USC Games Expo to proceed with all-digital event

first_imgUSC Games Expo to proceed with all-digital eventGames showcase for student, faculty, and alumni work to take place May 12Rebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 2nd April 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareUSC Games has announced it will hold its annual USC Games Expo as an all-digital event due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19.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 The event will take place as planned on May 12, 2020 at 4pm PT, digitally streamed across multiple platforms, including Twitch and the official website, while a preview show on May 11 will spotlight high school and junior high-age prospective applicants.The show will highlight over 90 student, faculty, and alumni-created games.”Our students are the next generation of game design talent, and our virtual expo is a chance for interested industry professionals, prospective students, scholars, faculty and the general public to experience their never-before-seen projects,” said USC Games director Danny Bilson.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 2 hours agoGenesis Noir nabs four nominations in 2021 IGF AwardsOther games in the running for Seumas McNally Grand Prize include Paradise Killer, Teardown, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Umurani Generation, and SpiritfarerBy Brendan Sinclair 4 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

‘Jayme is safe and we will make sure forever,’ family of Wisconsin girl who escaped man who allegedly killed her parents

first_imgJennifer Smith(NEW YORK) — New photos released Saturday of Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who spent 88 days in captivity after being abducted by her parent’s alleged killer, show her smiling and cuddling with her dogs and posing for a selfie with an aunt who had prayed for her safe return.“Jayme had a pretty good night sleep,” Jayme’s overjoyed aunt, Jennifer Smith, said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “It was great to know she was next to me all night. What a great feeling to have her home.”Authorities said Jayme escaped Thursday from a cabin where she was being held by a man who allegedly kidnapped her in October, according to officials at the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, who spearheaded the search for her.She was found in Gordon, Wisconsin, about 70 miles north of her hometown of BarronAfter escaping, Jayme approached Jeanne Nutter, who was out walking her dog. Nutter told ABC News that Jayme looked disheveled, cold, thin and wearing shoes too large for her feet.“I need help,” Jayme said in a soft voice, according to Nutter. “…I’m Jayme Closs, I don’t know where I’m at.”After escaping, Jayme approached Jeanne Nutter, who was out walking her dog. Nutter told ABC News that Jayme looked disheveled, cold, thin and wearing shoes too large for her feet.“I need help,” Jayme said in a soft voice, according to Nutter. “…I’m Jayme Closs, I don’t know where I’m at.”Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, was arrested and charged with kidnapping the eighth-grader and killing her parents, Denise and James Closs, officials said. Patterson is expected to make his initial court appearance on the charges on Monday.Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Patterson had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme, but it remains unclear how he became aware of the girl, Fitzgerald said.Investigators have yet to comment on what Jayme endured during her 88 days in captivity.Her family said Saturday that she is “full of big smiles today.”“It will be a long road but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!!” Smith wrote on Facebook. “We will do anything and everything!! My beloved sister Denise pooh and brother in law Jim can rest at peace and I keep assuring them Jayme is safe and we will make sure forever.”Jayme’s ordeal began on Oct. 15, when a 911 hangup call was placed from her home and a dispatcher reported hearing people yelling in the background.When sheriff’s deputies went to the Closs family home, they found Denise Closs, 46, and her husband, James, 56, shot to death. Jayme was nowhere to be found and immediately investigators feared her parent’s killer abducted her.A massive search for the girl was launched and thousands of volunteers helped comb the area near her rural home. A reward of $50,000 was offered for information on the girl’s whereabouts.But in the end, Fitzgerald said, Jayme ended up saving herself.“It’s amazing, the will of that 13-year-old girl to survive and escape,” Fitzgerald said. “That comes from the hope and the prayers in this community and what everybody did.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Free community picnic in Elkhart on Friday

first_imgIndianaLocalSouth Bend Market Pinterest By Tommie Lee – July 24, 2019 0 343 Twitter Facebook Google+ (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The Elkhart Parks & Recreation Department and Cummins Onan will host a community picnic at Sterling Park.It’s a free, family-friendly event that will be going on from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday evening.Enjoy free activities, games, and picnic food at the park. It’s on the southeast side at the former LaBour Pump facility.The City was awarded the Eartha Award by the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce in 2013 for their work to redevelop the 5-acre site. Free community picnic in Elkhart on Friday Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleRailroad track repairs to impact CR 17 traffic in ElkhartNext articleWest Side clean up event happening Saturday Tommie Leelast_img read more

Small Belgian town becomes center of coronavirus vaccine world

first_imgLast but not least, Belgium’s location in the heart of Europe obviously helps. Brussels Airport was one of the first to be specifically certified by the International Air Transport Association for cargo transport of pharmaceuticals. Half of the production of Belgium’s pharmaceuticals is exported outside the EU. Voiced by Amazon Polly Industry organization Essenscia agrees that the government’s policies have helped the pharmaceutical sector to thrive, for example by setting up the Institute for Biotechnology. “The government’s efforts have helped create an important ecosystem in which companies, universities and spin-offs help each other grow,” said Beckx. Frank Beckx, head of the chemical federation in Flanders, calls it a “pharma legacy” which harks back to iconic figures such as Paul Janssen, the founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica, which is now a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. According to Beckx, it’s no coincidence that there are so many Belgians among the big names in the industry: Paul Stoffels, the chief scientific officer of Johnson & Johnson; Peter Piot, who helped discover the Ebola virus and is now a special adviser on the coronavirus to the European Commission president; and Bruno Holthof, who leads the Oxford University Hospitals, which is also close to a breakthrough on a coronavirus vaccine with AstraZeneca. It is in Puurs, a town of 17,000 in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, that America’s Pfizer will manufacture a coronavirus vaccine created with Germany’s BioNTech that is now hailed as one of the front-runners to liberate the world from lockdowns. According to Colpaert, the company continues to invest in Belgium thanks “to the high-tech expertise and training of its staff and the high level of academic research.” According to local opposition leaders, this has triggered some annoyance. “This is a very densely populated area,” said Steven Prinsen, who represents the Greens in the town council. “The back of the Pfizer plant is adjacent to a residential neighborhood, in which residents have some noise nuisance from the wind turbines.” Van den Heuvel doesn’t mind telling the story over and over, proud as he is of the spotlight on his town. He has been the mayor for 24 years, and his name is so intertwined with the town that his center-right party participated in the last local elections under the name #teamkoen. Keeping Pfizer sweet In the same period, the Belgian government launched a series of laws to make the country more attractive for foreign investments. In the aftermath of the Marshall Plan, investments from foreign medical and chemical companies such as Alcon and Upjohn started to pour into the region. While some have left, others, like Pfizer, have flourished. “The internal competition in these kind of multinationals is murderous, and Belgium has a clear downside: high wage costs,” Van den Heuvel said. “That’s why I make sure relations between the town and the company are as good as they can be, and over time we have created a positive dynamic. The expertise and the high focus on quality has led to new investments time and time again.” He kicks off at the end of the 19th century, when Puurs was just farmland and felt like “the end of the world” — his words, not ours. That all changed when the town was connected to the port city of Antwerp by train and by a string of new roads in the middle of the 20th century, thanks to which Puurs is now in a sweet spot between Brussels Airport and the port of Antwerp. Press play to listen to this article “Thanks to those investments, you can export products from here by ship and by plane in a fairly quick way, which is a major asset if you’re producing something that’s exported globally,” said Van den Heuvel. He takes evident relish in talking about the town’s pharmaceutical boom. It allows him to take the focus off less pleasant aspects of life there, like handling the fall-out from recent extreme-right protests. When Flanders’ hot-button migration issues rocked the usually quiet town, Van den Heuvel even briefly had police protection because of threats against him. Against that troubled backdrop, talking about the Pfizer plant and the country’s industrial heritage allows him to discuss a big Belgian success story. They all have one question: Why did Pfizer pick this town (together with its Kalamazoo site in Michigan) to produce the vaccine? center_img Throughout his national political career, Van den Heuvel has been known as a business-friendly politician. That also applies to his local policy: When Pfizer asks for something, the town will do it best to do it. A road was even sold to the company so that it could connect two of its sites. When the company wanted to install two wind turbines in 2013, they were easily granted licenses, as was a recent hulking parking tower — an eyesore when driving into the town. Don’t feel too bad if you’ve never heard of Puurs. Within Belgium, it is mostly known for its skull-splittingly potent Duvel beer, which according to an urban legend owes its name to someone calling it “a true devil” thanks to its alcohol percentage of 8.5 percent. (The name means devil in Dutch.) A very Belgian business “The pharma sector is definitely thriving,” said Flemish Economy Minister Hilde Crevits, who pointed out the increase in jobs and in research investments in the sector. “We invest a lot in higher education and research, which leads to high-educated staff and academic hospitals with which pharmaceutical companies can work together on clinical trials … We also have a beneficiary tax system for scientific research and the use of patents.” The initial investment from Upjohn, which was later acquired by Pfizer, in 1963 eventually led to Pfizer Puurs becoming one of Pfizer’s largest production and packaging sites worldwide. More than 400 million doses of vaccines and medicines are produced in Puurs every year and the number of employees has doubled in the last 10 years, bringing the total to almost 3,000. Once the production volume of the vaccine increases, that number might rise further in the coming months, according to Pfizer spokesperson Koen Colpaert. While Van den Heuvel acknowledges his town has been lucky to have been initially chosen as a production site for Pfizer, he also makes sure that the Americans are eager to stay. There is just one downside: Even if the vaccine gets the green light from health authorities, the local production does not mean better access to the vaccine for those in the town. Thanks to the crisis, there’s no chance of meeting the mayor, Koen Van den Heuvel, for a bottle of Duvel in De Vierklaver, the pub opposite the town hall, so we meet in his office where he now spends his days dealing with international media requests from Norwegian television to Britain’s Daily Mail. “I’ve received some occasional criticism that we’re too willing to give in to Pfizer’s needs,” said Van den Heuvel. “But for such an icon that provides jobs for so many of our families, some goodwill is allowed. And the success of this vaccine has not just made our entire town proud, it will once again lead to new hirings.” PUURS, Belgium — The future of the world depends on a Belgian town so small that its parking lot is named Dorpshart, the “heart of the village.” “When Studio 100, a leading Belgian entertainment company [which also has its headquarters in the province of Antwerp], showed its popular musicals in Puurs, residents had early and cheaper access,” said Van den Heuvel. “I’ve already received some demands asking whether I can arrange something similar with Pfizer. But pulling strings will be near impossible this time.” But both Prinsen and his fellow opposition leader Jan Van Camp from the Flemish nationalist N-VA party have to admit that overall, there is huge support for the pharmaceutical companies in the town. Together with neighbor Novartis, Alcon and the local startup Purna, pharma provides over 5,000 stable jobs, from lab work to transport and cleaning. The unemployment rate in Puurs is one of the lowest in the province of Antwerp. Almost everyone in the town knows someone that works for one of these companies. Van Camp’s father’s first job was with Upjohn, Pfizer’s predecessor. Pfizer Puurs is part of a bigger pharma ecosystem in Belgium. The country ranks in the EU’s top three for the export of pharmaceuticals, together with Germany and Ireland. Big pharma names such as Janssen, Biocartis, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline all go back to a long tradition in pharmaceuticals in the country, both in production as in research and development. This article is part of POLITICO’s premium policy service: Pro Health Care. From drug pricing, EMA, vaccines, pharma and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the health care policy agenda. Email [email protected] for a complimentary trial.last_img read more

Elvis Costello & The Imposters Announce 2019 North American Fall Tour

first_imgElvis Costello & The Imposters have announced their extensive Just Trust 2019 North American fall tour. The band is currently gearing up for their upcoming co-headlining summer tour with Blondie.The band shared the meaning behind the tour’s name. They explained, “The tour is entitled, ‘Just Trust’ in answer to the musical questions: ‘Will they play my favorite song?,’ or, ‘Are they going to frighten the horses with a lot of excellent songs that are rarely performed?,’ not to mention, ‘Can I expect the hits of yesteryear and those of tomorrow?’ To which we say: Just Trust Elvis Costello and The Imposters.”The 24-date tour will begin with a performance at Charlottesville, VA’s Sprint Pavilion on October 23rd and run through November 26th with a tour-closing gig at Milwaukee, WI’s Miller High Life Theatre. The fall tour will also see Elvis Costello offer up performances at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre (10/29 & 10/30); Nashville, TN’s Ryman Auditorium (11/4); St. Augustine, FL’s St. Augustine Amphitheatre (11/8); New Orleans, LA’s Saenger Theatre (11/13); and Chicago, IL’s Chicago Theatre (11/22); to name a few.See below for a full list of Elvis Costello & The Imposers’ upcoming Just Trust fall tour dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, June 28th.Head to Elvis Costello’s website for more information.Elvis Costello & The Imposters 2019 Fall Tour Dates:October 23 – Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint PavilionOctober 24 – Hershey, PA @ The Hershey TheatreOctober 26 – Ithaca, NY @ State TheatreOctober 27 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing ArtsOctober 29 & 30 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol TheatreNovember 1 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVaNovember 2 – Greensboro, NC @ Piedmont HallNovember 4 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman AuditoriumNovember 5 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola RoxyNovember 7 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for Performing ArtsNovember 8 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine AmphitheatreNovember 10 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey TheaterNovember 11 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock LiveNovember 13 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger TheatreNovember 15 – Memphis, TN @ Graceland SoundstageNovember 16 – Carmel, IN @ Center for Performing ArtsNovember 17 – Louisville, KY @ The Palace TheatreNovember 19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft TheatreNovember 20 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan TheatreNovember 22 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago TheatreNovember 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ State TheatreNovember 24 – Madison, WI @ The Orpheum TheaterNovember 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life TheatreView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Got a Recruitment Strategy?

first_imgDoes your organization offer unique benefits or have a strategy to attract quality caregivers or keep good employees?”žE-mail us or post a comment to let us know. Honolulu has a program to introduce high school students to”žEMS. (For more on this, check out the exclusive article, “Hawaiian-Style Recruitment.”) Organizations have different ways of addressing the problem of recruiting and retaining quality personnel. Many agencies offer a signing bonus for EMTs and paramedics. A few offer unique benefits, such as meal or concierge service, or uniform dry cleaning. Others start mentor programs to keep the employees they have. (For an example, check out “Mentors in”žMemphis.”) Recruitment in”žEMS is a hot topic. The”ž2007 JEMS Salary Survey discusses the idea of a perceived “paramedic shortage,” and a vast majority of services (72%) reported in a recent poll that they’ve seen a shortage of certified paramedics available to hire. The island city, which has double-digit EMS vacancies, also just announced it will start paying candidates who go through an EMT certification program if they promise to work for the city for two years. For more on”žHonolulu_s newest recruitment technique, check out the Honolulu Advertiser story, “City’s Offer: Get paid to become a Honolulu EMT.”last_img read more

Services today and death notices for March 31

first_img Louise W. Clark, 96, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, March 29, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.Gertrude Pete, 89, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Patricia Williams, 64, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home. Services todayGeorge Rhea Sharp, Calder Baptist Church, Beaumont, 10 a.m.Nancy Neblett Kirchmer, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Beaumont, 11 a.m.Doris Cormier, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. 2 p.m.Sharon Jean Tillman, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, 10 a.m.Peggy Banks, Melancon’s Funeral Home,10 a.m. Alice Lynn Lankford, Broussard’s, Nederland, 10 a.m.center_img Death noticesJhovita Lamar Miller, 83, of Beaumont died Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.last_img read more

Montpelier selects Putney artists for $50K Taylor Street project

first_imgBegun in the spring of 2017, the Montpelier ArtSynergy Project is an initiative of the City of Montpelier, in collaboration with Montpelier Alive and the Community Engagement Lab, to develop a strategic Public Art Master Plan and community-wide vision for how public art can be integrated into the city. ArtSynergy invites those who live, work, recreate, shop in or visit Montpelier to participate in an on line survey about public art at is external)Source: Community Engagement Lab 2.15.2018 “Although proposed as an indoor installation, the award is conditional on the work being sited outdoors under shelter of the porch,” said Nathan Suter, chair of the selection committee. The move would ensure the work “will be accessible at any hour, by anyone.”  “To my eye,” he said,  “the initial experience of the piece is of simplicity which masks the long-term potential for community engagement through interactions with the millstone element, and the potential to infinitely re-program the split-flap message board.” In March 2017 the city announced that, in collaboration with Montpelier Alive and the Community Engagement Lab, it had received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The money is part of a $150,000 project to create a master plan for public art and to award a $50,000 commission for a major public work of art. A seven-member selection committee was appointed to review applications and to select the finalists. The committee then recommended a winning design to the City Council, which voted last night. Artist’s scale model, courtesy of Community Engagement Lab.The design is for a round, cast concrete bench – 18-inches high and 7-feet in diameter – its shape reminiscent of the stones used in the mills that once dotted the shores of the Stevens and North branches of the Winooski River. The bench will seat seven, and when pushed by two or more visitors will rotate slowly and smoothly.  A brass circle is to be set into the bench, and when the circle passes true North a switch will engage a nearby split-flap counter – a device that presents a changeable cascade of alphanumeric text, once in popular use in alarm clocks and still in operation in transportation centers. According to the artists’ presentation, the counter allows for numbers, letters and other symbols, meaning that  “messages could be buried in the sign only to be discovered when the counter reaches certain numbers.” In addition, the bench operates as a compass, allowing visitors to orient themselves. Rodrigo Nava was born in Mexico, and has exhibited his sculpture around Vermont and the Northeast. He has done residencies at art schools in Vermont and Mexico. Gregory Miguel Gomez has also exhibited around the state and the country, is an associate professor of art at Wheelock College in Boston, and has taught at Wellesley College and the Maryland Institute of Art. Visit is external) is external).center_img Vermont Business Magazine The Montpelier City Council Tuesday night awarded Putney-based artists Rodrigo Nava and Gregory Miguel Gomez $50,000 to create a major work of public art, to be installed at the new One Taylor Street Transportation Center in the spring of 2019. The team’s design – a two-part installation involving a revolving stone bench and a split-flap counter – was chosen from among five designs presented to the public on January 31 by finalists selected from a pool of 24 applicants. While praising the quality of all work submitted, Suter said that the Nava/Gomez collaboration “won us over based on its elegance, durability, relationship to travel, and sensitivity to the passage of time and people relative to a fixed location – in this case the transit center and by extension, our community. “ The one-acre Taylor Street site is a former scrap yard and train depot currently in use as a parking lot for state employees. The City of Montpelier plans to transform it into a state-of-the-art transportation and commercial center and public park. The transit center project is funded through the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the city.About the Montpelier ArtSynergy Project:last_img read more

Three candidates face off next week in Roeland Park special election for city council

first_imgRyan KellermanRyan Kellerman, 5629 Roeland Drive, is a lifelong resident of Roeland Park and has been a small business owner for more than a dozen years and a Realtor for more than 10 years. He is a Bishop Miege graduate and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pittsburg State University. He is a neighborhood watch block captain and is married with children. He said he is running to “ensure the quality of life we enjoy in Roeland Park continues.” He said as a small business owner, he faces the same challenges as the city when it comes to the economy and fiscal responsibility. He said he wants Roeland Park to continue to be a welcoming hometown for everyone. He is a member of Better Business Bureau, Chambers in NEJC and KCK and the Kansas Realtors Association. Next week Roeland Park residents in the city’s Ward Three will go to the polls to elect a new city council member. The special election is a result of the resignation of Mel Croston from her council seat with more than two years left on the term.Three candidates are running for the post: Scott Ferrel, David Gauwitz and Ryan Kellerman. Voting will take place at the Roeland Park Community Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on De. 9.Scott FerrelScott Ferrel, 5531 Sherwood Drive, has the Farmers Insurance – Scott Ferrel Agency, which he started in 2013. Prior to starting the agency, Ferrel worked in retail and was the marketing projects coordinator at Nebraska Furniture Mart. Ferrel is married with two young children. He is a SM Northwest graduate. Ferrel said he began attending council meetings representing the events committee, which he chairs. At those meetings he learned about the anti-discrimination ordinance and began to attend meetings regularly. He said he has always had an interest in politics and has a flexible schedule that allows him to be involved. He said he does not want to be represented by individuals who “are not likely to put forth the best image for the city.”David GauwitzDavid Gauwitz, 5310 Juniper Drive, is the technical director and quality manager at Cramer Products. He retired from Colgate Palmolive in 2006 as the quality supervisor after 24 years at the plant. Gauwitz has a bachelor’s in chemistry from Western Illinois University. He and his wife, Joanne, have one son who attends JCCC. Gauwitz has lived in Roeland Park for 29 years. Gauwitz said he decided to run because he felt the council was getting “involved in issues not really part of running a city government.” He said he considers himself a conservative and nearing retirement feels he should get more involved in city government.last_img read more

Federal workers owe IRS the $3.3 billion

first_imgLots of people haven’t paid all their taxes — including employees of the federal Jeanne SahadiThe IRS released data this week showing that roughly 3.3% of federal employees and retirees owed $3.3 billion in unpaid taxes as of Sept. 30.That means they either couldn’t pay the full amount owed when they filed a return, or they got snagged by an IRS audit and were told they owed more than they already paid.The data, released after USA Today requested it under the Freedom of Information Act, broke down delinquency rates by departments and independent agencies.At the low end of the scale was the Treasury Department, which had a 1.2% non-compliance rate.A big part of Treasury is the IRS itself, which had a delinquency rate of 0.9%, according to an agency spokesman.The rate among the population at large is at least 8.7%, the IRS estimates.A few weeks ago the IRS found itself in hot water with Congress for having paid $1 million in bonuses to 1,100 IRS employees who were late in paying their taxes or had willfully understated their tax liability or income. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more