Subsea UK events to focus on international opportunities

first_imgSubsea UK, an industry body representing the British subsea industry, will be hosting two briefing sessions with the Department for International Trade (DIT) ahead of SPE Offshore Europe 2017.The first briefing on August 28 will focus on the post-energy reform oil and gas sector opportunities in Mexico.Mariana Garay, senior energy officer for the DIT team in Mexico, along with DIT business specialist Chris Wall will give an in-depth view on developments within the Mexican market.The 2013 Energy Reform in Mexico opened the sector up to private investment and competition. To date, over 60 new national and international companies were awarded contracts for E&P in the Gulf of Mexico.It is estimated that 2018 will see one of the most ambitious offers so far by the Mexican Government, with 30 deep-water blocks up for grabs, Subsea UK said.The second event on September 4 will look at opportunities to do business in India, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. The audience will hear from Jonathan Spencer, oil and gas stakeholder manager at DIT, who will give an overview of these opportunities.Carol Harvey, DIT export finance manager for Scotland, will also share information about how UK Export Finance can support UK companies.Earlier this year, UK supply chain companies showcased their technology and expertise to senior officials from India’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on a technical trade mission to South Asia.Subsea UK said that, with subsea exports valued at almost £5 billion, it wants to see an increase of British firms targeting international expansion to sustain long term growth.Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “This is a great chance for companies to hear directly from the department on what opportunities are available overseas and what support is available. As seen with the success of our recent mission to India, we are always encouraging businesses to explore new markets so I would ask those who are open to diversifying to come along and engage with both the DIT and Subsea UK.”last_img read more


Liebherr Planetary Gearboxes for CSD Spartacus

first_imgImage source: LiebherrIn close cooperation with Royal IHC, Liebherr has designed special planetary plug-in gearboxes for rope winches to be installed on the Spartacus – the world’s largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger (CSD).For the Spartacus, Liebherr and IHC developed an anchor winch with two high-torque plug-in gears (up to 1,500,000 Nm) and equipped these with axial play, in order to guard against any possible tensions in the steel structure. The multiple tooth mesh of the planetary gear stages provides the gears’ very high power density.The drum bearings in the transmission are designed specifically for use in winches to comply with high service life and maintenance-friendly operation requirements. Salt water-resistant paints and the particularly robust and compact design make them ideal for deployment on the high seas, and ensure the long life of the components, according to Liebherr.Liebherr also conducted a detailed heat calculation and supported IHC in choosing a suitable cooling option.“For the Spartacus project, we chose Liebherr planetary gearboxes, because of the good experiences we already had with them,” said JaapJan de Koster, Lead Engineer at IHC. “For a number of these winch drives, secondary controlled hydraulic motors were applied, which place high demands on the rest of the drive, such as an increased mass inertia. For this requirement Liebherr has applied their extensive knowledge of drive technology and provided us with a very solid and integrated solution. Their technical support on this project helped a lot and we had our minds free to focus on other technical challenges for this very special vessel.”The Spartacus incorporates 12 different gears with torque ranging from 165,000 to 1,500,000 Nm in use. The overall high performance of the Spartacus will enable it to cut through even the harder sediments at high speeds. This was only a dream of the future, now cutting instead of blasting is a reality.The maritime division of Liebherr also contributed to this major project, and supplied IHC with its largest CBW-F 3450 ship crane, which was specifically developed for the Spartacus in March of this year.last_img read more


Rooney upbeat ahead Derby debut rules out retirement

first_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Deepika Padukone’s Most Memorable Looks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Wayne Rooney has set his sights on playing as long as he can as he prepares to make his debut for Championship side Derby County. The former England striker signed an 18-month deal with the Rams and is eligible to play for them in their clash against Barnsley at Pride Park on January 2. Despite the agreement involving coaching duties at the club, Rooney insisted he would keep going as long as he physically can. Asked whether he may stay beyond his initial deal, Rooney told Sky Sports: ‘That depends on different circumstances. ‘I have an 18-month contract. It depends on how my body is after that and how Derby feel I have done. ‘I feel good. I’ve been lucky in my career that I haven’t had major muscle injuries that can affect you later on. I haven’t missed a training session in two years. I will play for as long as my body allows me.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… ‘I signed in the summer but I’ve been in for a few weeks now training and I’m ready to play,’ he added. ‘I’m looking forward to it.’ Former United ace and Derby county new sign ready to meet county fans The England’s record goalscorer has not played a match since leaving DC United on October 19, but claimed he felt in great shape. He added: ‘I feel my body is still ready to play, I feel good. As long as I feel I can benefit the team, then I’ll play. I feel I can add quality to the team, experience. I feel there is plenty I can offer. ‘It’s a league that I’ve always watched and it’s a bit different to the Premier League – there are a lot more games first of all. ‘Quality-wise it’s probably not as good as the Premier League but it’s a good league. You have to battle to get results and I have no problem with that.Rooney left MLS club DC United in October after 52 games, 25 goals and two years in America.last_img read more


Indian Premier League IPL 2019 MI vs KKR highlights: Mumbai beat Kolkata by 9 wickets

first_img 22:45 (IST) 23:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rana and Uthappa are trying their best to help Kolkata Knight Riders reach a respectable total. In 17 overs, they have been able to score 114 runs.  Mumbai is now just 6 runs away!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That’s it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for the first qualifier one which is scheduled to happen on May 7 at Chepauk in Chennai!  Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn are out in the middle. Mumbai players are out there too. And it’s game time!  23:14 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:40 (IST) RESULT: Mumbai beat Kolkata by 9 wickets; Hyderabad through to playoffs 21:37 (IST) Mumbai Indian, the host will look to add another win under their belt and finish in top two in points table. Kolkata, on the other hand, need to win this game if they want to qualify for the playoffs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay belongs to Kolkata Knight Riders here. They saw the bowlers at the start, and then went after them. After 6 overs, it’s 49/0.  WICKET: Two in two overs for Hardik Pandya! Pandya bowls a slower one, and Chris Lynn played away from his body, gets a top-edge and straight to the keeper. Openers back to the pavilion.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:11 (IST) 100 up for Mumbai Indians in 13.2 overs! 20:59 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:26 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:32 (IST) 23:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:59 (IST) Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The penultimate over went for mere 7 runs. Mumbai Indians came with a set plan and has been able to execute it perfectly. After 19 overs, it’s 130/5.  So, Mumbai Indians has managed to finish at the first spot and will play Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1. Delhi, on the other hand, will play Sunrisers Hyderabad in Eliminator.  21:11 (IST) 19:37 (IST) 22:29 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:48 (IST) 20:09 (IST) The first leg in the chase belongs to the hosts. The skipper is still out in the middle and helping his team reach near the total. After 10 overs, it’s 76/1.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:26 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:55 (IST) 21:42 (IST) 50-up for Mumbai Indians!  23:01 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The last league game of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League will be played between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, and one has to say, this is a game to be watched out for. 16 came off the 15th over and Kolkata Knight Riders is one shy off three figure mark. Nitish rana is looking solid, Robin Uthappa , on the other hand, needs to play with maturity.  WICKET: Another wicket down. What a spell this has been from Lasith Malinga. A fine cameo of 26 runs off 13 balls comes to an end. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:20 (IST) What an over this has been from Mitchell McClenaghan. It not only produced six dot balls, but has also created more pressure. Robin Uthappa is looking out of touch today. After playing 17 balls, he has just scored 7 runs.  21:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Incenter_img 22:30 (IST) TOSS: Mumbai Indians wins the toss and opt to bowl first INNINGS BREAK: Kolkata 133/7 in 20 overs vs Mumbai (Chris Lynn 41, Lasith Malinga 3/35) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:53 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Just a slight nip and through to the keeper. GOLDEN DUCK for Andre Russell! Lasith Malinga picks second wicket in same over!  22:59 (IST) 21:02 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:11 (IST) 23:05 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Mumbai Indians has been able to make all-important comeback. Rohit Sharma made a right choice to introduce Hardik Pandya into the attack at the end of the powerplay, and he has delivered with perfection, sending both the openers back to the pavilion. With two experience batsman at the crease, Kolkata will be hoping for a comeback. After 10 overs, 61/2.  18:11 (IST) Last three balls – 4.6.6 – Momentum shifting towards Kolkata Knight Riders? WICKET: Jasprit Bumrah bowls a slower and as has been the day for him, Robin Uthappa couldn’t time it. OUT for 40 20:30 (IST) For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 21:27 (IST) 50-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav!  Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:03 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:11 (IST) ALERT: Rohit Sharma slams 36th IPL fifty!  It’s time for STRATEGIC TIMEOUT!  19:37 (IST) Here are the playing XI for two sides:  WICKET: Rohit Sharma introduced Hardik pandya into the attack, and he delivers on the first ball itself. The young sensation Shubman gill departs after scoring 9 runs. Trapped right in front. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:22 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Mumbai Indians middle-order batsman, Yuvraj Singh is likely to return into the playing XI and provide stability. You can read here: Yuvraj Singh is likely to return in playing XI against Kolkata Knight Riders Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav are ticking the ball and picking singles on almost every ocassion. Mumbai Indians is now just 43 runs away from victory. After 12 overs, it’s 91/1.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: WHAT A CATCH! This is Dinesh Karthik’s wicket. He had to run backwards around 40 meters to send Quinton de Kock back to the pavilion.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay belongs to Mumbai Indians. They have been able to hammer the ball all-round the ground. After 6 overs, it’s 46/0.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The toss is scheduled to happen at 19:30 IST and team winning will look to have a bowl first and restrict the opposition for a low score. However, this remains to be seen if toss-winning captain goes with the same mindset.  Mumbai Indians bowlers have been able to keep the two openers quiet. KKR haven’t been able to score a boundary yet, and Rohit Sharma will be happy with this start! Afetr 2 overs, it’s 5/0.  New Delhi: A stupendous all-around performance by the hosts managed to hammer the Kolkata Knight Riders in most obnoxious manner possible. They came with a set plan and managed to execute them perfectly. Bowlers bowled in the right areas and restricted Knight Riders for a below-par score of 133 runs. Chasing that target, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma set the innings beautifully to keep the momentum on their side. Once de Kock departed, Rohit Sharma continued the innings maturely and eventually managed get his team over the line with 3.5 overs to spare. They will now take on Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1. SCORECARD 18:17 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Absolute blinder. What a delighful catch! Malinga bowls a sloer obe on pads, and Karthik tried to flick it over short mid-wicket fielder. However, he couldn’t clear the fielder, and gets out.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:17 (IST) Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set to witness the last league game of the Indian Premier League as Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians hosts Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Inlast_img read more


Persaud is top-shot on day one as WIFBSC opens

first_imgTHE prestigious West Indies Full Bore Shooting Council Championships (WIFBSC) and Guyana National Rifle Association (NRA) 150th shoot opened today in Guyana with National captain Mahendra Persaud leading the way.The Guyanese was in top form after the aggregate of the day’s 300-, 500- and 600-yard flights yesterday, amassing 134 points with 14 V bulls.He was followed closely with 133 points (10 Vs) by England’s Nigel David Stangroom and Guyana’s Lennox Brathwatie third on 132 points with 13 Vs. England’s David Calvert finished fourth (131, 10 Vs) with countrywoman Charlotte Alice Staples fifth (130, 13 Vs)The first event of the day at the 300-yard range, Guyanese Sherwin Filicien lost on a countback to Britain’s David Calvert after both men shot 35 (5 Vs). Kimberly Pope of Ireland finished third on account of equal points but with two less Vs while Stangroom finished fourth with 2 Vs.At the 500-yard, Staples tied on a countback against full-bore captain Persaud with both shooting 50 points with 6 Vs. England’s Henry Albert Day shot a similar number of points with three less Vs.Shooters line up at the 300-yard detail for the first shoot of the day.At the 600 yards is where Persaud showed his dominance, managing the same score while compatriot Brathwaite finished second and Stangroom third; a V bull separating the three top finishers.Meanwhile, at the launch during the morning period, the ranges were officially reopened after a brief period for renovation.Speaking at the opening, president of the GuyanaNRA Brigadier Patrick West contended that it was a great day for the sport.“Words cannot explain but this is a milestone event for the GuyanaNRA. I think as we celebrate 150, this competition here puts us in a position where the rest of the world is showing us that we are celebrating with you,” the Chief of Staff added.“We anticipate as well with the better range that we’ll have more competitions this year and in the years to come because of the facilities we have to offer.”The opening shot was fired by Brigadier West in the absence of Club Patron, H.E Brig. David Granger.last_img read more


Pinnick Inaugurates AITEO Cup Committee

first_imgOther members are Mr. Andrew Onyearu (Group Executive Director/Chief Legal Counsel of AITEO), Mr. Ndiana-Abasi Matthew (Senior Manager, Corporate Communications of AITEO) and A. U. Mustapha (SAN).The NFF President charged the Committee to be fully focused on delivering a competition that the Nigerian Football fraternity and sponsors AITEO would be proud of.Responding, Akinwunmi promised that his team would move swiftly to draw up a revised calendar for this year’s competition, and also insist on the very best values in all areas of the organisation while working to bring new glory to the oldest football competition in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NFF President Amaju Pinnick on Monday inaugurated the committee that will organise the first edition of the AITEO Cup Competition (formerly Federation Cup) for men and women.While inaugurating the 11-member Committee, headed by NFF 1st Vice President/Chairman of Organising Committee, Seyi Akinwunmi, Pinnick insisted that the Committee’s membership was strategically drawn based on the core services of the two competitions.NFF 2nd VP/LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, is vice chairman, with NFF Executive Committee members Ibrahim Musa Gusau, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa and Ms Aisha Falode as members. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi is the Secretary.last_img read more


Local union pickets for better health care benefits

first_imgInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 11, a union representing electrical workers in the Los Angeles area, increased its picketing efforts Monday on Jefferson Boulevard near the construction site of the new Roger and Michele Dedeaux Engemann Student Health Center in response to the USC administration’s decision to employ Bergelectric Corp for construction projects on campus.Benefits · Members of IBEW Local Union 11 picketed against Bergelectric, an electric company often hired by the university. Union workers want better benefits. – Photo courtesy of Kevin NortonIBEW Local Union 11 is accusing Bergelectric, a Los Angeles-based electric contracting company, of not meeting Los Angeles County’s worker health benefit standards.The objective of the picketing is to convince USC to pressure Bergelectric into providing appropriate benefits for its workers, according to Kevin Norton, organizing director and political coordinator for IBEW Local 11.“We [want] to have people out here making good wages and having proper benefits.” Norton said. “We want them to meet area standards like medical insurance for families, while not undermining our ability to have good construction.”Norton said the union will continue to protest until Bergelectric changes its policies.“[Bergelectric] aware of our feelings toward them, and until they meet standards, we are not going to stop protesting,” Norton said.The university is uses Bergelectric for construction projects because of the competitiveness of the electrical company’s contract bid, according to Kristina Raspe, vice president for USC real estate development and asset management.“Several IBEW-affiliated contractors submitted bids that were not as competitive as the non-union bidder, and as a result, the non-union electrical subcontract bidder, Bergelectric, won the contract,” Raspe said in an email. “USC continues to enjoy long-standing and strong relationships with the construction unions in the city, and looks forward to working with them extensively on future projects.”last_img read more


Residents rally against lost housing

first_imgA group of local activists gathered to voice their concerns over the delay of the low-income Bethune Crossroads housing project on Vermont Avenue near USC on Wednesday.The project lays out plans for a 55-unit complex to be built on an empty lot on Vermont between 36th Place and 37th Street. The site is directly south of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.Many activists at the rally were members of TRUST South LA — Tenemos Que Reclamar Y Unidos Salvar La Tierra (Together We Must Reclaim and Save the Land) — and are putting pressure on state legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to continue funding projects, such as the Bethune Crossroads project.The group fears that the state-owned land will be auctioned off and sold to student housing developers — an increasingly common occurrence on the west side of campus, according to a survey conducted by United Neighbors In Defense Against Displacement of Los Angeles.“This community is being absorbed like a virus by USC,” said Brent Blair, director of Applied Theatre Arts at USC.Blair has taught at USC for 18 years and has lived on the west side for three years. He said community members have been directly displaced by students moving into west side housing.More than 90 percent of the housing on 36th Place between Vermont and Budlong avenues was community-serving housing in 1999, according to UNIDAD’s survey.UNIDAD conducted the same survey 10 years later and found that 25 percent of housing remained community-serving as 75 percent had been developed into non-university-owned student housing.“This is the community’s land,” said Rosa Giron, a TRUST volunteer and St. Mark’s member. “Why can’t students and families co-exist?”In 2011, the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles and the L.A. City Council gave the preliminary go-ahead for the Bethune Crossroads project, named after the now-demolished Bethune Library, which once occupied the vacant plot of land. The CRA/LA was set to put up $3 million to help fund the low-income housing project.But funding for the CRA/LA — and similar state agencies — was cut after the California State Supreme Court upheld a controversial bill that was passed as a part of Brown’s 2011-2012 budget proposal. The law eliminated more than 400 local redevelopment agencies in California and jeopardized numerous projects, including Bethune Crossroads.Sandra McNeill, executive director of TRUST, spoke at a press conference before the group’s rally. McNeill stressed the need for the completion of projects by the state and how the development will have a lasting effect.“Any cut they make will cause this community to bleed,” McNeill said. “However, as a community, we must critique the actions which the state has taken that have resulted … in denying our ability to advance a long-term vision for a healthy, safe and vibrant community.”The CRA/LA handed over its current backlog of projects to a successor agency on Wednesday. The successor agency has until June to decide on a limited number of projects to undertake.Alfredo Avila, a graduate student in the Applied Theatre Arts program, said he is concerned with the state potentially cutting direct funding to USC-area community redevelopments, which would pave the way for more student housing.“[Building more student housing is] not a horrible thing,” Avila said. “But students are only here temporarily.”USC does not own university housing on the west side of campus, but David Galaviz, executive director of local government relations for the university, said the school is in favor of community development in neighboring areas.“The university definitely supports efforts to improve the lives of the surrounding community [members],” Galaviz said.last_img read more


Pats’ young WRs say they’re ready to contribute in Year 2

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By FOLLOW US First Published: 21st August, 2020 08:12 IST WATCH US LIVE One of the things Rob Gronkowski’s absence in the Patriots’ offense last season highlighted was the inexperience in their receiving group.A looming presence at 6-foot-6, Gronk was a threat to make big plays whenever he was on the field and he in turn opened throwing lanes for his teammates.But without him the offense suffered as Tom Brady struggled to build chemistry with rookie receivers N’Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski and Jakobi Meyers.Brady’s departure, a disjointed offseason and truncated training camp have created more issues for New England’s offense in 2020. But those are challenges the trio feels more equipped to tackle in Year 2.“I think I learned just like everybody else did last year,” said Olszewski, who converted to receiver as a rookie after playing cornerback in college. “We’re all new receivers in the NFL. And this is our second year as NFL receivers. I don’t consider myself more behind or ahead of anybody. I’ve been a receiver since I’ve been here, and that’s the position I play.”As Brady worked to cultivate trust with the new faces on offense last season, veteran Julian Edelman did his best to pick up the slack, leading the Patriots with 100 catches for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns.But the remaining seven receivers on the roster combined for only 117 catches and 10 touchdowns. Harry, the Patriots’ first-round pick in 2019, had two of those TDs but played just seven games before going on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.While it wasn’t the rookie season he expected, Harry said he’s taken a lot of lessons from it.“I learned that in the NFL, you have to prove yourself day in and day out,” he said. “This is a league where nothing is given to you. You earn everything day by day. That’s my approach coming into this season and that’s my approach stepping on to the field every day.”One of the things Harry focused on during the time off was his footwork, enlisting the help of trainer Rischad Whitfield , known as “The Footwork King” while working out this summer in Houston. According to Next Gen Stats, Harry ranked last among Patriots receivers with an average of 2.2 separation yards.Receiver Mohamed Sanu said he’s already noticed improvement from Harry.“I know he works at it every day. He’s trying to get better at the little details. Asks great questions. As a second-year player, that’s what you want to do,” Sanu said. “I know we want to get better and better at all the little, minor details — the intricacies in the offense. It’s great. All of the receivers — not just N’Keal — are working toward the same goal: trying to be consistent every day, snap after snap, play after play, meeting, walkthrough. I love it.”Even with the pandemic impacting the offseason program, Meyers said he, Harry and Olzewski all stayed in touch and were the first to raise their hands when quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer reached out to organize some informal throwing sessions. They did the same with Cam Newton after he signed.Meyers said he feels as if the bonds they began building last season and during those workouts this summer will benefit them going forward.“I feel like we’re getting more comfortable with understanding what we have to bring to the team,” Meyers said. “This is a business. I feel like the more we’re around each other, the more we get comfortable with each other. We’ve got to understand this is a business and one day we could be here and one day we couldn’t be.”Image credits: AP center_img Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 08:12 IST Pats’ Young WRs Say They’re Ready To Contribute In Year 2 One of the things Rob Gronkowski’s absence in the Patriots’ offense last season highlighted was the inexperience in their receiving group SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV COMMENTlast_img read more


Ganapati Malta: Finding a niche by capturing the Japanese culture

first_img Ganapati Malta is an online games developer for the gambling industry, established in September 2016 with a mission to supply the European market with games that combine Japanese design and technology with unique entertainment elements.After making its ICE debut back in February, Ganapati has gone on to enjoy a breakthrough first full year of operations, by presenting at several key conferences, producing a series of high performing games and receiving nominations for a pair of industry awards.We caught up with the company’s two sales managers, Mark Mckeown and Zoe Bell, to discuss how Ganapati has been able stand out in such a mature industry, what it has gained from networking opportunities at global events, and some of the innovative ideas to expect from them in the new year.SBC: How do you reflect on the last year for Ganapati? In what areas have Ganapati products been able to stand out from the crowd?Mark Mckeown: It only takes you to be at an event like SiGMA in Malta to get feedback from operators and platform providers alike about how much they like the Authentic Japanese content we are developing. They believe we have found a unique niche that has yet to be exploited and so do we. We are very excited for 2018.Zoe Bell: We’ve definitely had an interesting 2017. We have presented in several key conferences, such as ICE, iGaming Super Show, Betting on Football, Betting on Sports and SiGMA. We’ve also sponsored quite a few industry events like the Global Gaming Awards during G2E in Las-Vegas and the C-level dinner during Betting on Sports in London.On top of that, Ganapati was also nominated for the ‘Software Rising Star’ category at the EGR B2B Awards and for the ‘Digital Gaming Innovation’ category at the Global Gaming Awards.We’ve also spent a lot of time on each and every game in order to bring them to the highest level of quality; we’ve also been working on improving internal processes efficiency, as well as expanding each and every branch we have globally by hiring experienced and enthusiastic staff to join our company.As per our content, it truly does stand out from the crowd and the key to that is being authentic Japanese and so unique. You can play themed content everywhere, but our content actually captures and resonates with the culture we represent. We’ve utilised a number of brands (like the famous Japanese games CryptTract, Dragon Hunter and Pikotaro’s Pineapple Pen) so far with more planned in the future. We don’t want to become a games’ factory, like many other suppliers.As said, we do appreciate quality over quantity and we invest a tremendous amount of time and resources on each and every game, from the math and logic to the sounds and graphics, through extremely thrilling bonus rounds. We are proud to offer a very exciting gaming experience and confidant enough to guarantee it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.SBC: What have you gained from the networking opportunities at global industry events in 2017?MM: It is incredible in this technological age, where everyone is online 24/7 the ongoing importance of a face-to-face meeting to gain insight and understanding which just can’t be gleaned via a telephone call or via an email. Personal relationships are still critical to forging business in 2017. The important task is to plan your diary carefully as there are so many global industry events in the calendar in 2018!ZB: We’ve gained so much from all the global industry events in 2017, I don’t even know where to begin! In addition to the conferences mentioned above, where we’ve had our own stand, we’ve also attended many other events, like G2E Las Vegas, EiG Berlin and the GamCrowd Tech Week in London.The added value is priceless. It’s a great chance to have so many key industry people gathered in one venue, not to mention the possibility to meet face to face with everyone we’ve been in touch with, all in one occasion. It also gives us a sneak peek on what our competitors have in their pipeline and what new technologies and new ideas are out there. But, of course, the most important benefit of attending and participating these events would be the extent exposure and the opportunity to demonstrate our product in the best way possible.SBC: Since obtaining a Class 4 Licence from the MGA in June, what are the key things you have learned from working with Maltese licensed operators?MM: The increasing role of regulation in delivering online gaming should not be underestimated. The important role that our Compliance department plays in ensuring we are up-to-date with regulation and compliance has made the process of working with our Malta licenced partners smooth and efficient.ZB: Maltese licensed operators are definitely straightforward, and I like it. The gaming industry community in Malta is very big, yet everybody knows each other which makes it easy to establish good connections. It’s been the second year we presented at SiGMA and again, it was very successful and productive.SBC: What technology and innovation do you expect to shake up online game design in 2018?MM: We are expanding our portfolio to include some very exciting new types of gaming. Make sure to stop by our stand at ICE next year to see what we are up to.ZB: I can guarantee that we definitely have some great and innovative ideas planned for the new year to come. We are exploring every new concept and technology that can be utilised in our new games as we’ve done so far. We aim to assure the players will be constantly surprised and excited and that Ganapati will continue being a supplier of a top quality authentic Japanese content. 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