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Game lag: Poor digital infrastructure, human capital hinder gaming growth

By on October 19, 2020

first_img“We have opportunities right now, as our businesses are not as impacted as other industries. However, we don’t have sufficient infrastructure and our talent is not trained for this market,” Cipto said during an online webinar held by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry.Market tracker SuperData reported that spending on digital video games globally hit a record high of US$10 billion in March since the COVID-19 pandemic. It also noted that spending rose 15 percent on mobile games – mostly smartphone games – to reach $5.7 billion in March.Similarly, mobile market analytics AppsFlyer noted that more people were making in-app purchases for online games in Indonesia during the pandemic.Despite significant revenue growth in the IP subsector, Cipto said companies who designed games to be used for companies’ marketing and product showcasing, dubbed the “gamification” subsector, had seen a significant decline by up to 75 percent as exhibitions and events are called off amid the pandemic. Poor digital infrastructure and a lack of human capital are hampering gaming industry growth in Indonesia despite opportunities to expand during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Game Industry Association (AGI) has said.The AGI’s chairman Cipto Adiguno said on Wednesday that the gaming and digital industry had the potential to outpace other economic sectors as they were less impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the lack of infrastructure made it hard for the industry to seize the opportunity.According to the AGI’s calculation, companies that develop gaming products, referred to as the intellectual property (IP) subsector, have seen their revenue increase by more than 50 percent since the pandemic hit Indonesia in early March. Topics :center_img “As there are currently no events being held, customers are deferring their payments, which affects companies’ cash flow. We can say that the financial damage in this subsector is pretty high,” he said.According to a survey conducted by the AGI of Indonesian gaming companies in March, some 30 percent of respondents said they lost Rp 101 million (US$ 6,926) to 300 million in profits because of the pandemic while 10 percent reported losses of Rp 25 million to 50 million.The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s movie, television and animation director, Syaifulloh, acknowledged that the creative and digital sector were not ready to fully transform their business models and adapt to the changes that have been wrought by the pandemic.“When COVID-19 hit the industry, the companies still needed time and funds to adjust their operations,” he said during the online webinar.While the pandemic has inflicted revenue declines on parts of the gaming industry, it has also reduced the disadvantages of the gaming industry in Southeast Asia in regard to product marketing, Philippines Game Developers Association (GDAP) chairman Alvin Juban said.With gaming conventions going online because of the pandemic, Alvin said developers did not have to spend a huge amount on traveling abroad and exhibiting their products, thus reducing the gap between large gaming corporation and small-scale developers.“Reaching clients through online platforms has become very effective. This is where we have to invest our resources if we want to expand our businesses and generate more investment from people around the world,” he said.last_img read more

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Transocean posts $208M loss

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgFloating rig contractor Transocean has reported a net loss attributable to controlling interest of $208 million for the second quarter of 2019. The company’s loss in the second quarter of 2018 was around $1.1 billion.Illustration: A Transocean drillship; Photo by John/Flickr – Shared under CC BY-NC 2.0 licenseTotal contract drilling revenues were $758 million for the second quarter of 2019, down from $790 million in the corresponding quarter a year ago.Operating and maintenance expense was $510 million, an increase vs. Q2 2018 O&M expense of $431 million. Contract backlog was $11.4 billion as of the July 2019 Fleet Status Report. This is a decrease compared to July 2018 contract backlog of $11.7 billion.Second-quarter 2019 capital expenditures of $86 million were related to the company’s newbuild drillships and capital upgrades for some rigs in the existing fleet.The offshore drilling company’s rig fleet-wide average daily revenue for the quarter was $314,900, an increase compared to Q2 2018 when the average dayrate was $308,300.Ultra-deepwater floaters commanded an average daily revenue of $335,400, harsh-environment floaters had an average of $301,700, and midwater floaters had an average of $163,700 in Q2 2019. Utilization was 56 percent for the whole fleet, down from 57 percent a year ago.Transocean has total current assets of $4.2 billion. The offshore drilling company has long-term liabilities of $11,4 billion, and total current liabilities of $1,46 billion.Jeremy Thigpen, President, and Chief Executive Officer said: “We continued to operate at a high level throughout the second quarter, with strong rig uptime and attained performance bonuses producing revenue efficiency of approximately 98% across our global floater fleet.”“As importantly, we generated strong cash flows from operations of $153 million through the efficient conversion of our industry-best $11,4 billion backlog.”Thigpen said that despite some continued uncertainty around oil prices, offshore project economics remain compelling, driving increases in floater contracting and increasing dayrates in both the harsh environment and ultra-deepwater markets.Transocean last week released a fleet status report according to which it has recently managed to find work for two semi-submersible drilling rigs and three drillships. The contracts have added around $158 million to the company’s backlog.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Agencies try to keep cholera from Haiti capital

By on September 26, 2020

first_imgNewsRegional Agencies try to keep cholera from Haiti capital by: – June 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The United Nations says health partners in Haiti are responding promptly to increasing cases of cholera in the Ouest department to ensure that the new infections do not spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince.“Given the early detection of alerts, a prompt response is under way,” Fadela Chaib, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva.She said the current surge in the number of cases in Ouest department is a reminder of the need for vigilance. “Haiti will be facing cholera for years unless water and sanitation issues are properly fixed,” Chaib warned.A cholera outbreak that erupted in Haiti in October last year has claimed more than 4,500 lives and nearly 300,000 people fell ill with the disease. Fresh infections continue to occur.A report by an independent panel set up by the UN to investigate the source of the cholera outbreak concluded that a “confluence of circumstances,” and not the fault of any group or individual, was responsible for the fast-moving outbreak.The four-member panel of experts included a series of recommendations for the UN and the Haitian Government so they can help prevent the future introduction and spread of cholera.Caribbean 360 News 13 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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Man United, Leicester jostle for Barcelona’s Coutinho

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first_imgIt is said that the playmaker has little interest in returning to Inter or joining Paris Saint-Germain and instead is keen on a move to England.Tottenham are also said to be monitoring the player, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be attracted to the idea of him moving to Old Trafford while Leicester, who may be restricted in funding the deal, are also interested.Bayern Munich – where Coutinho is currently on loan – have an option to buy the Brazil international for €120m at the end of the campaign but multiple reports suggest this will not be exercised.Earlier this month, Diario Sport claimed Chelsea are favourites to land the former Liverpool playmaker and indeed have already made an approach.It is said that the most likely structure of the deal would be an upfront loan deal for one season, with a purchase option linked into the move.Read Also: Barcelona agree to offload Firpo in the summerA report in El Mundo Deportivo last month claimed the Catalan giants have lowered their asking price for the playmaker to €80m as they look to balance their books.Coutinho has netted eight goals and provided multiple assists in 15 league starts for the Bavarian club, while the recent report stresses the good relations between the two clubs which could help smooth a permanent move this year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushA Hit Song By Lil Nas X Is Beating A World Record As We Speak!What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Mouth-Watering MealPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?It Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana JonesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Manchester United and Leicester City are both attentive to the situation of Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona, say Diario Sport.Advertisement It follows a report in El Mundo Deportivo that the Brazilian wants to return to the Premier League should he not continue at the Camp Nou. Loading… last_img read more

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Police arrest Negrense PUM for evading mandatory quarantine

By on September 25, 2020

first_imgFelix Alejo – PUM who escaped mandatoryquarantine in Mambukal Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental – was arrested by atracker team led by Colonel Romeo Baleros, director Negros Occidental PoliceProvincial Office, around 10 p.m. on March 19, a police report showed. However, the provincial government alsoconsidered the 84 passengers who traveled from Clark as persons undermonitoring (PUMs) and required them to undergo quarantine after arriving in theprovince. Baleros then posted on his Facebookaccount a call for assistance in search for Alejo, whose family name wasinitially reported as Alejano, based on the information given to the police. Alejo was one of the 84 residents ofNegros Occidental who arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from the ClarkInternational Airport earlier that day.“He (Alejo) said that he thought those who (are required to undergo quarantine)are people coming from Metro Manila while he came from Pampanga,” Baleros said yesterday. Silay City government provides trucks and a bus to the 84 Negrense persons under monitoring who arrived in Bacolod-Silay Airport in Negros Occidental from Clark International Airport going to a resort on Thursday. They will stay there for a 14-day mandatory quarantine for individuals with possible coronavirus disease 2019 infection. RYAN GAMBOA FACEBOOK PAGE According to police investigators, thePUMs arrived to the resort where they are going to stay for two weeks afterarriving in this province. Two hours later, Provincial Administrator RayfrandoDiaz – the one that facilitated the transport of the group – informed Balerosthat one of the PUMs already left. “I thank the netizens of Bacolod fortheir help. We’re able to promptly arrest Felix Alejo and he’s now back in theresort for mandatory quarantine. Together, we can find the solution to endCOVID-19,” Baleros said.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN) Alejo will face charges for disobedienceto person in authority and violation of Republic Act 11332, or the Mandatory Reportingof Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern act. Bacolod City – Police arrested a personunder monitoring (PUM) in his residence in Barangay Bata.last_img read more

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Districtwide brush cutting operations begin in November along state routes

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgSoutheastern, IN— INDOT maintenance crews will begin right-of-way mechanical brush cutting across the Southeast District next month to remove trees, shrubs and other vegetation along a number of state highways.Mechanical brush removal utilizes specialized equipment such as a tractor with boom mowers and excavators with mulching heads. Operations are typically performed on shoulders with minimal traffic impacts. However, motorists should still use caution and watch for active crews throughout the district. Specific routes where brush cutting is planned include U.S. 50, S.R. 46, U.S. 31, U.S. 421, S.R. 7, S.R. 3, S.R. 135, S.R. 446 and S.R. 250.Brush cutting is completed to remove vegetation that is blocking line-of-sight or traffic signs, reduce asphalt deterioration due to trapped moisture and provide shoulder space for motorists. This type of work is done primarily in the fall and winter months to prevent disturbance of nesting birds and bats. Mechanical cutting is followed by herbicide treatment in the spring to prevent regrowth and eliminate future needs of brush treatment.Brush removal operations were focused on interstate routes last fall and were followed by herbicide application this past spring. Additional treatments for roadside management may include manual brush cutting for larger limbs or trees, in addition to mowing and litter pick-up.last_img read more

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Cricket News Arthur should make way for others to take Pakistan cricket forward: Qadir

By on September 19, 2020

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Karachi: Spin legend Abdul Qadir doesn’t want South African Mickey Arthur to continue as Pakistan’s head coach, saying it’s time others should be given a chance to take the national team forward. Qadir said he differs with former captain Wasim Akram’s view that Arthur should be given a fresh contract by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).”I know Wasim Akram has told the Board (PCB) that they should give another contract to Arthur but to me this is like doing injustice with others. Others too need to be given a chance to take the national team forward,” Qadir said in an interview.The former chief selector said if Akram had so much concern about Pakistan cricket than he should become the bowling coach of the national team. Akram is one of the members of the PCB’s cricket committee which will meet on August 2 to review the national team’s performance in the last three years and prepare recommendations for future.       “To me Mickey Arthur has contributed nothing to the Pakistan team. In fact, he has damaged it with his clear bias towards some players including Sohail Khan, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Khan who could have done a lot for the Pakistan team with their experience,” Qadir said.”No one thought how much investment has already been made in these players and how much it would hurt Pakistan cricket by sidelining them at their peak.”Qadir said Arthur used the excuses of fitness, discipline and attitude to keep the deserving players out.”We have spent millions of rupees on his fees and expenses and got nothing in return. He didn’t even want Wahab Riaz in the team and sidelined him for two years but was forced to eat humble pie and accept him for the World Cup at the last moment,” he said.Qadir said he didn’t see any sense in having a head coach in the team, and instead preferred specialist coaches in batting, bowling and fielding departments.The out spoken leg-spinner, who played 67 Tests and 104 ODIs, said whatever decision the PCB takes now it must be made keeping in mind the next four years not just next year’s World T20. Qadir backed Sarfaraz Ahmed to continue as captain particularly in the limited over formats.”I think he has done enough and shown he is a fighter to be given an extended run at the captaincy.”Arthur, former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and Sarfaraz have all been called for the cricket committee meeting to make presentations on the team’s performances in the last three years. last_img read more

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Brathwaite ends wretched run with hundred for Glamorgan

By on September 18, 2020

first_imgCARDIFF, Wales (CMC) – West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite struck his 22nd first class hundred to end a miserable run of form and put Glamorgan in a strong position to force a result on the final day of their Division Two County Championship contest against Leicestershire.Playing at Sophia Gardens on the penultimate day yesterday, the 26-year-old carved out an unbeaten 103 as the hosts declared their second innings on 251 for five, leaving Leicestershire with a difficult target of 424 for victory.At the close, the visitors were tottering on 32 for two after new-ball seamer Lukas Carey (2-10) prised out captain Paul Horton (7) and Colin Ackermann (1) cheaply.Leicestershire had earlier used a last-wicket stand of 92 between Chris Wright (60) and Will Davis (39 not out) to rally from their overnight 191 for nine to 263 all out in their first innings.Wright, resuming on 26, struck 10 fours and a six off 86 deliveries before he was last out, stumped off former England left-arm spinner Samit Patel who finished with four for 58.Brathwaite then anchored the Glamorgan innings in a knock that required 189 balls, lasted just shy of four hours and included 12 fours and a six.The knock followed his marathon 44 in Glamorgan’s first innings of 435, when he batted nearly 3-¾ hours and faced 156 deliveries.More importantly, Brathwaite ended a rut which saw him average a miserly 12.58 in his last nine Tests over the last 12 months. In the recent two-Test series against India, the right-hander managed 28 runs from four innings.Yesterday, Brathwaite posted 65 for the third wicket with Patel (25), 39 for the fourth wicket with Billy Root (19) before adding a further 80 for the fifth wicket with captain Chris Cooke whose 43 came from 39 balls with four fours.Unbeaten on 68 at tea with the hosts on 171 for four, Brathwaite brought up his first hundred for his new county in the final session when he stroked veteran seamer Wright to the cover boundary, prompting the declaration.last_img read more

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Knerr looks to finish career on high note after leaving softball behind for ice hockey

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgJulie Knerr thinks about what it would have been like to play softball every single day.When she came to Syracuse in 2011, Knerr was supposed to play both softball and ice hockey for SU. Originally intending to walk-on for both sports, she was on the ice when the season began in September. She had plans of turning her attention to softball later in the spring semester.Faced with a packed schedule that made it difficult to fully participate in both sports — which overlap in February and March — former associate head softball coach Wally King and Knerr made a joint decision that Knerr would focus solely on hockey.“I don’t regret it whatsoever,” Knerr said. “I love what I’ve been through. I love all my memories here and if I could do it all over again, I would pick hockey again, absolutely.”Now in her senior season for the Orange, Knerr is second on the team in blocks with 42 and has tallied three blocks and a goal in the past four games. A key cog in the SU attack, Knerr’s versatility in two sports helped her eventually hone in on the ice. Now a senior, she’s showcased the ability to take faceoffs, play center or wing and dominate on the power play and penalty kill lines.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Whether softball or hockey, you could tell she was a good athlete,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “… She’s done a great job physically in getting stronger and stronger. For her learning the game, adapting and adjusting into becoming a one-sport athlete has taken work.”Splitting her time between softball and ice hockey throughout her childhood and high school, Knerr played third base in the field and center on the ice. She enjoyed how quick the ball got hit to her at the hot corner, the love for speed directly related to her love for the quick tempo of ice hockey.The last cut from the Canadian national softball team on more than one occasion, Knerr often wonders if she made the right choice sticking with hockey. But now, Flanagan can’t imagine the team without one of his senior captains.“I think on the ice, it has been neat to see her learn the game and she’s been very dedicated,” Flanagan said. “She knew she had to be because of the softball. It’s good to see that someone recognizes her shortcomings and things she’s needed to work on and she’s improved on them.”Flanagan described Knerr as a “natural athlete,” and was impressed when he saw her play hockey in high school. He knew, though, that she would improve upon her hockey acumen if given the chance to focus on one sport.She’s spent time watching video and working on her slap shot after practice. It’s a shot that defender Nicole Renault said was “guaranteed to go in” if Knerr is open.“I think she’s a huge part of our team,” Renault said. “She’s always moving and she’s probably one of the hardest workers on the ice so that’s really what you need on a team.”Knerr plays her final two regular season games this weekend against the Rochester Institute of Technology and hopes to close out her career strong.She’s worked hard to transform herself into a one-sport athlete and now she just wants to enjoy the remainder of her time on the ice for the Orange.“Recently, it’s just putting everything behind me and realizing I have (two) more games left and it’s do or die,” Knerr said. “I don’t have anything else after this… So it’s putting everything behind me, playing hockey and having fun.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 19, 2015 at 12:07 am Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more

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Joey’s Classic Italian Dining general manager has ‘never seen (Boeheim) touch’ alcohol in 15 to 20 years

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgUPDATED: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 3:42 p.m.About 30 minutes before police arrived on Interstate 690 to investigate a fatal crash involving Jim Boeheim, 74, who struck and killed a man while driving Wednesday night, Boeheim was sitting with his wife, Juli, and two other men at Joey’s Classic Italian Dining restaurant on Thompson Road in Syracuse.Rick DeCuffa, general manager of Joey’s, said he remembers Boeheim first arriving at the restaurant — alone — before the rest of his party joined him. The four of them ate in a corner booth in the back of the restaurant, an area that Boeheim has frequented for 15 to 20 years, DeCuffa said. “He’s extremely private, and we let them do their thing,” DeCuffa said. “It’s one of the reasons he loves coming here, we don’t bother him.”Juli and the two others were in good spirits after Boeheim led the Orange to their 69-49 win over No. 18 Louisville earlier on Wednesday, the general manager said. DeCuffa added that Boeheim didn’t appear as excited as Juli and the others. There wasn’t a lot of “bubbliness” from the head coach, DeCuffa said. Instead, Boeheim smiled as he walked to his table like he usually does, DeCuffa said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Boeheim’s guests will sometimes drink a glass of wine with their meals, DeCuffa has never seen Boeheim drink alcohol, he said. “In all the years (Boeheim’s) been here, I’ve never seen him touch a drop of alcohol,” DeCuffa said. “Not a drop, which is mind-boggling.”DeCuffa said he didn’t see Boeheim drink alcohol Wednesday night. After the meal, which lasted under an hour, DeCuffa said, the four people all left the restaurant at the same time. Boeheim reportedly left Joey’s and drove away from the restaurant until he merged onto I-690, at some point. Jorge Jimenez, 51, was in a vehicle that swerved into a divider and stopped in the middle of I-690 on Wednesday, Syracuse Police Department Sgt. Matthew Malinowski said in a statement on Thursday. Jimenez was driving a Dodge Charger, an employee at Erie Car Care Center confirmed to The Daily Orange. The oncoming vehicle, driven by Boeheim along I-690, tried to avoid the Dodge Charger but hit Jimenez, who was standing on the side of the road, police said.Jimenez was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Malinowski.“I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night’s accident,” Boeheim said in a statement Thursday. “Juli (Boeheim) and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family. Out of respect for those involved, I will not be providing further comment at this time.”CLARIFICATION: In a previous version of this post, the route Jim Boeheim took from Joey’s Classic Italian Dining to Interstate 690 was not entirely clear. As of Friday afternoon, the Syracuse Police Department had not publicly announced what highway entrance Boeheim used Wednesday night to get on I-690. Comments Published on February 21, 2019 at 4:35 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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