Silk Road case: US agent investigating dark web drug site admits to $800,000 Bitcoin theft

first_img Clara Guibourg Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 1 September 2015 12:11 pm More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.com Silk Road case: US agent investigating dark web drug site admits to $800,000 Bitcoin theft Sharecenter_img Tags: Bitcoin and blockchain Cybercrime by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlush whatsapp The drama surrounding the Silk Road case continues, after another US federal agent has admitted to laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin during the investigation.Former secret service agent Shaun Bridges has pleaded guilty to Bitcoin theft, admitting to sending over $800,000 worth of the digital currency to his personal account while he was investigating the dark web drug trafficking site. Read more: Was Silk Road really a “transformative” criminal innovation?Silk Road was shut down in the autumn of 2013, having netted Bitcoin sales of over $200m of drugs and other illegal items during its two years of operations. The site’s founder, Ross Ulbricht, who went by the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts”, was sentenced to life imprisonment during a highly-publicised case.But the investigation itself led to further illicit uses of Bitcoin.Bridges is the second US federal agent to have fallen foul of Bitcoin theft temptation during the investigation, after former agent Carl Force pleaded guilty to this just two months ago.Assistant attorney General Caldwell said in a statement that this showed the importance of holding wrongdoers accountable “no matter who they are”:There is a bright line between enforcing the law and breaking it. Law enforcement officers who cross that line not only harm their immediate victims but also betray the public trust. whatsapplast_img read more

Kim Jong Un prods N. Korean military to prepare for war…

first_img Facebook Twitter TAGSkorean people’s army SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News News center_img In mid-October, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivered an address to the North Korean army ordering his soldiers to “concentrate all efforts on completing preparations for war” during winter military drills. These drills typically start in mid-December.Kim Jong Un’s pressure to “complete preparations for war” long before the beginning of the winter training period suggests that the North Korean soldiers will face intense drills – particularly with regard to the premise of war on the Korean Peninsula.PREPARING FOR WARKim Jong Un’s orders on the winter training period were delivered through lectures to officers and soldiers of all Korean People’s Army’s (KPA) divisions on Nov. 2.Daily NK sources revealed that each division leader is now tasked with creating preparation plans for both the winter training period as well as a successful war. Furthermore, all training results will have to be posted in staff officer buildings in order for supervisors to follow and review the soldiers’ progress.According to a North Korean source at South Hamgyong Province’s military base on Nov. 5, Kim’s orders for such political education programs came “early this month.” General preparations for the winter training period begin usually in mid-October and end in late November, other sources told Daily NK.KPA rules regarding the training in December “only” foresee the equipment of individual units with the training materials, tools and other necessary items.While Kim has issued commands for winter training periods in the past, he’s never stressed implicit needs for war preparations before. This year, however, his speech contained several suggestive statements such as “War drills are for strengthening the army,” “Winter training is in preparation for war” and “No duty is more a duty of life and death than preparing for war.”MOUNT PAEKDU’S “CUTTING WINDS”A North Korean source has provided Daily NK with material which contains excerpts from Kim Jong Un’s address.He is quoted, for instance: “The KPA must not fall prey to a peaceful mood but must constantly maintain an attitude of tension and remain mobilized and prepared to respond to a war.”“Devoting ourselves to war preparations and strengthening our military contains our essential guarantee for the ultimate victory of our revolution,” Kim continued. “A thorough adherence to the Party’s unique military-first system is a prerequisite for war preparations.”With another remark, Kim referred to his ascent on Mount Paektu on a white horse this October – perhaps a reminder to the military to keep following his lead. “We must engage in fierce battle with the spirit of Mount Paektu’s cutting winds and – using the strength of our army – march to the peak,” he said.EMPHASIS ON A “COMMON ENEMY”Kim Jong Un’s warlike rhetoric stands in direct contrast to South Korea’s recent decision to suspend its large-scale aerial drill known as “Vigilant Ace.”Moreover, one source Daily NK spoke to thinks Kim’s overt mistrust of South Korea’s and the US’ “peace offensive” could be interpreted as an attempt to initiate a “unflinching revolutionary spirit [Mount Paektu-style]” among members of the military.“There seems to be a clear intent to reinforce the sense of a common enemy among the soldiers,” the source told Daily NK. “There also seems to be a perceptible attempt to lay stress on the ideology of unconditionally trusting and following the Great Leader, regardless of any change in the circumstances.”CRACKING DOWN ON LAX DISCIPLINEHowever, Kim could have also intended to achieve something else by his choice of words: the reinforcement of discipline in North Korea’s armed forces.Throughout the ranks many North Korean soldiers had used the past winter military drills to take time off or work side-jobs to supplement their income. As a result, “the atmosphere has gotten slack to the point where there would be jokes about how all you needed to prepare for the training was experience and intuition,” a source told Daily NK.“Such happy days” might soon be over though, according to the source. “It seems like [the military authorities] are trying to root out this kind of attitude,” he said. “[They] will likely restrict the number of permits that allow soldiers to leave their bases.”And that’s not all: “Soldiers tasked with escorting other soldiers back to their homes are also disappointed that they will no longer be able to accept bribes,” he added.Daily NK reported last year that winter military drills involved both military units and members of armed civil defense units, such as the Worker-Peasant Red Guards.*Translated by Violet Kim and edited by Laura Geigenberger Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% AvatarJeong Tae JooJeong Tae Joo is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. He focuses on North Korean military matters. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News last_img read more

BCSC investigates alleged scheme run by “consultants”

first_img The B.C. Securities Commission (BCSC) is temporarily prohibiting a group of more than 50 purported “consultants” buying or selling the securities of 11 companies listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE), alleging that they participated in a scheme that is abusive to the capital markets, the BCSC announced Monday.This commission is also prohibiting the listed companies from raising capital under the consultant exemption, and banning all CSE-listed firms from using the exemption to sell shares to the collection of “consultants.” ASC sanctions violation of cease trade order Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter vancouver downtown skyline with mountains davidgn/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff Man charged with violating OSC order Court orders probation for trading ban violation Keywords Cease trade ordersCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission Temporary orders are designed to halt possibly abusive conduct, while giving the regulator’s staff time to complete an investigation.The BCSC has scheduled a hearing for Dec. 7 to determine whether to extend the orders. The commission has not brought formal allegations against any of the companies or people involved, nor have its allegations been proven.The orders arises from an ongoing BCSC investigation into transactions between the purported consultants – which Executive Director Peter Brady refers to as “the BridgeMark Group” – and B.C. companies operating in the cannabis, cryptocurrency, mining and alternative energy sectors.The commission alleges that four companies, after selling a total of $17.9 million worth of shares to members of BridgeMark earlier this year, returned $15.3 million to members of the group. BridgeMark then sold those securities in the market, often at prices far below what its members had paid, netting about $6.2 million.The four companies subsequently issued news releases saying they had raised a certain amount of money by selling their shares, even though they had paid most of the purchase amount back to BridgeMark, the BCSC alleges.The commission alleges that the securities sales to BridgeMark were illegal because they improperly used the consultant exemption to avoid filing a prospectus, a formal document that provides details of an investment. It is concerned that BridgeMark members are not consultants, that they provided little or no consulting services to the issuing companies, and engaged in the scheme for their own profit — conduct the commission describes as “abusive to the capital markets.”The BCSC is concerned that BridgeMark engaged in similar transactions with seven other companies. Altogether, BridgeMark purchased a total of more than 252 million securities from 11 listed companies between February and August, paying $50.9 million. The temporary order prohibits the 11 CSE-listed companies from using the consultant exemption to sell their shares.last_img read more

Exploding ammunition delays firefighter efforts to extinguish apartment fire

first_imgExploding ammunition delays firefighter efforts to extinguish apartment firePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, May 28, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Fire also fire accelerated when a propane bottle on the patio vented a large fireballWOODLAND — Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) units met with some challenges at an apartment fire early Thursday (May 28) in Woodland.Firefighters were dispatched at 9:01 a.m. Thursday to a report of a fire on the patio of an apartment at 560 Bozarth Street in Woodland. The fire engine from the Woodland station, Engine 29, arrived at 9:05 a.m. to find a fire burning on the patio and extending into the apartment through the sliding patio door and spreading to the attic through the eaves. The fire greatly accelerated when a propane bottle on the patio vented a large fireball.Firefighters were dispatched at 9:01 a.m. Thursday to a report of a fire on the patio of an apartment at 560 Bozarth Street in Woodland. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescueFirefighters were dispatched at 9:01 a.m. Thursday to a report of a fire on the patio of an apartment at 560 Bozarth Street in Woodland. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescueThe Engine 29 crew held the fire in check until more units could arrive to assist in the effort. Initial attempts at entering the apartment were delayed by ammunition that was exploding in the apartment. According to a person with knowledge of the apartment, there were over 1,000 rounds of small arms ammunition in the home. Once the ammunition had finished exploding, crews entered the apartment to conduct a search for occupants, and to check any fire extension into the attic space and extinguish the fire. The residents of the apartment were not home. Initial attempts at entering the apartment were delayed by ammunition that was exploding in the apartment. According to a person with knowledge of the apartment, there were over 1,000 rounds of small arms ammunition in the home. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescueInitial attempts at entering the apartment were delayed by ammunition that was exploding in the apartment. According to a person with knowledge of the apartment, there were over 1,000 rounds of small arms ammunition in the home. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescueTwo other apartment units in the building were unoccupied and being remodeled. The primary apartment was gutted by the fire. The other two units suffered smoke and water damage. The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes.According to CCFR Chief John Nohr, “We are used to a little bit of ammunition going off at a fire. This was so much more. It was challenging to command this fire with the noise of that much ammunition going off.”Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescuePhoto courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescueThe fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office. CCFR crews remained on scene until about 2 p.m. to completely overhaul the fire and assist the investigators.Three residents were reportedly displaced by the fire. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians at this fire. CCFR was assisted on this incident by Clark County Fire District 6 and Clark County Fire District 3.Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescuePhoto courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescueClark County Fire & Rescue has provided fire suppression and emergency medical services to the city of Woodland since 2013 through an interlocal contract. On Aug. 4, residents in Woodland and CCFR will vote on the annexation of Woodland into the CCFR district.Information provided by Clark County Fire & Rescue.Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescuePhoto courtesy of Clark County Fire & RescueAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestWoodlandshare 0 Previous : ‘Worst case scenario, we have a good time’ — The Governors story Next : La Center’s Herm Van Weerdhuizen calls it a coaching careerAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Finance Minister Updates Parliament on IMF Negotiations

first_imgFinance Minister Updates Parliament on IMF Negotiations Finance & Public ServiceJuly 18, 2012 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY In this regard, a number of issues raised by the Fund should be highlighted. They centred essentially upon two broad areas: 1. Tax Reform including the reform of Tax Administration and a clear-cut path to reform the system of waivers and incentives, including substantial reduction in the number and types of waivers; and 2. The Reduction of the Public Sector Wage related expenditure, including, Pension Reform and a Programme of Public Sector Rationalization. There were other issues related to the implementation of the Central Treasury Management System (CTMS), and the adequacy and sustainability of the budget measures which formed the topic of discussion. As I had indicated, Mr. Speaker, the central issue arising from this visit was to have a clear timetable for the conclusion of the negotiations. To this end, I can report that a team from the Fund will come to Jamaica for meetings to begin on July 23rd, 2012. We will use the opportunity to further advance discussions on issues arising, including our economic programme and prior actions to be undertaken, and the actions being undertaken in relation to those issues which I indicated earlier. This will be followed up by a larger negotiating mission in the month of September. It is our hope that we will be able to conclude negotiations with the Staff of the Fund so that we will be able to have a decision from the Board of Directors of the Fund in the fall. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Last week, I visited Washington D.C. where I had discussions with the staff of the International Monetary Fund and with the Inter-American Development Bank, covering Jamaica’s macroeconomic programme. The objective of the visit was to present the Fund with an update on the macro economic developments in Jamaica, including the recently concluded Budget exercise and more importantly, to settle definitively on a timetable to bring negotiations closer to an agreement and conclusion. It is important to note that these discussions follow upon the presentation of the Article IV consultations and the presentation to the Board which took place in May. That Report reflects no fundamental disagreement between the Fund Staff and the Government of Jamaica regarding the vulnerabilities faced by the Jamaican economy, nor the necessity or character of the reforms that will be required to deal with our situation. As I have said on previous occasions, the central problem facing the Jamaican economy is the burden of our public debt which increases our vulnerability to the unanticipated shocks and impedes our economic growth. The focus of our discussions centred on the need, as the Fund sees it, for a clear demonstration that Jamaica was placed irrevocably on a path to achieving fiscal sustainability. Essentially, our discussion focused on the need for some clear agreement as to what prior actions were needed to provide such assurances and which set of actions remain for the conclusion of the programme. RelatedFinance Minister Updates Parliament on IMF Negotiations RelatedFinance Minister Updates Parliament on IMF Negotiationscenter_img RelatedFinance Minister Updates Parliament on IMF Negotiations CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Mr Speaker, in closing, I wish to make a few comments on the economy that have been of concern and also to provide information. 1.       There has been some concern in the market place about the €200m payment that becomes due July 27, 2012. Let me assure the House that the government has secured the financing in US$, from the domestic market to make the payment. 2.       The next major debt payment becomes due February next year and we are already taking the necessary steps to deal with that issue. 3.       The revenue performance since the start of the fiscal year has been quite positive. Even before the recent revenue measures outlined in the 2012/13 budget, total revenues increased by over 14% for the first two months of the year compared to the same period in 2011/12. 4.       Inflation has remained muted for the first quarter of the fiscal year, increasing by about 1.5% for the first quarter. In fact, during the month of June the rate was 0.6%. 5.       While we may yet see slightly higher monthly figures later, the fact remains, that sluggishness in global oil prices, increased domestic competition and the relatively flat economic performance are having a dampening impact on price movement. Mr. Speaker I will keep this Honourable House informed and updated on these matters. Advertisementslast_img read more

Hutchison, T-Mobile to lodge appeal over Austria 4G auction – report

first_img Author Ken Wieland AustriaFinancialH3GRegulatoryT-Mobile Previous ArticleOrange agrees €1.1B sale of Dominican unit to AlticeNext ArticleNewkia appoints ex-BlackBerry exec as first CEO Home Hutchison, T-Mobile to lodge appeal over Austria 4G auction – report The Austrian business units of Hutchison Whampoa and Deutsche Telekom plan to appeal against the result of the country’s recent 4G spectrum auction, according to Reuters.The auction, which surpassed expectations when it raised in excess of €2 billion, is the most expensive per head of population in Europe for 4G frequencies.Telekom Austria, the other operator to secure frequencies, has reportedly said it will decide next month whether or not to file an official complaint.The main gripe is that the auction rules were too strict. No bidder, for example, had any idea what the other was putting on the table. While this prevented collusion, it also ramped up prices.Another auction condition, which might have made operators more inclined to hike up prices, was that each bidder could snap up to 50 per cent of the spectrum going under the hammer. This carried the risk that one bidder might be left empty-handed (although the regulator has apparently said this would never have been allowed to happen).Hutchison’s H3G is no doubt particularly aggrieved because it didn’t get its hands on any valuable 800MHz spectrum. It wants an auction re-run.Jan Trionow, H3G’s CEO, said in a statement quoted by Reuters that “the auction process was illegal in form and in substance. [H3G] was considerably harmed. To simply accept this would be irresponsible.”Telekom Austria paid most in the auction (€1.03 billion for 14 spectrum blocks), followed by T-Mobile (nine blocks for €654 million). Hutchison paid €330 million for five blocks.According to the Reuters report, the Austrian courts are likely to take around two years to rule on the appeals. It means Austria’s operators will probably have to go ahead and roll out their 4G networks anyway, even though spectrum might be reallocated in the future. Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more Blog center_img Related Blog: Why Dish could break new ground for public cloud and open RAN T-Mobile US readies 5G FWA business move T-Mobile US hails nationwide home internet service Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 NOV 2013 last_img read more

French Language Translating Internship, Bordeaux

first_img One thought on “French Language Translating Internship, Bordeaux” Call for Applications: Exellence Initiative of Université de Bordeaux Reddit OSI FRANCE OPERATIONS is an NGO that organizes educational and scientific research activities aiming to resolute issues concerning Sustainable Development meeting volunteers from all ages who come willing to learn different techniques of these scientific disciplines through practice at our participative research journeys. This actions of research formation through practical experience are made by expeditions organized for the students, or holidays for children and teenagers, or even by solitary holidays for adults and university students, from private companies or public organisms.The main tasks for the intern would include translating documents and the web content.EligibilityApplicants with British, Danish, Finnish, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Netherlands, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish nationality;Preferably students of Languages or Letters Programs;Undergraduate or master degree;Other European languages highly appreciated.BenefitsFlexible duration;Paid position;Located in Bordeaux, France. Hello!Could you please tell me if Ukrainians may apply? The link for applying doesn’t work! Could you send me another one please?Thank you!Best regards,Olexandra Deadline: asapOpen to: students of Languages or Letter programs, coming from UK, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain or SwedenInternship: flexible duration, paid positionDescription Log in to Reply August 17, 2016 Published by Ivana Petriskova Tweet French Language Translating Internship, Bordeaux Similar Stories Share 0center_img LinkedIn 0 ← “BETWEEN THEN AND NOW: Practices and Narratives of Globalization and Memory” +1 on November 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. How to apply?If you are interested in this Native French Language internship please apply online HERE.Learn more about other internships in placements in Europe area. Pocket By Olexandra says: The Neuramus Programme in Different Domains of Neuroscience Study at University of British Columbia with the Scholarship! →last_img read more

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in USA

first_img Fully Funded Young Leaders Access Program in USA → LinkedIn 0 Pocket +1 Share 0 Reddit Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in USA Hertog Weekend Seminars – Call for applications December 6, 2017 Published by sanja ADB Internship Program ← NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) Deadline: 1 February 2018Open to: graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientistsGrant: up to about USD 5,000DescriptionThe Lewis and Clark Fund (initially supported by the Stanford Ascherman/Baruch Blumberg Fund for Basic Science, established by a benefaction from the late Stanford Ascherman, MD, of San Francisco) encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.Graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists wishing to pursue projects in astrobiological field studies should consult the program description and application forms for the Lewis and Clark Fund in Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology.EligibilityGrants will be available to doctoral students. Postdoctoral fellows, master’s degree candidates, and undergraduates are not eligible. Applicants who have previously received a Lewis and Clark Fund grant may reapply after an interval of two years. Preference is given to applicants who have not yet been granted an award from the Fund;Applicants should ask their academic advisor to write one of the two letters of recommendation, specifying the student’s qualifications to carry out the proposed work and the educational content of the trip. Budgets should be limited to travel and related expenses, including personal field equipment;Proposals that are archival in nature or museum-based will not normally be considered. The proposed work should be dissertation directed to the extent possible given the applicant’s year in the doctoral program;The competition is open to U.S. citizens and residents wishing to carry out research anywhere in the world. Foreign applicants must either be based at a U.S. institution or plan to carry out their work in the United States;When appropriate, the applicant should provide assurances that safety measures will be taken for potentially hazardous projects. When necessary, the applicant and his or her supervisor should discuss the field training that will be provided and the provisions for experienced supervision. Funding is contingent on successful applicants demonstrating that required permits and permissions have been secured.GrantAmounts will depend on travel costs but will ordinarily be in the range of several hundred dollars up to about USD 5,000. Grants are payable to the individual applicant. Lewis and Clark Fund grants are taxable income, but the Society is not required to report payments. It is recommended that grant recipients discuss their reporting obligations with their tax advisors. Grant funds are not to be used to pay income tax on the award.How to apply?In order to apply, please fill the application.For more information, please visit the official web page. Tweet Similar Stories last_img read more

Eight ways the UK games industry can work better with education

first_imgEight ways the UK games industry can work better with educationBGI’s Games Education Summit delivers tips, advice and recommendations over two-daysChristopher DringHead of Games B2BThursday 18th April 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe UK games industry’s relationship with higher education isn’t always rosy. In fact, at times, it can be adversarial.Yet with increasing challenges around the talent pipeline, the need to improve diversity and the threat of Brexit looming, the importance of these two sides uniting has never been more apparent.Earlier this week, the British Games Institute held a conference designed to do just that — bring the two worlds together, develop best practices to improve the quality of students coming through the system, and to manage the transition from education into full-time employment.Here are eight suggestions, made during the Education Summit, on how UK games studios can work better with educators.1. Open up more work placementsThe overwhelming response from all educators in the room was that the games industry needs to open up more placement opportunities for undergraduates between the second and third years of their courses.Dr Peter Howell of Portsmouth University told attendees that students who go on placements, “tend to achieve a higher grade than what they were working up to until that point.” He also observed that students that spent a year in the industry improved their soft skills and general awareness of how the world works. It was a view immediately shared by Federico Fasce of Goldsmiths.”Games, which have overtaken music and film combined, have an ethical responsibility to start training [students] in-house” Dr Carlo Harvey, Birmingham City UniversityDr Carlo Harvey, from Birmingham City University, added: “Games, which have overtaken music and film combined, have an ethical responsibility to start training [students] in-house. It’s hard to do because of return-on-investment and investor pressure, because you want people that can hit the ground running.”This does speak to the problem — at least in part. Studios don’t necessarily have the capacity to take on that many placements, but educators had a few possible solutions.”We have a lot of underused resource,” Harvey said. “We have summer windows with game labs that can be available to use, so maybe developers could send a few people to run a micro-studio out of our game labs.”Howell added: “Maybe broadening the range of internships available. Because it’s a placement year, you need to take a student on from September to June/July. But we have a number of students who can have shorter internships: a three month internship, a one month, even a couple of weeks shadowing… It all helps the students understand how things work in reality.”The availability of placements was a hot topic across multiple panels2. Support more game jams and career fairsGoldsmiths’ Federico Fasce praised Media Molecule for its support of game jams. He said it builds community and encouraged students to work as a team. Educators also called for developers to have a presence at career fairs; to give talks and doing one-to-one discussions.From the industry side, participation in game jams is something recruiters like to see on CVs when hiring new graduates. 3. Speak at universities and colleges — and maybe even join themSpeaking at universities is something a lot of industry employees do already. Educators told the summit that people at all levels are welcome to visit, from studio heads down to graduates who have only been doing the job for six months. All of it is useful for differing reasons.”If you could give 15, 20 minutes of your time a year to a local college, it will make a difference” Ant Cain, Sunderland CollegeAnt Cain, a lecturer in game development at Sunderland College, asked the audience not to forget colleges and further education institutes when it comes to educational talks: “If you could give 15, 20 minutes of your time a year to a local college, it will make a difference. Give people some guidance. Even the top 10% need some directing.”Professor Ruth Falconer from Abertay University went a bit further, and said the best way to build a relationship between academia and the games industry is to employ industry professionals in certain educational roles and capacities. 4. Find ways to be more accessibleAn issue that was identified throughout the Summit was the accessibility of the games industry.Recruiters repeated the importance of building and creating a strong portfolio, even more so than obtaining good grades. However, universities responded that although this is fine for the graduates who can rely on the “bank of mum and dad,” it is a huge demand for students who need to juggle family and work on top of their studies. There was a direct call from universities for recruiters to be more considerate of these challenges. Recruiters responded by suggesting that if students need to choose between working hard to achieve a higher grade or pulling together a strong portfolio, the latter was preferable.5. Consider apprenticeshipsApprenticeships are relatively new to the industry, but they offer so much potential, Marcia Deakin of the NextGen Skills Academy argued. She added that the process of putting together apprenticeships is faster, and can be done in as little as 18 months.Framestore’s Amy Smith says that apprenticeships are not really a competitor to degrees, but offer a viable alternative to work alongside them as part of the recruitment process. She said that although there is some housekeeping work that might put studios off, ultimately — with a good mentor — apprentices can simply get on with the job at hand. 6. Get involved with academic research”We must aspire to build meaningful collaborations to ensure the future success of the UK games sector” DrChris Lowthorpe, London College of CommunicationDr Charlie Hargood of Bournemouth University made a strong call for the games industry to be more involved in academic research that goes on at universities.”That is part of the education process as well,” he said. “Those post-doctoral students are the specialists of the games industry of the future.” He called on industry professionals to help steer research to discuss the general problems that the industry faces, so that the research goes beyond, “the ivory tower and into the industry.” This continued into the conversation around diversity, too, with speakers on the diversity panel explaining how university research can help them work through the challenges around hiring in games studios.Finally, Dr Chris Lowthorpe from the London College of Communication said: “We must aspire to build meaningful collaborations to ensure the future success of the UK games sector. We need an education chain that delivers value to everyone. We must work together and learn from each other. Working together not only exposes mental models, industry practices to students, it also exposes research and talent to industry.”Better research could aid the diversity challenge facing studios7. Help educators prepare for future jobsNia Wearn, senior games design lecturer at Staffordshire University, observed that some of the jobs that exist in games today — especially around emerging trends like VR and esports — didn’t exist five or ten years ago. The industry is increasingly varied and always changing, she said, admitting that there’s a real challenge in preparing students for jobs that simply might not exist yet. This is why collaboration with the industry is going to be crucial. 8. Speak to graduates early, because your competitors areDr Peter Howell noted that other sectors are far more proactive than the games industry in trying to reach his students. Indeed, several of the panellists noted that companies — from finance to defence — identify promising students early on, and then nurture them through sponsorships and bursaries.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 “There’s no reason the games industry can’t do the same thing,” Howell said. ” The high costs might be off-putting, but that is countered by the high quality of graduate you get out the other end.”Next, we reveal the five things ways universities can better support the games industry.Games Education Summit 2019 took place in Sheffield between April 15th – April 16th. GamesIndustry.biz was a media partner for the event. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesUSC Games launches fund to support Black and Indigenous studentsProfessor Jim Huntley talks about starting the Gerald A. Lawson Endowment Fund with help from Take-Two, and why it’s a needed step toward equityBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoUS State Department supports virtual exchange program to unite young developers globallyGame Exchange will support aspiring developers from ‘underserved populations’ across the US and Middle EastBy Danielle Partis 30 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Miracle Mile sells minority stake to Merchant Investment Management

first_img 5 3 2 Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers You have read 527 of 3 free articles this week. Register now for increased access.Register for free access to this article.By registering, you can read up to 3 articles per week.RegisterAlready registered? Sign in to continue reading or subscribe for unlimited access.,MOST READ 4 1 Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill Newsletters InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning softwarelast_img