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first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#gaming#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img curt hopkins Related Posts Casual gaming powerhouse Zyngahas boughtChallenge Games. Challenge is well-known for games offering strong “virtual goods” elements.Zynga has built up its estimated $5 billion in worth and with 200 million users, largely on games like Farmville and Mafia Wars, popular on Facebook. But it has been going to town in an effort to extend its popular franchises. Challenge may provide it with a means of turbocharging its in-game economies. Recently, Zynga has announced a “five year strategic relationship” with Yahoo, which seeds Zynga’s games throughout Yahoo properties. It has also announced that it will stay with Facebook, despite plenty of rancor with the social media site on which it thrived, but which also kept taking bites out of the company’s profits. Virtual goods and virtual currency provide a major avenue for online gaming revenue. Challenge being folded into Zynga may help shore up that aspect of its business model. Staying on Facebook, Zynga must use that company’s “Facebook Credits.” Outside, there may be additional opportunities. Backed by Sequoia Capital and Globespan, the Austin-based Challenge Games launched in 2007 to focus on immersive, virtual goods Web games. The company has already been renamed Zynga Austin. Challenge CEO and Co-Founder, Andrew Busey, has been named general manager and vice president of the Austin studio and Zynga said its 35 employees will be retained.Zynga’s SEC filing indicates a “total offering amount” of $20,571,454.last_img read more

first_imgHe has an Indian connection but England’s number one shuttler Rajiv Ouseph says that would not come on his way if he takes on the hosts during the mixed team event of the Commonwealth Games here.Rajiv, whose family hails from Thrissur in Kerala, is excited to play his first multi-disciplinary event in India and said he would love to play the hosts in the finals though it would be difficult to play them in their home turf.”It is nice to play my first Commonwealth Games or for that matter my first multi-disciplinary tournament here in India. I know I have an Indian connection and it would be strange playing against India in India, who are one of the toughest opponents,” said Rajiv.”But I would love to play against them in the finals and will hopefully beat them,” added the 24-year-old, who has been the national champion for the last three years.Asked about his toughest opponents in the singles, Rajiv said India’s P Kashyap and Malaysia’s Muhammad Hafiz would be tough competitors, besides the top seed Lee Chong Wei.”Hafiz and Kashyap will be tough to beat. Also Lee Chong Wei, I lost to him in the last-16 in the World Championship this year,” said the strapping lad, currently at career-best 16 in the world ranking.He achieved the world number 18 rank after winning the US Open men’s singles title and winning the bronze medal in the same category in the 2010 European Badminton Championships in Manchester.In 2009, he won the Canadian Open, French Open, Scottish Open, Irish Open and also went on to clinch the 2009 European Circuit Finals.advertisementRajiv’s mother, Asha Joseph is a civil servant in England and father is an engineer but Rajiv found himself drawn to badminton at the age of eight.”I started playing badminton when I was probably of eight years and ever since have been playing. I didn’t go to university,” said Rajiv, who became the first Englishman to win the European Junior Championship in 20 years five years ago.In the Junior English National circuit he has won all the singles titles from the ages of U-13 to U-19. In the European arena he has won the U-19 Danish titles in singles and mixed doubles and the German Junior title in singles.His father’s ancestral home is still in Kerala. Rajiv said he had last visited his roots three years back and won’t get a chance to visit this time because of his sporting commitments.”I have been there four-five times. The last was three years back and this time also, I won’t be able to squeeze in time to go there as I have a number of tournaments coming up in the next couple of months,” said Rajiv.- With PTI Inputslast_img read more

first_imgCroatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said he knew his side’s first game since the World Cup final would not be their prettiest after a 1-1 draw with Portugal, but demands more against Spain.Dalic’s men led the European champions after 18 minutes at Estadio Algarve, courtesy of Ivan Perisic’s clinical finish, but Pepe headed Portugal’s equaliser shortly after the half-hour mark in a game the home side dominated.Portugal attempted 19 shots to Croatia’s five across the duration of the friendly but Dalic defended his side’s somewhat cagey approach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I did not even expect beautiful football from our side,” Dalic told reporters. “We played as well as we could. “It was not easy this first game after everything. I knew it would be so.”We made six changes, and Portugal is a very good, fast team.”But that’s the preparation for the European Championship. Selection and training. Let’s see where we are, what individual players can do.”Croatia were criticised at times during their World Cup campaign for playing drab, negative football and Dalic admitted his players did little to threaten Portugal’s defence.He demanded more from his side ahead of his team’s Nations League opener in Spain on Tuesday, saying: “We were not aggressive enough.”In the second half we stood firmly, but we were completely harmless in attack.”Against Spain, however, we have to be better.”Dalic’s opposite number Fernando Santos, whose side will play Italy at home on Monday in the first of their Nations League games, said: “We gave a successful performance that met my expectations.”We ended up dominating the game and in the first half the most fair thing was to end up winning for the opportunities that we managed to create.”It was a good game for a friendly, and we played well against a powerful team.”last_img read more

first_imgQuadree henderson runs with the football during the Military Bowl.The Military Bowl is off to a rousing start on ESPN. Pitt’ freshman wide receiver Quadree Henderson took the opening kickoff at the goal line and jetted 100 yards for a touchdown, giving his team the early lead against Navy. Speed kills. Pitt starts the #MilitaryBowl with a 100-yd kick return for a TD. https://t.co/y7lkwyaK5S— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 28, 2015The touchdown is Henderson’s first kickoff return TD and the second for the Panthers this season. Navy has already tied the score, so it seems like Henderson’s touchdown will be the first of many scores in this contest.last_img read more

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan officially becomes a Nike school next month. The Wolverines, previously with adidas, signed a $173 million deal with The Swoosh earlier this year than runs through 2027. The contract begins on Aug. 1. As part of the deal, Michigan’s football program will be wearing the Jordan logo. All of the Wolverines’ gear – jerseys, pants, sideline apparel, etc. – will have the Jumpman logo. Today, we got a sneak peek at some of Michigan’s new gear, including a color, “Amarillo,” that Nike specially developed for the Wolverines. Michigan will be the only college program to wear this shade of yellow. Here’s a look, from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Nike will go back to the more traditional yellow for Michigan. Here’s a comparison of adidas yellow vs Nike pic.twitter.com/KTQHQPXKMp— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner says that the “Amarillo” sweatshirt with the Jumpman logo on one shoulder and the Block M on the other will be Jim Harbaugh’s official sideline shirt. This (but in blue and w/ a thin M) is Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching shirt. He designed it. pic.twitter.com/8ID6UFE44K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 20, 2016You can view more details of Michigan’s new gear here.last_img read more

first_img  Dr. Chang said he was convinced that if given the opportunities, “students from these communities can rise to the occasion and (play) their part in making (Jamaica) a better nation.” Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says education and training are key to Jamaica’s attainment of sustainable growth.  Noting that there was no substitute for a good education, Dr. Chang said he was encouraged by the growing number of students pursuing tertiary education. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says education and training are key to Jamaica’s attainment of sustainable growth.He argues that while the Government will “do all that is required” to spur greater economic growth, this will not be optimally realized “unless we (continue to) educate and train our people.”The Minister was delivering the keynote address at an awards ceremony hosted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Western Campus in Montego Bay on August 24.Noting that there was no substitute for a good education, Dr. Chang said he was encouraged by the growing number of students pursuing tertiary education.The Minister said he was particularly impressed that a significant number of students from communities deemed marginalized in North West St. James, for which he is the Member of Parliament, were embarking on this endeavor. He presented several of them with bursaries during the ceremony.Dr. Chang said the bursaries, funded through provisions from his Constituency Development Fund, were intended to assist students “who have done well and need some assistance to move on to tertiary institutions.”He said the assistance was extended because “I know how challenging it can be…because of economic (constraints and other factors) to get a college education.”Dr. Chang said he was convinced that if given the opportunities, “students from these communities can rise to the occasion and (play) their part in making (Jamaica) a better nation.”For his part, Jason Bowen, a native of St. James and past beneficiary of the bursary assistance programme, expressed gratitude for the intervention which he said helped him to complete his medical studies at the UWI.“I have to give thanks (because) I really don’t know what would have happened had I not gotten this level of assistance. All I can say to students (is), it doesn’t matter where you are from or what your circumstances are…you can do it,” he stated.last_img read more

A late surge was not enough for the No. 8 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team against Notre Dame Wednesday. The team lost for the second time this season, 9-4, against the No. 3-ranked Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind. After an early first period goal from sophomore attacker Reegan Comeault that tied the game, 1-1, the Buckeyes failed to find the back of the net again until the beginning of the fourth quarter. In the meantime, the Notre Dame scored five goals of its own to take a 6-1 lead into the fourth quarter. Despite an OSU comeback that saw three goals within six minutes, the Buckeyes could not dig themselves out of their hole, as the Fighting Irish scored a goal after each of OSU’s to end the game, 9-4. OSU was outshot by Notre Dame 42-27 on the day, an opponent season high. The Buckeyes’ four goals against the Fighting Irish marked a season low for the typically high-scoring offense. Before Wednesday, OSU hadn’t scored less than seven goals in a game since March 3, 2012, against Penn State, when the Buckeyes lost, 5-2. Senior attacker Logan Schuss added to his point streak of 52 games with an assist to sophomore midfielder Jesse King with five minutes remaining in the game. The road loss comes after OSU upset then-No. 9 Virginia, 11-10, on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. Junior midfielder Michael Italiano was named Eastern College Athletic Conference specialist of the week on Monday for his performance against the Cavaliers with eight ground balls. Italiano had five more against the Irish Wednesday. OSU split its string of four games against top-10 teams, 2-2, bringing the team’s overall record to 5-2. The Buckeyes are set to play against Bellarmine on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Louisville, Ky., before they return home to host the defending national champion, No. 6 Loyola Maryland, a week later. read more

first_imgThe US Forest Service is currently revising the 2002 Chugach National Forest Land Management Plan. Public comments will be incorporated into a final EIS (FEIS) and Land Management Plan to be published in 2019. Individuals wanting to submit comments, can send or deliver written comments to: Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Draft Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Chugach National Forest is available for review and comment until Thursday, November 1. Chugach National Forest’s Supervisor’s OfficeAttn: Draft Land Management Plan161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8Anchorage, AK 99501 According to the forest service, some 500,000 people visit various parts of the Chugach every year, taking advantage of 41 public use cabins, more than 500 miles of trail, and the abundance of all five species of Pacific salmon found in forest streams. The forest service draft plan proposes infrastructure upgrades in a number of areas in the park. The 90-day public comment period began on August 4 and concludes on November 1. The documents are available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/chugach/planrevision There was an issue found with submitting electronic comments into the national database for the Chugach National Forest draft Land Management Plan. In a release the Forest Services says they “are working on a solution and recommend you check back early this week to review your electronic submission.”last_img read more