CD Projekt signs new agreement and ends dispute with The Witcher authorThe game developer has the rights to the IP in video games, graphic novels, board games and merchandiseChristopher DringHead of Games B2BThursday 2nd January 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleCD Projekt REDCD Projekt has ended its disagreement with The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski.The game developer will continue to have the rights to the IP in video games, graphic novels, board games and merchandise.”We’ve always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s works — a great inspiration for the team here at CD Projek Red,” said president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński in a statement. “I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship.”Sapkowski had signed over the game rights to The Witcher to CD Projekt for an upfront fee, turning down any potential royalties. He told Eurogamer later about the deal: “I was stupid enough to sell them rights [to all of my novels]. They offered me a percentage of their profits. I said, ‘No, there will be no profit at all – give me all my money right now! The whole amount.’ It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn’t believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn’t.”Following this, he publicly demanded over $16 million in royalties from CD Projekt, claiming that under Polish law he had been wrongfully underpaid for his work. CD Projekt dismissed the claim, but said: “It is the Company’s will to maintain good relations with authors of works which have inspired CD Projekt Red’s own creations. Consequently, the Board will go to great lengths to ensure amicable resolution of this dispute; however, any such resolution must be respectful of previously expressed intents of both parties, as well as existing contracts.”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 appears that the desired amicable resolution has been achieved. The statement from CD Projekt states that: “The agreement satisfies and fully clarifies the needs and expectations of both parties, past and present, and sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides.”CD Projekt is currently working on Cyberpunk 2077, which is due on April 16th. It has committed to future The Witcher titles. Meanwhile, The Witcher mini-series was released on Netflix in December last year and became one of the most popular shows during the festive period. In fact, it is already the most streamed Netflix TV show in the UK.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 storiesCD Projekt has no plans to shelve Cyberpunk 2077CEO Adam Kicinski says abandoning the game is “not an option” By Danielle Partis 28 days agoCD Projekt staff reportedly locked out of computers after ransomware attackThe Cyberpunk 2077 developer had to push back the release of a patch following the cyber attackBy Marie Dealessandri 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
ABC News(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — A pharmacy technician in Florida was arrested for the second time in three weeks for allegedly stealing bottles of prescription pills after store surveillance video appeared to show her stuffing bottles down her shirt, police said.The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Katie Jean Williams, 28, of Daytona Beach, had been working at the Pierson Community Pharmacy for about a month when authorities said she stole more than a dozen bottles of prescription drugs out of the pharmacy’s safe. Surveillance video appeared to show Williams putting bottles underneath her clothes and into a bag, police said.Williams was arrested Friday on charges of trafficking in Oxycodone, four counts of drug possession and grand theft. The sheriff’s office said Williams was first arrested May 25 on charges of grand theft and trafficking in Oxycodone.At the time of that first arrest, the pharmacy’s owner reported that hundreds of Oxycodone and amphetamine pills had gone missing, deputies said. A follow-up audit found there were more bottles missing than previously thought and more surveillance video that allegedly showed Williams stealing pills.According to court documents, Williams spent five days in jail for her first arrest and was released on bond. She is currently being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail and is scheduled to appear in court on June 21.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 892,000 people worldwide.Over 27.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 189,215 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 740,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 659,000 cases and over 648,000 cases respectively.Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, six of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Sep 08, 7:50 amUniversity of New Hampshire suspends fraternity after new cases traced to partyThe University of New Hampshire has suspended a fraternity after a new cluster of coronavirus cases were linked to a recent party there.More than 100 people who weren’t wearing face masks — both students and non students — attended the party at the university’s Theta Chi fraternity chapter in Durham, New Hampshire, on Aug. 29. Since then, at least 11 positive COVID-19 cases have been traced to the large gathering, which violated the school’s coronavirus-related policies and was in defiance of public health guidelines, according to University of New Hampshire president James W. Dean Jr.“Let me be clear: this is reckless behavior and the kind of behavior that undermines our planning and will lead to us switching to a fully remote mode,” Dean said in a statement Sunday. “The August 29 party is reprehensible and will not be tolerated. As soon as we heard of this party at Theta Chi, we started an investigation with the Interfraternity Council. We will be pursuing student conduct charges against the organizers and all students who attended the event.”All members of the fraternity chapter are in a 14-day quarantine, according to Dean.“Theta Chi is under interim suspension immediately, as will any fraternity/sorority or other student organization that behaves in a similar manner, while we conduct the investigation,” he said. “Until the investigation is complete, there is a moratorium on any in-person gatherings of any size within these groups.”Theta Chi Fraternity International Headquarters said its staff members are investigating the allegations since being notified that the Zeta chapter has been placed on interim suspension by the University of New Hampshire.“Upon the completion of the investigation, the Fraternity will respond appropriately,” the office said in a statement obtained by ABC News Tuesday. “Student health and safety are essential to Theta Chi’s mission. The Fraternity expects chapters to follow all applicable laws and regulations.”Sep 08, 6:39 amIndia reports its highest daily death tollIndia reported an additional 1,133 coronavirus-related fatalities in the past 24 hours, the country’s highest single-day total.The national death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 72,775.India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also confirmed 75,809 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the national tally to almost 4.3 million — the second-highest in the world, behind the United States.The recent rise in cases can be partly attributed to increased testing. The number of daily tests being conducted across the vast country of 1.3 billion people has grown to over a million. So far, nearly 3.3 million people in India have recovered from COVID-19.The Taj Mahal, India’s most popular tourist attraction, is set to reopen later this month, despite the country’s soaring COVID-19 infections.Sep 08, 5:20 amUniversity of New Hampshire suspends fraternity after new cases traced to partyThe University of New Hampshire has suspended a fraternity after a new cluster of coronavirus cases were linked to a recent party there.More than 100 people who weren’t wearing face masks — both students and non students — attended the party at the university’s Theta Chi fraternity chapter in Durham, New Hampshire, on Aug. 29. Since then, at least 11 positive COVID-19 cases have been traced to the large gathering, which violated the school’s coronavirus-related policies and was in defiance of public health guidelines, according to University of New Hampshire president James W. Dean Jr.“Let me be clear: this is reckless behavior and the kind of behavior that undermines our planning and will lead to us switching to a fully remote mode,” Dean said in a statement Sunday. “The August 29 party is reprehensible and will not be tolerated. As soon as we heard of this party at Theta Chi, we started an investigation with the Interfraternity Council. We will be pursuing student conduct charges against the organizers and all students who attended the event.”All members of the fraternity chapter are in a 14-day quarantine, according to Dean.“Theta Chi is under interim suspension immediately, as will any fraternity/sorority or other student organization that behaves in a similar manner, while we conduct the investigation,” he said. “Until the investigation is complete, there is a moratorium on any in-person gatherings of any size within these groups.”ABC News has reached out to the fraternity’s national office for comment.Sep 08, 3:40 amUS reports under 30,000 new cases for first time since JuneThere were 24,257 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the first time since June 21 that the United States has reported under 30,000 new cases in a day. Monday’s tally is also far below the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 267 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Monday, the country’s lowest daily death toll since July 4 and down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 6,301,321 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 189,215 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Last week, an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News showed the number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States had ticked upward while new deaths had decreased in week-over-week comparisons.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The boy, whose name has not been released, had been underwater for at least four minutes before being pulled from the pool in the 6000 block of South Damen. The youngster was not breathing. Lifeguards applied CPR to keep his heart beating. Paramedics from Engine Company 101 in Englewood arrived within two minutes of the call and were able to revive the boy by performing advanced life support care. It was paramedic Steven Dorich’s first day on the job and not one he’ll soon forget. The 25-year-old was one of six Chicago Fire Department paramedics responsible for reviving a 7-year-old boy who nearly drowned in a pool at the Chicago Park District’s Lindbloom Park Thursday afternoon on the South Side, officials said. The boy was in fair condition Thursday night at a local hospital. In fact, he asked to go home, fire officials said. “It’s my luck that I would get that call on my first day.” Dorich said. “But I’m just glad the kid is all right.” Responding paramedic Joseph Hoefling credited four Park District lifeguards with helping save the boy. “If they [lifeguards] didn’t see him underwater and didn’t dive in and pull him out, he might not be here today,” Hoefling said. “They did an excellent job.”
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Here are the helpful terms and definitions:FTP: Functional threshold power. The best average power that you can maintain for one hour.TSS: Training stress score. A way to quantify the stress of each ride. An hour at FTP equal 100 TSS.IF: Intensity factor. The intensity at which you work based on your FTP. When working at FTP, this will equal an IF of 1.0.CTL: Chronic training load. The training load that encompasses a longer time period, most likely 21-42 days.ATL: Acute training load. The training load that encompasses the most recent training load, most likely the last 3-14 days.TSB: Training stress balance. The balance of CTL and ATL creates either a positive (+) or negative (-) TSB. A positive TSB will most likely predict a peak performance. By Hunter Allen, PCG Founder/CEO and Master CoachPeaks Coaching Group athlete Carter Jones (coached by Dr. Stephen McGregor) was the polka dot jersey holder in the 2013 Amgen Tour of California.When I was a pro cyclist, we all talked about having “good form”—that elusive time when the legs felt great, the days of “no chain,” when we were just “on,” and when we knew no one was going to beat us that day. We all knew what it was, but we could never really describe it. What exactly is “form?” Where does it come from, and how do we actually acquire it? How do we achieve form exactly on the day or period of time that we want it? How do we know that the training we’re doing now will give us the necessary “peak” when we want it? Are we training too hard? Are we training hard enough? Are we training in the proper training zones? Are we getting enough variety in our training to make sure each physiological system is improving? I had to answer all these questions when I was racing and again as I developed detailed training programs for my clients.The power meter made it all possible. Click through to read how…When the power meter came along and I started thinking about how to best use a power meter to build training plans for my athletes, I wanted to be able to quantify each training “dose,” because understanding the training dose and the resulting response is the only way to really know the exact “ingredients” needed for success. The advent of the power meter has allowed us to quantify exactly the training response. Now that we’re able to download a digital record of each ride and analyze it, we can more thoroughly understand the response to the training dose.On the other side of the coin, the power meter also enables us to prescribe a precise training dose. Gone are the days of riding for four hours and hoping that four hours is enough to make you fit for the upcoming race. Time and distance were the only things by which we could periodize our training load until the introduction of the power meter. Heart rate, rate of perceived exertion, and VO2Max are responses to a training dose, or watts. Now, as a coach, I can be more specific with the training I prescribe to my athletes. Do 45 minutes at 89% of your functional threshold power (FTP) each day, and in 4-6 weeks we’ll see the response.With a power meter we’re easily able to see the results of our hard work over time, but as a coach I really needed to be able to quantify the exact training dose more simply than 2 x 20 minutes at FTP and 6 x 5 minutes at VO2Max power. I needed a score.I shared all this with Dr. Andrew Coggan, a great friend and brilliant sports scientist with whom I share many of my training/coaching ideas. Within two weeks he came back with “training stress score,” a method of giving each ride a score based on the exact training load or training dose achieved. Dr. Coggan’s formula was based on Dr. Bannister’s work on a heart rate-based score called TRIMP, “Training Impulse.”Training Stress Score (TSS) was based on the simple premise that you score more points the more time you spend at your functional threshold power (FTP) and above it. Intensity must also be accounted for, so a measurement of intensity was given for each ride, as well, which Dr. Coggan called the intensity factor (IF). To set the standard, an hour at FTP would score 100 TSS points and an IF of 1.0. With the creation of these two metrics, we could now understand the training dose and analyze the training response with software by tracking fitness changes over time.As a coach, I can make anyone fit. That’s not too hard; just do these intervals, ride this much, push yourself this hard, and the fitness will be there. Fitness isn’t form, however. It’s lacking a key component.What is Form?I once asked a several-time Tour de France winner what he thought of as form. He’d been “on form” many times and knew inherently what it was when he felt it, but he couldn’t describe it. At the end of the Tour de France, he wasn’t on form (he was fatigued and severely over-reached from the training state), but he had lots of fitness! On the other hand, he currently isn’t very fit, although he’s “fresh” from not exercising as much, so again he doesn’t have form. Those two things are the keys to form, which Dr. Coggan defines as fitness + freshness. The correct balance of fitness and freshness creates this magical thing called form, and understanding this simple equation makes it possible to manage form and create it at the right time.There are two components to fitness: Chronic Training Load (CTL) and Acute Training Load (ATL). Chronic Training Load is the load (dose) of training over a longer period of time (every training ride you’ve done in the last six weeks). Acute Training Load (ATL) is the training you’ve done in the last seven days. The training you did six weeks ago and the training you did last weekend are both impacting you now as you read this.Both CTL and ATL help determine your level of fitness and freshness. By balancing them correctly and carefully, you can create a high level of fitness and a high level of freshness, thereby managing form. We call this “training stress balance” (TSB). When your TSB is a positive number, you’re becoming fresh, and as long as you have fitness backing you up, you could have a peak performance. The higher your TSB, the greater your freshness. When your TSB is a negative number, you’re not very fresh and are in a fatigued state. The more negative the number, the more fatigued you’re likely to be. We use the performance manager chart in TrainingPeaks WKO+ software to predict peaks of fitness and when you need to rest to prevent overtraining; you can check out an example below.The performance manager chart allows you to see exactly how your training stress score (TSS) impacts your form. The dark blue line is chronic training load (CTL), the pink line is acute training load (ATL), and the yellow line is training stress balance (TSB). On the Y axis is the zero point for TSB; any yellow line above that zero point will indicate that you have the chance for a good ride.By understanding these simple concepts and using your power meter, you are well on your way to exceeding your goals this year. May your FTP always increase! Hunter Allen is a USA Cycling Level 1 coach and former professional cyclist. He is the coauthor of the book Training and Racing with a Power Meter, co-developer of TrainingPeaks’ WKO software, and CEO and founder of Peaks Coaching Group. He and his coaches create custom training plans for all levels of athletes. Hunter can be contacted directly through www.PeaksCoachingGroup.com.
View Comments Last summer, Santino Fontana was fresh off of his first Tony win for playing Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels in Broadway’s Tootsie. Though the world looks completely different one year later (“It’s been six months since I’ve washed my body,” he joked.), Fontana is still finding ways to keep in touch with his castmates. “We do Zoom cocktails often,” he said. Fontana says his quarantine days look a lot like most. “I look at the news and try not to throw up or cry,” he told Beth Stevens on #LiveatFive. “Then I have breakfast, call some friends, go for a walk, donate money to political causes I support, check in with someone different every day, go for a drive.” Santino Fontana (Photo compilation by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) Though Broadway and theaters remain shut down due to the pandemic, Fontana is still performing—mostly for benefits. This is nothing new for the actor, who has been performing since he was a child. “I was one of those kids that like forced my friends to be in plays in the garage,” he said. He went on to share some of his notable roles growing up: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus in Godspell, J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.As previously reported, he is set for The Pack–Short Comedies by Eugene Pack on August 16 to benefit Guild Hall in East Hampton. Fontana will also play a priest in a star-studded reading of Judgment Day on August 22 to benefit both Barrington Stage Company and The Actors Fund. He also appeared in Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s powerful COVID-19-centric play The Line, which is available to stream on YouTube through September 1. “I feel like plastic surgery is going to go through the roof because everyone is staring at themselves all day now,” he joked about the proliferation of Zoom performances and meetings. “The Line was the first production I’ve done [in quarantine] that felt like a play—but in close-up. It wasn’t edited. We were all there, doing it all live. It ended up feeling great being a part of something like that. Any type of connection with other actors has been a godsend. If I can help raise money for places, then I want to do that.”In addition to keeping his onscreen skills sharp for great causes, Fontana has been spending a lot of time with his 11-month-old daughter Grace. While he is clearly enjoying fatherhood, he does have some criticism for one ubiquitous children’s book: “I have some dramaturgical issues with Goodnight Moon. ‘Goodnight nobody.’ That’s one of the pages. ‘Goodnight nobody!’ What?” No word on changes Fontana would like to make to the beloved bedtime story or his thoughts on the next page: “Goodnight mush.”Watch the full #LiveatFive: Home Edition episode below!Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 34:23Loaded: 0.49%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -34:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Santino Fontana & Lilli Cooper in “Tootsie” (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Star Files Santino Fontana
“Sony is looking at the environmental impact of the product we’re sending out the door,” said Chroma’s Health, Safety and Environmental Manager Chip Siler. “They want to know what chemicals, if any, are contained in these products and whether or not they are hazardous. They want to know how these chemicals are controlled through their lifetime – from the production of the part all the way through its disposal at the end of its life. European laws are much more strict about this than the U.S., and we market to Europe. But we’re doing this – and Sony’s doing this – because we’d like to make the world a better place.” Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets.Learn more about Chroma Technology at www.chroma.com(link is external) and the Sony Green Partner Environmental Quality Approval Program at http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/procurementinfo/green.html(link is external). Continuing in its mission of manufacturing while protecting the global environment, it was announced on March 15 that Chroma Technology Corp. of Bellows Falls, Vermont has been certified a Green Partner by Sony Corporation. “When I looked over the requirements, we were probably doing 90 percent of what they wanted or more,” Siler said. “But when I had to find test data and lab reports that confirmed and certified what we’re putting in our filters, I found it scattered. Sony allowed me to organize what we do in a manner that anybody can follow.” Being green is nothing new for Chroma. It made certain that its manufacturing processes and support equipment were consistent with its strong conservation principles when it built a new, energy-efficient plant in 2003. And most of the procedures Sony requires from its Green Partners are already in effect. Bellows Falls. 3.28.2012. Chroma manufactures precision optical microscope filters and coatings for biomedical research laboratories all over the world. An employee-owned company, it has satellite sales offices in Germany and China. It employs 99 people and in 2011 saw sales of $24 million. For the past three years, it has been on Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing private companies as well as on WorldBlu’s global “List of Most Democratic Workplaces.”