The nightmarish tale of what happened to a child who wasn’t vaccinated

first_img Helen Branswell About the Author Reprints Related: Privacy Policy By Helen Branswell March 7, 2019 Reprints A 6-year-old boy from Oregon who had never received a single vaccine got a cut on his forehead while playing on his family’s farm in 2017. The wound was cleaned and sutured at home.Six days later, doctors were treating the child for tetanus, an enormously painful, sometimes fatal infection that is caused by bacterial spores found in the soil and that is completely preventable with vaccine. It was the state’s first pediatric tetanus case in more than 30 years.The boy did survive. But after a weeks-long, gut-wrenching medical marathon — which cost well over $800,000 — his parents refused to allow the hospital to give him a full course of vaccines to protect him against tetanus. Nor would they allow doctors to vaccinate their son against measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, polio, and a range of other diseases that are dangerous for and can be lethal to young children, despite the fact the team spent a great deal of time trying to persuade them of their benefits.advertisement The entire team caring for the boy found his condition agonizing, she said, adding that they also found it extraordinary to be dealing with a tetanus case in 2017.“I never thought I would see a case of severe tetanus in the United States,” she said. “That was an astounding point for me.”CDCGuzman-Cottrill and several colleagues outlined the boy’s case in a report in this week’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, an online journal published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The cautionary tale of the consequences of not vaccinating children comes at a time when several states are in the grips of measles outbreaks among unvaccinated children.Tetanus infection is also known as lockjaw, because the powerful toxins created by the Clostridium tetani bacteria do just that. They rack the body with intense spasms, powerful enough sometimes to break bones. The infection was more common before effective vaccines started to be used in the 1930s and 1940s, but is now rare. There were only 197 cases reported in the United States between 2009 and 2015. But 16 of those people died.In this case, the boy began to display alarming symptoms — jaw clenching, general spasticity and involuntary muscle spasms in his limbs, followed by arching of his neck and back — a few days after suffering the cut.He began to have trouble breathing, and his parents contacted emergency medical services. An air transport was arranged to the children’s hospital. Leave this field empty if you’re human: “He was really sick and it was really difficult to watch,” said Guzman-Cottrill. “He was suffering.”advertisement Dr. Judith Guzman-Cottrill, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, helped care for the boy, who had to spend weeks sedated in a darkened room, wearing earplugs to block out noise. Even though he’d been given paralytic drugs to stop the racking spasms that tetanus causes, his whole body would tense up if someone near him spoke in even a normal voice, she told STAT. Watch: The tricks that make measles so infectious center_img Tags public healthVaccines Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Please enter a valid email address. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. HealthThe nightmarish tale of what happened to a child who wasn’t vaccinated Clostridium tetani bacteria produce the toxin that causes tetanus. CDC @HelenBranswell The child had to be sedated. A tracheostomy was performed so that he could be put on a mechanical ventilator to help him breath. He remained on the ventilator for more than five weeks. Because of the pain caused by the spasms, he required muscle relaxants as well as drugs to stabilize his blood pressure in addition to the medications to counter the tetanus toxins.The boy spent 54 days in hospital — 47 of them in intensive care.His recovery was slow. Fifty days after he entered the hospital he could walk 20 feet with help. After leaving hospital, he spent 17 days in a rehabilitation facility. A month after leaving it — and 3 1/2 months after the fateful cut — he was back to normal activity.The bill for the hospital care came to $811,929, and that didn’t include the cost of the air ambulance, the stay in the rehabilitation facility, or follow-up care that was needed.Children are supposed to receive five doses of a vaccine that contains tetanus protection in the early years of life, and another between the ages of 11 or 12. Adults need a booster dose every 10 years to maintain protection.Neither vaccination nor infection confers lifelong immunity against tetanus, which means that if this boy remains unvaccinated, he could contract tetanus again.last_img read more

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St Fergal’s Rathdowney all set for third tilt at All-Ireland glory

first_img Facebook Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Rugby Home Sport GAA St Fergal’s Rathdowney all set for third tilt at All-Ireland glory SportGAAHurling Council Previous articleArrest made following tragic death of Abbeyleix teenager in car accidentNext articlePortlaoise man Tuohy set to make Australian Football League record Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Diarmaid Conway with St Fergal’s Rathdowney After winning All-Ireland Vocational Schools titles in 2006 and 2013, St Fergal’s Rathdowney are on the hunt once more.Tomorrow, Saturday 24, will see the Laois school travel to Toomevara to face Scariff Community School of Clare.Here, they will aim to win the All-Ireland ‘C’ hurling title and add another title to a trophy cabinet which holds so much already.And the side, managed by Sean Conroy, Joe Dollard and Andrew Kavanagh, have already won two titles in 2018.Their remarkable winning run led them all the way to the North Leinster final back in January where they faced Westmeath school St Joseph’s Rochfordbridge in dense fog in Rathdowney.After a tight first half, which ended with St Fergal’s up by the minimum, they turned up the heat in the second half where a brilliant display from Chris Rafter got them over the line by 1-14 to 2-9.A month later, St Fergal’s were back in action again as they took on Wexford outfit Bridgetown Vocational School in the Leinster semi final in Carlow.Again after a close first half, St Fergal’s went up a gear in the second period to win comfortably – 4-11 to 1-9 in the end. Facebook TAGSAll-Ireland schools finalSt Fergal’s Rathdowney WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Community Pinterest Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 23rd March 2018 WhatsApp This qualified St Fergal’s for the Leinster final against Dublin side St Declan’s CBS in Hawkfield at the end of February. And this was probably their most impressive win of the lot as they had to play well over half of the game with 14 men after Michael Shortt was sent off before half time.St Fergal’s went in 1-8 to 0-6 down against the Dublin side who boasted three players from the North Dublin Schools side who claimed the Leinster ‘A’ hurling title the week before.But incredibly, they held their opponents to just a solitary point in the second half and went on to win by 1-16 to 1-9 in the end.The Rathdowney school were not finished there though and on March 10, they took on Kinvara of Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final in Kilmallock in Limerick.Kinvara opened up a bit of a gap in the first half and were 1-9 to 0-5 clear after 25 minutes. But St Fergal’s added on two points and then a goal from Mark Hennessy on the stroke of half time, left it 1-9 to 1-7 at the break.And the Rathdowney outfit were transformed in the second half. With Thep Fitzpatrick outstanding at centre-back with a couple of lon-range points, the sides were level at 1-10 each after 45 minutes.Goals from Chris Rafter and Mark Hennessy in the 54th and 57th minute stretched St Fergal’s well clear and although Kinvara hit two late goals, it wasn’t enough to make up the difference as St Fergals’ won by 3-13 to 3-10 in the end.So now just one more game lies between St Fergal’s and the top prize but they appear set to be without two of the players who helped them get there.Michael Shortt, who was sent off in the Leinster final, is still serving a suspension while Cillian Maher also appears to be out.He suffered a hand injury and is now a major part to take part.But there is good news that Borris-Kilcotton’s Keelin Kelly should be fit to return having spent a while on the sidelines with concussion.Throw in at Toomervara GAA club is at 2pm tomorrow and LaoisToday will be there to bring you all the action as it happens.SEE ALSO – Arrest made following tragic death of Abbeyleix teenager in car accident St Fergal’s Rathdowney all set for third tilt at All-Ireland glory Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

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IMF Letter of Intent will be Ready Today – Finance Minister

first_imgIMF Letter of Intent will be Ready Today – Finance Minister Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 6, 2010 RelatedIMF Letter of Intent will be Ready Today – Finance Minister RelatedIMF Letter of Intent will be Ready Today – Finance Minister FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Honourable Audley Shaw, has announced that the Letter of Intent to access a US$1.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will be ready today (January 6).Jamaica is seeking the standby loan facility from the IMF, due to severe erosion of its foreign exchange earnings, especially in terms of bauxite/alumina exports and remittances from Jamaicans overseas.Mr. Shaw told members of the media attending the weekly press briefing at Jamaica House in Kingston today that the Cabinet would have final discussions regarding the document during its retreat this weekend.“The essential Letter of Intent, as I said, is ready. It will be submitted to Cabinet this weekend for the complete deliberation of all members of Cabinet looking at every aspect of this very detailed and comprehensive document, which basically sets out the parameters of the medium-term programme, the economic framework going forward over the next four to five years,” he explained.Mr. Shaw said the matter will come before the January 19 sitting of the House of Representatives, at which time the country will learn the details of the medium-term economic programme.He also noted that with the completion of the Letter of Intent, a decision by the IMF Board could be just weeks away.“Once a Letter of Intent is finalised, it means that the middle management authorities at the IMF have basically agreed with the main elements of it, and so what happens afterward is that it has to go to a high level management review and then to the Board,” Mr. Shaw said.center_img Advertisements RelatedIMF Letter of Intent will be Ready Today – Finance Ministerlast_img read more

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‘Polluter elite’ should be UK climate policy target, finds report led by Sussex academic

first_img‘Polluter elite’ should be UK climate policy target, finds report led by Sussex academic University of SussexA major new report led by Peter Newell, Professor of International Relations in the School of Global Studies, has called on policy makers to target the UK’s polluter elite to trigger a shift to more sustainable behaviour, and provide affordable, available low-carbon alternatives to poorer households.The report, by the Cambridge Sustainability Commission, which scientifically assesses global sustainability issues, has found that whilst efforts to address the climate crisis will require us all to change our behaviours, the responsibility is not evenly shared.Evidence reviewed by the Cambridge Commission shows that over the period 1990–2015, nearly half of the growth in absolute global emissions was due to the richest 10%, with the wealthiest 5% alone contributing over a third (37%).The wealthiest citizens –the ‘Polluter elite’ – must make the most dramatic changes to their lifestyles to keep the 1.5C target alive. To meet this target, the richest 1% of the global population needs to reduce their emissions by a factor of at least 30 by 2030, while the poorest 50% of humanity could increase their emissions by three-times their current level.In the year when the UK hosts COP 26, and while the government continues to reward some of Britain’s biggest polluters through tax credits, the Commission report shows why this is precisely the wrong way to meet the UK’s climate targets.The report shows that a combination of efforts to dramatically reduce the carbon footprints of the richest and to build affordable and low carbon infrastructures around housing, transport and energy for poorer households offers the best way forward. It further goes on to say that, far from being competing approaches, changes to individual behaviour and systemic change are linked and can be positively self-reinforcing.The Commission found that alongside shifts in policy, service provision and technological innovation, far-reaching changes in lifestyles are also required if we are to avoid dangerous levels of global heating. After a long period of neglect, sustainable behaviour change is now considered an essential element of reaching ambitious climate goals, with governments including it as part of their climate policy initiatives to meet net-zero by 2050.The Commission addressed what have been deeply divided views about how best to achieve carbon cuts, between those concerned about making individuals responsible for emissions they can’t control, and others who suggest climate targets will not be reached without action by households and individuals.Peter Newell, professor of International Relations in the School of Global Studies and lead author of the Commission’s report, said: “If change across society is to be brought about at the speed and scale required to meet agreed climate targets we need to shrink and share: reduce carbon budgets and share more equally. To radically reduce our emissions, governments must look closely at the lifestyles and behaviours of the most affluent in society – the ‘polluter elite’ – who travel the most, own the largest homes and can often pay for the privilege of polluting. Not only will targeting the polluter elite deliver substantial emissions savings, but it will also show wider society that we really are all in this together and that the transition to a low-carbon society must be fair and just – with all of us pulling our weight.”The Commission found that transition to a low carbon economy needs to be accelerated and deepened, and for that to happen social ‘buy-in’ is key: a sense that this is a collective effort to deal with an existential threat.The Commission also concludes that the debate about behaviour change needs to move on from looking at what individuals and households do, to dealing with the causes of over-consumption of carbon. This includes factors ranging from excessive working to efforts to control the bombardment of advertising glamourising frequent air travel, large cars and large houses.For this reason, the Commission’s report suggests a series of intervention points for scaling change. These include immediate steps to target the elites leading high emission lifestyles, and to develop new infrastructure to make low-carbon choices easier for poor households through measures targeting behaviour hotspots around travel, energy, housing and food such as:frequent flyer leviesbans on selling and promoting SUVs and other high polluting vehiclesreversing the recent announcement to cut green grants for homes and electric carsbuilding just transitions by supporting electric public transport and community energy schemes.Medium to longer term goals identified by the Commission include a rebalancing of institutions to sever ties between polluting industries and our political system, through both party donations and revolving doors, scaling up citizen-led climate action through Citizen Assemblies and democratic engagement, and challenging dominant trends around a five-day working week and unpaid care work.Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, director of the ESRC CAST centre on climate change and social transformation said “This important report clearly shows how and why we need to move the behaviour change debate forward and get beyond the unhelpful division between individual and system change”. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Britain, Cambridge, carbon footprint, climate change, climate crisis, Commission, electric car, frequent flyer, global population, Government, infrastructure, innovation, public transport, sustainability, sustainable, UK, university, University of Sussexlast_img read more

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La Center High School seniors celebrate graduation parade-style

first_imgLa Center High School seniors celebrate graduation parade-stylePosted by Jacob GrannemanDate: Monday, June 15, 2020in: Youthshare 0 Dozens of cars and onlookers joined the community celebration  LA CENTER — Seniors at La Center High School (LCHS) had their chance to celebrate an unusual graduation this weekend with a good old, classic parade.LCHS seniors decorated their cars and wore their caps to drive through the city on a route lined with cheering fans. Photo by Jacob GrannemanLCHS seniors decorated their cars and wore their caps to drive through the city on a route lined with cheering fans. Photo by Jacob GrannemanDozens and dozens of blue and white adorned vehicles lined the streets of the city of about 3,500 residents. The parade route stretched throughout the town’s neighborhood and downtown, including the police and fire departments. “It’s difficult because they’re missing all those moments from prom to sports, everything that’s just kind of part of that senior year, that last chance,” said Tracie Banholzer, who’s son is a LCHS 2020 grad. “ It’s very rewarding in its own way to see all these kids come through. It’s kind of surreal for me, because I’m having a senior that’s graduating going off to college.” The parade is just one of several smaller or socially distanced events parents of graduates are putting on when they can this summer. On Friday, students picked up their cap and gowns, and many wore them proudly as they rode through town.  Many community members and parents lined the streets’ camping out in the heavy rain beneath canopies and with heaters to wave and cheer for the graduates of 2020. “It’s been a roller coaster, that’s for sure,” said LCHS mom Lori Nelson. “I think it helps them though. I think they’ll actually be more prepared for the world and the changes and the ups and downs. Just take life in stride. There’s gonna be bumps along the way and if you just work through that, there is a brighter future ahead.”Due to COVID-19, many in-person graduations for high schoolers and college students have been postponed indefinitely. In La Center, they are hoping for August, but want to give as many opportunities for the graduates to be appreciated and encouraged as possible. Photo by Jacob GrannemanPhoto by Jacob GrannemanPhoto by Jacob GrannemanPhoto by Jacob GrannemanAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLa CenterLatestshare 0 Previous : City of Battle Ground offering tourism grants Next : Ridgefield man arrested during protestAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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2020 Subaru Impreza to still start at $20k despite added features

first_img Trending Videos advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Millennial enthusiasts love these cars Boomers can’t standStandard on most models is Subaru Starlink Connected Services, which uses the nationwide 4G LTE cellular network to enable Advanced Automatic Collision Notification in the event of a collision, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Service.The looks have also changed slightly, with a revised front fascia and 16-inch alloy wheels on Touring trims. A set of 17-inch alloy wheels are available on the Sport trim, and 18-inch wheels are available on the Sport-tech trim. From racers to stanced wagons, the 2019 Toronto Subaru HyperMeet’s got variety Touring with EyeSight and a CVT rings in at $24,695 for the sedan and $25,595 for the hatch to start, while Sport wth EyeSight and CVT is $27,895 sedan, $28,795 hatch. The top-of-the-line Sport-tech trim with a CVT comes in at $30,795 sedan, $31,695 hatch. RELATED TAGSImprezaSubaruSedanNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Trending in Canada The 2020 Subaru Impreza will cost the same in Canada as last year, despite the fact it will arrive with much more value than previously offered.The base price remains $19,995 (or $20,995 for the hatchback) but there’s a lot more standard features than on the 2019. Obviously you get all-wheel-drive standard, a long-standing feature of all Subaru models that make them the most affordable AWDs on the market.Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system is now standard on all Impreza models when equipped with the CVT gearbox; CVT models also gain a driver-selectable SI-Drive engine management system with either Sport or Intelligent mode. On top of that, they’ll see standard adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure and sway warning, as well as lane-keep assist. center_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › As for tech, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now comes included on all Imprezas, as does cruise control, air conditioning, automatic door lock/unlock, power windows, 60/40-split fold-down rear seats and power side mirrors.RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca last_img read more

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Covid-19 death toll in Ireland rises to 610

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook 39 more patients infected with the coronavirus have died in the Republic in the last day, bringing the pandemic death toll here to 610.The Department of Health has just released the latest data on the extent of the covid-19 pandemic here.Stephen Bourke reports:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Virus-lead6pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleMan charged with number of offences to appear in court tomorrowNext articleDonegal/Dublin Business Network supporting LUH News Highland Google+ Twitter Covid-19 death toll in Ireland rises to 610center_img Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – April 19, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

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Atlanta Council President Pitches New Compliance Officer Position

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories 2:00 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings center_img 2:00It follows a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution report alleging Councilwoman Winslow broke city procurement rules and used taxpayer funds for political purposes. Winslow has been fined twice since 2010 for similar spending violations.City Auditor Leslie Ward is disappointed spending issues continue to pop up. Her office issued a report in 2009 aimed at adding safeguards and oversight but it’s largely gone ignored. “I’ve worked in other cities where nothing like this was allowed to happen,” said Ward.Mitchell, who was singled out in the 2009 report for a spending violation, believes the Council is now more inclined to discuss the issue.“There was also this sense amongst Council members that some of those recommendations were political – it was 2009 – so I think that quite frankly has slowed the pace of the Council really digging down and really implementing all those recommendations,” said Mitchell.Mitchell didn’t elaborate about how elements of the report were politically driven and Ward declined to respond to the claim.Councilwoman Felicia Moore welcomed a new discussion about spending practices, but hinted at the difficulties ahead. For example, critics say allowing Council members to carry over operating funds to the next year opens the door to misconduct. But Moore, who has a reputation as a stickler on financial issues, said it’s not so straightforward.“I know that I’m not necessarily the most favored Council member by the executive branch and for me to get a thousand dollars here or ten thousand there to do things that I need to have immediately done it would be difficult if not impossible to appeal to them to find those funds for me,” said Moore. Mitchell plans to discuss the compliance officer position and other possible reform measures during a planned Council retreat Tuesday. In wake of new ethics allegations against long-time Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow, Council President Ceasar Mitchell wants a new position to advise Council members on spending and ethics.  “If we had an internal function that says, ‘wait, you’re going to actually procure this service but we have a checklist here that says this isn’t compliant with the code or this law has changed,’ then I think that could be very helpful and I’ve made that recommendation and I’m going to make that recommendation again,” said Mitchell.  Sharelast_img read more

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Young Connectors of the Future programme

first_img SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals → ← EVS in Environmental Education Pocket Deadline: 9 Febuary 2017Open to:  NGO leader, legal worker, journalist, social worker, cultural worker, social entrepreneur, civil servant, youth politician or in another type of leadership roleCosts: meals, accommodation and travel will be providedDescriptionSI seeks to compose a diverse and balanced group in terms of gender, age, geography, skills and experiences in order to enable a dynamic learning environment. The applicant’s ability to contribute to the programme is also taken into account alongside the extent to which the programme is expected to strengthen the applicant in his or her work for social change.The Young Connectors of the Future is an intensive programme with a full-day schedule and many evening activities and all selected participants have to commit to participating in all activities of both Module 1 and 2EligibilityTo apply to the programme you have to:Be an NGO leader, legal worker, journalist, social worker, cultural worker, social entrepreneur, civil servant, youth politician or in another type of leadership roleWork actively for democracy, sustainability, diversity and/or human rightsBe between 22 and 32 years old (born between 1985 – 1995)Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken EnglishPlease note that they will not be able to make any exceptions to the eligibility requirements. Only completed applications will be considered.CostsParticipation in the programme is offered free of charge and includes, meals, accommodation and travel expenses to Sweden. Some minor expenses may be expected during the stay in Sweden, depending on what the participants choose to do in their spare time and during the free days in the weekend.How to apply?Apply by filling out our YCF Application Form 2017  and by going to our application portal. Only applicants who have submitted a complete application will be considered for the programme. A complete application consists of:A completed application form in English, including your contact details and the contact details of two reference persons;An updated CV in English;A letter of recommendation in English* (no more than 500 words) from a person who knows your work in the areas of democracy or human rights. They prefer that you use our template for the letter of recommendation, but it’s not compulsory.A photo (not compulsory). Young Connectors of the Future programme Share 0 Harvard Innovation Challenge SouthEast Asia II +1 Reddit Reporting on the European Forum Alpbach More information on the official website Similar Stories Apply for the Google Conference and Travel Scholarships 2021 LinkedIn 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. January 19, 2017 Published by emmanuel Tweetlast_img read more

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Pitchford says Embracer is “like a rocket booster” for Gearbox’s ambitions

first_imgPitchford says Embracer is “like a rocket booster” for Gearbox’s ambitionsGearbox founder Randy Pitchford and Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors talk acquisitions, publishing ambitions, and cross-studio collaborationsBrendan SinclairManaging EditorWednesday 3rd February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGearbox SoftwareEarlier today, Gearbox Entertainment joined Aspyr Media and Easybrain as the latest cohort of companies to become part of the Embracer Group. After the news broke, Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford and Embracer Group founder and CEO Lars Wingefors spoke with GamesIndustry.biz about the deal.The first question we asked was why now was the right time for Gearbox, founded in 1999, to give up being an independent studio.”I’m not sure that’s exactly what’s happened,” Pitchford said. “The whole Embracer strategy depends on the members of the group performing with autonomy and independence toward their ambitions.”Fair enough. So why sell now?”It’s not about selling,” Pitchford responded. “Embracer’s strategy also provides access to capital, and access to capital was a limiting factor in Gearbox’s ambitions.””The need for Embracer is that it amplifies and accelerates [Gearbox’s dream]; it’s like a rocket booster for our ambitions and our mission to entertain the world” Randy PitchfordHe added, “Throughout Gearbox’s entire history, every partner we’ve ever worked with — and a lot that we never have — have approached us to see if we were interested in acquisition… That’s never been the goal.”What’s wrong with me is I think I need to create. My wife explains it as me being a hyper-empathetic. That’s why I’m an entertainer, why I’m a magician, why I make video games. I need to create experiences that other people find joy and happiness with. So there’s no end game. We didn’t create Gearbox as a means to an end. Gearbox is a vehicle for creativity and the generation of happiness. Profitabiltiy is one of our values because we want to always make more than we spend so we can keep that dream going. The need for Embracer is that it amplifies and accelerates that; it’s like a rocket booster for our ambitions and our mission to entertain the world.”Pitchford laid out the history of Gearbox as a natural progression. It began as a work-for-hire studio, then grew to the point it could make it’s own IP, with titles like Brothers-in-Arms and Borderlands. It then took another step and began acquiring IP like Duke Nukem Forever and Homeworld. “We felt that to fully maximize this stuff, we were limited by the kinds of things traditional publishers would want to bet on Gearbox with,” Pitchford said. “So we knew we had to build a publishing unit so we could have access to platforms and retail, digital or physical.”That led to the creation of Gearbox Publishing. And while other independent studios’ third-party publishing arms like Double Fine Publishing were wound down upon joining a larger outfit with its own publishing expertise, Pitchford said Gearbox Publishing will be not just continuing on as it had been but “growing and exploding.” Wingefors noted that Gearbox Publishing will have the opportunity to lean on Embracer’s considerable stable of publishing outfits for support or expertise, if it wants to.”I think we have nine publishers,” Wingefors said, making light of Embracer Group’s frequently expanding roster of companies. “I want to find entrepreneurs with the right mindset for the very long term. You see in more and more of our deals that it’s more of a merger” Lars WingeforsEmbracer has developed a singular reputation for acquiring companies in bulk, but its appetite for mergers and acquisitions doesn’t stand out as much these days given the spike in such deals throughout the industry of late. Despite that increase in activity, Wingefors said Embracer’s strategy isn’t changing. Not only does he expect to continue with the group’s current pace of mergers and acquisitions, he doesn’t expect the possibility of rival suitors to meaningfully change how Embracer pursues such deals. “I think we approach this differently,” Wingefors said. “I think we’re having success with getting great entrepreneurs on board, and they’re not choosing to join and merge with Embracer because they’re getting paid the most.”He notes how many of Embracer’s deals aren’t about entrepreneurs cashing out, with many taking significant equity in the Embracer Group over all-cash deals. Wingefors said he offered Easybrain “hundreds of millions in cash,” but the owners preferred an all-equity deal worth $640 million.Nearly half of Gearbox’s $363 million guaranteed purchase price was comprised of Embracer Group shares, and maxing out the $1 billion in potential additional payments is contingent on a significant uptick in the studio’s adjusted earnings over the next six years.”Embracer’s not about catching everything,” Wingefors said. “I want to find entrepreneurs with the right mindset for the very long term. You see in more and more of our deals that it’s more of a merger. People are taking a lot of equity. With the Gearbox team, this is a very long-term plan we have together.”Take-Two has already said that the Embracer deal will not impact its own relationship with Gearbox on the Borderlands franchise, and Pitchford echoed that, saying Take-Two is “absolutely the right partner for us for Borderlands.””Partnerships are a big part of our future. Not just with 2K, but with other potential publishers and first-parties and retailers and technology companies” Randy Pitchford”Just because we have access to capital, and we do have significant and growing capability in development and publishing, we don’t necessarily believe we’re the best at every single component of some of the aspects of successfully creating content and entertaining people,” Pitchford explained.”Partnerships are a big part of our future. Not just with [Take-Two], but with other potential publishers and first-parties and retailers and technology companies. There’s a number of those partnerships active now and there will be more active moving forward.”Pitchford also allowed for the possibility that those partnerships would come within the Embracer Group itself.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “We have some great IP, and it’s clear that not all of our IP is being maximally deployed for the demand our audience has for content with this IP,” Pitchford said. “So part of the Gearbox strategy is to better maximize all of the IP we have, and we will do this simultaneously to creating new IP, which we love doing and have tended to have success with as well. We have a lot of plans that will become clear, but it will require some growth and capability that’s larger than what we currently have.”Given the autonomy of studios within the Embracer Group, Pitchford said the key is that any such collaboration is something that makes sense for both sides of it.”There’s probably some incredible talent elsewhere in the Embracer Group that would absolutely love to spend time in some Gearbox IP. And likewise, there’s probably some Embracer IP we might want to play with, or some titles which our publishing unit might bring some advantages to. We’ll figure that out. This is the beginning of that, and I’m excited to do that.”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. 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