NEWS DIGEST 29.05.2021: New games, laws and risk management policies

Good morning. Our news for today comes from Twitter. Humble Games and Alt Shift Studio have gone live with a new launch trailer for the Switch version of Crying Suns. View the latest video for the tactical rogue-lite below. Crying Suns is being distributed for Switch on the eShop – Crying Suns Switch launch trailer (GameSense.co)

Art provides us with a variety of ways to express our creativity and emotions. What art can do for ai? What is art? Is there such a thing as a universal definition of art? Why do we make art? Why is creating art controversial? How can technology help art to succeed in this day and age? One of the basic inner needs of a child is to express his emotions through art, broadly defined art. How does AI need art in order to be successful? Artificial intelligence needs an emotional outlet- it needs the ability to create and express itself – what art can do for ai #2 (AI & ART/Medium)

Willis Towers Watson has launched Heliclass, a bespoke risk community for rotor wing operators that will provide data, analytics and expertise to clients. These aim to provide rotor wing operators with data and insights to help mitigate risks and support a proactive response to development and emerging risks. Heliclass will also provide clients with industry insights and market updates which evaluate the risk and sector landscape, leveraging Willis Towers Watson’s expertise as a leading risk advisor and insurance broker to the aviation industry. The community will build on existing risk forums such as the WTW Airport Risk Community and A Class, a platform dedicated to a select group of business aviation operations, and which actively supports open dialogue across the industry regarding risk management. “We recognise that our fixed rotor clients require dedicated and specific risk mitigation advice,” said David Boyle, regional director of aviation, Asia at WTW. “By combining our leading data analytics with a greater understanding of the industry risk landscape and insurance market trends, Heliclass delivers a rotor wing community with dedicated sector expertise, which will help clients mitigate risks and grow their operations in Asia Pacific.”WTW unveils risk community for rotor wing sector (Insurance Business UK)

The Massachusetts state legislature is considering a bill that would allow local governments to “tax” nonprofit colleges and universities. The bill, HD3207, would allow cities to force traditionally tax-exempt organizations owning at least $15 million in property to pay PILOTs – payments in lieu of taxation – “equal to 25% of the amount that would be paid if the property were not exempt from taxation.” Speaking to the Harvard Crimson in April, State Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven, the bill’s sponsor and party member of the Democratic Socialists of America, said that the legislation was crafted to target universities. Right-leaning student news site Campus Reform asked Rep. Sabadosa whether requiring PILOT payments may trigger job loss as universities lay off employees; she pointed out that Harvard University and Smith College have endowments of $49.2 billion and $2 billion respectively. Universities across the nation have faced criticism for refusing to pay PILOTs – Massachusetts bill would force nonprofit universities to pay their ‘fair share’ (Campus Reform)

The MAC, an arts venue in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will be reopening this week to visitors as the lockdown is eased. Adapted opening hours, hand sanitising stations and ticketed gallery visits are also in place, so customers can view the exhibitions and visit the ground floor Café Bar in a safe and managed fashion. “We are relieved, excited and thrilled to reopen our doors and for the MAC to again offer our visitors and friends access to outstanding contemporary visual art. Our beautiful venue will also give people of all ages, interests and backgrounds a chance to chill out while enjoying a delicious lunch or a coffee and bun.” The MAC reopens with three new exhibitions of work from Ambera Wellmann, Maya Balcioglu and Jaap Pieters. Anne McReynolds describes the exhibition programme as another example of the MAC acting as a magnet for the most exciting work by today’s most exciting local, national and international visual artists. “These three exhibitions give all of us in Northern Ireland a series of firsts: the first exhibition in the UK and Ireland of the contemporary art world’s critically acclaimed, rising star Ambera Wellmann, the first exhibition of a new body of work by Maya Balcioglu and the first survey exhibition of Dutch artist Jaap Pieters’ sensitive exploration of people who have fallen through the cracks of society.” – The MAC ready for safe reopening (Love Belfast)

The Story Reading Ape, Chris Graham shares the posts of many of us each week as well as featuring guest writers, post links to all aspects of writing and of course his infamous Monday Funnies that usually star members of his own extended family including Maxine and Aunty Acidnot to be confused with Mary Poppins!! If this is the case, then in order to be effective, for every story telling ape there had to be a story listening ape. The next person who I would like to place the spotlight on is Annette Rochelle Aben who has been a motivator and supporter to many of us. Publication lead to awards, which provided even more encouragement and now, Annette Rochelle Aben is a #1 Best Selling Author! These days, Annette writes poetry books, coaches others through the writing of their books, and edits articles for the digital magazine The Magic HappensSmorgasbord Blogger Daily – #Profiles – Bloggers – Motivators and Inspirers – The Story Reading Ape, Annette Rochelle Aben (Smorgasbord Blog Magazine/WordPress.com)

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