Pokemon Go legislation puts ESA in a tight spot

first_img 4 years ago “Will the industry side with sex offenders….” Just about stopped reading there as the answer should be pretty obvious to everyone. Edited 1 times. Last edit by Aleksi Ranta on 9th August 2016 8:43am 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (7)Barry Meade , Fireproof Studios Ltd.4 years ago Even if it passes, which it won’t, this legislation is dumb as rocks. The potential crimes it may help avoid are so infinitesimally small in number, the law is clearly a strawman whipped up by politicians to make themselves look busy and relevant. 3Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyKlaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager Pokemon Go legislation puts ESA in a tight spotWill the industry side with sex offenders or risk legislators hobbling a new market just as it gets going?Brendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 8th August 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleThe ESAWhen it comes to fighting attempts at video game legislation, the ESA has traditionally chosen pragmatism over principles.It went tooth-and-nail against California all the way to the Supreme Court to prevent the state from curtailing sales of violent games to children, because the industry makes violent games and people buy them. But when Louisiana passed a law in 2006 banning the sale or distribution of sexually explicit games to minors, the ESA let it pass uncontested; it’s not like any of its members were making sexually explicit games anyway.And in 2008, when the state of New York passed a law requiring consoles to support parental lockout features and establishing an advisory council to examine connections between games and real-life violence in minors, the ESA called it wasteful and unconstitutional, but didn’t challenge it in court. After all, the big hardware makers at the time already had parental controls in place, so it wasn’t going to ruin anyone’s bottom line. (To give an idea of how much of a non-issue it was, when someone finally broke the law, almost nobody noticed or cared. The Ouya originally launched in New York without parental controls.)In short, if a law doesn’t affect business, the ESA won’t raise much of a fuss. But once politicians start messing with its members’ bread and butter, the ESA will get as litigious as it needs to.”As is typical for legislation targeting games, these bills were clearly drafted by people who don’t quite get the nuances of the field.” That’s what makes this week’s news about a pair of Pokemon Go-inspired bills in the New York State Senate so interesting. One of them would ban registered sex offenders from playing augmented reality games. The other would require companies that operate AR games to ensure they aren’t placing in-game objectives around registered sex offenders’ residences.As is typical for legislation targeting games, these bills were clearly drafted by people who don’t quite get the nuances of the field. For one thing, they purport to limit AR games, but the legal definition they give for what constitutes an AR game actually describes location-based gaming: “a digital application or game, typically accessed on mobile devices, including but not limited to: smartphones; tablets; or augmented reality glasses; which causes users to physically move to and/or personally interact with locations outside the user’s place of residence for the purpose of achieving goals or moving from place to place within the game.”So the things we’ve generally thought of as AR–HoloLens, CastAR, that 3DS Face Invaders game that came with the system–don’t count. But depending on how liberally you parse that definition, using Google Maps to achieve the goal of getting to the grocery store could conceivably make it an AR application.But even if the ESA can poke holes in the legislators’ choice of terminology, fighting the bills would be a PR nightmare for the industry. Taking the side of child molesters and rapists against concerned parents is pretty much a non-starter. But letting the bills go through unchallenged could have more significant drawbacks because in both the games industry and politics, success breeds imitators. (Even when it shouldn’t.) Just as other developers will see the potential in augmented reality/geolocation games and ready their own knock-offs, so too will politicians in other states and countries see that protecting kids from sexual predators is a slam dunk issue and draft their own equivalent bills. The 2005 California law that went to the Supreme Court was part of one such wave of legislation, with Louisiana, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Illinois, Utah, Maryland, Indiana, Washington, and Missouri all attempting to pass their own restrictions on the sales of violent games to children.”It’s one thing to culturalize game content for an entire country/culture, but it’s another to manage expectations at a very local level.” Kate EdwardsIn the case of New York’s Pokemon Go bills, the developer of an augmented reality game would be required to make sure no in-game items or objectives are placed within 100 feet of a registered sex offender’s residence. They would also have to update their list of forbidden addresses every month to ensure it’s using the most current information, or face fines of $100 per day per sex offender residence with an in-game item. It may sound like a reasonable burden to place on Niantic, but that burden becomes significantly heavier when every locality with its own registry adopts its own laws that may require different sized safe zones around each address, different requirements on how frequently the list must be updated, and different methods for the developer to access the addresses in question, which could be stored in a variety of different formats. Back when she worked at Microsoft, Kate Edwards was the company’s senior geopolitical strategist, responsible for ensuring that the company’s products were altered on a region-by-region basis to ensure they wouldn’t inadvertently run afoul of local norms. Now executive director of the International Game Developers Association, Edwards compared her previous work to the challenge of complying with a multitude of laws like the one proposed in New York.”On a global scale, it’s potentially daunting for game developers to manage geopolitical and cultural restrictions and policies,” she told GamesIndustry.biz. “But in reality, we’ve already been doing that for decades via the culturalization process, ensuring that the content of games is culturally compatible with certain locales. But the extra burden imposed by AR is the severe locality of the experience and having to account for many specific potential issues. It’s one thing to culturalize game content for an entire country/culture, but it’s another to manage expectations at a very local level.””The legislation that is being proposed by New York has the potential to severely curtail or even kill off a vast, emerging industry…” Kate EdwardsAnd this is what could put the ESA in a pinch. As if making something like Pokemon Go weren’t expensive and logistically challenging enough already, if the New York bill spawns imitators–and again, there’s little reason to think it wouldn’t–the entire field could be hamstrung. Location-based AR games, particularly free-to-play ones like Pokemon Go, are almost inherently global propositions. New York is one state of 50 in one country. Pokemon Go is already available in more than 50 countries. And sex offenders are just one possible reason a government would want spawn-free zones in those games.”The legislation that is being proposed by New York has the potential to severely curtail or even kill off a vast, emerging industry, especially for smaller AR developers who may not have the legal and/or financial resources of Niantic,” Edwards said. “While the concerns of the state of New York are understandable and valid, the reality is that current legal regimes are not equipped to appropriately account for how virtual spaces interact with real spaces.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “We don’t even have effective laws that manage the difference between online harassment and in-person harassment, and this is just one example of an issue that should take precedence over AR. Thus, before making a knee-jerk response to a single AR game experience, we’d strongly prefer that governments work together with the game industry and affected organizations to make a much broader examination of this issue and its long-term implications.”One idea Edwards wanted considered was a centralized data portal through which organizations–be they the New York Department of Corrections, churches, or caretakers for memorials–could submit locations for location-based AR games to avoid, and from which developers could pull the most up-to-date information for wherever they run their games.We reached out to the Entertainment Software Association to find out its position on the New York bills last week. They have yet to provide a comment. Niantic also has yet to respond to a request for comment.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The VR & AR newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesESA commits $1 million to support Black Girls CodeThe multi-year venture will support education and mentoring programs for girls and young womenBy Eric Van Allen 2 months agoReggie Fils-Aimé on E3: “If the ESA doesn’t figure out how to do this, someone else will”Playable content is “key to a successful E3,” the former Nintendo exec saidBy Marie Dealessandri 2 months agoLatest comments (7)Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyCamden Studying Computer Science, University of Phoenix4 years ago Klaus, the individual you state was “famously charged” was not in fact arrested nor charged at all. In no way has someone who has been breastfeeding been placed on a sex offender registry. That article (and others) clearly state that breastfeeding in public is protected almost universally in the USA.Brendan wrote this article clearly detailing the issue that the ESA faces in challenging the law: public perception of the defense of sexual predators. The ESA must balance defending developers from an unreasonable burden while avoiding the appearance of defending sexual predators (which, yes, also accompanies other offenders which are not violent).It’s a question of can this argument be made without muddying the waters regarding the registry effectiveness. 4 years ago I didnt know you can get registered as a sex offender for breastfeeding in the states. Care to back that up Klaus?http://www.sexcrimecriminaldefense.com/registered-sex-offender/Those Tiers seem pretty clear and not to be taken lightly. 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyKlaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago If there were a way to specifically exclude sex offenders homes from applications like this, it would be equally possible to create an app that would TARGET sex offenders as well. There’s your scary invasion of privacy moment of the day. 4 years ago With the war on drugs and the war on terrorism not performing as strong, sex offenders are the last bogeymen that have not declared a war against them. We are off to a good start, this article did not bother with the nuance of sexual offenses that get you registered in the U.S., it skipped right to the worst imaginable sex offenses to make the proposed legislation seem more justified and the odds of fighting it hopeless.It is worth remembering, that for the most part we are not talking about raping people up the nose to death, but about unsolicited hugs between kindergartners, indecent exposure (e.g. breastfeeding), peeing in public, having consensual sex as a teenagers, and more. Never forget that in Britain, you can be sentenced to having to register all your sexual encounters including name, address and age with the police 24h in advance. A regulation restricted only to be used after having found NOT guilty in a sex offender trail.Pick a side now. Reasonable adult behavior, or childlike fear-mongering for personal gains? 4 years ago This woman was famously charged:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2074363/Breastfeeding-mom-accused-indecent-exposure-says-treated-like-criminal.htmlmost states have special exemptions, which says a lot in its own right. Definitely sends the message of not pushing your luck in some parts of the U.S. That and the judge’s quote.The three tiers consist almost exclusively of offenses which cannot be argued with. But take a close look at the first item of each tier. This is the part of the system you can basically weaponize to enforce much harder social norms due to the vagueness of terms and their local interpretation. Think of basically any spring break party ever. The setup is eerily similar to how non-violent marijuana offenders were bunched together with far worse things. 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Habbo: “The last month left a bruise on our community”

first_imgHabbo: “The last month left a bruise on our community”Sulake CEO Valtteri Karu on Habbo’s troubled migration from Flash to Unity, and how the firm aims to win back the trust of its playersMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 16th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSulakeThe end of Flash was a bittersweet moment for many in the industry. Fertile ground for small creators and lucrative for a great many businesses, Adobe’s decision to finally bring its 25-year run to an end was greeted by a mix of warmth, nostalgia, and a little regret.For Sulake, however, it was the catalyst for a very public revolt in the community of its biggest game: Habbo, the virtual community known for most of its long life as Habbo Hotel, which had been a Flash game for more than a decade.”We had a look, two years ago, at what we wanted to have Habbo be in the next ten years,” says Valtteri Karu, CEO of the Finnish company. “It was quite obvious, first of all, the underlying technology [Flash] was going away, so that was the trigger. And also our mission of accessing new users and new markets, it wasn’t so easy to do with the game as it was at the time. A lot of how the game works… It has grown older with us.”Habbo evolved over a long period of time. Like any online community, its systems, customs, culture and economy were intimately familiar to loyal players, but could be impenetrable to newcomers. According to Karu, the need to switch to the Unity engine was seen as an opportunity to prepare Habbo for the future — becoming more accessible to more people, by both refining the user experience and improving its mobile strategy.”Our mission of accessing new users and new markets, it wasn’t so easy to do with the game as it was at the time” “We started to look into mechanics that would get new users enjoying the game a lot easier than before,” Karu says. “And also Habbo’s mobile presence, that’s basically non-existent. There is an old client that is more like a companion app. We wanted to have a unified client where we could give the experience of Habbo on all devices.”Sulake started to publicly reveal its plans in October last year, inviting a select group from the Habbo community to a closed beta. In December, just a few weeks before Adobe’s deadline for the end of Flash, it launched the open beta, and a much larger number of players were exposed to the various changes and improvements — a comprehensive breakdown of which can be found here. To say that the transition didn’t go according to Sulake’s plans would be a gross understatement. By the end of December, #SaveHabbo was trending on Twitter in countries around the world, as parts of the community rallied against the new version — complaints included technical instability, the removal of features that helped with moderation and player safety, new restrictions on player-to-player trading, and the introduction of fees and taxes that were construed as profiteering. One of Habbo’s main player groups, US Defence Force, drew up a list of demands, sent them to Sulake, and staged a 72-hour walkout. “Now, when we were able to expose the game to a wider audience, we saw what we got right and what we didn’t get right” “The more controversial things — like [player] trading — they did get mixed up a little bit with [the fact] that the game client wasn’t ready enough,” Karu explains. “Things were not necessarily completely removed. They were working differently, but they were not working as [intended] when they were designed. We ended up in a situation with this incompleteness, with a change of features, and they kind of crashed into [each other] at the same time. And then it started to be fairly hard to make changes in the design.”In truth, concern over the changes emerged earlier than December and the open beta, but Sulake’s ability to respond was limited by the looming end of Flash itself. In simple terms, the task of migrating Habbo to Unity had to come first, regardless of how the community was responding to the new direction of the game. The window to launch the Unity version was closing, and closing fast.”It would have been [better to launch earlier], but there was too much work to be done for us to start it earlier,” Karu says. “The teams did a lot of work getting to the open beta at the time it went out. It was not left until the final moments [on purpose].”By the start of January, Sulake was taking steps to pacify the community, issuing an official response to the #SaveHabbo campaign. That also proved divisive, however, with parts of the community finding the concessions to be inadequate relative to their ongoing issues with the new version of the game.”We are talking with them, and they are sending tickets and discussing publicly with us what’s wrong with the game, how we should change it,” Karu says. “On that part, we have to do better.”Since that first response at the start of January, Sulake has continued to walk back changes — reducing, for example, the size of the fees it introduced for player transactions in Habbo’s marketplace. According to Karu, changes to trading and the marketplace were the focus of much of the community’s frustration; while Habbo is ostensibly aimed at teens and younger players, it had a relatively complex player-to-player economy that was open to exploitation. In trying to address the problem with an incomplete new version of the game, Karu says, Sulake left itself open to criticism.”Because not all the bits and pieces are in place to fully explain what the feature will be, it feels incomplete, and it feels more like taking away. “We’re going to buy more time by offering the old game, so we can continue working on Habbo with the vision we had” “It’s largely a user-run economy, and there’s this very wide range of behaviour from users, where they are running the economy in their own bubble. We are struggling a little bit to fully comprehend from all different directions how it works. And only now, when we were able to expose the game to a wider audience, we saw what we got right and what we didn’t get right.”It’s not so clear for the users that the need [within the community] is so varied. If we cater to the status quo for one portion of the community, then some other part feels left out, and then we have to balance it.”The process of making the new Unity client for Habbo took two years, and if the recent problems in the game’s community make anything clear, it’s that Sulake’s work is far from over. It will continue to improve and balance the new version of Habbo, but last week it also announced the release of a downloadable version of the old Flash client. Players will be able to interact across both versions of the game, though the features of each will be different. The Unity version will evolve over time, the Flash version will stay the same, as if sealed in amber.”They are going to get their old game back, and let’s see if the users accept this,” Karu says. “The last month left a bruise on our community, and it’s up to us to redeem ourselves — showing that we do listen, and we are on the users’ side.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “We are going to buy more time by offering the old game. We will make the necessary changes to the new client, so we can continue working on Habbo with the vision we had.”For us, the whole point of [moving to] Unity was that, throughout these years, it became harder and harder to make serious development in ActionScript. The technology had come to its end, and it’s not just that the support was dropped… What we really intend to do, it’s for the next ten years. The game and what kind of content we can give to the users, the roadmap is very, very long.”Should we give the players all they want? They’re gonna get a good chunk of it.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAzerion fully acquires Habbo Hotel developer SulakePan-European gaming and adtech firm buys remaining 49% having held a controlling stake since 2018By James Batchelor 3 months agoOrangeGames acquires majority stake in SulakeHabbo creator will make use of stakeholder’s global network to further distribution of its social communitiesBy Rebekah Valentine 2 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? 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With hostile teachers watching, West New York BOE rejects $136M budget

first_img Hudson County commissioners discuss exiting ICE deal, advocates call for no new jail contracts With hostile teachers watching, West New York BOE rejects $136M budget TAGSlorena portillomatthew chengsteven rodaswest new york board of educationwest new york education association SHARE Facebook Twitter Bayonne There are some good folks on WNY Wakes Up and some complainers who are too consumed by their own hatred to realize that the art of politics does not occur in a vacuum. Trustee Cheng could not have pulled off the threat of an effective walkout or won the teachers the courtesy to speak publicly before a board recess, without the collaboration of Trustees Rodas and Portillo. Lets find more opportunities to build bridges of respect, understanding, and collaboration, rather than walls of disrespect, ignorance, and hostility. Bayonne George Martinez By John Heinis – April 29, 2016 3:28 pm 2 Bayonne 2 COMMENTS April 29, 2016 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm DeGise: Hudson County ‘determined’ to get out of ICE contract following Essex decision Comments are closed. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Following the contributions to The campaigns and you will see who is ROBBING the district. Look at the elected officials financial disclosure forms. Vote down the inter local agreement with the town and you will save 800k.Hinnis do some investigative reporting look at elect reports and find 10s of thousands in contributions to the WNY elected officials.Do a search on how much money NUWAY the lunch and breakfast vendor had contributed to WNY elected officials.UMBERTO DID YOU GIVE UP ON WNY CHILDREN ?????????Ask why Jonatan and Adam want this VENDOR to keep his contract. Look up where Jonathan is getting all his money to travel all the time. April 29, 2016 9:42 pm at 9:42 pm Veteran With no money allocated to the West New York teachers and other school employees, who again protested before the meeting, the board of education voted down a proposed $136 million budget that would’ve come with an eight percent tax increase. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KusibKnmWDo&feature=youtu.be[/fve]Inside the special meeting at West New York Middle School, School Business Administrator Dean Austin presented the proposed $136.6 million budget.Austin said that despite the teachers’ current frustration, no programs will be cut, there will be no mass layoffs and an $850,000 tax levy would be used to pay unemployment benefits and terminal leave.This jump is about a $1.2 million tax levy increase from last year. Austin further stated that this would only lead to an additional $94 in property taxes for a homeowner with an assessed value of $100,392.Furthermore, given that the Hudson County tax levy increase of the past three years is 44 percent, West New York is very fortunate to be at just 11 percent – second to only Union City at six percent.Austin also noted that given that West New York is an Abbott school district, $94,465,988 comes from the state. Outspoken Trustee Matthew Cheng said he felt “blindsided” by the proposed $850,000 tax levy since he saw it for the first time just moments prior.With that in mind, Cheng asked what the game plan was to negotiate a new contract with the West New York Education Association, to a round of applause from the audience, before Board Counsel Lester Taylor said it would be improper to discuss negotiations with a specific bargaining unit in public.That didn’t stop Trustees Steven Rodas and Lorena Portillo from calling out both the board and the school district as a whole for being irresponsible with the process.During the public portion session which once again saw well over a dozen teachers speak, a couple of old timers did their best to try to breathe some life into the board.When it was all said and done, the motion to pass the budget failed by a vote of 2-4, with Trustees Jonathan Castaneda and Damarys Gonzalez voting yes. Trustees Silvio Acosta and Dennise Mejia were absent.The board has until May 14th to approve a budget. ACLU files motion to dismiss lawsuit that limited ICE protests outside DeGise home Previous articleSacco: North Bergen has been ‘suffering’ since Christie has been in officeNext articleNot too Kool for Jersey City: Street gets named after Kool & the Gang John Heinis Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter ElectionsWest New Yorklast_img read more

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Fire Prevention: Combustible Clean-up

first_imgWith cooler, darker days ahead – and more pressure on heating and lighting systems – the risk of barn fires increase. So, now is the time for your annual combustible clean-up! Combustibles are everywhere and unavoidable around the horse farm, but your management of them can considerably reduce the risk of a barn fire. To help you learn more about the combustible hazards in your barn and evaluate the safety of your facility, go to Equine Guelph’s Barn Fire Prevention online tool.  The interactive assessment tool asks 20 questions about inside and outside of your barn and takes five minutes to complete. The chart below outlines some of the common fuel sources that burn rapidly once ignited and discusses best practices for prevention.Combustibles & SolutionsHay: Ensure moisture content is not too high before storage-tidy up loose hay from storage area and barn aisles-Store in a separate building at least 50 feet away from barn.Bedding: Also preferable to store in a building at least 50 feet away from barn-sweep up any loose material.Cobwebs: Take them down with a broom.Weeds, overgrown grasses: Use the weed eater to trim around buildings.Gasoline or diesel: Keep any fuel for farm equipment in a separate storage area at least 50 feet away from the barn.  This includes the tractor and equipment!Paint, pesticides & other flammable liquids: Keep in a separate storage area at least 50 feet away from the barn.Dust: Avoid fine sawdust shavings as a bedding material-sweep and clean dust from surfaces of the barn on a daily basis-remove dust and debris from fan blades and motors.Lint: Clean dryer lint traps and ensure proper exhaust.Garbage: Take out the trash (empty feedbags, binder twine…all combustible).Wood: Consider other building materials such as concrete block or steel.“Once you have reduced your risk taking care of combustibles, inspect all possible sources of ignition,” says Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker.  Electrical malfunctions are a primary ignition source for many fires including barns.To reiterate, farm buildings can have an increased fire risk in winter when heating and electrical systems are more heavily taxed for heating and lighting.  Portable heaters are a risk as are other appliances not intended for agricultural use.  When not in use, electrical equipment should be unplugged and properly stored away. It is important not to let water bucket heaters run dry.  Once empty, the continuous heat can melt the bucket resulting in ignition of stall bedding and hay.An annual electrical inspection, completed by a qualified electrician familiar with livestock barns, is highly recommended to check for signs of deterioration or corrosion. The Electrical Safety Authority has stringent requirements for installation of electrical equipment in animal confinement areas.   Have any issues that are found repaired without delay.Jim Zyta, Vice President Loss Prevention Heartland Farm Mutual provided the following tips:  For additional protection against fire, especially in the animal housing area, consider arc-fault protection on 15 and 20amp circuits and receptacles. This is especially important if your wiring is recessed within barn walls and above ceilings. Arc-fault protection could prevent a fire due to loose connections or rodent damage saving your building and much more!When using 240 volt “approved barn heaters” consult with your Electrician and ESA Inspector. It is a best practice to hardwire these units directly to a 30amp circuit avoiding a receptacle connection. These 30amp/250V receptacles are notorious for burning up!  Always maintain clearances to combustibles as per manufactures installation guidelines.  Zyta says Heartland is happy to partner with Equine Guelph on this initiative, “We are helping barn owners protect what they value the most.”For more tips on fire prevention and to complete interactive activities inside and outside your barn, visit the Barn Fire Prevention Tool, sponsored by Heartland Farm Mutual.Want to learn more? Equine Guelph will be hosting a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Course, with a fire safety component, from November 17 – 19 at the Meaford Fire Department Training Centre in Ontario, Canada.Contact [email protected] for more details. 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Finra fines jump 43% in 2020 to $57 million

first_imgThe number of disciplinary actions reported by Finra were up just 1% in 2020 — to 595 from 591 in 2019 — and down 7% from the 638 disciplinary actions in 2018.[More: Pandemic prompts brokerages to seek relaxed in-person inspection requirements] Fines in 2020 were in line with 2017 and 2018, when Finra ordered $65 million and $61 million in fines, respectively, the law firm said in a release. In 2016, the broker-dealer self-regulator ordered a record-setting $174 million in fines.Finra continues to target anti-money laundering violations and appears to have focused much of its efforts on protecting retail investors, said firm partners Brian L. Rubin and Adam C. Pollet.Amid the overall increase in fines last year, the number of cases with very large fines also increased slightly. Finra assessed ten fines of $1 million or more, totaling $38.6 million, compared with $28 million in such fines in 2019.In 2020, restitution ordered by Finra increased 29%, to approximately $36 millio,n from $28 million in 2019; that’s up 38% from the $26 million ordered in 2018.Monetary sanctions ordered by Finra in 2020, which encompasses fines, restitution and disgorgement, totaled $94 million, or a 34% increase from the $70 million in total sanctions ordered in 2019. The total sanctions ordered in preceding years were significantly higher, however: $124 million in 2018; $150 million in 2017; and $207 million in 2016. Global investors heading for ESG ETFscenter_img In the first reversal of a five-year downward trend, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. posted a 43% jump in fines in 2020, to $57 million from $40 million in 2019, according to an annual analysis of Finra disciplinary actions by Eversheds Sutherland (US).last_img read more

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Director of Career Connections

first_imgBridgewater CollegeDirector ofCareer ConnectionsThe Center for Career Development at Bridgewater College seeksan engaged professional to oversee career education programs andmanage career-oriented relations with external stakeholders,including alumni, local employers, disciplinary professionalorganizations and corporate/graduate school recruiters. The new director will lead the re-imagining of the Center forCareer Development, including implementing a new career educationcurriculum envisioned by the latest strategic plan, outlined by acampus-wide study group, authorized by the College Board ofTrustees, and supported by generous donations.The director will be responsible for developing and cultivatingrelationships with off-campus partners and alumni in order tofacilitate educational, internship, job-shadowing, and communityengagement opportunities for students. As a member of the Academic Affairs team, the director willwork with faculty advisors and other staff to promote theintegration of career education into general education and majorcurricula.The director will work closely with the Office of AlumniRelations and the Office of Student Life to coordinatecareer-oriented programming on a college-widelevel.  The director will emphasize facilitating social mobilitythrough equitable access to connections and experiences for allstudents regardless of background or social capital. The director will ensure a positive, supportive anddevelopment-oriented work environment for the center’sprofessional, support, and student workers. The director will manage the Center for Career Developmentbudget.QUALIFICATIONSMaster’s degree and a minimum of five years of career-servicesor related experience, with demonstrated success in careerdevelopment, career counseling, or human resources in a highereducation environment. Experience in program development and assessment.Experience supervising and mentoring professional staffA clear commitment to serving and engaging students fromdiverse and under-represented groups. Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with andpresenting to diverse audiences. Commitment to and experience fostering mutually beneficial andlong lasting relationships with external campus partners.GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater Collegewas founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia.Bridgewater offers bachelor’s degrees in approximately 60 majorsand minors, along with four graduate programs, pre-professionalprograms such as medicine and law, and teacher licensure. TheCollege is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old DominionAthletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. Thevibrant residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater,Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of theShenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy businessenvironment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state’slowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities andhistoric attractions draw many to the region.FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: [email protected]: Please completethe online application http://www.bridgewater.edu/careers andattach a cover letter, resume and three letters of reference.DEADLINE: Review of applications willbegin immediately, and the position is open until filled.Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider,committed to employing a diverse faculty and staff, and activelyseeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons fromtraditionally under-represented groups.Bridgewater College does not discriminate on the basis ofrace, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, genderidentity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion,age, veteran status, or political affiliation in the administrationof its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship andloan programs, athletic programs, or other college programs andactivities, or with regard to employment.ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT AND ANNUAL FIRE SAFETYREPORT: The Bridgewater College Annual Security Report and Annual FireSafety Report summarizes policies on campus security and personalsafety, crime prevention, fire safety, and crime reporting, andincludes crime and fire statistics for the past three years.The reports are available at https://bridgewater.box.com/s/4ma6tlh30y8cat9un192ugo3dm6n29y9To request a printed copy, please call 540-828-5761last_img read more

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SC EMT Passes Away after COVID-19 Battle

first_imgA funeral procession was held Monday. He is survived by hiswife, his children Peyton and Keith, and a host of other family members. Keith Brown, 48, died Wednesday, WCSC-TV reported. He worked for 17 years in EMS in the Charleston area, most recently for MedTrust. His wife Petrice believes Keith was exposed to someone while at work. Related Interim CDC Guidance on Exposure Definitions and Quarantine of Healthcare Workers Exposed to Patients with COVID-19Tracker map created by ESRI, in concert with the World Health Organization, and John Hopkins Universitycenter_img Family and friends are mourning the death of an EMT whopassed away from COVID-19 in South Carolina. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help defray costs. Keith Brown (Photo/GoFundMe) last_img read more

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The Best Fort Belvoir Schools: Daycare – High School (2021 Edition)

first_imgIntroductionMoving to a new duty station can be stressful. You have to secure housing, find out where everything is (grocery stores, doctors, clothing stores, etc.), and figure out where to send your kids for school or research childcare options. Luckily, there will be no shortage of quality education and childcare options for your children in and around the Fort Belvoir area. See for yourself.Suggested Read: Fort Belvoir: In-Depth Welcome Center Virginia School EnrollmentTo be enrolled in a Virginia school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 30 of the current school year. Registration typically requires a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. For details on Virginia’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Virginia Department of Education website. Check with individual schools for additional requirements prior to enrollment.Schools in Fort BelvoirElementary school-age children living on post can enroll and attend Fort Belvoir Primary School or Fort Belvoir Upper School, both part of Fairfax County Public Schools. There are special considerations for military families who are moving into Fairfax County. Reach out to your School Liaison Officer for help or find more information here about registration requirements and policies for new students. The on-post elementary schools at Fort Belvoir are convenient for military families and feed into other schools in the Fairfax County Public School district. Middle and high school students attend off-post schools, Whitman Middle School, and Mount Vernon High School.Fort Belvoir Elementary Schools1. Fort Belvoir Primary School5970 Meeres RoadFort Belvoir, VA 22060Phone: 1 (703) 781-2700Fort Belvoir Primary School enrolls roughly 900 pre-K through second grade students every year. The primary school was constructed after the district was awarded a grant in 2014. It was built on the same campus where Fort Belvoir Upper School sits. It is one of four paired schools in Fairfax County Public Schools. The facility is equipped with the latest technologies to help immerse students in the digital age. The campus has a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Lab, a science center, and a STEAM resource teacher to provide hands-on lessons to all students.2. Fort Belvoir Upper School5980 Meeres RoadFort Belvoir, VA 22060Phone: 1 (571) 982-1300Fort Belvoir Upper School enrolls roughly 500 fourth through sixth grade students every year. The original elementary school on Fort Belvoir opened its doors in 1998. It replaced three former elementary schools on the installation. The school was modified after the Fort Belvoir Primary School was constructed, and now the two schools sit side by side on a single campus. The Upper School is known for its technology offerings, as well as the musical programs it has to support budding musicians. Student leadership is nurtured through safety patrols, student council, peer mediators, and in-hour morning shows at both schools.Fort Belvoir Middle SchoolAll middle schools are off post and listed below.Fort Belvoir High SchoolAll high schools are off post and listed below.Schools Near Fort BelvoirFamilies that choose to live in off-post housing will need to enroll in schools within their associated district. Public school districts generally don’t allow out-of-district enrollment. There is one public school district near Fort Belvoir, in Fairfax County.Fairfax County Public School DistrictGatehouse Administration Center8115 Gatehouse RoadFalls Church, VA 22042Phone: 1 (571) 423-3000Fairfax County Public Schools has plenty of choices for its nearly 188,000 students living in Fairfax County. The district is the 10th largest school division in the U.S., with 198 schools and centers split up into five regions. This enormous district doesn’t leave children behind though. Academics are at the root of everything; parents regularly relocate to the area to take advantage of the quality education their children can expect at a Fairfax County Public School. Over 90 percent of students graduate on time, and around the same number plan to pursue post-secondary education. Students have the option of taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes in high school. Many students have ties to nearby Fort Belvoir so the district offers military transition services to make things as easy as possible for transferring students.Elementary Schools Near Fort BelvoirRiverside Elementary School8410 Old Mount Vernon RoadAlexandria, VA 22309Phone: 1 (703) 799-6000Riverside Elementary School is an elementary school serving roughly 840 students from pre-K through sixth grade and is an advanced academic placement center for qualified students in third through sixth grade. The elementary school was built in 1968 on land that was once owned by George Washington. Riverside Elementary serves a culturally rich and economically diverse community. Students at the school are challenged by high expectations and have a wide variety of learning opportunities with reduced class sizes. Those in fourth through sixth grade can participate in chorus, band and strings classes, or work on the morning news team.Middle Schools Near Fort BelvoirWhitman Middle School2500 Parkers LaneAlexandria, VA 22306Phone: 1 (703) 660-2400Whitman Middle School enrolls nearly 1,000 seventh and eighth-graders. The middle school opened in 1961 and was named after the famous poet, Walt Whitman. The campus previously sat on Old Mount Vernon Road where Mount Vernon High School is today. The diverse student population has a number of programs to help guide them toward a successful future once they begin attending high school. There are after-school activities (tutoring, clubs, and sports), staff/mentor-mentee and literacy programs, and a focus on college preparatory.High Schools Near Fort BelvoirMount Vernon High School8515 Old Mount Vernon RoadAlexandria, VA 22309Phone: 1 (703) 618-3100Mount Vernon High School enrolls approximately 2,000 high schoolers from ninth through 12th grade. The school sits less than a mile from George Washington’s home and is steeped in tradition. Founded back in 1939, the school has a world-class curriculum and students can choose from a wide offering of advanced courses. Mount Vernon High School offers students a broad range of extracurricular activities tailored to the broad range of student interests. Contributing to the school’s unique character and strength is its diversity with more than 50 countries and 30 languages represented in its student population.Charter Schools Near Fort BelvoirCharter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students, and have open enrollment. There is a list of eight charter schools that are nearby Fort Belvoir; however, there are only two that are about an hour drive each way. For more information about the charter schools in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website.1. Middleburg Community Charter School101 N Madison St.Middleburg, VA 20117Phone: 1 (540) 687-50482. Hillsboro Charter Academy37110 Charles Town PikePurcellville, VA 20132Phone: 1 (540) 751-2560Private schools near Fort BelvoirParents who choose to send their children to a private school near Fort Belvoir are met with quite a few options. Nearly half of the private schools in the area have a religious affiliation but they do not skimp on academics. According to Private School Review, these are some of the best private schools in the Fairfax County area.1. Browne Academy5917 Telegraph RoadAlexandria, VA 22310Phone: 1 (571) 451-1006Browne Academy is a day school committed to helping children by providing extraordinary teaching, exceptional academic programs, and offering a nurturing community. Small classes and hands-on learning nurture each child’s academic, social, and emotional growth. The academy enrolls children from preschool through eighth grade and helps equip them to navigate life after graduating.2. Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy6401 Missionary LaneFairfax Station, VA 22039Phone: 1 (703) 323-8100Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy places among the top private schools in Virginia for its size (a student body of nearly 300). The co-ed school was founded in 1976 and offers grades pre-K through 12th. The school is fully accredited by the North American Christian School Accreditation Agency as well as the American Association of Christian Schools. The academy maintains smaller class sizes and a low student-teacher ratio of 14 students for each teacher to offer students individualized attention.3. Oakcrest School1619 Crowell RoadVienna, VA 22182Phone: 1 (703) 790-5450Oakcrest School is an all-girls Catholic school serving grades sixth through 12th. The school, spanning over 23 acres, has an enrollment of nearly 300 and boasts small class sizes (15 students) with a ratio of six students for every teacher. The school offers a variety of advanced courses, such as AP History, AP Biology, AP Physics, and AP Music Theory. Students can pick from 10 sports and more than 20 extracurriculars, like debate team, marine biology club, National Honor Society, Latin club, and Stewards of Earth club.4. St. Ambrose School3827 Woodburn RoadAnnandale, VA 22003Phone: 1 (703) 698-7171St. Ambrose School is a parish school founded in 1995 serving about 210 students from preschool through eighth grade. It offers plenty of sports and extracurriculars, including basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, chess club, yearbook, garden club, STEM club, band, choir and drama club, among others. Class sizes are small, with about 19 students in each class, and a student to teacher ratio just slightly above the national average, with one teacher for every 15 students.5. Westminster School3819 Gallows RoadAnnandale, VA 22003Phone: 1 (703) 256-3620Westminster School is a beautiful school sitting on nearly seven acres in the heart of Fairfax County. The school was founded in 1962 and serves nearly 250 students from preschool through eighth grade. It offers sports like basketball, soccer, softball and karate, and 20 extracurriculars, including chess club, French club, Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, music class, theater arts, dance, Builders Club, art and chorus, among others. Class sizes are very small, with an average of 12 students in a class and a student-teacher ratio of nine to one.Daycares near Fort BelvoirLeaving your child in someone else’s care is not easy for many parents. When looking for the right daycare facility, reading reviews on Care.com and Yelp and visiting a few options when possible is the best way to make a decision about where to send your child. Or, if you’re looking to secure childcare on post at Fort Belvoir, there are different options to choose from. On-post child care centers offer full-day, part-day and hourly care for your child. There are also options for Parents’ Night Out or Parents’ Day Out child care.ConclusionMoving every few years can certainly take its toll on you and your child. Ensuring that your child’s education is taken care of or securing child care right away helps alleviate this burden. There are plenty of educational options near (and on) Fort Belvoir to make sure your child’s mental and physical well-being will be well taken care of. Use the above information to help narrow down the choices so you can rest easy and spend your time on something else, like finding a new restaurant to try out.More like this: 25 of the Best Restaurants Near Fort Belvoirlast_img read more

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As Ratings Fall, NBC Cancels Musical-Theater Drama Series Rise

first_img View Comments The new musical theater-themed TV drama Rise has been canceled by NBC, according to Variety. The reason for the cancellation was a decline in ratings. The hourlong series is based on Michael Sokolove’s book Drama High.Rise follows a teacher—played by Broadway alum Josh Radnor (Disgraced)—who takes over his school’s waning theater program and begins staging a production of Spring Awakening. The cast of theater vets also includes two-time Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Rosie Perez (The Ritz), Joe Tippett (Waitress), Damon J. Gillespie (Aladdin) and Taylor Richardson (Annie), along with Moana voice star Auli’i Cravalho.As recently announced, the May 15 finale of Rise will feature a new Spring Awakening song penned by the musical’s Tony-winning songwriting team Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Rise is co-produced by Hamilton Tony winner Jeffrey Seller.last_img read more

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Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgPhoto credit KC Parks.Kraske says KC should consider stripping J.C. Nichols’ name from monuments given his racist positions. Kansas City Star editorial board member Steve Kraske argued in a column Sunday that Kansas City should consider renaming the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza. Kraske points to the long-lasting effects of Nichols’ efforts to restrict racial and religious minorities from buying houses in his developments in cities like Prairie Village and Mission Hills as rationale for renaming the fountain. “The impact is still felt in our dramatically segregated town. Even today, few minorities live in Nichols neighborhoods, and our city remains one of the most segregated in America. Nichols played a big role in that, but he’s still memorialized today via the city’s most glorious fountain and through the J.C. Nichols Parkway, among other tributes,” Kraske writes. “That should change. We should remove his name from the fountain that he helped buy and install because it’s the most visible Nichols commemoration.” [Steve Kraske: Kansas City should confront racist past and rename J.C. Nichols fountain — Kansas City Star]Incoming KU Chancellor Doug Girod set to depart Mission Hills for Lawrence. Mission Hills’ population is set to see a notable dip. Outgoing University of Kansas Medical Center executive vice chancellor and incoming University of Kansas chancellor Doug Girod will be moving out of the city in the coming months to set up residence at Outlook, the on-campus residence where the KU chancellor is require to live. [New KU chancellor’s salary set at $550,000, with opportunity to earn more by practicing medicine — Lawrence Journal-World]Check out the Shawnee Mission Post on KCPT’s Week in Review. In case you missed it over the weekend, check out Friday’s episode of Kansas City Week in Review, where we joined host Nick Haines and panelists Dave Helling, Bryan Lowry and Barb Shelly to discuss a number of Johnson County topics, from Jerry Moran’s town hall, to Kris Kobach’s announcement that he is running for governor, to the Shawnee Mission School District’s purchase of semi-automatic rifles for its police officers.last_img read more

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