USC Games Expo to proceed with all-digital event

first_imgUSC Games Expo to proceed with all-digital eventGames showcase for student, faculty, and alumni work to take place May 12Rebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 2nd April 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareUSC Games has announced it will hold its annual USC Games Expo as an all-digital event due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19.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 The event will take place as planned on May 12, 2020 at 4pm PT, digitally streamed across multiple platforms, including Twitch and the official website, while a preview show on May 11 will spotlight high school and junior high-age prospective applicants.The show will highlight over 90 student, faculty, and alumni-created games.”Our students are the next generation of game design talent, and our virtual expo is a chance for interested industry professionals, prospective students, scholars, faculty and the general public to experience their never-before-seen projects,” said USC Games director Danny Bilson.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 storiesEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 2 hours agoGenesis Noir nabs four nominations in 2021 IGF AwardsOther games in the running for Seumas McNally Grand Prize include Paradise Killer, Teardown, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Umurani Generation, and SpiritfarerBy Brendan Sinclair 4 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

“City of darkness” no longer – AfDB supported electricity project lights…

first_imgFunded through a combination of a grant from the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional financing window of the Bank, and a concessional loan from the ADF-administered Transition Support Facility, the distribution project has lit up government offices, hotels, and factories and helped to power public services such as water, health and educational institutions. Of the 20,000 ‘last-mile’ domestic and commercial consumers targeted in the project about 6,131 have so far been connected to the grid. Juba, the capital of South Sudan, hasn’t had a stable and reliable electricity supply since South Sudan’s independence in 2011 and has always suffered from regular blackouts. The Juba Power Distribution System Rehabilitation and Expansion Project is the Bank’s first energy operation in South Sudan and follows years of conflict in the country. The rehabilitation of the electricity sector will unlock economic potential to spur growth and development. The upgrade of the network will gradually be rolled out to other cities and eventually connected to neighbouring countries. Picture credit: African Development Bank. Hizkias continued: “Now we rely on public electricity brought to us by this new network. We don’t experience random damages to our machines anymore and things are working easier. We are making more savings and expanding production.” “It was an embarrassment for Juba, the seat of government, not to have reliable electricity. Juba was once referred to as the city of darkness. This project has changed that and given the city a facelift. The network is reaching the common people, and it has improved small businesses and rejuvenated commercial activities,” said Jacob Deng, Director General, Planning and Projects at the South Sudan Electricity Corporation. Generation Related news:Juba distribution upgrade to get five customer service centresWorld Bank forecasts favourable economic outlook for South SudanSouth Sudan’s emerging power sector “It has also improved security,” he added. “Many businesses now stay open till late as a result of improved security. This is one of the best projects in the country.” Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector center_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development The network was partially commissioned by the Bank and the South Sudan government in November 2019. The installation has helped to restore electricity supply in the Central Business District of Juba. Street lamps light up most thoroughfares to ease the movement of traffic and pedestrians and help prevent crime. “Our company used to rely on a 1,500kVA generator and spent an average of $75 a day on diesel. We bought 45,000 litres of diesel monthly,” says Araya Hizkias, the owner of the Juba-based Aquana Water Company. TAGSdistribution networkselectrificationSouth Sudan Previous articlePan-African businessman completes 100kW solar mini-grid in ZimbabweNext articleGlobal growth in renewable power capacity remains slow, not stagnant Claire Volkwyn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy BRICS The project, due to be completed at the end of  2020, will consist of a 145km medium voltage distribution line, a 250km low voltage distribution line and the installation of 145 new transformers. At least a total of 20,000 domestic and commercial consumers will be connected, with access to five new customer service centres. “We used to light candles and other alternate energy sources. Most people who could afford them, owned generators. The disturbing noise of generators could be heard from many homes and business. We now have enough power for our appliances and businesses have picked up,” said Adak Costa Mapuor, another resident. The African Development Bank’s $38 million Juba Power Distribution System Rehabilitation and Expansion Project is almost completed according to a release by the bank. “The electricity supply situation in Juba was very bad. It comprised a small grid of 6MW covering parts of Juba. Demand was very high. Things are better now, covering more households. Work is still ongoing, but those connected so far are very happy,” said Michael Wani Aringo, a project engineer who has lived in Juba for 10 years.last_img read more

Heroes tend to downplay their actions and new psychology research might explain why

first_imgShare on Facebook Email Share on Twitter Three separate studies were conducted to test whether heroic actors are more likely than observers to downplay the burdens associated with a heroic act. Researchers also tested whether heroes rate themselves less positively than observers do.Experiment 1 had 251 participants read one of 42 real news reports describing a heroic act. Each report included a quote from the hero reflecting on their actions. Participants were then questioned on the news reports and results showed that, overall, subjects believed that the heroes underrated themselves when it came to being heroic, admirable, and extraordinary.Experiment 2 randomly assigned 240 subjects to write about a heroic act they had either performed or witnessed. When participants were asked to evaluate the prosocial act in question, results showed that participants evaluated heroic acts that they had performed less positively than they evaluated heroic acts committed by others. They also rated heroic actions as less taxing when they were the actors rather than someone else.Finally, Experiment 3 had 296 participants watch one of three real-life videos that depicted a heroic act resulting in one or more lives being saved. Subjects were assigned to either evaluate the actions of the hero in the video or to imagine themselves in the shoes of the actor and rate the heroic action as if they were the performer. Results showed that subjects gave less positive ratings to the heroic act and rated the personal burden as lower when they were imagining themselves as the actor, rather than when they were simply evaluating the actor in the video.The author suggests that their findings reveal that heroes tend to rate themselves less positively than outsiders rate them and also tend to downplay their sacrifices. The author discusses a few possible explanations for this difference in appraisal.“First,” he explains, “actors may judge themselves relative to what they could have done to help, whereas observers may judge actors based on what they have actually done.”“Second,” he continues, “actors’ self-evaluations may be affected by the objective outcomes of their actions to a greater extent than observers’ evaluations. When outcomes are not uniformly positive (a firefighter who saved several people but not everyone caught in a fire), actors may evaluate themselves less positively than observers would.”The author concludes that it seems likely that heroes do not perform for the accolades. He says, “Heroes’ shunning of exceptional praise suggests that reputation may not be a key incentive for extreme prosocial actions.”The study, “Heroes Perceive Their Own Actions as Less Heroic Than Other People Do”, was authored by Nadav Klein.(Image by 272447 from Pixabay) Sharecenter_img Those who commit acts of extreme heroism are often observed modestly brushing off their efforts. A recent study provides insight into the self-evaluations of heroes, suggesting that they consistently rate themselves as less heroic, admirable, and extraordinary than observers do. The study was published in Social Psychology and Personality Science.The study’s author, Nadav Klein, wanted to explore why heroic individuals so often downplay their actions when compared to observers. He suggests the explanation lies in the way either party perceives the situation. Those who perform acts of heroism focus on the situation rather than their personal burdens when evaluating the heroic act. Observers, on the other hand, form their evaluations while focusing on the sacrifices of the hero.Klein uses an example to illustrate this. “Observing a person running into a collapsing building to rescue another leads one to focus on the personal risk the actor undertook.” By contrast, “The person who runs into a collapsing building may be less likely to focus on his or her own personal risk than on the victim’s safety.” LinkedIn Pinterestlast_img read more