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DraftKings strikes New York state sports betting deal

By on August 24, 2021

first_img Regions: US New York Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation DraftKings strikes New York state sports betting deal Launch date uncertain for online and mobile platforms via del Lago Resort & Casino 17th July 2018 | By contenteditor DraftKings has struck a deal with del Lago Resort & Casino that will lead to the daily fantasy sports operator launching a sportsbook via the New York state venue.Under the agreement, following the introduction of a physical offering at the casino in the town of Waterloo, both parties will be able to collaborate on launching a mobile sports wagering app and online sports betting service, pending the authorisation of such services by state legislators.However, iGamingBusiness.com understands that a target launch date for the online and mobile aspects of the sportsbook remains up in the air as the required legislation will not be considered until next year at the earliest after Andrew Cuomo faces an election in November to secure a third term as Governor.A spokesperson for del Lago Resort & Casino told iGamingBusiness.com that several potential partners were considered before DraftKings was selected and that it expects a “significant” impact as a result of the agreement.DraftKings CEO and co-founder Jason Robins marked the announcement by describing the state of New York as “one of the largest revenue opportunities for future sports wagering operators”.DraftKings started working on its sportsbook product a year ago, immediately following the Supreme Court’s decision to take up New Jersey’s challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).The Supreme Court ruled in favour of New Jersey against PASPA on May 15, sparking a flurry of activity across the sector.This is the second sports wagering partnership DraftKings has secured, having announced a similar partnership last month with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. DraftKings expects to offer mobile and online sports betting in New Jersey by the start of the NFL season in September.DraftKings is reportedly seeking investments totalling more than $150m (€127m) to drive a major expansion into US sports betting and in June the DFS provider announced a multi-year partnership with Kambi under which the latter will provide the operator with sports betting technologies and services.center_img Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports bettinglast_img read more

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Evolution seals new PlayLive! deal in Pennsylvania

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first_img Companies: Evolution Gaming Topics: Online casino Real the full article on iGaming Business North America. Tags: Evolution Cordish Companies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 29th March 2021 | By Richard Mulligan The games are expected to go live via PlayLive! in the second quarter of 2021. Under the deal, Evolution’s Philadelphia studio will be responsible for supplying the games, including game show-style gaming and first-person offerings. center_img Online casino Evolution seals new PlayLive! deal in Pennsylvania Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Evolution has signed a new agreement with Cordish Gaming Group, a division of real estate and entertainment business Cordish Companies, to provide players in Pennsylvania with online live casino and first-person RNG-based games via the PlayLive! site. Regions: US Pennsylvania Email Addresslast_img read more

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Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) Q12015 Interim Report

By on July 12, 2021

first_imgAscencia Limited (ASCE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu)  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAscencia Limited is a commercial property fund with an investment portfolio comprising quality income earning properties located in Mauritius. The company specialises in retail properties where the company engages in the acquisition, investment and investment holding of real estate properties on the Mauritian island. Ascencia Limited (Class A shares) operates shopping malls locally and regionally. Ascencia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd (MCFI.mu) Q12016 Interim Report

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first_imgMauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd (MCFI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd (MCFI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd (MCFI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd (MCFI.mu)  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Limited is a Mauritian company that specialises in the production of a comprehensive range of fertilisers for local and international customers. The company deals through several manufacturing and trading companies, supplying products and services that include, complex nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium (NPK) fertilizers, foliar and liquid fertilizers, basic and specialty chemicals for sugar, textile, paint and hotel industries, refrigerants, laboratory services, electrical, and household appliances, electronic equipment, and also commodities such as flour, tires, paper products and steel products. Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd operates through its subsidiaries which include MCFI Ltd, Chemco Ltd, Bychemex Ltd, MCFI (Freeport) Ltd, Elcon Systentechnik Mauritius Ltd, Medigaz Ltd and MCFI-SFB Co. Ltd which is a joint venture between the Company and the Shenzen Shenfubao Group, China. Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Saints and sinners: The weekend’s talking points

By on June 23, 2021

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Brilliant passes, hat-trick mania and Germany upset the odds – there’s lots to welcome THE SAINTSClub crackersWho needs the international stars? The two televised Aviva Premiership games at the weekend were belters.“A sensational game. The last 20, I could watch that every week,” said Austin Healey after Bath’s 32-30 seesaw win over Northampton that included a cracking solo try by Chris Cook and a brilliant flick pass by Ben Tapuai, one of the signings of the season.The BT cameras then shifted further west to capture the 35-35 draw between Exeter and Wasps, a ten-try humdinger of punch and counter-punch.The Guinness Pro12 also provided a cracker, with Connacht’s rally from 13-0 down to overcome Cardiff Blues.Some people think pro club rugby should stop during the Six Nations. Not me.Pass masterThe Wales-England match took top billing, of course, and it provided the pass of the season.Elliot Daly was only able to score his late winner because of Owen Farrell’s brilliant delivery, the flat, fizzing pass inviting the Wasps player onto the ball at full pelt so that he could elude Alex Cuthbert.Laid on a plate: Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly after the wing’s late winning try in Cardiff (Getty)It’s something South Africa’s sevens players do particularly well and Farrell’s stock is rising by the week.Phil Vickery says Farrell and Ross Moriarty are the two players he’d put in a Lions XV right now. He’s almost right – Moriarty may have to settle for the bench.Wunderbar!Qualifying for the 2019 World Cup got underway in Europe at the weekend. Georgia’s performance at RWC 2015 means they’ve already booked a place in Japan, throwing the door open for a less celebrated European rugby nation.Could Germany walk through that door? They began the new-look Rugby Europe Championship with a stunning 41-38 victory in Offenbach over Romania, eight places above them in the World Rankings.Oak choppers: Eric Marks, Jarrid Els and Samy Fuechsel celebrate Germany’s win (Bongarts/Getty)It was the Germans’ first win over the Oaks since 1938 and was achieved with five tries, the last of them by winger Marcel Coetzee just before full-time.“This win over Romania is crazy, historic,” said Germany’s Aussie-born scrum-half Sean Armstrong. If Italy and Georgia met in a play-off, my money would still be on Italy. Let’s allow the Rugby Europe Championship winners to take on the Six Nations wooden spoonists – whoever they may be each year – and then we’ll find out.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.center_img Ten of the best: Joe Simpson scores the final try in the Exeter-Wasps thriller (Getty Images) Results in the Rugby Europe Championship over the next two years – other than those against Georgia – will count towards RWC qualification. Germany, who beat Uruguay in November and travel to Georgia next, are right in the mix.Hat-trick frenzyIt was difficult to keep up with the hat-tricks.CJ Stander became only the third forward to score a Championship hat-trick and the first Irish forward to do so since Keith Wood at the 1999 World Cup.Then team-mate Craig Gilroy scored the first Tier One hat-trick by a replacement since Springbok Deon Kayser the same year.Treble: Newcastle wing Vereniki Goneva touches down for his third try at Sale Sharks (Getty)If Gilroy was quick, it was nothing compared to Ospreys’ Dan Evans, who grabbed a hat-trick in seven minutes at Zebre – only Tim Visser has notched a faster treble in the Pro12.Vereniki Goneva, who once scored a Premiership hat-trick against Newcastle, this time scored one for the Falcons at Sale in a 26-24 nail-biter.And Worcester Valkyries wing Lydia Thompson crossed the line three times during England’s 63-0 rout of Wales, a match that can only hasten professionalism of the women’s game in the Principality and elsewhere.THE SINNERSItalian crumbleOn a weekend of such outstanding rugby, it was such a shame to see Italy subsiding as they did.The Azzurri missed 37 tackles against Ireland in Rome and the match was over as a serious contest even before Stander crossed for the bonus-point try after 34 minutes.Italy have conceded 12 tries in two home matches and next go to Twickenham, where we should expect more of the same.Dejected: Italy have conceded 96 points already and have away matches to come (Action Plus/Getty)Conor O’Shea is a fantastic coach and motivator, and just the man for Italy. But when he responds to calls for Six Nations promotion and relegation by saying we should be “careful what we wish for” he is wide of the mark.It’s not about relegating Italy, it’s about giving the best team from the next tier down, currently Georgia, access. The opportunity to prove they might do better.Even the Italian press is seeing the wisdom in that. ‘Sbriciolata d’Italia, Cambiamo subito‘ screamed one newspaper headline – Italy crumble, change is needed now. “We don’t deserve our place in the Six Nations,” they said.last_img read more

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Global competition seeks ideas to transform fundraising

By on June 16, 2021

first_imgReimagining Fundraising, the “first Global Open Innovation Challenge for Fundraising”, is the work of:Action Against HungerAmnesty InternationalCare InternationalGreenpeacethe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)Plan InternationalSave the Children InternationalSOS Children’s VillagesUNHCR the UN Refugee AgencyUNICEFWorld Food ProgrammeWorld Vision InternationalWorld Wildlife Fund (WWF)The campaign is powered by HYPE, the innovation ecosystem management software and services specialist.Together, some of the world’s largest nonprofits and fundraising charities are calling for everyone’s contribution to shape the future of the nonprofit sector and the ways we give.Participation is free of any charge. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: exponential giving Giving/Philanthropy innovation More on growing giving on an ambitious scaleGood Innovation reports on new models for generating income (18 October 2019)Is it time for an X Prize for fundraising? (16 February 2017)Growing charitable giving on a massive scale (October 2019)Who is thinking about the future of fundraising? (2 December 2019) Global competition seeks ideas to transform fundraising The challenge is open to anyone. Entries might come from those who have a deep understanding of fundraising or from those who approach the challenge from another sector, seeing an opportunity from a different perspective. SEE ALSO: Is it time for an X Prize in fundraising? (16 February 2017) Advertisement Early submissions have come from fundraising practitioners, NGOs, start-ups, consultants, agencies, academia and various for-profit companies.  497 total views,  1 views today How the challenge worksSubmissions will go through expert evaluation and community voting in November, and those shortlisted will qualify to participate in a public online pitching session to a panel comprised of representatives from the NGO partners in mid-December 2020.The winning submissions will be publicly recognised during the online ceremony, along with the chance to co-develop and test the submission with one or more above listed co-initiators of this challenge.At the end of the challenge, an Innovation Playbook will be produced, featuring the highlights of the initiative.The boundaries of what is possible are constantly shifting. Transformation is happening right now. Reimagining Fundraising is calling for everyone’s contribution to shape the future of the nonprofit sector and the ways we give. Participation is free of any charge and starts today! Howard Lake | 21 October 2020 | 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. Fourteen international non-profit organisations have launched the Reimagining Fundraising challenge, a competition that invites ideas that can reimagine fundraising and help secure larger and more sustainable income to charities and non-profits around the world.Reimagining Fundraising is open for submissions until 8 November 2020. It is inviting two kinds of entry:proven conceptsnovel or innovative concepts  498 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Philly youth demand “Free Mumia, end education cuts & mass incarceration!’

By on June 15, 2021

first_imgWW photo: Betsey PietteWhile dozens of schools close, incarceration of youth of color continues to increase, and the Black youth unemployment rate jumps to around 50 percent, young people feel the heat of an all-out war against them in Philadelphia.On Dec. 7, 75 young people from across Philadelphia came together at a “Youth on the Move” forum, hosted by Students for Mumia Abu-Jamal, to discuss how to fight back against these conditions.An uncompromising panel of young Black leaders addressed the needs of young people to build a movement to fight against education cuts and mass incarceration and the need to bring political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal home to the people of Philadelphia and to his supporters around the world.Saeda Clark-Washington, a leader in the struggle for education and against mass incarceration, spoke of the need for young people to come together and challenge the school-to-prison pipeline and cuts to education.Clark-Washington, a leader of Youth United for Change, urged young people to unite to fight for the National Student Bill of Rights, a youth-led project by organizations across the U.S. which works to build a common platform of demands for youth organizers. The diverse demands in the bill of rights include the right to free education through college, the right to housing and public transportation, the right for child care and employment, and the right to a curriculum which respects young people’s cultural and material needs.Youth United for Change, along with the Philadelphia Student Union and others, will be building Student Assemblies across Philadelphia with the goal of building for a massive, nationwide march in Philadelphia in May to make these demands to the city and school district of Philadelphia.Sabrina Sample, of the People’s Underground for Revolutionary Progress, along with education activist Dominique Smith, spoke about the need for young people to look beyond the the current racist, capitalist system and seek revolutionary change within society. Each spoke of the need to educate young people and start to build alternatives to the system of oppression.Each panelist addressed how the life and work of Mumia Abu-Jamal are integral to their fight for the next generation. The struggle to free Abu-Jamal is part of the rich history of young people fighting back in Philadelphia. At the age of 15, Abu-Jamal led a walkout at his high school to rename it after Malcom X. The same year, he helped found the Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, becoming its Minister of Information. His tireless work as the “voice of the voiceless,” as a journalist and as a political prisoner, reflects his revolutionary passion for creating a new world, one of liberation and freedom.The framing of Mumia Abu-JamalTh forum was held on the anniversary of the event that led to Abu-Jamal’s wrongful incarceration. On Dec. 9, 1981, Abu-Jamal was driving a taxi near 13th and Locust Streets in Center City Philadelphia when he was shot and beaten by police. He was charged with the murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, while the real murderer escaped through the subway a block away. Despite the lack of evidence or due process, innocent Abu-Jamal — who at this point was a famous journalist and outspoken revolutionary — was sentenced to death by racist Judge Albert Sabo on July 3, 1982.For the next 30 years, Abu-Jamal sat on death row, in torturous solitary confinement. Yet through the power of his own voice, he has continued to serve as a voice of the people, publishing seven books and issuing frequent “Live from Death Row” recordings on Prison Radio. Abu-Jamal’s energy and life continue to inspire people seeking justice across the world. He even has a street named after him, thanks to the work of activists in Saint-Denis, France. Across the world, activists have taken up Abu-Jamal’s struggle as part of the fight against racism and political repression.Inspired by the history of Abu-Jamal, who grew up in the projects of Philadelphia and attended the same high school as several of the forum’s attendees, the crowd of young people vowed to continue to work together to build a mass movement to free Abu-Jamal and defend their rights to education, jobs and freedom.On Dec. 9, Students for Mumia, as well as the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the International Action Center, Educators for Mumia and other community organizations fighting for Abu-Jamal’s freedom, will convene a press conference at District Attorney Seth Williams’ office to demand that Abu-Jamal be brought home. In the evening, organizers will plan for a big year of action in celebration of Abu-Jamal’s 60 birthday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Study abroad options expand for honor students

By on June 13, 2021

first_img Previous articleLate goal ties No. 7 Texas in AustinNext articleREC center offers fall break trip to Palo Duro Canyon Alexa Hines RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Breaking barriers: Trailblazing women in sports media Facebook Three honors students hold a TCU flag while studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland earlier in 2017. Alexa is the Audience Engagement Editor for TCU360. She is a journalism major and Spanish minor from Orange County, California. In her free time, Alexa loves reading about and watching sports. ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Alexa Hines Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Snow sees the importance and value in studying abroad but realizes some programs and majors here at TCU hinder a student’s ability to explore and experience new places.“One of my major goals as dean of the John V. Roach Honors College is to provide high-impact practices that catapult learning to a new height – one of those practices is education abroad,” Snow said. “I hope to be able to claim someday that 100 percent of our honors students have had significant exposure to new cultures and have developed a broader worldview.” Junior psychology major Hope Bentley studied abroad in Scandinavia in summer 2017. One of the best parts about studying abroad for her is the other students she met.“I made really great friends, and we became a kind of close you can only get by spending weeks in a foreign country together,” Bentley said. “The value in studying abroad for students is getting to see how other people live life. It exposes you to a different way of thinking and forces you out of your comfort zone.”There are many programs offered outside of the honors explorations program. TCU has flagship programs in five different cities, but many approved programs in other countries. All the programs are run through the Center for International Studies.“It is difficult to summarize in just a few words the benefits of studying abroad – we know from our past students that it provides an incredible opportunity for both personal and professional growth,” Dr. Sandra Callaghan, director of the Center for International Studies said. “Studying abroad challenges students to think deeply about who they are as a global citizen. We hear from students who have studied abroad that they were pushed to consider their own values and cultural biases.”Snow said studying abroad can help students achieve the mission statement of TCU.“While one can learn from teachers and texts, the best way to learn to become a ‘responsible citizen in a global community’ is to place oneself in the actual environment and see the world through the lenses of the people,” Snow said. ReddIt printGet out of the bubble.That is Dr. Diane Snow’s, dean of the John V. Roach Honors College, goal for students. She wants to see more students in and outside of the honors college study abroad. Snow, along with other faculty members, are implementing more options for honors students to study abroad.“We are trying to put together a wide variety and selection of academic experiences that involve going abroad or going to new places,” Snow said. “We are developing up a buffet or smorgasbord or a wide selection and they will all be under the guise of honors abroad, even if they are not over the ocean.”These options include two new programs Snow is planning, to Washington D.C. and England.While Washington D.C. is not over an ocean, Snow said it can still provide a different experience for students. The program will run for a month over the summer and will focus on how our capital works.“There will be four faculty members from TCU, each teaching one week for a four-week program,” Snow said. “Given our political climate right now, I think it is really important for students to understand how politics work, how government works, how persuasion works, how do things get done and not done in Congress for example.”Snow is also bringing over a program from her previous institution, the University of Kentucky, called “Where Are All the Women?” The program first started as a domestic course looking at the attrition of women in STEM fields and sciences.“Every time we had a discussion someone would say, ‘Is it only like this in the U.S. or is it like this all over the world?’ as we were learning statistics, patterns and things,” Snow said. “Finally I just said this question comes up so much, why don’t we turn this into a European course and find out.”Last time Snow taught the course, the program had all kinds of guests and visitors for the students.  The guest speakers were there for the students to interact with and talk to.“We had lots of exposure to what it is like there,” Snow said. “The students had to do interviews and pick one particular thing about this dilemma that they were interested in, do a presentation on it and then the final is to commit to one thing they would do to make the world a better place for women in science. They were all very creative and had to all be different.”Snow is also keeping the three study abroad programs already in the John V. Roach Honors College: Cultural Routes, Cultural Pathways and Cultural Pilgrimages.Cultural Routes is a program run by Dr. Ron Pitcock for the past 10 years. Snow explains it as a “tried and true” study abroad program. In the summer of 2017, Pitcock took first-year honors students to Germany, Switzerland and Italy. “Dr. Pitcock has put together a really deep and meaningful experience for students to engage in the culture in each of those countries,” Snow said.  “I am very happy with that course.”Cultural Pathways is run by Dr. Beata Jones. In the summer of 2017, Jones and honors students went to Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.The Cultural Pilgrimages program takes a look at Europe from a different point of view. Students, led by Dr. Elizabeth Flowers and Dr. Darren Middleton, take a look at why various groups of people make pilgrimages. In the summer of 2016, the group went to Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland and London, England.center_img World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Linkedin Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Tunnel of Oppression highlights different groups, encourages change Linkedin Twitter + posts Alumnus to reopen local bar Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Seniors react to postponing May Commencementlast_img read more

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Donegal Donkey Sanctuary ‘inundated’ due to crisis

By on May 25, 2021

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Donegal Donkey Sanctuary ‘inundated’ due to crisis Facebook Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme A donkey sanctuary says it’s inundated with abandoned animals due to the Covid-19 emergency.22 donkeys have been handed over to the Donegal sanctuary in the past month by owners no longer able to keep them.The Irish Examiner reports others have also been left abandoned in various locations across the country. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Previous articleBlaze brought under control at historic landmarkNext articleCalls on Education Minister to get schools ready News Highland Google+ Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications By News Highland – May 29, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

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Learning lessons of dotcom age

By on May 12, 2021

first_img Comments are closed. Learning lessons of dotcom ageOn 13 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today The second half of last yearsaw one young e-business crash after another and was in stark contrast to thepreceding 12 months when, it seemed, dotcoms could not fail. After consulting work in a numberof e-businesses, including the ill-fated Boo.com, Robin Derrett, formerEuropean HR director of retail outlet Gap, set up a consultancy to supportstart-ups, venture capitalists or incubator companies involved with dotcoms.Derrett runs thehrpeople.com withco-director Tanya Sinclair, who worked with him at Gap as UK recruitmentmanager. It also offers interim HR management and outsourced HR services.Current clients include the idea-to-IPO incubator Gorilla Park, Shell InternetWorks, the Ministry of Sound and e-Kingfisher, the e-channel of the majorretailing group.Why did youdecide to set up thehrpeople.com?Robin Derrett While working indotcoms I realised the need for quality HR support. Many receive no HR supportuntil it is too late. I like the feeling of providing an HR contribution earlyand really making a difference. It’s an opportunity to reinvent HR’s service tobusiness.Tanya Sinclair We realised whatdotcoms want isn’t the standard service – they need someone to stay with themand execute it. How does yourrelationship with the client work typically?RD Usually clients are in the50 people or less category and are usually an e-business. We go on site for sixto 12 weeks and put in the HR infrastructure: performance management,contracts, payroll, organ- isational structures, compensation and benefitspackages and recruitment. We only recruit for the customer on its own site – weare not a recruitment agency and need to remain separate from it.TS None of our clientrelationships have been the same so far. At Gorilla Park, I went in as acompensation and benefits specialist and ended up looking after recruitment andan HR office. With e-Kingfisher, it wanted a rapid expansion and we puttogether a preferred supplier list and got on with hiring. For the group’sB&Q channels, I did a specific generalist role and set up the HRdepartment.We have lots of ways we cansupport clients. We also offer what we call HR direct where a client retainsour services when it needs us. What are thecommon mistakes people make when staffing an e-business or e-division?RD Using poor qualityrecruitment providers and processes, lack of anticipation of what life in adotcom is like, under-recruiting the skills required, lack of courtship of keyrecruits, offering wrong packages and poor planning. TS Lots of line managers saythey can’t make a decision – they are not really sure what core competenciesthey’re looking for. We have found that unless the recruitment and selection processis slick and the company is set up to offer jobs quickly, it will miss outbecause the candidate will have had three other offers by then. There has beentoo much emphasis on stock options – people much prefer a higher salary now.Bonus programmes and giving employees targeted goals are of interest though,and are more effective.You couldn’tsee a newspaper at the end of last year without reading about another dotcomcrash. What were the main factors for failure as you saw it?RD The failures are in no smallpart due to lack of HR support – whether it be recruiting and retaining theright talent, or packing growth in line with finances. Other factors were lackof focus and delivery against objectives, poor structures, increasingly poorcommunications and immature management. Boo was a high-profilecasualty. You were brought in a long time after launch but what were its mainfailings?TS The management was talentedand bright but lacked corporate experience and there was a lack of empowerment –one or two key individuals wanted to make all the decisions. From day one wehad six offices in New York, Paris, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Munichbecause it was launched as a global company. One of the first things I had todo was make 50 to 60 people redundant because there was no manpower plan orclear organisation chart.But it was an amazingexperience – the culture, passion, energy and belief, even when the liquidatorswere in everyone thought we would get a buyer. Whenever I enter a company now Iask where the plan is, the mission statements, the budgets and who is makingthe decisions.How do you feel the nextwave of dotcoms will fare?RD I suspect that the nature ofstart-ups will remain the same, only the venture capital and money people willbe more rigorous about management skills and many will take a closer look atwhat HR has to offer at an earlier stage.TS I think we’ll see thecontinued emergence of dotcorps which will combine the sturdy principles ofold-fashioned business with the pace and culture of dotcoms. Unless dotcoms canadopt some of their disciplines, they’ll have difficulties. If they’re smartthey should investigate best practice from both sides.Everyone said the main problemwith Boo was it spent too much on marketing – but it wasn’t just that.Unfortunately, the real lesson we should learn has not been so wellarticulated.http://www.thehrpeople.com/Websiteof the week: www.trainingpages.co.ukNot all websites are open abouthow many visitors they have because, quite frankly, it can make pitiful reading.Not so, though, Training Pages from information systems and marketing companyGB Direct; it bares all in its automatically updated access statistics section.You can view how many people have visited the site this year on any given day.23 January saw most hits with 2,131, but even Sundays score around the 400-500mark – what ever happened to the day of rest?. While all of this makesinteresting reading, the site’s primary aim is finding you a course and with10,984 courses grouped into 335 categories, it should succeed. As well assearching through each category, you can search by keyword or refine yoursearch by selecting desired experience, delivery method and duration. All ofour searches returned a healthy crop of courses, complete with mini synopsis,which can then be clicked through for full details. Users are then given theoption of contacting the course provider via e-mail or phone. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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