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JCDC launches redesigned website

JCDC launches redesigned website

first_imgRelatedJCDC launches redesigned website RelatedJCDC launches redesigned website Advertisements JCDC launches redesigned website CultureNovember 13, 2010center_img RelatedJCDC launches redesigned website FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The redesigned website of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) was officially launched on November 12, by Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange.The launch was held at Ardenne High School in St. Andrew, which copped the JCDC’s prestigious Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts for 2010. The new website is: www.jcdc.gov.jm.In her address, Ms. Grange described the new website as “Jamaica’s newest electronic hub,” which will enable persons, logging on from any part of the world, to experience Jamaica’s rich culture and heritage, as they will have access to the “most current and factual information”.Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange (right), shares pleasantries with (from left): Executive Director, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Grace Silvera, and Acting Principal, Ardenne Hugh School, Jacqueline Pinto, during the launch of the JCDC’s re-designed website at the school’s Ardenne Road, St. Andrew campus, on November 12.“It is part of an ongoing re-branding and overall strategic plan currently being implemented by the JCDC, to reposition itself as Jamaica’s premier agency for culture and entertainment,” the Minister pointed out.Ms. Grange informed that the website will, among other things, enable persons to listen to past and current popular and gospel festival songs, research information and get updates on cultural topics and events.“There are also plans to include live streaming of events, like the Grand Gala, and of course, the festival of the performing arts, mello-go-round, and other national activities. This means that your friends and family members, whether they are in Jamaica or Morocco, will be able to log on and see you in action,” she noted.“The new website will allow you to follow the work of the JCDC, through the use of online social media networks like Facebook and Youtube. Users will also be able to download entry forms and information on JCDC competitions; you will be able to purchase souvenirs, browse photo galleries of the JCDC’s events, watch cultural videos, and browse through the extensive archives of cultural and historical information,” the Minister outlined.Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange (centre), and Executive Director, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Grace Silvera (2nd left), are joined by Ardenne High School students: Head Boy – Gilroy Gordon (left); Head Girl – Geniene Lettman (3rd left); Deputy Head Boy – Orlando Lewis (2nd right) and Deputy Head Girl – Jodi-Ann Wellington (right); and Acting Principal – Jacqueline Pinto (3rd right, partly hidden), in the cutting of a cake symbolising the launch of the JCDC’s re-designed website, during a ceremony at the school’s Ardenne Road, St. Andrew campus on November 12.Ms. Grange urged students to peruse the website, citing it as an opportunity for them to learn more about Jamaica’s culture and heritage.“I know we are particularly proud of our culture and heritage. We have a very rich cultural heritage and we have fascinated the world through our culture, our music and our sports,” she said.Students and teachers were shown a brief video presentation on the website’s content, following which there was a symbolic cake cutting to formally launch the website, involving Minister Grange, JCDC Executive Director, Grace Silvera and representatives of the student body.last_img read more

How Scopely’s acquisition of FoxNext led to Boundless opportunity

How Scopely’s acquisition of FoxNext led to Boundless opportunity

first_imgBrendan SinclairManaging EditorThursday 15th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe FoxNext team has been through a lot.Established in 2017 to be the new video games division for TV and film giant Fox, the studio was sold (along with its entire parent company) to even larger TV and film giant Disney in 2019. Disney had made a very public pivot away from internal game development a few years earlier, so it was not terribly surprising when FoxNext was sold again in January of 2020 to its third (and current) parent company, Scopely.Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Scopely president of games (and former FoxNext GM) Amir Rahimi talks about how the team dealt with the turmoil. “When I look back at it, it feels like a miracle that we were able to build a game through all of that,” Rahimi says. “But this is a very tight-knit group. I think six or seven of us go back about 20 years now. We have a very strong culture, a strong identity, and we’ve managed to stay focused through all of it.”Change is nothing new. Change is the only constant for this group. We’ve been across so many companies so far. The key has been focusing on the people, keeping our people focused and happy, and not letting those shifts in culture or parent companies affect the way we develop games.”Amir RahimiIt may have been impressive enough to build a game at all under those circumstances, but the title the team built — Marvel Strike Force — has been a success by many metrics, particularly since the Scopely acquisition. Marvel Strike Force saw revenue grow 70% year-over-year to $300 million in 2020, and Rahimi notes retention figures showing 70% of users playing for seven days in a row, with the average player putting in more than two hours a day.The growth doesn’t appear to be purely down to the pandemic, either. Scopely chief revenue officer and boardmember Tim O’Brien says that while the onset of COVID-19 spiked metrics in its first few months, things had levelled off by last September, the company’s slate of products are stable and growing this year, and it’s not expecting any kind of change as vaccines roll out and the pandemic hopefully subsides.Rahimi notes that games like Marvel Strike Force may be particularly well suited to holding on to any gains from the past year.”A lot of companies in their approach to M&A are looking to alter the acquisition target in some way, whether it’s by tripping up leadership or having them work on a different IP, game, genre or technology stack” Amir Rahimi”When someone engages in a game long enough to get into the great social loops that exist, they build relationships that tend to last a very, very long time,” he says. “So while the pandemic had the effect of making it more likely for people to build those social connections in games, now that a lot of those social connections have been established, we have a lot of analytic ability to judge what’s happening to the audiences. And we’re not seeing that type of decline so far now that the world starts opening back up and people are getting the vaccines.”Rahimi also credits much of the recent success of Marvel Strike Force to Scopely, saying the company’s technology stack, publishing abilities, and willingness to offer these things without forcing them on the studio are “a model for how mergers and acquisitions should look in this industry.” (Scopely is putting that model to the test a lot lately, having also acquired Digit, PierPlay, and Genjoy since 2019.)Tim O’Brien”A lot of companies in their approach to M&A are looking to alter the acquisition target in some way, whether it’s by tripping up leadership or having them work on a different IP, game, genre or technology stack,” Rahimi says. “In my experience that’s usually the number one thing where these acquisitions go wrong. But Scopely’s approach to M&A with us has been very different; it’s been them looking for a partner that brings something to Scopely it didn’t already have, and also a partner it can help empower and grow to be successful.”O’Brien adds, “That’s been the most important thing about this partnership: not only that we came together and shared the same culture and values around game making, but also that a number of those key FoxNext leaders joined the leadership team here at Scopely.”In addition to Rahimi’s executive position at Scopely, FoxNext’s Aaron Loeb has become Scopely’s chief business officer and O’Brien notes that FoxNext publishing leaders joined Scopely in leadership roles as well.It’s not just the FoxNext developers’ job titles that are changing. After a year as part of Scopely, it’s time for FoxNext to stop carrying the name of the owner before its previous owner. Going forward, the studio will be branded as “Boundless Entertainment, a Scopely Studio.””We’re really excited about the consolidation that’s happening in this industry, and really excited to be leading some of those changes that are happening” Tim O’Brien”Part of the reason we chose the name Boundless is that we have this deep-rooted philosophy that great game makers can make great games, regardless of the business model or platform,” Rahimi says. “That’s something this group has done over the years, and one of the reasons we love Scopely so much and were happy to go with them is they share the same perspective. If they have conviction and passion around a new opportunity, they’ll go for it.”And while Scopely is pretty firmly a mobile games company today, O’Brien says the company is working on bringing some of its existing titles to the web and PC, and is greenlighting games he can’t talk about yet that are intended to be “full cross-platform.”Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “Ultimately we want to be where the consumers want to digest and play our games,” O’Brien says, adding, “although we still are always going to be excited about mobile and delivering amazing experiences there.”While Rahimi and O’Brien may paint the Scopely-Boundless acquisition as a model for such deals in the industry, it is not a one-size-fits all approach. O’Brien notes that Scopely has made a number of acquisitions in recent years, is planning on making more going forward, and the company plans to be flexible in what it expects from each new pick-up.”We just want to be a place that can provide and cultivate those types of relationships and then accelerate our businesses together,” O’Brien says. “I think through our acquisitions of Genjoy, Digit, Pier Play, and FoxNext, they’re all turning into such positive and rewarding experiences that we just want to double-down and partner with more teams and companies. We’re really excited about the consolidation that’s happening in this industry, and really excited to be leading some of those changes that are happening.”last_img read more

Variation, and a theme

Variation, and a theme

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

Instagram celeb ‘Ray Hushpuppi’ arrested and charged with attempting to steal £100million from Premier League club

Instagram celeb ‘Ray Hushpuppi’ arrested and charged with attempting to steal £100million from Premier League club

first_imgINSTAGRAM celebrity Ray Hushpuppi has been arrested for allegedly trying to steal £100million from a Premier League club.The 37-year-old, real name Ramon Abbas, was arrested in Dubai last month after a lengthy FBI investigation.Hushpuppi has amassed over 2.4million followers on Instagram Credit: @DubaiPoliceHQHe was then transferred to the United States and has appeared in court in Chicago.Hushpuppi loves to flaunt his wealth on Instagram with pictures of himself alongside luxury cars and jets.But it is claimed that the investigators were able to track his movements by his online activity.In court documents, the US Department of Justice alleged: “Abbas maintains social media accounts that frequently showed him in designer clothes, wearing expensive watches and posing in or with luxury cars and charter jets. “The FBI’s investigation has revealed that Abbas finances this opulent lifestyle through crime.”He is accused of hacking corporate emails and tricking staff into money transfers.The Premier League club has not been identified.Hushpuppi also faces charge for allegedly laundering millions of dollars in stolen money.The Department of Justice said: “Abbas and others further conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100m from an English Premier League soccer club.”It is reported that he will face a maximum sentence of 20 years if he is found guilty of conspiracy to engage in money laundering – but he is yet to respond to the claims.Pep Guardiola jokes Liverpool ‘had drank a lot of beers in last week’ in title celebrations after Man City thumping Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heelscenter_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uk Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopterlast_img read more

Teen facing 15 charges in connection to London acid attacks

Teen facing 15 charges in connection to London acid attacks

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A teenager is facing multiple charges in connection to five linked acid attacks in north and east London earlier this week, police said Saturday.Authorities charged a 16-year-old male on Saturday evening with 15 offenses, including multiple counts of robbery and grievous bodily harm (GBH), according to London’s Metropolitan Police. The teen was arrested Friday after he was identified near the scene of the attacks, which took place on Thursday, in surveillance video.The suspect has been remanded in custody and will appear before Stratford Youth Court on Monday.A 15-year-old male was also arrested at an address in the Stoke Newington neighborhood of north London on Friday morning, also on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery, police said. He was released on bail Saturday morning until a date in early August, according to the Met Police, who have not publicly identified either suspect by name.The 16-year-old faces three counts of robbery, four counts of attempted robbery, one count of possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance, five counts of attempted GBH with intent, one count of GBH with intent and one count of handling stolen goods.The attacks were reported to police over a 72-minute period, with four taking place in the eastern borough of Hackney and one in the northern borough of Islington. All five victims were transported to hospitals, with one man sustaining life-changing facial injuries, according to the Met Police. Ben Clark, chief inspector for the Metropolitan Police in the borough of Hackney, said all five victims were riding mopeds at the time of the attacks, but they come from a “variety of backgrounds.”“These are hideous offences and must have been very frightening for all of the victims,” he said.The first incident, which occurred at the junction of Hackney Road and Queensbridge Road, was reported to police at 10:25 p.m. local time. Responding officers found a 32-year-old man suffering from non-life-changing facial injuries. The victim was on a moped when another moped carrying two male riders pulled up alongside him. They threw a corrosive liquid in his face and one of them stole his vehicle before driving off together, police said.At 10:49 p.m. local time, police were called to St. Paul’s Road where a 44-year-old man riding a moped had a corrosive substance thrown in his face by two males, also on a moped. The victim was taken to a hospital and authorities are awaiting an update on his condition, according to police.At 11:05 p.m. local time, police received a call about two males on a moped throwing a corrosive liquid in another man’s face on Shoreditch High Street. The 52-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with facial injuries believed to be non-life-threatening.A similar incident on Cazenove Road near the junction with Upper Clapton Road was reported to police at 11:18 p.m. Responding officers found a 24-year-old man there suffering from what police said were described as “life-changing” facial injuries.At 11:37 p.m. local time, a 33-year-old man reported to police that he was on his moped in traffic on Chatsworth Road when two males on another moped pulled alongside him and sprayed a corrosive liquid in his face. They then stole his moped and fled the scene. The victim managed to make his way home before contacting police. He was taken to a hospital and authorities are awaiting an update on his condition, according to police. Police on Friday urged the public to be vigilant about anyone who may be carrying dangerous corrosives.“Of late we have seen more attacks using corrosive substances in London,” Clark said in a statement Friday. “I would urge businesses and parents to challenge those who they think may be trying to obtain or carry these substances as this could help prevent serious offences and life changing injuries being caused.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Liverpool beat West Brom at Anfield

Liverpool beat West Brom at Anfield

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool beat West Brom 2-1 at Anfield.LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 22 – Liverpool survived a late scare to beat West Brom 2-1 thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.Having dominated proceedings from the first whistle at Anfield the Reds were unfortunate not to be further ahead when Gareth McAuley took advantage at a late corner and a 2-1 scoreline was not quite enough to topple Arsenal at the summit. Yet there was much to love about the Reds here, not least in the first half when Coutinho dummied brilliantly to pave the way for Mane’s 20th-minute opener and produced a neat turn and finish after his team-mate repaid the favour.They could, and should, have won by a more handsome margin but one clean sheet in nine matches tells its own tale.Liverpool made just one change to the side held by Manchester United on Monday, Adam Lallana back in place of England team-mate Daniel Sturridge.Lallana was involved early, linking with Coutinho to feed Mane on the right.There was a tangle of legs with Allan Nyom as the forward drove into the box but referee Neil Swarbrick allowed play to continue.Liverpool seemingly picked Nyom out as the weak link, Lallana, Mane and Nathaniel Clyne repeatedly causing the left-back strife.The opening goal was a free-flowing delight, the Reds building from the back when Coutinho’s brilliant, instinctive dummy caught a handful of striped shirts off guard.Emre Can strode into the space created by his team-mate’s quick thinking before laying off for Roberto Firmino on the overlap.Firmino’s cross was measured, creeping just over Nyom’s head and onto the boot of Mane who found the bottom corner on the volley.The goal underlined the home side’s dominance and seemed to rob Albion of belief in the process.A second might have arrived when Clyne’s whipped cross just evaded Can’s outstretched leg, but Anfield was celebrating again in the 35th minute.Baggies skipper Darren Fletcher failed to get Ben Foster’s sliced clearance under control and Mane was on to the mistake in an instant.He picked out Coutinho with a quick pass but there was still plenty to do, McAuley and Craig Dawson suckered by a feint and Foster beaten for pace at his near post.Liverpool’s passing and movement were just as smooth after the break, with West Brom at times chasing shadows as the ball zipped around their final third.Chris Brunt came on for Claudio Yacob at half-time, with James Morrison replacing Matt Phillips six minutes later, but Tony Pulis’ changes felt little more than cosmetic.Morrison had his pocket picked by Coutinho shortly after coming on, leading to another red surge that would have ended in a goal had McAuley not blocked Firmino’s shot.Foster also played his part in keeping things respectable, pulling off a wonderful save to keep out Dejan Lovren’s header from a corner.West Brom were over-run but resolute, Jonas Olsson the latest to prevent a certain goal when he dived bravely to smother Can’s effort from 12 yards. Coutinho, once again, had played the role of creator.Nacer Chadli, with four goals in his last four games, had a rare sight of Loris Karius’ goal in the 70th minute, a wayward effort that was nevertheless greeted warmly by the away end.That was nothing compared to the roar that greeted McAuley when the Northern Ireland international lashed home in the 82nd minute after reacting quickest to a ricochet in the area.Liverpool’s composure was lost as a result but they would have reopened their two-goal lead had Foster not made another fine block from Firmino.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more