Long Island Competitive Video Gamer Takes on X Games

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island-native Nicholas Dicostanzo will be competing this weekend in Austin, Texas at the biannual X Games—the widely popular extreme sports contest featuring adrenaline junkies hurling and contorting their bodies like circus acrobats at the risk of bodily harm. Injuring vital organs or bruising limbs is not something Discostanzo, a Long Island University student, has to worry about, however. The 23-year-old professional gamer, of Dix Hills, will be competing Friday in the electronic gaming component of the challenge, dubbed “eSports.” This is the second year in a row that the video gamers will be facing off in the same competition as extreme skateboarders, motorcyclists and BMX athletes. Who needs a half-pipe, anyway? Discostanzo won’t have much time to soak in the atmosphere, however. The college undergrad, a member of Team eLevate, will be gaming in the MLG Professional League Championship, hoping to slay his opponents in the first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.Since eSports’ X Games involvement last year, the mega-tournament has skyrocketed in popularity and will now be televised. However, the main misconception regarding eSports is whether to label it as a competition or sport. “These guys practice for hours every day four or five times a week,” says Dicostanzo. “They sacrifice a lot in order to pursue this dream and you begin to see the similarities in the dedication and focus with other sports and athletes.”Dicostanzo started playing video games in 2007, but only began playing competitively last year. He has since taken his talents across the country, including California, Texas, Florida, and Ohio, winning various team prizes along the way. In addition to his achievements in the gaming world, Dicostanzo will be receiving his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Long Island University next year. “It’s kind of tough,” Dicostanzo admits, “normally I have morning classes, go to the gym, and practice gaming at night.” The balance between the two seems to be the key to success, but eSports has benefited his academic career as well. Because of Dicostanzo’s success in the gaming world, he has been able to use the prize money acquired through gaming to pay for his education. “He has been able to pursue a degree without the burden of debt,” explains Nathan Wilson, chief marketing officer of Team eLevate.Despite the sport’s detractors, eSports certainly has a bright future, evidenced by an ever-heightening awareness about the sport. This year’s event provides another opportunity for its competitors to prove the naysayers wrong. For Diconstanzo, gaming has been a win-win, literally and figuratively. “Chasing dreams while having these secondary plans is a possibility because of the success we’ve had in the gaming world,” he says.last_img read more

Governors group offers workforce pandemic guidance for states

first_imgFeb 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued a report to help states protect their workforce and sustain key government functions such as law enforcement and water treatment during an influenza pandemic.The guidance in the 13-page report was developed from regional pandemic preparedness workshops that the NGA conducted during 2007 and 2008, the association said today in a press release. Feedback after each of the workshops revealed that one of the states’ leading concerns is developing worker policies to keep government running and protect key infrastructure during a pandemic.John Thomasian, director of the NGA, said in the press release that state workforces represent the first line of defense in a pandemic outbreak. “Having smart policies in place that ensure they can continue their operations as smoothly and efficiently as possible will ultimately help save lives and restore normalcy to communities affected by the outbreak,” he said.Absences from illness, the need to care for family members, and fear of exposure create three main challenges during a pandemic: maintaining government continuity and the delivery of essential services such as law enforcement and firefighting, developing policies that protect state government workforce, and setting policies to address worker shortages.Some of the toughest issues will involve state employees who work in institutional settings such as prisons or state hospitals or those who have face-to-face contact with the public, the report said.The NGA guidance advises states to take three steps for developing government continuity plans:Form multiagency, multisector work groups to identify key servicesDetermine which workers are needed to maintain the key servicesDevelop alternate workplace strategies for as many of these workers as possibleAs an example of alternate workplace strategies that could be used during a pandemic, the report highlighted telecommuting and scheduling measures that Virginia, Washington, and Utah have used to reduce energy costs.The NGA also advises states to assess if any leave policy changes are needed to maximize productivity while allowing workers to stay home if they are sick or need to take care of their families. To promote social distancing, states could consider enhancing their paid-leave programs, establishing leave policies that provide partial or reduced pay, incorporating donated leave programs, and ensuring that sick employees receive care.To address workforce shortages, particularly in critical areas, the NGA urges states to identify ways to “backfill” certain positions. For example, states can cross-train employees now to ensure that key positions will be filled, and recently retired workers could help supplement the state workforce.See also:Feb 18 NGA press releaseNGA report “Sustaining the state workforce: strategies for effective pandemic planning”Oct 16, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Governors group identifies states’ pandemic-preparedness gaps”last_img read more


first_imgCeltic have suffered a blow to their three-pronged attack on the Treble after defender Daniel Majstorovic was ruled out of action for up to eight weeks with a fractured toe.The Swede suffered the injury to his right foot during Saturday’s 2-0 league win at home over Hamilton Accies and will now also miss the League Cup final against Rangers on Sunday week.Thomas Rogne replaced Majstorovic at half-time in that match last Saturday. Rogne or Glenn Loovens are favourites to partner Charlie Mulgrew in the centre of defence.Majstorovic suffered another injury during the January transfer window, prompting his manager Neil Lennon to consider signing a new replacement.However, the Swede recovered quicker than anticipated and has taken part in 33 of Celtic’s 38 competitive matches this term.In recent weeks, he has been playing in the centre of defence alongside Mulgrew, who is more used to playing at full-back. Celtic hold a five-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League, although their Glasgow rivals have two games in hand.Neil Lennon’s side are also still involved in the Scottish Cup and travel to Inverenss on Sunday in the quarter-finals.HOOPS DEFENDER OUT FOR EIGHT WEEKS WITH BROKEN TOE was last modified: March 10th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rain or Shine, TNT trip foes

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Rain or Shine couldn’t afford to lose this one, as it closes out against Barangay Ginebra, Alaska and souped-up Blackwater in its chase for a twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals.“We were lucky to win this game,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said after Gilas Pilipinas regulars Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood bailed the Painters out in the fourth. “We started strong, but our intensity was down in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTNT KaTropa began life without Ranidel de Ocampo by formalizing its entry into the quarterfinals after holding back NLEX, 112-107, later in the night.Glen Rice Jr. churned out a triple double with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists that negated a night-high nine turnovers as the Texters won for the second straight game to improve to 6-3 and take solo third at the moment. The starting lineup delivered in twin digits for the Texters, who dealt away De Ocampo to Meralco in a three-team trade on Monday as TNT went on to deal the Road Warriors their third loss in 10 games.NLEX gets another chance to nail a twice-to-beat incentive on Sept. 24 against Star.Phoenix is out of contention after the Fuel Masters lost for the eighth straight game and dropped to 2-8.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Phoenix’s Brandon Brown gets all tangled up with Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu and Beau Belga. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Blowing hot early and finding the resilience to bounce back from a lethargic stretch in the third, Rain or Shine on Wednesday night tripped Phoenix Petroleum, 116-111, to stay in the top four hunt in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters saw an 18-point lead in the first half vanish but regrouped with aplomb when winning time came to rise to 5-3 and gain a momentary tie for No. 4 with San Miguel Beer heading into the final two weeks of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Riviera Classic: Mondilla grabs early 2-shot leadcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

a month agoKlopp fumes over penalty as Liverpool fall in Napoli – again

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp fumes over penalty as Liverpool fall in Napoli – againby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was unhappy with the refereeing in Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night.The game looked destined from a draw until Andy Robertson fouled Jose Callejon in the box after 81 minutes. Replays showed Callejon initiated the contact to Robertson’s outstretched leg, but nonetheless, Lorenzo Insigne stepped dutifully to fire home Napoli’s first of the game.An uncharacteristic error from Virgil van Dijk then allowed Fernando Llorente to score his first goal for Napoli to double their advantage. Speaking after the game, Klopp was adamant Robertson should not have been penalised for the challenge with Callejon.He told BT Sport: “It should hurt because there were opportunities for us. It was an open game with a lot of counter attacks, but we didn’t finish them off and that is a problem.”In the second half it was a wild game, they were running and we were running.”I don’t think it’s a penalty. What can I say, for me, it is clear and obvious no penalty. He jumps before any contact, we can’t change that.”We played a lot of good football but didn’t finish it off. We controlled moments but had not enough chances in the end. We made decisions that were not right and have to accept the result. It was very often the final ball that was not right.”Napoli defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the San Paolo Stadium in the Champions League group stages last season. last_img read more

a month agoVitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse Arnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He stated: “Abramovich is a revolutionary in world football.”All the young players of our time should say thanks to Roman Abramovich, who, by joining football, raised the salary level several times. “Now you will not surprise anyone with huge salaries, but Abramovich started everything.”Abramovich has owned Chelsea since the summer of 2003. last_img read more