Roblox’s continuing construction of a social, creative spaceMatthew Curtis talks about prioritising better monetization, discoverability, and technology for the platform’s creatorsRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 4th June 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRobloxWhile companies holding virtual events due to COVID-19 has become a standard headline nowadays, Roblox’s annual Bloxy Awards in March tapped into virtual spaces in a way that only a creative, social platform could.At the event’s peak on Saturday, March 21, it saw nearly four million concurrent players within Roblox itself, and over 600,000 of those were watching the awards ceremony itself happen in real-time, within Roblox. The ceremony was fully animated and streamed inside the platform, and it included all sorts of activities for those participating: games, quests, and collectibles. It also raised $100,000 for Make-A-Wish and Code.org through exclusive virtual item sales.But at the heart of the event was Roblox’s developer community, out of which 14 different Roblox games were honored with Bloxy Awards in categories such as best use of tech, sleeper hit, and of course, game of the year.For Roblox, maintaining its platform is a delicate balance of ensuring its developers are taken care of, its community is thriving, and its social platform is safe — and the three feed into one another constantly. Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, VP of developer relations Matthew Curtis is eager to share more on both recent and planned features that will enable Roblox to continue supporting the platform’s developers specifically, all while leveraging the advantages from creators existing on a multi-faceted platform.”Every developer and creator was a player initially… Its foundation makes it really unique” For developers, one of the most recent additions is Roblox’s premium payouts. While there are a number of ways for developers to earn money on the games they make — including microtransactions for virtual items, game passes, and ads — premium payouts specifically give players Robux currency based on how engaging their game is for Roblox Premium subscription players.Curtis says that this method of monetization helps Roblox developers take advantage of the platform’s nature as a social space.”I think it’s really cool because of the intersection of having developers and creators on the platform,” he says. “Every developer and creator was a player initially, and because it is a social network, its foundation makes it really unique. As that’s evolved over time we’ve seen the content become more advanced, and now we are seeing some developers are creating more advanced systems — whether that’s engagement-based systems, whether that’s multiplayer-based systems. We’re mostly concerned about engagement. That’s usually our number one metric: engagement retention.””Almost every game by default has a lobby system. You’re going there to hang out with your friends. Generally speaking, you’re going there to socialize. We have a lot of players that usually have foundational games that they always go back to, but our players try out a bunch of games too. And I think it’s the network effect of the platform. Your friends are trying out a whole bunch of stuff; you want to go play with them. You’re willing to try out additional content because your friends are playing it as well.”I mention Roblox CEO Dave Baszucki’s hopes in 2017 that Roblox would eventually reach $10 million annually in payouts to its top creators, and its announcement last August that its creators were set to earn over $100 million in 2019. How many individual creators are actually approaching earnings in the millions? Is the wealth collected by just a few developers?”We’re trying to ensure that there are more revenue opportunities for a broader set of creators” Though Curtis can’t give specifics on creator payouts, he does say that the biggest Roblox game last year saw a peak of over 650,000 concurrent players. [Note: Post-publication, we were informed that the same game hit 1.6 million concurrents in April of this year]”Some of the games that do get that type of volume do make a lot of money on the platform,” he continues. “But some of the things that we’re trying to do with premium-based payouts is to flatten that curve to ensure that there are more revenue opportunities for a broader set of creators, and to also allow some of those creators that are just starting out to get a little extra revenue, so they can continue to invest in their creations and get to a point where it could be the next potential [hit].”Beyond revenue, Roblox is looking at other ways to support its developers. One factor the company is considering in its plans is the fact that Roblox isn’t just a place for games. It’s also, as Curtis mentioned, a social platform, meaning that some of the creations within it are just areas for people to hang out socially or communicate. Others lean harder into the gaming side, though, and try to push the technological limits of Roblox for higher-performance experiences. Some “games” in Roblox, he says, are effectively tech demos for the platform itself.Roblox players were able to watch the Bloxys live in groups of up to 40 — though Curtis imagines future in-game event spaces that are even larger”We’re actively trying to increase our performance across the board. We’re working with a subset of developers to test. Aspirationally, we’d love to support 100, even 200 concurrent [users] in a specific instance, which would be pretty amazing. Out of the box, your first-time developer could have 100 people in their game… In addition to that, when looking at higher fidelity, we’re always trying to improve. They’re always trying to allow our developers to have higher level assets, better lighting, you name it.”In addition to that, we’re looking at doing more [user-generated content]-oriented initiatives. One in particular — there’s a marketplace for plugins. The plugin marketplace allows developers to create solutions to issues that they’ve had on the platform, but also allows them to focus on particular things that we have to deprioritize because we’re taking on larger, bigger, performance-oriented tasks. But this could be as simple as a better interface for searching for content on the platform. It could be anything. And developers can either offer these for free or they can even try to monetize and sell them on our marketplace, which is really interesting.”We’re always trying to allow our developers to have higher level assets, better lighting, you name it” “I think the coolest piece is actually our cloud collaboration — we’ve really been doubling down on that. Imagine you go into an instance, you and some of your co-developers are in there synchronously, and you can actually make changes at the same time. And that’s to the building space itself. It’s also in the code. We’ve worked really hard on this. And we’ve been actively recruiting developers to make sure it’s right.”Curtis adds that Roblox is also looking at improvements to how users can search for and discover new content. Though he’s mentioned that users often share content just by word of mouth through friend groups, actually recommending relevant content to users independent of that is still important to ensuring the platform’s developers are seen.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 “Curating appropriate and relevant content is hard on any platform,” Curtis says. “You tend to get a power curve. But the way I think you can somewhat resolve that is by better understanding what your users or your players are looking for, and trying to provide that particular type of content. We’re actually going through the process right now, — it’s really, really early, but you’ll probably see a combination of trying to determine signals that would determine relevant content, but then also, leveraging our community at some point.”As for the future, Curtis says that the biggest challenges Roblox currently needs to solve are issues of server uptime and safety — the latter of which the company has shared its philosophy for in the past.”We do have distinct groups that are focused on whether it be the social aspects, the developer platform aspects, the infrastructure aspects,” Curtis concludes. “And then we collaborate with broader arcs to bring everyone together. So everyone has their own tactical execution tracks. But we have this overarching strategy strategic layer where we’re all collaborating and making sure that we’re aligned. So it allows us to be a little nimble while still focusing on that angle.”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 storiesRoblox’s first quarterly report sees bookings, losses soarUser-generated content platform saw bookings more than double to $652 million, while losses deepened to $134 millionBy Brendan Sinclair 8 hours agoRoblox closes first day of trading with $38b market capSocial gaming platform opened at $64.50 a share — nearly $20 above the NYSE reference priceBy Matthew Handrahan 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Warren Haynes Pens Op-Ed On The Black Roots Of American Music: “A Change Is Gonna Come – Oh, Yes It Will” [Playlist]
As our country continues to reckon with its history of systemic racism, Live For Live Music is excited to bring you Justice Comes Alive: A Virtual Festival For Equality, on Sunday, June 28th.Justice Comes Alive will feature performances by 50+ artists including Antibalas, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, BANDEMIC (John Scofield, John Medeski, Billy Martin, & Jesse Murphy), Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Stanley Jordan, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Christone “KINGFISH” Ingram, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Lettuce, Nahko, The Soul Rebels, Tank and the Bangas, TAUK, Turkuaz, and Umphrey’s McGee as well as conversations with musicians like Oteil Burbridge, Christian McBride, Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, and more about how we can heed the call of the moment to address and eliminate racial inequality on both a personal and a societal levelFor more information or to RSVP, head to www.JusticeComesAlive.com. For updates, follow Justice Comes Alive on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and RSVP to the Facebook Event page. Decorated guitarist/vocalist/bandleader Warren Haynes has penned an op-ed titled “A Change Is Gonna Come – Oh, Yes It Will”, which pulls its name from the iconic Sam Cooke protest anthem, “A Change Is Gonna Come“. In the essay, which initially appeared in Newsweek, Haynes talks about our country’s history of racial inequality and traces the roots of virtually all American music back to the Black artists who inspired it. Along with the essay, Haynes curated a playlist of protest songs by Black artists through the years. Read Warren’s full op-ed and listen to the playlist below:Read the full op-ed by Warren Haynes below:Music, along with many other creative art forms, has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to dealing with racism and racial inequality. We’ve always depended on music to be not just a sign of the times, but a representation, in some ways, of what’s important at the moment. Throughout history, during times of hardship, an abundance of great music seems to emerge that is somehow timely and timeless.Musicians throughout history, consequently, have looked to the best in every genre for inspiration. No true musician can claim to embrace the music of someone without accepting the human being from which it came as equal. It is impossible to regard the influence of someone else’s creativity as great while judging the person who created it as somehow inferior. As students of music, we have all learned of countless situations where this rang true, even in earlier, more challenging times. For example, the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, was mentored in the 1920s by the Black musician Arnold Shultz who gave Monroe his first paid gig. Hank Williams, country music’s greatest poet, was inspired at an early age by Rufus Payne, a Black guitarist who would give him lessons in the 1930s, in exchange for food or money. This seemed to be a pattern with most white seminal musical artists throughout our history. Going back to times when racism in America was much more prevalent, many great white artists spoke out on the subject although it was extremely controversial. Sinatra loved Billie Holiday and Ray Charles. Bing Crosby bowed to Nat “King” Cole and Louis Armstrong. Everybody loved Sam Cooke.On a more obvious note, rock and roll, though brought to a white audience by Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, had been hovering around the American South for years under the guise of rhythm and blues. Artists like Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Chuck Berry who were on the forefront of rock and roll had been influenced by lesser known artists from all over the South and were combining Delta blues, which was a secular extension of Black gospel music, with some of the more syncopated rhythms coming out of New Orleans. Eventually rock and roll would come to be known as white man’s music but like jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, and soul music, it was born in the South from African American culture. In fact, it’s a bit ironic that all true forms of American music throughout our history (up until the birth of hip-hop) came out of the South – the place, ironically, that’s struggled more with racism than any other part of our country. In spite of that controversy, Carl Perkins would credit learning to play guitar from Black blues musician “Uncle” John Westbrook, Elvis would cite obscure R&B singer Roy Hamilton as his favorite singer, and Jerry Lee would talk about the sounds that came from Haney’s Big House – a Black juke joint across the tracks.Oddly enough, outside of America, musicians (and fans alike) seemed to have an easier time getting past this barrier. British musicians, in particular, were proving to be among the most devout fans of the music being created by African Americans that was making its way overseas. The British Invasion, which was inspired by American blues and early rock and roll, helped create a movement that turned America on to what was already in its own backyard. Many of these white British bands were covering songs by their favorite American Black artists before they started writing their own songs. Bands like the Rolling Stones would come to the U.S. for the first time, looking to encounter their heroes like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, only to find that most white Americans had not yet discovered this music.My friend and bandmate, the late Gregg Allman, spoke extensively of his lifelong friendship with Black singer Floyd Miles which began in the early 60s. Floyd would take Gregg and his brother Duane to the local “Black” record shops in Daytona and turn them on to artists like B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Little Milton, Jimmy Smith, and John Lee Hooker, who would become their heroes. As [a] founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg would often tell stories of how much harassment they suffered as the first Southern rock band – an integrated band emerging from Georgia in 1969 – that forged their own sound as a combination of blues, rock, jazz, country, and soul music.Growing up in the South myself, a child of the sixties, things were progressing rapidly on the racial front, but it was a painful progress. Being 13 years younger than Gregg, I missed the worst of it and was too young to understand a lot of what I did see, but still I was exposed to the hurtful side of what America and the world can be like. Music, thankfully, was always playing in our house, and from a very early age soul music was king. James Brown was my first hero and I spent countless hours in my room, before I ever picked up a guitar, trying to sing like Dennis Edwards of the Temptations, Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops, and Sam Moore of Sam and Dave. Eventually I would be equally impacted by the guitar-driven power of rock music only to discover that all my favorite white singers and guitar players were emulating their Black heroes. It didn’t take long to make that connection and I began to look backwards, studying the “family tree,” to see where it all came from and discovering new heroes along the way. Each era had its pivotal artists who were creating music with a timeless quality that would inspire and influence the next era – artists who found their own voices that resonated with us beyond the “musical wallpaper” quality of trendy music…that penetrated much deeper.But the timelessness of music has as much or more to do with the songs themselves. Aside from the “folk era” and the “swing era,” mainstream music throughout history was never much for challenging the listener or stoking controversy. There were unspoken boundaries that, as a songwriter, you didn’t go beyond. That would all change with Bob Dylan, who would combine the blues of Lead Belly and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson with the serious subject matters of folk music. In return, Black and white artists alike began to cover his music and songwriters, Black and white, started to look at their own songs a little differently. All over America there came a musical uprising of underground movements soon followed by the earth-shattering advent of FM radio, and suddenly music was a way of spreading a message, of revolting against the establishment, and of exercising free speech to bring people together. In some cases, the music itself drew us in and we didn’t realize the depth of the lyric until later. But songwriters were beginning to use their voices to speak up about political situations and to institute change. It was a brave new world and it was loud, it was angry, it was funky, it was sweet, it was gentle, it was rocking, and it was here to stay – or so we thought. Oh sure, occasionally someone still comes busting through the door and puts the truth in our faces, but in recent times it seems less about making a change and more about “notice me.” Today is a new day, however, and it feels like something is bubbling on the horizon and has been for far too long. It feels like young people are no longer scared or complacent. It’s been a long time coming – but, thanks to a whole new generation of Freedom Fighters, a change is gonna come.Related: Revolutions Come And Go, But Warren Haynes Is Here To Stay [Interview]Below is a playlist I put together, presented chronologically, of many of my favorite songs by some of my favorite artists. It purposefully stops at 2002 as, although there are numerous releases since then that would fit well into this list, I am less familiar with those – maybe more playlists to follow. Although it just scratches the surface, this list represents a group of people that helped pave the way for those who, in turn, paved the way for the next ones, risking their livelihoods, and in some cases their lives, to make a difference. They should be an inspiration to us all.Below, listen to the playlist curated by Haynes to accompany the piece.“A Change Is Gonna Come – Oh, Yes It Will” Playlist – Curated by Warren Haynes
Freshman Brianna Basford finished 43rd with a time of 20:21.77 and senior Devin Montalvo ran a 20:21.77 and finished 49th. Freshman Ashley Basford finished 55th, running a 20:57.58 while junior Rebekah Lapp ran a 21:05.13. Senior Jasmine Lee and freshman Myra Tubb followed Cox, with Lee taking 32nd with a time of 19:57.39 while Tubb ran a 20:05.23 and finished 35th. Senior Renee Cox finished 15th with a time of 18:52.36, as a result, she earned second-team All GSC honors. The Argos average 5K time was 19:55.50. “Now we’re onto regionals in two weeks which I feel we are more than prepared for,” Carmichael said. FULL RESULTS Clinton, Miss. – The University of West Florida women’s cross country team finished in fifth place out of 12 teams at the GSC Championships, as Lee won the event in Clinton, Mississippi, on Saturday morning. West Florida will compete next in Lakeland, Florida at the NCAA South Region Championships on November 17. “It was a complete race from top to bottom,” head coach Caleb Carmichael said. “One of our best races of the season.” Junior Zeana Guirey finished 59th while running 21:07.68. Capping off the Argo lineup was junior Rachel VanWart (22:01.20) who finished 72nd and freshman Morgan Morarend (22:24.97) who finished 77th. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version
The “Mobicarte Holiday” package, for instance, offers a prepaid SIM card valid for 14 days after activation and includes two hours of phone calls and 300 SMS to any destination in the world. It also includes 500-megabytes of mobile data and unlimited access to 30 000 WiFi hotspots in France and to GPS navigation systems, Orange Maps. SAinfo reporter The first Nashua Mobile stores with Orange products and brand presence are Sandton City in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria and the Icon Centre and Canal Walk in Cape Town; the products will also all be available through the online store.‘Showcasing continued expansion’ “This partnership showcases the continued expansion of both companies and offers local and international companies greater choice and service,” said Nashua Mobile CEO Mark Taylor. Services include both the online and physical stores offering SIM cards from the Orange footprint, beginning with France and Botswana, for professionals and tourists travelling to countries that Orange already operates in. Nashua Mobile stores will also offer services to Orange customers in South Africa, such as SIM card replacement and the activation of international services, again starting with customers from Botswana and France. “Nashua Mobile offers a large network of some 150 selling partners strategically placed across South Africa, as well as an exceptionally strong brand presence and customer loyalty thanks to their quality of service and expert product knowledge,” Crozier said. “Orange already offers to its roaming customers great deals across its entire footprint, but we will now be able to offer services in a physical space for French and Botswana customers visiting South Africa, where the group is not present as an operator. “In addition, South Africans will be able to better prepare their trips abroad by subscribing to services offered by Orange France or Orange Botswana before they have even left home,” he said. 19 June 2013 French telecommunications operator Orange and South Africa’s Nashua Mobile have signed an agreement to expand the firm’s South African footprint by opening several local retail outlets. Orange entered the South African market in January when it launched an e-commerce store and online portal. The new agreement will extend Orange’s reach to a fully-fledged in-store service throughout the country, with support for inbound and outbound travellers. “This is another world first for Orange in which South Africa is the first market where this is being implemented,” Orange Horizons chief executive officer, Sebastien Crozier, said in a statement last week. “Orange Horizons, Orange’s subsidiary for seeking out new business opportunities in countries where the group is not already present as a mass-market telecommunications provider, target South Africa as a key entry market in the African space and [the agreement] is an important step forward in our overall development strategy.”
Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Ben Horowitz of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz wrote an interesting piece Wednesday on why he and partner Marc Andreessen look for strong founding CEOs when investing in companies. Founding CEOs are the kind of entrepreneurs that run their companies from the early development stages and are not replaced by a professional CEO as the company grows and builds. In this lengthy but worthwhile read, Horowitz provides insight into what makes for a great founding CEO, and why he believes they are more likely to help a company succeed than a professional CEO.It is not uncommon in the world of startups and venture capital that when a startup finds a business model and market fit for its product that a founding CEO is replaced by a more experienced professional. Some entrepreneurs just aren’t cut out to handle the responsibilities that come with being a CEO, so they either step down or are replaced by the company’s board. But other times, the entrepreneur has enough skill to handle the CEO job, and as Horowitz points out, this type of CEO is much more likely to nurture a profitable business.“If you hire a professional to find the product cycle, get the jelly, because your company will soon be toast.”– Ben HorowitzDozens of large companies are thriving today thanks in no small part to a CEO who has been with the company since its inception. Examples of some of the most successful founding CEOs in the history of the tech industry include Apple’s Steve Jobs, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Sun’s Scott McNeely. Horowitz also points out that some of the hottest new companies, like Facebook, Twitter and Zynga are also run by founding CEOs, but not all founders are capable of this success.So what qualities are needed in entrepreneurs in order to become the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates? According to Horowitz, a winning founding CEO has “comprehensive knowledge” of all aspects of the company, the “moral authority” to go against the grain and “total commitment to the long-term” success of the company. Long-term commitment can often be the hardest quality to possess, but Horowitz notes that founder CEOs are placing themselves in the line of fire in the short-term for their belief in the long-term. “Recently, we’ve seen Facebook’s founding CEO Mark Zuckerberg make a series of long-term bets. He’s radically revamped critical features such as the feed used by hundreds of millions of people,” writes Horowitz. “By committing to the long-term, he put himself under tremendous pressure in the short-term. The press broadly questioned his business acumen and Facebook’s ability to generate any meaningful revenue […] We now know these critics were wrong and Zuckerberg was right, but would a professional CEO have taken these risks and endured such vicious attacks for unseen, long-term benefits?”As Horowitz adds, not all founders are cut out for the role of CEO, and there are, in fact, professional CEOs capable of building successful companies that continue to innovate. Eric Schmidt, he says, adopted the philosophies of Google’s founders in order to help it continue to grow, and John Morgridge nearly singlehandedly turned Cisco into what it is today, Horowitz notes. Finally, he has this boiled down piece of advice for startups.“If you hire a professional CEO into a company that has found a large product cycle, the professional will be able to maximize that product cycle, but likely won’t find the next one,” he says. “If you hire a professional to find the product cycle, get the jelly, because your company will soon be toast.”What are your thoughts on this issue? Are professional CEOs largely incapable of being as innovative as founding CEOs? Let us know your view in the comments below.Photos by Flickr users Kumar Appaiah and deneyterrio. chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
IBC in Amsterdam is the one of the most, if not the most, influential conferences for global media. The new technologies unveiled at the event shape the future of entertainment for years to come. This year, Intel and several partners are coming together to showcase what that future will look like by presenting the first ever global livestream of a conference in 8k 360° virtual reality (VR).360° and VR video have been on the periphery of entertainment for the last four years. Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus in 2014 began to push the industry forward in virtual reality, while Intel has pursued the evolution of sporting event coverage, like The Olympic Games, along with media, cloud gaming and other visual cloud workloads. These efforts set the stage for what’s in store for the audiences of tomorrow. With the IBC livestream, Intel and key partners are extending a truly immersive conference experience to audiences worldwide with a commercially deployable solution using off-the-shelf ingredients.Live from IBC2019On Friday, September 13 at Intel’s Visual Cloud Conference, KanDao Obsidian R 8k 360° cameras will capture the speakers and presentations for viewers around the world to watch in real time. On Saturday September 14, the feed will move to the Future Zone and continue until the conference’s end on Tuesday, September 17.Presentation graphics will be mixed into the video feed for a fuller experience. The 360° video feed will be viewable on a phone, tablet, or Oculus VR headset by downloading the “IBC 360 Live” app on iOS App Store, Google Play, Oculus Go, or Oculus Gear VR Store.The video stream will be captured in 8k resolution, much higher than previous 360° streams. The cameras will capture the entire view—the complete 360° sphere of the conference hall. Sending this much high-quality video can quickly can consume precious and costly bandwidth. To lower bandwidth and provide a higher quality viewing experience, the livestream solution uses tiling techniques to stream only the viewport in the highest resolution possible by using the compression efficiency of Scalable Video Technology (SVT). This process reduces bandwidth by as much as 80% and still makes viewers feel as if they are sitting in the audience at IBC2019.From Camera to DeviceVoysys will ensure that the camera images are converted into a stitched 8K equirectangular projection (ERP), then to a mezzanine encoder and packaged into HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) segments. Upstream bandwidth will be provided by KPN to pull the high-quality stream to a Google Cloud instance powered by Intel architecture. There, Tiledmedia’s ClearVR Cloud, powered by the open source SVT-HEVC, will do real-time tiling and encoding. Akamai will provide the CDN global distribution to Oculus, iOS, and Android applications built by Iconic Engine.If you’re attending IBC2019, come to the Visual Cloud Conference on Friday, Sept 13th from 1:30 – 6:30 in RAI, Room E102. I will be speaking during the conference about the future of intelligent visual experiences. Be sure to stop by the Intel demo room (Hall 15 – MS30) to see all of Intel’s advancements in visual cloud.In addition to being available worldwide, the 8k 360° VR livestream will be available to conference attendees, provided they have adequate connection speeds at the event, and will be shown in the Akamai room (Hall 1 – D35) upon request. Download the “IBC 360 Live” app on iOS App Store, Google Play, Oculus Go, or Oculus Gear VR Store. For more information about Intel visual cloud solutions, visit intel.com/visualcloud.
The Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is collaborating with the Safety and Security Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to observe Anti-Gang Week from September 16 to 21 under the theme ‘Gang Life equals no Life’. Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Thursday (September 13), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Fitz Bailey, called on churches, non-governmental organisations, public and private entities and schools to support the efforts to stop children from joining gangs. He said that the entity has been working with the Education Ministry and has put forward interventions to positively impact youth who are predisposed to be involved in gangs. ACP Bailey said that Anti-Gang Week is designed to “awake the consciousness of the public, so that they can get involved and help to divert our youth from a path that is destructive”.“If we allow the gangs to continue to dominate, then economic development will stagnate, so we must partner to create the brand Jamaica we want,” he contended. Activities for Anti-Gang Week get under way with a church service on Sunday (September 16) at Church on the Rock, 7 Clifton Avenue, starting at 9:30 a.m. There will be presentations by school resource and C-TOC officers at more than 150 primary and secondary-level institutions on September 18. Meanwhile, more than 50 students who are in conflict with the law and are on probation will benefit from special presentations by C-TOC and representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on September 19. A town hall meeting will be held at Mandela Park, Half-WayTree on September 20 starting at 5:00 p.m. The week’s activities will culminate with an ‘edutainment’ at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre on Friday (September 21). ACP Bailey is encouraging parents and teachers to participate in the interventions.
Tulane University safety Devon Walker, who suffered a broken neck against Tulsa on Saturday, was “alert and responsive,” when addressed by family and friends on Monday, according to Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson.Walker was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where on Sunday he underwent three hours of surgery to stabilize his spine. Tulane team doctor Greg Stewart told ABC the procedure was “very successful.”“[The paralysis potential] is certainly a concern,” Stewart told the Tulsa World, “We don’t know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.”As with any severe spine injury, hours are long and dicey and reveal frustratingly little. It will be days or weeks before Walker’s prognosis is determined. He remains in stable condition in the ICU, with significant swelling around his spine. But late on Monday, Dickson shared a touching story on a Tulane conference call.Although Dickson could not give much in the way of a medical update, he said Devon “has not lost his sense of humor.”Dickson shared a story of a conversation he had with one of the nurses about something very important to the 21-year-old, three-year letterman: his hair.“I told [Devon] one of the things that almost occurred was [a nurse] cutting [his] hair,” Dickson said. “I wanted him to know I put up a fight.”Dickson said Walker glanced up from his hospital bed and “gave me that look: ‘Really? Did she really say that?’ ”Then he smiled.Asked if Walker’s hair was cut, Dickson gave a vociferous, “No!”The crown of Walker’s helmet collided with that of a teammate as the two tried to make a tackle, and it was clear Walker was seriously injured. “We quickly realized it was a significant event,” Dickson said.Medical staff from both teams rushed the field and worked on Walker for more than 20 minutes before an ambulance took him from the stadium. Several coaches were in tears as a prayer was led inside the Tulsa stadium.A Tulane website for Walker has been flooded with messages of support. Walker’s parents, Booker and Inez, released a statement saying, “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of concerned well wishes we have received from all over the world. Although we cannot respond individually to all, we thank everyone for the love and support shown to Devon and our family. The medical care that our son has received so far has been outstanding.”
San Diego pays tribute to Notre Dame in the House of France April 16, 2019 Ashlie Rodriguez Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The House of Paris in Balboa Park opened its doors tonight, inviting those affected by the Notre Dame Cathedral fire to come and support each other.There was a heavy sense of sadness, mixed with a bit of anger.No one could have ever imagined the cathedral would go up in flames like it did. Ashlie Rodriguez, Posted: April 16, 2019