Protecting Competition in Canada’s Grocery Sector

first_imgProtecting Competition in Canada’s Grocery Sector From: Competition Bureau CanadaRemarks by Matthew Boswell, Commissioner of Competition – Grocery Innovations Canada 2020 – Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers – November 25, 2020Grocery Innovations Canada 2020 – Canadian Federation of Independent GrocersNovember 25, 2020(As prepared for delivery)Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for the kind introduction, and thanks to the CFIG for inviting me to speak today. It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to talk to you about the role of competition enforcement in the grocery sector.In the past year, Canadians have seen what all levels of the grocery sector are capable of in the face of a crisis. A simple glance at the statistics about how much Canadians spend on groceries every year, or the number of products available year-round, is a quick reminder of your work’s importance, and how essential it is to all Canadians.Competition Drives Resilience and AdaptabilityThe pandemic has shown us the importance of low prices and consumer choice, and how critical it is to have resilient and adaptable supply chains that can react to large-scale disruptions, such as what we’ve experienced these past months. The pandemic has also reminded us about the unavoidably physical nature of how we put food on our tables, even as consumers dramatically accelerate their use of online grocery and delivery services. I’m certain that many Canadians, particularly those living in our major cities, had to think about the reality of food supply chains for the first time in many years. That we made it through this difficult period thus far without major disruptions speaks to both the impact of the pandemic and the strength of the response from all levels of the grocery supply chains.Focusing on that resilience and adaptability, I believe competition has an important role to play. Just like the economy itself, a more diverse and competitive market can better react and adapt to unforeseen challenges. Open and competitive markets ensure that companies of all sizes can participate, succeed or fail on the merits of their work, creating an environment that rewards those who innovate and create value. When the Bureau enforces competition law in a strong and principled way, we protect and promote the competitive process, making Canada’s markets more resilient and adaptable.Competition Law in CanadaIt is worth a brief discussion about what competition law in Canada is and is not. We have recently seen a return of the debate over a code of conduct between suppliers and retailers in the grocery sector, similar to the codes of conduct found in the United Kingdom and Australia. The purpose of such codes is to address what many feel is an imbalance of power between large retailers and their suppliers, and to discourage unfair behaviour on the part of major retailers.As it stands today, competition law in Canada focuses on conduct that could potentially dampen competitive intensity or thwart competition on the merits. Competition law in Canada does not regulate imbalances in bargaining power, and in its current role, the Bureau cannot develop or enforce a code of conduct for any industry. What the Bureau can do, however, is provide a procompetitive perspective to policy-makers at all levels of government, and we continue to do so, as needed.Our enforcement work falls into four categories: addressing anticompetitive mergers, halting abusive conduct by dominant players, breaking up criminal cartels, and stopping deceptive marketing practices. The Bureau has pursued active enforcement in the grocery industry, most recently with our inquiry into Loblaw’s conduct with its suppliers, and our ongoing investigation into an alleged bread price-fixing cartel.Competition law is rarely as black and white as it may seem on the surface, requiring the Bureau to navigate the grey areas present in every case. This means that for every case we take on, the Bureau must complete a thorough and complete examination of the facts relevant in Canada before concluding that there has been a contravention of the Competition Act.Returning to imbalances of bargaining power, the line between hard bargaining and anticompetitive conduct is not always a bright one. The intent to reduce incentives to compete, such as a retailer passing on the costs of retail competition to suppliers, can push what some might see as simply hard bargaining by a large player into a violation of the Competition Act. When the Bureau investigates complaints raised by vigilant market participants, we always conduct a thorough investigation to ensure we can draw a clear line between vigorous competition and anticompetitive conduct.Loblaw InvestigationBack in 2017, we discontinued an inquiry into allegations that Loblaw Companies engaged in conduct contrary to the abuse of dominance provisions of the Competition Act. The Bureau’s extensive inquiry into alleged anticompetitive policies enforced by Loblaw against its suppliers shows the importance of being ready to sort through the grey areas and draw that clear line. Our investigation covered several practices carrying allegations of anticompetitive intent. Although Loblaw ended a number of those practices during the inquiry, it was important for the Bureau to complete its investigation to confirm whether these practices met the standard for anticompetitive conduct. While the evidence did not sufficiently support the allegations, completing the inquiry was necessary to reach an informed conclusion and be fully transparent to the marketplace regarding our findings. That being said, we know that even in the same market, the facts may be very different in the future, and may warrant an inquiry.Competitor CollaborationsSimilarly, conduct that looks alike in principle can have dramatically different competitive effects in practice. This really matters when it comes to collaboration between competitors, which can range from procompetitive buying groups made up of smaller players, to full-blown criminal cartel behaviour, the most serious offence in Canadian competition law. This highlights the need for clarity and open communication on the appropriate bounds of collaboration in our ever-evolving marketplace. The Bureau took on that challenge earlier this year by issuing revised competitor collaboration guidelines for consultation and a statement on flexibility for collaborations during the pandemic. This statement, driven by our exceptional circumstances, recognized that the pandemic may call for the rapid establishment of business collaborations of limited duration and scope to ensure the supply of products and services that are critical to Canadians.However, I would like to note the recent House of Commons industry committee’s interest in communications between certain competitors in the grocery industry regarding employee wages. In general, communications among competitors regarding employee wages would seem to be unrelated to an effective response to the pandemic and I heard of such discussions with concern. I want to take this opportunity both to reiterate that it is essential that all businesses remain cognizant of their obligations under the Competition Act and also to note that increasing collaboration amongst competitors carries a risk for businesses to continue down a slippery slope. Now more than ever, Canadians expect and deserve vigorous competition for their hard-earned money.With this in mind, I want to re-affirm the Bureau’s commitment to protecting competition, especially in a market as vital as yours. We must all rally together during crisis, and we must continue to ensure that those with market power do not undermine the competitive process.It is the Bureau’s responsibility to protect Canadians from anticompetitive practices, and you have my commitment that we will continue to work with all sectors to help us navigate the many challenges we’ve all experienced as a result the pandemic.Thank you for having me, and I look forward to your questions. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, Canada, Commissioner, communications, Criminal, Economy, environment, future, Government, industry, investigation, resilience, statistics, United Kingdom, warrantlast_img read more

Research shows New Zealanders want income support increased

first_imgResearch shows New Zealanders want income support increased Green Party of Aotearoa New ZealandNew UMR research reveals that 69 percent of New Zealanders agree that the government should increase the amount if income support paid to those on low incomes or not in paid work.“Everyone deserves to live with dignity, to be able to put a roof over their heads and to put food on the table. Clearly the majority of New Zealanders agree with this,” says Green Party spokesperson for Social Development & Employment Ricardo Menéndez March.The survey was commissioned by a group of more than 40 organisations and found people from across salary groups, ages, renters and home-owners largely agreed with lifting income support.“Our current social safety net just doesn’t do enough. We see this as more and more people continue to queue at Work and Income to make ends meet whilst property investors are profiting from the housing crisis.“We must go further and faster to deliver income support that enables everyone to live good lives. We will continue to push for a Guaranteed Minimum Income of $325 per week, paid for by a Wealth Tax from six percent of the wealthiest New Zealanders, so that everyone can live with dignity.“During COVID-19, we saw our collective ability to work together to change the system to protect us. The Government now has a social mandate to improve the lives of all New Zealanders, especially those who are struggling to make ends meet.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:covid-19, crisis, employment, food, Government, Green Party, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, meet, New Zealand, property, research, Safety, salary, Social Development, survey, taxlast_img read more

Access challenges hinder Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue effort

first_imgAccess challenges hinder Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue effortPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, February 8, 2021in: Newsshare 0 To get to the house, crews had to make their way down a nearly half-mile long muddy drivewayCrews from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) faced significant access challenges to battle a blaze at a residence near Woodland Monday afternoon.Units from (CCFR) were dispatched at 1:55 p.m. to a report of smoke coming from a house next to Interstate at the Lewis River Bridge near Woodland. Multiple callers reported smoke from the roof and eaves of the home.Crews from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue faced significant access challenges to battle a blaze at a residence near Woodland Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy Clark-Cowlitz Fire RescueCrews from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue faced significant access challenges to battle a blaze at a residence near Woodland Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy Clark-Cowlitz Fire RescueCCFR crews were familiar with the residence and knew that making access to the structure would be difficult. The house is addressed as 37010 NW Pacific Highway, however to get to the house, crews had to make their way down a nearly half-mile long muddy driveway. The driveway was too steep and muddy for regular fire engines to make it to the structure, so the initial attack was done by using “Brush Units,” which are small 4-wheel drive vehicles with a pump and hose that are usually used for wildland firefighting. The first crew arrived at the top of the driveway at 2:02 p.m. By the time apparatus and firefighters could make it down the driveway, the house had become fully involved in fire.According to Fire Chief John Nohr, “The fire had a head start before it was called in. When you add the very steep, muddy driveway, we were behind the curve from the beginning.”Fire Boat 24 pumped water from the Lewis River to firefighters who had stretched large firehoses from FB-24 to the house to extinguish the fire. Photo courtesy Clark-Cowlitz Fire RescueFire Boat 24 pumped water from the Lewis River to firefighters who had stretched large firehoses from FB-24 to the house to extinguish the fire. Photo courtesy Clark-Cowlitz Fire RescueTo complete extinguishment, CCFR brought in Fire Boat 24 from Ridgefield. FB-24 is a 30-foot North River capable of delivering over 1,000 gallons of water per minute. FB-24 pumped water from the Lewis River to firefighters who had stretched large firehoses from FB-24 to the house to extinguish the fire.The property owner told fire officials that there had been a renter at the property and that he was in the process of having them evicted. There was no evidence of people at the scene when CCFR units arrived. The house was too involved in fire for crews to safely go in and complete a search.The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office.Information provided by Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestWoodlandshare 0 Previous : Rep. Brandon Vick continues push to help identify and teach highly capable students Next : Fake N95 masks plague hospitals across Washington stateAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Perales part of strong returning Schroeder GBB group

first_imgPerales part of strong returning Schroeder GBB group Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Print This Post By Paul Cifonelli on May 19, 2020No Comment Follow on Facebook Perales part of strong returning Schroeder GBB group added by Paul Cifonelli on May 19, 2020View all posts by Paul Cifonelli →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ Splinters Subscribe by Emailcenter_img Connect on Linked in Share on Facebook Add to Google+ Julia Perales averaged 9.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 steals for Webster Schroeder. (Photo: KEITH KIJOWSKI)By PAUL CIFONELLIWebster Schroeder sophomore Julia Perales took on some point guard duties this season and helped the Warriors to a six-win improvement. In 28 minutes per game, Perales averaged 9.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 steals for Webster Schroeder.Perales improved her efficiency this year and her scoring averaged jumped from 4.8 to 9.0 as a result. Her field-goal, three-point and free throw percentages improved from .27/.26./.28 slash line as a freshman to .33/.32/.40 as a sophomore.The 5-foot-2 guard scored a season-best 18 points against both Brockport and Victor. She also scored 14 points in eight different games. Additionally, her overall three pointers made went from 23 to 58, which included five games with five made threes and another with six.The rising junior’s defensive numbers improved this past season also. Her deflections went from 0.7 to 1.6, while her steals average inflated from 1.0 to 1.8. Perales had seven deflections and six steals, both season-highs, against Pittsford Sutherland. She also had six rebounds against Churchville-Chili and four assists against Brighton.Perales, who sports a 95.6 GPA in the classroom, earned a spot on the Coach Chow All-Tournament Team earlier in the season. She was named a captain at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.Perales will return next season along with other rotation players Andraia DiPisa, Lill Northrup, Anya Watkins and Mariah Watkins. She plays AAU with the Buffalo Titans.Schroeder finished 12-10 this season. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Messam: Burger has ‘zero fear’

first_img‘ Schalk Burger against the All Blacks ‘ ‘ ‘ Messam: Burger has ‘zero fear’ Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah Winfrey Is Nearing 70 & This Is The House She Lives In TodayAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak2019 Top 10 Most Beautiful Airline Flight AttendantsGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilRemember Grace Jones? She Is Almost 73, See Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo MoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  5653  1191center_img All Blacks loose forward Liam Messam has agreed with Dan Carter’s assertion that Schalk Burger is one of the toughest players he has faced on the rugby field.Carter last month hailed the former Springbok flank as one of the ‘toughest-minded’ players he has ever come up against.ALSO READ: Carter – Burger kept coming for meBurger enjoyed an 86-Test career between 2003 and 2015, during which he faced the All Blacks 16 times, including in the 2015 World Cup semi-finals.Writing in his column for The XV, Messam asserted that Burger was a fearless competitor on the field, but added that he was one of the nicest guys off it.‘Dan Carter said that South African loosie Schalk Burger was the toughest player he’s ever faced on the rugby field and it’s hard to argue with that,’ Messam wrote. ‘That guy has zero fear and zero care for his body – he would just fly into things.‘When I’m on the park, I always want to test myself against the biggest and the strongest guys and although there might be some monsters playing in the loosies now, no one could hit you harder than Schalk Burger.‘I think in many ways he was sort of like the spiritual and emotional leader for the Springboks. He may not have made all the calls on the field, but he led those boys into battle. You could see when he put in a huge hit or made a crazy run that it would lift the whole team – and he was able to do that pretty often.MEMORABLE COMEBACKS: UCT’s magic win over Pukke‘I’ve played against guys that are obviously physically tough but weren’t necessarily mentally tough. Burger didn’t have that problem – that man is a freak in all the right ways.‘DC said he felt like he had a target on his back whenever he played against Burger, but I can tell you that Burger wasn’t afraid of causing some collateral damage and if you saw his name on the team sheet before a game, you knew you were going to be hurting the next day.‘Honestly, though, he’s the nicest bloke off the field,’ Messam added. ‘I remember one match we were playing against the Springboks, I hit him high near the end of the game and South Africa kicked a penalty to steal the win. I was pretty dark after the final whistle but he was the first one that came up to me and told me not to dwell on it – it’s rugby and sometimes stuff like that happens. I felt like a right prick at the time because I’d lost us the Test match but he gave me a few words of encouragement to keep my chin up.’FULL COLUMNPhoto: Steve Bardens – World Rugby via Getty Images/World Rugby via Getty Images Posted in Springboks, Test Rugby, Top headlines Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo Published on September 19, 2020 ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Post by SA Rugby magazine The Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

CryEngine 5 business model is built on “appreciation and trust”

first_imgCryEngine 5 business model is built on “appreciation and trust”Crytek’s ‘pay what you want’ strategy targeted at the “next wave” of game developers, says MD Avni YerliMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 13th July 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleCrytekIn an industry increasingly defined by companies that give their products away for free, it’s only natural to stop thinking about where the revenue comes from. Supercell, a company that celebrated its sixth birthday only last month, is now worth somewhere north of $10 billion. Unity Technologies, which has stuffed ever more services and features into its already generous free tier, supports over 1 million developers every month. More and more, giving away as much as you can for as little as possible seems like the smartest way to do business.The success of Unity is particularly relevant to Crytek, which, along with Epic, has changed the way it approaches its business in a direct and necessary response to the egalitarian Danish company’s irresistible rise. Little by little, the dominant players in the engine market reduced the cost of accessing their products until, this year, Crytek went a step further than any of them. CryEngine 5, a new, VR-friendly iteration of the engine, would operate under a “pay what you want” model, where developers could donate any amount they wished from the revenue on a given project. And that entirely discretionary amount might not even go to Crytek, with each developer also afforded the freedom to divide it between the company and an “Indie Development Fund” for new projects.”We did a free version of CryEngine back in 2012 or so, where we had a pretty huge response,” says Avni Yerli, Crytek’s managing director, when we meet at the Quo Vadis conference. “A lot of people used it, and what was interesting for us is to see what we needed to improve, what we needed to offer on top. We really took that to heart and really invested a lot in CryEngine going forward. With CryEngine 5, we decided that the time to go big is now, with basically free access and you pay what you want as a user.””I think that people, developers, really appreciate what CryEngine is, and we trust to them to recognise this and pay a sum to Crytek” No matter how far back in the company’s history one wishes to look, this seems a strikingly bold move. When I first visited Crytek in 2007, just ahead of the launch of Crysis, it was the developer of boxed retail games with the kind of eye-melting visuals that served as an advert for its bleeding-edge engine. CryEngine wasn’t free at that point – far from it – and neither were Crytek’s games, but the company ultimately pivoted towards the fast growing free-to-play market, going so far as to pledge that it would abandon the premium model following the completion of Crysis 3. That pledge arrived in 2012, and the years since have proved troublesome. Whether it was increasing competition in the engine market or a failure to execute on its free-to-play strategy, Crytek hit the rocks very publicly in the middle of 2014, with rumours of months of unpaid wages and a mass walkout among its staff. The company’s management found sorely needed investment the following month, with that money widely believed to be a $50 million to $70 million licensing fee from Amazon for the CryEngine. Amazon’s announcement of Lumberyard earlier this year is as close as anyone has come to an official acknowledgement of that rumour.This new boldness, then, may have been forged in the crucible of that difficult time. Yerli stops short of agreeing the point, but he does concede that, “We wanted to do something new. We were thinking about the space, what the competition was doing, what other engines were doing. We wanted to offer something fresh. Then the idea of pay what you want came up and we immediately liked it. We worked on it and had to convince a lot of people in Crytek that it’s the right thing to do as well, but in the end everybody was very comfortable. With a brave new step, that’s what you have to do.”While it may be heading towards the brave and the new, Crytek isn’t willing to sacrifice its place on the cutting-edge of engine technology. Indeed, Yerli sees the emergence of virtual reality as a perfect opportunity to remind the world of the company’s longstanding commitment to high performance and high-res graphics. Unity and Epic are both just as focused on the VR market, of course, but Yerli believes Crytek’s strategy has a breadth that its competitors lack.”We want to make sure that developers can build prototypes very fast, very quickly and then look for funding – like through crowdfunding, Kickstarter,” he says. “We want to drive that going forward, to make sure that developers are not necessarily depending on external funding from publishers. They are not looking for big money anyway, but we can enable them to have a fast prototype and go out there and find some money. That’s the main strategy behind it.”This is a recognition of the fact that, while there is a great deal of interest in VR among developers, the market may be several years away from being commercially sustainable. Yerli sees VR as the best possible place for independent developers to target, and so appealing to students and new studios is one of the pillars of Crytek’s new direction. It’s the reason why the company is now working directly with universities in its VR First initiative, it’s why the long-game of a pay what you want model was preferred to more established alternatives, and it’s why CryEngine users will have the option to divert theur donations to support other new projects from small developers.”It’s about the new wave,” Yerli says. “Our objective is to allow students and universities to get access to high quality development tools and hardware, to make sure they are trained to the best level possible by the time they are ready to go out into the market.””When we worked on this we were also concerned about, okay, will this work or not? We don’t expect a conversion of….everybody. Maybe a similar conversion to a free-to-play game” When it comes to a strategy like this, it’s only natural for a company to emphasise the altruism present in its details. But Crytek is a business, not a charity, and regardless of how much money it now has in the bank there is something discomfortingly hopeful about Yerli’s description of how the company will eventually secure a return on its investment. At its root, the future of the CryEngine now seems to hinge on the honour system.”Really, it’s built on appreciation and trust,” Yerli continues. “I think that people, developers, really appreciate what CryEngine is, and we trust to them to recognise this and pay a sum to Crytek. Or to decide to allocate, let’s say, $100, and to give Crytek $60 or $40 and the rest for the Indie Fund. We want to drive toward that: one for Crytek, but one for our Dev Fund as well.”But you’re right: when we worked on this we were also concerned about, okay, will this work or not? But we trust our development community to show that appreciation. We have looked to other industries that have used similar models, and overall it was encouraging enough. We don’t expect a conversion of….everybody. Maybe a similar conversion to a free-to-play game.”Related JobsHR Business Partner CrytekSenior Narrative Designer CrytekPhysics Programmer CrytekDiscover more jobs in games And, like the free-to-play model, perhaps Crytek will come to rely on whales; those developers who build huge success in the burgeoning VR market due to its generosity and support, and then feel compelled to give something back. The question is how quickly that moment arrives, and how many will choose to repay Crytek’s support. The fact that Crytek still develops games will help in that respect, Yerli says, but the end-game is to make the CryEngine a self-sustaining business.”That’s why we say that we have a way in front of us to go,” he says. “We are not there yet, that’s for sure, but we are getting a very positive response from people using CryEngine, and all the indie developers and new developers using CryEngine. It’s a process. We have done a couple of things, and we have to do a lot of things more. But we are prepared to do those things.”GamesIndustry.biz is a media partner for the Quo Vadis conference. Our travel and accommodation costs were provided by the organiser.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The VR & AR newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCrysis Remastered delayed for additional polishDevelopment team acknowledges mixed feedback to trailer leakBy Rebekah Valentine 10 months agoCloud Imperium responds to Crytek’s attempt to dismiss its own lawsuitStar Citizen developer maintains engine providers claim “is and always has been meritless”By James Batchelor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Silver Alert issued for missing man from Goshen cancelled

first_img Twitter Twitter Google+ Previous articleMissing Notre Dame student’s body pulled from lake on campusNext articleGene Corrigan, former ND Athletic Director, NCAA president, ACC boss, dies at 91 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – January 25, 2020 0 285 Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest Silver Alert issued for missing man from Goshen cancelled (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) UPDATE: The Silver Alert for Dennis L. Heminger was cancelled on Tuesday, Jan. 28.ORIGINAL STORY: A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared for a man missing from Goshen.The Goshen Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Dennis L. Heminger, a 75 year old white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 181 pounds, gray hair with gray eyes, last seen wearing a lightweight grey jacket, dark colored t-shirt, blue jeans and black tennis shoes.Heminger was last seen on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm. He is believed to be in danger and may require medical assistance.Heminger was the subject of a separate Silver Alert earlier this week, which was eventually cancelled.If you have any information on Dennis L. Heminger, contact the Goshen Police Department at 574-533-4151 or 911.last_img read more

Catalan election heats up

first_imgGermanyAustria’s governing coalition between the conservative People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party irked Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), who said a right-wing government in Vienna coupled with Viktor Orbán in Hungary means “Austria-Hungary is back,” according to Die Welt. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that the SPD “continues to struggle with itself,” reporting on internal disagreement over whether to join a coalition government with Angela Merkel’s conservatives after their talks with the liberal Free Democrats and the Greens collapsed. UKMuch of the British press focused on the suspected murder of a British diplomat in Lebanon. The Financial Times and the Daily Mail both reported on the threat to pensions — the FT on how the reforms will hit millennials and those in the “gig economy,” while the Mail focused on the 6 million middle-class people who won’t have enough saved for retirement. BelgiumDe Morgen reported on the Flemish New Alliance (N-VA) leader Bart De Wever’s new focus on at-risk youth. The leader introduced a range of supervision and mentoring programs for teenagers during and after school. French-speaking Le Soir reported that three inspectors called for reform to religion and morality courses, advocating for them to be substantially shortened. SpainSpanish political parties enter the home stretch three days before Catalan voters head to the polls. With the question of Catalan independence still the key issue of the campaign, ABC hinted at a unionist alliance possibly staving off the return of the previous pro-independence coalition government. “Constitutionalism announces itself in Catalonia,” the paper declared, with a picture of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez and the centrist Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera. Barcelona-based La Vanguardia led with: “The constitutionalist bloc sprints towards an upset.” El País reported that disagreements between Ciudadanos and the Socialist’s Catalan sister party may already threaten a possible coalition.center_img FranceLe Figaro led with a story on France’s mammoth logistical operation to track terror suspects. With the headline “The heights of shame,” left-leaning Libération focused on migrants, many of whom make the dangerous journey through the Alps to enter France, only to face a “repressive” state, the paper wrote. Also On POLITICO For Catalan election, independence party goes back to basics By Saim Saeed 45,000 turn out for pro-Catalan protest in Brussels By Natalie Sauerlast_img read more

Sam Smith Forced To Cancel Tour; Will Undergo Vocal Cord Surgery

first_imgSadly, Sam Smith has to have vocal chord surgery after suffering from a vocal chord hemorrhage last month. Doctors say he needs suspension microlaryngoscopy surgery, and will need some time to recover. He has been forced to cancel all of his upcoming tour dates.Listen To Flume’s Fire Remix Of Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’Smith posted the following apology to his fans on his Facebook page:last_img

University Registrar plans Commencement Ceremony

first_imgThe University’s 173rd Commencement ceremony will take place in Notre Dame Stadium on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. with 16 other diploma ceremonies to follow that afternoon at 2 p.m.Chuck Hurley, the University registrar, said there will be 20 different ceremonies this weekend between the undergraduate, graduate and University ceremonies along with the Commencement Mass.Dominique DeMoe | The Observer “3,096 total diplomas will be awarded, with 2,066 undergraduates, and 1,030 graduate diplomas given,” Hurley said.Commencement was first moved to the Notre Dame stadium in 2010, Hurley said.“The ceremony was in the stadium in the 1950s and then for a couple years in the ’60s. … In the late 1960s they moved it to the Joyce Center,” Hurley said. “It was in the Joyce Center from then until 2009, and after 2009 we moved to the stadium because it was just so many folks wanting to attend Commencement.”Hurley said having the main ceremony in the stadium allows students to invite as many family members and guests as needed.“A couple of years ago we had a student who was the first person in her family to graduate from college and she brought 90 family members to Commencement. So that was wonderful to be able to accommodate people in that way,” Hurley said.While hosting graduation in Notre Dame Stadium has its benefits, there are certain downsides to hosting commencement outside, Hurley said.“The complexity of the stadium of course is that we are outdoors and we are subject to weather,” Hurley said. “So, we can run into a situation where we have to move inside to Purcell Pavilion if severe weather approaches, and then we are limited again in tickets. We do have ponchos for our graduates if it’s raining and we do remain in the stadium if it’s a light to moderate rain … umbrellas are allowed for guests if needed, but it’s going to be a bright day.”This year’s ceremonies will be the first to utilize the buildings from the Campus Crossroads project, which opened in January 2018.“Some of the 2 p.m. diploma ceremonies will take place in Crossroads facilities — one in Corbett Family Hall and two in Duncan Student Center,” Hurley said. “That’s a big advantage simply because we can keep people for those afternoon ceremonies close to the stadium. It really helps out with our guests in particular with mobility issues because we don’t have to have them go as far.”This year, the Commencement address will be given by Brazilian judge Sérgio Moro.Hurley said he advises guests to arrive at the stadium anytime between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., but preferably earlier.“The last two years we had Secret Service because we had Vice President [Joe] Biden and then Vice President [Mike] Pence,” Hurley said. “There’s no secret service this year so we just don’t have that element. The gates open at 8 a.m. commencement morning, and we do show a number of videos in the stadium prior to the procession that feature our graduating students, so I think it’s best to arrive as early as possible because then you get to see all the videos and graduating seniors.”Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement 2018, Commencement ceremony, Commencement Issue 2018, Notre Dame Stadium, University Registrarlast_img read more