Take-Two founder Ryan Brant dies

first_imgTake-Two founder Ryan Brant diesPublisher expresses condolences, gratitude to Brant for his vision and contributionsBrendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 25th March 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareTake-Two founder Ryan Brant has died at the age of 49. The news was announced by the Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation, and Event center in West Palm Beach, Florida.”We were saddened to learn of the passing of Ryan Brant,” a Take-Two spokesperson said. “His vision for interactive entertainment began our company’s long-standing history and we are grateful for his contributions. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.”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 Brant is survived by his spouse, Diana Tulinh Brant, three daughters, a son, and both his mother and father.Brant founded Take-Two in 1993, and served as the company’s CEO until February of 2001. That span included the company’s initial public offering in 1997 as well as its purchase of Grand Theft Auto rights-holder BMG Entertainment and the subsequent founding of Rockstar Games in 1998. He stepped down as CEO in 2001, but stayed on with the company as chairman for several years and then took a non-executive role as VP of production until parting ways with the company in 2006.While Brant’s work laid the foundation for the company’s current success, it also had him running afoul of regulators on occasion. In 2005, Brant and a number of senior management at the company settled a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint over practices that inflated the company’s quarterly revenues. In 2007, Brant reached a settlement with the SEC and pled guilty with the New York County District Attorney’s Office to charges relating to stock option backdating practices during his time as CEO and chairman.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 2 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 6 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Cyclone Kenneth bears down on Tanzania, Mozambique

first_imgConstruction of Mozambique-Tanzania highway gets underway A satellite view of Cyclone Kenneth. Kenneth is heading for northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province A satellite view of Cyclone Kenneth. Kenneth is heading for northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. Courtesy: enCACyclone Kenneth – which is approaching the southern coast of Tanzania and northern coast of Mozambique – has been upgraded to an intense tropical cyclone by Meteo France, the French national meteorological service, AccuWeather reports.Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist, writes that an intense tropical cyclone contains sustained winds of 159-209 km/h, equal to a hurricane of Category 3 to 4 strength in the Atlantic or East Pacific oceans.Accuweather says that prior to reaching the eastern Africa coastline, the cyclone brought heavy rainfall to parts of Madagascar.“Locations from Ambanja and Antisiranana to Andapa and Antalaha had drenching downpours and localized flooding. Rainfall totals of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) were common with 300 mm (12 inches) reported in Sambava,” Leister writes.The ReliefWeb portal says Tropical Cyclone Kenneth formed north of Madagascar and east of the Aldabra Atoll, north of the Mozambique Channel, on April 23. “It is expected to make landfall in the district of Palma in Mozambique on 25 April…The Global Disaster Alert Coordination System (GDACS) has issued an orange alert for the Cyclone, meaning a medium humanitarian impact is expected based on the storm strength and its forecasted path.”ReliefWeb quotes UNOSAT as saying that the entire population of Comoros (758,339) is within the Cyclone’s windspeed zones, with Grand Comore the primary concern. In Mozambique, more than 747,000 people are living within the cyclone’s path, mainly in Cabo Delgado Province, including a projected 117,000 living in high wind speed zones (Related Mozambique death toll rises to 417 after Cyclone Idaicenter_img Mozambique cyclone death toll rises to 446last_img read more

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Indians OF Brantley Has Procedure to Remove Scar Tissue, No Timetable for Return

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. It’s been a long season of waiting for Brantley, who has only been able to play in 11 games due to the injured shoulder, which he hurt last September in Minnesota. Matt Loede The hope was that Indians outfielder Michael Brantley would be able to get back on the field after he played in some minor league games last week, but now his return to the big league roster is a mystery.Zach Misel of Cleveland.com tweets out that Brantley had a procedure to remove scar tissue, and while he’ll resume playing activities soon, there’s no date for a possible return to the Tribe.center_img The Indians enter play on Friday night in Baltimore with a seven game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central. Related TopicsIndiansMichael Brantleylast_img read more

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Ravens-Redskins preseason primer: Five players to watch

first_imgThe Ravens are set to begin their 22nd preseason after one of the more tumultuous starts to training camp in team history.Having already lost seven players to season-ending injuries, retirement, or suspension since the beginning of June, Baltimore is still without starting quarterback Joe Flacco while other impact players have missed substantial time in camp. The injuries create a balancing act between keeping valuable assets out of harm’s way and the desire to take advantage of live-game reps against Washington on Thursday night.“We’ll work it out as we go. We’ll see,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “Some guys will play, some guys won’t. You just have to play it by ear. We have a plan, but I’m just not really into it right now as far as sharing it. It can change. We have a plan until the shooting starts; then plans change.”Especially with Flacco unavailable, the Ravens will likely focus on the evaluation of their running game after hiring senior offensive assistant Greg Roman in the offseason to revamp the league’s 28th-ranked rushing attack in the offseason. Of course, that could prove to be difficult with an offensive line that’s currently less than 100 percent.The final result means little, but the first preseason game provides context for evaluating players who’ve only been practicing against each another to this point. The coaching staff will eagerly be watching how young players respond to the bright lights of a game after settling into the familiar routine of camp workouts.“They are ready to go play against somebody else, and they have been playing against each other now for almost two weeks,” Harbaugh said. “These are pretty tough practices and tough drills. They know each other pretty well right now, so they are ready to get in that environment and play a game and cut it loose a little bit and see where they are.”Thursday marks the 10th time these NFL neighbors have met in the preseason with the Ravens holding the 6-3 edge over Washington, but the Redskins won a 16-10 regular-season contest at M&T Bank Stadium last October, which prompted the firing of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman the next day.Baltimore has a 24-12 record in preseason games under Harbaugh.Unofficial (and largely speculative) injury reportThe Ravens are not required to release an injury report like they do for regular-season games, but I’ve offered my best guess on what the injury report would look like if one were to be released ahead of Thursday night’s game.Most of the players ruled to be out will come as no surprise, but the status of a few will remain in question. Of course, this list does not consider any veteran players who could be held out of the preseason opener due to the coaching staff’s preference.Again, this is not an official injury report released by the Ravens:OUT: QB Joe Flacco (back), OT Austin Howard (shoulder), WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring), WR Kenny Bell (hamstring), CB Sheldon Price (undisclosed), CB Maurice Canady (knee), RB Kenneth Dixon (knee), OL Nico Siragusa (knee), CB Tavon Young (knee)DOUBTFUL: OL Alex Lewis (undisclosed), CB Marlon Humphrey (undisclosed)QUESTIONABLE: G Marshal Yanda (shoulder), WR Chris Matthews (undisclosed), CB Brandon Boykin (undisclosed)Five players to watch Thursday nightQB Ryan MallettExpectations should be realistic for a backup, but the Ravens wasted no time re-signing Mallett to a one-year, $2 million contract at the start of free agency, suggesting they have some level of confidence in him to be a suitable No. 2 option. His first few practices of training camp were brutal, but the 29-year-old has rebounded to play at a more acceptable level in recent days, perhaps a product of the Colin Kaepernick discussion dying down. With Flacco’s return still expected to be sooner than later, Mallett showing command of the offense with at least some modest production should quell some concerns.OLB Matt JudonUsed as a situational pass rusher as a rookie, Judon has received most of the summer reps as the starting strong-side outside linebacker, a spot shared by Albert McClellan and Elvis Dumervil last season. In order to be more effective in pass coverage, the 2016 fifth-round pick dropped weight and is strikingly leaner while still showing enough strength to set the edge and rush the passer. Judon ranked third on the team with four sacks in 2016, but defensive coordinator Dean Pees would prefer to see him double that total as the Ravens try to turn the heat up on a pass rush that was underwhelming a year ago.C Ryan JensenThe Ravens traded veteran starter Jeremy Zuttah in the offseason, but the sudden retirement of John Urschel at the start of training camp short-circuited the expected competition at center and left Jensen as the default starter. He brings the size and physicality that should work better in Roman’s downhill blocking schemes, but Jensen has only nine career starts under his belt, prompting many to continue clamoring for a Nick Mangold signing. General manager Ozzie Newsome spent most of his few remaining cap dollars on new right tackle Austin Howard, so Jensen needs to show he can do the job.DL Patrick RicardAsking about individual players during training camp is often pointless because coaches are rarely anything but positive in their remarks, but you pay attention when a player’s name is mentioned without being prompted, something that’s happened more than once with Ricard. The 6-foot-3, 304-pound rookie free agent from Maine has lined up all over the defensive line and has stood his ground while making plays, putting himself in the roster conversation in a deep position group. Ricard will need to show the same promise in games, but he has looked the part of a solid rotational NFL defensive lineman.WR Quincy AdeboyejoThe undrafted Ole Miss product is a bit of a mystery as his good speed and 6-foot-3, 197-pound frame didn’t translate to a standout college career, but he has turned heads, beating the likes of even Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr to make long catches in practices. Of course, making plays in camp workouts isn’t the same as producing in games, but he should receive ample opportunities with veterans such as Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace unlikely to make more than a cameo Thursday. After failing to develop so many late-round wideouts over the years, the Ravens would sure love to get lucky with Adeboyejo.last_img read more

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Innovation: Historic Intellectual Property Ruling Could Validate Open Licenses

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts If I apply some wacky new type of license to my creative work, is it going to hold up in court if a conflict comes down to that? According to some participants, a key US court yesterday made a decision in favor of free, open intellectual property licenses like Creative Commons, though the details of the decision are complicated. We’re not big fans of intellectual property law, but some innovations in the field are facilitating a wave of tech and cultural creativity around the world. Authoritative validation of these legal innovations is important in that context. We may not feel great about copyright, but we do want people to feel comfortable using new types of legal licenses. This week’s legal decision may be very helpful in that.The CaseThe Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday ruled (see court document below) that a license called Artistic License, similar to Creative Commons, was violated in a dust up between model engineer software developers. One developer created software that could be used to program the tiny trains, put it under Artistic License, and then alleged that another developer took parts of his work, incorporated it into commercial software and didn’t give any credit to the original author. At this point there appears to be no question that this did happen, the only question was whether it matters – whether the Artistic License is legally valid. The court appears to have ruled that it is.As super-lawyer Larry Lessig puts it: “In non-technical terms, the Court has held that free licenses such as the CC licenses set conditions (rather than covenants) on the use of copyrighted work. When you violate the condition, the license disappears, meaning you’re simply a copyright infringer.”While the water ‘aint so bad for most copyright infringers, many believe that infringement is of far more consequence when it’s done against “one of us,” someone who has embraced an alternative, looser version of copyright.Lack of ClarityPut a panel of judges in a room and ask them if the sky is blue and you’ll likely get an answer like “we decline to disagree with some points brought up by previous parties that have engaged with the question.” So it’s hard to know for sure how solid this ruling really is right now. Lessig, and others who can hardly be called disinterested, say it’s a huge win. Others, like a particularly well spoken commenter on BoingBoing and Mike Masnick, probably the most no-b.s. blogger in tech, point out that there are some wrinkles in the situation that deserve recognition before we start celebrating.Why This is ImportantStandard copyright in the US and increasingly around the world is by default a requirement that you get explicit permission to use a creative work. This slows things down a lot. Next generation intellectual property frameworks, like Creative Commons, allow creators to communicate their terms for reuse ahead of time, so that subsequent creation can build on their work immediately.Many creators, though, need assurances that their conditions will be respected before they are willing to open their work to any limited reuse without explicit permission. In 2006, an Amsterdam court ruled in favor of former MTV star and now Venture Capital stockpiling podcast maven Adam Curry in a case alleging that a tabloid used some of his Creative Commons licensed photos from Flickr without his permission. While that ruling was interesting and important, this week’s related judgment in a key US court about software licensing is potentially of much greater signifigance.If this decision ends up being as clear as Lessig and friends contend, and Larry Lessig is a pretty stand up guy, then the case of the model engineer software should provide solid ground for even more creators to feel safe offering their work under licenses that facilitate limited but more frictionless reuse and sharing.New technologies require new legal frameworks and in an era so marked by regressive actions around intellectual property in film and music, it’s refreshing to see some good news for once.Want a good way to celebrate? Today could be a good day to visit the privacy and permissions tab in your Flickr account and change the default setting for new photos uploaded to a Creative Commons one. Come on in, the water’s fine.last_img read more

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Video – Will Smith On The Set Of Men In Black 3

first_imgPhilly 360° Shout Out: Big Brother to Philadelphia and close friend of Will Smith, Charlie Mack, DASH program co-founders Michael McArthur and Jerome Hipps, and Executive Director of DASH, Brandon Pankey, made it all possible. Will Smith talking to students from the DASH Program on the set of MIB3(P. English for GPTMC) In West Philadelphia, a megastar was born and raised. We’re talking about Philly favorite and Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Will Smith.He’s been busy filming the third installment of Men in Black (MIB3), but not too busy to invite Philly 360° and some lucky Philly students in the Destined to Achieve Successful Heights (DASH) program to the movie set to get to know the star up close and personal. DASH students got to go on location to meet Will and ask him a few questions. They also got to watch some of the filming.  Watch what Will Smith had to say to the students about his love of the Philadelphia 76ers and his inspirational words of advise. center_img About DASH: Destined to Achieve Successful Heights (DASH) provides opportunities for students to learn about various aspects of the entertainment industry while also learning how to become innovative thinkers and leaders. DASH creates personalized learning for young adults, make learning relevant by using careers as a context for learning, and help adolescents learn about future career opportunities and connect in meaningful ways with adults who want to see them succeed.last_img read more

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Unlike To Kill a Mockingbird, a children’s book with clear-cut heroes and villains, Go Set a Watchman is an adult book about a young woman whose childish view is stripped away

first_imgGo Set a Watchman by Harper LeeBilled as the “publishing sensation of the decade”, Harper Lee’s much-discussed second book, written several years before her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird, has been creating waves. Perhaps it should have been called “Go Set A Cat Among the Pigeons”.Featuring the,Go Set a Watchman by Harper LeeBilled as the “publishing sensation of the decade”, Harper Lee’s much-discussed second book, written several years before her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird, has been creating waves. Perhaps it should have been called “Go Set A Cat Among the Pigeons”.Featuring the same set of characters, Watchman returns us to Alabama, 20 years after Mockingbird. That fierce little tomboy Scout is now Jean Louise, a confident, independent New Yorker. Her childhood sweetheart Hank describes her as having turned from “an overalled, fractious, gun-slinging creature into a reasonable facsimile of a human being? although she still moved like a thirteen-year-old boy and abjured most feminine adornment”. The book opens as she heads back home to Maycomb to see her now aged and arthritic father, Atticus.For anyone who has ever read To Kill a Mockingbird or seen the iconic 1962 film-and that’s most of us-the name Atticus Finch stands for everything honourable and true. So it was with shock, dismay and a sense of downright betrayal that readers now find the Atticus that they knew and loved to be an out-and-out racist. Nobody likes discovering their heroes have feet of clay-and for Jean Louise, the realisation almost destroys her.Watchman falls into two halves, hinging on the moment when the scales fall from her hitherto colour-blind eyes. “What was this blight that had come down over the people she loved? Did she see it in stark relief because she had been away from it? Had it percolated gradually through the years until now?”Jean Louise pleads with her Uncle Jack to tell her “what’s turned my father into a nigger-hater”. As Finch potters around with the coffee, she overhears him mutter to himself, “Oh dear. Oh dear me, yes. The novel must tell a story.” I have no idea why Lee wrote this-if it was there in the first draft, or if it’s something that was added later-but this tiny detail leaps out in the present context. What “novel” is he talking about? The one he’s in now? Or To Kill a Mockingbird? What I take him to mean, is that the stories that Jean Louise has been telling herself of her father are, in fact, just that: stories. They’re not true.advertisementTo Kill a Mockingbird is great story. It contains a wonderful set of characters, some spectacularly memorable lines and a set of shining clear morals about prejudice, racism and empathy.It is also, let us not forget, a children’s book-the story is told from the perspective of a child and is read, mainly, by children. Appropriately, the heroes and villains are clear-cut, the moral universe quite stable. In contrast, Go Set a Watchman is an adult book about a young woman having her childish view painfully stripped away from her. Scout saw things “through a mirror darkly” that Jean Louise must now look at face-to-face.At one point her uncle literally forces her to stand in front of the mirror. “Look at your eyes. Look at your nose. Look at your chin. What do you see?” “I see myself.” “I see two people.” “You mean the tomboy and the woman?”It’s another moment when Lee seems to be addressing the reader, again breaking the literary fourth wall with a prescience that borders on the clairvoyant. See, she seems to be saying, you can’t read this without the ghost of the earlier book showing through like a palimpsest-like the shadowy type of one title on the front cover of the other. Some people have suggested that the noble Atticus of Mockingbird “becomes” a bigot later in life: but this is not the case. The fact is that Atticus always was a bigot. His actions in Mockingbird-the white hero risking everything to save the poor black man-sprang not from his liberal politics, but from his absolute conviction in the rule of law. Atticus Finch was profoundly a man of his time and place-a white man in the American South during the rise of the civil rights movement, the growing political clout of the NAACP, of Rosa Parks, the anti-segregation protests, bus boycotts and suchlike. A man whose deeply held belief in white supremacy went not against, but perfectly hand-in-hand with notions of honour, decency, order and progress.Go Set a Watchman is a Pandora’s box of a book: in some ways, I wish it had never been published. I wish I could put it all back the way it was and close the covers. I was quite happy with the world as it was: Atticus was on his pedestal and all was right with the world. But, just as Jean Louise can never again go home, we can never regain that lost innocence. “Blind, that’s what I am,” she rails against herself, “I never thought to look into people’s hearts, I looked only in their faces? I need a watchman to lead me around and declare what he seeth every hour on the hour. I need a watchman to tell me this is what a man says but this is what he means, to draw a line down the middle and say here is this justice and there that justice and make me understand the difference.”advertisementSo read Go Set a Watchman not to destroy your love of Mockingbird, but for the sparkiness of the dialogue, the spunky aliveness of the writing. And also because (although you might not think it, going by all the hoo-ha) this is a book not about a man but about a woman: a woman who doesn’t give a fig for social convention, who is not afraid to cuss and swear, who is still very much the fractious gun-slinger that she ever was. Watchman is about what happens when women overthrow the patriarchal order-about how vital it is to abandon someone else’s moral compass in order to calibrate your own. Scout may not have wanted Atticus to turn out to be the man that he was, but I think she would have been proud of the young woman that Jean Louise became.Anita Roy is writer, editor and a director of Zubaanlast_img read more

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City Council and Regional District Board member nomination packages available

first_imgCandidates must submit their completed nomination packages between September 4 and 14 at 4 p.m.The District of Taylor and City of Dawson Creek have also opened nominations for Mayor and Council.  You can read more about those communities by clicking here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Those thinking about running for Fort St. John City Council and Director of the Regional District can now pick up their nomination papers.Nomination papers for the City of Fort St. John can be downloaded at www.fortstjohn.ca/municipal-elections or can be picked up at City Hall.  For residents who wish to run as a director in the Regional District, nomination papers can be picked up at the Regional District offices in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.In Fort St. John potential candidates are encouraged to attend at Candidate 101 Workshop on August 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Hall.  This short session will cover eligibility, the nomination process, roles and responsibilities, policies and bylaws, time commitment, and compensation.last_img read more

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GAIL, BHEL sign pact for solar power projects development

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd Friday said it has signed an agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) for cooperation in the development of solar power projects. “GAIL shall be the project developer and BHEL shall act as an engineering, procurement, construction and project management contractor,” the company said in a statement. BHEL shall also provide operation and maintenance services during the initial period upon becoming successful bidder. “This development will help both the companies to leverage their competitive strengths to build a substantial portfolio in solar power projects. “The memorandum of understanding (signed Friday) aims at building a closer strategic partnership between the two Maharatna PSUs for jointly pursuing commercial solar power projects through participation in tariff / Viability Gap Funding (VGF) based competitive bidding process,” it said. GAIL is India’s biggest natural gas company with diversified interests across the value chain of trading, transmission, LPG production and transmission, LNG re-gasification, petrochemicals and city gas. It owns and operates a network of around 11,400 kms of high-pressure trunk pipelines. It is working concurrently on multiple pipeline projects, aggregating over 5400 kms at an investment of about Rs 24,000 crore, to operate over 16,000 kms by 2021. GAIL commands 75 per cent market share in gas transmission and has a gas trading share of over 50 per cent in India. “GAIL is also expanding its presence in renewable energy like solar and wind. It has India’s second-largest rooftop solar PV power plant at its petrochemical complex at Pata, Uttar Pradesh,” the statement said. BHEL is one of the few companies in the world, and only company in India, having the capability to manufacture the entire range of power plant equipment. It has also been in the field of design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and commissioning of solar power plants over three decades and has a portfolio of more than 700 MW.last_img read more

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