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Why Airbnb is going public in a pandemic

first_imgShare via Shortlink Message* Full Name* Email Address* Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the location of a fatal shooting in an Airbnb rental. It was in Orinda, not Orlando.center_img TagsAirbnb Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky (Getty, iStock)UPDATED Sept. 22, 2020, 2:40 pm: An industrial design graduate from upstate New York, Brian Chesky wasn’t your typical Silicon Valley CEO when he began thinking in earnest about taking his company public.Nine years earlier, in 2008, he had cofounded a home-sharing firm after he and a roommate invited strangers to stay on air mattresses at their San Francisco apartment to cover rent. The startup, Airbnb, had since grown to become a household name and a staple of the travel industry, with listings ranging from an igloo in Finland to a dome in the Catskills.Airbnb made tentative plans for a 2018 stock-market debut. Bankers had been circling, pitching the idea for some time, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company was in a solid position, having reportedly become profitable in the second half of 2016 and raising $1 billion the next year at a valuation of $31 billion. The runway was also clear: Uber, Lyft and Spotify were yet to go public. ADVERTISEMENTBut Chesky had reservations, a person familiar with his thinking said. The company was plagued by regulatory disputes in New York City and San Francisco. And its Trips platform, which lets users plan experiences at their destinations, was struggling; a public filing would lay bare just how much. Staffers, however, were getting antsy. Many had worked there for years and owned valuable stock options that were set to expire. They wanted a payout — or at the very least, an idea of when it would arrive.“When Brian spoke of this infinite timeline, it felt a little bit like he wasn’t considering all of us who didn’t have an infinite timeline to pay off our loans, for example,” said a former employee.But when the IPO was brought up at all-hands meetings, Chesky demurred, according to two former employees. Yes, the company was looking at it, he would say. No, it had no timetable.—The stock-market debuts of Lyft and Uber early the following year, 2019, were instant flops. Uber’s share price set a record for the biggest day-one fall in IPO history. Lyft stock sank on day two and has been trending downward ever since.WeWork’s IPO then failed to make it out of the starter’s gate. After the co-working company initiated the process in April, things fell apart. Its S-1 form — a prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that details the company’s financial information — revealed massive losses and red flags. Investors soured on the company’s business model and management under CEO Adam Neumann, who was pushed out after tales of his odd behavior, partying and drug use hit the press.“Uber and Lyft and WeWork totally clouded the whole IPO outlook,” said Santosh Rao, the head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners. “People were turned off by all these unicorns. They did not believe anything after their sub-par IPO performance.”Meanwhile, as Airbnb edged toward an IPO, regulatory issues kept popping up in its markets around the world, pulling the company into a game of global whack-a-mole.In some cities, including Buffalo and Buenos Aires, the startup partnered with authorities to help structure or implement new laws. In others, the relationship was fraught: New York City — one of Airbnb’s biggest domestic markets — had cracked down on short-term rentals, threatening thousands of listings and complicating the plan to go public. In neighboring Jersey City, residents voted resoundingly against Airbnb in a November referendum despite a $4 million campaign to persuade them otherwise.For years, the company, which declined to comment for this story, had taken a proactive approach to regulatory disputes. Airbnb’s head of global policy, Chris Lehane — a former lawyer in the Clinton White House who specialized in scandal management — joined the company in 2015 and cultivated a strategy that included attack ads, opposition research and lawsuits.“Chris’ hiring was a turning point for Airbnb in terms of its regulatory issues,” said Bradley Tusk, a political consultant and former campaign manager for Michael Bloomberg. “Before that, they were very passive. They wanted to be more aggressive. They brought in someone who is hyper-aggressive.”By the end of 2019, Airbnb had launched legal action against several major cities — most resulting in settlements. Opposition from hosts, guests and other groups also ratcheted up: The company had been involved in some 230 lawsuits since its founding, according to a Bloomberg analysis. More than half came after 2018.The company’s executive ranks were also choppy. Laurence Tosi, a Wall Street veteran and former CFO at Blackstone, left Airbnb in February 2018 for his investment fund, Weston Capital Partners. Shortly afterward, Belinda Johnson, a Texas lawyer who had been at Airbnb since 2011, was promoted to chief operating officer, and Amazon veteran Greg Greeley was hired to lead the company’s Homes division. Dave Stephenson, also of Amazon, was brought in as CFO in November. All four declined to comment.Still, Airbnb dominated the market for short-term rentals, by now bubbling with younger competitors. Its head count reached well into the thousands.One year ago this month, Airbnb announced long-awaited news: It expected to go public in 2020. But the drumbeat of bad news continued.The company had always kept its financial information closely guarded. However, in October, the Information published a report suggesting the startup was no longer making money. In fact, first-quarter losses had more than doubled from the previous year to a reported $306 million. In the second quarter, it lost another $100 million. The loss was put down to an uptick in marketing expenses.The second report coincided with an announcement from Johnson that she would be stepping down, leaving the company without a No. 2. In a statement on Airbnb’s website, she said she wanted to spend more time with her teenage children.—When the pandemic reached the U.S. in early 2020, it threatened to upend everything the company had built. And it just about did.In a matter of months, global travel cratered, bookings plunged and Airbnb’s revenue in the second quarter fell almost 70 percent, according to Bloomberg.Hosts who relied on the platform for income struggled with an onslaught of cancellations. Many wondered how they would pay their mortgages, and resented the company’s reversal of its strict, host-friendly cancellation policy. (Airbnb later apologized and started a fund for hosts.)Desperate for cash, Airbnb raised $1 billion in equity and debt — at 11 percent interest — in an April funding round led by Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners. Airbnb’s private valuation fell to $18 billion.The company started offering “experiences” online. Like so many pandemic experiences, these would take place over Zoom. But virtual tours had no chance of replacing the lost lodging revenue.Inside the company, a tearful Chesky told staff in a video call that cuts had to be made. “I have a deep feeling of love for all of you,” he told them, according to an account in the New York Times. “What we are about is belonging, and at the center of belonging is love.”Almost 2,000 employees — about 25 percent of the company’s staff — were let go. Most worked in nonsenior positions, according to a list Airbnb published on its website encouraging other employers to hire them. The IPO was shelved once again.In July, Greeley, head of the Homes division, left after just two years. He had reportedly questioned the company’s financial discipline.However, his departure was mostly drowned out by Chesky’s announcement the next day that the IPO was back on the table. “We were down, but we’re not out,” he said.By midsummer, things were turning around for Airbnb.The stock market had rallied, triggering a stampede of IPOs from companies including Lemonade, an insurance tech startup, and Vroom, an online used-car seller.Many enjoyed bumper results. Lemonade’s stock price soared 139 percent on its first day of trading. Vroom’s more than doubled as well.(Click to enlarge)More importantly, the short-term rental market was seeing glimmers of an upswing. Demand for domestic stays was climbing — particularly in rural areas — and cities were slowly creaking open.Airbnb filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission — the first step to going public. Step two is to get investors excited about buying the stock.Zach Aarons, an Airbnb investor and co-founder of proptech venture-capital firm MetaProp, predicts Airbnb will push a story of resilience in crisis.“What I’ve been pleasantly surprised about is that Airbnb’s been able to be nimble and transform their business into more longer-term stays in rural areas instead of shorter-term stays in urban areas,” he said.Whether or not global travel bounces back, Aarons argues, people will be moving around the country for the next year or two. “People are using Airbnb now as a way to live, whereas before they were using it as a way to travel,” he said.But with so much of life out of whack, Airbnb’s pending offering has become intertwined with the existential questions facing the company — and, to a certain extent, the country. How can it sell travel experiences to a financially depleted, socially guarded populace? And where will the travel industry be in six months? In a year?The shrunken company’s S-1 prospectus, which will be released when regulators finish their review, will offer critical details including revenues, losses and a blueprint for growth.So far, analysts appear optimistic.“Right now, the pandemic is kind of putting the business in their hands,” said Rao, noting that data shows short-term rentals have fared better than hotels during the pandemic as guests seek space and seclusion.Dan Wasiolek, a Morningstar analyst who covers Airbnb competitors Booking.com and Expedia, said his firm predicts a full recovery in travel demand — though he concedes the projection is long-term.Wasiolek anticipates Airbnb’s public valuation will be closer to $31 billion than its current $18 billion, “and I wouldn’t be surprised if it even gets valued a little bit above that,” he added. Rao predicted $25 billion.To Thomas Paulson, an analyst with Inflection Capital in Minneapolis who follows consumer-based industries closely, Airbnb’s success relies on the ecosystem of restaurants, bars and music venues that draw tourists to certain areas. He believes going public before winter, when hope remains that these small businesses will survive, could be shrewd.However, he said that if the shift away from urban destinations persists, it will hurt Airbnb’s revenue. “You have the issue when somebody travels to New York versus when somebody travels to, say, the Rocky Mountains,” he said. “They spend a lot more on their accommodation in New York.”Projecting the travel industry’s future is especially fraught right now, a point that could spook investors. There’s also the gnawing question of profitability: Airbnb is not believed to have made money since 2018, and its path to do so again is unclear. Lots of unprofitable tech companies have gone public. But these are uncharted times.“The rules have changed in the IPO market,” Rao said. “Investors want private companies to be profitable or have a clear path to profitability.”Before the economy collapsed, Airbnb had been aggressively pursuing a bigger share of the travel market, buying up smaller companies as it expanded. Last year alone it acquired HotelTonight, Urbandoor and Danish startup Gaest. But several of the smaller companies that Airbnb invested in, including Zeus Living, the Wing and Lyric, have recently fallen into distress. So far, Airbnb has not bailed them out.When the S-1 is released, commentators and analysts will scrutinize Airbnb’s marketing costs, which the startup has reportedly been working to rein in. The financials will also reveal details about spending in prior years, bringing into focus whether the pandemic triggered a major decline or just hastened one already in motion.In retrospect, the environment for going public was far more favorable in 2018 than now. “They would have had a much easier debut in the public markets at that point,” Rao said. But, he offered, “they didn’t really need the money.” At the moment, the market is frothy and optimistic — a fine time for an IPO. But things could change quickly if, for example, virus cases surge again.Over the last year, Airbnb has worked hard to tidy up some of the longstanding issues that plague its platform. It banned “party houses” in November after five people were shot and killed in an Orinda rental. This June it settled a data-sharing lawsuit with New York City following settlements with San Francisco, Boston, Miami Beach and Palm Beach.Still, regulatory issues nip at its vision for growth, and investors will need convincing that the business can thrive under tighter government rules.Aarons, who has held stock in Airbnb since 2012, said he wishes that the company had gone public sooner, but that it did well to tackle the issues it may have considered stumbling blocks.“I think Airbnb has done a really good job from really early on being totally upfront about the fact that the platform has issues, and tried to deal with them,” he said. “And yeah, you can say they haven’t done it fast enough and I can’t argue with that, but they’ve been a lot more forthright than the vast majority of these unicorns.”Contact Sylvia Varnham O’Reganlast_img read more

Changes to UK Consumer Rights Act are good news for gamers

first_img 5 years ago I’m not seeing the downside myself – this isn’t somehow legally mandating that all your games run perfectly. It’s just passing into law your right to a refund should the game *not* function correctly.If a storefront already has a solid refund policy, then I can’t really see what this act “spreading” there would change. All it would do is require that any store that doesn’t would need to implement one, and possibly set more stringent guidelines on under which circumstances existing ones are required to provide a refund.If any dev actually got killed off by a fair refund policy, it would only speak to how poor their product was in the first place. Nobody’s about to pass a law to require the impossible of an entire industry. Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dan Wood on 5th October 2015 8:12pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyPaul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago Like I said, I’m worried how this could be wrapped up and enforced by the suppliers of google play. Weve seen several times that large corps go to great lengths to cover their own asses and over-egg requirements to comply with stuff like this. It’s quite foreseeable that google say “this is a standard. you must ensure your game runs on all platforms or be taken down as we process too many chargebacks”.So let’s look at that. There are currently 9,800+ devices supported by our Combat Monsters game, using latestish opengl features, lots of ram, etc., which is why that number is so low. Right now we do the best we can, fix what people report on the wild off-chance its reproducible, and just hope for the best – same as all serious Android devs.The moment there is legislation around this sort of thing, I need to go buy 9,800+ cell phones and test on the lot, each for at least 10 versions of the operating system. Nope.Do I think this will happen? No. I used the word unwarranted originally. But it may do. 5 years ago My only point is, if the limits Android devs find themselves under mean that they feel a significant negative impact from the enforcement of basic customer rights, then to me, regardless of the technicalities of programming, that speaks far more to a problem with the platform, and not to a problem with the introduction of a new consumer rights amendment.I’ve no doubt it *is* a rather hostile environment to develop in at the moment. I’m not denying that, I’ve seen it going that way for a long time. My point is, why would you suggest that consumer rights enforcement is a problem, when the problems are so clearly down to the platform itself. Suggesting that consumer rights be intentionally left unenforced to reduce pressure on a difficult market is surely just advocating passing the buck to consumers. If the only way to profitably operate in a hostile market is to avoid fulfiling customers rights to a refund, it may very well currently be a necessity, but you still become complicit in perpetuating that hostile market by simply accepting that as unavoidable and seeking to reinforce it. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyPaul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago It says the act applies to digital with Steam and PSN mentioned. Isn’t that a lot easier already?But my main, possibly unwarranted, worry is what happens if this spreads to google play. Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Johnson on 5th October 2015 10:21pm 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDan Wood Visual Effects Artist 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDan Wood Visual Effects Artist 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyMorville O’Driscoll Blogger & Critic 5 years ago If a platform is so fragmented and broken that you can’t even with reasonable care and effort, write a game for it that isn’t refunded by such a large majority of customers that it causes your company to fail… why on earth would you persist in writing games for it?No, I’ve never worked on Android, but I have a sneaking suspicion that if it was truly so difficult to write functioning games for that it caused developers to go out of business due to basic consumer rights, it would have already been abandoned. 5 years agoIt says the act applies to digital with Steam and PSN mentioned. Isn’t that a lot easier already?Having a law for something and making that thing easy can be two very different things, sadly. Considering the back-end of Steam’s refund system still isn’t perfect, and the absolutely crappy nature of PSN/Sony’s website, I’m not holding-out much hope for an easy refunding/returning system on console for awhile.But my main, possibly unwarranted, worry is what happens if this spreads to google play.Mmmm… Mobile is going to be an interesting one, considering the expectations some consumers will have on bug-free gaming. Hopefully the “reasonable expectations” line will keep things balanced though. 🙂 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (15)Morville O’Driscoll Blogger & Critic 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDan Wood Visual Effects Artist 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyPaul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago I think a non-programmer not having worked on Android before, or within the limits Android devs find themselves, should probably do more asking than telling tbh.Why does a company have to fail to feel a negative effect anyway? Are we doing internet absolutes again? If I lose only half of my income is that ok?center_img Changes to UK Consumer Rights Act are good news for gamersMore protection now offered on digital goodsRachel WeberSenior EditorThursday 1st October 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThere were significant changes to the UK’s Consumer Rights Act today that could be of particular interest to gamers, including more protection for those who purchase digital games and the opportunity for consumers to request refunds for faulty products up to 30 days after purchase. Eurogamer drew attention to the changes, and especially the sections on digital goods. “It is the norm to encounter some bugs in a complex game or piece of software on release so a reasonable person might not expect that type of digital content to be free from minor defects. Consequently the application of the quality aspect ‘freedom from minor defects’ to digital content will depend on reasonable expectations as to quality. As with goods, quality does not refer to subjective judgements as to the artistic value of the content itself (e.g. whether or not a book was interesting or well written).”For an expensive, complicated piece of software which may require a patch to bring it in line with the contract (i.e. it may need to be repaired rather than replaced) the process might be expected to take longer. But, if the digital content was obtained with a specific purpose in mind, for example, when a consumer has paid an extra amount to have early access to an online multi-user game but the server crashed and so the consumer was not able to access the game early, a repair or replacement may not be possible so the consumer would be entitled to a price reduction of an appropriate amount.”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 The act applies to retailers, (Steam, PlayStation Network etc) and not the developer or publisher.”Being able to access a fair refund or replacement for faulty digital content is just as important as a physical product and these changes will give consumers confidence when they are purchasing games in the growing digital market,” said UKIE’s Dr Jo Twist. You can read the act in full here.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 2 days agoEpic reportedly offered $200m to Sony for PlayStation exclusivesThe firm also reportedly started discussions with Microsoft and noted that securing first-party Nintendo games would be a “moonshot”By Marie Dealessandri 2 days agoLatest comments (15)Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago Not sure how this is meant to be good news for gamers or anybody else tbh. Depending on what, if any, additional measures are taken, it could add months of QA to ever single title. There’s only one place that the cost of that can go.On mobile it could get very much worse. If google were to say “your game HAS to run on every Android device matching the feature level”, we’d all have to just pack up and go home. Unless all the manufacturers fix their bloody firmware first.Given a user can get a refund already, I don’t see why anything needs to change. More rules just means more things to worry about. 5 years agoGiven a user can get a refund already, I don’t see why anything needs to change. More rules just means more things to worry aboutDepending the platform, refunding is like drawing teeth… Hit-up NeoGAF and read the threads about people trying to get a refund for PS games, for instance. Or the fact that retail discs can’t be returned for a full-refund once they’re opened? Yeah, try telling the Game staff that your opened/registered copy of Arkham Knight is broken and you want a full refund. (I’m not even sure if you can get a refund for that, even with these rules).As long as there isn’t a massive over-reaction, I don’t see an issue. Look at how bad the latest Tony Hawks game is – having some legal frame-work that could’ve “forced” Activision to hold the game back to make sure it wasn’t broken could only be good for everyone, in the long-run. 🙂 5 years ago Okay, fair enough, I see your point there. I honestly think you’ll be just fine though… iOS would be (/already is) a different story, but I’d be astounded if Google implemented more than the absolute legal bare-minimum of curation on the Play store. I mean, for the very reason you’re pointing out, if they even attempted it, it would probably cripple the entire platform overnight… even the biggest players would find it a logistical impossibility to guarantee apps/games worked on all recent phones.It would also be a logistical impossibility for Google to verify, even if they demanded it.Ultimately, all a consumer rights act is going to mandate from anyone is that non-functioning apps be refunded on an individual basis. I can’t see why Google would need to even entertain the idea of implementing sweeping vetting procedures just to ensure they adequately satisfy that requirement. The most they could conceivably need to do is streamline their existing refund process.Incidentally… if for some unrelated reason, Google *did* implement some slightly more stringent form of store curation, I highly doubt your games would be for the chop – if anything, it might filter out some of the worst utter dross clogging up the Play store, and actually give a some focus back to solid, well produced games like yours. 5 years ago Android is not just brand, there are different models, different editons of those models, plus you have different firmware versions (tempted to add that you can run your own modified android) – each with a varying number of bugs. Texture contents empty after a context loss ? That only happens on one region specific model of one of the more popular android handsets only sold overseas.Check how many hardware versions the Galaxy s4 or s5 has. And thats just one model from Samsung. Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dan Wood on 5th October 2015 2:41pm 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyPaul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago Said someone who’s not worked on Android… Edited 2 times. Last edit by Dan Wood on 6th October 2015 1:35am 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyLuke Giddings Programmer, Supermassive Games5 years ago Paul, unless I am misinterpreting your comments, which I apologize for if I am, you seem to be implying that it is perfectly acceptable to charge and keep people’s money after supplying them something that doesn’t work (ie, what this law is trying to address).Yes, the android ecosystem might be fragmented, but if a product does not run on a particular brand of phones and this was not made clear on the store, then surely someone deserves to get their money back if they bought it for that brand of phone? (Tbh, personally, I would also consider *even* if it was made clear a refund would be good customer service anyway) Edited 1 times. Last edit by Luke Giddings on 6th October 2015 3:35pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyPaul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago You are. big time.Android is so screwed up right now you get an email with a big flashing “get your money back” button pushed right under your nose. And if the person presses the button, they get a refund, I pay for the chargeback and they keep the game too. It’s hard to imagine how much more “consumer friendly” they could make that tbh. Maybe the price of the game should just be deducted from my developer account and cut out the middleman?I am more worried about if google say that games must work on all corners of their platform, to cut down on claims and/or unwarrented attention from this legislation, whilst putting no effort into ensuring that the operators and manufacturers fix all their apalling practices. The developers, who make less money than anyone in the food chain, always get the shit end so the precedents are there.And as background:Let me just spell this out for those not familiar with Android development. Beyond a certain point, the usual cycle of debugging and development, ALL crash bugs in games are down to the firmware. When I look in crash logs it’s almost exclusively buried deep in the internals of something or other with a function I’ve never heard of at it’s head that I never called. Android games don’t crash all the time because the devs can’t be arsed. Android games crash all the time because there’s not a phone out there with all the right versions of the vital firmware together in one place, working together and even roughly bug free.If there is to be any additional refundage, the people repsonsible for it should be billed. That would be Samsung et al. Here’s just a recent snippet:http://www.techtimes.com/articles/50403/20150510/more-android-5-0-lollipop-problems-reported-by-users-of-samsung-galaxy-s5-s4-samsung-acknowledges-problem.htm Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Johnson on 6th October 2015 9:53pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyTom Keresztes Programmer 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDan Wood Visual Effects Artist 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyPaul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago Aye. My favourite is this:At several dev seminars, various luminaries from google and larger devs are extolling the new this or that feature in gl3, including a great new texture format that finally does away with “alpha or not” shaders if you ship compressed textures. So we thought we’d pile on and use it all. So:Day one:Query the firmware for support of a gl es 3 context.On affirmative response, create a gl es 3 context.The first phone we tried crashed at that point.Day one +10 minutes::Abandon all plans to use gl es 3. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Muslim fighter given Christian celebration in UFC 2

first_img 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyGreg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years agoI’d guess they have a Christian Victory node with a bunch of sub-nodes, a Muslim one, etcBut that’s where proper research comes into play, Tudor. If say, there was NO Muslim celebration coded (does the game have other Muslim fighters who celebrate, are there different types of poses like in a WWE game and was Nurmagomedov just not given the proper animation?), that can be called a mistake.If, on the other hand, no one bothered to even double check his matches or maybe get him to mo-cap his victory poses, it’s less of a “mistake” and more of an omission that requires a proper fix, apologies aside. 5 years ago Strike one: See above. Strike two: Sadly, I’d bet a penny someone somewhere on that dev team said “he doesn’t LOOK Muslim” as they coded up that incorrect animation. Strike three: I guess they ALSO didn’t watch any of his winning matches either to see what sort of celebration he did after a victory.Hmmmm… So much for being “in the game!” I guess… Muslim fighter given Christian celebration in UFC 2EA apologizes to Khabib Nurmagomedov, pledges to fix issue in game’s next updateBrendan SinclairManaging EditorWednesday 23rd March 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleEA SportsFresh off a GDC panel decrying the industry’s treatment of Muslim characters, Electronic Arts has provided another example of how games can be inconsiderate of practitioners. The publisher’s recently released UFC 2 has drawn some heat for post-fight celebrations that can show Muslim fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov making a Christian gesture, the sign of the cross.The Russian fighter tweeted his displeasure last week, saying, “I’m a MUSLIM and not Baptized. Please @EASPORTSUFC edit my after fight celebration. I have a lot of Muslim fans and you have to respect it.”Yesterday he followed up by posting a picture showing EA’s response through a Twitter direct message.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 “Hello Khabib. Just wanted to reach out and let you know that we’ve seen your concern in regards to your after fight celebration,” the publisher responded. “We’ve informed our development team about this issue and will change the celebration in our next update. Apologies if this has offended you in any way.”Nurmagomedov accepted the apology, acknowledging that everyone makes mistakes and saying he wouldn’t hold a grudge.”Hopefully, next time they wouldn’t make mistakes like this, and take [into] account everybody’s religion,” Nurmagomedov said.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA gets golf game exclusivity for The MastersIn wake of 2K securing Tiger Woods rights, EA Sports PGA Tour becomes the only game with all four golf majorsBy Jeffrey Rousseau A month agoEA announces new PGA Tour titleLong-term deal will see the publisher return to the links for first time since 2015By Jeffrey Rousseau A month agoLatest comments (6)Marty Howe Director, Figurehead Studios5 years ago How about checking what his religion is first, before doing the animation? 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyTudor Nita Lead Programmer, Gameloft Romania5 years ago They probably have a range of victory animations which they randomly select from ( considering the rig is the same and/ or that they do have some form of re-targeting ). On games of this scale ( animation production wise ) this makes perfect sense.Somewhere, in an animation tree or something of the sort, they link these up. I’d guess they have a Christian Victory node with a bunch of sub-nodes, a Muslim one, etc. One of these gets selected based on some trigger value. Easy to overlook given how massive these things can become and how QA is not necessarily that much into sports nor do they have a theological background.They’ve apologized and will fix it. Which is, frankly, the only thing they can or should do for these types of minor bugs. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyNick McCrea Gentleman, Pocket Starship5 years ago Is no one of the opinion that honest mistakes, honestly apologised for and planned to be rectified, are generally best left at that? Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tudor Nita on 26th March 2016 8:39am 6Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyGreg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 10Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (6)Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago Why would they code a Christian based victory animation to begin with? This doesn’t sound like a mistake or an accident.Did they give everyone else (religious or not) a Christian based victory animation?last_img read more

Pressure Drop: From Grim Dawn to a Brighter Tomorrow

first_imgPressure Drop: From Grim Dawn to a Brighter TomorrowHow crowdfunding helped Crate Entertainment invert the usual third-party developer difficulty curveBrendan SinclairManaging EditorFriday 19th August 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleCrate EntertainmentEarlier this month, Crate Entertainment released the survival mode for its action-RPG, Grim Dawn. It was the final remaining stretch goal from the game’s Kickstarter campaign, which launched more than four years ago. Crate still has to send out physical boxed copies to backers and has committed to a “making of” book and a proper expansion to the game, but Grim Dawn itself is essentially done.You might think that delivering on the Kickstarter campaign’s obligations three full years after the originally estimated August 2013 reward delivery date would have been a huge relief to the people behind the project. But as Crate founder Arthur Bruno told GamesIndustry.biz last week, the pressure might have hit its apex before the crowdfunding campaign was even a consideration.Bruno had been lead designer at Titan Quest developer Iron Lore Entertainment when the studio shut down in early 2008. He soon founded Crate Entertainment with an eye toward continuing the studio’s work. He acquired the rights to Black Legion, an Iron Lore IP that had received some interest before the studio’s closure, and began pitching it to publishers as a AAA action-RPG that would be co-developed with another outfit. But with the industry even more risk-averse than usual thanks to the global financial crisis, it was a bet few were willing to take.”After Iron Lore, I felt like we really needed to somehow break out of the publisher-funded development cycle. It’s just really brutal.” “Ultimately I just felt defeated by it,” Bruno said. “After Iron Lore, I felt like we really needed to somehow break out of the publisher-funded development cycle. It’s just really brutal. You get an advance on royalties that allows you to hire up a team quickly and put out a game in a reasonable time frame, but now you’ve got this burn rate. And when the game releases, the paychecks stop coming in and you suddenly have no money but this whole team you’re trying to support.”That was when Bruno had the idea to push forward with a smaller scale project, one that didn’t need publisher backing and didn’t have the same creative risk as Black Legion. So he licensed the Titan Quest codebase (but not the IP, which was still owned by THQ) and set about creating a spiritual successor in Grim Dawn. There weren’t really any other action RPGs on the market at the time, it wouldn’t need much programming support since the engine was essentially finished, and he had plenty of ex-Iron Lore contacts willing to freelance work on it. He wouldn’t even need publisher funding because Grim Dawn was intended to be a “small-scope, not very polished, BBB title.” And even then, Bruno figured it could adopt an episodic format and launch chapters through Steam to help fund the game’s continued development.Grim Dawn wears its Titan Quest inspiration on its sleeve–and under the hood.But by this point, the landscape had changed a bit. The ARPG torch had been picked up by Torchlight (appropriately enough), and Runic Games had a sequel on the way. At the same time, Diablo III was starting to really take shape and the long-in-development sequel’s release seemed almost imminent. Suddenly the bar for action RPGs got a lot higher. Bruno knew he’d need considerably more time–and money–to compete.”In 2011, I was becoming increasingly desperate,” Bruno said. “Development slowed down. Some of the guys who’d been helping us out basically couldn’t any more because they’d gotten too busy with their new jobs, or had kids. Life moved on. So as other RPGs were releasing on the horizon, I was feeling ever more pressure to do more with the game, but development was increasingly slowing down.”At that point, you get into that gambler’s scenario. You’re at the slot machine, the blackjack table or whatever, and you’ve put so much money down you feel like you can’t leave until you make it back.” “At that point, you get into that gambler’s scenario. You’re at the slot machine, the blackjack table or whatever, and you’ve put so much money down you feel like you can’t leave until you make it back. I was kind of in that scenario where I’d invested some of my savings and basically a year-plus of my career into making this happen, so it was hard to walk away from.”Apparently unaware of how that scenario usually plays out, Bruno pressed onward. By the end of 2011, he had a working demo in place, but no content. A friend had been suggesting he turn to Kickstarter to raise funds for the game, but Bruno balked at the idea. Even if Crate raised $40,000 through a Kickstarter campaign–and that was on the high end of what game projects were raising to that point–Bruno didn’t think it would be enough to make a difference in anything except the pressure he felt to get the game finished.Of course, Double Fine Adventure changed everything. That campaign convinced Bruno that crowdfunding was “probably the only way Grim Dawn was going to get made at that point.” A little over a month after Double Fine raised $3.3 million through its own campaign, Crate Entertainment launched the Grim Dawn Kickstarter with a $280,000 goal. They nearly doubled that, bringing in more than $537,000. Crate would be able to go forward with Grim Dawn development after all.”But then like, a week later, the burden of what you’ve promised people sets in,” Bruno said, adding, “As much as you try to manage expectations, once you’re hyping something on Kickstarter and you start to develop a loyal fanbase, people have their expectations grow over time. So we also felt this pressure from our audience to produce more and go bigger.””As much as you try to manage expectations, once you’re hyping something on Kickstarter and you start to develop a loyal fanbase, people have their expectations grow over time.” He remembers waking up sick to his stomach over what he’d promised people and had to deliver, and having a fixed amount of funding to do it all with wasn’t helping. But the real break happened in 2013, when Steam rolled out its Early Access program. “Once we hit Early Access and got a surge in funding, it was a big relief because I felt it wasn’t a finite source of funding,” Bruno said.Early Access gave Crate the wherewithal to spend the time and money trying to realize Grim Dawn’s full potential. Development had progressed far enough and the monthly income was strong enough that Bruno felt comfortable reinvesting proceeds into the game, bringing on a couple more employees. If the ongoing revenue started to dry up for some reason, he could always tie the game off and push it out in a respectable state without sinking the company.Alternative funding models may alleviate financial restrictions, but they can bring other pressures, Bruno noted. Following the Kickstarter campaign, he felt tremendous pressure to get something playable out to his backers. The backers may love that, but Bruno noted that it slowed down development considerably. And perhaps worse, it created more pressure to continue releasing updated builds because he didn’t want to let that engaged audience go too long without an update and lose interest.”But every time you pause development to wrap up a build and playtest it and make sure it’s ready for release then put it out there and address any post-release problems, it’s like throwing a wrench in the works,” Bruno said. “It pauses development for a while. Coders can’t check anything new in. You have to be really conservative, even with putting some assets into the game. And then you have to spend some time polishing and bug-fixing instead of just plowing forward and continuing to work on the game and get new content and features in.”It was bad on Kickstarter, but possibly even worse once the game hit Early Access. It seems many customers were buying Grim Dawn through Early Access and expecting it to perform like a finished game. And contrary to what you might expect, the most vocal contingent of people upset with the wait for new content weren’t necessarily the ones who’d been waiting the longest.”We actually had a bunch of pretty high-level backers who backed for $1,000-plus. And it’s funny, it was like pulling teeth trying to get people to actually claim their rewards or get back to us on stuff.” “The most loyal backers I feel were the most patient,” Bruno said. “It’s one of those things that’s tough to deal with in the modern age where you’re very connected with large groups of people online. Often there’s this silent majority that’s just content, or potentially just difficult to read. Then you have this very loud minority at times, where it can be hard to ignore the frequency of certain messages you’re getting, even though they may only be coming from a very small amount of people. And I think that was the case with people who were impatient.”Many of Grim Dawn’s backers–even some of the biggest ones–basically just threw their money at Crate and then tuned out until the game’s release.”We actually had a bunch of pretty high-level backers who backed for $1,000-plus. And it’s funny, it was like pulling teeth trying to get people to actually claim their rewards or get back to us on stuff,” Bruno said. “One of the rewards was to help design a quest or name some item in the game, and some people never did.”Even so, those backers and the Early Access customers who followed them helped build a stable foundation on which Bruno could build Crate Entertainment. Development on Grim Dawn proper is coming to an end, and Bruno estimates the game’s lifetime earnings have doubled or possibly even tripled the money spent making it. The studio is now working on an expansion for Grim Dawn that will launch early next year (probably), and has started work on a “totally different type of game” to launch after that, both of which will be funded by Grim Dawn.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 “Working on this project is like easy mode to some extent. We’ve already got the funding for it. I know how we’re going to release, just not necessarily at what point… I think that we have all the funding we need to complete it and whether we release on Early Access or not is more a question of to what extent we want early feedback on the game.”It’s not lost on Bruno that Grim Dawn has been an inversion of the publisher-funded development cycle he realized he swore off after pitching Black Legion.”In some ways, it’s a question of where you want your difficulty to be,” Bruno said. “With crowdfunding, your difficulty and risk is mostly at the beginning. Just getting something off the ground and getting attention is very difficult. Once you get to release, if you have even a reasonably successful game, it’s much easier to stay independent and go on to a next project.”Celebrating 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. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 8 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

People of the Year 2017: Ubisoft Milan and Paris

first_imgPeople of the Year 2017: Ubisoft Milan and ParisDavide Soliani in a rollercoaster year for the team behind Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom BattleChristopher DringHead of Games B2BTuesday 5th December 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleUbisoftUbisoft MilanUbisoft ParisOver the course of December, GamesIndustry.biz will reveal (in no particular order) our People of the Year – individuals and teams who have excelled over the last 12 months. We will reveal a new honouree every day until December 14th. Check back tomorrow to see who else makes the list.Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was a rather unique collaboration.Not because it saw two iconic characters from two franchises get together; Mario has done that a bunch of times. Nor because it saw Ubisoft and Nintendo unite in such a big way; the two companies have been best friends for decades. Instead, it saw two Ubisoft studios work together in a different way to how the publisher typically operates. Whereas you’re used to hearing of one Ubisoft studio leading a project, with others in support, Ubisoft Paris and Milan tried to work together as one team… just operating out of two different countries. “In the last 20 years, Milan is a studio that is used to collaborating a lot,” says creative director Davide Soliani. “We tried to make it so it is one team that just operates from different places. That was a big challenge” “With this one, it is the first project where the collaboration is fluid and working properly. At the very beginning, it was harder. We decided not to have a lead studio, where one is leading and the other is following. We tried to make it so it is one team that just operates from different places. That was a big challenge. In the beginning, there was a lot of challenging moments because we were trying to define the relationship, the pipeline, the communication… who is owning this part of the project, and who is communicating it. Now, everything is clear and we are working in a very smooth way. “In my experience, in 20 years, this is the first example that works so nicely without having a studio that is clearly the leader, and the other that is just a follower. Today, I am happy because everybody is proud of what they’re doing, no matter where they are. We have a full intention to keep going with this methodology. Even Ubisoft was surprised by seeing this collaboration going so well.”Mario + Rabbids has been a major project for Ubisoft Milan, in particular. The studio was best known for supporting other developers on projects. Indeed, before this title, the firm’s 27 employees were almost entirely devoted to helping Ghost Recon. Since the Mario + Rabbids project began, the company has grown to around 75 staff. And there’s more growth to come.”I hope that maybe in a couple of years, we could be about 100 or 110 people,” Soliani says. “But as far as I am concerned, I would like to keep the team small. At least for these kind of projects. If Ubisoft Milan wants to grow even more, because there are many projects, then great. But I do believe that in order to have a team with the right level of passion and agility, then the maximum amount of people that is involved should be around 100, and not more. Otherwise it starts to become something too big, and I like it this way. You can do games that sell well without 1,000 people making it.”The Ubisoft Milan studio has grown from 27 to over 70 in just over three yearsSoliani is smiling today, but the story looked to have a very different ending just six months ago. We’ve written about this previously, but it’s certainly worth retelling: Mario + Rabbids suffered a public backlash after the game’s artwork was leaked online. Very little was known about the project, but Nintendo fans were furious about it nonetheless. Ubisoft Milan and Paris had been braced for some skepticism, but they hadn’t expected so much anger.”Since the first day, I said that Nintendo players – because I am one – are picky,” Soliani recalls. “They consider themselves an elite. So I said that our barrier to entry will be quite big, because they will talk about how this is not Nintendo making a Mario game, but another company. So the only way to prove them wrong is to pierce through that barrier with quality. That was the first element I made clear with Ubisoft when I told them I wanted to do something different, and take our time doing it properly. “So I was expecting some negativity from gamers, but I wasn’t expecting it in such a harsh way. When the leak happened, I went on Neogaf, and there were comments like ‘Nintendo is doomed’ and ‘we’ve failed so badly’ and ‘this game won’t sell anything’ or ‘the key art is already crap’… and some very, very offensive comments that were a let-down to me. Mario + Rabbids creative director Davide Soliani”We were putting so much into this game. We were so dedicated to it. I almost became single because my girlfriend didn’t see me for a lot of the time. I was spending too much time in the office, and it was not just me but others in Milan and Paris. Everybody was so happy to try, because we didn’t know if it was going to work. We wanted to put something in the hands of the players that would create this stream of positive energy. But what we received was basically the opposite. They were disappointed even with just the key art. People were mad about Peach Rabbid with the cellphone. Today… she is the character that they love the most. “I was expecting a barrier, but I wasn’t expecting the huge wall the we faced. So I started sending messages to Grant [Kirkhope, composer]. I said I was going in the wrong direction because people hate us. He called me stupid, and said not to worry. But you always worry, even if someone with 35 years of experience telling you not to.”That all changed at E3 when Mario + Rabbids was properly revealed. Soliani, worried and nervous, burst into tears when his childhood hero Shigeru Miyamoto took to the stage to showcase the game. And the fans immediately fell for him, the team, the project… all the negativity just evaporated. “When we arrived at E3, I was there with the mood that maybe we can change the mindset of a few players, but we had the feeling that it might not work,” Soliani recounts. “But everything changed from the conference on-wards, and not just because of the game. And for sure, not because of me. Having Miyamoto on stage was effectively having the father of Mario tell the audience that, if he’s here, then it must be a quality game. Then the players played it. That’s when we started to change the mindset.”Mario + Rabbids faced some fierce criticism at first, but it turned around the hateSuccess soon followed. Mario + Rabbids became the fastest-selling non-Nintendo game on Switch, and the title received critical acclaim – it currently sits at 85 on Metacritic. It wasn’t just a hit with Nintendo fans, either, but within Ubisoft, too.”I must say, we received a lot of compliments and congratulations from everyone within Ubisoft,” continues Soliani. “This team is under a good spotlight right now within Ubisoft. They are happy that finally Ubisoft Milan is not just collaborating and helping on other projects, but now we have a project that identifies the team. This is making us stronger, because the team itself feels stronger, and want to keep surprising the players, they’re proud of what they are doing. So there’s a lot of positive vibes from everyone. Especially when you meet the creative directors within Ubisoft that are working on projects that are so different compared to ours, and they are playing the game and having fun. It’s strange and good at the same time.””They are happy that finally Ubisoft Milan is not just collaborating and helping on other projects, but now we have a project that identifies the team” Soliani has also found a bit of fame, too – although “nothing like Grant, he’s the real diva”, he jokes. Soliani’s tears at E3 and his continued presence on Twitter has made him a bit of a star among the Nintendo community.”In terms of popularity, people might know me because I’m on Twitter and arguing with Grant. I am not really the guy that cares about popularity, I only care about developing the game and having fun with the people who are doing it with me.”Soliani continues: “It is all about the desire of making someone happy. Because when gamers are happy, you feel good as well. I always try to connect with my players. I don’t feel like a star, because I just feel like I am discussing with players who are sharing their opinion. I can’t do it all the time, because I need to work, but being on Twitter is a way of finding out what the players are thinking about their game. We can find out what they’re happy about but also, the important bit, when they’re not happy. Because that is what makes us learn what we can do better. We are not just saying we are talking to the players, we need to show we are really doing. So I don’t think I am a star. There is no barrier between me and the player.”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 Ubisoft Milan and Paris’s big risky gamble with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle paid off. The team has found its voice within Ubisoft, created a great game and is now looking to grow even more so they can do it all over again.But of course, there was a third partner in the relationship: Nintendo. We’ve heard before they can be a demanding teammate. Was that true?”You can totally say that,” Soliani laughs. “We established a very good relationship to the point where when we went to Japan for several days on a holiday, we would meet with the guys we work with from Nintendo, because we had become friends. But when it was about work, Nintendo were super picky. They wanted to know everything, and play everything. This was good, because it gives you a feeling that you are safe. They have over 125 years of lifetime, and they’re giving you feedback with the expectation of a certain level fo quality. So for me, Nintendo is a shield. It means we know we’ll hit a certain level.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 8 hours agoFirst-party Ubisoft titles will now be branded as ”Ubisoft Originals”Change was made alongside the announcement of new Tom Clancy titleBy Danielle Partis 2 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Nintendo scrapping Miitomo after two years

first_imgNintendo scrapping Miitomo after two yearsPlatform holder’s first mobile game to shut down in May, digital currency no longer on saleJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 25th January 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNintendoThe title that launched Nintendo’s push into the mobile market will be closed in just a few months.Miitomo is a social title that enables users to customise their Mii avatar with different outfits, as well as ask and answers questions among friends to learn more about each other.CNET reports that Nintendo has already stopped sales of its digital Miitomo Coins, and announced the servers supporting the game will be shut down on May 9th – a little over two years after its launch. Until then, login bonuses have been boosted for anyone still using Miitomo.The title’s launch in 2016 surprised many in the industry, who expected Nintendo’s long awaited entry into mobile to be more of a traditional game. Nonetheless, the app enjoyed a reasonably successful launch with over one million registrations in its opening weekend, and our own Rob Fahey deemed it a strong sign of Nintendo’s commitment to mobile.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 It’s also worth noting that while it may not have been a significant revenue driver, Miitomo did help drive registrations for the My Nintendo loyalty program – something the company is still using to offer rewards to Switch customers.Miitomo was the first title released under a five-game partnership between Nintendo and DeNA that has been at the heart of the firm’s mobile push. The two companies have since released Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes and most recently Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. The fifth title is expected to be based on The Legend of Zelda.While title like Super Mario Run may not have met Nintendo’s expectations yet, the platform holder hasn’t slowed its plans for mobile. Just last month, it was reported the firm is in talks with more potential partners, including Gungho and Tencent.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 storiesNintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directorsAnimation studio behind Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri expected to join board next monthBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoNintendo reports record full-year profits as Switch nears 85m units soldAnd, despite forecasting decline, the platform holder expects console to beat Wii’s 101 million lifetime sales this yearBy James Batchelor 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

H1Z1 player base declines by 91% months before launch of pro league

first_imgH1Z1 player base declines by 91% months before launch of pro leagueUPDATE: H1Z1 Pro League not under threat, says general manager at Daybreak GamesHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterWednesday 28th February 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleDaybreak Game CompanyOriginal story (26/02/18): Mere months before the pro league was set to launch, it has been revealed that H1Z1’s player base has declined by 91% since July 2017. The game peaked mid-way through last year when it reached 150,000 concurrent players. However, according to data from GitHyp, the number of concurrent players has fallen off dramatically since then, peaking at 14,000 this month and struggling to regularly exceed to 9,000. At the height of its success, H1Z1 was frequently the third-most played game on Steam, coming in behind only Dota 2 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Since then however, the former king of the battle royale genre has begun a decent in obsolescence with PUBG not only leaving Early Access on PC, but also arriving on the Xbox One. The issue was only compounded further by the surprise entry of Fortnite onto the scene with its free, cross-platform battle royale mode. Users on Reddit and Steam also blamed the developer’s lacking support for the game as it enters a second year of Early Access. With such a marked decline in active users, the future of the H1Z1 Pro League has been called into doubt. The League, which promised a “player-first” approach with salaries comparable to that of Overwatch League pros, is likely unsustainable given the current state of the game. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Daybreak Games for comment and is awaiting response. 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 Update (28/02/18): Daybreak Games today announced that H1Z1 has officially released after two years in Early Access. Speaking last night over the phone with GamesIndustry.biz, general manager Anthony Castoro said the launch of H1Z1 – along with its new suite of features – will attract new and returning players to the game. Castoro was un-phased by the precipitous decline in player numbers and made assurances that the H1Z1 Pro League was in no way under threat. He added that more information on the league with be forthcoming in the next few months. Celebrating 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. Enter your email addressMore storiesCold Iron Studios gets sold for the fourth timeDaybreak Games has acquired the San Jose studio, which is still working on an Alien gameBy Rebekah Valentine 9 months agoDaybreak Games restructures into three studiosDimensional Ink Games, Darkpaw Games, and Rogue Planet games to work on new and existing Daybreak propertiesBy Haydn Taylor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Denuvo rolling out anti-cheat software

first_imgDenuvo rolling out anti-cheat softwareDRM firm plans to prevent players unbalancing multiplayer games and bypassing microtransactionsJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 23rd August 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareDenuvo has quietly announced it is expanding into anti-cheat technology as well as anti-piracy.The company behind the divisive DRM of the same name said this software is “soon to be launched” and will “prevent hackers in multiplayer games from manipulating and distorting data and code to gain an advantage over other gamers.”There are no details yet on how it will accomplish this, but Denuvo promises publishers and developers that it will also stop players from bypassing in-game microtransactions and “prevent dilution of the value of the game for the user and the game studio.”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 The news is somewhat buried in the announcement that Denuvo has joined the Esports Integrity Coalition, an organisation dedicated to clamping down on cheating and corruption within professional competitive tournaments.Denuvo parent Irdeto, which acquired the firm earlier this year, revealed that more than half of games in the UK and Germany – 61 per cent in each territory – have suffered at the hands of cheating in multiplayer games. Even more respondents – 74 per cent in the UK, 68 per cent in Germany – said there were likely to stop playing an online game if they felt other players had an advantage via cheating.The company’s DRM software is already notorious among PC gaming communities, who believe the measures taken to protect piracy actually hinder a game’s performance, with some individuals finding workarounds to bypass the software. Denuvo was recently involved in an investigation concerning one such individual, which led to an arrest.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 3 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

A post-mortem of Telltale Games

first_img 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyJames Batchelor UK Editor, GamesIndustry.biz2 years ago @Richard Browne: Thanks, I shall correct this now 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyRichard Browne Head of External Projects, Digital Extremes2 years ago SAG Aftra did NOT win any residual payments or anything tied to game profits. I’d correct that part of this story. A post-mortem of Telltale GamesSpeaking at Sweden Game Conference 2018, former Telltale narrative designer Emily Grace Buck says it’s time for a “really serious conversation about potentially starting a union”Haydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterThursday 18th October 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleTelltale GamesExtensive rewrites days before going gold, crunch culture, a fear of being replaced, and a “fundamental misunderstanding” of its audience are just part of the picture for what brought about the demise of Telltale Games, according to former narrative designer Emily Grace Buck. Speaking this week during a presentation at the Sweden Game Conference in Skövde, Buck offered insight into what happened to the award-winning studio of 270 staff that collapsed overnight. While Buck conceded that she is not a spokesperson for the other former employees, and the closure of Telltale was multi-faceted and more complicated than any one thing, her words offer a rough post-mortem. Back in November last year, Telltale laid off around 25 per cent of its staff, something which Buck said “got handled, honestly, about as well as a layoff could be handled”. Those affected were given severance, and healthcare coverage through to the end of year; there was a even a job fair. Emily Grace BuckThe lay offs on September 21, however, couldn’t have been more different, said Buck. The entire company was called in for a morning meeting where the CEO Pete Hawley announced that 90 per cent of staff were being let go and had 30 minutes to leave the building, with no severance and healthcare coverage for only nine more days. Just the day before, Telltale management was holding on to hopes that either AMC or Smilegate would come through with funding to keep the studio open; both pulled out within hours of each other, quickly followed by existing investor Lionsgate writing off its investment. From there, one of the HR personnel ended up staying until 3am that night, making redundancy packets for everybody, including herself. Buck, who had been episode two design lead for The Walking Dead: The Final Season, and was also working on season two of The Wolf Among Us, said that although there was a supportive, “family environment” at the studio, there was also a problem with crunch culture, especially during the first two of her three years there. Drawing comparisons to the recent Rockstar controversy, Buck refuted co-founder Dan Houser’s comments that it was only a small team of senior writers “who work very hard purely because they’re passionate about a project”.”As a person who has been on that ‘small team’ of lead writers and narrative designers re-doing things, let me tell you that can be catastrophic for the rest of the team,” said Buck. “We often, at Telltale, after executive reviews, had to do 90 per cent rewrites of the game.” She added that rewriting anywhere between 60 and 90 per cent of a game was common occurrence, sometimes days before being sent off for certification, creating a whole host of problems for the downstream teams. “Telltale Games often got knocked for being very buggy and having a lot of frame skips,” said Buck. “Yes, we had some of those, but a lot of the time what people thought were frame skips or buggy parts of our engine, were actually scenes that had gotten redone so last minute, that there was no time to smooth out the cinematography or the animation…. what you were seeing was not a product of a buggy engine, but buggy management system.” “As a person who has been on that ‘small team’ of lead writers and narrative designers re-doing things, let me tell you that can be catastrophic for the rest of the team” So what went wrong? Buck believes that one of the biggest problems was a “fundamental misunderstanding of who our audience was” among most, though not all, of the executive leadership. Both Minecraft: Story Mode, and Guardians of the Galaxy were games where this misunderstanding were apparent, said Buck. The first two episodes of Minecraft: Story Mode were originally M-rated, and had to be rewritten; in this case, Buck said, it was fortunate as it was clearly misaligned with the younger target demographic of Minecraft. [UPDATE]: After the publication of this article, Buck posted on Twitter that she had been mistaken on Mincraft: Story Mode, and that it was originally intended to be rated T, not M, saying, “I played it, & it was not appropriate for young kids… but not that raunchy. My deepest apologies for the wrong information.”[/UPDATE]With Guardians of the Galaxy, however, it was almost the exact opposite. Much like the source material, which the creative team studied extensively in order to try and capture the tone and feel of the universe, the original draft of the game was funnier and more “goofy”, but that was all stripped out to lean into a darker, grittier feel, that was tonally off from the franchise. “Our executive team insisted that what was popular about Guardians of the Galaxy, was darkness and violence, and sadness,” said Buck. “And that people did not associate humour with that brand… So we redid the first two episodes to be less funny and more dark and more violent and more sad, and that’s the game that shipped. And one of the biggest comments in editorial, was that it felt very off-tone for Guardians of the Galaxy and wasn’t very funny. And we were like ‘we know’.” Originally geared towards an older audience before release, Buck said people began asking: ‘Why are there dick jokes in my Minecraft?But this highlighted another core problem within Telltale, Buck added; it’s not just the “fundamental misunderstanding” from the executive team, but also an unwillingness to listen, and on the occasions they did, “it was very, very often an uphill battle, and one that was scary to fight”. “If you fought it too hard, you would be taken off a project, replaced, or even let go, and that happened to people on a number of occasions,” said Buck. “So we were trying as hard as possible to cater to who our executive team thought out fanbase was, this core gamer-type audience. And we did cultivate a pretty large audience of that type as well all of the other types of people.” After Telltale laid off 90 per cent of its staff, things quickly began to spiral. Buck, who had inadvertently found herself at the centre of the fallout, became subject to harassment through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and even angry phone calls from entitled fans. “I’d wake up to a thousand notifications, many of them targeted harassment at me for not finishing the game I wasn’t even working on anymore at the time the studio closed,” said Buck Worse still, Telltale is located in Marin County, near San Francisco, and is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States, with a one-bedroom apartment costing around $2,500 a month to rent. While there was an effort from the wider industry to help, with #TelltaleJobs trending on Twitter, and hundreds of studios offering assistance, including 37 which showed up for a jobs fair with less than a week’s notice, only 20 per cent of those laid off have found new work. “It’s happening. It’s creating a lot of good, but it has not been as overwhelmingly successful and immediate as some of media has [made it] seem,” said Buck. “A lot of people are still looking for work. A lot of people haven’t got that many interviews yet, especially some of our more junior staff.” “In the United States, where your work is tied to your healthcare, I think we need to have a really serious conversation about potentially starting a union” Buck admitted that in another context this 20 per cent re-employment rate would be “really good”, but with no severance, no healthcare, no notice, and extremely high-living costs, there are a lot of people who have been left out in the cold. “How do we start holding leadership accountable to the people who work for their company?” asked Buck. “How do we convince them to stop gambling with our livelihoods in an attempt to get more funding? Because quite frankly… at Telltale that’s kind of what happened. Those weren’t done deals. It was always possible that they could fall through. That’s how deals work… “So I’m not going to say this is the only answer, or even necessarily the best answer, but especially in the United States, where your work is tied to your healthcare, I think we need to have a really serious conversation about potentially starting a union.”After underlining quite how unpopular unions are in the United States, her comments met with a round of applause from the audience. “Something needs to shift in the way that companies in the US are treating their workers,” she continued. “I mean not just in games, but definitely in games.”The recent SAG-AFTRA strikes, which saw video game voice actors protest, and ultimately win a case for receiving a cut of a game’s profits, highlights an unfair disparity within the industry, Buck argued. She added that many voice actors suggested it was something which developers should also be pushing for. “It would at least be nice to have some sort of safety network to rely on if you end up out in the cold unable to pay rent,” she said, addressing the audience. “We need to have a conversation. We need to talk about what our options are. We deserve a lot better than what happened at Telltale. Not just the Telltale devs, but everyone in the gaming community… “We deserve a lot better than what this industry is giving us right now, and I hope that by listening to this talk, you’re thinking about what’s going on at your own company. If you know the finances, are you confident that you can take care of everyone? Are you someone who mandates extra long hours? Are you someone who voluntarily works extra long hours to show that you’re passionate, and might be accidentally creating a culture of overwork at your company? Are you someone who might want to start to form a union?”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 Despite growing ever larger, the games industry is “so tight knit” Buck concluded. “There are more of us than ever before but we’re so deeply interconnected all over the world, let’s help each other out as much as we can.” CORRECTION: The reference to the SAG-AFTRA strike is incorrect. While actors did not win a share of a game’s profits, they did secure a new bonus pay structure depending on how many recording sessions are needed.GamesIndustry.biz has attended Sweden Game Conference with help from the organisers.Celebrating 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. Enter your email addressMore storiesTelltale Games revival is aiming for a “stable, non-crunch work environment””We are a new company – with different ownership and management, and a different approach as to how we structure a studio”By Rebekah Valentine A year agoLCG Entertainment relaunches Telltale Games brandNew owners are “working very hard” to avoid mistakes of previous managementBy Haydn Taylor A year agoLatest comments (3)davidicus AR UX, UI, Mojo2 years ago I’m generally not a fan of unions, but I’m an outright enemy of unskilled and irresponsible management. These companies eventually fall quite naturally on their own, but they’re harming real people’s development, and mental and physical health, in the process. What else would mitigate this?What can inform job seekers enough that they’d consider foregoing available work after peering behind the optimistic curtain? What will pressure and educate inept managers in an industry ruled too often by children? What will compel consumers to redirect their dollars, or to pay more for ethically and skillfully built games? Existing efforts indicate little to no improvement at all.center_img 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Donut County and Gorogoa triumph in Apple Game of the Year Awards

first_imgDonut County and Gorogoa triumph in Apple Game of the Year AwardsMeanwhile, Apple Design Awards highlight Florence, Inside, Alto’s Odyssey and moreJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 4th December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleAppleApple has revealed its winners for the 2018 game of the year awards, with indie puzzle games leading the way.In a year when Fortnite, PUBG and other Battle Royale-style dominated the headlines, the platform holder’s editorial picks celebrate more unusual games, choosing a different title for each of Apple’s devices.On smart devices, Ben Esposito’s Donut County was crowned iPhone Game of the Year while surreal and spiritual puzzler Gorogoa was named best game on iPad.Recently released puzzle-platformer The Gardens Between was selected as Game of the Year for Mac, and even Apple TV had a Game of the Year chosen in the form of beautiful snowboarding outing Alto’s Odyssey.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 In addition to a nod in Google’s Game of the Year awards, Alto’s Odyssey was also selected as one of Apple’s favourites in its 2018 design awards, where five out of ten apps selected were games. Winning titles were chosen for the quality of their artwork and game design.Alongside Alto’s Odyssey, Apple highlighted the artistic merits of short but sweet romance title Florence, platformer Oddmar, minimalist puzzler Frost and dystopic adventure Inside.Apple did, of course, acknowledge the impact of Fortnite et al by naming ‘Battle Royale-style gaming’ as its Game Trend of the Year, which seems to be a new award.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 storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 11 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 14 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Atari acquires stake in Animoca Brands as part of blockchain game deal

first_imgAtari acquires stake in Animoca Brands as part of blockchain game dealPartnership will see Animoca Brands develop blockchain version of RollerCoaster TycoonHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterTuesday 18th December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleAnimoca BrandsAtariAtari has taken its first tentative steps into the murky world of blockchain, following an announcement today that it will partner with Animoca Brands. The partnership will see Animoca Brands develop blockchain versions of popular Atari properties such as RollerCoaster Tycoon and Goon Squad. As part of the deal, Atari will become a strategic shareholder of Animoca Brands, acquiring a $250,000 stake in the company in exchange for the game rights. Animoca Brands will share revenue after the projects gross $500,000, and the agreement will exted through to March 2022. Animoca Brands and Atari also entered an agreement to explore future opportunities in gaming, product, development, and blockchain. 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 “The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is, like many of Atari’s properties, a true evergreen, having been around for two decades,” said Animoca Brands co-founder and chairman Yat Siu. “Given the strategic and commercial elements of this incredibly fun simulation, it is a perfect candidate for blockchain adaptation.”Frédéric Chesnais, Atari Group CEO and main shareholder, added “We are proud and delighted to enter into this long-term and strategic relationship with Animoca Brands, which also allows us to become a shareholder in one of the most exciting innovators in the world of decentralized gaming. We hope that this agreement paves the way to further cooperation on other Atari products.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAtari restructures, names new CEOWade J. Rosen takes the helm as company splits into gaming and blockchain divisions, with former CEO Frédéric Chesnais leading the latterBy Christopher Dring A month agoGaming historian Curt Vendel dies at 53Atari Museum founder, Atari Flashback designer, and “an unquestioned giant in computer history” died unexpectedly August 30By Brendan Sinclair 8 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

How to transition from working from home to being a remote studio

first_imgHow to transition from working from home to being a remote studioDue to the coronavirus crisis, leading games studios are having to learn to work remotely. But how do you make a success of working from home?Christopher DringHead of Games B2BTuesday 31st March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareLearning to develop games with a distributed team has never been more important. With the COVID-19 crisis, developers are closing their physical doors and getting their staff to operate remotely — a transition that would typically play out over years, and is now being enforced almost overnight.But the industry has been gradually heading in this direction. Developers like Moon Studios, which has 80 employees, operate entirely without a headquarters. Indie teams are already accustomed to working from home. And there are tech and tools being developed constantly, particularly in the cloud, to enable game creators to work in this way.But the transition is not without its challenges. The GamesIndustry.biz Academy asked those with the experience to share their advice on how to guide a games studio toward remote working.Remote working improves your recruitment optionsOutside of the obvious virus-related reasons, there are some clear advantages to having a distributed team.”If you put all these people from different backgrounds in one room, the outcome is going to be amazing” Nada Hafez, RubikalOne of the biggest is that you can attract talent from almost anywhere. You’re not limited to hiring staff from your local area, or people willing to relocate themselves and their families.”We hired people away from Blizzard, Riot, Disney, and so on,” says Moon Studios head Thomas Mahler. “And the pitch that we made was simply: ‘Hey, we have a good salary, but the nice thing is that you can work from home’. People didn’t have to relocate or uproot their family. Doing that really helped us be able to attract this talent pool.”You have pools of talent like in Los Angeles, but even then, you’re saying goodbye to all the European talent. The US shot itself in the foot a little bit because of how difficult it is to get a visa. You might have extremely talented people in Europe who just can’t get a work visa. We don’t have any of those problems.”If you’re eager to build a more diverse team with more varied thoughts and experiences, being able to recruit from anywhere can help enable this. “Remote work is amazing,” says Nada Hafez, product manager at external software development house Rubikal, in Alexandria, Egypt. “If you put all these people from different backgrounds in one room, the outcome from this brainstorming session is going to be amazing. Let alone that you’re putting people from different countries, different continents of the world, where each of them comes with a different experience, background, work culture, all of that… Even if it’s a virtual chat room, you can find endless streams of ideas and the sky here is the limit. Everyone’s going to surprise you.”Ori and the Will of the Wisps developer Moon Studios operates entirely remotelyFinding the right tools and technologyTechnology can replace many of the things that you can do in a physical location, and there are plenty of off-the-shelf options available. However, more established remote studios have taken to building tools that are tailored to their specific needs.”We built our own tool, which is called Apollo,” Mahler says. “It is a really cool suite, where you can put in your user credentials and get access to a lot of tools and knowledge, and you can see what everyone is working on, there is a to-do list… All those kinds of things. We also regularly use Skype and Teams — the sort of things we don’t have in Apollo yet.”The goal is to expand Apollo to feature all of that, so we can keep working in this distributed fashion and have this one tool that does everything.””We’ve provided desks, chairs, transportation of hardware and, where required, are improving network connections” Carl Cavers, Sumo GroupBuilding your own technology requires time, and to begin with it will make more sense to focus on what’s available in the market. There is a plethora of communication tools, such as Teams, Slack and Zoom, and project management tools and services like Monday.com. Plus you’ll find the tools your studio is already using are capable of being used remotely.”It really does depend on how the studio is setup,” says Mark Ragon, IT director of Dlala Studios, which became a remote studio in less than three days following the COVID-19 outbreak. “For example, are services like source control, continuous integration and documents hosted locally or are they hosted online?”For us, we like to keep a lot of this in-house, so providing a secure method of connecting to the studios network is crucial. This means a secure VPN connection, a fast internet connection both in and out of the studio, remote support tools, and obviously a reliable source control server. Software we’re using includes Source Control from Perforce, Continuous Integration from Jenkins, and Screensharing for remote support by TeamV.”For a lot of studios switching to remote working during the coronavirus crisis, the main focus has been on security and reliability.”The overriding considerations for us are security and resilience within the network and VPN environment,” says Carl Cavers, CEO of Sumo Group, which was forced to adopt working from home due to the coronavirus. “Our day-to-day development tools remain the same, ensuring our teams experience as little disruption as possible.”Battletoads developer Dlala became a remote studio in three days following the COVID-19 outbreakIt’s not just about the tools and services, but the physical technology required by the staff, too. Even if the cloud removes the need for super powerful computers in some cases, a strong internet infrastructure will be essential. “What worked for us was to determine what the staff’s needs were at home to be able to continue to work efficiently,” says Ragon. “We gathered a few questions that we would discuss with each member of the team. And they were: Do you have an internet connection at home? What sort of internet speed do you get at home? Who is your home ISP? What is your 4G coverage like? What sort of speeds do you get? Will you be able to connect via an ethernet cable, or will you be using WiFi?””Unfortunately for us, a few of the team didn’t really have an internet connection that we deemed adequate, so ended up having to purchase some 4G routers and sims to provide a better internet connection. We had the odd teething issue with the team — mostly DNS related, it’s always DNS related. But [we] managed to get the entire team home and working in two-and-a-half days.”As pretty much all of our staff are not setup for home working, we had to loan out equipment from the office to everyone. Thankfully we already had an asset management system in place, so everything has been assigned and we can keep track of who has what hardware. “Then there are also the little things that maybe you don’t think of initially — like people not actually having an area to accommodate their work setup at home… We had to provide desks to any staff members who didn’t have an existing space for that and make sure they had the appropriate chair to sit in.”The importance of video calls”Having meetings on camera and seeing faces helps you empathise with the people you’re speaking to” Enrique Alejandro “Alejo” Pérez, EndlessOne piece of technology that is essential for a remote team is a reliable video call system. There are plenty of options out there, whether it’s Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, Discord, and even Facebook. Whatever service you use, video calling will prove vital in maintaining good relations with the team.”Having meetings on camera and seeing faces helps you empathise with the people you’re speaking to, to consider them as people with emotions,” says Enrique Alejandro “Alejo” Pérez, who works at Endless in Colombia. Michael Zillmer, co-founder and COO of InnoGames, adds: “Enabling the camera option increases communication by allowing for facial expressions and other visual cues to be shared in real time and decreases the chance for misunderstandings. The video aspect also allows for more personal social interaction and is the best format in these challenging times. That being said, the audio has priority in video calls when the connection is spotty.”Zillmer adds that, in video calls, it’s even more important to have an agenda and to avoid unnecessary people being in the call — more people dialling in typically lowers the quality of the call. He also recommends that if you’re using a new system, make sure to test it beforehand to avoid ten minutes of downloading updates or add-ons.Mirror your weekday routine as much as possible while in home officeZillmer also suggested using captions: “Difficulty hearing, unexpected disruptions, or noise in the background can be worked around by turning on the captions option, making sure you don’t miss what is being said. This can avoid the all too common: ‘Sorry, I missed that’ or ‘Can you repeat that?’ “Working remotely does not mean working alone. Taking full advantage of video conferencing capabilities can allow for more efficient, productive meetings, while continuing to connect colleagues no matter their physical location.”It’s not just video calls — communication of all kinds is vital when it comes to working from home.”We have plenty of tools that we can use to discuss potential issues, be that over ticketing systems, email, chat or video calls,” says Ragon. “We can monitor and access everything we need to remotely in order to troubleshoot various problems.”We are having to put trust in the team to come forward with issues, maybe even quicker than they would normally” Mark Ragon, Dlala Studios”From an end user perspective, if no-one is highlighting the issues or communicating that they are having problems, it is a lot harder for us being remote. In the office, it can often become apparent quickly when there are unraised issues, but now we are having to put trust in the team to come forward with these, maybe even quicker than they would normally.”Avoiding conflictConflict, disagreements and misunderstandings are a common occurrence in the online world — one look at Twitter will tell you that. It can be even more of an issue when you’re talking with people from different cultures and backgrounds.”I am not a native English speaker. I am from Austria and speak German, and a lot of times, I am writing something in a rather harsh way… or at least native English speakers interpret it that way,” Mahler says. “But I didn’t mean anything by it. If you just communicate with text that can happen when people can’t get the right tone.”Perez adds: “Even when you all speak the same language, you need to understand the culture of the people you’re working with. I would suggest someone starting to work remotely takes the time to learn a bit of their culture — what they do, what they consider appropriate or not — and try to be as sympathetic as possible.”One way to solve this challenge is to bring the team together at certain points in the year. It might be hard for a particularly massive organisation like Sumo Group, but smaller, targeted gatherings can work just as well.”One of the things that we are doing to help with that is to do yearly team retreats,” Mahler says. “We rent a big villa or something. Everybody sleeps there for a week. Everybody gets to bash their heads together and talk about what they would like to do with the company, and how we’re doing with the project, and to find out how everybody else is doing. It’s a way to do team building and get people to mingle with one another, and just really have a good time.”That has been a huge success for us, because every time we have them, people are super motivated and that problem of people getting offended by things that are written down is rectified to a degree because if you know a person, then you probably know he meant something different.””We try to have at least two 15 minute ‘virtual cuppas’ a day” AJ Grand-Scrutton, DlalaDlala even has virtual tea breaks.”We try to have at least two 15-minute ‘virtual cuppas’ a day,” says CEO AJ Grand-Scrutton. “This is where someone will post that they’re having a cup of tea, jump into a team Discord voice chat and anyone that wants a break can join in. We chat about work and life in general, basically trying to emulate the tea breaks we all take regularly at Dlala [physically].”How to overcome loneliness and approach mental healthWorking from home can be a great fit for some people, particularly those with families and active social lives. But it isn’t for everybody, and it can be a challenge in terms of mental health.”It can get a bit lonely for those who don’t have a family,” Mahler tells us. “You’re sitting in an office day in and day out, and just talking to people over the internet — that’s not for everybody. We had an amazing animator who I hated to see go, but he couldn’t handle it. He felt like the roof was falling on his head. It happens, but it does happen rarely.”When Sumo Group transitioned to working from home, an emphasis was put on emotional well being.”The initial advice we’re giving is for our people to focus on their wellbeing, stay connected – socially as well as work-wise — and maintain a routine,” Cavers says. “These can be stressful times for everyone, especially if they have immediate family concerns to deal with. Communication within teams, individuals and management is even more important than usual. We’re encouraging people to raise any issues, whatever they may be, as soon as they can. A dedicated work space can help create a boundary between work and home”Some people will relish the opportunity to work from home — the lack of distraction, bespoke environment — whereas others may have additional responsibilities due to the impact of the virus, such as children no longer going to school or nursery, or living with key-workers. We live by our values and will support all of our people whatever their situation.”As the dust starts to settle, we want people to get into a routine where they can. Flexibility is key here and our different teams are approaching this in different ways and sharing their experiences. It’s really important to help fill the void that people will naturally have from the lack of social interaction from being in the studios. It’s brilliant to see lots of virtual get-togethers: virtual pubs, coffee mornings and board gaming… They are part of the Sumo Group family, even though they may not meet face-to-face for weeks or months.”Indeed, Innogames stresses that routine is an important part of working from home. “While flexibility is important, setting boundaries is equally important to one’s wellbeing Michael Zillmer, Innogames”Most people have a weekday routine, typically beginning with a morning cup of coffee and the commute to the office,” Zillmer says. “The transition to home office can lead to some unease for those who are not as familiar with working remotely, which is why it is important to keep a sense of normalcy and structure.”Mirror your weekday routine as much as possible while in home office, and if you can’t do something in person, look into virtual options. Jump on a quick video call with the colleagues you usually run into at the coffee machine. Take lunch and other breaks at the same time you would in the office. If you structure your day in a certain way — with back-to-back meetings in the mornings with afternoons set aside for other tasks, for example — continue this at home.”Zillmer adds that ensuring boundaries are set between home and work life is also key: “It is easier to disconnect when there is a physical separation between work and home. With home office, work is just in the other room, which can blur that separation, highlighting the importance of a designated workspace. While flexibility is arguably more important when transitioning to home office, setting boundaries is equally important to one’s wellbeing. Share your availability with your team, but also be sure to properly disconnect outside of those hours to recharge.”If you want to learn more about how to approach mental health issues in the workplace, you can read our Academy guide on the topic. It addresses ways to make sure remote workers don’t feel isolated, among many other practical pieces of advice to improve your staff’s wellbeing.Making sure everyone’s voice is heardEven within studios that don’t work remotely, it can become difficult for team members to express ideas. It’s even more of a challenge in the online space where there’s no obvious person to pitch an idea or concept to.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 “We try to make sure that people can, reasonably, really speak up,” says Mahler. “If I am going for some design or something, then I better make sure that I really know what I am talking about, because there might be people who will completely shoot me down.”Cavers adds: “One of the benefits of being a large organisation — with multiple sites across multiple time zones — gives us is the experience and tools to share ideas without the need to be in the same space… It’s still early days, but we’re very proud of how everyone within Sumo is adapting to this challenge we’re all facing.”According to Grand-Scrutton, senior management must be available to the team whenever possible: “I go on about transparency and Dlala being an open environment a lot. If anyone on the project — not just the internal team — has any concerns or thoughts, they have a permanently open forum to raise them through Slack channels dedicated to features, a Q&A channel to highlight any wider questions, and also having the ability to jump on a call with any senior member of staff… at any point.”Additional reporting by Brendan SinclairCelebrating 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. Enter your email addressMore storiesAdopt Me developers unveil new studio, Uplift GamesTeam behind hit Roblox game has grown to over 40 employeesBy Danielle Partis 9 hours agoDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 12 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Morningstar analyst ratings hit another speed bump

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Advisers managing $686 million affiliate with Raymond James

first_img 4 Bill Sherlach, Jim Mead and Sal Trombetta, who operate as the IST Group and managed $336 million at Morgan Stanley, are based in Fairfield, Connecticut.Brian M. Marino, Gene Craciun and their five-person team, who operate as OnPoint Wealth Partners in Cleveland, manage $250 million and were formerly affiliated with MML Investors Services.[More: Switching firms can cost advisers 19% of assets: Cerulli]Former Merrill Lynch adviser Jeffrey Fitz, who managed more than $50 million in Briarcliff Manor, New York, and John Meaken, who also manages more than $50 million and was formerly affiliated with LPL in Beverly, Massachusetts, also affiliated with Raymond James through Boston Harbor Wealth Advisors.[More: Facing competition, Raymond James boosts recruiting bonus] For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software Newsletters 1 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 Boston Harbor Wealth Advisors, a super office of supervisory jurisdiction for Raymond James, has attracted advisers from Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, as well as two independent teams, who collectively manage $686 million in assets. 2 3 5last_img read more

US COVID-19 relief bill would punish streaming of copyrighted content

first_imgUS COVID-19 relief bill would punish streaming of copyrighted contentLegislation for $300 weekly unemployment bump adds possibility of ten-year prison term for streaming protected content, would also create small claims Copyright Claims BoardBrendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 21st December 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareA COVID-19 relief bill under consideration by US legislators also includes a number of measures related to copyright law that could negatively impact game streamers.A House amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 introduced today would extend unemployment benefits in the US by $300 a week through mid-March 2021, but it also incorporates elements of recent legislation proposed by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that would establish a small claims Copyright Claims Board and specifically make digital transmission of copyright-protected works a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison for a second offense.According to the language of the bill, “It shall be unlawful for a person to willfully, and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain, offer or provide to the public a digital transmission service that- (1) is primarily designed or provided for the purpose of publicly performing works protected under title 17 by means of a digital transmission without the authority of the copyright owner or the law; (2) has no commercially significant purpose or use other than to publicly perform works protected under title 17 by means of a digital transmission without the authority of the copyright owner or the law; or (3) is intentionally marketed by or at the direction of that person to promote its use in publicly performing works protected under title 17 by means of a digital transmission without the authority of the copyright owner or the law.”This raises particular questions for YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Gaming, considering the games influencers often showcase involve a number of copyrights, from the games themselves to licensed music featured in them. There have also been copyright lawsuits over tattoos on athletes in pro sports games.Twitch in particular has faced a torrent of Digital Millennium Copyright Act claims from music labels this year, so much so that the platform advised streamers to play games with the sound off if they had any doubts about copyright.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games The Copyright Claims Board has also been a point of contention, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation saying it would “re-ignite the nationwide problem of copyright trolling” just as federal courts have started to demand stricter standards of evidence in such cases.The board would be limited to issuing rulings of no more than $30,000 plus legal fees in favor of claimants. Additionally, all information about the claims board proceedings except for the final determination and records would be exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.The bill is expected to pass, with Congressional Democrats and Republicans saying yesterday that they had reached an agreement on the COVID-19 relief package.Celebrating 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. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 2 hours agoApple questions credibility of Xbox testimonyiPhone maker asserts that Microsoft did not produce evidence to back Lori Wright’s claims of unprofitable consolesBy James Batchelor YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

GameMaker to add next-gen support

first_imgGameMaker to add next-gen supportPlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S support is currently in closed beta, with a full launch due in MarchMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterTuesday 23rd February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareYoYo Games announced the addition of next-gen support to its GameMaker engine, so users can create projects for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.Next-gen support is currently in closed beta, with a full commercial launch due in March 2021.Studios wanting to make use of next-gen support will need to purchase the corresponding license, namely the PlayStation or Xbox license, or the Ultimate license, which gives access to all the platforms supported by the engine.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games To learn more about the different licenses and whether GameMaker is the right engine for your project, you can read our GamesIndustry.biz Academy guide on the topic. YoYo Games general manager Stuart Poole said he was “extremely pleased” for GameMaker to offer next-gen support. He added: “As a result, our growing indie development community will soon be able to develop and launch their games straight onto these next-generation console platforms, with all the ease and simplicity they’ve come to expect from GameMaker.”YoYo Games was recently acquired by Opera to form the basis of its new gaming division. It bought the engine maker from Playtech for $10 million.Celebrating 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. Enter your email addressMore storiesDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 2 hours agoFirst-party Ubisoft titles will now be branded as ”Ubisoft Originals”Change was made alongside the announcement of new Tom Clancy titleBy Danielle Partis YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Despite falling FITs: GP Joule focuses on France

first_imgDespite falling FITs: GP Joule focuses on FranceGerman renewables company GP Joule announces intent to build more than 100 MW of new solar capacity in southern France. June 3, 2013 Oliver Ristau Finance Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share GP Joule wants to expand its PV portfolio in the southern French region of Aquitaine to 150 MW by 2014. The company operates a 40 MW plant near the village of Pompogne, 150 km northwest of Toulouse and announced at the plant’s inauguration last week that it wants to develop 11 new turnkey projects with French developer 2ndSky. GP Joule intends to sell the plants to investors once complete. “We have secured feed-in-tariffs for these PV plants in a range of €0.10 to €0.11/kWh”, GP Joule-CFO André Hirsch explained. Although these numbers are significantly less than the 32 cents the company is receiving for the first 40 MW project in France, Hirsch expects to offer investors “attractive returns. We will achieve an after tax yield, ranging between 8 and 9%”, he told pv magazine. That is the level of return offered by the Pompogne project that has been acquired by Aquila Capital, which will structure the asset for German institutional investors, Aquila Capital manager Boris Beltermann said.Aquila acquires 100 MW in FranceAquila has bought around 100 MW of solar parks in France for its private and institutional clientele. “Unlike Spain or Greece, France has reliable political and juridical regulations offering good opportunities for sustainable investments in solar power”, added Beltermann. GP Joule’s Hirsch said reduced module prices and lower administrative and operating costs mean France is still an attractive market despite falling FIT incentives. Board member and founder Heinrich Gärtner predicts it will be possible to realize solar parks in southern France commercially for €0.08/kWh within 12 months. But uncertainty surrounds the FIT payments on offer going into 2014, with the level of payment available since April having fallen more than 25% on the same period last year. French energy regulator the Commission de Régulation d’Énergie (CRE) adjusts the FITs every three months depending on the amount of capacity approved. From January to March, France connected 100 MW of PV power to the national grid, not including foreign territories. The overall installed capacity rose to 3.23 MW – 3.63 MW including overseas regions.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… 123456Share pv magazine The pv magazine editorial team includes specialists in equipment supply, manufacturing, policy, markets, balance of systems, and EPC.More articles from pv magazine Related content Hungary launches third renewables auction Emiliano Bellini 30 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The Hungarian energy regulator expects to contract around 300 GWh of renewable energy in the procurement exercise.April… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.… The weekend read: China’s push for decarbonization Andreas Walstad 24 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The carbon market is finally a reality in China. 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Conergy negotiates with potential investors

first_imgConergy negotiates with potential investorsGerman solar solutions provider Conergy is currently in negotiations with seven potential investors from Asia and Europe for the takeover of its Conergy SolarModule facility in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. Employees at the plant were updated on these talks yesterday evening. September 27, 2013 Shamsiah Ali Oettinger Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Germany’s insolvent solar group Conergy AG is currently in talks with seven potential investors from Asia and Europe over the takeover of its module production facility Conergy SolarModule in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany. According to the company the negotiations are proceeding well and the investors have displayed interest in the acquisition of the factory. This information was communicated to employees by preliminary insolvency administrator Sven-Holger Undritz at a meeting yesterday evening. Just yesterday pv magazine reported that Kawa Capital Management will be taking over Conergy sales and service units in Germany, Italy, the U.K. and Australia thus securing 350 jobs. The fate of Conergy SolarModule was still unclear then, but now with investment negotiations expected to be completed by end of October, the company is confident of a solution for its Frankfurt Oder facility. Decision on staff expected next week Some investors have already made indicative offers and Conergy is expecting further offers to be submitted. Undritz added, “Based on the current order situation we will continue business operations in October.” Back in July Conergy was forced to halt production at its module factory in Frankfurt Oder, but the company according to Undritz was keen on restarting production to quickly process the backlog of orders. Conergy employees’ wages have been secured the last three months via insolvency payments since the company filed for insolvency beginning of July this year. These payments will effectively end once October begins as the disbursement period is subject to three months only. Hence another key point currently discussed is whether business operations will continue with only part of the staff. The decision on whether any staff will be let go in Frankfurt Oder is expected to fall by September, 30 next week. Managing Director of Conergy SolarModule Sven K. Starke is confident though of the outcome. “I am very confident that our module production will play an important role for the solar industry in the future. The course of negotiations as well as the feedback of the interested parties and our customers are confirming this repeatedly. This is our motivation to keep fighting in order to offer an attractive furture perspective to our employees and the region,” he added.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. 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SPI Solar buys Hawaiian assets

first_imgSPI Solar buys Hawaiian assetsThe takeover of joint venture and acquisition of addition projects has given SPI a pipeline of 17.5 MW in Hawaii. September 22, 2014 Edgar Meza Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share SPI Solar has signed a deal to acquire100% of a joint venture in the U.S. state of Hawaii that it operated with Hawaiian Power, LLC (HPL). SPI said it would acquire HPL’s equity interests and debt related to the joint venture to develop and operate solar PV projects in Hawaii. SPI will own 100% of the company, which currently has about 15 MW under development in Hawaii. The purchase price of $3.95 million consists of 3 million SPI shares of common stock valued at $1.15 per share and $500,000 million in cash, with closing expected this month. Separately, SPI has also begun engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services on the first megawatt of a series of projects on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The four initial projects, which comprise 250 kW each for a total of 1 MW, are scheduled for completion in December. In addition, SPI has also acquired the development rights to an additional 2.5 MW of projects near Kona, Hawaii, bringing SPI’s total solar projects in Hawaii to approximately 17.5 MW, all of which are expected to be completed throughout the remainder of 2014 and 2015. “This announcement underscores SPI’s commitment to growing our presence in the important US solar market,” said SPI Chairman Xiaofeng Peng. “Hawaii, in particular, is among the country’s most attractive markets for PV investment, and we are confident these developments will result in meaningful returns for SPI.” Hawaii has become increasingly attractive for domestic and international solar players. 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Jinko signs 1 GW supply agreement with CMNE

first_imgJinko signs 1 GW supply agreement with CMNEJinkoSolar has signed a two-year, 1 GW module supply deal with China Minsheng New Energy (CMNE), a subsidiary of China Minsheng Investment Corp. The modules will be used to develop PV power plant projects in China in 2015 and 2016. May 13, 2015 Jonathan Gifford Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The booming Chinese PV market continues to deliver major module supply deals to domestic manufacturers, the latest a whopping 1 GW deal from Jinko. Starting with no less than 600 MW in 2015, Jinko will supply a minimum of 1 GW of modules to CMNE by the end of next year. The supply deal is a part of China Minsheng Investment Corp’s (CMIC) plans to invest RMB200 billion (US$32.2 billion) in around 20 GW of projects in China over the next five years. “As an investment company approved by China’s State Council, CMIC has the advantage of analyzing government policy and deploying capital efficiently,” commented Xiande Li, Chairman of JInkoSolar. “We believe this strategy cooperation agreement marks the beginning of a long-term partnership between two leaders in their respective industries.” Jinko currently claims a production capacity of 3.2 GW of modules, with 2.5 GW of ingot and wafer production and 2 GW of solar cells. The deal announced today will therefore consume a significant proportion of the company’s output, particularly from its China operations. Last week Jinko announced that it would establish 500 MW of solar cell and 450 MW of module manufacturing in Penang, Malaysia, to supply overseas demand from the EU and U.S. Jinko’s Xiande Li said that the company hopes to develop a long term supply relationship with CMIC. The transaction will be subject to a formal purchase agreement.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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India: Another 750 MW up for auction

first_imgIndia: Another 750 MW up for auctionSECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India) will be holding auctions for a total of 750 MW of solar projects in Maharasthra and Gujarat. August 25, 2015 Shamsiah Ali Oettinger Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share SECI has announced it will be holding auctions for 750 MW of PV projects in the western Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Maharashtra will see the development of 500 MW of PV projects this time round, while the westernmost state of Gujarat has 250 MW planned for auction. The grid-connected projects will be implemented under JNNSM Phase II Batch III. The details will be uploaded to TCIL – India’s electronic tender website – soon. According to Bridge to India, Maharashtra has the highest power requirements and costs as one of India’s most industrialised states, and is thus ideal for solar. The state’s power distribution companies are also relatively better off than those in other Indian states, continues the market research company. Loans for rooftop solar in Chandigarh Headway Solar also reported in its blog that banks are now offering loans for solar rooftop installations in Chandigarh, a city that serves as the capital of Punjab and Haryana. According to the Haryana-based solar consulting and development company, private bank representatives announced at the “Be a proud solar power producer” conference that loans can be taken for rooftop solar installations under three categories:Home loanHome improvement loanLoan for installation of solar power plant The rate of interest is expected to be around 11.5% according to the company’s blog. 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Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… iAbout these recommendations Share Shamsiah Ali OettingerMore articles from Shamsiah Ali Oettinger [email protected] Related content Asia Pacific’s solarized digitization agenda Selva Ozelli, Esq. 23 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The virtual 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum was hosted in March by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment,… The weekend read: PV feed in, certified pv magazine 1 May 2021 pv-magazine.com As more renewable energy capacity is built, commissioned, and connected, grid stability concerns are driving rapid regulatory changes. 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Global capital and global project development: An interview with Conergy CEO Andrew de Pass

first_imgGlobal capital and global project development: An interview with Conergy CEO Andrew de Passpv magazine caught up with Conergy CEO Andrew de Pass at the BNEF Future of Energy Summit in New York City, and we talked with him about the company’s work in Southeast Asia and larger impacts of SunEdison’s pending bankruptcy for solar developers. April 5, 2016 Christian Roselund Events Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share pv magazine: Can you give us a broad overview of Conergy’s global solar development and asset management business, and the main markets that you operate in? de Pass: Conergy continues to be focused on development, finance, installation and long-term asset management throughout our platform, operating out of 15 countries through three hubs: Singapore for APAC, Miami for the Americas, and Hamburg for Middle East, Africa and India. In 2015 we developed and built around 450 MW, with about $500 million of revenue. That’s around a 50% increase from our 295 MW globally in 2014.We benefit from our global diversification, in that in 2014 our biggest market was the UK, in 2015 our largest market was Southeast Asia, primarily the Philippines, and in 2016, thanks the extension of the ITC credit and a fabulous development and finance team, the U.S. will be our largest market. We continue to see, as a developer that also can build and manage assets long-term, significant pools of new capital coming in to own solar. We know solar is like real estate without occupancy risk. So in the last two quarters there has been significant interest from pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, to deploy capital globally to developers like Conergy.pv magazine: I recently reported on your successful completion of 200 MW of projects in the Philippines by the feed-in tariff deadline. Congratulations. You don’t hear as much about the Philippines, but it seems that it will be a significant market if policy support continues. Can you comment briefly on what’s going on in the Philippines? de Pass: Well, the Philippines, they have an offer that comes out usually in the first quarter of each year, and solar is a grid-parity offer and they do have significant capacity constraints with their current fleet. So this is been a grid parity story, although there is some PPA support from the government. ??Prior to the Philippines, we were the leader in Thailand, that had a very large solar program, where we developed and built over 150 MW. Last year we entered into Indonesia with the first utility-scale solar plant, small at around 5 MW, but there is supposed to be over a 2 GW market in Indonesia. And now we planning on entering the market in Malaysia, with one other party for a 55 MW plant.So Southeast Asia is a very interesting growth market. There is policy support from the governments, but also in most cases they are grid parity markets. pv magazine: Right now we are preparing for the pending bankruptcy of the largest renewable energy developer globally. What is it like to be operating as a developer at this time, and do you think that the SunEdison bankruptcy will have larger impacts?de Pass: Regarding the SunEdison pending bankruptcy, a lot of SunEdison’s problems were self-inflicted, very similar to what Conergy did five years ago. They went public, the market loved them, very high market value, then they loaded on too much corporate-level debt, and with that got very aggressive with acquisitions and vertical and horizontal integration – and hit a wall. That was Conergy five years ago, and that is SunEdison today. I think what you have to do is to separate a global developer from the actual asset themselves. Regarding the solar projects themselves, there is very little impact. We see that the banks are there as they always have been, lending at very interesting terms, and we’re also seeing a lot of interest in the equity of projects from pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, family offices and high net worth.I think it will clearly be among the top non-financial bankruptcies when you get a filing, so people will lose money. Investors lost money, a lot of supposedly smart hedge funds lost money, in the collapse of the stock price, and creditors will lose money. That’s not helpful to us in the very short term, as we are very similar to SunEdison albeit smaller, as we do have a global footprint. You also have suppliers – module and inverter suppliers – with a lot of exposure to SunEdison. So we have some concern about it.?I think the thing about the SunEdison process is that it is absolutely a self-inflicted situation. pv magazine: Absolutely. We in the renewable energy space understand this.de Pass: I still have to answer the question from people who are not in the space. Even some of our employees, they have gone through many restructurings, they are still in Hamburg, they are going to see this and go, God, what is going on now? So I put out a video today to all of our employees to tell them: We are in a good position, the business model is tough, we have very little corporate debt, and we are going to be OK.pv magazine: To get to the asset management portion: Yieldcos have become the rage, all of these different companies have started yieldcos, even these companies which were initially somewhat resistant, like SunPower and First Solar. Conergy’s asset management has followed a different model. Can you talk about that choice?de Pass: We have moved into selective asset ownership. Selective means that we can only own based on the capital that we have. And that is anchored in the U.S. and specifcally around 70 MW in North Carolina, around 20 MW in the UK, and we will have around 13 MW in Australia, which includes a storage solution. So our approach will be to be the integrated asset manager for other pools of capital. So asset management means technical operations & maintenance, which we will outsource, financial and contract compliance. So think of us more as developing private yieldcos.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact: [email protected] content ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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EU Commission removes five further solar firms from MIP undertaking

first_imgEU Commission removes five further solar firms from MIP undertakingLerri Solar, DelSolar, CNPV, Motech and Xian Longi have all been withdrawn from the Minimum Import Price (MIP) undertaking measures agreed between China and the European Commission, the EU has confirmed. August 17, 2016 Sandra Enkhardt Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The European Commission (EC) has withdrawn its price undertaking with a further five solar firms having determined that they each violated the terms of the agreement. Effective immediately, crystalline solar PV products originating from, or associated with, the Chinese operations of Lerri Solar, DelSolar, CNPV, Motech and Xian Longi entering the European Union (EU) will now be subject to existing anti-dumping (AD) and anti-subsidy duties, the EU has ruled. For Lerri Solar, CNPV and Xian Longi, countervailing duties of 50% will now be applied to all EU product imports. In March Lerri Solar announced that it wished to be removed from the undertaking; a decision followed up in May by CNPV and Xian Longi. Both Motech and DelSolar have been removed from the undertaking for wholly different reasons, the EU said. These two firms have manufacturing capacity in Taiwan through affiliated companies. These related parties were granted exemption from the anti-circumvention investigation in February this year, but Brussels has since ruled this derogation poses a “high risk of cross-compensation”, prompting the EU Commission to revoke the undertaking for Chinese-built solar panels and cells for both firms. Hence, any imports into the EU that originate from these firms’ China operations will be subject to existing AD and anti-subsidy duties. Goods made in Taiwan will not be affected. The Commission added that it is unable to separately monitor sales and imports from Taiwan from companies that are already part of the undertaking. A total of 26 PV manufacturers with production capacity in Taiwan and Malaysia received exemption from anti-circumvention duties in February. Previously, Brussels had determined that some Chinese solar firms had straddled their production to take advantage of this loophole in order to supply the EU and achieve specified minimum import prices (MIP). Therefore, a CVD increase of 11.5% was applied to Chinese goods imported into the EU in this manner. Prior to this decision, the EU Commission had already ruled against several large Chinese solar firms, removing many big names from the undertaking, including Canadian Solar, ReneSola, ET Solar, ZNShine and Chint Solar. Trina Solar voluntarily withdrew from the MIP undertaking, preferring instead to pay the CVD on its EU imports. A decision on whether to expire or extend the current undertaking is due in March next year. 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Nigeria: VP alerts possible tariff increase

first_img BRICS Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy Homepage image: Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo Source: Quartz Africacenter_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Previous articleKoko disciplinary hearing: fair and transparentNext articleBurkina Faso unveils Zagtouli solar power plant Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, has noted that the payment of high electricity tariffs is inevitable for electricity users.However, he said government is working with the World Bank on a scheme to fund the entire value chain, reports the Premium Times.Osinbajo said: “Today [Monday], we will be meeting with the World Bank on a scheme they have been working with us on to fund the entire value chain, and ensure we transit smoothly from where we are, to a much more market-determined policy for electricity.”He continued: “This will involve a fair amount of subsidy and help, the Federal Government and World Bank are working together on that. There is no way of sustaining the current subsidies long term, but we want to ensure the process is smooth.” Read more about Nigeria’s plans to restructure DiscosElectricity: Nigerians Must Pay Higher Tariffs FGVice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has stated that paying higher tariffs in the power sector is inevitable.https://t.co/90RaaVv4nS pic.twitter.com/rhgQ2XuzNG— Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) November 28, 2017He added: “Listening to questions concerning lower tariffs, we must pay higher tariffs, these sorts of things are inevitable.”The Vice President was speaking at the Sixth Presidential Business Forum held in Abuja, where he was addressing a delegation of officials from the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation led by Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director of the Bank’s Global Energy Practice.“We are completely committed to ensuring that we play our part in the arrangement and we think that this possibly one of the clearest pathways in a long time,”Osinbajo asserted. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Eskom Board meets with Public Enterprises Minister Gordhan

first_imgFeatured image: Stock The escalation from stage 2 to stage 4 load shedding was causedby a further seven generating units that tripped within a period of five hours. The initial schedule was to implement stage 2 load shedding on Monday as a result of generation shortages over the weekend and constraints in diesel supply. However, on Monday, Eskom implemented stage 4 load shedding. Read more: Update: Eskom resumes with rotational load shedding The Chairman of the Eskom Board, Jabu Mabuza, said: “We remainuncomfortable about the stability of the generating system but will keep thecountry informed of our progress over the next few days in providing betterassurance about electricity supply.” The Board has resolved to institute an urgent review toestablish when, realistically, these projects will be completed, the extent ofdesign- and other operational faults, what steps can be implemented to minimisethe ever-escalating costs and what can be done to increase output. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector This report on the causes, including all the challenges of thenew and old power stations, was much of the deliberations between theBoard, management and the Department of Public Enterprises in the meetingthat lasted for over six hours. By Monday evening, four units had returned to service and it isexpected that the remaining three will be back to service this morning. “Wewill have a systems- and operations update within the next 24 hours,” theparastatal said in a statement. Finance and Policy The Board of Eskom convened an urgent meetingwith the company’s executive management and the Minister of Public Enterprises,Pravin Gordhan, following the unexpected introduction of load shedding thispast weekend. center_img The Board is also urgently embarking on an in-depth audit of theentire system to ensure that every technical problem is understood at agranular level and to avoid unexpected crises as seen earlier this week. TAGSEskomLoad shedding Previous articleGlobal water meters market to be one-third smart by 2025Next articleMiddle East countries favour sovereigns in funding renewables Guest ContributorThe views expressed in this article by the author are not necessarily those of the publishers and/or association partners. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher and editors cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate information supplied and/or published. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development The Medupi and Kusile power stations – the core of the new buildprogramme – are continuing to show a lack of reliability to contributemeaningfully to Eskom’s generating capacity, which is a serious concern. Generation The Board was provided with a detailed analysis about breakdownsin Eskom’s new build programme and at its fleet of older power stations. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICSlast_img read more

New gas discoveries confirmed at onshore Niger Delta

first_imgThe discovery has further potential thatwill be assessed with the next appraisal campaign. The discovery is part of a drilling campaign planned by the Joint Venture aimed at exploring near-field and deep pool opportunities as an immediate time to market opportunities. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The impact will be determined and communicated to the market on conclusion of the next annual independent reserves and resources evaluation. The find amounts to about 1 trillion cubic feet of gas and 60 million barrels of associated condensate in the deep drilled sequences. BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The joint venture comprise of Nigerian-based Oando PLC, through its upstream subsidiary Oando Energy Resources (OER), the NNPC, and NAOC. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector A Nigerian joint venture has made a significant gas and condensate find in the deeper sequences of the Obiafu-Obrikom fields, in OML61, onshore Niger Delta.center_img Featured image: Stock Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Finance and Policy Generation TAGSLNGNigeria Previous articleIRENA highlights solutions that will transform the power sectorNext articleForeign Direct Investment remains crucial for Africa’s economic growth Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Read more stories from Nigeria The Obiafu-41 Deep appraisal and exploration well has reached a total depth of 4.374m encountering an important gas and condensate accumulation within the deltaic sequence of Oligocene age comprising more than 130m of high quality hydrocarbon-bearing sands. The well can deliver in excess of 100 million standard cubic feet/day of gas and 3,000 barrels/day of associated condensates.  OER is positive that this discovery will have an impact on its gas reserves. last_img read more

Switch on for the first ease mini-grid by SustainSolar

first_imgHaving designed the system architecture and a sustainable business model, Strathclyde and United Purpose worked with SustainSolar, Malawian electrical contractor BNG Electrical, and smart meter provider Steamaco in the UK to complete the mini-grid installation. A new mini-grid model is set to deliver a stable and low carbon electricity provision to the previously unconnected village of Mthembanji, Dedza District, in Malawi. TAGSMalawimini-gridssolar powerSustainPower Previous articleEconomic resilience main focus of AfDB’s annual meetingsNext articleCopper to drive global EV market growth, recording 7.4% by 2030 Guest ContributorThe views expressed in this article by the author are not necessarily those of the publishers and/or association partners. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher and editors cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate information supplied and/or published. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The 12kW solar generation unit provides high-quality 220 V power to 60 customers for domestic and commercial use including lights, phone charging, TVs, fridges as well as other productive uses. BRICS New method promotes productive use of energy Inside amini-grid generation unit. Source: SustainSolar SustainSolar across Africa Following COVID-19 related delays, commissioning and final testing of the first Sustain Compact containerised solar generation unit took place in July 2020. This mini-grid unit is delivered under the Rural EASE (Energy Access through Social Enterprise and Decentralisation) project. Rural EASE is funded by the Scottish Government in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and United Purpose, an international development and emergency relief organisation headquartered in the UK. The SMA online portal allows for remote access to system performance and generation output, as well as alerting system managers to any problems to provide swift troubleshooting on the ground. This installation marks the first step in a new social enterprise strategy to provide sustainable energy access to 1 million people over the next 10 years and contributes to Malawi’s sustainable development goal 7 target of universal access to secure, reliable and affordable energy. This mini-grid will be the first-time experience of wired household electricity and has the potential for significant social and economic impact in the village. MERA approval has been granted for the sale of electricity, which has now begun. Mini-grids are a clear pathway on the road to Malawi’s energy future. The company’s containerised, pre-installed solar systems are equipped with top-quality solar PV modules and electronics including lithium-ion batteries and come in three standardised yet adjustable product configurations from small to large to suit a wide range of energy needs. center_img The Government of Malawi recognises the country’s energy challenge of less than 10% of the population being connected to the national grid and outlines support for mini-grids to achieve their rural electrification targets in the Energy Policy (2018). In the meantime, the community in Mthembanji continues to enjoy the benefits of stable and reliable electricity provision. For most of the micro-grid customers, this will be a life-changing moment, being able to switch on the lights for the first time. Launched in 2018, SustainSolar strives to respond to the needs of emerging markets with turnkey technology suited for various applications that require a decentralised, clean and dependable power supply. Generation Packed in an insulated 20ft shipping container, the system comprises quality inverters and lithium-ion batteries from German manufacturers SMA and Tesvolt. With growing activities, a good presence on the African continent, an expanding network of partners and the implementation of new projects, SustainSolar has established itself as a preferred equipment supplier for mini-grid, off-grid, hybrid fuel saving as well as mobile and rapid deployment solar applications. Being the first-of-its-kind in Malawi, the mini-grid is cheaper, quicker to implement, and potentially more financially sustainable than larger capacity mini-grids currently deployed in the country. Finance and Policy Following the system’s installation, the site was visited by representatives from the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA), who were impressed with the quality of the installation and innovative technology used in the system. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector This new method of rural electrification also allows for more electricity and a higher impact than the solar home systems offered on the market. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Another step taken towards unifying Africa’s electricity systems

first_img“The huge amounts of energy resources in the continent present opportunities to easily develop the African energy system at the local, national and regional levels, using a combination of both small and large-scale energy technologies in order to achieve energy security,” said El Markabi. Read more:Talking energy business in Africa means talking synergyAUDA-NEPAD and AfDB report new milestone in Africa’s energy masterplan The decision was announced at the second ordinary session of the sub-committee on energy of the African Union Specialised Technical Committee on Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism. African Energy Ministers gathered on the second day of the sub-committee meeting to discuss the implementation status of the action plan adopted by the specialised technical committee in April 2019 in Cairo, Egypt. Dr Mohamed Shaker El Markabi, Egyptian Minister of Electricity & Renewable Energy and current chairman of the specialised technical committee: “Africa is the world’s largest treasure trove of clean energy resources and has an important strategic position in global clean development. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The establishment and operationalisation of the African Single Electricity Market was discussed as the policy paper and roadmap validated by the AUC in partnership with the European Union, member states and stakeholders were presented. Roadmap to the African Single Electricity Market validated Finance and Policy The African Single Electricity Market is expected to be launched in February 2021 during the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government. The market’s first phase is projected to be achieved by 2023 and full operation is anticipated by 2040. This market would make the case for power trading between African countries much easier. Generationcenter_img The African Union Commission (AUC), African Energy Commission, Pan African Institutions and partners also presented an update on the implementation of the specialised technical committee’s action plan since the last sub-committee meeting. He stressed the need to create a conducive environment for all stakeholders to effectively participate in the energy development agenda. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development “Significant mobilisation and coordination strides are required to effectively engage stakeholders in addressing the key barriers to energy sector development on the continent, including policy, regulatory, technical, financing and market barriers,” said Abou-Zeid. The African Union is ready to launch the African Single Electricity Market. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy noted that COVID-19 has posed serious challenges to the sector and implementation of various plans around the continent. The Commission has however marshalled efforts with partners to ensure the sector remains robust and contributes to a post-COVID-19 recovery. TAGSAfrican UnionCOVID-19European Unionpolicy developmentPower Pool Previous articleFive ways we see Africa’s energy sector evolvingNext articleInitiative adapts traditional project finance for mini-grid assets Theresa SmithTheresa Smith is a conference producer for Clarion Events Africa. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS Featured image: Stock last_img read more

India to see world’s largest energy demand increase in next 20…

first_img“Government policies to accelerate India’s clean energy transition can lay the foundation for lasting prosperity and greater energy security. The stakes could not be higher, for India and for the world. All roads to successful global clean energy transitions go via India,” said Birol. The ability of India to ensure affordable, clean and reliable energy for its growing population will be vital for the future development of its economy. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector TAGSClean energyCOVID-19energy demandgreenhouse gas emissionsIEAIndiarenewable energy Previous articleNigerian universities to sport Africa’s largest solar hybrid projectNext articleSANEDI unveils an app to guide users through a lighting energy audit Theresa SmithTheresa Smith is a conference producer for Clarion Events Africa. The India Energy Outlook 2021 report examines pathways out of the energy crises that emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as longer term trends. It explores how India’s energy sector might evolve till 2040, under a range of scenarios. Our new India Energy Outlook is out!India is set to see the largest rise in energy demand of any country in the next 20 years. How it meets this increase will have major consequences for its people, its economy and global energy & climate trends.More: https://t.co/iUJDR5fSby pic.twitter.com/x4GxELINBY— Fatih Birol (@IEABirol) February 9, 2021 UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Generation Electrification, efficiency and fuel switching tools India will have to apply to its transport system of the next two decades if it is not to exacerbate its existing CO2 emissions from its vehicles on the road. Image: Pixabay. The rapid expansion of solar power combined with smart policy-making are transforming India’s electricity sector, enabling it to provide clean, affordable and reliable power to a growing number of households and businesses, the report finds. However, as is the case in economies around the world, the transport and industrial sectors – areas like road freight, steel and cement – will prove far more challenging to develop in a sustainable manner.  Have you read?Wind-solar hybrid project to aid India’s decarbonisation efforts But, avoiding the kind of carbon-intensive path previously followed by other countries will require strong policies, technological leaps and a surge in clean energy investment, according to a new report released by the International Energy Agency.  India faces a range of evolving energy security challenges. Based on today’s policy settings, India’s combined import bill for fossil fuels is projected to triple over the next two decades, with oil by far the largest component. Domestic production of oil and gas continues to fall behind consumption trends and net dependence on imported oil rises above 90% by 2040, up from 75% today. This continued reliance on imported fuels creates a vulnerability to price cycles and volatility, as well as possible disruptions to supply. Energy security hazards could arise in India’s domestic market as well, notably in the electricity sector in the absence of significant increases in system flexibility, improvements to the financial health of many electricity distribution companies, and other reform efforts. Have you read?IFC’s support of green building policies leads to emissions drop India’s energy plans are future glimpse of what could happen across the worldcenter_img Finance and Policy Watch the IEA launch of the India Energy Outlook 2021 India is set to experience the largest increase in energy demand of any country worldwide over the next 20 years as its economy continues to develop and bring greater prosperity to its citizens. The combination of a growing and industrialising economy and an expanding and increasingly urban population will drive energy usage up significantly. This raises the question of how best to meet that swelling demand without exacerbating issues like costly energy imports, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Have you read?Green building practices can help construction industry bounce back While expanding solar in India is transforming the electricity sector, transport and industrial sectors drag down sustainability efforts More than that of any other major economy, India’s energy future depends on buildings and factories not yet built, and vehicles and appliances yet to be bought. Based on India’s current policy settings, nearly 60% of its CO2 emissions in the late 2030s will come from infrastructure and machines that do not exist today. This represents a huge opening for policies to steer India onto a more secure and sustainable course. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA These transformations – on a scale no country has achieved in history – require huge advances in innovation, strong partnerships and vast amounts of capital. The additional funding for clean energy technologies required to put India on a sustainable path over the next 20 years is $1.4 trillion, or 70%, higher than in a scenario based on its current policy settings. But the benefits would be huge, including savings of the same magnitude on oil import bills. Dr Fatih Birol, IEA executive director: “India has made remarkable progress in recent years, bringing electricity connections to hundreds of millions of people and impressively scaling up the use of renewable energy, particularly solar. What our new report makes clear is the tremendous opportunity for India to successfully meet the aspirations of its citizens without following the high-carbon pathway that other economies have pursued in the past. The energy policy successes of the Indian government to date make me very optimistic about its ability to meet the challenges ahead in terms of energy security and sustainability.” The India Energy Outlook 2021 examines the opportunities and challenges faced by the planet’s third-largest energy-consuming country as it seeks to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. BRICS If India follow this path, it would need to address the critical challenge of the industrial sector through efforts like more widespread electrification of processes, greater material and energy efficiency, the use of technologies like carbon capture, and a switch to progressively lower-carbon fuels. Electrification, efficiency and fuel switching are also the main tools for the transport sector, alongside a determined move to build more sustainable infrastructure and shift more freight onto India’s soon-to-be-electrified railways.last_img read more

Battery energy storage market to grow 23% per annum by 2030

first_imgAs national energy and decarbonisation plans drive the demand for energy storage, the global grid battery energy storage market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 23% by 2030. This is according to a new study released by research firm Frost & Sullivan. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Image credit: Stock Maria Benintende, Energy & Environment Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said: “With climate change and environmental sustainability at the center of national agendas, battery storage systems deployment is crucial to support the transition to higher levels of clean electrification relying primarily on variable renewable energy sources. The expansion of renewable energy and continued decline in the costs of battery energy storage systems are expected to put the technology at the forefront of national energy plans, according to the study. Growth opportunities are expected for companies who: Find out more about the Electricity Market Modernisation and Cost Reductions Powering the Global Grid Battery Energy Storage Market Have you listened to?Webinar recording: Battery Storage: Africa’s energy metals market and supply chain Have you read?Op-ed: Energy storage will boost Africa’s energy transformation “Asia — led by China — and North America — led by the US — are anticipated to be the leading regions, accounting for 46.2% and 32.4%, respectively, of the total grid battery storage power capacity by 2030. Opportunities in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East will remain limited, pending further cost reductions and modernisation of market designs. Europe’s participation is likely to fall from 25.6% in 2020 to 13.3% by 2030 because of the saturation of frequency regulation markets and the lack of a business case for other applications.” In 2020, the market was resilient to COVID-19, with installations expanding by 47.3% or 2.4GW. “Additionally, the increasing power demand and generation assets distant from consumption centers necessitate transmission grid reinforcement and optimisation. Batteries offer an attractive option in handling the evolving electrification issues, sparing massive investments in new transmission grids. Integrate solar PV with battery energy storage. The US is expected to lead in this segment as the cost for solar PV and batteries continues to decline and owing to the availability of regulations permitting hybrids in wholesale electricity markets.Co-locate battery storage with thermal power plants. Hybridisation of conventional power plants, and even hydropower plants, with storage, is an emerging and attractive niche.Adjust storage to leverage evolving regulation and market conditions: Product and systems design should be focused on scalable configurations that can be easily augmented in size and energy to power ratio and combined and aggregated behind a single power control system to serve future potential applications with minimum disruption.Leverage emerging digital technologies to optimise battery and plant performance. Powerful software combined with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced price forecasting is vital for storage owners’ and operators’ merchant strategy success. This rising demand for storage is expected to increase annual market revenue from $2 billion in 2020 to approximately $16 billion by 2030. BRICS Generation There continue to be countries setting goals to generate 50% of their total energy from renewables by 2030. The renewable energy plants will need to be integrated with battery energy storage systems to allow the storage of excess energy during times when generation is high for dispatching during times when generation is low and demand high. Finance and Policy TAGSBattery storagedecarbonisationEnergy StorageFrost & Sullivanhydropowersolar powerwind energy Previous articleGERD deadlock could be resolved by solar and wind powerNext articleLEONA SMITH heads up health and safety compliance for wind farms Nomvuyo Tena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Annual power capacity is expected to reach 19.3GW from 8.5GW in 2020, resulting in 134.6GW/437.4GWh of cumulated capacity by 2030. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Woes aggravating

first_imgThe people are shell shocked with the outbreak of novel corona virus. Till date many types of flu had come in the environment but neither the economic losses nor life losses were at such alarming rate. These ful like SARS and MERS had very limited effect and the social distancing and repeated hand washing was warranted. But corona virus is so dreaded that many in the young age group had to lose their life. The vaccine is still far to be invented and number of cases every day are rising in India how it would affect Indian economy. 21 days lock down is not a small period particularly for the workers who live on daily wages. The students are sitting at home and there is no way to compensate their studies. The cluture of online education is yet to be established in India the academic losses are enormous. The educational institutions would have to grapple with the odds of conducting examination as generally this is the period to finish up the examination and new admission start in May. The harvested commodities or fruits and vegetable are not being transported to their destination. The people have taken refuge to places where they were earlier residing. The news of its impact on the life has frightened every body. The people in case the breach in social distancing is felt are avoiding going to the place of work. Doctors and paramedical staff have been asked to vacate the house by the owners. Everyone wants to depend upon the supply of goods the government has jumped in to ensure. Even critical medical ailments are not being examined by the hospitals for the fear of contagion. The eating out is not even thought of. Travelling is shut down. Uploading and offloading cannot be done as loaders are staying in their homes. But what after 21 days when lockdown in any case has to be either lifted or extended. As the supply chain itself is challenged and there is scarcity of commodities and secondly there is no constructive way of reaching out cash to the workers class who are not committed payment from any source as they were not tied to any employer the long lockdown would weigh heavily on the supply chain and consumption of minimum two ends meal. The survival is the basic necessity for everyone. If everyone is getting the food without breaking the social distancing then nothing is like this but even in these 10 days the people are complaining of commodities going scarce. The vegetable have lost their path ways. Wherever it is easy the vegetable are reaching there. Similarly fruits are hardly seen. The shops are opened where they are confident that the persons working there had no chance of contamination of virus. The business is run on chance factors. The people are scared of eating eggs, chicken and mutton as it is suspected to aggravate the disease further. Even the people are adopting hygiene as far as possible.last_img read more

Sharenting: A new perspective in the digital era!!

first_imgSharenting: A new perspective in the digital era!!It is a joyous moment to remember when our little family is finally graced with a young one. This is something that any young couple seems to be desperately waiting for, the arrival of their newborn child. Just like everyone else, one always wants to capture every moment of their child, right from the moment they leave the hospital to his/her first arrival in the house. We try to share this moment with everyone possible by sharing it on the Internet and try to make more and more people a part of it. So what? Isn’t it common everywhere? Yes, but before even realizing anything in this world, the child is now a part of a wide social media community, and guess what, he/she has made hundreds and thousands of friends in just the first week of his/her life! ‘Sharenting’ is the excessive use of social media by parents in the form of sharing of pictures and video clips of their newborn children on social media. Parents indulging in this have been dubbed ‘Sharents’.In this contemporary world, what we have witnessed is a technological revolution, which has made it very easy for ‘millennial parents’ to access various media sharing platforms (popularly Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok). The rapid increase in the sale of camera-phones and the cheap cost of the internet has aided this revolution. Infants born in this digital age have a plethora of pictures, posts, videos, and updates about their lives and background shared on various platforms even before they could walk. This phenomenon has resulted in a unique set of problems altogether.Just like time, the internet is an infinite loop of database full of a glimpse of memories posted during the various phases of the upbringing of an individual which remain permanently stored in the social media timeline. This is what sharenting is all about. The ethical aspect behind this phenomenon and the question of data privacy of those young ones is the major question that remains at large.Despite this, the positive side of sharenting, this phenomenon has helped young mothers to connect with people who are in a similar phase of their lives irrespective of their culture, religion, and location, where most of their time of the day is spent looking after their young ones.In this fragmented society, sharing in any form has helped parents to stay connected with like-minded people around the world and openly bring out together their views, opinions, and experiences on any specific topic. Learning about contemporary parenting styles and techniques helps a lot in the upbringing of any child. Also, through this, young parents can learn about new and innovative childcare services and products that can bring about a comfortable experience for their kid’s early stages.Are we only seeing the positive side of sharenting? It is not enough to say that we are at the era of the digital world, where sharing of data, the content has bombarded like anything. The question arises here, does my shared content and data fulfill the privacy norms?It is advisable for the parents to strictly avoid ‘over-sharenting’ by posting personal and intimate information that may create hindrance for their children in the future. The advent of technology has happened at a very later stage in the lives of these young parents and they easily got accustomed to it and have a tendency to get carried away in terms of constantly posting pictures of kids to get mere attention in their social media community. There has to be a clear demarcation on what is appropriate to showcase to the world and what is not.Sharenting phenomenon as a whole is an invisible battle between Parent’s Freedom of Expression vs Children’s Right to Privacy. There is a very blur line between the two. In this battle, it is the parents that need to be sensitive and be completely aware of the consequences that may arise in the future years to come when their children will become adolescent. Humans are social beings and like to share their happy moments to satisfy their psychic, but that should not happen at the cost of a breach of one’s privacy and rights.last_img read more

Exams, results, family and society!

first_imgExams have always been a roller coaster ride for students all over and more for the ones appearing for the 10th and 12th, as that is what decides the future. Every year lakhs of students appear for the 10th and 12th exams and a couple of months later, when we hear the results, we are proud and raise our collars when girls score higher than boys and when our kids come out with “flying colours”. Well, this is only one side of the coin and like every coin, this also has its own shade of misery! It is something which gets missed out when we are out there celebrating or rejoicing our kids’ hard work. It is something which creates a void in our lives and this void is irreplaceable; this shade of misery is “teenage suicide”!The news bulletins would show us the number of students who have scored the top 3 ranks but what we do not see are those bulletins which show the number of students who have ended their lives just because they could not score enough to join college and there have been reports of teens ending their lives before they get to see their results; the reason being they get anxious – what if they do not score the required marks for them to make their dreams come true! The reasons narrow down to certain pointers – families setting standards, competition between peers and the anticipation of one’s future which in turn raises the question of coping skills. Is it because of the fear of facing parents who had set high expectations on their kids or is the fear of what the society will brand their kids if they do not score the required marks that gets them to such ideas?The results and the Indian society have always been on a tug since one could recollect and this society tends to overlook on the notion of setting high standards for our kids that they have been enduring and amidst this tug of war, parents tend to miss out the said reality that they have been burdening their kids with the same notion our society has been doing!!! Well, the first step in breaking this chain is to change the perception of exams as such and change the perception of boards and when this happens, all others will follow suit; in due course, we will not lose another kid to the “demon of exam stress”!After all, life isn’t a race; it is meant to be lives, loved and enjoyed… After all, learning comes from home and when the home is heaven, our kids will find their ways out of the maze, no matter what!!! So, parents, it is time to smile more and laugh more with your kids because exams are meant to be seen as just another test and our kids can surely crack ‘em up!last_img read more

Investment models

first_imgPublic-private partnership (PPP) is the most common investment model which eases the flow of investment. According to the PPP Knowledge Lab, a “public-private partnership (PPP) is a long-term contract between a private party and a government entity, for providing a public asset or service, in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility, and remuneration is linked to performance”.Besides highway, power, ports, airports, telecommunications sectors, PPP mechanism can also be introduced in other sectors actively with a mission mode approach.For that, relevant ministries related to other key sectors such as healthcare, education, waste disposal and storage could also draft appropriate PPP policies, including standard documentation.Ministries can focus on: a) Streamlining the PPP processes for faster execution of projects b) Designing viable business models where private investments are constrained due to lack of clarity in revenue streams c) Consider the implementation of initiatives like VGF in their respective sectors.PPPs include a wide range of models/schemes and modalities varying in the extent of involvement of and risk taken by the private party. Some sector-specific measures highlighted by NITI Aayog to make this kind of contract or agreement viable are:Highway sector requirements – 1) Streamline clearances: a) avoid putting developers and banks under stress, ensure strict adherence to clearances being available before a project is awarded.b) expedite clearance processes by the constitution of Infrastructure Committee c) develop a shelf of upcoming projects where land acquisition/environmental clearance are available.2) Expand the current use of Hybrid Annuity Model and the Operation & Maintenance Models in the highway sector wherever feasible, to provide an impetus to private participation in highway construction in low traffic areas.Power Sector – Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) are a major concern area in the power sector. While the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) launched in 2015 aims to resolve operational inefficiencies and financial stress for these companies, a private partnership needs to be encouraged simultaneously. The inter-ministerial Task Force on PPP in Distribution of Electricity has recommended framework for PPP projects. This framework needs to be adopted by states with Central Government providing VGF.Ports – 1) Reorient the Model Concession Agreement (MCA) based on models followed in some minor ports in Gujarat. 2) Expedite clearance processes.Airports – Set up an appropriate PPP mechanism for encouraging private participation in the development of Brownfield and Greenfield airports. This should include: a) robust framework for ensuring appropriate capital expenditure monitoring by regulator and approval of capital expenditure b) removing regulatory uncertainty c) strengthening regulatory capacity and streamlining judicial review to ensure timely implementation of regulator’s decisions.Telecommunications – Expedite the implementation of BharatNet by engaging private partnership through the PPP model as per recommendations of TRAI released in February 2016.Public-private partnership is of great significance or value in designing, building and delivering infrastructure.last_img read more

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

first_imgLeonardo da Vinci didn’t receive a comprehensive structured formal education. He was primarily and principally self-educated. It was the great experience of the complete and very essence of life which made him realise and bring forward “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. Simplicity is always easy to understand. It makes doing stand uncomplicated and effortless. Certainty, coherence and intelligibility are embodied in simplicity. Besides it could always be equated with the crystal clarity of water to understand what transparency and purity it holds. Simplicity remains thoroughly unpretentious. With inherent modesty, it never attempts to impress others and largely seems uninterested in assuming the estimation of abilities with any greater importance.The word ‘ultimate’ has implications for all the elements of the entire human life. They could be anything from purpose, decision, value, evidence, development to consequences, success, end, downfall and actualization; as this word includes both the end of a process and what is basic or fundamental to it. The ultimate refers to the best which could be originally conceived and achieved with the personal actions of the individual. It is a final fact of an element bringing something out and the fundamental premise of consolidation of peace within. It is considered perfection which comes of simplicity, and clearly understood and acknowledged by someone who themselves manifests simplicity.A sophisticated person can be the one who has, displays and lives out a fair amount of worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture. The person can talk and form judgements with a clear line of thought. He or she thinks and understands things through establishing his or her reasons in an impressively complex and educated manner. The sophisticated person is well versed in his or her thoughts, reactions, perception and discernment because of which he or she is conscious of and in a position to interpret complex issues. Sophistication is about the capability of making fine distinctions when something is so precise that its relative analysis becomes a great challenge.Simplicity is a perfect realization of life. It is the achievement of something on which we work so hard. A person’s essential being that distinguishes him or her from others can make or fail him or her. Bringing simplicity into being is highly difficult since it involves working on and with the self and goes on working throughout life. Perhaps, this kind of realization of simplicity made Steve Jobs put into words, “that’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”Simplicity is a real treasure. When it becomes the much loved and highly valued quality for an individual, the person starts a search for this buried treasure within. One has to bury oneself in real hard work and goodness to have this treasure. This is the only way to have it. One has to possess it to enjoy it and other treasures like it. That is why Lao Tzu treasured simplicity which is evident in, “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”Simplicity is about the best. It never compromises and under no circumstances accepts the standards that are lower than what is desirable. Its point of reference always considers the condition of being morally good or correct. This guiding principle looks for the most appropriate type and quality. This develops into the tendency because of which a person likes and looks interested in something. This tendency leads to supporting goodness and righteousness and makes us understand the depth of what Oscar Wilde said, “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”Simplicity is connected with ‘being uncomplicated’ and ‘making things uncomplicated’ and brings them together disallowing nonessential changed and diverse parts to emerge from unproductive objectives involving complications. We apportion many dimensions to a problem and make it unnecessarily large. These dimensions are nothing but different confusing aspects. Simplicity recommends dealing with one aspect at a time. A clear and concise focus always fast-tracks the thoughts and actions necessary to find out solutions to problems; which Muhammad Yunus meticulously described as “things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.”When tendencies, which have an inclination towards material possessions and physical comfort, and which consider them as more important than non-material values, are all around; simplicity feels extremely suffocated. So it can never be materialistic.  It leaves the people and the surroundings displaying this inclination. Materialism is extracted from weaknesses, whereas simplicity originates from the strength of great value. Materialism complicates something to its worse, but on the other hand simplicity makes it the opposite of what materialism does. Albert Einstein defined it while placing emphasis on his experience as “possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”‘A perfect realization of life’, ‘a real treasure’, ‘touching the best’, ‘being uncomplicated’, ‘making things uncomplicated’, ‘non-materialistic entity’ and whatever other attributes we relate to simplicity, they all have one thing in common. It is the application of simplicity to make things happen, feel them rather discerning them superficially, invent the rational mind, continue delivering what is rightfully expected and what is right, and live to get on well. This application shows that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, since it ultimately becomes basic or fundamental nature of all the elements of life, gives them freedom to make fine distinctions and involves them in reasoning the purpose out, making decisions not to wait for something but keep doing it and let others see it, internalizing principles and standards of behaviour, understanding ‘willingness is meaningless without doing’, and valuing authenticity and self-actualization. As the ultimate sophistication, simplicity takes us to the level which Leonardo da Vinci stated firmly that as a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.last_img read more

County unemployment rate drops in May

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Top Searches Top Searches SchwFotbballCourt County unemployment rate drops in MayJune 28, 2018gpsadminNews0 Better weather brings more jobs, most with lower wages By Patricia BeechPeople’s DefenderThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.2 was unchanged from April to May 2018, and remained higher than the national rate of 3.8 percent for the 12th consecutive month.The BLS also reported that Adams County’s unemployment rate dropped in the same period of time from 6.0 to 5.4 percent.According to Debora Plymail, Director of OhioMeansJobs for Adams and Brown Counties, the drop in numbers comes as no surprise.“Our county’s unemployment rate usually changes because of better weather, but from October through January our rate tends to go up because employers aren’t hiring as much,” she says. “We’re used to seeing that kind of employment cycle in our county. It’s been that way for the entire 28 years that I’ve worked here.”She says her office is “seeing quite a few local jobs come across our desks”.“The wages aren’t exactly what we like to see, but for someone just starting out in the workforce on an entry level job, it will do until they get experience and move up to a better wage.”Plymail said young people seeking seasonal work during the summer months also impacts the local job market numbers.“We don’t see as many young people coming into the center during the summer, but we do see an increase in our youth applications beginning in mid-April,” she says. “Through our youth program, which assists young people from ages 14 to 24, we have placed approximately 90 young adults on work sites across Adams County.”As director of OhioMeansJobs, Plymail oversees a two-pronged program that offers both job-training services and job-searching services, which are available to everyone, “from GED’s to PHD’s” at no cost.“We call them the universal customer,” she says. “We tell everyone we’re just another tool in your tool box to help you as you’re looking for a job.”Dislocated and soon-to-be-dislocated workers from the J.M. Stuart and Killen coal-fired power plants in Manchester are among those who used resources offered by the OhioMeansJobs office.“We had 282 visits from 202 individuals at our Transition Center in Manchester,” says Plymail. “After the center closes we’ll continue to see the DP&L workers in our Winchester and Brown County offices.”The closure of the Transition Center is scheduled to coincide with the final shut down of the power plants in June.Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary May unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.5 percent in Mercer County to a high of 6.5 percent in Monroe County.According to BLS, from April, unemployment rates decreased in 41 counties, increased in 32 counties, and didn’t change at all in 15 counties.The comparable rate for Ohio was 4.2 percent in May.Five counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.0 percent in May. Those with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, Putnam, and Wyandot with 2.9 percent and Auglaize with 3.0 percent.Eight counties had unemployment rates at or above 5.5 percent in the same period including: Monroe at 6.5 percent; Scioto, 5.8 percent; Coshocton and Jackson, 5.6 percent; and Jefferson, Noble, and Pike, 5.5 percent. The OhioMeansJobs office in Winchester reports 282 visits from individuals affected by the closing of the two local power plants. (Provided photo) https://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_OhioMeansJobs-Cntr.-Front.jpgThe OhioMeansJobs office in Winchester reports 282 visits from individuals affected by the closing of the two local power plants. (Provided photo) Better weather brings more jobs, most with lower wages last_img read more

Boralex purchases 36 MW wood-residue based power facility in Maine

first_img Facebook Twitter Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas By chloecox – The Fort Fairfield station is currently operated by a contingent of 28 employees and is ideally located for wood supply. This advantage will also benefit the other Boralex units located in Maine and New York. Its location will also stimulate the sale of energy in the local and New England (NEPOOL) markets as early as the summer of 2001. Considering the high prices of electricity during the summer period, the Corporation expects to be able to reach a level of profitability in line with its financial objectives from the last quarter of the current financial year. With four wood-residue thermal or cogeneration power stations, three of which are in the United States and one in Quebec, Boralex has, throughout the years, developed an expertise in what is now known as green energy. Additional 34 MW thermal power station, currently under construction in Senneterre, Quebec, should begin operation by the end of 2001. Linkedin MONTREAL, April 11, 2001 — Boralex Inc. announces that it has signed an agreement with an affiliate of FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group and a major independent power producer in the United States, for the acquisition of a gross 36 MW wood-residue based power generating station located in Fort Fairfield, in Northern Maine. 4.11.2001 FPL Energy is a leading producer of clean energy, including natural gas, wind, solar, hydroelectric, biomass, and geothermal generating facilities in the United States and abroad. FPL Group, with annual revenues of more than $7 billion, is one of the nation’s largest providers of electricity-related services. FPL Group’s principal subsidiary is Florida Power & Light Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving 3.9 million customer accounts in Florida. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.fplenergy.com, www.flpgroup.com and www.flp.com Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project Boralex purchases 36 MW wood-residue based power facility in Maine TAGSFPL center_img Linkedin Boralex Inc. is an important independent producer of power. With the addition of the Fairfield station, the Corporation will have an installed capacity of 210 MW and will employ more than 150 employees. Boralex will own and operate 14 generating stations producing energy from different sources including wood-residue or natural gas fired thermal and cogeneration facilities and hydroelectric power stations. These power stations are located in Quebec, the US and France. Boralex’s stock trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BLX.A. Previous articleTransCanada to develop fifth Alberta power plantNext articleAPS doubles its solar generation capacity chloecox Twitter Avista considering RNG on way to net-zero carbon goals This acquisition, representing an investment of US $10 million, will position Boralex as a leading producer of energy based on wood-residue in the state of Maine, and an important player in the production of this type of energy in the United States. Facebook Renewables RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In commenting on this transaction, Jacques Gauthier, the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation stated: “The addition of this station will consolidate our presence in New England and will give us an added advantage in serving the energy markets in the United States. Furthermore, this transaction is a perfect fit with our development strategy, which is based on acquiring stations with low operating costs thereby improving our competitive position.” This transaction is subject to regulatory approval and should be finalized by July 1st, 2001. No posts to displaylast_img read more

Major investment planned for China’s grid

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter A recent report from the country’s National State Development and Reform Commission highlighted the plans of State Grid Corporation of China and China Southern Power Grid (CSPG) to invest yuan900bn and yuan300bn respectively. No posts to display Linkedin Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project Linkedin By chloecox – Hitachi ABB Power Grids to modernize 1.2-GW Chinese hydropower plant Major projects that the state grid corporation will work on include an 800 kV DC transmission project from the Jinping hydropower station and the development of a 750 kV transmission network in northwest China. CSPG will build an 800 kV DC transmission network within its existing grid. RenewablesHydroelectric Major investment planned for China’s grid TAGSNationalGrid Facebook 25 November 2005 – China’s two power grid operators are to invest a combined total of yuan1200bn ($148.5bn) over the next five years on projects to expand electricity networks. The amount budgeted will mean an annual investment of yuan250bn, over yuan100bn more than the amount invested in both of the previous two years. Twitter Facebook Avista Utilities’ 2021 electric IRP includes upgrades to existing hydropower Previous articleVestas report profits down but sales boomingNext articleEU wide Biomass Action Plan will be implemented, says EC officer chloecox 11.25.2005last_img read more

TVA to spend 250 million

first_img Twitter TVA to spend 250 million Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine Construction at the plant was started in 1974 but came to a halt in 1988. In 2009 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved TVA’s request to reinstate original construction permits while TVA evaluated its two reactor sites. TAGSTVA New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Linkedin NuclearReactors Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale 8.23.2010 23 August 2010 – The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors have approved nearly $250 million toward the possible opening of one of its nuclear reactors. By chloecox – center_img Twitter Facebook The projected cost to complete the unit is between $4.3 billion and $4.7 billion. Final approval for the project is not expected until next year. Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSaudi Electricity approves $3.92bn worth of power projectsNext articleAreva to delay manufacturing facility chloecox Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today Facebook The board approved the 2011 fiscal year budget that included $248 million to fund the engineering design and site preparation for Unit 1 at the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in Alabama. No posts to displaylast_img read more

Hydropower legislation approved in House

first_imgRead more hydroelectric news RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook 7.10.2012 Facebook No posts to display RenewablesHydroelectricNew Projects By chloecox – Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project “Hydropower is an important component of our all-of-the-above energy strategy – it creates jobs and helps power our homes and businesses,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). Linkedin Hydropower legislation approved in House Twitter Twitter The House Committee on Energy and Commerce said in a statement the bipartisan legislation will reduce regulatory red tape and streamline the permitting process for new projects. Hydropower currently accounts for nearly 8 percent of America’s electricity generation portfolio. The committee said estimates project new hydropower development could produce up to 60,000 MW of new hydropower capacity and create over 700,000 jobs by 2025. TAGSBCHydro Previous articlePatriot Coal files for bankruptcyNext articleAustralian company signs U.S. solar PV contract chloecox Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas CPV says it has developed 400+ MW of renewable capacity on former coal mines Linkedin The U.S. House of Representatives on July 9 approved H.R. 5892, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, with unanimous support. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) introduced the legislation to help facilitate the development of new hydropower projects across the country.last_img read more

PG&E crews work on restoring power after earthquake

first_imgOn Monday crews began conducting gas safety checks for all customers in the impacted area. These will continue over the next few days. TAGSPGE “We’re committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure the safety of our system and the well-being of our customers and the communities we serve. I want our customers to know they can count on us,” said Chris Johns, president of PG&E. 8.25.2014 PG&E crews work on restoring power after earthquake So far, PG&E has lowered the operating pressure of its Sonoma/Napa transmission pipeline system and conducted two patrols of the transmission system. Crews are also looking for any distribution line leaks, which are being repaired immediately by onsite crews. Facebook The company received 439 gas odor calls and determined that 20 of those calls were earthquake-related gas outages. Linkedin Venture Global LNG adds Zachry to EPC team for Gulf export terminal construction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Subscribe to Power Engineering magazine Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions By chloecox – Previous articleSupreme Court sides with Mississippi Power on emissions control regulationsNext articleFirst Wind to utilize GE technology for Maine wind farm chloecox To view a live outage map, click here. Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Twitter Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E, NYSE: PCG) is working on restoring electric and gas service after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Napa County, California. GasO&M Linkedin Twitter Approximately 70,000 customers were without electric power following the earthquake, however, power has been restored to 62,700 customers. Facebook No posts to displaylast_img read more

Southern Co. unit buys solar PV project in California

first_img Facebook Previous articleNRC to increase oversight of Limerick nuclear power plantNext articleWind energy farm in Quebec receives government decree chloecox Southern Co. unit buys solar PV project in California RenewablesNew ProjectsSolar RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Southern Power acquiring 118-MW Oklahoma wind project developed by Vestas’ NA unit Linkedin TAGSSDEGSouthernCompany By chloecox – CPV says it has developed 400+ MW of renewable capacity on former coal mines Twittercenter_img Linkedin 10.24.2014 Facebook Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas The Solar Gen 2 project spans three sites, each of which is a 50-MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The entire project uses more than one million thin-film PV modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables manufactured by First Solar. The plant will be built, operated and maintained by First Solar. Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) acquired the 150-MW Solar Gen 2 facility in California from First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR). Construction began in 2013 and is expected to be completed in late 2014. Southern Power will initially own 100 percent of the project, with First Solar agreeing to acquire a minority stake upon fulfillment of certain conditions. The output of the plant will be sold under a 25-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric. Twitter No posts to displaylast_img read more

NextEra’s Proposed Purchase of Oncor Blocked for Second Time

first_img Linkedin Linkedin Venture Global LNG adds Zachry to EPC team for Gulf export terminal construction CoalGasRenewables Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project Twitter 6.9.2017 Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables TAGSNextEra The move, previously rejected in April, drew concerns from commissioners about the loss of ring-fencing measures that would protect Oncor’s credit rating, as well as who would control the company, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez said NextEra’s refusal to accept measures on those issues was the “fatal flaw” in the application. NextEra’s Proposed Purchase of Oncor Blocked for Second Time Facebook By chloecox – RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleNRC Seeks Review of Nuclear Waste Storage at Yucca MountainNext articleHard Times Quantified for Nuclear Power chloecox The Public Utility Commission of Texas again rejected a move by NextEra Energy to purchase Oncor Electric Delivery for $18 billion. By Editors of Power Engineering Oncor, Texas’ largest operator of power transmission lines, is owned by parent company Energy Future Holdings, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2014 to restructure almost $50 billion in debt. Nextera’s move to purchase Oncor was approved by a bankruptcy judge in February. Facebook No posts to displaylast_img read more

As expected, freeholders elect Rivas chair, Vainieri vice chair, of the…

first_img Facebook Twitter Anthony M.DeFino TAGSanthony vainieribill o’deaboard of chosen freeholderse junior maldonadotilo rivas SHARE 2 COMMENTS Crime Joker Jersey CityNewsNorth Bergen/GuttenbergUnion City so I guess it’s okay to be a double elected municipal/county level but not municipal-county/ state level.. What a Joke. When you wonder why Hudson County is mess just look at the people in the video. A total group of losers. By John Heinis – January 6, 2016 2:08 am 2 News January 7, 2016 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm Bayonne Previous articleAfter Zimmer majority Hoboken council sworn in, Giattino, Mello named pres, VPNext articleCongressman Sires ‘encouraged’ by Obama’s executive actions on gun safety John Heinis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Freeholders Tilo Rivas (D-6) and Anthony Vainieri (D-8) were elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively, by the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders last night, as Hudson County View accurately predicted. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YSTZhgZ46c&feature=youtu.be[/fve]Rivas, also the Union City Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, was sworn in by Mayor/state Senator Brian Stack (D-33), while Vainieri was sworn in by Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari.Additionally, Jersey City Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2) was made the chairman pro tempore of the board.Rivas, Vainieri and O’Dea all gave thanks for being given the opportunity to help lead the freeholders, offering some praise for last year’s chair, Jersey City Freeholder E. Junior Maldonado (D-4).Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise gave his stamp of approval on the job Maldonado did as chair as well before also applauding the selection of Rivas as his successor.Finally, Maldonado took a moment to address the praise from his colleagues, receiving a standing ovation after his remarks. Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus January 6, 2016 8:49 am at 8:49 am As expected, freeholders elect Rivas chair, Vainieri vice chair, of the board Comments are closed.last_img read more

Parents United Hoboken BOE slate hosts meet and greet at Biggie’s

first_img Community CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network By John Heinis – October 5, 2016 5:51 pm 1 Comments are closed. NoMoreCiminals October 7, 2016 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm Facebook Twitter Parents United Hoboken BOE slate hosts meet and greet at Biggie’s Bayonne Bayonne ElectionsHobokencenter_img Previous articleCongressmen Payne, Sires, Mayor Davis help host veterans clinic in BayonneNext articleCivic JC, Matsikoudis say Fulop-linked super PAC should give back $1.4M John Heinis FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront The Parents United Hoboken Board of Education slate, which has the backing of politicos such as Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) and 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo, hosted a meet and greet at Biggie’s Clam Bar last night. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4KbyUqilUc&feature=youtu.be[/fve]“We are gonna run a positive campaign because at the end of the day, we’re all in it for our district of children and our city children as well,” said Hoboken BOE Trustee Peter Biancamano.“And we’re all it because we just hired a superintendent a year ago, Dr. Christine Johnson, who has come into this district and has done a wonderful, wonderful job,” adding that he was very impressed upon meeting the Parents United team of Jessica Nelson, Francis “Chipper” Benway and Jennifer Rossini.Nelson, who sells real estate, had her twin daughters – who joined her during her speech – were her main reason for decided to run.“My twin daughters, they currently attend Hoboken Charter School. The other reason I would tell you I am very interested in being a part of this is as a realtor in Hoboken,” she explained.“Too often I see people saying ‘could you sell my home? I want to move to Chatham. I want to move to Summit. I want to move to Westfield. I’m not happy with the schools in Hoboken.Benway, a history teacher and former baseball and football coach, said that education has been a high priority in his life for two decades.“Education has been very important to me since my mid-20s: I’ve been involved in education for the past 20 years. As a coach, I’ve mentored many, many young ball players,” he recalled.“As a teacher, I’ve had the opportunity to have students, former students come back and thank me for all the positive things I’ve helped them to do with their lives. Now is my turn to make sure that Hoboken education is where it should be.”Rossini, a former trustee for Hudson County CASA, a group that helps neglected and abused children, says her 5-year-old son’s struggles with the special needs curriculum motivated her to seek a seat on the board.” … The reason I initially wanted to get involved is because there really is no program for my son. He is kind of in between the programs that I wanted to get more involved in the process because I want something for him and I don’t want to have to move.”She is also a business executive, which she believes would bring a fresh perspective to the board when it comes time to make difficult financial decisions.Others in attendances included former North Hudson Sewerage Authority Chairman Frank Raia, ex-Hoboken 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason, Hoboken NAACP member Cory Anderson, West New York Housing Authority Executive Director Bob DiVincent, Hoboken BOE Trustee John Madigan, Elysian Charter School President Eduardo Gonzalez, Hoboken Democratic Committee Secretary Joe Branco, among many others.Many pundits are viewing the November 8 race as a sneak preview of 2017, where Romano is expected to challenge Mayor Dawn Zimmer.Zimmer is backing the Forward Together team, who is hosting a meet and greet tomorrow, and the team also has the support of several members of the city council.While the Zimmer-backed BOE ticket defeated Romano’s BOE team at the polls in 2015, huge vote-by-mail numbers gave Britney Montgomery and Madigan unexpected come from behind victories. 1 COMMENT DeGise: Hudson County ‘determined’ to get out of ICE contract following Essex decision Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The candidates may be nice enough but the crowd around them immediately disqualifies them from consideration.Romano, Russo, Biancamano,Mason, Raia, Branco do NOT have Hoboken students or taxpayers best interests at heart. They have not for the last decade. Why would now be any differentDo NOT vote for these people TAGSfrancis benwayHoboken Board of Educationjennifer rossinijessica nelsonparents united SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Succeeding Prieto, Mejia becomes first Dominican to serve in state Legislature

first_imgPolitics & PolicySecaucus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Succeeding Prieto, Mejia becomes first Dominican to serve in state Legislature Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ Community Bayonne Facebook Twitter FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront Previous articleAuthorities seeking the public’s help to identify dead baby in Jersey CityNext articleICE confirms they arrested two brothers outside of West New York Town Hall this week John Heinis Bayonne has administered over 40,000 COVID-19 vaccinations since January, official says Community By John Heinis – April 13, 2018 9:56 am 0 Succeeding former Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Secaucus business owner Pedro Mejia became the first Dominican-American to serve in the state Legislature yesterday.[fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J17dOH5qs4&feature=em-share_video_user[/fve]“It is a tremendous honor to join the New Jersey General Assembly and to represent the residents of District 32 in Trenton,” Mejia said in a statement.“I am ready to get to work addressing the issues important to our communities and to the stateI look forward to working alongside my colleagues to improve the lives of New Jersey residents.”Mejia immigrated to the United States at the age of 15 and became a naturalized citizen in 2000. He is also a small business owner in the residential real estate industry and has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry.Currently, he is the owner of Mejia Corporation which helps to maintain residential properties throughout the state.As Hudson County View first reported, Mejia was selected to fill Prieto’s seat by the Democratic committees of the 32nd Legislative District late last month.Prieto left public office in February to to lead the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority for $280,000 a year. TAGS32nd legislative districtnj assemblypedro mejiavincent prieto SHARElast_img read more

Senate vote prevents Booker from attending scheduled Bhalla fundraiser in Hoboken

first_imgHobokenPolitics & Policy Community TAGScory bookerjet headquartersravi bhalla SHARE Community 1 COMMENT Comments are closed. Previous articleSecaucus Board of Education votes to transfer embattled high school principalNext articleKushner Cos. threatens to sue Fulop for defamation, mayor refuses to apologize John Heinis Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR June 29, 2018 4:27 pm at 4:27 pm CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network center_img Senate vote prevents Booker from attending scheduled Bhalla fundraiser in Hoboken By John Heinis – June 29, 2018 12:43 pm 1 Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront Facebook Twitter Bayonne A last minute vote in the U.S. Senate prevented Cory Booker (D-NJ) from attending a fundraiser for Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla where VIP tickets were going for $1,000 a piece. By John Heinis/Hudson County View“Hey, this is Cory Booker: Ravi, I’m so sorry we got stuck in votes tonight on the Farm Bill and it kept me from being there with everybody to celebrate the leadership of someone who inspires me – not just now that he ascended his position – but whose been inspiring me in my path of service for many, many years now,” Booker said in a 51-second video played at the event and obtained by Hudson County View.“He is an exceptional leader, a light in many ways, a rising star that gives me hope for what we in New Jersey can do, can become and can achieve together. Ravi: thank you for your leadership, thank you for your grace and I have incredibly bold hopes for the great City of Hoboken.”The event, hosted at the Jet.com headquarters at 221 River St., had been advertised on social media for weeks with over 400 people invited via a public event created on Facebook. Despite this fact, the event was closed to the press.Booker was scheduled to do photo ops from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. for guests who paid the $1,000 VIP ticket price, with regular admission going for $250.Those who paid the VIP price will be comped at an event with Booker that take place before the end of the summer, according to a campaign spokesman.The cancellation came at the last minute, with the Senate vote on the Farm Bill, legislation focused on nutrition and agriculture, being called around 5:30 p.m. last night. The bill passed easily by a vote of 86-11, Politico reported.Attendees told HCV that former Mayors Dave Roberts and Dawn Zimmer showed their support, as did former state Senate Majority Leader Bernie Kenny and Council members-at-Large James Doyle and Emily Jabbour.Well after Bhalla’s event had wrapped up, Booker was back in the metropolitan area around 10:30 p.m., speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon to weigh in on the next Supreme Court nominee.Booker, who swore Bhalla in as mayor in January, is heavily rumored to be a Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 expected to announce his White House ambitions before the end of the year. Closed to the press? Was Trump there? Oh Pleezelast_img read more

Kyle Carter Top Canadian Following Cross-Country at Olympics

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Hong Kong, China – Kyle Carter of Calgary, AB, is the top Canadian following cross-country, the second of three phases comprising the equestrian sport of eventing, at the 2008 Olympic Games.  Carter is in 32nd position individually while the Canadian Eventing Team is in ninth position overall.Carter, who had been sitting in 61st position following the opening phase of dressage, made an impressive leap up the leader board following Monday’s cross-country phase.  Riding Madison Park, a 10-year-old thoroughbred gelding owned by Carter and Nicole Shinton, Carter was only the second rider to tackle the course designed by Great Britain’s Michael Etherington-Smith.  The pair successfully negotiated the 39 jumping efforts placed over a total distance of 4,560 meters but, as did all competitors, incurred time faults for exceeding the time allowed of eight minutes.  Adding 18.40 time penalties to his dressage score, Carter currently has a two-day provisional score of 81.90 penalty points.“It went right to plan.  I would have liked to be faster, but I am sure everyone would have today!” said Carter, 39.  “I did not have a fence out there that was bad.  He is a hell of a horse, and he finished strong.  As far as cross-country goes, he is as good as any horse out there.”Sandra Donnelly, 38, also of Calgary, AB, was the second Canadian rider.  With Buenos Aires, an 11-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding, Donnelly completed the cross-country course with no jumping penalties and 24 time penalties.  Her two-day total of 84.20 penalty points puts her in 34th position in the overall standings.  Donnelly had been ranked 58th following dressage.In her Olympic debut, Selena O’Hanlon, 27, of Elgin, ON, was the highest-placed Canadian, ranked 20th, following the opening phase of dressage.  During the cross-country phase, she had refusals at fences 18 and 28 to incur 40 jumping penalties in addition to 36.80 time penalties.  Her two-day total of 120.90 penalty points puts O’Hanlon in 51st position riding Colombo, a 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Elaine and Michael Davies.Michael Winter, 33, of Toronto, ON, was the victim of bad luck when he lost his stirrup leather at fence nine.  His mount, Kingpin, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by The Kingpin Syndicate, jumped very big over fence nine, a drop fence to a skinny brush.  Although Winter tried to keep Kingpin straight to the skinny brush, the horse ran out and Winter caught his leg on the flag.“When I jumped down that first part of nine ‘a’ quite big, I did the best job I could to get a good line to ‘b’, but he jumped to the side, and I caught my leg on the flag and it pulled my stirrup leather off,” explained Winter, who incurred 20 jumping penalties for the run-out and 56.80 time penalties.  “It was still on my foot, so I was able to reattach it, but it was extremely time-consuming.  But my horse was still great, I was confident enough to take most of the straight routes.  I wanted to keep the time penalties as minimal as possible in case my score was ever needed for some reason towards the team result.”With a two-day total of 125.70 penalties, Winter is currently in 53rd position.  Samantha Taylor, 25, of Richmond, BC, incurred 40 jumping penalties and 69.90 time penalties to end the day in 60th position with a total of 180.30 penalty points.  In her Olympic debut, Taylor is riding Livewire, a 10-year-old thoroughbred gelding bred in British Columbia.Counting the best three scores from the five team members, Canada is currently ranked ninth overall among the 11 nations competing with a two-day total of 287 penalty points.“I would be the first to admit that we fell short of our expectations,” said Winter of Canada’s cross-country performance.  “There is disappointment, especially among those of us that did not have clean rounds.  We feel that we did not contribute to the Team what we were hoping for.  But all of our horses and riders stayed upright, and that is an important thing to remember in this sport.”Carter added, “I thought we really had a chance.  I thought the door opened, and we all had possibilities.  I would have liked a better result.”Heading into Tuesday’s third and final phase of show jumping, Germany currently leads the standings with a total of 158.10 penalties but, less than one show jumping rail behind, is Australia with 162.00 penalties.  Great Britain is currently ranked third with 173.70 followed by Italy with 198.40 penalties.The cross-country phase produced a shake-up on the individual leader board as well.  Hinrich Romeike of Germany moved from seventh following dressage into top spot with a two-day total of 50.20 riding Marius.  He is followed closely by fellow German Ingrid Klimke with 50.70 riding Abraxxas while Australia’s Megan Jones is just behind with 51.00 riding Irish Jester.“Equine Canada is proud of all our riders, and we are looking forward to an exciting final day of competition,” noted Equine Canada CEO, Akaash Maharaj. “We are very pleased with the steps the course committee took to ensure the welfare of our equine athletes in cross-country, traditionally assessed as the most physically challenging of the three eventing phases.  By creating the shortest cross-country course in Olympic history, and by beginning the course in the cool, early hours of the morning, the course committee has upheld the principle that the best interests of the horse must always come first.”Eventing is comprised of three phases of competition held consecutively – dressage, cross-country and show jumping.  At the 2008 Olympic Games, 70 horses representing 24 nations are competing in eventing.  Show jumping will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Sha Tin, the main Olympic equestrian venue.  Team and Individual Medals will be awarded following the conclusion of Tuesday’s competition.For more information, including live results, please visit www.fei.org/olympics.2008 Olympic Games – Provisional Individual Eventing Standings Following Cross-Country                    Rider                         Country                     Horse                          Score1.                 Hinrich Romeike          Germany                    Marius                          50.202.                 Ingrid Klimke              Germany                    Abraxxas                      50.703.                 Megan Jones               Australia                     Irish Jester                   51.004.                 Clayton Fredericks      Australia                     Ben Along Time             53.405. (tie)          Gina Miles                   United States              McKinlaigh                    56.105. (tie)          Mary King                   Great Britain               Call Again Cavalier        56.10Canadians 32.               Kyle Carter                 Calgary, AB                Madison Park                81.9034.               Sandra Donnelly          Calgary, AB                Buenos Aires                84.2051.               Selena O’Hanlon          Elgin, ON                    Colombo                       120.9053.               Michael Winter            Toronto, ON                 Kingpin                        125.7060.               Samantha Taylor         Richmond, BC             Livewire                       180.30 More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Rolex Season is Just Around the Corner

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Riders all around the globe are already counting down to the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping final which will take place in Leipzig, Germany next April.  And for competitors in the Rolex-sponsored Western European League, the qualifying season kicks off in four weeks time at Oslo in Norway.Many of the other leagues are already well underway.  There are 14 in total, and the 12-leg Australia-Pacific series, which began in April, runs through to its final in Sydney in December.  The first of 13 qualifiers in the Arab League took place in Tripoli, Libya earlier this month and this series concludes in Sharjah, UAE in January.  There were just three legs in the Central Asian League which is already completed, while the Caucasian League is also a tidy affair with just four rounds – two in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the remaining two in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The Central European League is divided into two sub-leagues embracing 17 events and concluding with a final in Warsaw, Poland next March.  There are also finals in the nine-leg Japanese series, and in the New Zealand-Pacific region which stages eight qualifiers and comes to a close at Tauranga (NZL) next February.Qualifying OpportunitiesSouth African riders have just two legs of their six-round series left to go, and there are the same number of qualifying opportunities for competitors in the South American League which winds up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in eight weeks time. South East Asia hosts six legs that run through to next February, but riders in North America have 23 qualifying competitions available to them.  The action in the 16-leg East-Coast series began at Blainville in Canada in July, while Langley in Canada hosted the West Coast opener in June.  Riders from the USA have clinched the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping title on seven occasions over the last 32 years, but it is Germany that holds the record for the biggest number of wins.  When Marcus Ehning won the 2009/2010 title in Geneva, Switzerland last April the German tally rose to eight, and if he can do it again this season then he will become the first-ever rider to take the title four times.He will get his first chance to start the ball rolling when the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League begins in Oslo on 17 October. Big Test of StaminaThis opening leg takes place just seven days after a new Jumping World Champion has been crowned at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky, and while it will be a big test of stamina for those returning from the American fixture, it will be the perfect opportunity to pick up those early points which so often smooth the way to the final later in the season.  Good results during the initial rounds help to relieve the pressure and ensures horses and riders are fresher coming into the deciding event which, this year, returns to Leipzig.  And if previous experience is anything to go by, then German riders should be feeling confident on home soil.  When Leipzig last hosted the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in 2002, Germany took the top two places – Otto Becker, who is now German Chef d’Equipe, clinching victory ahead of Ludger Beerbaum while Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa finished third.FEI World Cup™ Jumping celebrates its 33rd season this year as the hugely-popular series, originally conceived by Swiss journalist Max Amman, continues to go from strength to strength.  From the 14 leagues, embracing six continents, riders are fighting for a place at the final where the best the best will do battle to decide who is the greatest of them all.  The Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping title is the ultimate accolade in the sport of indoor international jumping.  It’s the one they all want to win, and the first step on the road to glory is just around the corner……  ~ by Louise ParkesFacts and Figures– 14 qualifying leagues around the globe lead to the final– This is the 33rd season of FEI World Cup™ Jumping– This season’s final will take place at Leipzig, Germany from 27 April to 1 May 2011– A total of 132 qualifying legs will be staged before the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Leipzig next April– The defending champion is Germany’s Marcus Ehning.– German riders hold the record for the most wins in the series – 8 in total– Defending champion Marcus Ehning has won the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series three times during his career – at Las Vegas (USA) in 2003, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 2006 and in Geneva (Switzerland) – – earlier this year.  He is one of four riders who have scored a hat-trick of wins.  He will set a new standard if he can take his fourth title this season.– Leipzig previously hosted the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in 2002– There have been 32 winners of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping title.  The leaderboard of winners, by nation, is as follows:– Germany 8, USA 7, Austria 4, Canada, Great Britain and Brazil 3, Switzerland 2, France and The Netherlands 1.last_img read more

Ben Asselin Named 2010 Equine Canada Junior Equestrian of the Year

first_img Email* Equine Canada has named Ben Asselin, 16, of Calgary, AB, the 2010 Junior Equestrian of the Year.The Gillian Wilson Award is given annually to the Junior Equestrian of the Year in recognition of a junior competitor who has made outstanding contributions to equestrian competition and who has exemplified exceptional talent, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport.  Asselin demonstrates excellent examples of each of these qualities.At only 16 years of age, Asselin had a stellar year in 2010. His winning ways all started with great results early in the season in Wellington, Florida. When he returned to Canada, he won the ATCO Cup at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair at the end of March.Moving up successfully to the 1.50m classes during the Spruce Meadows summer series, Asselin competed and earned some great results against the world’s top riders. As a result of these achievements earlier in the season, Asselin was then named to the Alberta Junior Jumping Team at the FEI North American Junior/Young Riders’ Championships which was held at the Kentucky Horse Park at the end of July.In his debut appearance at the Championships, Asselin rode Lolita, Attache Stables’s 12-year-old Oldenburg mare, over five perfectly clear rounds, which not only secured the gold medal for his team, but also the individual gold medal for himself. A few weeks later, Ben followed up his double gold medal performance in Kentucky with a win in the $32,500 Laramide Oil and Gas Grand Prix at the Rocky Mountain Classic I, which was followed only seven days later with another victory in the $32,500 Attaché Classic at the Rocky Mountain Classic II.“I had such a great year in 2010, and to win this award really caps it off. Being named as Equine Canada’s Junior Equestrian of the Year is amazing,” said Asselin. “I would also like to thank my mom and dad who have been so supportive and my fantastic horses—Magic Man and Lolita.”At the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala, on Saturday January 29, 2011, in Ottawa, ON, Asselin was awarded with the Gillian Wilson Trophy, created in honor of Gillian Wilson, who was the Technical Director of Canadian Equestrian Federation (now Equine Canada) from 1977 until her retirement on December 31, 1992.  Each winner holds the award for one year, retains a trophy and receives $1,000. Tags: Equine Canada, Ben Asselin, Equine Canada Junior Equestrian of the Year, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP last_img read more

Update from Equine Canada’s Task Force on FEI Limb Sensitivity Protocol

first_imgEquine Canada’s Limb Sensitivity Protocol Task Force provides the following as an interim update to both Equine Canada’s membership, as well as the Canadian equestrian community.The Task Force has held two meetings to discuss the current Protocol, its practical application and how it can be improved while not compromising the welfare of the horse or fair play.This included a meeting with the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) Lisa Lazarus (General Counsel) and Graeme Cooke (Veterinary Director) to review recent amendments to the Protocol by the FEI and to discuss potential future suggested amendments currently under discussion by the Task Force. The tone of the conversations was open and cooperative, and it was clear that the FEI representatives welcomed the feedback and ideas that were presented.The Task Force is very encouraged to learn that one of the addendums to the Protocol effective 2013 (now known as “Limb Sensitivity”) was as a direct result of feedback from Canada – namely, that examinations will be video recorded during the initial examination rather than waiting until the secondary examination.Discussions continue with the Task Force in order to further review and finalize what they feel could further improve the Protocol and/or clarifications required in the interest of clear communication for all parties involved. The working list of focus areas includes, but is not limited to:• the timing of the “Initial Examination” prior to Competition;• the role of, and impact on, the Reserve Athlete;• the role of the identified “Person Responsible” and presence during all examinations;• the stature of the national federation team during examinations and its input into decisions taken at international team competitions;• the designated area where examinations are conducted and maximum number of attending veterinarians permitted at one time;• the involvement of the Appeal Committee;• the re-examination process of a horse in order to re-enter competition; and• a process whereby a discovered injury can be reported and treated prior to testing.The objective of the Task Force remains to present a list of recommendations to the international community, including FEI Veterinarians, for consultation and discussion prior to presentation to the FEI.BackgroundIn September 2012, Equine Canada’s Sport Council formed a Hypersensitivity Task Force at the request of the Board of Directors. The objective of the Task Force is to review the FEI Protocol for Thermography and Clinical Examination (hypersensitivity of legs) to ascertain, from the perspective of Canada’s equestrian sport community, if the protocol and its application are achieving the intended outcomes in an equitable and effective manner.The Task Force is co-chaired by Mark Samuel, Canada’s elected representative to and Chair of the FEI’s Group IV, member of Equine Canada’s Sport Council and former Chair of Jump Canada, and Kerri McGregor, Canadian Equestrian Team Leader, Equine Canada Board Director and Session Member to the Canadian Olympic Committee. Task Force members currently include Graeme Thom (chef d’équipe – Eventing), Gina Smith (chef d’équipe – Dressage), Mark Laskin (chef d’équipe – Jumping), Terrance Millar (former chef d’équipe – Jumping) and Elizabeth Robinson (chef d’équipe – Para-Equestrian) as well as ex-Officio members Michael Gallagher (President – Equine Canada ) and Michael Arbour (Interim Chief Executive Officer – Equine Canada). Advisors to the Task Force include Christine Peters (Manager – Dressage), Fleur Tipton (Manager – Eventing), Karen Hendry-Ouellette (Manager – Jumping), Amie O’Shaughnessy (Director – Para-Equestrian) with assistance provided by Kari MacGregor (Program Coordinator – Equine Medications).To read more about the FEI’s Limb Sensitivity protocol, please click here. Tags: Kari MacGregor, Terrance Millar, Mark Laskin, Gina Smith, Graeme Cooke, hypersensitivity, Amie O’Shaughnessy, Mike Gallagher, Hypersensitivity Protocol Task Force, Karen Hendry-Ouellette, FEI Limb Sensitivity Protocol, Limb Sensitivity Protocol Task Force, Lisa Lazarus, limb sensitivity, Mark Samue, Kerri McGrego, Elizabeth Robinson, Michael Arbour, Christine Peters, Fleur Tipton, SIGN UP Email* Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. 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Lindsay Cooper-Kelly Awarded Dressage Youth Bursary

first_img Horse Sport Enews Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce Lindsay Cooper-Kelly of Ottawa, ON, as the recipient of the 2016 Dressage Youth Bursary.In recognition of the challenges young riders face as they strive to continue their education while also competing at high levels of equestrian sport, EC developed the Dressage Bursary Program for young riders to help ease the financial burden of pursuing equestrian excellence.A first year psychology student at Carleton University in her hometown, Cooper-Kelly, 18, has risen up the ranks of dressage at a lightning fast pace. First stepping into the stirrups at age 12, she progressed from competing at the training and first level in 2015 to succeeding at the FEI Junior level less than eight months later. Her outstanding scores even earned her a spot at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NJYRC) in Parker, CO in July 2016.With the goal of returning to NAJYRC next season, and moving up to the FEI Under 25 division following that, Cooper-Kelly has worked hard to balance academics with her equestrian education. In addition to her full-time studies, she also works two part-time jobs to support her intense training schedule. Somehow, she even finds time to volunteer at Queenswood Stables, where she has trained for the past six years. She is in the process of completing her Equestrian Canada Rider Levels before attaining her coaching certification.Ultimately, Cooper-Kelly hopes to continue on the road to becoming one of Canada’s next high performance dressage athletes, while also putting her psychology degree to work assisting children with mental illness, and first responders and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).“I am honoured to have been chosen for the Equestrian Canada Dressage Bursary for Youth,” said Cooper-Kelly. “I will be using the funds for training and showing to further my goal of competing at the FEI Young Rider level.”Each year, EC selects worthy recipients of its Dressage Youth Bursary program based on the strength of applications received. Elements considered in the application process include a transcript of grades and outline of academic curriculum; future educational plans; equestrian experience; commitment and dedication to the sport; a positive image within the sport; achievement of notable competition results, whether at the local, regional or national level; goals within the equestrian industry; and financial need.For more information on EC’s athlete development programs, please visit www.equestrian.ca. Tags: Lindsay Cooper-Kelly, Equestrian Canada Dressage Youth Bursary, Queenswood Stables, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP last_img read more

Angelstone Offering $100,000 Rider Development Cup

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* After the successful launch of the Athlete Development Program at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping in Alberta, the lucrative competition will be launched in Ontario this summer.Angelstone Tournaments has partnered with Ontario Equestrian to offer a $100,000 Rider Development Cup at their Headwaters Cup event from June 3-7.Hosted over three days, the competition will be run in the same format as the World Equestrian Games with teams of four being accepted in five different divisions. The first day will feature a speed class, and the second day will have two Nations’ Cup rounds after which the winning team medals will be awarded. The final day will be the final individual competition with another set of medals handed out.“I’m proud to be hosting this inaugural event in Ontario,” commented Keean White, the CEO of Angelstone Tournaments. “It’s a great way to kick off our 10th anniversary year and show our continued commitment to the sport.“It’s important for our young riders to compete in a team atmosphere,” continued White. “They are the future of our sport and I’m proud to give them the experience they need to succeed.”All divisions will be livestreamed and watched by the North American Young Riders Selection Committee who will use the competition as an observation event for the North American and Young Riders Championship (NAYRC).The concept for the event was developed by John Anderson, the president of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. The Alberta venue hosted the inaugural event this summer that paid out $150,000 to winning riders. The event was such a success that the payout has increased to $200,000 at the Mid-Sumer Classic II from July 22-26, 2020.As NAYRC will be held two weeks following his event, Anderson recently announced that he will be donating $12,000 towards the entry for two teams at the discretion of the Young Riders Selection Committee.“I’m proud to be part of this new athlete development program where west and east join forces to support the next generation in our sport,” said Anderson. “By working closely with our provincial equestrian federations we were able to make this happen so that $300,000 is going towards supporting youth and not just High Performance Athletes.”“Developing the next generation of riders is a passion of mine,” Anderson continued. “I simply love the sport that has given so much to me over the years and want to do all that I can give riders the chance to enjoy the same opportunities I have.”The $100,000 Rider Development Cup at Angelstone will be offered in five divisions:$5,000 1.0m$10, 000 1.10m$20,000 1.20m$25,000 1.30m$40,000 1.40m More from Angelstone Offering $100,000 Rider Development Cup:last_img read more

Walmart employee turns in man charged with possessing weapons cache

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) — A Walmart employee’s tip has led to a large weapons bust near a college campus in upstate New York.Federal authorities filed charges against Maximilien Reynolds, 19, on Friday for two counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device and a silencer, false statement in acquisition of a firearm and a false statement in required firearm record.According to the criminal complaint, a Walmart employee in Ithaca, New York, called police after Reynolds allegedly purchased ammunition, camping gear, drill bits, tools, hacksaw blades and knives with a gift card.Ithaca police and two FBI agents responded to Reynolds’ apartment, where they encountered his girlfriend, who allowed them inside. The complaint alleges the small apartment was “in severe disarray” with random piles of clothes, food, laboratory glassware and math formulas written on the windows. The authorities also found a bulletproof vest, gas mask and saw knives lying out in the open before the woman alleged to be Reynolds’ girlfriend ushered them out.Authorities later returned, voluntarily spoke to investigators and allowed his apartment to be searched, the complaint states.The FBI found a bullet-resistant vest, military-style clothing, knives, military-style gas mask, MSR-15 Patrol rifle, ammunition, a homemade silencer and bomb-making materials, including fireworks rigged with shrapnel.The suspect was previously known to authorities, as Reynolds had previously been detained by Ithaca police in June 2016 under Section 941 of the New York Mental Hygiene Law, the complaint shows. The law allows police officers to take a person into custody and take them to a hospital if they appear mentally ill.Reynolds used to be a student at Cornell University, but was currently taking classes at nearby Tomkins-Cortland Community College.“On Thursday, FBI agents arrested Maximilien R. Reynolds following the reported seizure by the City of Ithaca Police Department earlier this month of a number of weapons in his possession at his residence in the city’s Collegetown neighborhood,” Cornell University Police Chief Kathy Zoner said in a statement. “Cornell University Police is cooperating with IPD and the FBI in this investigation, and all agencies continue to work together to promote the safety of Cornell University’s campus and the surrounding community.“Neither Cornell University Police nor the lead law enforcement agencies in this case believe there is a threat to the campus or Collegetown.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Baltimore-area officer gunned down responding to suspicious vehicle report: Governor

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — A police officer in Baltimore County, Maryland, was shot and killed Monday afternoon after responding to a suspicious vehicle report, according to the state’s governor, Larry Hogan.The suspected killer is still at large and police are searching for multiple suspects in the Baltimore suburb of Perry Hall, authorities said.“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County Police Officer after she was shot in the line of duty today,” Hogan said in a Twitter post. “Our prayers go out to this brave officer’s family.”Cpl. Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department, said he could not confirm the governor’s statement that the officer was shot. He would only say that the officer was critically injured when she confronted multiple suspects just before 2 p.m. in a residential area.The officer was not immediately identified. She was rushed to Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, where she died at 2:50 p.m., officials said.Vincent said the officer would have been a four-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department in July.“She was just doing her job,” Vincent said.Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan and several of the officer’s colleagues were at the hospital providing support to the officer’s loved ones.Vincent said the fatal confrontation happened at the end of a cul-de-sac on Linwen Way off Belair Road in a heavily residential area of Perry Hall.He said the officer was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. He also said police discovered damage to a rear patio door of a home in the area, indicating the officer may have interrupted a burglary in progress.“There were multiple suspects. Right now we are actively searching for at least one armed suspect,” Vincent said during a news conference at Franklin Square Hospital about 4:30 p.m.He said police were combing the neighborhood where the fatal encounter occurred and that three elementary schools were on “alert status” and residents in the area are being asked to shelter in place.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Plane carrying rapper Post Malone makes emergency landing with blown tires

first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — A plane made a successful emergency landing in New York after blowing two tires during takeoff at Teterboro airport in New Jersey, authorities said.Sixteen people are on board the aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A spokesman for rapper Post Malone confirmed to ABC-owned station WABC-TV that he is on board the plane.The plane, a Gulfstream Aerospace GLF-4 aircraft, was diverted to Stewart International airport in Orange County, New York, the FAA said. Emergency crews were standing by at the airport to meet the plane, which appeared to make a safe landing. The plane was previously being diverted to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Massachusetts.It was originally heading to London’s Luton Airport and took off around 10:50 a.m., the FAA said. It has been circling over Connecticut to burn some of the fuel it had ready for the trans-Atlantic flight before attempting the emergency landing. Stewart airport is about 50 miles north of Teterboro airport.The type of aircraft is mainly used for private and business flights, ABC-owned station WABC-TV reported.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

School principal sparks outrage after linking ‘provocative’ attire to sex abuse

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Parents are calling for the resignation of a Chicago school principal after she said students were barred from wearing certain items of clothing to keep them from being sexually assaulted.Melanie Beatty-Sevier, the principal of King College Prep in Bronzeville, made the comment linking sexual assault and “provocative” attire at an Aug. 16 meeting of the school’s Local School Council, parents present at the meeting told ABC News.The comments were recorded and later played in front of a gathering consisting of members of the council and of Chicago’s Board of Education on Wednesday night. In a video published by the Chicago Sun-Times, the gathering on Wednesday can be seen listening in as Beatty-Sevier is heard in the recording saying, “There have been sexual abuses cases throughout the city of Chicago… Why should we allow students to dress provocatively?”Her remarks are followed by startled exclamations of “Whoa!,” “Come on!” and “What?” by parents in the room.Chicago Public Schools strongly disagreed with the principal’s comments, spokesperson Emily Bolton said in a statement.“We are evaluating appropriate disciplinary options,” she added.“Supporting students must be the first priority of every principal, teacher and staff member, and comments like these do not align with the district’s values or approach to supporting and protecting students.”Natasha Erskine, the mother of a 15-year-old sophomore, told ABC News her daughter was also one of the few students in the room at the Aug. 16 meeting, when Beatty-Sevier made the remarks.“I can’t believe that she, a woman, said it in a room full of several students who are going to have to report to her, should they ever become victims of groping or inappropriate behavior or worse, sexual assault,” Erskine, who is a member of the school’s Local School Council, said.An investigation by the Chicago Tribune published in June this year found that hundreds of students at Chicago Public Schools had been allegedly sexually abused by school employees over the past ten years. The report prompted the school district to launch a new department dedicated to responding to sexual abuse allegations.“For her to make that comment for all of the brave young women that stepped forward talking about their incidents of being abused by teachers and staff, for her to reduce it to what they had on, is very concerning to me as a parent,” Natasha Dunn, a parent of a 16-year-old junior who was also at the meeting, said.“I want to be sure that my child’s school is going to make students feel safe.”Dunn said the council was calling for Beatty-Sevier’s resignation.Parents said a large part of the principal’s dress code, which she had announced at an orientation a few weeks ago, was gender-specific. Girls were instructed not to wear tank tops, spaghetti straps or halter tops, and told their attire must cover them from shoulder to knee.Erskine said she was deeply concerned not only about Beatty-Sevier’s remark but also that she refused to correct them even after they were played at the Wednesday meeting.“It’s been over a week. Miss Beatty-Sevier has failed to apologize, to walk back her statement, to acknowledge that her words were off-color,” she said. “Last week, I thought she may have misspoke because no one would say that in 2018. But at the meeting on Wednesday night, she was defiant. She doubled down.”In the Chicago Sun-Times video of the Wednesday meeting, Beatty-Sevier told the gathering she will respond at a later date.ABC News’ calls to Beatty-Sevier’s office were not returned.Erskine said parents had called the two meetings over concerns not just over the dress code, but also over stark changes in school rules the principal had made with harsher punitive responses.King College Prep made headlines across the country in 2013 when a 15-year-old student of the school, Hadiya Pendleton, was killed in a shooting at a local park, just a few days after she performed with the school’s band at then-President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade. First lady Michelle Obama visited the school and in an emotional tribute to Pendleton, called for action against gun violence. On Wednesday, a jury pronounced two men guilty on all counts in the murder of Pendleton and the wounding of two other schoolgirls.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

DOJ sides with group claiming Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans

first_imgHarvard University(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department on Thursday sided with a group of Harvard University students and parents who allege the school discriminates against Asian-American applicants.Filing a “statement of interest” in the yearslong case, the Justice Department insists Harvard can’t show it is following legal restrictions established to limit how race is used as a factor in admissions, essentially agreeing with the plaintiffs in the case, Students for Fair Admissions.“Harvard has failed to carry its demanding burden to show that its use of race does not inflict unlawful racial discrimination on Asian-Americans,” the statement filed in Massachusetts District Court said.“To the contrary, the record evidence demonstrates that Harvard’s race-based admissions process significantly disadvantages Asian-American applicants compared to applicants of other racial groups — including both white applicants and applicants from other racial minority groups,” it continued.The initial lawsuit was brought in 2014 on behalf of a group of Asian-American students. Since then, many groups have filed briefs weighing in on the litigation. Recently, Harvard filed a motion for summary judgment, asking the judge to rule without a full trial.“Harvard strives to ensure that its students come from broadly diverse backgrounds — geographically, socioeconomically and racially — and it may consider an applicant’s self-identified race or ethnicity as one of many factors in its admissions process,” the defense’s filing in June says.In its filing Thursday in federal court, the Justice Department is objecting to summary judgment, urging the court to look at all of the facts and legal arguments, and then make a ruling.A department official said there is “strong evidence” that “Harvard is using race” against Asian-American applicants.“Harvard is actually very proud of the fact that it uses race” to achieve diversity, the official said.The official said previous Supreme Court rulings establish a “high burden” for schools to use race in admissions decisions, and schools can only use such considerations on a temporary basis. They must be “narrowly tailored,” and they must be a “last resort.” But Harvard has not overcome this high burden, and it has failed to adequately explain how it specifically uses race in admissions, the official said.The Justice Department official said the department’s Civil Rights Division is continuing to investigate Harvard’s admissions process.The university denies that its practices violate the law, saying that ethnicity is optional on the application and is one of many factors that contribute to getting into the college. In addition, it argues that having a diverse student body contributes to the educational process.The Justice Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the federal government has a vested interest in the case because Harvard takes millions yearly from the federal government — with the assurance that they won’t discriminate on the basis of ethnicity during the admissions process.All of the other Ivy League schools supported Harvard, court documents show.Last year, a controversy erupted when reports surfaced that DOJ was looking for lawyers to investigate an administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian-American associations in May 2015 that the Obama administration never resolved.The Justice Department also maintains evidence shows that Harvard uses a “personal rating” that may be biased against Asian Americans. The government claims that “based solely on a review of the applicant’s file, Harvard scores its applicants based on “subjective” factors such as “likability” and being a “good person” with “human qualities.”Justice officials said Harvard admits that, on average, it scores Asian-American applicants lower on this “personal rating” than applicants of other races. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Thousands of Denver public school teachers go on strike in fight for higher pay

first_imgmartinedoucet/iStock(DENVER) — Thousands of public school teachers in Denver walked off their jobs on Monday and formed picket lines for the first time in 25 years to demand higher wages and stem the tide of educators they say are going to neighboring school district to boost their pay.Members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association wearing “Red for Ed” T-shirts under or over bulky jackets kicked off their strike at 7 a.m. local time, forming picket lines around schools in the bone-chilling 21-degree weather and chanting, “If they won’t pay us, shut it down.”“I’m anxious, scared, but I’m also angry and I think a lot of us are angry. We have had enough,” Laurel Davis, a second-grade teacher at Bill Roberts Elementary School, told ABC affiliate station KMGH-TV.The teachers’ union broke off negotiations on Saturday after spending 15 months trying to come to an agreement with the Denver Public School District to significantly increase teachers’ salaries to compete with surrounding school districts.There are about 5,600 teachers who work at the district’s 160 schools. It was unclear how many signed in at picket lines.School district officials claimed that only about 2,100 teachers called in absent on Monday, a number that was disputed by the union.The Denver School District has hired hundreds of substitute teacher to keep classrooms open for 92,000 students in the district.The union is proposing a $28.5 million in teacher compensation while the school district’s latest offer came to $23.3 million. Union representatives say the district’s offer ties raises to bonuses and credits for teachers who further their education or work in high-poverty schools.“We feel like it’s been a game they’ve been playing with us for months,” said Davis.For veteran high school math teacher Kathleen Braun, it will be her third strike in the Denver School district in 50 years. Braun joined teachers on picket lines in 1969 and again in 1994.“What we’re really talking about is can a teacher work full-time and do what is necessary for our students?” Braun told KMGH.Union representatives claim many teachers have to work extra jobs just to make ends meet, or leave the district for higher paying jobs in neighboring school districts.“We think it’s important that DPS sees and knows and understands what it’s like not to have teachers in the classroom every day because they need us,” Rob Gould, lead negotiator for the teachers’ union, said at a news conference Monday morning.Henry Ramon, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, said he hopes the walkout will be brief. The union plans to return to the negotiating table on Tuesday.“We really need a cooling off period for both sides to come to the table with proposals that really benefit everybody,” Ramon said Monday. “Bonuses have really proven ineffective and our students are paying the price of this experiment.”The average starting pay for teachers in Denver is $43,255. The union is asking that starting pay be boosted to $45,800.Union representatives say starting pay at the neighboring Westminster Public School District is about $50,000.“We’re looking for a fair and reliable pay system that actually retains teachers in Denver,” Gould said. “We’ve had a 20 percent turnover rate year after year. The district, they’ve been doubling down on these bonuses that are unreliable and they haven’t supported student needs.”Susana Cordova, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, said the district’s latest offer includes $2.5 million to boost overall teacher pay by cutting about 150 administrative jobs.Cordova said that under the district’s offer, all teachers would get an 11 percent raise next year.“Rather than sticking with it and figuring it out, I’m incredibly disappointed that they walked away,” Cordova said of the teacher’s union, according to KMGH-TV.Second-grade teacher Jaimie Jackson said she’ll stay on the picket line as long as it takes. She said she’s not just doing it for herself and other teachers, but also for her young daughter and other children in the school district.“I feel like I’m showing her what it means to stand up for what you believe in,” Jackson told KMGH. “And I’m showing her what it means to do what you need to do to elevate your profession.”The Denver teachers’ strike comes less than a month after 30,000 Los Angeles teachers went on strike for six days over funding and staffing at schools. The teachers approved a contract that hiked their pay by about 6 percent and achieved a commitment from the Los Angeles Unified School District to reduce class sizes over four years.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, targeted in mass shooting, raising money for Muslim victims of massacre at New Zealand mosques

first_imgiStock/Montes-Bradley(PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania) — Still recovering from a mass shooting at their temple in which 11 worshippers were killed, members of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh have launched an effort to raise money for the victims of a rampage at two mosques in New Zealand that left 50 people dead.Synagogue members started a GoFundMe campaign on Sunday, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the families of those killed and the victims wounded in Friday’s attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch.As of Monday afternoon, the GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $13,000“We stand beside our Muslim brothers and sisters and mourn alongside the families and friends who have lost loved ones in this unconscionable act of violence,” reads a statement from the Tree of Life congregation on its GoFundMe page. “We will continue to work towards a day when all people on this planet can live together in peace and mutual respect.”On Friday afternoon, a 28-year-old man described by police as a white supremacist allegedly walked into the Al Noor mosque and opened fire, killing 42 people, according to police. The attacker, identified by police as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian, then allegedly drove three miles across Christchurch to the Linwood mosque and killed eight Muslim worshippers attending a prayer service.In addition to the 50 people killed, another 50 were wounded in the two attacks.The New Zealand attack came less than five months after a gunman burst into the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and opened fire. The suspect, Robert Bowers, 46, was charged with federal hate crimes including the murder of 11 congregants at the Tree of Life.“We’re unfortunately part of a club that nobody wants to be a part of, and we wanted to reach out to New Zealand in the same way everyone reached out to us,” Sam Schachner, president of the Tree of Life, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Following the Oct. 27 killing rampage at the Tree of Life, people from across the country donated money to help members congregations that use the temple.“Tree of Life members, and our friends who continue to comfort and bolster us as we recover, must now come together to support the Muslims of Christchurch,” reads a statement on the GoFundMe page. “Please share this page with your families, friends and neighbors. Make a donation, and leave a kind message of hope to let them know that the entire world is with them.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New images released of married murder suspects who allegedly escaped from transport van

first_imgU.S. Marshals(NEW YORK) —  Federal authorities have released new images of a pair of murder suspects who overpowered security guards and escaped from a prison transport van last week.The photos were taken at San Juan County Jail where Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife Susan Barksdale, 59, were housed the night before they escaped last Monday, U.S. Marshals said Saturday.“These updated photos of Blane and Susan Barksdale were taken shortly before overpowering the transport team outside of Blanding, Utah,” U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said in a release Saturday. “We are asking anyone who knows of their whereabouts or sees them to call the U.S. Marshals Service or 9-1-1 immediately.”The couple was being extradited from New York to Pima County, Arizona, when they allegedly rushed two unarmed security guards in Utah, tied them up and took control of the transport van, U.S. Marshals said.The Barksdales then allegedly drove the van to northeast Arizona, where they abandoned it, with the guards still “tied up in the van,” according to the U.S. Marshals Service.The guards needed time to get free from the van, which gave the Barksdales “a six or seven hour head start,” the service said in a statement.The couple is wanted in connection to the murder of Frank Bligh, who vanished when his Arizona home burned down on April 16.They allegedly fled to upstate New York in May, where U.S. Marshals and a SWAT team surrounded their RV and took them into custody. They are wanted on charges first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, arson of an occupied structure, theft of means of transportation, criminal damage and prohibited possession.Federal authorities are offering up to $20,000 for information leading to their arrests.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ex-cheerleader Brooke Skyler Richardson avoids prison time in infanticide case

first_imgiStock(CARLISLE, Ohio) — A former Ohio high school cheerleader who was charged with killing her newborn daughter and burying the baby in her family’s backyard has avoided prison time.One day after Brooke Skyler Richardson, 20, of Carlisle was cleared of the most serious charges levied against her, Judge Donald E. Oda on Friday decided to spare her any time behind bars.“I just wanted to say how sorry I was,” she told Oda before he delivered her sentence. “I can sometimes be selfish but I would like to think that I’ve become better. … I’m forever sorry.”Richardson was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and seven days of jail time with credit for time served, meaning that she was allowed to go home Friday. The judge did sentence her, however, to six to 12 months in prison if she violated her probation.“I think that your choices before birth, during birth, and after show a grotesque disregard for life. And I think when I look at this case that to me, is what offends the community sensibilities. But because of policy decisions that are beyond my purview, the jury was not permitted to consider those things,” Oda said. “And neither am I.”In 2017, Richardson, then 18, delivered her baby, alone and at home, and then buried the infant’s remains in her family’s backyard, according to authorities. When Richardson went to a doctor for birth control two months later, she told doctors what she had done and they called police.During her trial, prosecutors maintained that she didn’t want to be an 18-year-old single mother so when she gave birth, just days after attending her senior prom, she killed the baby and buried her — never telling a soul.But, her defense lawyers argued that the baby, who was named Annabelle, was stillborn at delivery.In police interrogation video presented in court, Richardson could be seen telling investigators in July 2017 that she did not hear a cry or a whimper and that the baby’s eyes were closed.Oda said Friday he believed Richardson’s version of events.“In all of this mess that we have with this case, I think what often gets overlooked, Miss Richardson, is just how precious life is. Your life. Annabel’s life. Life is precious, and it should be protected. And it should be guarded in all respects,” he later said.On Thursday, a Warren County jury found Richardson not guilty of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. She was found guilty of abuse of a corpse.She faced up to a year in prison on that conviction.The family of the baby’s father, Trey Johnson, had sought the remains of Annabelle. They were instead given to Richardson’s family.The judge said that both families should be permitted to visit Annabelle’s burial site.“As hard as I’ve tried to find the right word to describe — broken, shattered, destroyed — none of them seem to fit the amount of pain I’ve felt,” Trey Johnson’s mother, Tracy Johnson, told the court Friday during the sentencing hearing.She reminded the court that not only had she lost her first grandchild, but that her son had lost his first child.“And, Skyler had no intention of ever letting us know,” she said. “I find out from watching her interviews with detectives and her parents that not only did she know from the very beginning that Trey was the father, but also that she tried to secure her remains and plan on burying her without any of us ever knowing,” she said. “My friends and family will tell you I’ve become withdrawn, cut off in a shell of the outgoing person I’ve always been.”Tracy Johnson said Friday that she would have taken the baby in and raised her “with no questions.”“Instead, I get to send two balloons to heaven with notes telling her how much her daddy loves her, how much I love her,” Tracy Johnson said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Man pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend on Carnival cruise ship

first_imgScottshotz/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A Kansas man has admitted to murdering his longtime girlfriend on a cruise ship off the coast of Florida last year, federal prosecutors said. Eric Duane Newman, 55, of Topeka, Kansas, pleaded to guilty in federal court on Thursday to one count of second-degree murder with malice aforethought for the January 2018 death of his 50-year-old girlfriend, Tamara Tucker, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Newman and Tucker boarded the Carnival Elation cruise ship in Jacksonville, Florida, on Jan. 18, 2019, for a round-trip voyage to the Bahamas. The couple was staying in a cabin room on the vessel’s 13th deck, prosecutors said.Newman admitted during his plea hearing that they argued in their room late that night. Newman said he strangled Tucker and pushed her over the balcony railing of their cabin room, causing her to fall onto the 11th deck just after midnight on Jan. 18. Tucker died from blunt force trauma caused by the fall, prosecutors said. The cruise ship was sailing in international waters at the time, about 30 nautical miles from New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement the day after Tucker’s death that “the ship’s medical team responded immediately, but, unfortunately, she passed away.”Tucker, a native of Lawson, Missouri, had been a social work professor at Park University in Parkville, Missouri, from 2012 to 2017. Her obituary described Newman as her “partner and longtime love.” Newman was arrested for Tucker’s murder nearly eight months after her death. His sentencing is scheduled for March 18. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Watchdog to investigate political pressure on CDC, FDA

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide.Over 40 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 8.1 million diagnosed cases and at least 219,674 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 875,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 854,000 cases and over 755,000 cases, respectively.More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Oct 19, 4:04 pmNYC schools test thousands of students and staff, find few infectionsDespite opening in person for classes amid rising COVID-19 cases, few infections have been tied to New York City public schools, according to early data from the city’s department of education.Of the 16,298 tests the department has received results for, only 28, or 0.17%, are positive. Of those infections, 20 are among staff members and eight among students, a department spokesperson told ABC News on Monday.Oct 19, 2:05 pm Independent watchdog to investigate political pressure on CDC, FDAThe Government Accountability Office, an independent arm of Congress, has agreed to investigate allegations that the Trump administration applied political pressure to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, undermining the agencies’ credibility and independence.Senate Democrats first appealed to the watchdog agency in a letter on Oct. 8.Oct 19, 12:16 pmIndia records lowest daily death toll in 3 monthsIndia registered another 579 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, its lowest daily tally in three months.An additional 55,722 cases were also confirmed. The country’s cumulative totals now stand at 7,550,273 confirmed cases and 114,610 deaths, according to the latest data from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.India is only the second country in the world to surpass 7 million total cases, after the United States. Since hitting a peak of 97,894 new cases registered in a single day in September, India’s average number of daily cases has steadily declined.The vast country of nearly 1.4 billion people is still on track to become the pandemic’s worst-hit nation within weeks, overtaking the United States, where more than 8.1 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19.Oct 19, 11:56 amBelgium faces ‘tsunami’ of new cases, health minister warnsA midnight curfew went into effect across Belgium on Monday while bars and restaurants have been ordered to close except for providing takeaway service, as the European nation faces a “tsunami” of new COVID-19 infections.“We are really very close to a tsunami,” Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke told broadcaster RTL. “We no longer control what is happening.”Belgium, which is home to the European Union’s headquarters, has the second-highest COVID-19 infection rate per capita in Europe, after the Czech Republic. Over the past two weeks, Belgium recorded 756.9 cases per 100,000 people, compared with Czech Republic’s 858.6 cases per 100,000, according to data released Monday by the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Belgium has confirmed 222,253 cases and at least 10,413 deaths. The 14-day incidence of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants was up 221% on Sunday, according to data from the country’s public health agency.Oct 19, 11:26 amSouth Africa’s health minister tests positiveSouth Africa’s health minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.“I wish to inform the public that this afternoon my wife, Dr May Mkhize and I have tested positive for COVID-19,” he said in a statement posted on his official Twitter account Sunday. “We decided to go test yesterday when I started showing mild symptoms. I was feeling abnormally exhausted and as the day progressed, I started losing appetite.”“My wife had a cough, was dizzy and extremely exhausted,” he continued. “Given her symptoms, the doctors advised that she must be admitted for observation and rehydration.”Mkhize said their close contacts over the past week, including some colleagues and family members, have been informed of their positive test results and were advised to immediately self-isolate and get tested.“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus,” he said.The health minister warned of a possible second wave of infections and urged his fellow South Africans to continue wearing face masks, practicing social distancing and washing hands.“I wish to take this opportunity to urge all South Africans to continue adhering to health protocols,” he said. “As country, we’ve made significant strides in our fight against this pandemic. Let us not dare regress.”South Africa accounts for nearly half of all confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent. As of Monday, South Africa has reported 703,793 confirmed cases with at least 18,471 deaths, according to data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Oct 19, 11:08 amUNICEF stockpiling half a billion syringes this year ahead of vaccineThe United Nations Children’s Fund said it will stockpile 520 million syringes in its warehouses by the end of the year to begin preparations for a COVID-19 vaccine.The effort is part of a larger plan of delivering over 1 billion syringes to support vaccination efforts, on top of 620 million syringes that the U.N. agency will purchase for other vaccination programs against other disease such as measles and typhoid.“Vaccinating the world against COVID-19 will be one of the largest mass undertakings in human history, and we will need to move as quickly as the vaccines can be produced,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said in a statement Monday. “In order to move fast later, we must move fast now. By the end of the year, we will already have over half a billion syringes pre-positioned where they can be deployed quickly and cost effectively. That’s enough syringes to wrap around the world one and a half times.”Oct 19, 9:55 amTSA screens over 1 million people for 1st time since MarchMore than 1 million people went through airport security checkpoints across the United States on Sunday for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 1,031,505 individuals on Sunday, the most since mid-March. Although that figure is still some 60% lower than this time last year, it’s a significant jump from a low of 87,534 people screened on April 14.ABC News’ Sam Sweeney contributed to this report.Oct 19, 9:19 amWales to enter two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown from FridayWales will become the second nation in the United Kingdom to enter a lockdown to combat a second wave of COVID-19 infections.The Welsh government announced on Monday its decision to impose a two-week “firebreak,” beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Everyone will be required to stay home and non-essential businesses, such as bars, gyms, restaurants and retail shops, must close until Nov. 9. There will be exceptions for critical workers and those who cannot do their jobs from home.Libraries and places of worship will also be shut down across the country.“This is the shortest we can make it, but that means it needs to be sharp and deep to have the impact against the virus we need it to have,” Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said Monday.Northern Ireland started a “circuit breaker” lockdown last Friday, closing schools for two weeks while banning most social gatherings and shutting down many business for a month.Oct 19, 8:28 amTop Palestinian official battling COVID-19 in ‘critical’ conditionSenior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat was placed in a medically-induced coma and is listed in critical condition at an Israeli hospital, where he’s being treated for COVID-19 complications.Erekat was transported by ambulance from his home in the Israeli-occupied West Bank to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem on Sunday, more than a week after he had announced testing positive for COVID-19. The 65-year-old has a history of health problems and received a lung transplant in the United States in 2017.“Mr. Erekat had a quiet night but this morning his condition deteriorated, which is now defined as critical, and due to respiratory distress, he was resuscitated and placed under general anesthesia,” Hadar Elboim, a spokesperson for Hadassah Medical Center, told ABC News in a statement Monday.“Mr. Erekat poses a huge challenge to the treatment of corona as he is lung transplanted with suppression of the immune system, and with bacterial infection in addition to corona,” Elboim added. “Hadassah, with its most senior professional physicians, is in international medical contact regarding the policy of treating such a complex patient. Hadassah will continue to update his family as usual regarding his condition and will update the Palestinian Authority as he is a senior official there.”Erekat, who serves as the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, is one of the most senior advisors to the Palestinian president. He is a longtime proponent of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Oct 19, 8:02 amNew York Gov. Cuomo ‘not that confident’ in FDA’s vaccine approval processNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s not confident in the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process for a COVID-19 vaccine, and that the American public shouldn’t be either.“I’m not that confident, but my opinion doesn’t matter. I don’t believe the American people are that confident,” Cuomo told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Monday on Good Morning America.“I think it’s going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine, and they should be,” he added.Cuomo said he plans to assemble a group of doctors and medical experts to review any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA before affirming its efficacy and safety for New York state residents.“But I believe all across the country you’re going to need someone other than this FDA and this CDC saying it’s safe,” he said, before adding that the two federal agencies don’t “have any credibility.”The New York governor also expressed concern over comments Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made during an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes, in which he admitted that the White House has restricted “many, many, many” of his media appearances since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.“You have Dr. Fauci now saying that they basically tried to muzzle him,” Cuomo said. “He has the highest credibility in the nation on this issue.”Oct 19, 7:19 amItaly imposes tighter restrictions as cases surgeFurther restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 came into effect in Italy on Monday, after a sharp rise in infections.Under the new measures, all bars, pubs and restaurants across the European country must close from midnight until 5 a.m., while gambling venues must close at 9 p.m. Restaurants are allowed to serve no more than six people per table and only after 6 p.m.Local festivals are now banned, and mayors can close streets and public squares after 9 p.m. to halt gatherings.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned that gyms and swimming pools may also be shut down next week if they don’t follow the safety protocols.“These measures are aimed to avoid another lockdown,” Conte said Sunday while announcing the new rules. “The country cannot face another lockdown that would compromise the economic fabric of the country.”The move comes after Italy, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, confirmed 11,705 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, an all-time high.Oct 19, 6:38 amRussia reports nearly 16,000 new cases in new record highRussia confirmed another 15,982 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, its highest daily tally yet.An additional 179 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered in the past 24 hours, down from last week’s peak of 286. The cumulative totals now stand at 1,369,313 cases and 23,723 deaths, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.The country of 145 million people has the fourth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India and Brazil.More than 33% of the newly confirmed cases — 5,376 — and over 28% of the newly registered deaths — 51 — were reported in the capital, Moscow, according to country’s coronavirus response headquarters.Although Russia has been breaking its own records for daily case counts and deaths almost every day since Oct. 9, authorities there are resisting shutting down businesses again. Few measures have been imposed in Moscow, the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak and recent surge.Oct 19, 6:19 amGlobal case count tops 40 millionMore than 40 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The global tally crossed the 40 million mark on Monday morning in yet another grim milestone of the pandemic.The United States has the highest number of diagnosed cases of any country, with more than 8.1 million, but is closely followed by India, which has over 7.5 million. Brazil, Russia and Argentina are also in the top five, according to Johns Hopkins data.Oct 19, 6:08 amTop Palestinian official taken to Israeli hospital for COVID-19Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat, who is battling COVID-19, was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Israel on Sunday, according to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.Erekat, who lives in the town of Jericho in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, disclosed earlier this month that he had contracted COVID-19. The 65-year-old has a history of health problems and received a lung transplant in the United States in 2017.“Following his contraction of COVID-19, and due to the chronic health problems he faces in the respiratory system, Dr. Erekat’s condition now requires medical attention in a hospital,” the Palestinian Liberation Organization said in a statement Sunday.Erekat’s brother told Agence France-Presse that “his situation is not good.”Erekat, who serves as the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, is one of the most senior advisors to the Palestinian president. He is a longtime proponent of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been more than 42,490 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with at least 381 deaths in the West Bank.Oct 19, 5:16 amNationwide mask mandate and other new restrictions take force in SwitzerlandA nationwide mask-wearing mandate and other new restrictions took force in Switzerland on Monday, amid a growing number of COVID-19 infections.People must now wear face masks in publicly accessible indoor spaces and at all public transport access points across the Central European country, including airports, bus and tram stops, railway stations, restaurants, shops and theaters. Masks have already been required on all public transport since July.Moreover, spontaneous gatherings of more than 15 people in public areas are no longer permitted. Masks are now required for all private events with more than 15 people. People may only consume food and drink while sitting down, and the contact details of all those taking part must be recorded.In addition, patrons in all restaurants and entertainment venues also may only consume food and drink while sitting.The federal government is again recommending people to work from home, as it did in March.The Swiss Federal Council announced the new measures on Sunday.Switzerland has confirmed more than 74,000 cases of COVID-19 and at least 1,823 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest data from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.Oct 19, 4:22 amUS reports more than 48,000 new casesThere were 48,210 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally is down by nearly 10,000 from the previous day and also falls under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 389 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Sunday, almost half the previous day’s death toll and down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 8,154,935 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 217,700 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks.The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the United States continued to increase by double digits in week-over-week comparisons, while the number of new deaths from the disease ticked upward slightly, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Friday night.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Army makes change in policy for new moms

first_imgpowerofforever/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Army has made a major change in policy to allow women an easier path back after giving birth.The Army will now give active duty or reserve soldiers who have just given birth 365 days to meet body fat requirements. Postpartum soldiers previously had 180 days to meet the body fat standards of the Army Body Composition Program, which dictates the physical requirements for all active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers.“I encourage all leaders to proactively provide education and resources to these Soldiers to help them regain their individual readiness,” Michael A. Grinston, sergeant major of the Army, said in a statement Friday, when the announcement was made.Grinston also tweeted about the decision, calling it “common sense.”“This is a common sense decision to help ensure our mothers have time to recover and build back their personal readiness,” he wrote.Postpartum is defined as the time period after a woman gives birth. It is often called the “fourth trimester” of a woman’s pregnancy.In addition to the physical recovery and possible complications from giving birth, women in the fourth trimester are also dealing with changing hormones. That time is also when a woman is learning to care for and feed her newborn.The extended timeline for physical requirements is the second policy change for postpartum soldiers made this year.In January, the Army announced that women who are breastfeeding or pumping will have the option to wear an undershirt.The Army also announced at the time that women may wear nail polish, lipstick and earrings as well as their hair in more natural hairstyles thanks to what the Army called “major revisions” to its regulations.Women currently make up around 15% of the Army.“We are continuously assessing our policies to identify areas for improvement, then implementing policies that demonstrate our commitment to ensuring all Soldiers feel as though they are valued members of the Army team,” Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, Army deputy chief of staff for personnel, said in a statement in January announcing the changes. “We know that actions speak louder than words when it comes to inclusivity and equity within our ranks, and we believe that the changes we announced today are one example of policies that put our people first.” Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Belarus Struggles to Find Alternative Oil Supplies as Standoff With Russia Lingers

first_imgBelarus continues to scramble in search of alternate oil sources two months after its traditional Russian suppliers halted flows through the Druzhba Pipeline (see EDM, January 22, February 13). The five suppliers that have provided Belarus with 90 percent of its oil for years cut off their exports on January 1. Since then, Belarus’s state oil company Belneftkhim has signed purchasing agreements with companies from Azerbaijan and Norway—and with non-traditional Russian suppliers—to try to make up the 18 million tons of crude a year it is losing.Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR has already agreed to supply 160,000 tons of oil to Belarus, and Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Rumas met with SOCAR officials on March 2 to discuss additional purchases (Belta.by, March 3). Belarus will import SOCAR’s crude through a pipeline running from Ukraine’s main Black Sea port of Odesa to Brody in northwestern Ukraine. The oil will then be sent north to Belarus’s Mozyr refinery, a joint venture of the Russian oil giants Rosneft and Gazpromneft.Belarus and Russia have tried several times to resolve what is ostensibly a pricing dispute but is really about Minsk dragging its feet on joining a federation with Russia, a move that would (de facto or de jure) eliminate Belarus’s independence. The talks have included several one-on-one meetings between Presidents Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin.Belarus wants its traditional suppliers, such as Rosneft, Gazpromneft, Surgutneftegaz and Tatneft, to remove a $10-per-barrel premium on the price they charge for crude. The four demanded the premium after Moscow exempted Belarus from paying export fees on Russian oil. At one point, the Russian exporters were losing $10 a barrel from having to absorb the export fees themselves. But Russia has since shifted its tax on crude from exporters to producers, prompting Belarus to contend that the premium it has continued to pay is no longer necessary.Belarus used to receive Russian crude at prices far lower than the rate Moscow charged all other global customers. But it has raised prices to the point that Belarus says its discount is now only 17 percent. This means Russia should eliminate the premium, Minsk maintains. Putin appeared to offer a $2-per-barrel discount in a February 21 phone conversation with Lukashenka (Spglobal.com, February 21), but different interpretations of his proposal mean the price standoff has persisted (Naviny.by, February 21).Although Belarus and Russia have had many oil and gas price disputes in recent years, the current Druzhba supply disruption is now the longest since 2004. A curious wrinkle, however, is that the Kremlin is allowing non-traditional Russian suppliers to deliver some of the supply that Belarus has lost.First to step in were the sister companies owned by oil magnate Mikhail Gucheriev. His firms Safmar and Neftis agreed, on January 2, to send 750,000 tons to Belneftkhim. They have delivered some of the oil through the Druzhba Pipeline and some by rail (Sputnik.by, February 5). Since then, Russia’s RIA Novosti news organization has reported that UDS NEFT, Yanqpur and Tatneft also want to supply up to 1 million barrels of crude a day to Belarus (Interfax, February 21).Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told Lukashenko in a meeting in Minsk, on February 1, that the United States would supply all of the oil and natural gas Belarus needs to help it maintain its independence from Moscow. In turn, Lukashenka expressed hope that the US would arrange low-cost loans for an oil pipeline running from the Baltic Sea through the Baltic States and into Belarus (1prime.ru, March 3).Belarus is also working with Ukraine to bring the Odesa–Brody Pipeline online again. It has been idle since 2011 because oil delivered through it would have been much more expensive than oil pumped through the Druzhba. In a sign of how serious Belarus is about restarting the Odesa–Brody route, Minsk has established a fee schedule for the 40-kilometer stretch of pipeline that would need to be built from Brody to the Mozyr refinery (Neftegaz.ru, February 27).Since the Russian shutoff on January 1, Belarus has been able to find limited alternative crude supplies for its refineries, whose exports of finished petroleum products are the lifeblood of the Belarusian economy. But the price of crude from those new sources has, in every case, been much higher than from Belarus’s traditional Russian suppliers. In addition, the volumes procured from those alternative sources has not been high enough to keep Belarus’s refineries at Mozyr and Naftan running at capacity. In January and February, the two processed 1.8 million tons of oil—half of what they did during the same period in 2019 (Belta.by, March 3). The price standoff with Moscow is also depriving Belarus of income from the 6 million tons of Russian oil a day that it usually re-exports. Finally, the contracts with alternative suppliers have so far all been short term, a sign that Belarus does not intend to replace Russian deliveries for good. As long as all that remains the case, Moscow will be able to maintain a tough position in the price talks, perceiving that Minsk lacks leverage.last_img read more

Disarray in Washington Catches Moscow off Guard

first_imgWhile a group of right-wing Donald Trump supporters caused havoc in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, Moscow officials were celebrating Orthodox Christmas Eve. President Vladimir Putin and his cohorts were attending mass, state TV channels were broadcasting live church services instead of political commentary, and the Russian capital was essentially closed for all official business. Moscow’s reaction to the riots and sacking of the United States Congress was, therefore, not immediate and not well orchestrated. The kneejerk reactions of the Russian authorities mostly took the form of gloating about the US’s failure to do things properly. The chair of the Federation Council (upper chamber of the Russian parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee, Konstantin Kosachev, wrote on his Facebook page, “America is split in half, its political two-party system has failed, its elections are rigged, and Trump is an eccentric narcissist venturer pretending to maintain course at the helm of a sinking ship.” Kosachev’s bottom line: the United States must never again try to instruct others how to conduct democratic elections (TASS, January 7, 2021). The speaker of the State Duma (lower chamber of parliament), Vyacheslav Volodin, insisted the US needs to enact constitutional reforms to abolish the outdated Electoral College, which he characterized as essentially undemocratic and which thwarts the will of the people, who should be electing their leaders directly, like in Russia. “America must better concentrate its efforts on solving its own problems and stop interfering in the affairs of other nations,” Volodin declared (Interfax, January 7, 2021).Putin, who has held supreme power in Russia for two decades, had previously also publicly scorned the Electoral College system as “undemocratic.” And today, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs specifically identified the “archaic Electoral College” as the main cause of yesterday’s turmoil on Capitol Hill. Russian propaganda is currently reproaching Washington for having witnessed its own “colored revolution,” allegedly putting it on par with Kyrgyzstan and its capital Bishkek (Interfax, January 7, 2021).The attack on the US Capitol was followed several hours later with an overwhelming vote by Congress to reject all objections to the certification of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris’ November election victory. The ruling class in the US looks to have closed ranks in the face of Wednesday’s chaotic events for the time being, while President Trump could feasibly face the threat of another impeachment in the coming days that might ban him from holding public office ever again. This was hardly the outcome Moscow anticipated. On January 3, Russia’s flamboyant nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who often articulates backroom Kremlin opinions, wrote on his personal Telegram channel, “Trump still has a chance to stay on as president. He may declare an emergency and use his extensive powers and the military to overturn the election results—if only he has the will and courage to act” (T.me/zhirinovskylive, January 3, 2021).On January 6, just before the violent breach of the Capitol building, the website of Tsargrad TV, owned by the conservative Russian Orthodox pro-Putin billionaire Konstantin Malofeev (under US sanctions for his role in destabilizing Ukraine), published a detailed prognosis scenario of how events in Washington were likely to play out that day as Congress undertook the certification of the Electoral College vote. The online article predicted Vice President Michael Pence would stand strong for Trump, supported by the Republic Party and the President’s stirred-up base. Pence would dismiss the “fraudulent Electoral College votes” cast for Biden/Harris during the joint session of Congress. At that point, Trump would supposedly declare martial law and send federal troops into swing states. Swiftly organized military tribunals would overturn the election results and Trump would triumphantly secure his second term. The alternative scenario, according to the Tsargrad TV piece, was full capitulation and defeat, since by January 6, 2021, “Trump had his back to the wall after the Democrats have stolen [sic] the presidential election and also the Georgia senate races. Only martial law may prevent a full takeover of power by the Democrats” (Tsargrad TV, January 6, 2021).As seen from Moscow, Trump and his team ultimately lacked the “will and courage to act” and purge their enemies. Veterans of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) have decried the performance of the US security forces guarding the Capitol on January 6 as totally inadequate, unprofessional and possibly “politically motivated by sympathy for the attackers” (RIA Novosti, January 2, 2021). In the Russian leadership’s eyes, Pence failed to stand up for Trump, and now Moscow will be forced to live with the consequences. According to a leading expert from the Russia State Institute of USA and Canada, Vladimir Vasiliev, “The American people still believe in Trump and do not recognize the election results [sic],” so the incoming Biden administration will not dare to indict or imprison Trump. More mass civil violence is possible in the United States, as occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. The only way to stabilize a deeply split America is to find a unifying common enemy: Russia and/or China (Moskovsky Komsomolets, January 7, 2021).Optimism still exists in Moscow that the Biden administration will, at the last minute, prolong the New START nuclear arms control treaty, which expires on February 5, 2021; but that seems to be the only bright spot in an increasingly gloomy future (see EDM, December 17, 2020). Moscow is bracing for new punitive sanctions as punishment for the massive cyberattack allegedly by Russian intelligence–connected hackers. The Russian authorities deny any involvement or responsibility. Another outstanding case is the August 2020 poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny via the Novichok nerve agent, in Tomsk. In March 2018, former double agent and Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal along with his daughter Yulia were poisoned by Novichok in Salisbury, England. In response, Washington at that time referenced the 1991 US Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, which requires severe punitive sanctions against countries that produce and use chemical weapons of mass destruction; but the Trump administration ultimately refused to enact them. Now, however, both Russian cyber hacking and Skripal nerve agent attacks may serve as justification for additional US sanctions against Moscow. The pro-Kremlin news site Vzglad believes the Biden administration will understand that the real US enemy is China, which is economically much stronger than Russia and has a military that is growing in power much faster. Moscow seems to hold out hope that the Biden team will overlook Russian transgressions in order to deal with the much more serious Chinese treat (Vzglyad, January 2, 2021). But such hopes may prove misplaced.last_img read more

Recruiter

first_imgRequisition ID: req3119Job Title: RecruiterDepartment: Recruitment & SelectionLocation: Columbus CampusEmployment Type: StaffEmployment Status: Board ApprovedBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining UnitFLSA Status: ExemptCompensation Type: AnnualCompensation: Commensurate with experienceSchedule: M-F, 8am-5pm; additional hours as necessaryThe College Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond toworkforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality.There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, andthere’s no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laserfocus on student success and a partnership mindset have establishedColumbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regionaleconomy, and a premier community college that is changing thenation’s education and workforce landscapes.With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at severalregional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is thenation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream(ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and aparticipant in The Right Signals Initiative through the LuminaFoundation. Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from anengaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewardsinnovation and vision. We provide competitive compensation,comprehensive benefits, and professional development opportunities.We are dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of Columbus Statefaculty and staff reflects that of our students and region. We areproud to be a central part of a community that embraces differencesand celebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles thatdefine Central Ohio.The City Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State Universityand more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as theheadquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one ofAmerica’s fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of culturalexperiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, andmore. That’s why Central Ohio residents find living here sofulfilling, both professionally and personally. Position Summary The HR Recruiter develops and implements recruitingplans and strategies designed to fulfill the college’s staffingneeds. The Recruiter is responsible for recruiting, interviewingand screening potential candidates; and ensuring all steps of thepre-employment process are complete for candidates who are hired.Also responsible for ensuring a positive and effective candidatejourney as it relates to the overall candidate and onboardingexperience at the college.Core Competencies Professionalism, Communication, Managing Work, PositiveApproach, Continuous Improvement, Quality Orientation,Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Leveraging Feedback,Collaboration, Planning and Organizing ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSRECRUITINGAdministers the employment/staffing function of the College byensuring staffing goals are consistently met through thedevelopment and implementation of best practice recruitingstrategies. Recruits, interviews, and screens applicants for theCollege. Partners directly with Hiring Managers to ensure allrequirements are updated, position descriptions are accurate andaccurate screening criteria are established. Reviews resumes/applications to identify qualifiedcandidates for vacant or new positions, conducts screeninginterviews and required testing, completes reference and backgroundchecks, and forwards qualified job candidates to the appropriateHiring Manager. Responsible for job postings, external advertising,screening interviews and required testing, and tracking thecandidate journey.As ambassadors for the College, also responsible for relationshipsand partnerships with external companies and organizations toimprove the College’s networking, sourcing and prospecting forapplicants.ADMINISTRATIONCompletes and processes new hire information, schedulespre-employment screenings, works closely with appropriatedepartments concerning incoming employees, and coordinates with theProfessional Development and Retention team on implementation ofnew hire orientation to ensure successful candidate onboardingexperience. Ensures employee files are complete and forwards allnecessary HRIS information for hire to the appropriate area forprocessing and entry in the HR database in a timely fashion.SUPPORT & TRAININGParticipates in HR projects, such as researching best practicesrelated to HR issues, policies and programs; develops and producesvarious reports; develops staffing and briefing materials; plans,prepares materials for, or participates in special events orprograms. Assists and/or facilitates training specific to theTalent Acquisition department.DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSIONDevelops and maintains strategic partnerships with diverse groupsand communities. Contributes to a welcoming, inclusive, andproductive work environment where all employees feel valued andable to contribute to their full potential, regardless of theirdifferences.OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Attends all required department meetings and training.May be required to be available through a mobile device via voiceand/or data during and outside of normal working hours, at themanager’s discretion, and must respond within a reasonabletimeframe. Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect andinclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of thecommunity.USUAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS The employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity whenentering data into computer, frequently sits for extended periodsof time, and occasionally stands and walks. Employee occasionallyreaches with hands or arms and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls.Employee converses verbally with others in person and by telephone.Vision demands include close, detailed vision when focusing oncomputer screen. Employee occasionally lifts or exerts force up to10 pounds.WORKING CONDITIONS Typical office environment.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of: federal and state laws and regulations pertaining toemployment; employment law, specifically as it relates to staffingand recruiting practices; recruiting trends and technologies.Skill in: research and analysis; sourcing and attracting candidatesby using databases, social media and other recruiting platforms;excellent verbal and written communication; organization; customerservice; conflict resolution; general typing; application of jobsoftware including word processing and spreadsheets; proofreadingstandard business correspondence and other written documents;customer service; office organization; creating functional reportformats; verbal and written communications; performing mathematicalcalculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication,decimals, percentages and fractions.Ability to: develop and maintain effective working relationshipswith associates, vendors, students, telephone users and generalpublic; maintain confidential and sensitive information; use goodjudgement; perform complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects;effectively communicate information in oral and written forms;excellent listening skills and participant in collaborative work;develop and maintain effective working relationships withcolleagues and stakeholders across the College; effectively workwith persons of varying cultures and diversity; problem solveeffectively; exhibit a pleasant public manner and telephoneetiquette; originate correspondence; work independently.Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or arelated field; or five (5) years of experience in the HumanResources field, specifically in the areas of staffing/recruitment.State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or demonstrable ability togain access to work site(s). An appropriate combination ofeducation, training, coursework and experience may qualify acandidate.last_img read more

Full-time/Part-time Clinical Practitioner (2 posts) in Restorative Dental Sciences (Cariology)

first_imgApplications are invited for appointment as Full-time/Part-timeClinical Practitioner (2 posts) in Restorative Dental Sciences(Cariology) of the Faculty of Dentistry (Ref.: 503368), tocommence on September 1, 2021 for one year.Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery orequivalent. They should also be fluent in Cantonese and English,and preferably be a member of the Medical Protection Society.Experience in providing outreach dental services to children wouldbe desirable. Fresh graduates of high caliber will also beconsidered.The appointees will provide outreach dental services for pre-schoolchildren; evaluate the impact and develop research related todental service; deliver oral health education talks and training toparents and teachers; provide individual counselling to pre-schoolchildren and their parents; and perform other duties as assigned.Working off-campus and outside normal office hours and on weekendsmay be required. Enquiries about the duties of the posts should besent to Professor C.H. Chu at [email protected] .Those who have responded to the previous advertisement (Ref.:502202) need not re-apply.A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits, if applicable.The University only accepts online application for the above posts.Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V., andindicate clearly the mode of engagement (full-time or part-time).Review of applications will start as soon as possible and continueuntil May 31, 2021 , or until the posts are filled,whichever is earlier.Advertised: Mar 2, 2021 (HK Time)Applications close: May 31, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

Research Administration Associate

first_imgJob PurposeDevelops and implements grants administration internal proceduresto insure compliance with Baylor College of Medicine policy.Provides guidance and resolutions to issues as related grantsmanagement and business operation. Oversees the financialadministration of grants and contracts from budget setup throughaward closeout. Assists in the development and submission of theannual budget for the academic section. To be successful in thisrole, the candidate must be self-motivated, team player,dependable, and have a strong work ethic.Job DutiesResponsible for overall research grants management of thedepartment and the Center for Drug Discovery.Serve as department approver for proposal submissions.Collaborate with Grants & Contracts personnel in thecompletion of final financial reports and grant close outs.Manage salary and effort reporting and certification forfaculty and staff, according to proposed commitments.Function as pre-reviewer for all research effort reports inEffort Reporting System.Monitor financial activity and ensure appropriate fundsutilization of research dollars.Meet regularly with research faculty to review grant accountsfinancial reports, personnel changes based on funding, endinggrants, and proposal submission plans.Provide guidance to faculty and grants office staff regardingfinancial matters related to sponsored projects.Oversee inventory control and asset utilization reports forresearch capital inventory.Assist in space Inventory assignment and conduct the spacesurvey to identify space functional usage and analyze funding vs.space allocation information to assist Department Chairman withspace assignments and reallocation of laboratory space.Assist in developing the annual budget for the AcademicSection.Oversee the management of all research budgets andcorresponding accounts.Serve as approver of financial transactions in the areas ofaccounts payable, travel, and purchasing; verify funds availabilityand ensure expenses meet institutional and sponsor guidelines.Manage special projects. Preferred QualificationsFour years of experience in Grants Finance Administration. Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.6120CHcenter_img Minimum QualificationsBachelor’s degree.Two years of relevant experience.last_img read more

Community Relations Director

first_imgThe Community Relations Directorprovides professional and confidential administration for theOffice of Government and Community Relations. The CommunityRelations Director will help support community and public relationswork relative to the local community (City of Trenton, EwingTownship, Mercer County) and assist as needed on matters involvingthe state legislature. The position interacts closely withcommunity leaders and TCNJ leadership, as well as with faculty,staff, students, and alumni. The role requires expert customerservice skills, discretion, and strong discernment and judgment.The incumbent will report to the Vice President for CollegeAdvancement.  It is preferred that the candidate hasfamiliarlity with the Mercer County and local governments as wellas TCNJ.About TCNJTCNJ is a highly selectiveinstitution that has earned national recognition for its commitmentto excellence. Founded in 1855, TCNJ has become an exemplar of thebest in public higher education and is consistently acknowledged asone of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. TCNJ currentlyis ranked as one of the 75 “Most Competitive” schools in the nationby Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and is rated the No. 1public institution in the northern region of the country by U.S.News & World Report. TCNJ was named the #10 value in publichigher education by the Princeton review in 2009 and, in 2006, wasawarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter – an honor shared by less than 10percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberalarts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ’sseven schools – Arts & Communication; Business; Education;Humanities and Social Sciences; Science; Nursing, Health, andExercise Science; and Engineering. TCNJ faculty members areteacher-scholars who share a commitment to liberal learning. TCNJis located within an hour, by train, of New York City andPhiladelphia. The College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acresin suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty andhas 39 major buildings, including the fourth-best college libraryin the nation, according to the Princeton Review.ContactInformationQualified candidates should applyonline and submit a letter of interest, resume (CV), as well as thenames and contact information for three professional references.Applications will be considered until a viable finalist has beenfound. Please apply to the following link:  https://tcnj.taleo.net/careersection/00_ex_staff/jobdetail.ftl?job=21000201&lang=en. Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successfulcompletion of background and reference checks.To enrich education throughdiversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal OpportunityEmployer. The College has a strong commitment to achievingdiversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages womenand members of underrepresented groups to apply.last_img read more

Director of Human Resources – Office of the President

first_imgJob DescriptionBased in Blacksburg, Virginia with locations in every county in theCommonwealth, Virginia Tech is a top 25 public research university.Under the leadership of a dynamic President, the University isgrowing in Blacksburg as well as expanding its presence acrossVirginia, most notably the Health Science and Technology campus inRoanoke and the Innovation campus in the DC metropolitanarea.As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and a leadingresearch institution, Virginia Tech offers approximately 280undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 37,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across thecommonwealth and manages a research portfolio of more than $531million. The university fulfills its role as a land-grantinstitution by fostering a collaborative environment thatintegrates technology into all disciplines, so that the VirginiaTech community can serve as a force for positive change around thecommonwealth, the country, and the world.The President’s senior management division consists of a variety ofdepartments such as Government Relations, University Legal Counsel,University Ombuds, Audit, Athletics, and more. Virginia Tech is amember of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and participates in22 varsity sports at the division one level.Virginia Tech is seeking an accomplished human resourcesprofessional to serve in the role of Director for Human Resourcessupporting the President’s senior management area. The positionwill report jointly to the Vice President for Human Resources andthe Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Special Assistantto the President. The director will align and execute unit-based HRstrategy with the university’s mission and strategy, working aspart of the larger HR organization.The role will provide leadership, guidance, and resources for alltalent-related activities including acquisition, development,management, and engagement and ensure there are clear linkages tothe university and department strategy. Responsibilities includeoversight of hiring and onboarding activities, training programs,performance management and employee relations, workforce planningand staffing, diversity and inclusion, recruiting, retentionplanning, and succession planning. This position provides adviceand support aimed at building organizational cohesion, health andflexibility, as well as providing strategic guidance related toleadership development, alignment, and development. This individualwill serve as the key strategy collaborator with leaders in thePresident’s senior management area. They will be part of thePresident’s administrative team and a member of a growing HRorganization, part of an HR transformation in the third year ofimplementation.As the university continues to grow and develop into one of the top100 global universities, this position will focus on aligningorganizations within a rapidly changing and complex environment.Organizational development and change management will be key forthis successful leader. This person will provide strategic andtactical leadership to the service area. To carry out theseresponsibilities, this person must be proactive, a strategicthinker, understand the critical importance of planning and programdelivery, be able to successfully balance competing values, andalign recommendations and actions with the strategies of theuniversity.Success in this position will rely on awareness of the culture andenvironment of the President’s senior management area, theuniversity, and human resources. This will be enabled by developingstrong relationships across campus and fostering respectfulcommunications and collaborations within a diverse community. Giventhe joint reporting relationship, this person must managepotentially conflicting interests, possess strong organizationalskills, plan and schedule individual work and team work, setpriorities, and manage multiple projects and deadlines.Required Qualifications• Related bachelor’s degree with significant related experience inhuman resources.• Recent progressive and consultative HR experience in a complexorganization with diverse cultures, and operating environments,including experience providing forward-facing strategicrecommendations, working with senior leadership, and influencingand managing people and projects through direct and indirectsupervisory roles.• Increasing levels of responsibility to include a broad HRGeneralist background with experience in multiple disciplines suchas talent acquisition, talent management, talent development,performance management, compensation, and more.• Experience in organizational development and changemanagement.• Experience working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environmentwith quickly shifting priorities.• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.• Ability to maintain discretion and the highest ethical andprofessional standards while dealing with confidentialinformation.• Management level experience delivering HR services.Preferred Qualifications• Master’s degree in human resources, management, or relatedfield• Related HR certifications such as SPHR or SHRM-SCP.• Significant and increasing levels of HR responsibility withinhigher education.• Experience working in government relations, legal, and/orathletics is a plus;• Experience with multiple roles and perspectives desirable.Appointment TypeRegularSalary InformationAnticipated hiring range is $110,000 – $135,000 based on educationand experienceReview DateApril 8, 2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Julie Weaver [email protected] during regular business hours at least 10business days prior to the event.Advertised: March 9, 2021Applications close:last_img read more

Assistant Professor – Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management

first_imgResponsibilities:The incumbent teach a variety of undergraduate courses in theHSTM program (core curriculum and sport management concentration)and graduate courses in the SM program.Conduct and maintain participation in scholarly activities,resulting in publication in scholarly outletsDevelop and advise undergraduate and graduate studentsPerform professional, departmental, college, university, andcommunity serviceSeek internal and external funding to support research agendaas appropriateIdentify and cultivate partnerships with businesses andorganizations in the sport management industry Job SummaryTroy University’s School of Hospitality, Sport and TourismManagement (HSTM) is seeking candidates for a full-time (10-month)position of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Sport Management.We are seeking applicants with teaching and research expertise inone or more of the sport management core content areas. Thisposition’s will be located on the Troy, Alabama campus and theteaching responsibilities will be a combination of face-to-face andonline. Please visit our website at www.troyuniversityjobs.comfor further details and information on how to apply.  TroyUniversity is an EEO/AA employer. TROY UNIVERSITY is a comprehensive publicinstitution serving more than 20,000 students worldwide at fourcampuses in Alabama, multiple sites throughout the United States,multiple international locations, and through an extensive onlinelearning program. Minimum QualificationsEarned Doctorate degree or appropriate terminal degree in SportManagement or related fieldcenter_img Assistant Professor –Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management:  Troy, AL Troy University’s Undergraduate Hospitality, Sport and TourismManagement (HSTM) program offers a Bachelor of Science degree inboth traditional and online formats and provides students theoption to concentrate in Hospitality Management, Sport Management,or Tourism Management. Troy University also offers a Master ofScience in Sport Management and a PhD in Sport Management. Allprograms are supported by 12 tenured or tenure-track faculty withdiverse teaching and research backgrounds. Troy University is currently accepting applications for thefollowing positions:last_img read more

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGEON

first_imgAnticipated Begin Date: Principal Duties: Applications Open: Mar 15 2021 Central Daylight TimeApplications Close: Rachel [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) This position is in the Division of MIS and Bariatric Surgery andwill perform minimally invasive general surgery services to includecomplex foregut surgery, bariatric surgery, advanced endoscopicprocedures, and abdominal wall surgery/reconstruction, in additionto the full breadth of general surgery. If interested andappropriately trained, the successful candidate may perform open,laparoscopic and robotic abdominal wall surgery via our HerniaCenter and/or contribute as an active member of our MBASQIPaccredited bariatric surgery program. Participation in teachingfellows, residents, and medical students, and involvement in ascholarly clinical or basic science research program is required.The successful candidate will participate in professional, public,and university service.The candidate must have the credentials that meet the University ofWisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health criteria forpromotion of appointment on the CHS track. Work Type: MD or equivalent is required. Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation forUW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respectthe profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion Ongoing/Renewable Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience: Contact: License or Certificate: Job no: 232091-ASWork type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time,Faculty-Part TimeDepartment: SMPH/SURGERY/MISLocation: MadisonCategories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services Official Title: Candidate is required to have or be eligible for a WisconsinMedical License. Board Eligible/Board Certified in Surgery throughthe American Board of Surgery or equivalent. Must be eligible forenrollment as a billing provider and for all necessary hospitalprivileges. NegotiableANNUAL (12 months) Full or Part Time: 50% – 100% JULY 01, 2021 Position Summary:center_img Employment Class: Salary: Instructions to Applicants: Appointment Type, Duration: ASSOC PROFESSOR (CHS)(D02NN) or ASST PROFESSOR (CHS)(D03NN) Completion of an approved general surgery residency program and anAdvanced GI/MIS +/- Bariatric fellowship (or expertise in MISforegut/bariatric surgery) required.Candidates must possess clinical and academic credentialssufficient for appointment at the Assistant Professor or AssociateProfessor rank. The candidate must have the credentials that meetthe University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Healthcriteria for promotion or appointment on the Clinical HealthSciences Track. Rank will depend on candidate’s interest andacademic credentials. A539712-MEDICAL SCHOOL/SURGERY/MIS Job Number: The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence throughdiversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability,you can find information about how to make a request at thefollowing website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/ To apply, click “” to upload a CV and cover letter. In your coverletter please detail your clinical experience and interests as itrelates to this position, as well as statements of research andteaching interests.The deadline for assuring full consideration is April 16, 2021however positions will remain open and applications may beconsidered until the position is filled. Degree and Area of Specialization: Academic Staff-Renewable The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and TotalCompensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensationstructures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles oncurrent job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilitieswill remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/.Employment will require a criminal background check. It will alsorequire you and your references to answer questions regardingsexual violence and sexual harassment.The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identitiesof applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except thatthe identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment . 232091-AS Department(s): Institutional Statement on Diversity: The Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School ofMedicine and Public Health is seeking a full-time, fellowshiptrained, Adv GI/MIS (+/- Bariatric) surgeon to join ourwell-established Division of MIS and Bariatric Surgery. Expertiseor training in the spectrum of MIS surgery (foregut, bariatrics,advanced endoscopy, and abdominal wall reconstruction) and awillingness to practice general surgery as part of our MIS team aremandatory. Candidates should be able to deliver high-qualitypatient care, be excited about participating in teaching fellows,residents, and medical students, and be involved in a scholarlyclinical or basic science research program. Interested candidatesshould be dynamic, innovative individuals with experience,training, and interest in contributing to our outstanding MISteam.The successful applicant must have a strong interest in clinicalpractice and a demonstrated background in research, education, andtraining. The ideal applicant should have a desire to develop arobust and academically-focused clinical practice while beingintegrally involved in the education and training of our MISfellow, general surgery residents and medical students. TheDepartment provides an extensive infrastructure to support bothclinical, HSR, and basic science research interests.The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profoundcommitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as avaluable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, westrongly encourage applications from candidates who foster andpromote the values of diversity and inclusion.last_img read more

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

first_imgAbout SUNY Empire State College:SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 byDr. Ernest Boyer as a distinctive statewide institutionfocused on innovative, nontraditional teaching and learning. SUNY Empire is part of the State University of New York systemand is accredited by the Middle States Commission on HigherEducation. With headquarters in Saratoga Springs, New York, SUNYEmpire primarily serves working adults pursuing associate,bachelor’s and master’s degrees online and onsite at locations inevery region of the state and abroad. IF YOU NEED A DISABILITY-RELATED ACCOMMODATION, PLEASE CALL THEADA COORDINATOR AT (518) 587-2100, ext. 2240. IN ACCORDANCE WITHTHE TITLE II CRIME AWARENESS AND SECURITY ACT, A COPY OF OUR CRIMESTATISTICS IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST BY CALLING (518) 587-2100,ext. 2800. IT CAN ALSO BE VIEWED ON-LINE AT THE SAFETY AND SECURITYWEBSITE AT http://www.esc.edu/safety-securityApplicationInstructions: SUNY Empire State College is committed to creating amulticultural, inclusive academic and work environment. Allqualified applicants receive consideration for employment withoutregard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity orexpression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics,disability, age, or veteran status. We believe that a diversefaculty is critical to academic excellence and prepares students tolive and work in an increasingly global world. The college’s 50-year commitment to flexible, individualizedlearning is represented by faculty mentors who guide studentsthroughout their academic studies, the ability for students tobuild individualized degree plans, the award of credit for learninggained from life and work experience, world-class academic andsocial student-support communities, and flexible course deliverymethods that meet students’ diverse learning preferences. Thecollege boasts more than 89,000 successful alumni and partnerswith nearly 16,000 students each year who want to expand theirpersonal and professional horizons. We are pleased to offer our employees a generous compensationand benefits package. We also offer professional-developmentactivities for professionals and support staff, as well asfaculty-development opportunities that encourage pursuit ofdisciplinary and community-focused research, scholarship ofteaching and learning, and leadership development.Faculty-development opportunities include our annual Fall AcademicConference and the annual Institute on Mentoring, Teaching andLearning.Job Description:The Social Media and Digital Content Manager is an integral partof telling SUNY Empire’s story across multiple channels on bothowned and paid spaces. Supervised by the Director of ExternalCommunications within the Office of Communications and Marketing,and ultimately following the directives of the Assistant VicePresident (AVP) of Communications and Marketing, the social mediaand digital content manager acts as the digital voice of SUNYEmpire, helping promote the college, its programs, students,alumni, across multiple social media platforms while also remainingtrue to the mission and values of the college and SUNY system atlarge. The Social Media and Digital Content Manager will also beresponsible for updating content on the college’s web site. Required Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree or above in digital media, marketing,communications or journalism3+ years’ experience in digital media, marketing,communications, journalism or related filmExperience planning strategic communications or outreachcampaignsProficiency in a variety of social media platforms, especiallyTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and othersProficiency in social media management and reporting platformAgorapulseProficiency in Microsoft Office, notably Word and Outlook Applications Due By: Applications accepteduntil position is filled. Special Information:Position located in Saratoga Springs, NYSome travel may be requiredVISA sponsorship is not available for this position AdditionalInformation:center_img Responsibilities:Develop and implement an organic social media strategy for thecollege’s main platforms not limited to: daily, weekly,monthly, and annual. Includes campaign-specific and overallstrategy. Oversee content development, design, and scheduling for allorganic content on SUNY Empire’s primary social media channels,including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram channels, andsocial sharing site Flickr. Explore additional outlets for increasing visibility (example:TikTok).Schedule quarterly and annual analytics reporting meetings toreview metrics.Track and measure key performance indicators.Develop ongoing strategy to increase engagement.Assist other departments within the college with their socialmedia strategy, and ensure brand standards and messaging arealigned with OCM-issued guidelines.Collaborate with others throughout the college to gathercontent and update the college’s web siteRequirements: If you are interested in applying for this position, pleasesubmit the following documents, which are required forconsideration by clicking on the APPLY NOW button:ResumeCover letterName and contact information of three references Empire State College is an EOE employer. The Social Media and Digital Content Manager works closely withdirector of external communications, director of internalcommunications, and the digital marketer, to help develop,implement, and manage a plan that aligns with the college’sstrategic priorities. This may include, but is not limitedto: Apply online: https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=128986 Preferred Qualifications:Self-starter who will take initiative and bring new ideas andconcepts to the teamBasic knowledge of web design platforms like Terminal 4 orWordpressBasic knowledge of content management systems such asSharepointKnowledge of Associated Press styleExperience with Adobe Creative Suite Rank/Salary:  Competitive/commensuratewith experience.last_img read more

Tenure-Track Faculty Position of School of Graduate Studies, College of Aviation (Daytona Beach

first_imgResearch plan (one page), including research interests,strategies, and research plan Teaching philosophy (one page) Copy of selected teaching evaluations Current CV A letter of applicationcenter_img Copy of Ph.D. transcript Job DescriptionThe School of Graduate Studies in the College of Aviation atEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) invites applicationsfor a nine-month tenure-track, open rank position, with strongpreference in background and expertise in Unmanned Systems andrelated areas.The department offers a primarily online Ph.D. in Aviation withspecializations in Aviation Safety, Aviation Human Factors,Aviation Operations, and Interdisciplinary. It also offers an MS inAeronautics, MS in Occupational Safety Management, and MS inUnmanned Systems in a traditional on-campus format.The candidate will be expected to teach courses in the Ph.D. and/ormaster’s degree programs and act as the chair and/or member ofPh.D. dissertation or thesis committees.In addition to teaching responsibilities, the candidate is requiredto meet continuing scholarly growth requirements that includepublishing scholarly work, actively pursuing and obtainingexternally funded research, and presenting work at professionalconferences.The candidate will be expected to fulfill service responsibilitiesto the university and the profession.The candidate will be required to provide instruction throughonline distance education and annual on-campus residencies.QualificationsThe position requires a doctorate in aviation, safety, statistics,operations, or a closely related degree.Candidate materials should be submitted online by applying athttp://careers.erau.edu .Candidates must submit the following for consideration: Copy of selected peer-reviewed journal publicationslast_img read more

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs/Director of Graduate Education

first_imgFort Valley State University is an affirmative action, equalopportunity institution and does not discriminate againstapplicants, students or employees on the basis of race, gender,ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age,disability, or marital or veteran status. JOB SUMMARY:This position reports to the Provost and Vice President forAcademic Affairs.  Coordinates various academic aspects of theuniversity to enhance and support the academic mission at theundergraduate and graduate levels. Also, is a part of theleadership team in the Office of the Provost and Vice President forAcademic Affairs and provides significant leadership to graduateeducation. FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (FVSU), a state andland-grant institution of the University System of Georgia, invitesapplications for the position of Vice Provost for AcademicAffairs/Director of Graduate Education.Fort Valley State University, the only 1890 land-grantuniversity in Georgia, is a comprehensive institution that providesan education to over 2,800 students including graduate students.The university is located in the town of Fort Valley in PeachCounty, the original site of the state’s peach industry. Its1,365-acre (5.52 km2) campus is Georgia’s second-largest publicuniversity in area.  DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:This position serves as liaison to the academic deans tofacilitate communication and interaction with the Office of theProvost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and includes otherduties and responsibilities as assigned by the Provost and VicePresident for Academic Affairs.Also, this position has responsibility for the following areasin Academic Affairs:Graduate EducationInstitutional Research, Planning and EffectivenessLibraryOnline LearningUndergraduate Research PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:10 or more years of administrative experience at the department,school/college and/or university level. To be considered for this position, please include thefollowing:A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities andqualifications of the position;Current curriculum vitae;At least five references with full contact informationincluding emails. (References will not be contacted without consentfrom applicants);Additional information will be requested upon receipt ofapplication.If you have any issues and/or concerns with submitting materialsfor this position, please contact Fort Valley State University’sOffice of Human Resources at [email protected] or(478)825-6301. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Terminal degree with faculty rank and tenure in a disciplineoffered by the University.A minimum of 5 years of administrative experience at thedepartment, school/college and/or university level. Experience with accreditation, assessment and knowledge ofIntegrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).Instructional technology and experience with promotion andtenure processes, faculty development, data-driven decision-making,budget, policy development, implementation and interpretation asdemonstrated by level of administrative positions held.Demonstrated ability to expedite administrative processes withdiplomacy and thoughtfulness.Demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently toaccomplish goals.last_img read more

Chief Communications Officer

first_imgSpecific Duties Include, but are not limited to: With other senior administrators, maintain appropriatecommunications and media policies to ensure that privacyregulations, public safety efforts, and HKS-wide practices areunderstood and effectively implemented. Job FunctionCommunicationsSub Unit————LocationUSA – MA – CambridgeDepartmentOffice of Communications and Public AffairsTime StatusFull-timeUnion00 – Non Union, Exempt or TemporarySalary Grade062Pre-Employment ScreeningEducation, IdentityEEO StatementWe are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicantswill receive consideration for employment without regard to race,color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protectedveteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy andpregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protectedby law.Basic QualificationsBachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience inprogressively responsible positions within the Communicationsfield. Experience managing staff.Application Instructions:Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter along with a 1-2 paragraphstatement describing how you have worked to create and foster aninclusive work environment. Knowledgeable and committed to the mission of education andresearch and /or public policy and leadership. Be an innovative and strategic leader of communicationsefforts. Additional Qualifications and Skills Master’s degree in communications, journalism, or a relatedfield preferred.PI134003922 Be skilled in leading, motivating, and developing a diverseteam of strategic communications professionals, and in being a rolemodel who demonstrates respectful behavior with multiplestakeholders. Demonstrated experience in diversity-related communications andability to make strategic diversity-related decisions with regardsto all communications. Additional InformationApplication Instructions:Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter along with a 1-2 paragraphstatement describing how you have worked to create and foster aninclusive work environment.Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 relatedrestrictions, this position may start as a remote position, withtransition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the officereopens. We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and liftingof restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibilitywith our interview process. We will be conducting interviewsvirtually for selected candidates until further notice.Salary Range: $160,200 – $295,600Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half ofthe salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by thescope of the position, the candidate’s relevant experience, andinternal equity.Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity,Inclusion, and BelongingAt Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusivecommunity where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basicfairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It isalso essential to our mission of improving public policy andleadership-because recruiting the best people and creating anenvironment where they can thrive make us better at what we do,because we learn more from people with different perspectives, andbecause we work in diverse groups and serve diversesocieties.Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.Harvard offers a generous benefits package including:Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paidsick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days peryear.Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medicalplans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of yourstart date.Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vestingafter 3 years of service.Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistanceprogram, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School anddiscounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass aswell as additional options to assist employees in their dailycommute.Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at littleor no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition,meditation and complimentary health services.Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events andmany discounts throughout metro Boston.We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide VisaSponsorship.Harvard University requires pre-employment references andbackground checks.Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy,sustainable learning and working environment Job CodeCM0262 Communications Management DirJob-Specific ResponsibilitiesThe Chief Communications Officer will lead a 15-person team ofprofessionals in developing and executing an integrated strategiccommunications and engagement plan that will magnify HKS’s voiceand strengthen its reputation with public officials, thoughleaders, and prospective students. Work closely with the Dean, Executive Dean, and the Dean’sOffice as well as with other HKS leaders, faculty, andcommunications experts. Build effective relationships with allmembers of the HKS community and provide guidance on a wide rangeof communications issues. Lead the HKS-wide communications affinitygroup, which includes communications staffers from otheradministrative departments and HKS Research Centers, to ensureintegration and consistency. Have a successful track record of moving projects forward,coordinating multiple programs simultaneously, thinking critically,and anticipating future demands and developing forward-thinkingapproaches. Have excellent oral and written communication skills. Have demonstrated savvy and success in contemporary mediarelations, including adeptness at coordinating press for largeevents and proven effectiveness in employing social media and otherdigital technologies. Spearhead media relations, particularly in the area of crisiscommunications. Harvard UniversityChief Communications OfficerHarvard Kennedy School53862BRJob SummaryThrough research, teaching, and engagement with practitioners,Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS)improves public policy and public leadership so that people canlive in societies that are safer, freer, more just, and moresustainably prosperous. As Chief Communications Officer, you willplay a central role in amplifying the impact of HKS’s ideas andenhancing HKS’s reputation locally, nationally, andinternationally. We seek an innovative and strategic leader withdemonstrated savvy in contemporary communications strategy andmedia relations, able to execute effectively and achieve change ina large, complex, decentralized, and mission-driven organization,and skilled in leading, motivating, and developing a diverse teamof strategic communications professionals. We are committed tofostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture and seekapplications from candidates who share our values andcommitment. With the communications team, develop strategic communicationsprograms encompassing media relations, digital communications,publications, and marketing programs, for both internal andexternal audiences. Take a proactive approach to ensure that HKSmessages and stories reach key target audiences and have impact.Drive the development of a compelling and effective digitalpresence resulting in vibrant and responsive online communicationsthat support key program objectives and initiatives. Bolsterinternal and external communications regarding HKS’s initiatives ondiversity, equity, and inclusion. Have demonstrated experience in crisis communications Be a self-starter with high energy and a focus on results. Be able to execute effectively and achieve change in a large,complex, decentralized, and mission-driven organization. Provide leadership and effective personnel management to thecommunications team, promoting collaborative interdisciplinaryteamwork, open communication, responsible self-direction, andexcellence in all aspects of execution. With the communications team, execute the communicationsprograms with excellence, bringing a high degree of care andprecision to all aspects of communications.last_img read more

Instructional Faculty in Psychological Data Science

first_imgInstructional Faculty in Psychological Data ScienceCollege/School/Unit: College of Liberal ArtsDepartment: PsychologyPosted: Apr 1, 2021Apply By: Open until filledDescriptionThe Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austinseeks a candidate for an Assistant or Associate Professor ofInstruction to teach undergraduate and possibly post-graduatecourses. Professional faculty positions are 3-year renewablecontracts and salary will be dependent upon position andqualifications. Background check conducted on applicantselected.QualificationsThe successful candidate will be responsible for teachingintroductory statistics with an emphasis on practical approaches tovisualizing and analyzing real data. When covering traditionalparametric tests, p-values should be treated as continuousprobabilities (rather than as significant/not significant), andother sources of information, such as effect sizes and priorknowledge, should be emphasized. The general approach taken shouldbe broadly consistent with the editorial Moving to a World Beyond“p < 0.05" in The American Statistician (2019).Required proficiencies:a) PhD in Psychology or other related social and natural sciencefieldsb) Expertise in modern research methods and analytics used in thesocial and behavioral sciencesc) Proficiency with R/RStudioCandidates may also demonstrate expertise in one or more of thesepreferred proficiencies:a) Mixed effects modelingb) Bayesian statisticsc) Structural equation modelingd) Machine learning (e.g. random forests, elastic net, ect)e) Text mining and web scrapping, wrangling large publiclyavailable datasetsf) Expertise in Python, or other programing languages for datascienceg) Familiarity with open source and open science approaches to thebehavioral sciences, including method to insure reproducibility ofanalysisApplication InstructionsInterested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a currentcurriculum vita, and three letters of reference.Equal Employment Opportunity StatementThe University of Texas at Austin, as an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with allapplicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination andaffirmative action. The University is committed to a policy ofequal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on thebasis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability,religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs andactivities, and admissions. jeid-81006b73f0b57a4aaa633330c97c098c To apply, visit https://faculty.utexas.edu/career/72560last_img read more

Shipping & Receiving Coordinator (Bookstore)

first_imgAbility to push, pull or lift 60 pounds.Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of timeAbility to work a flexible schedule including weekends. Special Requirements: Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits includinghealth, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b)retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please sendresume with cover letter and contact information for threereferences including name, telephone and email address.Apply to:Aurora UniversityHuman Resources347 South Gladstone AveAurora, IL 60506630-844-5650 – [email protected] -emailAurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Retail experience is preferred.Previous supervisory responsibility experience ispreferred. Aurora University seeks talented staff and administrators who arepassionate about supporting an inclusive community dedicated to thetransformative power of learning.Position Purpose: The Shipping/Receiving Coordinator in thecampus bookstore supports learning by processing all inbound andoutbound shipments, assisting in supervising sales floor, includingbut not limited to cashier area, maintaining inventory levels,merchandising and customer service.Core Competencies: High school graduate with some college preferred. Essential Job Requirements:Education: Physical Requirements: Skills: Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner withprospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, andthe community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse groupof faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service,learns and uses operating practices of the department and AuroraUniversity.Upholds the Mission Statement:Aurora University aninclusive community dedicated to the transformative power oflearning.Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizesthe confidential nature of university business.Supports learning through performance of essential jobfunctions and performing other duties and functions as necessary oras assigned. Ability to interact verbally in person, over telephone and viavarious media. Serves as the lead cashier while providing outstanding customerservice.Ensures sales floor is fully stocked and items pricedproperly.Responsible for shipping and receiving orders.Assists with inventory management.Assist with training new team members.Oversees staff and daily operations in manager’s absence. Excellent interpersonal, customer service skills, andcommunication skills.Highly organized, detail-oriented, and accurate.Able to handle multiple priorities and effectively meetdeadlines as required. Essential Job Functions: Experience:last_img read more

Financial Aid Operations Specialist

first_imgHomewoodCampus Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Business & Administrative Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Financial Aid Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore More searches like this GeneralSummary/Purpose:The University Student Services Financial Aid teamof the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), one of the world’s premierresearch universities, is seeking two extraordinary individuals tojoin our team as Financial Aid Operations Specialists. Reporting tothe Associate Director for Financial Aid Systems and DigitalStrategy, these roles will support University Financial AidOperations through responsiveness and strong customer service in afast-paced environment where expectations for performance andproductivity are high. They will be part of the team that isresponsible for the processing of all financial aid documents forthe university including scanning, indexing and posting ofmaterials to OnBase and PowerFAIDs, ensuring that all actions aredocumented in the student file in accordance with policy. They willalso escalate documents to appropriate aid staff for review,respond to customer service inquiries that come in through e-mailand JHU’s customer relationship management (CRM) system, and helpwith phone calls that are escalated by the university’s callcenter. The successful candidates will have a strong foundation inFinancial Aid, a commitment to providing the highest levels ofcustomer service to students, faculty and staff, and knowledge ofthe college application and financial aid applicationprocess.This position offers the option to work remotely,but candidates must have the ability to participate in meetings,receive and make phone calls, attend periodic in person meetings,help staff on-site events like orientation/open house, supportstudent one-stop and attend in person training and conferences, asneeded.Specific duties & responsibilities include (butare not limited to):Process physical and electronic financial aidapplication materials into OnBase and PowerFAIDs within establishedtimeframes.Respond to in-person, phone and email/SCM inquiriesfrom students, parents, faculty, and staff about the financial aidprocess. Route/refer/escalate calls, emails, and casesappropriately. This includes general and student specificinformation.Provide general information about federal, state,and institutional financial aid programs, regulations, andprocedures for applying for financialaid.Maintain working knowledge of the general servicesprovided by Student Accounts, Registration, Academic Advising, andAdmissions to respond to inquiries appropriately andaccurately.Advise students about general Title IV eligibilityrequirements such as half-time enrollment, the academic withdrawalpolicy, and Satisfactory AcademicProgress.Keep abreast of Title IV regulations, along withstate and institutional policies andprocedures.Exercise independent judgment in the resolution ofadministrative problems that include interpreting and communicatingoperating policies and procedures, and escalating issues forreview.Perform duties of a sensitive and confidentialnature.Other duties as assigned.Minimum qualifications(mandatory):High School diploma/GED.Three years administrative/academic relatedexperience.Experience with Microsoft products (Word, Excel,Outlook, Access, etc.).Preferredqualifications:Some college course work.Experience with FERPA and other federal and statelaws/policies regarding student records confidentiality and abilityto interpret and apply.Knowledge of Federal, State, Institutional, and/orPrivate financial aid.Experience with OnBase, MDCAPS and SalesforceSCM.Experience processing loans in ELM and/orPowerFAIDS.JHU Equivalency Formula:30 undergraduate degree credits(semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute forone year of experience. Additional related experience maysubstitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs whereequivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related collegecourse work may be applied towards the total minimumeducation/experience required for the respectivejob.Special knowledge, skills, andabilities:Strong organizational skills and ability to workwith minimal supervision on routine and dailytasks.Attention to detail and ability to identify andcorrect document-indexing errors.Flexibility and comfort with an ever-changingenvironment, and openness to assigned specialprojects.Ability to maintain strictconfidentiality.Participate as an active member of the team withthe goal of providing exceptional customerservice.Maintain positive and professional interaction whenspeaking with students, parents, and otherstakeholders.Calmly handle and resolve difficult situations, aswell as exercise good judgment when referring students/parents toother staff members for successful resolution. Ability tode-escalate difficult situations.Excellent verbal skills in order to communicatecomplex information and concepts to students, parents and otherstakeholders.Knowledge of PowerFAIDS, OnBase, ELM, Salesforce,MDCAPS, and Microsoft Office Suite products (Outlook, Word, andExcel).Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit acover letter along with resume/cvNote:This position is not eligiblefor visa sponsorship.Classified Title: Financial AidOperations SpecialistWorking Title: Financial AidOperations SpecialistRole/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/03/OFStarting Salary Range: Commensurate With ExperienceEmployee group: Full TimeSchedule: M – F / 8:30am – 5:00pmExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation: 01-MD:Homewood CampusDepartment name: 60010802-Shared Services Organization (SSO)Personnel area: University Student ServicesThe successful candidate(s) forthis position will be subject to a pre-employment backgroundcheck.If you are interested in applyingfor employment with The Johns Hopkins University and requirespecial assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The following additionalprovisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Yourrecruiter will advise accordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”)season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employment physical forpositions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with researchsubjects, or involving community contact requires documentation ofimmune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles),Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation ofhaving received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMRvaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to thesediseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities tothese diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employmentphysical exam except for those employees who provide results ofblood tests or immunization documentation from their own healthcare providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases willbe given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorecenter_img Financial Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Sharelast_img read more

Associate Director of Communications

first_img Share Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore More searches like this Generalsummary/purpose:The Student Affairs division of JohnsHopkins University is seeking an Associate Director ofCommunications to join its growing communications team. Comprisedof more than 25 offices and departments across the Homewood campus,Student Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the student experiencethrough its many programs, resources, and supportservices.Working under the direction of theDirector of Digital Strategy and Communications, the AssociateDirector will assist in the development and implementation ofcommunications strategies through a variety of digital and printchannels, crafting messaging and collateral primarily for studentsand staff.The successful candidate will be astrategic thinker, highly creative and collaborative, withconsiderable skills in message and content development, a solidsense for design—including implementing an institutional brand—anddemonstrated experience producing high-quality, engaging, andeffective communicationsefforts.Specific duties &responsibilities:Manage the successful execution ofcommunications efforts from conceptualization to completion,ensuring the quality, timeliness, and effectiveness of allcomponentsPlan and produce engaging and informativewritten, visual, and multimedia content in support ofcommunications objectives; assist in the development andmaintenance of an editorialcalendarOversee management of divisional social mediachannels; identify opportunities for collaboration with otheroffices/departments and provide guidance in the application ofuniversityguidelinesAssist in the maintenance of website contentwith a focus on quality assurance, accessibility compliance, andsearch engine optimization; provide occasional website support andtraining to other Student AffairsstaffParticipate in the planning, development, anddistribution of targeted email communications; manage audiencedistributionlistsConduct oversight of campus-wide digital signageplatform, advocate for its adoption by campus partners, andcontribute to ongoing assessment andimprovementContinually measure and review the performanceof communications efforts; report on key metrics and trends, makingadjustments wherenecessaryServe as an in-house resource, advisingcolleagues on communications best practices, university guidelines,and brandstandardsCoordinate with designers, photographers,printers, and other vendors asneededContinually stay abreast of emerging platforms,technologies and trends; identify new opportunities to engage withaudiencesSupervise 1 to 2 studentworkersMinimum qualifications(mandatory):Bachelor’sdegree in communications, marketing, or a relatedfield.Preferredqualifications:A minimum of four years’ experience incommunications, marketing or a related field; experience in ahigher education setting preferred. Advanced degree may substitutefor required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHUequivalency formula.Special knowledge, skills, andabilities:Excellent written and verbalcommunication skills with the ability to write clear, concise copyfor digital and print materials; strong editing and proofreadingskillsSolid understanding of principlesof design; demonstrated experience working within established brandstandardsExtensive knowledge of and fluencywithin social media platformsExperience using contentmanagement systems (e.g. WordPress) and email marketing platforms;familiarity with HTML/CSSUnderstanding of measurement tools(e.g. Google Analytics) and how to translate data insights intoactionSuperior attention to detail;ability to think creatively, strategically, andanalyticallyExcellent interpersonal skills,cultural responsiveness, and the ability to work collaborativelywith multiple groups, including students, staff, andadministratorsSelf-motivated with excellentproblem-solving, time management, and project managementskillsAbility to work effectively underdeadlines and simultaneously juggle severalassignmentsTechnical qualifications or specializedcertifications:Proficient with the Adobe CreativeCloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and relatedtoolsFamiliar with web accessibilitystandards as well as best practices for usability, content stylingand presentation, and search engine optimizationSkills in graphic design,photography, or videography preferredSupervisory responsibility (indicate the numberand type of persons supervised byincumbent):Upto 2 student workersClassified Title:CommunicationsAssociateWorking Title: Associate Director ofCommunicationsRole/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD Starting Salary Range:59,280-70,000, Commensurate withExperienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30am – 5:00pm Exempt Status: ExemptLocation: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 60009251-Student Affairs Personnel area: University Student ServicesThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Facebook You need to sign in or create an account to save LinkedIn HomewoodCampus You need to sign in or create an account to save You need to sign in or create an account to save Salary Not Specified Assessment & Evaluation Analyst Johns Hopkins University Communications Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States Twitter Enrollment Marketing Specialist Salary Not Specified Other Communications Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Save Enrollment Marketing Specialist Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Similar jobs Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Save Assessment & Evaluation Analyst Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Save Reputation Marketing Manager Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University Reputation Marketing Manager Business & Administrative Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

first_img(posted 11/16/20)Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia is seeking qualifiedcandidates for the position of Vice President for Diversity,Equity, and Inclusion (VPDEI).About Hollins University:Hollins is an independent, liberal arts university offeringundergraduate education for women and selected graduate programsfor men and women. Founded in 1842 as Virginia’s oldest charteredwomen’s college, Hollins provides abundant opportunities tostudents for research, study abroad, and leadership training, andprovides access to real-world experience through internships aroundthe globe supported by an extensive alumnae network.Hollins is an equal opportunity employer, and is strongly committedto promoting diversity and inclusiveness at every level of theuniversity. Persons of all genders, persons with disabilities, andpersons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds areencouraged to apply.About the position:Reporting directly to the President, and serving on her Cabinet,the VPDEI provides leadership to ensure Hollins University iscontinuously working toward a campus environment and studentoutcomes that foster belonging, and are inclusive, equitable, andreflective of its loftiest ideals as expressed in itsmission as aresidential, liberal arts community.While excellent visionary, facilitation, change management, andleadership skills are expected, this position will also directlyengage with students, faculty, and staff to provide programming andcreate new opportunities for deep and sustained inclusiveengagement and experiences. The ability to develop effectiveongoing dialogue and collaboration with multiple and diverseconstituents is an essential quality.It is the expectation of the campus community that this positionwill:Connect: The VPDEI will be someone who is able toproactively engage, communicate with, and inspire constituentsacross campus, from its most senior faculty to its newest staffmembers, from its diverse students to its highly visible trustees.The VPDEI will ensure Hollins provides an inclusive experience forall of the students and employees it serves. They will bring withthem credentials, experiences, and a personal manner thatfacilitates this breadth of authentic engagement across thecampus.Build: The VPDEI will – in collaboration with thePresident, Cabinet, and the broader campus community – build thestructures, processes, policies, and assessment measures necessaryto center inclusion within the institution and to ensure allcommunity members have the needed foundational knowledge andsupport to be inclusive in their daily work. The position will workclosely with campus constituents to facilitate, benchmark, andimplement an inclusion plan that outlines and achieves success foreveryone in the Hollins community.Facilitate: By developing needed structures andprocesses, along with a dynamic process of educating the community,the VPDEI will facilitate an environment that equips people acrosscampus to lead with inclusive excellence at the forefront of theirthinking and action. The community will learn from the VPDEI how tomove the institution forward and then do the work alongside theVPDEI.Advocate: The VPDEI will not only help thecommunity to understand best practices as they relate to inclusion,diversity, equity, and justice, but they will also advocate for andlead change management initiatives in order to implement thosepractices across the campus. In addition, they will also advocatefor those community members who need support, and be a trustedresource in the face of challenging moments.Support and Lead Change: The VPDEI will support thecommunity as a whole, as well as individuals, on their journey tobecome inclusive, actively work towards justice, and enable theinstitution to be equitable in action and will.A visionary leader is needed to help Hollins become atransformative and inclusive institution:The successful candidate must be an exceptional visionary and ableto attend to the details of implementing multiple, complexstrategies. Personally, this leader must be able to engage with allconstituents openly, supportively, and with an eye toward how everyencounter facilitates Hollins becoming a transformative andinclusive institution.It is expected that the VPDEI will: A master’s degree in a field related to the goals of thepositionProven success as a leader, with experience appropriate to ahighly visible senior leadership roleMinimum of seven years of recent and relevant experience as aneducatorFluency in the principles and language of equity, inclusivity,diversity, justice, and anti-racism as they relate to highereducationEvidence of building and managing successful partnerships withfaculty or other thought leadersExperience working collaboratively with multiple stakeholdersto facilitate change and as an organizational change agent andplannerProven success at (1) engaging multiple campus constituents and(2) building strong, collaborative relationships with faculty,staff, and studentsDemonstrated expertise in building an inclusive community thatprovides enhanced outcomes for all community membersExperience utilizing data to inform planning anddecision-making with a results-oriented mindsetImpeccable interpersonal and communication skills, both verbaland written, and strong emotional intelligenceAbility to lead, manage, and motivate diverse constituentperspectivesProven success at responding with compassion, care, and aneducative lens during moments of crisisPassion for the values of a residential, liberal arts educationfor studentsExperience with large event planning in order to continueHollins’ annual Leading Equity, Diversity, and Justice DayAbility to manage confidential and sensitive mattersAbility and willingness to work evenings and weekends Be a passionate educator, able to lead all members of thecommunity in an institution-wide professional development effortfocused on inclusion, diversity, and equity.Identify and support the implementation of best practices andthe deconstruction of barriers to inclusion-related studentsuccess.Partner with Academic Affairs to support inclusive facultyprofessional development that ensures the academic enterprise is amodel of inclusive pedagogy.Partner with Student Affairs to support inclusion in all areasof students’ experiences and to enhance student belonging.Partner with administrative leadership, as well as HumanResources, to facilitate the recruitment and retention of a diversefaculty and staff.Oversee, support, and coordinate the work of severalcommittees, programs, offices, and individuals currently addressingissues of inclusion and diversity on campus.Provide leadership for their team, and ensure the DEI work andorganizational structure are aligned in order to maximizeimpact.Work with student leadership groups to develop their ability toadvocate for inclusion and to lead inclusively.Establish robust metrics to track progress in achievinginclusion goals.In partnership with Institutional Advancement, identify andsolicit external funding to support inclusion on campus and withinthe surrounding region.Develop and supervise a team of student, faculty, and staffEquity Ambassadors to support the work of the VPDEI. Hollins’ commitment to this position:As a community, Hollins will ensure that the VPDEI is provided withthe human and financial resources deemed necessary to do their jobeffectively. Similarly, the university will work to prepare itscommunity members, physical space, and structures to enable theVPDEI not only to perform their duties but to thrive. A positionprofile, which includes additional information about the role andthe university, is availableonline .Application instructions:Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, salaryrequirement, and contact information for five [email protected] . Candidates should include in their coverletters a demonstrated interest in and understanding of HollinsUniversity, and evidence of how their experience and skills canhelp make the institution a more diverse, equitable, and inclusivecampus community. Review of applications will begin January 4,2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Required qualifications : Preferred qualifications : Doctoral degree strongly preferredExperience in a residential, liberal arts higher educationinstitutionExternal grant writing experiencelast_img read more

Media Designer

first_imgOffers of employment are contingent upon completion of backgroundinvestigation including a criminal background check demonstratingyour eligibility for employment with Georgia Southern University,as determined by Georgia Southern University in its solediscretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment historyreflected in your application materials and, if applicable, asatisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to apre-employment drug test.Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal andstate laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of thisinstitution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents(BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which areavailable for your inspection upon request.Equal Employment OpportunityGeorgia Southern University provides equal opportunities to allemployees and applicant for employment without regard to race,color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,national origin, religion, age, veteran status, politicalaffiliation, or disability. Individuals in need of reasonableaccommodations under the America with Disabilities Act toparticipate in the search process should notify Human Resources:(912) 478-6947.Other InformationMust be able to perform duties and responsibilities with orwithout reasonable accommodation.Work generally performed in an office environment andoccasionally outdoors.Work-week may occasionally extend beyond 40 hoursOccasional travel may be required Proposed Salary$40,200 – $44,041Required Documents to AttachPlease provide three (3) professional references in theRequired Documents to Attach section of your application. jeid-7d87822af55f5b4591e7552b7c2006d3 Required ExperienceOne or more years of related work experience Required QualificationsEducational RequirementsHigh school diploma or equivalent Knowledge, Skills, & AbilitiesABILITIESConsistently exhibit engaging customer serviceNavigate web access and email with or without reasonableaccommodationProven proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office,Google, and/or applications as required for specific positionAbility to maintain confidentiality and secure sensitiveinformationAbility to use independent judgment and communicatedecisionsAbility to work well independently as well as on a team KNOWLEDGEAdhere to University policies and procedures to meetInstitutional goals and support University’s mission for studentsuccessKnowledge of office management systems and procedures Media DesignerJob ID: 226479Location: Statesboro, GeorgiaFull/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularAbout UsJoin Our Team at Georgia Southern!Georgia Southern is a dynamic university with three vibrantcampuses in Hinesville, Savannah and Statesboro serving thecommunities in Southeast Georgia. As a Carnegie Doctoral/R2institution, our world-class scholars instruct about 26,000students in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral leveldegree programs. Whether you are seeking the charm of a small town,the traditions of a historical/urban destination near the beach orsupporting our military service members and their families, GeorgiaSouthern offers its faculty and staff the best of all worlds!Beyond an ideal location, there is a place for you to work in anexciting environment abounding with opportunities for personal andprofessional growth. We are steeped in tradition and devoted toacademic distinction in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2018Forbes Magazine listed Georgia Southern, along with 10 otherGeorgia companies or institutions, as one of America’s Best MidsizeEmployers. Georgia Southern University is passionate about servingour region while preparing our students to be lifelong scholars,leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities and theworld.Department Information0130111 – Department of Marketing and MediaJob SummaryThe Media Designer creates, maintains, and distributes media acrossthe Parker College of Business’ internal and external channelsunder the direction of the director. Media created include, but arenot limited to, digital and printed graphics, photography, andvideos. This person also acts as a content editor for the collegewebsite.ResponsibilitiesPerform related duties as assigned to support the mission ofthe UniversityFilm and edit videos for the CollegeServe as primary photographer for the CollegeAssist in creating graphics and layouts for digital and printuseAssist in creating layouts for bi-annual alumni magazineMaintain video and photography equipmentMaintain and update College website and social media withassistance from graduate assistant or intern using mediacreatedAssist with proofreading and editing To apply, visit https://careers.hprod.onehcm.usg.edu/psp/careers/CAREERS/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=39000&JobOpeningId=226479&PostingSeq=1 SKILLSDemonstrate commitment to inclusiveness by working well withdiverse populationsUse effective communication and human relations skillsDemonstrate appropriate organizational skills as required forspecific positionProven proficiency with Adobe suite of softwareExperience with video and photography equipment For technical support, please call the Shared Services Center at(877) 251-2644 or [email protected] of EmploymentGeorgia Southern University is a Tobacco and Smoke-FreeCommunity.Successful completion of background investigation and legalauthorization to work in the US prior to employment.Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with orwithout reasonable accommodation. Apply Before DateMay 17, 2021Contact InformationFor more information or questions about a job posting, pleasecontact the Department of Human Resources by phone at (912)478-6947 or by email at [email protected] Other Required QualificationsProficient with Adobe suite of products (Photoshop, InDesign,Premiere Pro, Audition, etc) Preferred QualificationsPreferred Educational QualificationsBachelor’s degree in a related field Background CheckStandardOther InformationBelieving that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute toexcellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University’sacademic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed torecruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support,promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote InclusiveExcellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups,whose work furthers the institution’s Inclusive Excellence goals,and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives andbackgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.last_img read more

The Real Deal’s Summer Tri-State issue is live for subscribers!

first_imgThe Real Deal’s Summer2019 Tri-State issue is now live, and digital subscribers to TRD are getting a first look at what’s inside. Subscribers now have access to the following stories:— Our cover story on the much ballyhooed upcoming opening of the American Dream mega-mall in East Rutherford, NJ.— Our deep dive into the plans New York landlords are making to chase higher cap rates up in Northern New York, and why eviction laws and local activism on rent regulations could thwart their plans.— An interview with Mack-Cali CEO Michael DeMarco on his plans for the Jersey City-based REIT, which has recently sold off hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of suburban office properties in the Tri-State region.— There’s staging and then there’s showcasing: Hamptons brokers clue us into the must-have for any high-end listing heading to market.ADVERTISEMENT— A look at the priciest listings on the market right now in Westchester County.— A ranking of the biggest deals transacted in New Jersey’s Opportunity Zones in the last six months (spoiler: Newark’s seeing tons of activity and sellers are getting double or triple what they paid).And there’s plenty more for readers to enjoy in our third  Tri-State issue, which covers the latest commercial and residential real estate developments in Fairfield County, Long Island, the Hamptons, North Jersey, Westchester County and beyond.Subscribe now to read the issue in full! Non-subscribers will receive access to TRD’s Tri-State print stories on August 26. Enjoy the issue! This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

SEC launches WeWork probe: report

first_imgWeWork is reportedly facing an SEC probe (Credit: iStock)The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an inquiry into WeWork to determine if the company violated reporting rules ahead of its doomed planned public offering.Citing two unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported that SEC investigators are scrutinizing disclosures made to investors while the company embarked on aggressive fundraising efforts and completed transactions that posed potential conflicts of interest.The agency’s inquiry is reportedly in its early stages, and may not lead to allegations of wrongdoing. WeWork has reportedly retained Andrew Ceresney, a former head of the SEC’s enforcement unit.A WeWork spokesperson declined to comment.The report adds to mounting concerns for shareholders. During a period that involved the departure of CEO and co-founder Adam Neumann and a $39 billion drop in valuation, WeWork reported to shareholders Wednesday that it lost $1.25 billion in the third quarter as expenses again trumped growth.And on Thursday, The Real Deal reported that SoftBank has delayed the launch of its promised $3 billion tender offer for more than a week. The offer is contingent on meeting “required regulatory approvals” and the absence of litigation, bankruptcy proceedings and debt defaults. Following the report, WeWork’s junk bonds value sunk while their risk jumped.Some shareholders have begun to revolt. A former WeWork employee and shareholder filed a derivative lawsuit in California last month, accusing Neumann, other key executives and its main investor, SoftBank, of self-dealing and unjustly enriching themselves. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status.The SEC inquiry is reportedly focused on claims WeWork executives made to investors ahead of the planned IPO. According to Bloomberg, WeWork spent big ahead of the IPO to demonstrate expansive growth to existing investors. By doing so, it depleted cash reserves and shortened the timeframe in which WeWork would run out of cash. SoftBank, its largest investor, ultimately saved the company and committed to a $9.5 billion lifeline, which included the $3 billion tender offer.Multiple transactions disclosed in the company’s pre-IPO filing to the SEC, known as an S-1, have faced extensive scrutiny by investors, including a $5.9 million payment to Neumann for giving the company rights to the trademark “We.” Other transactions involved WeWork leases with buildings owned by Neumann. These arrangements have since been unwound.However, another transaction that has been scrutinized is WeWork’s $850 million purchase of the Lord & Taylor building in Manhattan. Multiple executives — including Eric Gross and Neumann — had dual interests in the acquisition, as TRD previously reported. Board member and investor Steven Langman had interests in three sides of the deal. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Mortgage applications to buy homes reach highest level since January

first_imgJoel Kan, MBA’s executive at the helm of industry forecasting, attributed last week’s uptick in activity to low mortgage rates, states reopening and “pent-up demand” from earlier in the spring as the pandemic froze many housing markets.After the final week of May, Kan had cautioned that home purchase activity may not continue to grow due to high rates of unemployment and low housing supply. The purchase index increased by 5 percent that week, compared to the prior week’s 9 percent gain.Last week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for conforming loans of $510,400 or less ticked up to 3.38 percent from 3.37 percent the prior week. Jumbo rates also increased to 3.70 percent from 3.66 percent.MBA’s overall adjusted index, which tracks 75 percent of the U.S. consumer mortgage market, increased by just over 9 percent, a large jump compared to prior weeks’ marginal increases as purchase and refinance activity diverged.Write to Erin Hudson at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now The first week of June also saw refinance activity pick up again after a seven-week decline. (iStock)The number of homebuyers applying for loans last week reached levels not seen since January.The purchase index, an adjusted weekly metric tracked by the Mortgage Bankers Association, rose 5 percent last week, compared to the final week of May, and 13 percent year over year. That rounds out eight consecutive weeks of growth and marks a new high in adjusted purchase activity for 2020.The first week of June also saw refinance activity pick up again after a seven-week decline.MBA’s adjusted refinance index, which tracks the volume of refinancing applications, also increased by 11 percent last week and 80 percent year over year.The uptick represents a reversal in nearly two months of declining refinance activity, which last week accounted for about 61 percent of all loan activity.Read moreMortgage applications to buy homes now higher than a year agoSix weeks, six jumps in mortgage applications to buy homesTRD Insights: NY, NJ homeowners more likely to be in mortgage forbearancelast_img read more

Flip-flop on eviction ban extension highlights state’s chaotic response

first_imgDuring an August joint legislative hearing on the impact of coronavirus on the courts, Judge Marks said he was still concerned about a “mad rush of eviction cases.” But it was Judge Daniele Chinea, president of the Housing Court Judges Association, who made it clear to lawmakers that those judges are tired of adjudicating a controversial policy item.“We need you, the legislature and the executive [branch] to make a plan,” Chinea said. “This is a natural disaster, a global pandemic, the effects ongoing and far-reaching. Whose struggle shall I continue — or alleviate — at the pain of the other?”Instead of the plan that Chinea requested on behalf of the 50 housing court judges she represents, the OTDA’s bungled directive this week brought confusion. Property owners have criticized what they call sometimes contradictory and bewildering orders from different branches of the state government.Even more surprising was the most sweeping eviction moratorium yet — which came from the federal government, not New York state.Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control announced restrictions on residential evictions through the end of the year, after President Trump directed the agencies to consider such a move. Tenant advocates have criticized the moratorium because it does not prevent holdover evictions, or evictions via non-renewal of lease, while landlords have said it does nothing to help them collect rent.In New York, eviction protections are relatively strong compared to other states. In Kentucky, for example, a nuisance ordinance law allows landlords to file evictions after police have visited a property three times, for any reason.In 16 cities across the U.S., there was a sharp decline in filings after the federal eviction limits were implemented, one study found. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Gov. Andrew Cuomo with Judge Lawrence Marks and Judge Daniele Chinea (Getty, Linkedin, iStock)Three days after a state agency published an order extending the eviction moratorium through Dec. 31, it flip-flopped, marking the latest mixup in New York’s eviction policy saga.The Office of Disability and Temporary Assistance, which administers state benefit programs, sent the initial directive on Monday. The letter — which caught recipients off guard — announced that because of the federal eviction moratorium, “the provisions of Judge [Lawrence] Marks’ Administrative Order have been extended to prevent evictions through December 31, 2020.”That was news to the Office of Court Administration, where Chief Administrative Judge Marks presides. The office responded, saying there had been “no changes” to the state eviction moratorium, which expires Oct.1, and called ODTA’s misstep an “apparent misinterpretation.”A spokesperson for the Office of Disability and Temporary Assistance said the guidance had been posted in error, has been taken down and is now being clarified. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office did not respond to a request for comment.Read moreEviction filings fall after Trump moratorium: studyEvictions banned through December for most US tenantsLandlords lost about $9B in rental payments last quarter: reportlast_img read more

Activist investors urge Kohl’s to cut real estate, inventory

first_img Email Address* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Message* Full Name*center_img Now, the investors are calling on Kohl’s to hire directors with retail experience. They also advise Kohl’s to consider a sale-leaseback of more than $7 billion of its real estate and to reduce inventory while improving offerings and discounts.ADVERTISEMENTKohl’s responded that it is already pursuing some of the proposed initiatives. Among them, the company has added six new independent directors since 2016. It has rejected some of the other proposed changes.Kohl’s has been in discussions with the activist investors since early December.Although Kohl’s have been hurt by the pandemic, its wounds pre-date it, as is the case for other department stores. On the plus side, its locations are not located in malls, which have seen foot traffic fall in recent years and especially during Covid.[WSJ] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Kohl’s investors have a list of changes they want implemented. (Getty) A group of activist investors have something to say about Kohl’s.Macellum Advisors GP, Ancora Holdings, Legion Partners Asset Management and 4010 Capital are attempting to control the company’s board and influence its trajectory, according to the Wall Street Journal.Together, the group owns a 9.5 percent stake in Kohl’s. Earlier this year it nominated nine people to the retailer’s 12-person board.Read moreJ.C. Penney has been saved. Now what?More major retailers furlough employees, withhold rentThe American mall: A survival guidelast_img read more

“Lucky draw” for Metalurg, Cervar: We are waiting for “third luck” (PHOTO)

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHandball euphoria in Macedonia are even stronger after VELUX EHF CL TOP 8 draw. RK Metalurg had “lucky draw” as you can see from the first reaction of club’s official after they heard that Vive Targi Kielce will be the last step to the more than historical achievement – F4 event in Cologne. However in Skopje know that would be extremely difficult to beat Polish champion and that they aren’t favorites…– I have to be satisfied with the name of our rival, despite the fact that Kielce is absolutely the favorite in this clash. They were better twice in Preliminary Round. Now, we are waiting for the “third luck” as folk saying. We hope to success like a sportsmen. Favourites not always win – said Metalurg’s coach – Mago di Umago, Lino Cervar.Slovenian right back and one of the most experienced player not only in Metalurg, but at EHF CL, Renato Vugrinec are also satisfied:– We have arealistic chances to qualify for the F4 in Germany. We can play with Kielce. Their advantage will be the second match which will be played in Poland, but first of all we have to win in Skopje and make unforgetable time for all our fans.source: rk metalurg Madlen 26. March 2013. at 17:56 Lino Cervar to resign after Egypt 2021. It’s over, I can’t go on… Recommended for you 2 Comments 2 Comments “Our advantage will be the second match which will be played in Skopje”I think that the second match will take place in Kielce. Either Vugrinec or Translator has been mistaken. Four BIG names in 2020: Ribera, Jicha, Cervar and Pascual for the 2020 award!center_img ShareTweetShareShareEmail wicked games 26. March 2013. at 23:27 Croatia save point against BIG Japan! Related Items:handball crazy house, Lino Cervar, Renato Vugrinec, RK Metalurg, Skopje handball No mether where, no mether with who METALURG is our futureand we will win in Skopje and make unforgetable time for all our fans and EHF CL fans. Then in Poland will be easy. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Bella Gullden after two matches in Stockholm: We have to start running

first_imgClick to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsIsabelle Gullden is the biggest hope of the home team at the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden. The Swedish girls lost their second match against Slovenia 23:25, and now will be under pressure in the last match of Preliminary Round – clash with Serbia on Thursday, 20.45.Playmaker of CSM Bucharest analized bad night against outsiders from Slovenia…I don’t think that we underestimated them because they played good. Slovenia were good and we had problems. We played good defense, but we didn’t run so much. If we want to beat Serbia, we have to start running.How do you feel to play three months after Rio? It looks that most of the teams from Olympic Games have lack of form…Of course, it is tough. You are mentaly tired. But I think that I have good last months. I am OK with energy, playing at home, it is pleasure. I have some problems, it is hard, but we play home and that is our huge motivation.At the first match you were supported by sold-out Hovet Arena, much more than in the second match against Slovenia. What happened with the fans?My opinion is that is to late for the matches (20.45). Families goes on this kind of matches, and when kids have schools tomorrow morning, it is hard to organize everything, to stay longer in the middle of the week. It is problem, but I hope, we will have more fans against Serbia.You played three times against Serbia, and three times you drew…Yes, always, like against Netherlands. They are without Damnjanovic and some other players, but they are good, playing as a team. They are mix of strong girls and technical players. It is hard to read them in attack. As I said for the match against Slovenia, we need to start running – concluded Bella Gullden. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items: ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

Handball-Planet.com TOP 50 cities in 2016: Budapest stays No.1!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHandball-Planet.com has another good year in number of visits and open pages. We covered all the major events in 2016, but also made another step in making brand of our Contest for the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER, WORLD HANDBALL COACH, WORLD HANDBALL REFEREE and Handball Person of the Year.Here is our list of TOP 50 cities from where Handball-Planet.com counted the most visits in 2016. Some things didn’t change in comparation with 2015. Budapest stays No.1, ahead of Zagreb, Warsaw and Skopje.Handball-Planet.com TOP 50 cities in 2015: From Budapest to Doha and Sao PauloTOP 50 Handball-Planet.com cities:BudapestZagrebWarsawSkopjeCopenhagenBucharestBelgradeLjubljanaSzegedKielceKrakowPlockPodgoricaOsloAarhusBitolaStockholmParisLondonMadridVeszpremBarcelonaMinskWroclawGdanskBrestReykjavikGyorLisbonBerlinViennaAthensHelsinkiMoscowBratislavaHamburgTel AvivSao PauloPragueGothenburgSplitOsijekBilbaoCeljeShtipDohaPortoPoznanMunchenPresov Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items: Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Telekom Veszprem – 25th Hungarian title!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTelekom Veszprem have won the 25th Championship trophy in Hungary! Team lead by Spanish coach Xavi Sabate saved +6 from the first match of the Play-Off Final (23:17) in the hell made by Pick Szeged fans – 30:27.MOL-Pick Szeged – Telekom Veszprém 30:27 (15:14) MOL-Pick Szeged: Sego, Kastelic – Obranovic, Kallman 7, Bodó 6, Goncalves 4, Zubai, Balogh 6 (2), Skube, Blazevic, Gaber, Sostaric 2, Rodriguez, Bánhidi 1, Buntic 4, Bóka ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items: Click to comment Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Gulyás, Iváncsik 1, Schuch, Ilic 2, Palmarsson 5, Gajic 4 (3), Nilsson 2, Nagy 3, Ugalde 2, Marguc 1, Terzic, Blagotinsek 1, Sulic 2, Lékai 4 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

RISTOVSKI, PROST, SEGO, CUPARA: 8th International Handball Goalkeeper’s camp in Omis, Croatia

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:8th International Handball Goalkeeper’s camp in Omis Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsIt is extremely tough to find a place in handball world where gather handball kids from all over the world like at International Goalkeeper’s Camp in Omis, Croatia.The eighth edition of the most popular summer Camp for goalkeepers is just to begin on a beautiful Adriatic coast with goalkeepers from 28 countries. In work with coaches (Haris Porobic – Telekom Veszprem, Tomasz Blaskewicz, Jean Kristop Aulas, Vanja Radic) and famous goalies like Borko Ristovski, Marin Sego, Primoz Prost, Vladimir Cupara, Sandro Uvodic and Dino Spiranec) will progress kids from Norway, Sweden, Faroe Island, Kuwait, Israel, Ukraine, all Balkan countries, Hungary, The Netherlands, Finland, etc…The Camp will last for six days with 200 participants in total.Handball-Planet.com will bring some interesting stories as media partnef or the project.last_img read more

PC Coaches signs for Tourings

first_imgScania has announced another customer for its recently-unveiled Touring coach, confirming that two of the 57-seat, Chinese-assembled tri-axles with Euro 6 engines will be delivered to PC Coaches of Lincoln in March, alongside a Euro 5 OmniExpress.They continue a 26-year relationship with Scania which began in 1988 with the delivery of a Plaxton-bodied K113. PC’s 40-strong coach fleet is exclusively on Scania chassis, and 2015 will be the third consecutive year in which OmniExpress has been delivered.“We have tried and tested numerous Scania coaches and have not been let down yet,” says MD Pete Smith.“The first Scania we purchased turned out to be a reliable, comfortable coach with great back-up when we needed it.“We look forward to our new coaches arriving, and with the Tourings being the first of their type we will make full use of Scania’s inclusive technical training to ensure we get the best performance from them.”The Tourings will be powered by Scania’s 12.7-litre DC13 engine developing 410bhp and include a host of safety features. They will carry specially-designed liveries showing 12 members of PC Coaches’ fleet – all of which are Scania coaches. One will be in a green-based scheme, the other gold.“The technological advances offered by the Euro 6 Touring are impressive,” continues Mr Smith.“As standard they will benefit from ABS, EBS, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning – something our insurance company can only see as a good thing. We will be among the first operators in Lincolnshire to run Euro 6 coaches and take pride that not only are we moving our business forward, but also keeping our green credentials.”All three new coaches will be maintained by Scania’s Lincoln dealer under a two-year repair and maintenance contract.Click here to see videos of the Touring and the Scania-based Irizar i3last_img read more

Voyager GT will meet all expectations, says UNVI

first_imgUNVI’s recently-launched Voyager GT “opens up several opportunities for operators,” says UK Sales Manager David McKinless, with up to 600kg of luggage capacity in the Mercedes-Benz Atego-based midicoach being among its main attractions.The Voyager GT is available in a variety of specifications, including as a top-end luxury tourer, adds Mr McKinless. “We have endeavoured to keep it small, compact and light. UNVI is noted for cutting-edge design on all its products, and we have tried to incorporate that into the Voyager GT.”The first two examples were shown at Euro Bus Expo.last_img read more

Licence bid after revocations turned down

first_imgBid for 10-vehicle national licence after restricted licences were revoked is refused; Director’s repute had not been restored, says DTCFamily-owned Manchester-based TC Travel Services, whose previous family sole trader restricted licences were revoked, has lost its bid for a national licence on grounds of repute and finance.The company, of Manley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, was seeking a new 10-vehicle national licence before Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) Miles Dorrington at a Golborne Public Inquiry (PI).Two-vehicle restricted licences previously held by three of the four Directors, Tariq Chohan, trading as TC Travel; his wife Salma Chohan, trading as S&S Minibuses; and their son Adnan Chohan, trading as AC Travel; had been revoked by TC Beverley Bell.In her decision the TC said that the family members had never operated two vehicles since the licence was granted in their sole trader entities, as evidenced by the fact that no bank accounts, trading accounts or written details of any sub-contract arrangements had been provided.  TC Travel Services had been in existence since July 2006 and its trading accounts clearly stated that its business was the provision of transport services to local authorities. She rejected the claim that the company was subcontracting to the three licence holders. All payments had been made direct into the company’s bank account from Manchester City Council and Rochdale Borough Council.The company paid to insure the vehicles. Cash was withdrawn from the company’s bank account to pay the drivers and all other related payments such as maintenance costs were also made by the company.She concluded that the company was the operator of the vehicles that were authorised on the three restricted licences. The company did not have a PSV O-Licence, and consequently the vehicles were being operated illegally. She considered that all three operators either knew or ought to have known that the arrangements that had clearly existed for some time were unlawful (routeONE, Court Report, 21 October 2015 and 9 March).At the outset the DTC said that the big issue was the repute of the company. In her decision the TC had held that the three directors who had lost their licences had lost their repute, and that Tariq Chohan was the controlling mind of the company and in fact he was the most to blame. The loss of repute had not been challenged by an appeal to the Upper Tribunal.Asked what he had done to restore his repute, Tariq Chohan said that had learnt a lot of things since the last PI. He admitted that he had not been on any courses Tariq Chohan said that Adnan Chohan and Salma Chohan had finished with the company. They were no longer Directors but he conceded that they were still shareholders, holding two thirds of the shares. He said that given the chance he could prove that he could operate compliantly.Asked what he had done to restore his repute, Tariq Chohan said that had learnt a lot of things since the last PI. He admitted that he had not been on any courses since the licence revocations. He maintained that he had been ill-advised in the past.He said that a friend of his who operated in Bradford, a Mr Batty, had explained a lot of things to him. He had looked at various courses he could go on but admitted that he did not know the name of any course providers.He was unable to name four of the nine undertakings he had signed up to when the licence application was made, or satisfactorily answer what the domestic drivers’ hours rules were.Proposed Transport Manager Raymond Brigdon said that there were various DVSA courses Tariq Chohan could go on, as well as the fact that he would be monitoring the company’s operations.Tariq Chohan had done a lot of work to be able to obtain a licence and he had been able to tell him a lot of things that he needed to know, emphasising to him how the company was to be run. His remit was larger than a normal TM. Tariq’s son Sumair, who was also a Director, would be taking a very active part.The DTC commented that Sumair Chohan could be overridden at any time as he was not a shareholder.Refusing the application after considering financial evidence in private, the DTC said that he was not satisfied that Tariq Chohan’s repute had been restored as passage of time was not sufficient on its own. At the very least he would have expected him to have attended an O-Licence Compliance course.last_img read more

Shearings CEO Denis Wormwell resigns

first_imgDenis Wormwell, 55, has resigned as CEO of Shearings Leisure Group, the specialist operator of escorted tours and leisure hotels. He leaves on 31 December “to pursue a non-executive career.”Group CFO and Deputy CEO Gary Speakman will become Interim CEO until a replacement is announced next year. The recruitment process started this week.Mr Wormwell, who joined the business a decade ago, led the management buyout of the business from 3i in 2014 and its sale to Lone Star Funds earlier this year. Says Mr Wormwell: “The past months have seen us working alongside our new shareholders to outline the growth strategy going forward and now is the perfect time to hand over the leadership baton for my successor to take it on to the next stage.“Nine years is a long time as CEO and I feel I have achieved everything that I set out to do.“I am delighted to be leaving the role with the business in a strong position.“I am looking forward to embarking on a non-executive career, adding to the two non-executive positions I hold already.”Earlier this year, the Group announced its third successive year of growth in revenues, profits and passenger numbers on the back of strong demand for UK holidays. It said trading in the current financial year was also ahead of last year.last_img read more

Stagecoach race for charity

first_imgTen employees from Stagecoach North East have tackled a 10km race in South Shields to raise funds for five-year old Kian Musgrove.Team Walkergate – made up of drivers, duty managers, fitters, administration and operations team – took part in the Sand Dancer Mixed Terrain race.The team is hoping to raise as much money as possible to help support the ongoing treatment for Caring for Kian, which was set up for Kian to help raise funds in his fight against cancer.last_img

Maynes unveils depot investment at Buckie HQ

first_img‘Foundation is laid for next generation’ while award-winning Moray business adds 10 coaches to fleetThe opening event at Maynes’ Buckie headquarters was well-attendedAward-winning Maynes Coaches welcomed more than 100 guests to the opening of its newly-built offices at its Buckie HQ on Friday 11 January.The £500,000 project, started in July, has seen an extension to the existing premises to enlarge and renew its existing office facilities.That has provided a new reception area plus open-plan office, a boardroom and managers’ and engineering offices alongside a purpose-built training room that seats 14, with the latest audio-visual equipment.New and oldIn a nod to the past, the smartly-finished offices include displays of Maynes’ heritage as well as its current operations.The work not only involved building the single-storey extension, but also a substantial earth-moving operation. That also entailed re-grading and reconstruction of its adjacent coach parking area.Speaking exclusively to routeone, Director David Mayne says: “This is a very important investment. We’re laying down the foundations for the next generation. There’s been a big upheaval during the last six months of construction, but this is a vital project as it will enable us to continue the business’ success.”Designed by a local architect, the purpose-built suite of offices is the latest in a series of investments by the family-run operator. It is now in its 72nd year, with the third generation actively involved.Strong investmentThis month Maynes has taken delivery of three new Mercedes-Benz Tourismos and a Temsa MD9. A pair of Treka minibuses are being refurbished for use on council contracts and for delivery in the next two months are a Temsa Safari and three more Tourismos.Business continues to grow and last summer saw Maynes’ fleet increase to 41, with the addition of a Neoplan Starliner. The former Everton FC team coach includes a number of tables and a full kitchen, enabling Maynes – which already carries out a significant amount of corporate work – to deliver for the most discerning clients.last_img read more

MAN and Minibus Options show accessible TGE

first_imgThe first accessible MAN TGE converted by Minibus Options was displayed at the CV Show, and a further 10 are already in build.A demonstration programme will commence shortly for the seed minibus, which is a 5,000kg GVW model and comes with a wheelchair lift and a side entrance.Of the examples now being built, nine are for stock and are similar to the prototype. They will have up to 17 seats, depending on the customer’s requirement. The tenth TGE with Minibus Options is a 4,000kg GVW, front-wheel drive example that is for a customer.“All TGEs will be buyer-specific; Stock models will be finished without a lift, but we can add one quickly prior to delivery. Seats are on T-bolts in tracking so they can be removed easily,” says Sales Director Fred James.MAN is currently working on a solution to allow a front-entrance variant of the TGE that will grow its appeal for minicoach use. It reports strong customer interest; a chassis cowl will also be available for coachbuilt bodies.Buyers in all sectors will be able to take advantage of 24-hour servicing offered by MAN dealerships.“The accessible minibus circle doesn’t know the MAN brand, but we are expecting strong interest when it is able to see what the TGE can do,” adds Mr James.last_img read more

Belle Vue in deal with Selwyns for school contracts

first_imgBelle Vue Manchester has completed a deal that will create 20 jobs at the operator and increase revenue by £1m annually with the takeover of 17 home-to-school contracts previously operated by Selwyns Travel of Runcorn.Undertaken on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester, the services run in the Stockport and Trafford areas. Belle Vue will also undertake educational day trips.The deal adds almost 450,000 annual passenger journeys to Belle Vue’s current total of three million. 15 buses have transferred to Belle Vue from Selwyns as part of the deal. It has also purchased seven double-deckers from Essex dealer Ensignbus.Belle Vue now employs 100 staff and Managing Director Phil Hitchen (pictured, right, with Director Ian Olsen) says it continues to seek similar strategic acquisitions to further strengthen its business.He adds: “Although this is an immensely challenging period, we continue to operate home-to-school services for the children of key workers and contracts to take NHS staff to and from their workplace.“The sector’s landscape is changing and we have an appetite for further strategic acquisitions from operators thinking of leaving the industry to strengthen our market share.“With Clean Air Zones, new regulations affecting the industry and now a downturn in trade, operators may be looking for an exit. We can offer a solution.”last_img read more

Stagecoach South Wales Engineering Director Peter Henry retires

first_imgStagecoach South Wales Engineering Director Peter Henry is retiring after 15 years with the company.Peter first began his career working as an apprentice mechanic at Dutton-Forshaw in Liverpool in 1978 before moving to MPTE Buses in 1982. There he was responsible for MoT preparations at various depots in Liverpool, and settled at Gillmoss bus depot the following year as a chargehand.In 2005, the company, which had become Glenvale Transport, was acquired by Stagecoach. Peter was promoted to Workshop Manager at Morecambe depot in 2008 then Preston depot in 2010. He was promoted to Engineering Manager at Preston depot in 2011, and finally at Gillmoss depot in 2015. That same year he was made Engineering Director for Stagecoach South Wales.As Engineering Director, Peter led an engineering team of over 100 staff. Together they operated around 350 buses in the region. Under Peter, the company increased its passenger base, adopted green initiatives, launched 48 brand new Gold service buses, and introduced a bonus scheme for engineering staff across South Wales.Peter is followed by Jamie Lean, Engineering Director Stagecoach South WalesHis position will be filled by Jamie Lean, who brings experience from engineering roles in British Steel, Tata Steel UK Corporate Engineering and the food industry.Managing Director for Stagecoach South Wales Nigel Winter says: “Peter has been part of the Stagecoach family for many years and he will be sorely missed by all of his engineering colleagues and head office staff alike.“I wish him all the best in his retirement and I’d like to wish our newest member Jamie all the luck and success in his new role.”Jamie adds: “Peter has laid a solid foundation within South Wales engineering and this will be a huge benefit to myself as I transition into the business and into a new sector.”last_img read more

Nat Ex Boss: ‘We must protect buses from congestion post-lockdown’

first_imgThe Managing Director of National Express UK has brought attention to the benefits the lockdown has brought to the nation, and has called for measures to be put in place to protect buses from congestion as the nation returns to work.National Express West Midlands (NXWM) data has shown that bus journey times have been halved since the pandemic began. This, the operator says, has allowed hundreds of thousands of NHS and key workers to spend more time at home with their families instead of stuck in traffic.Currently, data shows that bus journeys on the NXWM network are more punctual with fewer than 2% of buses arriving late in current conditions. Other benefits have included cleaner air, with levels of nitrogen oxides in Birmingham falling by over a third. Those levels are on the rise, as Department for Transport statistics show car use is up to 94% of pre-lockdown levels.Managing Director of National Express UK Tom Stables says: “Our key workers have got us through this crisis. One of the few silver linings to come out of this horrible pandemic is that we’ve been able to give key workers back their own precious time.“As we come out of lockdown, we need to keep the region’s buses running smoothly by protecting them from traffic congestion. If we don’t, our NHS heroes will again be spending more and more of their free time on buses stuck in traffic, when they should be at home with their loved ones.”A survey of 7,000 people carried out by Transport for West Midlands revealed people want the legacy of the virus to be cleaner air, quieter roads and a better work-life balance.last_img read more

Indiana seeks federal aid for 88 counties over crop losses

first_imgIndianaNews Facebook Twitter Previous articleElectric vehicle company puts Mishawaka factory plans on holdNext articleWoman hurt after car crashes into barrier walls on I-80 Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. By Nyttend (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb is seeking federal disaster aid for farmers across most of Indiana for crop losses caused by flooding and excessive rainfall during the planting season.Holcomb said Friday his request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks an agricultural disaster designation for 88 of Indiana’s 92 counties, including all of the counties in Michiana.The four Indiana counties not included in the governor’s request are Benton, Rush, Shelby and Warren counties.Holcomb says persistent rainfall in recent months have left fields saturated statewide , “hurting Indiana crops and our farmers.”A disaster designation can be requested when at least 30 percent of one crop is damaged or lost in a county. The 88 counties included in Holcomb’s request have reported data which meet that threshold.A disaster designation would make emergency low-interest loans available to farmers. WhatsApp Pinterest By Associated Press – July 13, 2019 0 234 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Indiana seeks federal aid for 88 counties over crop losses Google+ Pinterest Google+last_img read more

New Ivy Tech chancellor for South Bend-Elkhart making move from Notre Dame

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Ivy Tech has named a new chancellor for their South Bend-Elkhart campus, and it’s someone who knows the community pretty well.Notre Dame executive David Balkin was named to the role, and starts work on September 3. He replaces Thomas Coley, who retired in May.Balkin served as the Associate Director of Regional Development for San Francisco and Silicon Valley at Notre Dame, joining the school in 2014.He brings more than 30 years of experience in management and engineering to his new role at Ivy Tech, as well as a PhD. Google+ IndianaLocalSouth Bend Market Twitter By Tommie Lee – August 22, 2019 0 232 Facebook New Ivy Tech chancellor for South Bend-Elkhart making move from Notre Dame WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Previous articleFinal Mangy Lion game kicks off the 2019-2020 High School Football seasonNext articlePublic input encouraged as NRC prepares to close Palisades plant Tommie Leelast_img read more

Deal on cards over seatbelts in minibuses

first_imgBut vociferous opposition from a group of member states to the minibus plan – under heavy pressure from the manufacturing lobby – has twice delayed a vote on the proposal, with Germany, France, Italy and Spain (supported by Luxembourg, Greece, and Belgium) repeatedly blocking the Commission’s efforts to introduce tougher safety standards.Germany has come forward with a series of alternative proposals, the latest of which would have required only ‘two-point’ lap belts on the majority of minibus seats.But the Commission is determined to stick to its guns and hopes that the proposals will be put to a vote without any negotiation on their substance, although there might be some discussion about the starting date.Both the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the consumers’ organisation BEUC are optimistic that scientific evidence of the need for three-point belts will win the day. They point to the UK – where such belts are already compulsory – as evidence that arguments over cost and technical difficulties do not justify a delay.But they question why the Commission is not insisting on the same tough standards in its proposals for warning labels on cars about the dangers of placing child restraints in front passenger seats where airbags are fitted.With at least three baby deaths in the US caused by airbags, ETSC’s Jeanne Breen described the issue as “a potential time bomb” in Europe. Consumer tests found that two out of three babies in restraints fitted to front seats would have been killed by inflating airbags. But while Commission officials insist that there is no question of giving in to pressure – led by Germany – to water down its proposals, there are signs that they may be flexible over the timetable for introducing the new rules in order to get an agreement.The proposal to be put to the member states at next week’s meeting of the Committee for Adaptation to Technical Progress would make ‘three-point’ belts obligatory for all new vehicle types from October 1999and all new minibuses placed on the road from a year later – 12 months later than the Commission proposed initially.Plans to make lap belts compulsory in coaches have now been virtually agreed. The committee is expected to vote next week on plans to force car-makers putting forward new vehicles for type approval from October this year to include a label warning drivers of the dangers.But although the Commission’s proposal contains a sample label, it will be left up to the manufacturer to decide which one to use.Safety campaigners argue manufacturers should be forced to use a label which includes a pictogram and a clear text warning of the dangers, such as the one recommended by the International Standards Organisation.BEUC’s Jim Murray accuses the Commission of failing to take a strong lead on this issue in the face of the support given by a number of member states to an industry-sponsored warning described by ISO as “inadequate and misleading”.Commission sources stress that the example given in its proposal is neither the ISO model nor that recommended by European car-makers’ body ACEA, but a politically neutral one.last_img read more

New clout for NATO’s civil arm

first_imgIf the US abandons Bosnia, the rest of the world will follow. Many fear that could leave the door wide open to a return of anarchy and a resumption of violence.As to reform of NATO structures, a recent meeting of defence ministers in Maastricht increased the likelihood of Spain joining the military alliance fully by the end of the year, and Greece and Turkey solving their problems in the Aegean.But France is almost certain not to become a full NATO member for some time to come, as squabbles continue with Washington over who heads the southern command in Naples.Although the NAA resolutions on both subjects may have little direct effect, Lunn is confident that they will not fall on deaf ears. “For a while at least, we enjoy a little bit of leverage,” he declared. Set up in the 1950s to give the military alliance some level of civil supervision, the assembly consists of back-bench – although often influential – parliamentarians from all of the organisation’s member states. But it remains purely a forum for discussion, with no formal power over NATO’s actions.“We are not a policy-making body; we are policy-reflecting and information gathering,” said Lunn.But since NATO leaders invited the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to join the organisation in Madrid this summer, it has become increasingly apparent that national parliaments will not rubber-stamp the decision unquestioningly. Without their approval, enlargement will simply not go ahead.Although ratification should go fairly smoothly in Europe, congressional disquiet in the United States over costs is proving a serious concern.Four senators (all Republican), including NAA President William Roth, and 17 representatives (also mostly Republican) will attend the assembly, alongside well over 200 other delegates from the 16 NATO member and associated countries.Lunn is keen to show them that the relatively small price of expansion is well worth the results. “Enlargement costs should be totally manageable and should not be allowed to divert the normal course of ratification,” he said. “This meeting takes on a particular significance at the moment because NATO’s decision to enlarge still needs to be ratified in national parliaments,” explained Simon Lunn, secretary-general of NATO’s self-appointed democratic arm.“What happens in this year’s assembly will give a pretty good indication of parliamentary feeling. NATO governments will be paying close attention to the debate.”Such scrutiny would be a welcome ray of light for the body that normally finds it difficult to attract its bigger cousin’s attention.center_img The venue for this week’s meeting is also symbolic, as Romania is still a fervent applicant to the alliance and was not written off as a viable contender for an invitation this summer until the last minute.As the first non-western host of the annual assembly, the country is likely to use the opportunity to push its candidature at every juncture. “The location is an indication of just how far we have come in integrating eastern Europe into western structures,” said Lunn.The enlargement question, however, is only one debate amongst many on the parliamentarians’ agenda.Discussions will range from security in the Balkans and the reform of NATO command structures to information warfare and the so-called ‘millennium bomb’ – the potential disaster facing computer systems which use two-digit dates in the year 2000.Perhaps most interesting will be the debate over whether SFOR (the international stabilisation force in Bosnia) should be given a new mandate beyond mid-1998.Despite increasing pressure from the Washington administration and the office of the high representative in Bosnia, the US Congress is reluctant to commit American troops past their original pull-out date.last_img read more

Lisbon bids to clinch company statute deal

first_imgLisbon has launched a concerted bid to get the company statute plan, which was originally proposed in 1970 but has been held up by decades of wrangling over the detail, over its last political hurdle before it hands over the Union presidency to France at the end of June.In an attempt to break the deadlock, Portuguese Premier Antonio Guterres has intervened to try to persuade Madrid to drop its objections to the proposal. He argues that is no longer reasonable to hold up a plan which has been agreed in principle by all 14 other member states after years of negotiations. “It is an issue that has been on the table for so long that we are going to try to move it forward,” said a presidency spokesman. However, he cautioned against over-optimism about the chances of a deal, adding: “I would not want to predict success at this stage.”The latest proposal has been blocked for more than a year by a double objection from Madrid; firstly, over the status of Gibraltar and secondly, over the rights of workers to be represented on the boards of European companies. But the deal struck between Spain and the UK last month on Gibraltar has lifted the first obstacle and, with Premier José Maria Aznar’s victory in national elections in March easing political pressure on the Spanish government, EU officials are now hopeful the time is right for a deal. “We were told that it would be politically impossible for the Spanish to make a deal before the election because of business fears they would lose their voice. Now we are hoping the situation will have changed,” said one official.The idea behind the statute plan is to allow companies which operate in more than one Union member state to save time and money by simplifying their operations, removing the need to set up a different headquarters in each country.But since the move was first proposed, officials have wrestled with the problem of how to protect employees who are entitled to be involved in the management of their firms under national law – as is the case, for example, in Germany and the Netherlands – while avoiding imposing new obligations on employers in countries where such requirements do not exist.The Spanish, while broadly in favour of the plan, have objected to a clause setting out the conditions under which employees of pan-European companies would be given the right to representation on the board. The argument centres on a complex formula for deciding what percentage of workers would be required to trigger this right.EU insiders insist there is no room for further compromise as Madrid has already been offered a four-to-five year opt out from the offending clause.last_img read more

Head-to-head: Geremek wins on night, but Borrell camp confident

first_imgBut, during the debate with his main rival for the post, Polish deputy Bronislaw Geremek, he was lambasted for supporting a deal with the pro-war, centre-right European People’s Party (EPP-ED), under which he would become president for the first two-and-a half years of the present legislature. An EPP-ED member, probably Hans-Gert Pöttering, would take over in the second part. Borrell hit back by pointing out that the former Polish foreign minister, whose candidacy for the presidency is backed by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and the Greens, had been a strong supporter of the US-led war.The pair clashed during a 90-minute debate at the Parliament in which Borrell, Geremek, both newly elected MEPs, and a third candidate, veteran French deputy Francis Wurtz, leader of the left-wing GUE group, were quizzed by a panel of journalists and MEPs.Borrell, who served in government in the 1980s and 1990s, sparked controversy when he raised the issue of Iraq, and, in particular, Geremek’s support for last year’s US-led invasion. This led to a fierce attack on Borrell by a newly elected Spanish Liberal deputy, Ignasi Guardans, who told the Catalan that he was using the Iraq issue as a “political tool”.The Barcelona MEP told Borrell: “You have consistently campaigned against the war, yet you are now happy to do a deal with those who supported it. Can we assume this is simply to win power?”When Geremek, a leading light of the Solidarity trade union movement, pointed out that he had a long history of fighting dictatorships, Borrell replied: “Please – don’t let us turn this into a contest over who has suffered most at the hands of tyranny.” He added: “It’s a secret ballot and members can vote whichever way they want. In any case, this is a purely technical agreement which is nothing new – it has been done many times before.”During the debate, Francis Wurtz said that, if he was eliminated in the first round of voting, he would advise his supporters then to back Borrell.If confirmed as president by the assembly’s 732 MEPs in a vote in Strasbourg next Tuesday (20 July), Borrell will become the first new MEP to hold the post since direct elections were held in 1979. Both Borrell and Geremek agreed on the need to make Parliament more visible and improve ways of selling its merits to a largely sceptical public, following the poor voter turnout in last month’s European elections. Borrell, sitting alongside outgoing president Pat Cox, won loud applause after pledging that, if elected, his first job would be to revive attempts to push through reform of MEPs’ pay and expenses.At present, there are wide discrepancies in what MEPs are paid and the expenses system is open to abuse. Borrell has also come under attack from members of Parliament’s smaller groups for “being the product of a deal”. His candidature is supported by the ‘technical’ pact between the PES and EPP-ED to share the presidency. Liberal and Green members accused Borrell of “betrayal” and insisted that all Left parties, plus the Liberals, could block EPP-ED leader Pöttering’s access to the Parliament’s presidency in 2007. Such a Left coalition could have elected Geremek for the first and Borrell for the second term, they say.Forced to field fierce criticism of the EPP-ED/PES agreement, the Spaniard admitted he would have preferred to have done a deal with any of the assembly’s other political groups – “even the communists” – but qualified this by saying: “This proved impossible and it seems some people just cannot accept this.”“Daniel, don’t take your wishes for reality,” he told Green co-leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who claimed Parliament’s Left parties would be strong enough to elect the next two presidents. The contenders for the presidency of the Parliament confronted each other in public on Tuesday 13 July in a lively debate followed by hundreds of MEPs and Parliament insiders. Spanish MEP Josep Borrell, the candidate of the 200-strong Party of European Socialists (PES) and the person likely to land the post, was accused of using the Iraq war to win support for his bid to secure the assembly’s top job.He was one of the most vocal campaigners against the war before the Spanish general election in March. He said: “A lot rides on this issue. I cannot see any reason at all why MEPs should not be paid the same and have travel costs reimbursed at cost.”A Borrell aide conceded: “Judging by the amount of applause he received, I have to say that Geremek probably won on the night. But we are confident our man will still win next week.”Outgoing Dutch Socialist MEP Michiel van Hulten, of the Campaign for Parliament Reform, which co-hosted the event alongside European Voice, said: “It was an animated debate and a good opportunity to test the candidates’ credentials.”Cohn-Bendit said: “Such debates are useful facilitators of political dialogue, particularly in the absence of real Parliamentary debate.”[email protected]last_img read more