The CMA has aired its dirty laundry after it suggests collusion between two laundry services

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Juneau’s only syringe exchange program may close

first_imgAlcohol & Substance Abuse | JuneauJuneau’s only syringe exchange program may closeSeptember 27, 2018 by Kavitha George, KTOO Share:Discarded syringes at the Four A’s exchange in Anchorage. Federal funding will continue for the Anchorage Four A’s office, but not for Juneau’s. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)The Juneau branch of the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association, or Four A’s, is at risk of closing by the end of June. In addition to free HIV testing, counseling services, and education, the Four A’s provides Juneau’s only syringe exchange program. In August alone, the Four A’s exchanged more than 3,000, free of cost.Bradley Grigg, the chief behavioral health officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital, worries that the loss of a syringe exchange program could worsen the effects of the opioid crisis in Juneau.“The one word I would use to describe the Four A’s clinic here in Juneau is ‘essential,’” Grigg said.The group prevents the use of dirty needles, which spread HIV, Hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases.“Which would in turn, in many ways, affect our public health center and our hospitals and our clinics. I think that would be the biggest impact that we can absolutely predict if this service goes away,” Grigg said.Four A’s says prevention funding that used to come from the federal government was cut several years ago, because Alaska is classified as a low-risk state for HIV. As a result, the money they do receive is only allotted for the state’s largest city, in this case Anchorage. The group is looking for other funding options to try to keep the Juneau office operating.Bartlett is working with the Four A’s to find alternative sources of funding. If the group is forced to close down, Executive Director Heather Davis said they hope to at least pass off the syringe exchange program to another prevention organization in town.“We definitely feel the need to keep it going, and Four A’s board of directors feels the need to try to keep it going if we can,” she said. “So that’s what we’re trying to do, looking at different resources available, trying to find small grants to support it, doing a crowdfunding campaign right now. And just getting the word out, making sure people know about the program and understand the importance of the program and all that it offers.”The crowdfunding campaign has a goal of $15,000, which the group says will keep the office open through the end of June.Share this story:last_img read more

Vote on Alaska Supreme Court nominees decided with tie-breaker by chief justice

first_imgCrime & Courts | Southcentral | State GovernmentVote on Alaska Supreme Court nominees decided with tie-breaker by chief justiceMay 27, 2021 by Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media Share:The seal of the state of Alaska hangs on April 19, 2018, behind the dais where Alaska Supreme Court justices normally hear cases in the Boney Courthouse in Anchorage. (Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The Alaska Judicial Council’s vote on nominees to fill a seat on the Alaska Supreme Court was closer and more contentious than usual.On Tuesday, the council voted to forward a list of three candidates to Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who will select one to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court. All three are Anchorage Superior Court judges and women, and Dunleavy had passed over all three in a previous selection.They are Dani Crosby, Jennifer Stuart Henderson and Yvonne Lamoureux, the top three rated candidates out of seven applicants, according to a survey of Alaska attorneys.The votes prior to finalizing that list involved a tie-breaker by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger, whose seat on the high court is the one going vacant when he retires in June.“It’s extremely rare for the chief justice to have to vote,” said Susanne DiPietro, the judicial council’s executive director, citing records going back to 1984. “The chief justice has actually been called upon to vote less than 1% of the time in just a handful of situations.”It’s uncommon because the chief justice only votes if the other six members are deadlocked, and that doesn’t happen often, DiPietro said.At issue Tuesday was Kotzebue Superior Court Judge Paul Roetman, who had the support of a Dunleavy-appointed judicial council member, Kristie Babcock. Babcok runs a State Farm Insurance agency in Kenai and is married to Tuckerman Babcock, former chair of the Alaska Republican Party and Dunleavy’s former chief of staff.Roetman, who is Mexican-American, was the only nonwhite candidate, the only one from rural Alaska and scored sixth out of the seven candidates on the survey of Alaska attorneys.In the council’s vote on Roetman, Babcock and the two other public members of the council voted yes, and the three members of the council selected by the Alaska Bar Association voted no, as did Bolger.According to the Anchorage Daily News, Babcock then changed her vote in protest against all of the other candidates, saying, “If we cannot move that name forward, then it’s not right to move any names forward.”The council ultimately selected Crosby, Henderson and Lamoureux. Dunleavy has 45 days to pick one of them.In 2019, Dunleavy announced a selection for a judgeship that was not one of the Judicial Council’s nominees. He relented after Justice Bolger made a statement pointing out that the move would be unconstitutional.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Industry’s message to Whitehall: UK transport infrastructure is crumbling

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 21/03/2018 He added: “By facilitating trade, we will attract inward investment at our ports and breathe new life into our deprived coastal economies. In doing this, global Britain will be a success.”A British Ports Association (BPA) report, Port Futures, claims some £1.7bn of investment by operators is in the port development pipeline, but says the government must do more.Policy manager Mark Simmonds said he hoped the report would help the government develop an “accurate” picture of what is required from it, to make private investment a success.“Ports are doing their bit, but we rely on government to ensure that road and rail connections from the port gate are fit for purpose,” said Mr Simmonds.“The terrestrial and marine planning and consenting process is also cumbersome and costly, and often holds back or even prevents some sustainable port development.”It is not only ports demanding action. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) claims some 20% of UK roads are just “five years away from being unusable”.Chief executive Richard Burnett said an Asphalt Industry Alliance report underlines government neglect of carriageways, which have seen “sharp increases” in pothole-related breakdowns.“Government and local authorities can do a lot more to bring the network up to standard, so roads aren’t full of cracks waiting to turn into dangerous potholes causing collisions,” said Mr Burnett.“Local roads where hauliers make their last-mile deliveries are often in a poor state and the damage they can cause to HGVs – in particular to their suspension systems – can be considerable.”On the rail side, the Freight Transport Association said a new investment strategy from Transport Scotland “should be good news for freight”, but said a funding gap must be addressed.Head of rail freight at the FTA Chris MacRae welcomed the new strategy, but said it was set against a “challenging” financial backdrop.“With UK government funding for rail falling in real terms, it is imperative the Scottish government does not allow rail freight to become the ‘poor relation’ in investment terms,” said Mr MacRae.“A funding gap of £460m means improvements need to be prioritised and we are urging Transport Scotland to keep the needs of freight in mind when deciding where the money will be spent.”The new Scottish strategy views challenges facing freight as part of a wider look at the transport sector as a whole. Mr MacRae said this should enable freight to be viewed as part of the “full picture” of rail usage across Scotland, with Scottish rail freight contributing some £670m to the country’s economy.Calls for infrastructural improvements follow the first signs of progress in Brexit negotiations, with chief negotiators Michel Barnier and David Davis announcing agreement on a transition deal.While Mr Barnier warned “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, Mr Dingle believes there are potential upsides to the UK’s departure from the EU.“There are substantial potential benefits to leaving the EU for our ports and wider maritime sector,” he said. “However, in order to realise these benefits, we first need to get a deal that prevents delays and disruption at our ports.” © Gorgios center_img The UK’s transport infrastructure is not fit for purpose, according to the logistics sector.The industry has demanded serious investment if Britain hopes to continue trading.Ports and roads are said to be in “dire need” of investment, while arguments continue to rage over Heathrow’s new runway – although there is some optimism around Scottish rail.Maritime UK chairman David Dingle said his organisation was pushing for “serious” investment in infrastructure, which, he added would be “an intelligent economic move and one that needs to be made to safeguard Britain’s future as an outward-looking trading hub in the wake of Brexit”.last_img read more

OSC seeks input on priorities

In the draft, the commission sets out some of the initiatives it plans to take on in the coming year. This year, the OSC is also adopting a new strategic plan, which sets its vision for the next few years and takes effect April 1, will involve setting up a new branch focused on investor issues, and a new research department, among other things. The statement of priorities is focused on the immediate year ahead. Among the initiatives highlighted in the statement of priorities, the OSC promises to research, and publish a discussion paper on, the cost of ownership of mutual funds in Canada, which will identify investor protection and public interest issues. It is also studying whether an explicit statutory fiduciary duty, or other standards, should apply to all advisors and dealers in Ontario. The OSC promised a paper on fiduciary duty in its last statement of priorities. In the new draft, it says that the research underway will be completed, and a paper on the advisor’s duty to clients will be prepared and published in consultation with the rest of the Canadian Securities Administrators. Additionally, it notes that it will re-examine risk disclosure in the new Fund Facts documents, and develop similar disclosure documents for other types of investment funds and scholarship plans; along with publishing rules (first proposed last year) regarding investment cost and performance reporting. In terms of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, the OSC says that it will continue to work with OBSI and the CSA “to support a sustainable and robust system of informal dispute resolution for investors”. The commission also says that it will: study the exempt market; re-consider the current regulatory requirements governing shareholders’ rights plans; improve the adjudicative process by moving to electronic hearings; advocate for the elimination of slate voting, the adoption of majority voting policies for director elections, and enhanced disclosure of voting results for shareholder meetings; improve the proxy voting system; and, publish a consultation paper addressing issues associated with market data in a multi-marketplace environment. This year, the OSC is also adding the issue of systemic risk to its list of goals, in the wake of the financial crisis and G20 commitments on regulatory reform. The focus there is largely on developing a new regulatory regime for the over-the-counter derivatives market. “The greatest challenge facing regulators will not merely be the effective implementation of new rules, but also the development of the regulatory capacity to keep current with new market developments that will emerge over time as a result of financial innovation, or as unforeseen consequences of the implementation of the current proposed rules,” it notes. And, it says that, in light of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on the national securities regulator, the OSC will focus on its mandate “by working in the best interests of investors and market participants of Ontario”; while also working cooperatively with the rest of the CSA and other regulators “to make the regulatory system more efficient”. On the financial front, the OSC is forecasting revenues to increase by 12.5% in the year ahead, due to fee increases in place for the coming year and a market growth assumption of 5%, but it still expects to operate at a deficit in 2012-2013. And, forecasts its accumulated surplus will be less than $2 million by March 31, 2013. The Ontario Securities Commission is planning to study the cost of mutual fund ownership in Canada, publish a paper on fiduciary duty, and address a variety of shareholder issues, among a host of other things promised in its new statement of priorities. The OSC has published a draft of its statement of priorities for the coming year in Friday’s OSC Bulletin, the final version is due by June 30. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Companies Ontario Securities Commission Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton read more

Promoting Your Events

first_imgHome Wine Business Editorial E Column Promoting Your EventsWine Business EditorialE ColumnPromoting Your EventsBy Elizabeth Slater – July 3, 2019 115 0 Twitter AdvertisementHave you noticed that your life seems to be getting busier? Most of us have, and the most of us includes your customers.When you are promoting your events, create a flyer or email that not only tells your customers about your products, but also tell them how they will benefit from coming to your event.It is important that in our promotional pieces (whether they are sent via mail, text, email or via pony express) let your customers know that you are doing this event because you appreciate them, not just to sell wine.Before you start writing your press releases or promotion pieces think about how your event benefits your attendees? You know why you are putting on the event, however, do your guests know what is in it for them?Will they get to taste wines that are not usually available to them?Will they be giving information about the company, wines or people?Little known facts with which they can impress their friends.Is it a chance for guests to talk to the winemaker or other cellar staff?Is it an opportunity for them to bring some of their friends with them?Your customers have lots of things they could be doing rather than come to your winery for an event. Reminding your guests of what they should expect from the event, most times results in more attendees, and if you interact with your guests and make them feel welcome and special, will result in more sales.In addition to making your guests feel special (because after all, they are special), make it easy for them to buy your wine.Create procedures that make the purchasing process easy and quick.Print out order forms and present them to the guests with any event information.The guests complete the order before they get to the cash register, which saves a lot of time and the lines to buy stay shorter.The cashier hands back the order form that has been stamped paid along with a receipt.The guests hand the order form to the people packing the wines.After the wine is packed the customers take the wine and their receipt, while the order form stays with the packers. Not only does this save time; it also gives you a printed record of everything you have sold in case there is a problem.A tip of the glass from me to you.E Columnby Elizabeth “E” Slater, In Short Direct MarketingA recognized expert in the fields of direct marketing and sales in the wine marketplace. Slater has taught more wineries and winery associations how to create and improve the effectiveness of their direct marketing programs and to make the most of each customer’s potential than anyone in the wine industry today.Follow E on twitter @esavant and facebook.Advertisement Email Pinterest Previous articleAfternoon Brief, July 2Next articleHottest Wine App, My Wine Society, Introduced by Wine Lover Website, Wine Enthusiast Elizabeth Slater Facebook Share ReddIt Linkedin TAGSE ColumnElizabeth SlaterIn Short Direct Marketing last_img read more

Varsity Cup back with a bang in Pretoria

first_img  675  46 ‘ Varsity Cup back with a bang in Pretoria ‘ ‘ Posted in Top headlines, Varsity Cup Published on March 10, 2021 BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo Watch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeFormer England wing wing Ugo Monye says Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe is one of the most devastating runners in the game ever.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img Buzz TreatmentRemember Grace Jones? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowBuzz Treatment|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by Dylan Jack 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ The 2021 edition of the Varsity Cup will be played in a secure bio-bubble at the University of Pretoria from 4 April to 24 May.For the first time in the tournament’s history, it will also include comprehensive broadcast coverage of Varsity Shield matches.The Varsity Cup is set to alternate with the Varsity Shield during this 51-day period, with all 17 teams staying at the Varsity Cup Village. Teams will leave and return to the Village between bubbles.As previously reported by SARugbymag.co.za, both the Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield will adhere to SA Rugby’s Covid-19 protocols, with players and management being tested regularly. Weekly testing will also be done during the four-week period leading up to the tournaments.‘It’s been a long and hard journey to this point, but we’re finally going to see the best in young rugby talent again,’ said Xhanti-Lomzi Nesi, Varsity Cup tournament manager.‘We might not be able to have in-stadium attendance, but we have a feast of rugby planned on SuperSport and a couple of surprises for fans. Varsity Cup has always been about innovation, pushing the boundaries and changing lives of those who form part of it. In 2021, we’re going to take this to the next level.’The nine rounds of the Varsity Cup league stage will be split into three bubbles of three rounds each. After rounds three and six, Varsity Cup teams will leave the Village as Varsity Shield teams arrive. The Varsity Shield is set to take place across two bubbles.Matches will be played at Tuks Stadium, the Tuks B Field and at Loftus Versfeld (a mere 4km away) on Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays and public holidays.As always, the top four teams on the Varsity Cup log will qualify for the semi-finals, which will be played on 21 May, followed by the final on 24 May. The top-two teams on the Varsity Shield log will contest the final on 9 May.SuperSport will broadcast 34 of the 48 Varsity Cup matches live and – for the first time ever – all Varsity Shield fixtures.After last year’s Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield tournaments were cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Varsity Cup Board opted to promote the Madibaz to the Varsity Cup as they had already secured enough points on the combined 2019-20 Varsity Shield log. And with no team being relegated from the  Varsity Cup in 2020, there will be 10 participants in the 2021 tournament.The Varsity Shield will still have seven teams in 2021 after University Sports South Africa (USSA) nominated Durban University of Technology (DUT) to join the tournament. DUT will make their debut against WSU in the first match of the Varsity Shield at Loftus Versfeld on 12 April.There will be no promotion or relegation after the 2021 season. Instead, the bottom two teams on the combined 2021-22 Varsity Cup log will be relegated to the  Varsity Shield, while the last-placed team on the combined 2021-22 Varsity Shield log will fall out of the tournament. From the 2023 season, there will be eight teams in the Cup and eight in the Shield.No changes have been made to the rules and regulations for the 2021 season. FNB Varsity Cup teams will still be able to score a seven-point try originating from their own half, while Cup and Shield teams are allowed to replace a red-carded player with a substitute after 15 minutes. In the FNB Varsity Cup semi-finals and final, captains and coaches can use a white card to review a referee’s decision, with each team allowed one review per half.The Varsity Cup’s eligibility rules also remain the same, with players requiring 60 academic credits from 2020 to be able to play in 2021.2021 FIXTURESREAD: What’s in our new issue?Subscribe herePhoto: Gallo Images ‘ Hero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero Wars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWatch: Springbok centre Jesse Kriel goes full CR7 after excellent trySA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Why Andre Esterhuizen is set for another banSA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Tuks celebrate their win against NWU last_img read more

Gas Prices Fall In Metro Atlanta, Nationally

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings An audio version of this story.0:27You won’t need the luck of the Irish to save a little money at the pumps in metro Atlanta.The average cost for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $2.29, according to AAA.That’s a 3-cent dip from last week, and it’s more than $1 less from this time last year.“The price of oil has not seen dramatic increases in the past couple of weeks and motorists are reaping the benefits,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said. ”Gas prices are at their lowest level this time of year since 2009, which will entice people to take a road trip this spring.”The national average for a gallon is $2.42, a 3-cent drop from last week.   Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Share 0:27 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List last_img read more

Dorm Overcrowding At Georgia State: 500 Students Affected

first_img Georgia State University must find room for roughly 500 students as more have applied to stay on its Atlanta campus than there are places to live.Like us on FacebookLocal news outlets report that according to the school’s website, the campus’s increasing popularity to live on has led to an unusual increase in the number of students applying for housing during the fall academic term.School officials tell WXIA-TV they usually have about 1,000 cancellations. So far, there are only 500.GSU officials are offering boarding discounts to students volunteering to share a room in University Commons, or who live in dorms designated as overflow locations.About 400 students will stay at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel until Aug. 31.As of Tuesday, students should already know if they will be impacted by the overflow. Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings Add to My List In My List Share Related Storieslast_img read more

The four pillars of good representation

first_img Edited 2 times. Last edit by John V Michel on 19th March 2020 2:07pm 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. The four pillars of good representationGDC 2020: Proletariat’s Tori Schafer offers key considerations for studios including LGBT+ representation in their gamesRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 18th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareLast year, LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD awarded The Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset expansion its inaugural award for Outstanding Video Game, celebrating “outstanding LGBTQ-inclusive content.”The quest at the heart of it, “Manor of Masques,” tells the story of a transgender woman named Alchemy, who rejects a life as a mage and scholar to join a theatre troupe. In it, the player is sent by Alchemy’s sister — initially unaware of her transition — to tell the estranged sibling she wants to reconnect. It concludes with the two reuniting, and Alchemy’s sister accepting her for who she is.Tori Schafer, one of the designers behind the quest, has also contributed to LGBTQ representation in another game: Backbone. In EggNut’s noir adventure starring an anthropomorphic raccoon detective, the player encounters a lesbian woman named Sophia who has been rejected by society and her family as a result of Backbone’s bigoted cultural setting. It’s a stark contrast to Summerset’s culture of acceptance.But as Schafer discussed in her GDC 2020 talk “Representing LGBT+ Characters in Games: Two Case Studies,” it’s possible to tell both kinds of stories while remaining respectful of real LGBTQ people and communities. To that end, she described four pillars that developers should aim to follow when designing representation of all kinds, though her talk focused on LGBT+ characters and stories specifically.Schafer acknowledged that Alchemy plays into some common tropes (an actress, wearing a mask), but added that the narrative didn’t depend on those tropes, or use them for laughs at her expenseRealisticThe first question developers should ask themselves when portraying LGBT+ characters is if their portrayal is accurate.”[Make sure] it’s a portrayal that avoids stereotypes and makes sure that the character isn’t defined by their sexuality or gender,” Schafer said. “This is helped by research, making sure that game developers who are working on this kind of content are as diverse as possible, and also consuming community-approved LGBT+ media — things that have had a positive response from the LGBT+ community — and making sure that you understand the types of identities you’re representing.”Considerate”Is the narrative considerate of past and current LGBT+ issues? Make sure characters aren’t inherently bad because of their sexuality or gender. The narrative shouldn’t punish a character because of their identity, even if the society that character is a part of does… How is the narrative treating this character? What is the message the narrative is giving to the player about this character and their identity?””The narrative shouldn’t punish a character because of their identity, even if the society that character is a part of does” Explicit”Are characters explicitly stated to be LGBT+? Do they openly say their identity, or openly talk about their identity’s experiences?”But you have to be mindful of doing this without the character’s consent — having other characters reveal a character’s identity is something you want to avoid both in games and in real life, making sure that you have the consent of that individual, that their identity can be talked about or shown. The best way to do that is to make sure the character is the one telling the player who they are and what their identity is.”Respectful”Is the character’s identity respected by the narrative? Make sure that the character’s identity is never the butt of a joke. You can have these characters be funny. You can have these characters make jokes. But not in a stereotypical, harmful way. You have to be respectful of the LGBT+ community and their experiences and make sure you’re not relying on those harmful things.”And [you should be] respectful to the community on social media. Make sure that on social media your studio and your developers are not making harmful jokes or comments about the LGBT+ community, and are being mindful about how that community reacts to and interprets your characters and stories.”If someone has a headcanon that a character identifies a certain way, or two characters have a certain kind of relationship, make sure you respect that. Because that is how that player is choosing to consume your content so that they are represented, and make sure you never feel like they’re wrong or lesser for doing so.”Though Alchemy is the only openly trangender character in The Elder Scrolls Online, the designers included dialogue in her quest clearly stating that transgender individuals exist everywhere within its world, and are acceptedAt one point during the talk, a viewer in the Twitch chat asked how developers can pitch LGBT+ narratives to their teams successfully for inclusion in larger projects.”I think that having a broader talk about how your studio or team feels about these narratives needs to happen first,” Schafer replied. “Make sure everyone is on the same page, or that you’re coming from the right angle that your studio/team cares about.”From there you can discuss it as a moral obligation, something that can grab the attention of more players, etc. Or just something you feel passionate about. Saying how much it means to you to create those stories can go a long way.””Leads need to be the ones to say, ‘Let’s make sure we’re creating a diverse cast and a diverse story'” Another user asked how Schafer felt about games that offer LGBT+ characters as romance options, particularly when it comes to the issue of either all characters being available for relationships with protagonists of any gender, versus locking some characters out as options for certain genders.”I think that it’s important to a lot of people to see that the characters reflect their sexuality in realistic ways, but it also can be limiting to players who may want to romance same-sex characters, so it’s a very tricky subject to be honest,” Schafer said. “I don’t know if I have the right answer, but I think it’s more something you have to talk about with your team and decide what’s best for your game, and something you should be cognizant of.”Schafer advised that developers do extensive research ahead of time to ensure representation remains respectful, recommending diversity readers and organizations such as GLAAD, GaymerX, and Queerly Represent Me as potential resources. She also advocated for studio initiatives to create diverse representation, led by those at the top.”Leads need to be the ones to say, ‘Let’s make sure we’re creating a diverse cast and a diverse story’. They need to be supporting designers who want to create that representation: giving them the time to research, giving them the resources needed, making sure they’re positive about that initiative.”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 Finally, Schafer urged developers to push for representation even if they feel apprehensive about not getting things exactly right.”LGBT+ characters and narratives deserve a place in games,” she said. “They deserve to be represented, and representation does not need to be perfect to be respectful. You’re going to have hitches within your gameplay, within your narrative, and you’re just going to have to use as much of those pillars as you can to ensure that, even though there might be some issues, overall you’re giving a respectful story for this character to be a part of.”And fans will respond positively to respectful representation. I know it can be scary, because when you get it wrong, the LGBT+ community is really upset. But you’ve got to know that when you try to put yourself out there and create that diverse representation, you will get a lot of excitement.”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. 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