212 games approved for UK games tax relief in 2017

first_img212 games approved for UK games tax relief in 2017Government initiative to fund more games development continues, with a further 182 titles receiving interim certificationJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 31st January 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareMore than 200 games were certified for video games tax relief in the UK last year, according to new figures from the BFI.A total of 212 games received final certification for the government’s financial incentive, up 12 per cent over the 189 certified in the previous calendar year, and almost 100 more than the 116 certified in 2015. In addition to these games, a further 182 received interim certification – a three per cent improvement on the 176 approved in 2016.UK spend and total budget connected to games certified for tax relief were both higher than 2015 and 2016. Over the past twelve months, tax relief has stimulated £277m in total budget spend. Meanwhile, UK/EEA spend was recorded as £249m.Hopefully, the number of British studios that benefit from tax relief will increase as the government confirmed it has extended the initiative to March 2023.Any developers keen to take advantage of these incentives, which effectively reduce cost of games development, would do well to read Ella Romanos’ guide on how to get the most out of tax relief.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 Commenting on the latest figures, TIGA CEO Richard Wilson said: “Today’s statistics show that video games tax relief is helping to drive growth in our high skilled, export focused sector. Yet with Brexit contributing to the UK’s economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever for the UK to reinforce its most successful industries, including the video games sector. “We must retain video games tax relief and explore the potential for making it even more effective to support our games industry.”UKIE CEO Jo Twist added: “It’s excellent to see an increasing number of games receiving both final and interim certifcation, demonstrating the continuing demand for the video games tax relief. Similarly, the increase in UK / EEA spend highlights the relief’s important role in driving investment in the UK games industry.”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 storiesAdopt Me developers unveil new studio, Uplift GamesTeam behind hit Roblox game has grown to over 40 employeesBy Danielle Partis 12 hours agoDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 16 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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French Federation says it raised Olympic ranking concerns in September

first_img Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP On Monday, the FEI annulled hundreds of ranking points won at a controversial jumping venue in France – but the French federation finds it ‘painful’ the shows went ahead in the first placeSophie Dubourg of French Equestrian Federation (FFE) has spoken out about her “painful” months observing the jumping rankings controversy unfold at the Villeneuve-Loubet shows, while being powerless to intervene.Mme Duborg, FFE’s national technical director, today (February 19) told French magazine Grand Prix Replay that FFE raised concerns to the FEI about the venue’s multiple 2* CSIs back in September. FFE was amazed the shows were allowed to go ahead in December and January by the FEI; as the national federation, FFE could act only as “postbox and interlocutor.”On Monday (February 17) the FEI annulled ranking points won at Villeneuve-Loubet and also Damascus, Syria, in December, which had drastically impacted on the Longines world rankings and Olympic individual qualifying; as a result, Sri Lanka’s Mathilda Karlsson lost her Tokyo ticket. The FEI admitted the schedules were erroneously approved at FEI HQ.Key anomalies, as first revealed in HorseSport.com last month, were the deliberately restricted entry – some Grands Prix had just five starters, and full points were awarded for a 28-fault round – and the addition of rankings classes only after the close of definite entries.The FFE, like all NFs, is obliged to submit schedules for home CSIs to the FEI, though it has no powers to intervene over content. Since September, the FFE raised queries and was assured by the FEI that the matter was in hand.Invitations were initially confined to a small number of countries excluding France [the venue owner’s son, Andrea Herck was an active participant but represented Romania]. France was added only after a request from the FEI.Entry was restricted to 20 riders – (most CSI2* shows in Europe set no upper limit.) The initial program did not incentivise entries because there was only one ranking class per show and little prize money. She said despite the venue’s quality, Villeneuve was not popular with French riders due to “other problems.”Only after the definite entries deadline were two extra rankings classes added to each of three events. The FFE processed this request out of transparency. Riders who tried to obtain invitations in ample time or make late entries when the enhanced schedule became known were “systematically” refused by the organizer. Some riders testified to the FFE that the organizer then contacted them to dissuade them from participating.The FFE was disappointed it had been partially blamed for the erroneous handling of schedules. “It bothered us for four months and having to watch what was happening was painful – very painful,” said Mme Duborg.France is the premier organizer of international competitions. “We must guarantee ethics and a certain quality of organization, added MMe Duborg. “For many, what was happening in Villeneuve-Loubet was very obscure and we responded factually to the many requests by saying that we had questioned the FEI, which told us that everything was in order.”Since January, HorseSport.com has repeatedly invited the Villeneuve organization to respond to the widely published concerns. The organiser declined to address these points directly, other than accurately pointing out that his schedules abided by FEI rules and that the FEI approved them. A Villeneuve spokesman did say, though, that it had been “clever” to notice that this kind of restricted entry show could be programmed under “stupid” rules. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from News: MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email*last_img read more

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FLU NEWS SCAN: Pandemic vaccine uptake, vaccine doses pulled, virus-related patents

first_imgApr 4, 2011Pandemic vaccine coverage in Germany was lowGerman uptake of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine was low in people older than 14, standing at about 8% for the general population and at almost 13% in healthcare workers and those with underlying medical conditions. Researchers reported their findings in an Apr 2 online article in Vaccine. They based their study on 13 telephone surveys that were conducted between November 2009 and April 2010. During the pandemic the German government purchased an adjuvanted monovalent vaccine (Pandremix, made by GlaxoSmithKline) for high-risk groups and the general public and an unadjuvanted vaccine made by CSL for pregnant women. They found that people who received seasonal flu immunizations were more likely to receive the pandemic vaccine. The authors concluded that pandemic vaccine uptake was low when compared with that in some other industrialized countries. For example, the coverage for healthcare workers was about 37% in the United States and 85% in the Netherlands. The researchers concluded that the low pandemic vaccination rates are a concern, particularly for at-risk groups, and signal the need to improve future pandemic vaccination and communication strategies.Apr 2 Vaccine abstractWHO details virus-related patents in pandemic preparedness reportThe World Health Organization (WHO) on Apr 1 released a report compiled by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), another United Nations agency, on flu pandemic preparedness patents and patent applications. The report’s purpose is to assist the WHO’s virus-sharing working group, which over the past several years has been grappling with how to assure that developing countries that share influenza viruses with the international research community and pharmaceutical industry benefit from the resulting vaccines, medications, and diagnostic tests. The WIPO report covers patents related to the H5N1 avian influenza virus and the 2009 H1N1 virus. The group identified 27 “patent families” clearly relevant to H5N1 and four patent families relevant to H1N1, all of them involving viral components or derivatives thereof. The authors found 35 more H5N1 and eight more H1N1 patent families that may be relevant. Of the patents that were relevant, 73% were vaccines, 24% were diagnostics, and 3% were therapeutics. None of the patents consisted of a sole element, such as a native virus. They also identified some patents that included known viral sequences. They found a number of patents from developed-world companies that are now co-owned by companies in developing countries, which they said could be an emerging model for ensuring broader access to new technology. The WHO’s virus-sharing working group is slated to report on its latest developments at the World Health Assembly, scheduled for May 16 to 24 in Geneva.Apr 1 WHO/WIPO pandemic influenza patent reportNarcolepsy concern prompts Ireland to pull remaining Pandemrix dosesIreland’s health ministry has decided to pull all remaining supplies of Pandemrix, the monovalent pandemic H1N1 vaccine, from general practitioner (GP) offices because of the suspected link to narcolepsy cases, the Independent newspaper reported yesterday. Eight narcolepsy cases have been reported in Pandemrix recipients in Ireland, most of them in young people. An increased risk of narcolepsy has also been reported in vaccinees in Finland and Sweden. Dr. Kevin Kelleher of the Irish Health Service Executive advised physicians in January not to use Pandemrix unless there was a shortage of seasonal flu vaccine (which contains the 2009 H1N1 strain). In a recent letter, Kelleher told physicians that remaining supplies of Pandemrix would be picked up from GP sites in the next few weeks, the newspaper reported. He said there has been no need to use the monovalent vaccine because extra supplies of seasonal vaccine were delivered.Apr 3 Independent storylast_img read more

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BUZZER BEATER 2016 sports year-ender (part 2)

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’BUZZER BEATER 2016 sports year-ender (part 2) ‘ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Wednesday,  December 28, 2016[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]AS ANOTHER historic year is about to close, let us revisit some of the biggest sports stories that we have covered, witnesses and enjoyed this year.JULYThe Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors captured the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference championship by beating the Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers in their best-of-three finals series at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.Marlon Tapales bucked two early knockdowns to score an 11th round stoppage win over Thai boxer Pungluang Sor Singyu to clinch the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title at Ayutthaya City Park in Ayutthaya, Thailand.The Philippines, represented by Mighty Sports Apparel, reclaimed the William Jones Cup championship following an eight-game sweep at the Hsinchuang Stadium in Taipei, Taiwan.AUGUSTFilipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz quenched the country’s two-decade long thirst for an Olympic medal after placing silver in the women’s weightlifting 53 kilogram class at the Riocentro Pavillion 2 in Brazil.The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, which is composed of players from the De La Salle University Lady Spikers, claimed the 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference title by beating the Foton Tornadoes.Phoenix Accelerators-Far Eastern University captured the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup crown by beating the Tanduay Rhum Masters in Game 3 of the finals at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.SEPTEMBERJerwin Ancajas captured the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight belt with a unanimous decision win over McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico at the Philippine Marine Corp. in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.John Riel Casimero retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight championship with a 10th round technical knockout win over Charlie Edwards of the United Kingdom at O2 Arena in Greenwich, United Kingdom.Josephine Medina snapped the Philippines’ 16-year thirst for a Paralympics medal after bagging a bronze medal in the table tennis women’s singles Class 8 event of the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.The National University Lady Bulldogs retained the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference title with a two-game sweep over the Ateneo Lady Eagles. Jaja Santiago was named the Finals MVP.Filipino boxer Donnie Nietes made a successful debut in the flyweight division as he scored a unanimous decision win over Mexican Edgar Sosa at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California.The Perlas Pilipinas national women’s basketball team completed a six-game sweep to rule the 2016 SEABA Women’s Championship held at the Bukit Serindit Indoor Stadium in Malacca, Malaysia.OCTOBERThe University of Santo Tomas completed a rare sweep in the UAAP 79 beach volleyball tournament after ruling the men’s and women’s division recently at the Sands by the Bay in Pasay City.The San Beda Red Lions reclaimed the NCAA men’s basketball championship after beating the Arellano University Chiefs in their best-of-three series. Davon Potts was named the Finals MVP.The Star Hotshots made a surprising move by trading away two-time PBA MVP James Yap to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in exchange for former PBA Rookie of the Year awardee Paul Lee.The Global Football Club captured the 2016 United Football League championship after ending the elimination round on top. Ceres-Negros Football Club, meanwhile, placed second.Aiming to bring back the winning tradition of the Gilas Pilipinas, Vincent “Chot” Reyes was re-appointed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas as the head coach of the national men’s basketball team.The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings ended an eight year PBA championship drought after bagging the 2016 Oppo PBA Governor’s Cup crown at the expense of the Meralco Bolts.Six Filipino football players, including two from Bacolod City, Lance Lawrence Locsin and Mikaela Villacin, were given a rare chance to meet and train with the FC Barcelona squad during the 12-day Astro Kem Bola Overseas Training in Barcelona, Spain.Ceres-La Salle Football Club-Philippines claimed the third place trophy in the 2016 RHB Singapore Cup with a 2-1 win over Singapore’s Balestier Khalsa. It was the country’s best finish in the tournament.Blackwater Elite selected Rey Mark Belo as the top-overall pick in the special PBA Rookie Draft for the Gilas Pilipinas cadets. The team has also tapped Raphael Banal as top-overall pick in the regular draft. (To be continued/PN)[/av_textblock] [/av_one_full]last_img read more

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