Altered Landscapes Photo Exhibit By CU-Boulder Prof Opens At NCAR

first_imgA photography exhibit by a University of Colorado at Boulder professor featuring landscapes altered by human construction in the West will be on public display through the month of April at Boulder’s National Center for Atmospheric Research. Titled “The House, the Road, and the Valley,” the exhibit was created to show how modern culture has changed the landscape in both harmonious and discordant ways, said Tad Pfeffer, associate director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. The show contains 21 photos of the changing West, many of them on Colorado’s Front Range. “As humans, we have great power to change the landscape around us,” said Pfeffer, a CU-Boulder glaciologist who conducts research in Canada and Alaska. “The intent of the exhibit is to show people how the environment we build around us reflects how we view ourselves in relationship to the natural environment, and the ways in which we interact and change it.” The show is part of the 2005 CU Special Year of Art and Mathematics, which aims to enhance the understanding of the relationship between art and math. Funded by an $18,000 Colorado Council on the Arts grant, the project will include a number of traveling visual arts exhibits, dance and music concerts in Colorado. Pfeffer, also an associate professor in CU-Boulder’s civil, environmental and architectural engineering department, said the landscape exhibit is the first step in a larger project to photograph communities and their human-altered environments in the circumpolar Arctic. For more information on Pfeffer’s exhibit, visit the Web site at: http://tintin.colorado.edu/Landscapes. Published: April 4, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Personalized biomaterials tailor made to fix what ails you

first_imgKey takeaways Professor Kristi Anseth is leading a team of students and researchers to invent novel biomaterials tailored to a person’s specific needs. Published: Nov. 26, 2018 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Working together, scientists, students and engineers from numerous fields are developing precision biomaterials.center_img Originally published May 1, 2018The complexities that make each of us unique could result in medications, surgeries or health care devices that treat only the symptoms but not the specific causes.At CU Boulder, engineers are inventing novel biomaterials able to decrease pain and extend life when the body gets out of kilter. And they’re doing it in such a way that can be tailored to each individual’s needs, thus eliminating the guesswork from diagnosis and treatment.A relatively new area of study, biomaterials are making an impact on people’s lives. They include implanted materials and devices, such as a knee or hip replacements, or artificial lenses that clear the vision of cataract patients.In the future, researchers will combine expertise from numerous fields to bridge the possibilities of precision biomaterials with the needs of millions of people around the world, said Professor Kristi Anseth of chemical and biological engineering, who’s leading this research effort. When I think about where engineers can have impact, we all look at how we can impact quality of life. At a fundamental level, we’re motivated in our research theme by a desire to improve people’s health.” –Kristi AnsethDuring the past 20 years, Anseth and colleagues have advanced the development of hydrogels, Jell-O-like substances packed with stem cells engineered to morph into the desired cell type—bone, cartilage or skin, for example.“What we’re trying to do is design the next generation of biomaterials that can play that role when our bodies fail us,” Anseth said. In the lab of Professor Bob McLeod, director of CU’s Materials Science and Engineering Program and a specialist in optical fabrication, researchers invented a new type of 3D printer that can print tiny scaffolds that provide stability for the hydrogels as they grow into living tissue. The potential impacts of these biomaterials are many: regenerating skin for burn victims, blood vessels for heart bypass candidates or cartilage for worn-out knees. Share on Facebook  More Health & Society Follow @CUBoulderCategories:Health & SocietyNews Headlines  Personalized medicine developed at CU Boulder has the potential to improve our quality of life.last_img read more

More Than 70% of GSAT Students Placed in Schools of Choice

first_imgRelatedOutstanding Teachers Honoured at Jamaica House RelatedBurnt Savannah Primary – 100 Years of Commitment to Education Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPM Praises Nation’s Teachers More than 70 per cent of students, who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March 2014, have been placed in the schools of their choice.Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has pointed out that 28,883 of the 39,438 students have been placed in their preferred schools.The Minister was speaking at a press briefing, held at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices on June 17, to release the preliminary results of the Grade Six Achievement Test.Of the 39,438 students who sat the examination, 34,804 were placed in High Schools; 3,291 in Technical schools; 1,002 in Junior High Schools; 13 in Special Schools; and 428 students in schools in proximity to the address they submitted.“Our experience is that while there is heroic effort and exemplary success in some of the Junior High Schools, by and large they have not shown the capacity to deliver the best results and so we have been trying hard to place as many students, without overcrowding any school into the five-year programme. So, that is the reason for the reduction in the numbers going into Junior High Schools,” Rev. Thwaites said.The 2014 results showed that Social Studies and Language Arts had a 63 per cent pass rate. For Mathematics there was a decline to 60 per cent, down from the 2013 result of 61 per cent; while Science had a 68 per cent pass rate and Communication Task a 72 per cent pass rate.Rev. Thwaites said that while the 2014 GSAT results showed improvement in most subject areas, “the upward movement is not sharp enough at all to meet national needs.”“It is for this reason that the Ministry is readjusting its budget internally to afford significantly increased capacity both in literacy assistance and in Mathematics coaching in the primary school. We are devoting this particularly to the weaker schools, since we need to make very significant sharp advances, especially in English and Mathematics,” the Minister said.The GSAT results will be made available to all Primary Schools on Thursday, June 19, 2014.School administrators are being reminded that transfers may be requested two weeks after release of the GSAT results, and that in accordance with the Code of Regulation 1980, the Minister must give approval for all transfers where necessary.The GSAT was administered on March 20 and 21, 2014. The examination was conducted in over 1,000 schools and 40,846 students were eligible to sit the examination.center_img Story HighlightsMore than 70 per cent of students, who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March 2014, have been placed in the schools of their choice.Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has pointed out that 28,883 of the 39,438 students have been placed in their preferred schools.Rev. Thwaites said that while the 2014 GSAT results showed improvement in most subject areas, “the upward movement is not sharp enough at all to meet national needs.” More Than 70% of GSAT Students Placed in Schools of Choice EducationJune 18, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton More Than 70% of GSAT Students Placed in Schools of ChoiceJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, makes a point during a press briefing held at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices on June 17 to release the results of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).last_img read more

AT&T chief unsure of Google’s intention for mobile market

first_img Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 JUN 2015 Google renueva Android y muestra novedades en IA Author Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Home AT&T chief unsure of Google’s intention for mobile market Mobile Mix: AI, Android and open RAN Richard Handford center_img Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions, is undecided as to whether Google’s Project Fi will be a full-blooded rival, or just an innovation model, the executive told Forbes.“It isn’t obvious to us whether this is a noble attempt to have the market do something different or whether they really want to make an investment and have that be one of their core businesses,” said de la Vega (pictured).The executive also admitted that mobile payments “seems like a more natural fit for the OS manufacturer” than for operators, following the failure of Softcard.Project FiGoogle unveiled its much anticipated mobile service for the US in April, partnering with Sprint and T-Mobile on an initiative called Project Fi. Among the claims for the new service is seamless switching between WiFi and LTE technology.The MVNO service will only be available at launch via Google’s own Nexus 6 Android device using a custom designed SIM. There is no word yet on an official launch date but Google has been encouraging people to sign up online.The AT&T executive does not underrate his new rival. “We are very respectful of what Google does,” he said. “They have some very innovative ideas. Whether this concept will have scale, it has yet to be seen.”All the time the service is only available to Nexus 6 users, it lacks scale. A wider deployment would make it a more serious contender for the incumbents. “We are going to watch what they’re doing and see how customers react to it,” de la Vega said.All paid out?On the subject of mobile commerce, the AT&T executive admitted that the US operator industry had failed to break into mobile payments, although he argued many of their goals had been achieved. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US combined on a joint venture called Isis (later Softcard), that was closed earlier this year with certain assets transferred to Google; another example of operators crossing paths with the search giant. The operators also struck a distribution deal with Google for its payment service.“In the end, we thought we’re probably better off not investing more money in this space,” De La Vega said.The operators wanted to “energise” the payments market and ensure that NFC became a standard. Both appear to be happening with the launch of Apple Pay. Ironically, the launch of Apple Pay seems to have sounded the death knell for Softcard.Mobile payments fitted better for a handset vendor, said de la Vega. “It seems like a more natural fit for the OS manufacturer doing those kinds of things. We decided to focus on another part of the business and not continue on the mobile payments area.” Google taps retail with NYC store AT&TGoogleIsisSoftcard Previous ArticleOrange could buy smaller European operators – execNext ArticleCinven sets June 10 deadline on Telekom Slovenije bid Español Relatedlast_img read more

Wallace’s Frenemies: A Lesson from Phillip Johnson

first_imgEvolution Faith & Science Wallace’s Frenemies: A Lesson from Phillip JohnsonMichael FlanneryNovember 20, 2019, 5:20 AM A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Michael FlanneryFellow, Center for Science and CultureMichael A. Flannery is professor emeritus of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds degrees in library science from the University of Kentucky and history from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has written and taught extensively on the history of medicine and science. His most recent research interest has been on the co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913). He has edited Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism (Erasmus Press, 2008) and authored Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life (Discovery Institute Press, 2011). His research and work on Wallace continues. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Photo credit: “Beetles collected in the Malay Archipelago by Alfred Russel Wallace” (cropped), ©Natural History Museum, London, via Flickr.In a post yesterday I replied to Harvard evolutionary biologist Andrew Berry’s bumbling review of my book Nature’s Prophet. It was written as an antidote to people precisely like Berry who selectively praise Wallace when he’s engaged in science talk, but are quick to brand him a fool when he expresses any of his metaphysical views. Wallace’s historiography is festooned with such frenemies, Berry among them (more are mentioned in the book). This is all the more unfortunate because Wallace himself devoted the last half of his life to things these frenemies so adamantly oppose. Nature’s Prophet allows the whole Wallace to speak, and speak proudly and unapologetically. While I stated my case on most points, one more seems so surprising that it deserves special comment. Toward the end of his review Berry quotes me as referring to Wallace as constructing “a human-centered cosmology that resonates with much of scripture.” He then somewhat astonishingly says, “What is the relevance of this?” Man’s Place in the CosmosNow if he had been paying attention he would have noted that I had already laid out the fact that Wallace’s Man’s Place in the Universe (1903) was to highlight the significance of man in the cosmos, not to mention his grand statement of natural theology, The World of Life, that ends with his assertion that man is “already ‘a little lower than the angels,’ and, like them, destined to a permanent progressive existence in a World of Spirit.” That quotation comes from Psalm 8, and other passages reflect Wallace’s natural theology as well: Matthew 6:26; Romans 1:20, 1 Corinthians 15:39, to name a few. In fact, it is fair to say that Wallace constructed a natural theology that resonated with all the Abrahamic religions. Wallace, therefore, distinguished himself from those like Haeckel who saw humankind as a mere by-product of blind natural forces. Again, I never suggested that Wallace was referencing the Bible per se (although his closing line quoted above clearly does) or that he was even remotely expositing on Genesis or any other biblical text, only that Wallace opposed Paley’s brand of special creation. He was not opposed to the grander and more magisterial sense of general creation often revealed in scripture. Haeckel’s cosmology is diametrically opposed to a human-centered universe, preferring one that reduces humanity to nothing more than co-equal artifacts of a blind physical world.Borrowed from DarwinHaeckel’s idea was borrowed from Darwin. And where did Darwin get this diminution of humankind? It had nothing to do with science; it goes back to his association with the radical freethinking Plinian Society that he joined as a teenager in Edinburgh. On March 27, 1827, Darwin, just barely turned 18, heard a fellow Plinian, William Browne, give a lecture on human consciousness and the mind as merely the product of brain activity. This only added fuel to William Greg’s earlier inflammatory presentation to the society, setting out to prove that “the lower animals possess every faculty & propensity of the human mind.” Thus, by the time Darwin was working on Notebook C in 1838, he was well schooled in materialist thought. So sometime between mid-May and mid-June Darwin writes: “Why is thought being a secretion of the brain, more wonderful than gravity a property of matter? It is our arrogance, it is our admiration of ourselves.” Then a little later he adds, “Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work worthy the interposition of a deity, more humble & I believe true to consider him created from animals.”“Stubborn Modesty”But Darwin had it all wrong. The insightful historian John Lukacs, taking his cue from what his friend and colleague Jacques Barzun called Darwin’s “stubborn modesty,” replied:  We must recognize, contrary to all accepted ideas that we and our earth are at the center of our universe. We did not create the universe, but the universe is our invention, and it is, as are all human and mental inventions, time-bound, relative, and potentially fallible. Because of this recognition of the human limitations of theories, indeed, of knowledge, this assertion of our centrality — in other words, of a new, rather than renewed, anthropocentric and geocentric view of the universe — is not arrogant or stupid. To the contrary: it is anxious and modest. . . . No. The known and visible and measurable conditions of the universe [its material aspects] are not anterior but consequent to our existence and to our consciousness. The universe is such as it is because in the center of it there exist conscious and participant human beings who can see it, explore it, study it. (For those readers who believe in God: the world and this earth were created by Him for the existence and consciousness of human beings.) This insistence on the centrality and uniqueness of human beings is a statement not of arrogance but of humility. It is yet another recognition of the inevitable limitations of mankind. [See The American Scholar.]Missing the PointSo when I referred to Wallace’s human-centered universe that resonated with scripture I was juxtaposing it with Darwin’s and Haeckel’s reductionist materialism, and nothing could be more relevant than that. The fact that Berry can’t see it means he missed the point of Nature’s Prophet entirely.So I was left puzzled by Berry’s comment. I thought perhaps he didn’t read the book completely. Maybe he just skimmed it and cherry-picked for items of criticism. Then I realized the truth of something Phillip Johnson had said in The Wedge of Truth:I have had many conversations with leading scientists, journalists and other intellectuals who are committed to evolutionary naturalism, as well as with theological modernists who express fundamentally naturalistic ideas in theistic language. When I refuse to accept naturalistic assumptions some are overtly hostile, some are patronizing, and some try their best to be polite. All are uncomprehending. To them naturalism and science are virtually the same thing, and they think that to depart from science is to depart from reason.A Fatal ErrorBerry’s response was, therefore, predictably patronizingly hostile. Now I know why. Berry couldn’t see the relevance of my statement — and indeed much of the book — because he simply failed to comprehend it through the lens of his naturalistic worldview. Moreover, he can’t see through his own philosophical commitments and instead in blissful confidence conflates naturalism, science, and reason. This is fatal to anyone who would understand and appreciate a considerable body of Wallace’s work: Darwinism (1889), Man’s Place in the Universe (1903), The World of Life (1910), and Social Environment and Moral Progress (1913). In some ways, for all of his claims to academic competence in evolutionary biology in general and Alfred Russel Wallace in particular, Berry came incredibly ill-equipped to review Nature’s Prophet because he was essentially deaf, dumb, and blind to its message.So we can add Berry to the list of Wallace frenemies quick to praise him on certain matters but equally quick to condemn him on others. That Berry could quote from George Romanes as branding Wallace’s “teleological thinking” as one of “incapacity and absurdity” shows how little we have advanced in the big picture discussion of the nature of life and humanity’s place in it. Sadly, with few exceptions, most Wallace “scholars” (Berry among them) don’t appreciate the entire man, and they never will.Photo credit: “Beetles collected in the Malay Archipelago by Alfred Russel Wallace” (cropped), ©Natural History Museum, London, via Flickr.center_img Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man TagsAbrahamic religionsAlfred Russel WallaceAndrew BerrybrainCharles DarwinCorinthiansDarwinism (book)EdinburghErnst HaeckelfrenemiesGenesisGeorge RomanesHarvard Universityhistoriographyhuman consciousnessJacques BarzunJohn LukacsMan’s Place in the Universematerialismnatural theologyNature’s ProphetNotebook CPhillip E. JohnsonPlinian SocietyPsalmPsalmsRomansScriptureSocial Environment and Moral ProgressteleologyThe American ScholarThe Wedge of TruthThe World of Life,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoslast_img read more

Cllr hits out after deceased Donegal woman receives water bill

first_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th A Donegal County Cllr has hit out at Irish Water after a woman who has been dead for three years received a bill for water charges.The woman from Derrybeg received the bill on Friday.The revalation comes a week after a Co Wexford woman, who has been dead six years, also received a bill for water charges.Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaid has said Irish Water need to apologise:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/meehall6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Cllr hits out after deceased Donegal woman receives water bill Previous articleFire service dealing with fire in MeenaleckNext articleAll County League Division 1 Results admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Google+center_img Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest By admin – April 19, 2015 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

“There were no rules…we made them up as we went along”

first_img“There were no rules…we made them up as we went along”Sex & Drugs and Video Games: Tim Chaney’s book on the industry of the ’90sDan PearsonMonday 2nd November 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareWhat were you doing in the ’90s? How sharp are your memories of 20 years ago? If you were working in certain sections of the games industry, either marvelling at the excesses of your colleagues or practicing a little indulgence yourself, then a forthcoming memoir from the ex managing director of Virgin Interactive, Tim Chaney, might jog a few of those hazy memories. Chaney’s book, Sex and Drugs and Video Games, promises to contain some interesting reminiscences. As the head of a major player in the final decade of the last century, with money to spare and bosses who had little interest in or knowledge of the industry he was helping to shape, Chaney was part of a world that was changing more rapidly than almost anybody could keep up with. To hear him tell it, he also had an unprecedented level of freedom in a world of vice, excess and irresponsibility.But how much can really have been going on behind the closed doors of the company which brought you Command & Conquer, The 7th Guest and The Lion King? Were drugs really regularly posted out to reviewers along with review code? Were there hookers at every launch party? Did a PA really crash a Range Rover into the lobby of a hotel during a crucial meeting with a Japanese publisher, partially collapsing part of the building? According to Tim, at least one those is true…”I think it’s a time capsule. It’s a time that will never come again. Nothing like it could ever come again, ever” GamesIndustry.biz: This was all before my time, and it sounds like a very different industry to the one I’ve known for the last ten years. What was different then?Tim Chaney: “Well I can only really see it from my perspective. Perhaps several perspectives, but mine for this purpose. We were a company that really didn’t have any rules. We wanted to shock, we wanted to offend, we wanted to try things that nobody had done before. I think we had an attitude, or at least I did, of try anything, but if it doesn’t work don’t do it again. With that kind of attitude, and as you quite rightly said, without that boardroom influence, no approvals to do or say anything, you can go pretty bonkers. “If you remember the ’90s, it was things like Loaded, Britpop, Girl Power, all these things that empowered this sort of laddy, blokey, sex, drugs, party, fall over and sleep in the gutter attitude. As I said in my notes on the campaign, really the ’90s was the permissive ’60s. The ’60s was mostly guys in bowler hats – 99 per cent. The people who wore flowers in their hair were insignificant compared to the movement of the ’90s when people really let go after the miserable ’70s and the Thatcher ’80s. I’m pro-Thatcher, so I’m not saying anything horrible about that, but it was a period of time when England really changed. “In terms of us, we had some great products and some terrible products, like every publisher had. You use the strong ones to pull the weak ones – use them for power with retailers and to attract other developers. The other thing we did was to go direct in France, direct in Germany, direct in Spain, before EA, before any of the other big publishers of the time – Ocean or US Gold – although I decimated that business by taking Woody and Bob and LucasArts, Access – we kind of took apart that business.We were lucky insomuch that, at the beginning we were at Virgin, under Richard (Branson) and Robert Deveraux – they weren’t going to say ‘don’t use an ad with this or that on it,’ or ‘don’t say that word.’ They didn’t do that. Then we were sold to Blockbuster, who put us under Spelling Entertainment – Love Boat, Dynasty, all that lot. They didn’t know what the hell we were doing, basically, so they couldn’t tell us much. Then Viacom bought Blockbuster and got us and for at least a year didn’t even notice us – they were busy trying to integrate Blockbuster into Paramount and other big things. So we had a few years, seven years, where we were doing whatever we wanted. Nobody in EA could do that, nobody in 99 per cent of American companies could do that at the time, unless you were an indie. We were like a massive indie.” GamesIndustry.biz: You were working under Branson then, who has been pretty open about his own excesses in the past. Did he keep his distance from what was happening?”We were a company that really didn’t have any rules. We wanted to shock, we wanted to offend, we wanted to try things that nobody had done before” Tim Chaney: “In those days his principle interest was the airline. I met him a few times. You go to his house, you sit opposite him on a sofa, all very casual and informal as you’d expect. Women would be bringing documents in for him to sign, you’d be talking about the business and how it was going. But sometimes there’d be a lightbulb go off above his head – if you said something where he thought, ‘I can use that on aeroplanes.’ Like, playing games on planes. In ’92, you didn’t play games on planes. ‘Games, games, games. Whatever. Oh, games on planes? Tell me about it!’ It was that kind of meeting. I knew him personally, I went to his house in Kidlington, I played tennis with him. He was a decent guy. A typical entrepreneur insomuch that he had to hear a lot of pitches, he never made any notes. He’d just memorise all the bits that fitted into the wider scheme of things at the time. “When I first went to see him, I remember saying to Robert Deveraux, who was his brother-in-law and my boss, ‘What should I tell him? What’s the spin? What do you want me to say?’ And he said, ‘Just tell him the truth, whatever it is, good or bad.’ It was refreshing. If you were going to meet a chairman of a company now, someone would be prepping you for 24 hours on what to say and what not to say. Certainly, when we went to see Viacom, or they came to see us at E3, Sumner Redstone – who was the chairman, worth $25 billion or something – it just wasn’t spontaneous, it was very planned. Going from Richard to Sumner, things changed a lot. At the time, Viacom had just written off $100 million on Viacom new media, the last thing they wanted was another games company. We spent a year schlepping around trying to sell ourselves to someone so they could make a load of money out of it. In the end, they didn’t. That will all come to the fore when we get towards the end of the decade.”GamesIndustry.biz: It sounds like there’s plenty to come out in the wash. Are you going to be protecting those involved?Tim Chaney: It’s a strange animal. Some people who were there have supported it, some haven’t. It was 20 years ago, they’ve got kids now. I don’t know if they want their kids to read this. Even then, though, I would change the names of anybody I was going to implicate in anything whatsoever. I can’t just say some guy did this, snorted that, fucked that, then went home to his wife. I can’t do that, it’s not going to happen like that. GamesIndustry.biz: And what about your own stories? You can’t really anonymise yourself…Tim Chaney: “It’s all going to be me really. It’s about the games, the games that made us great, but underneath that there’s a massive layer of vignettes that people will think is fiction. ‘There’s no way this PA got out of her head, drove his Range Rover into the lobby of a hotel and collapsed it whilst I was upstairs meeting Capcom. That’s just one story out of fifty. It’s not a business book, in the same way Wolf of Wall Street wasn’t. It’s about the big games: 7th Guest, Resident Evil, Archer McLean’s games, Lion King, Aladdin. It’s about that, but underneath that, these sorts of things were happening – sometimes daily. I think it peaked around ’95 when we just lost it completely. I think it’ll be fun to write. I am going to change names, though. It’ll be read by a lawyer before anyone. I don’t want to offend my friends and acquaintances that were there, either. You either need to give them anonymity or make it dull as dishwater, and nobody wants to read that.””Some people who were there have supported [the book], some haven’t. It was 20 years ago. I don’t know if they want their kids to read this” GamesIndustry.biz: Some of these stories amount to open bribery of reviewers, are you concerned about adding any fuel to the fire of GamerGate? Of tarnishing anyone’s reputations or that of the industry as a whole?Tim Chaney: “It was 20 years ago. I can only talk about my own sensitivities and I’m pretty insensitive to it. It’s a different world, a different life. Think about what’s happened to you in the last 20 years. I don’t think it’s fuel on that fire, I think it’s a time capsule. It’s a time that will never come again. Nothing like it could ever come again, ever. It was a cottage industry in the early ’80s, into a more stable business, more mature. We invented the games business back at US Gold and Ocean, really. There were no rules because we were making them up as we went along.”Tim Chaney’s book is currently on Kickstarter. Find out more about it hereCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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Hemsworth bros sell Malibu crash pad

first_imgLiam, Chris and Luke Hemsworth with their Malibu home (Getty, Zillow)With demand especially high for Malibu real estate, the brothers Hemsworth tapped in.Actors Chris (“Thor”), Liam (“Hunger Games”) and Luke (“Westworld”) Hemsworth sold their 4,600-square-foot Point Dume pad for $4.25 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. That’s nearly 25 percent more than the trio paid for it in 2016, and a 13 percent discount from the $4.9 million they listed it for in the fall.The home at 6315 Gayton Place, on 1.3 acres, has four bathrooms, four bedrooms, a theater room and 750-bottle wine room. It also includes a “Big Buck Hunter” arcade game and views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Mountains, according to the Times.Recently, celebs including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Gal Gadot and Avril Lavigne have either bought or sold Malibu homes.For the Hemsworth brothers deal, Eric Haskell of the Agency had the listing and Compass’ Chris Cortazzo represented the buyer, who was not named. [LAT] — Alexi Friedmanlast_img read more

WeWork and SoftBank settle lawsuit

first_img Full Name* The settlement allows Neumann to cash out about $480 million in stock to SoftBank, while requiring him to stay away from his role on the WeWork board for a year. SoftBank will also pay Neumann $50 million to cover legal fees and additional $50 million as part of a promised non-compete fee. Neumann also gets a five-year extension on a $430 million loan from SoftBank.The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery by WeWork and Neumann against SoftBank, was heading to a trial, where Judge Travis Laster was slated to hear evidence about how the WeWork stock deal collapsed.Shortly after WeWork’s spectacular failure of going public in 2019, SoftBank had agreed to buy $3 billion in stock from WeWork investors, including about $1 billion from Neumann. But in April 2020, the company, led by Masayoshi Son, declined to complete the transaction.The lawsuit alleged SoftBank withdrew the offer because of “buyer remorse” due to the pandemic. SoftBank objected, saying the deal was pulled because WeWork was unable to meet part of the deal’s conditions. [Bloomberg News] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Email Address* WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani, Adam Neumann and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son (Getty/Illustration by Kevin Rebong)The battle between WeWork and SoftBank is over.The beleaguered co-working giant and its co-founder and former CEO, Adam Neumann, have reached a legal settlement with SoftBank Group, Bloomberg News reported, heading off a trial that was set to begin on March 4. The agreement will firm up the Japanese conglomerate’s control over WeWork, while giving Neumann a financial windfall on his way out.SoftBank COO Marcelo Claure, who also serves as WeWork’s executive chairman, said in a statement to the publication that this settlement shows all parties “doing what is best for the future of WeWork.”“With this litigation behind us, we are fully focused on our mission to reimagine the workplace and continue to meet the growing demand for flexible space around the world,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreAdam Neumann, SoftBank near settlement agreementWeWork slashes rents in some citiesAdam Neumann invests in mortgage servicing startupcenter_img Message* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Different state, same problem: Office availbility soars in NJ

first_img(Getty)In New Jersey, office supply far outweighs demand for that space.The Garden State’s office availability rate in the first quarter climbed to 21.6 percent, up 4 percentage points compared to the same time last year, according to a report from Avison Young New Jersey.“Absorption continues to be negative for the third quarter in a row, a trend that reflects the tremendous effect the pandemic has had on the sector,” said Jeff Heller, the brokerage’s principal and managing director.The jump in availability has driven prices down slightly, with office rents in the first quarter going for $29.38 per square foot, down $0.27 compared to a year ago.Read moreMack-Cali Realty sells Metropark complex for $254MOnyx Equities acquires massive New Jersey office portfolio for $160MKushner Real Estate, Stro to develop 200K-sf industrial buildingE Major transactions during the first quarter include Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals’ 102,000-square-foot sublease in the Perryville Corporate Park at 53 Frontage Road in Hampton. St. Joseph’s Medical added 80,000 square feet at 169 Minnisink Road in Totowa, making its total footprint at 140,000 square feet.In the office investment sales arena, Liberty Properties, an Opal Holdings Group affiliate, acquired Mack-Cali Realty’s four-building Metropark complex in Edison and Iselin for $254 million. The 946,000-square-foot property consists of 99 and 101 Wood Avenue South and 333 and 343 Thornall Street, and is more than 90 percent leased, according to Mack-Cali.The industrial sector had the opposite problem: shrinking vacancy. But warehouse vacancy rates appeared to have bottomed out in the first quarter at 2.5 percent, which is the same rate as a year ago, according to Avison Young.After experiencing eight consecutive months of positive absorption, the rent for industrial properties in the first quarter rose to $10.03 per square foot, a 14.3 percent year-over-year jump.Major industrial leases in the first quarter include Bob’s Discount Furniture’s 622,230-square-foot lease at 150 Old New Brunswick Road in Piscataway. In addition, Lincoln Equities Group announced UPS would lease 880,000 square feet at its planned industrial park at the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne.Contact Akiko Matsuda Email Address* Full Name* Message*last_img read more