Two years on, and the Brexit debate is still dominated by the two extremes shouting at each other

first_img Tags: Brexit And yet, more than two years on from that dramatic night, the loudest voices in this debate are still the two extremes. Flick through the news channels and you’ll catch snippets of Labour’s Andrew Adonis demanding Brexit be stopped (and calling for a public inquiry into how it could have happened) along with glimpses of backbench Tories and hard-Brexit advocates telling us, implausibly, that a No Deal exit would be a walk in the park.The campaign for a second referendum is up and running – cloaked in the language of democracy but with a very clear purpose: to undo what democracy delivered in 2016. On the other side of the aisle, hardcore Brexiters are fumbling and stumbling in a last-ditch effort to present an alternative plan to the Prime Minister’s Chequers proposal.Everyone else (we could call them the squeezed middle) watches as the remnants of two campaigning sides continue to shout at each other, 27 months after one side lost and the other won. Narrowly. That slim margin of victory matters.As Leaver Dan Hannan has said, and as Remainer Tory MP Simon Hart now echoes, the referendum did not settle a debate; it exposed a divide. The task of Brexit, therefore, is as much about bringing the country back together as it is about extricating the UK from the European Union.A second referendum, whatever it’s called (“People’s Vote”) would generate fresh waves of uncertainty, amplify the voices of the two extremes and shatter the notion that voting matters. It is an idea that must be put to bed. Similarly, as Hart says, Brexit is a process – not an event. Sunday 16 September 2018 7:07 pm whatsapp whatsapp Two years on, and the Brexit debate is still dominated by the two extremes shouting at each other Christian May center_img It will take time. It will involve compromise. It will not satisfy everyone. But it will happen, and those mounting a last stand against it – whether publicly or in secret – should direct their efforts, time and resources to the task of engineering an exit, a transition period and a good deal for our future relationship with the EU.Fortunately – better late than never – the newly formed Brexit Delivery Group, comprising of 60 Leave and Remain Tory MPs, will now be making this case. All power to them.As Hart wrote over the weekend, “we should bank what we can now, leave the EU in March and continue to grind away at the bits that fall short of expectation. That’s what we do in business every day and what has typified our relationship with the EU for more than 40 years.” Not every Leave voter punched the air when the referendum result came through, and not all Remain voters sunk to the floor with their heads in their hands. Share Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoWTFactsHe Used To Be Handsome In 81s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimWTFactsUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstUndoTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndo last_img read more

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Two Questions For Gregg Hurwitz

first_imgBooksTwo Questions For Gregg HurwitzGregg Hurwitz, author of The Survivor, talks the intersection of comics and fiction and considers L.A. as a backdrop for fictionBy Kristin Yinger – September 19, 2012360ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItDoes your work with comics have any crossover into your fiction writing, especially in this novel?When I transition from comics to novels, I find a leanness in my prose. Comics demand that I tell a story in four to six snapshots per page. It lends itself to dramatic, visual storytelling. When I delve into a novel, I’m more expansive, but I tend to gravitate to stark, arresting images. The Survivor‘s opening, for instance: A man, Nate Overbay, on the eleventh story ledge of a bank building, about to jump to his death. Gunshots within the bank. Blood paints the window to Nate’s side. Rather than leap off the ledge, he goes back through the window into the bank and faces the gunmen. While there’s a (I hope) poetry to the writing and we dip into Nate’s head more than might be appropriate for a graphic novel, I can also visualize the scene as I’d lay it out in a comic—heightening stakes, cascading images, each panel growing more intense.Living in L.A., what do you think it is about the city that lends itself to being the backdrop for plots like the one in The Survivor? It is a city of dreams and aspirations, of endless promise and reinvention. Everyone can be—or wants to be—someone else. It’s a brilliant Petri dish for personalities of all types to ferment, evolve, sour. It’s a microcosm of the country itself and of our own psyches, all the twisted alleys and dark corners of our minds. What do we hope for? What do we long for? What are we willing to do when those dreams prove just out of reach? Nate Overbay is a man who thinks he has nothing left to lose—and he’s about to find out just how wrong he is. He has to reach for a new type of dream and in that reaching, he will find life again. TAGS2012Gregg HurwitzL.A. CultureSeptember 2012Previous articleFalling For Best of L.A.Next articlePicking Up A Few “Crap Souvenirs”Kristin Yinger RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

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What will happen if Greece defaults on its loan repayment to the IMF?

first_img Share Sarah Spickernell whatsapp Over the course of June, Greece must make four payments totalling €1.6bn (£1.1bn) to the IMF, starting with €300m (£212m) on 5 June. But whether it will meet all these obligations is far from certain, as the country is struggling to reach a deal with its European creditors to unlock crucial bailout funds. It managed it last time, paying €750m (£531m) over to the IMF on 11 May, but its sources of money are quickly drying up and it desperately needs aid to continue with its payments. Greek officials have threatened to default a number of times, arguing that there is no cash left to give, but many creditors have dismissed this as a negotiating strategy to get them to release aid more quickly.  With all the repayments coming up in the next few weeks and no clear solution in view, what will happen if Greece doesn’t quite manage it? Grace periodNot meeting the repayment deadline wouldn’t send Greece into an immediate state of turmoil. Under IMF rules, a 30 day “grace period” would be offered to Greece, during which it would be asked to pay back the money as soon as possible.  During this time, it is considered likely that Greece would manage to gather the necessary cash, since creditors and markets would be scared by the initial miss. Arrears processIf Greece doesn’t meet the grace period deadline and defaults, Christine Lagarde will notify her executive board at the IMF, and an arrears process will be triggered. The exact details of how this would be carried out are not yet clear, but such a default is likely to have a negative impact on help given by the European Commission and European Central Bank – Greece’s two other creditors. Syriza in troubleIf Greece’s left-wing government is unable to secure a deal that releases its remaining bailout money, the opposition may well insist on new elections as the country heads for an exit from the euro.  Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s Prime Minister, could have no choice but to go along with this or offer a referendum on the Euro, and the evidence points towards widespread support for remaining in the currency. ECB changes its waysIf Greece defaults, the European Central Bank’s activities in the lead up to the event are likely to be scrutinised. It may have no choice but to bring an end to the emergency assistance it has been providing in large sums since the start of the year, putting Greece in an even worse mess.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment 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 WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It Wise Show Comments ▼ What will happen if Greece defaults on its loan repayment to the IMF? whatsapp Tuesday 26 May 2015 5:32 am Tags: Greek debt crisis IMFlast_img read more

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News / Container freight rates from Asia surge to new highs – ‘it’s gone mad’

first_img Container freight rates from Asia continued to surge this week, reaching highs far in excess of long-term sustainable levels.Today’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) cumulative reading hit a new record of 2,311.71, representing a 162% increase on the same week last year.After initially lagging behind the massive rate gains seen on the transpacific, spot rates to North Europe now lead the rate race in terms of percentage increase, 230% higher than a year ago.The North Europe component of the SCFI jumped 24% on the week, to $2,948 per teu, while spot rates to Mediterranean ports put on 29% to breach the $3,000 mark, at $3,073 per teu.However, reports to The Loadstar this week imply that actual rates paid by shippers to secure containers and the last remaining slots to Europe are significantly higher.Lars Jensen of SeaIntelligence said anecdotal evidence suggested the exact rates shippers were paying on the Asia-North Europe tradelane could be up to $5,000 per teu.“In this context, it should be noted that the market is at a point where the SCFI is, in some cases, significantly underestimating the actual rates paid, as there are additional fees related to equipment and space availability,” explained Mr Jensen.One UK forwarder confirmed to The Loadstar this week that rate quotes had hit the $10,000 per 40ft high-cube on Asia-North Europe.“It’s gone mad,” he said.Moreover, the actual rates could be irrelevant if other carriers follow the lead of CMA CGM. The French carrier has advised its Asia-North Europe customers of a “booking freeze” for weeks 49, 50 and 51, “due to the strong demand for containers from Asia and the backlog in recent weeks”.And another carrier has told Asia-North Europe customers this week it was looking to implement a $1,000 per teu fee if a shipment is cancelled within two weeks of the loading date.Meanwhile, after several weeks of stable (but high) rates on the transpacific, the SCFI recorded an increase of $104 for spot rates to the US east coast, to $4,804 per 40ft, representing a 91% hike on the same week of last year, while rates to the west coast were flat this week, at $3,984 per 40 ft, which is, nonetheless, a vast 188% increase on the SCFI reading of a year ago.And there appears no easing in the surge of cargo heading for the US west coast, with the port of Los Angeles’ Signal volume forecaster expecting 48% and 44%, respectively, more containers on ships in the next two weeks.The pressure on the LA and Long Beach terminals from the enormous leap in throughput is intense – the Signal prediction for total Q4 volume at Los Angeles is up 40% year on year to over 850,000 teu – and vessels are waiting up to six days at anchor in the San Pedro Bay.Jon Monroe, of Washington state-based Jon Monroe Consulting, said: “This Covid consumer recovery has legs. Retail sales posted strong gains over Black Friday, up 21% over last year, and if you have not already booked merchandise to ship pre-Chinese New Year, you may already be too late.”He said NVOCCs were involved in “a mad scramble” to secure space, with BCOs increasingly turning to the services of the consolidators to get their goods away at any price.On other secondary trades, the SCFI recorded spot rate increases across the board, with, for example, rates from Asia to South Africa up 15% on the week to $2,289 per teu – 130% higher than 12 months ago. By Mike Wackett 11/12/2020 ID 141169745 © Mr.siwabud Veerapaisarn | Dreamstime.comlast_img read more

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SARS-like virus in bats shows potential to infect humans, study finds

first_img About the Author Reprints By Helen Branswell Nov. 9, 2015 Reprints @HelenBranswell Tags infectious diseasepublic healthSARS The new study was published in the journal Nature Medicine.The UNC scientists wanted to see if cousin viruses — coronaviruses that are carried by Chinese horseshoe bats — also posed a threat to people. They used one, SHC014, as a representative of the group.advertisement They inserted a key part of the virus, its spike protein, into a SARS virus and then ran experiments to see if the hybrid virus could infect human respiratory tract cells (in a dish) and mice that were vulnerable to the SARS virus.It did.“I think the existence of viruses that can jump directly is the important part, that was unanticipated,” lead author Vineet Menachery, who researches viral immunology, told STAT in an interview.“Based on what was known in the literature, we would have expected that viruses coming out of bats would have needed that one-in-million mutation.”Another coronavirus expert, Dr. Stanley Perlman at the University of Iowa, suggested the paper was a useful investigation. But he noted the hybrid virus was attenuated — weakened — and said the virus would probably need to adapt more in people before it could spread widely.SARS wasn’t a highly transmissible virus. Many patients didn’t infect anyone else during the 2003 outbreak. Once hospitals learned how to recognize the disease and put stringent infection control measures in place — isolating patients and requiring staff treating them to wear the right protective equipment — the outbreak was contained.The SHC014 virus is part of a cluster of related coronaviruses, explained senior author Ralph Baric, a professor of epidemiology at UNC. Some are quite similar to the SARS virus while others are more distant relatives, varying in terms of their genetic structures by between 5 percent and 60 percent. SHC014 was about 12 percent different from SARS.A coronavirus expert, Baric said if the viruses were too distantly related to SARS — more than 25 percent different — they would not be able to make a hybrid that would infect human cells. “Not all SARS-like coronaviruses have the inherent potential to replicate in mammalian cells and replicate in human cells.”And being able to do something in the artificial confines of a laboratory does not guarantee it will happen in nature. For a bat virus to start infecting people, the bat would have to come into contact with people in a way that would allow transmission. Even if a single person became infected, the virus would have to work efficiently in human cells, producing lots of copies of itself that could be coughed or sneezed out toward the airways of other people.“There are a lot of steps down this road,” Menachery said. “SHC014 has taken a step ahead. But there’s still a lot of other factors that are involved.”He and his co-authors noted they had to stop some of their work because of US government policies. The US has a moratorium on so-called gain-of-function research, which includes some research that enhances the ability of a pathogen such as a virus to infect people or spread among them.The authors expressed concern their findings might prompt further constraints on their work — something Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier hoped the team could avoid. Fouchier’s publication of a paper exploring what it would take to make H5N1 bird flu viruses more transmissible was one of the triggers for the gain-of-function research review.Figuring out the potential these viruses have to infect people is important, said Fouchier, who works at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, especially in light of ongoing outbreaks involving the coronavirus known as MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome. Scientific shorthand for coronavirus is CoV.“The MERS-CoV continues to cause problems, and we need to deal with that virus with whatever technology and lab work we have available, including gain-of-function research if needed,” Fouchier said in an email. Viruses that are related to SARS and that are found in some species of bats could become a source of future human outbreaks, according to a new study released Monday. And it appears that there are fewer barriers to that spillover than scientists initially thought.Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said a virus in the same family as SARS — severe acute respiratory syndrome — appears to be able to infect human respiratory tract cells. The finding came as a surprise because the team thought the virus would have had to go through a process known as adaptation — meaning it would have had to acquire the ability to infect human cells by first learning how to infect the cells of another mammal.It’s believed that is how SARS went from being a bat virus to a major international outbreak that infected 8,400 people in 2003, killing at least 916 of them. In the case of SARS, the virus was probably passed from bats to palm civets and from palm civets to people.advertisement Helen Branswell Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. A SARS-like virus found in bats could become a source of future human outbreaks, scientists say. Eric Gay/AP In the LabSARS-like virus in bats shows potential to infect humans, study finds last_img read more

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Pasco County man indicted for sex trafficking children and foreign nationals

first_imgIt will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Colin McDonell. 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 AdvertisementTags: Floridahuman trafficking Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property June 8, 2021 AdvertisementQuarles is indicted on charges including conspiracy; sex trafficking by force, threats, fraud, or coercion; importation of an alien for the purpose of prostitution; transportation of an individual in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution; and using a facility of interstate commerce in aid of prostitution.If he is convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. The US also intends to forfeit assets alleged to have facilitated these offense, or that are traceable to them. The case was investigated by by Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service. Advertisement Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021 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 TAMPA, Fla. – A man is accused of recruiting victims, including children and foreign nationals, to engage in prostitution in Florida and other parts of the country, according to the Department of Justice [DOJ]. David Alan Quarles, 49, allegedly misrepresented the nature of the victims’ employment beforehand and used coercive tactics like threats, physical and sexual violence to keep them from leaving. There are at least 8 known victims, according to the report. Quarles and his conspirators would direct the victims to engage in prostitution and would post advertisements featuring the victims. They also arranged for the victims to travel across the United States to work, the report states. He reportedly required his victims to send him the money they had earned. The victims had to seek his permission to spend the earnings on necessities, the DOJ reported. RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

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Bientôt à Séoul : Un bureau des droits de l’homme de…

first_img News Voice of America a annoncé, ce 25 mars,qu’un bureau de l’ONU pour les droits de l’homme en Corée du Nord allait êtreinstallé à Séoul, dans le quartier de Jongro, entre avril et juin.Selon VOA : « LeHaut-Commissariat aux droits de l’homme de l’ONU et le gouvernement sud coréensont en train de mettre fin aux problèmes administratifs liés à l’installationd’un bureau pour les droits de l’homme. Le ministère des affaires étrangèressud coréen et la ville de Séoul ont décidé de l’installation du bureau dans lebâtiment du Seoul Global Center à Jongro (Séoul) et des procédures derecrutement du personnel lors de diverses réunions. »Dans l’annonce, il est aussi transmis que« Le 16 mars, Marzuki Darusman, rapporteur spécial des droits de l’hommeen Corée du Nord, a insisté sur le fait qu’il est très important que le bureaupour les droits de l’homme qui s’installe à Séoul soit administré selon les principesfondamentaux de l’ONU, et non sur des envies de menace et de revanche envers leNord. (…) Nous en sommes à demander suffisamment d’aide humaine etmatérielle au secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour ce bureau, que nousavons décidé d’ouvrir suite aux rapports sur les droits de l’homme en Corée duNord et résolutions envoyées à l’ONU. »Dans son rapport final de février 2014, lacommission d’enquête sur les droits de l’homme en Corée du Nord avait effectivementsuggéré l’établissement d’un bureau pour les droits de l’homme en Corée duNord. C’est en mars 2014 qu’il avait été décidé que ce bureau serait installé àSéoul.En Corée du Nord, le Comité pour laRéunification Pacifique du Pays dit de cette installation qu’il s’agit d’un complotentre les Etats-Unis et la Corée du Sud et menace decruelles représailles. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News SHARE Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bientôt à Séoul : Un bureau des droits de l’homme de l’ONUcenter_img News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News By Daily NK – 2015.03.26 5:28pm Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April last_img read more

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Google’s Android licensing regime in the spotlight

first_img Tags HomeDevicesNews Google’s Android licensing regime in the spotlight Related AndroidGoogleMicrosoftNokia Google pulls plug on Android Things 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 Author Google has used “little-known contract restrictions” to compel device makers to install all of its apps on Android devices, with the prominence it requires, including setting them as defaults, according to a blog post from an associate professor at Harvard Business School.According to Benjamin Edelman, in order to obtain apps such as Google Search, Maps and YouTube, vendors must sign a Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA), which contains the requirement to bundle the full suite of Google apps, including guidelines on where specific apps are placed.And the MADA also includes a clause which prohibits vendors from disclosing its existence, although it has been disclosed in the Oracle versus Google lawsuit – but the document was not made available online.Edelman said that while a vendor may feel that a specific product is available which is competitive with the Google alternative, others are crucial to a modern smartphone – for example the Google Play content store, or YouTube app. The need for these apps means that a vendor is locked into using the full Google portfolio, even where alternatives exist.While the post notes that other apps can be installed alongside, this creates duplication for users, and “in the key categories of search and location”, Google’s apps must be set as default.The news comes shortly after Android Police reported that in order to gain access to the Google Mobile Services portfolio, the search giant is set to force device vendors to adopt newer versions of the Android platform – there had been some criticism that vendors were still offering smartphones powered by early versions of the OS.The latest version of Android (KitKat) has been designed to work on devices with less capable hardware, removing one reason for vendors to stick with earlier incarnations.And as more and more Android functionality is evolved to include integration with Google’s cloud services, functionality is being migrated from the core open source version of Android (AOSP) to become part of Google Mobile Services.According to ABI Research, the number of devices using Android, but not Google’s products and services, is on the increase, in no small part due to the use of the platform by vendors in China.To offer a compelling device internationally without including Google services, a vendor would need to source alternative location services, search tools and app store, among others.But Amazon, for example, has already done this, and it is reported that Nokia is considering following a similar path, using Microsoft-powered alternatives – and in many ways, Microsoft is one of the few companies able to compete with Google on such a broad level.center_img Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 FEB 2014 Previous ArticleAirtel confirms Loop deal; plans Mumbai’s largest mobile networkNext ArticleSingTel linked to AIS shareholder stake — report Devices Google taps retail with NYC store Google refreshes Nest Hublast_img read more

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Cell C calls for South African spectrum reallocation

first_img Related Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 10 FEB 2017 Author Previous ArticleAsia Briefs: SKT deploys LTE-R on Busan subway, Taiwan Mobile slashes 2017 capex & moreNext ArticleZTE CTO talks up Pre5G, Big Video opportunities for operators Home Cell C calls for South African spectrum reallocation South African operator Cell C called on regulator ICASA to revoke spectrum allocations rival operators aren’t using, mybroadband reported.Speaking at a two-day ICASA review into the efficiency of spectrum use in the country, Cell C said current policies meant rivals could hold assets earmarked for fixed usage and not use them until they were cleared for mobile technologies.Cell C – the country’s third largest operator by connections behind MTN and Vodacom – also appealed to ICASA to impose restrictions on how these allocations could be used.South Africa’s operators and other stakeholders will also address the public hearing, which started yesterday.Auction delaysICASA’s review into the use of existing spectrum follows controversy and ongoing delay surrounding its 4G auction. The regulator had earmarked January 2017 for the start of the process, but following fierce government opposition it is now scheduled for May.The postponement came after the country’s government won a court order to block the January auction, accusing the regulator of acting hastily in sending out invitations to South Africa’s largest operators to take part.The Communications Ministry demanded the process be held until its white paper proposing a single national wholesale open access network had been published and considered. Officials at the time said the proposed regulation would encourage competition, reduce the dominance of MTN and Vodacom, and drive down prices. Cell CMTNspectrum auctionVodacomcenter_img MTN expects fintech spin-off within a year Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more MTN, Vodafone still standing in Ethiopia contest MTN eyes $6B valuation for money unit Tags Money last_img read more

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Orpheus to bring suite of “self-care entertainment” games to VR

first_imgOrpheus to bring suite of “self-care entertainment” games to VRNew publishing venture focused on games with positive impact on player well-beingRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 29th August 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareNew publishing venture Orpheus Self-Care Entertainment wants its audience to use VR games to improve their physical, emotional, and mental states.The company has announced its partnership with three studios to publish games that focus on self-care. Those games are Rave Runner, Microdose VR, and SoundSelf.The first, Rave Runner, comes from Kinemotik Studios in Austin, Texas. The game is a dance title currently being observed at the VR Institute of Health and Exercise in an effort to improve its ability to positively affect players’ physical health before it launches.Vision Agency, along with Metroid Prime concept artist Andrew ‘Android’ Jones, brings art, music, and dance hybrid Microdose VR. Microdose just finished a showing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.Finally, SoundSelf uses the player’s voice and breath to help them clear their mind and engage in self-reflection. SoundSelf development is being lead by Orpheus CEO Robin Arnott.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 “Our team believes in harnessing the transformative power of mindfulness and video games, and that practicing self-care can be truly ecstatic and habit-forming, never feeling like work,” said Orpheus co-founder Job J. Stauffer. “The novelty of yesterday’s Wii Fit and Kinect is over, and the power of today’s immersive technology is already changing lives around the world as it has my own. Virtual Reality has allowed us to ignite the flow state in a player by designing games for their sense of presence and focused attention, strengthening their motivation, creativity, and learning. We then ground these ideas in traditional self-care practices such as dance, meditation, and artistic expression, creating an entirely next level genre of truly embodied self-care entertainment.”All three games will be playable at PAX West this weekend.Disclosure: PAX organizer ReedPOP is the parent company of GamesIndustry.biz.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz 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 3 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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