Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Haide Hong, managing director of investment firm Blackstone’s private equity group in London, has underlined the appeal of companies that operate in gaming markets that offer a “degree of regulatory certainty”.Blackstone has been one of the most prominent investors in the sector in recent years, having announced the acquisition of Spanish gambling operator Cirsa in April after having teamed up with CVC Capital Partners to seal a takeover of Paysafe Group last year.Blackstone also unveiled an agreement nearly a year ago to acquire Clarion Events, the parent company of iGaming Business.Hong, speaking today (Wednesday) at iGB Live! in Amsterdam, acknowledged that a market’s regulatory outlook is a “critical component” of identifying potential M&A targets in the sector.“We’re focused on opportunities in markets that are fully regulated and are wary of opportunities that are not. A regulated market provides a platform for stability,” he said.“We also focus on markets where regulatory changes have not been too frequent and the direction of regulatory travel is not too negative.”Hong was also asked about the implications of what would appear to be a tightening of the regulatory outlook in the UK, considering the reduction of the stake limit for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) this year and heightened scrutiny by the Advertising Standards Agency.“These things are always going to be part and parcel of any investment opportunity,” he added. “You will sometimes find some headwinds even in very well-established markets like the UK.“However, on the flipside, it is important to think about the messaging to the broader world outside the gaming community and how much a company’s actions might impinge on the social fabric.“As an investor, do we care about that? Yes. We look to invest in companies that have a very clear social care policy and a corporate culture that says they want to be promote responsible gambling and have measures in place.“We want the businesses we own to be in regulated markets and socially responsible. Having the right culture so they are a responsible operator is very important to us and for other investors as well.”Hong also insisted that there remain opportunities in the land-based sector, in spite of iGaming arguably offering a steeper growth trajectory.“Online and offline offer different demographics, but our view is that over time there will be more convergence between the customer segments,” he said.“The online gaming space might have better growth, but that doesn’t mean the traditional offline gaming offers are in decline necessarily as, by definition, the offline industry has operated for longer so there is a longer track record of regulation.“We’ve been an active investor in gaming and will continue to be as it is a great industry with real potential on a global scale.”Hong added that there is “rightly a lot of excitement about the US”, but added: “The market will definitely grow, but in terms of how quickly, let’s see. The opportunity is definitely out there and if the US market continues to open up, it will benefit B2B suppliers that are active in the market.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Investment firm focuses on socially-responsible companies in regulated markets Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Tech & innovation 18th July 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Blackstone outlines appeal of regulated markets
NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) 2014 abridged results.Company ProfileNICO Holdings Limited provides products and services for general insurance, life insurance and pension administration in the corporate and private sector of Malawi; with interests in banking, asset management and information technology services. NICO Holdings Limited operates in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It was established in 1965, and was the first general insurance company to list on the Malawi Stock Exchange. Its general insurance division covers segments that range from personal accident and household insurance to construction, engineering, professional indemnity, marine hull and cargo, fire and loss of profits. NICO Holdings Limited also offers insurance for individuals and corporate clients which includes endowment assurance and savings protection. The company has a corporate banking division offering standard products and services, aswell as solutions for foreign exchange, investment management and women business programmes. NICO Holdings Limited has invested in providing technology services to clients, including software and Internet systems and communication solutions, card technology and surveillance systems. NICO Holdings Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange
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15 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 September 2008 | News Blue Cross launches social network for pet lovers Pet Charity The Blue Cross has created a new social network for pet lovers. ‘All About Pets’is designed to “give pet lovers a new way to communicate and share experiences or advice about their pets”.The site was built by digital agency DVA and is designed to appeal to pet lovers around the world.Built by digital agency DVA, the site has attracted over 450,000 unique visits from 142 countries since its beta launch in March this year, with more than 6,800 people registering.Part of the promotion campaign for All About is an online viral campaign which allows users to send personalised talking pets to their friends. Launched at the end of July, the viral has been viewed over 100,000 times.Laura Dobson, spokesperson for All About Pets said: “As one of the UK’s oldest animal charities, The Blue Cross has a wealth of experience in pet care. But we also recognise that there are many pet owners out there with their own unique experiences to share. All About Pets is a fun, informative and entertaining website where pet lovers can go to meet like-minded people and celebrate the joys of pet ownership. In time, we hope it will become the place to go to talk and learn about pets.”Although there are plenty of other websites and social networks catering for animal and pet lovers, The Blue Cross believes that its site has an advantage. With 110 years of experience with animals and pets the charity is using the site to offer an authorative and reliable information resource on pet care advice. More than 80 leaflets on all aspects of animal care are available to view, print or download free from the site.All the services on All About Pets are available at no charge. Members can create profiles for themselves and their pets, upload photos or links to videos and showcase their pet’s talents. They can also view other people’s pets, photos and videos and even rate them. Members can take part in discussion forums and polls on topical subjects, promote their own events or find out what is happening in their area, and get the latest pet news.www.allaboutpets.org.uk 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.
Video interview with John Baguley AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 January 2009 | 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. Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Recruitment / people 22 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake met up last week with John Baguley, director of the International Fundraising Consultancy and a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising, and asked him about the latest developments at the consultancy.Baguley, former head of fundraising at Amnesty International UK and at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, is the author of “Successful Fundraising” and is a blogger on UK Fundraising.The conversation covered:* what was the IFC and what were its services?* given its international experience, were there any nonprofit sectors that had escaped the current financial turmoil?* what were the IFC’s latest developments?* how does IFC use digital media?* would there be a third edition of ‘Successful Fundraising’?www.internationalfundraisingconsultancy.com
In recent years, we’ve witnessed a sharp increase in racist attacks against migrants and the working class, especially since the election of Donald Trump. We’ve also seen resistance by migrants, who have taken a lead role in organizing May Day demonstrations honoring the international working-class struggle.After this year’s May Day, join Workers World Party for an afternoon of panel discussions and celebration, Marx @ 200: Class Struggle in the Age of Trump. Two hundred years since the birth of political theorist Karl Marx, the revolutionary ideas he developed have informed revolutionaries and struggles all over the globe — from Russia to China, Cuba, Korea, Vietnam, Haiti, Palestine, the Philippines, Burkina Faso and numerous places in between. This lively discussion will continue building upon the international working-class solidarity of May Day.While the character of the working class today is changing, the revolutionary ideas of Marx remain just as relevant in the struggle against capitalism. Today, a new generation of revolutionaries is grappling with Marx’s legacy. What is the working-class struggle today, in the age of globalized capitalist exploitation and Trumpian white-supremacist onslaught, police murders and Immigration and Customs Enforcement roundups?On Marx’s 200th birthday, Workers World Party will begin a much-needed discussion in this new, growing movement about who the working class is today. Capitalism has gone through a rapid and massive restructuring over the past four decades, leveling down wages and attacking workers’ rights and livelihoods on an unprecedented scale. At the same time, the world working class has grown, and opportunities to build solidarity on a global scale have never been greater.Working-class struggles are increasingly led by Black, Brown and Indigenous people, migrants and refugees, women, LGBTQ people, the disabled and youth. Are their struggles a distraction from the workers’ struggle, as some claim, or do they spring from the same root as the Marxist-Leninist analysis of national liberation and special oppressions?The program will feature a diverse group of youth and veteran activists and organizers sharing their perspectives. WWP First Secretary Larry Holmes will open with a talk on “Marx’s Revolutionary View of the Working Class: Unity of the Workers and Oppressed.”Comrade Julie Varughese, who is helping organize the event, shares why Marx is relevant to today’s working-class struggle and the liberation of oppressed identities and nationalities: “His theory is still relevant today because it is a scientific analysis of human history, which has been dominated by class struggle. We are now seeing imperialist wars being waged that Marx predicted in the 19th century. He came to that conclusion through scientific means.“The ‘working class’ as some people think of it — white males who work with their hands — is not today’s working class. As revolutionaries who center on oppressed peoples, we include sex workers, political prisoners, people with disabilities, migrants, racialized others, Indigenous people and more in the working class. We will not see a revolutionary overthrow of the class system until we work in solidarity with our most oppressed workers,” Varughese concluded.Join Workers World Party at 135 W. 23rd St. in New York City, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday, May 6. If you can’t join us in person, tune in to our livestream on the WWP Facebook page: facebook.com/WorkersWorldParty.We will celebrate the great history of working-class struggle as well as explore how Marx’s revolutionary ideas guide our present and future struggles against capitalist exploitation. Hope to see you there!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
A Workers World Party forum on “Resisting Sanctions & U.S. Economic Warfare, from China to Zimbabwe” was held in New York City on Oct. 17, featuring two speakers. Omowale Clay, Oct. 17.Omowale Clay, a longtime leader of the December 12th Movement, has been a main organizer in building solidarity in the U.S. with the former British colony of Zimbabwe, located in southern Africa. He spoke on the impact of 20 years of sanctions imposed by U.S. and Western imperialism, calling it an act of international terrorism on the Zimbabwean economy and its Indigenous population. Clay also shared remembrances of his organization’s relationship with the late president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, who visited Harlem many years ago. President Mugabe died on Sept. 6 at the age of 95. (See Clay’s talk at tinyurl.com/y2b6g7de/.)The 16 member nations of the Southern Africa Development Community have declared Oct. 25 “A Day of Action” to end the sanctions on Zimbabwe. Sara Flounders, a WWP Secretariat member, spoke about her recent trip to China as it celebrated 70 years of great social advancements since the triumph of the People’s Revolution in 1949. She also described U.S. sanctions as an act of economic war aimed at China, as it continues to move forward with building socialism. Read more of her observations about China at tinyurl.com/y3z9n8w8/ or watch Flounders’ remarks at tinyurl.com/y58543qz/.— Report and photos by Monica Moorehead FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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