Devolver Digital names former Apple games business manager to lead mobile charge

first_imgDevolver Digital names former Apple games business manager to lead mobile chargeMark Hickey to address “clear, pronounced need” for publisher to expand its mobile portfolioRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 18th December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleDevolver DigitalToday, Devolver Digital announced that it has appointed former App Store games business manager Mark Hickey as its new VP of mobile publishing.For Devolver, this appointment is the first major step toward an increased focus on mobile after the successes of games like Downwell and the Reigns series. To that end, Hickey’s résumé is a perfect fit. Hickey has effectively done a “tour of duty” (as he puts it) at just about every aspect of mobile development except publishing.Hickey began working in the games industry in 2002 for Gameloft, doing the content distribution agreements and account management for the company’s mobile portfolio in Canada. Then, when Apple’s App Store went live in 2008, Hickey managed Gameloft’s relationship with them for several years, helping launch over 100 iOS titles. After a brief stint away from the industry at a start-up called Kiip, he returned to work at Behavior Interactive for a few years, and then Apple in November of 2013.At Apple, Hickey joined the worldwide development relationships team as a partnerships manager with a focus on games. In this role, he worked with major companies such as EA, Activision-Blizzard, 2K, Microsoft, and Epic, but also small and mid-sized publishers like Devolver Digital. He later moved to the App Store team, where he worked with the same partners as what he referred to as the “nexus” between developers and Apple’s game-interested stakeholders.”The [games] that I felt really good about were small, indie projects that…created new opportunities and paths for those developers to continue pursuing their creative endeavors” Now, at Devolver, Hickey will be managing publishing of the company’s mobile portfolio – both its existing titles and new, upcoming games. That means helping developers get the word out to larger audiences, and seeking out new, unique titles to publish under Devolver’s name. For Hickey, his new job is an opportunity to embrace his love of small, creative developers.”I really am attracted to the indie-focused, artist-first, creator-first positioning, both as a consumer and as a professional,” he said. “I think it’s a place where we can have really meaningful impact on individuals’ careers versus the kind of impact you can have, say, to an EA or an Activision. It’s really cool to work with companies of that size with the reach that they have and the world-class IP, but ultimately it’s that human element that I find to be most rewarding.”If I think back on my time with Apple, of all the games I worked on, the ones that I felt really good about were small, indie projects that had good outcomes that ended up creating new opportunities and paths for those developers to continue pursuing their creative endeavors.”Devolver’s not a novice to the mobile business by any means. However, Hickey’s appointment represents a stronger dedication to seeking out and publishing more mobile titles, something that he said stemmed from an overwhelming amount of pitches from interested developers as well as the success of past titles.Mark Hickey”Traditionally, Devolver has been much more focused on PC and console, so there hasn’t been a dedicated source internally to continue pursuing and developing those opportunities,” he said. “There are pitches that are coming in for mobile game projects all the time, either from new, potential partners as well as existing partners we’ve worked with in the past who have aspirations for doing mobile stuff in the future. Devolver has a clear, pronounced need with initial success and ongoing interest in pursuit of mobile projects, and I had an interest as well both in going to Devolver’s publisher side and in working closely with indie developers, so those things interlocked really nicely.”One of Hickey’s main responsibilities at Devolver will be to get the word out about the indie games the studio publishes, something that can be especially challenging on a busy, bloated storefront. Hickey is confident that Devolver’s name is strong enough to push through the noise to some degree, but also says the publisher has a few tricks up its sleeve to help developers out that it can’t yet reveal.”I think people who like Devolver games on PC and console are also going to love them on mobile” “It’s true that it’s harder today to get your game noticed given the millions of apps or games that are available, and cost of acquiring users is really high,” Hickey said. “You have a challenge of the unpredictability of featuring. So in some cases and with some developers, that’s why working with a partner like Devolver is an interesting option. Devolver has tremendous reach and a very passionate fanbase, so my opinion, I think people who like Devolver games on PC and console are also going to love them on mobile, and I think we can reach those fans in fun ways that are as unique in style and vibe as the games we sell.”I don’t want to go into too much detail about how exactly we’re going to do that, but I can say that we have some interesting ideas that people haven’t seen before that I think will help promote at a minimum Devolver’s games, perhaps independent developers at large, in ways that people haven’t seen before and that are going to have people talking.”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 Hickey also mentioned that the publisher hoped to continue to further its publishing arm in China, where the mobile games market has been especially vibrant in past years. However, due to the recent game license freeze in the country, the publisher’s strategy (and everyone else’s for that matter) remains up in the air. Hickey said Devolver is still waiting “for the rules of the road to be made clear,” after which the publisher intends to continue pursuing opportunities in China with a mobile focus.Above all else, Hickey is on board with Devolver’s philosophy for the kinds of games it publishes. He’s already looking for new, interesting indie titles to sign on, and urges anyone with an interesting mobile game idea or pitch they want to share to reach out to them at [email protected]”Devolver’s ability to continue coming with games that we haven’t seen before in terms of game design, artwork, was really refreshing and cool,” he said. “That’s a platform-agnostic thing. If you look across whatever device Devolver has games on, the common thread that ties everything together is this sort of unique, funky vibe of different ideas that seems to really resonate with fans.”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. 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JinkoSolar steady on Q2 shipments and revenue, downstream activity surges

first_imgJinkoSolar steady on Q2 shipments and revenue, downstream activity surgesVertically integrated Chinese solar firm increases sequential module shipments by 7.3% and revenue by 8.9%, while solar power projects generate 55.5% revenue increase over same period. August 25, 2016 Ian Clover Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share China’s JinkoSolar, a Tier-1, vertically integrated solar company, today published second quarter (Q2) financials that reveal surging growth in the firm’s downstream activities. While growth was apparent across the board, it was JinkoSolar’s PV power projects that enjoyed the strongest surge, increasing revenue 55.5% on Q1, and 62.1% year-over-year. Solar power projects generated 327 GWh of electricity in Q2, and revenue of RMB 288.5 million ($43.4 million), with JinkoSolar ending the quarter with 1.13 GW of connected solar PV projects. JinkoSolar said that the reduced curtailment of electricity in China’s western regions – a problem that has existed for some while – helped to boost the firm’s downstream activity and, thus, revenues and margin, which reached 61.7% for the power projects business. During Q2, JinkoSolar increased its module shipments by 7.3% on Q1 to 1,716 MW. This number represented a huge 87.9% increase on the 913 MW shipped in Q2 2015. Such high numbers reflect the first half rush in China for installers to develop and commission solar plants ahead of June 30 – the date at which financial support for solar was reduced. Modules shipped for JinkoSolar’s own solar power projects reached 204 MW for the quarter. This growth drove revenues to RMB 5.96 billion ($896.1 million) for Q2, which was a steady 8.9% increase on Q1 and a notable 86.1% increase on Q2 2015. Gross margin, however, contracted slightly to 20.4% compared with 21.3% in Q1 and 20.7% for the same period last year – a fall attributed to an increase in tariffs paid on U.S. imports. At RMB 1.21 billion ($182.4 million), gross profit came in higher than in Q1 and Q2 2015. The company’s operating expenses as a percentage of revenue increased from 10.8% in Q1 to 12.9% in Q2 on account of an increase in shipping, warranty costs and an impairment of property, plant and equipment related to automated production upgrades, JinkoSolar noted. By the end of Q2, JinkoSolar’s in-house annual silicon wafer, cell and module production capacity was 3.5 GW, 3.5 GW and 6.5 GW respectively. Guidance for year-end puts those numbers at 4.5 GW, 3.7 GE and 6.5GW – an increase attributed to ramped-up wafer production for use in JinkoSolar’s PERC-line products. Company CEO Kangping Chen remarked that recent industry headwinds should not significantly dampen JinkoSolar’s growth momentum in H2, adding that the firm has built a strong book of orders for the second half of the year. He did add, however, that demand in China is expected to soften in Q3 due to the June 30 FIT cut, but was confident that numbers would rise again in Q4. “In China we are actively participating in the Top Runner Program and PV Poverty Alleviation Program to counter the effects of the declining traditional utility-scale market,” Chen said. “We became the first PV company to receive the China Quality Certification Center’s level-one energy efficiency certification for both mono and multi-crystalline PV products for the Top Runner Program, another demonstration of the traction our products have in the market given their high-efficiency and reliability. We continue to expand our PERC production lines and have made solid progress in developing our black-silicon technology. We are also working to combine these two technologies to further increase the efficiency and reliability of our products.” Q2 ended with JinkoSolar possessing $556.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. Looking ahead to Q3, guidance projects module shipments to be in the range of 1.5 GW to 1.7 GW, while full year shipments should reach between 6 GW to 6.5 GW. Of that, around 600 – 800 MW will be modules delivered to JinkoSolar’s own downstream projects. Speaking about JinkoSolar’s rise to the top of the global module market, Chairman Xiande Li said: “Jinko was the first company to recover from a negative margin in Q2 2013, and has secured the No.1 position in gross margin for 14 consecutive quarters.”Then there is JinkoSolar’s actual performance. The market leader has climbed to the No.1 position among all module manufacturers worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 in terms of shipment (1600MW), revenue (RMB 5.47 billion), gross margin (21.3%), and net profit (RMB 313.3 million). 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Officials close all Mississippi beaches due to blue-green harmful algal bloom

first_imgCrackerClips/iStock(JACKSON, Miss.) — All 21 of Mississippi’s beaches have been shuttered for swimming due to the presence of toxic algae.The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced two additional closures on Sunday due to a blue-green harmful algal bloom, after previous closures were issued for the 19 other beaches along the state’s Gulf Coast. The two beaches that were shut down on Sunday are in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on the Alabama border.The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is urging people and their pets to avoid water contact in the affected areas, such as swimming, wading or fishing, and to avoid eating anything taken from the waters “until further notice.”“The closure refer to water contact and does not prohibit use of the sand portion of a beach,” the state agency said in a statement. “The algae can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.”Every U.S. coastal and Great Lakes state experiences harmful algal blooms, or HABs, which occur in fresh, salt and brackish water bodies when algae colonies “grow out of control and produce toxic or harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, marine mammals and birds,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Human illnesses caused by the blooms are rare, but can be debilitating or even fatal.“I had a feeling it was going this way. Water always flows west to east,” Pascagoula resident Bill Kenan told Biloxi ABC affiliate WLOX-TV. “It just keeps going and going and going. I don’t know if it’s ever going to get better. I hope it does.”Climate change and increases in nutrient levels of bodies of water due to fertilizer run-off are potentially causing HABs to occur more often and in areas not previously affected, according to the NOAA. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Youth World Handball Championship 2019: Denmark secure first place in Group C

first_imgYOuth WCh 2019 – Croatia against Slovenia – Macedonia VS Denmark Recommended for you Related Items:Youth World Handball Championship 2019 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsDenmark secured place No.1  in Group C at the Youth World Handball Championship 2019 in North Macedonia.The Danish team beat host 29:26 to win for the fourth time in a row.Group A, Results:Croatia – Slovenia 31:21 (16:11)Spain – Chile 31:21 (13:15)Norway – S. Arabia 35:23 (18: 9)Table:Croatia – 8Spain – 7Norway – 5Slovenia – 4Chile – 0S. Arabia – 0Group C, Results:Bahrain – Argentina 24:25 (10:10)Nigeria – Japan 30:35 (9:18)Macedonia – Denmark 26:29 (11:13)Table:Denmark – 8Japan – 6Macedonia – 4Argentina – 4Bahrain – 2Nigeria – 0 Young Pharaons at the Top of the World! ShareTweetShareShareEmail Youth WCh 2019 – Norway VS Spain, Argentina VS Denmark Click to comment 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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Orgone Is Coming To The Cutting Room in NYC 10/18

first_imgReady for some California funk? Los Angeles based funk rockers Orgone are heading to NYC’s The Cutting Room on October 18th for a late show full of sexy, soulful tracks. Orgone is one of the hottest names in funk rock, making a name for themselves through several solid festival gigs and consistent touring. This is a band you won’t want to miss.Since their formation in 1999, Orgone has steadily risen to the forefront of the modern funk movement. They’ve played festivals like Bonnaroo,  Wakarusa, High Sierra, Montreal Jazz Fest, and Equifunk, among others. Their latest album, New You, has received critical acclaimed, and the band recently brought original singer Fanny Franklin back into the fold.Superhuman Happiness, who most recently served opening duties for Rubblebucket, as well as played the Celebrate Brooklyn Music Festival, will be providing support.Check out the new track “Don’t Stop” from New You:L4LM’s Chris Meyer caught Orgone’s last show at Brooklyn Bowl and gave it rave reviews. You can read his full write up, here.Tickets and more info are available, here.last_img read more

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McClaughry: Economic Freedom of the World 2018

first_imgby John McClaughry For a century or more politicians and economists and have argued about the relationship, if any, between economic freedom and human wellbeing.  The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading market-oriented think tank, has just released its 2018 report on Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) to provide hard data to answer this question (fraserinstitute.org/economic-freedom(link is external)). These reports have been issued annually since 1980.Fraser’s authors write “The EFW index provides a comprehensive measure of the consistency of a country’s institutions and policies with ‘economic freedom’”. They measure that using 42 data sets for calendar year 2016, mostly drawn from international organizations like the World Bank.“The index is designed to measure the degree to which the institutions and policies of 162 countries are consistent with economic freedom. … Governments enhance economic freedom when they provide an infrastructure for voluntary exchange, and protect individuals and their property from aggressors using violence, coercion, and fraud to seize things that do not belong to them… The country’s legal institutions must protect the person and property of all individuals from the aggressive acts of others and enforce contracts in an even-handed manner.”“Access must also be provided to money of sound value. But governments must also refrain from actions that restrict personal choice, interfere with voluntary exchange, and limit entry into markets. Economic freedom is reduced when taxes, government expenditures, and regulations are substituted for personal choice, voluntary exchange, and market coordination.”The index measures the degree of economic freedom using indicators in five areas: [1] Size of Government (spending, tax rates, transfers and subsidies), [2] Legal System and Property Rights (judicial independence, law enforcement, contracts), [3] Sound Money (inflation rate), [4] Freedom to Trade Internationally (tariffs and other trade barriers), and [5] Regulation of credit, labor, and businesses (market entry, labor participation, licensing). Fraser selected the data sets through an intensive process involving economists from several different countries.Lest one should conclude that countries with very minimal governments will thus score higher on the index, the authors write “small fiscal size of government is insufficient to ensure economic freedom. The institutions of economic freedom, such as the rule of law and property rights, as well as sound money, trade openness, and sensible regulation, are also required.”Critics will point out the EFW doesn’t include environmental protection, civil rights, education, health care and “quality of life”. True, but the rejoinder is that increased economic freedom almost certainly correlates with better outcomes on those criteria as well.And now for the results: The 15 most economically free countries are, in order, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ireland, the US, Georgia, Mauritius, UK, Australia, Canada, Taiwan,  Estonia and Chile. Of our other trading partners, Germany is 20, Japan 41, France 57, Mexico 82, Russia 87, and China 108.The US ranked well except on size of government, where it came in at 86. Some might also wonder why we rank 3rd in “sound money”, when our central bank’s policy is to allow a dollar’s purchasing power to shrink to 98 cents a year from now, and the country has a $22 trillion national debt, plus three times that much in unfunded obligations. The answer is that banks, businesses and people all over the world prefer the US dollar over other currencies available to them, notwithstanding its annual 2% shrinkage.The five most economically unfree countries are Syria, Algeria, Argentina, Libya and – far below these four – rapidly collapsing socialist Venezuela. Sadly, four of these five, other than Argentina, have petroleum wealth, and Algeria and Argentina are fairly stable politically. They are poor because their government policies have strangled the efforts of their people to produce wealth.The authors observe that the United States returned to the top 10 in 2016 after an absence of several years. Our highest ranking occurred in 2000 at the end of the Clinton presidency. “During the 2009–2016 term of President Obama, the US score initially continued to decline as it had under President Bush”. From 2013 to 2016, however, the US ranking increased to its present 6th position.Here are some other interesting conclusions from the index. Economic freedom is directly linked to higher per capita incomes. The difference in life expectancy between the top quartile and bottom quartile is twenty years. There is more gender equality in economically free countries, and much less poverty, less infant mortality, more political rights, and more civil liberties.These findings will displease socialists, but it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that more economic freedom, as thus defined, is a powerful propellant for economic and social wellbeing.John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (ethanallen.org(link is external))last_img read more

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Solo and Small Firm Conference set for Orlando in October

first_imgSolo and Small Firm Conference set for Orlando in October August 15, 2007 Regular News Solo and Small Firm Conference set for Orlando in October The General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section’s Solo and Small Firm Convention and Interview Program is set for the Orlando J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes Resort October 19-20.A full-day of CLE is planned for October 19 on topics such as marketing your practice, technology for solo and small firms, managing your mind: stress, drug/alcohol abuse prevention and intervention; and attorney advertising. The convention continues October 20 covering topics such as law office management and professionalism before the Small Firm Interview Program begins, which enables employers to interview law students and recent graduates at no cost. After reviewing resumes, employers can select one to six candidates to interview between 11 a.m and 2 p.m. The employer registration deadline is August 22 and interview space is limited.For employer registration information or additional details about the interview program contact Samara Sarno at [email protected] or (352) 273-0860.last_img read more

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Obama airs concerns about Ebola quarantine policies

first_imgIn the ongoing debate over levels of quarantine for health workers returning from West Africa, President Barack Obama today said policies based on fear rather science and best practices could discourage volunteers from signing on to help battle the disease.He said he would meet tomorrow with health workers who have worked in the region or are planning to travel there. Obama made the comments, his first public ones on the subject, in a short statement today on the White House’s South Lawn, which was broadcast live by CBS News.His remarks came hours after the second nurse infected with Ebola in Dallas was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and as controversy still swirled over New Jersey’s recent mandatory quarantine at a Newark hospital of a nurse from Maine who was returning from a Doctors without Borders (MSF) assignment in West Africa.Kaci Hickox was kept in isolation against her will at a hospital over the weekend but was released yesterday to return home to Maine, which also has a mandatory quarantine policy. Her attorney said today she is at an undisclosed location while she works out details with Maine’s health department, the Associated Press (AP) reported.It’s unclear if she has agreed to be quarantined or if a quarantine is in place, according to the report. She didn’t have a fever, but she and her doctor said facial flushing led to an elevated temperature reading when it was taken with a forehead scanner after a few hours of being detained at the airport. Hickox has tested negative for Ebola.Obama said he met with members of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which Obama said has been on the ground since early August and serves as the backbone of the US response to the outbreak. Obama said the team reported some progress in Liberia, along with some infrastructure improvements.”It’s critical that we maintain that leadership,” he said. “We don’t want to discourage our healthcare workers from going to the front lines.”It’s important to remember that only two people have contracted Ebola on US soil, Obama said, both of whom were nurses who helped care for the first US patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died from his infection at a Dallas hospital on Oct 8.He added that it’s important that the nation works together to make sure workers are willing and able to volunteer to help in West Africa, and that they are thanked and supported, while being monitored in a prudent fashion. “We want to make sure every policy put in place is supportive of their efforts.”New Jersey, New York, and a handful of other states have announced more stringent quarantine policies than revised recommendations announced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday. The CDC’s recommendations are based on levels of risk, and for health workers returning from West Africa, the agency suggests more detailed active monitoring, tailored to each person’s situation.A handful of states, however, recently unveiled policies requiring mandatory quarantine for health workers who return from the three hardest-hit outbreak countries: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The announcements have been met with pushback from several medical professional groups.Second nurse discharged from EmoryMeanwhile, Amber Joy Vinson, the second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola, left Emory University Hospital today, where she had been hospitalized since Oct 15.The hospital said in a statement that a series of test by teams at Emory and the CDC show that she is free of the virus and that her discharge poses no public health threat. Bruce Ribner, MD, who directs Emory’s Serious Communicable Disease United, which has now treated four Ebola patients, said the healthcare team is extremely pleased with Vinson’s recovery. “We were inspired by her courageous attitude and the strong support of her family and health care colleagues in Dallas,” he said.In a statement she read at a hospital press briefing today, Vinson spoke of her faith in God and thanked her family and care team. She also thanked two health workers recovered from Ebola for donating convalescent serum to her and other patients. They are Kent Brantly, MD, and Nancy Writebol, both of whom were treated for their infections at Emory’s special unit after they were infected while working as medical missionaries in Liberia.”While this is a day for celebration and gratitude, I ask that we not lose focus on the thousands of families who continue to labor under the burden of this disease in West Africa,” Vinson said.Vinson flew to Ohio during her active monitoring period and before the infection in the first nurse, Nina Pham, was known. Vinson’s fever began within hours of returning to Dallas, prompting flight passenger tracing and contact monitoring in Ohio. According to the latest update from the Ohio Department of Health, state public health authorities are monitoring 163 contacts, 3 of whom are quarantined.The nurses’ infections exposed gaps in hospital preparedness for Ebola and led to tighter CDC personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations for health workers who care for Ebola patients.Call for better PPEIn a related development, three doctors with the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine today said in an editorial that although improved federal recommendations should diminish the risk to health providers, they aren’t enough—better designs and technologies are needed. The editorial, by Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA; Daniel Diekema, MD, MS; and Eli Perencevich, MS, appeared today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).They wrote that clinical and microbiological features of Ebola infection should guide current recommendations, given how likely health workers are to be in contact with body fluids and how massively viral loads spike as patients get sicker. They said gowns and gloves should be assumed to be contaminated if the patient is vomiting and has diarrhea.Removing PPE without touching the skin or underclothing is difficult without extensive practice, they wrote, and although new recommendations are likely to diminish the risk, PPE removal is even more complicated, the three doctors wrote.”Some products provide excellent protections but are nearly impossible to remove without self-contamination,” they said, noting that hoods, for example, could be redesigned to make them open and fall away from the worker to avoid touching skin.Reengineering PPE is needed for health workers in hospitals as well as those in Africa’s outbreak zones. “A novel approach to PPE that provides an impermeable fluid barrier that is both more comfortable and easier to don and remove would be a substantial step forward,” they wrote.Other developmentsAustralia has banned visas from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the first developed nation to impose a broad travel ban, Reuters reported today. Australia has not reported any Ebola cases and has resisted sending health workers to help battle the disease in the outbreak region. Australia’s government said the travel ban is a necessary safety precaution, but some global health experts criticized the move as politically motivated and an overreaction. Since early in the outbreak the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries not to impose travel restrictions, saying the measures could hurt the flow of materials and outbreak responders to the region and increase economic hardships on the countries.Public health teams are monitoring 82 people who had contact with Mali’s first Ebola case-patient, a toddler who died from her infection last week, according to a Reuters report that cited WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic. He said three WHO officials were already on the ground helping the country with its preparedness against the disease, and five other experts on the way. So far no other Ebola infections have been detected, according to the report. The WHO said in its Oct 24 statement on the detection of Mali’s first case that the situation was particularly worrisome, because the 2-year-old girl from Guinea had visible symptoms during several stops on her way to Keyes region, where she died.The geographic distribution of Ebola cases in West Africa’s outbreak region has changed over the past month, according to a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the CDC’s incident management epidemiology team and health ministries in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Counts are now highest in areas around Monrovia and Bong district in Liberia, Freetown and northwestern districts of Sierra Leone, and Macenta district in Guinea. In the month before, the main hot spot was in the areas where the three countries meet. The groups’ incidence analysis shows the highest rates are in two districts of Guinea (Gueckedou and Macenta), five districts of Liberia (Bomi, Bong, Lofa, Margibi, and Montserrado), and four districts of Sierra Leone (Bombali, Kailahun, Kenema, and Port Loko).The WHO today welcomed Swiss regulatory approval for a trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine at Lausanne University Hospital, which clears the way for the vaccine to be used on 120 people. The trial involves the modified chimpanzee adenovirus vaccine (chAD3 ZEBOV), developed by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and GSK. Other trials of the vaccine are under way in Mali, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The WHO is also coordinating a trial of a second experimental vaccine that uses a vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV-ZEBOV), which will be tested in Switzerland at Geneva University Hospital.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Oct 25 announced emergency use authorization (EUA) for two BioFire Defense diagnostic tests to detect the Ebola Zaire virus in people with Ebola symptoms or in those who may have been exposed. The BioFire Defense FilmArray NGDA BT-E Assay is for use in labs designated by the Department of Defense, and the BioFire Defense FilmArray Biothreat-E is for labs certified to perform high-complexity tests. The EUA for the second test allows hospitals with certified labs to conduct a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Ebola in-house without having to send the sample to an outside lab.See also:Oct 28 Emory University Hospital press releaseOct 28 JAMA viewpointOct 28 Reuters story on Australian visa banOct 28 AP storyOct 28 Reuters story on Ebola in MaliOct 28 MMWR reportOct 28 WHO statement on Swiss Ebola vaccine trial approvalOct 25 FDA statement on Biothreat-E testOct 25 FDA statement on NGDS BT-E testlast_img read more

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Canceled: BSMA Cancels Night With A Nerd Thursday

first_imgBSMA News:Due to New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham’s declaration of a state of emergency, the Night With a Nerd membership event scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled.The governor declared a state of emergency this morning during a press conference at which she and the New Mexico Department of Health announced that three New Mexico residents tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, and announced that all out of state travel has been halted for state employees.Also, the state will be canceling all large public events that they have control over and are urging the private sector to do the same.The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) will reschedule this event as soon as possible and apologizes for any inconvenience. Visit the BSMA website, bradburyassociation.org for updates.last_img read more

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APC Automotive Technologies Names Paul Wise As Vice President Of Corporate Marketing And Communications

first_imgAPC Automotive Technologies LLC (APC) has just named Paul Wise as its vice president, corporate marketing and communications. Hugh Charvat, CEO of APC Automotive Technologies, made the announcement, noting that Wise will be a key partner for the AP Exhaust and Centric product, sales and marketing teams, and will help drive a cohesive brand strategy as well as an overarching corporate marketing plan in support of the company’s growth objectives. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAPC was formed in May 2017 by the merger of AP Emissions Technologies and Centric Parts. Wise will be based in the Denver office and will report directly to Hugh Charvat.Wise comes to APC with an extensive background in automotive marketing and brand leadership, most notably with Schrader International (sensors and valves) and Gates Corp. (belts and hoses). He has led similar marketing, communications, and strategic planning functions while helping to drive profitable growth in both OE and aftermarket channels. Most recently Wise completed an extensive company rebranding and repositioning of GOLFTEC, a world leader in retail golf instruction.Charvat said, “Paul comes to us with a very strong pedigree in brand management, marketing and communications. I know what Paul can deliver from firsthand experience in working with him. I’m excited to see his impact across our entire product portfolio while also propelling our unified brand presence online. He will also lead our communications function both internally and externally, including our public relations/media initiatives, which will further position our key storylines of innovation and differentiation.”Prior to joining APC, Wise had been the senior vice president, revenue and marketing at GOLFTEC (Denver, Colorado) since 2015. Before GOLFTEC, he was director, ­corporate communications and business development at Schrader International from 2009-­’15, where he was responsible for a global portfolio of automotive and industrial manufactured components, including sensor and valve product lines, tire pressure monitoring systems and diverse air/fluid control products. Wise also was manager of strategic planning at Tomkins plc (Industrial & Automotive Group) and product line and marketing manager and global mobility specialist with Gates Corp.AdvertisementWise holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Master of Science degree in management and organization and a Master in Business Administration degree in business from the University of Colorado.last_img read more

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