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Oculus adds DLC support for mobile VR apps

first_imgOculus adds DLC support for mobile VR appsBeta test opens up a new revenue stream, with Rift DLC support still to comeMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 21st May 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleOculus VROculus has added DLC support for its Mobile platform, opening up an important new revenue stream for mobile VR developers.Support for “multiple dynamic expansion files” was added last week, so developers participating in the beta are now able to release downloadable content for games on the Oculus Mobile platform.”Starting today, you can launch new content for an application that already exists on the Oculus Mobile Store,” the company said in a blog post. “Whether you’re introducing an extra character, a new level in a game, additional images and media files, or new chapters, DLC support will enable larger application sizes and additional revenue from your application after it has been purchased.”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 Earning revenue is still an issue in the VR market, particularly with mobile games, and the ability to sell additional content gives developers another option in a challenging market. At the Reboot Develop conference, Oculus VR’s Matt Conte highlighted the difference between PC and mobile VR users when it comes to paying for content.”Mobile is a bit more challenging,” he said. “Free-to-play doesn’t really work – or it hasn’t been shown to work just yet – and most people don’t want to pay premium prices.”DLC support for Oculus Rift will arrive in the future, Oculus said, though no firm date was given.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 storiesOculus halts headset sales in GermanyFacebook says it’s a temporary move and will continue supporting existing owners in the countryBy Brendan Sinclair 8 months agoSony reportedly increasing PS5 production to 10m units by 2021Meanwhile, Facebook said to be ramping up manufacturing for Oculus devicesBy James Batchelor 9 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Netflix and Avengers: Endgame directors working on a Magic: The Gathering TV show

first_imgNetflix and Avengers: Endgame directors working on a Magic: The Gathering TV showWizards of the Coast is bringing its 25 year-old IP to the screenMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 4th June 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleWizards of the CoastWizards of the Coast is partnering with Netflix and the directors of Avengers: Endgame on a Magic: The Gathering television series.Magic: The Gathering will be an animated series for Netflix, with Joe and Anthony Russo serving as executive producers. The Russo brothers are best known for their work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including directing Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.”We have been huge fans and players of Magic: The Gathering for as long as it has been around, so being able to help bring these stories to life through animation is a true passion project for us,” Joe and Anthony Russo said in a statement.Netflix has already confirmed many of the key creative roles on the series: Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter) will be the lead writers, and Yoriaki Mochizuki (Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, The Lego Movie) will be supervising director.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 Magic: The Gathering was created in 1993, and it remains popular even 25 years later. It is principally known as a tabletop game, but Magic: The Gathering Arena brought the IP into the digital space, and is a key part of Wizards of the Coast’s esports push.”More fans are enjoying Magic now than at any time in its 25-year history, thanks to the enduring popularity of the tabletop game and our latest release War of the Spark, as well as the incredible success of our new digital game, Magic: The Gathering Arena,” said Chris Cocks, president of Wizards of the Coast, in a statement. Netflix is emerging as a key platform for adaptations of game properties. It has already produced a series based on Castlevania, and production on the first season of The Witcher TV show has just wrapped.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 storiesWizards of the Coast reveals new studio headed up by BioWare veteransUpdate: Mass Effect writer Drew Karpyshyn joins Archetype, says he lost enthusiasm at BioWare as it became more corporate By Haydn Taylor A year agoExpect “seven or eight” Dungeons & Dragons games in the near futureWizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks reveals that D&D is returning to video games in a big way By Haydn Taylor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Konrad Wilczynski finished his NT career

first_imgAUSTRIA BECOMING A REAL HANDBALL FORCE – Martin Hausleitner: We take advantage of chances after EURO 2010 Pingback: Klibba.com » Konrad Wilczynski finished his NT career 1 Comment 1 Comment Austrian girls are back after 12 years! ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Related Items:handball austria, Konrad Wilczynski Spanish youngstar Ignacio Plaza will play at Men’s U20 EURO 2014 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsOne of the symbol of uprising of Austrian national team in the last few years, Konrad Wilczynski has finished his career with the National team. Experienced left wing had 136 appearances for Austria and scored 578 goals.– I fell proud to wear Austrian t-shirt all these years. I think that it’s a good moment to finish my NT career. I had double-function in my club WESTWIEN, but also many young wings waiting for the chance. I will try to support Austrian handball in many other ways, because a good NT is basis for a successful handball in Austria – said Wilczynski, who is also active as a promotor and leader of some youth Camps. photo:credit: ÖHB/SteffenWollmann 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.last_img read more

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Igor Karacic about his new chapter: It was great decision to come to Kielce

first_imgRecommended for you VIDEO: Ristovski is hero of RK Vardar Kulesh misses draw in Flensburg ShareTweetShareShareEmail Karacic praises work with Talant Dujshebaev:Talant is the closest coach to me in terms of character. He is a winner, warrior, it is visible on him what he had to pass through life to come where he is now. He is the only coach who can wake up anyone to play against any team (Prolet in Macedonia). You always have to give 100%, to get ready, to analyse opponents. Coming to Kielce was a great decision for me – said Karacic.  ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsIgor Karacic (31) talks with Zika Bogdanovic in Balkan-Handball.com podcast #stayathome about his impressions about PGE Vive Kielce, the first proffesional station after RK Vardar Skopje, where Croatian playmaker played from 2012 to 2019 and winning two EHF Champions League titles in 2017 and 2019: I am very satisfied. Firstly, I am satisfied with the situation in the club because I heard a lot of different stories before my arrival. PGE Kielce are serious club and everything is at TOP level. We have a lot of space for improvement on the court. This season we won’t be under serious pressure to go until the end, as I understand Talant, who wants to built the squad for the next year which he desired.  I am satisfied with result at EHF CL. We could finish on position No.1 or 2, but that is sport – said Karacic and added comment about Spanish coaches who are following his career since 2013 in Skopje. Of course, you have good and bad periods with any of them. Raul Gonzales brought the new system in Skopje, he gave a lot to all of us, open some new horizons and view on the game, he helped all the players in their careers. Parondo made a great job in his first career as a first coach. He showed great human qualities in some difficult moments. He will have always open door in Vardar.center_img 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. Related Items:Igor Karacic, PGE Vive Kielce, RK Vardar EGYPT 2021: Igor Karacic is IN the squad Click to commentlast_img read more

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Notre Dame to face Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – December 8, 2019 0 540 Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Previous articlePolice: Alcohol a factor in crash that injured a Cass County manNext articleS.W.A.T. standoff in Elkhart County ends with arrest 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Notre Dame offensive linemen Robert Hainsey (72) and Liam Eichenberg (74) celebrate after defeating Southern California in an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Iowa State Cyclones in the Camping Word Bowl. The game is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28. It will air on ABC 57.The University of Notre Dame official news release from www.UND.com:With a third-consecutive 10-win season in the books, the Notre Dame football team will look for win No. 11 in the Camping World Bowl against Iowa State on Saturday, Dec. 28 (Noon ET, ABC).The Fighting Irish are headed to a bowl game for the ninth time in 10 seasons under Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly, with this year’s postseason trip marking the 36th postseason appearance for the program.Notre Dame capped a 10-2 regular season with a 45-24 victory at Stanford on Nov. 30. The Irish finished the season ranked among the top-15 nationally in both scoring offense (37.1 points per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points allowed per game), while registering three wins against teams in the final College Football Playoff rankings (USC, Virginia and Navy).Notre Dame and Iowa State have never met in football. The Cyclones will become the 148th different opponent in school history, with the Irish owning a 122-22-3 (.840) record against first-time opponents. Earlier in 2019, Notre Dame earned victories over debut opponents New Mexico and Bowling Green.Kelly’s team has won 32 of the last 38 games played and the 10-plus wins in each of the last three seasons is a program first since 1991-93. The Irish completed a second-consecutive undefeated season at home and own the third-longest winning streak in Notre Dame Stadium history. The 296-108 point differential at home this season was the largest by a Notre Dame team since 1932.The Notre Dame offense is led by QB Ian Book, who is the first signal caller in school history to eclipse 2,500 passing yards, 500 rushing yards and 30 TD passes in the season. He now ranks fourth in school history with 56 career TD passes. WR Chase Claypool is just the fourth Notre Dame receiver since 1996 to eclipse 400 receiving yards in three-straight seasons, while TEs Cole Kmet and Tommy Tremble had given Notre Dame a pair of tight ends with at least four TD receptions in the same season for the first time in school history.A trio of captains lead the Irish defense in DL Khalid Kareem, S Jalen Elliott and S Alohi Gilman. The defense has been particularly stout early in games, surrendering just 3.09 points per game in the first quarter. Notre Dame has held 24 of its last 25 opponents to 30 points or less. Kareem leads the team with 10 tackles for loss, while adding nine QB hurries, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a TD against Stanford. Gilman owns 66 tackles, trailing only the team’s three starting linebackers, while adding a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles. Elliott has intercepted a pair of passes and broken-up two more.The Camping World Bowl marks the school’s 36th bowl game after the University declined to participate in postseason football from 1925-68. Notre Dame has routinely set bowl game attendance records, including in the visit to the Champs Sports Bowl. The Irish set records at the Sugar Bowl (85,161 in 1973 vs. Alabama), the Champs Sports Bowl (68,305 in 2011 vs. Florida State, tops among games played at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium), the Sun Bowl (54,021 in 2010 vs. Miami), the Hawaii Bowl (43,487 in 2008 vs. Hawaii), the Insight Bowl (45,971 in 2004 vs. Oregon State, tops among games at Chase Field) and the Independence Bowl (50,459 in 1997 vs. LSU).  Ticket InformationTickets for the Camping World Bowl may be purchased directly through Notre Dame at UND.com/BuyTickets.Tickets can also be secured through the official Notre Dame Ticket Exchange. Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Google+ Notre Dame to face Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28last_img read more

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Hopes rise for swift reforms in Romania

first_imghas pledged to continue with reforms designed to stabilise Romania’s economy, which has been shrinking for the last three years and has kept the country one of the poorest nations to emerge from the Soviet bloc.One of the new prime minister’s priorities will be to bring Romania’s rampant inflation down from the current rate of more than 50% to 25-30%. Another will be to press ahead with stalled reform plans necessary to prepare the country for Union membership.Analysts point to Romania’s slow progress in privatising loss-making state-owned industries as a major obstacle to an improved economic performance. The EU recently allocated Bucharest 100 million euro in aid to help with restructuring projects.Romania’s hopes of joining the Union were given a boost at December’s Helsinki summit, when it was invited to start formal negotiations on EU membership next year despite the poor state of the country’s economy and concern that the country was failing to improve its orphan problem. “We are not saying that we prefer the new government to the previous one, but what we are interested in are stable institutions which can get on with the work that needs to be done,” said one official dealing with enlargement.Isarescu, who is not linked to any political party, was sworn in as prime minister on 22 December, replacing Radu Vasile, who was sacked by President Emil Constantinescu last month after he lost the support of his own Christian Democratic party. Constantinescu said afterwards that Romania now had a government “able to cope with major economic and social problems, and tackle complex negotiations with the EU”.Isarescu’s administrationlast_img read more

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Angela Merkel to run for fourth term: senior MP

first_imgMerkel took office in 2005 and an opinion poll published earlier this month suggested that 59 percent of Germans would support her candidacy for another term.Her spokesperson sent out a tweet saying that she will make an announcement at a later moment.Es bleibt dabei. Zur Frage, ob sie noch einmal kandidiert, wird sich die Bundeskanzlerin zum geeigneten Zeitpunkt äußern.— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) November 15, 2016 Germany’s Angela Merkel will seek a fourth term as chancellor in the parliamentary elections late next year, Norbert Röttgen, a senior politician in her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told CNN Tuesday.“She is determined, willing and ready to contribute to strengthen the international liberal order,” Röttgen said in an interview. “She will run and act as a responsible leader.”He added that although Merkel was a “cornerstone” of integration and international cooperation, neither the chancellor nor Germany should be “the last man standing,” and that Europe needed the support of the transatlantic alliance.last_img read more

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Megan Hamilton Talks “G.R.E.A.M.”, Livestreams, Grilled Cheese Egg Benedicts, More [Interview]

first_imgMinneapolis-based producer Megan Hamilton has been loving her time in self-quarantine. The funk-focused bass musician kicked off the new year with an appearance at  Tuscon, AZ’s Gem & Jam Festival in early February, and has regularly been releasing new music over the past few months including collaborations with SoDown and Cofresi.Geared up at home with quarantine necessities of her microphone, computer, beyerdynamic DT 990 headphones, a kindle, and weed pen, Hamilton has been cookin’ up some fresh new beats which are released every month and some delicious breakfast egg benedicts to go with her new Toast & Jam livestreams.Live For Live Music’s Mikala Lugen chatted with Hamilton on her most recent collaboration release “G.R.E.A.M.” with hip-hop artist Will Robinson, her process of perfecting livestreams, her new position as a music industry instructor, and how to make the world’s best grilled cheese eggs benedict.L4LM: In celebration of 420, you dropped a new single with Will Robinson with “G.R.E.A.M.” Can you tell us how you and Will started on that collab?MH: I met Will on Instagram, he had a mob of people who were stoked about what he was putting out, so I took an interest to watching him. I live across from a bar called Grumpy’s in Minneapolis, and one day I walked out of my front door and saw him walking out. We started hanging out and he popped over and I had him brainstorm ideas for anything green for the whole concept. We just ran with that, celebrating “green” and the eco-friendly way of life. We dropped it on April 20th for a green anthem for the national holiday [laughs], it was a really fun song to work on together.L4LM: The artwork for the new single highlights all things “green”. I noticed that you do the artwork and graphics for your own brand. Have you always been a graphic artist?MH: Yes, by trade I’m a graphic designer. I’ve always been into fine arts and drawing, so eventually I got a lot into illustration. I also drew up the “G.R.E.A.M.” artwork and merch for it. The shirt and the hat are based off the cover of Wu Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M” track. It was super fun to make. I’ve always done my own art, it’s very convenient being your own graphic designer, you can constantly make your own promo assets for any platform at any time without waiting.“G.R.E.A.M.” Ft. Will Robinson[Video: Megan Hamilton]L4LM: You’ve been doing weekly live streams on Facebook, as well as releasing new music on a regular basis. Is this a result of the ongoing coronavirus and postponement of live events?MH: Yeah, I actually didn’t know how to stream prior to all of this happening. It was quite a learning curve to all of a sudden figure it all out, and do it in a way that looked good. I was initially silent during the first week when everyone starting pushing out livestreams to learn the software, and making sure we had good camera angle and audio. Once everything looked good and I felt comfortable, I started my weekly livestreams. I now spend about half my day working on streaming stuff, or helping someone else with it. It’s been fun figuring it out with this new landscape, I’m a giant nerd when it comes to media software.L4LM: You’ve also been integrating some breakfast cooking in each of your morning Toast & Jam streams. Can you tell us how to make the world’s best grilled cheese eggs benedict?MH: Okay, so wow [laughs] it’s so much fun. You make a grilled cheese, you know the old Julia Child’s method, with lots of butter. Put that to the side, boil up some water, take a little festival pin and poke the egg at the very top through the shell, submerge it in the boiling water for 10 seconds, take it out, and then you swirl the water and crack it in. The swirl will prevent the egg from turning out super ugly haha. Let it cook for four minutes, and then instead of using hollandaise sauce, I use fresh tomato bisque I made in the Instant Pot. Take the lid of a mason jar and push it down onto the grilled cheese to make a perfect circle, put the egg on it and the tomato bisque and you got yourself a grilled cheese eggs benedict. I decided that since I’m benedicted that I’m going to make a benedict for every Toast & Jam Brunch livestream.L4LM: You also recently became a music industry instructor and course designer for Slam Academy. What do you hope to teach to students in the program?MH: Oh, it’s been so great. It’s an electronic music production school, and I recently became an instructor and their marketing director. I’m teaching a class called “Music Industry.” It was initially taught by Lazerbeak, a Minneapolis-based producer who’s worked with Doomtree and Lizzo. He taught a lot about the history of the music industry and how things operate within that, so we combined both of our curriculums to expand on how people can make it work for their music. I’m teaching a lot about personal branding and marketing, learning how to use social media properly, maintain an audience and following, monetize your music, and getting your royalties. Since we’re unable to do any in-person classes right now, it’s opened a lot of doors for us because we have an in-person student capacity, but when we go online, we’re able to accommodate a lot more students. Everyone has been really enjoying it, and I think we’re going to keep up with the online courses alongside in-person classes. My new streaming knowledge has really helped bring this about, and it’s nice to see that people are able to learn new things with all this extra free time. It’s been really rewarding.L4LM: You also use another creative outlet to teach and inform people, reaching almost 50 episodes of your Green Room Podcast. Why did you start up this project and what are some of your most memorable episodes?MH: It started as something just for fun, but it evolved into its own little monster and does take up a lot of our time now in a good way [laughs]. It builds camaraderie with all the guests we have on the podcast. I’ve had a few interesting guests on there that have made for great episodes. Ben Encanti of Zebbler Encanti Experience was really cool to talk with. He’s in Scotland, and he’s a professor at Berklee School of Music in Valencia, Spain, and he was teaching the masterclass there for music production. The Kill Paris episode was great too, he’s doing a lot of cool things with technology and biology and making music with those things. He talked about how he created his most recent album, Galaxies Within Us, using a piece of technology called a MIDI Sprout. It has all these alligator clips that you can clip onto any biological piece of material. He used different plants and he solely sampled the bass design for his song “Venus Fly Trap” from the frequencies generated from it.Green Room Podcast, Ep. 42 – Kill ParisL4LM: You’ve been regularly releasing new music collaborations amid our lockdowns, can fans expect more new music in the coming weeks?MH: I actually have another release coming out on May 12th with K+Lab. I’ll have something coming out every month this year, there’s a lot of great new material waiting to be released. Maddy O’Neal and I are finally going to debut our new duo house project, House Wives within the next couple months. I’ve always wanted to have a house music moniker, and now I have enough house music to finally debut this project with her, I’m pumped. It’s gonna open a lot of doors for us since house music isn’t either of our main genres, so we can reach new audiences. I’m also going to continue my livestreams, including an upcoming one with A.L. Grime and do some collaboration streams. Manic Focus just started a “Beat Challenge,” sending a track to a bunch of different DJs to add their own mix and spin on it for a monster collab compilation, that will also be released in the near future.L4LM: New music every month! We love to hear that. If you could do a song collab with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?MH: Holy shit. I would probably pick Amy Winehouse or Whitney Houston, like why wouldn’t you?Stream Megan Hamilton’s latest collaboration “G.R.E.A.M.” with Will Robinson here or via the Spotify audio player below.last_img read more

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Billy Strings Shares “Watch It Fall” For Florida Rights Restoration Coalition [Video]

first_imgOn Monday, Billy Strings debuted video of his performance of “Watch It Fall” recorded for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.Founded in 2011, the FRRC is committed to the restoration of basic civil rights for millions of returning citizens (formerly convicted persons) in Florida. Through advocacy and lobbying work, this non-profit won a major victory in 2018 with the passage of Amendment 4 which allowed convicted felons to regain their voting rights upon completion of their sentence including parole and probation.Related: Billy Strings Performs Powerful “Taking Water” At Democracy Comes Alive [Watch]The performance finds a long-haired Strings alongside his bass player Royal Masat. Judging by the length of Strings’ hair, which he lopped off back in August the video was recorded some time ago. With the 2020 general elections just one day away, however, this performance of the Home track—recorded for a vital civil rights organization—is all the more relevant. It’s easy to see why Strings would feel so strongly about the rights of returning citizens, as his grandfather was incarcerated for a brief period, during which he hand-built the recognizable 33 guitar Billy occasionally uses onstage.With his contemplation on the trajectory of modern society, Strings highlights his insightful lyricism rather than his guitar-picking prowess with this performance. The effect is just as stirring than any of his instrumental offerings, as the lean, 3:43 minute rendition makes its point and doesn’t linger. As the rights of millions of returning citizens around the country remain ignored by politicians and voters alike, Strings ponders “how long until there’s nothing left at all?”Watch Billy Strings and Royal Masat perform “Watch It Fall” for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. To learn more about the FRRC click here. To watch the official music video for “Watch It Fall”, head here.Billy Strings – “Watch It Fall”[Video: Billy Strings]last_img read more

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ND Day to feature first campus wide Global Development Challenge

first_imgThis Monday, as part of Notre Dame Day, the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) will host the first ever Global Development Challenge.“[The] Global Development Challenge is comprised of six stations centrally located on campus, each relating to a global development challenge that NDIGD and the Notre Dame Community are currently working to address. Each station has a hands-on, interactive challenge for students, faculty, staff and members of the South Bend community to participate in,” event planner Meagan McDermott said.McDermott said events will include a scavenger hunt, a geography challenge and a 3-point shooting contest.“Notre Dame Day is about celebrating the best aspects of the University, and so we’re excited to showcase the global development work NDIGD and the Notre Dame community is doing in such a fun and interactive way,” she said.Participants can take on the challenges individually or in teams of up to four people, McDermott said. The six challenges are slated to take no more than an hour and can be completed any time between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.“Some of the stations will make for great photo opportunities, and there’s no better way for students and their friends to spend some down time between classes. The challenges were planned in such a way that anyone can participate and have fun, whether you’re taking on the challenges by yourself or with a group of friends,” McDermott said.McDermott said winners will have the opportunity to either play basketball or have dinner with former Notre Dame basketball player, Ruth Riley.“Each task relates to a global development issue that Notre Dame is currently working to address in the developing world, such as clean water, education and one of my passions, fighting malaria,” Riley said in a video promoting the challenge.According to McDermott, the original idea for the events came from Riley and her commitment to helping those in the developing world.“[Riley] envisioned [the Global Development Challenge] as an opportunity to spread the word about the work that NDIGD is doing to the rest of campus. We were excited about the opportunity to involve students in our mission, and saw Notre Dame Day as a great day to hold the event as we try to spread the word about the work that our office is doing to different parts of campus,” McDermott said.A portion of the $10 registration fee will go to Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship in Uganda, one of NDIGD’s many projects, McDermott said.“This is a great opportunity to learn more about the aid and support Notre Dame is providing to those most in need. The global development work being highlighted through the Global Development Challenge is central to Fr. Sorin’s goal of being ‘a global force for good,’” she said.Tags: Global Development Challenge, NDIGD, Notre Dame Day, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Ruth Rileylast_img read more

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WMG signs triathlete Ognjen Stojanovic

first_img Related Global media, sports and entertainment company, WMG has signed Serbian triathlete Ognjen Stojanovic as a global client.WMG will provide global representation, working closely with his existing team. ‘WMG will also assist in the development of the TRIOGY brand [triogy.com].’Peter Stencel, Senior Vice President at WMG said, “WMG is delighted to welcome Ognjen Stojanovic to our already established portfolio of athletic legends.“Ogy is widely regarded as the greatest Serbian and South-East European triathlete and we look forward to strategically developing his established triathlete profile across global markets.”Stojanovic commented, “I am excited at not only joining an established stable of global athletes but extending my professional opportunities in new markets.”The Olympics in London 2012 are fast approaching and I can’t think of a better combination of my long standing management team and now my extended team, WMG, the premier sports marketing company in the world.”www.triogy.comlast_img read more

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Minnesota finishes 22nd at NCAA meet

first_imgMinnesota finishes 22nd at NCAA meetDerek Toomey tied his career-best time in the 50-yard free at the NCAAs.Daily File Photo, Ichigo TakikawaMinnesota’s Derek Toomey swims in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke during the Minnesota Challenge on Feb. 9, 2013, at the University Aquatic Center. David NelsonMarch 31, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s men’s swimming and diving team produced some of its best performances of the year at the NCAA meet over the weekend, but it regressed from last year’s 18th-place finish and placed 22nd overall.“They swam and dove great,” head coach Kelly Kremer said. “We really got some very tough breaks at almost every turn. And at the end of the day, the scoreboard doesn’t reflect what a great job these men did.”Minnesota boasted seven swimmers in total who garnered All-America honors, but it wasn’t enough.Gophers seniors Derek Toomey and Kyler Van Swol were two of those All-Americans. They capped their careers with two of the best performances of their careers.Toomey tied his career-best time in the 50-yard freestyle at 19.05 seconds. Van Swol’s time in the 200-yard butterfly prelim broke the school record in the event.But aside from those performances, bad breaks seemed to follow the team.“It seemed like at every turn, things didn’t go our way at critical moments,” Kremer said. “We found a way to really make life difficult for ourselves.”The Gophers qualified for the final or consolation final in five events but failed to capitalize on those opportunities.“We definitely swam better in prelims than we did in the finals,” Kremer said. “We didn’t make the most of those opportunities.” Gophers junior C.J. Smith said he wasn’t happy after finishing 16th in the 1,650-yard freestyle and 46th in the 500-yard freestyle.“I don’t think the best swimmers in the nation settle in any races,” he said. “I’m certainly eager to improve this summer.”This weekend, the best swimmers came from warmer climates.California blew away the competition with 468.5 points, Texas followed with 417.5 points and Florida took third with 387 points.“It’s tough to keep guys not bummed out when you watch some teams actually dominate a meet like that,” Smith said.Perhaps no one was more bummed than freshman diver Matt Barnard, who injured his leg while diving on the 3-meter springboard. That injury kept him out of the platform competition.“He was disappointed, but he has such a positive attitude,” Kremer said. “That’s why I know he’ll get right back on the horse and he’ll be fine. He’ll come back better than ever.”Barnard was one of six freshmen who made the trip to Austin, Texas, to compete on college swimming’s biggest stage. Smith said that’s one positive that can be taken away from an otherwise unsatisfactory competition.“We had six freshmen this year, and I think that’s the biggest positive,” he said. “We had those guys step up and swim fast, and that just shows the capability that they have and the direction this program is headed in.”last_img read more

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Epilepsy has been found to reduce the generation of new neurons

first_imgShare on Twitter The mission of neural stem cells located in the hippocampus, one of the main regions of the brain, is to generate new neurons during the adult life of mammals, including human beings, of course, and their function is to participate in certain types of learning and responses to anxiety and stress. Using an epilepsy model in genetically modified mice, the researchers have discovered that hippocampal neural stem cells stop generating new neurons and are turned into reactive astrocytes, a cell type that promotes inflammation and alters communication between neurons.This research work has also made it possible to confirm the hypothesis in a previous piece of research by these researchers; this hypothesis established that even though neuronal hyperexcitation does not go as far as to cause convulsions, it does induce the massive activation of neural stem cells and their resulting premature exhaustion; as a result, neurogenesis (generation of new neurons) in the hippocampus ends up chronically reduced.Juan Manuel Encinas, who is leading the study, highlights the fact that “this discovery has enabled us to gain a better understanding about how neural stem cells function. We have shown that in addition to generating neurons and astrocytes, neural stem cells in the adult hippocampus can generate reactive astrocytes following an epileptic seizure”. Pinterest Share LinkedIncenter_img Email Share on Facebook Even though the work has been carried out on experimental animals, this discovery has clear implications in clinical practice and in the quest for new therapies for epilepsy given that the generation of new neurons (neurogenesis) is a process that is negatively affected in epileptic seizures located in the hippocampus. “If we can manage to preserve the population of neural stem cells and their capacity to generate new neurons in humans, it may be possible to prevent the development of certain symptoms associated with epilepsy and very likely to mitigate the damage that is caused in the hippocampus,” pointed out Juan Manuel Encinas.In this ambitious, multidisciplinary project they have collaborated with research groups attached to institutions such as the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (United States), the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), the Achucarro centre itself, and the UPV/EHU’s Genetic Expression Service.last_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: Resistant gonorrhea, contaminated sink, Ebola and orangutans, Olympic disease surveillance, vaccine testing contract

first_imgJul 20, 2012ECDC sounds alarm about increase in drug-resistant gonnorheaCases of gonorrhea and syphilis are increasing in Europe as gonorrhea is becoming more resistant to antimicrobial drugs, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned yesterday in Eurosurveillance. In 2010, 32,000 cases of gonorrhea, 18,000 cases of syphilis, and more than 345,000 cases of chlamydia were reported across Europe, according to an editorial. Separate reports in the issue deal with increases in sexually transmitted diseases in Germany, England, and Sweden in 2011. The increases probably reflect a combination of increased testing and an increase in risky sexual behavior by men who have sex with men and by young adults, according to the editorial. It says that Neisseria gonorrhoeae has developed resistance to most of the antimicrobial drugs introduced over the years. Surveillance from 2009 and 2010 shows that resistance to cefixime is spreading across Europe, and resistance to ceftriaxone also appears to be increasing. “These results are extremely worrying as the loss of both cefixime and ceftriaxone as treatment options for gonorrhoea would have a significant impact on public health,” the editorial states. The authors call for close monitoring of the rising rates of gonnorrhea and syphilis and targeting of public health interventions at the affected groups. The ECDC statement follows a World Health Organization (WHO) warning in June that urgent action is needed to prevent the spread of untreatable gonorrhea.Jul 19 Eurosurveillance editorialJun 6 WHO statementStudy: Source of hospital Klebsiella infections was down the drainResearchers from Toronto report that a sink was the pathogen reservoir for a persistent cluster of infections with an antimicrobial-resistant strain of Klebsiella oxytoca, a mainly healthcare-associated pathogen acquired from environmental surfaces. From October 2006 to March 2011, 66 patients in a Toronto hospital were infected with class A extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing K oxytoca with one of two DNA fingerprints, according to the researchers’ report in Emerging Infectious Diseases. New cases continued to crop up despite reinforcement of infection control measures and other precautions. When the investigators cultured samples from a sink in the intensive care unit, they found K oxytoca strains that matched those in the patients. New cases stopped after the sink drain was modified, cleaning frequency was increased, and an antimicrobial stewardship program was launched. “Sinks should be considered potential reservoirs for clusters of infection caused by K oxytoca,” the report states.Jul 18 Emerg Infect Dis reportWild Indonesian orangutans show evidence of Ebola, Marburg infectionsIn a study in Indonesia, almost one fifth of wild orangutans tested had antibodies to Ebola virus and a much smaller percentage had antibodies to Marburg virus, according to a report in PLoS One. Indonesian and Japanese researchers analyzed serum samples from 353 healthy Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) on Kalimantan Island, Indonesia, from December 2005 to December 2006. Using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with recombinant viral surface glycoprotein antigens, they found seropositivity for Ebola virus in 18.4% (65/353) of the animals and seropositivity for Marbug virus in 1.7% (6/353). In addition, most Ebola-positive samples showed specificity to Zaire, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, or Bundibugyo viruses, all of which have been found so far only in Africa. “These results suggest the existence of multiple species of filoviruses or unknown filovirus-related viruses in Indonesia, some of which are serologically similar to African” Ebola viruses, the authors wrote. No confirmed human Ebola virus infections have been reported outside Africa, though the Ebola Reston strain has been found in monkeys imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Jul 18 PLoS One reportCDC information about EbolaECDC heightens surveillance for OlympicsThough infectious diseases aren’t likely to pose major problems at the upcoming 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the ECDC said yesterday that it, along with its partners, are enhancing surveillance for the events as part of ongoing communicable disease assessment. The group said in a statement that the biggest risk to visitors is likely to be food and waterborne diseases from improper food handling and poor hand hygiene practices. The ECDC added that it isn’t aware of any major public health problems that occurred at the recent EURO 2012 soccer tournament in Poland and the Ukraine. For the upcoming Games, the ECDC said it has adapted media screening tools to quickly flag threats in the UK and in participating countries and is exploring the use of social media and blogs in monitoring disease developments. As part of joint activities with global health partners, the ECDC and the UK’s Health Protection Agency will each have liaison officers to share risk assessments affecting those attending the Games as well as the wider EU community.  Member states will receive a daily bulletin of relevant public health events. The Olympic Games run from Jul 27 through Aug 12 and the Paralympic Games from Aug 29 through Sep 9.Jul 19 ECDC statementBattelle wins 10-year US contract to test infectious-disease countermeasuresBattelle Memorial Institute announced this week that it has won a 10-year federal contract worth up to $102.5 million to evaluate and test vaccines and other biologics for infectious diseases. The work will support the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in developing medical countermeasures, including those for emerging and biodefense pathogens, the institute said in a press release. The work will be conducted at Battelle’s biosafety level 3 laboratories and new toxicology research facility in West Jefferson, Ohio. The contract provides for preclinical, nonclinical, and clinical testing as needed to obtain data that will contribute to decisions by the Food and Drug Administration about product safety and efficacy, the statement said. Battelle, based in Columbus, Ohio, describes itself as the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization.Jul 18 Battelle press releaselast_img read more

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News Scan for Sep 04, 2015

first_imgH7N9 sampling study finds temporary benefits for market closuresTemporary poultry market closures can drop environmental levels of H7N9 and other avian flu viruses, but after stalls reopen, contamination quickly returns to preclosure levels, Chinese researchers reported yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The study took place in Guangzhou, the largest city in southern China’s Guangdong province, during the second wave of human illnesses.In response to rising numbers of human infections in the city in the first months of 2014, officials ordered a 2-week closure of live-poultry markets from Feb 15 to Feb 28. The markets were cleaned and disinfected at the start of the closure, and the team collected environmental samples from different areas of the markets before, during, and after the closure. Samples were tested by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rT-PCR) and culture.During the closure period, H7N9 RNA detections fell by 79% and isolation decreased by 92%. The investigators also found that viable virus could still be cultured from wastewater about 2 days after poultry market closure. Chopping boards, often located at the front of the stalls, had the highest contamination rates of any other sampling site in the markets.Investigators found, however, that virus returned to preclosure levels when the markets opened again, a rebound that requires further investigation, they wrote. The group added that, given little support for permanent poultry market closures, health officials could consider more ways to minimize risks to humans, including putting a screen between customers and the chopping board or redesigning stalls to limit transmission to humans.Sep 3 Emerg Infect Dis study Variant H3N2 case reported in MichiganVariant H3N2 influenza (H3N2v) has been detected in a Michigan resident who was hospitalized in June with an infection and has now recovered, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today in its weekly flu update.An investigation into the case found no human-to-human spread of the virus, and the patient had close contact with pigs in the week before illness onset.The case is the second involving H3N2v this year. On July 24 the CDC reported a case from Minnesota, which also involved a patient who had contact with swine the week before symptoms began. That patient was also hospitalized, and no other infections were detected in contacts.The virus was first detected in humans in 2011 and spiked to 306 cases the following summer, much of them linked to swine exhibit exposure.Cases have declined rapidly since then, however, with sporadic detections of H3N2v as well as H1N1v.Sep 4 CDC FluView Jul 24 CIDRAP News scan “H3N2v case reported in Minnesota” CDC study notes risk factors for MRSA after hospital dischargeColonization of resistant bacteria and discharge to a nursing home are among the risk factors for developing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after discharge after hospitalization for acute care, according to a study yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases.A team led by CDC researchers analyzed data on 194 patients who developed MRSA after hospital discharge from Feb 1, 2011, to Mar 31, 2013, and 388 matched controls. The median time between discharge and positive MRSA culture was 23 days, with a range of 1 to 83 days.They found these factors independently associated with post-discharge MRSA: MRSA colonization, discharge to a nursing home, presence of a chronic wound, and discharge with a central venous catheter (CVC) or a non-CVC invasive device.The authors concluded, “Prevention efforts should target patients with MRSA colonization or those with invasive devices or chronic wounds at hospital discharge. In addition, MRSA prevention efforts in nursing homes are warranted.”Sep 3 Clin Infect Dis abstractlast_img read more

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Erica Jones joins IWDC in director role

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