UNDAF Supports Long and Medium Term Strategies

first_imgRelatedUNDAF Supports Long and Medium Term Strategies UNDAF Supports Long and Medium Term Strategies Office of the Prime MinisterMay 5, 2011Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedUNDAF Supports Long and Medium Term Strategies Advertisements The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and United Nations (UN) agencies in Jamaica, on Wednesday (May 4), signed the second consecutive UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) to be implemented in Jamaica, at the PIOJ office, Oxford Road, New Kingston.The UNDAF, which will be executed between 2012 and 2016, will support implementation of Jamaica’s long term and medium strategic plans. It is being financed through US$39.4 million ($3.4 billion) grant from the UN for the provision of technical expertise, among other things.Speaking at the signing, Director General of the PIOJ, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, said the overarching goal of the UNDAF, of supporting the country’s long term and medium term strategic plans, is reflected in three areas of intervention: the environment; social empowerment and equity; and safety, security and justice.“These specific areas of focus are critical for improving the holistic well-being and quality of life of our most vulnerable (citizens),” he said.They include improving natural resources, and management and resilience of the disaster (response mechanism) of national and local authorities, and focusing on the most vulnerable communities, islandwide.“We are also helping the socially excluded and at risk population in rural (and) urban communities, to have increased access to improved quality health and education services. And, we are assisting government and civil society organizations, to provide comprehensive social protection and justice systems and services for vulnerable individuals and groups,” he outlined.The PIOJ head said the programme also focuses on “key cross-cutting issues” which, he pointed out, will affect the stipulated achievements and objectives that have been set. He, however, pointed out that success is largely contingent on the efforts of all partners and stakeholders on the basis of agreed principles.“The government’s central role in guiding the further refinement of the elements of the programme, to ensure readiness for implementation and compatibility with the objectives of national development, cannot be overemphasized. This is critical,” he stated.He said that the government also anticipates that, with the success of this new programme, it will be one of the vehicles that help Jamaica to achieve its Vision 2030 National Development Plan.UN Resident Coordinator in Jamaica, Robert Fuderich, highlighted a range of indicators, which would indicate “whether we are achieving what we are setting out to do”.Mr. Fuderich said annual reviews of the programme will be conducted, with a mid-term review scheduled for 2014.“That’s when we can actually change a lot in the UNDAF. It won’t change drastically, but it gives us the chance to really amend and see whether we are heading for the results that we have targeted,” Mr. Fuderich added.Agencies of the UN represented at the signing included: the: UN Population Fund (UNFPA); Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); UN Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and UN Environment Programme (UNEP).center_img Story HighlightsThe Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and United Nations (UN) agencies in Jamaica, on Wednesday (May 4), signed the second consecutive UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) to be implemented in Jamaica, at the PIOJ office, Oxford Road, New Kingston.The UNDAF, which will be executed between 2012 and 2016, will support implementation of Jamaica’s long term and medium strategic plans. It is being financed through US$39.4 million ($3.4 billion) grant from the UN for the provision of technical expertise, among other things.Speaking at the signing, Director General of the PIOJ, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, said the overarching goal of the UNDAF, of supporting the country’s long term and medium term strategic plans, is reflected in three areas of intervention: the environment; social empowerment and equity; and safety, security and justice. RelatedUNDAF Supports Long and Medium Term Strategies FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

A weekend of feminist empowerment in store for Santa Monica

first_imgHomeNewsA weekend of feminist empowerment in store for Santa Monica Jan. 27, 2018 at 5:00 amNewsA weekend of feminist empowerment in store for Santa MonicaAngel Carreras3 years ago#MeToo#timesupcity of santa monicadaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newslogo courtesy of Beautify Earth In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Santa Monica will have a weekend devoted to feminine empowerment.Two (non-associated) events, ‘Me Too: Art and Feminism Now’ and Beautify Earth’s ‘Every Woman Mural Painting Event’ will lead Santa Monica into a thought-provoking art and discussion filled weekend designed to empower feminine activism.“Inspiration came when, with millions of others, I marched on January 21, 2017, in the Women’s March,” Gregg Chadwick, founder of the ‘Me Too: Art and Feminism Now’ event, says. “I wanted to help carry the spirit forward. With the full support of our artist community at Santa Monica Art Studios, we turned our focus to create a platform where ideas about feminism and women’s rights would be center stage.”Chadwick’s event will feature a congregation of creative “artists, filmmakers, writers, thinkers, and creators,” bringing their own unique life experiences and stories to the Saturday panel.Names included will be: moderator Kathleen McHugh, a chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA, who was formerly director of the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA; Kim Schoenstadt, who began the ‘Now Be Here’ photography project, a nationwide project to attract visibility for women artists; Michele Pred, who makes illuminated, neon lit lettered purses with feminist phrases such as “Equal Pay” and “Nasty Woman”; Filmmaker Yareli Arizmendi, and Krista Suh, an author as well as creator of the now-signature look of the Women’s Marches, the Pink Pussyhat.Krista Suh in her signature hat. PHOTO CREDIT: Rachael Lee StroudSuh’s ubiquitous protest-wear was initially inspired by practicality (“I had to dress for Winter in L.A.”) but became crystallized with the first whispers of the Women’s March. With her art background (college and a former job at LACMA), Suh knew in a visual-dominated world, these easy-to-make-for the masses, DIY pink hats could signify unity, something symbolic and lasting.“It harkens back to Betsy Ross, who made the American flag,” Suh says. “If you think about it, that was our first protest gear as a nation. I thought (the pink hats) would be a wonderful visual of us coming together. These hats say ‘we’re not alone.’”Occurring the day after Chadwick’s event will be Beautify Earth’s ‘Every Woman Mural Painting Event’. Heather Rabun, co-founder of Beautify Earth, started the organization originally to end “urban blight,” painting murals and words of positivity over decaying, decrepit walls throughout Santa Monica and then other cities.The program revitalized businesses and communities that participated, increasing revenue by up to 50%, according to Beautify Earth’s website.Although the program was thriving, Rabun noticed many street artists surrounding her were men and wanted to address that in a visual, community-benefitted way.“There are a lot of street artists out there,” Rabun says. “But many are men. Women don’t have that platform. So this becomes something more to me than just ending urban blight.”In light of the political climate, Rabun notes these plans were in action before #MeToo and #TimesUp, calling the timing serendipitous. “It only makes our program stronger.”The wall Beautify Earth will be painting over is the side of a Subway off Pico, facing Santa Monica College. Rabun’s goal is to have the piece give impressionable minds and passerbys “a sense of women with these murals, a sense of their humanity”.Artist Davia King will be doing the painting of the event’s mural, a piece consisting of two silhouetted figures embracing. King hopes the piece delivers a message of peace.“We all want the same things,” King says. “Opportunities, happiness, something to give to the next generation. When people come together and collaborate, we thrive.”Me Too: Art and Feminism Now will take place Saturday, January 27th, 1-3pm in the Arena 1 Gallery at the Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue. Beautify Earth’s Every Woman Mural Painting: A Community Celebration takes place Sunday, January 28th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Subway on 1801 Pico Boulevard. Santa Monica Council Woman Gleam Davis will be in attendance.Both are free [email protected] :#MeToo#timesupcity of santa monicadaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentNew Pico neighborhood preschool prevails despite unified oppositionUS economy grew at solid 2.6 percent rate in fourth quarterYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agolast_img read more

YWAM Celebrating 30 Years in Lakeside

first_imgStrolling across the scenic campus tucked behind the community of Lakeside, Keith Buzzard encountered a group of young students from around the world studying the Gospel and the teachings of Jesus. Moments later, he ran into another group living out the message, volunteering time to paint a building in need of a new coat.On the campus of Youth with a Mission, or YWAM (pronounced WYE-wam) as it’s called, it’s not uncommon for Buzzard to find brimming activity year-round, whether it’s classroom sessions or music recordings in a premier audio studio, or games in the gymnasium and recreation room.“When you total up the numbers, it’s common to see 300 people here, even during summer,” said Buzzard, who is co-director of the Lakeside campus with his wife, Mariska.Thirty years since its inception here in Northwest Montana, the Christian charitable organization is as vibrant as ever and continues to fulfill its calling by training hundreds of missionaries annually.YWAM is an inter-denominational organization devoted to preparing young men and women for short-term missions around the world. The base at the foot of Blacktail Mountain near the north shore of Flathead Lake was founded in 1985 and now has 150 staff members and draws over 400 students annually from over 30 states and 24 countries. Nearly one-third of the students were international.The Lakeside organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month with a community event slated for Aug. 22 at its campus, 501 BlacktailRoad. Family friendly festivities begin at 2 p.m. followed by guided tours of the facility at 4 p.m. Starting at 6:30 p.m., YWAM leaders will gather for worship and words of encouragement from author, international speaker and close friend of the ministry, Floyd McClung.“We want the community to really know who we are and we want to be part of the community and we want the community to be part of us,” Mariska Buzzard said.The national organization was founded in 1960 to provide missionary opportunities for Christian youth after high school, regardless of their denomination.YWAM has grown into one of the largest missions agencies in the world with over 18,000 full-time volunteers in more than 1,100 ministry locations in over 180 countries. The Lakeside campus has recently focused its efforts on six nations: Ukraine, Nepal, India, Thailand, Tawain and Cambodia. Most students spend three months training in Lakeside before visiting one of these nations with YWAM leaders for missions work.“The main characteristic is that we all believe in Jesus and we all believe that he died on the cross to save us from hell,” Keith Buzzard said. “We don’t try to get into big theological debates with one another, because everybody was raised differently and they have different church backgrounds. Our heart is that people hear about Jesus.”The Lakeside campus resides in the former Kalispell Air Force Station. From 1959-1978, the U.S. military operated a general surveillance radar station on the forested camps. After being closed in the late 70s, it sat empty for several years and became dilapidated. In 1985, the valley’s first group of YWAM leaders gathered $50,000 of donated funds and bid on the property after it went up for auction. They completed the purchase for $450,000, raising the remaining funds through the community.Through volunteer work and continuous community support, YWAM transformed the site into a vibrant campus that continues to grow. A fundraiser golf tournament held last week at Northern Pines Golf Course aimed to raise support for an expanded cafeteria.“We’ve been blessed by a lot of support from the community,” Keith Buzzard said.For more information about YWAM, visit ywammontana.org. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Two Donegal beaches in Lonely Planet’s Top Ten

first_img Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Facebook Two Donegal beaches in Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – April 7, 2021 Renowned travel publisher Lonely Planet has named Ireland’s top ten best beaches, with two of them in Donegal.Eight of those selected are along the west coast with two each in Donegal, Mayo and Kerry.The write described Ireland’s coastline as a ‘beachgoers paradise’.Trá Mór in Dunfanaghy has been ranked second to Dogs bay in Galway.The writer described it as ‘a secluded gem in the shadow of the Horn Head peninsula and is arguably the prettiest’.Ballymastocker Bay near Portsalon has also featured in the highly acclaimed list.The beach was once named the second-most beautiful beach in the world by the British Observer Magazine, and the writer says it’s not difficult to see why:‘Stretching for almost 2km from the holiday village of Portsalon (which gives it its alternative name of Portsalon Beach), this Blue Flag beauty has wonderful views of the Inishowen Peninsula.’The beach itself has also been described as highly photogenic: ‘as you come around the high headland on the Knockalla coastal drive there’s a pull-off spot that makes for the perfect view of the beach stretching right up to Portsalon’. Homepage BannerNews Previous articleTeachers to table motion over vaccine roll-outNext articleFrustration over latest fly-tipping incident in south Inishowen News Highland last_img read more

Pringle dismayed at Killybegs library closure: fears for others

first_img Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Independent Deputy Thomas Pringle has expressed his dismay at the closure of the Library in Killybegs claiming that other council run libraries are now also under threat.The library in Killybegs has closed as the council is prevented to employ another part-time librarian by the government’s recruitment embargo .There are fears the same fate could await libraries in Ballyshannon, Lifford and Clonmany. – the library at Ramelton has already closed.Deputy Pringle says council management must seek derogation from the recruitment embargo to allow new staff be employed:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/tomr1pmlibs.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Previous articleGovernment source claims Donegal’s three smaller councils are under threatNext articleCrawford concerned at Lifford Hospital closure speculation News Highland Google+ Facebook Pringle dismayed at Killybegs library closure: fears for others Pinterest Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Twittercenter_img By News Highland – November 24, 2011 WhatsApp Facebook Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Newsx Adverts Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn WhatsApp 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Google+last_img read more

Man handed suspended sentance for sexual assault on 12 year old

first_img Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp News 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSt Cecilia’s College in Derry damaged in vandalism attackNext articleRoad projects set to be scrapped News Highland A newly-wed man told gardai that a few months before he met his bride he cavorted with a 12-year-old girl and her friend who was three years older in a school playshed.Colin Reynolds, a 27 year old father of two, was given a suspended 18-months sentence and ordered to be placed on the sex offenders’ register for admitting a sex assault on the 12-year-old yesterday.Garda Liam Feeney said Reynolds, who was 19 at the time, described kissing the older girl while he had a hand on the 12-year-old’s leg.A short while later Reynolds, now a 27-year-old father of two, moved with the younger girl a short distance away from the older girl to kiss her.The court heard that although Reynolds, – who married three weeks ago – of Highfield, Ballyshannon, denied having full sex with the girl in early Garda statements he now admitted the offence. The girl said they had full sex.Gda Liam Feeney said at today’s sentencing hearing in Donegal Circuit Court that he was aware that the event was on Reynolds’ conscience for the past two years and he wanted to plead guilty and would have done this if the decision was his alone but he was acting on legal advice.Gda Feeney added that Reynolds certainly had a conscience about what happenedJudge Raymond Fullam was told Reynolds heard that the 12-year-old “fancied” him on the night she made her Confirmation and they kissed and hugged and he rubbed her backside that night. The offence occurred in a school play-shed six or eight weeks later in August 2002.Reynolds fought back tears as he told the court his wife, who he met in February 2003, was sticking by him.Judge Fullam said he accepted Reynolds was remorseful for his crime against the girl but both parties had since “redeemed” themselves and he did not believe the interests of society would be served if he was sent to jail for one offence out of a litany committed by others. Gardai did not believe Reynolds would re-offend.The 18 month-sentence was suspended for five years. Reynolds will also remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.Six men have been before the courts for sex assaults on the girl. A former Army private has served a year of a sentence of two years and three months, another man was jailed last month for nine months, another is awaiting sentence after his conviction by a jury last month, another who admitted a single offence is due to be sentenced today and another man who has denied offences is due for trial in December. Pinterest Facebook Twittercenter_img Man handed suspended sentance for sexual assault on 12 year old By News Highland – July 6, 2010 WhatsApp Facebook Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist last_img read more

News / Another acquisition for Scan Global as Spain’s Grupo Contenosa joins the ‘family’

first_img Acquisitive Scan Global Logistics, which has lofty ambitions in the freight forwarding space, has agreed to buy Spain’s Grupo Contenosa.Scan’s Spanish arm, SGL Spain, will join forces with the newly acquired family-owned forwarder, making the pair a “significant player” in the market, claimed the company.Grupo Contenosa’s owner, Augustin Rubio, said the acquisition would help propel the company into the international market.“Becoming part of the SGL family gives us global coverage, improves our negotiating power and allows us to add more value to our customers by access to international logistics solutions,” he said. From left to right: Lars Syberg (CCO, SGL Group), Augustin Rubio (CEO, Grupo Contenosa), Raimundo Oujo (CEO, SGL Spain) By Alex Lennane 09/04/2021center_img “The combination of our companies enhances our skills and fighting spirit to improve our customer service. It is time to join forces and merge synergies to offer the best of us.”Scan Global has an ambitious approach in the market. At the end of January, it snapped up Werner Global Logistics, the air and ocean forwarding arm of US trucking brokerage Werner Enterprises. In September, Scan took on TransGroup Global and in October purchased PostNord’s Swedish air and ocean activities.Scan’s Asia CEO, Rickard Ingvarsson, told The Loadstar earlier this year: “We have set forth an ambitious global growth strategy for the next three to five years that will see SGL rise through the ranks of the international logistics world. The planned growth will be achieved both organically, by starting up new greenfield SGL offices, and through carefully selected M&A.”In the past year, Scan has entered markets in Poland, Czech Republic, Mexico, Peru and Myanmar.Scan Global Logistics said the deal would boost its Spanish presence. Group CEO Allan Melgaard said: “We will gain access to new profitable niche markets and increase our presence in current SGL offerings. Most importantly, it will bring additional human capital to a core SGL-country.“We are very excited to welcome our new colleagues and customers into our family.”last_img read more

Workshop: “Give the Hand to Your Friend”, Ukraine

first_imgWorkshop: “Give the Hand to Your Friend”, Ukraine ← Why fraternities and sororities? Reddit Similar Stories Share 0 LinkedIn 0 Pocket +1center_img June 7, 2011 Published by Site Default 18-30 years old (no more than 3 people over 30 years old may be involved);citizens of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Norway and Belgium;experience in volunteer or social activities, preferably with disabled people;Russian and/or English skills at a level sufficient to work in the international group;willingness to work actively during the workshops and apply their knowledge in practice after training.CostsHosting costs will be covered by the organizers. 70% of the travel costs will be reimbursed (using cheapest way of transport bus, train, low cost airfare/ economy class); 30% of the travel costs will be covered by participants. There is no participation fee.How to ApplyFill in the application form in English or Russian (Application form in English, Application form in Russian, Announcement in English, Announcement in Russian) and return it by e-mail to [email protected] no later than 24:00 on Kiev time (GMT +02:00) on Sunday June 26, 2011. Late applications will not be accepted. Please indicate in the subject line “Application for workshop”, your last name and country (for example: Application for workshop, Gorski, Poland). The file name must also contain your last name and country in Latin letters (for example: Application_form_Gorski_Poland).Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail no later than Tuesday 5th July, 2011. List of selected participants will also be posted on the website of the Centre “EkoArt”.The Official Website Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Deadline: 26 June 2011Open to: volunteers from 18 to 30 years old from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Norway and BelgiumDates and Venue: 10-14 August 2011, Donetsk, UkraineCosts: no participation fee (hosting costs and 70% of the travel costs will be covered by organizers)Donetsk city youth centre of arts “EkoArt” and partner organisations (NGOs “Rainbow”, “Iskra”, I.C.R. and PAHRE COMPASS) take this opportunity to invite young people with experience of volunteering to take part in an international youth meeting – workshops on creative rehabilitation of young people with disabilities in August 2011.Workshops are held in the framework of the international youth project “Give the hand to your friend” organized by the Donetsk city youth centre of arts “EkoArt” in partnership with Donetsk city public organization helping to disabled children and young invalids “Rainbow” (Ukraine), the Voronezh Regional Non-Profit Children’s Organization “Iskra” (Russia), the Polish Association for Human Rights Education “Compass” (Poland) and NGO “Institute for Community Rehabilitation” (Greece).Aim of WorkshopThe aim of the international creative workshops is distribution methods of creative rehabilitation of youth with disabilities in order to improve their socialization and integration into society through volunteer activities.The program of creative workshops includes:introduction to the basics of creative rehabilitation for people with special needs;workshops and master classes on various kinds of creativity that can be used for rehabilitation of disabled people;visits to NGOs which help people with disabilities;carrying out creative workshops for the Donetsk disabled people by the project participants;intercultural and international communication of project participants and volunteers from Donetsk;international exchange of experience in the volunteer work with disabled people and discussing the possibilities of volunteering in Ukraine.Workshop participants will receive certificates.Requirements Francisco Mantecón International Advertising Poster Design Award →last_img read more

ZUKOnnect Fellowships for Scholars from Africa, Asia and Latin America

first_img Share 0 Tweet Deadline: 1 October 2020Open to: people from and Africa, Latin America and Asia that have doctorate degree or are doctoral studentsBenefits: a stipend of EUR 1.200 per month for doctoral students and EUR 2.000 per month for postdoctoral researchersDescriptionThe Zukunftskolleg Konnect Fellowships support early career researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America related to one of the thirteen departments of the University of Konstanz. As ZUKOnnect Fellow, you can use this time to extend your research networks and to get to know the research environment at the University of Konstanz, without losing your ties to your home university. As these fellowships can build a first bridge to the German and European academic system, we also encourage doctoral students in their last year to apply. The Zukunftskolleg will not offer employment contracts for ZUKOnnect Fellows.The selected applicants will:Will live in Konstanz or nearby throughout the ZUKOnnect Fellowship (the Welcome Centre of the University of Konstanz will offer support with all organizational aspects of relocating to Konstanz);Actively contribute to the interdisciplinary dialogue at the Zukunftskolleg during the weekly Jour Fixe meetings (during semester);Interact with fellows and researchers in relevant departments at the University of Konstanz;Will give a presentation in a seminar or a public lecture;Applicants should acknowledge Zukunftskolleg support in any publications resulting from the stay;Will write a short report on your activities and achievements (within 6 months of completing the ZUKOnnect Fellowship).EligibilityThe applicant and the applicant’s work should originate in a country of Latin America, Asia or Africa;The applicant holds a doctorate (max. 2 year of postdoctoral experience) OR are a doctoral student in your last year;The applicant doesn’t hold a permanent professorship, nor do you have a Habilitation or equivalent (Venia legendi);The research project should tie in with one of the disciplines represented at the University of Konstanz;The applicant should name a researcher at the University of Konstanz with whom they intend to collaborate (no need to contact person(s) in advance);Preference will be given to applicants who plan to team up with one of the current Zukunftskolleg Fellows.BenefitsA stipend of EUR 1.200 per month for doctoral students and EUR 2.000 per month for postdoctoral researchers (following DAAD guidelines)Standard expenses for economy-class travel to Konstanz and back;Access to events organized by the Zukunftskolleg;Access to library resources;Access to IT services;Access to research support services (via Research Support);After the research stay at the Zukunftskolleg, ZUKOnnect Fellows can extend their affiliation with a digital fellowship for additional 6 months.How to Apply?Click here to submit the online application.For more information please check the official web page. Reddit +1 The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) – Volunteer in Social Media → Similar Stories February 13, 2020 Published by tiange Siemens Stiftung E-Mobility Innovation Call 2021: “Electric Mobility Made in Africa for Africa” Pocket Google PhD Fellowship Program for graduate students CMU Australia Scholarships for International Students ZUKOnnect Fellowships for Scholars from Africa, Asia and Latin America LinkedIn 0 ← Sustainable Energy for All Forum by Climate Trackerlast_img read more

Oculus and Jason Rubin: We’re re-learning the language of game making

first_imgOculus and Jason Rubin: We’re re-learning the language of game makingFrom Crash Bandicoot to the cutting edge of virtual realityRachel WeberSenior EditorWednesday 14th October 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleOculus VROculus VR Inc.Jason Rubin was a star hire for Oculus VR last June, bringing a wealth of top-level games experience to Facebook’s acquisition. He founded Naughty Dog, created and sold Flektor and even managed to give a dying THQ dignity in its final months and now, he told GamesIndustry.biz, working in virtual reality is making him feel 20 years old again.As head of worldwide studios, Rubin oversees first and second party studios as they create the games and applications that will define the launch of the Rift headset. No pressure then. Rubin, however, is clearly thriving on the challenge. Here, he shares his insights into the challenges developers face, the potential for the system and why you should get on board now.Q:You have a long history in development. I wondered if you had any misconceptions when you first tried VR or first looked at VR development?Jason Rubin:”I had two thoughts which were exactly opposite of each other. I thought one or the other would pan out. The first was that the scientists kept saying you couldn’t do any camera movement whatsoever. You had to stick to very strict rules otherwise people wouldn’t be comfortable. That was going to be a challenge. “The other side of the coin was my game development background which said ‘We’ll figure out a way to get around all this. There’s got to be some trick.’ What it’s turned out to be is a mixture of both of them. You really do have to respect the science, but around the science you can bend the edges a lot. I gave the example of the sniper rifle. Scientists told me you can’t zoom in, well you can. They say that you can’t move a camera quickly. We do it in hockey, no one notices because your feeling of impact. If we do that over a longer period of time, people won’t like it. It really accentuates what we’re doing.”You really do have to respect the science, but around the science you can bend the edges a lot” “We’re kind of re-learning the language of game making. Just like when you’re given a video camera the first time, or a movie camera. Then the assistant disappears and they stop the camera and everyone went ‘whoop.’ We’re at that moment with VR right now. Everything’s incredibly cool and interesting, but we’re going to have to get to the point where we actually can make real movies. We actually can make real stories, and we can actually make real games that are compelling. Getting there is going to be re-learning that language. It’s going to be a balance of respecting the science and testing.”Q:And how are you finding the development process differs for VR games? Are elements like QA more time consuming?Jason Rubin:”The QA process and the testing process for the most part are very similar if you’re making games. Because games are games, you can break them in the same way as you used to. The comfort testing process is new and different. That requires a certain rigour and a certain acceptance of the data above instinct. That’s been a little hard for some of our developers to come to grips with. “For example, as a game maker, you get told ‘that won’t be fun’. There were times where I was told that making the games I was making where I said ‘To hell with your data, I’m an artist. People will love it.’ More often than not I was right. Sometimes I was wrong, but more often than not I was right. Going against the data in comfort is not the same. The data rules. So getting our developers to respect the data in that sense has been slightly different. Once they get past that, it’s just another process of testing. Is this comfortable? No. Don’t do it, come up with a different solution.”Q:In terms of acclimatization for the audience, do the launch apps need to be gentler compared to what’s going to come out a year later? Because the audience needs to understand and acclimatize to VR?Jason Rubin:”I think we as a company believe in comfort. That comes from our CEO, that comes from Facebook as well. We want to create a comfortable experience. So we are focusing on comfort. Where we go in the long run, is going to be an interesting question. Out of the gate, we’re going to focus on comfort. I also think that technology will improve. That helps a lot. We’re at ninety frames a second right now. It’s better if we’re at one hundred and twenty, it’s better if we’re at two hundred and forty. We have certain types of screens, it’s better if we have different types of screens. The technology is know, we know how to take the next comfort step in terms of the tech. It just takes a while to get there price point wise. So technology will get better. “Development technology will get better. Developers will understand what they can do and what they can’t do. They’ll just get that. Then acclimatization will also be in existence. Exactly the same function happened in first person shooters. John Carmack works at Oculus. When he started working on his first first-person shooter, it wasn’t 3D. That was Wolfenstein. His second one Doom we can argue about whether it’s 3D, but it made a lot of people uncomfortable. There were articles written at the time how first-person shooters would never work. Now if you play a Call of Duty game, they’re shaking you, you see your hands, you jump across the hood of a car, your feet come up on screen, and they’re doing all these absolutely insane things. It totally works for the vast majority of people. That’s development technology. “So we have tech for the hardware. We have software tech, and then there’s acclimatization. Between those three things I’m pretty confident that VR is going to be very broad.””It is the biggest challenge VR has. Putting one on everyone’s head” Q:There’s a widely held belief that VR is a short session experience, where has that idea come from? Is it just that the demos on offer so far have been quite brief?Jason Rubin:”Part of it is that. It takes a long time to create something compelling. We haven’t had a long time to do develop. Oculus went on a journey from barely acceptable technology, to what I now think is very comfortable acceptable technology to launch. In that time frame we went across, for example, DK1 our first development kit. It was great for development, but was not a consumer product. We did not launch it to the public. You know after a little while you’re like ‘I’m done with it.’ Is not ever launch-able. But if you extrapolate from that experience and don’t know where the future is going, you might say something along the lines of ‘I can only be in VR for so long.’ I think that became a meme out of that period. “People who are now trying VR in the day and age of Rift are having no problem and aren’t saying that. Again, it depends on the experience. I can only take a roller coaster for so long. I’m not going to be on a half hour roller coaster ride. You’re good for three to five minutes, right? So it depends on the experience you’re doing. Again, when it comes to things like Toy Box, I believe people will be in there for longer sessions. I think the long term VR potential, once you get past the current technology to what we know is coming, is going to be much longer sessions.””It doesn’t matter what it will cost. If it costs too much this week it will cost the right amount a year from now” Q:People just need to actually try the experience…Jason Rubin:”It is the biggest challenge VR has. Putting one on everyone’s head. Because as soon as you do that it sells itself. You can’t easily put it on everyone’s head. Showing somebody VR through a trailer is the worst way of explaining the difference between the games that they’re already used to and the future. So it is absolutely a challenge. What we’ve found is everybody that uses it. Or everyone that has one shows their friends. As we finally release a large number of units into the wild we think that it will expand on out. It really does sell itself.”Q:And to developers too, so many are dropping everything to work on to run to a new device where no price has been announced for the unit, no one has any idea what the games are going to cost, no one has any idea of what the install base is going to be at first.Jason Rubin:”Because this is one of those technologies where you put it on and you go ‘This is just going to work.’ It doesn’t matter what it will cost. If it costs too much this week it will cost the right amount a year from now. It will get to the price where it works because that’s the way tech works. We’ve seen that. Who cares how much the games are when they launch. It’s going to work itself out. People will pay for content what they feel is a fair amount to pay for content. So based on how good the content is, we’ll set prices, it all works out. “It’s one of those things that its just kind of a foregone conclusion. I don’t know how we’re going to get there but I do know we’re going to get there.”Q:And as you mentioned in your talk it’s better to be in early and have the time to try and fail a few times…Jason Rubin:”It took Naughty Dog ten years to get to Crash Bandicoot. First, I was in high school, I was in college so I wasn’t exactly doing it as a full time job but I was learning. Crash made my career. I don’t have to work, I work because I love what I’m doing. We’re in that moment where somebody who cares about long term doing well, this is the education. If you care about next week striking it rich, maybe VR isn’t the place for you. You may regret that, because it’s hard to catch up.”” If you care about next week striking it rich, maybe VR isn’t the place for you” Q:So when it comes to your role have you been approaching developers about working on Rift or are they all coming to you?Jason Rubin:”In some cases we’ve gone to developers and said, ‘You’re really good at this, please try to make it.’ In other cases, games that developers are good at making don’t translate well. As good as they are at what they do, it’s hard to walk in and ask them to change everything when they have established brands, successful franchises, and a rabid fan base that’s asking them when the next one is coming out. That’s an opportunity. For example, we know that first-person shooters are popular things to do. People love them. The first person shooter as popularized by Battlefield, Call of Duty, does not work in VR. It does not make you feel comfortable.”So there’s a huge opportunity for studios that are good at making first person shooters, but aren’t married to some sort of cycle of repeating their property to jump in to VR and create something new. We’re seeing a lot of studios that are interested in doing that. We’re working with, we’ve announced we’re working with 4A, that’s a first person shooter company. There are other first-person shooter companies that we’re working with, and they’re all excited to try to figure it out before the big guys do. 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 Q:Do you think we’ll start to see whole new genres?Jason Rubin:”Absolutely. That’s the hardest part of my Job. You walk in and they say, ‘You’ve got a year to get the games out. We are going to launch this thing on time, we’ve got to get things going. By the way, VR is totally different and we’d like to see something we’ve never seen before.’ It’s easy to port, it’s easy to try to take established genres and try to make them work. The hardest thing is saying, what have we never seen before. If we don’t know it will work, figure out if we can get this to happen. So I think that will be second generation. “Imagine when Apple launched the app store. Do you think anyone said, this is going to kill taxi cabs. It took years for Uber to come out. I think VR is going to be the same way. Right now, Yay, we’re playing games and they’re amazing games and it’s awesome. Five years from now someone’s going to go who knew that this was going to totally revolutionize, fill in the blank. 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