Pokémon Go sponsorships will ease “that pressure” to dial up IAP

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Pokémon Go sponsorships will ease “that pressure” to dial up IAP”It’s tough to be disciplined and understand where you want to draw the line between monetisation and fun gameplay” – Niantic CEO John Hanke Matthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefThursday 11th August 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNianticSponsorship deals have always seemed like a smart way for Pokémon Go to generate more revenue, but, according to Niantic CEO John Hanke, it’s just as much about swerving the problems associated with in-app purchases.Speaking to Gamesbeat recently, Hanke talked about the ever present “tension” between good game design and effective monetisation using the in-app purchase model. “It’s tough to be disciplined about it and understand where you want to draw the line between monetisation and fun gameplay,” he said.”I grew up with computer games and video games. I love making them and playing them. We wanted to always preserve the integrity of game design if possible. We felt like it would be great to be able to complement IAP with a sponsorship model that was economically strong, economically viable, to take a bit of the pressure off IAP so that we could protect ourselves from ourselves.We wouldn’t have to cave to that pressure to dial it up a bit more.””I grew up with computer games and video games… We wanted to always preserve the integrity of game design if possible” This is particularly relevant when working with a longstanding, family-oriented IP like Pokémon. At GDC last year, Warner Bros. Interactive’s Greg Ballard talked to GamesIndustry.biz about the difficulty of taking its Lego games to mobile, an environment dominated by free-to-play games that use IAP.”Nobody has really unlocked the secret box of how to monetise kids in a free-to-play environment,” he said. “With that brand, and how carefully guarded it is – not just by Lego, but by Warner on behalf of Lego – we want to make sure that, if we ever go down that path, we are extremely careful in how we do it.”So you take the two: free-to-play is difficult to do to begin with, but doing it with excellent standards regarding how to behave with kids, those are pretty big hurdles.”Sponsorship is one way that Niantic believes it can clear those hurdles, and it already has a working knowledge of how that process can work from its previous game, Ingress. Pokémon Go launched in Japan with McDonalds already onboard as a partner, and Hanke said that Niantic is talking to “a bunch of other businesses” about similar deals elsewhere in the world – that includes multinational companies like McDonalds, and local businesses that are already benefiting from the game. Exactly how much those deals could be worth is not public knowledge, but the estimates of both Pokémon Go’s reach and its revenue are hugely impressive.”It’s promising,” Hanke said, which may prove to be an understatement. “People have been talking about ads in video games for a long time. But this is a case where, because you’re able to draw people to physical locations, you can do something that not too many other forms of advertising can do. We’re excited about it.”We did early studies on that back in the Ingress days. Gamers will memorise the locations of these local businesses, they’ll visit them more frequently, and they’ll make purchases when they’re there. Then you see that ad hoc validation from all the small businesses that have adapted that strategy themselves, just buying lures through in-app purchases and applying them to Pokéstops nearby. Some of them have published ROI metrics around that. There are how-to guides for businesses about how to use Pokémon. That’s really cool.””Because you’re able to draw people to physical locations, you can do something that not too many other forms of advertising can do” Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Exactly how successful this revenue strategy proves to be will be of great interest to Nintendo, which has made no secret of its concerns over combining its revered IP with the free-to-play business model. Nintendo does not own the Pokémon IP outright, of course – as its investors were sorely disappointed to learn – but the possibility of generating substantial revenue while taking “a bit of the pressure off IAP” will be attractive when it comes to its future mobile games – most of which will be free-to-play.Whether sponsorship deals will be enough to keep Pokémon Go among the mobile market’s top earners, however, is another matter. Last week, Rob Fahey cast doubt on the ability of Niantic’s game to retain its huge userbase beyond the next few months.”I could be wrong – I’d be very happy to be wrong, in fact – but my sense of where Pokemon Go is headed is that, absent some dramatic updates and changes from Niantic in the coming weeks, the game is destined to be a fad. It will achieve its objective for Nintendo in some regards, establishing the value of the firm’s IP on mobile and probably igniting interest in this year’s upcoming 3DS Pokemon titles, but in the broad scheme of things it’s likely to end up being a fun summer fad that never converts into being a sustainable, long-term business.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNiantic launches Black Developers Initiative, offers funding and mentorshipPokémon Go developer continues efforts to support underrepresented Black developers in creating new AR gamesBy James Batchelor 3 months agoNiantic acquires community gaming platform MayhemSan Francisco gaming start-up to bring more social gaming experience to Pokemon Go makerBy Rebekah Valentine 4 months agoLatest comments (1)Richard Sutton Studying Bachelor of Science – Computing and I.T., Open University4 years ago The already existing f2p Pokemon games on the 3ds and mobile limit the overall amount of purchases to something like £35 worth. Well this might seem like a premium pricetag for these sorts of games, it protects parents pockets and allows non-download retail versions to be sold with all extras unlocked for offline children.Unfortunately, with the amount of potential future content and server costs for Pokemon Go, I’m not sure if such a model would work. And these f2p games definitely have an eventual de facto pay to progress barrier.last_img read more

Iraqi government to implement critical energy reforms

first_img Finance and Policy The steps recommended by the IEA include reforming electricity tariffs and removing subsidies in order to boost revenues. This increased income can be reinvested in generation and distribution networks to bring down the huge amount of power that is currently lost through shortcomings in the system. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “I am confident that the successful implementation of the changes highlighted in our report will lead to a far better electricity sector in Iraq than what we see today,” Dr Birol said. “The International Energy Agency has helped countries with similar reforms in the past, and we stand ready to continue supporting our Iraqi friends on this worthy path they have set for themselves.” Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA “I am delighted that the government is moving to implement the difficult but necessary reforms that will help make Iraq’s electricity sector more reliable, secure and affordable,” Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, said today. “Based on the International Energy Agency’s extensive experience dealing with electricity sector reform across the world, there is no alternative to a holistic approach in Iraq.” According to a statement by the IEA, demand for electricity in Iraq is growing far more rapidly than supply, contributing to power shortages and forcing the country to import electricity despite its rich energy resources. In a major report on Iraq’s energy sector published in April, the IEA offered a practical roadmap, containing both immediate actions and medium-term measures, to tackle the problems in the electricity sector. Read more news from the IEA here This approach will lift some of the burden on government budgets by stimulating the necessary private sector investment that can help propel the electricity sector to where it needs to be. Measures to remove subsidies will also have the important effect of incentivising more rational use of electricity and minimise wasteful consumption. BRICS Generationcenter_img Tariff reform for the government-supplied grid has to also be paired with stronger regulation of neighbourhood generators, which were paid around $4 billion for the services they provided in 2018. That was 50% more than the Ministry of Electricity had to spend on capital projects that year, the IEA added in a statement. TAGSenergy reformsInternational Energy AssociationIraq Previous articleRockefeller Foundation to lead a Commission to end energy povertyNext articleA new partnership to bring solar power solutions to Mozambican homes Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Read more: IEA launches new global commission for urgent action The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, under the leadership of Minister Luay Al-Khatteeb, is now launching a major initiative to improve the sector. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development The International Energy Agency (IEA) has commended the Iraqi government’s plans to carry out necessary reforms of its electricity sector to address the significant challenges it is facing. IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol, left, met with Iraqi President Barham Salih during a visit to Baghdad in April, when the IEA published a major report on Iraq’s energy sector. last_img read more

Associate Chair for Education

first_imgPosting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Required Qualifications Application Deadline Date * Do you have an academic rank of Associate Professor orhigher?YesNo Interested candidates should apply online athttps://www.vcujobs.com.As a preeminent national, urban, public research university andacademic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University iscommitted to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – anenvironment where all can thrive in their pursuit ofexcellence.Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions toDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words)providing your career aspirations and contributions towardpromoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement,you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, andfuture academic and professional activities have or will contributeto VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.Note: Examples include working with others to further thegoals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity thattangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed,fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research andscholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoringstudents, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff fromtraditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive andsuccessful organizational experience. Working TitleAssociate Chair for Education DepartmentInternal Medicine School/UnitSchool of Medicine Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Posted Salary Preferred Qualifications Open Until FilledYes To provide excellent, evidence-based, efficient patient care, aswell as effective supervision, teaching, and mentoring of InternalMedicine housestaff and students. Application Process/Additional Information Position Responsibilities Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty • MD or equivalent• Board certification or eligibility in Internal Medicine• Interest in teaching in an academic setting• Interest in furthering the academic mission of the Division• Demonstrated ability to provide effective communication, bothverbal and written• Strong interpersonal skills and excellence in patient care andteaching• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU RankOpen Grant funded position?Nocenter_img • Experience as a program director or chair of an education programwithin an academic medical center• Experience in leading and supervising a diverse team• Academic rank of Associate Professor or higher Mission or Goal of Unit Date Posted02/02/2021 The Department of Internal Medicine is seeking a candidate forAssociate Chair for Education. The successful candidate will haveprotected time in order to provide oversight of undergraduate andgraduate education initiatives across the Department of InternalMedicine. As such, this position is responsible for the oversightof all training programs, including the core residency program andsubspecialty training programs. Educational initiatives span thespectrum of activities from UME courses and clerkships to GMEprograms and Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.The Associate Chair for Education will receive 50% time to provideand oversee, support, and mentor: the clerkship director, 2assistant directors, the acting internship director, the residencyprogram director, 10 associate directors, 5 chief residents, 20fellowship directors and 12 staff members. This position will alsosupport the 11 Divisions and approximately 300 faculty in theDepartment. This oversight provides structure, collaboration,innovation and cooperation across the continuum of medicaleducation. The Associate Chair for Education ultimately ensuresthat the Department is compliant with all accreditationrequirements. The successful candidate will also be responsible formedical education research and scholarship oversight in theDepartment of Internal Medicine The Office of Educational Affairshas been highly successful in publishing and presenting innovativeworks through a variety of conferences and publications. * Do you have experience as a program director or chair of aneducation program within an academic medical center?YesNo Position NumberF67040 Type of SearchNational Diversity Statement InformationFor more information on diversity statements, includingguidelines, please click here . Proposed Hire Date07/01/2021 Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/103152 Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Number of Months12 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Do you have board certification or eligibility in InternalMedicine?YesNo 1. Teaching:• Supervise and teach learners (including medical students,interns, residents, and fellows) in both inpatient and outpatientvenues as appropriate by specialty• Model effective teaching skills and continually develop as ateacher for learners at all levels• Complete required evaluations of learners in a timelymanner—including but not limited to written and verbalfeedback• Participate in other learning activities such as morning report,core conference, and other formal educational programs forundergraduate and post-graduate learners2. Research:• Participate in clinical and educational research, according toskills, interest, and funding (research opportunities may includeperformance improvement initiatives or formal extramurally fundedinvestigations)3. Service:• Work with institutional staff and administration to attain thestrategic objectives of VCU Health System, including patientsafety, patient and other customer satisfaction, maintenance andenhancement of public perception, and fiscal health4. Clinical:• Provide direct clinical care to ambulatory patients andhospitalized patients, with the amount of time spent in theinpatient and outpatient venues determined by mutual agreement withthe Division Chair• Participate in night and weekend on-call duties as shared sharedamong Division faculty• Comply in a timely manner with all institutional policies forprofessional work, including credentialing, documentation, andbilling• Work effectively with other members of the extendedinter-professional team5. Administration:• Oversee, support, and mentor: the clerkship director, 2 assistantdirectors, the acting internship director, the residency programdirector, 10 associate directors, 5 chief residents, 20 fellowshipdirectors and 12 staff members• Ensure that the Department is compliant with all accreditationrequirements• Responsible for medical education research and scholarshipoversight in the Department of Internal Medicine Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3Publicationslast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Announces New 2013 ‘Traveler Tour’ Dates

first_imgJanuary 25, 2013Wellmont TheatreMontclair, NJ7:00 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.tickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the venue box office (Fridays noon – 6pm and show days noon – 9pm). This is an all ages show.$42.50 General Admission floor and General Admission Balcony January 23, 2013Capitol TheatrePort Chester, NY6:30 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeATTENTION: Anyone who has valid tickets from the postponed October 28th Port Chester, NY show may use their tickets for the newly announced January 23rd Port Chester show. Those who cannot attend the rescheduled date may seek refunds at the point of purchase.Tickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online athttp://buy.ticketfly.us/lounge/event/153865?utm_medium=bks or charge by phone at 877-435-9849. This is an 18 and over show.$39.50 General AdmissionJanuary 24, 2013Capitol TheatrePort Chester, NY6:30 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online athttp://buy.ticketfly.us/lounge/event/153865?utm_medium=bks or charge by phone at 877-435-9849. This is an 18 and over show.$39.50 General Admission January 19, 2013Landmark TheatreSyracuse, NY6:30 Doors, 7:30 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Landmark Theatre Box Office (Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 2pm). This is an all ages show.$42.50 Reserved January 20, 2013State TheatrePortland, ME7:00 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office. The State Theatre Box Office will be open at 5pm night of show. This is an all ages show.$42.50 General Admissioncenter_img Phish frontman Trey Anastasio will return to the road in 2013 for an extension of his ‘Traveler Tour’. The short tour will kick off January 18th in Toronto, Canada and conclude January 26th in Albany, New York. Trey will also stop by the new Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York on January 23rd and 24th. The show on the 23rd will be the make up date for the previous show that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.Tickets will be available through a presale starting Friday December 7th at 10am, and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5pm, here. Check Trey.com for regular on sale times for particular shows. Complete dates are below.January 18, 2013Danforth Music HallToronto, Ontario, Canada7:00 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 855.985.5000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Danforth Music Hall Box Office, 2 hours before doors on event days. This is an all ages show.$49.50 General Admission floor and Reserved Balcony January 26, 2013Palace TheatreAlbany, NY6:30 Doors, 7:30 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Saturday, December 15th at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office (Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 2pm). This is an all ages show.$42.50 Reservedlast_img read more

James Murphy Puts His Own Spin On David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’

first_imgWhat’s one way to put a modern twist on David Bowie‘s classic track, “Golden Years”? Give the controls to LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy. The electronic musician produced his own version of the groovy Bowie tune for the upcoming film, While We’re Young. The result: a xylophone-heavy, instrumental rendition that leads the film’s soundtrack. Listen below:The soundtrack also consists of an original Murphy track, “We Used To Dance.” While We’re Young is directed by Noah Baumbach and stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and Beastie Boys‘ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz – check it out when it hits theaters Friday, March 27. This isn’t the first time the LCD Soundsystem frontman has covered the Ziggy Stardust creator. Murphy’s 10-minute version of “Love Is Lost” was included on Bowie’s 2013 album, The Next Day. While We’re Young Motion Picture Soundtrack Tracklist: 01. James Murphy – “Golden Years” 02. Antonio Vivaldi – “Concerto for Lute, 2 Violins and Continuo in D, RV. 93″ 03. Lionel Richie – “All Night Long (All Night)” 04. A Tribe Called Quest – “Buggin’ Out” 05. The Psychedelic Furs – “The Ghost in You” 06. Danny Kaye – “The Inch Worm” 07. James Murphy – “Only the Stars Above Welcome Me Home” 08. Haim – “Falling (Duke Dumont Remix)” 09. Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger” 10. Antonio Vivaldi – “Andante du Concerto Pour Flautino en ut Majeur (From the MGM film The Wild Child)” 11. Foreigner – “Waiting for a Girl Like You” 12. Paul McCartney & Wings – “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” 13. James Murphy – “We Used to Dance” 14. David Bowie – “Golden Years”last_img read more

Maurice Petty, NASCAR Hall of Fame engine builder, dies

first_imgMaurice Petty, the man who supplied the horsepower that propelled his brother Richard Petty to nearly all of his 200 NASCAR Cup Series victories and seven NASCAR Cup Series championships, has died. He was 81.The man simply called “Chief” was one of the best engine builders in the history of the sport, and an often behind-the-scenes member of the Petty dynasty. Maurice was the fourth member of the family dynasty to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame — following his older brother Richard, father Lee Petty and his cousin Dale Inman.“Never did. Didn’t then and don’t right now,” Maurice Petty said in 2013 when asked if he’d felt passed over in previous years. “It really makes me happy, because that means I was part of all of them getting in. They’ve got all of us in now.”Petty, born in 1939 in Level Cross, North Carolina, was the first engine builder to be inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame. He is credited with 212 wins as an engine builder, according to Richard Petty Motorsports. The stock-car racing pioneer also served as the occasional crew chief and was later the team’s general manager.PHOTOS: Maurice Petty remembered“The ‘Chief’ was one of the most talented mechanics in NASCAR history,” Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “He provided the power that helped Petty Enterprises define dominance in sports. While he was known for his work under the hood, Maurice played multiple “behind-the-scenes” roles, doing whatever it took to help deliver his cars to Victory Lane. On behalf of the France family, I offer my condolences to the friends and family of Maurice Petty, a true NASCAR giant.”Maurice had a brief driving career — 26 premier series races with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes between 1960 and 1964 — but found his calling in the shop.Petty, 21 months younger than his elder sibling Richard, overcame polio as a child. Both Richard and Maurice worked on their father’s pit crew as teenagers. He later consulted with Dodge upon its return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001.Maurice built the engines that carried his brother to 198 of his NASCAR record 200 career wins. He also built engines that put drivers such as Buddy Baker, Pete Hamilton and Jim Paschal in Victory Lane.“I was one of the first (engine builders), so it makes you like a pioneer or something,” Petty said in 2013. “We had three or four guys helping out, but not the whole time. We did it the hard way.“I came along and I have welded, swept the floors and I drove. I did it all up until a point — in 1964, that’s when I turned it all into building the engines.”Upon Maurice being voted into the Hall of Fame, Richard Petty said that without his younger brother’s talents, “then there wouldn’t have been a Richard Petty or a Lee Petty or a Dale Inman accomplishing the things that (we) did accomplish.“He is the engine man that everybody has to compete against.”Leonard Wood, whose Wood Brothers Racing team often found itself going head-to-head with Petty Enterprises for supremacy in the sport, said Maurice “was doing just about everything right.”“A very tough competitor who took his job very seriously,” Wood said in 2013. “You’ve got all those people you know you have to beat each and every week, but you knew when you went out that if you could beat him, you could win the race.“All those years he built all those engines for the Pettys, his engines always ran up front; just very hard to beat.”last_img read more

Friars Trudge 300 Miles and Find Kindred Souls on the Way

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore After trekking along more than 300 miles of dusty Virginia country roads and suburban highways, six Franciscan friars reached Washington on Tuesday, having walked from Roanoke with only their brown robes, sandals and a belief in the kindness of strangers to feed and shelter them. (Continue reading, with photos, in Washington Post) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Empty Stockings Prompt Outpouring of Kindness for Many Families

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the past month, the Charlotte Observer has run a series of stories on particular struggling families that signed up to get toys from the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas program. And dozens of readers responded to the stories with offers of cash, toys, furniture and groceries.“In one case, a couple accepted an invitation to lunch at Wendy’s, where a reader presented them with a check for $15,000 on behalf of an anonymous philanthropist.”In another, a little boy and his sister received a delivery of 100 books, after the Observer article shared that he loved his Charlie Brown book that he got last Christmas through the Empty Stockings program.One of the biggest responses from readers followed the story featuring a 58-year-old disabled woman raising two small grandchildren. The three, living in public housing and surviving on food stamps, wanted three beds, since the family had none.“After reading the story, one Huntersville man arranged to have new beds delivered to Ross’ home, along with bed linens he collected through his bridge club,” reports the Observer.He and other donors filled their home with toys on the children’s’ Christmas wish lists and a much-needed clothes dryer.(READ the story from the Observer)Photo credit: brent flanders (CC license) / Story tip from Kelly HarringtonAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students react to renewed indoor dining by reservation, introduction of plexiglass partitions

first_imgIn past years, campus dining at Saint Mary’s consisted of students cramming almost 12 people around a table, enjoying meals and studying for hours on end.Since August, dining at Saint Mary’s has looked a little different — students laying out blankets, eating on the grass or dining in a tent on the Student Center lot. Some students eat their meals in the dorm lounges or even in their rooms. The College’s dining experience is changing once again, following a Sept. 30 email from dean of student academic services Karen Chambers, announcing a return to indoor dining. The email explained if students wish to dine inside, they are to make reservations through PRISM — similar to signing up for a class — and are expected to appear within the designated block of time.Students are now able to dine indoors with four to a table behind plexiglass barriers separating them from each other. While some students said they are grateful for the effort put forth, others are struggling to adapt to the new dining experience.Sophomore Erin Dotson emphasized that the plexiglass barriers are an impediment to having an enjoyable conversation.“You can hear your voice reverberating through the glass, and it’s incredibly difficult to hear while trying to have conversations with your friend group, even when at the same table,” Dotson said.Though indoor dining options offer an opportunity to escape the cooler weather, the glass partitions look strange and separate friends from each other, first year Emerson Henry said.“I think it’s great to have indoor dining again since it’s getting cold, but I am also not a fan of the plexiglass,” Henry said. “It’s kind of hard to hear with the plexiglass, especially for being hearing impaired.”As the days get colder and more individuals might wish to eat inside, Henry said she’s worried the limited seating space might create problems for the student body.“We want to eat inside, but it’s just going to get harder as it’s gets colder and people are going to fight for tables,” she said.Juniors Isabella Thompson-Davoli and Sarah Frick agreed that the half-hour time slots provide another challenge, as normally meals are very casual and people tend to meet up at arbitrary times.“It is very difficult to plan and stay on a strict schedule of exactly when we should eat,” Frick said.Thompson-Davoli and Frick said they think a better approach would be to have a restaurant-like system, where a host directs you to a table, instead of the current system which requires that one abide by a strict schedule and routine.“The limit of only four people to a table due to the plexiglass barriers was difficult,” Thompson-Davoli said.Some students voiced concerns about the elimination of the ice cream machine, which was considered a dining hall staple in previous years.“I was expecting dining to be a focal point of where you meet your friends, where you interact and see other people that you didn’t see during the day,” first-year Reese Bauer said. “[The dining hall is] supposed to be a place to get away from any social drama or stress that we’re feeling and a place to just relax. Especially during COVID, there is no way to ‘get away,’ and this can’t serve as a getting away place either.”Despite these difficulties, Dotson said she is happy to have the opportunity to eat indoors again.“I think the efforts put forth by the school are taken into consideration,” she said. “If they forced us to eat in our rooms, then I wouldn’t be able to do that. They are putting forth an effort and I am grateful.”Tags: Campus DIning, covid precautions, Noble Family Dining Halllast_img read more

ASK A COP: What’s the limit on passengers?

first_img Reminder! Law enforcement agencies will be out in force to keep our roads safe as you travel. AAA estimates a record setting 39.8 million Americans will chose automobiles as means of transportation during the 4th of July holiday travel season. National Safety Conference estimates that nationally between July 3-7, which is the 4th of July holiday, that 565 lives will be lost and another 64,500 people will receive serious bodily injuries from traffic crashes on our roadways. Keep in mind as you celebrate and if you’re going to consume alcoholic beverage that you do so responsibly.Never take a chance: As you plan to drink adult beverages, also plan for a responsible, sober driver to transport you home. Also, with celebrating the 4th of July, there’s a tradition of popping fireworks. The popping of fireworks in the city limits of Port Arthur is illegal; even the mere possession of fireworks in the city of Port Arthur is illegal! Fireworks are very dangerous and should not be handled by unskilled pyrotechnic workers.Why would municipalities like Port Arthur have such an ordinance prohibiting people from celebrating with fireworks? It’s because fireworks in the hands of the unskilled are dangerous and deadly. In 2017, eight people were killed and apparently 13,000 injured to the degree that they sought emergency care for the use of fireworks, and 66% of those deaths and injuries are during the 4th of July celebration. Having knowledge of this beforehand makes it seem like we need to find a different way to celebrate. Do not be dismayed. The city of Port Arthur along with neighboring municipalities will have a fireworks display on the 4th under the control of professional pyrotechnics that can be viewed over the city but is enjoyed much more if you gather near the seawall in Port Arthur.Mable from Port Neches asks: Officer Antoine, thank you for this column. I can’t express my gratitude to you, PAPD and The News for educating the public on driving laws. Officer Antoine, the other day a co-worker and I were enjoying some retail therapy (shopping) when we observed a small four-door vehicle with two adults and five children crammed in the back seat. Officer Antoine, I’m sure this vehicle couldn’t seat more than five people, but they were surely sitting on top of each other inside that car. Officer Antoine, is it illegal to have more people in a vehicle than what it’s designed to accommodate?Answer: Good question, Mable! I can imagine the shock that you experienced witnessing all of the passengers, especially the children in such a small vehicle. Mable, it only makes sense that if a vehicle is equipped to accommodate five passengers that no more than five passengers can legally ride in said vehicle.But according to state law, we do not enforce seatbelt laws on private property and if all seatbelts in the vehicle are properly used securing passengers, then additional passengers can ride in the same vehicle without being secured by a seatbelt. From the desk of the Chief of Police Tim Duriso and all of the proud, hard-working men and women of the Port Arthur Police Department, we extend a happy Independence Day, 4th of July to all of our Port Arthurians and neighboring communities whom we serve daily. We hope everyone is able to come together and join our nation as we enjoy a safe and peaceful 4th of July celebration. Also we all know that popping fireworks is illegal in Port Arthur, but we still will have some of our citizens ignite fireworks and our dispatch department becomes flooded with such calls. Please understand that we’re not ignoring your call; be patient with us as we still have other calls for service that may have a greater need of response!center_img So the number of passengers a vehicle is equipped to hold doesn’t necessarily mean all the passengers that vehicle can legally transport on the road. Mable, of course this means transporting passengers is dangerous but legal. I guess the question is, who’s volunteering to be the unsecured passengers?Chris from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, this blew my mind. I saw a car on the road while I was in Humble with no doors, no hood or trunk cover! It appeared that this car surely shouldn’t be on any road legally in Texas. This car looked like it should be in the junkyard. What’s even more shocking is that a police officer pulled up next to the vehicle and just shook his head. Now, Officer Antoine, is this legal to drive on the roads of Texas without any doors, hood or trunk cover? Thanks for all you do.Answer: Good Question Chris! As strange as that vehicle may have appeared to be on the roadway without doors, hood or trunk cover, there’s nothing in the Texas Transportation Code that prohibits such operation. I’m sure that’s why the officer did not take any action because there was nothing illegal about the vehicle. Chris, I would agree with you that this car probably looked like it was ready to be sent to a salvage yard but as long as it was inspected with current registration and insured it was no fault for this vehicle to be on the roads of Texas.Join Officer Antoine for Ask A Cop Live, on KSAP 96.9 FM, “The Breeze” radio station every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. Tune in and listen as Officer Antoine discusses in detail the newly released Ask A Cop article that printed in The News. You can also tune in via internet at www.ksapthebreeze.org. Feel free to call in and ask your question live to Officer Antoine at 409-982-0247.Remember to email your questions to [email protected], or call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or voice mail question, or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 Fourth St., Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop!last_img read more