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2021 could be a thin year for new games | This Week in Business

first_img2021 could be a thin year for new games | This Week in BusinessAs developers enter a second year of working from home, mounting AAA delays suggest blockbusters could be fewer and further betweenBrendan SinclairManaging EditorFriday 26th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareWhile COVID-19 was formally identified at the end of 2019, the enormity of the situation didn’t hit home for many of us in gaming until it caused the postponement of the Game Developers Conference.This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the postponement, and while we’re still not actually through the pandemic, we have a much better idea of its impact on the industry than we did initially.In some ways, gaming has actually benefited from the pandemic, with people turning to games as options like “going outside” and “doing things” were taken off the table by regional lockdowns. Many publishers have also reported a surge in engagement for live service titles and increased catalog sales.That’s particularly fortunate, because it looks like the flow of new games — particularly on the AAA front — is going to be uneven for a while.In retrospect, last year came together pretty well for most big game releases. While there were delays for The Last of Us Part 2, Cyberpunk 2077, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake last year, much of what we expected to arrive actually did. From the one-two punch of Animal Crossing and Doom Eternal early in the pandemic to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launches (Halo Infinite aside), most of the year’s biggest releases were either on time or had relatively minor delays. Companies like Take-Two and Zynga have even said they’ve seen essentially no impact on production schedules because of the pandemic.That said, it appears that a sudden shift to entirely remote work and the logistical and mental toll of dev teams plugging away throughout a global pandemic is not actually conducive to typical levels of productivity! We’re seeing mounting evidence of that, with recent Nintendo Direct and Sony State of Play events that received an underwhelming reception and — as we’ll see below — a growing number of stories about delayed titles and pandemic-related development difficulties.QUOTE | “With COVID-19 keeping us away from the office, and the large amount of work on our plates, we needed to move the date in order to make sure that both this year’s updates and The Witch Queen were both delivered at the quality we strive for, and on a schedule that made sense for everyone involved.” – Bungie explains why it had to push Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen expansion back into next year.STAT | 18 – The number of games Sega expects to have shipped in this fiscal year by the time it ends on March 31, down from the 30 it had projected back in August. The company cited the pandemic and remote work as the major factors behind its reduced release slate.QUOTE | “[The COVID-19 pandemic] has had an impact on our productivity and not everything we had planned as a studio before COVID-19 can be accomplished without putting undue stress on our teams.” – This is the closest BioWare executive producer Christian Dailey came to an explanation as to why the studio has halted development on Anthem.QUOTE | “[Gran Turismo 7] has been impacted by COVID-related production challenges and therefore will shift from 2021 to 2022.” – Sony confirms that Polyphony Digital’s next racer has been pushed back, confirming that Gran Turismo 6 meeting its original release date was simply a one-time departure from a cherished franchise tradition.QUOTE | “If Sony decided to pause its VR support, it would have been a real blow to both investment and developers in the VR space.” – Our own Chris Dring argues that Sony’s announcement that it has another VR headset in the works was important to a lot more than just Sony.QUOTE | “Japan Studio will be re-centered to Team Asobi, the creative team behind Astro’s Playroom, allowing the team to focus on a single vision and build on the popularity of Astro’s Playroom.” – Sony confirms key parts of a report on the closure of one of its oldest development studios. Japan Studio’s efforts included Ape Escape, Patapon, LocoRoco, Knack, Tokyo Jungle, and Echochrome.QUOTE | “It takes less than five minutes for you to see a fundamental piece of the human body as nothing more than a rare shoe you sell on eBay. Effectively, a human soul is just a PS5 waiting for the currency conversion.” – Xalavier Nelson, Jr. talks about the many disturbing implications of making a tycoon game around the trading of vital organs.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games QUOTE | “The Mass Effect fans have been rallying for years for more representation on Femshep, so to have a trailer focused on her was amazing. Watching the video of Jennifer Hale reacting made me cry. This is how we want people to feel.” – Assassin’s Creed Sisterhood co-founder Kulpreet Virdi provides convincing evidence that the return on investment for companies doing the smallest things to cater to women in games is off-the-charts HUGE.STAT | $185 – GameStop’s peak after-hours trading price on Wednesday after the retailer’s stock saw another surge, jumping from $44 at the opening of trading. The spike came a day after the company announced the resignation of CFO Jim Bell, who will receive $2.8 million in severance after a year and a half on the job because… Well, just because.QUOTE | “Grand Theft Auto and other violent video games are getting in the minds of our young people and perpetuating the normalcy of carjacking. Carjacking is not normal, and carjacking must stop.” – In calling for a ban on Grand Theft Auto, Illinois State Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr. threatens to drag us yet again through the most tedious games industry discourse since “Are video games art?”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAttitudes of Days Gone by | This Week in BusinessThere’s nothing wrong with waiting for a sale or playing a game given away as part of a subscription serviceBy Brendan Sinclair 18 days agoPalace intrigue on the GameStop board of directors | This Week in BusinessSkyrocketing stock and pandemic store closures have made an eventful year for the brick and mortar retailer, but the biggest news has been happening behind the scenesBy Brendan Sinclair A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Ethiopia, AfDB sign $98m grant for Road Transport Corridor Project

first_imgAbout 32% of the Bank’s operations are in road projects, amounting to $515 million, including four on-going projects covering about 610km in different parts of the country. The government of Ethiopia and the AfDB Group have signed a $98 million grant agreement from the African Development Fund (ADF) to help finance the first phase of the Ethiopia–Djibouti Road Transport Corridor Project. The expressway is expected to improve access to markets for farmers and rural communities. Other beneficiaries include some 3,000 truck-drivers who work the 900km between Djibouti and Addis Ababa, and youths, who will receive over 95% of the job opportunities during the construction phase. The total cost of the project is $255 million, comprising an ADF grant of $98 million to the government of Ethiopia, an ADF grant of $5.3 million to the government of Djibouti and a co-financing contribution of $151 million by the government of Ethiopia. Generation The project will kick off in 2020 and be implemented over a five-year period. The ADF grant to land-locked Ethiopia’s road transport sector is part of the Bank’s efforts to boost regional integration and connectivity, especially access to seaports. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The Bank’s portfolio in Ethiopia comprises 24 operations worth about $1.7 billion, largely in transport, energy, water and sanitation infrastructure, governance and accountability, private sector, and agriculture and food security. Read more: African Development Fund The project consists of the construction of the first 60km of a 4-lane expressway section of the new 126km stretch from Adama to Awash and includes the design of a one-stop border post at Dewele. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA center_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development In a statement, the Bank noted that the agreement was signed by Ahmed Shide, the Minister of Finance, on behalf of the government of Ethiopia, and Abdul Kamara, the African Development Bank Group’s country manager in Ethiopia. TAGSADFAFDBEthiopiafunding Previous articleWAPP to conduct feasibility study for interconnection projectNext articleGrand opportunity for passionate solar PV project developers Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. BRICS Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter The project will enhance trade by significantly reducing transport costs, thereby accelerating the economic growth of Ethiopia and its neighbour Djibouti, as it is part of the main import-export corridor. Featured image: Stock Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Research Program Manager

first_img Salary Not Specified Save Research Program Manager Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Share Johns Hopkins University Clinical Research Program Manager LinkedIn Maryland, United States Research Program Manager School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified You need to sign in or create an account to save Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore GeneralSummary/Purpose:The Research Program Manager(RPM) will manage wholly or in part multiple research anddissemination projects related to child and community mentalhealth, including but not limited to multiple projects that fallunder the auspices of the Maryland Behavioral Health Integration inPediatric Primary Care (BHIPP) Program. Across projects, theindividual will be responsible for creating and monitoring projecttimelines; developing work plans; collaborating with staff atmultiple research sites; oversight of data collection activities;working closely with colleagues responsible for evaluation; andassisting in preparation and editing of scientific products of theresearch.SpecificDuties/Responsibilities:For the BHIPP programspecifically, the individual will lead coordination of outreach andtraining efforts and will be responsible for development andmaintenance of outreach and training materials. The RPM will alsowork with the evaluation lead to both design and execute evaluationactivities (e.g., collection of qualitative and quantitative datavia interviews and surveys). The RPM will be assisted by theproject’s research data manager and research assistant(s), whom theRPM will oversee.Oversee the coordination anddocumentation of projectfunctions.Assist with development andongoing maintenance of standard operating procedures and workplans.Monitor project budgets andallocation of projectresources.Assure team productivity;develop and lead improvements in team functioning asrequired.Responsible for hiring,orientation, training, and oversight of researchstaff.Supervise one or moremembers of the researchteam.Responsible for overalleffective and efficient management of programactivities.Communicate regularly withprincipal investigators and collaborators to review overall studyprogress.Establish regularcommunication systems between program sectors (e.g., betweenHopkins site and University of Maryland site of the BHIPPprogram).Develop and maintaincommunity relations, including but not limited to relations withprimary care providers located in practices around the state ofMaryland.Represent BHIPP in thepublic sphere (e.g., conferences, training events,etc.)Manage marketing efforts,program e-newsletter, website development and maintenance, andsocial media maintenance.Oversee program evaluationactivities.Assist with preparation ofgrant proposals, IRB proposals, peer-reviewed manuscripts,conference presentations, and progress reports to funding agenciesand other stakeholdersMinimumQualifications:Bachelor’s degree in relateddiscipline required.Five (5) years of relatedexperience and Demonstrated supervisory or leadresponsibilitiesrequired.Additional education maysubstitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by theJHU equivalency formula.JHU EquivalencyFormula:18 graduate degree credits(semester hours) may substitute for one year of experience. Forjobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-relatedcollege course work may be applied towards the total minimumeducation/experience required for the respectivejob.PreferredQualifications:Master’s degree or higher training in childpsychology, social work, or public healthpreferred.Bilingual in English andSpanish.Special Knowledge, Skills,and Abilities:Ability to manage multiplesites or projects atonce.Strong organizationalskills, problem-solving abilities, and attention todetail.Excellent written and oralcommunicationskills.Ability to multi-task andfunctionindependently.Proven ability to workeffectively in a teamenvironment.Strong networking andoutreach skills.Effective communityrelations skills.Very strong desire to helpchildren and families with behavioral healthissues.Experience with state fundedprojects/multisite research projectspreferred.Classified title: ResearchProgram ManagerWorking title: ResearchProgram ManagerRole/Level/Range: ACRP37.5/E/04/MDStarting Salary Range:$52,494.96 – $72,212.64 (commensurate withexperience)Employee group:FulltimeEmployee Status:ExemptSchedule: Monday-Friday–8:30am-5:00pm37.5hrs/WkLocation: SOM Campus –Baltimore, MDDepartmentname:10003136-SOM Psy Child andAdolescent PsychiatryPersonnel area (School): SOM– School of MedicineThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Community Relations & Institutional Outreach Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Salary Not Specified Similar jobs You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Clinical Research Program Manager You need to sign in or create an account to save Maryland, United States Twitter Johns Hopkins University Save Research Program Manager Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Johns Hopkins University More searches like this Business & Administrative Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Research Program Manager Facebooklast_img read more

US denies privacy law bullying

first_imgRather, he argued, law enforcement agencies must have access to data – such as billing information or traffic data – that US firms routinely keep longer than their EU counterparts because they are not under the same legal obligation to destroy it.“In the US we do not have a regime of data protection similar to that in Europe that requires the routine destruction of data by ISPs {internet service providers],” said Sussman, who was in Brussels for a conference on computer software piracy.“As Europeans debate privacy, needs of the market, network security and public safety – as they each relate to information technologies – we hope that balance and moderation will prevail.”But he said MEPs and privacy campaigners could be disappointed if they try to push through tough data privacy requirements in the directive, which also covers issues such as the right to send email sales pitches to would-be clients.“Extreme positions on one issue, such as mandatory data destruction, can create equally strong reactions from individual governments and their law enforcement agencies and legislatures.”He said proof of the US’ moderate position on the issue came last October when Congress did not call for data retention when it pushed through the tough-worded Patriot Act. “It had no requirement for data retention and there was never a proposal in it for that,” said Sussman.Members of the Parliament’s committee on citizens’ freedoms and rights last week voted in favour of strict privacy for email users in a debate on the EU’s draft data law.They balked at the prospect of governments forcing ISPs and telecom firms to automatically retain data beyond the period needed for billing purposes, saying any measures taken by governments must be in line with rulings by the European Court of Human Rights. MEPs and EU member states are working towards a deal on a new directive aimed at setting the ground rules for data privacy in all electronic communications – including email and mobile phones.President George W. Bush said the EU should make sure law enforcement agencies have access to client data post-11 September, in a letter to Commission President Romano Prodi and Belgian premier Guy Verhofstadt.But US Department of Justice counsel Michael Sussman told European Voice this does not mean Europe should adopt overly onerous rules that violate its citizens’ privacy.last_img read more

Multiple rallies help Kevin Harvick salvage fourth at Pocono

first_imgLONG POND, Pa. – Even the drivers who beat him to the checkered flag acknowledged that Kevin Harvick had the fastest car in Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway.But with a litany of issues to overcome, Harvick could do no better than fourth behind race winner Kyle Busch, runner-up Daniel Suarez and third-place finisher Alex Bowman.RELATED: Race results | Watkins Glen weekend scheduleAfter he posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s time trials, Harvick’s car failed inspection, and his time was disallowed, bumping the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to 29th in the starting order.It didn’t take the six-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner long to race his way to the front. Harvick won the second stage, but pit strategy by the Toyota camp left him ninth for the final-stage restart on Lap 106.Contact with teammate Aric Almirola damaged the No. 4 Ford, and Harvick had to make multiple trips to pit road to repair the sheet metal. Though he raced his way to fourth at the finish—nearly catching Bowman on the last lap—Harvick was disappointed with the result.RELATED: See what happened on pit road | Harvick charges to lead in Stage 2“It was eventful,” Harvick said wryly. “I think we went to the back twice and made our way back to the front each time. We made a good race out of it, but it’s hard to swallow on a day like that when our Mobil 1 Ford was the class of the field.“You never know what is going to happen on these days. It’s hard to put them together, and you win some and lose some.”last_img read more

Ozzy Osbourne Sends Big Check to Kids After Seeing Their “Crazy Train” Cover

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRock star Ozzy Osbourne was so blown away after seeing some Kentucky kids playing a unique version of his signature song that he sent them a $10,000 donation.“Myself, my whole family and my fans all loved your rendition of ‘Crazy Train,’” Osbourne wrote in a letter to the Louisville Leopard Percussionists. “Keep up the good work.”The group is made up of more than 60 kids — age 7-14 — from 48 different schools in the Louisville area. Their percussion version takes the heavy metal hit and transforms it into a multi-textured version using marimbas, bells and drums.7-yo Star Wars Fan Asks George Lucas If Jedis Can Marry, Gets Great Answer The Louisville Leopards have already performed onstage with the rock band My Morning Jacket and worked with jazz performers Dave Samuels and Louie Bellson. Their excellent version of Led Zepplin’s Kashmir drew 4 million views and praise from Jimmy Page on Facebook earlier this year.(WATCH the “Crazy Train” get mellow in the video below or READ more at the Louisville Courier-Journal)Homepage photo by Portal Focka, CCRock your friends and followers, share this story…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

American Dolls Covered in Crystals Raise Nearly a Million at Auction For Children of First Responders

first_imgOne hundred percent of the net proceeds from this auction are going to support the First Responders Children’s Foundation Toy Express Program–an initiative designed to spread joy to the kids of people on the frontlines of COVID-19 across America.Mattel is also donating more than $1 million in retail value of toys to the program this holiday season, so American Girl dolls and other popular Mattel products, from Hot Wheels to Barbie and Mega Bloks.RELATED: Zen and the Art of Bricklaying: LEGO Targets Stressed-Out Adults to Help Them Reduce Anxiety at Home and WorkThese toys will be distributed to thousands of first responder families— including nurses, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, paramedics, medical personnel, and 911 dispatchers who risk their health every day in service to their local communities across the country.“As the holidays approach, we know it’s more important than ever to show our gratitude to our country’s dedicated First Responders who have contributed and sacrificed so much to help our friends, families, and communities this year,” said Jamie Cygielman, General Manager of American Girl, in a statement.MORE: American Girl Has Turned This Virginia Hero Into a Doll: ‘I Had No Words.’“We’re pleased to donate the proceeds of these three exquisite one-of-a-kind 2020 collector dolls, plus thousands of Mattel toys, to First Responders Children’s Foundation to say thank you to these hard-working frontline heroes and bring some much-needed holiday sparkle to their children and families.”(WATCH how the glittery gowns were made below.)SPREAD the Holiday Cheer and Share This Story With Pals on Social Media… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAmerican Girl has been busy auctioning off three exclusive holiday collector dolls made with thousands of Swarovski crystals.MattelThese gowns and complementary accessories took couturiers over 330 hours to design and hand embellish, with 5,000 Swarovski crystals and crystal beads being added to the dolls.The auction closed last night, and it’s been a ringing success, with the one-of-a-kind items raising $880,400 for charity.last_img read more

Tribe, Dogs stumble in 20-4A baseball openers

first_img And that’s how Tuesday night’s 20-4A opener ended for the host team.Livingston made off with a 4-3 victory after 11 innings. The Lions used a pair of solo home runs in the top half of the 11th to earn the 4-2 advantage.The Lions got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. PN-G responded with a run in the second and then took a 2-1 edge in the fourth. Vidor 7, Nederland 5VIDOR — Holding a 4-0 lead after four at-bats, the Nederland Bulldogs had a meltdown in the fourth inning and lost a 7-5 decision to Vidor in their District 20-4A baseball opener.Nederland committed three errors in the fourth and walked in two runs as well. Vidor turned those mistakes into seven runs and held a 7-4 advantage after that inning.The Bulldogs had chances in the sixth and seventh columns to at least even the score but failed miserably. They loaded the bases in the sixth without burning an out but could not scratch a run, as one batter went down on strikes and the next rolled into a double play.Nederland put runners on second and third with nobody out in the sixth but could only muster one run.Jacob Pitts had a solo homer in the second inning to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. They added two runs in the second and another in the top of the fourth.Tyler Smith was the losing pitcher. He chipped in with a double at the plate, however. Trent Fontenot also had a double. Nederland was outhit 7-6.The Bulldogs will go into Friday’s Mid-County bash with Port Neches-Groves, sharing 10-4 overall records and 0-1 tabs in district play.The Indians fell 4-3 to Livingston after 11 innings at the Reservation on Tuesday night.First pitch in Nederland is set for 7 p.m.    Lady Indians 10, Lady Raiders 0PORT NECHES — Brittnee Moore pitched a one-hit shutout and drove in a run to lead the Port Neches-Groves Lady Indians softball squad to a 10-0 blowout victory over Lumberton on Tuesday night.With the win, the Lady Tribe’s District 20-4A record moves to 3-0. They are now 13-7 overall and will travel to Beaumont on Friday to face Ozen for their next game.Moore’s pitching record, meanwhile, improves to 9-4. She fanned 10 Lady Raiders on the night.PN-G took a 1-0 edge in the first inning and never looked back, adding three runs in the second, four in the third, and then enforced the 10-run rule after plating two in the sixth. Offensively, the Lady Indians were led by Kristin Braye and Ricki Gilbert who each went 2 for 4. Gilbert also collected two RBIs. Caitlyn Dykes and Kate Fawcett chipped in with doubles. PN-G had nine hits in the contest. Livingston tied the contest at 2-2 in the sixth inning. Austin Stone left after seven innings of pitching duty. Aaron Graham took over and carried PN-G the rest of the way.The Lions did not get ahold of Graham until the two homers.The Tribe had little to offer offensively. Daniel Sparrow had a pair of singles but no Indian batter managed an extra base hit. Livingston and PN-G had nine hits each.PN-G will head to Nederland on Friday for its next game. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Both squads enter the rivalry matchup with 10-4 overall records and 0-1 district tabs.center_img LIVINGSTON 4, PN-G 3PORT NECHES — With two outs and bases loaded on a full count, the Port Neches-Groves Indians were hoping for a hit into the gap. They were hoping the speedy Amir Jalali could score from first to give the Tribe a 5-4 victory.Instead, the ensuing pitch was a ball four, cutting the Indians deficit to 4-3 but Jalali ran past second and could not slow down in time to aviod getting gunned down by Livingston’s catcher.last_img read more

HEALTHY LIVING with Jody Holton — August is National Eye Health & Safety Month

first_imgWhen we talk about healthy living, one part of the body that is often overlooked, no pun intended, are the eyes.Jody HoltonWe are very concerned with our weight, nutrition, fitness, aches and pains … but let’s not forget our vision.Some people have vision issues from an early age. I got my first pair of glasses in the first grade. How about you? Do you have increasing dependence on you readers? Have several pair around the house? Can’t thread a needle?Or as my husband announced one day, “We need to move the sofa closer to the TV.” Yes, all red flags that you need to get your eyes examined.Especially as we get older, we must take care of our vision. Poor or deteriorating vision can be caused by a variety of issues.Some medications can cause blurred vision. Diabetes, not controlled, can cause blindness. A sudden loss of vision or double vision can be caused by a stroke. Older folks should be checked for glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve and causes blindness. There are also eye safety issues that we all need to be aware of.No. 1 is wear sunglasses! Yes, not just to look glamorous, as we age our eyes become increasingly sensitive and subject to damage from the sun, especially light-eyed people.Protect them. Always wear sunglasses when you are driving or will be spending anytime out in the sun.They do not have to be expensive; they just have to be dark enough that you can look in the mirror and not see your eyes. Of course, if you wear prescription lenses for nearsightedness, please get prescription sunglasses.When you are working in the yard or on a DIY project, wear safety glasses or your own glasses. Protect your eyes from flying debris or droplets of chemicals.If you wear contact lenses, clean or change them as prescribed. Dirty or contaminated lenses cause eye infections.Throw away eye makeup after 3 months. Yes, even that expensive mascara grows bacteria and can infect your eyes. Never, ever, share eye makeup with another person. You are inviting eye infection by doing that.If you smoke or use tobacco, stop. Tobacco use means a dramatic increase in incidence of macular degeneration as well as raising your risk of developing cataracts and aggravating uncomfortable dry eyes. It also builds up plaque in your bloodstream and weakens arteries. This not only raises your risk of a heart attack, but it can damage the retina and cause vision loss.Like everything else in life and health, use common sense. When you have your yearly health checkup, include an eye exam with that.Take care of your eyes; I want you to keep reading my column. Stay healthy, my friends.Jody Holton writes about health for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at [email protected]center_img My eyes got better over the years until I approached middle age and presbyopia set in. Now, at 64, I can’t drive, read or use the computer without wearing my progressive lens glasses.With the school year starting, now is a great time to have your children’s eyes checked. Have they complained of headaches, hold their reading materials too close, sit really close to the TV/computer screen or have said they have trouble seeing the blackboard at school?These can be clear indicators of vision problems.last_img read more

Fizik Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave weave lightest, stiffest, most breathable road shoes

first_imgfi’zi:k has been dropping lightweight Powerstrap velcro versions of their top road & gravel shoes for over a year. But the latest Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave is more hi-tech than anything else Fizik have put out to date. Adding the simple, light closure to a new open synthetic net Aeroweave upper and a new ultra stiff carbon sole, Fizik calls these the lightest, most breathable & stiffest shoes in their range…Fizik Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave light, breathable, stiff road shoesWe’ve been catching glimpses of the Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave on & off since Eurobike where they won an innovation award. We correctly assumed that Aeroweave would mean improved ventilation, and that Powerstrap would help make them lightweight & probably keep the price from being astronomical. But the new second-tier R2 designation suggested they wouldn’t supplant the Infinito R1 as their top road shoes. In the end, that wasn’t altogether correct. Sure, the Infinito R1 remains Fizik’s most expensive shoe with top-level performance, and it is likely to remain the regular choice of the Movistar pro riders.But the new Vento Aeroweaves have them beat on everything except fine Boa-dial adjustment.Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave – Tech detailsThe shoes feature an all-new full UD carbon sole that they call “the stiffest outsole in the fizik range” with a claimed stiffness index of 10/10. The new R2 carbon sole is said to have been developed with a UD layup that both “saves weight and delivers increased stiffness” (presumably over the R1 sole). The new sole also appears to offer more cleat position adjustability (moving rearward for better pedaling efficiency), a replaceable heel block, as well as a larger vent opening with deep internal channels for improved cooling.Improved ventilation is of course a hallmark of the new Aeroweave upper as well, calling these their most breathable shoe. Working to increase airflow, these are the first shoes to come out of Fizik’s new Concept rapid prototype lab & advanced production division.The net-like Aeroweave upper weaves together opposing light nylon fibers and thermoplastic filaments to create a supportive, durable structure that allows almost unfettered airflow.On top of the new carbon sole & mesh upper, when you add in a light version of the simple Powerstrap velcro straps which are lighter than any dial or ratchet closure, you end up with a super light shoe overall. The new Vento Aeroweaves then are more than 10% lighter than the Infinito, for a claimed 205g weight per Aeroweave shoe (size 42.5).Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave – Pricing & availabilityThe new Aeroweave shoes sell for 350€, a bit less than the Infinito R1 but more than twice their next most expensive velcro shoe. The Vento Aeroweave is offered in black weave only (that will show what color socks you are wearing through it) and comes in half sizes from 37-37, plus 36 & 48. The new Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave road shoes are available now from Fizik & their dealer network.Fizik.comlast_img read more