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Sony closing London Playstation studio under plans to cut 900 jobs | Business News

Sony closing London Playstation studio under plans to cut 900 jobs | Business News

Sony has revealed plans for 900 job losses across its Playstation division, with the company’s operations in the UK among those affected. The Japan-based firm notified staff in an email that the Playstation London studio was to be closed under the proposals. There would be job losses too at its Firesprite Studio in Liverpool, bought by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) in 2021. Money latest:‘Major uncertainty’ among borrowers as mortgage rates riseHunt urges Shein boss to pursue blockbuster London float Other UK workers across various functions would be impacted, the division’s outgoing chief executive said in an email to staff. Jim Ryan, who is due to step aside in March, wrote that the decision was taken as the “industry has changed immensely” and the company needed to “future ready ourselves to set the business up for what lies ahead”. “We have made the extremely hard decision to announce our plan to commence a reduction of our overall headcount globally by about 8% or about 900 people, subject to local law and consultation processes. “Employees across the …

Book Rack in Arcadia is closing. Customers mourn

Book Rack in Arcadia is closing. Customers mourn

“Welcome to the Book Rack,” Karen Kropp says, her eyes panning the increasingly sparse shelves inside her bookstore. “It used to be a lot fuller.” After 40 years — the last half under Kropp’s ownership — the beloved used-book store tucked between a hot pot restaurant and a chiropractor’s office in Arcadia is closing this week. Slowed down by the consumer shift to online shopping and further decimated by cratering sales during the pandemic, the shop held on by a thread in the months since Kropp cashed out her life insurance policy to keep it afloat. Karen Kropp pauses among the increasing empty shelves at the Book Rack, a bookstore she has owned for nearly two decades. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times) “The miracle is coming,” Kropp often assured herself. “When you’re in a bookstore, you have to be a dreamer.” But the miracle never came, and Kropp, who turns 79 later this year, knew that even if she couldn’t really afford to, it was time to retire. She plans to live off her …

Self-Compassion and Cancer: Closing the Stress Gap

Self-Compassion and Cancer: Closing the Stress Gap

Imagine navigating a cancer diagnosis. The fear, uncertainty, and weight of the world seem to press down on you. But what if that stress wasn’t just emotionally draining but also physically impacting your health? Recent research suggests a surprising link and offers a glimmer of hope: self-compassion. Stress and Cancer: A Twisted Alliance Chronic stress is a modern-day epidemic, and its adverse effects on health are well-documented. But new research sheds light on a chilling connection: Stress may actually accelerate the spread of cancer. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists discovered that stress hormones trigger white blood cells to form “traps” that pave the way for cancer cells to metastasize. This discovery highlights the importance of managing stress as part of cancer care. The Power of Self-Compassion as a Shield So, how do we combat this stress-cancer alliance? Enter the transformative power of self-compassion. Treating yourself with kindness and understanding can be a potent weapon, especially during challenging times. This research suggests that self-compassion not only reduces stress but also the biological mechanisms that fuel cancer …

Murderer or scapegoat? Different versions of Rebecca Grossman emerge in closing arguments

Murderer or scapegoat? Different versions of Rebecca Grossman emerge in closing arguments

Rebecca Grossman was an impaired motorist who committed murder and manipulated her teen daughter into defending her on the witness stand. Or she was a scapegoat whose famous lover ran into two young brothers in a Westlake Village crosswalk and got away with it. As closing arguments unfolded Wednesday in a Van Nuys courtroom, jurors were presented with two very different versions of the Hidden Hills woman and the Sept. 29, 2020, incident that ended the lives of two boys. “This was not a tragic accident,” said Deputy Dist. Atty. Jamie Castro of the deaths of Mark and Jacob Iskander, ages 11 and 8. “This was murder.” But Grossman’s lead attorney, Tony Buzbee, launched into his closing statement with words he’d repeated throughout the six-week trial: “Where is Scott Erickson?” Prosecutors allege Grossman, 60, had cocktails with Erickson, a former Dodgers pitcher, and then raced with him — he in his black Mercedes SUV and she in her white Mercedes SUV — along Triunfo Canyon Road until they reached a crosswalk, where she fatally struck …

‘Cruel’ Tory Ministers Slammed For Closing Ukraine Family Visa Scheme

‘Cruel’ Tory Ministers Slammed For Closing Ukraine Family Visa Scheme

Tory ministers have been branded “cruel” after it was announced that the government is closing down a visa scheme for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The Ukraine Family Scheme is being axed with immediate effect just days before the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of its neighbour. It was set up to allow applicants to join family members already in the UK and has led to 72,000 Ukrainians being given visas. However, in a surprise move, the Home Office today announced that it was being closed to new applications. The department said applicants could still use the separate Homes for Ukraine route if they want to move to the UK. But Stephen Kinnock, Labour’s shadow immigration minister, said: “Restricting family rights at a time when Ukrainian troops are under heavy fire in Donetsk sends the wrong message to the people of Ukraine about our willingness to stand with them. “Ministers must urgently explain the justification for these measures and how they will ensure vulnerable Ukrainians are not put at risk by these changes.” SNP …

With clubs closing and the rise of no-alcohol Britain, is this the death of the big night out? | UK News

With clubs closing and the rise of no-alcohol Britain, is this the death of the big night out? | UK News

Big nights out on the town are an undeniable part of British culture – but are they about to be consigned to the memories of those of us born before the turn of the century? Nightlife experts warn we’re losing one club every two days at the moment – and if we stay on this trajectory, we will have none left by 2030. “The main reason we’re seeing nightclubs close is that midweek nights have completely fallen away and it’s mainly down to the cost of living,” says Sacha Lord, night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester. That was also the reason given by the owner of the UK’s biggest club chain when it announced a slew of closures earlier this month. Rekom, which owns popular club brands Pryzm and Atik, said it would be closing 17 venues because students hit by the cost of living crisis were cutting back on club nights. Before the pandemic, Mr Lord explains, students would often be clubbing midweek – but now they’re having house parties instead to save money …

Kate Berlant on Closing One-Woman Play Run, Looking to Future

Kate Berlant on Closing One-Woman Play Run, Looking to Future

In her one-woman show, there’s a running joke that Kate Berlant cannot cry on cue. Throughout the performance, she stands in front of a camera that projects footage of her onto a screen above the stage, contorting her face, willing a single tear to fall until, at long last, she triumphs.  Recently, as she closed out the final performances of KATE at the Pasadena Playhouse — after runs in New York and London — the tears were real and more akin to hysterical sobs. “It’s such a surreal experience,” says Berlant, 36, from backstage at the Playhouse. “The crowd can’t tell because they see the tears and think I’m just acting. It made me think about how there’s sort of no difference between a deep emotional experience and just … pretending.”  KATE is an auto-fictional scripted comedy routine meets theatrical experience. Berlant speaks directly to the audience, telling a version of her life story rife with creative liberties: She adopts an Irish brogue when imitating her mother (who is actually from Spain), she describes her …

Crash Bandicoot developer not closing down despite reports, but does face layoffs

Crash Bandicoot developer not closing down despite reports, but does face layoffs

It was reported by several places earlier this week that Toys For Bob, the creators of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro Reignited, might be shutting down after parent company Activision laid off 162 people. However, it has emerged that they will not be closing their doors entirely. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the layoffs affect 86 people in Novato and 76 in Foster City. The Novato address matches the address of Toys For Bob’s offices. The editor of the gaming news site Seasoned Gaming has stated on Twitter/X that Toys For Bob has closed down its offices and will continue to work remotely with its remaining staff. Correction: I deleted my prior post about Toys for Bob because it was seemingly incorrect. It seems the physical office was shut down and some employees were let go. But the studio itself is still active with a majority staff of remote workers. Apologies! Now… pic.twitter.com/cU76imWedY — Ains (@Porshapwr) February 8, 2024 A separate Twitter user, Jez Corden (Managing Editor of Windows Central) has also received confirmation that …

‘I’m devastated it’s closing’: London shoppers say farewell to Fenwick | Retail industry

‘I’m devastated it’s closing’: London shoppers say farewell to Fenwick | Retail industry

More than 130 years after it opened, the London flagship Fenwick department store will close its doors for the last time on Saturday. The four-storey shop in New Bond Street, Mayfair, is shutting after the retailer – which is owned by more than 40 descendants of John James Fenwick, who founded the company with a single store in Newcastle in 1882 – sold the property to developers for £430m. “I’m actually devastated that it’s closing,” said Rosie Grant, 62, a costume designer, as she visited the store this week to give it “one final, sad, farewell”. “It just has an elegance to it that you don’t get in other shops. It’s more understated, it’s classic; it has things you actually need. You feel more at home than you do in a behemoth like Selfridges.” She has been coming to Fenwick at least twice a month, sometimes three times, for as long as she can remember. “It always had a little something – a hat, a ribbon, a bow – that I could add to a …

The University of New Hampshire’s Museum of Art Is Closing

The University of New Hampshire’s Museum of Art Is Closing

The Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire will permanently close, director Kristina L. Durocher announced in an open letter to faculty, staff, and students last week. The museum, Durocher wrote, was in the middle of plans to replace its HVAC system, which she had hoped would help it gain accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the top industry group of its kind for museums in the US. The AAM offers recommendations, standards, ethical considerations, and more to museum leaders. Accreditation is a prestigious mark of distinction for an institution and, Durocher noted in her letter, can open “the door to private and public grants,” as well as important loans from other accredited institutions and gifts from top collectors. Related Articles Construction on the new HVAC system was scheduled to start in early December. Instead, the university decided to close the museum just over a month later on January 16. “UNH’s decision to close the museum was, I am told, a difficult one, brought on by declining enrollment, and it comes with …