Blizzard, EA among Glassdoor’s best places to work

first_imgBlizzard, EA among Glassdoor’s best places to workEmployees have given both game companies high marksJames BrightmanWednesday 6th December 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompany reviews website Glassdoor has published its 2018 Best Places to Work awards and a few games (or games-related) companies have made the cut. Importantly, the awards are entirely driven by employees’ choice, based on numerous reviews submitted anonymously by the employees during the course of the year. Coming in at the very top of the large companies list is Facebook, which of course isn’t strictly a games company but uses its social platform for them and owns VR firm Oculus. Google isn’t far behind, placing fifth. Graphics powerhouse Nvidia is also highly ranked at number 24. The highest ranked pure gaming company, however, is Blizzard Entertainment, which secured the 28th spot on the list. Blizzard was praised by its employees for a great work-life balance and a relaxed, friendly work environment. The cost of living in Irvine, California was cited as a big drawback and one employee noted, “You have to work really hard to exceed expectations which can erode some of the exalted ‘work-life balance’.” That said, most employees had glowing remarks for the Hearthstone and Overwatch studio.”Most companies have ‘pillars’ and then ignore them. Blizzard has cast them in bronze, made them the center of their campus, and focuses on them every day,” remarked another employee. “It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but when one of your pillars is ‘Play Nice, Play Fair’ it’s a refreshing change of pace. At Blizzard, a common phrase that is spoken is ‘Set them up for success.’ The idea that in everything we do, we should be setting our co-workers as well as our games up for success. In these ideals, Blizzard works at making them a reality, not just saying them.”Microsoft and Apple make the list as well, at 39th and 84th, respectively, but the other major games publisher to be honored is Electronic Arts, which of course has come a long way from the controversial days of “EA Spouse.” In 56th place, EA is praised by staff for its high salaries and nice perks, such as “Free games, ice cream, masseur on site, work events, raffles, meditation rooms to chill, etc.” and for supporting and fostering growth in its employees. 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 One member of EA suggested that management: “Keep your employees in the loop more, offer game time to employees to gain hands-on product knowledge [and] acknowledge that stats are highly biased and often out of the advisor’s control due to issues only Studio can fix.” Another said EA is great “except during layoff season,” as those at Visceral can attest to.The top small and medium category did not list any games companies.If you have jobs news to share or a new hire you want to shout about, please contact us on [email protected] 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 storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 5 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 8 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Inappropriate lubricant selection results in equipment failure

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Featured image: ESI Africa library. 123rf Previous articleJohannesburg Stock Exchange crowns SA best performing financiersNext articleCameroon extends its energy footprint Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.center_img Generation A recently conducted plastics industry survey highlights the importance of lubricant selection for processing machinery to cut energy consumption. Lubricant selection based purely on experience and knowledge is no longer a viable approach as equipment has become faster, operating for longer and under more extreme temperatures.Where suitable lubricants are not used this can result in pump failures and increase filtration costs, a costly lesson to avoid.Lubricant selection surveyThe importance of choosing the best lubricant is underlined by a survey, conducted by ExxonMobil in partnership with Plastics News Europe, which revealed that 44% of respondents had suffered equipment failure due to poor lubricant performance. Another 26% reported time-consuming lubricant leaks.According to Mohamed Mourad, ExxonMobil’s industrial marketing advisor, EAME, the survey also revealed that choosing inappropriate oils can actually damage productivity. Whereas, the survey also underlined that appropriate lubricant selection can improve equipment performance, realise significant cost savings through reduced energy consumption. [Global economy to transition to avert catastrophic climate change]“In a hydraulic system, such as on an injection moulding machine, a lubricant is generally exposed to compression and shear stresses,” said Mourad.He stressed: “This can trigger its molecular breakdown, which reduces its lubricating performance and component protection. This means equipment ends up working harder, increasing energy consumption. In order to help avoid this, it is important to use a lubricant with high shear stability and a high viscosity index.”It is also essential to guard against lubricant oxidation as this can result in corrosion, a build-up of damaging lacquer and an increase in viscosity, he added. “Lubricants can additionally become contaminated with process materials, water, dust and wear debris. This can trigger pump failures and increase filtration costs.”Solution to equipment failureTo combat all these issues plastics processors, need to choose lubricants that are easy to filter and that protect against oxidation-related problems.“Clearly, improper lubrication can damage productivity,” said Mourad. “However, choosing the best possible lubrication isn’t the end of the process – it is important to know how those lubricant choices are performing as this can provide valuable maintenance diagnostics and crucial operational insights.”Selection results in energy efficiencyEven when using the most appropriate lubricants it is still important to analyse their performance in order to help maintain processing equipment at its optimal operation. “By assessing the health of a lubricant it’s possible to detect developing issues before they become a problem and maintain peak productivity,” explained Mourad.Energy efficiency relates solely to fluid performance when compared with conventional reference oils of the same viscosity grade in hydraulic applications. The technology used is able to achieve up to 6% efficiency compared with the reference when tested in a hydraulic system under controlled conditions.Note that efficiency improvements vary based on operating conditions and application. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICSlast_img read more

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How to get the balance of life in Covid

first_imgIt works this way only that wisdom comes only after the substantial amount of pain caused by your actions. When it is happening, deep down in your heart you know its consequences but you let it happen to you as you believe to live in the present at that particular moment. In most cases, it is a well versed and authentic way to live your life on your terms but the challenge occurs when you decide based on someone else’s opinion. Oh yeah, that sucks every minute of your time as one cannot contradict the thoughts of living your life on your terms while deciding as per the pre-standard set of norms made by people.It’s not you, it’s them. So, screw them!Life happens very often irrespective of age, the only thing changes are circumstances, people, situation, in-charge of your thoughts (the one who manipulates you, changes) but what remains constant is You, who got manipulated by all these aspects of your life. And the truth is you never get the clarity to think about it thoroughly. It has always been obfuscated and full of tranquility that led to the futile situation in your life. one may avidly resilient from any scenario but it takes courage and continuity to stick to the decision you have made.This substantial amount of not letting your thoughts win and compromising as per social norms will lead you in the imbroglio phase of life. The compounding of such immature and traumatic overthinking is poisonous and you may end up in severe depression and social anxiety. In such a crucial time where mental health is all we spoke about on social platforms but the process of being a patient is vouge. Day by day, each activity made a few impacts on mental health and when we look back there is no immediate solution available as of now. The entire period is quite long and it shows its symptoms in the middle or last stage where one stops being rigorous about the goals and decisions he made along with a lot of fear in the usual activity.Human Nature is complicated. Any human behaves differently as per the circumstances he is surrounded by. Generally, people behave as per their convenience and react spontaneously without giving it much of their time and energy. That particular thing drags them to the unwanted situations which have been produced by their instant reaction.The upcoming time is full of challenges for every species on the planet. One should be very much adaptable to the changes happening in the environment and be robust about the surroundings. We could conclude that Change is the new constant of our time.The Covid’19 and its new variant and n number of new things, we will come to know as the fastest thing which travels now is information. The worldwide web is full of information and available at your fingertips that it becomes impossible to stay grounded and unaware of the fact and the myth. Precautionary measures and staying updated is what we need to focus on as of now.Be Affirmative about your decisionsOne has to be precise about the roadmap of his journey and make sure that few setbacks or route diversions will be coming along the way. Acceptance is the key, just like communication in arduous and functional relations of all the time. You have to set the efficacy then it seems an achievable task, and if you did not achieve then also take that failure as part of an experience which will be worth counting as you have lived that and taken the required lesson and planning for the next phase.The achievement is a thing that fades away with time. You have to perform something extraordinary every time to be in the limelight of success. That is the trend of now but what makes you follow that trend is your call. In this double standard environment, you could be the one who would be calling shots for your life. It would be great if you own them irrespective of right or wrong, it made you compose and balanced person.The entire generation is striving for balance in everything. Too much money, love, hate, fame, clothes, beauty, gadgets, or anything make you proud of yourself as it also makes you forget the working model of this kind of thing. It has always been about the time when it changes every shiny thing fades away, which may cause social pressure, anxiety, and loneliness.Strive for Balance, that’s what I appeal to you today so that you would get a peaceful meal and sleep every night with the one you love.That matters, Balance, in your thought, in your life.last_img read more

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13-year-old, woman’s rescue of boy from drowning in pool caught on camera

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ROCHESTER, Minn.) — In Minnesota, a young boy nearly drowned in a pool until he was saved — the entire scene was caught on a surveillance video.Evan, 12, was swimming with some friends at a pool in Rochester. At some point, while five fellow swimmers were splashing away, Evan sunk to the bottom.Luckily, 13-year-old Cody Runyon sensed something was awry.“I went underwater and all of a sudden I see him just lying on the ground just sitting down on 5 feet, just passed out,” Cody told “Good Morning America.”The 4-foot-11, 80-pound teen rushed to the bottom of the pool and pulled an unconscious Evan to the shallow end.“I held him around the waist, put his head over my shoulder and I just carried him like that,” said Cody of the Wednesday incident.Desiree Pasko — who suffers from a severe case of fibromyalgia and can barely walk — arose from her wheelchair and ran over to the pool edge to assist.She said that as Cody came towards her, Evan was “limp as can be, and the way his head is moving, it’s shaking and his face is being dragged through the water — he’s not coherent, he’s not alive.”She can be seen on the video squatting to lift the boy out of the water and setting him on the ground.“He was so tiny in that moment, and he was blue, and he was cold, and he was wet, and he was clearly deceased,” she said.Pasko then began performing CPR that she said she’d learned from a decade ago.“I did three breaths, and ten compressions and then I did two breaths, and then ten compressions. And then I did two breaths, and then his cheeks started to get a small amount of pink. And I could hear him gargle, so then I did two very quick, very forceful compressions,” she recounted.In the moment, Evan started coming to and started to vomit water as she remembered yelping aloud, “He’s alive! He’s alive!”Evan said that the whole incident caused him to be “really, really scared.”But that after he realized he was saved, the fear turned to gratitude.“They’re definitely my heroes because without Cody and Des I wouldn’t be alive,” he said.The moment was especially sweet for Pasko.“Watching a boy go from totally blue to a little bit pink is a rewarding feeling,” she said, weeping.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Hours after domestic violence arrest, husband crashes stolen plane into his own home where wife was staying

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PAYSON, Utah) — Just hours after being arrested and released on bail for allegedly assaulting his wife, a Utah man stole a plane and crashed it into his own home where his wife was staying, police said.The man, 47-year-old Duane Youd, did not survive the crash Monday, officials stated.Flames engulfed the house in the city of Payson after the crash and ensuing fire at 2:30 a.m.Youd’s wife as well as a boy were inside the house at the time of the crash. They were lucky they escaped and the plane did not hit other buildings or any power lines, police said.Youd was an experienced pilot who had access to the twin engine Cessna 525 jet because he flew for the company that owned it, authorities said. He was the only one in the aircraft when it crashed and killed him.Video taken by a neighbor showed flames coming out of the house and people watching from a distance. The neighbor said his mother heard the plane pass by twice before hearing the crash.In another video taken after the crash, the engines of the jet can be heard continuing to whine and actually seemed to be revving up, even as the house goes up in flames.The crash was the third incident with Youd that required authorities within a 12-hour period.At 7:30 p.m., the night before, Youd had been arrested for assaulting his wife and was released on bail, police said.Hours later, at 12:30 a.m., Youd called and asked a patrol officer be present at his house to “keep the peace” as he picked up belongings and his truck, officials said. There was no argument during this incident.The plane crash took place just two hours later.Police said Youd had also been arrested for domestic violence at the house in a previous incident within the past year.The National Transportation Safety Board will be at the scene later Monday to investigate, officials said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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‘One of the largest cases of its kind’: Feds indict 80 people in $6 million fraud, money laundering scheme

first_imgRawf8/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — U.S. federal prosecutors have announced a 252-count indictment charging 80 people, mostly Nigerian nationals, with being part of a widespread conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through a variety of scams and then launder the money.The federal grand jury indictment was unsealed Thursday after authorities arrested 14 defendants across the United States, including 11 in the Los Angeles area, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Three other defendants were already in federal custody. Six defendants believed to be in the country are fugitives, while the dozens of remaining defendants live in other nations, mainly Nigeria.U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said the defendants allegedly used various “sophisticated” online fraud schemes to prey upon businesses, elderly individuals and people who may have been susceptible to a romance-related scam.“We believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in U.S. history,” Hanna told reporters at a press conference Thursday. “We are taking a major step to disrupt these criminal networks.”Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said the defendants defrauded victims out of around $10 million and attempted to steal at least another $40 million.Billions of dollars are lost each year through these types of frauds, according to Delacourt. In the first seven months of 2019, more than 14,000 people filed complaints with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center alleging they were victims of business email compromise, or BEC, scams, reporting total losses of almost $1.1 billion“This crime is growing exponentially in terms of losses and victims,” Delacourt told reporters at Thursday’s press conference. “While we are happy to announce these charges today, we are not going to arrest our way out of this problem, and so we continue to educate potential victims.”The lead defendants named in the 145-page indictment are Valentine Iro, 31, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, 38, both Nigerian citizens who live in California and were among those arrested Thursday morning. Prosecutors allege that the pair essentially operated as “brokers of fraudulent bank accounts.”Co-conspirators based in Nigeria, the United States and other nations contacted Iro and Igbokwe for bank and money-service accounts that could receive funds fraudulently obtained from victims. Once co-conspirators convinced victims to send money under false pretenses, Iro and Igbokwe allegedly coordinated the receipt of funds and oversaw an extensive money-laundering network based out of Los Angeles, according to the indictment.Prosecutors allege Iro and Igbokwe did all this in exchange for a cut of the stolen money.The indictment stems from a yearslong investigation led by the FBI. Iro, Igbokwe and another Nigerian defendant named in the indictment, 39-year-old Chuks Eroha, face additional charges for attempting to destroy their cellphones when the FBI executed a search warrant in 2017 at Iro’s apartment in Carson, California. Iro allegedly broke his phone in half while Igbokwe and Eroha allegedly threw their phones out a window seconds after FBI agents knocked on the apartment door. Eroha is believed to have fled to Nigeria shortly after the search.“In the days ahead,” Delacourt said, “we will be working with our foreign counterparts in nine countries to apprehend 57 additional defendants.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Director, School of Human Environmental Sciences

first_imgThe successful candidate will serve as Director of the School ofHuman Environmental Sciences and will proactively lead efforts tobuild strong, multidisciplinary research programs in applied andbasic research in the areas of study within the School and relateddisciplines while providing exemplary leadership to innovativeteaching programs. The School Director is expected to lead byeffectively communicating with a wide range of people, cultivatinga climate of respect, fostering collaboration, creativity andinnovation while actively encouraging integration of the School’sresearch across teaching programs with ongoing extension effortsserving the College and University. Additionally, the Director will promote departmental interestsin state, regional, national, and international programs whilemaintaining relationships with the other disciplines in theUniversity System, state and federal agencies, and leaders acrossArkansas. Multi-disciplinary research programs of the School aredirected toward the development and transfer of credible, timely,and objective information, and address the needs of relevantindustries as well as the general public. The Director providesleadership in building a structure that enhances resources tosupport faculty development. Units within the School of Human Environmental Sciences arecomposed of the Apparel Merchandising and ProductDevelopment faculty who aspire to excellence in teachingthrough integrating leading industry techniques and technologies inthe program as applied in the apparel industry; the HumanNutrition and Dietetics faculty focus on human andculinary nutrition; the Hospitality Managementfaculty whose research centers around hospitality leadership,management, and events applications; the Food, Nutritionand Health faculty focus on nutrition for healthprofessionals, culinary nutrition, and nutrition communication; andHuman Development and Family Sciences faculty whowork on enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable people,children, families, and communities. The school has a growingfaculty and new facilities which include a $8 million childdevelopment study center, recently renovated apparel teaching andresearch laboratories, an updated commercial kitchen and food lab,and access to campus-based, commercial food innovations diningfacilities.center_img The University of Arkansas seeks to build world class,innovative programs while strengthening diversity by recruiting andretaining a diverse faculty and student body. Our aim is to buildcultural competency, and most importantly serve as a resource forfaculty, staff, and students within the school as we seek toenhance our land grant mission of teaching, research, service, andextension. Undergraduate enrollments have expanded significantly inrecent years, and renewed emphases are being placed on enhancingmulti-disciplinary research and graduate programs. We seek toestablish the School of Human Environmental Sciences as a worldclass center by engaging in professional service and cooperatingwith public agencies, as well as private industries.last_img read more

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Biden to extend foreclosure moratorium, mortgage forbearance

first_imgBiden’s announcement extends the foreclosure moratorium until June. (Getty) The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it would extend the nationwide foreclosure moratorium and mortgage forbearance through June.The move would prevent home foreclosures and allow for delayed mortgage payments. It would also offer six months of additional mortgage forbearance for those who enroll on or before June 30, Politico reported.Some 2.7 million homeowners with government-backed mortgages are enrolled in the mortgage forbearance program, which remains available to another 11 million owners.The actions would extend an order originally enacted by the Trump administration and expanded by the Biden administration on President Joe Biden’s first day in office.Read moreBiden’s $1.9T package would extend eviction ban, boost rent reliefBiden bans LGBT-based housing discriminationBiden to extend limits on evictions, foreclosures This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Full Name* Email Address*center_img Message* The eviction and foreclosure moratoriums had been in place until March. The eviction ban was not mentioned in Tuesday’s announcement.The announcement by the White House increases pressure on Congress to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package. If passed in its entirety, the proposal would extend a national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through Sept. 30.[Politico] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Joneslast_img read more

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P. Diddy Denied A Puff Daddy Twitter Handle

first_imgAfter 10 plus years as P. Diddy, Sean Combs decided that the grass is not always greener on the other side, and he would like to be called Puff Daddy once more.There’s just one little problem, the sharks swarmed and stole all the good Puff Daddy twitter handles. What’s a man to do when he can’t find a preferred twitter handle? While we’re fairly certain that this is a humorous prank by the good folks at Funny or Die, we couldn’t help but indulge. Photo and story credit to Funny Or Die.last_img read more

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Weezer Fan Tries To Scalp Tickets, But Justice Was Served

first_imgWeezer has just announced their first album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, since 2010, and simultaneously announced a tour of intimate venues, with full performances of the new work. Naturally, tickets to these shows sold out quickly, considering the small venue capacity and reasonable ticket prices ($65 each).So, when one fan took to Craigslist to scalp the tickets for the band’s show at The Sinclair in Boston, to the tune of $250 per ticket, the internet responded.Whoever is selling 2 @Weezer tickets on Craigslist for $500 is the scum of the earth. http://t.co/cBhvywGwWR pic.twitter.com/JT6MPouY9F— Craig Silva (@craignb) September 29, 2014The tweet was recognized by Boston.com writer Luke O’Neil, who both wrote an article on the scalping and posted the following reply:Hey the @TheSinclair can you figure out who this is then ban him for life? @craignb @Weezer cc: @cplavin— luke oneil (@lukeoneil47) September 29, 2014The original poster, Craig Silva, dug up some more info about the scalper:@lukeoneil47 @thesinclair @weezer @cplavin PS guys name is Daniel and his # is 6319658129 haha (via/ CL)— Craig Silva (@craignb) September 29, 2014And The Sinclair finally responded:@lukeoneil47 @craignb @Weezer @cplavin Hard to make $500 off tickets when the order is cancelled. pic.twitter.com/XOXbO9gDuL— The Sinclair (@TheSinclair) September 29, 2014Boom. Roasted.Even Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo commented on the whole scenario, reposting O’Neil’s article and thanking the venue for their act against scalping.“Dude Scalps Weezer Tickets for $500, Gets Swift Internet Justice.” http://t.co/ug8RUSciy1    Thanks, @TheSinclair  @lukeoneil47  !— Rivers Cuomo (@RiversCuomo) September 30, 20Can someone do this for Phish Vegas tickets please?last_img read more

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