Steam removes hundreds of games after publishers abuse Steamworks

first_imgSteam removes hundreds of games after publishers abuse SteamworksRussian publisher Dagestan Technology among those affected, although Valve has yet to offer further explanationJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 26th November 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareValve appears to have had a significant purge of its Steam marketplace, with hundreds of games removed in the last 24 hours.The removals were first noticed when more than 980 games and soundtracks were added to Steam Tools’ list of banned apps. At the time of writing, these were all banned within the last 11 hours, with the most recent removals before that being six days ago.There appear to be no high-profile titles among them, and many of them have been available for at least three years.At first, there was speculation about whether this was Valve’s efforts to clear the Steam catalogue ahead of the expected (but not confirmed) Autumn sale later this week. However, a company spokesperson gave a different explanation to PC Gamer.”We recently discovered a handful of partners that were abusing some Steamworks tools,” Valve said. “We emailed all the affected partners.”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 It’s not clear what the nature of this abuse is or how many publishers have been affected. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Valve for clarification.One company impacted was Russian publisher Dagestan Technology, according to game developer Alexandra Flock, which appeared to have released dozens of games under several different names. The publisher’s Steam Curator page previously listed 48 games and four DLC packs, but is now empty, PC Gamer notes.Meanwhile, Frock linked to a Reddit discussion where a user claiming to be a Steam developer says their game was removed because of the connection to their previous publisher Siberia Digital, which also seemed to have been affected.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. 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 An hour 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 5 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

World Bank, Pakistan ink $100m solar deal

first_imgAims to support the design and implementation of the project and compliance with fiduciary, gender, M and E, procurement, and safeguards requirements. Distributed Solar Disbursement and Financial Information Letter for Credit 6258-PK  The project objective aims to increase solar power generation and access to electricity in the Sindh Province. Utility-Scale Solar On Wednesday, the World Bank and the government of Pakistan signed a $100 million agreement for the development of the Sindh Solar Energy Project. Finance and Policy Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Solar Home Systems According to the World Bank, the project comprises four components: Utility-Scale Solar; Distributed Solar; Solar Home Systems; and Capacity Building and Technical Assistance. Aims for deployment of affordable SHSs in prioritised areas with low or no access to electricity, analysis and identification of priority areas, activities to enhance consumer awareness and financial literacy, product certification and quality control, and Monitoring and evaluation (M and E) activities. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector View the latest project documents:center_img BRICS Featured image: Stock RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Aims for the identification and development of a series of publicly owned solar parks, and support for the competitive selection of private sector developers through solar auction for the construction of solar power plants in the solar parks. Aims for procurement and installation of solar PV systems and associated energy management systems on rooftops and other available space on and around public sector buildings. Project Agreement for Credit 6258-PK  Generation Financing Agreement for Credit 6258-PK Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA TAGSRenewablessolar powersolar PVWorld Bank Previous articleHydrogen train to enter UK markets by 2022Next articleIRENA gathering makes history Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Brooke Becomes Official Charity for 2018 World Equestrian Games

first_img SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 Event Horse Sport Enewscenter_img As the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* The Organizing Committee of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) is proud to announce the non-profit organization Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, has been chosen as the “Official Charity for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018” taking place at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, USA this September 11 through 23.The WEG, which takes place every four years, is the major international championship event for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) regulated-disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. This year, the WEG will be held at the 1,600-acre Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, co-founded in 2014 by the Tryon Equestrian Partners, which is comprised of six equestrian families who are all committed to the long-term development and growth of equestrian sport: Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, Roger and Jennifer Smith, Lisa Lourie, Jenji and Diana Mercer, Howard and Gwen Dvorkin, and Joe and Cindy Mitchell.Headquartered in the UK, Brooke is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules, whose labour keeps millions of poor families in developing countries around the world out of poverty.The partnership is courtesy of Katherine Bellissimo, who serves on the board of sister organization Brooke USA. Brooke USA is dedicated to significantly improving the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.The overarching theme for the 2018 WEG is “Celebrate the Horse, Celebrate the Sport: #Together,” which commemorates the deep connection and interdependencies that have existed between humankind and equines for millennia. For much of the developed world, this relationship has become one of leisure and sport, but for over 600 million people, the relationship is still one of survival.Bellissimo has championed Brooke’s work for a number of years before becoming part of Brooke USA in April 2016.“I am pleased to have Brooke named as the official charity of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. The work that Brooke and Brooke USA do for both horses and humans around the world is incredibly admirable and embodies our organization’s goal of celebrating the ways we depend on this beautiful creature through this event. It is only natural that the world’s largest working equine welfare charity be chosen as a beneficiary of the world’s largest equestrian competition.“Brooke USA is one of only two boards I choose to serve on and it’s because I believe our work has a great and lasting impact on Brooke’s global efforts, not only for the equines but also the humans who rely on them.”Petra Ingram, Chief Executive of Brooke said: “100 million horses, donkeys and mules around the world are doing the hardest jobs in extreme environments, from the brick kilns of Nepal to the coal mines of Pakistan and the small farms of Ethiopia and Nicaragua, they are paying the price for their labour with injuries, exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition. Brooke works to make long lasting improvements to their lives.“We are so proud to be a part of WEG this year. The theme of humans and equines through time also ties in with our Every Horse Remembered campaign, which honours the horses who worked side by side with soldiers in World War One. We’re looking forward to working together with Tryon International Equestrian Center to organise Brooke themed activities and raise funds for working horses, donkeys and mules around the world.”As the “Official Charity of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018,” Brooke is planning to build a commemorative walkway called Brooke Breezeway at Tryon International Equestrian Center that will feature dedicated “Brooke Bricks” in honor of both this iconic event and the important service provided by working equines around the world. “Brooke Bricks” will be made of bricks manufactured humanely in the United States and can be purchased online at BrookeBricks.org, a custom Brooke USA microsite, and be installed in dedication of a person, horse or organization. The website will launch later in the year.Find out more about the charities at TheBrooke.org and BrookeUSA.org.To learn more about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 and to book tickets, visit Tryon2018.com. 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South Bend School Board Holds Off on Security Assessment

first_img Facebook Facebook Previous articleStay Off the Pier When the Waves are RockingNext articleIndiana Gets $21M Grant for Drug Overdose Data Collection Carl Stutsman WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market South Bend School Board Holds Off on Security Assessment WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied/South Bend Community School Corporation) A vote on a security assessment for South Bend Schools has been delayed for another couple weeks.The assessment would be district wide and include things like armed intruder training for all staff members, natural disaster training, and address overall security issues at school building.Superintendent Todd Cummings said the delay is just to give them more time to work out the details of the contract. They were also very clear that arming teachers would NOT be part of the overall plan.It should cost around $100,000 to carry out the assessment, but that cost is being 100% covered by the State Department of Homeland Security.They are now set to vote on Sept. 16th.ABC 57 has the full story here Google+ By Carl Stutsman – September 4, 2019 0 225 last_img read more

Tadic re-election keeps Serbia facing westwards

first_imgCommission President José Manuel Barroso congratulated Tadic on Monday saying: “Yesterday saw a victory for democracy in Serbia and for the European values we share.” But the Radicals are democrats, too, and xenophobia, nationalism and populism are hardly absent from Europe, as Barroso’s statement seems to imply. Tadic’s victory removes any pressure for the EU to reassess its policy towards Serbia and the wider region. The pull of eventual membership remains the EU’s main tool to encourage reform in Serbia, even in the absence of evidence that it is actually working. Despite the 7 February deal and talks about visa liberalisation, the SAA will for the time being remain outside Serbia’s reach. And none of the problems that currently burden the relationship between Serbia and the EU is about to disappear simply because the incumbent president has been re-elected. If this weekend’s vote was a vote for continuity, the question arises whether continuity is desirable. But Barroso’s wish to “accelerate Serbia’s progress towards the EU” remains dependent on the country’s willingness to meet the Union’s conditions, which include full co-operation with the ICTY. It is difficult to see why a Tadic win would unblock Serbia’s co-operation with the tribunal. Serbia’s politicians “will continue to do as little as they can and bide their time”, Gordy says of the war-crimes issue. The ICTY plans not to open any new trials after 2008 and is scheduled to wrap up all appeals procedures by 2010. Unless the four remaining fugitives (all of them Serbs) are caught before the end of the year, they will evade international justice. Tadic is the more pro-European of the two candidates – which is not saying much.Nikolic, a radical nationalist, wants to block closer ties with the EU over the imminent independence of Kosovo. Tadic opposes independence for Kosovo as much as any other leading politician in Serbia but refuses to let Kosovo preclude Serbia signing a pre-accession agreement with the EU. It appears that Nikolic’s fiery rhetoric prompted many Serbs who would not otherwise have voted to trudge to their local polling station on Sunday. The high turnout may well have been decisive in securing a Tadic win. The fraying coalition between Koštunica’s Democratic Party of Serbia and Tadic’s Democratic Party could now become even more difficult to maintain. Belgrade media reported on Wednesday (6 February) that the government was close to falling because of the proposed agreement with the EU, which would trigger a snap election, perhaps to coincide with Serbia’s local elections scheduled for May. All the drama surrounding the presidential election has not changed the fundamental dynamics of Serbia’s fraught relations with the West, nor has it changed the urgent need for the EU to come up with a credible strategy to encourage reform in Serbia without throwing out its conditions.center_img “There was a high turnout because people were scared,” says Eric Gordy, who follows Serbian politics from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. “This is an indication that Serbian society is terribly divided.” Gordy also thinks that the EU’s policy has not helped. He describes the Union’s approach to Serbia as “clumsy” and “badly timed”, a criticism that is shared by other observers. In an attempt to sway the vote, EU foreign ministers offered Serbia a deal to make up for the lack of a full pre-accession Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), less than a week before the run-off. The SAA cannot be signed because the Netherlands and Belgium object to Serbia’s poor record of co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. EU policymakers will no doubt feel that the election outcome vindicates their offer. The EU had offered to sign the deal on Thursday (7 February) but Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica and his allies prevented the signing; they want to freeze relations with the EU over the planned dispatch of the Union’s judicial and police mission to Kosovo. last_img read more

Phases Of The Moon Replaces Bob Weir With Second SCI Set, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

first_imgDue to the unfortunate cancellation of Bob Weir & RatDog’s tour, Phases of the Moon Festival has added Grace Potter & The Nocturnals to their lineup, and have also added a second set from String Cheese Incident. SCI will play on both September 11 and 12, and Grace Potter will perform on Friday September 12th as well.Since the festival has added two sets in lieu of Bob Weir, they have stated that they will not be refunding any tickets. They posted the following news announcement:We are all disappointed about the cancellation of Bob Weir and Ratdog’s scheduled appearance at Phases of the Moon and wish him the very best. In the meantime we want everyone to know that we are hard at work filling that slot on the schedule with a great artist. Stay tuned for the announcement coming soon.Phases of the Moon is proud to offer four days filled with music, art and great experiences for all in beautiful setting. With that in mind, there will be no refunds available as a result of the Bob Weir & Ratdog cancellation. #seeyouatphases!The festival lineup is filled with many L4LM-favorites, including Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Leon Russell, Galactic, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Kung Fu, and many more. The festival is held in Danville, IL, from September 11 – 14. Tickets are still available via the official Phases of the Moon website.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Gives Girl Surprise of a Lifetime

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreQuarterback superstar Aaron Rodgers surprised a young lady, who is a big Packers fan, bringing her onstage at The Pabst Theater in Milwaukee to produce some music. He also wanted to raise awareness for Independence First, an organization she works with  that is run by and for the benefit of people who have disabilities.Aaron and David Gruber host an online series of videos where they surprise guests and invest time into helping them achieve their goals and ambitions. You can find more of them at www.ItsAaron.com.  (WATCH the fun video below or READ the story from Wisconsin Free)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Port Arthur Greater Minority Chamber of Commerce moves into EDC building

first_img Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minority Chamber office will be closed to the public until further notice. “After the loss of our previous office due to Hurricane Harvey, we are excited about relocating our office downtown into the EDC building,” chamber President Ike Mills said.“Working with existing and new minority businesses, along with fostering entrepreneurial development efforts, will be the overall focus of the Minority Chamber. Industrial tax abatements, employment and minority contracting opportunities will continue to play a key role in the development/redevelopment of Port Arthur. We look forward to working on these issues with the city, county, state and other national entities to address the historical barriers that exist.” For more on the Minority Chamber, visit pagmcc.com or email Mills at [email protected]center_img The Port Arthur Greater Minority Chamber of Commerce has relocated to the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation building at 501 Procter St.The Minority Chamber was previously located on Anchor Drive.last_img read more

Soul Doctor’s Amber Iman on Her ‘Square’ Days as an AP Student & the Time She Really Disobeyed Her Mama

first_img View Comments What’s your favorite back to school item? Oooooh! I’m a little OCD when it comes to organization (and cuteness), so I am a Trapper Keeper Junkie! I looove buying the folders and dividers and paper and pencil/pen keepers that you can put in the front of your notebook. And sticky notes, and mini staplers, and highlighters (Lord, I had to have at least five different colors or I couldn’t study.) Can I go back to school now?!?! In school you would have been named “most likely to…” Middle School: be a goody-two-shoes. High School: be a performer. Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Brown. He taught 6th grade math and literature. Back then, I went to a very, very, very small private school—13 students total in grades 4 through 8. I loved him because he knew I was an advanced student and he made it his job to push me and challenge me and not allow me to rest on my laurels. But, unlike other teachers that publicly separated me from other students or drew attention to my “smarts,” he gave me extra work and projects very discreetly. We would work on my advanced material during class time (when I had finished the regular work), but nobody else knew. I wanted so badly to be popular and included and not ostracized, but still challenged, and this was the best of both worlds. I am forever grateful for his guidance and wisdom. Related Shows As kids all over America head back to school, Broadway.com decided to ask our favorite Broadway stars to look back at their own years in the classroom—and share a school picture! Newcomer Amber Iman is making one heck of a Broadway debut as soul singer Nina Simone in the new musical Soul Doctor, now running at Circle in the Square Theatre. Below, the actress recalls her jam-packed schedule and offers fabulous advice to her high-school self. Describe your school-age self in three words. Awkward, smart, square… lol What class did you dread and why? Oh boy—I hope my mother doesn’t read this (lol). High school senior year, my mom made me take advanced algebra/trigonometry. I was a math/arts magnet student and I was very smart—but I was BURNT OUT! For four years, I had taken every honors/advanced placement course, on top of getting on a bus everyday at 6:45 A.M. to get to school and staying late to rehearse for the musicals, and then doing extracurriculars (I had zero social life). By this point, I already had offers from several colleges (full and partial scholarships) and I wanted to just breathe through my simple schedule of AP literature, AP psychology, drama and mentorship (not so simple, actually). However, my mom was friends with the advanced algebra/trig teacher, so my fate was sealed. I.Hated.That.Class. I just couldn’t make myself care and I couldn’t focus. I knew I was going to school for theater and I knew that advanced alg/trig wouldn’t help me do crap in my life! So, I suffered through it for about three weeks. Before the add/drop period ended, I forged my mother’s name on a slip, allowing me to drop the class. Sometimes you gotta take matters into your own hands. Sorry, momma! lolcenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 13, 2013 Amber Iman What advice would you give to your school-age self? Boys are stupid—their opinions do not matter. One day, you will have a boyfriend —it will take a long time, but it will happen. You will grow into your height. The fake ones are not your friends—you don’t need them. You are not alone—there are others out there just like you—and you will find them, and they’ll become your forever friends—and they will understand you, embrace you, love you. It’s okay that you’re not “the popular one”—you are talented, gifted, beautiful, and different, and the payoff will be worth it! Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock-Star Rabbi Star Files In which extracurricular activities did you participate? I participated in almost every extracurricular activity, except a sport (which I regret to this day because I probably wouldn’t still be struggling with these same stubborn 10 pounds! lol) Girl Scouts, ballet, tap, jazz, piano lessons, flute lessons (for about three weeks, then I hated it), Atlanta Public School Honor Chorus, Toastmasters International (I made a lot of speeches), cheerleading (but I was in 3rd grade and we wore green sweat pants & sweatshirts….and it was Catholic school…and we were the St. Anthony Saints…wow), debate team, and probably more. At church, I was an usher, president of the choir, finance committee member (I loved counting the money every Sunday—I felt very rich… lol), vice president of the youth group, and youth liaison. Wow. lol.last_img read more

Vermont ranks 6th in US in adding construction jobs

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont, with 16,400 workers, is among the leaders in adding construction jobs over the last year, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. New England overall had a good year, with Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire ranking second, third and fourth respectively. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between February 2015 and February 2016, while construction employment increased in 27 states between January and February, according to analysis of Labor Department data. Association officials said the pullback in energy prices and farm income appeared to be dampening demand for construction in some states while firms in other states continue to expand.PC Construction works on the new transit center in Burlington in March.”In most of the country, construction continues to outpace other industries in adding jobs,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. “Contractors remain upbeat about demand for many types of projects, but they are having difficulty finding enough qualified workers.” Simonson noted that job openings spiked in January, according to the latest survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.California added the most construction jobs (53,800 jobs, 7.6 percent) between February 2015 and February 2016. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months include Florida (25,800 jobs, 6.2 percent), New York (19,100 jobs, 5.5 percent) and Massachusetts (14,600 jobs, 11.0 percent). Hawaii added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (19.1 percent, 6,300 jobs), followed by Rhode Island (14.6 percent, 2,400 jobs), Massachusetts, New Hampshire (10.2 percent, 2,400 jobs), Tennessee (8.8 percent, 10,200 jobs) and Vermont (7.9 percent, 1,200 jobs).North Dakota lost the highest percent and total number of construction jobs (-14.5 percent, -5,300 jobs). Other states that lost jobs for the year include Alaska (-8.2 percent, -1,500 jobs), Wyoming (-7.2 percent, -1,700 jobs), West Virginia (-6.9 percent, -2,300 jobs), Kansas (-6.5 percent, -4,000 jobs), Mississippi (-1.7 percent, -800 jobs) and Pennsylvania (-1.4 percent, -3,200 jobs).”The states with the steepest declines in construction jobs during the past 12 months have been hurt by the pullback in oil and gas drilling, coal mining and farm income,” Simonson noted. “A wide variety of influences boosted construction employment in other states, including weather that was more favorable this February than a year ago.”California added the most construction jobs between January and February (12,300 jobs, 1.6 percent). Other states adding a high number of construction jobs include Washington (5,500 jobs, 3.1 percent), New York (4,500 jobs, 1.2 percent), Michigan (3,900 jobs, 2.6 percent) and Minnesota (3,200 jobs, 2.7 percent). Washington added the highest percentage of construction jobs during the past month, followed by Kentucky (2.9 percent, 2,200 jobs), Minnesota and Michigan. Vermont was 12th (1.2 percent, 200 jobs), likely helped by the warmer weather allowing for more construction activity.Construction employment declined in 21 states and DC during the past month and held steady in Rhode Island and Tennessee. Texas shed more construction jobs than any other state (-5,300 jobs, -0.8 percent), followed by Louisiana (-4,700 jobs, -3.2 percent), Illinois (-2,400 jobs, -1.1 percent), Kansas (-1,900 jobs, -3.2 percent) and Florida (-1,800 jobs, -0.4 percent). Maine lost the highest percentage of construction jobs between January and February (-3.6 percent, -1,000 jobs), followed by Louisiana and Kansas.Association officials said the new hiring figures show contractors continue to be able to find and hire new workers despite widespread reports of labor shortages. But they cautioned that labor shortages may undermine overall employment levels in the sector in the near future.”Without additional programs to recruit and prepare new workers, especially at the high school level, firms may not be able to find new workers as demand for their services continues to expand,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.last_img read more