IIAC seeks nominees for annual Top Under 40 Award

first_imgIIAC introduces judges for Top Under 40 Award hyperspeed/123RF The InvestmentIndustry Association of Canada (IIAC) is accepting nominees for the 2017 edition of the IIAC Top Under 40 Award. Beatrice Paez The award, now in its fifth year of existence, recognizes the accomplishments of an individual under the age of 40 who has “brought distinction to the investment/financial industry,” IIAC’s announcement states. Nominees must be full-time employees of an IIAC member firm and must not be a previous recipient to qualify. An independent committee will oversee the selection process, looking for candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to the financial services sector through involvement in professional organizations, charitable service or professional development. Read: Lori Pinkowski named as IIAC’s Top Under 40 Award winner Watch: IIAC Top Under 40 Award winner talks strategy The recipient, who will be named at a luncheon on Oct. 26 in Toronto, will be awarded a mentorship opportunity with a high-ranking industry leader, set up through the Smarten Up Institute. The winner will also be offered an individualized course of their choosing with Smarten Up, or a course a partner university or college. In addition, the recipient will be recognized at the IIAC Investment Industry Hall of Fame gala dinner. The nomination period ends on June 30 at 5 p.m. EST. Photo copyright: hyperspeed/123RF Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Whistleblower, reporter receive anti-corruption prize Nominations open for two FP Canada awards Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Top Canadian hedge fund returns 16% over 10 years Keywords AwardsCompanies Investment Industry Association of Canada last_img read more

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Clark County Public Health issues danger advisory at Vancouver Lake

first_imgName*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Clark County Public Health issues danger advisory at Vancouver LakePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, June 11, 2021in: Healthshare 0 guestLabel guestLabel Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Name*Email*Website Results from water samples taken from Vancouver Lake on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of HealthVANCOUVER – Clark County Public Health has issued a danger advisory at Vancouver Lake after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water at the swim beach and flushing channel.Clark County Public Health has been monitoring cyanobacteria blooms at Vancouver Lake since June 1 and will continue to monitor the lake throughout the summer. Photo by Mike SchultzClark County Public Health has been monitoring cyanobacteria blooms at Vancouver Lake since June 1 and will continue to monitor the lake throughout the summer. Photo by Mike SchultzResults from water samples taken from Vancouver Lake on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. Danger signs are being posted at the swim beach and other public access points to the lake. Public Health is advising against all recreating in the lake, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and water skiing.Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are currently present at the swim beach, flushing channel and the south entrance by the Shillapoo Wildlife area.Blue-green algae can pose a significant health risk if the cyanobacteria or toxins are ingested, inhaled or come into contact with skin. Inhaled bacteria or toxins can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Skin contact can lead to rash, itching, blisters and eye irritation.If water with cyanotoxins is accidentally swallowed, symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness of the lips, tingling in fingers and toes, and dizziness. The toxins can be fatal to pets that drink the water.Public Health has been monitoring cyanobacteria blooms at Vancouver Lake since June 1 and will continue to monitor the lake throughout the summer. As long as blooms are present, Public Health will take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change.Vancouver Lake Regional Park remains open. Water in park restrooms and shelters is not affected by lake water and remains safe to drink.Additional information about blue-green algae and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website. To report algae blooms in other bodies of water, visit the Public Health website.Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:blue-green algaeClark CountyClark County Public Healthcyanotoxinsdanger advisoryLatestVancouverVancouver LakeWashington Department of Healthwater safetywater samplesshare 0 Previous : Clark County Sheriff’s Office warns of prolific identity thief Next : Letter: ‘Public schools need to get smarter, and fast’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more

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Sustained Investments Needed – Finance Minister

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedSustained Investments Needed – Finance Minister RelatedSustained Investments Needed – Finance Minister FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says sustained investments are needed to underpin economic growth, if the targets under the Government’s medium term programme, for which financing is being negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), are to be achieved. Addressing the weekly luncheon of the Kingston Rotary Club at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on November 15, Dr. Phillips said to attract the investments needed, several projects and initiatives are either in the process of being embarked on, or fast-tracked. These, he informed, include: settling on plans for the installation of new capacity to boost the country’s main power generating company’s capability to provide an additional 360 megawatts on the national grid. Additionally, he said the administration has decided on the way forward as regards diversification of Jamaica’s fuel sources incorporating Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) “as an additional source.” He said further details of  this will be provided in the near future by Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell.      Dr. Phillips also advised that several major public sector infrastructure projects are also being “fast-tracked.” These include the North-South Highway Link, which will connect Kingston with Ocho Rios, St. Ann, thereby providing an alternative to the Mount Rossser road in St. Catherine. He disclosed that come next week, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is scheduled to launch the project’s re-start and extension, “which had originally begun under her watch, in 2007.” The Finance Minister  pointed out  that negotiations regarding expansion of the island’s seaport facilities are “far advanced,” and that  Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, is leading the privatisation discussions with potential bidders with respect to contracts for the management of Kingston Container Terminal (KCT). “Feasibility work is (also) now being done for an additional port and with respect to a logistics centre, which I believe represents one of the transformative investment opportunities which can transform, not just the economy of our main capital city (of Kingston), but indeed, of the entire country,” Dr. Phillips said. Regarding privatisation of several State-run entities and facilities, the Minister assured that this process is being accelerated. As for the Norman Manley International Airport, he advised that Cabinet, at its meeting on November 12, “settled” on the composition of the Enterprise Team that will pilot conclusion of the negotiations. Dr. Phillips was also optimistic that in the very near future, Clarendon Alumina Partners (CAP) will be “off our books,” so that it no longer remains a “cost of government.” Negotiations to this end is “fast proceeding,” the Minister added.center_img Sustained Investments Needed – Finance Minister Finance & Public ServiceNovember 16, 2012 RelatedSustained Investments Needed – Finance Ministerlast_img read more

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Broadcom considers sale of cellular baseband unit

first_img Author Related Home Broadcom considers sale of cellular baseband unit Lenovo set for 3,200 job losses and mobile restructure Richard Handford Verizon sees positives in service revenue despite drop Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Tags center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 JUN 2014 Financial Previous ArticleAlcatel-Lucent offers €1B in bonds to repay debtNext ArticleBig data, big problems Semiconductor firm Broadcom said it is assessing “strategic alternatives” for its cellular baseband business, including a sale or even winding it down entirely.The US firm has appointed investment bank JP Morgan to advise.A sale or wind-down of the mobile business is expected to result in a roughly $700 million reduction in Broadcom’s annualised GAAP research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses, the company said.Of this sum, about $100 million relates to estimated reductions in stock-based compensation.Non-GAAP research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses are currently expected to be reduced by roughly $600 million.The vendor said these figures do not reflect the impact of a potential impairment and/or restructuring charges following any sale or wind-down.Broadcom expects to organically reinvest $50 million of these savings on an annualised basis into projects in its broadband, infrastructure and connectivity businesses.The business has been under scrutiny for a while. Late last year Stuart Robinson, a director at Strategy Analytics, warned in a research note: “Broadcom is still a minor player in the baseband market and cannot afford any missteps as the year 2014 is shaping up to be an important one for the company… Only a successful LTE execution in 2014 will secure the long-term outlook for Broadcom’s mobile & wireless business division.” Devices Mobile network growth boosts ZTE in H1last_img read more

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Japan’s SoftBank suffers 87% fall in net profit

first_img Joseph Waring AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 FEB 2016 Author HomeAsiaNews Japan’s SoftBank suffers 87% fall in net profit Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more SoftBank Corp targets growth through acquisitions OneWeb, SoftBank Corp plot Japan satellite move Relatedcenter_img Previous ArticleThailand’s AIS lowers earnings target by 17% for 2016Next ArticleViacom, Snapchat ink global partnership Updated 16/2: Japan’s SoftBank posted solid revenue gains in both Japan and the US, with its Sprint unit showing signs of finally turning around, but its net income plunged 87 per cent in fiscal Q3.The operator, the third largest in Japan, attributed the sharp drop in earnings (to JPY2.29 billion / $19.5 million) to a range of one-off factors, including a reduction in its stake in GungHo Online Entertainment, a videogame provider.Overall revenue increased 4 per cent to JPY2.39 trillion during the quarter ending 31 December, while its operating profit increased 7 per cent to JPY190 billion.The company said Sprint’s operating revenue stabilised at $8.1 billion over the past three quarters and expects it to increase this fiscal year ending 31 March. Its adjusted EBIDTA jumped 41 per cent to $6 billion year-on-year during the April-December period, with opex declining $800 million.Sprint, which SoftBank acquired for $22 billion in 2013, had 500,0000 net postpaid additions during the quarter, its fourth consecutive quarterly gain. It added nearly 2.5 million connections over the past year, but postpaid ARPU dropped 11 per cent to $52.44 from a year ago. Prepaid ARPU rose marginally to $27.44.In its home market, mobile revenue increased 1.1 per cent to JPY1.46 trillion during the April-December period from the previous year, while overall telecoms service revenue rose 2.4 per cent to JPY1.79 trillion, which SoftBank said was driven by of the launch of its Hikari fiber-optic service last March.EBITDA increased 3.7 per cent year-on-year to JPY930 billion during the nine-month period, while operating expenses rose 2.4 per cent to JPY1.4 trillion.Its mobile user base rose by 136,000 year-on-year to 31.7 million and ARPU edged up by JPY10 to JPR4,720 ($40.15). SoftBank buys into Axiata digital marketing unit Asia Tags JapanSoftBankSprintlast_img read more

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MTN set for money platform play

first_imgHomeM360 2018 Africa – News MTN set for money platform play AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 JUL 2018 Previous ArticleCEO says Qualcomm can prosper without NXPNext ArticleExperts say trust key to mobile finance success LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 SERIES – AFRICA, KIGALI: MTN’s head of mobile financial services outlined the company’s plans to evolve its financial services proposition from mobile money to become a platform player across its African markets.Serigne Dioum said the operator is working to transition “from mobile money as a service” to becoming “an enabler where we link businesses to our customers, and we also link businesses together.”The executive referenced MTN’s assets when questioned about growing competition – and investment – in Africa’s fintech scene.“We are preparing ourselves to welcome those people and to use our platform as an enabler for them first of all to reach our customers, because we have KYC [know your customer] for all those customers, and we have a good distribution network for all those customers, and we have so many assets we have built,” Dioum said.“I only see potential for us. We have assets that we have been building for years: yesterday we celebrated our 20 years presence in Rwanda. We built a very strong distribution network, and what is more important is the trust of our customers we have been building. They know that if they have airtime in their wallet, it will not disappear. It’s the same with mobile money – the trust component is very important,” he noted.Growth businessTaxation of mobile money services was also touched upon, with the need for governments to raise revenue for development in balance with the need to drive financial inclusion.“The core telco business is stable or declining, and mobile money is one of the sources of growth that telcos see today. Governments as well are looking for new sources of revenue to finance the development of countries,” he said.Dioum was clear there are limits to how far its aspirations reach: “In terms of regulatory frameworks, we are operating in different jurisdictions, we are operating under different regulatory frameworks, and in none of those have we applied for a bank licence,” he said. 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 Steve Costello Tags mobile moneyMTNlast_img read more

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R&A Golf Club considers voting by mail for female members

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Royal & Ancient Golf Club could make history even before its historic vote in September to have female members. R&A secretary Peter Dawson said the club is deciding whether to allow members to vote by proxy, something he said has never been done in club history. Club rules require members to be present to vote. ”The jury is still out on that,” Dawson said in a telephone interview last week during the R&A’s spring meeting. ”The rules of the club only allow a vote to be taken at the business meeting of those present. There is a view in the club, and quite a strong one, that postal voting should be allowed.” Dawson announced last month that the R&A would vote Sept. 18 to allow female members for the first time in its 260-year history. The R&A Golf Club has about 2,400 members around the world. Dawson is hopeful the vote will be favorable toward allowing women to join. There has been speculation that he had a strong sense how the members were leaning when he publicly announced that it was on the ballot, though he has said all along that’s not the case. ”It’s been written up that it will happen,” said Dawson, who is retiring in September 2015. ”We’re never sure of the outcome. I don’t think that’s the case at all. I think it’s the right thing, and I hope that R&A members do what’s right for golf.” Because attendance is required to vote, a proxy vote might include those who are in favor of change but are disinclined or unable to travel to St. Andrews in September. Several golf administrators are R&A members. The vote falls between the end of the FedEx Cup and the week of the Ryder Cup. The R&A said Monday in a statement that ”members from around the world have expressed the desire to be part of this September’s historic vote.” It said the general committee is investigating a change to club rules that would allow voting by mail on ”particularly important issues such as this one so that every member can have the opportunity to be involved.” It’s an important vote for the image of the R&A, particularly coming just two years after Augusta National allowed female members for the first time in its 80-year history. There are differences. Augusta National is a private golf club. The Royal & Ancient is based in St. Andrews, though the Old Course and other links run by the St. Andrews Links Trust are open to the public. The R&A Golf Club is separate from ”The R&A,” a business arm created 10 years ago to handle the Rules of Golf, organize the British Open and operate other business affairs. The R&A has female employees. Its committee and board, however, are populated by Royal & Ancient Golf Club members. Thus, there are no women in leadership roles for governing the game or running a major championship. Dawson is secretary of the R&A Golf Club and chief executive of the R&A. He said he expected a decision on the voting procedure ”fairly soon.” ”It would be very easy to say that would be the democratic thing to do,” Dawson said of a proxy vote. ”There are cons to it. One can say that affairs are to be settled locally, not at the bar of one’s club. It’s a balance of what’s right or wrong. All the legislation in the UK – and maybe it’s the case in the U.S. – laws are passed by those who turn up at Parliament. There has not been a proxy.”last_img read more

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Call for Application for Admission to MSc and PhD Programs at ACEWM

first_img Pocket May 14, 2020 Published by ludmilla Deadline: 15 June 2020Open to: international applicantsBenefits: monthly stipendDescriptionThe Africa Center of Excellence for Water Management (ACEWM) is an initiative of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the World Bank Group and through the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Regional Center hosted by the Addis Ababa University (AAU). Since 2016, ACEWM has been offering an interdisciplinary MSc and PhD programs in the field of water management, with the primary purpose of training the next generation of water educators, researchers, managers, and professionals and engaging in community outreach activities. Currently, ACEWM (www.acewm-aau.org) has several PhD and MSc students from all over Africa and some other countries.ACEWM has established partnerships with different universities nationally, regionally and internationally to collaborate in capacity building, faculty and student exchanges, research and internships. ACEWM engages high caliber and renowned professionals in the field of water management from different disciplines.EligibilityPh.D. applicants must have a Master’s Degree earned from a college or university of recognized standing with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in ECTS. However, applicants with grade point averages between 3.0 and 3.5 will be given consideration based on their experience and achievement.• Applicants to the Ph.D. program should provide evidence of capacity for research. This includes a master’s thesis published paper in reputable journal or other appropriateevidence of capacity to conduct high quality research.• All applicants’ undergraduate Cumulative GPA must not be less than 2.75 for males and not less than 2.50 for females on a 4.0 scale.• Applicants who have completed their degree/diploma from foreign universities (other than Ethiopia) are required to obtain their degree/diploma equivalent from the Ethiopian Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) before admission. (Academic documents authentication by relevant office is mandatory during admission).• Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English language and provide proof of proficiency.• The age limit at the time of application for M.Sc. applicants is 30 years or less and for Ph.D. 40 years or less.• Applicants need to meet also the general requirements laid down by the School of Graduate Studies, Addis Ababa University (www.aau.edu.et)Benefits• ACEWM will have a modest funding to support research projects of all applicants.• In addition to research support, ACEWM will provide full scholarship for very limited number (3 PhD and 5 MSc) of highly competent applicants from African Countries other than Ethiopia. A monthly stipend of 600 USD (Equivalent amount paid in ETB) for MSc. and 800 USD (Equivalent amount paid in ETB) for PhD applicants. The stipend includesaccommodation.• Other applicants are required to be sponsored by their respective institutions or by themselvesHow to Apply?• A cover page containing applicant’s full name as it appears on applicant’s ID/Passport, full contact details including residential and postal address, email and telephone number(s)• A copy of ID/Passport,• Detailed curriculum vitae not exceeding 4 pages,• Authenticated copies of previous degrees and official transcripts from previous university/college,• Applicants wishing to pursue a PhD program should submit a concept note not exceeding 5 pages.• Applicants for PhD programs should identify at least one PhD supervisor and include CV of her/his potential supervisor and consent to supervise the applicant’s research workduring the study period.• Applicants for PhD programs should be willing to undertake their fulltime research in Ethiopia A personal statement/motivation letter describing the candidate’s interest tojoin the program not exceeding 500 words,• Applicants sponsored by their institutions are required to submit a sponsorship letter from their institution. (The form can be downloaded from www.aau.edu.et/?wpdmact=process&did=MTUuaG90bGluaw)• Employed applicants must provide a letter of full commitment from their employers that they will be granted study leave.• Three letters of recommendation from instructors/supervisors from previous educational institution, organizations,• Certificate of professional experience if there is any,For more information and how to apply please visit the official link. Call for Application for Admission to MSc and PhD Programs at ACEWM Tweet +1 Redditcenter_img ← Eco-Solidarity – ESC Volunteering Project in Krakow, Poland Share 0 Similar Stories LinkedIn 0 Media and Journalism Days, Special Climate Change in Geneva →last_img read more

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Games industry contributes £2.87bn to UK economy, supports nearly 50,000 jobs

first_imgGames industry contributes £2.87bn to UK economy, supports nearly 50,000 jobs2016 screen industries report also shows every £1 invested via tax relief adds £4 to economyJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 9th October 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareNew statistics have shown the impact video games companies have on the UK, as well as indicating the size of the domestic industry.The findings come from the catchily-titled ‘Screen Business: How tax incentives help power economic growth across the UK’ report, produced by consultancy firms Oslberg SPI and Nordicity and commissioned by the BFI. In investigating the effect of tax reliefs across the screen industries – including film, TV, animation and video games – it also explores overall economic figures for those sectors.Screen Business uses 2016 statistics in order to ensure solid comparisons between industries, as some sectors are still calculating 2017 data.The report shows that in 2016, the video games industry contributed £2.87 billion to the UK economy, and supports the full-time equivalent jobs (FTEs) of 47,620 people – this is based on the amount of man hours spent working in the industry, where two people working part-time might count as the equivalent of one full-time job.Trade body UKIE, which helped source data for the report, tells GamesIndustry.biz these are record numbers for the UK games industry, with CEO Dr Jo Twist adding that they may help more people see development, publishing and the like as a valid career path.”Many might be surprised that the games industry contributed over 47,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, including over 16,000 in development and publishing roles, and the figures show that the creative ecosystem across our screen sectors is healthy and a critical part of the creative industries story in the UK – the fastest growing sector in the economy,” she says.Broken down further, the number of people directly employed by the industry (e.g. development, publishing, retail) was reported as 20,430 FTEs, and contributing £1.52 billion. The higher number is reached when you factor in ‘indirect’ employees (i.e. those not linked to the production or sale of the game, such as media, PR, lawyers, office managers, cleaners and so on), as well as the ‘induced’ economic impact (i.e. the effects of all these people being paid and what they spend on).UKIE shared further statistics with GamesIndustry.biz, which show that the majority of the 20,430 FTEs is in development: 13,840 FTEs, in fact. Physical retail is the next largest area with 3,980, followed by publishing at 2,300. Digital retail only accounted for 310 FTEs, although it’s worth reiterating that these are 2016 statistics, so this is likely to be much higher today.17.3 per cent of all sales revenues generated over the year were actually spent on UK-developed games, such as Grand Theft Auto V and Forza Horizon 3.When looking at the Gross Added Value (GVA, the contribution to the UK economy), development once again made the biggest impact. From the £1.52 billion contributed, £826 million was attributed to development, £526.6 million to publishing, £132 million to physical retail and £31.7 million to digital retail.Combined, the direct economic impact of development and publishing came in at 16,140 FTEs and £1.33 billion. The report was also the first time the impact of the esports sector has been reported, with 470 FTEs and £18.4 million in GVA – and, again, this is likely to have increased significantly since 2016.In 2016, £1.25 billion was spent on developing games in the UK – by comparison, £1.72 billion was spent on film production – while £1.75 billion was invested into UK companies from overseas.Of the £1.25 billion spent on development, £389.9 million was support by video games tax relief – almost a third of the UK’s total expenditure on making games. Projects that benefitted from tax relief also provided 9,240 jobs across the industry, including 4,320 FTEs specifically in development-related roles (31 per cent of the UK’s entire development workforce).£45 million was paid out in tax relief over the course of 2016, and the success of games it helped to fund contributed £294.1 million to the UK economy. This rises to £525 million when you include indirect and spillover economic impacts – and the report states that 68 per cent of these games would not have been made without the help of this government incentive.Overall, these games generated £156 million in tax revenue, meaning for every £1 invested in the industry, the tax relief added another £4 to the UK economy. That’s more than the £2.73 for each £1 generated by children’s TV, but falls a little short of animation (£4.44), high-end TV (£6.10) and film (£7.69).However, video games far outstretches the other screen industries in terms of labour productivity (the average amount an employed individual contributes to the economy) at £83,000. All screen sectors’ productivity rate came above the national average of £62,100.Video games also contributes at higher tax-supported GVA than animation and children’s TV, which come in at £78 million and £355 million respectively. But TV and film are the clear leaders in this respect, at £1.72 billion and £5.23 billion respectively.When combined, tax relief helps the screen industries contribute £7.91 billion to the UK economy, generating £2.04 billion in tax revenue and supporting 137,340 FTEs.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “The figures give clear evidence that VGTR has played a vital role in the continued growth of the UK games sector and in providing confidence and certainty to the market,” Twist concludes. :”In 2016, VGTR supported 31 per cent of the total UK game development workforce and this shows what a positive impact it has on employment. We would encourage anyone developing games in the UK to look at how they can qualify for the relief.”VGTR is an increasingly important incentive providing confidence to the games industry and these figures show that it is delivering value back to the economy. It is vital to be able to demonstrate the positive impact of VGTR if we want the continued backing of the government.”You can see a breakdown of how tax relief supports the various screen industries below: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 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 agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 5 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Did someone break up your marriage? In six states, they might owe you money

first_imgdomnicky/iStock(NEW YORK) — After a North Carolina man was awarded a $750,000 judgment against his ex-wife’s lover, the “alienation of affections” law is back under the spotlight.Kevin Howard, of Greenville, brought an “alienation of affections” claim against a man who was having an affair with his then-wife. In August, a judge ruled in Howard’s favor. The law allows individuals to sue others for ruining their marriages. While most states got rid of it years ago, it’s still on the books in Hawaii, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.“A lot of people, quite frankly, think it is antiquated and should be abolished,” Cynthia Mills, a lawyer who represented Howard, as well as dozens of other plaintiffs under the claim, told ABC News on Thursday.The concept of “alienation of affections” comes from old English law when women were considered property and “a man could sue another man for stealing his wife, like when he could sue a man for stealing his horse.”The law has since evolved, such that women can now sue.The basic element, Mills said, is that two people had a happy marriage until “a third party came in and basically seduced the other spouse to leave the marriage and the family.” Sex is not a legal requirement to make the claim.She noted that the North Carolina law recognizes that all marriages have their ups and downs, but that the marriages could have sustained such tumult “until this third party comes.”Howard might have been awarded a hefty sum of money, but it’s far from the highest price paid out.A woman in North Carolina won $9 million in a 2010 lawsuit against a woman she said was involved with her husband of 33 years.A big payday, however, is not always the driving force, according to Mills.“They’re concerned about making a statement about the morality of the issue,” she said.She is currently working with five separate aggrieved spouses, and she guesses that in her 31 years as a lawyer, she has handled 30 such cases. The largest sum a plaintiff she represented received was $5.9 million.She said that while there have been attempts to repeal the law, including constitutional challenges, it remains “very prevalent” in North Carolina.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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