Pressure mounts on Cleveland Clinic to cancel fundraiser at Trump resort

first_imgPolitics Pressure mounts on Cleveland Clinic to cancel fundraiser at Trump resort What’s included? GET STARTED Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Casey Ross Feb. 1, 2017 Reprints Log In | Learn More @caseymross Tags educationhospitalspolicypoliticsWhite House What is it?center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. CLEVELAND — Hundreds of medical students and doctors have signed an open letter urging Cleveland Clinic to cancel a February fundraiser at the Florida resort owned by President Trump, after his executive order on immigration blocked one of the clinic’s doctors from reentering the US. The letter, with more than 400 signatures, also calls on the clinic to publicly condemn Trump’s order, protect the clinic’s employees from deportation, and reaffirm its commitment to diversity. Dozens of the signers are medical students at Case Western Reserve University, which operates the Lerner College of Medicine in partnership with the clinic. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] David Maxwell/AFP/Getty Images National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. About the Author Reprints Casey Rosslast_img read more

Former psychology professor finds unexpected passion as Sanibel housekeeper

first_imgAdvertisementDilya began paying extra attention to guests needs and treating them with kindness. In return, management began to notice her impact. “She’s like a magnet,” Tony Lapi, President of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, which owns the Beachview Cottages, said. “People just go to her. It’s a great example for all of us.” In a testament to Dilya’s impact, guests sent cards and flowers to her home after her husband’s passing. There is also a brick paver near the entrance of the Beachview property in her honor.  Estero’s one-of-a-kind service horse and owner spread smiles June 7, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS SANIBEL, Fla.– Dilya Gabdrkhmanova didn’t expect to find a new passion in life when she took a job as a housekeeper at the Beachview Cottages on Sanibel Island. Dilya, who was born in Soviet Russia, had built a career as a psychology professor before moving to the United States. “I didn’t know anything about this job,” she said about her new life in the U.S. For the first few years, she would go to work sad each day until she came to a realization. “I changed my mind because I understood a job is a job.”  Retired teacher hopes to empower students with swim around Key West June 14, 2021 Clewiston High School senior surprises crowd with generosity at graduation June 9, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: Story2Share Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments “I’m so happy,” Dilya said. “Life is good now.” Former NYPD officer finds unexpected joy patrolling Fort Myers elementary school June 16, 2021last_img read more

In Pictures: Laois turns white AGAIN as the snow makes a return

first_img TAGSSnow Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste By Alan Hartnett – 18th March 2018 Previous articleCrucial Laois hurling match goes ahead but host of other sports fixtures CANCELLEDNext articleLIVE BLOG: Follow the updates as the Laois hurlers take on Antrim in relegation playoff 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 This picture, sent to us by Niamh O’Neill in Portarlington, shows just how much snow has fallen When will this ever end?Many of us went to bed last night after celebrating St Patrick’s Day and didn’t expect to wake up to this.Met Eireann forecasted a Yellow snow warning for Laois but instead we got much more.The Midlands Weather Channel predicted this would happen though and in fairness to them, they were right.In their latest update, they say it will remain bitterly cold for the day.They say: “Outbreaks of snow will continue this morning over many parts of Leinster, and East Munster, with further accumulations likely in places.“The showers will gradually ease off later this afternoon and this evening. Feeling bitterly cold with highs of between -1 to 2 degrees Celsius.”Sounds lovely! Anyway, what else can we do than take and share pictures of our part of Laois covered in snow?So, thanks to our followers, here is a selection of photos from today of Laois covered in snow: WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp 1 of 25 This picture, sent to us by Niamh O’Neill in Portarlington, shows just how much snow has fallen Twitter Home News In Pictures: Laois turns white AGAIN as the snow makes a return News Facebook Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Council Facebook Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Snow in Laois AGAIN In Pictures: Laois turns white AGAIN as the snow makes a return Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Crucial Laois hurling match goes ahead but host of other sports fixtures CANCELLED Pinterestlast_img read more

UK banking reforms unlikely to be adopted by other countries: survey

A survey of European fixed income investors, representing the views of managers of an estimated US$5.8 trillion of fixed income assets, shows that investors don’t expect that those reforms will be implemented in other countries, reports Fitch Ratings. “Only 13% of respondents believe the whole world will follow the UK ICB report recommendations to separate retail from wholesale banking,” said Monica Insoll, managing director in Fitch’s credit market research group. “However, 42% of investors said other countries may accept this proposition at a later stage, but only after another severe crisis.” Among the 45% who said the split would not take place, the majority said the merits of the universal banking model outweigh its disadvantages, and 15% cited the powerful banking lobby in other key jurisdictions as a key hurdle, Fitch notes. “The ICB’s recommendations go beyond other resolution regimes being developed. At a time when euro zone banks in particular are grappling with more immediate risks, some of the ICB’s more radical recommendations, for example around ring-fencing, are unlikely to see widespread replication anytime soon,” said James Longsdon, co-head of Fitch’s EMEA Financial Institutions group. Fitch adds that it believes the ICB’s recommendations on stability and competition within the UK banking sector are balanced and pragmatic and should make core retail banks safer and easier to resolve. The survey also shows that investors have become highly concerned about banks’ ability to fund themselves. Nearly half of respondents (49%) said the banking sector faces the greatest refinancing challenge; overtaking developed market sovereigns for the first time. Survey participants also identified access to funding as by far the most critical risk to banks’ credit quality, ahead of the macro economy and regulation. The survey was conducted between September 27 and October 31. Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Most institutional investors don’t believe that proposed reforms to banking regulation in Britain will be adopted globally, according to a recent survey. Earlier this year, the UK Independent Commission on Banking proposed a series of fundamental reforms to banking regulation, including the ring-fencing of core deposit-taking activities from riskier bank functions, such as investment banking. Keywords Banking industry Related news James Langton Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Citrus Canker eradication 2021

first_imgCitrus Canker eradication 2021 Department of Industry, Tourism and TradeCitrus canker, a significant bacterial disease of citrus plants that was detected in the Territory in April 2018, has now been eradicated thanks to the support of the local community and industry.Through a national cost-shared program that ran from May 2018 to March 2021, the eradication program was critical for protecting Australia’s national citrus industry and international markets.Nationally, the citrus industry is valued at $942 million, with exports valued at around $508 million, whilst the Australian nursery sector is valued at $2.6 billion supplying nursery stock into citrus industry and retail supply chains.During the course of the National Citrus Canker eradication program, more than 270 employees worked on the eradication project supporting all elements from operations encompassing community engagement, compliance, science, and planning.Funding was provided from the Commonwealth Government, state and territory governments, and citrus and nursery industry partners, noting the disease had the potential to impact the national citrus industry through loss of trees, reduced fruit production, reputation risk lowering prices for fruit into market, with the potential for loss of important international markets if left unchecked.The community should be acknowledged for their role in supporting the eradication efforts with 6,192 host plants removed from properties and nurseries across Darwin and Katherine.After a significant effort over three years, the Territory is now free of citrus canker.This means that nationally, industry will continue to access important international markets and locally, our growers will be able to move plants and plant-related products interstate without additional treatments or inspections being required. This is important for ensuring our growers remain competitive and profitable.Proof of Freedom was signed by the National Management Group for Biosecurity on 8 April 2021.Work will now begin on adjusting the biosecurity arrangements back to ‘pre-citrus-canker’ times.This will be a transitional process over the coming weeks. Once completed, all movement requirements will be lifted.The National Citrus Canker eradication program has run over three years with an action plan outlining: community and industry engagement, compliance, movement controls, treatment, tracing, surveillance, epidemiology, diagnostics and science and recovery.Quick facts15,000 host plants were surveyed in the NT32 positive samples were identified6,192 host plants were removed from properties and nurseries across Darwin and KatherineThe department followed strict procedures and protocols to prevent the spread of citrus canker through contamination of people, plants and vehicles.270 employees worked on the projectLocals played a big part in eradicating Citrus Canker from the Territory.Quotes from Shaun Drabsch, Chief Executive Officer, Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade“The Northern Territory has been declared citrus canker free.“Thank you to industry, the community and staff from across government for their support in the successful eradication of citrus canker.“Without this assistance, it would not have been possible for us to successfully eradicate citrus canker and to continue to protect our local and national industry and associated markets.“Preventing the establishment of pests and diseases in the Territory is critical for protecting industry and ensuring we continue to grow our horticultural sector. We will continue to work with our industry partners and the community to raise awareness, promote good biosecurity practices, and respond quickly and effectively to any risks.“We have seen positive public participation in biosecurity programs, which is vital for disease and pest identification and elimination.“I congratulate everyone that has played a role in the eradication of Citrus Canker.”Quotes from Paul Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NT Farmers“NT Farmers have been involved in the Citrus Canker response from the beginning and have been impressed by the dedication and compassion shown by the Citrus Canker team.“With the announcement of Proof of Freedom this will be welcomed by industry and will allow all citrus growers to get back to what they do best, growing high quality fruit. NT Growers have been very patient and have actively engaged in the process.”Quotes from Nathan Hancock, Chief Executive Officer, Citrus Australia“This is a fantastic outcome for the citrus industry, due in no small part to the commitment from the NT government, compliance by local citrus businesses including nurseries and farms and most importantly the support of the community.“We must all continue to play our part to prevent the introduction of exotic pests to Australia by not bringing plant material in to the country, even through the mail, but also as we begin to come out of COVID-19 international travel restrictions.“As a party to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed the citrus industry’s growers will bear a large cost for this response, but not as large as the impact of canker becoming endemic.“We thank the dedicated staff at the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade who have managed to contain and eradicate citrus canker in the Northern Territory.”Quotes from John McDonald, National Biosecurity Manager Greenlife Australia“Greenlife Industry Australia thanks and congratulates the Northern Territory plant biosecurity team, NT industry and community on the successful eradication of citrus canker.”“The rapid and structured response by NT plant biosecurity underpinned the success in eradicating this plant disease, in record time, from Australia.”“As an industry partner under the nationally cost shared response, our affected growers received reimbursement costs for business losses incurred due to participating in the eradication program.”“Plant biosecurity is critical to the success of our food, fibre and foliage sectors across Australia. Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility.” /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, biosecurity, commonwealth, community engagement, contamination, Darwin, diagnostics, Emergency, Employees, Government, Katherine, Northern Territory, production, supply chain, surveillancelast_img read more

High Commissioner highlights links between Jamaica & Latin America

first_imgHigh Commissioner highlights links between Jamaica & Latin America Foreign AffairsJuly 22, 2011 RelatedHigh Commissioner highlights links between Jamaica & Latin America RelatedHigh Commissioner highlights links between Jamaica & Latin America FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail LONDON — Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Anthony Johnson, says Jamaica and the Caribbean have shared historic, cultural and trade links with Latin America that stretch back for centuries. He argued that the relations between the English-speaking Caribbean and Latin America over the past three centuries have been of great importance to both regions in the provision of employment opportunities to the Caribbean and in industrial growth on the mainland. “Significant numbers of Jamaican-descended persons now live in communities dominated by Caribbean persons in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador and significant industrial development in Latin America could offer further opportunities for important economic collaboration between the regions, in areas such as  tourism and   technology transfer,” the High Commissioner said. Mr. Johnson was the special guest lecturer on July 19 at Canning House, the home of the Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Council, a non-political, non-profit organisation that was founded in 1943 to stimulate understanding between Britain, Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Speaking on the topic: ‘Historic Relations between Jamaica (and the English speaking Caribbean) and Latin America’, the High Commissioner told the audience that the Caribbean was not an area to be marginalised as it was in fact a great area for investment and trade with Latin America. He said that despite being the geographical gateway from Europe to the Central and South American mainland, there has been relatively limited contact between the islands and Latin America. However, the impact of the islands has been quite significant, although the facts are not well known. Mr. Johnson noted that the construction of the Panama railroad between 1850 and 1855, was done with some 5,000 Jamaican workers and resulted in a Caribbean community of Bocas del Toro which, until this day, remains a bastion of Jamaican activity. The High Commissioner  also cited the 86,000 Jamaicans who migrated to Costa Rica to build a railroad from the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, to Limon. “Only 63,000 (of the Jamaicans) are recorded as returning.  The balance of those who survived established another English-speaking community at Limon. This community also became a bastion of Protestant Christianity, which has spread across Latin America,” Mr. Johnson said.  He said that National Hero, Marcus Garvey, visited this area, and called attention to the plight of the workers, and that this was among the earliest and successful trade union interventions in Latin America. Turning to the construction of the Panama Canal, High Commissioner Johnson noted that once again it was Caribbean labour that worked in sometimes appalling conditions,  to bring this project to completion. He also pointed out that the influence of Jamaica and the Caribbean led to the establishment of Protestantism in Latin America. “Latin America is a stronghold of the Roman Catholic Church. From the early 20th Century, Jamaican communities in the region have been the bastion of Protestantism. The current wave of Protestant activity in the region, is based in the United States, but many of the new churches have the Jamaican communities as their point of entry. This religious renaissance has brought about greater collaboration between Jamaican and indigenous communities in Latin America. The Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and Seventh Day Adventist Churches in Jamaica have had these links for over one hundred years,” the High Commissioner added. He noted that the influence was both ways. “A Jamaican migrant, Alexander Clarke, born 1887, worked in Cuba, Colombia and Panama in the early 20th Century.  He returned to Jamaica after changing his name to Alejandro Bustamante, in the 1930s. He founded the modern trade union movement in Jamaica – the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) – one of the largest and strongest trade unions in Caricom,” he added. Mr. Johnson also mentioned Albert Spencer, son of Jamaican workers who still has the record for the most goals scored in the Copa America football competition, and is a national sports hero in Ecuador. RelatedHigh Commissioner highlights links between Jamaica & Latin America By Vivienne Siva, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Govt. commits Additional $14 Million to Tackle Dengue

first_imgGovt. commits Additional $14 Million to Tackle Dengue Health & WellnessOctober 11, 2012 Advertisements RelatedGovt. commits Additional $14 Million to Tackle Dengue FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the Government has committed an additional $14 million to tackle the dengue problem, of which $4 million is designed for the health regions, $4 million for public education and $6 million for vector control.  Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking  today  (October 11), during a press briefing at his downtown Kingston offices, informed that the Government has so far spent $11.5 million as part of its activities to control the spread of the illness. He noted that of this amount, $3 million was disbursed to the four health regions, while an additional $5 million was used for vector control and $3.5 million went towards public education efforts. The Minister gave an assurance that the Ministry is doing all it can to limit the outbreak of dengue fever across the island. He noted that the Government has employed a “joined-up government” approach in an effort to reduce the mosquito population across the island, by working closely with the Ministers of Local Government and Community Development and Transport and Works, as well as the various Mayors, to target important breeding sites. Dr. Ferguson said the mosquito reduction strategies include the fogging of some 800 communities across the island; source reduction, which involves treatment and destruction of mosquito breeding sites, as well as public education. He noted that so far some 450 communities have been fogged; over 3,500 premises visited and approximately 5,000 containers inspected. “All containers found to be breeding sites for the aedes aegyti mosquito, which transmits dengue, have been treated,” the Minister said. He pointed out that the intensified programme is expected to last until December 2012, but will be continued beyond that date if the need arises. The Minister confirmed an increase in dengue fever cases for this year, noting that as at September 29, there were a total of 1,215 suspected cases, of which 345 had been confirmed. This compared to 887 cases in 2011 and 3,202 in 2010, which had been regarded as an outbreak year. There have also been five suspected deaths associated with the disease, with one confirmed case, via autopsy. The victim was a 15 year-old male of Kingston and St. Andrew, who also had the sickle cell disease. Dr. Ferguson said all parishes have been affected to date, with Kingston and St. Andrew showing the highest incidence of the disease, with 599 or 50 per cent of the cases. The breakdown of suspected cases in the other parishes include: 71 cases in St. Catherine; six in St. Thomas; 19 in Portland; 36 in St. Mary; 67 in St. Ann; 20 in Trelawny; 66 in St. James; 38 in Westmoreland; 24 in Hanover; 30 in St. Elizabeth; Manchester, 128; and Clarendon, 82. There are an additional 29 cases for which no parish has been designated. In the meantime, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Coombs, called on Jamaicans to play their part in reducing the spread of the disease by destroying the breeding sites of mosquitoes. “It cannot be overstated that we need the assistance of every householder…in breaking the transmission cycle of this disease by dealing with the vectors, which breeds around your homes,” he said. For his part, Director, Health Promotion and Prevention Branch, MOH, Dr. Kevin Harvey, cautioned that the symptoms of dengue fever often resemble those of other illnesses, including gastroenteritis and influenza. “Dengue resembles the flu, it has flu-like symptoms, and in fact it can sometimes resemble various other (illnesses), so you have be careful in labelling everything dengue,” he said. “You must (therefore) get a proper assessment from a physician to determine exactly what is going on,” he advised.                                                         DENGUE FACTS: ·        Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the aedes aegyti mosquito. ·        The virus can only be transmitted when the mosquito bites an infected person and then bites someone else. Symptoms of the illness include: pain behind the eyes; joint and muscle pain; weakness, fever, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, vomiting and possibly a rash. center_img RelatedGovt. commits Additional $14 Million to Tackle Dengue RelatedGovt. commits Additional $14 Million to Tackle Denguelast_img read more

ZTE set to announce return to profitability

first_img Previous ArticleVodafone, BSkyB talk on content – reportNext ArticleSoftBank, DT enter talks on Sprint/T-Mobile deal — report ZTE pushes flexibility, simplicity in private 5G networks FinancialZTE Home ZTE set to announce return to profitability Asia Author Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 JAN 2014 center_img FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Related ZTE said that it expects to report a full year profit of between CNY1.2 billion ($198 million) and CNY1.5 billion, due to “a large-scale improvement in profitability in its major operations”.It cited “stringent control” in expenses, and tighter scrutiny of businesses that offer lower margins during 2013. It also strengthened its management of cash flow and account receivables, resulting in an increase in operating cash flow.The company reported a loss in its last full year period (calendar 2012), which was attributed to delayed projects both at home and overseas, and the impact of lower-margin deals.It said that in China, it “capitalised on its ‘early mover’ advantage in 4G LTE to consolidate our leading position in the market”. It also said it “achieved major breakthroughs in the telecommunications markets in South Africa and Spain, and became a top-4 smartphone provider in the US”.Looking forward, the Chinese vendor said it is “committed to pursue further reforms in its operations to add new flexibility and vitality to the company”. This includes plans to “leverage its leadership of the 4G market in China to grow its operations internationally, and target significant breakthroughs in the development of 4G equipment, mobile devices and chipsets”.In mobile devices, it will focus on user experience and branding.The company also recently announced a restructure designed to make its mobile devices and enterprise business groups “more responsive and efficient”. Tags Steve Costello India to shun China vendors in 5G trialslast_img read more

Peace prevails: SL Green, Local 79 settle dispute over protests

first_imgMessage* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink TagsConstructionCoronavirusSL Green SL Green CEO Marc Holiday and 420 Lexington Avenue with Scabby the Rat (Getty; Google; SL Green)Shrill whistling, verbal shaming and a giant inflatable rat are now a thing of the past at SL Green’s Midtown headquarters.The day before its quarterly earnings call with investors, the developer agreed to a settlement with labor union Local 79, following more than a month of contentious protests which resulted in both state and federal lawsuits.“After a productive meeting today, Local 79 has agreed to cease its protest regarding construction at 126 Nassau,” a joint statement from SL Green and Local 79 said.In exchange, SL Green withdrew its federal lawsuit in which it accused the union of potentially spreading Covid and called its actions “terroristic”.The dispute revolved around one of SL Green’s properties at 15 Beekman Street, where it will build a 215,000-square-foot dormitory for Pace University. The developer hired a non-union demolition company to perform work at the site.Local 79 responded with protests at SL Green’s headquarters at 420 Lexington Avenue, including keeping an inflatable Scabby the Rat outside the building each day since early September, according to the company’s earlier complaint.Earlier on Tuesday, SL Green had filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan to stop the protests, Crain’s reported. But by the end of the day, the parties had agreed to settle the dispute.As for whether additional union labor would now be used over the course of the Financial District project, neither party would comment beyond a prepared statement.“SL Green is a strong supporter of union labor and we appreciate the opportunity to sit down with Local 79 … and the opportunity to strengthen our relationship and work together on future projects,” said Edward V. Piccinich, chief operating officer of SL Green.“We recognize and appreciate the leadership of Marc Holliday and SL Green in driving economic development in New York that creates good jobs during this difficult time for the city,” said Robert Bonanza, business manager of the Mason Tenders District Council, a labor organization that represents Local 79, among other workers.“At times like this we need to work together to keep New York moving,” Bonanza added.Write to Orion Jones Email Address* Full Name*last_img read more

Small devs need to promote more – SNJV

first_imgSmall devs need to promote more – SNJVFrench trade group says promotion budget for smaller titles should equal production budgetBrendan SinclairManaging EditorTuesday 1st December 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe Syndicat National du Jeu Vidéo has released the results of its annual developer survey, providing a snapshot of the 2015 French gaming industry. While the full report details a number of modest changes in the country’s gaming companies over the last year, one of the trade group’s key takeaways from the survey is that developers need to be devoting more resources to promoting the games they make.”Development studios are only allocating 11.8 percent of their production budget to promoting their titles,” the SNJV said in its report. “This varies according to the type of game, the platforms targeted and the marketing culture of the studio. Although the ratio of promotion budget to production budget can be 1:5 for AAA games, it should be at least 1:1 for games needing less investment.”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 The report acknowledged that many development studios don’t have much money to invest in promotion, and discussed the difficulties they have in finding financing. The problem is further complicated by the rising costs of development, as the survey found the average annual production budget for developers is expected to rise 14 percent year-over-year in 2015, from €1.26 million to an estimated €1.44 million this year. Every major platform saw production budgets expected to rise, with the only exceptions being connected objects and specialized consoles like Vtech learning toys.However, the trade group still believes the average spent on promotion needs to be higher given how many of the studios are self-publishing their games through digital distribution platforms. (Almost 94 percent of responding development studios considered themselves to be independent, and 100 percent worked on digitally distributed games; just under 30 percent worked on games to be sold on physical media as well.)The SNJV survey was conducted from May to July as an online questionnaire sent to directors of various French game companies from the trade group’s ranks and beyond. 146 such directors responded, believed to represent over one-third of the total French gaming industry.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 9 hours agoLatest comments (2)Nick Parker Consultant Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nick Parker on 2nd December 2015 4:56pm 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDarren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend5 years ago Hmmm this 1:1 is a big issue really, marketing nobs will tell you that they are essential to make your product valuable. When in reality it is just an arms race where the marketers are the arms dealers.Visibility is obviously a key component of selling your game, but it is not the be all and end all. You cannot win an arms race against people who have massive budgets and they know this. You have all heard about stories of $10m in advertising being spent every month to keep market domination, well think why that is for a moment.It is not to get new eyes on their product, but to lock everyone else out by essentially paying “protection money” to marketers. They outspend everyone so nobody else can gain traction in the chart/public eye (hence why things look stagnant in the industry sometimes).This is why I love it when games pop out of the blue, no marketing budget apart from time and effort that capture the public’s imagination. Good for them, they deserve everything they get. 5 years ago For some independent developers, there is no money left over for marketing; even if it’s in the budget, any slippage will divert those funds back into the studio costs. Marketing is now becoming crucial as the mobile market (and even consoles and Steam) becomes so crowded. As a rule of thumb, marketing costs in traditional packaged goods are 10% of revenues on media (as there is usually some above the line media), 5% on production so a total 15% of expected revenues on marketing. Digital product will require similar levels, not 11.8% of the production budget (as highlighted in the article) but approaching 11.8% of expected revenues even if, in a digital world, more imaginative, cheeper means of spreading word of mouth are available.center_img Edited 2 times. Last edit by Darren Adams on 3rd December 2015 10:05am 3Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more