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Opera Event raises $5m to expand its influencer platform

first_imgOpera Event raises $5m to expand its influencer platformContent creator management platform to expand team, explore new verticalsRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 23rd April 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareInfluencer platform Opera Event has raised $5 million in a Series A funding round led by Antera Inc.Other investors participating in the round included Atlas Ventures, Konvoy Ventures, and Everblue Asset Management.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 Opera Event is an influencer management platform that helps content creators organize and administrate teams — over 60 esports teams are participating so far.With this new funding round, Opera Event plans to hire more developers and up its sales and marketing initiatives, as well as explore new verticals.”Opera Event has made very impressive inroads in the esports category, and we see amazing potential in their state-of-the-art programmatic tools in an industry in desperate need of proper systems, control, and scale,” said Antera managing director Dushan Batrovic.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesActivision no longer working with Call of Duty actor after hateful sexist commentsA video resurfaced on social media showing Jeff Leach making offensive, sexual and threatening remarks targeting women By Marie Dealessandri YesterdayHow Women in Gaming survived its publisher’s demiseMeagan Marie explains how Crystal Dynamics stepped in after Prima Games, the original publisher of her book, shut down right after launchBy Brendan Sinclair 4 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management

first_imgAssistant Professor, Supply Chain ManagementMike Ilitch School of BusinessThe Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at WayneState University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business is seeking tofill a Tenure-Track position for the Fall of 2021 at the AssistantProfessor level. Candidates will be expected to conduct researchsuitable for publication in top tier journals, teach courses inareas of interest at the undergraduate and graduate level,participate in department and school governance activities, andperform related duties as assigned. We expect the candidate to be afully engaged participant in the life of the Mike Ilitch School ofBusiness. A typical teaching load is 2+2 – teaching studentsmajoring in supply chain management. Support for conference traveland research assistance is available. For further information aboutthe supply chain program see https://ilitchbusiness.wayne.edu/supply-chain/index.php Requirements for the position include a Ph.D. in Supply ChainManagement from an AACSB accredited Program, or a Ph.D. in arelated field; evidence of potential to publish in leading academicjournals, and strong teaching skills. The ideal candidate wouldhave interest in and experience teaching courses related topurchasing, logistics or production planning and management; andwould have interest in, or experience in, the complex manufacturingand health care industries, including the very high tech automotiveindustry. In addition, an active research portfolio and businessexperience in these areas is preferred.About Wayne State University, the Mike Ilitch School of Business,and the Global Supply Chain Management ProgramWayne State University is a premier, public, urban researchuniversity located in the heart of Detroit where students from allbackgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deeprooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity,diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educationalopportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, globalsociety. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color,and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmativeaction/equal opportunity employer. For more information, visitwww.wayne.edu.The AACSB-International accredited Mike Ilitch School of Businessprepares students for challenging and rewarding careers, advancesthe boundaries of scholarly and practitioner knowledge, andenhances the economic vitality of the city of Detroit, the state ofMichigan and beyond through its programs, research and communityengagement. Established in 1946, the business school was renamed in2015 in recognition of a $40 million gift from Mike and MarianIlitch. Thanks to this lead investment, a new state-of-the-artbusiness school building opened in the heart of the DistrictDetroit in 2018. The building is within easy walking distance ofthe heart of Detroit’s vibrant downtown, with easy access to theDetroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony, numerous museums,and professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey venues.Wayne State is also very close to the high tech, global autocompanies headquartered in the Detroit area, with a large number ofother world class manufacturer headquarters in the area; and iswithin two miles of Canadian border crossings to Windsor, Ontario.For more information, visit ilitchbusiness.wayne.edu.The growing Supply Chain Management Major and Program is focused oncomplex manufacturing and the automotive industry in particular, anindustry that is very international and high tech. An additionalfocus is on health care supply chains given proximity to manyhospital systems. The program currently enrolls some 550undergraduate SCM major students, offers an MBA concentration inSupply Chain Management and one in Health Care SCM with some 140students in total, has a Masters of Science in Automotive SCMDegree with 25 students, and offers two automotive industry relatedSCM executive education programs. There are currently 10 full timeSCM faculty including 7 tenure track faculty and 3 clinicalfaculty, with this position providing the 8th tenure track positionin SCM. The Program teaches some 22 SCM courses that are regularlyoffered with often multiple sections of each course. The SCMProgram also initiated and the School each year offers five 12 daystudy abroad programs in China, Brazil, Italy and Poland; overseesan automotive industry funded 24 school global case competitionwith 5 foreign teams included recently, and is involved in a jointauto industry SCM research program with an automotive industryorganization. The Program is ranked in the top 11% of all schoolscovered in the top 4 journal empirical section of The Supply ChainProject, and is ranked by Gartner Research.Application ProceduresApplications will be submitted online and will require CV/Resume,Cover Letter, three References, Teaching Evaluations, a ResearchStatement, and a Teaching Statement. The teaching evaluations,research and teaching statements should all be attached as one pdfdocument and uploaded in the “Other” link within the onlineapplication.Interested candidates should apply online at http://jobs.wayne.edu (Refer to postingnumber 045461). Interested candidates should send an emailoutlining the intent to apply, along with a vita, to Dr. John C.Taylor, Chair, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management,at [email protected] Dr. Taylor’s additional contact informationis: 2771 Woodward Avenue, room 389, Wayne State University,Detroit, MI 48201; Office Phone: 313-577-4525; Cell Phone:517-719-0275; Fax: 313-577-5486.Wayne State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative actionemployer.last_img read more

Giant bees invade EU quarter

first_imgUpdate: A majority of member states backed the proposal. The Commission said it will enact a ban in the coming weeks.If you were entering the EU quarter from Rue Froissart this morning you may have noticed a strange sight – people dressed as bees running around handing out honey.The stunt is not to promote the consumption of honey but rather the protection of bees. Member states are meeting today for a second vote on the European Commission’s proposal to ban neonicotinoids, seed treatment pesticides that are thought to harm bee populations. A first vote held last month was inconclusive, with member states unable to agree a position for or against the proposal.Late last week Hungary put forward a proposal for a two-year moratorium on neonicotinoid pesticides that scientists say are killing bees. This idea is said to have the backing of the UK. But environmentalists say the Hungarian counter-proposal is so riddled with exemptions and vaguely defined conditions that it would still allow countries to use the pesticide as they are now. The vote is expected to be close. Germany, which initially abstained, indicated last week that they may vote in favour of the Commission’s proposal today. On Friday environmentalists and beekeepers demonstrated outside the British Parliament in London, calling for the UK not to support the Hungarian counter-proposal which they say amounts to a rejection of the Commission’s proposed ban.As member state representatives meet, campaign group Avaaz will place a giant inflatable bee outside the Commission which they hope will be seen from the windows. But there is also pressure on the national governments coming from the pesticides manufacturers, who say there is no conclusive proof that neonicotinoids are harming bee populations, and that replacing seed treatment with plant treatment would do more environmental harm than good.However one feels about the issue, this morning would be a good time to step outside and sample some honey.last_img read more

German CDU councilor tied Iraqi man to tree: report

first_imgA local councilor from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union was among a group who tied an Iraqi man to a tree last month after a dispute in a supermarket, local media reported Thursday.According to police, a 21-year-old Iraqi man was arguing with the store’s staff about a phone card in Arnsdorf, near Dresden, on May 21, when at least three men grabbed him, took him outside and tied him to a tree.Police said the Iraqi was a patient of a nearby psychiatric hospital and had visited the supermarket earlier that day, where discussions about a phone card were made difficult because of language differences. When he returned to the store for a second time, police said the man took a bottle of wine from the shelf and threatened the store manager and an assistant, though no one was hurt.German newspaper Bild posted a video of the incident, which police said had been circulating on anti-migrant websites, showing four men, three of whom were wearing black shirts, entering the store and forcefully evicting the Iraqi.When police arrived they found the man tied to a tree in the supermarket parking lot. The men told police they wanted to prevent the man escaping, but officials told them to leave and paramedics returned the Iraqi to the psychiatric hospital.Police have asked witnesses to come forward as they investigate the Iraqi man for intimidation and the group of men for false imprisonment.German news site Die Zeit reported that Detlef Oelsner, a politician from the CDU who lives opposite the supermarket, was one of those shown in the video subduing the Iraqi. “We showed civil courage,” Oelsner told the Sächsische Zeitung paper, adding the men “would have done the same no matter who was involved.”Sächsische Zeitung said police had spoken to Oelsner on Wednesday.last_img read more

One of the Largest Native American Tribes Has Just Voted to End Their 100-Year Dependency on Coal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor almost an entire century, the Navajo Nation has been economically dependent on coal – but after approving a historic new piece of legislation last month, the tribe will now be pursuing more eco-friendly alternatives.After nearly eight years of deliberation, the Navajo Council recently announced that they would no longer be pursuing the acquisition of a coal-fired power plant in Arizona.Upon rejecting the mine’s purchase in an 11-9 vote, the committee passed a new piece of legislation which highlighted the tribe’s commitment to investing in more sustainable sources of revenue and renewable energy. Since the Navajo Nation is the second largest native tribe in America by populace, their shift away from coal is a landmark moment for national climate action.RELATED: Native American Tribe Donates $184,000 to Cover Funeral Costs of Alabama Tornado Victims“For close to 100 years, the Navajo Nation has been a strong traditional energy producer. In that time, government revenue from energy production has supported the Nation in becoming the strongest and most robust tribal government in the United States, propelling our people in endeavors our forbearers would have never imagined,” said Navajo Council Speaker Seth Damon.“Last night, that Navajo Nation Council signaled that it is time for change,” he added. “Expanding tourism, alternative energy development, carbon credits, and manufacturing are all ideas that this council is pursuing to ensure that a healthy government can continue to provide for its people.MORE: Oil Company Surrenders 15 Land Leases on Sacred Native American Land“As we have done through centuries of interaction with external actors, it is critical that our people band together and support one another. We are a proud nation that has existed on this land since time immemorial. The Navajo Nation Government may have been originally organized to approve energy leases. Though, as evidenced by the innumerable services the government provides, it is not the sole purpose of the government today.“Our people, our sovereignty, and our right to self-determination predate the first coal seam found on Navajo, and we will endure and thrive together.”Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Garth sets school three-point record in Lamar’s Southland-opening win

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Senior James Harrison scored a career-high 22 points to lead Lamar to a Southland Conference opening victory over Houston Baptist, but it was junior Nick Garth who took center stage becoming the Cardinals all-time leader in three-point fields. LU defeated the Huskies, 86-68, Thursday evening at the Montagne Center to improve to 9-5 on the season and 1-0 in Southland Conference play.“This one was important from the standpoint that you always want to start league play with a victory and protect your home court,” said LU head coach Tic Price. “We came out and hit some big shots tonight. Houston Baptist didn’t wilt under the weight of LU’s strong shooting. The Huskies shot nearly 57 percent from the field in the second, to overcome a 9-of-31 (.290) performance in the opening half. HBU struggled at the free throw line converting just 8 of 15 (.533) attempts.Harrison set the pace with his career-high performance (his third consecutive career-high), but he wasn’t the only Cardinal to walk away with a career effort Thursday. Junior Josh Nzeakor scored 12 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds. Senior Zjori Bosha scored 19 points on a near perfect 8-of-10 (.800) performance.Garth came off the bench to score 13 points on 5-of-11, including three triples. It was his second three-ball of the night that made him the school’s all-time leader in that category. Garth eclipsed Matt Sundblad who hit 192 three-pointers from 1995-99.The shorthanded Huskies finished the night with two players in double figures led by Ian DuBose’s 18. “The thing that I think I’m the most proud of tonight is we played unselfish basketball,” added Price. “We had 22 assists on 33 field goals. I thought we were very dominant on the boards. Houston Baptist is a very good rebounding team. The Huskies had 26 offensive rebounds at Michigan State.“James got the start and hit some big shots for us all night. I thought Nick did the same thing coming off the bench, and Josh Nzeakor was strong tonight in the paint with a double-double. This was a true team effort,” added Price.The Cardinals opened the game on a 10-0 run, and didn’t allow the Huskies to dent the scoreboard until the 15:24 mark when Jalon Gates hit a three-pointer. The Huskies would trim the deficit down to four points before Big Red pushed it back to double digits.The remainder of the half continued to be a cat and mouse performance that saw LU gain a double-digit lead only to have the Huskies trim it back to four points. Garth’s record-setting three-ball came with 5:35remaining the first half to give the Cardinals back an 11-point lead, 34-23. The Huskies would score six of the final eight points in the half to go into the locker room down by six.The cat-and-mouse game continued until the 17:05 mark of the second half. The Cardinals got a jumper from Harrison in the paint to give LU a nine-point advantage. The basket sparked a 14-6 run to give the LU a 17-point lead with 14:26 remaining. Big Red pushed its lead to 18 points before the Huskies began to chip away again.Sparked by an Oliver Lynch-Daniels three-pointer with just under 13 minutes remaining, the Huskies rattled off eight consecutive points to pull within 10 – all eight points coming from Lynch-Daniels. The Cardinals immediately responded with an and-one from junior Torey Noel followed by a three-pointer from Harrison (one of five on the night) to reclaim a 16-point advantage. The Huskies never got closer than 13 the rest of the way as LU would push its lead to as many as 20 points in the second half.The Cardinals return to action Saturday when they travel to Corpus Christi to take on the Islanders. The game against A&M-Corpus Christi is slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m. from the American Bank Center. It can be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI.center_img “We’re all very happy for Nick Garth. This is a true team out there on the floor. These guys like to hang out and they really root for each other. I don’t know if you could see it after the game, but when Nick was handed the game ball his teammates were more excited than he was.”The Cardinals finished the night shooting nearly 49 percent from the field (33 of 68) following a strong second-half performance. LU connected on nearly 64 percent of their attempts in the second half, including a 6-of-9 (.667) from three-point range during that stretch.It wasn’t just the effort on the offensive end that led to the victory. The Cards outworked a good rebounding team on the glass, 43-33, including 18 offensive rebounds.last_img read more

Drama Book Shop, Now Owned by Hamilton Team, Will Reopen in 2020; David Korins to Design New Location

first_img Lin-Manuel Miranda View Comments Star Files “The Drama Book Shop is the heart and soul of the New York theater community,” said Miranda. “It’s been an oasis in midtown for a century of storytellers and theater fans alike—a safe space to gather, to learn and to find great books and music. I found my collaborators there. I wrote drafts of In the Heights there. Freestyle Love Supreme was born there. I made sure the first book-signing of Hamilton: The Revolution was held there. The Drama Book Shop is home. To the next generation of dramatists, actors, directors, composers, choreographers, designers and theater enthusiasts: the stage is set…Come in. Discover. Enjoy.””I was in The Drama Book Shop most days of the week from December 2001 until May 2005,” said Kail. “My career started there. My life in New York City started there. I am proud to be part of this group that will reintroduce this vital source of inspiration for our city, and present countless others the same opportunity that it provided me and so many others.”In business for nearly 100 years, the unique Drama Book Shop specializes in all things printed for the theater or arts lover—from librettos, plays and screenplays to works on theater craft, dramatic techniques, music and biographies of film and theater’s greats.Korins’ design of the new shop will be inspired by European cafés of the last century and their role in the exchange and celebration of ideas. More information on a specific opening date for the shop will be announced soon. The Drama Book Shop is returning to NYC. The iconic retailer of theater scripts and books, which was forced to close last year, will reopen in March 2020 at 266 West 39th Street, one block from the store’s prior location. Tony nominee David Korins will design the new space, which, as previously announced, will be owned by his Hamilton collaborators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Jeffrey Seller, as well as James L. Nederlander.  David Korins’ rendering of the new Drama Book Shop(Provided by Rubenstein) Lin-Manuel Miranda & Thomas Kail(Photo: Bruce Glikas for Broadway.com)last_img read more

Brandthropology launches “The Benefactory” with Laboratory B and Vermont Technology Alliance as first tenants

first_imgBrandthropology, Inc,Brandthropology announced the creation of a tech & arts hive called “The Benefactory.”  The space will host various groups that benefit the community within the firm’s offices in the Soda Plant on Pine Street. Initial tenants include Laboratory B and the Vermont Technology Alliance.“We’ve been inspired by the creative community that surrounds us on Pine Street, within Burlington and the greater Vermont community,” said Matthew Dodds, Chief Brandthropologist and the company’s founder. “We’ve been excited to see the maker space movement grow locally, and are launching a new hybrid, one that takes a tech/arts/marketing angle, all wrapped up in a ‘maker difference’ theme.  Imagine MacGyver meets Matisse meets Madmen meets Mother Theresa.”Matthew Dodds from Brandthropology and Jesse Krembs and Justin England from Laboratory B celebrate the signing of their new lease in The Benefactory.Brandthropology, now celebrating its thirteenth anniversary, has been an active community supporter over the years, providing pro-bono counsel and services for area non-profits including ReSource, the Vermont Technology Alliance and the Williston Food Shelf.   The firm also supports the local arts community, hosting talks and free educational seminars on marketing topics in venues such as CCTV’s “Media Maven” series, SEABA seminars and TEDx events. “Setting aside a community-focused space and branding it as ‘The Benefactory’ is a way to give physical expression to our vision of what highly evolved marketing is all about,” said Matthew Dodds. “We believe that technology, creatively engaged against community needs, represents the greatest opportunity we have to positively impact the world.  It’s only natural that Vermont, with its history of technological and social innovation, should lead the way.”About BrandthropologyBrandthropology is an award-winning Vermont-based marketing firm working with a diverse mix of international, national and local clients. The company specializes in brand development driven by the creation and administration of highly evolved marketing ecosystems. Equally at ease in both traditional and digital environments, the firm’s integrated approach and metrics-informed processes evolve brands, ensuring that their clients stay in concert with customer and prospect needs. www.brandthropology.com(link is external)last_img read more

Is psychology really in crisis?

first_imgShare Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Modern psychology is apparently in crisis. This claim is nothing new. From phrenology to psychoanalysis, psychology has traditionally had an uneasy scientific status. Indeed, the philosopher of science, Karl Popper, viewed Freud’s theories as a typical example of pseudoscience because no test could ever show them to be false. More recently, psychology has feasted on a banquet of extraordinary findings whose scientific credibility has also been questioned.Some of these extraordinary findings include Daryl Bem’s experiments, published in 2011, that seem to show future events influence the past. Bem, an emeritus professor at Cornell University, revealed that people are more likely to remember a list of words if they practise them after a recall test, compared with practising them before the test. In another study, he showed that people are significantly better than chance at selecting which of two curtains hide a pornographic image.Then there’s Yale’s John Bargh who in 1996 reported that, when unconsciously primed with an “elderly stereotype” (by unscrambling jumbled sentences containing words such as “Florida” and “bingo”), people subsequently walk more slowly. Add to this Roy Baumeister who in 1998 presented evidence suggesting we have a finite store of will-power which is sapped whenever we resist temptations such as eating chocolates. Or, in the same year, Ap Dijksterhuis and Ad Van Knippenberg showing that performance on Trivial Pursuit is better after people list typical characteristics of a professor rather than those of a football hooligan. LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Email These studies are among the most controversial in psychology. Not least because other researchers have had difficulty replicating the experiments. These types of studies raise concerns about the methods psychologists use, but also more broadly about psychology itself.Do not repeatA survey of 1,500 scientists published in Nature last month indicated that 24% of them said they had published a successful replication and 13% published an unsuccessful replication. Contrast this with over a century of psychology publications, where just 1% of papers attempted to replicate past findings.Editors and reviewers have been complicit in a systemic bias that has resulted in high-profile psychology journals becoming storehouses for the strange. Many psychologists are obsessed with the “impact factors” of journals (as are the journals) – and one way to increase impact is to publish curios. Certain high-impact journals have a reputation of publishing curios that never get replicated but which attract lots of attention for the author and journal. By contrast, confirming the findings of others through replication is unattractive, rare and relegated to less prestigious journals.Despite psychology’s historical abandonment of replication, is the tide turning? This year, a crowd-sourced initiative – the OSC Reproducibility project – attempted to replicate 100 published findings in psychology. The multinational collaborators replicated just over a third (36%) of the studies. Does this mean that psychological findings are unreliable?Replication projects are selective, targeting studies that are cheaper and less technically complicated to replicate or those that are simply unbelievable. Other projects such as “Many Labs” have reported a replication rate of 77%. All initiatives are non-random and headline replication rates reflect the studies that are sampled. Even if a random sample of studies were examined, we don’t know what would constitute an acceptable replication rate in psychology. This is not an issue specific to psychology. As John Ioannidis noted: “most published research findings are false””. After all, scientific hypotheses are our current best guesses about phenomena, not a simple accumulation of truths.Questionable research practicesThe frustration of many psychologists is palpable because it seems so easy to publish evidence consistent with almost any hypothesis. A likely cause of both unusual findings and non-replicability is psychologists indulging in questionable research practices (QRPs).In 2012, a survey of 2,000 American psychologists found that most indulged in QRPs. Some 67% admitted selectively reporting studies that “worked”, while 74% failed to report all measures they had used. The survey also found that 71% continued to collect data until a significant result was obtained and 54% reported unexpected findings as if they were expected. And 58% excluded data after analyses. Astonishingly, more than one-third admitted they had doubts about the integrity of their own research on at least one occasion and 1.7% admitted to having faked their data.The problems associated with modern psychology are longstanding and cultural, with researchers, reviewers, editors, journals and news-media all prioritising and benefiting from the quest for novelty. This systemic bias, coupled with minimal agreement on fundamental principles in certain areas of psychology, means questionable research practices can flourish – consciously or unconsciously. Large-scale replication projects will not address the cultural problems and may even exacerbate them by presenting replication as something special that we use to target the unbelievable. Replication – whether judged as failed or successful – is a fundamental aspect of normal science and needs to be both more common and more valued by psychologists and psychology journals.By Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of HertfordshireThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

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