Moving platforms forward in an Epic Games world

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Moving platforms forward in an Epic Games worldSaber Interactive CEO Matt Karch explains the NBA Playgrounds studio’s decision to go in early on Epic’s new storeMatt KarchFriday 4th January 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe recent reveal and surprise launch of the Epic Games store has been a major development to close out 2018, and given the potential it has to challenge the status quo, it has been a subject of much debate.I’m not typically very active in discussions like these — I think I wrote my last blog about 10 years ago — but as the head of a studio that’s made the decision to put its next major title out on Epic’s new platform as a PC-exclusive, I feel like our perspective might be relevant tо the community.I want to offer a little insight into what our motivation was for partnering with Epic and why I think this platform has the potential to be one of the largest and most positive forces for change our industry has seen since the transition to digital distribution. I’m obviously speaking from the position of someone who has bought into Epic’s vision. Saber has already announced that our upcoming co-op game World War Z will launch as a PC-exclusive on the Epic Games store. (Editor’s note: A Saber representative said Epic is not paying the company or giving it an advance to put World War Z on the store, but “there are incentives for the PC version being released exclusively there versus Steam.”)As a developer that invests heavily in its titles, we don’t make decisions about which platforms — PC, console or otherwise — to invest in lightly. Over nearly two decades, Saber has grown from a team of three people to over 450 workers across three offices, but we are still “indie” — a privately held company with a “games first” mentality. As a larger studio, we have worked with a host of partners both big and small and our decision to work with Epic is grounded in our unique experience as a large developer. From our perspective the Epic Games store is offering us — all of us — an opportunity to ultimately make better games. Epic is the first company tо have a real chance to break what has amounted to a virtual pricing monopoly by the major digital game distribution platforms.Choosing Where Our Resources GoWhile Steam provides a whole host of services and features that have been built over the years and upon which many developers have relied, the reality is that for many developers these features are unnecessary. Many game makers already provide much of that functionality on their own; in other scenarios, players either don’t need those features or have broadly opted to provide them on their own using third-party services.”Paying for features we don’t need and that our end users don’t want ultimately means compromises on development” To use World War Z as an example, Saber is providing our own matchmaking in lieu of the platform holder’s services. Nor do we need Steam workshop support. Obviously a strong feature set is important for a platform in the broadest sense, but for companies like mine, paying for features we don’t need and that our end users don’t want ultimately means compromises on development and unnecessary costs passed onto consumers.As developers, we’ve become accustomed to every major platform charging a 30% distribution fee for digital. It’s a factor of doing business that we need to build into our models when we develop. And it’s frankly an inordinate amount of money to demand, regardless of the services involved. I understand that some developers of course do need and/or enjoy these features, and for them the new Epic platform might not yet be a viable option. But as Bulkhead Interactive’s Joe Brammer noted, more money in the pocket of a developer generally goes to one thing: making more and better games for players, and so the best deal for us is often the best deal for our audiences.The Value of Being SeenSaber hopes World War Z will do better when it doesn’t have to fight hordes of competitors for visibility on Steam.Let’s get this out of the way: the current feature set of the Epic Games store at launch can’t compare to what many other platforms have to offer. David Galindo has laid out exactly what it’s missing compared to Steam (and other PC competitors), and even those of us more optimistic about Epic can acknowledge that. So, what does Epic offer right now to justify even a 12% fee?First and foremost: visibility (which, even on its own, is arguably sufficient). Epic has built up an absolutely gargantuan audience thanks to Fortnite, and I’d venture they’ve broadened the market for non-casual games among casual gamers in ways we can’t yet fathom. Beyond possibly Minecraft, I can’t think of a game that has brought more mainstream gamers into the same sphere as AAA games. Now whether or not that Fortnite audience comes to play our titles or those of companies like us is another question — none of us can predict yet what that demographic will do — but it’s a meaningful opportunity and the prospect of active support from Epic goes a long way to help curb the risk.”I feel confident that the value the Epic Games store is offering even in its current state is greater than what I would pay for a licensed property to help establish visibility for my titles” It’s been noted for years, even by Valve itself, that the state of product visibility and discovery on Steam leaves a lot to be desired, and this often comes at the cost of developers. While Steam has my utmost respect for what it’s achieved in terms of influence and functionality, the sentiment among indies seems to be a growing fear their games will be lost in a rapidly expanding ocean of both legitimate and junk/spam titles. For a competitor to come onto the scene and offer — for a much smaller fee — a curated experience complemented by PR support that helps ensure visibility among players and influencers is huge, even if it doesn’t add up to as impressive a list of features available at launch.And even as I expect some consumers may very well choose not to buy our products simply because they’re outside of the Steam ecosystem, I am willing to take that risk for greater exposure and a chance to be part of something that ultimately will change the industry and benefit us all. As a developer who has licensed numerous properties, often paying far more than the 12% Epic is charging, I feel confident that the value the Epic Games store is offering even in its current state is greater than what I would pay for a licensed property to help establish visibility for my titles.Changing the Game for DevelopersWe’ve already seen the impact Epic entering the distribution platform game has had beyond its borders. Changes to Steam and the Discord store are a start, and I expect that progress will continue in its downward trend, especially as the Epic Games store ramps up its feature set (which I expect it will likely do without adding to its royalty rate). The end result is this: a legitimate prospect and alternative for developers to get their games to players at a reasonable cost. And while the Epic Games store has some exclusive titles, there’s nothing to prevent a developer who doesn’t want an exclusive from distributing its game in multiple places to maximize its reach. Steam, the Nintendo eShop, the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store all started out with much more humble implementations than they have currently; few would argue they have been bad developments for the industry.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 When we started in the industry almost two decades ago, there were certain companies we looked up to as innovators and examples for us to follow. Valve, Epic, Id, Bungie… We’ve had the good fortune of working with all of them in one capacity or another now, and I know from my own experience that, beyond its core titles, what has helped Epic survive and thrive is its support of innovative gaming technologies and willingness to be disruptive.And the Epic Games store squares with all of that. Given the success of Fortnite, Epic could simply rest on its laurels. But the aim is something more revolutionary: a healthy, much-needed injection of legitimate competition on the side of distribution platforms, with an entrant who can finally match the influence of Steam and bring down costs for developers across the board over time. In the short term, that means higher profits for those making games, but in the long run, it means more resources free to go back into development and innovation, a benefit for workers and players alike.Matt Karch is the co-founder and CEO of Saber Interactive, a developer and publisher whose credits include Quake Champions, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, NBA Playgrounds and its sequel, and the upcoming World War Z.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 3 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 4 hours agoLatest comments (1)Brian Peganoff Corporate Development Director, Glu Mobile2 years ago Fantastic article. Looking forward to WWZ.last_img read more

Tussle between police and lawyers can be seen as clash of authority and power

first_img“What do you think regarding the tussle between police and lawyers?” my friend asked.“Elementary, my friend, this is a tussle between power and authority,” I answered.He couldn’t understand. But he continued “Isn’t it really a bad precedent that cops are on strike and sitting on dharna? Even after cops withdrew their sit-in, then lawyer protest is still continuing! Many media organisations tagged the issue as “Rakshak versus Rakhwala”, while some others had a tag line as “protector seeks protection” etc. And you say it’s elementary?”I just gave a meaningful smile to him instead of elaborating on my point.In a polity where a chief minister (Arvind Kejriwal) also sits on a dharna, what’s so special for police to sit on a dharna? But then their tussle reminds of the difference between ‘power and authority’ learned during our management studies.Authority means the legal and formal right to act. Police have the mandate of authority. Police can arrest, detain and prosecute as per constitutional authority conferred to them with some checks and balances although discretion is also given.Power is neither formal nor legal. It’s an ability or potential of an individual or a group to influence others and control their actions. A leader without holding an office can close a road through demonstration. That’s called power whereas police administration can also close a road through a written order called as authorised to do so legally.We say somebody is very powerful. That doesn’t mean that a particular person has legal authority. Rather, that person has the influence to get from legally authorised persons a favour that he wants. The best example is during the UPA government, Manmohan Singh had the authority of making government decisions but Sonia Gandhi had the power to influence a government decision as she thought it right.Similarly, during the Vajpayee government, although Vajpayee was authorised to make all the decisions, sometimes the NDA allies were powerful enough to stop the BJP government from touching issues like Article 370, Ram temple or Uniform Civil Code.Lawyers are generally private practitioners. However, as they practice in the courts and are decision-makers through our Constitutional provisions, they have the power to influence anything. When I say courts are decision-makers, it means even legislation passed by both the House of Parliament through two-third majority can be struck down by the Supreme court. For example the NJAC Act, 2015.Lawyers are always dealing with the nitty-gritty of the judiciary process, thus they know how the litigation works. Therefore, many authorities avoid lawyer’s ire. Government authorities and even big companies are always afraid of a lawyer’s notice because nobody knows how long the litigation would be dragged on. In Odisha high court, lawyers boycotted some judges including chief justice for months. Nothing happened to them.Once I was travelling with one of my lawyer-relative. There was a toll gate. I took out my wallet to pay the toll. But before that my lawyer-relative showed his identity card to the toll operator. The gate was opened immediately. I remained jaw-dropped. My relative said that his identity card is enough not to ask toll money or anything that is run by the government. The reason is simple, that no one wants to visit the courts.Police is a legal authority. But many a time they too use their power brandishing their authority to make scare people. Nobody ever wants to go to a police station unless it is important.The point is simple: Power always supersedes authority. In a democracy, it’s always the authority that should be supreme. But as it is said that democracy is a lesser evil in the governance system, it has the evil of power exercised by the people who have the capability to influence and control because of the right connections. Lawyers are powerful as their domain is the judiciary whereas police have the authority, thus this is a tussle between power and authority.In my opinion, I wish the central government, in this case, would have ensured that such a disgraceful drama of street fighting and protest shouldn’t have happened.last_img read more

Grants & Contracts Specialist

first_img Share Salary Not Specified Similar jobs Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Twitter You need to sign in or create an account to save LinkedIn Save Grants & Contracts Specialist School of PublicHealth – East Baltimore Campus Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Johns Hopkins University Preferredqualifications:General knowledge and understanding of The JohnsHopkins University accounting system and related fiscal officespreferredAbility to understand when additionaldirection/expertise is needed on matters ofcomplexityAbility to make decisions on a daily basis, withinpre-determined guidelines and parametersAbility to work with flexibility on several taskssimultaneously and to meet various concurrentdeadlinesGeneral understanding of external FederalGuidelines and procedures regarding grants andcontractsClassified Title:Grants & ContractsSpecialistWorking Title: Grants &Contracts SpecialistRole/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB Starting Salary Range: $21.63 – $26.44/hr; Commensurate withExperienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30-5 Exempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation: 31-MD:JH at 111 Market Place Department name: 10001159-Ctr for Communication Programs CCPPersonnel area: School of Public HealthThe 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 Procurement andTravel:Understand and apply the CCPmatrix for procurement and direct the foreign field team on theirimplementation of the matrix.Review contracts forcompliance, correctness, and reasonableness of paymentterms.Review medium complexityselection memos for logic, correctness, and the Specialist willapply regulations which have been specificallyhighlighted.Create Purchase Orders,JHBoxes,Complete Visual Compliancereviews of vendors to ensure that they are not on any watchlists.Validate mathematicalcalculations on invoices and obtain confirmations from the programteam that work has been completed.Review budget trackers toensure availability of funding prior to approvingprocurements.Approval authority between$3K and $25K for field office procurements.Prepare all SAP documentation and transactions –e-forms, shopping carts, on-line payments, and expensereimbursements as needed.Data entry of TRIPexpenditures, and reconciliation of TRIP reports in budgettrackers.Review for basic compliancewith JHU and donor policies.Assist with field supportactivities. This includes helping to facilitate rent payments forfield staff, coordination of field workshops (i.e. payments forvenues), etc.Maintain filing system anddevelop simple tracking systems as needed. Minimum qualifications(mandatory):Bachelor’s degree along withone year of administrative/budgeting experienceGeneral knowledge of accounting and budgetingtheory and practicesAdditional education maysubstitute for required experience and additional relatedexperience may substitute for required education, to the extentpermitted by the JHU equivalency formula. ExpenditureTracking:Perform monthlyreconciliation of expenditures and update projections inconjunction with the program team.Provide day to daymaintenance of budgets based on an awareness of the status offunding.Set up electronic and paperfiles following workflow. Set up simple organizational systems fordocument tracking and vendor tracking. Facebook Grants & Contracts Specialist Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified Grants & Contracts Specialist Johns Hopkins University Generalsummary/purpose:The Grants & ContractsSpecialist will provide entry level professional sponsored fundsmanagement for more than 80% of time with specific responsibilityfor post-award functions that include, but may not be limited to:budget development, account maintenance and oversight,billing/invoicing, reporting, foreign field office interaction andguidance, and closeout. This role may manage less complex grants inthe post-award stage, with necessary oversight and direction. Whilethis role may assist with some aspects of non-sponsored funds(general funds and gifts), the primary goal of this position is tosupport the timely, effective and efficient functioning ofsponsored funding.This is a non-exemptposition.JobScope/Complexity:Employees in this role function independently when working on lesscomplex grants and contracts responsibilities. General proficiencywith grant/contract budget preparation and management is expected.The Specialist has some involvement with more complex grantmanagement, under the direction and oversight of a more seniormember within the financial function. This role has the addedcomplexity of international operations as the bulk of the center’sgrants are operatedinternationally.Types of sponsored awards forwhich the position isresponsible:This position assists withpost award support responsibilities for simple to moderatelycomplex grants/contracts, including those from USAID. These grants,contracts and awards may involve moderate budgets, Foundationgrants and Subawards from other institutions on their federalpass-through grants.Primary Duties andResponsibilities:Form an understanding of JHUpolicies and procedures relating to grantmanagement.Form an understanding of JHUfringe rates and indirect cost rates.Form an understanding ofdonor policies and guidelines, specifically USAID and 2 CFR 200,and a knowledge of where to look forregulations.Assist in the development ofannual workplan budgets and subsequent expenditure tracking toolsto meet both program and funder requirements.Responsible for a smallportfolio of 1-2 simple awards with little to no fieldpresence.Assist with award setupdetails, after grant number is assigned.Support all relevantpost-award responsibilities, as requested by senior members of thegrants & contracts team, including account reconciliation,effort reporting, cost transfers, paying invoices, closeouts andrelated faculty support.Interact with foreign fieldoff finance staff to educate them on basic rules and regulationsand to improve their abilities in developing procurementdocumentation.Communicate clearly andeffectively with a broad group of foreign and domesticstakeholders. Financial Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States Grants & Contracts Specialist You need to sign in or create an account to save 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 Grants & Contracts Specialist Salary Not Specified Maryland, United States Reporting:Assemble basic reports andcheck for spelling, math, formulas, and basic logic to ensure thatthey are perfect for submission to donors.Create simple reports andupdate complex reports.Perform spending analysis andprovide variance calculations and reporting on assignedportfolio.Prepare JHU Base Report forassigned portfolio. You need to sign in or create an account to save HumanResources:Data entry of Eforms intoSAP.Perform the duties of being asalary analyst for up to 5 staff. Business & Administrative Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore More searches like this Save Grants & Contracts Specialist SubawardsReview budgets formathematical correctness, review budget notes and ensure that theymatch the budget, review packages for allpieces.Review subrecipient invoicesfor mathematical correctness. Perform desk audit to ensure thatbackup documentation matches the invoice.Utilize existing systems totrack consultant, vendor, and subrecipient payments againstagreement ceilings/purchase order balances and communicate fundingshortfalls. Johns Hopkins University Grants & Contracts Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

‘Buccaneer’ Brexit strategy has farmers worried

first_img“If we’re just going to open up the barriers and open up the ports to the cheapest products, irrespective of how they’re produced that would put us at a huge disadvantage,” he added.However, he said that Britain should seek “opportunities” beyond the EU. “We probably haven’t been as good as we could have been in the past. We know that British products are respected around the world,” he said.Vital foreign workersRaymond also called on the government to commit to a seasonal visa scheme to allow foreign workers to come to the U.K. temporarily to work in fruit picking, and urged that permanent jobs in farming and food production be regarded as skilled labor, and exempted from curbs on immigration.“Philip Hammond says skilled people will be allowed in,” he said. “We need to banish this word ‘unskilled’ workers. If they end up with some form of points system or looking at the needs of certain sectors, food and farming should be high up the agenda.”His comments come amid growing disquiet in the agricultural sector about the damage that Brexit could do to the industry if tariff-free access to the single market is not secured.If Britain were to exit the union and function under World Trade Organisation rules, tariffs imposed by EU trading partners would make the farming industry “uncompetitive,” one senior expert warned a House of Lords Committee Thursday. His warning on free trade is an early sign that the government’s determination to strike deals with non-EU countries after Brexit could meet with stiff opposition from domestic industries, such as farming, that depend on protected EU markets.“I would be very nervous of this buccaneer attitude of Liam Fox where he says he’s going to strike up free-trade deals in parts of the world,” Raymond said.“When he says we’re going to have a free-trade deal with Australia that says to me that’s maybe motor cars to Australia and agricultural products back to the U.K.“We need to banish this word ‘unskilled’ workers. If they end up with some form of points system or looking at the needs of certain sectors, food and farming should be high up the agenda” — Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers Union“We would struggle to compete against our Australian cousins. They’ve got scale, they don’t abide by the same level of regulation, they use crop protection products that are banned in the U.K. We would struggle to compete with New Zealand … That could put us in a very detrimental position.”He said that “on scale” and in terms of regulatory burdens, British farmers would also find it difficult to compete in a free trade context with South American partners, such as the beef powerhouses of Argentina and Brazil. It would be “imperative” that any such deals took account of “standards of production,” he said. Peter Hardwick, head of exports at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, told peers: “I don’t think any arrangement which involves tariffs will work. It will put up the price of goods for consumers and it will be politicians, not me, that have to explain to consumers when that happens.”“The British are frankly in a fantasy land if they think that leaving the European Union, for food, is a good thing. This is bonkers if I may use very accurate policy language” — Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University LondonSpeaking at the House of Lords EU External Affairs sub-committee, he said that across the beef, lamb, pork, potatoes, cereals, horticulture and dairy sectors, between 70 and 90 per cent of exports went to the EU. Citing the example of the pig industry, he said tariffs that the EU could impose on Britain under WTO rules, if the country failed to secure a trade deal, would lead to a doubling of the prices of British product on the German market, risking “terminal” harm to the British pig industry’s competitiveness.Leaving the European customs union would also introduce significant new administrative burdens for British farmers and food manufacturers, he said.Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University London, told the same committee that small businesses would struggle to cope with the new cost burdens.“The British are frankly in a fantasy land if they think that leaving the European Union, for food, is a good thing. This is bonkers if I may use very accurate policy language,” he said. He added that the changes could also be “cultural”, saying that in the past 50 years, British food culture had “Europeanized” and gone from “brown sludge food, the legacy of spam and tinned peaches” into “something quite remarkable.” He compared Brexit’s likely impact on the food system to that of the world wars.A Defra spokesperson said supporting farmers would form “an important part of our exit from the EU.” Also On POLITICO Greg Clark: UK promised Nissan to push for tariff-free Brexit By Sara Stefanini Round 1 to Brexiteers as UK economy passes early test By Tom McTague and Charlie Cooper LONDON — British farming could be placed at a “huge disadvantage” and would struggle to compete with global rivals if the government pursues free trade deals with the likes of Australia and New Zealand after Brexit, the head of the leading farming union has said.Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers Union, said that the “buccaneer attitude” of Trade Secretary Liam Fox made him “very nervous” of free-trade agreements with countries that could farm on a larger scale and with different regulatory standards from British competitors.Raymond also said farmers’ incomes would be hit if Prime Minister Theresa May took Britain out of the European single market or could not secure tariff-free access.last_img read more

Indiana House Approves EMT Jobs Bill for Veterans

first_imgThe House of Representatives recently approved a proposal authored by State Senator Lindel Hume (D-Princeton) that would allow veterans to become certified as emergency medical providers if they have previous medical training. “I am very pleased to see the General Assembly supporting the passage of this jobs bill,” Sen. Hume said. “This is a common sense approach toward tackling the high unemployment rate among returning servicemen and women.” Senate Bill (SB) 290 is a top priority for the Indiana Senate Democrats this session. The bill would give the Indiana Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Commission the ability to issue licenses to military service applicants who have prior training in medical service fields and who pass testing requirements. In addition, veterans who need to complete additional training could be issued temporary licenses by the commission. After unanimously passing out of the House of Representatives by a vote of 95-0, SB 290 will now move to the governor for his signature. Sen. Hume represents Indiana Senate District 48 which includes all or portions of Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Spencer and Warrick Counties.last_img read more

Architecture faculty, students reflect on new facility

first_imgNotre Dame’s School of Architecture is known for being one of the few architecture schools in the country that teaches a classical style of architecture. When the School of Architecture leaves its current home in Bond Hall and moves into the Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall, the institution will move into a building designed to reflect this style.Michael Lykoudis, dean of the School of Architecture, said the faculty felt it was important that the School of Architecture’s physical home reflected its academic program. Photo Courtesy Alex Daugherty Walsh Family Hall, currently under construction, will soon replace Bond Hall as the School of Architecture’s home. The building is designed to reflect the School’s emphasis on classical design.“The school’s faculty believes that traditional and classical architecture and urbanism are essential to the dialogue in contemporary architecture,” he said. “If we talk the talk, we should walk the walk. Realizing a building such as the one we are constructing is part of the validation of the philosophical direction.”Walsh Family Hall will provide updated facilities and technologies that Bond Hall, which was originally designed to serve as the University’s library, does not offer. The new building will boast larger studios to increase interaction between classes, improved display areas for student work, an expanded library, a digital studio with upgraded technology, a historic preservation workshop, a larger auditorium and its basement will serve as the home of one of the University’s three geothermal plants. Neo-traditional architect Leon Krier has also donated his archives to the School’s library, and a specially crafted staircase to complete a stoa is currently being designed in France. A Hall of Casts will serve as both a place for teaching and a museum. While the new hall will not have Bond Hall’s lakeside views or its famous red carpet, its location will bring the School of Architecture closer to other major buildings and the South Bend community as a whole, professor Philip Bess said.“Notwithstanding my regrets at leaving the northwest side of campus behind, my hope is that the move will make the School of Architecture less culturally isolated, less ‘mysterious’ — in a bad way — than we currently are,” he said. “It will be good to be closer to DPAC and to the Nanovic Center and The Law School, to engineering and to business; and vice versa.”Despite the updates and expanded capacities Walsh Family Hall will provide, the transition from Bond Hall will not occur without nostalgia, professor Alan DeFrees said.“My love for Bond Hall goes back to the first time I walked through the doors in the fall of 1969,” he said. “I was a freshman, struggling in Mechanical Engineering and wondering if M.E. was the right choice. I was roaming around the Main Quad, dwelling on my problems, when I noticed strange and rather festive green and yellow lights at the end of a sidewalk. I walked to the west to see what it was and found myself at the foot of the steps to the architecture building [Bond Hall]. The strange lights were from the mercury vapor fixtures in the archway and yellow glow emanating from the arched window above the main entrance. As I walked into the main lobby, I was struck by the reverberations of dozens of students working in their studios. As I walked around the lobby, I saw the beautiful drawings and models on display. From that time forward I knew that architecture was my new path.”Even those who have not been familiar with the building for as long will miss it. Cole Rembecki, a fourth-year architecture student, is not looking forward to leaving.“I will miss Bond Hall so much it hurts,” he said. “I’ve made so many memories in that building. I honestly feel like I’m leaving my childhood home. I just hope they don’t let that building go to waste, because it’s a beautiful building and it deserves to be treated as such.”Sophomore architecture student Hollie Hastings said the new facilities are an exciting development for students, but emotional ties to Bond Hall will still exist.“I’ve asked around the sophomore studio if others will also miss it and the opinion is unanimous,” she said. “Bond Hall has become both a home and a family and it’ll be a shame to leave it behind.”The new structure will provide updated resources for architecture students to advance in their own careers, as well as advance the field of architecture as a whole, Bess said.“The challenges facing the upcoming generation of Notre Dame architecture faculty and their students seem to me far different than the challenges faced by my Boomer demographic cohort,” he said. “After 30 years, we now know it is in fact possible to initiate young adults into a tradition of building beautifully and building well, at the scale of both traditional urbanism and traditional architecture; and to do so such that virtually every graduate of the Notre Dame School of Architecture who wants a job in the architecture-related professions can get one.”Tags: architecture, Bond Hall, School of Architecture, Walsh Family Halllast_img read more

Port Arthur woman’s death linked to COVID-19, health officials report

first_img Health officials said the victim is an African American female between 90 and 95 years old.She was reported as having underlying health conditions.This is the 34th Port Arthur resident to have died in 2020 with complications tied to COVID-19.Port Arthur and Mid-County Fatality report:April 6: Port Arthur White male, aged 45-50, had underlying conditions.April 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.April 21: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.April 21: Nederland White female, aged 85-90, had underlying conditions.May 3: Port Arthur White male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.June 5: Port Arthur African American female, aged 80-85, underlying conditions not known.June 29: Port Arthur African American female, aged 60-65, underlying conditions not known.July 3: Port Arthur African American female, aged 85-90, underlying conditions not known.July 9: Nederland White female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.July 14: Port Arthur African American female, aged 50-55, had underlying conditions.July 15: Nederland White female, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.July 17: Nederland White female, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.July 20: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.July 21: Port Arthur African American male, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.July 27: Port Arthur African American female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.July 28: Port Neches White female, aged 70-75, had underlying conditions.July 29: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.July 29: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.Aug. 5: Port Arthur White female, aged 80-84, had underlying conditions.Aug. 10: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.Aug. 10: Port Arthur African American male, aged 75-80, had underlying conditions.Aug. 11: Port Arthur White female, aged 40-45.Aug. 11: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60.Aug. 11: Nederland White male, aged 70-75, had underlying conditions.Aug. 14: Nederland White male, aged 90-95, had underlying conditions.Aug. 14: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.Aug. 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 75-80, had underlying conditions.Aug. 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 85-90, had underlying conditions.Aug. 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 90-95.Aug. 18: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.Aug. 18: Port Arthur White male, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.Aug. 31: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.Aug. 31: Nederland White male, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.Sept. 4: Port Arthur African American male, aged 70-75, had underlying conditions.Sept. 8: Nederland White male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.Sept. 9: Nederland White male, aged 85-90, had underlying conditions.Sept. 22: Groves White male, aged 75-80, had underlying conditions.Sept. 29: Port Arthur White male, aged 60-65, had underlying conditionsSept. 29: Port Arthur African American female, aged 90-95, had underlying conditionsOct. 6: Port Arthur African American male, aged 75-80, had underlying conditionsOct. 6: Port Arthur Asian male, aged 40-45Oct. 7: Port Neches White female, aged 60-65, had underlying conditionsOct. 7: Groves White male, aged 70-75, had underlying conditionsOct. 7: Nederland Hispanic female, aged 90-95, had underlying conditionsOct. 7: Nederland White male, aged 50-55, had underlying conditionsOct. 9: Port Arthur White female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditionsOct. 15: Port Arthur African American female, aged 90-95, had underlying conditions The City of Port Arthur Health Department reported another local death tied to COVID-19 on Thursday.last_img read more

Wild knife & crowbar fight between 3 women leads to arrests, indictments

first_img Battiste elaborated a bit more during the interview with police, authorities said, adding she had met her ex-girlfriend “A” to help remove belongings from the victim’s car. Supposedly the victim and “A” were breaking up and she was going back to Battiste.After gathering the belongings, Battiste said she saw Jenkins strike the victim and the fight ensued.During the fight Battiste reportedly reached inside the driver’s side window and attempted to take a stick away that she was using to hit Jenkins with.This happened while Jenkins was fighting with the victim who was seated inside her car. Port Arthur Police responded and noted the victim had multiple injuries, including a cut on her left hand, a cut on her right foot, a knot on the right side of her forehead and a cut on the left side of her face.Two days later a detective interviewed the suspects in the parking lot of Valley View Estates, where Jenkins allegedly said she hit the victim as she sat inside her vehicle because when she approached, the victim was armed with a knife and she felt threatened.During the fight, Jenkins said, Battiste hit the victim with the crowbar twice in her head. The victim exited her car and chased Jenkins away from the scene while armed with a knife. A fight between three women, one of which was struck in the head with a crowbar, led to two arrests and indictments.A Jefferson County grand jury indicted two Port Arthur women, Lynnisha Battiste, 25, and Camryn Jenkins, 18, for an aggravated assault that occurred Aug. 10.A 26-year-old female victim was sitting inside her vehicle with her children in the 4100 block of Jimmy Johnson Boulevard when Lynnisha Battiste and Camryn Jenkins assaulted her, according to the probable cause affidavit.center_img The victim exited the drier’s side seat and reportedly approached Battiste with a knife “so she hit her twice the head with the crow bar.”The women were arrested and later bonded out of the county jail.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.last_img read more

Tristan Gemmill on the Lure of the Title Role in the London Musical Hit The Bodyguard

first_img You’ve been away from the stage for seven years, and you became a father during that time. Are the two things related? Pretty much so. It’s not like there was some massive personal choice on my part not to do theater, but we bought a house in the country and had three children, and TV tends to be a bit easier to manage when you’re parenting three little ones. The upside with a play, of course, is that you get to spend more time with the kids during the day, so it’s not without its advantages. Has it happened to you? I do have some loyal fans who have followed me since my early television days, and it seems quite natural in the days of Twitter and Facebook to have some form of engagement with the public. Obviously, for some people that gets sinister, and that’s the area The Bodyguard explores. What about the show’s use of Whitney Houston hits? She is one of those iconic American figures—a tragic one now, obviously, but she had this magnificent, transcendent voice. From the moment you first heard her sing a bar of any song, you knew you were in for something special. It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since I first saw you on stage, and nude no less, in the 1994 revival of Rope. You saw that? Gosh, well done. I thought the theatrical conceit of our production was really interesting—to make it a little edgier and racier and to emphasize the homosexual side [of the play]. I’m not sure people were ready for that sort of full-on assault, but I enjoyed doing it. And now, you’re in a musical in which your character doesn’t sing, except for one particular moment. You know, I’m fairly happy to be in the background when it comes to singing! I wouldn’t normally inflict my singing on the British public, though I’m quite happy to listen to [co-star] Beverley [Knight] and the girls from my position next to them. Have you ever sung on stage? The last time I did a musical was at school. I was one of the sailors in South Pacific, primarily because we got to do the show with the girls’ school next door. I never thought it was a remote possibility that I would actually be in a West End musical, which is why it was so strange and exciting and challenging when this offer came through. You’ve taken on other American parts, including Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire in Wales. Are you a closet American? [Laughs] I guess I am! When you boil down our conversation, there must be an element of truth to that. I’ve never joined in the bashing of America that you sometimes get [in the UK], at least politically, and I’ve been a big movie fan for as long as I can remember. When you live in a rainy windswept corner of Kent [southeast of London] and see these great American landscapes in 70 millimeter, you build up a fantasy idea of what the country might be like. Do you relate to a show that addresses issues of security that come from being in the public eye? That’s a fairly universal thing now; we live in an age that is so much about celebrities. And while we once might have thought that the story our show tells is more of an American—or Hollywood—thing having to do with crazy fans, that sort of thing happens all over the world to anyone who brushes up against even a little bit of fame.center_img Is Beverley Knight keeping pace as Rachel Marron? You know what? She’s pretty amazing, too! Her reputation in Britain as a phenomenal voice is well-established, and I’m perfectly aware that another huge bonus about doing this show is that I get to be on stage every night with her magnificent voice. As The Bodyguard heads towards its first birthday on the West End in December, the musical is welcoming two new leads: Beverley Knight has replaced Tony winner Heather Headley in the late Whitney Houston’s screen role as singer Rachel Marron, with TV and stage veteran Tristan Gemmill taking over the non-singing title role of Frank Farmer (created on screen by Kevin Costner) from Lloyd Owen. Broadway.com spoke to the charming Gemmill returning to the stage, interacting with fans and why audiences love a Whitney Houston tune. I hope the reality hasn’t proven too disappointing! Ha! In fact, when I was 22, I went across America with my well-thumbed copy of [the Jack Kerouac novel] On the Road for a couple of months. I loved every second of it, even though some of it was quite hair-raising. I’m not sure I would recommend getting washed up in a bus station at the wrong end of Houston at 1 AM: That wasn’t exactly a dream evening. Have you done theater in the U.S.? No, and it’s still TV that I’m best known for on both sides of the Atlantic: [BBC drama series] Casualty here, and Meadowlands there; I did one season playing this nerdy, weird doctor. I’d love to do some theater there at some point and maybe even have another go somewhere at Stanley Kowalski—though I’d better do that one fast before middle-age spread takes me over and makes it impossible! Why were you interested in joining the show? I wasn’t really angling for it, to be honest, but once I realized that this wasn’t your regular musical and that [Frank Farmer] wasn’t really required to sing, I thought, why not go for it? I like things that take me out of my comfort zone and into areas I’ve not done before. An extra plus was that Thea Sharrock was directing, and I very much respect her body of work. View Commentslast_img read more

Community center idea, property taxes and purview of city government: Our questions for the Prairie Village city council candidates

first_imgA few weeks ago, we asked our readers to submit suggestions for questions they’d like to hear the candidates running for seats on the Prairie Village City Council address.Based on the input we received, we’ve developed the five-item questionnaire below and sent it out to the candidates competing in the following races:Council Member Ward 2Serena Schermoly (incumbent)Inga SeldersCouncil Member Ward 3Lauren WolfBonnie LimbirdCouncil Member Ward 5David Scott MorrisonCourtney McFadden (incumbent)We’ll be running the candidates’ responses to these items starting Monday, Oct 14.Question 1The city is currently working with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and the Johnson County Library to study the feasibility of a community center-and-library campus project, including what features such facilities might include and how much a project would cost taxpayers. What are your views on the prospect of a multi-party project to bring updated community center and library to Prairie Village?Question 2In recent years, property values in Prairie Village have increased substantially, meaning property tax revenues have gone up as well. Given the increased property tax revenues the city has seen, the city’s finance committee recommended a slight mill levy reduction during this year’s budgeting process. The council ultimately rejected that recommendation, and instead held the property tax rate steady. Do you agree with the decision not to lower the property tax rate? Why or why not?Question 3Over the past year, the city has considered measures related to social issues, including a resolution voicing objection to discrimination against women and an ordinance that offers legal protections to LGBTQ+ individuals. Do you believe such measures should be in the purview of city government? Why or why not?Question 4The city is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan to set goals for the coming decades. What goals are you hoping to see in the Village Vision 2.0 document?Question 5In recent months, city officials from across the metro area have been coordinating on ideas that local governments can take to address climate change. Do you support the idea of city government taking steps to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Why or why not?last_img read more