(NOTE: GameStop is located at 246 Main Street in Wilmington.)GRAPEVINE, TX — GameStop is once again partnering with Autism Speaks to help increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder. Throughout May, the video game retailer is focusing its annual in-store autism awareness campaign on raising funds for the newly launched NXT Gen Coders Program powered by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, aimed at increasing coding and programming skills for people with autism.From May 1 through May 31, GameStop will host its third annual in-store autism awareness campaign with 100 percent of donations going to Autism Speaks and helping fund the NXT Gen Coders Program. This program, powered by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, will focus on opportunities for coding and programing skill development for people with autism, so that they may be better equipped to take advantage of the one million jobs that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates will be open in the coding industry by 2020.With the vast majority of adults with autism unemployed or underemployed, GameStop and Autism Speaks are collaborating on the NXT Gen Coders Program to give talented young men and women a path to careers that match their training, abilities and interests.“We are proud to continue our commitment to raising awareness and providing support to the individuals and families impacted by autism,” says Jason Cochran, senior vice president of Store Operations for GameStop. “Through our ongoing partnership with Autism Speaks and the newly launched NXT Gen Coders Program, we are taking extra steps to provide individuals with autism the job and life skills they need to help them enjoy a more fulfilling life.”During this year’s campaign, GameStop is offering three ways guests can contribute to support people with autism:For the first-time, guests will have the option to donate up to 100 percent of their trade-in value to charity when they bring to GameStop their unused video game hardware, software, accessories, or consumer electronics.Donate $1 or more in-store or on GameStop.com and GameStop will provide triple PowerUp Rewards points on the donation amount.Donate PowerUp Rewards points to Autism Speaks in the PowerUp Rewards Center.GameStop’s continued support of Autism Speaks follows several successful campaigns since the partnership began in 2016, with more than $2.4 million in donations raised to enhance the quality of life for children, adults and families impacted by autism.“We appreciate GameStop’s generosity and commitment to the autism community,” said Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger. “Each year, 50,000 young people with autism enter adulthood, expanding a talent pool that is largely untapped. Creating employment opportunities requires innovative solutions, which is why we’re excited about the NXT Gen Coders Program.”(NOTE: The above press release is from GameStop.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: GameStop Awards $250,000 In Grants To Increase Employment Readiness For People With AutismIn “Business”GameStop Partners With Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Collects $1.2 Million in Donations During Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”,Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam released a statement on Friday apologizing for an uncovered racist photo from his 1984 East Virginia Medical School yearbook that depicts him and another man in blackface and in Ku Klux Klan garb.An accompanying quote under the photo reads: “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world, so I think I’ll have another beer.”Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized Friday for an offensive photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook page.CBS News reported that it conducted further research, uncovering another page in Northam’s yearbook at the Virginia Military Institute that displays nicknames listed underneath his name, including the word “Coonman,” a known racial slur.The photo and CBS’ discovery have led some to call for Northam’s resignation.Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris of California and former Obama Administration official Julian Castro as well as NAACP President Derrick Johnson have each called for Northam’s immediate resignation.Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine also demanded that Northam step aside.“This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound,” Kaine said in a statement.“I hope the governor …. Now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward,” Kaine said.The Governor released the following statement:“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service.“But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”Several hours later, Northam posted a video on Twitter saying his previous statement fell “far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor” and “I believe you deserve to hear directly from me.”“That photo, and the racist and offensive attitudes it represents, does not reflect the person I am today, or the way that I have conducted myself as a soldier, a doctor, and a public servant,” Northam said.“I am deeply sorry. I cannot change the decisions I made, nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today. But I accept responsibility for my past actions, and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust.”
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: The carriageway reopened – although it is now shut again due to an accident near junction 3. More on that here. The M6 motorway is closed near the West Midlands/Warwickshire border this morning after cows escaped onto the carriageway – with the road expected to remain closed for several more hours. The motorway has been closed in both directions since late on Saturday night after the animals escaped onto the road between junction 4 and junction 4a. The cattle are believed to have got onto the motorway at around 11.30pm last night, and Warwickshire Police and Highways England are waiting for daylight to ensure all the cows are cleared. A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 is closed in both directions between junctions 4 and 4a, due to a number of cows that have escaped their nearby enclosure and who have found their way onto the motorway. ” Bad weather in the region, with a yellow weather warning in place across the West Midlands, is also impeding the retrieval of the animals. Read MoreYellow weather warning issued for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire as heavy rain forecast The Highways England spokesman added: “Deteriorating weather conditions (heavy rain, thunder and lightening) is hampering our efforts to deal with the loose cows on the motorway. “Expectation is that we will have to keep the motorway closed until daylight, so that we can be sure all of the cows have been captured and that there are none left behind in the tall bushes or dense undergrowth.” Diversions are currently in place in both directions and traffic is being advised to take alternative routes. Diversions in Place:Highways England say they have the following diversions in place. Northbound – Exit the M6 northbound at junction 4 and join the A446 northbound towards Coleshill. At Coleshill, exit the A446 and join the B4114 towards Birmingham. Then join the A452 westbound towards Castle Bromwich. Continue on the A452 to then join the A38 at Tyburn Island. Follow the road signs towards Birmingham city centre. Re-join the M6 northbound at Salford Circus (M6 junction 6). Follow the hollow black circle diversion symbol. Southbound – Traffic approaching the closure at junction 4a is diverted onto the M42 northbound. Travel M42 northbound and exit the M42 at junction 9. Travel around the roundabout and re-join the M42 in the opposite direction at junction 9, travelling southbound. Follow the overhead motorway signs for the M6 southbound. Re-join the M6 southbound at junction 3a. Follow the hollow diamond diversion symbol.