10 Fun Things To Do This Weekend, 2/19

first_imgArtMusicTheaterSports10 Fun Things To Do This Weekend, 2/19Watch the best winter athletes soar off a 16-story jump at Air + Style or catch Josh Radnor and Dion Flynn’s comedy actBy Emily Goldberg – February 18, 2016611ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItFILM: Midnight Screening of GhostbustersWho you gonna call…to see Ghostbusters with you on Friday night? Watch Bill Murray and his exterminator crew take on New York City at the Nuart. More information (February 19, Nuart Theatre)MUSIC: Dr. DogIntegrating lush vocals into a lo-fi sound, the Philadelphia band crafts rough-and-tumble songs that compel audiences to rock and roll. More information (February 19, The Wiltern)  ART: Nature Connects® Art with LEGO® Brick ExhibitNature Connects uses the magical fun of LEGO bricks to connect visitors to the wonders of the natural world. Twenty-seven sculptures created from nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney include an eight-foot-tall hummingbird, a seven-foot-tall rose, and a five-foot-tall butterfly. More information (February 19 – May 8, South Coast Botanic Garden) CONFAB: Cupid’s Undie RunClothes are optional in this one-mile race raising money for the neurofibromatosis. The event proves running can be fun—when you start the day off with a party at Belasco Theatre. After the morning festivities, jog through downtown at your own pace and resume the festivities when you cross the finish line. More information (February 20, Belasco Theatre) MUSIC: Air + StyleThe centerpiece of snowboarding superstar Shaun White’s traveling circus is a 16-story ski jump-laden ramp used for the “big air” competition. More than a dozen musicians perform, including L.A. rockers Incubus and Haim and rapper J. Cole. More information (February 20-21, Exposition Park) DANCE: Don QuixoteCatch a performance from the Los Angeles Ballet during their 10th anniversary season. Watch dancers dash and leap across the stage as they reenact Don Quixote’s journey and his pursuit of his beloved Dulcinea. More information (February 20 – March 26, Redondo Beach Performing Art Center)ART: Hito Steyerl: Factory of the SunPlop down in a lawn chair in an exhibition space straight out of Tron to view the German filmmaker and artist’s outlandish video, which mashes computer graphics, news shows, and performances into a surrealist assemblage. More information (February 21 – September 12, Museum of Contemporary Art) SPORTS: The Harlem GlobetrottersSee the acrobatic sports act in action as they celebrate their 90th anniversary this year. No one loses this game when you watch the all-star athletes sink crosscourt shots and nail sky-high dunks.  More information (February 21, The Staples Center)COMEDY: Clanging with Josh and DionJosh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother‘s Ted Mosby) and comedian and actor Dion Flynn come to L.A. for the West Coast premiere of their clanging act. The duo first started clanging, which refers to an association of words by sound rather than concept, as graduate students at NYU 15 years ago. More information (February 21, The NerdMelt Showroom)ART: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957During the modernist era, a small school in North Carolina was home base for some of the world’s most innovative thinkers, from musician John Cage to assemblage master Robert Rauschenberg to dome-home proponent Buckminster Fuller. The exhibition examines the well of creativity springing from an unlikely source. More information (February 21 – May 15, The Hammer Museum)  TAGSMuseum of Contemporary ArtLos Angeles BalletHarlem GlobetrottersExposition ParkDon QuixoteBelasco TheatreThe WilternThe Staples CenterThe NerdMelt ShowroomThe Hammer MuseumSouth Coast Botanic GardenRedondo Beach Preforming Art CenterNuart TheatreAir + StylePrevious articleThe 10 Most Magical Things We Ate at The Wizarding World of Harry PotterNext articleBurritos La Palma Goes Mobile with Its First Food TruckEmily Goldberg RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This WeekendHere Are the 12 Best Things to Do in L.A. in MarchThis Six Hour Playlist Is the Only One You’ll Need to Get Psyched for FYF Festlast_img read more

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BBC sells White City site to Stanhope and Japanese firm Mitsui Fudosan for £87m

first_img Express KCS Show Comments ▼ Friday 5 June 2015 5:10 pm whatsapp THE BBC has announced the sale and sublet of its Media Village site in an £87m deal with Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan.Following an 18-month negotiating process, four acres of freehold land will be sold and six buildings in White City leased as part of the deal. The BBC says it will make £33m in savings as it moves into a smaller estate in a bid to reduce the size and cost of its buildings. The BBC’s managing director of finance and operations Anne Bulford said the deal was “excellent for licence fee payers”, allowing it to pour more money into programming.She explained: “We will now save £75m a year from prudent property management, meaning even more of the licence fee will go on what matters most to our audience – the programmes they love.”Developer Stanhope and Japanese firm Mitsui Fudosan will refurbish and regenerate part of the complex, which will be brought back to the market in 2016 under the name White City Place. Both firms were part of a consortium that bought the BBC’s Television Centre for £200m in 2012. The project marks the largest-ever city development in London by a Japanese company.The £87m deal represents the latest step in the BBC’s move away from west London. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Sharecenter_img whatsapp Tags: NULL BBC sells White City site to Stanhope and Japanese firm Mitsui Fudosan for £87m by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Expresslast_img read more

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FDA approves first new sickle cell drug in 20 years

first_img Log In | Learn More Tags drug developmentpolicyrare diseases By Adam Feuerstein July 7, 2017 Reprints About the Author Reprints Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. What’s included? Biotech [email protected] 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. The FDA approved a new medicine Friday to reduce the complications associated with sickle cell disease, a rare blood disorder.The drug, Endari, is made by privately held Emmaus Medical and is the first new treatment for sickle cell disease to secure FDA approval in almost 20 years. However, the active ingredient in Endari — L-glutamine — is an old chemical that can be purchased over the counter, which could complicate Emmaus’s ability to obtain insurance coverage.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. GET STARTED What is it? @adamfeuerstein Adam Feuerstein FDA approves first new sickle cell drug in 20 years APStock Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDlast_img read more

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Pharmaceutical mergers and megamergers stifle innovation

first_imgFirst OpinionPharmaceutical mergers and megamergers stifle innovation Antitrust laws and regulations, which ensure competition and protect consumers from predatory business practices, play an important role in structuring the market. In the 1970s, free-market economists laid the intellectual groundwork for what became today’s broad reinterpretation of antitrust law. That resulted in regulators, including the FTC and the Justice Department, to adopt a hands-off approach to antitrust enforcement and apply less scrutiny to mergers of giant corporations. This lax approach to enforcement plays a role in structuring today’s increasingly concentrated pharmaceutical industry.advertisement AbbVie’s CEO, Richard Gonzalez, framed the megadeal as having “a profound impact on AbbVie’s overall growth story while addressing concerns about the company’s reliance on Humira.” While that may seem benign, a closer look exposes a troubling industry-wide trend of billions of dollars of corporate resources going toward acquiring other pharmaceutical corporations with patent-protected blockbuster drugs instead of putting those resources toward “discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives” as the industry likes to claim. Related: It isn’t lost on the public that the pharmaceutical industry is putting profits over people. Over 80% of Americans across party lines believe that lowering drug costs should be a “top priority” for lawmakers. Policymakers across the political spectrum have put the industry on notice, holding hearings with pharmaceutical company CEOs and introducing a flurry of policies to rein in high-cost medicines.President Trump also made lowering drug costs a priority, and went as far as accusing drugmakers of “getting away with murder” on the campaign trail.Yet the industry continues to operate as if it’s business as usual, putting profits over people’s health. Case in point: the second-largest pharmaceutical merger this year made headlines in late June with a $63 billion deal between AbbVie and Botox maker Allergan.advertisement Katy Milani Megamergers, like the AbbVie and Allergan deal, deserve greater scrutiny not just from politicians but from the regulators who have the tools to do something about today’s increasingly concentrated, high-cost pharmaceutical industry. The FTC can self-correct by applying tougher scrutiny on these mergers.Humira is the top-selling drug globally, and generates 61% of AbbVie’s total revenue off of patients reportedly paying close to $60,000 a year for the drug. AbbVie’s patent protections for Humira expire in 2023 when a cheaper version legally comes to market. As the only seller since 2003, AbbVie has market power — meaning the ability to skew market outcomes in the firm’s own interest without creating value or serving the public good — enabling the firm to hike prices and do whatever it takes to extend market exclusivity for Humira for as long as possible.AbbVie’s aim in purchasing Allergan is to remain profitable by acquiring Allergan’s products, including Botox and the blockbuster eye treatment for dry eye, Restasis. In other words, instead of putting profit toward productive activities like research and development toward new blockbuster drugs to replace Humira or lowering drug costs, AbbVie will acquire its competition in order to diversify and remain profitable.Consolidation in the pharmaceutical industry has troubling consequences. The number of mergers and acquisitions involving one of the top 25 firms more than doubled from 29 in 2006 to 61 in 2015, in part due to lax merger review. Between 1995 and 2015, 60 pharmaceutical companies merged into 10. There is little sign that the rise of mergers slowed in recent years. Last month, AbbVie said it will acquire Allergan for $63 billion, the second-largest pharmaceutical merger in 2019. Ruby Wallau for STAT The AbbVie and Allergan deal: ‘Two turkeys don’t make an eagle’ center_img About the Author Reprints Related: Such consolidation has downstream effects on patients. Because internal research and development is expensive, yields inconsistent returns, and is often time-consuming, the biggest pharmaceutical firms are increasingly electing to access R&D by acquiring smaller firms. According to a recent study, “killer acquisitions,” in which one company purchases another to suppress research and the development of rival drugs, account for approximately 6% of all the mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical industry. The same study found that eliminating killer acquisitions would raise the industry’s aggregate drug development by 4% a year.While these trends in pharma may not be surprising, they should be alarming. AbbVie will spend $67 billion “to bypass the risky process of research and development by buying a portfolio of popular products as it faces the loss of patent protection for Humira,” as the New York Times astutely notes. This spending comes with a trade-off, since corporate resources could be used toward innovation, research and development, or lowering drug costs.As regulators review the AbbVie-Allergan merger and continue to scrutinize Bristol-Myers Squibb’s $74 billion acquisition of Celgene, policymakers and candidates for office should put pressure on the FTC to reject these mergers. They should also remind regulators of the impact that consolidation has on patients and access to affordable and innovative medicines.More stringent merger reviews can and should play a role in tackling the trend toward concentration in the pharmaceutical industry. While this is not a silver bullet to rein in high-cost medicines, it is a step in the right direction and a tool policymakers can use now. As candidates for office in 2020, lawmakers, policymakers, and the public debate reining in high-cost medicines, they should put pressure on regulators like the FTC to act. They should encourage the FTC to apply more scrutiny — or better yet, not approve — multibillion-dollar mergers in the pharmaceutical industry. The American public deserves to hear more from the candidates and lawmakers on their plans to take on the pharmaceutical industry and the drug affordability crisis.Katy Milani is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. The Bristol-Celgene merger is approved. Here are 8 challenges ahead By Katy Milani July 10, 2019 Reprints @katy_milani Tags financepharmaceuticalslast_img read more

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Ontario woman charged with fraud and other securities violations

first_img James Langton Keywords Enforcement Court rules in favour of labour-sponsored venture fund against fund manager Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Michelle Dunk of Waterloo, Ont. has been charged with fraud, trading without registration, trading without a prospectus, and for violating a cease-trade order the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) imposed in 2011. MFDA reports fewer prohibitions, monetary penalties in 2020 Hedge fund founders face OSC charges Court allows $100-million lawsuit against OSC to proceed Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Dunk was sentenced to 75 days in jail and two years of probation in April after she pled guilty to trading without being registered and violating an OSC order. These latest allegations have not been proven. Dunk is slated to face these new charges at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener, Ont. on July 12. According to the OSC, an investigation by the Joint Serious Offences Team (JSOT) — an enforcement partnership between the OSC, RCMP and OPP — found that Dunk was involved in the sale and distribution of the unregistered securities of Rocky Point Energy between September 2012 and May 30 of this year. “Further victims are believed to exist and are encouraged to come forward,” the OSC says in a release announcing the charges. The previous charges against Dunk also stemmed from the sale of unregistered securities from a resources company, Hockley Energy. The OSC notes that she continues to be subject to a cease-trade order prohibiting her from trading. Photo copyright: belchonock/123RF Related newslast_img read more

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100 Community Police Officers Deployed

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail At least 100 community police officers were deployed islandwide recently, as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) increases its effort to build better relationships between citizens and the police.This disclosure was made by Assistant Commissioner of Police, John McLean, who heads the Community Safety and Security Branch of the JCF, during a recent interview with JIS News.“I would like to see a deployment in the 38 communities we have identified definitely before July of this year, and I am very hopeful we will have [at least] 100 police officers out there dedicated to community policing,” Mr. McLean said.“On top of that, [community] leaders and managers will be trained to give support to the initiative, and other officers who are not directly involved in dedicated community policing will also be undergoing training, so we have got a big programme of community policing to develop and roll out over the coming months,” he explained.According to Mr. McLean, there are already 80 officers trained from parishes such as Portland, St. Thomas, Trelawny, St. James, St. Catherine,St. Andrew and Kingston, and another 20 are currently undergoing two weeks of training in Negril, Westmoreland.“We have only a small number deployed so far, mainly in St. Thomas and St. Catherine South. The others are in the planning stage, so we can get ready to deploy them in the next few weeks, plus there will be additional officers who are about to start the training or will undergo the training in the next few weeks,” he added.He also explained that the number of police officers deployed to each community would differ, depending on a variety of reasons, including the size of the community and the progress of the relationship between police and citizens.“Their job is to foster relationships with the community and the other agencies, develop a profile of the area, identify the challenges and the issues and work with the community to resolve them,” Mr. McLean said.“Community policing is about building trust and relationships between the police and the community and vice versa, because very often there are people saying that they don’t trust the police and that will only be resolved through sustained long term interaction, communication and co-operation between the citizens and the police, which allow them to develop trust,” he pointed out.According to the Assistant Commissioner, the impact of the officers should be felt soon after they are deployed.“I think you will see an impact fairly soon. The relationship and the confidence in the police and the community will develop very quickly in those communities where it is happening and I think in the longer term, other things will happen which will lead to improvement of policing services and [although] some of them may take months to a year, things will start to happen and the quality of policing and community policing relations will improve,” he assured.He said this should eventually lead to a reduction in crime, “as crime prevention and joint problem solving come into play and people work together to reduce crime.”Some communities to benefit from the presence of the community police officers include Seaforth in St. Thomas; Portmore Villa in St. Catherine South and March Pen Road in St. Catherine North.Community police officers are trained in areas such as problem solving, building community trust, being proactive rather than reactive, basic physical and social crime prevention strategies, which complement the JCF’s Community Policing Manual published in January this year. 100 Community Police Officers Deployed UncategorizedJune 2, 2008 Related100 Community Police Officers Deployedcenter_img Related100 Community Police Officers Deployed Related100 Community Police Officers Deployedlast_img read more

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Baghera/wines, the Geneva Based Auction House, Announce Their Next Sale

first_imgAdvertisementDomaine René Engel, the Trilogy. A Homage to René, Pierre & PhilippeSunday 16th 2019, Hôtel Beau-Rivage, Geneva100 years after Domaine René Engel’s foundation, 1156 bottles, magnums, jeroboams and 1 methuselah, originating directly from the Domaine’s underground vaulted cellar and spread over 168 lots, will be offered at auction on Sunday June 16th, 2019 at Hotel Beau-Rivage in Geneva.This historic sale to be held by Baghera/wines is an unique opportunity to acquire the very last bottles from the Domaine and to pay an ultimate tribute to René, Pierre and Philippe Engel, a trilogy of pioneers and passionate winemakers, who each left their mark on Burgundy’s fine wines’ history.LOT 98 : Échezeaux Grand Cru, Vertical from 2003 to 1976 – 16 magnumsCHF 20’000 – 50’000DOMAINE RENÉ ENGEL : A ICONIC BURGUNDIAN WINE-ESTATE TO REDISCOVERDespite little public awareness of the name, Domaine René Engel is widely acclaimed by seasoned amateurs and wine specialists and is regarded by many as one of the top Burgundian domaines. Founded by René Engel in 1919, the Domaine is located in Vosne-Romanée at the very heart of the Bourgogne viticole. Between 1919 and 2004, three men – René, Pierre and Philippe – succeeded each other, from father to son, to run the family’s vineyard, which includes some of the most prestigious Burgundian crus.For 85 years, these three distinctive characters individually imprinted their marks to the wines, constantly striving and exploring the uniqueness of their terroir and seeking to improve the age-gold tradition. Thanks to their active involvement in the Burgundian wine community, these three men contributed to the recognition and reputation of the distinctive quality of the great wines from Burgundy throughout the world.THE AUCTION “DOMAINE RENÉ ENGEL, THE TRILOGY”100 years after Domaine René Engel was founded, 998 bottles, 146 magnums, 12 jeroboams and 1 methuselah belonging to the Engel family, will go under the hammer of Baghera/wines on June 16th, in Geneva. This auction is the unique opportunity for Burgundy wine-lovers to acquire some of these very rare and sought after bottles.RENE, PIERRE AND PHILIPPE ENGEL: THREE MEN WHO HAVE MARKED BURGUNDY’S FINE WINES’ HISTORYRENÉ ENGEL, HENRI JAYER’S TEACHERWhile acquiring a series of plots adjoining the family property, René progressively expands the original estate he inherited. His inquisitive and scientific spirit leads him to explore innovative methods as much in making the wine as in selling it. He provides advice in viticultural assessments and sets up within the Domaine’s premises an œnological laboratory. An œnology teacher at the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Dijon during 35 years, he educated generations of wine-growers, including amongst others, Henri Jayer, nicknamed “le pape des vignerons”, to whom he conveys his knowledge in wine-making and wine-tastingAuthor of several specialized publications, he also is the co-founder of the Brotherhood “Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin”, an initiative that aimed to promote the wines of Burgundy, based within the Château du Clos de Vougeot premises.PIERRE, MAYOR OF VOSNE-ROMANÉETaking over his father in running the Domaine in 1949, Pierre creates at the same time the “Jeunes Professionnels de la Vigne” group and commits in the local political life by becoming Mayor of Vosne-Romanée in 1959 for two consecutive mandates. He continues the family’s involvement in promoting the fine wines of Burgundy.PHILIPPE, THE EPICUREANTrained by his father Pierre, Philippe will bring Domaine René Engel to its peak. By instituting new technics, he improves the vinification methods and slowly introduces substantial changes in the wine-growing practices. Wines from Domaine René Engel come on top of the list with the finest wines produced in Vosne, even in challenging years. His sudden death at 49 years old will lead the Domaine to an end, his last vintage being 2004.ABOUT BAGHERA/WINES, EXCEPTIONAL WINE EXPERTS CONSULTANCYLeading European fine-wines auction house, Baghera/wines has been distinguished last year by holding the “Henri Jayer, the Heritage” sale – the most important wine auction ever held in the history of wine auctions. The Geneva-based company, founded in 2015, guides collectors in every dimension of highlighting their wine collection, focusing on tailor-made, one-to-one professional advice. Baghera/wines soon will be opening an office in Hong-Kong.Advertisement Twitter Share Facebook Pinterest Email Linkedin Previous articleFranzia Wine Makes “Franz for Life” with Integrated Advertising CampaignNext articleFifth Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards Recipients Announced Press Release ReddIt Home Industry News Releases Baghera/wines, the Geneva Based Auction House, Announce Their Next SaleIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessBaghera/wines, the Geneva Based Auction House, Announce Their Next SaleBy Press Release – April 2, 2019 205 0 TAGSBaghera/winesDomaine René Engel last_img read more

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European Commission Blue Book Traineeship

first_imgA trainees daily work consists of:Attending and organizing meetings, working groups, forums, public hearings;Researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations, answering queries;Running projects.The Commission works 40 hours a week, 8 hours per day.Eligibility +1 Deadline: 4 February 2019Open to: individuals holding at least a bachelor degreeBenefits: EUR 1,196.84 per monthDescription Similar Stories LinkedIn 0 BenefitsThe living allowance for the 2019 traineeships sessions will be EUR 1,196.84 per month;EU knowledge – insight into the processes and policies of the European Institutions;Practical experience – an opportunity to play a part in the Commission’s day-to-day business;Opportunity to put academic theory into practice.How to apply?In order to apply, please click here.For more detailed information, please visit the official webpage. The Blue Book Traineeship European Commission Blue Book Traineeship Tweet There is no limit of age to participate in the traineeship programme;Level of education (minimum – ‘bachelor’ or equivalent). Reddit Pocket Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2019 → ← The British Academy Global Professorships programme Share 0 January 17, 2019 Published by Leonarda Each year the European Commission offers 2 five months, paid traineeships, for 1,300 trainees; administrative or translation. Trainees work all over the European Commission/Services/Agencies mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and across the European Union. The content of the job depends on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy etc.last_img read more

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Brexit’s shadow looms over 2018

first_img Edited 2 times. Last edit by Keldon Alleyne on 16th December 2017 8:05pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAdam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee3 years ago Sadly a skills shortage in the UK has been a long term issue. Sure part of that is always going to be working on training and graduating new talent from the UK but part of it really does require immigration. We need talented people from various sources to fuel the industry’s growth and enrich its ability to deliver great content and services. Brexit’s shadow looms over 2018A lack of recognition of the games industry’s needs from government have created concerns over hiring and trade that will continue into next yearRob FaheyContributing EditorFriday 15th December 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareA handful of concessions and walk-backs seem to have pulled Britain away from the brink of the most catastrophic version of Brexit – a “no-deal” exit which would see the country falling back on the World Trade Organisation’s rules, and faced with beginning the long process of arranging trade deals with key partners (including the EU itself) from a standing start. While certain groups and individuals fetishise this outcome, most business leaders are horrified by the prospect – not least in the games industry, a vital UK creative industry that could face enormous damage from an extreme Brexit outcome. The progress made in softening the UK government’s approach to Brexit and finding compromise solutions to difficult issues like the Irish border means that the worst possible outcome for the games business looks a little more unlikely; but the shadow of this political situation and the uncertainty it has created will sit heavy on the industry throughout 2018. This year, the UK industry has highlighted a number of ways in which Brexit threatens its current way of doing business. The most commonly cited and worried-about aspect is the question of how the country’s game studios will fill their requirements for skilled staff without easy access to the EU’s labour markets. This is not a problem unique to the games business, of course; almost every skilled sector in the UK faces a similar quandary. “The entire industry has grown up in a climate where access to EU workers was a given” Game development, however, requires very highly skilled staff from a wide number of different fields; putting together the team needed to create a modern video game is an almost unique recruitment challenge. Game studio bosses who have addressed the issue of Brexit have highlighted the preponderance of EU nationals on their staff; if the process for hiring the required staff from overseas is not made as smooth and painless as possible, as quickly as possible, the resulting skills shortages will spell trouble for companies which often already operate close to their limit in order to meet milestones and other deadlines.Nobody can say just how difficult it will be to recruit staff, or how tough it will be for companies that can’t get the staff they need, because this isn’t something the UK games industry has experienced before; freedom of movement for EU workers predates the video games business itself. The entire industry has grown up in a climate where access to EU workers was a given; even if the visa rules the government establishes for skilled game development staff are as flexible and simple as possible, it will still represent a major shift in the difficulty of building and maintaining a games company in the UK.What most companies have been less concerned about, for the most part, are trade regulations. The physical challenges to trade presented by Brexit – especially a disorderly, no-deal kind of Brexit – largely don’t concern a creative industry like videogames. The physical hardware shipped to consumers is largely sourced from outside the EU (though manufacturers would likely need to make some new distribution arrangements to avoid excessive costs or delays in the event of the UK leaving the customs union), and the transfer of digital assets and goods is not impinged upon by trucks being backed up at inspection booths in Dover.There are, however, significant concerns in this area which some people in the industry began to get very uncomfortable about as the prospect of a “no-deal” Brexit loomed in recent weeks. The WTO rules to which Britain would fall back in the event of such a deal aren’t actually particularly great in their handling of digital products; in fact, what our industry might think of as “products” (digital games sold to consumers, or digital assets created and sent back to a publisher) are classified as “services” by the WTO’s rules and subject to a fairly bare-bones set of regulations that aren’t terribly well suited to handling them. “Companies in the mobile and social sectors seem willing to examine options like Ireland or the Netherlands to avoid negative impact from Brexit” Discussions about updating the WTO’s rules on digital products and information technology have been ongoing for years, and haven’t gone very far; instead, there is a patchwork of different treaties and agreements in place which create a loose framework for how digital trade functions, most of which Britain would not automatically be party to were it to leave the EU without an agreement in place. The loss of full access to the EU’s single market for services and digital products would be a blow to many companies in itself; the potential legal and regulatory wrangles faced by companies doing something as simple as work-for-hire for publishers in other jurisdictions would also create significant headaches and costs.That outcome, at least, looks a bit more distant now than it did last week. Indeed, many within the industry will likely be optimistic now of a deal that sees the UK retain much of its market access and regulatory harmonisation with the EU, and allows the games industry to essentially take a business-as-usual approach on trade. At the same time, though, this uncertainty is having the same effect on the games business as it is on just about every other sector in the UK – depressing the mood for expansion and capital investment until such time as a bit more certainty prevails, and pushing more footloose businesses to think about whether relocation is a sensible option. Mood on this latter topic is strongly divided among business leaders in games, but companies in the mobile and social sectors in particular seem to be willing to examine options like Ireland or the Netherlands to avoid negative impact from Brexit.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 Few in the games industry are optimistic about Brexit – there are some notable contrarians, but for the most part the industry’s business leaders’ most optimistic stance tends to be “the impact might not be as bad as we think”, rather than any possibility of a positive influence. For those, the optimal path for Brexit (short of calling the whole thing off, one assumes) would have been for the end of 2017 to have come with a sense of certainty; a knowledge of how the deal was shaping up, what future relationships would look like, and what the options and opportunities for British creative industries in a post-Brexit world would be.We don’t have that. The country has skated past a few of the thinnest patches of ice and avoided being plunged into the chaos of a no-deal scenario, so we’re also a long way away from the most pessimistic scenario; call it a score draw. Certainty, though is thin on the ground, and that’s always, always bad for business, scaring off investors, adding unpredictability to deals and contracts, and depressing hiring and expansion. Even those UK studios who scoff at the idea of relocation will be battening down the hatches in many regards in 2018, at least until such time as the country’s future looks more certain and settled. The faster that certainty is reached, the faster the industry can get back to business.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesGearbox, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple oppose Texas anti-trans lawBorderlands developer even suggests it would expand out of the state if law is passedBy James Batchelor 20 days agoGerman legal reform to set new standards for loot boxesBundestag passes youth protection law that would require clear descriptors for games featuring loot boxesBy Matthew Handrahan 2 months agoLatest comments (3)Ruben Monteiro Engineer 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyKeldon Alleyne Strategic Keyboard Basher, Avasopht Development3 years agothere’s a shortage of game developers in the UK? With it’s background in game development? I find that really bizarreI think it’s more the case that immigration gives access to the smaller pool of the most exceptional talent (for which demand greatly exceeds supply) who come with the added bonus of seeking access to the London’s job market. Edited 1 times. Last edit by Adam Campbell on 17th December 2017 10:04pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. 3 years ago People have been migrating to the UK to work in the games industry because they don’t have the chance to pursue that career in their home countries. Given the chance, most wouldn’t go.Brexit will be a great opportunity for those companies who can effectively do offshore development via physical offices or remote working.And anyway, at a time that state of the art development tools and training materials are widely accessible at zero cost, and that new games are popping out faster than insects can reproduce themselves, there’s a shortage of game developers in the UK? With it’s background in game development? I find that really bizarre.last_img read more

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Karen Pavicic Wins FEI Dressage Grand Prix in Omaha

first_imgKaren Pavicic led a Canadian sweep of the top two places in the FEI Dressage CDI4* Grand Prix at the fifth annual International Omaha. This is the first time that International Omaha is hosting an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) approved CDI 4* Dressage competition alongside its CSI 3* Jumping competition.International Omaha is produced by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) and is taking place May 5-7 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, site of the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final. Pavicic claimed the win with a brilliant ride on her 14-year-old, Oldenburg gelding that she owns with Jayne Essig. She received a score of 67.800 from the five-judge panel of Janet Foy (USA), Gary Rockwell (USA), Christof Umbach (LUX), Ulrike Nivelle (GER) and Cara Witham (CAN).“I was really pleased with my horse but not so much with myself,” said Pavicic who has represented Canada many times internationally including riding on its team at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. “I went off course which was a costly mistake, but he maintained his composure throughout and was really great.“I really think this is a fantastic event,” Pavicic continued. “The atmosphere was electric and the venue is outstanding. Omaha is such a friendly, welcoming city and I have no doubt that the World Cup next year is going to be an incredible event!”Two-time Olympic veteran Jacqueline Brooks completed Canada’s sweep of the top two places with a score of 65.120 on D Niro, a 17-year-old, Swedish-bred gelding owned by Mary Brooks and Brookhaven Dressage. Brooks felt that her horse was affected by the large arena and the atmosphere. “He was really scared when he entered the ring,” she said. “We spent all winter competing outdoors in Florida and he was definitely affected here tonight. I think he’ll be much better tomorrow night but overall he was honest throughout his test tonight despite his nerves.”Finishing third was Katie Poag of John Island, SC with a score of 64.640 seconds on her own Zonnekoning, a 12-year-old, KWPN stallion.Full results are available at the International Omaha website at www.internationalomaha.com.Upcoming highlights of International Omaha include the FEI Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle to Music competition on Friday at 4:00 P.M., the Mutual of Omaha Bank Speed Derby on Friday at 7:00 P.M, and the Burlington Capital Group Grand Prix Jumping on Saturday at 7:00 P.M. Tags: Karen Pavicic, Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

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