only person in the firm who had the ability to go in to the accounts and sign cheques.Chouhan recognised he should not have allowed Maistry access to the office and took on the position of senior partner without firstly understanding the role. His suspension followed an agreed outcome with the SRA. He will also pay £24,500 costs as a result of this agreement.