2020: A year of success and responsibility

first_img2020: A year of success and responsibilityGame managing director Felix Falk reflects on a pivotal year for the games industry in Germany and beyondFelix FalkWednesday 23rd December 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThis has been an extraordinary year for everyone, and that includes us in the video games industry. In Germany and around the world, 2020 has presented us with opportunities and confronted us with challenges from which we will need to draw the right lessons for the coming years. From games funding, COVID-19 solutions and Gamescom, to diversity, youth protection and digital education.It is no surprising insight that the year unfolded entirely under the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic. From an economic perspective, numerous companies and entire industries feared — and still fear — for their survival, but The games industry had comparatively good news to report. Yes, the pandemic has impacted our industry, too: new releases were postponed, investors were harder to find at purely digital events, and coordinating game development from a home office setting carried risks. Unlike other industries, however, we have at the same time been able to communicate optimal results in many areas. Video games markets around the world saw strong growth, not least during periods of lockdown. During the first half of 2020, in Germany alone, the video games market posted a substantial 27% increase over the same period last year. As a result, particularly in the early summer, the press seemed especially focused on one question: will the games industry emerge as the pandemic’s big winner?Video games markets around the world saw strong growth, not least during periods of lockdown The COVID-19 pandemic has in fact spurred stronger growth in video games market revenues compared to preceding years, and that is no reason to feel bad. It simply demonstrates the well-established place of video games in our society and how helpful they have been for millions of people. It also shows how far our industry is ahead of other economic sectors. Still, this development is no reason to parade triumphantly through the streets, either. Rather, we must ask ourselves what responsibility comes with this success. Particularly during these times, we must be aware of our function as a role model. Now more than ever, the games industry must show its strengths, especially when it comes to our influence on other industries and spheres. The best example here is the field of education: in times in which many schools have either been closed or have operated under severe limitations, we must show that games and game technologies can be part of the solution.That is one example of the responsibility that the games industry bears and must exercise — and not only at this time. We have a societal responsibility, which we took on long before the pandemic. There are many examples in which this is evident, ranging from diversity initiatives that endorse openness and inclusivity — such as #TeamDiversity here in Germany, and the Directory of Games with educational purpose, which were in great demand during school closures — through to the introduction of video games into school curricula in Poland. These and other examples show the positive influence the games industry can have on society in the area of digital education alone.Felix FalkIn this context, the issue of youth protection remains especially important to us. We see this in various developments in Germany, including in proposed legislation which is intended to protect youth but appears likely to miss its target. Rather than facilitating modern and internationally compatible youth protection, the draft law breathes the bureaucratic dust of the analogue era. This neither helps children and parents, nor does it create legal certainty and clarity for companies. For the video games industry, our goal must therefore be to point out more emphatically the many good youth protection systems that we have already developed, such as exemplary initiatives like the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC). These also include new web portals for responsible approaches to video games, such as “Play Smart” from the Swiss Interactive Entertainment Association or the “Get, Set, Go” campaign from UKIE. After all, if the games industry can demonstrate that our youth protection solutions are among the best and most modern, we can set positive examples here that show bad regulations up for what they are.In this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also take special responsibility for our community. As the organiser of Gamescom, we wanted to prevent the outright cancellation of the world’s biggest event for games despite all of the current adversity. Instead, we decided to put together a purely digital event, which became a firm pillar for many video games in this tumultuous year. This joint undertaking paid off, for example with Gamescom: Opening Night Live attracting two million simultaneous viewers. I believe we will look back on 2020 and recognise that this year created many new possibilities for the video games industry Our efforts this year to improve the conditions for esports also met with success in the form of simplified visa processes for professional esports players. This paid off in particular during the months of travel restrictions due to COVID-19, and there is more to be done. Above all, we will continue our work to establish non-profit status for esports associations, which play a very important role in their local communities. With the Esports Player Foundation, Game – the German Games Industry Association assumed a special degree of responsibility this year: the foundation will provide targeted sponsorship of esports talents in the future, supporting them along the path to their professional careers. It thus takes on a significant role, as esports stars have come to represent important values in our society: team spirit, fair play, and the will to keep improving and bringing out their best; all of these characteristics make the players important role models for the young generation. Through the esports player foundation, we want to take responsibility for this as well.The major role ascribed to the games industry is also evident in the support we receive from the political sphere. Shortly before the end of the year, the first approvals for nationwide games funding were announced. This is important for German companies, as it finally affords them competitive conditions — including in the area of financing — for the production of video games. The entire games ecosystem in Germany will ultimately benefit from this, meaning that responsibility for each other will remain important in our industry. Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games The €50 million that the government provides each year to promote development is also a sign of trust. The video games industry is important for Germany as a digital and economic location, so public funding for the industry is likewise important. We must deal responsibly with the trust that has been shown us, and we seek to contribute to strengthening Germany as a location for video game development in the coming years. It is our intention that this results in new video games, new companies and new jobs, and that our expertise and successes stimulates activity in as many other fields as possible.In just a few years, I believe we will look back on 2020 and recognise that this year created many new possibilities for the video games industry. A greater openness and curiosity is currently emerging with respect to our medium — an opportunity that we should take advantage of together. Now is the time to show that video games aren’t just a fantastic entertainment medium, but an asset to so many other fields. From the German perspective, 2021 is already shaping up as an especially exciting year. A new dynamic has taken been set in motion like rarely before, and we will harness this momentum responsibly.Felix Falk is managing director of Game – the German Games Industry AssociationCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSpecialEffect joins Best Places To Work Awards as charity partnerUS event deadline is coming upBy Christopher Dring 22 hours agoResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 23 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Pioneering green bond fund to focus on emerging markets

first_imgNon-financial borrowers represent anuntapped opportunity in the global green bond market, IFC noted. Generation REGIO draws on IFC’s leadership in the green bond market—as an issuer, investor, and standard setter. Since 2010, IFC has issued 143 green bonds in 16 currencies, totalling over $9 billion.  REGIO aims to attract private capital by helping institutional investors attain their goals of allocating resources to developing economies, while achieving long-term sustainable growth and meeting fiduciary obligations. The Real Economy Green Investment Opportunity (REGIO) Fund is expected to catalyse at least $500 million to $700 million in multilateral and private sector capital to support well-diversified climate-smart investments in developing countries around the world—largely through green bonds issued by non-financial, or real sector, companies.  “This innovative fund will provide new opportunities for an important class of borrowers in green bond markets,” said IFC’s CEO, Philippe Le Houérou. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector IFC will provide a $100 million anchor investment in the fund. HSBC will invest up to $75 million. The fund will have a total life of up to 15 years, including a seven-year investment period.  “HSBC Global Asset Management has deep expertise and experience in investing in global emerging markets and a strong commitment to playing its part in mobilising capital to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and transition to a low-carbon global economy,” said Sridhar Chandrasekharan, Global CEO at HSBC Global Asset Management.  BRICS TAGSCarbon footprintclimate financeGreen bondsGreen Climate Fundgreen investmentsIFC Previous articleSolar pioneer announces $26m equity investmentNext articleEnel sell off three renewable assets in Brazil Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Featured image: Stock Since you’re here, this will also be of interest to you: Nigeria moves to its second green bond issuance UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development REGIO will increase access to climatefinance for these borrowers by targeting a mix of manufacturing, agribusiness,services, infrastructure, and sub-sovereign bonds, in addition to a smallerallocation of financial-sector bonds.  Finance and Policy Le Houérou added: “The capital raised by REGIO will make a vital contribution to the fight against climate change and further promote sustainability-oriented capital markets.”  In particular, the fund will help address the demand for climate finance by providing an innovative, sectorally diversified vehicle to investors who currently lack the capability to invest in individual green bond transactions. Transition to a low-carbon global economy through a green bond fund The fund is also aimed at increasing accessto climate finance and promoting the further development of green bondmarkets.  A proprietary green impact framework and clear sustainability governance policies will ensure that REGIO adheres to measurable green impact objectives, both for targeted issuers and transparent impact reporting. To bolster the supply of green bonds issued by real sector borrowers, REGIO’s investment activities will also be complemented by a Technical Assistance Facility, managed by IFC. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TheInternational Finance Corporation (IFC) and HSBC Global Asset Management announcedthe establishment of the first global green bond fund targeting “real economy”issuers in emerging markets.last_img read more

Another day of disappointment for the Sheriff and his All Stars

first_imgHomeNewsAnother day of disappointment for the Sheriff and his All Stars Top Searches Top Searches IndiansCouncilWest Union High School 1963 Graduation Another day of disappointment for the Sheriff and his All StarsFebruary 22, 2019Mark CarpenterNews, Top Stories0 PreviousElsie J. ReedNextDefender staff honored by ONMA Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Leaving defenders in his wake, “Dunkin” Darrel Grooms sliced and diced his way throught the defense of the Sheriff’s All Stars to the tune of a 40-point day to lead the Venture Hawks to a 72-63 victory. (Photo by Mark Carpenter)The Venture Hawks’ Connie Riggs enthusiastically holds aloft the championship trophy that her team earned with another dismantling of the Sherifff’s All Stars on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Mark Carpenter)Plead, beg, bribe, none of it did Sheriff Kimmy Rogers any good as he again had to watch his recruits fall at the hands of the mighty Venture Hawks. (Photo by Mark Carpenter)By Mark Carpenter-Four times he has tried, four times he has failed. For all the outstanding things that Sheriff Kimmy Rogers has done for Adams County, there is one obstacle that he still has yet to overcome. For the past four years, Sheriff Rogers has tried every trick in his extensive playbook in nothing but futile attempts to handle the ultra-talented Venture Production Hawks on the basketball court. Four times the Sheriff has thrown down the gauntlet, and four times the Hawks have fired it right back at him with a giant “L” attached.The latest loss on the ledger for the Sheriff and his recruited team of All-Stars came on Sunday, Feb. 17 at West Union High School, before a standing room only crowd, almost 100% of them on hand to cheer on the heavily favored Hawks, and they weren’t disappointed. Behind a 40-point performance from the unstoppable “Dunkin” Darrel Grooms, the Hawks made it four in a row over the bewildered Sheriff’s All-Stars taking a 72-63 victory along with the game trophy once again.All of the money raised on Sunday goes back to Venture Productions to fund their many activities, including Special Olympics, Competitive Dance, Cheer Squads, travel expenses, and uniforms. According to Liz Lafferty, Superintendent at Venture Productions, Sunday;s contest and related activities raised more than $6,000.“The annual basketball game is a true example of what community is and what can be accomplished when people support each other and the programs available in Adams County,” said Lafferty. “People with disabilities are my passion and I am blessed to be able to connect them to our community so they can work, live, and be a part of something meaningful to them.”As far as the basketball game itself, even with the Sheriff bringing in ringers from other counties, it made no difference, as the Hawks raced to a big first quarter lead behind an offensive explosion (15 points) from “Dunkin” Darrel and a basket from the Hawks’ newest star, Hunter Rapp. The All-Stars tried to stay close behind a seven-point effort from John Shope but still trailed 21-13 after the first period.In the second stanza, it was 12 combined points from Chasity Glascock and T.J. Liston that accounted for all of the Hawks’ points as they took a 33-23 lead into halftime. The halftime entertainment was a dance routine by the Venture Productions Ignite Dance Team, much to the delight of an enthusiastic audience.Grooms was back in the lineup in the third quarter and again he dodged the Sheriff’s defense, like the Bandit running from Buford T. Justice. Grooms added 15 more points to his total and aided by baskets from Michael Bailey and Dylan Lowe, the Hawks led 53-41 as the third quarter closed.Give the All-Stars credit, however, as they didn’t throw in the towel and began to rally as the fourth quarter progressed, cutting the Hawks’ lead down to three at one point as secret weapon Savalas Kid came alive for three baskets while Shope fired in four of his own. With their lead shrinking, the Hawks never panicked and with their winning streak in peril, called on “Dunkin” Darrel once more and the Adams County hoops legend delivered, scoring clutch baskets down the stretch and getting help from teammates Kenny Nichols and Mark Helfenstine as the Hawks made it a perfect four for four against the Sheriff’s squad, holding high the prized trophy after the 72-63 triumph.Even as the favored Hawks delivered for their fans, the most important thing on Sunday afternoon may not have been the final score, but all of the smiles and laughter that filled the WUHS gymnasium for nearly two hours. From Charlie Gardner and Connie Riggs taunting Sheriff Rogers to the fans who rose to their feet each time one of their favorites headed down the court on the dribble, it is safe to say that a good time was had by all.last_img read more

Gov. Christie signs ‘Melvin Santiago’s Law’ named after slain Jersey City…

first_img Republican Gov./presidential candidate Chris Christie signed “Melvin Santiago’s Law” yesterday, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats named after the Jersey City detective that was gunned down in the Walgreens parking lot last summer. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewThe legislation was sponsored by Carmelo Garcia, Raj Mukherji (both D-33), Jason O’Donnell, Charles Mainor (both D-31) and Shavonda Sumter (D-32) to expand the scope of current law regulating armed security guards in New Jersey.Garcia first told Hudson County View about the legislation interview in a sit-down interview back in March, while Mukherji spoke to us about the bill in July – on the one year anniversary of Santiago’s death.Moments earlier in the day, officials hosted a press conference at the West District Police Station to dedicate the building to Santiago.“Detective Melvin Vincent Santiago was just beginning his career in law enforcement. His shooting was a grave tragedy,” Garcia said in a statement.“Security guards are hired by businesses to deter potential criminal activity and protect property. They are the first on the scene and, often, the first line of communication with the police.”Under the “Security Office Registration Act,” or SORA, security guards employed by security guard companies are strictly regulated by the Division of State Police. This bill extends SORA’s provisions to armed security guards employed by private companies.Under the law, any person employed as an in-house security officer who is required to carry a firearm as part of his or her duties by a company that maintains a proprietary or in-house security function is required to register with the Superintendent of State Police and complete an education and training course.Previously, only security officers who are employed by a “security officer company” that furnishes security services to other entities were required to register with the superintendent.“It was clear to us that current law needed to be changed to ensure better training of security officers for their jobs. Lives depended on these changes,” Mukherji added in the same statement.“Stronger training and requirements will help ensure tragedies such as this one are avoided in the future.”Hudson County PBA State Delegate Matt Stambuli added that “The passing of this law is crucial for the safety of all law enforcement officers, as well as the general public.”“Proper training and equipment would have, most certainly, prevented the death of Officer Santiago of the Jersey City Police Department. This law will also reduce the chances of similar violent acts from reoccurring in the future.”Other requirements of SORA also would be extended to armed, in-house security officers. An armed in-house security officer would be required to be 18 years of age or older.Furthermore, a person convicted of any of the following crimes or offenses would not be permitted to register as a security officer:a crime of the first, second, third, or fourth degree FriendsLikeYou Security guards are required to wear standardized uniforms Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne Angelo Crime Facebook Twitter Comments are closed. By John Heinis – January 20, 2016 12:41 pm 2 News Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Stupid law. So what are you blaming the security guard? They couldn’t find a better thing to do to honor this dude but this crap? Security guards are required to carry their handguns in a level 3 or higher retention holster.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction HobokenJersey CityNews 2 COMMENTS TAGSCarmelo Garciachris christieMelvin Santiagonj assemblyraj mukherji SHARE January 20, 2016 1:21 pm at 1:21 pm Previous articleAfter tense meeting on Muslim center, Bayonne Zoning Board postpones voteNext articleSacco-Sarlo DNA database expansion bill signed into law by Gov. Christie John Heinis January 20, 2016 4:18 pm at 4:18 pm Gov. Christie signs ‘Melvin Santiago’s Law’ named after slain Jersey City cop an offense involving the unlawful use, possession or sale of a controlled dangerous substance as defined under the lawan offense where the issuance of a license would be contrary to the public interest, as determined by the superintendent.A certified security officer instructor who violates SORA’s provisions would be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree and subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for a first offense and $2,500 for a subsequent offense. The violator’s registration also may be revoked or suspended.Under the law, registered in-house security officers will be issued special identification cards, the illegal use of which would constitute a crime of the fourth degree.The law also requires a person employed as an in-house security officer to complete the education and training program within one year following the law’s enactment (July 1, 2017).A company employing an in-house security officer in violation of SORA is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 for the first offense and not more than $20,000 for the second and subsequent offenses.The law further imposes these additional requirements on all security officers under SORA:Security officers are required to renew their registrations and complete the refresher course every year They named the West District Police Station for him.I agree, additional training for security guards and the implication that the security guard was partially to blame is a sad legacy, but more the fault of headline seeking politicians than anything else.last_img read more

Payroll and Student Employment Specialist

first_imgController’s Office Job DescriptionJob SummaryAs a member of the payroll and student employment team thisposition will engage in all aspects of the bi-weekly payroll anddaily student employment processes with a concentration in studentemployment. This position will support the Smith communitythroughout the full Student Employment process, answer questions,explain procedures, and train students and managers in theseprocesses. This position must understand and enforce the college’spayroll, student employment, and Work-Study policies. Payrollresponsibilities include understanding and validating complicateddata elements, data entry, and the review of system generated anddata entered by others. This position will use Workday and othersupporting technologies to complete their responsibilities. Thisposition may also supervise student workers.Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce andparticipates in the College’s efforts to create a respectful,inclusive, and welcoming work environment.Essential FunctionsStudent Employment (70%)As a member of the payroll and student employment team thisposition will engage in all aspects of the bi-weekly payroll anddaily student employment processes with a concentration in studentemployment. This position will support the Smith communitythroughout the full Student Employment process, answer questions,explain procedures, and train students and managers in theseprocesses. This position must understand and enforce the college’spayroll, student employment, and Work-Study policies. Payrollresponsibilities include understanding and validating complicateddata elements, data entry, and the review of system generated anddata entered by others. This position will use Workday and othersupporting technologies to complete their responsibilities.Payroll (20%)Process all aspects of the payroll in a timely and accurate mannerwhich includes data entry, running processes, and distribution ofchecks/notifications. Assist employees in the completion ofemployment forms, including Form I-9, W-4, State Withholding andDirect Deposit. Work closely with human resources, provost officeand other departments to ensure that timely and accurate data isreceived, audited and processed. Process periodic and quarterly taxfilings with OSV, reconcile discrepancies, and work closely withthe OSV to validate data and the accuracy of agency filings. Auditpayment requests for accuracy and proper authorization. Respond toinquiries and problem solve. Assist in the year end processing ofForms W-2, 1042S and 1099. Prepare and review payroll reports asnecessary. Serve as a back-up for the payroll process.Other FunctionsOther Duties (10%)Support account reconciliations and other accounting processes.Participate in month-end and quarterly closing processes. Supportthe controller’s team with special projects, fiscal year-end audit,Form 990 preparation, IPED, NACUBO, and other submittals. Scan,file, and other administrative tasks. Other Student Employment andPayroll duties as assigned.All employees are expected to participate in the College’sefforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workenvironment.Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,experience, certifications, licenses)Associates Degree in Accounting or relevant field, plus two yearsof payroll or human resources (student workers) experience, or anequivalent combination of education and/or experience.Experience working with diverse backgrounds.Preferred QualificationsBachelor’s Degree and /or experience with Workday and studentemployment preferred.SkillsDemonstrated organizational, interpersonal and communicationskills; strong attention to detail and data entry accuracy;excellent judgment, discretion and ability to maintainconfidentiality; demonstrated written and verbal and communicationskills with the ability to interact with diverse constituencies;ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; ability to work ina fast-paced environment, ability to work on a team andindependently; strong computer skills, preferably with MicrosoftOffice (Excel and Word) and Workday.Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter inorder for your application to be considered for this position .You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single fileor attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you haveprovided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application.You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you havehit the Submit button.Review of applications will beginMay 3, 2021Compensation Grade:Grade K ExemptPosition Type:RegularAbout Smith CollegeLocated in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largestwomen’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence inteaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty ofoutstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, asadvisors, and through student-faculty research projects. TheCollege is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University ofMassachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and facultycross-teach across the Five Colleges.Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employerand does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color,religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genderidentity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment andemployment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of itsprograms and activities, as specified by all applicable laws andregulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.last_img read more

Licence cut for four days after repeated maintenance warning

first_imgDue to slipping vehicle maintenance standards, the licence of Thomason Travel has been cut for four days by DTC Mike DorringtonThe licence held by Wigton-based Thomason Travel has been cut from six vehicles to five for a period of four days by Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) Miles Dorrington, to mark that vehicle maintenance had slipped despite a warning at a previous Public Inquiry (PI).Craig and Tracy Thomason, trading as Thomason Travel, of Station Road, Wigton, had been called before the DTC at a Golborne PI following an unsatisfactory report from Vehicle Examiner (VE) Andrew Sefton, and the issue of a number of prohibitions including an ‘S’ marked immediate prohibition for a defective tyre. The DTC was also considering the repute of Transport Manager (TM) Stuart Ramsey. At a previous PI in 2012, the firm were given a warning by DTC Patrick Mulvenna.Craig Thomason said that since the VE’s visit the driver defect reporting system had been changed and the importance of the driver’s walk round checks had been emphasised. They now had monthly meetings with the drivers. Three drivers who had continued not to do the checks properly had been dismissed. Some 90% of their work was for the local authority carrying disabled children and adults. They ran five vehicles during the week and they did not do much private hire work at the weekend. In the 13 years he had been operating he had never had an accident or had any complaints about the way the vehicles were driven or about the service provided.  It seemed that Mr Thomason had not gone out of his way to cut corners and he just needed to ‘tweak’ things, which he appeared to have doneThe DTC commented that the ‘S’ marked prohibition should not have happened, and it was a serious matter when it involved a PSV vehicle. It affected road safety and it occurred because the driver did not do his job properly. That was probably gross misconduct on the driver’s part.In reply to the DTC, Mr Thomason said that he had been unaware that it had been wrong to recover a vehicle that had been given an immediate prohibition by towing it with a rigid bar.Mr Ramsey said that he had been more vigilant since the VE’s visit. The drivers they could not trust had now gone.Cutting the licence and making no direction in relation to Mr Ramsey’s repute as a TM, the DTC said that he had read through the explanations for the prohibitions. It seemed that Mr Thomason had not gone out of his way to cut corners and he just needed to ‘tweak’ things, which he appeared to have done.However, it was difficult to give a second warning as despite the previous warning things seemed to slip. Significant steps had been taken since. He had been impressed with what had been done and the way in which Mr Thomason had responded to the DVSA investigation. Consequently he was not taking action that would have an adverse effect on the business, but he needed to put a mark on the file that if it happened again significant action would be taken against the licence.last_img read more

Putin mocks ‘undemocratic’ calls for second Brexit vote

first_imgPutin also offered his analysis of the democratic merits of holding a second national vote. “Was it not a referendum?” he said. “Someone disliked the result, so repeat it over and over? Is this democracy? What then would be the point of the referendum in the first place?”Leave.eu founder Arron Banks was referred to the U.K.’s National Crime Agency in November over suspicions that some of the unofficial Brexit campaign’s funding in the run-up to the 2016 referendum may not have been lawful. Banks has categorically denied that Russian donors were the source. Also On POLITICO No-deal Brexit could mean ‘minimalist’ withdrawal deal, says UK minister By Ian Geoghegan Irish government prepares for no-deal Brexit with ‘sobering’ contingency plan By Ken Murray Theresa May won the backing of Russian leader Vladimir Putin for her Brexit stance.At a press conference in Moscow shown on Russian national television, the Russian president said he “understood” May’s position in “fighting for this Brexit,” according to the Guardian.“The referendum was held,” he said. “What can she do? She has to fulfill the will of the people expressed in the referendum.”last_img read more

Allman Brothers Band – Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre

first_imgThe Allman Brothers Band, the tour-de-force of Southern blues-based jamming, show their everlasting magic on the latest live release, Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre. Taken from two shows from March of 1992, the spectacular recording captures a young Warren Haynes settling into a permanent role in the ABB rotation, a role that has persisted for two decades, and led the guitarist to create Gov’t Mule as well.In 1992, the Allman Brothers consisted of Gregg Allman (keyboards), Dickey Betts (guitar), Allen Wody (bass), Marc Quinones (percussion), Warren Haynes (slide guitar), and Jaimoe Johanson (drums). Woody, Quinones, and Haynes were all new additions to the band at the time, and, with seasoned veterans and hand-picked recruits, this lineup just nearly harkens back to that of the Duane Allman era. Though, let’s face it: Duane is Duane.Great music aside, I personally enjoyed this recording for capturing the band in a different era. Most of the ABB archival releases highlight concerts from the late-60’s and early-70’s, and, as a 25-year-old, I’ve only been able to see the Allmans in the 2010-and-on era. Love me some Derek Trucks, don’t get me wrong, but it is nice to hear Warren wailing away on the slide guitar. His work on “Hoochie Coochie Man” is inspired, to say the least.The song selection from this double-live album captures all of the ABB standards, from the opening “Statesboro Blues” to a 20-plus-minute rendition of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” The album also features a handful of tracks from the then-new studio release, Shades of Two Worlds, including “End of The Line,” “Nobody Knows,” and Robert Johnson’s “Come on in My Kitchen.”The disc also includes a three-song acoustic set, smack dab in the middle of all the action. “Midnight Rider,” played on an acoustic guitar, is incredibly moving. Not to mention “Come on in My Kitchen,” played true to original Robert Johnson form, harkening back to the roots of blues music. This is some serious blues, stripped down to two acoustic guitars and the raw vocals of Gregg Allman.For any Allman-fans, this live release is a must have. Commenting about Play All Night, Haynes said, “1991-92 was a period of great creativity for that configuration of the Allman Brothers, and these shows capture a true moment in time for the group. It’s cool that the acoustic set is included, because it gives the fans a chance to hear some rare versions of particular songs. All in all, I think Play All Night represents how on fire that band could be on any given night at that point in their history.”Well said, Mr. Haynes. Well said.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)DISC 11. Statesboro Blues 7:00 2. You Don’t Love Me 6:38 3. End Of The Line 5:45 4. Blue Sky 7:34 5. Nobody Knows 13:20 6. Low Down Dirty Mean 7:20 7. Seven Turns 4:41 8. Midnight Rider 3:20 9. Come On In My Kitchen 6:02 DISC 2 1. Guitar Intro / Hoochie Coochie Man 10:01 2. Jessica 10:01 3. Get On With Your Life 8:18 4. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 20:58 5. Revival 5:46 6. Dreams 11:20 7. Whipping Post 11:36last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Andy Mientus to Sing Joni Mitchell in New Cabaret & More

first_img View Comments Andy Mientus(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today and this weekend. Andy Mientus to Sing Joni Mitchell in New CabaretStage star Andy Mientus will lend his powerful voice to Joni Mitchell’s iconic 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon in a new series of concerts, debuting later this month. Music director Benjamin Rauhala will join Mientus for the shows, running from November 29-30 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Smash alum Mientus will sing from Mitchell’s third studio recording, covering the album in full, including such beloved songs as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock” and “The Circle Game.” In addition to his memorable turn as Kyle Bishop on Smash, Mientus has been seen on Broadway in Spring Awakening and Les Misérables and off-Broadway in Carrie.Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me Will Transfer to Greenwich House TheaterOn the heels of an acclaimed New York Theatre Workshop run, Obie winner Heidi Schreck’s new solo work What the Constitution Means to Me will move to the Greenwich House Theater later this month for an extended run. Oliver Butler will repeat his work as director for the engagement, running from November 27 through December 30 at the downtown off-Broadway venue. The play follows fifteen-year-old Schreck, who later put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. Now, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document’s profound impact on women’s bodies—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died under mysterious circumstances. Joining Schreck in the cast is Mike Iveson (The Sound and the Fury) and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams.Nick Blaemire, Christy Altomare & Isaac Powell to Perform Bright Lights, Big City in ConcertA talented group of stage stars have signed on for a 20th-anniversary concert production of Paul Scott Goodman’s influential 1999 rock musical Bright Lights, Big City. Alex Tobey will direct the event, with music direction by Ben Caplan, slated to take place at Feinstein’s/54 Below on February 4, 2019, at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. The cast will include Nick Blaemire (Tick, Tick…BOOM!), Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Isaac Powell (Once On This Island), Annie Golden (Xanadu) and Julia Murney (Wicked). Based on the novel by on Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City follows a week in the life of Jamie (Blaemire), a successful young writer who loses himself in the chaos of 1980s New York City. The Bright Lights, Big City concert is being produced by Jen Sandler.New York Stage and Film to Honor Patricia Wettig & Ken Olin at Winter GalaNew York Stage and Film has announced Emmy winner Patricia Wettig and her husband, Emmy nominee Ken Olin, as honorees at its upcoming winter gala, a fundraising event to support year-round theater and film development initiatives. The event will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at The Plaza Hotel. Wettig is a three-time Emmy winner for Thirtysomething whose stage credits include off-Broadway turns in Threads, The Diviners, A Tale Told and The Woolgatherer. Olin was Golden Globe-nominated for Thirtysomething and Emmy-nommed for This Is Us; he was seen on Broadway in Taxi Tales.last_img read more

Sanders: Do not allow Trump to undermine election results

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Rules Committee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) today released a report(link is external) summarizing for the American people what to expect on Election Day and reinforcing the Democrats’ call to encourage everyone to vote.The report follows the months-long effort by President Trump to undermine the election and his repeated refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. With the general election already well underway in every state across the country, Sanders and Senate Democrats have a clear message for the American people: Vote and cast your ballot as early as possible. While expressing optimism that Election Day will go smoothly around the country, the jointly authored report outlines the possibility that in some states, the outcome might not be known on November 3.  The last message from the report is to make absolutely clear that voter intimidation is illegal and that federal law prohibits coercing or threatening anyone in order to interfere with their right to vote.”The American people must be prepared for an election that is unprecedented in our history due to the enormous increase in mail-in ballots that have been, and will be, cast as a result of the pandemic,” said Senator Sanders. No one should have to risk their health or their lives in order to vote, and that is why many millions are voting through mail-in ballots. One of the worst lies that Donald Trump is spreading is that there is a massive amount of voter fraud in this country. That is a total lie which no election official, Republican or Democrat, can support. What we are doing with this effort is ensuring that the American people understand that if American democracy means anything, it means that every vote must be counted—no matter how long it takes.””President Trump has for months now been laying the foundation to undermine the election and he has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses. Senate Democrats want to be clear to the American people that the most powerful defense against this type of autocratic behavior in our country is the will of the American people and that is why we are encouraging every American to vote and vote early,” said Leader Schumer.“The election is well underway, and Americans are voting in droves because they know what is at stake. We must do everything we can to protect the right to vote, and uphold the integrity of the election process. That means pushing back on President Trump’s lies about mail-in ballots and his efforts to sow chaos. It also means making sure that Americans know that a record number of people are voting by mail this year, which could slow the reporting in some states. We should be prepared to reject misinformation and be patient about results in places where counting ballots may take longer. Americans should keep making their voices heard at the ballot box, the earlier the better,” said Senator Klobuchar.”Despite what Donald Trump wants you to believe, the integrity of our election system is strong,” said Senator Murphy. Every American must vote—and vote early—in  the upcoming presidential election, so we can make it clear to Trump and the world that America remains a democracy, the will of the people will always win out, and that any form of voter intimidation is illegal and will not be tolerated.””President Trump’s dangerous rhetoric threatens to further divide our country and sow real potential for violence.  The most important thing each of us can do to combat disinformation and fear is to vote and vote early. There is little doubt that this is the most important election we will participate in in our lives. Our elections are the foundation of American democracy. Protecting them should be the top priority for everyone who cares about the future of our country. Election officials, courts, and elected leaders must be accountable for upholding that principle,” said Senator Heinrich.”Despite Donald Trump’s lies and misinformation about nonexistent widespread voter fraud, the integrity of the American election system—our entire election process from voting by mail to voting in person—is strong. If voting by mail is safe and effective for our troops overseas and good enough for Trump and his family to use, then it’s safe, effective and good enough for the rest of America too,” said Senator Duckworth. No matter what Trump says—or even what he might prefer—Senate Democrats will never allow the greatest democracy the world has ever known to descend into authoritarianism. We will always be a government of, by and for the people.”A copy of the report can be found here(link is external).Source: WASHINGTON, October  18 – Sanderslast_img read more