Rovio CEO stepping down after one year on the job

first_imgRovio CEO stepping down after one year on the jobAngry Birds maker is replacing Pekka Rantala with Kati Levoranta as it emphasizes separation in games and media divisionsJames BrightmanWednesday 9th December 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRovio EntertainmentFollowing a round of layoffs in October when Rovio cut 213 employees (about 25 percent of staff) and the loss of the company’s head of games Jami Laes back in January, Rovio today announced a “leaner leadership structure” which sees CEO Pekka Rantala stepping down after just one year in the role. Rantala is being replaced with current chief legal officer Kati Levoranta from the beginning of 2016.The company said that the leadership change stems from the decision to shift “more operational responsibility and decision-making into its two business divisions Games and Media.” Part of that shift includes Mikael Hed now leading Rovio’s media business, including its licensing activities, and Wilhelm Taht being charged with leading the company’s games unit. Taht was previously the head of Rovio Stars, Rovio’s publisher of games produced by third-party developers.”I want to thank Pekka for his dedication, change leadership and for steering Rovio through challenging times,” said incoming CEO Kati Levoranta. “We are now positioned to make the most of the release of The Angry Birds Movie in May and some exciting developments in the games and consumer products portfolios throughout 2016. I’m looking forward to continuing to collaborate closely with Mikael Hed and Wilhelm Taht in our new roles, and working with all Rovio employees as we take our business to new heights together.”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 Kaj Hed, Rovio’s Chairman, added, “As we move into the next phase of the Rovio story, we will be getting back to our entrepreneurial roots with the leaner, more agile organization that Pekka leaves us with. Kati Levoranta has been an inspirational presence at Rovio since 2012, and I am certain that she is the right leader to empower the business units and take us to new successes in all our businesses.””I want to thank all employees for their tremendous and exceptional support during my time here,” said Pekka Rantala. “Now that we have sharpened our organisational focus and set the table for an exciting 2016, I feel now the time is right for me to step aside and move on to new challenges. Kati has been an amazing colleague, and I know that I am leaving the company in excellent hands.”If you have jobs news to share or a new hire you want to shout about, please contact us on [email protected] employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesRovio shuts down HatchUpdate: Rovio clarified that the family-focused branch of the service, Hatch Kids, is still openBy Marie Dealessandri 3 months agoRovio names Alexandre Pelletier-Normand as new CEOFormer EVP of games will take over from Kati Levoranta on January 1By James Batchelor 4 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Hoboken council may terminate contract of law firm that allegedly broke…

first_img BhallaViolation# It’s no longer just a “mistake” or coincidence, this Bhalla character has a blood thirst for campaign money and contracts. Fool us once shame on us, fool us 4-5 times shame on us again if they don’t run this charlatan out of town. He doesn’t want to be here anyway, he’s gunning for Chaparro’s seat. By John Heinis – May 14, 2018 1:10 pm 5 May 15, 2018 9:29 am at 9:29 am The Hoboken City Council will take a vote at Wednesday’s meeting on whether or not to terminate the contract of a law firm that allegedly violated their pay-to-play laws.Victor Afanador, an attorney for the law firm Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC, allegedly exceeded Hoboken’s contribution threshold when he donated $300 to Mayor Ravi Bhalla in March.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewTwo separate resolutions on this week’s agenda will call vote on vote with the existing professional services contract with Lite DePalma, Greenberg, LLC.The measures were introduced by 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher after one of the firm’s lawyers, Victor Afanafor, donated $300 to Mayor Ravi Bhalla on March 29th, according to the latest reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC).According to the resolutions, the firm received $64,021.11 to perform legal work for the Hoboken rent control board, as well as performing $52,500 of legal work for Boswell McClave Engineering, thus far in 2018.Afanador has been involved in at least two-profile cases in Hoboken: one where he had a political retaliation case filed by a former police chief dismissed in 2015 and another where ex-Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia alleged wrongful termination.He represented former Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her husband Stan Grossbard in the latter case, who were dismissed from the suit before Garcia received a $700,000 settlement from the HHA.The city’s pay-to-play laws state that vendors with municipal contracts cannot contribute more than $300 to a candidate and/or elected official “within one calendar year preceding the date of the contract.”The sanctions could include being banned from receiving any city contracts for up to four years, one full election cycle, though there is a 45-day window for donations that exceed the limit to be refunded.“At the last council meeting, council members raised concerns about contributions reported on Mayor Bhalla’s 1st quarter ELEC reports from active or potential vendors providing professional services to the city that appear to be in breach of the city’s public contracting reform laws,” Fisher said over the phone.“Pay-to-play is a serious concern for all of us and should be actively monitored by our city’s pay-to-play officer. As of right now, we have not heard any response and therefore, we’re left with no alternative but to take this action.”Earlier this month, 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco, Bhalla’s chief political adversary in the Mile Square City, led the charge to have the council remove an agenda item that could have awarded a contract to Prestige Environmental: who contributed $1,800 between Bhalla’s mayoral and team accounts.Supporters of the mayor called this situation hypocritical, given that DeFusco, a mayoral candidate last year, had previously been accused of pay-to-play violations.Afanador deferred comment to the city and a city spokesman did not immediately return an email seeking comment. TAGShoboken city councilpay-to-playravi bhallatiffanie fishervictor afanador SHARE If there was any validity to these allegations they wouldn’t be made in front of the TV cameras of the Hoboken City Council but to a legal body that has some real power. This is just more of their same BS. Nope Community Community HobokenPolitics & Policy May 14, 2018 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm May 14, 2018 9:20 pm at 9:20 pm Previous articleIn West New York, Roque opposition to begin fundraising for 2019 next monthNext articleFulop heckled at presser announcing Jersey City’s Katyn memorial will be moved John Heinis Anyone think it’s odd that Dawn and Stan’s lawyer is being rewarded with a contract?And about DeFusco, show us where he “borderline slandered” anyone- inquiring minds wanna knowBhalla has a history of p2p issues. He’s 2 more! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network center_img Frankly this all seem just more of the usual political smear campaign that the losers of the last election have been waging since they failed to win. Prediction little Mikey will rant, rave spouting his usual hysterical borderline slanderous rhetoric. Tiff will try to assist him in her usual light on relevant facts condescending drone. Jenn will get in her one well rehearsed dig. Peter will try to stay under the radar. Ruben will again try and fail as City Council President to make the whole act look legit. Who paid for their legal work this time ?BTW what ever happened with Fisher and Gianntino’s allegations of DeFusco accepting significant illegal campaign contributions in his attempt to become Mayor ? FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront Dope BTW Can’t admit Ravi just keeps going dirty and hands are in the cookie jar AGAIN and AGAIN…. Greed leads to prison Facebook Twitter Bayonne Rather Be Elsewhere Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter May 15, 2018 6:40 am at 6:40 am May 14, 2018 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm Hoboken council may terminate contract of law firm that allegedly broke pay-to-play laws 5 COMMENTS Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Bayonne to begin expanding COVID-19 testing next week as citywide total…

first_img Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say BayonneCommunityNewsPolitics & Policy Bayonne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne to begin expanding COVID-19 testing next week as citywide total hits 349 Facebook Twitter Bayonne Previous articleGov. Murphy recognizes 24-year-old North Bergen EMT who died from COVID-19Next articleHudson County Community College going the extra mile for students during COVID-19 John Heinis CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network TAGSbayonne medical centercoronavirusCOVID-19jimmy davis SHARE By John Heinis – April 9, 2020 5:11 pm 0 The City of Bayonne, through the local medical center, will begin expanding their COVID-19 testing next week to include “patients off ALL doctors within our community” as their total number of cases hits 349.Photo courtesy of CarePoint Health.By John Heinis/Hudson County View“The Bayonne Medical Center has been doing testing for Bayonne’s First Responders/Health Care workers and patients of CarePoint physicians. BMC has been saying, since before the testing started, when they received more test kits, they would expand their testing to include patients off ALL doctors within our community,” Mayor Jimmy Davis wrote on Facebook.“The Bayonne Medical Center has informed me today, they have been able to secure more test kits which will enable them to expand this community-wide testing ability beginning next week.”HCV first reported last month that the drive-through testing center, hosted at the Don Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium, would had three phases: expanding to healthcare workers and first responders in the second stage, and then taking patients from community doctors outside of the CarePoint network in the third stage.“The BMC has secured more test kits and will be able to test patients of all doctors in Bayonne at Veterans Stadium beginning next week (Monday 4/13/20). Every doctor in Bayonne has received instructions on how to schedule appointments for their patients,” the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management said in a statement.“Your doctor will not be sending anyone that is not experiencing symptoms and your doctor MUST schedule an appointment. Testing will be conducted each weekday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.”To date, 13 Bayonne resident have passed away due to complications from the coronavirus, while over 40 residents have recovered, according to the city’s OEM.This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health disclosed that there are now 51,027 cases of the coronavirus statewide, along with 1,700 deaths, including 5,879 cases in Hudson County and 132 deaths – the third most in the state by county. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from copslast_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: New York City to freeze bodies of COVID-19 victims

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 178,000 people worldwide.Over 2.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 825,000 diagnosed cases and at least 45,075 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern: 10:05 a.m.: 759 new deaths reported in UKThere were 759 new daily deaths reported in the United Kingdom, bringing the country’s total fatalities to at least 18,100, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. An additional 4,451 people also tested positive, according to the department. In total, at least 133,495 people have tested positive out of the 411,192 people who have been tested in the country.9:34 a.m.: New York City to freeze bodies instead of temporary burialsNew York City will freeze the bodies of COVID-19 victims rather than burying them on Hart Island, the city’s potter field that has long been used as a burial ground for unclaimed bodies.The temporary measure to freeze bodies is meant to lessen the burden on hospitals and funeral homes, which are running out of space due to the high number of deaths in the city, according to the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.Freezing the bodies means there will be no temporary burials on Hart Island and allows families more time to make funeral arrangements. However, bodies that cannot be identified or claimed by next of kin will still be buried on Hart Island.The Office of Chief Medical Examiner, with assistance from Air Force Mortuary Affairs, will transfer bodies from five temporary morgues and 200 refrigerated trailers that are now parked outside five dozen hospitals around the city to freezer trucks that will be placed in Brooklyn.9:30 a.m.: Rail industry suffers huge costRail volumes are at 10-year low because of the lack of overseas imports, with the coronavirus pandemic expected to cost the railroads $9 billion in lost freight, according to a record from FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center reviewed by ABC News.8:36 a.m.: Netherlands, France plan to reopen primary schools next monthPrimary schools are set to reopen next month in both France and the Netherlands, as several European countries announce plans to ease their coronavirus-related lockdowns. French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer presented the details of the plan with a parliamentary commission on Tuesday, explaining that children would return to school in staggered groups, with no more than 15 students allowed in each classroom.Primary school students aged from 5 to 11 would be the first to go back on May 12, one day after France’s nationwide lockdown is set to end. Older children in selected years at secondary schools and high school would return the following week, according to Blanquer. The plan is for all students to be back in school by May 25, he said. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte also confirmed Tuesday that primary schools and day cares would reopen in the Netherlands on May 11, followed by high schools in early June.7:40 a.m.: Germany, UK approve human trials for COVID-19 vaccinesScientists in both Germany and the United Kingdom will soon begin clinical trials using human volunteers in the race for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. Germany’s federal institute for vaccines and biomedical drugs announced Wednesday that it has approved its first human clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine. The potential vaccine is being developed by German firm BioNTech and is an RNA vaccine. In the first phase of the clinical trial, 200 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 will receive one or more variants of the vaccine candidate, according to a press release from the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Germany. “Trials of vaccine candidates in humans are an important milestone on the road to safe and efficacious vaccines against COVID-19 for the population in Germany and internationally,” the institute said.The clinical trial is only the fourth worldwide in which a preventive vaccine candidate targeting COVID-19 is tested in humans. Meanwhile, the first human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine begin in the United Kingdom on Thursday. The potential vaccine is being developed by researchers at the University of Oxford.6:28 a.m.: Eight babies test positive for COVID-19 at Japanese children’s homeAt least eight babies at a Tokyo care home for infants have contracted the novel coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.After a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on April 16, tests were subsequently conducted on all infants at the facility in Japan’s capital, which is run by Saiseikai Central Hospital. Eight of those tests returned positive results, according to a statement from the hospital.The infected children have been hospitalized as staff continue to monitor the health of those who tested negative. The facility has been disinfected and strict infection control measures have been put in place, the hospital said.Staff members who have shown symptoms have already been sent home, though the hospital didn’t specify how many.The children’s care home is a separate building from the main hospital, which will continue inpatient and outpatient treatment as usual.Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency, which was initially limited to Tokyo and six other prefectures, to all of Japan as the virus continues to spread. The country has recorded more than 11,500 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and at least 281 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:50 a.m.: Singapore surpasses 10,000 casesSingapore now has more than 10,000 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus.The island city-state’s health ministry on Wednesday confirmed another 1,016 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 as of 12 p.m. local time, bringing the total number to 10,141.The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders who live in dormitories for foreign workers. Just 15 of those newly diagnosed are Singaporean nations or permanent residents, according to the health ministry.5:21 a.m.: Man who claimed to have COVID-19 jailed for spitting at London policeA 21-year-old man in London was sentenced to six months behind bars for domestic assault and spitting at officers while claiming he was infected with the novel coronavirus, U.K. police said Wednesday.The man was arrested in East London on Monday on suspicion of domestic assault on a woman and criminal damage to her property. The suspect also told authorities that he had COVID-19 and, while being put into a police van, he spat at two officers. He was further charged for assault on emergency workers, according to a statement from London’s Metropolitan Police Service.While in custody, police said the man told them he did not have COVID-19 nor any related symptoms. He appeared in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to prison.“I hope he spends his period in prison to reflect on his behavior, and that his prison sentence sends a message to others who are willing to commit domestic offenses and to target police officers whose job it is to protect Londoners,” police inspector Alexis Manley said in a statement Wednesday.3:30 a.m.: California officials find earliest known US deaths from virusCalifornia officials have confirmed what are now the earliest known deaths from the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States.Santa Clara County announced late Tuesday that new autopsy results show two individuals who died at home on Feb. 6 and Feb. 17 were positive for COVID-19. The individuals were not tested for the virus because they died when very limited testing was available only through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a statement from the county in Northern California.“Testing criteria set by the CDC at the time restricted testing to only individuals with a known travel history and who sought medical care for specific symptoms,” Santa Clara County said in a statement.The United States previously recorded its first official fatality from COVID-19 on Feb. 28 — an individual in Washington state’s King County.However, health officials later discovered that two people at a Seattle-area nursing home had also died from the disease on Feb. 26. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: US federal inmate dies after giving birth while on ventilator

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 217,000 people worldwide.More than 3.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than one million diagnosed cases and at least 58,355 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:8:15 a.m.: France to be divided into ‘red’ and ‘green’ zones for lockdown exitFrance will be divided into “red” and “green” zones as the nationwide lockdown is progressively lifted from May 11, the prime minister said. While presenting details of the lockdown exit plan to French parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said all departments within the administrative regions of France will be labeled either “red” or “green,” based on certain criteria such as the local infection rate and hospital capacity. Red departments will have to be more strict in easing their lockdowns than green departments, Philippe said.France is one of the worst-affected countries in the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 169,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and over 23,000, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. The European country has been on a strict lockdown since March 17.8:05 a.m.: Sailors start returning to the virus-hit USS Theodore RooseveltHundreds of U.S. Navy sailors began reboarding the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Wednesday after spending weeks in quarantine on Guam while the coronavirus-stricken ship was cleaned, officials said.The aircraft carrier was forced to dock in Guam late last month due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Out of the ship’s nearly 5,000 crew members, 940 sailors had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 29 had recovered as of Tuesday.More than 4,000 sailors who tested negative have been quarantined in hotels and other facilities ashore. It will take several days to move all of them back on board the ship, according to a press release from the U.S. 7th Fleet.All sailors must have completed their period of quarantine or isolation and tested negative twice before they are considered virus-free and can return to the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Sailors will move back to the ship in waves, starting with those responsible for critical services on board as the aircraft carrier prepares to return to sea. Meanwhile, the roughly 700 sailors who remained on board to deep clean the ship and run essential services will begin their isolation period, according to the press release.“The stay behind crew successfully built a ‘bubble’ around the ship, that can now be turned over to the clean crew,” Cmdr. Zach Harry, chief engineer aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, said in a statement Wednesday. “The crew will now create a boundary to keep the coronavirus out. This clean bubble must now be defended.”6:05 a.m.: China to hold largest political gathering after two-month delay due to coronavirusChina has decided to hold its most important political gathering next month after postponing it for weeks because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.The country’s official state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that this year’s plenary session of the National People’s Congress would take place in Beijing on May 22, as decided by its standing committee.The 3,000-member ceremonial legislature was originally scheduled to convene in March but was delayed as the country struggled to contain the deadly outbreak.It was the first time in decades that the annual assembly had been postponed — since the Cultural Revolution.China’s National Health Commission has reported at least 82,858 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,633 deaths on the mainland since the novel coronavirus emerged in the central city of Wuhan back in December.5:12 a.m.: US federal inmate dies of COVID-19 after giving birth while on ventilatorA 30-year-old federal inmate died of COVID-19 on Tuesday, four weeks after giving birth while she was on a ventilator, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.Andrea Circle Bear, who was serving a 26-month sentence for maintaining a drug-affiliated business, is believed to be the first female federal inmate in the United States to die of the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Circle Bear was transferred last month from a South Dakota jail to the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, which houses 1,625 female inmates. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, she was immediately placed on quarantine status at the facility, according to a statement from the Bureau of Prisons.Circle Bear was taken to a local hospital on March 28 because of potential concerns regarding her pregnancy. She was discharged the same day and taken back to FMC Carswell. Three days later, she was seen by the prison’s health services staff for a fever, dry cough and other symptoms, and was subsequently transported to the local hospital where she was placed on a ventilator, the Bureau of Prisons said.Circle Bear gave birth to her baby by cesarean section on April 1. The new mother tested positive for COVID-19 three days later. She was pronounced dead by hospital staff on Tuesday.The Bureau of Prisons said Circle Bear had a pre-existing medical condition, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists as a risk factor for developing more severe illness when infected with the novel coronavirus.Nationwide, more than 1,300 federal inmates and over 300 Bureau of Prisons staff have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 30 federal inmates have died from the disease.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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MP pulls out of QC hearing

first_imgHoughton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson, has notified the QCS Board that she is “unable” to give oral evidence in respect of the proposed Quality Contract Scheme (QCS).One of the region’s most vocal and sharpest critics of private operators, mainly of Go North East which runs most commercial services in her constituency, she had previously said that she planned to appear in person to give evidence to the QCS Board.The public hearings, scheduled to take place over three weeks in March, will see the Combined Authority for the region, operators who will be affected, and other interested parties giving evidence in front of the QCS Board, which will then recommend if the QCS should proceed.Mrs Phillipson declined to speak to routeone, and her office refused to be drawn on the matter. It would not comment on speculation that Mrs Phillipson had pulled out either because of having to give evidence under oath – which means she would have had to restrict her comments to facts – or that she had been told not to appear by Labour bosses.Her office also declined to say whether she was unavailable due to other commitments.Originally, routeone understands that Mrs Phillipson had hoped to appear on the first day of the hearing, when it is likely that TV and national press would be present. However, in accordance with procedure, the main parties take precedence in appearing and routeone understands that Mrs Phillipson was told that her appearance would be later.In a brief statement Mrs Phillipson said: “Delays in the start of the inquiry process from January to March 2015 mean that regrettably, I will no longer be able to give evidence in person to the QCS panel.“These delays mean we are already well behind the schedule set out in legislation.“This emphasises the need for the Secretary of State to make sure the regional transport commissioner [sic] has everything required to complete the review in a timely manner.“I remain convinced that the proposals set out by the Combined Authority are the best way forward and enjoy considerable public support in the region.”North East Bus Operators’ Association (NEBOA) Secretary Tom Dodds says: “The oral evidence hearings in March will give everyone the opportunity to properly debate the proposal before the QCS Board.“It’s a shame that Mrs Phillipson is no longer able to take part, especially as she has been such a vocal supporter of the scheme and critic of our local bus companies.“NEBOA members stand by their assertion that a partnership approach offers the travelling public a far better outcome than the QC scheme, as is being demonstrated every day across England.”last_img read more

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Person Found Dead in Car Underneath Big Rig in Concord

first_imgThe car’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Cerletti said police received no calls about a crash in the area, and did not learn about the incident until they were notified by AMR. It is not clear how long the decedent and car were under the rig, nor was it immediately known when the crash occurred. An American Medical Response unit was traveling on Port Chicago Highway underneath the Highway 4 overpass when it made the discovery about 11:05 p.m., said Concord police Cpl. Kerry Cerletti. The small BMW sedan was wedged underneath the big rig. CONCORD, Calif. — An ambulance on routine duty Sunday night found a person dead inside a car that had crashed into a parked big rig, police said.center_img The incident is under investigation.last_img read more

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New Iraqi Comedy Show Aims to Counter Islamic State Extremists

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“A new weapon has been unleashed in this country devastated by Islamist militant violence — comedy.”The Washington Post reports that a new 30-part satirical series, “State of Myths,” which started airing on Iraqi state television Saturday, “aims to expose the true nature of the Islamic State extremist organization” — through slapstick, puns, and dishonorable characters.(WATCH the video below and READ the story in the Washington Post)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Maritime Day observance to recall sinking of Texaco Oklahoma

first_imgBy Janet ClineSpecial to the NewsWhen the SS Texaco Oklahoma broke apart and sank in heavy seas 45 years ago this past March, some 13 Port Arthur seamen were among the 31 crewmen who lost their lives. A memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the Seamen’s Memorial Sundial on Procter Street and a luncheon to follow will commemorate those Port Arthur residents and the other seamen of the Oklahoma. The tankship SS Texaco Oklahoma departed Port Arthur with a cargo of black oil and was about 120 miles northeast of  Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in a heavy storm on March 27, 1971,when it broke in two and subsequently sank. Only 17 of the ship’s crew of 48 survived; 15 in a life raft rescued by the Liberian tankship Sasstown, and two rescued directly from the sea by the SS Texaco Nebraska. The event, which will include a procession to the seawall to lay a wreath upon the water, is sponsored by the Port Arthur International Seafarers Center, Port of Port Arthur, Apostleship of the Sea-Beaumont Diocese, the Propeller Club and the U.S. Coast Guard-Port Arthur steering committee.Doreen Badeaux, Apostleship of the Sea representative, said the Seafarers’ Center is issuing a special invitation to all relatives, friends, and colleagues of SS Tx. Oklahoma crewmen to participate in the commemoration. Those planning to attend or wanting more information may call Badeaux at409-718-2627.The memorial service will be followed by a free luncheon at the Seafarers Center, 401 Houston Avenue, sponsored by the Port of Port Arthur.last_img read more

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Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Recoups on Broadway

first_imgLooks like Broadway audiences love a good laugh. Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen, has recouped its full $2.75 million investment in just 17 weeks.Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will run through August 25 at the Golden Theatre. View Comments Inspired by the works of Chekhov, the play takes the playwright’s classic characters and plotlines and transports them to modern-day Pennsylvania. Vanya (Pierce) and his adopted sister Sonia (Nielsen) have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse. Their sister Masha (Weaver) has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia feeling trapped and regretful. Meanwhile, their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra (Grant) keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twenty-something boy toy Spike (Magnussen). Kristine Nielsen Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike In addition to Weaver, Pierce and Nielsen, Vanya features Shalita Grant, Billy Magnussen and Liesel Allen-Yeager. Tony winner Julie White joins the production on July 30, replacing Weaver in the role of Masha. Billy Magnussen Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2013 Related Shows Star Files David Hyde Pierce Shalita Grant Sigourney Weaver View All (5) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike received six 2013 Tony nominations, taking home the coveted Best Play Award. last_img read more

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