Disaster Alert: Earthquake in Japan, Tsunami Warnings

I'm sure many of you have seen and read about what happened in Japan today, our thoughts here at HL go out to anyone living in Japan and anyone who has family living there. The following is the alert from the Red Cross:

Disaster Alert: Earthquake in Japan, Tsunami Warnings

Update 9:30 AM - At this time the Red Cross in unable to accept inquiries to contact or locate family and friends in Japan. However, there are several resources available as follows.

Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or 202 647-5225.

For inquiries about relatives living in Japan who are not US citizens, encourage the members of your community to keep calling or to try contacting other family members who live in the region. Even though communication networks overloaded right now, the situation may change and access to mobile networks and the internet may improve.

The Google Person Finder site is available at: http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/

Japan - A series of major earthquakes struck off the coast of Japan at around 2:46 pm JST on March 11. One of the earthquakes measured 8.9 in magnitude. Tsunami warnings, watches, and advisories are in effect in multiple locations.

The Hawaii Red Cross is supporting tsunami warning and potential evacuation efforts. Follow their latest messages on Twitter.

More news will be posted as it is made available.

Link to Article that includes all the links.

There is no official donation link at this time on Japan's Red Cross website, so the donate button on the Red Cross' website is the best way to go right now. If they add one I will update.

UPDATE - WAY TO DONATE FROM LADY GAGA:
Little Monsters, show your support for Japan with this "We Pray For Japan" wristband! Choose your price to add an additional donation with your wristband. All proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts.

Wristband Link

UPDATE - YOU CAN DONATE TO UNICEF:

For 60 years, the people of Japan have given generously to UNICEF, so that less fortunate children around the world could have a brighter future. Today, the children of Japan need your help. It is a privilege to show them the same generosity and empathy they have shown the rest of the world.

Help children in Japan: Donate to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's emergency appeal for the children affected by the quake and tsunami.

OR

DONATE VIA GOOGLE:

http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html


Canterbury Earthquake - February 23 Update 0030 Hours

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the Canterbury area at 12.51 PM today - February 22. The quake, approximately 5 km underground and located 10 km south east of the city has caused wide spread damage, bursting sewage lines, damaging buildings and homes, cutting power and telephone lines to many areas of the city. The mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, has declared a state of emergency.

Red Cross Christchurch and Timaru teams are on the ground working now, with Nelson and Blenheim teams on their way. Dunedin, Queenstown, Invercargill and West Coast teams are all due to arrive tomorrow morning to assist. They are working with Civil Defence, New Zealand Police, the local councils and agencies and are assisting with First Aid to the injured and provision of welfare. Standardised Red Cross relief supplies being distributed and deployed from around the country.

Source

In the past and present we have had many players from NZ here on HL, so if you have any money to spare you can donate to the New Zealand Red Cross.

To all of our players who live there and/or have family there, we hope you're all safe.


Added ability to change your character name (display name)

Hey everyone!

I know some of you have requested the ability to change your character name (which I'll refer to as your display name for the continuation of this post).

For those of you who have accumulated more than 10,000 donator points you may now change your display name in the Prefect's Lounge by clicking on the Change Display Name link! You can change your display name once after the initial 10,000 points are earned. Every subsequent change will require an additional 5,000 points.

Some cool perks of changing your display name are that you can:

  • use colors in your name
  • use bold and italic characters in your name
  • use special characters (i.e. symbols) in your name
  • use foul language in your name (just kidding)
When you change your display name using this method you still keep the same login or username. In your bio other players can still see your original username to prevent confusion.


Deathly Hallows DVD Release Date & Deleted Scenes

The BBFC has released the titles of deleted scenes, featurettes and focus points we can expect on the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 DVD. They have also revealed the DVD's release date - April 11.

The additional material will total 56 minutes and 30 seconds. See below for what the additional disc will contain:

Deleted Scenes

- The Burrow's Shed: Ron Discusses Radios with Mr. Weasley
- The Dursley House: Harry and Aunt Petunia As They Leave House
- The Dursley House: Harry and Dudley Shake Hands
- The Granger House: Death Eaters Search Deserted Home
- Ministry of Magic Lifts: Harry Tells Arthur He's Being Tracked
- Tent: Trio Discusses Destroying The Locket
- Rabbit Chase in the Forest
- Montage: Ron and Hermione Skimming Stones

The main featurette is entitled "On The Green with Rupert, Tom, Oliver and James." Focus points include The Last Days of Privet Drive, Hagrid's Motorbike, Magical Tents, Death Eaters Attack Cafe, Creating Dobby and Kreacher, Godric's Hollow, The Frozen Lake and The Return of Griphook.

Source: MuggleNet


My 2011 Birthday Wish: Donate to UNICEF

As you may know it's my birthday on January 12th (that's today for many of you). If you want to do something special for your Headmaster please consider contributing to UNICEF. It's my favorite charitable organization. 90.5% of your donations actually go to the children in need unlike other charities, which waste their contributions on things such as frivolous lawsuits.

22,000 children die every day from completely preventable causes. Please help those who can't help themselves; let's turn that number into 0! No other organization can mobilize and coordinate lifesaving efforts faster and more effectively than UNICEF, which saves more than 6 million children each year. These children are living proof that we can make a difference.

If you'd like to make a donation to this cause I will give you donator points in exchange for doing so. Make a donation on UNICEF's secure online form by clicking here. Please note you will need to provide me with a receipt of your donation to receive donator points.

Alternatively, you may owl or email me, , your PayPal transaction number after making a donation via the "PayPal Contribute" button and I'll add your funds to my next donation to UNICEF at the end of the month. Keep in mind that this method is not tax deductible as is the case when you use UNICEF's official donation form.

There are also other ways to support UNICEF aside from donating, please visit: UNICEF's Other Ways to Give Page.


Raffle Winners

We apologize for the delay, but the raffle winners have been chosen and posted!

The 3 winners of the 3-month VIP pass are:

God Spartacus (Ticket 102)
Mistress RainaFormensul (Ticket 1633)
Supreme God JakeSkellington (Ticket 1374)


Our winner of the 6-month VIP pass is:

Ich Will Haji (Ticket 400)

And our 1 YEAR VIP pass winner is:

NaughtyByNature irishprincess (Ticket 897)

Congratulations to all of you!!

If you weren't one of the lucky winners this time, don't be discouraged. We will be having more raffles soon and remember, it only takes one ticket to win!



HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year!!


Congratulations to Ravenclaw for winning the House Holiday Tree Contest! They will enjoy the House Buff for the entire month of January!

Thank you all for making HL such a great place to log into every day. May 2011 be your best year yet :)


New Year's Raffles

We're raffling off VIP passes!

VIP passes let you log in to Hogwarts Live whenever you want no matter how many players are currently online.

New Year's Raffles:

1 Year VIP Pass

6 Month VIP Pass

3 Month VIP Pass


The raffles end on January 1, 2011 at Midnight GMT.

Please check out the Candy Raffle section, under Global on the left-hand side, of HL to enter. You can exchange your Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans for raffle tickets. You can get beans from special events while playing HL or via the Prefect's Lounge.


Seriously?

If people want to be rude and immature on holidays and abuse the special modules we have for you to enjoy and give you a little something different to do, we will NOT do them anymore. It is extremely cowardly to abuse them to try and ruin someones holiday to make you feel better about yourself. If you were one of the ones who used the anonymous option on the Holiday Gift module to send someone a gift with a nasty uncalled for message, you have two options, owl them an apology or ruin the game for everyone else around the holiday seasons because we won't install any special ones anymore.

If you know who did this, you can petition their name and encourage them to fess up.
Also please read the blog post below this one. :)

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it and Happy Holidays to the rest,
Spinal


Christmas Presents- Opening Time Extended

As an early Christmas present for you all, Danilo has edited the Gift Shop module to extend the amount of time that presents can be opened!

I believe that it is extended for 6 days to allow presents to be opened through New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) since so many of you requested that day to end it. To be safe, I am leaving it set to start opening on Dec. 26; the day AFTER Christmas. If presents can still be opened January 1, so be it, but I'm trying to accommodate as many players as I can. Hopefully this will allow everyone to get a chance to open all their gifts.

Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


UPDATES:

Peeves the Poltergeist has been fixed! He now tells you the correct amount of gems he gives you! Thanks to all that petitioned that. :)

Also, for all you cheaters who have been evading PvP by timing out in dwellings...that has been fixed too. Now you will be kicked to the village when you time out. :)

Merry Christmas to those of us who want to kill you!

Update from Spinal:

I added a special Reindeer pet to the Magical Managerie in Diagon Alley, it'll be available until New Years.