Activision Blizzard is giving a thousand game testers full-time jobs and pay bumps

Activision Blizzard is giving a thousand game testers full-time jobs and pay bumps

Activision Blizzard has just announced that all temporary and contingent QA workers of its Activision Publishing and Blizzard divisions are being converted to full-time employees — meaning nearly 1,100 temp game testers are getting full-time jobs with benefits. They’ll be making higher wages, too, with a new minimum hourly rate of $20. Here is a … Read more

NASA astronaut said he is still ‘dear friends’ with Russian crew mates from the International Space Station, who had a ‘variety of responses’ to the war in Ukraine

NASA astronaut said he is still ‘dear friends’ with Russian crew mates from the International Space Station, who had a ‘variety of responses’ to the war in Ukraine

Vande Hei hugging Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov on March 29, 2022.NASA NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei said he and his Russian crew mates “continue to be very dear friends.” The US astronaut said he was not phased by aggressive tweets from Russia’s space chief. Vande Hei returned from a historic 355-day stint at the ISS … Read more

NL slashes deficit in better-news budget that maintains record spending

NL slashes deficit in better-news budget that maintains record spending

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting a brightening financial picture in a stay-the-course budget that doesn’t follow through on previously planned spending reductions. “A budget is about choice,” Finance Minister Siobhan Coady said in her budget speech Thursday afternoon in the House of Assembly in St. John’s. “Your government has chosen to support you, to invest … Read more

Toronto elementary school with 103 COVID-19 cases in two weeks will stay open

Toronto elementary school with 103 COVID-19 cases in two weeks will stay open

A Toronto elementary school has seen at least 103 cases of COVID-19 among staff and students in the past two weeks, but officials say it will stay open under rules enacted by the province earlier this year. St. Brendan Catholic School in Scarborough’s Port Union area went the first two weeks of March without any … Read more

UN suspend Russia from Human Rights Council

UN suspend Russia from Human Rights Council

The voting result was 93 in favor, 24 against and 58 abstentions. A draft of the resolution says the General Assembly may “suspend the rights of membership in the Human Rights Council of a member of the Council that commits gross and systematic violations of human rights.” The draft resolution adds that the council has … Read more

The International Space Station will welcome its first all-private crew of astronauts this week

The International Space Station will welcome its first all-private crew of astronauts this week

The International Space Station (ISS) is set to become busier than usual this week when its crew welcomes aboard four new colleagues from Houston-based startup Axiom Space, the first all-private astronaut team ever flown to the orbiting outpost. The launch is being hailed by the company, NASA and other industry players as a turning point … Read more