Activision Blizzard recently enacted a new round of layoffs from its live operations division due to the ongoing pandemic that has caused live, in-person events to be canceled. CEO Bobby Kotick has now discussed these job cuts, saying the company tried to keep the talent on board as long as possible, but ultimately it didn't happen. "We have a natural attrition rate and then we have performance management where the people are being encouraged to find other opportunities. When you abandon a particular business, like our live broadcast of esports, we hoped over the last year that through the pandemic we would get to a place where we would be able to continue to move on the path to support live events in our esports initiatives," he told GamesBeat . "We saw all the major sports started to change what they were doing in terms of production and production headcount. We kept the teams in place for as long as we could with the expectation that maybe things would change and we could get … [Read more...] about Activision Blizzard CEO Talks Recent Layoffs And Shutting Down Live Events
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close Video Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for April 9 Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. EXCLUSIVE: In late 1998, Robert Mladinich wrote to his "old college pal" Joel Rifkin – New York’s most prolific serial killer. After exchanging letters, the former cop, who served the NYPD from 1983 until 2003 when he retired with the rank of Detective Second Grade, decided to visit Rifkin at Attica Correctional Facility. Their recorded conversations are the focus of a new true-crime documentary titled "Rifkin on Rifkin: Private Confessions of a Serial Killer," which is part of Oxygen channel’s "Serial Killer Week." The special also features interviews with Rifkin’s childhood friends, investigators on the case, as well as those closest to his victims. MURDER OF MICHAEL JORDAN'S FATHER EXAMINED IN NEW DOC, RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT SHOCKING … [Read more...] about Serial killer Joel Rifkin ‘never expressed any remorse’ for his crimes, spoke of his killings calmly: doc
RNZ A police team set up to scan the internet for threats after the mosque attacks was almost immediately in danger of being shut down. This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. It took seven months for police to set up their first team for scanning the internet after the mosque attacks - but it was almost immediately in danger of being shut down. An internal report released under the Official Information Act (OIA) said this was despite the team already proving its worth "many times over" in countering violent extremists. The unit still does not have dedicated funding, despite a warning last July it risked being "turned off". READ MORE: Spies increasingly investigating 'white identity extremism', including organised extremist groups Blocking site used by white supremicists should be a priority - expert Unprepared: How the spies and cops entirely missed the terrorist Need for better detectives than … [Read more...] about Police had no dedicated team to scan internet before mosque attacks
Raymond Mallon, a senior economic expert based in Vietnam Most external observers recognise Vietnam’s socioeconomic performance since 1975 as a remarkable development success story. From one of the world’s poorest countries, Vietnam has drastically reduced poverty and leapfrogged to middle-income status, while also achieving health and education outcomes typically seen at much higher income levels. The Party formally adopted central planning as the economic model for the reunified country in 1976 with a focus on state-owned heavy industry, collectivisation of agriculture, and abolishing private enterprises. The country faced enormous difficulties over the following decade with limited resources, economic instability, food shortages, and negligible private investment, coupled with US led-economic sanctions and cessation of development support from major western development agencies. There was some decentralised experimentation with economic reforms in the early 1980s … [Read more...] about Using past lessons to build the future
Netflix has released its list of new movies and TV shows for May 2021—and it includes some hotly anticipated titles. TV series returning in May include the second part of Lucifer Season 5 , the third and final run of The Kominsky Method , plus new seasons of Selena , Who Killed Sara? , Ragnarok and Love, Death & Robots. As for movies, the streamer has Zack Snyder's zombie heist thriller Army of the Dead and will also release the long-shelved Amy Adams thriller The Woman in the Window. Netflix also has classic films such as Scarface, Notting Hill and the Back to the Future trilogy coming in May. What's coming to Netflix in May 2021? Netflix originals: TV Released weekly Don't Be The First One Season 1: new episodes on Saturdays Law School Season 1: new episodes on Wednesdays Love Naggers Season 1: new episodes on Thursdays Luis Miguel – The Series Season 2 : new episodes on Sundays The Circle USA Season: finale on May 5 Vincenzo … [Read more...] about Netflix Release Schedule: What Is Coming to Netflix in May 2021?