View Comments Ivo van Hove(Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images) Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove has signed on to direct an upcoming stage adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s 2015 novel A Little Life. Koen Tachelet has crafted the script of the new play, scheduled to appear at Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg Theatre beginning on September 20 with an opening set for September 23.A Little Life follows four men over a period of more than 30 years: lawyer Jude, actor Willem, visual artist JB and architect Malcolm. The story is the history of their friendship, as they remain closely connected with each other during the rest of their lives.The cast of A Little Life will include Ramsey Nasr as Jude, Maarten Heijmans as Willem, Majd Mardo as JB, Mandela Wee Wee as Malcolm, Marieke Heebink as Ana and Steven van Watermeulen as Harry. The company will also include Hans Kesting.Van Hove is a 2016 Tony winner for his acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge. His other credits include a Broadway production of Miller’s The Crucible and the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Network, which recently concluded its run with London’s National Theatre. Van Hove is expected to direct a 2019 stage adaptation of All About Eve in London. Book cover art for A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara(Penguin Random House)
Related Consumer technology innovator Scosche Industries, has unveiled the Scosche myTREK pulse monitor and app for iPhone and iPod touch. Founded in 1980, Scosche Industries is an award-winning innovator of iPad, iPhone and iPod accessories. The Scosche myTREK allows users to track their pulse, calories burned, distance, speed, pace, store past workouts and much more.After pairing the Scosche myTREK with an iPhone or iPod touch, users are prompted to download the free accompanying app. Once the app is downloaded the myTREK is ready to go and users can begin tracking their training sessions.The myTREK utilizes two LEDs combined with a photo sensor to detect minute changes in the user’s blood pressure to measure pulse. A built-in accelerometer allows the myTREK to adjust for movement during exercise, in tandem with the user’s heartbeat allowing for measurement of pulse and calories burned.Users can personalize their workouts by selecting their type of activity, target training zone and type of workout. A male or female voice prompt updates the user’s progress in real time, letting them know how close they are to accomplishing their goals or if they have moved outside their desired target heart rate zone.Workout data is then stored on the device and can be viewed in the app’s calendar to see what days the user worked out and what was accomplished during each individual workout.The myTREK’s comfortable arm-strap design fits over the muscular portion of the user’s forearm and provides convenient track and volume control. A lithium ion battery provides 5 hours of continuous workout time before the myTREK needs to be charged via an included USB cable. The myTREK ships with small, medium and large sized armbands to ensure an appropriate fit for the consumer.The Scosche myTREK is available now at Apple retail stores, and via 24hourfitness.com, 24-Hour Fitness gyms and Scosche.com for US$129.99. The unit is also due to be listed at Target, Apple.com and Verizon Wireless stores soon.“At 24 Hour Fitness, we know that fitness tools can be very useful in helping people achieve their goals; whether it’s to lose weight, run a faster marathon or to get healthier,” said Bill Quinn, Senior Vice President of Merchandising at 24 Hour Fitness. “We are excited to be a Scosche launch partner for the new myTREK pulse monitor and offer our members another option to support them with their fitness journey.”“Scosche has long been the most popular consumer electronics brand sold in 24 Hour Fitness gyms and on their website,” said Kas Alves, Executive Vice President of Scosche Industries. “We were thrilled when they agreed to carry the myTREK pulse monitor in 286 24 Hour Fitness locations across the US.”www.scosche.com
STUTTGART, Germany – Prof. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, honorary president of the Porsche AG Supervisory Board and designer of the iconic Porsche 911, died on April 5 in Salzburg, Germany. He was 76. Matthias Müller, president and CEO of Porsche AG, paid tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s services to the sports car manufacturer: “We mourn the death of our partner, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As the creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this very day. His philosophy of good design is a legacy to us that we will honor for all time.” Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was born in Stuttgart on Dec. 11, 1935, the oldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche. Even his childhood was shaped by cars. He spent much of his time in the engineering offices and development workshops of his grandfather, Ferdinand Porsche. In 1943, the family accompanied the Porsche company’s move to Austria, where he went to school in Zell am See. After returning to Stuttgart in 1950, he attended the private Waldorf School. After leaving school, he enrolled at the prestigious Ulm School of Design. In 1958, F.A. Porsche, as he was known by his colleagues, joined the engineering office of what was then Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche KG. He soon proved his great talent for design by sculpting the first model of a successor to the 356 model line out of plastic. In 1962, he took over as head of the Porsche design studio, creating a worldwide furor one year later with the Porsche 901 (or 911). With the Porsche 911, F.A. Porsche created a sports car icon whose timeless and classical form survives to this very day in what is now the seventh 911 generation. However, in addition to passenger cars, F.A. Porsche also concerned himself with designing the sports cars of the 1960s. His best-known designs include the Type 804 Formula One racing car or the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, now considered to be one of the most beautiful racing cars ever. In the course of the conversion of Porsche KG into a joint-stock corporation in 1971/72, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, along with all the other family members, stepped down from the company’s front-line business operations. In 1972, he founded the “Porsche Design Studio” in Stuttgart, the head office of which was relocated to Zell am See in Austria in 1974. In the decades that followed, he designed numerous classic gentlemen’s accessories such as watches, spectacles and writing implements that achieved global recognition under the “Porsche Design” brand. In parallel, with his team, he designed a plethora of industrial products, household appliances and consumer durables for internationally renowned clients under the brand “Design by F.A. Porsche.” A strong and clear design concept typifies all product designs created in his design studio to date. The credo of his design work was: “Design must be functional and functionality has to be translated visually into aesthetics, without gags that have to be explained first.” “A coherently designed product requires no adornment; it should be enhanced by its form alone.” The design’s appearance should be readily comprehensible and not detract from the product and its function. His conviction was: “Good design should be honest.” Ferdinand Alexander Porsche received numerous honors and awards both for his work as a designer as well as for individual designs. For example, in 1968, the “Comité Internationale de Promotion et de Prestige” honored him for the outstanding aesthetic design of the Porsche 911 while the Industrial Forum Design Hannover (iF) voted him “Prizewinner of the Year” in 1992. In 1999, the President of Austria bestowed on him the title of professor. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche retained a close lifelong association with Porsche AG as a partner and member of the supervisory board. For example, even after stepping down from front-line business operations, he contributed to the design of Porsche’s sports cars over many decades and repeatedly steered the company in the right direction. This was especially the case for the difficult period Porsche experienced at the beginning of the 1990s. From 1990 to 1993, F.A. Porsche served as president of the company’s supervisory board, thus playing a major role in Porsche A.G’s economic turnaround. In 2005, he stepped down from his supervisory board role in favor of his son Oliver and assumed the mantle of Honorary President of the Supervisory Board. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will be buried in the family grave at Schüttgut in Zell am See, attended by his immediate family. An official funeral service will be held in Stuttgart at a later date. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
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[mappress]Press Release, June 16, 2014 Global Petroleum Limited, the oil and gas exploration company presently focused on emerging plays in Africa and the Mediterranean, notes the recent announcement by the partners in the Welwitschia-1A well of their decision to plug and abandon the well.The Welwitschia-1A well was drilled to a depth of 2,454m in Block 2011A, adjacent to Global’s Block 2010A in the Walvis Basin offshore northern Namibia.“The Global technical management team wishes to make it clear that the geological setting of Global’s blocks 2010A and 1910B is distinct from that targeted by the partners in the Welwitschia-1A well,” the company said in a press release.The great majority of the prospectivity in Global’s acreage is mapped in older sediments. These deeper structures were not reached by the Welwitschia-1A well. Therefore, the significant potential of these deeper traps and reservoirs remains to be tested.Global added that its technical management team believed that the shallower reservoir potential also remains in its blocks, as Global’s technical interpretation is that the high quality Maastrichtian and Campanian reservoirs in its blocks were deposited in a sandstone reservoir fairway which skirted and bypassed the old highs such as the one drilled by Welwitschia-1A.Related: Welwitschia well disappoints (Namibia)Regarding the source, it is thought that the main charge for Global’s prospects is also in the older sediments: this means that the deeper structures would be charged first, secondly the shallower Maastrichtian and Campanian traps, and only thirdly the reservoir fairway between the highs- on one of which Welwitschia-1A was drilled.Global’s CEO, Peter Hill, commented: “We remain optimistic about the potential of our Namibian blocks given the technical differentiation between the prospectivity on our blocks and the target drilled at Welwitschia-1A. Our advisors, FirstEnergy Capital, will continue the farm-out process on our behalf. Equally, we note the wider context of the relative lack of drilling success over the course of 2013 and 2014 so far in frontier exploration plays in the Atlantic Margin, and of the market’s reaction to this lack of success. We feel that this context makes it all the more important for Global to continue its strategy of being highly selective in the way in which it invests the funds available to it.”
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The largest port operator in Cuxhaven achieved an increase of more than 32.6 percent during the first quarter of 2010. According to a company statement, the rise in tonnage came mainly from project- and steel cargo, forest products as well as from the increased handling of new cars.The well-used transshipment and logistics centre for ro-ro cargoes, automobile logistics and steel, handled 375,665 tonnes of freight during the first three months of this year.Business was also brisk for the port operator in the steel import sector – some of this steel was destined for the local manufacturers of offshore wind power components.Overall, imports rose by 58.4 percent. Exports increased by 25.3 percent at the same time. Today the port is also developing into a specialist facility for the offshore wind energy sector and is equipped with a heavy load platform for the handling of bulky project loads. As an offshore base port, the operator also provides the necessary space and equipment for storage and pre-assembly of the huge machine parts involved. Located near planned offshore wind parks, Cuxport also provides suitable port capacity that can be used for offshore service and maintenance operations.
The shipment consisted of a number of units, the largest of which weighed 293 tonnes and had the dimensions 16.5 m x 7 m x 7 m.Due to the weight of the cargo, the Port of Blyth was required to reinforce an area of the quayside to accommodate the load.The cargo was offloaded using the vessel’s crane directly onto an SPMT, before being delivered to the local testing facility. www.lysandershipping.com
Zhengzhou Railway Bureau has signed agreements with SF Express, China Post and UPS to carry express parcels on high speed trains, starting with the Beijing – Guangzhou line. Rail transport is expected to be 50% cheaper than by air. UK pension investor the Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd has increased its stake in Sydney’s Airport Link Co with the acquisition of a 49·9% interest from Westpac Essential Services Trust. Local infrastructure investment manager CP2, which also owns a stake in ALC, will provide on-going asset management services. USS was advised by EY and Johnson Winter & Slattery. Swiss Federal Railways has opened stations at Biel/Bienne Bözingenfeld/Champs-de-Boujean, Bellach and Solothurn Allmend on the Olten – Solothurn – Biel/Bienne route to serve new urban developments and improve links to bus services. The Netherlands’ Overijssel province is to electrify the Zwolle – Kampen line at a cost of €25m, and a station is to be built at Stadhagen. Braunschweig transport authority ZGB is to directly award DB Regio a contract to operate services around Hannover, Wolfsburg and Braunschweig for one year from December 2014. The EU is to provide €11m as part of its TEN-T Programme for preparatory works for 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the UK’s Great Western Main Line between Maidenhead and Bristol. The project also includes gauge clearance work for freight.