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The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Does E3 need PlayStation?In this special episode, we share our thoughts on the potential fallout of Sony’s decision to skip the year’s biggest games showcaseGamesIndustry StaffTuesday 14th January 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGI PodcastSony Interactive EntertainmentRebekah, Chris and Brendan come together for a special edition of the podcast, discussing this week’s biggest news: Sony will not be attending E3 for the second year in a row.While the platform holder has other plans to get the PlayStation 5 in front of the masses ahead of its launch this Christmas, including attendance at “hundreds” of other consumers events throughout the year, we ponder some of the reasons the company has opted out of the industry’s biggest annual showcase.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 also discuss why so many major publishers, such as EA, have diminished or removed their E3 presence over the past few years, and speculate as to how the ESA can transform the event in a way that wins them back.This is an additional podcast to our usual weekly show. Our latest breakdown of key news stories — including whether Nintendo needs to launch Switch Pro this year, how Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Expansion Pass is the right direction for the series, and why Battlestate Games has not put playable women in Escape From Tarkov — is available to download here.You can listen to our latest episode below, subscribe to our RSS feed, or download the file directly here. It is also available via Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, Player FM, TuneIn and other widely-used podcast platforms.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 storiesPodcast: IO’s independence, with Hakan Abrak | GI Live OnlineHitman studio’s CEO on the journey to self-publishing and achieving the vision for the World of Assassination trilogyBy GamesIndustry Staff 4 days agoSony’s cross-play deal seems a smart solution to a complex problem | OpinionThe royalty Sony and Epic agreed to open up cross-play on PlayStation has caused anger – but it’s a nuanced response to the growing complexity of the industry’s revenue modelsBy Rob Fahey 5 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Teachers protesting a bill stripping some of their due process rights during the 2014 legislative session.Last week we sent five questions to candidates for Kansas State Board of Education District 2 which covers a large part of Johnson County. The set of questions came from those submitted by readers.Here are the responses from incumbent Republican Steve Roberts and Democrat challenger Chris Cindric to our second question. Today’s question is:In 2014, the Kansas legislature repealed teachers’ due process right, leaving this protection up to the discretion of local school districts. Should this decision be reconsidered, particularly given the teacher shortage in some areas of the state? Why or why not?Steve RobertsOur system of checks and balances is out-of-whack. Of course, good teachers should be kept on the job, and allowed to make mistakes. If good teachers are terminated on the whim of an incompetent principal or superintendent, we obviously have a problem. Thankfully, those instances are uncommon, even rare. Most principals are very good, with, admittedly, some notable exceptions. That is a reason to trust local boards.Some teachers are not very good. Shoot the messenger, but it is the truth. Our least experienced and least talented instructors tend to “serve” in tougher schools where it is more difficult to be effective. It just is. It takes a special teacher to be successful in these tough environments, and we have too few of them. Balance this with: 40 percent of new teachers quit the profession within the first five years. We are out-of-whack.So, what to do?One long-needed repair to our system is to welcome professionals into our secondary schools for technical subjects. Unfortunately, when this idea is phrased as “you do not necessarily have to attend a college of education to be a great teacher,” the union howls. Educators feel threatened. Uncontrolled responses to this idea include: Roberts says anybody can teach, Roberts says you don’t need any education to be a teacher, Roberts says colleges of education have no purpose, Roberts wants to destroy our public schools. These lies and scare tactics need to be refuted.Public schools should be more welcoming to the public. It is wrong to believe that only those who have matriculated at a college of education could have anything of any value to give any of our children in any academic setting. Unlike our schools in northeast Johnson County, many Kansan schools have a critical shortage of knowledgeable instructors for technical subjects in high schools and middle schools.We are a local control state. Unlike California or Texas, the state board in Kansas does not tell teachers which textbooks to use. Our balance needs to be local control with basic oversight from the state, and less oversight from the federal government. Personnel decisions are generally better made locally.Due process is guaranteed by our federal constitution. Let us not confuse this with tenure.As a sign in our board room declares: Our Children Come First in Every Board Decision.Chris CindricChris CindricDue process has worked well since 1957 and it does not prevent schools/districts from firing employees who should not be in the teaching profession. There is no data to support the argument that due process protects bad teachers but it does protect good ones from arbitrary dismissal. Due process is simply a mandate for an independent hearing in the dismissal of a teacher. This was a solution in search of a problem that doesn’t exist. We should restore due process and the respect for a profession that should never have lost it in the first place.
With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Danny BovaJS Products of Las Vegas has announced the addition of Danny Bova and Ray McElroy, two veteran sales professionals to the Backshop Solutions TPMS team.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementDanny Bova has been appointed to the position of director of sales, Eastern region. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket and the tire supply industry, and numerous years of TPMS experience.Ray McElroyRay McElroy has been appointed to the position of director of sales, Western region. He has 35 years of experience in the tire repair and supply industry, and numerous years of TPMS experience as well.“With the increased market demand for TPMS products and technical training, it is necessary for JS Products to obtain the best possible talent in the industry,” said Ed Jones, vice president of Backshop Solutions at JS Products. “Danny Bova and Ray McElroy bring with them the experience necessary to excel in today’s TPMS market.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
Miho Teramura competes in the women’s 200-meter individual medley final on Thursday at the national championships. Teramura won the race in 2 minutes, 9.87 seconds at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center. | KYODO KEYWORDS Kosuke Kitajima kept alive his hopes for a fifth Olympic appearance by a hair, squeezing into the men’s 200-meter breaststroke final at the national championships on Thursday.Kitajima finished third overall in the semifinal heats with a 2 minute, 10.16 seconds to finish behind Ippei Watanabe (2:09.46) and Yasuhiro Koseki (2:09.98) at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center. Kitajima was one of eight swimmers who clocked 2 minutes, 10 seconds, with two failing to advance to Friday’s final. Kosuke Kitajima swims in a men’s 200-meter breaststroke semifinal heat on Thursday at the national championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center. Kitajima qualified for the final by placing third overall. | KYODO RELATED PHOTOS Kosuke Kitajima, Yasuhiro Koseki, Natsumi Hoshi, Ippei Watanabe, Miho Teramura For the former two-time double Olympic champion to make the cut for Rio de Janeiro, he must finish the final in the top two while meeting the qualifying standard of 2:09.54.“It’s so competitive, really,” said the 33-year-old Kitajima, who was seventh overall in the morning heats. “I’ve got my back against the wall. I was nervous. It was so close anyone could have gone through.“I’m not going to lie, I was scared. But you only get this scared or compete in this kind of intensity because the Olympics are on the line, and I love that feeling like you’re gambling.”Kitajima has no chance of going to Rio as a member of the 4×100 medley relay team after placing second to Koseki in the 100 breaststroke on Tuesday, so Friday will in all likelihood be his last shot at an Olympics berth.At the 2012 London Games in London, Kitajima was fifth in the 100 and fourth in the 200, but helped Japan earn a silver in the medley relay.“I feel fortunate that even at my age I can compete for a spot at the Olympics with the younger guys,” he said. “I felt a lot better than I did this morning. Today’s race was competitive enough to be a final.“If I’m not good enough, then I’m not good enough. After today, I’m just going for broke.”There was an upset in the women’s 200 individual medley as Kanako Watanabe, world champion in the 200 breaststroke, failed to qualify, placing third in 2:10.93 behind Miho Teramura (2:09.87) and Runa Imai (2:10.76).The 15-year-old Imai beat Watanabe at the wall and set a new junior world record in the process.“It’s incredible, it’s like a dream,” Imai said. “The Olympics has been a goal of mine all along. I’ve got the 200 breaststroke tomorrow morning, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep tonight.”Watanabe was visibly upset as she came out of the pool, slumping to her knees.“My entire body didn’t move very well. I felt so much fatigue,” the 19-year-old said. “Clearly I didn’t train well enough. I need to regroup fast for the 200 breaststroke tomorrow.”Natsumi Hoshi lived up to her billing as world champion in the 200 butterfly final, qualifying for Rio with victory in 2:06.32. Suzuka Hasegawa was runner-up in 2:06.92, joining Hoshi on the team. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Blog not appearing above? Take this link to follow along: http://bit.ly/1Kes724. Kentucky wide receiver Garrett Johnson (9) makes a catch for a first down against South Carolina’s T.J. Gurley in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Game 2 of the University of Kentucky’s football season takes the Wildcats to a place (South Carolina) to play a coach (Steve Spurrier) they haven’t had much success against over the years. But UK’s 1-0 and hoping to end a drought in Columbia, S.C., dating back to 1999.Follow along below for live updates with kickoff between the Cats and Gamecocks set for 7:30 p.m. %26amp;lt;!–iframe–%26amp;gt;
The stage is set, preparations concluded and right now, all eyes are on the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, where four times league champions Kano Pillars will trade tackles with two times Federation Cup winners. In some 3-4 years back, this match would have easily been considered as a stroll in the park for Kano Pillars. The Sai Masu Gida have made their home a fortress, thereby making any team fret anytime they visit the Pyramid city. Pundits believe that pressure is high on Rafael Everton and his wards after that home loss to El-Kanemi Warriors on opening day.Akwa made 12 signings into the new season and everyone expected them to be top contenders for the title. One of those signings, Mfon Udoh, who holds the record for highest goals scored in a league season has come out to say the team is not under pressure of any sort. Speaking with busybuddiesng.com, the Uyo-born goal poacher had this to say when asked if there’s pressure on the team. “It’s a familiar situation, I don’t feel any pressure because I’ve been with a team in this situation before. We are doing our best, we are our normal selves, taking the game like a normal game, no pressure and we trust that we are going to win.”Mfon Udoh who is on his second stint with the Promise Keepers, after previously representing the club before his move to Aba giants, Enyimba. While at Enyimba, he scored some vital goals for the elephants and also helped them to a league triumph. He will be aiming to use his experience and that of his new teammates to help salvage Akwa United’s seeming predicament after the Uyo side lost in front of home fans in their opening fixture. On his target for the game, “the only target I have for today’s game is to get Akwa united to win.” He said. Akwa United, still on a search for a point and a goal since the commencement of the league will be banking on their plethora of available options to grab maximum three points at the Sani Abacha Stadium.Related