Laura Kightlinger to speak at ADFEST in Thailand

Updated 12 February 2013
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Laura Kightlinger to speak at ADFEST in Thailand

Laura Kightlinger is flying from Hollywood to Thailand to join a stellar line-up of speakers at ADFEST 2013 in a session that takes place on Sunday, March 17.
As an actress, scriptwriter, author, documentary maker and producer with a dark sense of humor, Kightlinger is an expert in the art of creative storytelling.
She has appeared in several acclaimed TV series including HBO’s Lucky Louie, starring comedian Louis C.K., and sitcom Will & Grace, where she appeared as recurring character Nurse Sheila.
“I can't wait to leave LA and take a break from hearing and talking about showbiz to visit another part of the world and talk about it,” says Kightlinger.
Her achievements include garnering a Satellite Best Actress nomination as creator and star of IFC’s critically acclaimed The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, a comedy about two best friends maneuvering through the not-so-glamorous side of Hollywood.
As a scriptwriter, her credits include: Roseanne, Dennis Miller Live and Will & Grace, and she is currently a consulting producer on Two Broke Girls. Kightlinger’s book, ‘Quick Shots of False Hope’, was described in the New York Times Book Review as “memorable, disturbing and darkly comic,” and is now being adapted for film.
Laura’s short film, Dependable People, won the Black Maria Directors’ Citation and the IFCT Best Director Award in 2002. Her documentary, 60 Spins Around the Sun, features stand-up comics Larry David, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Hollingshead and Nick DiPaolo, and won Best Documentary at the (2006) Empire State, Beverly Hills and Boston Film Festivals. The session will be moderated by ADFEST President Jimmy Lam.



For more information on ADFEST 2013, which runs from March 17 — 19 in Pattaya, Thailand, please visit www.ADFEST.com. ADFEST is on Facebook and Twitter.


Unmapped roads raise risk to Southeast Asian rainforests — study

An aerial photo of a road running through an palm plantation in Dumai, Riau, Sumatra island, Indonesia. (Antara Foto/Rony Muharrman/via REUTERS/File)
Updated 27 May 2018
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Unmapped roads raise risk to Southeast Asian rainforests — study

  • Researcher Alice Hughes found that roads have penetrated areas previously considered untouched and unreachable by vehicles.
  • An average of 75 percent of roads in five countries were missing from OpenStreetMap (OSM), a mapping platform widely used by researchers and academics.

KUALA LUMPUR: Forests in parts of Southeast Asia face greater threats than previously thought because researchers often rely on data that ignores new roads, which are precursors to deforestation and development, a study shows.
The paper, published this month by the journal Biological Conservation, showed that an average of 75 percent of roads in five countries were missing from OpenStreetMap (OSM), a mapping platform widely used by researchers and academics.
“Large-scale forest clearance is preceded by the growth of road networks, which provide a stark warning for the region’s future,” the study said.
Author Alice Hughes, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, studied a total of 277,281 square kilometers by analyzing satellite images and maps showing forest loss and coverage, as well as agriculture concessions.
She found that roads have penetrated areas previously considered untouched and unreachable by vehicles.
“We are deluding ourselves that we still have large tracts of inaccessible, pristine forest, when the reality is highly-fragmented, very accessible forests,” Hughs said on Friday.
Her research examined road networks in parts of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
“In some parts of the region, up to 99 percent of roads on those global maps, which are used as the basis for a huge amount of further analysis, are not included,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Deforestation and development of forests in the area studied have occurred at a rapid pace since 2000, said Hughes, while maps used by researchers do not regularly update their road data.
“Most of the time these roads are just providing access to forests and up to 99 percent of deforestation is within 2.5 km of road,” she said. “They are clearly the access method.”
She added that the region urgently needs better protection and enforcement for its remaining forests.
Indonesia, which is the world’s biggest palm oil producer, introduced a forest clearing moratorium in 2011 to help reduce deforestation.
Hughes said the ban should be expanded beyond just land designated as natural, untouched primary forest to include all high biodiversity forests.
Hughes’ research methodology should be used to determine whether the same patterns exist in other parts of the world, said Christopher Martius, team leader for climate change at the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research.
“It is surprising that nobody ever did that before, and it is shocking that the result shows we grossly underestimated the possible threat to tropical forests from road building,” he said by email.