Sports Direct buys 50% of GAME’s esports arenas in £3.2m deal

first_imgSports Direct buys 50% of GAME’s esports arenas in £3.2m dealBelong arenas to appear in Sports Direct stores, with additional £55m in loansChristopher DringHead of Games B2BMonday 12th February 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGAME DigitalSports Direct has increased its relationship with GAME by acquiring 50% of Belong.Belong is the name of the in-store areas that exist within selected GAME stores. These are places where gamers can pay to participate in a series of local competitive multiplayer PC games. GAME views them as a key part of its future as the games industry becomes increasingly digital.Sports Direct has acquired 50% of the rights to the Belong IP for £3.2m and will take a 50% share of future profits from Belong.The sports retailer has also entered into a loan agreement with GAME where it will provide £55m in capital. This money is to accelerate the roll-out of Belong and GAME Retail stores into some Sports Direct shops across the UK. The money will also be used for new ventures and the development of the Belong website.GAME opened 19 Belong stores so far, and said it will open 35 by the end of its next financial year. It’s not clear if this new deal will accelerate that roll-out.In July year, Sports Direct acquired 26% of GAME after its share price plummeted amid growing concerns for the retailer. However, the share price has rallied slightly and the video game chain has posted improved financial results since then.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 “I am delighted that through the Collaboration Agreement we are able to accelerate the implementation of a key element of our transformational strategy to move from a seller of physical products to providing gaming experiences,” said GAME CEO Martyn Gibbs.  “As more consumer focus and spend moves to experiences, we are well advanced in delivering unique, world class gaming at both local and national level. Having launched the Belong brand just over a year ago, we have now opened 19 arenas and are very encouraged by the popularity and performance of these locations.  We look forward to collaborating with Sports Direct to increase the availability and scale of Belong and to capitalise on the increasing overlap between sports and esports fans by bringing this unique experience to a wider consumer base.”Sports Direct CFO Jon Kempster added: “We are very happy to partner with GAME in building an increased presence in the esports market through the Belong brand. This is a very good example of building a commercial relationship via our strategic investment approach.”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 storiesGAME parent Frasers Group criticises “worthless” government relief packageMike Ashley-owned organisation will review portfolio for “unviable” stores By Marie Dealessandri 2 months agoGAME details efforts to prevent PS5 scalpersUK retailer assures automatic checks will help ensure the ‘one per customer’ rule is upheld as new stock becomes availableBy James Batchelor 3 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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FIFA 19 trumped Red Dead and COD as Europe’s highest selling game in 2018

first_imgFIFA 19 trumped Red Dead and COD as Europe’s highest selling game in 2018Gfk Entertainment data shows EA Sports’ football title as the most popular across 15 countriesMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefFriday 18th January 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleActivision BlizzardElectronic ArtsRockstar GamesFIFA 19 was the best selling game in Europe in 2018, according to data from Gfk EntertainmentThe data was gathered by Gfk from 15 European countries, and EA Sports’ popular football franchise was the highest seller despite only launching on September 28, 2018.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 The second best selling game was Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, which earned $725 million in revenue following its October 28 launch. After little more than a week, global shipments of the Take-Two published title had reached 17 million units.Europe was evidently a key market for Red Dead Redemption 2, enough to leave Rockstar’s game one place ahead of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (which launch on October 12) at the end of the year.The 15 countries used to gather Gfk Entertainment’s data were Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and the United Kingdom.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 storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 3 hours agoActivision Blizzard wins patent lawsuit after nine yearsThe judge ruled that the patents were “not inventions” of Worlds Incorporated, which was suing for infringementBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Tips for building a generation-resilient business

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Signs of our conventional growing economy

first_imgSectors, markets, hi-tech, segments/sections mark an economy. We are the largest democracy.  ISRO laurels, Info-tech platforms, demographic dividends, expanded banking sector, established digital stock exchanges, many regulators/supervisors, vast markets with huge potentials, etc. are some of our strengths.  World Bank data shows millions of poor could come out of poverty in the last decade or two – but is the quality of their life & basics note-worthy?  What are our weak-links?Conventional & growing economy would have a major symptom – it’s budget allocations by far are substantially used for establishment/salary/pension/routine costs. It is similar to family budgets in low-strata, who spend more on consumption & basics. This leaves fewer funds for upgrades/reforms & infra-structure – though our new highways laid are sizeable, we have a long way to go in revamping railways (most of the bridges/culverts even tracks were laid about a century ago & crying for re-construction).  Our civil aviation sector has good lucky close-shaves – some airlines went red & some are surviving on thin margins, despite the hike in air traffic. Many cities/towns saw unplanned spurt (migration of rural folks who could not survive two draughts or floods in a row – traffic jams and pollution are obvious in many of them.  Electric cables are mostly traditionally laid on posts – not under-ground like in many advanced nations.  Urban infrastructure has crossed saturation point long ago – tardy development – strained under densely populated areas.Still big chunks of population predominantly agri-allied activities dependent with poor returns. Our yield and productivity are low by global standards on some counts.Good banking networks – suffocating from huge stressed asset baskets; low credit offtake in last few years;  cross-subsidization in view of heavy write-offs & NPAs. Changes in line with time-lines new challenges/horizons are yet to break traditional tracks – Govt. control on PSU Banks and tokenism haven’t helped in re-orientation & reform process.No corporate bond market worthy of the name – big infra project costs still often financed by commercial banks on inherent ALM mismatch risks.  Credible Term finance institutions with tracks ( few old entities turned either sick or don’t deliver much) – that leaves heavy reliance on PPP model facing limitations & hurdles.  Land acquisition is still a tough arena, without reforms – so are other factors of production.Poor tracks of big project completion – time/cost over-runs, no credible land acquisition policies, etc – many big projects that couldn’t take off have turned dud weight in the bank & other public balance-sheets. Huge irrigation scam in Maharashtra is a classic example – repeated hike in project costs, over-runs, haven’t yielded water to farmers but drained scarce funds.Low productivity – be it MSME or Agri or such fields, little has happened to address this basic handicapDivided/sub-divided fragmented landholdings by far make agriculture a tough field; farmers’ suicides go unabated.  In general, farmers survive on good rains – of late erratic climate has added to their woes.High indebtedness of rural belts is an open secret; despite some efforts to correct the system, it still remains traditional. Efficacy of fund-dole outs to needy lots in rural areas is not established – no credible survey to know how much lands in the greedy hands of money-lenders. Frequent farm loan waivers defeat their very purpose of uplifting rural lives.Stock markets are highly volatile – driven more by sentiments – poor capital accretion for new public issues for years; lack of global level standards on systemic surveillance on insider trading or such unethicalities, despite multiple powerful even over-lapping regulators.Poll-seasons lead to more cash demand/circulation; cash/gift for votes still remains a big lacunaBig scam episodes, scandals, chit-fund type of frauds, embezzlements, misappropriations mark unhealthy exploitative practices.  Hardly any big politicos in power are booked – again sham probes, the benefit of doubt type of verdicts don’t augur well in boosting credibility.Budget & other funds allocation for education/public healthcare remains paltry – many advanced nations focused on the two basic pillars of long-term investments during their growing phase. Quality of education and adequacy of public health-care leave much to be desired.Quota conundrums still prevail – the very fact they failed to achieve results in decades proves their constrained scope; and it goes stronger due to politicization/polarization, etc. The latest budget allocation for SC/OBC/ST is multiple times more than what is earmarked for education.Infant mortality, female foeticide, instances of hundreds of child mortality, malnourished/stunted growth type of issues, gender disparities, etc. reveal we haven’t yet crossed the transformative stages – despite the availability of international schools, star-hospital facilities, etc. that are beyond the reach of common folks. Export of brilliant brains in students to advanced nations to pursue higher studies/research/progression persists for long.No crucial reforms on factors of production – GST reform was after 18 years of initial debates, yet to stabilize; lost its original character – both Center & States vying to levy GST on few items- took over 2 years to bring in e-way bills, yet to trend widely.Govt. remains top investor; private invests have nose-dived so low not seen in decades; we are low on many parameters.Upgrades/reforms in the core sector, railways, airways, roadways, etc. need big bucks – tokenism hasn’t helped much.Huge unemployment/under-employment levels on unprecedented scales; econ downturn not tackled effectively.Human resource assessment & planning are scant; long way to go; defeats demographic dividends.  Statistical policies/systems to collect/collate crucial data has a long way to go.Top slots in public institutions identified on pick & choose loyalty-predominant opaque ways; this had led to intrusion into their creative freedom/vibrancy occasionally.Occasional surfacing on abuse of authority, draconian laws like Sedition Law, Anti-terrorism Laws that vest enormous powers in authorities, known for more misuse; human life is cheap; so also their freedom/fundamental rights.Excessive politics, politicization/polarization are curses; that delay genuine reforms/upgrades/revisits into outdated systems/processes mostly laid 7 decades ago to meet today’s challenges in the internet/spacecraft age.  Frequent clamps on internet,  curfews, etc. many agitations & inherent disquiet, unrest, etc. disable normal life in such parts; shrinking democratic values.Federal sync envisaged in our constitution has still a long way to go in co-existing spirit, sharing resources, tapping hidden potentials, political rivalries, etc. hamper our growth prospectsIs there any second opinion on the dire need for real political reforms, as politics makes most of the calls having big say on almost every reckonable arena – in its chaotic under-performing levels for years?last_img read more

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Police: Man taken to Bayonne Medical Center after St. Patty’s Day…

first_img A man was taken to the Bayonne Medical Center after a St. Patrick’s Day brawl broke out at a local bar and spilled into the street, police said. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewYesterday around 6:58 p.m., officers responded to Dodge Street and Broadway on a report of a fight. Upon arrival, they observed a 27-year-old male victim lying on the sidewalk with facial and ankle injuries, authorities said.Next to him was a 29-year-old female victim. The female victim reports that she was involved in a physical altercation inside of the restroom of Buttero Bar and Restaurant, which then continued outside of the establishment, officials said.While outside, the actor punched the female victim several times in the face and threw her to the ground. It was at this time that the male victim attempted to intervene.While attempting to break up the fight, the male victim was assaulted by a group of males who then fled the area.The female victim reported no injuries and the male victim was transported to the Bayonne Medical Center for treatment.No arrests have been made and the matter remains under investigation, police said. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSaggravated assaultbuttero bar and restaurant SHARE By John Heinis – March 18, 2019 1:54 pm 0 Bayonne Previous articleCity of Bayonne celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with 38th annual paradeNext article3rd slate that’s one person short, two independents, officially join West New York race John Heinis Police: Man taken to Bayonne Medical Center after St. Patty’s Day bar brawl breaks out Bayonne RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter BayonneCrime Bayonne Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from copslast_img read more

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Weird flex but OK: How CRE giants hope to cash in on the future of the office

first_imgNewmark’s Barry Gosin (left) and CBRE’s Bob SulenticAs a vision of the post-vaccine future of the workplace began to emerge late last year, Industrious co-founder Jamie Hodari was nearing a new funding round with a private equity firm in October. Then, CBRE came calling.The entrepreneur sat down for a socially distanced dinner with CEO Bob Sulentic and Andrew Kupiec, head of CBRE’s in-house co-working platform, Hana. They left him convinced that his IPO-bound startup was better off partnering with the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm. “After that dinner it was really clear something was going to be done,” said Hodari, who said he saw how the two firms could capitalize on each other. “It all got done pretty quickly from there.”In February, CBRE announced it had ponied up $200 million for a 35 percent stake in Industrious, making it the largest investor in the eight-year-old startup now reportedly valued at $600 million. The news came just three weeks after one of CBRE’s arch rivals, Newmark, agreed to acquire the flex-office operator Knotel out of bankruptcy. (Newmark gave Knotel about $20 million in debtor-in-possession financing and made a $70 million stalking-horse bid to acquire the company, Delaware bankruptcy court documents show.)In less than a month’s time, two of the largest commercial brokerages, whose bread and butter for decades had been traditional office leasing, had made heavy bets on two of the biggest flex-office operators at a critical time for both industries. With millions of people in the country receiving a vaccine daily and employers eyeing a return to normalcy, plans for the workplace are coalescing around the hybrid model, in which employees will divide their time working from home, going into the company office and working from satellite locations with more flexibility.The new state of play is a shot in the arm for the on-demand office business, capital-intensive ventures which at one point last year did not seem likely to survive the pandemic. But it’s also putting pressure on the big commercial firms to get more serious about a sector that they had mostly dabbled in, given that the large corporate tenants that had been their mainstays for so long are scaling back their traditional office footprints.That could make 2021 a year of unprecedented consolidation in the space, and could fundamentally change the way companies think about, locate and occupy office space.CBRE and Newmark’s competitors won’t be able to ignore their plays. But will they mimic them, or choose another path? “That may be one approach, to own one of the brands or have a stake in one,” said Anthony Paolone, an analyst at JPMorgan who covers some of the large brokerages. “But you could also argue, do you want to be an open architecture to use the brokerage platform to help occupants find the right space, irrespective of who’s operating it?”Feelin’ flexy“The future is flexible,” had been the rallying cry for the on-demand office industry long before the pandemic hit. And while that may previously have been questioned as starry-eyed, self-serving speak, perceptions have changed.CBRE recently found that 86 percent of its occupier clients, some of the largest corporations in the world, plan to use flex office space in their real estate mix. Major tenants such as Salesforce and HSBC have announced plans to switch to the hybrid model and reduce their office footprints, with the latter looking to trim its portfolio by 40 percent. Salesforce, headquartered out of a 1.4 million-square-foot San Francisco skyscraper, for which it has naming rights, recently backed out of a 325,000-square-foot new office lease nearby and announced it will embrace remote work. “An immersive workspace is no longer limited to a desk in our Towers; the 9-to-5 workday is dead,” Salesforce’s chief people officer Brent Hyder wrote on the company blog last month.To keep up with where their clients are going, the big brokerages are getting more exposure to flex.“All the major brokers are going to want to be deeply involved in flexible workspace,” said Joe Du Bey, founder of the office-management software startup Eden Workplace. “It’s going to be a big part of the future over the next 12 months as things come back.”Some firms like Avison Young and Colliers International have launched broker teams dedicated to helping tenants find flexible-office locations. Others have launched their own in-house operators, like CBRE’s Hana, which will fold its 10 work centers into Industrious’ platform.Though they may take different paths, many of the firms see their flex offerings as another entry in the long list of services added on in recent years, as they’ve expanded beyond their core business of brokerage into fields such as property management and workplace advisory.If their landlord clients want to turn some of their real estate into flex space and their tenants want more on-demand options, the big full-service firms figure this is the place to be. For those that want to become operators, they have two options: Start something in-house or team up with an existing operator.JLL is choosing the former route, getting ready to open the first location under its in-house flex firm in Brooklyn in April.The company will open the 50,000-square-foot Orchard workspace at Brookfield Property Partners’ MetroTech complex in Downtown Brooklyn.“We need to evolve to service the interests of our investor clients,” said Ben Munn, who oversees JLL’s flex space division.Cushman & Wakefield is also taking the in-house approach. The company launched its co-working brand, INDEGO, in February 2020 in the U.K. with help from Heiko Himme, WeWork’s former real estate division head for much of Europe.Cushman, however, doesn’t appear to have any plans to import INDEGO to the U.S. Representatives for the company did not respond to requests for comment.But those companies may be running in a race that’s already been decided. Some see these deals as an acknowledgment that the in-house model doesn’t scale up, and the optimal route is to team up with an experienced operator.Hana’s Kupiec said CBRE was always going to take the M&A approach, tapping the firm’s balance sheet to grow its presence.“COVID-19 simply accelerated the need for a network of locations at scale, today, to meet the demand for workplace flexibility as employers begin to plan for a return to office this summer and fall,” he said.Client-competitorsNot every brokerage, though, is so keen on getting into the landlord business.Avison Young started a brokerage group focused on the flex space in the summer of 2019. But the head of that division is adamant that the firm will not be an operator.“A lot of our competitors are either building out their own product or investing in solutions,” Charlie Morris, who heads Avison’s flex division, said. “We’re taking a more agnostic approach where we find the best product for our tenants, even if it’s owned by one of our competitors. It helps to avoid any conflict or bias.” There’s certainly an argument to be made that these kinds of deals create a potential for conflict. Knotel founder Amol Sarva, for example, vowed not to give leasing business to CBRE when it announced in 2018 that it would launch a business competing with his.And critics argue brokerages could be compelled to steer their tenant clients toward their own flex operators, even if a competitor’s choice is a better fit. But unless a company chooses a narrow lane — like some brokerages that exclusively represent tenants — the modern full-service CRE firms are rife with potential conflicts. And so far, it hasn’t led to their downfall.For those looking at companies to acquire or partner up with, though, the list is growing smaller.The two largest operators in the U.S. — IWG (which owns Regus) and WeWork — are in a league of their own with portfolios north of 20 million square feet, according to Colliers. The next largest companies are Knotel and Industrious with roughly 3 million square feet. The two remaining operators of any notable size are the Chicago-based Novel Coworking and Convene, the Brookfield-backed meeting-space and events company that shifted to a virtual-meetings platform in the pandemic.Convene CEO Ryan Simonetti said interest from investors is as high as it’s ever been, though he declined to comment on specific M&A talks. “My phone’s always ringing,” he said.Escape velocityThe flex industry has been through several lifetimes in just a decade. There were the boom years when WeWork was leasing up everything in sight and it seemed like there was a new startup every month aimed at some niche community looking for flexible office space.Then there was a shock of cold water when WeWork had its failed IPO attempt in 2019 and people started asking bigger questions about the viability of the flex-space model. And when the pandemic hit, it really hit. Now, WeWork is back on track to go public — through a SPAC of course — and those flex firms that have survived the worst of the pandemic appear primed to capitalize on the recovery. The big question now is whether they can achieve scale. Lee & Associates NYC president Jim Wacht said that brokerages looking to grow their own operating platforms need to consider all the costs that go into a full-fledged operation.Those investments only pencil out when the business opens enough locations to spread the costs out. But if they can achieve scale, Wacht said, there’s a potential for a big payoff.“If you have a cheap enough rent, it’s hard not to make money in this business,” he said.Observers were quick to point out that rent is a big factor in differentiating the CBRE and Newmark deals.Industrious was able to survive 2020 thanks in large part to its asset-light model — the firm signs management agreements with landlords to run their spaces rather than lock in their own costly long-term leases. Hodari said the deal with CBRE gave the company its highest valuation to date, and control of the firm remains in the hands of Industrious’ founders, Hodari said.Knotel, on the other hand, went under because of a failure to control costs and its pricey long-term leases. The company, once valued at $1 billion, is being acquired out of bankruptcy by Newmark in something that resembles a hostile takeover more than it does a friendly acquisition.If it all sounds a bit dramatic, consider that there are two books, a documentary, a feature film and a miniseries on the rise and fall of WeWork.Hodari acknowledged that there’s a spotlight on the industry, which he said is maturing with the recent acquisitions.“It’s a dramatic industry,” he said. “My hope is that the industry is moving into adulthood and beyond some of the dramas of its teenage years.”last_img read more

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String Cheese Incident Announces Three-Night NYE Run In Colorado!

first_imgString Cheese Incident will return to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO, for a three-night New Years run! The band will be performing on December 29, 30, and 31st, headlining all three concerts. The show marks the band’s third annual New Years performance at their hometown venue.The Incidents will be presented by AEG Live and KBCO, and tickets go on sale beginning Wednesday, October 8th at 11am MST via SCI Ticketing through the band’s website, followed by a general public on-sale on Saturday, October 11th at 10am MST. Single day and three-day passes will be available, and seating is either GA Floor or GA Bowl. SCI promises to play three sets on NYE. For a taste of what to expect, check out this video of the band playing Rivertrance from last year’s NYE show:SCI is coming off of a successful summer tour, following the release of their first studio album in eight years, Song In My Head. Check out the L4LM review of Song In My Head here. They’re currently gearing up for an extended fall tour in the Northeast, with the following dates below:10/31/14 – 11/2/14 – Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween (headlining all three nights)11/4/14 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre      11/5/14 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre      11/6/14 – Ledyard, CT @ The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort 11/7/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre        11/8/14 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom        11/10/14 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre                   11/11/14 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre     11/12/14 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre     11/13/14 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre   11/14/14 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre   11/15/14 – Burlington, VT  @ Memorial Auditorium  12/29/14 – 12/31/14 – Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Centerlast_img read more

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Toxic soup’ chokes flooded town

first_imgArk City firefighters went out in boats looking for stranded pets. Many of the visiting firefighters expected to be there through the Fourth of July holiday. Monday night, President Bush gave disaster status to 17 counties — Greenwood County had been accidentally omitted from Gov. Sebelius’ request. The designation is important because it allows federal aid to help cover the costs. The house had been closed up, and the soaked carpet gave off a terrible stench. Federal disaster areaAt some homes, firefighters used sledgehammers to open locked front doors to check inside. As they stepped inside, one would announce “Fire Department!” Shortly before noon Tuesday, Montgomery County Sheriff Stan Veach said that officers had been directed to go door to door to make sure that any remaining residents in the flooded areas were OK. At least 2,500 people have evacuated Coffeyville neighborhoods. Officers also would help assess damage so that federal, state and local officials could direct assistance, Veach said. As a precaution against the oil and other hazards, the firefighters wore hard hats, protective suits, rubber gloves and masks over their mouths and noses. Each team that went house to house had an armed officer escorting it. By the door, another firefighter spray-painted a large green slash with a circle in the middle to signal that the house was not safe to enter. Federal and state officials said Tuesday that it was too early to judge the impact of 42,000 gallons of oil on the landscape. A tour of flooded areas planned for Thursday — with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts — should give a better assessment of the damage. Near Sixth and Linden, a crew briefly entered a blue house with a lattice-covered porch. Firefighters had brought a large Labrador retriever out of the house Monday, but had to leave another dog inside because it wouldn’t come to them. Tuesday, the crew had to quickly back out of the house because their monitor measured an unsafe air level inside. They decided it wasn’t worth risking a life to check on the dog. The number of counties listed by the state as disaster areas because of the flooding was expanded to 20 on Tuesday. Near Fourth and Ash, debris clung to a screened porch. They saw thousands of dead earthworms. The floodwater had sent worms inside homes, where they ended up on soggy carpets. “Honestly, it’s pretty large. It’s pretty ugly.” Other areas affected by the Department of Health and Environment’s advisory to boil water include Independence, Elk City, Fredonia, Neodesha, Longton and rural water districts in Montgomery and Wilson counties. National Guard troops and disaster relief workers have been bringing bottled water into those areas. Teams started at Second and Pine, just south of the refinery, and walked up and down several streets, checking at each home. At one two-story apartment house, a crew found a man holding a diapered child. An officer told the man he would have to take the child to a safer place.center_img An air monitor measured a high level of carbon monoxide, “so we’re not going in there,” said Jennifer Love, a Winfield firefighter and paramedic. Oil and other toxics On some Coffeyville houses, the oil left slimy lines on the siding as the water crested, then receded. They walked over oil-stained streets and past oil-choked flowers and shrubs whose leaves had shriveled. They passed flooded backyards where oil swirled on the grass. “Whew, baby!” he exclaimed. Many of the homes appeared to have had at least a foot of water in them before it receded. COFFEYVILLE — As firefighters in protective suits went door to door in parts of town where floodwaters had receded to check air quality and look for residents or pets, one firefighter quickly backed out of a little blue house on Seventh Street. Tuesday, the adjutant general’s office amended its disaster declaration request to the governor and president to include Greenwood as well as Crawford and Labette counties. Potable water scarce Meanwhile, the drinking water situation worsened. Because the flooding knocked out some equipment at a Coffeyville water plant intake facility, the city had already been asking residents to conserve water, and use it only for drinking or cooking. Then about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, emergency dispatchers announced that all water needed to be boiled before it could be consumed. With usable water scarce, some businesses closed or limited their service. But Beckie Himes, an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman in Kansas City, Kan., said of the oil spill: From the line of flotsam, it was clear that the water had reached up to about 6 feet. Standing on Eighth Street, as firefighters took a break from the sultry weather, Winfield Fire Chief Curtis Wilson said, “Wowwee, this is bad.” The oil, along with other chemicals spread by the flooding, had created “kind of a toxic soup,” Wilson said. The Winfield, Wellington and Arkansas City fire departments, which have expertise in handling hazardous materials, had come to Coffeyville to assist the town. They went door to door with members of the Tulsa Fire Department. Tuesday’s inspection offered the first close-up view of damage and contamination from the floodwaters and from an oil spill from the Coffeyville Resources refinery, which was swamped by rising water over the weekend. He asked that residents needing assistance or wanting to report damage or report that they were OK call the sheriff’s office at 620-330-1000 or 620-251-3500. Officers are blocking off streets, saying it’s not safe for residents to go into flooded areas.last_img read more

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Scientists Record Music Composed by Fish, Ants (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreScientists at Georgia Tech in Atlanta are setting the movements of fish and ants to music. The results could help both animals and humans — especially the vision impaired — live richer lives. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Previously postponed commencement for class of 2020 rescheduled to summer of 2022

first_imgNotre Dame will again defer in-person commencement for the class of 2020, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced Wednesday.The in-person commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 was initially rescheduled to take place Memorial Day weekend of 2021, after the pandemic forced campus to close last spring. With COVID-19 cases still surging, Jenkins said the administration does not believe it is possible to safely host graduation for the class of 2020 as originally planned.“Celebrating the class of 2020 is challenging, because members of the class, their families and guests must all travel to the region from various parts of the nation and the globe,” Jenkins said.The University will instead host an in-person commencement ceremony for those who received undergraduate degrees in 2020 during the summer of 2022. Individual schools within the University will be in charge of celebrating alumni who earned doctoral, masters or professional degrees in 2020.Commencement for the class of 2021, however, will proceed as planned on campus with health and safety protocols in place. Jenkins cited the weekly surveillance testing and other current health regulations students must abide by over the course of the semester as reasoning to host commencement as planned. He also said a limited number of family members and guests may be welcome on campus as well.“We will assess the situation as the date draws closer and keep you informed,” Jenkins said.Tags: 2020 commencement, 2021 commencement, Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more

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