CNOOC Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project gets environmental approval

first_imgThe CNOOC Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project calls for exploration drilling within two exploration licences in the Flemish Pass Basin in pursuit of hydrocarbons Canadian government grants environmental approval to CNOOC Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project. Photo: courtesy of Daniel Case/ CNOOC International has secured environmental approval from the Canadian government to move ahead with the Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.The company, which is a subsidiary of Chinese oil and gas company CNOOC, proposes to carry out the offshore exploration drilling project within two exploration licences in the Flemish Pass Basin, about 400km east of St. John’s.CNOOC International’s subsidiary CNOOC Petroleum North America will use the eight-year exploration drilling project to search for potential hydrocarbons in the two licences besides assessing their nature and quantities.The Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project, which is slated to begin in 2020, has been approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.According to the Canadian government, the approval for the offshore exploration drilling project was granted after a comprehensive and science-based environmental assessment process.The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, which undertook the review, concluded that the Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project is not expected to have significant adverse effects on the environmental if mitigation measures are implemented.Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project has to implement 101 legally-binding mitigation measuresSome of the 101 legally-binding conditions imposed by the ministry on the project proponent are measures to safeguard fish and fish habitat, migratory birds, species at risk, and the use of lands and resources by Indigenous peoples.Canada Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said: “The Government of Canada is working with Canadians across the country to protect the environment and grow the economy. By evaluating projects based on sound science and Indigenous Knowledge, and putting in place legally-binding measures, we can protect our water and our air while supporting our communities.”The environmental approval allows CNOOC Petroleum North America to proceed with getting any further authorisations and permits from federal departments and also the Canadian-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board.CNOOC Petroleum North America expects 100-200 people to work on the offshore drilling installation during operations with almost the same or greater number of personnel to be engaged in support activities.Canada Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said: “We know how important the offshore is for the future of Newfoundland & Labrador. These exploration projects create good jobs, while ensuring the environment continues to be protected at the highest level.”last_img read more

Connells warns industry of criminal ‘Coronavirus’ gang robbing branches in broad daylight

first_imgEstate agency chain Connells has reported a spate of thefts at several of its recently re-opened branches in Essex, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire during office hours.The agency’s group head office is so worried about the sudden spike in crime at its branches that the company has warned competitors to be vigilant.Connells says individuals have entered its premises, disrespected the company’s social distancing rules, distracted staff and then stolen personal property including mobile phones from the desks of staff who were trying to keep their distance.“Apparently they say it is rare, but it does beg the question why they in particular suffered this in a number of their branches,” one agent said on a local blogging website.It is understood that local police have been informed, and Connells has provided guidance and support to colleagues across its branch network to help them stay safe and take reasonable precautions to reduce the likelihood of further incidents.Connells says a gang of both men and women have been involved in the attempted and actual thefts.Simon Arnes, Connells Group Estate Agency Operations Director (left), said, “As we return to our branches, our focus must be on the health and safety of our colleagues and customers, which includes observing social distancing measures.“Regrettably, however, social distancing can also present new opportunities for criminal behaviour.”After being warned about the ongoing threat, Robert Gordon-James of Martin & Co in Tonbridge, Kent, says he has installed a door bell on the door of his branch, keeps the door locked at all time and ensure staff keep their phones and other valuable hiddenRead more about Connells.Connells robbery estate agent robbery connells June 3, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Connells warns industry of criminal ‘Coronavirus’ gang robbing branches in broad daylight previous nextAgencies & PeopleConnells warns industry of criminal ‘Coronavirus’ gang robbing branches in broad daylightGroup has made the unusual step of warning other agents after branches in three counties were visited by a gang taking advantage of social distancing rules to steal negotiator’s personal belongings.Nigel Lewis3rd June 202001,346 Viewslast_img read more

College football report: St John’s 1-3 Pembroke

first_imgThe increasingly open race for promotion to the First Division saw another twist on Friday as an impressive Pembroke College won at St John’s.  As yet unbeaten in the league in Hilary Term, and unbeaten at home for fifty weeks, St John’s went into the game as favourites.  Pembroke, however, outfought and outplayed St John’s to win a tough and tense match 3-1.  It was the home team that took an early lead after four minutes.  Top scorer Matt Evans-Young was found unmarked on the edge of the area and passed into the net his twelfth of the season.  What followed was an open game, with both teams playing attractive passing football, lacking the bitterness which soured the second half.  Evans-Young almost doubled the lead twenty minutes after his first, having taken the ball past the Pembroke keeper, only for right back Rob Gates to intervene with a heroic last ditch tackle.  At the other end of the pitch, play was dominated by the yellow booted Etienne Ekpo-Utip.  Combining the touch and height of Berbatov with the pace and strength of Henry, he was the outstanding footballer of the afternoon.  He had a strong claim for a penalty turned down soon after following a collision with Clem Naylor.  With only two minutes to go in the first half, a similar incident produced a different result as the spot kick was given.  Ekpo-Utip drove the ball past Alex Berend, for the goal which was fair reward for his performance.   The second half started slowly, the best chance being an Ali Craggs free-kick hitting the wall.  On the hour mark, the game started to develop an unpleasant edge.  A late challenge from Ekpo-Utip on John’s centre half Paul Eastham raised complaints from the touchline, and a dispute over a tackle in midfield led to a scuffle in the centre circle.  Adam Taylor was at the heart of it, as he was for many of the flare ups after half time.  On sixty five minutes, Ekpo-Utip’s second goal put Pembroke ahead.  Cutting in from the left, he shrugged off challenges from Eastham and his centre back partner Steve Jennings, and placed the ball into the bottom corner.   Four minutes later, an injury to Pembroke right back Rob Gates allowed for a necessary cooling down period.  Gates, challenging James Earle, fell awkwardly and dislocated his shoulder.  Play was halted as Gates was taken off the pitch and an ambulance was called.  After a six minute stoppage, cooler heads prevailed.   The replacement of Stu Faragher with Sam Freedman signalled John’s intent, but the increased space in their half was well exploited by Pembroke.  Both Chris Stovin and Taylor, playing off the dominant Ekpo-Utip, went close in the last ten minutes.  The win was sealed in the last few minutes when Stovin’s shot from the edge of the box was deflected by Dave Parsons over Berend and into the net.  It confirmed the three points for a strong and competitive side who now have as good a chance for promotion as St John’s or any of the other competitors.last_img read more

Hoboken mayoral candidate Ravi Bhalla unveils council slate

first_img× HOBOKEN — Hoboken mayoral candidate and Councilman Ravi Bhalla announced his slate of at-large council candidates Wednesday July 12.“Councilman Jim Doyle, Emily Ball Jabbour and John Allen are joining Bhalla in his fight to keep Hoboken moving forward,” states the press release.“Together, Jim Doyle, Emily Ball Jabbour and John Allen combine proven experience with new ideas and energy,” states Bhalla in the release. “That’s the right combination to keep Hoboken moving forward.”Doyle was elected to the council in 2013. He serves as Chair of the Masterplan/Zoning Ordinance Committee. He is an environmental attorney with more than 29 years of experience, working for both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.Jabbour is a senior social science research analyst for the Administration for Children and Families, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. According to the press release she also founded the Hudson County Chapter for the national grassroots organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In this capacity, Jabbour has worked with local law enforcement to distribute gun safety materials across Hudson County and provide 200 gun locks to the Hoboken Police Department for distribution. Jabbour has also served as the HOPES Liaison for the Brandt Parent Consortium for the 2016 to 2017 school year.Allen is an attorney at the law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, where he specializes in the representation of governmental bodies, including boards of education and municipalities. He serves as a Hoboken Democratic Committeeman and is on the Board of Directors of Easter Seals New Jersey, a charitable organization dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities. “Jim Doyle has been an outstanding and invaluable member of the City Council with an impressive record of accomplishment,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer in the press release. “Emily Jabbour and John Allen bring the skills, smarts and fresh approaches we need. They will be great additions to the Council.”last_img read more

Speech: Lord Ahmad marks 70th anniversary of UN Human Rights Declaration

first_img Media enquiries For journalists Follow Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on Twitter @tariqahmadbt 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but this is not a moment for idle nostalgia. It is our opportunity to reaffirm the Declaration’s enduring relevance. An opportunity to redouble our collective efforts to uphold the rights of individuals; to nurture the creativity and human progress which flow from these rights; and to promote the openness and tolerance that allow societies to flourish. We must do this now more than ever because all around the world these rights are under threat.SyriaIn Syria, nearly 7 years since the conflict began, human rights and international humanitarian law are being flouted daily, with apparent impunity. Across the country, thousands of detainees are suffering inhuman conditions and torture. Chemical weapons have been used. Pro-regime forces bomb hospitals and schools, and use starvation sieges to force surrender. Eastern Ghouta, where hundreds have been killed in the past week by pro-regime bombing, is hell on earth. We are appalled by reports that pro-regime airstrikes continue in spite of the UN Security Council Resolution calling for a humanitarian pause. Those with influence over the regime must act now to ensure the ceasefire is implemented in full. We must bring this conflict to an end.The UK commends the work of the UN Commission of Inquiry in investigating and highlighting abuses and violations and we urge members to support the renewal of its mandate. We are pleased that the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism has begun to identify and build cases against those responsible. The international community must speak up for those who have no voice. We are particularly concerned about the plight of Syrian children. The High Level Panel on the Violations of the Rights of Children should allow us to discuss what more can be done to protect them.MyanmarTurning to Myanmar: earlier this month our Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, saw first-hand the devastating impact of the crisis on Rohingya refugees. Ethnic tensions were a significant factor behind the appalling violence in Rakhine state last summer, and we remain deeply concerned by the persecution faced by Rohingya Muslims, Christian and other minorities in Myanmar.The UK is clear that the despicable atrocities carried out against the Rohingya were ethnic cleansing. In the absence of a credible and transparent judicial process in Myanmar, the UK will continue to explore with international partners how to bring to justice those responsible for these appalling crimes. The UK supports the work of the Fact Finding Mission and the Special Rapporteur, Ms Yanghee Lee, and calls for the renewal of her mandate.It is right that we should focus on ensuring that refugees can return voluntarily in safety, dignity and with international oversight. However, we must also work for the longer term. That means supporting Myanmar’s democratic transition, and the promotion of freedom, tolerance and diversity, to build a lasting peace.North KoreaLikewise in North Korea, the international community has rightly focused on exerting pressure on the regime to give up its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. However, we must not overlook its appalling human rights situation.North Korea’s Constitution speaks of freedom but in reality that freedom is a mirage. In the 2017 ranking of press freedom by Reporters Without Borders, North Korea came last. If North Koreans express religious beliefs they face harsh punishment or even death.The 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry estimated that there were between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners in North Korea. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates more than a million North Koreans are enslaved. We urge all UN Members to enact UN Security Council Resolutions regarding North Korean overseas workers, and to avoid returning defectors to North Korea in such circumstances.The UK urges North Korea to end its illegal nuclear weapons programme; to cooperate with the international community; and to allow human rights actors unhindered access. There is a very different path open to the regime. One that offers security and prosperity and the genuine chance of a better life for every citizen.IranIn Iran, while we welcome the passage of the new anti-narcotics law, there remain other issues of real concern, including the reports of torture and deaths in custody during recent protests; the increase in religious persecution in particular against the Baha’i and Christian converts; and the use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders, which is in clear violation of Iran’s international human rights obligations. The UK urges Iran to end such executions immediately and to allow all its citizens the rights and freedoms set out in international law. We pay tribute to Asma Jahangir for her dedication to the promotion of human rights.The MaldivesIn the Maldives, the UK is dismayed at the continued erosion of democracy, human rights and respect for the rule of law. We urge the government to end the State of Emergency and restore fundamental freedoms by ceasing all interference in independent institutions, and by guaranteeing free and fair presidential elections.Sri LankaElsewhere in Asia, we welcome Sri Lanka’s constructive engagement with the UN, but we urge them to make more progress in implementing their Council commitments. We look forward to High Commissioner Zeid’s update.South East AsiaTurning to South East Asia – its impressive economic growth could be put at risk if political and civil space is eroded. Yet there are concerning developments across the region – whether it be the dissolution of the main opposition in Cambodia, the arrest of Mother Mushroom in Vietnam, the trial of Reuters journalists in Burma, the increasing use in Thailand of laws against sedition, Computer Crimes and lèse majesté, or the deadly ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines.We hope that Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia will enable free discussion and open political debate in the run-up to their elections, which will demonstrate that democracy in the region is alive and well.South SudanThere are challenges in every continent, for example, in Africa the human rights situation in South Sudan continues to be of serious concern. The details contained in the recent report by the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan reflect the ongoing and widespread human rights violations we have seen since conflict first erupted. The solution is political stability, and we urge all parties to the conflict to engage with the peace process with seriousness of purpose. We also urge the Council to renew the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights.We are deeply concerned at the allegations of sexual exploitation in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). We welcome the statement by UNMISS that restates, and outlines concrete steps towards implementing, the UN’s commitment to zero tolerance, transparency, accountability. We call on Troop Contributing Countries with allegations made against them to also carry out investigations promptly, transparently and report their findings to the UN. The UK strongly supports the important work done by UNMISS, and all the Troop Contributing Countries within the Mission, to protect civilians and seek an end to the conflict.The UK fully supports the UN Secretary General’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in peacekeeping operations and multilateral development and humanitarian agencies. In the 21st century, it is utterly despicable that SEA continues to exist. The UK will hold the UN and NGOs accountable for improving their safeguarding measures and review our funding relationship with those who fail to meet standards. Our priority is to keep the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people safe from harm.The Gambia and ZimbabweBut there are also some reasons for optimism: The Gambia is renewing its democracy after decades of oppression; and Zimbabwe has an opportunity to take the path towards stability, prosperity and democracy.The UK will continue to play its part in supporting these and other positive developments, both within the international community and through its own bilateral relationships. We welcome the recent co-operation with the Government of Argentina to identify the remains of 88 Argentine soldiers buried in the Falkland Islands. We hope that this project, along with a planned visit to the Islands, brings some comfort to the families of the fallen.Gender equalityI should like to remark on 2 further issues of particular importance to the UK, namely gender equality and freedom of religion or belief.Turning to gender equality, the UK believes that women and girls have the right to be educated, equal, empowered and safe and that achieving this will benefit all of society. That is because educating girls gives them greater control over their assets, their income and their bodies. Education empowers girls and women to speak out about issues that affect them and their communities; and it can have a hugely positive impact on stability, conflict-reduction and peace building.This is why we believe that supporting girls’ education is a smart investment. More than 130 million girls are still out of school so there is still much more to be done. The abhorrent abduction of over 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi, north east Nigeria, last week is a stark reminder of just how dangerous it is for some girls to exercise the right to an education that so many of us take for granted.Freedom of religion or beliefFinally, the UK attaches great importance to freedom of religion or belief. Daily, we hear reports of persecution against the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Shia Muslims, the Baha’i faith and others. The international community must stand together in tackling this issue, so that all individuals can practise their faith or belief freely.ConclusionTo conclude, we are still far from achieving the rights and freedoms expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At this Council, let us renew our determination to stand up for the downtrodden, to speak up for those with no voice, and to strive for a world in which everyone, everywhere can live without fear or suffering, and is free to live the life they choose.Further information Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Email [email protected]last_img read more

Press release: Joint statement on the 7th anniversary of the Syrian conflict

first_img Telephone 020 7023 0600 Follow the Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson and @PennyMordaunt on Twitter Further information Today the Syria crisis enters its eighth year. It has become one of the longest and bloodiest wars in recent history. The impact on Syrians, above all civilians, has been devastating with an estimated 400,000 dead and 13 million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Asad regime and those who back it bear overwhelming responsibility for the destruction of the country, its infrastructure and the lives of its people. Despite promises of de-escalation, the violence continues and the civilian death toll continues to rise. Last month the UK supported UN Security Council Resolution 2401 calling for a ceasefire. Yet in Eastern Ghouta – which Russia itself declared to be a de-escalation area – the regime, with Russian support, has continued to bombard and besiege the population, turning it into a hell on earth. Over 1,100 people are estimated to have been killed there since 18 February alone. We find it utterly abhorrent that the regime is using food and medical supplies as a weapon of war. Civilians continue to be deliberately and indiscriminately targeted by military strikes, and despite promises made by Russia to ensure Syria would abandon all of its chemical weapons in 2013, international investigators have confirmed that the regime has since used chemical weapons in four separate attacks – which Russia has gone to great lengths to conceal. The UK is committed to ensuring that all those responsible for chemical weapons use and other violations of international law in this conflict are held to account. The UK has always been at the forefront of the response to the crisis. More than 13 million people in Syria and in neighbouring countries are still in need of assistance. We will continue to help innocent people survive the toughest situations imaginable and, ultimately, help them to rebuild their lives. The suffering will only end when there is a political solution to the conflict. We will continue to use our position on the UN Security Council to pursue this, as well as to unlock humanitarian access and protect civilians. The UN is ready to mediate a settlement. The opposition have declared their readiness for negotiations without preconditions. But the regime continues to obstruct progress. The international community must commit to a ceasefire and a political process that ends this conflict for good. Follow the Foreign Office @foreignoffice and the Department for International Development DFID_UK on Twitter If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. General media queries (24 hours)center_img For journalists Email [email protected] Email [email protected] The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, said: Media enquirieslast_img read more

Twiddle Is The Least Controversial Jam Band, According To New Poll

first_imgA new poll conducted by Gallup for the Jam Act Association (JAA) has just been released. The survey, which asked 36 questions to over 8,000 individuals on lot from May 2016 through September 2016, provides a detailed look at the jam scene and various bands’ approval ratings. Unsurprisingly, Vermont-based jam quartet Twiddle topped the list for highest approval ratings across the board, narrowly beating out older ensembles, The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers, who locked down the second and third spots for highest approval ratings.The results of the study definitively showing Twiddle as the least controversial jam band should not come as too much of a shock, particularly when considering the generally pleasant, if not impartial, reaction the band receives from jam band aficionados on a number of online forums. Survey participants cited a number of reasons as to why the band was able to lock down such a high approval rating, with Twiddle’s consistently positive lyrics, feel-good melodies, and skilled musicianship topping the list of why the band consistently receives appreciation, even from those less familiar with their catalog.In follow-up questioning regarding the survey, one anonymous participant reaffirmed Gallup’s findings: “That makes sense. Whenever Twiddle is mentioned, I don’t think I’ve ever felt a really strong compulsion to make sure everyone knows exactly how I feel about them.”One response by a survey participant in Colorado summed up many people’s thoughts nicely: “I mean, it is rare to see any form of Twiddle hate, either in-person or online. When I do, it’s always coming from people who haven’t actually listened to the band or who just want to hate on something just to be different.”Twiddle’s low controversy rating comes in stark contrast to fellow Vermonters, Phish. The full study discussed this phenomenon at length, though Principal Investigator of the study, Dr. Frank N. Foote, had this to say: “One thing that I found remarkable while analyzing the survey results is how Phish’s approval rating ended up taking a direct hit based on their geographic closeness to Twiddle. It’s an anomaly that the two are so regularly compared, particularly when looking at the rate of comparison to bands of dissimilar geographical origin. While further research is in order, it’s almost as if because Twiddle is generally well liked and from Vermont that Phish can’t be appreciated for their own musical merit.”The full results of the survey as well as the survey report are available both on the Gallup website and on the Jam Act Association’s website. Stay tuned, as JAA is sure to be publishing increasingly more research-based studies about the music we love in future months following the 45th president’s expansion of the National Endowment for the Arts.last_img read more

New avenue in neurobiology

first_imgA new finding by Harvard stem cell biologists turns one of the basics of neurobiology on its head by demonstrating that it is possible to turn one type of already differentiated neuron into another within the brain.The discovery by Paola Arlotta and Caroline Rouaux “tells you that maybe the brain is not as immutable as we always thought, because at least during an early window of time one can reprogram the identity of one neuronal class into another,” said Arlotta, an associate professor in Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (SCRB).The principle of direct lineage reprogramming of differentiated cells within the body was first proven by SCRB co-chair and Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) co-director Doug Melton and colleagues five years ago, when they reprogrammed exocrine pancreatic cells directly into insulin-producing beta cells.Arlotta and Rouaux now have proven that neurons too can change. The work is being published online today by the journal Nature Cell Biology.Their experiments targeted callosal projection neurons, which connect the two hemispheres of the brain, and turned them into neurons similar to corticospinal motor neurons, one of two populations of neurons destroyed in Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. To achieve such reprogramming of neuronal identity, the researchers used a transcription factor called Fezf2, which long has been known for playing a central role in the development of corticospinal neurons in the embryo.What makes the findings even more significant is that the work was done in the brains of living mice rather than in collections of cells in laboratory dishes. The mice were young, so researchers still do not know if neuronal reprogramming will be possible in older laboratory animals, or in humans. If that proves possible, the implications for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases could be enormous.“Neurodegenerative diseases typically affect a specific population of neurons, leaving many others untouched. For example, in ALS it is corticospinal motor neurons in the brain and motor neurons in the spinal cord, among the many neurons of the nervous system, that selectively die,” Arlotta said. “What if one could take neurons that are spared in a given disease and turn them directly into the neurons that die off? In ALS, if you could generate even a small percentage of corticospinal motor neurons, it would likely be sufficient to recover basic functioning.”The experiments that led to the new finding began five years ago when, “We wondered: In nature, you never see a neuron change identity,” she said. “Are we just not seeing it, or is this the reality? Can we take one type of neuron and turn it into another?”The researchers analyzed “thousands and thousands of neurons, looking for many molecular markers, as well as new connectivity that would indicate that reprogramming was occurring,” Arlotta said. “We could have had this two years ago, but while this was a conceptually very simple set of experiments, it was technically difficult. The work was meant to test important dogmas on the irreversible nature of neurons in vivo. We had to prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that this was happening.”The work in Arlotta’s lab is focused on the cerebral cortex, but “it opens the door to reprogramming in other areas of the central nervous system,” she said.Arlotta, an HSCI principal faculty member, is now working with colleague Takao Hensch of Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology to explicate the physiology of the reprogrammed neurons, and learn how they communicate within pre-existing neuronal networks.“My hope is that this will facilitate work in a new field of neurobiology that explores the boundaries and power of neuronal reprogramming to re-engineer circuits relevant to disease,” Arlotta said.The work was financed by a seed grant from HSCI, and by support from the National Institutes of Health and the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: L.A. Theater Titan Gordon Davidson Dies & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Los Angeles Theater Titan Gordon Davidson DiesGordon Davidson, a Tony-winning director and producer who became a monumental figure in the development of Los Angeles theater, has died at the age of 83. The Mark Taper Forum founder’s death was confirmed to the Los Angeles Times by his wife Judi. He led Center Theatre Group from 1967 to 2004; in his first year, he opened the Mark Taper Forum, which has premiered countless notable plays, including The Shadow Box (Davidson won a Tony for directing the Broadway transfer), Zoot Suit, Children of a Lesser God, Jelly’s Last Jam and Radio Golf.FringeNYC to Take a Break in 2017After 20 summers, the New York International Fringe Festival will go on hiatus in 2017. Organizers will use the break to reevaluate FringeNYC’s goals. “It really is a blank canvas,” the event’s artistic director, Elena K. Holy, told the New York Times. “Should it be bigger? Should it be smaller? Should it be find-your-own-venue? Should it be a particular genre? Everything is game.”Drama League Awards Sets DateSave the date! The 83rd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony will be held on May 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. The eligibility period for Broadway and off-Broadway productions will end on April 17, followed by the nominations announcement on April 19. First awarded in 1922, the Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America and include the prestigious Distinguished Performer Award, which recipients can only receive once during his or her career. This year’s big prize went to Lin-Manuel Miranda.John Oliver to Honor Jude Law on BroadwayTwo-time Tony nominee Jude Law will be honored at the Make Believe On Broadway gala on November 14 at the St. James Theatre. Hosted by John Oliver and helmed by Joe DiPietro, the event is set to include performances and appearances by Michael Cerveris, Montego Glover, Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Adam Kantor, David Bryan and more. The fundraiser is in aid of Only Make Believe, a non-profit organization that creates and performs interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities.Watch Idina Menzel Sing ‘Memory’Idina Menzel recently took on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic 11 o’clock number “Memory” from Cats to celebrate the last day of Ellen’s Annual Cat Week. The result, below, needs to be seen to be believed. In other news, Billboard reports that the Broadway supernova is set to perform at the second annual Latin American Music Awards on October 6. Gordon Davidson(Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images for The Broad Stage) View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: The Great Comet Has a Fiery First Week

first_img The Great Comet has landed. In its first week of previews, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 joined the Millionaire’s Club on the Great White Way. The new musical, starring Josh Groban and Denée Benton in their Broadway debuts, grossed $1,141,919 (115.35% of its potential) in eight preview performances. The production was a few seats shy of reaching 100% capacity at the Imperial Theatre, but we expect to see SRO numbers in the coming weeks. It also came short in making the top five, which went to the usual suspects Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon (again, it would not be surprising if it surpassed that barrier shortly). Meanwhile, Waitress broke the Brooks Atkinson Theatre’s box office record for a single performance with a gross of $158,952 on the evening of October 22.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending October 23:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($1,993,088)2. The Lion King ($1,971,896)3. Wicked ($1,682,068)4. Aladdin ($1,469,578)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,368,426)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Falsettos ($450,088)*4. Heisenberg ($429,489)3. The Cherry Orchard ($372,399)2. The Encounter ($347,331)1. Black to the Future ($132,942)***FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.52%)2. Hamilton (101.56%)3. The Front Page (101.37%)**4. Beautiful (100.06%)5. The Lion King (99.40%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. On Your Feet! (77.09%)4. Something Rotten! (73.13%)3. Holiday Inn (70.30%)2. Fiddler on the Roof (67.69%)1. The Encounter (65.76%)* Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on three preview performances and five regular performance***Number based on one regular performanceSource: The Broadway League Denée Benton & Josh Groban(Photo courtesy of Matt Ross Public Relations) View Commentslast_img read more