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More layoffs expected at Activision-Blizzard, this time at APAC officesCompany confirms around 30 employees face redundancy following announcement it needed to hire over 2,000Rebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 19th November 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleActivision BlizzardActivision Blizzard is expected to institute another round of layoffs soon, this time at its studios in the Asia-Pacific region.Speaking to MCV following their report on upcoming layoffs, the company confirmed that around 30 employees were facing redundancy. No APAC office closures have been announced yet.The spokesperson also confirmed that the customer support teams and localization teams would not be impacted.”We’ve been exploring how we might best integrate our capabilities across the business and be efficient as we evolve to meet growth opportunities and stay competitive in Asia Pacific,” said an Activision Blizzard spokesperson.”To that end, we have begun conversations with employees regarding a plan to centralize some roles across the region in our Sydney office. Decisions of this nature are never easy and supporting our employees through this process is our number one priority.”Related JobsSenior QA Engineer Gaming Studio Baltic Region UK & Europe Big PlanetLead Game Programmer – Quebec Province Quebec Big PlanetSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games The company has offices of varying sizes and focuses in Shanghai, Seoul, Taiwan, and Singapore as well as Sydney.This is the latest in an ongoing series of layoffs across the company, including more recent shutdowns of offices in Versailles and The Hague, but also saw 800 employees let go in early 2019 — around 8% of the company’s total headcount — at the same time that it reported record profits.This also comes on the heels of the company announcing it needed to hire 2,000 people to meet production demands as it beefed up operations around key franchises such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.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. Enter your email addressMore storiesActivision Blizzard wins patent lawsuit after nine yearsThe judge ruled that the patents were “not inventions” of Worlds Incorporated, which was suing for infringementBy Marie Dealessandri 5 days agoCall of Duty, King push Activision Blizzard to record Q1 revenuesPublisher’s revenues jump 27% to $2.28 billion as Call of Duty Mobile’s Chinese debut helps drive Activision division sales up 72% year-over-yearBy Brendan Sinclair 7 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Official White House Photo by Shealah CraigheadBY ROSA SANCHEZ, EMILY SHAPIRO, IVAN PEREIRA, STEPHANIE EBBS, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — Dr. Anthony Fauci told The Washington Post that his message for Christmas is to “tone things down,” including gathering outdoors when possible, wearing a mask when not eating or drinking, and keeping gatherings to as few people as possible and within your household.Fauci is not only celebrating Christmas on Thursday, but also his 80th birthday. And for the first time, Fauci won’t be with his daughters for the big day.“This is the first time since the birth of my daughters, and they are now in their late 20s and early 30s, that we have not been together on Christmas Eve,” Fauci said. “I’m not alone in this feeling that kind of pain of separation from our loved ones.”His milestone birthday was marked with a surprise Zoom party organized by his wife.“I want to practice what I preach. I don’t want to tell the country to do something that I’m not willing to do myself,” Fauci said. “I was just on a Zoom call with the girls … I think I lost about a liter of fluid in tears, to be honest, with hearing their expressions of love and concern to me. But we ended it on a happy note because we know that sooner or later, very likely sooner, as we get into 2021 and things get better and vaccines help us, that this time next year we’ll be back again with the Fauci family celebrating.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The one and only Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Or did he? The late, great Yankee also said, “I really didn’t say everything I said.” But we know two things for sure: Predictions are indeed tough, and a clip of some made early this year was one of the four most popular videos this week on TRD’s YouTube channel. Descriptions and links for them are below.The Debt DelugeOn this week’s TRD Talks Live, the panel discussion featuring the biggest names in the industry, commercial real estate experts spoke about how CMBS loans have changed — and not necessarily for the better.Inside 3 World Trade CenterWhether it was nostalgia for a pre-Covid world or just a desire to peek inside a famous downtown construction project, this video featuring a nearly completed 3 World Trade Center was a hit with viewers this week.Bigwigs Discuss Their Predictions for 2020Featuring predictions about 2020 from some of the industry’s most outspoken players including Bob Knakal, Bruce Mosler and David Schechtman at the REBNY’s 124th annual banquet, this January video suddenly drew viewers interested in seeing if they got it wrong.Why residential first appealed to womenElizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, the former president of Stribling & Associates now with Compass, discussed why resi first appealed to women and how “Million Dollar Listing” could do better. If only they had listened to her. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsAfter defeat in their clash at DKB Bundesliga, defending EHF CL champion HSV Handball prepare “nice revenge” for the rival from the North – SG Flensburg 32:27 (15:14) at the Round 5 of the VELUX EHF Champions League. Martin Schwalb’ guys dominated in the last 20 minutes of the match after Flensburg was last time in lead – 16:17. Duvnjak and his team-mates began to play much stronger defense and that resulted with the advantage (21:18, 43rd minute) and new points at the end…HSV Handball: Bitter (13 saves); Cleverly n.e. Lindberg 7/1, Duvnjak 6, Cañellas 6, Pfahl 5, Mahé 4, Toft Hansen 2, Lackovic 1, Hens 1, Flohr, Nilsson, Dominikovic, Schröder n.e., Jansen n.e., Djordjic n.e.SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (12 saves); Rasmussen (3 saves); Rudeck n.e. Weinhold 8/2, Nenadic 4, Glandorf 3, Knudsen 3, Eggert 2, Heinl 2, Gustafsson 2, Svan Hansen 1, Wanne 1, Radivojevic 1, Karlsson, Mogensen, GottfridssonAt the second match of the group, Spanish Naturhouse La Rioja beat Slovenian best team – RK Gorenje 34:31 in direct battle for the TOP 16 place.Naturhouse La Rioja: Martinez Martinez, Goncalves 7, Arrieta 2, Velasco, Tiomuntcev 3, Jimenez 3, Aguinalde, Malburg 4, Garabaya, Ramiro, Tolmos, Masachs, Rodriguez 2, Fernandez 10, Romero 3.Gorenje Velenje: Taletović, Cehte, Medved 3, S. Burić 3, B. Burić, Cehte 5, Skube 7, Golčar, Šoštarič 5, Papež 4, Vrečar 2, Gams, Nosan 1, Oštir, Dujmović 1.STANDINGS:1. HSV 5 – 102. Flensburg 5 – 73. Aalborg 4 – 44. La Rioja 5 – 45. Gorenje Velenje 5 – 26. Drott Halmstad 4 – 1 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Handball in Germany is played by 750.000 people Click to comment Related Items:EHF CL, Flensburg, handball, HSV Veszprem wait clash with Zagreb, Davis: This is Champions League France beat Norway with Pardin&Mahe in main role! 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.
The Harvard University Library (HUL) Open Collections Program recently launched http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion. Created with support from Arcadia, the new collection, titled “Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics,” brings carefully selected historical materials from Harvard’s renowned libraries, special collections, and archives to Internet users everywhere.The collection includes more than 500,000 pages of digitized books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, and manuscripts. The goal is to contribute to the understanding of the global, social history, and public policy implications of disease and to offer important historical perspectives on the science and public policy of epidemiology today.“Contagion” is the third online library collection developed by the Open Collections Program since the program’s inception in 2002.In developing “Contagion,” the program has been guided by a distinguished committee of Harvard faculty members, including:Allan Brandt, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, and professor of the history of science, Harvard Medical SchoolKatharine Park, Samuel Zemurray Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)Charles Rosenberg, professor of the history of science and the Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences, FASBarbara Gutman Rosenkrantz, professor of the history of science emeritus, FASRosenberg describes the new collection as “A wonderfully accessible and invaluable tool for the scholar or student at any level. It demonstrates not only that we need to think about disease and its history, but that we can think with it — about society and its values, about government, and about changing ideas. It was an honor to have been associated with this innovative project.”
Widespread Panic returned from a month-long hiatus to resume their musical conquest in Brandon, Mississippi on Friday. Picking up right where they left off from their performance at New Orleans Jazz Fest last month, Widespread set up the first show as part of a two–night run at the spacious Brandon Amphitheater.The outdoor venue, which holds about 8,000 fans, is located a mere two hours’ drive from the Dockery Plantation and the infamous crossroads of Highways 61 & 49 in Clarksdale (more on the Clarksdale crossroads later). At the Dockery Plantation, the slaves plucked guitars and made music and arguably created the earliest derivative of the blues genre. Charley Patton, Henry Sloan, and “Son” House became the influential teachers to a second generation that consisted of notorious bluesmen Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Pops Staples.Related: Widespread Panic Announces Acoustic Performances In Nashville, Halloween Shows New OrleansWith the weather ominously threatening from a distance, the musical six-piece machine opened the show Friday with the scorchin’ original “Little Kin”–the opening track off their Ain’t Life Grand album. The band hit the ground running with a tumultuous introduction and the audience reveled in the unrivaled energy being emitted from the stage. Dave Schools provided assistance on vocals grounding the jam until Jimmy Herring took his first flight into overdrive.Schools kept his bass foundations strong as he introduced infamous bluesman Willie Dixon’s “Weak Brain, Narrow Mind”. Dixon was born an hour away from Brandon Amphitheater in Vicksburg, MI, and John Bell effortlessly channeled his localized spirit and grit. As Dixon’s notes faded out, Sonny Ortiz and JoJo Hermann dueled until Herring revealed “Pleas”, which both warmed the audiences’ hearts and warded off the looming clouds with JB’s desperation “Don’t let it get too dark!” Jimmy Herring took a quantum leap through the universe with a sizzling guitar solo as Duane Trucks kept up the percussive rhythms masterfully. A short but sweet tribute to Dr. John emerged in the form of a transitional jam with JoJo Hermann teasing the well-known melody of “Such a Night” before delving into a swarming “Greta”. In the immediate aftermath of the legendary voodoo musician’s death passing earlier this week, it was only a matter of time before their tribute was felt and heard. “Greta” wasn’t “no flowerchild” as JoJo took lead vocals with JB and Schools on supporting vocals. As is tradition, Schools–along with the show’s raucous audience–provided the animal sounds, including dog howls, buzzing bees, and otherworldly manifestations. Herring was “in a fighting mood” as he carved ancient hieroglyphics into the heavy stone tablets provided by Schools.Schools kept his diabolical plot at work beginning with a sweet improvised jam with JoJo that evolved into a “Stop-Go” tease with the whole band getting down. Following the jam, Bell painted a vivid picture of the Antebellum South with the piano-laden original tune, “Cotton was King”.The piano licks continued, introducing the lyrical tongue-twister “Time Zones”, co-written by Jerry Joseph. Returning to the roots of the blues, JB crushed a nasty performance of Pops Staples’ “Hope in a Hopeless World” with each member of the band stepping up to bring new meaning to an old tune.The dirty Mississippi blues kept rolling with a finger-licking good cover of Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil Blues”, which to many in attendance was the highlight of the entire evening. Johnson’s song was written about his personal experience after leaving Dockery Plantation and meeting the devil at the crossroads of Highway 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, where, as legend has it, he sold his soul in exchange for virtuoso guitar–playing abilities. JoJo destroyed this song with his whirlwind fingers weaving an unholy cloth from his piano loom. John Bell was perfectly creepy with the haunted vocals of a soulless man being dogged around by the devil. The poster for the evening captured the legendary moment of Robert Johnson as the band annihilated its own artful interpretation.To conclude the first set, Widespread Panic covered their Georgian brethren’s “Makes Sense to Me”, written by Daniel Hutchens of Bloodkin. JB took some creative liberty in the changing the lyrics “The way I feel these days / I’d rather have a gun than a crutch” to “I’d rather have some love than a crutch.” As another nod to their surroundings, JB also changed the lyrics “I was talking to a black man from Mississippi.”Returning from set break, Panic kept the pedal to the floor with a bass-heavy rendition of The Meters’ “Ain’t No Use”. It’s well-known that Schools credits George Porter Jr. as one of his biggest musical influences, and his bass-playing does justice to his mentor’s song. JB traded his funky swagger for a feeling of homesickness as he described a father racing home to see his family on the holidays with a crushing “Papa’s Home”. The tune juxtaposes a slow pace and heart-wrenchingly desperate tone with a saucy, fast-paced section of frenzied determination. Papa came home–and after a lengthy transition–ended up in the bouncing rhythms of “Old Neighborhood” before JoJo brought yet another tale to life from Mississippi’s murky historical depths with “1×1”. JoJo’s lyrics described the 1939 collapse of a section of I-80 over Clear Creek and subsequent rescue attempts by the mythical “Sugarman”.Keeping up with the theme of “grabbing each other’s collar & rising out of the water,” JoJo’s organ blazed the way into the second Jerry Joseph song, “Climb to Safety”. As if the night couldn’t get any better, the rolling drums of “Diner” gave the audience vittles and nourishment for their souls with an extra serving of JB’s quick-witted raps. The band transitioned into the instrumental “Party at your Mama’s House” with a “Do What You Like” jam interwoven inside. Returning to the ancient lineage of Mississippi blues, JB electrified throughout the second Robert Johnson cover of the night with a cascading “Stop Breaking Down” before rounding out the set with a glorious “Holden Oversoul”.After a short break, Widespread Panic returned to the stage to perform the third Jerry Joseph tune of the night, another lyrically intricate masterpiece in “Chainsaw City”. This “Chainsaw City” was drawn out and built patiently in its customary reggae style. The tune even featured an on-stage appearance from Steve Lopez, the band’s tour manager on percussion, and was featured as a solo encore for the first time since the summer tour of 2015 in Lewiston, NY (6/16/2015).Jimmy Herring remained in peak form throughout the end of the second set with him and JoJo in competing for M.V.P. of the evening. It was a homecoming of sorts for JoJo, who moved to Oxford, MS and lived thereabouts for several years before meeting his bandmates in Georgia. Though it is hard to choose one stand-out band member as each individual contributes whole-heartedly to the amalgamation of sound with each playing their own unique role in the build-ups, breakdowns, and sudden changes of pace and momentum.All in all, when Widespread Panic returns to the South–especially the deep south–they always play a show that is true to their roots and overwhelming with intensity and focus. The band will finish off their two-night stay in Brandon, MS on Saturday, and you can bet your last dollar that it won’t be one to miss.For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Widespread Panic’s website.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Brandon Amphitheater | Brandon, MS | 6/7/2019 Set One: Little Kin, Weak Brain Narrow Mind (Willie Dixon cover), Pleas > Greta^ > Cotton Was King#, Time Zones, Hope In A Hopeless World (Pops Staples cover), Me and the Devil Blues (Robert Johnson cover), Makes Sense To Me (Daniel Hutchens cover)Set Two: It Ain’t No Use (The Meters cover), Papa’s Home > Old Neighborhood > 1 x 1 > Climb To Safety (Jerry Joseph cover), Diner$ > Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues (Robert Johnson cover), Holden Oversoul Encore: Chainsaw City* (Jerry Joseph cover) Notes:* w/ Steve Lopez on percussion^ “Such a Night” tease by JoJo into “Greta”# “Stop-Go” tease into “Cotton Was King”$ “Do What You Like” tease out of “Diner”
Three Notre Dame students, juniors Leah Harmon, Alex Kokot and Theodore MacMillan, have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2020-2021 year, the University announced in a press release Thursday. The award is a scholarship named after former U.S. senator Barry Goldwater. It awards outstanding sophomores and juniors in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and/or engineering a complete scholarship, including tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year, for one or two years. Harmon, Kokot and MacMillan worked with the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) to apply for the scholarships. Harmon, a neuroscience and behavior major with a supplemental major in ACMS from Ipswich, Mass., is a Trustey Family Scholar and a Glynn Family Honors Scholar. Kokot, a honors mathematics major with a concentration in computing and a philosophy major with a concentration is philosophy, science and mathematics from Granger, Ind., is a Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement Sorin Scholar. MacMillan is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in philosophy, science and mathematics. He is from Scotch Plains, N.J.The undergraduate research advisor with CUSE, Jenny Smith, said in the release, “The success of these three juniors is a testament to their dedication to undergraduate research and to the faculty who have mentored them along the way. It also attests to the high level of talent in the STEM fields that Notre Dame attracts at the undergraduate level.” Tags: CUSE, Goldwater award, STEM