Esports and VR/AR: opportunities but also hurdles

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Fantasy Sports Online Gambling 11th July 2018 | By Joanne Christie DFS The Isle of Man’s Anthony Ure looks at the intersection between esports and VR/AR, the potential for growth and some of the challenges that need to be addressed Anthony Ure, head of egaming in the Isle of Man’s Department for Enterprise, looks at the intersection between esports and VR/AR, the potential for sustained growth and some of the challenges that need to be addressed.There are few topics within the igaming sector that manage to conjure up images as exciting or spectacular as the increasingly innovative use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies.Once heralded as the future of all interactive experiences across a whole host of consumer industries, the excitement surrounding the potential impact that VR and AR could have on esports has long preceded the arrival of the hardware itself.One of the main drivers behind innovation within the esports sector is the desire to improve the spectator experience. As such, the adoption of VR and AR technologies has largely been motivated by the need to offer customers a unique, dynamic and authentic gaming experience.Gaming companies know that in a hugely competitive market there is success to be found in offering cutting edge experiences to consumers.According to the Newzoo 2018 Global Esports Market Report, the worldwide esports audience will reach 380 million fans this year, made up of 165 million enthusiasts and 215 million occasional viewers.VR and AR technologies will play a huge role in keeping this fanbase interested, and it will be up to the industry to integrate new platforms into the spectator experience.Research from the International Data Corporation has found that worldwide spending on AR/VR products and services is expected to reach $27bn in 2018, a 92% year-on-year increase.If companies can continue to offer customers new and exciting experiences, the most inventive esports firms, as well as the wider industry, will be well positioned to benefit from this explosive growth.Industry challenges Despite so much potential, there are a number of hurdles that the industry must overcome if VR/AR technology is to become truly mainstream. Of these challenges, one of the more immediate issues is that the cost of hardware (headsets, operating systems, etc) remains high.The technology required to scale these systems down to a wearable size has come a long way in recent years, but dedicated headsets continue to remain an expensive purchase. While this may not be an issue for large-scale events, it does raise questions around how the industry can engage external spectators in a cost-effective but exciting way.Esports companies would do well to avoid creating a scenario whereby the quality of the VR/AR spectator experience is severely affected by not having access to expensive equipment.There are also several issues regarding the ease of in-play betting. For example, how does someone watching a VR-based stream access betting services without having to step away from the live action?The continued development of app-based platforms that can be accessed through a smartphone and collaborative engagement from gambling providers would go some way towards bypassing both of the main problems.Players engaged in a VR battle could be watched actively via AR in-venue, with betting options interactively displayed within the game, similar to the HUD functionality we have seen in other games.As the esports market expands, more sponsors and investors will flow into the industry, which will create a booming opportunity for all players involved. Business, as well as the jurisdictions in which they operate, will need to respond quickly to industry demand.As a leading technological hub, and a strong supporter of innovation, the Isle of Man is confident that the industry will continue to move from strength to strength. If the sector can continue to cross new frontiers, we’re in for a very exciting second half of the year indeed.Related articles: Following the money in Esports (paywall) VR tech to aid online and casino gaming growth Apple co-founder hints at AR potential in gaming Esports and VR/AR: opportunities but also hurdles Topics: Esports Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Tech & innovation DFS Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: UK & Ireland Email Addresslast_img read more

Rank expects to beat full year operating profit forecasts

first_img The Rank Group has said that it is likely to post better-than-expected operating profit for the 12 months through to 30 June, 2020, due to positive trading within its digital and Grosvenor Casino and international land-based venues businesses. Regions: UK & Ireland Email Address 16th January 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling The Rank Group has said that it is likely to post better-than-expected operating profit for the 12 months through to 30 June, 2020, due to positive trading within its digital and Grosvenor Casino and international land-based venues businesses.Based on the trends experienced to date, Rank said operating profit for the year is now expected to amount to between £105m (€122.9m/$137.1m) and £115m. Rank, which also operates the Mecca bingo brand, had initially forecast operating profit to be in the range of £93m to £103m for the full year period.However, the performances of its digital and the Grosvenor and international venues divisions, together with cost savings from its transformation programme, meant that it was able to increase this guidance.Rank said the guidance is based on performance before taking into account the impact of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 16, which provides additional guidance on accounting for leases.The operator said that it expects IFRS16 to have a positive impact of £8m on its operating profit, with this offset by increase in finance costs. As a result, when accounting for IFRS16, operating profit is likely to amount to between £113m and £123m.Rank intends to announce its interim results for the six months to 31 December, 2019 later this month.Should the full-year results meet these updated forecasts, they would reflect the trends Rank experienced during the first quarter of its 2019-20 financial year.Rank reported a year-on-year increase in gross gaming revenue for the three months to 30 September 2019, citing growth in its digital arm and Grosvenor Casino land-based business.Gross gaming revenue was up 8% on a like-for-like basis in the first quarter of the year, while like-for-like net gaming revenue, which represents GGR less player incentives, was up 10%. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Bingo Rank expects to beat full year operating profit forecasts Bingolast_img read more

IGT revenue falls 48.4% in second quarter

first_img IGT revenue falls 48.4% in second quarter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Email Address The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hit International Game Technology (IGT) hard in the second quarter of 2020, with revenue dropping 48.4% and the business posting a net loss of $279.6m. 4th August 2020 | By contenteditor Regions: Canada Europe US Southern Europe Italy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Finance Lottery Sports betting Strategy Slots Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hit International Game Technology (IGT) hard in the second quarter of 2020, with revenue dropping 48.4% and the business posting a net loss of $279.6m (£214.7m/€237.6m).Revenue for the three months to 30 June fell to $637.5m, comprising $560.3m in service revenue (down 42.8%), while product sales were down 69.7% at $77.2m.Looking at revenue by division – for the last time, with financial results to be reported in global lottery and gaming segments from Q3 – IGT’s North American lottery unit was the core source of revenue in Q2. It was also the division that experienced the lowest year-on-year decline in revenue, with its total down just 11.7% to $273m, thanks to lottery revenue dipping marginally, mitigating larger declines in gaming machine revenue.In contrast, the biggest decline was reported for the North America gaming and interactive segment, which saw its contribution fall 65.0% to $96m. IGT noted that casino closures in the US and Canada hit terminal revenue, while product sales suffered in comparison to particularly high figures for the prior year.The international division, comprising revenue from all non-North American and Italian operations, also reported a steep drop in revenue, which fell 63.3% to $84m. Again, Covid-19 shut-downs harmed performance, the supplier said, though it added that trends were “progressively improving” as restrictions eased.In Italy, meanwhile, revenue was down 56.4% at $184m, after machine revenue was impacted by the closure of retail gambling venues. During this period, however, interactive wagers were up 44%, as customers migrated online.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for the quarter declined 62.9% to $168.4m. Though operating costs for the period fell 26.7% to $731.6m, the decline in revenue saw IGT post a $94.1m operating loss, compared to a $223.7m profit in Q2 2019.Non-operating expenses actually increased for the three month period, to $199.4m, due to an increased foreign exchange loss and other expenses rising to $29.4m, resulting in a pre-tax loss of $293.5m. After an $11.3m income tax benefit, net loss in Q2 amounted to $282.1m, though a $2.5m benefit from non-controlling assets resulted in a net loss attributable to IGT of $279.6m.“Our second quarter results reflect the intense impact of global lockdowns caused by the pandemic,” IGT chief executive Marco Sala said.“That said, thanks to strong North America Lottery performance and our swift adoption of cost-saving and avoidance measures, we delivered better cash flow than we expected back in May.“Our resilience is a direct consequence of the diversity of our global portfolio of products and solutions. The improving trends we are currently seeing are encouraging, but we remain prudent with our planning. Our new organisational structure enhances our readiness to adapt to changes in market conditions.” 
For the six months to 30 June, revenue was down 33.7% at $1.58bn, comprising $1.34bn from service revenue, and $234.0m from product sales, while EBITDA declined 45.2% to $476.9m.After operating costs of $1.87bn (down 5.5%), IGT’s operating loss stood at $291.4m, compared to a $401.9m profit in H1 2019. After non-operating expenses of $233.0m, its pre-tax loss amounted to $524.4m.Once an $8.2m income tax benefit and $11.7m charge related to businesses in which IGT held a non-controlling stake were factored in, it posted a net loss of $527.9m for the first half.Despite its struggles, IGT chief financial officer Max Chiara said that cash generation and liquidity remains the business’ top financial priority. This saw it look to cut costs in Q2, and raise $500m through the sale of senior secured notes during the period.“We have the resources we need to navigate the impact Covid-19 is having on our business and we are making important, strategic decisions to enhance our operational flexibility,” Chiara said. “This includes over $200m in structural and discretionary cost savings compared to pre-pandemic levels.”last_img read more

Community Foundation to increase its giving significantly

first_img  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Ireland The Community Foundation for Ireland’s most successful fundraising year to date means that it will be able to significantly increase its grant giving from this year on, the Foundation has announced. Over ‚€13.5 million was donated by individuals and organisations to the Foundation’s grant programmes. The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) was established in 2000 with support from the Government and business sector to encourage individual and corporate philanthropic support for the community and voluntary sector. Since it was established in 2000, the Foundation has given grants to over 700 community and voluntary organisations. The Foundation has just announced that in its first round of funding in 2007 it has awarded grants of ‚€132,956 to 204 Irish community group projects in 26 counties. CFI has grown with the support of individuals, families, businesses, religious and other institutions through enabling them engage in effective philanthropic activity by getting funds to the most deserving and effective local grassroots causes. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis CFI said that surveys show that there are now thousands of millionaires in Ireland, and over 5,000 people with assets of ‚€25 million plus and a significant number with assets over ‚€100 million. We want more of these successful people to think strategically about their wealth, to understand that they can make a really positive impact on their communities with that wealth, Tina Roche, CFI’s chief executive said. Meanwhile, CFI will host the inaugural Philanthropist of the Year Awards in November 2007. These awards will honour those with a proven record of exceptional generosity relative to their means who, through their engagement and direct financial support, demonstrate outstanding civic and charitable responsibility. center_img Howard Lake | 14 August 2007 | News Community Foundation to increase its giving significantly About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Russian businessman to donate entire wealth to charity

first_imgRussian businessman to donate entire wealth to charity  38 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Major gift About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Russian businessman Vladimir Potanin has announced that he will donate all his wealth to philanthropic purposes over the next ten years.According to Potanin plans charitable legacy in the Financial Times, this is “the first such move to be publicly announced by a Russian oligarch.”He is already known for having given annual $1 million donations to the Guggenheim Foundation.Charities Aid Foundation, which has been working in Russia since 1993, welcomed the announcement. It has been assisting Vladimir Potanin in his philanthropic activities since 1999.Olga Alexeeva, Head of Global Trustees at the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “Vladimir Potanin was the first Russian entrepreneur to create a private foundation in Russian history. Now he becomes one of the first to donate his entire wealth to charity, following in the footsteps not only of Bill Gates but also Andrew Carnegie, Gerald Ford and other great entrepreneurs and philanthropists.“I have seen the impact his giving has already had in Russia. He set up the first major scholarship programme for Russian universities which has enabled thousands of students to continue their studies and his foundation runs a fantastic programme that saves Russian museums. I hope other Russian entrepreneurs will follow.”www2.cafonline.org/cafrussia/ Howard Lake | 2 February 2010 | Newslast_img read more

Prescription for the planet

first_imgA nice day comes along, the sky is blue, the temperature moderate, and it’s tempting to stop thinking about global warming. This fool’s paradise soon gives way to reality.Global warming is not just about the exploitation of nature. It’s about capitalism. It’s about the exploitation of workers and the class struggle. It’s about the extra oppression of people of color and colonialism-imperialism. It’s about the improbable proliferation of multibillionaires.It’s about the advertising industry which screams Buy! Buy! Buy! to stimulate profits. It’s about the stock market abhorring thrift and rewarding hectic growth. It’s about capitalist bought-and-paid-for legislatures allocating trillions to bloody military conquest and pennies to a sustainable infrastructure.In just two centuries, the tempestuous, unplanned growth of capitalism has transformed the globe. Its insatiable need for raw materials, markets and cheap labor has spawned two world wars and hundreds of smaller ones. Now another horrible downside of this global transformation is threatening both us humans and our entire environment.Is there a way out? What sounded like good news was announced along with President Barack Obama’s visit to China. The two countries will ratify the Paris climate agreement. But read the small print.China’s leaders and legislature had already endorsed the agreement and have set in motion environmental measures that go beyond the Paris accord.An article in the March 1, 2016, issue of New Scientist, a British publication, reported:“China is surging ahead in switching to renewables and away from coal in what its officials say will allow it to surpass its carbon emissions targets.“The country’s solar and wind energy capacity soared last year by 74 and 34 percent respectively compared with 2014, according to figures issued by China’s National Bureau of Statistics yesterday.“Meanwhile, its consumption of coal — the dirtiest of the fossil fuels — dropped by 3.7 percent, with imports down by a substantial 30 percent.“The figures back up claims last month in Hong Kong by Xie Zhenhua, China’s lead negotiator at the U.N. climate talks in Paris last December, that the country will ‘far surpass’ its 2020 target to reduce carbon emissions per unit of national wealth (GDP) by 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels.”China surpassed the U.S. in greenhouse gas emissions in 2006, at the height of its industrial growth. But it has four times the population of the U.S., making it still much, much lower in emissions per capita. The greenhouse gas that has accumulated in the atmosphere over decades comes overwhelmingly from the U.S. and other industrialized capitalist countries.Obama, in contrast to the Chinese, comes back home with no guarantee that he can get Congress to ratify the Paris agreement. As usual, “democracy” in the form of an elected legislature is being blamed for the congressional stalemate and inertia. But what kind of “democracy” is it that is so corrupted and manipulated by big money?The U.S. political system is not a democracy in any real sense. It’s a plutocracy. And the plutocrats are willing to see the planet rot if that enhances their bottom line.Democrats like Al Gore have come up with schemes to appeal to those, like himself, whose fortunes come from oil companies and other polluters. (The Gore family money comes from Occidental Petroleum.) They try to sell the idea that there’s money to be made from switching to renewables. And maybe there is, for some. But most of the super rich in the U.S. haven’t bought it. They are the moneyed interests behind the seemingly know-nothing legislators. For them, it’s a no-brainer. Profits today trump saving the planet tomorrow. (Did we say Trump?)So, no good news? Well, there is substantial hope. Anti-capitalist sentiment is growing, fast. The young, who must live in the world of tomorrow, are breaking away from all the old fears and prejudices. They made up most of the 400,000 who marched in the historic People’s Climate March in New York two years ago, many carrying signs and banners attacking capitalism.Socialism versus capitalism also attracted a huge following to the Bernie Sanders campaign before he was pulled into supporting Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t a revolutionary movement, but it showed a rising anti-capitalist consciousness after decades of capitalist conformity.The struggles of oppressed peoples against racist police and against the North Dakota oil pipeline are also anti-capitalist, going up against the capitalist state and the polluting corporations.Hope for the planet rests on the generalizing of all the struggles of the workers and oppressed to bring down this greedy, unjust system.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Karnataka High Court Asks ED If Amnesty International Can Be Allowed To Pay Statutory Dues From Frozen Bank Accounts

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka High Court Asks ED If Amnesty International Can Be Allowed To Pay Statutory Dues From Frozen Bank Accounts Mustafa Plumber8 Dec 2020 6:21 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the Enforcement Directorate to respond by tomorrow whether it is willing to allow international human rights body, Amnesty International’s India offices (M/s Indians for Amnesty International Trust), to make statutory dues like salaries, tax payments, etc to the tune of Rs 40 lakh per month, from the five bank accounts which have been frozen…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the Enforcement Directorate to respond by tomorrow whether it is willing to allow international human rights body, Amnesty International’s India offices (M/s Indians for Amnesty International Trust), to make statutory dues like salaries, tax payments, etc to the tune of Rs 40 lakh per month, from the five bank accounts which have been frozen by ED. A single judge bench of Justice P S Dinesh Kumar said: “If you can strike a via-media balance somewhere let the execution go on, if you take limited time and both of you agree I will dispose of this petition.” The judge added “Call your officer, (ASG) take your instruction. If you can strike a balance we will close the matter accordingly, tomorrow morning.” Senior Advocate Professor Ravivarma Kumar appearing for the petitioners submitted that on the previous hearing also the court had suo-motu given time to the department to respond. The court said “If something can be solved then why to do all this. I am just thinking if both sides can be balanced, so I have requested the ASG to come back tomorrow, with instructions. If he says something we can close this. Only his answer to this question will be taken tomorrow or else we will pass the order tomorrow.” In the previous hearing the court had directed ED to disclose the power under which it has written to the banks directing them to freeze accounts . Additional Solicitor General M B Nargund responded by saying “We are in the process of investigations. During that process the officer of the department has communicated to the bank and thus the proceeds of the crime in the bank account are frozen. Since the matter was immediately brought to the notice of the court we could not proceed further.” ASG, narrating the alleged modus operandi used by the international organisation to transfer funds illegally to entities in India, said “These proceeds of the crime are at this point being used according to them for creating awareness in the society. According to us, it is to create problems in the Indian society.” The department sought 45-days time from the court for passing appropriate orders in regards to the five accounts which have been frozen but not attached in the order passed on November 26, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Kumar countered the submission by saying “The donations are for spreading human rights and upholding human rights. That is the only activity I have done, it is for nothing else as it is not for profit organisation. Even in the order there is no whisper that any one of the accounts is tainted with a particular donation under FEMA or PMLA Act.” Kumar opposed the request made by ASG seeking 45 days to pass appropriate orders he said “The PMLA Act is a self contained code it regulates all powers including incidental powers. All these powers are self limiting powers operating for a period of 30 days. The maximum time by statute is 30 days. Still the department has come forward seeking for 45 days, where is it permissible? I have been harassed for two years.” He added that “I have made out a prima facie case, balance of convenience is in my favor and the org will be choked, if the interim order will not be made. It will be a great fraud to any human rights activities carried out in this country, which is a constitutional value.”Following the seizure of its bank accounts, Amnesty International announced in September that it was stopping its India operations. Next Storylast_img read more

Learning for life: Fit for work

first_imgLearning for life: Fit for workOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development are the processesby which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve their practice. There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-datewith what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifyingwhat you have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to helpyou to identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will alsohelp you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understandand what you need to explore further. 1. What legislation has accelerated the debate on the assessment offitness to work? a) Disability b) Employment c) European d) Health and safety 2. OH nurses need to recognise the legal requirements of employment forthe benefit of a) The Health and Safety Executive b) The environmental health officer c) Employers and employees d) Trade unions 3. The fitness to work framework can also be used to help with a) Reducing insurance premiums b) Litigation processes c) Disciplinary procedures d) Documentation 4. Assessment should be made on a) Test results b) Each individual c) Past history d) Medical criteria 5. Assessment of fitness to work has to consider which of the followinghealth aspects? a) Psychological b) Physical c) Sociological and intellectual d) All of the above 6. In order to assess fitness to work the OH nurse needs a thoroughknowledge of a) The job specification b) Individual qualities c) The contract of employment d) Interviewing procedures 7. Standard requirements for fitness to work are available for a) Nurses, drivers and offshore workers b) Nurses, teachers and drivers c) Drivers, offshore workers and teachers d) Nurses, teachers and offshore workers 8. Documentation of the decision-making process aids a) Transparency and efficacy b) Opacity and equitability c) Transparency and equitability d) Opacity and efficacy 9. In the working environment when should lifts NOT be used a) When they are being cleaned b) During silent hours c) When there is an emergency such as fire d) When building inspections are taking place 10. The Disability Discrimination Act applies to employers with more thana) 1,500 or more employees b) 150 or more employees c) 51 or more employees d) 15 or more employees Feedback1.a)All this legislation is important with regards to health at work but theDisability Discrimination Act 1995 has put a different slant on fitness towork. Obtain a copy of the booklet, The Disability Discrimination Act 1995:What employers need to know (1999) DL170 available from the Disability RightsCommission. 2. c), 3. d) The framework may help with all the factorsproviding suitable documentation is in place. Revise your knowledge of recordsand record keeping by reading the 1998 UKCC booklet, Guidelines for records andrecord keeping. 4. b) Although the other answers are all important everyindividual should be assessed separately. 5. d), 6. a) A sound knowledgeof the workplace and the work the individual will be doing is necessary inorder to make an assessment of fitness to work. 7. c) This answer isinteresting and should promote debate. Discuss it with respected colleagues orat you local OH group and consider how you may be able to bring about changeshould you think it is necessary. 8. c) See the answer to question 3.9. c), 10. d) Originally the figure was 20 or more employees but it wasquickly changed to 15. Take some time to explore the Disability RightsCommission website at www.drc-gb.org.uk and see what interesting and usefulpublications can be downloaded or obtained free of charge. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Comedy Festival takes over Hoboken, Secaucus ‘Insult comedian’ to heckle Hoboken…

first_imgThose who appreciate the classic insult comedy of Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog are in for a treat when Jimmie Lee, an offensive dentist and comedian, will take his act to Hoboken and Secaucus as part of the third annual Meadowlands Comedy Festival running from April 25 through April 30.Lee, who calls himself “The Jersey Outlaw,” will be filming a reality comedy show on Saturday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the streets of Hoboken, where he will deploy his vast arsenal of insult jokes on the public at large. Residents are invited to come watch or participate. He’s hard to miss. Wearing sunglasses and a leather jacket, Lee will show up with a limousine, camera crew, and models, and film his heckling for a pilot episode of a reality comedy show.The festival will host an after-party at the Dubliner’s newly renovated rooftop at 8 p.m. after Lee’s filming, while downstairs, Host Laz Vic will host a Hoboken Comedy Factory Reunion.“It’s all in good fun,” said Lee. “If you can’t make fun of yourself and other people, then what’s the point? You have to enjoy your life, and laugh because we’re not going to be here forever.”_____________“I think people still need the old-school stuff from the ’70s and ’80s. I like to keep the heckles and one-liners alive.” – Jimmie Lee____________Nothing is off limits for Lee, who is able to get laughs by offending, while avoiding the hurtful vulgarity that other comics may employ. His comedy is tongue-in-cheek, often with sexual overtones, and reminiscent of the old insult comedy genre that’s been slowly dying off with its pioneers and new standards of political correctness in American culture.“People come out and do comedy now and are slobs. They curse all the time and they scream,” said Lee. “I think people still need the old-school stuff from the ’70s and ’80s. I like to keep the heckles and one-liners alive.”The festival will feature many comedians performing over the course of six nights in five locations – two in Hoboken and four in Secaucus. Performances will take place at Trillos 15X, Charlie’s Corner, Blackjack Mulligans, and China Chef in Secaucus during the week, and the Dubliner in Hoboken over the weekend.Lee, 50, is confident in his future prospects in the comedy industry. “We just signed a five-year deal with Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas,” said Lee. “Now we’re waiting for them to sign.”Lee’s filming is free to watch, but the rest of the shows are not, ranging from $10 – $25 per ticket. A calendar of events and tickets are available at meadowlandscomedyclub.com/box-office. Table reservations can be made by calling 201-893-9777.last_img read more

Over 900 IT Executives Answer: What Does Hybrid Cloud Do For Digital Business?

first_imgA few months back you might remember David Goulden offering EMC’s perspective on how hybrid cloud enables digital business. So you know what we think. But we wanted to find out what you think.  So we partnered with IDG to survey over 900 IT executives to dig into the connections between the two. What did you tell us? In short, hybrid cloud is not only an enabler of digital business– it’s an accelerant as well.How much of an accelerant? The survey found that those IT execs that most embraced hybrid cloud are three times more likely to be approaching their digital business goals than those that have not.Why might adoption of hybrid cloud act as such an accelerant? More than three quarters of respondents reported that hybrid cloud speeds IT delivery while enabling greater agility and innovation. But it also delivers savings. How much? Respondents reported IT savings of 24% on average, which is a huge number. Imagine being a big bank with a multibillion-dollar budget … this would suggest that running a hybrid cloud could deliver savings of a billion dollars! And even if your budget isn’t quite so high, I’m guessing you’d still be quite interested in reducing costs by a quarter.Digging into the numbers a bit more revealed another interesting item: a multiplier effect. The more workloads executives reported placing on hybrid cloud, the more their savings grew – from 24% to 29%. So the more enthusiastic you are about hybrid cloud, the more enthusiastic it is about delivering you savings!So what happens with those savings?  Respondents reported re-investing them at a rate of 40% on average – with digital business being a top investment target. So not only does Hybrid cloud deliver agility, it delivers the savings used to fund digital transformation.What this all nets out to is a fairly simple conclusion: hybrid cloud is the key enabler of digital business – and the more you embrace it, the faster you can move towards running one.For more details, check out the full reportlast_img read more