War Child, Gfinity and Nordeus team up for charity FIFA 18 tournamentCelebrities and pro gamers on board to help raise money for children in countries torn by conflictPress ReleaseWednesday 15th August 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGfinityNordeusPress Release: This August, War Child UK, the charity for children affected by war, supported by two industry leading companies; Gfinity, a global leader in esports based in London and seminal game developer, Nordeus partner for the launch of War Child Football Club to help raise money and awareness to support children in countries affected by conflict.War Child Football Club will kick off with a celebrity-supported ‘War Child FC FIFA Championship, powered by Gfinity’, which will see high profile War Child supporters from the worlds of sport, music and showbiz compete alongside pro FIFA gamers in co-op matches guaranteed to deliver goals, gaffes and entertainment. The event will take place on Thursday 16th August from 4pm (BST) from the Gfinity Esports Arena in London and will be live-streamed exclusively via Gfinity’s Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/gfinitytvFans and viewers will be encouraged to get involved and donate during the live show, by text, through Twitch contributions, by purchasing the War Child FC kit and emblem in Top Eleven, or creating their own football fundraising event. The money raised will help War Child support war-affected children including through its new War Child Child FC programme which provides coaching, life-skills and psychosocial support to help children recover from the effects of conflict and eventually thrive.Leading game developer Nordeus are supporting the launch by including a special edition War Child FC football kit and emblem in the free to play mobile game Top Eleven. Players can purchase the in-game kit with 100% of NET proceeds going to charity. The kit will launch in-game alongside the War Child FC tournament on the 16th August. Nordeus will also be supporting War Child FC going forwardLeading esports expert Gfinity is supporting War Child UK by hosting the tournament in its purpose-built Gfinity arena in Fulham, and by inviting the very best pro FIFA players to participate in the event. Shaun White, Head of Communications at Gfinity, said: “It’s a privilege for Gfinity to partner with War Child UK on such an important initiative. Football is a fantastic way to provide support and War Child staff to gain the trust of children living in war-torn countries who encounter atrocities as part of their daily lives. Our hope is the FIFA 18 tournament and subsequent events go some way in helping to raise both awareness and money for this incredible initiative and we are proud to become part of War Child FC.”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 Nick Scott, Head of Partnerships, War Child UK, said “War Child UK has a proud history of cutting-edge partnerships across music and gaming and we’re delighted to be announcing our launch into sports and football. We’re honoured to be partnering with both Gfinity and Nordeus on this exciting initiative, without the generosity of our partners we wouldn’t be able to support children whose lives have been torn apart by war.”Miloš Paunović, CSR Specialist at Nordeus, said “We’re delighted to be partnering with War Child UK for the announcement of the football club. As a company, our values are ingrained in giving back to the community and helping others become champions, so we’re proud to be able to have this opportunity for people to download the club’s shirts and emblem in Top Eleven, and hope it can help raise funds for this worthy cause.” The War Child FC FIFA Championship, powered by Gfinity on Thursday 16th August is live from 4pm (BST) from the Gfinity Esports Arena in London, and will be live-streamed exclusively on https://www.twitch.tv/gfinitytvCelebrating 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. Enter your email addressMore storiesGfinity is no longer for saleRevenue at the esports company was up 212% in the second half of 2020By Marie Dealessandri A month agoGfinity acquires Epicstream as it seeks growth amid financial troublesBut sales process is progressing as plannedBy James Batchelor 5 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Yager receives strategic investment from TencentSpec Ops: The Line developer retains fulls independence following Tencent dealHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterMonday 10th February 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleTencentYAGER DevelopmentSpec Ops: The Line developer Yager has received a strategic investment from gaming monolith Tencent. Tencent has invested an undisclosed sum in the Berlin-based developer, which will retain its full independence. Founded 20 years ago, Yager boasts around 110 staff, and recently moved into self-publishing; the capital from this deal will see Yager strengthen its development and publishing opportunities, including a number of unannounced projects. Yager attracted critical acclaim in 2012 with its subversive military shooter Spec Ops: The Line. However, the game was a commercial flop, and publisher Take-Two said it failed to meet sales expectations. Related JobsSenior VFX Artist YAGER DevelopmentUE4 Technical Animator YAGER DevelopmentSenior Technical Artist YAGER DevelopmentDiscover more jobs in games Since then Yager has remained relatively quiet, shifting away from narrative-focused single-player games into the realm of live service, such as 2017 space combat sim Dreadnaught, and the upcoming shooter The Cycle. “Tencent is not only the world’s leading games company but also a prolific investor with a stellar track record,” said Yager CEO Timo Ulmann. “We’re humbled to join the line-up of Tencent partners which reads like a games industry Who’s Who.”We’re confident that this will greatly enhance the scope of our business, not just by getting access to Tencent’s network and resources but by tapping the vast industry know-how Tencent possesses.”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. Enter your email addressMore storiesTencent in talks with US Committee to retain Epic and Riot stakesThe CFIUS is investigating whether user data handled by the two studios could constitute a “national security risk” because they are Chinese-ownedBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoTencent’s Timi Studios reportedly earned $10bn in 2020The Honor of Kings studio is the world’s biggest developer, Reuters reportedBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Today is day 14 of the complete lockdown in India and its heartening to see that the citizens of our country, by and large, are adhering to the lockdown. The experts are of the opinion that India was able to rein in the corona to a greater extent due to the timely lockdown declared by the government. Even though the situation is under control, my sense says that there is a need to extend the lockdown by at least one more week, considering the episode of the Markaz and its fallout. I know it is a hard pill to swallow but there is a much greater reward if we can have full control over corona by this sacrifice.One thing is for sure, there is no differentiation in the way corona attacks people, every section of the society is under the threat of this virus and there is no way we can take it for granted. Yesterday British prime minister, who made light of the virus during its early stages of infection in the UK, is in ICU now and is reported to be serious. This pandemic is not a joke, it doesn’t differentiate people based on their status in the society nor their religion nor it cares if you are the prime minister or an ordinary daily wage worker. We must all realize that once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box and nothing changes it.There is no doubt each one of us is involved in the fight against the corona in our way and let there be no doubt that the aftermath of this pandemic will be another struggle for survival. That struggle will be the toughest ever anyone from the last two generations has encountered both physically, emotionally and economically. The governments in various countries are trying to find a solution to ease this struggle and finding out ways and means to reduce the impact on the economy of the respective countries. The financial burden on the countries due to this virus is staggering and any help, however small it is, will help the countries against its fight for survival.The Indian government has informed the public that the entire central government will take a 30% cut on their salaries for one year which include the President, Vice President, Prime minister, all ministers and MP’s and also announced a two-year moratorium of the MP local area development fund which in turn will add another 7000 crores to the kitty to fight against corona. By and large, the move was widely accepted by the concerned and then, as usual, there is an exception like Karti Chidambaram and few others. A person like Karti whose only qualification is that being the son of the seasoned politician and business conduit of congress leader Chidambaram. It is quite natural both will be opposing any move by the current government considering the way they are being forced to pay for their crimes against the people of the country. So, let’s forget about them and move forward with the good start and I do hope many more in the high end of the society will follow the leaders in helping to rebuild the nation.On the other side of the world, Italy and Spain seem to be able to finally take some control over the spread of the virus but it appears that the US and UK are paying the price for a delayed action by the government. It still amazes me that despite all the power they are supposed to hold, they failed to realize and recognize the deadly nature of the virus and brushed it aside as just another flue. I am sure both the leaders of the respective countries will be cursing that thought process now and I do hope they will be able to come out of this fight victorious, for the sake of their citizens.Almost all the countries in the world are fighting against this pandemic and it is important for all to work together and help each other in this fight. It is imperative that those who have plenty must share the riches with others. There is a huge requirement for various medicines and medical equipment for the fight against the corona and it appears that India is one of the major producers of the anti-malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine, which seems to be an effective treatment for corona. I am sure the Indian government will take the correct decision in this regard for the export of the same to various countries with high impact especially the US and UK.I am also sure that many in the opposition and media are waiting for it to happen so that they can start blaming the government for making that decision. Irrespective of that, it is my view that we need to stand together and help whoever in need, in the best possible way we can. I am also sure that it will be bringing its own benefit if not today but tomorrow. And tomorrow is what we all look forward and that is where life goes.AK
Chmiel/iStock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — A Fort Carson soldier, missing since Monday night, has been found alive and in good condition after a 24-hour search, the Army announced on Wednesday.The soldier, whose name has not been released, was last seen on foot around 9:45 p.m. local time on Monday at the Army post’s land navigation site near Pueblo West, while participating in the Expert Field Medical Badge competition, according to Fort Carson spokesperson Lt. Col. Christina Kretchman.Search-and-rescue teams on the ground scoured the area where the soldier was last seen, while helicopters searched from above.The soldier was located on the west side of the installation on Wednesday morning by a passing motorist on U.S. Highway 115 and then ground transported by emergency personnel to a local hospital, according to the Fort Carson release.“The Soldiers of our brigade are tremendously relieved that our Soldier has been recovered safely,” Col. Dave Zinn, commander of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, said in statement. “The Soldier has displayed physical and mental toughness as a Soldier and persevered through a challenging situation. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to all of the Soldiers of Fort Carson, along with the Colorado Springs community, for their diligent work while searching for and bringing our Soldier home.”Last July, two Army ROTC cadets were rescued after spending a night missing from a land navigation exercise in Hawaii, according to Honolulu’s Star Advertiser.A few weeks earlier, in June, an Alabama Army Reserve soldier was found dead in a wooded area of Camp Blanding in Florida, after he went missing during a similar exercise. Spc. Calyn McLemore’s body was found two days after the training course began. Officials said that extreme heat and tough conditions could have been a factor in his disappearance and death, according to the Alabama Media Group.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Joel Carillet/iStock(NEW YORK) — The New York City police department has apologized for the 1969 raid on the Stonewall Inn — an incident that helped kick off the LGBT rights movement.“The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said on Thursday during a safety briefing, as Pride Month kicks off in New York and in cities across the country. “The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive and for that I apologize.”The raid at the Stonewall, a gay bar in the West Village, sparked protests that helped launch a civil rights movement. Stonewall and the small park outside are now part of a national monument.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Peter Ward (right) and Richard Maroko (Getty, Cornell)After more than four decades with the union, Peter Ward is stepping down as president of the Hotel Trades Council.Ward announced his resignation Wednesday, and tapped the union’s general counsel, Richard Maroko, to succeed him as president and head of its local affiliate, Unite Here Local 6. Both organizations subsequently approved Maroko’s appointment, according to the HTC.“I’ve given my life to the Hotel Trades Council and Local 6,” Ward said in a statement. “So, it is hard to express the emotional and moral relief I feel knowing that I am handing over the stewardship of both our unions, and the well-being of our members to such an energetic, tough, honest, dedicated, sharp, strong leader.”The New York Daily News was first to report Ward’s departure.ADVERTISEMENTWard, who was named president in 1995, leaves at a turbulent time for the hotel industry. Occupancy and revenue have plunged as travel during the pandemic has screeched to a halt. The 62-year-old has wanted to retire for some time, and has worked closely to prepare Maroko and others to take the helm.A release put out by HTC noted that Ward was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, the same year as a citywide contract fight. He “won both the contract fight and that battle with cancer but the latter took an extreme toll on him,” according to the union.Maroko, a New Jersey native who has been with the union for roughly 20 years, said he believes the union will “come out of this crisis stronger than ever before.” In January, he was one of four new members named to New Jersey Transit’s board.The HTC, which represents 35,000 members, is one of the most politically active unions in the city, and was the only labor union to endorse Mayor Bill de Blasio’s failed presidential bid. In recent years, the union has sparred with Airbnb in the city, arguing that the company removes much-needed rental housing from the market. In November, the union was victorious in its campaign to curb Airbnb across the Hudson River, having thrown its weight behind a Jersey City ordinance that bars short-term rentals in buildings with more than four units.The union has also faced the proliferation of nonunion hotels in New York. The city has taken steps to curb hotel construction by requiring special permits in Midtown East and the Garment District, as well as in light manufacturing zones. De Blasio has said he supports enacting a special permit rule citywide, which some in the industry believe is still a top priority for the mayor before the end of his term.Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Email Address* Bank OZK CEO George Gleason (Unsplash; Bank OZK)New York’s commercial real estate market has been pummeled by the pandemic, but one of its biggest condo construction lenders reported almost no write-downs in the third quarter.On its earnings call Friday, Arkansas-based Bank OZK reported that its net charge-off rate, or ratio of loans written-down to total loans originated, was 0.09 percent. That is well below the industry average of 0.52 percent, the bank said.It also has a number of loans that are being deferred, potentially signaling distress down the line.Read moreTrouble in the land of OZK: Why NYC’s most important construction lender may be on shaky groundBank OZK still making condo construction loans despite pandemic Message* Full Name* The company’s net income for the third quarter was $109.3 million, a 5.2 percent increase from $103.9 million last year. It also reported that its overall lending increased 9.2 percent to $19.36 billion this year, up from $17.7 billion in the third quarter of 2019.Since the last recession, Bank OZK, formerly known as Bank of the Ozarks, has become one of the largest issuers of condo loans in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, working with developers like JDS Development, Starwood Capital, and Square Mile Capital. Those include a $558 million loan to Jules Trump’s Estates at Acqualina condo project in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, which it issued in 2018.The bank reported two major write-downs in the third quarter of 2018, causing its stock price to drop 24 percent. Since then, it hasn’t reported any major markdowns of its loans.The bank said it has been getting repaid on its loans even as the broader economy is dealing with fallout from the pandemic. George Gleason, Bank OZK’s CEO and chairman, said that contracts are being signed at condo projects it has lent on in New York City.“We are pretty optimistic on the long-term prognosis of New York,” he said. “It is just going to come back slower.”Based on the bank’s appraisals, valuations of its properties (which include condos, multifamily buildings, hotels and retail) haven’t changed much since the pandemic began. Of the 22 loans it reappraised, 17 saw their loan-to-value ratio remain unchanged. On four loans, it increased more than 5 percent, and decreased more than 5 percent on one loan, according to Bank OZK’s management comments.Bank OZK had a balance of 583 deferred loans totaling $550 million, or about 2.8 percent of the balance of its total loans in the third quarter. With its real estate loans, the bank said it is asking borrowers to put down more payments in its future reserves.“We said we will do three months of extensions, but you’re going to have to put up the other three months and rebalance the reserves so that it’s not a problem,” Gleason said during the call.Prior to the pandemic, the bank’s construction lending slowed down due to increased competition from debt funds and nonbank lenders. But since the pandemic began the bank has kept on lending, including a $59 million construction loan for a condo project in Miami Beach. In its second-quarter earnings call, the bank said it was eyeing lending opportunities in the multifamily sector.The regional bank has attracted its share of detractors and short-sellers who claimed that it was being too aggressive outside of its home market, especially in construction lending, which is generally viewed as risky. The bank also shed its holding company, which allowed it to stop filing quarterly and annual reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and removing its oversight by the Federal Reserve.Contact Keith Larsen
Omni-Tech Electronics provides parts to the UK coach and bus marketOmni-Tech Electronics has been supplying components to the coach and bus industry for over a decade. It recently issued version 1.18 of its catalogue, which runs to 60 pages and mirrors the products offered on its website.The company manufactures, remanufactures, repairs and stocks all manner of electronic components, among which are dashboard equipment, gear selectors, speedometers and gauges, destination boards, and heating and air-conditioning controllers, and exchange parts are available.All of its products are, says Omni-Tech, competitively priced, and they give a significant saving over buying from the OEM.The most popular items are held in stock at its Sheffield facility and it despatches throughout the UK. Next-day delivery is standard, but an express service is available for vehicle off road situations.All repaired, refurbished and new parts are supplied to current ISO standards and come with a guarantee.The catalogue covers most product areas, but customers are advised that the Omni-Tech website is constantly updated with new lines. It is also able to source products for older and heritage vehicles, allowing them to be kept on the road safely and reliably.www.buselectronics.co.uk
“I think it’s a much bigger competition,” Mege said. “Obviously, there’s a lot more interest for track and field as a whole [in the U.S.]”After a grueling outdoor season rife with traveling, Mege will take this week easy.A nice break is perhaps necessary, considering the Big Ten championships are May 11-13 in Madison, Wis.Mege and some of his fellow throwers will compete Wednesday at the Golden Bear Twilight at Concordia University in St. Paul.Mege’s strongest event is the hammer throw. This week, however, he will throw the discus “for fun.”“I’m terrible at discus,” Mege said. “I’ve got to beat the freshman that beat me last week.”His teammate and hammer-throw rival Micah Hegerle will also compete in the discus while recovering from a sprained ankle.“We’re both really competitive, but at the same time we like to see each other succeed,” Hegerle said.Mege has come a long way from his first weeks in Minnesota, but Hegerle said the throwing team still teases him about how he didn’t know how to order a sandwich at Subway when he first arrived.“He’s one of the most universally liked guys on our team,” Reder said.In addition to the Golden Bear Twilight, the men’s team will also compete at the St. Thomas Twilight in St. Paul. On May 4, some members of the team will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa for the Mark Messersmith Invite.The women’s team will participate Wednesday in the Tommie Twilight in St. Paul. Mege throwing statesideQuentin Mege is peaking at the right time in what may be his last outdoor season. Megan RyanMay 2, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe recruiting process for Quentin Mege to join the University of Minnesota’s track and field team took almost a year.And after two seasons of competition, the transfer student’s collegiate throwing career may be coming to an end.The France native has one more year of athletic eligibility but is on track to graduate this month with a mechanical engineering degree and a 3.9 grade-point average.“I put some time into [his recruitment] every day for nine months, probably, to get it all to happen,” assistant coach Lynden Reder said. “We’re really hoping we can talk him into coming back for another year.”Mege, though, says he plans to forgo his last year of eligibility and will instead take a job.Mege attended a university in France and was a part of a track and field club team, since sports are not included in the French school system.Making his transfer work — sifting through athletic eligibility concerns and factoring in his degree placement — took a lot of effort from Minnesota’s coaching team. “I knew that it was going to be complicated to make it happen,” Mege said. “I had good advice that to make it happen, it’s easier to find a coach first that wants you to come and that’s going to help you in the process of making all the paperwork … Obviously coach Reder was the most excited.”While Mege’s first season with the Gophers was mostly about adjusting to a new culture, he also chipped in on the field, winning the hammer throw at the Big Ten championships last year.The Frenchman continued his outdoor season momentum into this year. At the April 21 Musco Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa, Mege threw 65.54 meters, a new personal record and just 22 centimeters behind Reder’s school record set in 2004.“In total honesty, I will have mixed emotions [if Mege breaks the record],” Reder said. “I’m, of course, really excited that he’s throwing well.”Mege said the pair toss jokes around often, but his goal for what could be his last season is to make the NCAA outdoor championships after failing to in 2011. He also wants to qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials.Although he grew up in France, Mege was born in the U.S. and has dual citizenship. He has competed for youth national teams and the equivalent of Olympic Trials in France but is looking forward to the possibility of representing his adopted country.
Email LinkedIn In both studies, Meredith Chivers (Psychology) showed that only heterosexual women who were exclusively attracted to men showed similar genital responses to both female and male sexual stimuli. Heterosexual women who also report some attraction to women, however, showed a different pattern of response; their genital responses were greater to female stimuli, similar to other sexually-diverse women.“Both exclusively and predominantly androphilic women (women attracted to men) showed sexual response patterns that differed from their self-reported sexual attractions. Sexually-diverse women showed genital and self-reported arousal responses that were more similar to their self-reported sexual attractions,” says Dr. Chivers. “As a whole, this research illustrates the complex relationship between sexual identity, sexual attraction, sexual arousal and genital responses to sexual stimuli.”Recently, research has misinterpreted this current study to suggest that heterosexuality doesn’t exist in women because heterosexual women show sexual responses to female stimuli. Read the story here.The current study highlights how this interpretation is incorrect; women’s sexual identity, attractions and patterns of sexual response are not interchangeable, such that a woman’s sexual desires and attractions cannot be deduced from her sexual response patterns.“Instead, this research provides a window of opportunity to understand how women’s sexual response relates to her experience of sexual attraction and desire, addressing gaps in contemporary models of sexual response,” says Dr. Chivers.Based on the findings that self-identified heterosexual women respond to both female and male sexual stimuli, researchers could next explore how exposure to mainstream sexual media, in which women are routinely objectified, and where sexual interactions between two women are becoming commonplace, affects patterns of sexual response.The results of the research were published in PLOS ONE. New research from of the Sexuality and Gender Laboratory at Queen’s University shows that heterosexual women have more diverse patterns of sexual response than previously reported.Research on women’s sexual orientation and patterns of sexual response has previously focused on women’s genital and subjective sexual arousal relative to their sexual identity, as heterosexual, bisexual or lesbian. Among women, however, there is significant diversity among women in their sexual attractions to other women and men, regardless of sexual identity. For example, a substantial minority of heterosexual women (20 per cent in some studies) also report some attraction to women.In the first study, women watched short videos, and in the second study, women listened to stories about interacting sexually with a woman or a man. Genital response was measured with a vaginal photoplethysmograph (a clear acrylic device that illuminates the capillary bed of the vaginal wall) and participants also self-reported their sexual arousal. Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Share