News / HMM unveils 2019 results as SM Line replaces it in 2M transpac tie-up

first_imgID 110497660 © Sheila Fitzgerald | Despite a decline in fourth-quarter revenues, South Korean carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) saw annual sales last year increase by 5.6%  a return to profitability in Q4.It said its 2019 revenue was KRW5.5trn (US$4.72bn), while its operating loss narrowed 45.6% to KRW304bn, as it prepares to join THE Alliance and begin deploying its new series of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) at the beginning of April.The reduced operating loss represented a substantial improvement for the company on the KRW558.7bn ($479m) of  ink in 2018.However, while Q4 revenue declined 6.4% to KRW1.35trn, due to “bearish market conditions and weakening freight rates”, it said higher utilisation levels had helped it improve its balance sheet in the final quarter after it posted an operating loss of KRW38.9bn (US$33m) – which represented a 40.8% improvement over 2018’s final quarter operating loss of KRW65.7bn ($56m).In its outlook for this year, HMM said: “In 2020, uncertainties stemming from the outbreak of the COVID-19, rising concerns over global economic downturn and the impact of US-China trade conflict are weakening the prospects for rises in trade volume.“HMM will focus on increasing profitability by providing differentiated value-added services and improving its business structure through managerial innovation including its full commitment to digital transformation,” it added.And while it prepares to end its slot-sharing agreement with the 2M partners to join THE, its compatriot SM Line was today seen to have signed a deal with Maersk and MSC to share space on a number of transpacific services.According to MSC, the agreement “is separate from the 2M vessel sharing agreement between MSC and Maersk, and the services of 2M and SM Line will complement each other. It consists of a combination of slot exchanges and slot purchases among the three parties and it is subject to regulatory approval”.The agreement covers six services, three of which call at the California hubs of Oakland, Long Beach and Los Angeles and three which cover the Pacific north-west ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert and Seattle.The agreement will also see the 2M partners retuning to the port of Portland, which was dropped from container carriers’ transpacific schedules after a crippling labour dispute in 2016, but returned to operations after SM Line inaugurated its Pacific North-west service this year, on which Maersk and MSC will charter slots. By Gavin van Marle 13/02/2020last_img read more

PM Golding to Address Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference in Montego Bay

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedPM Golding to Address Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference in Montego Bay PM Golding to Address Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference in Montego Bay UncategorizedOctober 17, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding will address and declare open the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) conference, which will run from October 16-19 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James. Mr. Golding will deliver his address tomorrow (Oct 17).Other speakers will include the Prime Minister of Barbados, David Thompson, the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Michael de la Bastide, Chief Justice of Barbados, Sir David Simmons, and Privy Councillor, Lord Hoffman.The theme of the Conference will be “Justice at Home and Abroad”, with special emphasis on the fact that this year the World celebrates the sixth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.The Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA), was established in 1938, and adopted in Jamaica in 1986. It is the foremost international lawyers’ organisation in the Commonwealth, which seeks to promote and maintain the Rule of Law throughout the Commonwealth by ensuring that an independent and efficient legal profession serves the peoples of the Commonwealth, with the highest standards of ethics and integrity.center_img RelatedPM Golding to Address Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference in Montego Bay RelatedPM Golding to Address Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference in Montego Baylast_img read more

Alexander Valley Winegrowers Introduces Access Alexander Valley, an Evening of Alexander…

first_imgShare Pinterest Email Previous articleThe Big Bottom Market Biscuit Bullet Opens at Bowman CellarsNext articleBarolo & Barbaresco Academy Launched in the Heart of Langhe Press Release AdvertisementTicket Sales Now Open to the General PublicHEALDSBURG, Calif. (Jul 3, 2019) – Alexander Valley Winegrowers is pleased to present Access Alexander Valley, a Grand Tasting of Alexander Valley wines held poolside at the award winning Francis Ford Coppola Winery on August 30, 2019 from 7-10pm. This one-day event brings together Alexander Valley wineries, local restaurants and food purveyors, and live music all taking place in the picturesque Alexander Valley. Tickets are now available and can be purchased on the Alexander Valley Winegrowers website. Designed as a counterpart to Alexander Valley’s intimate scale Experience Alexander Valley, the new event is an introductory opportunity for guests to discover both the hard to find, micro-lot wineries, such as Sutro Wine, and taste sought-after icons, such as Jordan and Silver Oak, that make up the depth and diversity of Alexander Valley.“We are thrilled to host the first ever Access Alexander Valley,” explains Rick Toyota, Senior Director of Hospitality Operations, The Family Coppola, and Alexander Valley Winegrowers Vice President. “The setting will reflect the character of our valley, in the family-style Francis Ford Coppola Winery, with wines being poured by proprietors, winemakers, and family members.”The variety of local purveyors providing culinary fare includes Hog Island Oysters, Catelli’s, Noble Folk Ice Cream, Houtskool Dumplings, Rustic, Yay!Paella, and Kinsmoke BBQ. Headlining sponsor, CapaBunga, a local, family-owned wine accessory company, will provide all guests with cutting edge wine stoppers to take home.Each participating winery will offer a special “access” promotion which may include 2 for 1 tasting passes, exclusive library wine tastings, or wine club pricing on bottles ordered that evening.“Access Alexander Valley is an opportunity for guests to enjoy the best of what Alexander Valley has to offer all in one evening,” said Jake Hawkes, owner of Hawkes Wine, and Alexander Valley Winegrowers President. “All guests will walk away with greater knowledge of the area and a variety of access promotions, all while enjoying world-class wines, delicious cuisine, and breathtaking views. We’ve selected the date as a kick-off to Labor Day weekend and invite guests to spend an evening getting to know our winemakers and families, and enjoy this beautiful valley we call home.”Tickets are $85 per person and include tasting at all participating wineries, a variety of food, and entertainment. Tickets are available at on Social Media: Hashtag: #AccessAVFacebook: AlexanderValleyWineInstagram: @alexandervalleyTwitter: @AlexanderVllyAbout Alexander Valley WinegrowersAlexander Valley Winegrowers is a community of winegrowers and winemakers sharing generations of family, history, and traditions dedicated to world-class winegrowing in the Alexander Valley. The Alexander Valley Winegrowers are committed to the preservation and promotion of the vineyards and wineries in the Alexander Valley appellation. Founded in 1984, Alexander Valley Winegrowers represents 31 wineries, 78 winegrowers, and 21 community partners. To learn more about the Alexander Valley Winegrowers, visit: AlexanderValley.orgAdvertisement TAGSAlexander Valley WinegrowersConsumer Linkedin Twitter Facebook Home Industry News Releases Alexander Valley Winegrowers Introduces Access Alexander Valley, an Evening of Alexander Valley…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessAlexander Valley Winegrowers Introduces Access Alexander Valley, an Evening of Alexander Valley Wines, Local Cuisine, and Entertainment – August 30, 2019By Press Release – July 5, 2019 260 0 ReddItlast_img read more

Medtronic launches TYRX Envelope in India

first_img By EH News Bureau on February 25, 2021 Read Article Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Abhishek BhargavaCIED infectionsCRT-PEHRATYRX EnvelopeWRAP-IT study Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Add Comment Medtronic launches TYRX Envelope in India It reduces infections associated with cardiac implants Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts Cardiac Care Happening Now News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Medtronic has announced the launch of the TYRX Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope (TYRX Envelope) – an absorbable, single-use, antibacterial envelope designed to stabilise a cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) or implanted neurostimulator while releasing antimicrobial agents over a minimum of seven days.Constructed from a multifilament, knitted absorbable mesh, the TYRX Envelope holds the CIED device and is fully absorbed by the body approximately nine weeks after implantation. It can be used with any implantable defibrillator, pacemaker, or neurostimulator.Annually in India, 50,000 people with heart conditions receive a CIED, such as a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), to help manage abnormal heart rhythms. As with any surgical procedure, there is risk for infection due to bacteria being introduced at the time of implantation. Current standard of care for CIED infection treatment includes complete system removal/replacement and prolonged antibiotic therapy.“We strive to offer products and services of the highest quality that deliver clinical and economic value to patients and physicians. TYRX is one such value-based offering aimed at lowering infection risk and reducing readmission rates with the long-term goal of creating better outcomes,” said Abhishek Bhargava, Director, Cardiac Rhythm Management, Cardiac Ablation and Diagnostics at Medtronic India. “Medtronic’s vision remains anchored on introducing innovations that continue to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life.”CIED infections occur in 1-4 per cent of all CIED patients and are associated with substantially increased morbidity, mortality, and cost. Results from the landmark Worldwide Randomised Antibiotic Envelope Infection Prevention Trial (WRAP-IT)1 demonstrated the TYRX Envelope reduced the risk of major infection by 40 per cent in patients with CIEDs, and reduced pocket infections by 61 per cent, when used as an adjunctive therapy in addition to standard-of-care infection prevention strategies for patients at higher risk of infection. Further, it did not increase the risk of procedure-related or system-related complications through 12 months.The study enrolled approximately 7,000 patients, from 181 centers in 25 countries in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. The study population included patients receiving an initial cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator (CRT-D); and patients receiving a replacement, system revision or generator upgrade of an existing pacemaker, cardiac resynchronisation therapy-pacemaker (CRT-P), implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or CRT-D. Patients with diabetes, previous history of infection, renal failure, and/or congestive heart failure also are at higher risk for CIED infections.The TYRX Envelope was cleared by the FDA in 2013 and received CE Mark in 2014. In 2019, the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) issued an international consensus document on how to prevent, diagnose and treat CIED infections. The TYRX Envelope is recommended for the WRAP-IT study population and patients with other high-risk factors as outlined in the document. Comments (0) MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”last_img read more

Fresh search underway just outside Castlederg for Arlene Arkinson

first_img LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ A fresh search is underway in near Castlederg in Tyrone for the remains of Arlene Arkinson, who has been missing for 22 years.It’s understood that the PSNI have called in a specialist team to help examine a site which is approximately one mile from Castlederg.The area is close to a road the 15-year-old travelled in 1994.A farmer alerted police following the discovery of disturbed earth and stones on land in a remote area.At this stage there is no evidence to link the site to Ms Arkinson.Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, head of Serious Crime Branch, said: “The family of Arlene Arkinson have been advised of this development purely as a precautionary measure.Ms Arkinson left from her home in Castlederg to go to a disco over the border in Bundoran and was never seen again.She was in the company of a middle-aged man, Robert Howard, who would later be jailed for the rape and murder of a teenager in London.He was bought back to Northern Ireland in 2005 and tried for Ms Arkinson’s murder.At the time, the jury in Belfast was not told of his history of sexual violence and he was acquitted.He died in jail last year of natural causes.Despite several searches, Ms Arkinson’s body has never been found. Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Previous articleMayo make once change for All Ireland FinalNext articlePolice investigating incidents of fraud in Strabane area admin Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Fresh search underway just outside Castlederg for Arlene Arkinson Facebook Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Facebook By admin – September 16, 2016 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApplast_img read more

High Court grants bail to John Downey

first_img Pinterest High Court grants bail to John Downey Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Facebook The High Court has granted bail to alleged IRA bomber John Downey (66).The Donegal man is wanted in Northern Ireland in connection with the 1972 Enniskillen bombings which claimed the lives of two British soldiers.Mr. Downey’s bail has been set at € 30,000 in the form of two independent sureties.The first has been approved by the court but a second must be found before he’ll be released from custody. WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleUpdate: Road reopens following two vehicle collisionNext articleAbusive Packages sent to McClean at Stoke News Highland center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – November 8, 2018 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Three Donegal women who died in Co Louth crash named

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook By News Highland – July 21, 2017 Previous articleFAI Cup Draw – Finn Harps v Bohemians & Dundalk v Derry CityNext articleMatch night information for Monday’s North West Derby – Finn Harps v Derry City News Highland Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The three Donegal women who died following a road traffic crash in County Louth have been named as Margret McGonigle of Castlereagh Bruckless who was 69, her daughter Mairead Mundy of Ballyloughan Bruckless and Rachel Battles also of Ballyloughan Bruckless both in their 30s.Gardai in County Louth say it will be at least late this evening before the N2 reopens between Ardee and Aclint Bridge following this morning’s three vehicle road tragedy.Two men have been taken to Hospital in Drogheda with serious injuries after the accident.Louth based Superintendent Fergus Treanor is appealing for anyone with information to contact them.He’s also urged people travelling between Donegal and Dublin in both directions to be aware of the diversions and allow extra time for journeys. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three Donegal women who died in Co Louth crash named Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img WhatsApp Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Kolisi: We have a platform to make a difference

first_img BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ Published on September 15, 2020 ‘ Posted in Features, Springboks, Teams, Top headlines Post by Craig Lewis ‘ MoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. 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Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Siya Kolisi and wife Rachel conduct outreach work In part 1 of our exclusive interview with Siya Kolisi, the Springbok captain discusses the inspiration behind the Kolisi Foundation and how joining Roc Nation Sports can help inspire further change.In a snippet from the latest SA Rugby magazine, Kolisi and wife Rachel chatted to JON CARDINELLI about the inspiring work that they have passionately thrown themselves into since the Springboks’ whirlwind World Cup campaign last year.READ: What’s in our latest issue?Subscribe hereWhat would you do if you had the power to change the world?Siya and Rachel Kolisi considered this question as they sat outside their hotel room in Tokyo on 3 November 2019. Instead of reflecting on the Springboks’ World Cup success, they discussed how they could use the exposure to effect significant social change.‘I travelled to Japan believing that South Africa would win the World Cup,’ Siya tells SA Rugby magazine. ‘We were well aware of the problems in our country and we tried to use that as motivation to succeed. I knew what winning the World Cup could do for South Africa. What’s more, I knew what it could do for the type of work I’m passionate about.’Kolisi’s wife Rachel remembers putting the couple’s children to sleep the day after the World Cup final and joining Siya in the hotel corridor. A major celebration awaited the Springboks upon their return to South Africa, as well as a week-long trophy tour. At that point, however, the Kolisis felt that they had more profound matters to explore.‘We made a list of everything that we wanted to change in South Africa. Gender-based violence, equality for youth, sports and skills development … we were determined to tackle the big issues,’ says Rachel.‘We started to look at what it would take to make all of that possible. We realised how important it was to get going. It’s great to be in the spotlight after winning a World Cup, but that doesn’t last forever. Siya will have that influence for only a limited time.’The trophy tour was a resounding success. Thousands of fans turned out in Gauteng, Durban, the Eastern Cape and Cape Town to catch a glimpse of their heroes. Siya delivered a rousing speech outside Cape Town City Hall, remarking on the fact that people from all races and walks of life had gathered to celebrate the World Cup success.That wasn’t the end of the story, though, but the beginning. That World Cup campaign and the manner in which the Boks conducted themselves in the aftermath inspired people around the globe.High-profile celebrities like actor Matthew McConaughey and talk-show host Trevor Noah went out of their way to praise Siya and the Boks after hearing the captain’s heartfelt speech. Then Roc Nation, the entertainment agency founded by American rapper Jay-Z, came calling with a game-changing proposition. ‘Jay-Z and many others at Roc Nation come from similar backgrounds,’ Siya explains. ‘They recognised that everything was against me when I was youngster growing up in the township. They wanted to amplify my story and make me an icon. They felt that the way I spoke about hardship was very relevant, and not just to South Africans but to those in similar situations around the world. ‘When I met Roc Nation CEO Michael Yormark I told him that I want to inspire kids and I want to make a real change. Ultimately, I don’t want kids to go through what I went through when I was younger. In a sense, I’m tired of being celebrated because I suffered and still managed to make it. No kid should have to face that kind of challenge. I asked Roc Nation, can they help me with that, not just in South Africa but around the world? They told me they were in.’Siya and Rachel had planned to launch the Kolisi Foundation in July this year. Then the Covid-19 crisis hit and their quest to help those in need was fast-tracked.*The Kolisi Foundation initiatives and projects can be followed on social media, while to donate, visit www.kolisifoundation.orgThis is not a new idea. Three years ago, Siya told SA Rugby magazine about his ambition to address the inequalities in South Africa and to help those in need. Back then, he’d just been made Stormers captain and was starting to feature regularly in the national team. Now has the means and the backing to fulfil his vision.‘Rachel and I decided, you know what, we have the platform to make a difference. Rugby has helped us. Winning the World Cup has helped us. And when I say “us” I mean everyone who has been part of the journey. Everybody from the coaches to the other players to the supporters who willed us over the line in Japan. We are now in this position to make a difference. I’m certainly not suggesting that I got to this position all on my own, merely that I can use my own platform to make a change.‘There is some pressure involved in this kind of work,’ he adds. ‘You have to give your absolute best in everything you do, because you’re trying to make a difference in someone else’s life. You’re going out there and having the hard conversations. You’re trying to change people’s minds about certain issues.’ Siya’s social media accounts as well as those of the Kolisi Foundation have detailed the journey from the beginning. The images and videos have painted a bleak and often heart-wrenching picture of the situation in South Africa’s townships and rural areas. ‘It’s been an eye-opener,’ says Rachel. ‘Even outside the Covid-19 crisis, this is the reality for a lot of people. When we’ve gone to help at soup kitchens or to drop off food at shelters, they’ve told us that they are grateful for the coronavirus. They tell us that this is the most help that they’ve ever received.’*The full version of this article can be found in the latest SA Rugby magazine, while part 2 will be published on Wednesday.WATCH: SA Rugby magazine teaser videoPhoto: Chris Joubert/Black Bean Productions From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo  99  25 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Kolisi: We have a platform to make a difference ‘last_img read more

VR: The next big thing in audio?

first_img 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyConnor Martin Aspiring game designer/tester VR: The next big thing in audio?Game On Audio exec says new tech could have a huge impact on a long-overlooked aspect of game developmentBrendan SinclairManaging EditorFriday 22nd April 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareMuch of the buzz around virtual reality revolves around the way it lets users see new worlds, but the technology’s going to change the way people hear them, as well. Speaking with recently, Game On Audio CEO Sam Girardin and executive producer Jean-Christophe Verbert said the rise of VR could be a boon for audio professionals in the game industry.”I think with VR getting there, most developers are discovering that audio was a bigger part of their project than they thought,” Girardin said. “For any medium, audio’s always been underestimated, or under-scoped. But it’s really part of the experience. If you look at the abilities of the platforms we have today, it’s been exploding, but the mindset across the industry hasn’t changed a lot.”For us, we’re going to use that opportunity to raise the bar and push it further. Not because of the creativity or technicality of what we do, but the fact is it’s so much easier to point out to producers, developers, programmers–whoever is in the chain–something like, ‘This part is missing X amount of game objects, or there’s no ambiance over there, or we don’t believe that scene because you’re missing audio.'””Because the immersion is so important in VR, of course it’s totally tied with audio, and if there’s something wrong in the audio in the VR experience, the spectator will also know right away.” Jean-Christophe VerbertVerbert echoed that sentiment: “Because the immersion is so important in VR, of course it’s totally tied with audio, and if there’s something wrong in the audio in the VR experience, the spectator will also know right away. They’ll actually get right out of the experience, so it’s very, very important.”The more respect and consideration developers give to their games’ audio, the better things will be for Game On Audio. The Montreal-based outsource partner has been assisting developers with audio for 13 years, adapting to the needs of an industry that has shifted considerably over that time.”When we started in 2002, an average game was about 500 lines of dialog for AAA, though it wasn’t called AAA back then,” Girardin said. “Today, with a typical AAA [project], 25,000 lines is a small amount. Now they tend to be between 50,000 and 100,000. And the 100,000 bar has been pushed for a couple years already.”Despite that escalation in scope, Girardin said the cost of audio in games hasn’t risen in step. The studio recently finished up work on Quantum Break for Remedy, and while Remedy spared no expense on the cinematic production values for the title, Girardin said the budget was essentially the same as other titles it’s worked on in the past.”To be honest, it’s not really more costly to do it right and do it once than it is to do it last minute, with crunching and multi-studio development and bringing in a lot of contractors,” Girardin said. “Production is key. Knowing where you’re going is key. My mom would say you do it once but do it right, and she would be very successful in the game business because it’s really the truth.””Start-ups are exploding in the indie world, but they’re more cautious about their budget. So when we work with them, we do it once.” Sam GirardinGirardin said one big difference in the quality of results developers get from audio and the amount they pay for it is preparation.”For us, a developer like [Remedy] who wants to push the bar on storytelling and get audio that is more like a feature film, they need to plan the whole project accordingly, from design to story to script to everything, so they can be not crunching the audio at the end, not crunching the script. And they can have a real 30,000-foot view on their game to make sure the whole story makes sense.”Game development is often about juggling interdependent systems, but extending that analogy, audio would be a ball dropped with some frequency. But given a team that really has its act together, Girardin suggested stellar results can be achieved even by small studios. For example, he pointed to Red Barrel Studios, which worked with Game On for its horror title Outlast. The Red Barrel team had 10 people at the time, and Girardin said at least that many Game On employees touched the game’s audio.”I think those guys had a very clear idea of the game they wanted to do, and I think that’s why they were able to ship such a great experience in a small amount of time with a small number of people,” Girardin said.While Game On Audio has worked with other small teams before, Girardin doesn’t see indies becoming a huge source of business for him. Even so, there are a few aspects of game audio that indie outfits might do better than their AAA counterparts.”Start-ups are exploding in the indie world, but they’re more cautious about their budget,” Girardin said. “So when we work with them, we do it once. It’s really rare that we start again because they forgot [something]. They’re very precise and don’t have a lot of resources, so they have to be cautious. So maybe that’s a way they can afford to get professional audio in their games.””Even some big players don’t believe in audio, but some do… Some game directors don’t care, and others say it’s 50 percent of their experience. It’s really subjective.” Sam GirardinThat said, there’s still plenty of variation as to how seriously studios take audio.”It’s also tied to our company culture,” Girardin said. “Even some big players don’t believe in audio, but some do. And it’s the same thing for indies. Some game directors don’t care, and others say it’s 50 percent of their experience. It’s really subjective.”Developers are also split on issues like whether to employ celebrity voice talent or less expensive career voice actors. Obviously, Girardin is capable of working with both, though he’s not always sure the difference in cost is worth it.”For a producer or somebody developing a game, you need to ask yourself, ‘Is it going to really do something for my game? Is it just because I want that celebrity in my game, or because that celebrity will bring something to it?’ And it can be more than just marketing or sales of the game. In my opinion, celebrities don’t bring more copies sold. Just because you have a celebrity doesn’t mean you’re going to sell more copies.”That said, he did note that some games have used celebrities well, and the additional good press achieved through that could save money on marketing a title. In either case, the decision to use celebrities or not should ultimately be about what–and who–best fits the project.Another attention-getting strategy that Girardin said only pays off in the right circumstances is performance capture, which Game On Audio has been offering as a service since 2011.”Even some big players don’t believe in audio, but some do… Some game directors don’t care, and others say it’s 50 percent of their experience. It’s really subjective.” Sam Girardin”We did the mo-cap turn in 2011 because I thought that full-performance capture was going to pick up, which it did,” Girardin said. “But voice actors will still exist, that’s for sure. The biggest challenge with full performance capture is having the right people to direct them, and also having the right actors, the right cast that can play with their body, because it’s full-body acting, right?”Full performance capture is another opportunity, but to be honest, most of the time when we get character descriptions, the characters they’ve been thinking of, we look at the actor and it’s most of the time based on the way they sound, how they look, but not how they move, which is something very very important for the mo-cap full performance capture.”Full performance capture is another opportunity, but to be honest, most of the time when we get character descriptions, the characters they’ve been thinking of, we look at the actor and it’s mostly based on the way they sound and how they look, but not how they move, which is something very, very important for the full performance capture.”That doesn’t mean performance capture is only worth it with an actor like Andy Serkis. Verbert said the biggest difference he’s seen between an effective capture and one that doesn’t come together just right is the director of the shoot. He pointed to the results Quantum Break’s drama director Stobe Harju got from the game’s cast, saying the Finnish filmmaker’s background in movies (2012’s Imaginaerum) and games (the Alan Wake franchise) paid off both on set and in the finished product.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 “Yes he got a star cast, obviously, but the way he directed his actors, they weren’t blind on the set. They really knew what was going on and the environments [they were supposed to be in],” Girardin said. “It’s a mix of a lot of things. It’s about the production, how you prepare your shoot, how you prepare your cast, how your director is prepared.”It’s the same approach Girardin says he takes with Game On.”To be honest, being in this business for 14 years, the key is about how you prepare yourself and your project,” he said. “This is how you exceed expectations on quality and lower the risk of busting your budget.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 8 hours agoLatest comments (2)Sandy Lobban Founder, Noise Me Up5 years ago Developers rarely set out to make people “feel” a certain way. Even when it results in poor sales, it rarely results in post mortem thinking that suggests we could have done more on the audio to connect with the players emotionally.Paradoxically, even when they see examples of it being done right, the thought that our game should make people feel like that, rarely happens.VR might result in more awareness of nothing being there, but I still think its back of the queue thinking that’s ahead. Purely because developers in the first instance don’t set out to make people “feel” a certain way, but set out to make a functional product, and get bogged down in the tech, and spend the money elsewhere. I shall continue to attempt to convince them otherwise.The truth is there’s very few, if any great games that never had great audio.How people feel when they are interacting with your content has huge influence on whether they will come back for more, and whether they will want to share that experience with friends. It’s as simple as that.center_img 5 years ago As an audio lover myself, I don’t tend to hang around any game that doesn’t speak to me through the audio it presents. A great experience, a truly great experience, is all encompassing. I get pulled into the rhythm of the game as failures become alleviated with more funky sax following my footsteps. Any idea of game design that does not consider how every little aspect comes together is naive at best. Gameplay is king, a king without their subjects is a silly man on a big chair and a shiny hat.last_img read more

Slow down cannot be reversed easily

first_imgThe Indian economy has fallen from the cliff because it had risen too high pulled by limited people and at the lower end it left a large number of people who were struggling to stabilise the wages and get good security.The collapse of automobile and housing indicate that the middle class cannot own the costly luxuries when the family needs are too serious. The contraction in construction and automobile point to the slow down going to stay for long. As the so many unusual options are being tried to revive the small EMI can no longer help when the road ahead is not clear.The capacity building in India depended on the free opportunities kept coming up as the economy found vast untapped resources to be grabbed by anyone using quick means. The mining, Telecom, land acquisition for corporate, IT, financial services, other services like medical, education and tourism were all new in India and hence using knowledge or literacy these services were grabbed mostly by the more aware and resource affinity people.The land has been acquired from the farmers wherever it was easy but what ultimately the farmers would have done with that paper money as it is not worthwhile to build the commercial estate as the ability to run the industries was lacking in them. As natural resources continued to be thrown away and the grabbing was not planned the irregularities and asymmetries are also not denied the wealth accumulation was most uneven distributed.Dependence on natural resources in gross terms was the way the economy was being raised, these began to become scarce or became difficult to acquire or difficult to use and also the capacity building was not uniform across the public further penetration was challenged. As the contraction in mining, steel unutilised capacity, power surplus and automobile slowing sales had started the unemployment and GDP thinning is being experienced.Why the power generation has slowed because the demand for electricity by manufacturers is less. Similarly, the people capacity is not enough to go for automobile the amount no doubt is committed by the government but cannot be repaid. The large private institutions kept coming up after selling recklessly the farming land but people business has gone so low that they cannot afford to keep their children going in the institutions for learning which has not been created to commit sound capacity building or provide a solid education.Therefore it is seen by everyone that large scale shutting down or unused building is common. The single most drawback in the operationalization of the economy is that crony capitalism has grown as the resources were released without being regulated and ensure how the public would be benefitted by them. The public resources as these are available in Banks could not be guarded when the system was unregulated and throwing was the rule than the exception many unlisted corporates and capitalist like NIRAV MODI, VIJAYA MALAYA have preyed on the resources not to be used for public employment and their well being and hence void in the resources is still felt. There is a substantial number of such cases where the resources were floundered as the policy was missing and the basic question is why the government should have bothered about the careful utilization of the public resources. Now it would not take time to understand when the field is dry as to what has caused it.Banks do not have money and hence cannot lend, the land has been thrown on palatial bungalows but it is not available to genuine entrepreneurs to manage small genuine manufacturing. Poor cannot go to schools because the government has opened disproportionate private schools where entry to the poor is barred.The scale of microfinance which was expected to increase is capped as the business is not reliable. As MSME did not grow in orderly fashion resulting in a shortfall in employment the government very hastily started throwing MUDRA loans and it is the BANKS who should tell how much is the default.The balanced use of the factors of production could not be ensured to keep the wealth accumulation under check and hence the wealth was accumulated for personal use the general public is facing the resources shortages to get employment and education. No crony would like to give back the wealth even if the industry is shut down. The farmers are being compelled to give up land for manufacturing why should they give when they are facing the heat of high input prices but low sale prices. The private institutions are closed but continued to be held by the same owner and even if the government wants to run the institution it cannot do it.The resource constraint is severe and hence that standard of education or employment generation cannot be improved by pressing the button. It is therefore important for the policymakers not to indulge in lip services rather see how the redistribution of resources is possible in the interest of the larger public interest and till then hopes for high growth rates be put down. As Mahatma Gandhi has aptly put down talisman it is applicable all times that keep a fragile man in the view and now think of the decision and it should be taken if it is going to give some benefit to him. Drop-in case it is not.last_img read more