The increasing danger of this pandemic has taken control over everyone and everything including the most elites as well. We all are locked in our homes and no one knows till when. Even the thought itself is very frustrating. We all are at the best position to fight against this, but the larger question for a country like India remain that “WHO ARE THE REAL SUFFERERS?”The history of India has witnessed stratification at it’s maximum extent. This stratification not only restricts a particular group of people from using the common resources but also creates a deep rooted grievances among them that persist thoughout the generations.In the time like this, these people lowest in the strata are most vulnerable to death, not only by the this pandemic but more by the starvation. Everyday we here news that government have distributed food among them, many organisations has came up to help them, many NGOs are providing them with grains and so forth. I’m not doubting this but my question is, till what extent these efforts are reaching to the needed ones?Just a couple of days back I heard a news from haryana. There was a family struggling to feed themselves, they all were starving from the past three days. They went to stand in the queue from the morning but maximum times the food gets over or even if they manage to get the food still it was surely not enough to feed all of them. At last, the husband lost all his hope and sold his mobile phone. He, then came home carrying some grains and just said, “mobile phones ain’t that necessary to survive but these grains are.” Speaking these words he went outside in search of some more food but he never returned back. The man committed suicide and, when the investigation began the authorities refused to accept that this could be possible. The media went to his house, the wife had to show the grains that her husband had brought but still all of them refused to believe her. She was literally crying her heart out. At that very moment I thought to myself what a selfish society we have became? The worst of all is the realization that it’s not only case now, there are numerous cases like this.We talk about SOCIAL DISTANCING but isn’t an elite idea? I mean, how could you expect thousands of people living in a slums to maintain this. All of them have to venture out in the most dirtiest areas of the city in order to survive. But do we care about this at all? The answer is no. From the very beginning our authorities tend to serve the intrests of the elites. Do you even think why the system took a huge risk to bring back the students from kota, attentive government, many of you will say but you couldn’t ignore the fact that those were children of very stranded people.Their parents could turn down the whole system. And if the government is that attentive to our needs and wants why the voice of the labourers aren’t been heard. Why no goverment is willing to take an initiative to help them out?Each day we heard people giving up their lives because there is no way left for them but, does we realise, exploitation and insensitivity have became such a comman phenomenon that we barely notice it now. We refer ourselves as the greatest creation of god but the reality is we aren’t even loyal to our fellow citizens. Most of you will say we are the best. Ofcourse, you are best but you know why? Because you have been given best of everything. Most of us doesn’t even have an idea what is like to be starve, how it feels seeing your love ones crying and you could do nothing, the feeling itself kills you. So, basically you don’t have a right to call yourself “BEST”, until you are best for everyone. It’s also a reality check for the administration, as all we care is for the top most people in hierarchy but people who are really worth respect are the vendors, hawkers, nurses, policemen, who are working day and night just to ensure our survival. But this pandemic persuades us as well to ponder over how from following “VASUDEV KUTUMKAM” we have came to a point where we are ready to kill our own people just to ensure your power and pride. Think of your own as a society where we have actually going!!
Thanks, John for reporting this important meeting. And I agree with Commissioner Wiley that there has to be better transparency and accountability of existing bond revenue, so that new, wasteful bonding is not issued as a stop gap. 4 COMMENTS Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Facebook Twitter Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction Crime TAGSboard of commissionersbudget SHARE excuse me 2015! News Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Devil Dog Lewis Cannao will be happy. Another $125,000 (With OT) ear marked for him to do nothing. Plus waste gas and drive his dog around town daily in our town vehicle. June 29, 2014 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm The West New York Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $75.6 million budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at a special meeting Thursday evening, boasting no tax increase for residents from the previous year.By John Heinis/The Hudson County ViewOut of the roughly 20- person crowd, Â only two members of the public, residents Patrick Cullen and Angel Barquin, asked questions on the matter. As a result, the meeting only lasted for about 40 minutes.Dr. Count Wiley, the Commissioner of Parks and Public Property, continued his outspoken ways and criticized the money being bonded for town hall repairs.” … I don’t agree with the bidding and the excuses you keep giving the public, that’s not it. I want to see the monies we have here used for the purposes (that) there for,” Â Wiley said prior to the budget’s approval. “I don’t see the repairs that were supposed to be done – after the department was ripped out of my hands – and it was DPW (workers) in there (the town hall) fixing the roof where they have no qualifications to do so.”” … Now, you’re gonna tell me about using the money or saving the money, I don’t get it, where the money is going? You’re telling me you’re bonding again for new repairs? For a town hall we just bonded for last year? I’m sorry, I don’t agree with this guys, there’s something wrong here.”The board also approved a shared services agreement with the board of education, as well as authorizing shared services with Secaucus, Guttenberg, North Bergen, Weehawken, Bayonne and Harrison for “health officer services.”Gina Diaz is the Director of Health Services in West New York and makes approximately $80,000 annually, with only a handful of other employees in her department.The agreement between West New York and North Bergen is now official, since North Bergen unanimously approved the measure at their board of commissioners meeting on Wednesday. Patrick Cullen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR June 28, 2014 3:24 pm at 3:24 pm NewsWest New York West New York approves $75.6 million budget for 2014-2015 fiscal year June 29, 2014 5:30 pm at 5:30 pm Devil Dog June 29, 2014 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm Bayonne Lets not forget Commissioner Count Wiley signs & approves Cannao’s checks every 2 week. Commissioner Count Wiley MUST GO ALSO in 2115 with all the other Roque Corrupt!!!!!! Previous articleAssemblyman Charles Mainor goes on the record about education, gun control, and the drug warNext article3 Jersey City women speak passionately about violence affecting black community John Heinis Devil Dog By John Heinis – June 28, 2014 1:50 pm 4 Comments are closed.
SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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. Email* Horse Sport Enews A study led by Dr. Luis Arroyo at the Ontario Veterinary College set out to determine the prevalence of Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis in the Ontario horse population, and to identify geographic risk factors for the tick-borne infections.The research team asked veterinary clinics across the province to submit serum (blood) samples from horses in their care, and to complete corresponding questionnaires which evaluated demographics, clinical history and farm management of each horse in the study.Serum samples were submitted from 564 horses and tested for Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum bacteria, which cause Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis respectively, and are transmitted in Ontario by the blacklegged or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis.According to the team’s report, the overall prevalence of B. burgdorferi exposure for all of Ontario was 14% (80/564), with pronounced regional variability.The prevalence appears to be highest in eastern Ontario, where 27 of 115 (24%) samples tested positive. The prevalence in southern Ontario was 15% (40/269); central Ontario was 10% (14/146), and in northern Ontario the prevalence was found to be 6% (2/33).Researchers noted that Anaplasmosis is a new and emerging disease in Ontario, with only one case officially diagnosed, and that the distribution of the causative bacterium, A. phagocytophilum, is assumed to be predominantly in eastern counties. Further, as the climate continues to change, the distribution of Ixodes scapularis is estimated to cover a large proportion of the province.From data collected in the questionnaires, researchers learned that the majority of the horses (47%) lived outside 24/7 on pasture, particularly during tick season, in the summer months. In addition, half of the horse owners surveyed said they regularly check their horses for ticks, and only 15% reported that they had found a tick on their horse.Ongoing investigation into the distribution and risk factors for B. burgdorferi and A. phagocytophilum exposure will aid in the continued monitoring and prevention of the disease, as well as appropriate treatment.To read the full report, click here. Tags: Ontario Animal Health Network, Dr. Luis Arroyo, B. burgdorferi, Anaplasmosis, A. phagocytophilum, Lyme Disease, Ixodes scapularis, ticks, deer tick, 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.
narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide.Over 40.7 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 8.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 221,076 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 883,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 862,000 cases and over 760,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 200 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 Wednesday. All times Eastern:Oct 21, 11:23 amBoston Public Schools to suspend in-person learning amid rising positivity ratesBoston will suspend all in-person learning for its public school system, effective this Thursday, Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced on Wednesday in a letter to employees obtained by ABC News’ local affiliate WCVB.The move came after local health officials said that the citywide seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate had increased to 5.7% — a jump from 4.5% last week, and 4.1% two weeks before.“We remain committed to providing in-person learning opportunities to our students as soon as it is safe to do so, and will continue to prioritize out students with the highest needs for in-person learning,” Cassellius wrote.Boston will resume in-person learning for high-need students in public schools once the seven-day positivity rate is below 5% for two consecutive weeks. A phased-in approach will also begin for the districts youngest students when the positivity rate is below 4% for two consecutive weeks.The seven-day average of new cases in Massachusetts has been on the rise for nearly seven weeks, increasing by 86% just in the last month.ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.Oct 21, 9:32 amRussia reports record high of 317 deaths in a dayRussia registered a record 317 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.The previous record of 286 fatalities from COVID-19 in a 24-hour reporting period was set just last week.An additional 15,700 new cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed nationwide in the past 24 hours, down from a peak of 16,319 the previous day.Nearly 28% of the new cases — 4,389 — and almost 20% of the deaths — 63 — were reported in the capital, Moscow.The cumulative totals now stand at 1,447,335 cases and 24,952 fatalities, according to Russia’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.The Eastern European 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, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Oct 21, 8:53 amUS surgeon general says herd immunity could ‘lead to many complications/deaths’U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that a “herd immunity” approach to combating COVID-19 could “lead to many complications/deaths.”Adams posted the comment on his official Twitter account, along with a link to a recent article from The Journal of the American Medical Association entitled “What is Herd Immunity?”“The summary: Large numbers of people would need to be infected to achieve herd immunity without a vaccine; this could overwhelm health care systems and lead to many complications/deaths,” Adams tweeted. “So far, there is no example of a large-scale successful intentional infection-based herd immunity strategy.”Instead, Adams urged people to “wear masks,” “wash hands” and “watch distances.”The surgeon general’s comments come after the White House embraced a controversial declaration by a group of scientists calling for an approach that relies on “herd immunity.”The so-called Great Barrington Declaration, which claims on its website to have been signed by more than 9,000 medical and public health scientists around the globe, opposes lockdowns and argues that authorities should allow the novel coronavirus to spread among young, healthy individuals while protecting the elderly and the vulnerable.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, has called the concept “ridiculous” and “total nonsense.”Oct 21, 7:11 amCzech Republic reports nearly 12,000 new cases in record highThe Czech Republic confirmed 11,984 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a new record for the Central European country.The Czech Republic has shattered its own record already several times this month. The country’s previous record of 11,105 new cases was set last Friday.The cumulative total now stands at 193,946 cases, about one third of which were registered in the past seven days, according to data from the Czech health ministry.More than 113,000 cases were active, including 4,064 patients who remained hospitalized for COVID-19, while over 79,000 have recovered from the disease, according to the health ministry data.So far, 1,619 people have died from the disease in the Czech Republic. The country’s highest single-day death toll of 97 was recorded on Monday, according to the health ministry data.The Czech Republic has the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in Europe. Over the past two weeks, the country of 10.7 million people has reported 975.8 cases per 100,000 population, according to data published Wednesday by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.New restrictive measures, including mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and in cars, are slated to take force across the Czech Republic on Wednesday. The government was expected to meet early Wednesday to discuss additional measures.Oct 21, 5:32 amAnalysis shows rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in 42 US statesAn ABC News analysis of COVID-19 trends across all 50 U.S. states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico found there were increases in hospitalizations over the past two weeks in 42 states.The analysis also found increases in newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 40 states plus Puerto Rico, increases in the daily positivity rate of COVID-19 tests in 27 states and increases in daily COVID-19 death tolls in 17 states.Since Oct. 1, there have been 972,902 cases reported nationwide. More than 400,000 of those cases have been reported in just the last seven days. The country is on track this week to exceed one million cases for the month of October, making it the fourth month on record to surpass the grim milestone.Cases are undoubtably surging nationally. The United States is currently averaging 57,000 new cases a day — the highest it has been in 11 weeks. That average has increased by 67% since Sept. 12.Two states — Kansas and Tennessee — hit a record number of new cases reported in a 24-hour reporting period, while five states — Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio and Wyoming — saw a record number of current hospitalizations in a day.The trends were all analyzed from data collected and published by the COVID Tracking Project over the past two weeks, using the linear regression trend line of the seven-day moving average to examine whether a state’s key indicators were increasing, decreasing or remained flat.Oct 21, 5:13 amUS reports over 60,000 new cases, nearly 1,000 deathsThere were 60,315 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally is up by almost 2,000 from the previous day but remains under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 993 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Tuesday, more than double the previous day’s death toll but still down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 8,274,797 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 220,133 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 increased by more than 12% in week-over-week comparisons, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Tuesday night.Oct 21, 4:29 amCOVID-19 cases among US children surge 13%, new report saysThe number of children diagnosed with COVID-19 across the United States increased by 13% in the first two weeks of October, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.There were 84,319 pediatric cases of COVID-19 reported nationwide from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15. The overall rate of infection is 986 cases per 100,000 children in the population, according to the weekly report, which was published Tuesday.“While children represented only 10.9% of all cases in states reporting cases by age, over 741,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic,” the report said.Even so, the report noted that severe illness and deaths due to COVID-19 appear to be rare among children at this time. As of Oct. 15, children accounted for 1%-3.6% of total reported hospitalizations and 0%-0.27% of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Fourteen states reported zero pediatric deaths from the disease, according to the report.“However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalizations, and mortality by age and race/ethnicity so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can be documented and monitored,” the report said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Performs testing and preventative maintenance on FSTDs: Performs scheduled and preventative maintenance tasks.Performs quarterly objective and subjective testing.Runs diagnostics on FSTDs and visual systems.Services hydraulic and electric motion and control loadingsystems.Performs scheduled calibration, tuning, and adjusting of FSTDsand related systems. Maintains FSTD aircraft systems and avionics hardwareconfigurations.Maintains FSTD and visual scenery software configurations.Performs routine software updates to FSTDs and visual scenerydatabases.Performs software installation and updates to resolvediscrepancies.Performs and supports engineering modifications andupdates. Maintains and shares technical expertise: Performs daily preflight inspections of FSTDs and visualsystems. Maintains and updates FSTD related hardware and softwareconfigurations: Resolves discrepancies reported by training crews, the FAA, andsupport staff.Diagnoses and isolates problems to component or sub-assemblylevel.Replaces or repairs components to return FSTDs to regulatorycompliance.Performs calibration, adjusting, and tuning of FSTDs andrelated systems.Assists with the development, installation, and maintenance ofvisual scenery database.Provide support to Flight Simulation Engineer in specialredesign and enhancement projects. Job DescriptionProvides scheduled and unscheduled maintenance to FSTDs andassociated systems: Provides new hire indoctrination and basic training.Provides oversight, direction, and OJT to center staff.Provides assistance and operator training to FSTD crews.Participates in meetings, workshops, and vendor schools. Performs administrative duties: Maintains FSTD fleet server and Distributed SimulationNetwork.Maintains FSTD Discrepancy Reporting and Certificationdatabase.Maintains FSTD Visual Scenery database.Documents activity in shift, pass down, and Discrepancy Report(DR) logs.Maintains spare parts and tool inventory.Assists in recruiting, tracking, scheduling, and evaluatingpart-time personnel.Assist in maintaining the Simulator Quality Management System(SQMS).Assist in the acquisition of tooling, test equipment, andsupplies.Assist in maintaining the support documentation and traininglibrary.Liaisons with center stakeholders.Participates in shift turnover meetings. Other duties as assigned.QualificationsThis position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace systemsMaintenance, Aircraft Engineering Technology, InformationTechnology, or Computer Science, recent flight experience and aminimum of three years working with Flight Simulation and TrainingDevices.A minimum of two years of OEM TYPE SPECIFIC WORK EXPERIENCE in thetechnical support of FSTDs and an Associate’s degree in ElectricalEngineering Technology, Simulation Technology, ElectronicsTechnology, or Information Technology from an accredited college oruniversity, or related military training may be substituted for theBachelor’s degree requirement.Required skills, knowledge, abilities:Analytical skills with an in depth knowledge of information systemsand technical expertise with Microsoft operating systems, Access,Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook/email, and Internet end-userapplications.Strong working knowledge of FSTD regulations, documentation,software, and utilities.Strong working knowledge of Flight Simulation and Training Devices(FSTDs).Strong working knowledge of Distributed Simulation Networks andrelated systems.Strong working knowledge of aerodynamics, mechanical assemblies,and electrical circuits.Strong working knowledge of visual scenery development and relatedsoftware.Strong working knowledge of visual systems configuration andcalibration.Strong working knowledge of the Open Flight format softwarestandard.Strong working knowledge of Air Traffic Management Systemsincluding TIS-B and ADS-B.Strong working knowledge of Aircraft Integrated Cockpit Systems(ICS).Strong working knowledge of collimated displays and relatedhardware and software.Working knowledge of network management, network security, andnetwork test equipment.Working knowledge of local and wide area communication technologiesincluding Ethernet.Working knowledge of routing protocol environments such as TCP/IP,Apple talk, and multicast.Working knowledge of network TCP/IP addressing including DHCP,BOOTP, DNS, and WINS.Working knowledge of structured wiring standards, codes, policies,and termination procedures in copper and fiber optic cabledenvironments.Strong troubleshooting skills including: servers, routers,switches, hubs, wireless access points, host computers, I/Osystems, hydraulic and electric motion, control loading, and IGsystems.Strong analytical, diagnostic, and problem solving skills.Strong verbal and written communication skills.Strong time management and interpersonal skills.Above average flying skills and knowledge of aircraft systems,principles of flight, and navigation theory.Proven ability to interpret wiring diagrams and schematics.Proven ability to interact in a cooperative environment throughbeneficial behaviors.Proven ability to commit to common goals.Proven ability to contribute to problem solving.Proven ability to encourage employees to communicate ideas andsuggestions.
Brendan SinclairManaging EditorTuesday 20th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleApogee SoftwareIt’s been a couple decades since the peak of Apogee Software, but company founder Scott Miller and long-time executive Terry Nagy want to breathe new life into the original Duke Nukem developer and Wolfenstein 3D publisher with a new-ish name and a new purpose.Miller and Nagy today unveiled the slightly rebranded Apogee Entertainment, an indie publisher with four titles under its wing already and aspirations to add more. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Miller traced the seed of the new Apogee back to last year, when Nagy approached him with the idea of relaunching the brand along with obtaining the rights to the name from 3D Realms (a former division of Apogee and currently a separate company, of which Miller remains a co-owner).”We decided here in the last year to resurrect and relaunch Apogee, to kind of reclaim our title as the original indie publisher,” Miller says. “We’re working with indie developers again and cherry picking what we think are the diamonds in the rough. And there are a lot of diamonds out there.””We’re working with indie developers again and cherry picking what we think are the diamonds in the rough. And there are a lot of diamonds out there” As for how Apogee plans to find those diamonds, Miller’s answer is perhaps surprisingly straight-forward. After so long in the business, he and Nagy have plenty of contacts and connections throughout the industry, and they’ve used them to identify a couple projects with potential. But Miller said he’s also found a couple more just looking around on Kickstarter and Steam Early Access, or browsing game dev Twitter.There are a lot of indie publishers on the hunt for those diamonds who have access to those same techniques, but Miller doesn’t seem terribly concerned about the competition.”There are so many indie projects out there now I think there are more than enough to go around for the publishers who are dealing in this market,” he says, adding that the Apogee name and his lengthy history in the industry will ensure developers know “we’re not some new kids on the block just trying to sign their game.”Apogee Entertainment is offering its developers funds, porting assistance, marketing, localization, and bug testing, some of those in conjunction with external partner firms. But those are fairly standard offerings for indie publishers. So what is Miller relying on to be Apogee’s differentiating factor?”I think one of the areas we excel at is the design guidance we give our teams,” Miller says. “And this goes back to even early Apogee and 3D Realms games… I don’t know if other publishers do that or not, but I think we’re pretty darn good at that.””When teams are putting their own creative vision into their work, they’re more passionate about it, and more dedicated, and we’re going to get their best effort” That was something he says Apogee excelled at, whether in its own titles like Duke Nukem or in its role as publisher of id Software’s Wolfenstein 3D or producer on Remedy’s Max Payne.”What makes a fun game is still pretty relevant, and always will be relevant,” Miller says. “You want a good user interface, good controls, fun things to do in the game. You want player decisions and agency to really matter. I haven’t seen that change much over the years.”Beyond that, Miller says Apogee Entertainment will be fairly “pro-developer” in its approach, offering suggestions for improvements rather than mandates.Survival game Residual is Apogee Entertainment’s first announced project”When teams are putting their own creative vision into their work, they’re more passionate about it, and more dedicated, and we’re going to get their best effort,” Miller says, adding, “We try not to dictate anything and just guide teams in the right direction. But we pick projects to begin with that we feel are already on the right path.”The first of those projects to be announced is Residual from Orangepixel, set for release this fall.While the procedurally generated space survival game has a pixel art style just a likely to get the “retro” label as Apogee’s biggest hits, Miller doesn’t think it — or any single game, really — will perfectly convey what people can expect from an Apogee game. He notes that even in its original lifespan, Apogee games covered side-scrolling platformers, shoot-’em-ups, first-person shooters, and pinball games.”We were all over the map, and we plan on being all over the map here also,” Miller says. “What we’re really looking for is games that have a strong fun factor, that are easy to get into. I don’t think we’re going to do any games like Cuphead that are enormously difficult; that’s not really our thing. “Even if Apogee’s approach to games remains the same, the conceivable ceiling of success for a video game has grown immensely since Miller first founded Apogee. There’s more room for grander ambitions, and the company’s slight rebranding speaks to that.”For us we’d rather use the word ‘entertainment’ because it’s more on point for what we’re going for here,” Miller says. “It would be nice to see some of these games branch out into other entertainment media at some point, maybe a board game or comics, or who knows what.”Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games While Miller has lofty ambitions for how Apogee’s new games could grow, his ambitions for the company itself are somewhat modest by comparison.”I don’t think we’d ever want to have more than eight to ten projects under our belt at any given time,” Miller says of how large the company could scale. “That way the upper management like myself can give each project its due in terms of attention. We want to stay pretty flat and personal as a company.”Terry and I definitely want to stay intimately involved with all the projects, develop relationships with all the teams, and not have at some point a layer of middle management that’s doing that.”
During a hearing held last month, real estate groups and even some officials questioned the legality of the measure. The Real Estate Board of New York testified at the time that the bill calls for a “seemingly impermissible unilateral amendment of existing valid contracts.”Before voting in favor of the measure, Council member Justin Brennan said he still had concerns that the measure helps “Louis Vuitton as much as it helps Louie’s pizza.” Council member Kalman Yeger voted against the bill, reiterating his stance that the measure was an unconstitutional intrusion on existing contracts.The council also approved a measure that would expand the definition of residential and commercial tenant harassment to include threats based on the tenant’s status as a Covid-19 impacted person, essential employee or recipient of a rental concession or forbearance.“Many large national and international tenants have the means to pay their rent and are shamefully using this crisis not to,” REBNY President James Whelan said in a statement.“Our members continue to work with small businesses who genuinely need help to weather this crisis, but the bill as drafted will provide an excuse for credit-worthy tenants to evade their financial obligations to our City.”Both the anti-harassment bill and the personal liability measure were part of a broader legislative package seeking to provide relief to tenants and small businesses.Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Council member Carlina Rivera introduced a measure that would protect restaurants and retailers from certain legal action. (Rivera by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images; background via Gary He/Getty Images)The New York City Council on Wednesday approved a measure that would protect restaurants and retailers from certain legal action if they violate their leases.The measure, introduced by Manhattan Democrat Carlina Rivera, bars the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements. Under the bill, attempting to enforce such provisions — which allows landlords to go after tenants’ personal assets in the event of a lease default — would be considered harassment. The council approved the bill 44 to 6.“Losing your business is hard enough, but imagine someone coming after your home as well,” Speaker Corey Johnson said ahead of the vote.Rivera noted that while her bill couldn’t bring Gem Spa back — a famed newspaper stand and candy store in the East Village that recently closed for good — she said it would ensure that struggling business owners wouldn’t have to worry about their life savings and assets “because of a disaster that no one saw coming.”The latest version of the bill specifically singles out restaurants, bars and non-essential retailers and businesses (including gyms and movie theaters) that were forced to close due to Covid-19 and sets a clearer timeline for the suspension of personal liability provisions. While the initial bill barred enforcement of such provisions through at least September 2020, the approved measure applies to defaults that occurred between March 7, 2020, and September 30, 2020.Read moreA game changer for restaurants and retailers — if it’s legalCity Council to intro package of bills providing eviction rent relief to tenantsBar-maggedon: NYC restaurants, landlords grapple with shutdown
Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik recently revealed the lineup for his newest venture, a solo band called the John Kadlecik Band. The JKB features the unique talents of Klyph Black (Zen Tricksters), Waynard Scheller (The Jam Stampede) and Nathan Graham (DC Mystery Cats).The band has just announced an extensive fall tour, performing up and down the East Coast throughout the month of November and into December. The JKB made their debut at Peach Festival last summer, though some changes have locked this lineup into place. We can’t wait to catch this crew on the road!John K Band Fall Tour Schedule11.05.15 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA (Dead & Co late night)11.06.15 The Hamilton Washington, DC (Dead & Co late night)11.07.15 Martin’s Downtown Roanoke, VA11.08.15 Shaka’s Live Virginia Beach, VA11.12.15 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ11.13.15 Hall at MP Brooklyn, NY11.14.15 The Met Cafe Providence, RI11.15.15 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT11.17.15 Woodlands Tavern Columbus, OH11.18.15 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH11.20.15 Martyr’s Chicago, IL11.21.15 Limelight Eventplex Peoria, IL11.22.15 Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy St Louis, MO11.24.15 The Mousetrap Indianapolis, IN11.25.15 Cosmic Charlie’s Lexington, KY11.27.15 Headliner’s Louisville, KY11.28.15 Southgate House Covington, KY12.01.15 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC12.03.15 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA12.04.15 Blind Tiger Greensboro, NC12.09.15 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA12.12.15 The Haunt Ithaca, NY
On Friday, news broke that Austin, TX city officials had forced the cancellation of South By Southwest (SXSW), the annual music, film, and tech summit, due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This news came just days after firms like Facebook and Amazon pulled out of the event. Shortly thereafter, event organizers confirmed that SXSW does not have insurance that covers the cancellation.Related: Miami City Officials Pushing Ultra Music Festival Postponement Due To CoronavirusThe Austin Chronicle reported on Friday evening that SXSW’s insurance policy does not cover cancellations due to disease outbreak or “local state of disaster,” according to event co-founder Nick Barbaro. Another SXSW co-founder and Managing Director, Roland Swenson, confirmed to the Chronicle via text, “We have a lot of insurance (terrorism, injury, property destruction, weather). However, bacterial infections, communicable diseases, viruses and pandemics are not covered.” Those statements refute several claims that the event organizers and city would benefit from the cancellation.With regard to tickets, SXSW clearly states in its terms and conditions that it does not offer refunds under any circumstances. “Any and all payments made to SXSW are not refundable for any reason, including, without limitation, failure to use Credentials due to illness, acts of God, travel-related problems, acts of terrorism, loss of employment and/or duplicate purchases.”Event organizers have told patrons, however, that their credentials can be used in future years, including 2021, 2022, and 2023. Head to SXSW’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding the event.Following the SXSW cancellation, city officials worried about the impact it would have on the local economy. Mayor Steve Adler spearheaded a “Stand With Austin” campaign, encouraging the community to “Go out to eat, drink & listen to live music. Support the artists, businesses, and working people who make Austin special.” Visit the “Stand With Austin” website to donate. Proceeds will benefit individuals and small businesses hit hardest by the event’s cancellation. Watch the campaign announcement video below:[H/T Austin Chronicle]