Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The Northeast is driving gains in building permits and housing starts (iStock)Building permits and housing starts in the U.S. jumped in September, largely driven by activity in the Northeast.Privately owned housing starts reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.41 million units, up 1.9 percent from a revised August estimate, according to Inman. Single-family housing saw 1,108,000 units, up 8.5 percent from August, based on census data.Read moreHousing demand sent construction spending up in AugustHousing starts jump as homebuilder confidence risesPandemic may wipe out $16B in construction spending: report TagsBuilding permitsConstructionResidentialResidential Real Estate “Today’s U.S. Census data shows that permits, starts and completions were bolstered by record-high builder optimism, and a strong wave of buyer demand in September,” realtor.com senior economist George Ratiu told Inman in a statement. “However, homebuilders must balance the need to address an acute shortage of housing with the increasing costs of labor, materials and land.”Building permits for privately owned housing units increased 5.2 percent from August, and single-family authorizations went up 7.8 percent. Month-over-month completions in both of these categories jumped 15.3 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.Activity in the Northeast largely drove the increases. New, privately-owned housing units authorized on a seasonally adjusted basis in the region were up by 25.8 percent from August, and the total number of new privately owned housing units started skyrocketed 66.7 percent.[Inman] — Sasha Jones
A year ago When is “nice quiet village by the sea” simulator coming out?I feel like we’re learning the wrong lessons. Tutorials and controls are solveable. The problem is there’s only a narrow range of subjects devs seem interested in covering. A year ago The same BS just to get noticed hoping it will generate some traffic/news for his upcoming new game.. We’ve heard these things so many times before, it’s nothing new, and he also won’t change it with his new game.. 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyStephane V IT 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAlex Barnfield Lead Engineer, 17-BITA year ago Not every game can be accessible to new gamers; and it’s not every single games responsibility to be a stepping on point. It’d be a really interesting thing for platform holders to tackle though.Resident Evil 6 is not a fair example as it was criticized for these things at the time (and is the worst regarded of the main range for this reason).I do think the industry is living in a bubble, and that’s why indie has gotten so big. You don’t see indie films making headlines, but now if you want some variety in games you have to step into indie because decades of experience have said that certain things don’t sell. And unlike the film industry the games industry hasn’t learned to view tastes as something which cycle rather than unaltering absolutes. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyKim Soares CEO, Kukouri Mobile EntertainmentA year ago ”all our gameplay comes out of your exploration of a 3D environment. ”I’m sorry, what? Maybe he had hard time coming up with a subject for his session. Because he does not seem to know what he is talking about at all. The industry is still “developing games in a bubble”FlavourWorks’ Jack Attridge says Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer videos are proof of how inaccessible games have becomeJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefFriday 12th July 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareVideo game developers have become too accustomed to serving the same audience, and do little to help newcomers learn even the most basic conventions to play them.That’s according to Jack Attridge, founder of FlavourWorks and former 22Cans designer, who discussed the origins of his upcoming interactive live action thriller Erica at Develop:Brighton 2019.When trying to work out what FlavourWorks’ first project would be, Attridge starting thinking “from the very foundations of what it takes for a video game to be made” — which, for him, meant starting with the default interface for Unity. When you start a game project, you’re presented with a 3D cube in a grey void.Jack Attridge, FlavourWorks”Usually when you’re looking at this cube in a 3D room, you’re like ‘What do I do this cube?'” said Attridge. “Does it become a character? Is a human? Is a tank or a car? And you end up first exploring how this cube exists and moves around a 3D space.”The result of that is 99% of games end up being about traversal, which is really weird because it means all our challenge, all our gameplay comes out of your exploration of a 3D environment. That’s really funny because we don’t really think about that in the real world. We don’t think about how complicated it is to walk up to a door and open it — that’s second nature for us. So it’s weird that this is the reason why so many of our games about running, jumping, shooting.”This made him think about how games are traditionally about external conflicts, but when you look at film, TV, books and theatre, they’re generally about internal conflicts. If you don’t focus on moving something around in a 3D space, you have to start thinking about finding new gameplay outside of traversal — something FlavourWorks was keen to explore. What really opened his eyes, however, was watching Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer segment. Attridge saw a video of the US TV host trying to play Resident Evil 6 and started to recognise how the industry “has been developing games in a bubble.””We’re all developing for the same audience,” he said. “There’s this weird thing where you almost need an education to play video games because there are loads of conventions we’ve built upon for 10, 20, 30 years. Nowadays, we don’t even tutorialise people about how to use both sticks on the controller — we just assume they’re used to these conventions.”Without that education, O’Brien was “seeing all these really interesting things that we’ve taken for granted.” In the clip, the presenter bumped repeatedly into another character without provoking any reaction and mocked the fact that the “cool guy with the gun [was] blocked by a small folding chair.”Attridge, and almost every other player, didn’t have that issue with Resident Evil 6 but it showed the sort of thing we have become used to, both as developers and gamers. For developers, if they want to channel players down a certain path, they often place immovable obstacles like the aforementioned chairs to block other avenues.”But someone else who’s not used to those restrictions immediately finds it kind of weird.””Nowadays, we don’t even tutorialise people about how to use both sticks on the controller — we just assume they’re used to them” Another example is games’ use of doors, where some can be opened and access other areas, but others might be painted or locked to give the illusion of a world beyond the immediate area but are actually just part of the wall.Attridge went on to use his mother as an example of the different motivations for playing games. He tried to get her to play Godus, the god sim he co-designed with Peter Molyneux. While the game tries to steer players to grow their population, Mrs. Attridge “didn’t care about that goal.””For her, she just wanted to have this nice quiet village by the sea. All of her emotional drives were at conflict with what the game wanted her to do.” Most players accept that a game will present you with challenges that it is expects them to solve, and they obey. But for someone who doesn’t approach tasks like that, it can be a very different experience.Another interesting point was the association some people make with CGI characters. Outside of games, the majority of CGI is reserved for family films — you rarely see a Hollywood CGI film telling mature, adult stories. But again, players are used to this look because “that’s the aesthetic of video games.”This led to insight as to why FlavourWorks has opted for live action when developing its debut title.”We spend millions of dollars trying to render something close to the human face, and sometimes they look absolutely gorgeous,” said Attridge. “But with film, all you do is point the camera at an actor and you get all this nuance for free. We just can’t replicate that.”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 With Erica, FlavourWorks’ solution to overcoming that need for an education in games conventions was to use “intuitive input and film language.” The game is structured much like a film, albeit one where the audience can interact with what’s happening on the screen throughout. And that interaction uses the studio’s proprietary touch-based technology, meaning players can control the game with either the PS4 touchpad or, more likely, a smartphone (Erica is part of Sony’s PlayLink series).Later in the talk, Attridge demonstrated the opening for Erica: a Zippo lighter appears on the screen. With no instructions, players soon work out they can draw their finger across the phone to flip the lid in real time, moving it back and forth as they see fit, before flicking down the mechanism that lights it. The flame appears, and the game begins.Following his mother’s experience with Godus, Attridge says the game will geared more towards “emotional drive than skill,” relying on engaging the player with a compelling character and story that allows them to choose how they want to progress.GamesIndustry.biz is a media partner for Develop:Brighton 2019 and attended with the assistance of the organisers.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 storiesAdopt Me developers unveil new studio, Uplift GamesTeam behind hit Roblox game has grown to over 40 employeesBy Danielle Partis 10 hours agoDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 13 hours agoLatest comments (6)Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer A year ago Well there was a time where tutorials were very popular. Then after that time, it became very insulting so developers removed them. Then they came back with a 10-15 minute run in the first part of a game and most of the time this is where it is right now. So even after a tutorial if you still don’t know how to play the game properly…maybe you shouldn’t and someone so guide you like a shoulder guide. Edited 1 times. Last edit by Alex Barnfield on 15th July 2019 12:42pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (6)James Coote Independent Game Developer 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyKim Soares CEO, Kukouri Mobile EntertainmentA year ago Same as any new hobby. If I would start, say motocross for example, I would have no idea about the rules, equipment, fixing the bike etc. But that doesn’t mean motocross would be in a bubble. So, completely misplaced claim.
New electric buses will be introduced to Coventry and Derby, following investment secured from the Department for Transport’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus scheme.A total of 10 electric buses will be joining the National Express Coventry fleet thanks to £2.2m of funding, while Trentbarton’s £1.5m will go towards eight battery-powered buses.Cllr Jim O’Boyle from Coventry City Council says: “A key part of Coventry’s air quality plan is to reduce vehicle emissions, and that’s why it’s such good news that we have secured this funding to help improve our bus fleet emission standards.”Jeff Counsell, Trentbarton MD, adds: “Reducing emissions caused by congestion in Derby is going to require significant and joined-up action by a wide range of organisations, including public transport providers.“Trentbarton is committed to playing its part by consistently investing in the newest and cleanest buses.”The funding is part of a national £48m investment that has been awarded to 19 local authorities and bus operators in England and Wales.
Saint Mary’s senior chemistry and environmental engineering major Courtney Weston spent her summer in Golden, Colorado during her 10-week internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program.Weston said she spent eight weeks of the internship designing and optimizing an environmental chamber, which will be used to test soiling on photovoltaic glass (PV), which is similar to a solar panel. Soiling occurs when dust falls onto a solar panel or PV glass which causes a loss of efficiency in harvesting energy due to shading and other chemical processes. Her environmental chamber will be used as a way to produce controlled environments researchers can use during lab testing. Weston said by holding one environmental variable constant, the researcher can then see how other factors affect that variable. Because she finished the environmental chamber the eighth week into her internship, Weston said she was able to conduct her own tests on it. “Designing each individual part was a minor success,” Weston said. “Having the whole thing done was a big success for me. I finished early, so I was able to conduct some tests when I was done.”Although each intern is assigned a mentor that assists them throughout the internship, Weston said most of her work was independent. She attributed the success she has had in her field and during the internship to her Saint Mary’s education.“Saint Mary’s has prepared me in every single way,” she said. “Being in labs at Saint Mary’s was super helpful — I feel like the chemistry department does a good job of allowing you to be independent, so when I was in my internship I was able to work effectively on my own.”During the first two weeks of her internship she would have meetings with eight senior scientists, but Weston said she was not intimidated. “Being here at an all-women’s college, you gain confidence in yourself,” she said. “What Saint Mary’s promises you, it actually happens.”Dr. Toni Barstis, a chemistry and physics professor who has helped guide and encourage Weston’s career at and beyond Saint Mary’s, said she can attest to how much Weston has grown since being at Saint Mary’s. “Courtney has gained so much confidence over the course of four years, growing from a timid first-year student to a confident fourth-year “STEMinist,”” Barstis said. “She has genuine passion for environmental engineering. She is truly excited about what she is learning and about her future career.” Weston said her experience with the DOE has provided her with even more confidence to continue striving at and beyond Saint Mary’s. “Between the meetings with senior scientists and having to present my results, I gained more presentation skills and I became more confident in my ability to conduct my own project,” she said. “Overall, the internship gave me a lot of experience for doing individual work, teamwork and collaborating with different projects.”Emily Najacht, another senior who is pursuing the same major, said Weston’s enthusiasm in the subject has helped her, as well. “I’ve shared many classes with Courtney,” Najacht said. “She’s very passionate about what she does. Her enthusiasm makes her a great person to be around when working through challenging problems.” After her experience this summer, Weston is considering pursuing a career involving renewable energy, she said. “I gained a passion for renewable energy this summer,” Weston said. “I could see myself doing further research in that field.”Tags: Department of Energy, internship, STEM
Jayne Houdyshell Related Shows One year after my first meeting with David, we gathered for our first day of rehearsal. The room was packed with all of these lovely actors, none of whom I had ever worked with. Most of us were new to one another. This element made initial rehearsals very stimulating—when one is working for the first time with people, everyone listens with great intensity, and the joy of discovery is made all the more wonderful by the newness of each voice. View Comments Orlando Bloom Now, as we near opening night, the tweaks and changes are smaller and excitement is mounting. Our entire company is keenly aware of what an honor it is to perform this great and iconic play—though, hopefully, audiences will not view it as iconic, but experience it as an extraordinary story about love and passion, found and lost due to profoundly tragic human blindness…a timeless story that just happens to be told with some of the most beautiful words ever written or spoken. My journey with this production of Romeo and Juliet began in July 2012. I got a call from my agent wanting to know if I was interested in meeting with David Leveaux about playing the Nurse, and of course I said yes. Romeo and Juliet is a play that I love, the Nurse is a role I feel right for, and the chance to work with David Leveaux was more than enticing. My meeting with David and associate director J.V. Mercati was inspiring because David spoke with such passion and clarity about his vision for the play. I read a scene, and I guess it went well because the next day my agents received an official offer. I became more and more enthused as casting continued: All of the actors were artists for whom I had the greatest respect, and I was very excited about working with such an esteemed group. About the author: Since receiving her first Tony nomination for her Broadway debut as a demanding mother in 2003’s Well, Jayne Houdyshell has played some outlandish characters on the Great White Way. She lorded over Shiz University as Wicked’s Madame Morrible, drew laughs as the meddling Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie and delivered her best “Broadway Baby” as Follies’ brassy Hattie Walker, which garnered Houdyshell a second Tony nod. Now, as the Nurse in director David Leveaux’s contemporary revival of Romeo and Juliet, the Topeka-born Broadway favorite is taking on the challenge of one of William Shakespeare greatest tragedies. Below, Houdyshell recounts how she became involved with the production, why the cast was encouraged to embrace the play’s comedy and why it’s an honor to bring this classic play to a new audience. It was a heady and exciting time; we all were growing closer as a company as we became immersed in this glorious play. The entire tone for rehearsals was one of mutual respect and a growing affection for one another and for the work we were doing. Our first run-through was thrilling. How wonderful to see it all come together after so many weeks of working on the play in small sections and scenes! The entire company is truly terrific, and I have to say that Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom are brilliant leaders. They lead as true stars by my book, because they hold the bar high for us every day with their commitment to the play and their unfailing work ethic. Condola Rashad Romeo and Juliet Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 8, 2013 David spoke with great eloquence about Romeo and Juliet being a story we think we know well, but our responsibility is to tell it with the freshness of a story unfolding for the first time, without knowing how it is going to end. He also discussed the speed with which he wanted to hear the tale told. There’s no time to ruminate—these are people living their lives with fierce passion, joy and deep humanity. I remember him saying that the first act, in particular, is written as a comedy—the end is not to be played until it is evident that there can be no other outcome. He impressed on us the fact that there is no tragedy until something tragic actually happens, much later in the play. It is tempting to come to Romeo and Juliet with the attitude of participating in the saddest story ever told—a trap that can color everything that is said and done from the start. Star Files Our four weeks in the rehearsal space were very busy with both fight and dance rehearsals happening in one area while scene work commenced in a second area. The initial staging for the play was organic, found by the actors on their feet while discovering the life and world of the play through the text. For the most part, no scene was physicalized the same way twice. No blocking was given or discussed. As our understanding of the play grew, our staging stayed in flux. This was a brilliant way of working, because the feeling that this story was happening for the first time was always true. David, meanwhile, focused brilliantly on helping all of us find our way into the relationships that drive the story forward—and we also had the great privilege of working with Shakespeare coach Patsy Rodenburg to find the action of the play within the text. She is stellar in helping actors understand that when speaking Shakespeare, the word is action. Thought, action and word happen simultaneously, and it is imperative to always move forward with the text. When we moved into the exquisitely restored and renovated Richard Rodgers Theatre, we were ready for the next step. As technical rehearsals began, we started to discover the physical world of this production that has been realized so beautifully for us by set designer Jesse Poleshuck, sound designer David Van Tiegham, lighting designer David Weiner and costume designer Fabio Toblini. It was also the moment when David Leveaux was able to start orchestrating stunning visual images that so eloquently assist in illuminating the story. It was inspiring to see all of those images come to light and life as David shepherded us toward previews. We now were confident with our storytelling, and it was time to learn to tell it the same way eight times a week. We had become able to repeatedly deliver the play with the fresh attack of a “first time” that the flexible rehearsal method instilled in our psyches.
Economic Recovery GrantsFunds are still available to Vermont businesses who can demonstrate a revenue decline of at least 50% in any one-month period from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020, when compared with the same month in 2019. If you experienced this level of loss in July, you are encouraged to apply. The Economic Recovery Grants landing page(link is external) has full details, including eligibility requirements, document preparation instructions, and a series of FAQs(link is external) to assist businesses in completing the application. Governor Scott on Friday urged businesses to continue to apply. There is money still available for state grants and more money could be allocated when the Legislature reconvenes later in August. Also, the US SBA EIDL and PPP programs are still available www.sba.gov(link is external). Business ImpactACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share these impacts via the ACCD Business Impact Form(link is external), which will help us assess the full impact as we work toward solutions. Mask Mandate Signage AvailableACCD has signage available for businesses, organizations and partners to help inform patrons and the public that masks will be required beginning August 1st, both indoors and outside, when physical distancing is not possible. The signage options(link is external) also include posters to help explain why it is important to wear a mask and are part of the larger statewide mask education effort being coordinated through ACCD and the Agency of Human Services. Everyone Eats Program RFPIn response to COVID-19, restaurants, farmers and community organizations stepped forward to help feed neighbors experiencing food insecurity. These programs have helped stabilize communities by nourishing Vermonters, alleviating the surging demand on food shelves, and providing economic support to restaurants. The State of Vermont has allocated $5M from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to a new program called Everyone Eats, which supports restaurants feeding Vermonters in need.Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), the fiscal agent for the program, is requesting proposals from community organizations around the state to further these programs in the months ahead. Visit the SEVCA website(link is external) for more information and to submit a proposal. Hazard Pay Grant Program Set to LaunchThe Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program being run by the Agency of Human Services (AHS) will open for applications on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:00am. This $28 million grant program is open to public safety, public health, health care, and human services employers whose employees were engaged in activities dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency between March 13, 2020 through May 15, 2020.More information and eligibility requirements for this program, as well as the Healthcare Provider Stabilization Grant Program, can be found at the AHS website(link is external). Agricultural Fair Grant Program Now LiveThe Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) is now taking applications from agricultural fairs organizations who have experienced income loss, additional expenses and event disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the AAFM website(link is external) for further details. Retail Operations Capacity IncreaseGovernor Phil Scott announced Friday that non-essential retail businesses can operate at 50% of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater, as of August 1, 2020. For further details and requirements rom the Agency of Commerce & Community Development, refer to the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance(link is external).
Following the success of last weekend’s IRONMAN Weymouth, the IRONMAN UK & Ireland team are on the move to the next seaside destination of Tenby for IRONMAN Wales, which marks the end of the IRONMAN race season in the UK.The town of Tenby, together with the county of Pembrokeshire, is getting ready to welcome thousands of athletes and their supporters for the 6th annual IRONMAN Wales, which takes place across the weekend of 17-18 September. Over 3,000 people aged 3 to 70 will be part of the action including some of the world’s finest IRONMAN athletes to compete in this increasingly iconic event, renowned for being one of the toughest on the IRONMAN circuit.IRONKIDS will kick off the weekend’s racing from 15:00 GMT on Saturday (17th September). This sell out event, will see just over 1,000 budding stars of the future aged 3 to 14 take part in this ‘fun run’ in and around Tenby’s town centre.Building on the success and demand for entry to this grassroots event, the organising team has made some tweaks to the course, which now has a new start location just outside the Expo at the Five Arches, enabling improved viewing for the crowds.The main event day is Sunday 18 September when IRONMAN Wales gets underway at 07:10, a slightly later time to previous years due to the later sunrise.Leading the charge will be a 40 strong pro field, with over 2,000 athletes following in their wake in a rolling start up until 07:30 from Tenby’s North Beach for the 2.4 mile, 2 lap swim.After a 1km run through town to transition, the athletes will then head off on a 112 mile bike ride through a challenging hilly bike course around Pembrokeshire. This incorporates just over 2,000m of elevation, including the iconic spectator hot spot of St Brides in Saundersfoot.The event then culminates in a 26. 2 mile run in and around the town of Tenby. The first pro is expected to cross the line at 15:50 when the finish line party continues right up until the 17 hour cut off at 12:30am. This year’s run course also incorporates a slight change to further improve the course and spectator viewing, which will bring the athletes up the Esplanade on each lap.Some of the finest IRONMAN pro triathletes on the circuit will be battling it out for the US$15,000 prize purse, whilst also looking for points towards their IRONMAN World Championship Pro rankings along with many of the athletes looking for early qualification to Kona, for 2017.IRONMAN Wales welcomes the largest male pro field ever in its 6-year history and will see some strong international contenders for the British athletes. Amongst those include favourites Alberto Casadei (ITA), Mike Schifferle (CHE), Daniel Niederreiter (GER) and Nick Baldwin (SEY), who returns to Wales for the third time, referring to it as ‘the best race in the world’.Uber biker Karl-Johan Danielson, is also one to look out for and expected to dominate the field on the challenging Pembrokeshire bike course.UK’s contenders are former IRONMAN 70.3 European Champion, Richie Nicholls, perennial UK favourite Fraser Cartmell and Phil Graves. Graves, who returns from a break of racing IM events, still holds the record as the youngest in the history of the sport to win an IRONMAN at the age of 20, when he won IRONMAN UK in 2010.The compact women’s pro race also promises to pack a punch; favourites to keep an eye on include Diana Riesler (DEU), Jeanne Collonge, (FRA) and the viking Kristin Lie (NOR). Whilst UK’s hopes will rest on the shoulders of Nikki Bartlett, making her debut to IRONMAN as a pro, hoping that the terrain will suit her Scottish roots.Attracting over 2,300 entries from 47 countries from around the globe, the event always has a strong local entry rate of Pembrokeshire residents. Coming from all walks of life, each of the athletes have their own story to tell as to why they’ve entered such a challenge. Losing weight, battling health problems, marking milestone birthdays and charity fundraising are just some of the reasons why competitors are taking part, with a notable 47% embarking on an IRONMAN for the first time, 89% of which are male.Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland commented ahead of this weekend, “We’re really looking forward to welcoming all the competitors and supporters from around the world to Tenby.”He continued, “This is the sixth year we’ve staged IRONMAN Wales – despite it being one of the toughest on the circuit it is also one of the firm favourites, due to its phenomenal vibe and open armed welcome from the entire county of Pembrokeshire. We could not stage the event without both their support and such a commitment from the local authorities.”In addition to the weekend’s racing, there will be an IRONMAN Expo (15-18 September), which is free for the public to attend and positioned as an opportunity to view and buy the latest sports equipment.The weekend’s events are free for spectators – and spectators are very much encouraged to support all athletes. With the action taking place across Pembrokeshire there are a number of opportunities and venues to view the event, including Tenby’s North Beach, Carew, Narbeth and Saundersfoot for the bike and Tenby’s town centre for the run and finish on The Esplanade.www.ironmanwales.com Related
Tim Grimes, left, and George Brett celebrate after the Royals clinched the pennant Wednesday.For baseball fans across the country, there is no more familiar face of the franchise than Hall of Famer George Brett. And for decades, there is likely no one who had to endure more questions about the franchise’s futility than the Mission Hills resident.So when Greg Holland got the Orioles’ J.J. Hardy to ground out to third base, securing the Royals’ first trip to the World Series since Brett’s 1985 team won the title, the national television cameras were trained on him. And who was there to offer Brett the first congratulatory hug? No other than SM East graduate Tim Grimes, who grew up in Fairway just a couple of miles away from Brett’s home, and watched the game with Brett from a suite.Grimes’ appearance in the post-game footage wasn’t his only appearance on national television Wednesday. FOX’s pre-game show for the NLCS game featured a four-minute piece on Grimes and the #RoyalsWinForTim campaign. The piece notes that doctors have given Grimes just a 5 percent chance to survive the disease past a year to 18 months.“A 5 percent chance is probably what they gave the Royals to make it this far,” Grimes said in the interview. “They haven’t given up.”Check out the full FOX Sports piece here.
The Washington Post:This Earth Day, as always, you are going to hear a great deal about the importance of protecting the planet — and about how you can do your part. You might, for instance, adopt one of a number of what some have called “Earth Day resolutions,” such as pledging to walk to work more, or finally program your thermostat — or eat less meat.But there’s a problem. There are reasons to think that Earth Day, as influential as it is in the short term, might not be enough to instill lasting, long-term green behaviors in most people. The problem isn’t the day itself, it’s humans — how they lapse back to old habits and often fail to keep even the most earnest of resolutions.…Earth Day is great for focusing initial attention, explains Elke Weber, a behavioral scientist at Columbia University who focuses on the environment and energy behavior. But the goal, she says, should be to use days like this “as a way of getting people’s attention, which they’re more likely to do if it’s one day, but then leverage them, in getting them to commit to something they can sustain over the year.”Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
CRP Automotive has announced that Nicole Ryan has joined CRP Automotive and will serve as the regional sales manager for the Midwest region of the United States. Ryan will be based out of the Great Lakes area and will be responsible for maintaining customer relationships, conducting technical sales meetings and evaluating new business opportunities across the Midwest.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementTrevor Potter, vice president of sales at CRP Automotive, said, “Nicole Ryan joins CRP with a wealth of expertise in operations and sales management and is highly experienced in working with distributors in the automotive aftermarket. We look forward to her contribution in our Midwest region sales and marketing efforts.”Prior to joining CRP, Ryan worked for 10 years in multiple roles at Petoskey Plastics, most recently serving as the company’s aftermarket sales manager for Slip-N-Grip vehicle service products. In this role, Ryan was responsible for a territory that included 23 states and 17 countries. In addition to managing a team of customer service and inside sales representatives, Ryan was a representative on the company’s core team for ERP implementation and an internal auditor for ISO. She also scheduled one of the company’s production lines and served as admin for CRM software.AdvertisementPrior to Petoskey Plastics, Ryan was a business analyst for the General Aluminum Manufacturing Co. and served as an engineering administrative assistant. She was responsible for the daily activities of the company’s off-site plants and also served as a core team member for ERP implementation and an internal auditor for QS 9000.Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.