Facepunch Studios’ Rust to leave Early Access after four yearsFebruary release will arrive without any “big reveals”, but will come with more stable development and a $15 price increaseMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 23rd January 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleFacepunch StudiosFacepunch Studios’ Rust will receive its official release next month, more than four years after it first hit Steam Early Access.Rust launched on Early Access in December 2013, and it was an immediate hit: $3 million in revenue in two weeks, and one million unit sales in the space of two months. It has been on Early Access for so long that, in December 2016, Facepunch founder Garry Newman attempted to break what he saw as a loop of unwittingly subjective negative feedback by inviting “bored” players to leave the game behind.On February 8, Rust will take the next step and leave Early Access altogether. In a blog post announcing the decision, Newman said that Facepunch is, “not planning any big reveals, launch parties, around the world tours or cash prize giveaways for this event. We’re not going to move staff onto other projects. It’s very much going to happen without much fuss. It’s business as usual.”He also advised the community to not see the move as a claim that the game is finished. Rather, it is a move toward a “more stable” development process for Rust, in which updates will be more rigorously tested and issued monthly, and there will be two versions of the game running concurrently: a Main Branch, with monthly tested updates and smaller fixes, and a Staging Branch, with daily updates, both of which can be installed at the same time.”Please try not to compare the game to some other finished game or some idealised version you have in your head,” Newman said. “Compare the game now to how it was when we entered Early Access. That’s the delta that we feel qualifies us to leave Early Access.”Newman also said: “We feel like if Early Access didn’t exist and we had been making the game in secret, we’d be happy to put it on Steam now.”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 As part of the transition, Rust will also be more expensive to buy, its price rising from $19.99 to $34.99, or the regional equivalent. Perhaps anticipating a backlash, given the claims that leaving Early Access will be “business as usual” for the game, Newman stated that the price hike “sucks.””It’s going to cost more, but this was always the deal. And it’s not like we’re increasing the price to $60 without any warning,” he said. “This is one of the main reasons we’ve decided to post this blog rather than quietly slipping out of Early Access. We felt like this is something you’ll all want to be warned about.”Studio Wildcard came under fire for raising the price of Ark: Survival Evolved to $60 as it left Early Access. At that time, Newman defended its position, responding to DayZ creator Dean Hall that Wildcard’s activities have not harmed its ability to make money. “Maybe we could learn something,” he said.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 storiesRust reaches new peak concurrent user count seven years after debutSurge of Twitch broadcasts also leads Facepunch Studios’ title to one million viewersBy James Batchelor 4 months agoRust has almost $4.4 million in Steam refundsGarry Newman says about 330,000 users have changed their minds after purchasing survival game through Valve’s storeBy Brendan Sinclair 3 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
SunShare unveils community solar program for MinnesotaThe residential community scheme aims to bring solar power to 5,000 homes by December, and is one of the largest such programs in the U.S. June 17, 2015 Ian Clover Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share U.S. community solar developer SunShare has announced this week one of its most ambitious residential solar programs to date a goal to enroll 5,000 households in Minnesota on to its solar scheme by the end of the year. The residential program will invite Minnesota citizens served by Xcel Energy to buy solar power from a community solar garden developed by SunShare. A typical household need purchase the energy produced from just 20 panels in order to cover their entire electricity bill, calculates SunShare, with any excess energy produced carried over to future bills. All participants that sign up to the community scheme remain customers of Xcel Energy and are billed in exactly the same way, but instead of paying for fossil fuels are instead paying for clean solar energy. “Everybody should have the chance to choose solar power, even if they rent, own a condo, cant afford high upfront costs of solar, or simply have a roof that isnt sustainable for solar panels,” said David Amster-Olszewski, SunShares founder and CEO. “Our goal is to help any citizen in the state of Minnesota choose solar energy located in their community for less than their current electric bill.” A pilot SunShare campaign rolled out earlier in the year attracted a great deal of interest from Minnesotans keen on opting for solar. Local outreach leader Sarah Casper, who now works for SunShare, put it simply: “If you could just choose solar energy, pay nothing more for it, and fix in a known power price for the future, why wouldnt you?” Such schemes are fast gaining traction in the U.S., with SunShare itself growing at an encouraging rate. In Minnesota alone, the program is doubling its staffing numbers this year to meet demand, and recently signed a contract with the City of Cologne in Carver County to transform it into a 100% solar-powered community. The 1,500 population city will save $1.1 million over the next 25 years and is the first local government in Minnesota to entirely offset its energy use with solar power. Another SunShare community garden is planned for the city of Starbuck, thanks to a collaboration between SunShare and the city mayor, Gary Swenson. “Today, Starbuck and SunShare are working together to create clean, renewable, local energy right in our community,” Swenson said. “Community solar is a great way for communities to foster economic growth, realize cost savings and participate in safe, clean, renewable energy.” SunShare has already enjoyed solar success in Colorado, where the scheme has an 11 MW PV footprint. 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Fredrik Eklund (Credit: Getty images)UPDATE, Wednesday July, 10, 2019, 7:22 p.m.: Fredrik Eklund has officially left the New York City rat race — at least as a home base.The celebrity broker at Douglas Elliman packed up his family and traded his Downtown Manhattan apartment for a luxe-looking Beverly Hills home with sweeping views of Downtown Los Angeles, as he revealed in an Instagram post on Wednesday.In a lengthy message, the broker, who rose to fame after being cast on “Million Dollar Listing New York,” said he and his husband and their two small children will now be permanently based on the West Coast. He will be getting more involved in the West Coast expansion of the 64-person team he leads with John Gomes. Gomes will remain in New York City.“We got to the new house in Beverly Hills and ordered sushi by the pool watching the incredible sunset over the city below,” Eklund wrote in the Instagram post, about the move earlier this week. “Moving a family with toddlers isn’t easy, but spending more time in California while expanding the business here’s something we’ve talked about for years.”ADVERTISEMENT In the post, Eklund called the move to L.A. a “lifelong dream.” Despite “butterflies,” he’s launched his new life “running” with a string of pitches and is even hosting a party for a new project he’s leading sales for in West Hollywood.“LA has some of the world’s most exciting new development projects coming – vertical living is finally happening here,” he said.The Eklund-Gomes team has been on an expansion tear of late. After receiving permission from Elliman head Howard Lorber, The Eklund-Gomes team has grown far beyond the 10-agent limit the brokerage typically imposes on those units.Since receiving Lorber’s blessing, the team has opened its own 10,000-square-foot office at 936 Broadway in New York and last fall announced their expansion to L.A. At the time, it had 23 agents in New York City and was adding four agents on the West Coast.Since then, Eklund and Gomes have expanded in Brooklyn and launched an office in Miami’s South Beach. The team now has 64 agents across all three cities.According to The Real Deal’s annual broker rankings, which the Eklund-Gomes team did not participate in, the Elliman team closed $721 million in sales last year in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.When it comes to Eklund’s reception among local L.A. brokers, Josh Altman of Douglas Elliman and a star of “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” said he’s “happy to have him in our territory.”“We’ve referred many deals together over the past years back and forth and not surprised he realized the west coast is the best coast,” he said. “[But] as far as anyone in the business being intimidated, last time I checked sharks are the top of the food chain…”“If you’re going to have success in other markets you have to be there, which I think is why he’s moving there,” said Ryan Serhant of Nest Seekers International. Serhant, who co-stars on MDLNY with Eklund, opened an office in Los Angeles in 2015 and currently has three agents working in the city.Serhant, 35, said a move to California was “not on my current horizon” but joked that in 10 years, when he’s closer to Eklund’s age, 42, he might change his mind.Eklund also noted in his message to his 1.1 million Instagram followers that he’s not going all in on L.A. and will remain active across the cities where the team operates.“I’ll be going back and forth between LA, NY and even Miami overseeing the teams. I guess I do love airplanes and travel lol,” he wrote.Additional reporting by Natalie HobermanEditor’s Note: Updated with comment from Josh Altman and Ryan Serhant. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Pingback: Vardar’s boss Sergei Samsonenko: | Handball Planet 4 Comments ShareTweetShareShareEmail RK Metalurg and Zoran Kastratovic part ways ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsMacedonian RK Vardar will face Paris Saint German next Sunday with the new coach. Montenegrian head-coach Zoran Kastratovic is sacked only a day after team convincingly beat Serbian champion RK Vojvodina 30:21 in Novi Sad at SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League – Round 5. Macedonian best team is defeated only once this season against Slovakian champion Tatran Presov 34:37 last Thursday, which was obviosly the biggest reason for this decision made by “alfa and omega” of Macedonian team – Russian bussinessman – Sergei Samsonenko:– He is a good coach and great person but I made decision and don’t want to explain further – said Samsonenko at the beginning of PRESS conference before clash against Nexe on Tuesday.Vardar have score in SEHA Gazprom SSL – three wins, one draw and defeat. At the EHF Champions League, Macedonians lost against Dinamo Minsk in Belarus and played fantastic match at home against FC Barcelona – 29:29.DUJSHEBAEV – NEW COACH?Speculations about the Kastratovic’s successor have already began. The first name is Talant Dujshebaev, legendary coach who became free by the day of BM Atletico Madrid bankrupt. His son Alex plays in Skopje, but also Inaki Malumbres, Talant’s wish for BM Atletico Madrid goal. Also the fact that German left back Christian Dissinger (player who also was contracted by Atletico Madrid last summer) was in Skopje as the guest of RK Vardar, one step from signing the contract, speaks a lot that this Vardar’s roster is somehow “made” for Talant Dujshebaev… France beat Norway with Pardin&Mahe in main role! Vardar fan 8. October 2013. at 13:14 Related Items:Christian Dissinger, handball, RK Vardar, Talant Dujshebaev, Zoran Kastratovic, Zoran Kastratovixc Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. stregspiller 8. October 2013. at 22:32 Talant would be a great choice. If not possible, Mr. Walter who was in Plock is also free. He should be a very good coach. Talant D. will be a great opportunity for the team – but Skopje is not Madrid. 4 Comments There’s one Veselin Vujovic !! Goran 7. October 2013. at 14:11 SRP Wisla Plock protest against Dujshebaev behaviour Recommended for you
The European Union is a slow-moving bloc that pulls together a complex array of nations and states. True to the EU’s nature, its Eastern Partnership programme focuses on slowly building institutions and pulling together the complex set of nations and states that emerged from the western fringes of the Soviet Union. The policy is succeeding because this is what these countries need. But Georgians tend to see Europe not as an institutional structure with which to negotiate, but as an aspirational cultural destination. Time spent understanding the views of the public is therefore time well spent. Those views are increasingly being shaped by the Georgian Orthodox Church. Georgia, being on the edge of empires, has not had much of a chance to build institutions in recent centuries. The Church, though, has endured. It continues to be the most popular institution in the country; its patriarch is far and away the most popular figure in the country. The Church is increasingly engaged in this conversation, portraying itself as central to the Georgian nation and the arbiter of Georgia’s orientation – an orientation that looks eastward, to Russia, more than it does westward. Georgians are perhaps lucky even to have this choice between east and west. Armenia’s leaders have – without much public discussion and for unknown reasons – chosen recently to reject closer alignment with the EU and opt for closer ties with Russia. Nor is Georgia’s preference currently in doubt: Georgia’s short-term commitment to the EU is not in question. But it is less clear what its commitment will be in the medium and long term. For isolationists in Europe, this cloudy outlook may not matter. They do not consider it to be the EU’s role to involve itself in a public-relations campaign to persuade Georgians and others to harmonise their laws and views with Europe’s. At most, at times, they will say that when Georgia is ready, at some distant point, closer co-operation can begin in earnest. This is, of course, a domestic discussion – but discussions of this type never begin or end with national boundaries. As the clouds gather, there are Georgians who are looking to Europe. We should lend them a hand. It matters how Georgia’s identity is framed; isolation has framed it for too long. Mark M. Mullen is the chairman of Transparency International Georgia. The Church has in recent years taken to commenting on the political issues of the day, and it is in large part because of the Church that a new narrative is taking root in the country, a narrative that depicts Europe – as part of ‘the West’ – as a shadowy organisation that is trying to undermine national values and the Church, promote homosexuality and detach people from a love of their homeland and respect for their traditions. This narrative has traction in Georgia (and its neighbours). Enduring isolation is the price that Georgia has paid for being under one empire or another in the 700 years or so since the invasions of the Mongols. Fewer than half of Georgians are on the internet and only a small minority speak English or other western European languages. In Georgia, to any given problem, it is not the shrewder policy solution that will prevail, but whatever is understood to be the most Georgian path. The most unfortunate aspect of this narrative is that it goes against Georgia’s long tradition, established even in its isolation, of upholding European values of tolerance, inclusion, and the rule of law. During its golden age, 800 years ago, it was significantly more open ethnically and religiously than other areas of Europe. Women could vote in Georgia during its brief independence in 1917-21, before they could vote in the United States or most of western Europe. A similar divide is now a staple of discussions in kitchens and on the TV talk shows. Many in Georgia are uncomfortable with, or even feel threatened by, minority rights, the rule of law, and inclusion. They prefer isolation, corruption and nationalistic discourse. Others believe deeply in tolerance, transparent democratic institutions and equality.
“The reactions from abroad show that Europe and many other countries in the world are waiting for us. Our neighbors want a reliable partner at their side,” said Schäuble, who previously served as finance minister.French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters Monday that it was not in his country’s “interest for things to get blocked” in Germany. Merkel also cancelled a news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte scheduled for Monday, Reuters reported, and has come under fire for not attending an EU social summit in Sweden last week, as she was needed during the coalition talks at home.Peter Altmaier, head of the chancellery and acting finance minister, on Tuesday urged political parties to decide in the next three weeks whether they could form a government and called for more “clarity.”“We stand by our responsibility and we are ready in the meantime to ensure this country has a stable and reliable government — that is our trademark,” Altmaier told broadcaster ZDF. “Just like ‘Made in Germany,’ Germany’s brand is having a stable and reliable government.” Germany’s failure so far to form a new government is a “a performance test, but not a national crisis,” Parliament President Wolfgang Schäuble said Tuesday.“The task is huge, but manageable,” Schäuble told MPs in the Bundestag, adding that German politicians “bear responsibility for our country and for Europe.”Schäuble’s comments come amid a time of political uncertainty in Germany after exploratory coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc, the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) collapsed on Sunday when the FDP decided to pull out of the discussions.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMotherhood may actually cause the brain to grow, not turn it into mush, as some have claimed.Exploratory research published by the American Psychological Association found that the brains of new mothers bulked up in areas linked to motivation and behavior, and that mothers who gushed the most about their babies showed the greatest growth in key parts of the mid-brain.(READ the full story in Science Daily)Photo by Kahle via morguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEben Bayer of Ecovative announced a new partnership with Ford to create compostable car parts from mushrooms.Instead of wasting an enormous amount of energy and oil to make plastic or styrofoam, the New York-based start-up uses agricultural waste to create biodegradable parts and packing materials.The fungus-based parts for Ford — automotive bumpers, side doors and dashboards — will be fireproof and waterproof. Best of all, if buried in soil they would decompose within one month. His 26-year-old co-founder and chief scientist, Gavin McIntyre, says, “You would be able to compost your car.”CHECK Out: Biodegradable Urns Will Turn You Into A Tree After You DieFord, which already uses soy-based foam for seat cushions, wants to replace about 30 pounds of petroleum-based foam per car with eco-friendly alternatives.The positive effects of biodegradable materials on our environment would be huge. Every time a consumer discards the white packing material cushioning their new TVs and computers, 1.5 liters of petroleum are wasted (per cubic foot of styrofoam.) This white stuff is filling our landfills, comprising fully 25 percent of materials dumped there, according to the EPA.SEE Positive Stories Every Day: GET OUR GOOD NEWS APP–> Download FREE for Android and iOSComputer-maker Dell, with its goal of eliminating 20 million pounds of packaging material from its shipments by the end of 2012, announced this week that it will use Ecovative’s mushroom-based packaging to ship a line of its computer servers. In 2009, the company began using bamboo to cushion some of their electronics.The eco-friendly packing material is just as sturdy as traditional foam, says Dell — and just as economical, according to Ecovative. Visit their website for more information: www.EcovativeDesign.com.READ more in CNN-Money and WATCH the Planet Forward video to see how mushroom parts are made.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor of theology and peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, spoke Thursday at Saint Mary’s about Christianity, violence and identity politics in sub-Saharan Africa.Katongole spoke about two traditional narratives of Africa. He said these stories are important for the way we understand and view Africa because many people think of Africa as a continent without hope. “It is true there is too much violence,” he said. “ … [Having] violence does not mean [the people] are doomed to live in violence. Stories like this are important to confirm that Africa is not a hopeless continent; Africa is filled with hope.”Katongole said even though these are stories about violence in Africa, they carry lessons and wisdom that can be used in the United States.“It is important that we think about our lives here, as we face the severity of violence, of fear, of hatred, of discrimination based on gender or race,” he said. “We need stories that can inspire us to show that there is another way.”Katongole said there are four intersecting elements at work in these stories told about violence and kindness in Africa. “It’s a similar notion of excessive love, of tenderness, of compassion and new community — similar elements and notions that are at work in any attempt to respond to violence,” he said.The first story Katongole told came out of the Central African Republic. He spoke about the recent conflict there between the Christians and Muslims and the mass murder that occurred as a result. A young priest named Father Bernard Kinvi opened a church that became a place of refuge for all people who were being targeted and killed by Christians, including Muslims. Katongole said Kinvi’s compassion came from his own experiences with pain. “What is playing out is that excess of love — God’s love for the poor, for the sick, the weak [and] the marginalized,” Katongole said. “There is something about the tenderizing of his own heart through his experiences of suffering and tending to his sick dad that not only tenderized his heart, but enlarged it.”Katongole next told the story of a woman named Maggie Barankitse, who witnessed the mass murder of 72 people right in front of her eyes in 1993 at a Catholic bishop’s residence she worked at in Burundi. After the massacre, Barankitse gathered all the children who were there and took them into her care — starting a housing program called Maison Shalom, Katongole said. He said she has raised over 25,000 children there.“For Maggie, they are not orphans,” he said. “There are no orphans in the household of God. With the excess of love, all of us are princes and princesses in the household of God.”Katongole said these two individuals who did so much good in different ways have some things in common, including giving others hope for the future.“What do these two individual have in common? The excess of love that is displayed in both of their lives — the excess of God’s love that is reflected in their own lives,” he said. “The most successful love is borne out of suffering, out of tenderizing their own hearts. It expands their sense of, ‘Who are my people?’ This is what give me hope about Africa: They speak to what I eventually see [as] an evolution of tenderness.”
Hunt had three new road wheelsets to show us at Eurobike covering everything from the actual pro racer, to the all-rounder disc-brake roadie, and competitive amateur looking for that edge with light carbon. The shiny silver Sprint Aero Wide were actually developed with Hunt’s pro conti team for training, but the bling is totally race ready. The Aero Light Disc wheels pair a rounded aluminum rim profile with a quality disc brake hubset for an excellent value, everyday road disc wheelset. Then the 3650 Carbon Wide Aero wheels mix two carbon rim depths for an ideal all-around carbon clincher rim brake setup.Sprint Aero Wide polished silver rim brake road wheelsHunt has done a bit of mix-and-matching for their new Sprint Aero Wide wheels, taking the fast 7.5° engaging hub (with 48 teeth on the ratchet & 3-pawls) of their 50 Carbon Wide Aero pro race wheels and lacing them to a more affordable aluminum tubeless rim. The wheels were actually developed to give the British Pro Continental team Bike Channel Canyon an aluminum training wheel option. But after Hunt got such good feedback on some carbon team race wheels built up with silver bladed Pillar spokes, they decided to go all the way with these new wheels and throw in a shiny polished silver hubset and a wide 31mm deep, 24mm wide (19mm internal) heat-treated aluminum rim.Designed for a 25-28mm tire, the Bike Channel Canyon have a new flashy training wheel that at 1497g is a pretty reasonable deal for £450. Like every clincher from Hunt the Sprint Aero Wide wheels are tubeless compatible (the yellow halo around the wheels is actually reflection from the yellow tubeless tape installed) so the team is riding with less fears of flats and lower rolling resistance. The new wheels are available for pre-order now with the first consumer wheels arriving at the end of November 2017.Aero Light Disc aluminum disc brake road wheelsThe Aero Light Disc wheelset was developed as a high value road disc brake wheelset, balancing an affordable price, low weight & fast rolling. To do that the 1498g wheelset uses a lightweight, rounded profile 28mm deep, 22mm wide external heat-treated 6061-T6 rim with a 17mm wide internal rim bed. The target here was an affordable wheelset to match with 23 or 25mm tires for roadies who were making the switch to disc brakes.To hit the fast rolling target, the wheels get the same 7.5° engagement in the Race Season Sprint disc brake wheels that build up with 24 straight-pull aero Pillar PSXTRA spokes, front & rear. These hubs use a centerlock rotor interface and are set up for 12mm thru-axles. (QR adapters are available separately, but the smaller diameter hubs cannot be used with 15mm front axles.) The Aero Light Disc wheels retail for £470 a pair and are in stock now, straight from Hunt.3650 Carbon Wide Aero carbon rim brake road wheelsThe 3650 wheelset is actually another product of the Bike Channel Canyon partnership. Essentially the team riders wanted a carbon tubeless clincher wheelset that offered the best combination of low weight and aerodynamics, so they were already mixing together a 36mm front wheel with 50mm rears.Hunt figured amateur riders would want the same benefits of the combination, so the decided to start a pre-order and do a quick production run as well.The mixed 3650 wheels share all of the same tech as their respective Carbon Wide Aero companions, so get the same 19mm internal tubeless-ready UD carbon rims with Griptec basalt ceramic brake tracks, and fast 7.5° engaging Sprint hubs. The claimed 1477g wheelset is selling for £979 with the pre-order wheels scheduled to arrive in the first week of December 2017.As with all Hunt’s tubeless clinchers, they are always taped for tubeless when you order and come with tubeless valves. Hunt will also do the dirty work and set up any wheelset you buy from them tubeless with appropriate tires (like the popular road tubeless Schwalbe One Pro in 23, 25, or 28mm for £100) & sealant for a price that you can’t match if you would buy the tires on their own.HuntBikeWheels.com