Getting ahead of the game Topics: Strategy 17th February 2020 | By Stephen Carter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Having watched the backlash against the industry develop in other jurisdictions throughout the world, India’s rummy industry is taking proactive steps to self-regulate, discovers Joanne ChristieWhen it comes to the potential of emerging igaming destinations, India and Africa have much in common. Both have huge populations and strong sporting cultures, but both also come with big challenges in terms of the lack of regulation.However, one key difference among the jurisdictions has emerged of late: the attitude to responsible gambling.In recent times Africa has been plagued by tales of the irresponsible behaviour of operators in various countries, with claims that bookies accept bets from children making it as far as the mainstream British press. At the recent KPMG Malta Gaming eSummit, Gaming Intelligence director John Kamara lamented the fact that many of the operators that had entered the African market were “cowboy operators” that had influenced naive regulators into setting insufficient regulation that failed to adequately stipulate player protection measures. “That then creates a situation where you expect some of the operators who come into the market to self-regulate, but as we know, that never happens,” he told the audience at a panel entitled Spotlight on Africa. The sentiment is a familiar one; even in mature jurisdictions many have claimed regulators must adopt stronger regulations as operators themselves can only be relied on to do exactly what’s required and no more. But the recent efforts of the small sector of India’s igaming market that operates legally would seem to disprove this theory. While games of chance are mostly illegal in Indian states, games of skill are mostly permitted. However, this is due to various courts ruling such games are not illegal rather than any regulatory system overseeing operators.In the absence of regulation, there’s nothing to dictate how operators should behave in terms of responsible gambling.But rather than take advantage of this by behaving irresponsibly, a group of the main rummy operators active in India decided instead to come up with a system of self-regulation.Setting standards In late 2017 non-profit The Rummy Federation (TRF) was set up to develop a framework of standards for the growing industry. The goal, according to Sameer Barde, CEO of TRF, was to legitimise the industry. “We thought it was very important to actually be very fair, be very transparent and be able to very clearly say to our external stakeholders that we will be proactive. “Even if there is no regulation, we will self-regulate and we will ensure that we do it in a way that is stringent, that is fair and that ensures that the player gets a fair deal, that everything is safe and secure in terms of data, and similarly that the player has full control in terms of how much time or how much money he wants to play with.” In February 2019 the TRF’s code of conduct was finalised, following which a Big Four accounting firm was engaged to carry out an audit on a number of its operator members.Seven operators signed up for the audit, which required six months of data to be available, with four found compliant with all elements of the code.Those that didn’t make the grade this time around have been given detailed feedback to allow them to improve prior to the next audit, says Barde. In December the four operators that passed the audit – Ace2three, Junglee Rummy, Rummy Passion and RummyCircle – were awarded the TRF Dynamic Seal, with an advertising campaign set to launch in the early months of 2020 to educate players on what this means.“The idea is to tell players about the seal itself,” says Barde. “We won’t be saying ‘XYZ operator has the seal, play with this operator’, because the operators will keep changing in the sense that more might get added.”As well as telling players to look for the seal when choosing where to play, Barde says the campaign will focus on explaining all the responsible gambling tools available to players to help them remain within their limits. The prudent approach Seal holder RummyCircle, India’s largest real-money gaming operator with more than 500,000 monthly active players, has taken the commitment to responsible gambling a step further by setting up the Game Prudence initiative.Avinash Agrawal, head of risk, payments and responsible play at Games24x7, which runs RummyCircle, says the free counselling service came about after the company started looking at regulations in other jurisdictions for best practice. “I have been part of quite a few forums where gaming operators from across the world were and we definitely had certain learnings from them. At the same time, I was in touch with GamCare and the whole idea of Game Prudence came from there.”On its own platform, RummyCircle uses data science and artificial intelligence to identify players who may be at risk and requires these players to take a survey. “That journey is very well-crafted in a way that if the player does not take the survey within 14 days, then his limits are drastically reduced, so that way he is incentivised to take the survey. That survey uptake rate is close to 90%,” says Agrawal. Those who the survey identifies as demonstrating risky behaviour are then referred to counselling at Game Prudence, which is provided free of charge and by psychologists trained in responsible gambling.Agrawal concedes that as the operator was the first to bring in such strict responsible gaming measures and mandatory surveys, some pushback from players was to be expected.“Initially we saw some revenue dip, but we have realised over a period of time that players realise we are doing it for their wellbeing and the entire player base takes that as a positive thing.“If you do anything like this, the kind of revenue you are losing versus the kind of comfort level you are creating with players balances out in the long run.”Though at present RummyCircle is the only operator using Game Prudence, there’s a clear demarcation between RummyCircle and Game Prudence.This is not only because Agrawal says it helps players feel more comfortable discussing their issues, but also because it is hoped that other Indian operators will also integrate with the system in the near term.“Now that we are able to demonstrate the success we are driving out of this programme without much impact on the revenue, we find there are operators who see value in it and are keen on adopting it,” he says. Though the online rummy market isn’t new in India, with RummyCircle having been running for about nine years, it is still quite concentrated, with Agrawal estimating that the leading four operators account for about 95% of rummy play in India.He says this means they have a unique opportunity to avoid the problems faced in other jurisdictions.“In the West, initially most of the operators did not care about caring about players and ensuring they don’t turn out to be irresponsible players or risky and we have learned a lesson from them. “It is pretty easy to adopt responsible play practices when the industry is very small versus when the industry is very competitive.“The Indian market is growing exponentially and the margins are very good. It is more like an oligopoly, with a few players dominating the market, so it is a lot easier right now to adopt these practices.“If you don’t do that, there will be a government body or regulations will be forced upon you just like happened in the West. Those regulations at times are not very rational in themselves.“Most of the time they do not actually solve the responsible play problem and are more operational in nature.”Barde says that if the Indian states do eventually begin to allow other verticals – the possible legalisation of sports betting has been discussed at length in recent years – the rummy industry’s responsible gaming efforts could be used to apply standards across other areas.“By that time, we would have not only already implemented this, but we would also have gotten a lot of learnings from it.We would be very happy to collaborate with the government and we could contribute in a big way by saying, ‘here is a standard that is already there’,” he says.Whether or not India is going to open up the chance-based verticals to legal operators remains to be seen.But if it does, it seems the skill-based industry will have provided a useful blueprint to help ensure it doesn’t face the same type of backlash that has been seen in other emerging regions in recent times. 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Produce Buying Company Limited (PBC.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2010 abridged results.For more information about Produce Buying Company Limited (PBC.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Produce Buying Company Limited (PBC.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Produce Buying Company Limited (PBC.gh) 2010 abridged results.Company ProfileProduce Buying Company Limited (PBC) is a licensed buying company for cocoa. The company is one of the biggest dealers in cocoa, sheanut and other cash crops in West Africa sub-regions. PBC Ltd buys high quality cocoa beans and sheanuts from farmers, prepares and stores the stock in purpose-built warehouses and delivers graded and sealed stock to designated collection points at Take Over Centres. The stock is inspected, graded and sealed by the Ghana Cocoa Board’s Quality Control Department. The cocoa buying company operates in an environment of stiff competition from other licensed buying companies but has remained the highest cocoa purchaser for COCOBOD with a market share of about 30%. PBC Ltd has established alliances with other international cocoa trading companies to roll out schemes to increase the yield and acreage of cocoa among rural farmers and improve their livelihoods. Produce Buying Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) 2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileBritish American Tobacco (BAT) Zimbabwe Holdings Limited manufactures, distributes and sells tobacco products for local consumption through a network of independent retailers and distributors. Zimbabwe is the 6th largest tobacco grower in the world and the largest in Africa. Three types of tobacco are grown in the country; Virginia flue-cured, burley and oriental tobacco. Over 95% of Zimbabwe’s tobacco is flue-cured; and more than half of its production is exported to China. The company has recently adopted a mutually-beneficial contract system which is reaping rich rewards; the entire crop is bought from the farmer at the end of the season in return for a supply of seed and fertilizer, and expert training by an agronomist on agricultural techniques. Its head office is in Harare, Zimbabwe. British American Tobacco is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
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Tagged with: corporate Funding Google Impact Challenge offers $20m for tech innovation ideas to help people with disabilities Advertisement Google is offering $20 million in Google grants for nonprofits to organisations that can use technology to expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities on a global scale.Recipients of the funding should be able to present ideas that are transformational through the effective and innovative application of technology. However, Google isn’t interested simply in making existing work more efficient: it aims to fund ideas that lead to entirely new solutions and approaches.Individual grants from google.org are expected to be up to $1 million.This is the latest Google Impact Challenge, the initiative that “serves to organize and rally action around one issue on a global scale at an accelerated timeline”. The first Google Impact Challenge was launched in 2012 and in 2014 there was a Google Impact Challenge specifically for UK charities.What kind of ideas?For the current funding round Google points to current innovations such as 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, eye-controlled communication software, and remote hearing diagnostics which “are part of a wave of current innovations that have the potential to change the trajectory of solutions available to people with disabilities”.Specifically, Google is looking to fund:* big ideas: in 10 years, if your idea were to be wildly successful, how would the lives of people with disabilities be different?* technology at the core: technology should not just make your existing work more efficient; it should create or enable entirely new solutions and approaches.* potential for scale: Google does expect the idea to benefit millions of people in a year, but you should be able to show how it will reach a large number of people* team: Google is looking for teams that are “strong and nimble enough to implement the work proposed”.Who can apply?The funding process is open to nonprofits and public charities from any country. You do need to be able to prove your charitable or nonprofit status.Organisations that can not apply include individuals, for-profit organisations, and governmental entities. Universities are not eligible to apply for research support, but Google is “interested in having early-stage ideas tested by nonprofit organisations or public charities”.Applications to the Google Impact Challenge close on 30 September 2015 at 2:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time. 130 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 15 June 2015 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 129 total views, 1 views today Photo: Asif Islam / Shutterstock.com About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Tagged with: christmas DfID UK Aid Match Individual giving matched giving [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://youtu.be/7HRQS97yxK4[/youtube] The UK government’s Aid Match Scheme is once again to double the donations made by the UK public to international development charity Sightsavers’ pre-Christmas appeal.All donations made by the UK public in support of Sightsavers’ work to prevent avoidable blindness in developing countries will be matched pound for pound by the UK government for the three month period from 15 September to 15 December 2015.The funding from the UK government will enable Sightsavers to deliver over 12 million treatments for river blindness (onchocerciasis) and 11 million treatments to prevent elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis) over the next three years.Caroline Harper, CEO of Sightsavers, said that the UK government’s support in match funding the public’s donations would ensure millions of people in Africa could live healthier and more productive lives.This year’s fundraising campaign would be promoted by partners including eBay for Charity, Optical Express, Paperchase and River Island.Last year the charity benefited from the Aid Match scheme. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 57 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Howard Lake | 17 September 2015 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. UK government to double donations to Sightsavers for three months
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 66 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Stickier Marketing: How To Win Customers In A Digital Age Tagged with: Digital Marketing [amzn_product_post] 65 total views, 1 views today Howard Lake | 26 April 2016 | Books News
Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics “It is encouraging that most respondents to this survey recognise the difference strategic engagement with digital can make to their charities’ success. But there is clearly a gap between the awareness of charity professionals, and the skills and engagement of many charity boards. It is of concern that almost three quarters of respondents rate their trustees’ digital skills as low or having room for improvement.”Also commenting on the findings, Vicky Browning, CEO of ACEVO said:“Charity and social enterprise leaders have a crucial role in identifying and capitalising on the opportunities digital technologies present because only strong leadership can drive change. Business models and digital development can no longer be viewed as separate things. What’s vital now is to recognise the role of technology as a key enabler in helping charities to meet their charitable objectives.”To help charities get more out of digital, the Skills Platform will be launching The Charity Digital Toolkit in April, which will include best practice, expert insight and practical tips for charities. 291 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis43 Melanie May | 24 March 2017 | News Half of charities are without a digital strategy, with lack of skills and funding two of the biggest barriers, a report has found.Skills Platform’s Charity Digital Skills Report reveals that less than a third of charities (27%) have aligned their digital and organisational strategies and only 9% have been though digital transformation and embedded it in their organisation, with 50% putting other organisational challenges further up the priority list.The report, written by Zoe Amar of Zoe Amar Communications, and David Evans, manager at Skills Platform, shows lack of skills (cited by 57%) and funding (52%) are the biggest barriers to charities getting the most from digital, while the biggest threats to charities increasing their use of digital highlighted in the report were lack of resources and skills and weak infrastructure.67% said they needed more resources53% said their infrastructure needed work49% lack the right skills61% of the charities surveyed rate their digital fundraising skills as fair to low69% rate their digital business development skills as fair to low71% say their board’s digital skills are also low or have room for improvementDemand for digitalHowever, the potential for digital to help charities raise more money and increase effectiveness is recognised by the majority of charity professionals.Out of the 485 charity professionals questioned for the report:75% think growing their digital skills would help them increase fundraising71% see opportunities to grow their charity’s network69% see the potential of digital to deliver its strategy more effectively66% of those questioned said they were worried that they would miss out on opportunities for digital fundraising if their board and leadership team do not develop their digital skills, while more than half are worried about giving competitors an advantage (53%), losing touch with their audience (53%) or their charity becoming irrelevant (53%).The report shows a demand for greater leadership on digital, as well as a desire from many charity professionals to work for organisations that have a good digital strategy in place.80% of respondents want their leadership team to provide a clear vision of digital and what it could help them achieve, while 66% want a good digital strategy. On a more personal level, 86% of respondents want to work for a charity that is progressing in digital while 36% of respondents will either look for a job with a digitally savvy charity or are unsure if they can commit to their role for the long term if their organisation doesn’t make progress with digital.Commenting on the report, Sarah Atkinson, director of policy and communications at the Charity Commission, said: Advertisement 292 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis43 Half of UK charities don’t have a digital strategy, finds report About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News RSF_en News Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of October 2 – October 8: United StatesAmericas News Help by sharing this information At least six journalists arrested in St. Louis while covering protests Multiple journalists were taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor trespassing in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday, October 3 while covering a protest. The Young Turks (TYT) reporter Jordan Chariton and cameraman Ty Bayliss were arrested and charged with trespassing while trapped in a “kettle,” a tactic used by law enforcement to control large crowds. Both Chariton and Bayliss were wearing credentials and identified themselves as journalists. They were released after 20 hours in custody. St. Louis based freelance photojournalist Daniel Shular was also detained in the kettle, despite telling police he was a member of the press and wearing a National Press Photographers Association press badge. He was released after 17 hours in detention. Al Neal, St. Louis bureau chief for online publication People’s World was also taken into custody. He reportedly informed his arresting officer that he was a member of the press, to which the officer replied “we don’t care, you’re getting arrested.” He was held for 26 hours before being released. Citizen journalist and livestreamer Jon Ziegler was also detained while filming the protest, making this the second time he has been taken into St. Louis police custody since September. He now faces two separate charges from both Tuesday’s and September’s arrests. Aminah Ali, an independent journalist and founder of local website Real STL News, was the sixth reporter to be taken into custody on Tuesday. She was released the next day and is currently facing unspecified charges. Read more about these incidents here. This is the second time in the last three weeks that St. Louis police have arrested reporters while covering protests, with at least three journalists detained in mid-September. Unrest in St.Louis has been ongoing since the September 15 acquittal of Jason Stockley, a white former police officer charged with the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black motorist. Trump tweets “FAKE NEWS” after NBC report President Trump again criticized the press for reporting he disliked. Trump launched a series of tweets against the “fake news” media on Tuesday October 3 after publication of an NBC article that claimed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to the President as a “moron” and was considering resigning during the summer. Tillerson held a press conference the next day to address the article, where he denied ever contemplating resignation. NBC News’ correspondent Hallie Jackson responded to the President’s tweets on air, saying: “Safe to say NBC News will not be issuing an apology to America.”Two days later, Trump went further, tweeting that the Senate Intelligence Committee should investigate American news outlets for “fake news.” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified his tweet in a press conference later that day, saying the President was frustrated with the lack of press coverage on his perceived achievements.President Trump ended the week with more attacks against NBC,accusing the news outlet of intentionally disseminating inaccurate statements. The President also tweeted a 9-minute long video on October 8 accusing the mainstream media of misreporting his response to the devastation in Puerto Rico. The video begins with the message, “What the fake news media will not show you in Puerto Rico…” and continues with a montage of the president and officials in the hurricane-stricken island overseeing and contributing to relief efforts. Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico more than two weeks ago, President Trump has continuously maintained that the media has inaccurately covered his handling of the storm’s aftermath. Trump blocks reporters on Twitter Daniel Dale, the Washington correspondent for Canadian publication Toronto Star, tweeted a picture on October 3 showing that the US President had blocked him on Twitter, presumably for a response to an earlier tweet regarding North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The President has blocked many Twitter users since taking office, often for disparaging tweets against him. Yet the White House considers the President’s tweets to be “official statements.” In July the Knight First Amendment Institute sued the President for the blocking, arguing that it was a suppression of dissent and that it would prevent people from responding to the President and engaging in critical debate.The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts October 10, 2017 US — #WeeklyAddress October 2 – October 8: Second wave of journalist arrests in St. Louis June 3, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out more