Six Days in Fallujah dev: “I don’t think we need to portray the atrocities”

first_imgJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 16th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet Share”After things exploded in 2009, I effectively left the industry in 2011… [But] I felt an obligation to those [Marines] who shared those stories with me. These are stories that a lot of people could benefit from hearing.”Those are the words of Peter Tamte when asked why he is again pushing forward with the release of Six Days in Fallujah, the first-person shooter attempting to explore the events of the Second Battle of Fallujah during the Iraq War from the perspective of US forces who fought there.Originally due for release as far back as 2010, it was announced last week the game would be heading to consoles and PC later this year.Tamte’s studio Atomic Games is no longer behind Six Days In Fallujah, which has instead been rebuilt from scratch by Highwire Games — a firm led by Destiny and Halo veterans — and published by Tamte’s newest company Victura. Even the investors backing the project are completely different, the CEO says.Peter Tamte, VicturaThe project is built around interviews with Marines and other US servicemen who participated in the battle — testimonies that will be presented in video and audio form before, during and after missions to give the game a documentary-like feel. But, as the title suggests, it focuses on a single battle and ignores the wider context of US forces invading another country on false pretense, bringing with them incredible loss of life.Tamte acknowledges that “reasonable people can argue the War in Iraq should never have happened,” but is most interested in the November 2004 battle where the majority of US forces sent into Fallujah were killed or wounded. He says the stories he heard from soldiers who survived are one of “remarkable courage and sacrifice,” and he felt “compelled to tell their stories.”Tamte’s first attempt failed when Six Days’ original publisher, Konami, dropped the game in 2009 following backlash over its content and premise. Discussions with other publishers fell through and Tamte says he was “forced to abandon” the project — but this time he is determined to see it through, despite the backlash that has already been rekindled.”Are we effectively sanitizing events? I don’t think that we need to portray the atrocities in order for people to understand the human cost” Tamte felt if TV and movies could depict the Iraq War that video games should be able to as well. He argued that putting people in the soldier’s shoes would teach them empathy and ‘hopefully bring people closer together.’Despite the game refusing to address the question of whether the soldiers should have been there in the first place, Tamte says it’s important to provide players with context.”We can’t tell the story without telling the rest of it,” Tamte says. “We have to give players the context for why they’re in the city, why this battle exists. There were very specific things that led up to the battle for Fallujah. And they’re historical events, they’re facts, they’re not something that a Conservative is going to think is good, and Liberals [are] going to think it’s bad, or vice versa… “Players need that context to understand why they’re in the city fighting those Al-Qaeda people. We are going to provide that context, but keep in mind that we can provide that context without making a political statement, or without in any way disparaging the service of those who are actually there to fight.”Six Days in Fallujah aims to present an authentic recreation of the 2004 battle, but won’t let players use white phosphorus as the US military didLike the cause of the war itself, another bit of context that won’t appear in Six Days in Fallujah is the use of white phosphorous by US forces, long criticized as a war crime.”So, players can not use… We’re not asking players to commit atrocities in the game,” he says. “Are we effectively sanitizing events by not doing that? I don’t think that we need to portray the atrocities in order for people to understand the human cost. We can do that without the atrocities.””You’re getting to know the real soldiers as human beings, not just some avatars on screen. That alone is transformational” Tamte repeatedly emphasised that this game is “not a political statement either way,” but it’s hard to make that claim when the game is almost entirely told from the perspective of US servicemen.However, Tamte is also keen to emphasise the scenes where you play an Iraqi civilian, caught in the conflict and trying to escort his family to safety. Like the main missions, these sections have been informed by interviews with civilians who survived the real-world battle — and they are unlikely to be as controversial as the rest of the game. It could even be argued that focusing more on this, making a documentary-style game about war from a civilian’s point of view would be more palatable to a broader range of people. After all, titles like Bury Me, My Love have conveyed the plight of Syrian refugees without putting a virtual gun in players’ hands. Tamte is unconvinced: “Very few people are curious what it’s like to be an Iraqi civilian. Nobody’s going to play that game. But people are curious what it’s like to be in combat. It’s the same reason people play survival horror games — being in a situation that is beyond what we have in our normal lives. Ultimately, the reason why people are going to play this game is because they want a more realistic combat experience. That above all else is the experience that we must deliver.”Tamte once again points to the use of stories from real combatants, promising scenarios where players will learn about the choices they made that led to the deaths of their fellow soldiers — and then putting players in situations where they have to make those decisions themselves.”Those real humans who are a part of the story are on the screen with you, and you’re getting to know them as a human being, not just some avatar on screen,” he says. “That alone is transformational.”Victura believes including the stories of the Marines and soldiers who really fought in Fallujah will create empathy for their in-game counterpartsBut Activision and EA have both pushed this realism angle in the past, whether it’s the interviews with veterans that inform World War II-themed Call of Duty entries or Medal of Honor’s 2010 reboot — just one year after the Six Days in Fallujah controversy — that brought the series into modern day Afghanistan, where Western forces were still fighting at the time.”Very few people are curious what it’s like to be an Iraqi civilian. Nobody’s going to play that game. But people are curious what it’s like to be in combat.” Tamte says he’s unable to talk about specific gameplay features or design decisions that will illustrate the key differences, but promises more information on the game in the coming weeks.”90% of the challenges that players face will be consistent with what the actual Marines and soldiers faced: tactical challenges, not moral challenges [that are] effectively completely independent of the controversy surrounding the game. Challenges where the player needs to think through, ‘How can I use my toolset to overcome this challenge?'”That isn’t too enlightening. The tactical challenge could well be ‘there are four enemy combatants firing at you from behind cover’ and that toolset is the selection of guns and grenades at your disposal.”I hadn’t thought about that till you said it that way, but you’re right,” Tamte admits, reiterating that he’s not ready to talk about features yet. “From the stories we’ve heard over and over again, real combat depends on coordinated effort from a team. And even though people play on teams, they’re playing as lone wolves right now in video games. We have some very good ideas, which we’ve already tested with players that work very well that get them to execute tactical challenges using the same sort of tactics that were actually used during the battle.”The controversy surrounding Six Days In Fallujah goes beyond the game itself, even encompassing Tamte himself. During his career, he has received US government funding to make training games for the military — software that is unlikely to be too dissimilar from Six Days In Fallujah. Victura has already stated that the US government has not funded the game in any way, with Tamte claiming the government only learned of its existence on the day of the announcement.Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “It is true that 15 years ago, I built training systems,” he says. “And I’m proud of that work that we did building those, but I haven’t had any contact with any of that part of the business for at least 11 years now.”Finally, part of the controversy back in 2009 stemmed from how recent the events were. The Second Battle of Fallujah had only taken place five years beforehand, and US troops were still gradually pulling out of Iraq at the time — an effort that was not completed until the end of 2011.Opinions will vary on how soon is too soon to revisit such a topic, but Tamte is determined “[not] to wait until this event is no longer relevant to actually deal with it.”last_img read more

Predrag Vejin joins UAE Champions Al Jazira

first_imgClick to comment Related Items:Al Jazira handball, Predrag Vejin Double crown for Al Jazira in UAE ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img ShareTweetShareShareEmailComments RK Metalurg and Predrag Vejin together until summer 2017 Predrag Vejin to sign for Orlen Wisla Plock? Following departure of Al Jazira`s Ali Zein to the French Superleague side Aix en Provence, the UAE champion is strengthening its squad by making transfer in the opposite direction. Serbian right back Predrag Vejin, who spent last season in French US Dunkerque, is going to join the winner of  2015/16 UAE League and Cup for the forthcoming season.23-year old Vejin, who established himself as regular member of the Serbian National Team, proved his class in 2014/15 season as top scorer of ASOBAL Liga side Ademar Leon, scoring 140 goals in the championship. Securing signature of player from the top league shows clear ambition of “Pride of Abu Dhabi” to fight strongly to defend the double crown in the UAE.last_img

Brazilian girls win Olympic tickets for Tokyo 2020!

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Brazil without Petrus and coach travel to Egypt 2021 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsBrazil have joined France and Japan at Women’s Olympic tournament in Tokyo 2020.Amorim, Arenhart and Co. beat Argentina 30:21 (12:12) at the final of the PanAmerican Handball tournament in Lima, which was qualifying for the Olympic Games next year in Japan.Amorim and Fachinello netted five goals each, while on the other side Karsten scored four.Argentina will play at Olympic qualification tournament.Cuba won third place by beating United States 24:23. Related Items:brazil handball, handball in Tokyo 2020 Brazil score 2 goals for 30 seconds to avoid defeat against Tunisia Spain save honour against Brazil after +6 Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for youlast_img read more

The Governors Ball Music Festival Reveals 2016 Lineup

first_imgThe lineup for the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival is upon us. Held on Randall’s Island in New York, NY from June 3rd to 5th, the festival has revealed that Kanye West, Beck, The Strokes, The Killers and Robyn will all be giving headlining performances for this year’s celebration.The full lineup includes such participants as Death Cab For Cutie, M83, HAIM, Of Monsters And Men, Chet Faker, CHVRCHES, Father John Misty, Jamie XX, Bloc Party, Gary Clark Jr., Miguel, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Matt and Kim, Action Bronson, Lord Huron, Joey Bada$$, and so many more. The lineup also features the first US performance from Eagles of Death Metal since their concert was victimized by terrorist attacks in Paris, France.Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now, and more information can be found via the festival’s website. Check the full lineup card below:last_img read more

Kinetic Announces New Consumer Website with 30 Days of inRide Contest

first_img“The new website is an information hub for all things cycling and indoor training with Kinetic-related content originating here, including social media posts and blog-style news posts. The website is our primary venue to share our expertise and connect with consumers,” states Kinetic Marketing Manager David Simpson. showcases Kinetic’s expertise in cycling training with frequently updated content centered on cycling news, training tips and stories, Kinetic-sponsored teams and partnerships, and a new dealer locator. Known for their bright green trainers, Kinetic is beefing up the digital side of their business with an all new consumer website and redeveloped inRide App. Designed to help consumers get the most from their trainers or find the right model to fit their needs, the new page makes it easier to find product info, technical documents, training advice, videos and more.Also on the electronic side, the company has revamped their inRide power-meter application designed to work with any of their trainers. The system includes bluetooth sensors for speed and cadence as well as heart rate which communicate through the improved app for iOS devices.As a way to get the word out about their new website and reworked inRide app, Kinetic is running the 30 Days of inRide contest where they will give away an inRide bundle every day for 30 days. Follow the instruction here and correctly answer the questions for your chance to win.From Kinetic:MINNEAPOLIS, MN – October 20, 2014 – Kinetic Trainers announced the launch of its new website, The new site features enhanced product information including product videos, technical information, reviews, new page layouts and customer service portal. The website is now live. In addition to the new site, Kinetic also recently launched a redeveloped inRide app. When paired with a Kinetic fluid trainer the app provides accurate, repeatable indoor power training at a fraction of the cost of traditional power meters. The new inRide features an all new user interface and iOS 8 compatiblity. The app works with the Apple iOS only with an Android version slated for development. To celebrate the launch of the new website, Kinetic plans to hold a “30 questions in 30 Days” Facebook contest, with answers to each question found on Kinetic’s website. The contest will start Monday, October 20, with the daily winner receiving Kinetic’s inRide trainer-based power meter system. “The ZenDesk interface will make it much easier for consumers to quickly find what they’re looking for and will allow us to better categorize and display tips and fixes by product,” notes Simpson. “The new customer service portal will also become a repository for technical manuals and detailed product information for current and older products that still require support.” Customer service has been upgraded on the new site with the introduction of a ZenDesk customer service portal. Visit to learn more about Kinetic trainers, the new inRide app and the new site.last_img read more

Rural Health Services Task Force to hold meeting at NVRH Nov 21

first_imgNortheastern Vermont Regional Hospital,Vermont Business Magazine In honor of National Rural Health Day, the Rural Health Services Task Force will be holding a meeting in the Northeast Kingdom at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. National Rural Health Day was founded to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related challenges; and promote the efforts of those addressing those challenges.The task force will be having a listening session to hear from the public and local providers about the challenges facing rural health care in Vermont. “I am pleased that the Rural Health Services Task Force can celebrate National Rural Health Day in the Northeast Kingdom – one of Vermont’s most rural communities – by hearing from Vermonters,” said Robin Lunge, a member of the Green Mountain Care Board and Chair of the Task Force.When: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Thursday, November 21, 2019Where: Conference Rooms 126 & 127, NVRH Business Center, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, 1315 Hospital Dr, St Johnsbury, VT 05819*The Task Force was created by the legislature to examine challenges facing rural health care in Vermont as well as to develop ideas to address the issues. A report will be submitted to the legislature on January 15, 2020. Please click here(link is external) for more information on the task force.Vermont Department of Health is marking National Rural Health Day by celebrating A Community Star award being given to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and their local partners on their decades long collaboration to improve the health and well-being of residents in Caledonia County. The Community Star award will be presented to leadership of NVRH at the hospital in St. Johnsbury at 11:30 am, Thursday, November 21, 2019. The public is welcome to attend.Source: Green Mountain Care Board 11.12.2019last_img read more

Key Automotive Group Names President for Key Safety Systems, Promotes Tim Nelson to President of Key Plastics

first_imgFARMINGTON HILLS, MI — Key Automotive Group (KAG) has named Daniel Ajamian president and COO of its affiliate, Key Safety Systems, Inc. KAG also announced that Tim Nelson has been promoted to president and COO for the North American operations of the company’s other principal subsidiary — Key Plastics L.L.C. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Ajamian most recently served as president and COO of Key Plastics North America. Previously, he was group president for the company’s trim products group. He joined the company in 2001, from Carlyle Management Group, where he was CFO of the Aerostructures and U.S. Marine Repair units. Since 2001, Nelson was Key Plastics’ group president for its exterior and underhood products division. Having joined the company in 1985, he was promoted to vice president of operations for Key Plastics’ trim products group in 1999, following a series of operations and engineering assignments in the company’s Pennsylvania operations and corporate offices. Key Safety Systems (KSS), a KAG affiliated company since April 2003, is a designer and manufacturer of safety-critical components and systems including airbags, seat belts and steering wheels. Also KAG affiliate, Key Plastics engineers and produces value-added components and sub-assemblies for exterior applications, interior trim and functional underhood products. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Summer Legends – from the vault: Ken Bates interview

first_imgHaving made his fortune in haulage and hotels, Bates was involved in forming the Premier League, the development of Wembley Stadium and is the former owner and chairman of Chelsea, from 1982-2003, and Leeds United from 2005-2012.Before he sold his stake in Chelsea to Roman Abramovich for £140m in July 2003, Bates spoke to Barrie about the creation of Chelsea Village and bringing an added property element to football economics.Source: Paul MasseyBlue languageChelsea chairman Ken Bates scoffs at those who question his financial sense – he has a masterplan. The no-nonsense football chief shares his ambitious vision for Chelsea Village with Property Week.Bates doesn’t mince his words: ‘Ask too many questions and you get told to fuck off,’ he says.Or, later, ‘You really have your cliché book out today, haven’t you?’ ‘That’s irrelevant shit.’ ‘Do you ever ask a positive question?’Believe it or not, Bates, now the brain behind a 12 acre, £150m development, is in a good mood today.The head of Chelsea Village – the quoted company that includes the west London premiership club – is looking forward to ending what he calls the ‘oil exploration’ phase of the operation’s dash for growth.‘For the first time since 1993, this won’t be a building site. We have spent that time drilling and establishing what our assets are. We’ll start to bear the fruit of eight years’ labour,’ he says.He has overseen the construction of a 131-bedroom and a 161-bedroom hotel, shops, restaurants, Purples nightclub, 54 flats and a new West Stand with conference facilities and a hi-tech museum.Critics believe this mix of uses cannot work. They say a hotel and restaurants cannot thrive in a complex that once a fortnight plays host to some of Britain’s most passionate – sometimes violent – football fans. And while many admire the 69-year-old’s tenacity, others who have had dealings with him find him ‘impossible’.But Bates is determined to prove that a football-based mini-conglomerate on the AIM can thrive in the face of a cynical City and hostile press.There may be tough times ahead. Catherine Bond, sports and media analyst at Chelsea Village house broker Seymour Pierce, has downgraded her forecast for pre-tax profits for the ‘payback year’ to June 2002 from £9m-£10m to £3m-£4m.Her earlier estimate had assumed Chelsea would be among Europe’s high-rollers in the Champions League, but a season of under-achievement left Chelsea failing to qualify.Continued spending on developmentIn the six months to 31 December 2000, Chelsea Village lost £2.32m before tax. The full year should show an increased loss because of the club’s early exit from the European football scene this year and continued spending on development.With an interest bill of £6.7m last year and a £75m Eurobond to be paid up in 2007, some say Chelsea Village has overreached itself with its ambitious development plans.‘Why shouldn’t the Eurobond be paid?’ argues Bates. ‘You have a house – how much is it worth? What mortgage have you got? Are you worried? The answer is no, because you have a big asset and because you have an income that services the debt – same as Chelsea.’The company’s total assets at June 2000 were £200m, up from £140m the year before, and Chelsea Village’s share price has slumped from a high of 166p to about 40p. Bates shrugs this off as well.‘It’s not as disappointing as some of the IT companies the clever City piled into last year. We haven’t yet joined the 10% club. Our net assets are 60-70p. Whether or not our share price doubles tomorrow, the assets are there.’Chelsea Village is where Bates and property collide and the market is assessing whether it will become a real west London leisure force.Insignia Hotel Partners managing director Derek Gammage says: ‘The issue with Chelsea is that, while it doesn’t look far on the map to get to from central London, it takes a long time. An American tourist is not going to get on the District Line to go there.’Filling up Fulham RoadBut Gammage also agrees with Bates that his hotels are high-quality developments and concedes that people were equally cynical about the City as a hotel location in the early 1990s.He is impressed by the £90-a-night room rate that is being achieved at Chelsea Village, but less so by the 65% occupancy rate.Jones Lang Lasalle research shows this occupancy compares with 80% across central London.Although Bates is not satisfied with this, he argues that once his building site has been cleared occupancy will pick up.He pins his hopes firmly on the residential conference market, with executives eating in the restaurants, using the health club, touring the ground, possibly visiting the nightclub and buying gifts in his store.Bates believes Fulham Road is improving.Pillar Property is building a residential, shopping and retail scheme next door to Chelsea Village,Taylor Woodrow is redeveloping the Lots Road power station into upmarket apartments, and St Georges is shifting £300,000 one-bedroom flats across the road.If you bring in a franchise, it brings in a manager – and you can always nick its manager. Bit like football, reallyBates is of the opinion that a football club cannot operate just 25 days a year. It is a philosophy he tried to apply to the Wembley redevelopment when he was heading the project, but it would have increased the cost.‘There’s a load of nonsense written about add-ons at Wembley,’ he says, ‘but it all added up.’He cites another sports ground, Twickenham, to illustrate his point: ‘If developers had built a wall from the top row of the stand to the ground, they could have cashed in on extra retail or leisure.‘It’s using space that’s there anyway. What’s interesting is that Coventry, West Ham, Everton, Manchester United, and I think Sunderland are all putting hotels on or near their grounds and they’re all going for conferences and banqueting. It’s the buzz thing.’The City – and Gammage – believe Chelsea Village should franchise out the running of its hotels to a Sheraton, Radisson or Marriott. This would help cut its £47m wage bill – criticised for being too high, even though it covers the cost of 500 staff and not just its 40-odd players.It would also help to lure firms that are tied into big chains’ central reservations systems; Schroders, for example, has a deal with Hilton.Can always buy expertiseBut Bates is not the most trusting of characters – after years of bruising battles with TV companies – and scoffs at this suggestion.He also will not consider selling his hotels, preferring the security of their regular income stream.‘I remember a hotel in Melbourne that was very good – and then they brought in a franchise that skimmed off the top and off the bottom. Then the hotel owner couldn’t pay the mortgage and went bust – and the franchise bought the hotel off the liquidator.‘Franchises may have expertise, but you can always buy expertise. If you bring in a franchise, it just brings in a manager – and you can always nick its manager. A bit like football, really.’His Arkles and Fishnets restaurants have been trading quietly on non-match days, but Bates says lunchtime trade across London is slow.By contrast, he says, Purples is drawing people from as far away as south London’s Clapham. And, as well as heralding the start of a crucial new season, the autumn will see the opening of a footballing museum, in conjunction with the Science Museum, which will allow people to assess their sporting prowess.He describes most football museums as ‘stale and jaded – “This is Billy Bloggs’ sweaty sock which he wore on his left foot when he missed an open goal in 1929” – that sort of thing’.He dismisses the question of whether, say, Arsenal fans, would visit as ‘irrelevant’: 35,000 regulars at another club’s home ground pale into insignificance against two billion potential visitors from around the world.Wage inflationHowever, there are other, more serious issues facing Bates: wage inflation, the threat that TV revenues will plateau and the possible end of the football transfer system.Again, he is not fazed. ‘Wage inflation does not worry me at all,’ he says.‘The only time you have to start worrying is when you start spending money you don’t have. Then you go into administration, like Queens Park Rangers.I only begrudge footballers if they don’t bloody perform on a Saturday afternoon.‘Chelsea could benefit from the next TV deal [in three years’ time]. Central sales might go.For the first time since 1993, this won’t be a building site. We’ll start to bear the fruit of eight years’ labourIf it did, we think we would be a beneficiary [of individual sales deals], although we have always opposed anything other than central marketing.’ On the subject of changes to the transfer system, Bates says: ‘By signing [striker] Ruud Van Nistelrooy for £19m, Manchester United has just answered the question. All you have is a typical EU bureaucratic bloody fudge, which is going to make it far more complicated to solve disputes.’People from property, planning and construction who have had brushes with Bates have had mixed experiences.Pillar is understood to have discussed a joint venture, but a deal was not struck. In the early 1990s, Bates was embroiled in a war of attrition with John Duggan, whose development company, Cabra, owned the freehold of Stamford Bridge.Totally underestimating the emotion invested in football, Cabra intended to redevelop the site for residential. In response, Chelsea secured its own consent for football and commercial uses from the Labour council and then complained about the aesthetics of Duggan’s scheme – particularly the bricks being used – to force a public inquiry.Duggan was driven to distraction by Bates. Having realised the importance of football, he tried to do a joint scheme with Chelsea that would have allowed the club to stay while Cabra added its development expertise.But Bates struggled to raise the £5m Cabra wanted for this agreement. Eventually, Cabra’s backer,Royal Bank of Scotland, took over Stamford Bridge and sold the ground at a knockdown price to Chelsea.After all, Stamford Bridge had become an embarrassment to the bank and Duggan had already had his life ruined by football fans calling him at home to abuse him.Market sneersToday, the big question surrounding Chelsea Village’s concerns its main shareholder, Swan Management. This offshore company speaks for 26.3% of Chelsea Village and is rumoured to be owned by a South African entrepreneur. Bates, who holds a near 18% stake, knows who is behind Swan but he won’t tell anyone – not even the City.Last month, the Sunday Times reported that internet tycoon Peter Harrison was planning a hostile bid for Chelsea Village with the backing of the trust responsible for the 20%-plus stake of major Chelsea supporter, the late Matthew Harding.A takeover is unlikely, given Bates’s control of the company, and he says he is suing the newspaper to ‘punish’ it for misleading those who bought shares on the back of false hopes.Margaret Casely-Hayford, a partner at law firm Denton Wilde Sapte, who worked with Bates throughout the war with Duggan, says: ‘Ken Bates is a very feisty character. I will never forget how he would pull out of the cupboard every bit of weaponry he could.‘He knows what he wants. You get very clear instructions and, provided you have done your homework, he’s fine. What he doesn’t like are people who dither. Worst of all are people who don’t meet their deadlines.’Bates is contemptuous of contractors, whose delays have affected Chelsea Village. He believes English builders use every problem as an excuse, while his new Australian contractor, Multiplex, sees difficulties as opportunities.Some commentators not only sneer at the Chelsea Village share price but also predict a downturn in the leisure market and a plunge in the fortune of football clubs. To such criticisms, Bates stands his ground.‘If investment banks get into trouble, that’s not our problem – it’s not our market. People visiting Canary Wharf aren’t going to stay here [at Chelsea Village],’ he says. ‘We are small enough to carve out a niche for ourselves.‘The other great thing about football clubs is this: if I said to you, “How would you like to invest in a business where 25% of your turnover is guaranteed three years ahead [from TV money], inflation-linked, another 25% you get up front before you’ve opened your shop on day one of the year [from season tickets], there are no bad debts and you have a tied customer base,” you’d say: “I’ll have a piece of that”.‘The people who can’t run a football club are those who let their supporters’ hearts rule their businessman’s head.’last_img read more

IMF approves US$65.6M in COVID-19 financing – CARICOM Business News

first_imgPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 Tourism in Guyana enjoys record growth – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business, 19 July 2019July 22, 2019In “Agriculture”OECD warns COVID-19 could halve global growth – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.March 10, 2020In “Barbados”Visitors to Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda to be tested for COVID-19 – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM-Business-12-June-2020DownloadJune 15, 2020In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak CARICOM-Business-1-May-2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… CARICOM-Business-1-May-2020Download St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… last_img read more

New identity for BOC Edwards

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