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Showing Himself on a Huge Scale: Julian Lugod

Raised in a family of medical professionals, Julian Lugod prepared for becoming one himself sooner or later. Little did he understand the effect that enjoying a League of Legends competition at age 13 would make on his career goals.

When he initially came to UNLV, Lugod saw flyers promoting the 8-bit Esports club and knew he had to join. Although he started his 8-bit journey as a member with a casual interest in playing video games, his fellow members showed him how much the esports neighborhood needs to offer, and his passion for esports has actually gradually grown ever since, motivating him to alter his major and lead a group in the upcoming Mountain West Esports Showdown.

I was originally a nursing significant with a secondary interest in esports. Somewhere along the way, though, as I got a growing number of involved in 8-bit, my path ended up being clear. I recognized I didn’t want to be a nurse; I wanted to work for a video game designer after graduation– like Blizzard Entertainment, the developers of League of Legends.

I wished to follow my enthusiasm.

It hasn’t been easy, however I broke away from my family’s tradition, changed majors, and have been busy showing that I can develop a profession for myself in the emerging world of esports ever since.

Considering that joining 8-bit in 2014, I’ve transitioned from a player to a member and now to a viewer, coach, and social networks supervisor. As former vice president of the club and in my current functions, I’ve had the chance to arrange and take part in various collegiate, local, and online esports tournaments.

Now, in a way that I never dreamed possible, I’m getting the chance to show myself on a huge scale– as the captain for 8-bit’s Overwatch team in the inaugural Mountain West Esports Face-off versus Boise State.

When you’re coaching and viewing other individuals play versus playing yourself, you witness the glory others find in succeeding. And you experience another type of splendor as the one handling it and assisting to make everything occur. It’s a different kind of pride than when you’re playing, but it’s pride however.

In preparation for the showdown, my team and I have actually almost doubled our practice time. I have actually likewise doubled the hours weekly that I invest spectating– using suggestions, pointers, and tricks to my teammates to help them prosper. We have actually likewise been practicing at Vegas LAN centers and participating in many local competitions, getting as much experience in front of a live audience as we can before the Showdown.

Very few people understand this, but the rewards for some esports tournaments are scholarships– large ones, too. For instance, if UNLV were to at some point contend in and win first place in the Overwatch collegiate series in Tespa (formerly the Texas Esports Association however still the primary collegiate branch for Blizzard), the cash prize would suffice to cover 2 terms’ worth of tuition for each gamer.

Although I am confident in my group’s capabilities to beat Boise State in the Mountain West Face-off, I’m not taking any chances. I desire my team to spend as much time playing together as possible to develop the synergy needed to bring house the win– for UNLV, for 8-bit, and for all our future careers.

As Hilton, Marriott Reach Colossus Scale, US Accommodations Sector Seen Ripe for More Consolidation


Fitch Ratings Views Hyatt in Potential ‘Kingmaker’ Position as Other Competitors Face Growing Size Benefit of Top 2 Rivals

Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC
Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC The growing size and rates power of the 2 mega U.S. hotel brand names is modifying the competitive landscape of the hospitality market and will likely lead to more consolidation, according to recent analysis by Fitch Rankings.

Marriott and Hilton stand head-and-shoulders above their peers in regards to system size and average everyday space rates (ADR). They also appear to be taking advancement share far from smaller brand name operators. The scale-related competitive benefit usually translates into such things as lower acquiring and space circulation expenses, bigger client commitment benefits programs, and more clout in drawing in property owners and franchisees.

To compete, smaller competitors, such as Accor, InterContinental and Wyndham, will need to include more rooms across the cost spectrum to stay competitive, Fitch asserts.

Nevertheless, smaller sized accommodations operators run the risk of taking on too much balance sheet risk to grow their rooms systems, which could damage credit quality, specifically smaller operators focused on the luxury and upscale sectors that Marriott and Hilton dominate, the rankings company notes, which compiled a chart of prospective targets for more market debt consolidation.

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While Hyatt would appear to be a logical acquisition target for operators such as Accor, Intercontinental and Wyndham offered its above-average ADR, Fitch stated Hyatt’s dual class structure complicates any potential sale without the approval of the Pritzker family, Hyatt’s controlling investor.

This month, Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) reported that its systemwide North American ADR increased 1.3% to $161.01 for the second quarter compared to a year earlier. The business included approximately 16,000 spaces during the second quarter, consisting of almost 2,300 rooms transformed from competitor brand names.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings (NYSE: HLT) added 13,400 net rooms in the second quarter, representing around 30% development from the same period in 2016. Its U.S. ADR increased 1.1% to $149.27 over the same quarter a year ago.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) reported including far less 3,366 spaces and its systemwide ADR increased simply 0.2%.

Hotel franchisees and owners are revealing a clear choice to aligning their hotels with the largest brands that use the largest consumer commitment reward systems. Marriott-branded rooms consisted of 28.1% of the U.S. hotel development pipeline since July 31, inning accordance with STR Global. This is well above the business’s 14.9% share of existing U.S. rooms supply.

Comparable procedures for Hilton, the industry’s second-largest player, were 23.4% and 12.1%, respectively.

Hyatt-branded hotels, on the other hand, consisted of 2.7% of overall spaces in the U.S. hotel pipeline, which approximately matches its share of the existing stock.

Fitch Scores anticipates U.S. lodging industry RevPAR development to decelerate in second-half 2017, but stay decently favorable (in the low single digits) through 2018.

Need from leisure tourists is anticipated to outpace group and corporate hotel business for the same duration, with organisation travel projected to stay lackluster through the balance of 2017 and 2018, Fitch said.

Nevertheless, Fitch included, total brand-new hotel supply will remain at or above need for the balance of this upcycle. For the most part, these brand-new spaces are focused in the restricted service sector.

The number of spaces under building is reasonably below its prior cycle peak. However, the pipeline is 27% above its previous peak after including rooms in final planning, which have a high completion possibility. The impact of the elevated supply varies by market, Fitch added, with New York, Nashville, Seattle, Dallas and Miami being of particular concern.

Scale design of solar system built in Nevada desert

In this image taken from the YouTube video, you can see the orbits of the inner planets to scale. (Source: To Scale/YouTube)In this image drawned from the YouTube video, you can see the orbits of the inner worlds to scale. (Source: To Scale/YouTube).

It took 7 miles of Nevada desert to achieve something that has actually caught the imagination of thousands.

Author and filmmaker Wylie Overstreet and his good friend, filmmaker Alex Gorosh, developed a scale model of the solar system, including the orbits of each world.

“Each image of the solar system that we ever experience is not to scale,” Overstreet said. “There is actually not an image that appropriately shows you what it in fact resembles out there.”

So, Overstreet and his buddies set out to do just that in the Black Rock Desert– about 150 miles north of Reno. They shot the project and shared it on YouTube on Wednesday.

The pair made use of a huge balloon to create a scale-sized sun, and then made use of car to drive the orbits of each of the 8 worlds in our solar system. Pluto wasn’t included because it is categorized as a “dwarf planet.”

“There are 24 individuals in the whole history of the human types, of billions, who have in fact seen the full circle of the earth with their own eyes,” Overstreet stated. “That’s what I truly wanted to try to catch.”

Considering that the video was posted, it has been viewed and shared hundreds of countless times on all types of social networks websites. It even got a nod from both NASA and the SETI Institute.

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