Geo-blocking in the games industry — a closer look at Valve’s EC fine

first_imgGeo-blocking in the games industry — a closer look at Valve’s EC fineLegal expert Suneet Sharma examines what could be an important benchmark for games publishers selling products in EuropeSuneet SharmaThursday 18th March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareIn January 2021 the European Commission (EC) fined Valve and five video game publishers a total of €7.8 million for breaching EU antitrust rules for entering into geo-blocking practices. The European Union has had these matters in its focus since March 2015, when it commenced an inquiry into antitrust competition in the European e-commerce market. European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager commented that customers faced too many barriers to buying products cross-jurisdictionally online. She went on to comment that EU antitrust rules would be enforced in the event these barriers were found to result from anti-competitive practices. Upon its conclusion the inquiry found that 60% of digital content providers who participated in the inquiry had contractually been found to geo-block. Geo-blocking refers to the practice of restricting the accessibility of goods or products in countries or territories.Collectively, the publishers and Valve were said to have placed geo-blocking restrictions across 100 titles In the case of Valve, this is primarily to prevent customers from buying products from markets with lower prices. In some content creation companies this allows for content to be targeted to specific territories, or usage of content to be limited to certain territories — for example, licensed new content to be broadcast only in a certain territory with additional fees for worldwide rights. As such, geo-blocking is common in companies that distribute content.It is in this context that the European Commission launched its investigation into Valve in February 2017. The focus here was the content of bilateral agreements that Valve had entered into with video game publishers, which purported to contain anti-competitive measures.In April 2019 the EC sent Statements of Objections to Valve, via Steam, and five video game publishers it had been trading with: Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media and ZeniMax. These alleged that the publishers had entered into agreements containing contractual export restrictions, and used geo-blocked activation keys to prevent cross border sales.All five game publishers indicated their intent to comply with the investigation, benefiting from the 10% reductions in any potential fines mandated for compliance. In contrast, Valve revealed its intention to not comply with the EC’s investigations. Collectively, the publishers and Valve were said to have placed restrictions across 100 titles.The finesAll this came to a head this January, with the EU Commission fining Valve €1,624,000 — the first fine of its kind for a gaming company. Fines for the publishers were also announced:These fines were assessed by a percentage of the value of the annual sales of the products concerned. The percentage of the fine can be up to 30% of the value of sales in question, depending upon the seriousness of the infringement, multiplied by the duration in years, plus 15 to 25% of relevant sales. Factors included are broad, such as the nature of the infringement, geographic scope and implementation. The fine is capped at 10% of turnover per infringement.The value of these fines can be in excess of millions of euros, and such figures are not uncommon from the EU Commission As you can see, the value of these fines can be in excess of millions of euros, and such figures are not uncommon from the EU Commission. Clothing retailer Guess was fined €40 million previously for restricting online sales. However, geo-blocking practices are a new area for the Commission, and these fines set a significant benchmark across the industry.Vestager commented: “More than 50% of all Europeans play video games. The video game industry in Europe is thriving and it is now worth over €17 billion.”Today’s sanctions against the ‘geo-blocking’ practices of Valve and five PC video game publishers serve as a reminder that, under EU competition law, companies are prohibited from contractually restricting cross-border sales. Such practices deprive European consumers of the benefits of the EU Digital Single Market, and of the opportunity to shop around for the most suitable offer in the EU.” A note on the lawThe Commission applied Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”) and Article 53 of the Agreement on the European Economic Area in concluding the activities of Valve and the publishers’ mandated fines. This is separate from the new geo-blocking focused Regulation 2018/302 on unjustified geo-blocking.Valve is fighting backValve’s lack of cooperation is notable here. Commenting to Eurogamer, it stated: “The EC’s charges do not relate to the sale of PC games on Steam — Valve’s PC gaming service. Instead, the EC alleges that Valve enabled geo-blocking by providing Steam activation keys and — upon the publishers’ request — locking those keys to particular territories (“region locks”) within the EEA. Such keys allow a customer to activate and play a game on Steam when the user has purchased it from a third-party reseller. Valve provides Steam activation keys free of charge and does not receive any share of the purchase price when a game is sold by third-party resellers (such as a retailer or other online store).Where Valve is providing a reseller with free geo-blocked Steam keys, it does not believe it can be held liable for this breach “The region locks only applied to a small number of game titles. Approximately just 3% of all games using Steam (and none of Valve’s own games) at the time were subject to the contested region locks in the EEA. Valve believes that the EC’s extension of liability to a platform provider in these circumstances is not supported by applicable law. Nonetheless, because of the EC’s concerns, Valve actually turned off region locks within the EEA starting in 2015, unless those region locks were necessary for local legal requirements (such as German content laws) or geographic limits on where the Steam partner is licensed to distribute a game. The elimination of region locks may also cause publishers to raise prices in less affluent regions to avoid price arbitrage. There are no costs involved in sending activation keys from one country to another, and the activation key is all a user needs to activate and play a PC game.”Essentially, where Valve is providing a reseller with free geo-blocked Steam keys, it does not believe it can be held liable for this breach of Article 101 TFEU, even if this results in anti-competitive outcomes.This is an interesting proposition grounded in the principle of vicarious liability in EU competition law. In these circumstances, can Valve be held liable for the anti-competitive actions of a publisher? Or was the issuing of the geo-blocked steam keys at the request of the reseller in and of itself anti-competitive? Previous cases seem to suggest that a narrow approach is taken to imposing liability on a seller where the actions of a reseller are anti-competitive. The Court of Justice of the European Union has acknowledged in VM Remonts and Others — C-542/14, EU:C:2016:578 — that a client who hired a third-party services provider which engaged in anti-competitive behaviour could be held liable if:Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Valve further stated that the elimination of region locks may cause publishers to raise prices in less affluent regions to avoid price arbitrage. But in the event publishers cannot annex countries to allow for pricing fluctuations depending on customer buying power, they will likely resort to selling their products for a sometimes-higher recommended retail price across the EU. This ensures that they retain profits that would otherwise be lost from customers shopping around and getting the best deal across the Digital Single Market. Essentially this boils down to a long-debated impact of the DSM, a potential increase in the prices paid by consumers in a bid to save revenues that would otherwise be lost but for anti-competitive practices such as unjustified geo-blocking.However, unsolicited customer sales (also known as passive sales) in jurisdictions such as Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Romania were found to be restricted in Valve’s case — a serious hallmark of anti-competitive behaviour. This seriously undermines the approach envisaged by the Digital Single Market, where customers can shop around different countries for the best offer available. As such, it appears Valve’s arguments aren’t without their weaknesses. Further, it offers no defence for the bilateral agreements it entered into with resellers which were also found to be anti-competitive. More will become clear once the EC publishes its reasoning behind its findings in the next few months.Suneet Sharma is a legal professional and creator of the www.lawandgames.com blog. All views are the authors own. This article is not intended nor constitutes legal advice.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. 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Former Canadian Event Rider Nicole Shinton Shines in the Dressage Arena

first_imgJacksonville, Florida – Nicole Shinton of Uxbridge, ON, won several classes during the Horse Shows in The Park Spring Dressage Classic held May 16-17 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, FL.With her two horses, GB Marko and GB Classic, Shinton dominated the Prix St. Georges division. On Saturday, Shinton won the Prix St. Georges test riding GB Marko with a score of 67.237% and returned to the ring on Sunday to once again win the Prix St. Georges, this time with a score of 65.789%. Shinton also placed third on Sunday with a score of 61.711% riding GB Classic, her 15-year-old bay Rhinelander gelding that she purchased ‘sight unseen’ one year ago.At the show’s conclusion, Shinton and GB Marko were awarded the FEI Champion and Reserve Champion titles.“GB Marko is a new acquisition and this is only my third show with him,” said Shinton of her 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. “I am very excited about our results in the Prix St. Georges.”In addition to her success at the Prix St. Georges level, Shinton claimed two victories with O-Topia, winning the Second Level Test 2 and Third Level Test 1. The pair earned the Dover Amateur Medal as well as the overall Second Level Reserve Champion title. O-Topia, a 13-year-old English thoroughbred gelding, was Shinton’s former eventing mount, successfully competing at the intermediate level.Shinton’s trainer, Sharon Jerdeman, also enjoyed a successful weekend riding Shinton’s Chinook, an 11-year-old grey Oldenburg gelding. The pair won the Fourth Level Test 1 on both Saturday and Sunday and was awarded the Fourth Level Reserve Champion title.The Horse Shows in The Park Spring Dressage Classic marked Shinton’s final competition in Florida this season. Shinton showed extensively with her string of horses, winning advanced level titles at such competitions as the Dressage on the Coast horse show in Jacksonville, FL, and the Zada Cup and the Heidelburg Cup, both in Apopka, FL.Dressage has become a passion for Shinton since she switched exclusively to the discipline last year. As an event rider, Shinton was named the 2004 Adult Amateur Intermediate Rider of the Year by the United States Eventing Association, a remarkable feat for a Canadian rider in such a highly competitive division. Shinton was also named to the 2005 Canadian Eventing Team Long List with two horses, Pamela and The Grey Pony, before a rotational fall in 2007 forced Shinton to change her focus from eventing to dressage.“It was and is a very humbling experience to switch disciplines,” said Shinton, 35. “I felt like I went from knowing a little bit about dressage to realizing I had no idea what it takes to ride at the top levels in straight dressage. The horses are completely different in their way of going and I had to learn how to change my position to become a more effective rider. Also, entering a world where I knew no one at the horse shows was very strange, but the people I have met in the dressage world so far have really been great. Sharon Jerdeman, who has been coaching me in Florida, deserves special thanks for her patience and understanding that I come from a different background. She has really helped me to bridge the gap between the two disciplines.”Shinton and her husband, Alan, own Greenbrier Farms, a 160 acre eventing facility in Uxbridge, ON. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP last_img read more

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Sandy Hook mom reflects on ‘incredibly raw’ grief ahead of sixth anniversary

first_imgCourtesy BBDO New York and Sandy Hook Promise(NEW YORK) — Every year without her son Dylan and his classmates who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School is unimaginably difficult for Nicole Hockley, but this year brought fresh pain. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas this February marked the deadliest school shooting since the one in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. “Parkland hit me and all of Sandy Hook Promise incredibly hard, as it hit the whole country,” Hockley said, referring to the gun violence prevention group she co-founded in the wake of her son’s death. The two tragedies drew instant comparisons, and they came together directly at the White House earlier this year when President Donald Trump held a listening session on gun violence the week after the Florida shooting. Hockley was seated next to Sam Zeif, a Parkland survivor who issued an emotional call to action. “Being in the room with a lot of those parents and kids — where the grief was incredibly raw — it was very much like looking at myself five years ago,” Hockley told ABC News last week. “You really do feel like the earth isn’t balanced underneath your feet,” she said. “That whole first year I felt like I was walking on a tilt.” The parallels between Sandy Hook and Parkland — both of which are among the 10 deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history — make for easy juxtapositions. But Hockley says that the wounds re-emerge much more often, with every shooting. “Each shooting we take very personally because we feel it was another preventable shooting and we haven’t trained people fast enough,” Hockley said. She and Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was also killed in Newtown, founded Sandy Hook Promise to help combat school shootings as well as gun suicides and other forms of gun violence. “We know logically that we can’t reach them all, but we know in our hearts we want to,” she said. As part of that effort, the group organizes training sessions in schools and guidelines for how students, parents and teachers can know the signs of gun violence. Their latest annual ad stressing the importance of being aware of such warning signs was released Monday morning on ABC News’ Good Morning America.The ad, directed by Rupert Sanders — best known for directing Snow White and the Huntsman — uses a twist to shock the viewer at the end of a seemingly normal high school day. “Folks are going to find it a gut punch,” Barden said of the ad. “It’s powerful. It’s hard-hitting. It’s real, but it absolutely emphasizes that there are warning signs.” Barden said that the work that he and the team at Sandy Hook Promise have done helps him in the wake of Daniel’s death. “I have to keep reminding myself of all the good work we are doing, and all the mass shootings that didn’t happen because of our work and all the suicides we have prevented,” he said, noting that more than 5.5 million children and adults have received the group’s training. “We are getting anecdotal evidence from the field literally every day” about prevented shootings or instances of gun violence, Barden said, adding “it’s a good counterweight to these statistics of the growing number of mass shootings.” He doesn’t have to go far to see the reality and regularity of shootings in America impacting children, though. He sees it with his daughter. Daniel Barden was 7 years old when he was killed at Sandy Hook, and he had two older siblings, Natalie who was 10 years old at the time and James who was 12 years old. “I’ve heard my Natalie express things just recently,” Barden said of his daughter, now 16.“She was having an anxiety attack at the movie theater,” he said. “She was afraid she was going to get shot. That shouldn’t be normal.” “You can’t say ‘You’ll be okay, don’t worry,’ … she has every right to have that concern and I don’t know what to say,” Barden told ABC News. He said he places his greatest hope in the notion that future generations won’t be subject to the kind of horror and fear his own children have endured. “I do feel like, ‘Hang in there, Natalie, we’re on it.’… Natalie’s kids won’t have to worry about being shot in the movie theater or being shot at the beach,” he said. Hockley said that the group believes that gun violence prevention is a two-generation campaign, and she hopes that the invigorated students who have become vocal advocates in the wake of the Parkland shooting will help lead to massive, sweeping change. “Now that the Parkland student leaders have given voice to youth… that’s powerful, so that’s why we’re seeing more movement and more noise,” she said. “I would love for Sandy Hook Promise not to exist,” she said. “My goal in life is to put this organization out of business.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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THW Kiel put GWD Minden 15 goals behind

first_img7.Lemgo6321163:1528 THW KIEL – GWD MINDEN: 41:26 (23:16) THW Kiel: N. Landin (31.-60., 12/2 saves), Quenstedt (1.-30., 4 saves); Ehrig, Duvnjak (5), Sagosen (2), Reinkind (8), M. Landin (n.e.), Sunnefeldt (3), Wiencek (3), Ekberg (8/4), Dahmke (4), Zarabec, Calvert, Horak (1), Pekeler (7); Trainer: JichaGWD Minden: Lichtlein (1.-18., 2 saves), Semisch (18.-60., 5/1 saves); Meister (4), Ritterbach (5), Richtzenhain (2), Zeitz (1), Rambo (1), Korte (1/1), Padshyvalau (1), Strakeljahn, Knorr (5/2), Pusica, Pehlivan (1), Staar (5), Gulliksen; Trainer: CarstensRESULTS:Coburg 2000 – SC Magdeburg 26:28Fuchse Berlin – HSG Wetzlar 35:28Kiel – Minden 41:26MT Melsungen – Nordhorn-Lingen 33:28Rhein-Neckar – HBW Balingen-Weilstetten 36:27STANDING: 5.Stuttgart6411167:1609 2.Rhein-Neckar6501174:14610 16.Minden6114154:1753 4.MT Melsungen6411163:1529 1.Kiel6501197:16810 12.HSG Wetzlar6303162:1636 19.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten6006154:1790 8.Leipzig6312154:1437 Harald Reinkind to stay at THW Kiel 10.Fuchse Berlin6312163:1627 20.Coburg 20006006145:1780 11.Goppingen5221130:1286 13.Hannover-Burgdorf6222168:1706 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTHEW Kiel are again at the TOP of German Handball Bundesliga.The German champions beat GWD Minden 41:26 (23:16) in the match of Round 6. Harald Reinkind and Niklas Ekberg netted eight goals each in the winning team. SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in German derby Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:German handball, THW Kiel 3.Flensburg-H.6501174:15310 9.Bergischer6312166:1607 6.SC Magdeburg6402172:1538 15.Ludwigshafen6114141:1583 Recommended for you 18.Nordhorn-Lingen6105158:1832 THW Kiel with +5 from Szeged 17.Essen5104126:1482 Click to comment 14.Erlangen6213159:1595 ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

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Clip on Earned Recognition is available now

first_imgClip attempts to inform operators about ER and dispel myths around itFleet management software provider r2c Online has released a video explaining Earned Recognition (ER).In the video, Philip Lapczuk, DVSA Earned Recognition Project Manager, details how the scheme works and he dispels many of the myths surrounding it. Viewers will see why they should take part, the KPIs that operators will need to achieve, and how DVSA sees the future of digital compliance.“DVSA wants to work with ER operators to address any issues, rather than take enforcement action,” says Philip.“Our expectation is that they will contact us if something is going wrong. It’s up to the operator to call us and let us know what they’ve done to rectify it.”Adds r2c Online MD Nick Walls: “Years of investment and consideration have been put into making ER a reality, and we have designed proven and robust technology to underpin operators’ transitions.“We see ER as the first big step in a major industry transition to digital compliance. Working closely with DVSA, we have created a best practice solution that makes it as simple as possible for fleet operators to gain ER status.”www.r2conline.comlast_img read more

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Paul Simon and Edie Brickell Arrested After Dispute

first_imgAccording to Rolling Stone, rock legend Paul Simon and his wife of 22 years, singer Edie Brickell, were both arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after an alleged “family dispute” which New Canaan police responded to at 8:20pm on Saturday night. Neither Simon nor Brickell were actually put into custody, but were both formerly issued summonses, and are expected to appear in Norwalk Superiro Court at some point today.Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, married in 1992 and have three children together. At this time, no statements have been issued by either artist’s representatives. There are very little details to go on, other than police responded to a call received at 8pm, in which the caller immediately hung up the phone.A brief press release from New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski states, via the New Canaan Advertiser: “On Saturday, April 26, 2014, at approximately 8:20 pm, New Canaan officers responded to a location in New Canaan to investigate a Family Dispute.”Another officer told the Advertiser that it was “your typical dispute. Some yelling and screaming and pushing. If it wasn’t the name, it wouldn’t be this kind of deal.”last_img read more

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Busch, Menard, others test at Charlotte’s road-course oval

first_imgFour Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers participated in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new road course. Paul Menard (No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford), Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) and Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) all logged laps on the intricate layout.Monster Energy Series drivers will face the road course for the first time in competition during the track’s playoff race, the Bank of America 500, on Sept. 30. It will mark the debut of Charlotte’s road course and serve as the first Playoffs road course in series history.“You’ll see some passing for sure,” Menard said after testing. “Probably the best spots will be the frontstretch chicane and Turn 1, even though it’s not a really big delta from high speed to low speed. What you look for in a passing zone is going from 170 miles per hour to 100 and you have a big range to make a move. There’s not a lot of that here, but you can see somebody position it at the bus stop on the backstretch and a guy is just going to have to give it up. … There’s definitely some opportunities.”MORE: Photos from the testThe series currently has road-course stops at Sonoma Raceway in June and Watkins Glen International in August, but this road course is “different,” Menard said.“It’s definitely a unique race track for a road course. We run Sonoma, which is very slow and slippery. We run Watkins Glen, which is fast. This is somewhere in between. The infield is slow and slippery and the banking still has the speed. We’re trying to find the right camber settings so we don’t wear out the tires. It’s been a challenge thinking, ‘Are we going to be more like Sonoma or Watkins Glen?’“It’s unique. We got some testing in (in March) and it was much cooler. Today was a lot like what we’ll have when we come back for the race, so this was a truer test. Goodyear’s doing their best to give us a tire that has good grip but also lasts for a fuel run. … The infield section of the track feels like a true road course. It’s pretty wide and has some nice flow to it. There are some nice flowing sections and there are some real point-and-shoot sections. It should be fun.”last_img read more

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Pa. Ambulance Service Seeks Volunteers

first_img“We try to have a scheduled crew from 9 in the evening until 6 in the morning every day,” said Steve Zimmerman, a volunteer who works as a full-time EMT for First Aid and Safety Patrol. Because Elco High School offers a basic EMT course, the unit receives a few trained volunteers, but only a handful stick around for more than a year or two, Mike Belleman noted. The group holds monthly meetings and training sessions. “We probably had over 500 (ambulance) calls,” said Mike Belleman, who serves as Newmanstown’s fire chief. “I went 65 hours in one week,” Mike Belleman said. “We get along really good,” Zimmerman said. “Our guys work together.” “There are people who do grant writing,” he said. “We have apartment rentals we need help with.” His wife, Vicki, works as a certified emergency medical technician for First Aid and Safety Patrol and volunteers with Newmanstown’s ambulance service. In addition to Millcreek Township, Newmanstown responds to calls in Richland and part of western Berks County, including Womelsdorf and portions of Marion and North Heidelberg townships. At least two technicians go out on each call. “All are somewhat active, but those 11 are the core people who take the rig out on the roads,” Mike Belleman said. Newmanstown ambulance also offers CPR classes for the public, the next of which is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday. “Homeland Security is really pushing new training,” he said. “People take everything for granted, especially people who moved here,” Mike Belleman said. “They think we have paid services with EMS and fire, because they may have had that where they lived before.” “For grants, you have to have documentation (of training),” Mike Belleman said. “If you don’t have your certs, you can’t even bill (for services).” Like other all-volunteer organizations, Newmanstown (Pa.) Ambulance relies on the time its members can contribute. Because many of them hold full-time jobs, it’s tough to find enough volunteers to answer all the calls.center_img “They have to be 16 to ride along as an observer,” Zimmerman said. “At least that can get them into the environment.” The Bellemans operate a family construction and cabinet company. In emergencies, like the January ice storm or last summer’s flooding, they and their sons “shut down and move down here,” Vicki Belleman said. “We had a great crew for the ice storm.” Although Newmanstown ambulance has a roster of about two-dozen responders, only 11 are regulars. “She makes sure everyone’s certifications are up to date,” Zimmerman said. Newmanstown Ambulance responded to 474 calls in 2005 and 478 calls in 2006. Last year, the total responses declined to 405 — not because there were fewer calls but because volunteers weren’t always available. Mike Belleman said the company needs volunteers who assist with other duties besides responding for emergencies and transports. “Each call lasts two and a half to three hours,” Vicki Belleman said. “Then we have reports to file with the state.” Although the fire company and ambulance service are separate entities, they work as a team. Zimmerman began his career in 1986. He has had hundreds of hours of training and, along with the other volunteers, is required by state and federal laws to undergo updates continually. If Newmanstown isn’t available, a neighboring ambulance is called from Myerstown or Schaefferstown in Lebanon County, Reinholds in Lancaster County or Robesonia in Berks County. Zimmerman’s wife, Barbara, is Newmanstown’s training officer. Leading the way last year was Kim Hurst, who responded to 123 calls, followed by Vicki Belleman with 116 and Charles McCully with 107. NEWMANSTOWN, Pa. — This growing community’s ambulance service is seeking reinforcements. For more information about the class or volunteering, call (610) [email protected]last_img read more

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College Girl Gives Up Free Time to Show Special Needs Kids That They Can Dance

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis dance troupe isn’t just talented – it is also very, very special.The Chance to Dance troupe of Lexington, Kentucky is made up entirely of kids and adults with special needs. The troupe is led by the University of Kentucky College of Education student Jenna Lyon. The youth had originally started the free dance program when she was still in high school four years ago – but despite now having to meet the demands of college, she still makes sure that she has enough time for the troupe.RELATED VIDEO: Dance Company Includes People in Wheelchairs and Busts a Beautiful MoveAnd after watching this clip of the kids and their beloved teacher, it is not hard to understand why.“Chance to Dance was founded on the platform that our student’s families would not have to pay for classes or costumes because we did not want expenses to keep anyone from participating in our program,” says Lyon. “In addition to the medical bills, child care and therapies that our families have to pay for for their children, we did not want A Chance to Dance to be added as another expense.”“Our students have shown me that they are just like any other person and are capable of accomplishing anything regardless of their disability. Some of our students might need a little extra help or guidance, but I have watched their determination and resilience help them achieve anything they set their mind to.”(WATCH the video below)Bust A Move: Click To Share With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Fugitive located in Beaumont

first_img The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Crimestoppers tipster reporting that fugitive Willie Nash was at a location in Beaumont. Deputies from the Jefferson County Warrant Division responded to the area that the tipster advised he could be located. The fugitive was placed under arrest for Indecency with a Child without incident, according to Deputy Rod Carroll with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.“The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community for their assistance in locating this fugitive,” Carroll said via e-mail. “Mr. Nash was booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. His bond has been set at $10,000.” A Crimestoppers tip led to the apprehension and arrest of a wanted felon hours after the alert was announced.last_img read more

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