AffiliateFEST unveils expert-driven agenda for 2018 iteration

first_img Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Lee-Ann Johnstone -AffiliateFESTAffiliateFEST has announced the full agenda for its 2018 edition, with a string of digital marketing experts well-known industry figures confirmed for the 19th September event to be held alongside the industry-leading ‘Betting On Sports Conference‘ at the Hilton Hotel, Olympia in London.Moving into its fourth iteration, this exclusive one-day Affiliate Bootcamp is dedicated to providing a unique, informative affiliate learning experience, where attendees get to learn the latest digital insight from expert speakers in each sphere of acquisition and regulatory marketing. As with previous AffiliateFEST editions, the focus will firmly be on learning, as opposed to selling services. This year’s event is placing a particular emphasis on understanding how regulation affects expansion in a post-PASPA climate and understanding new technologies around blockchain and AI and the effect it will have on acquisition marketing across all iGaming sectors. Highlights of the 2018 agenda include SEO insight from a former Google SEO; Blockchain and cryptocurrency analysis and impact for affiliates in the coming year from the CEO of an ICO firm; mobile and ASO hacks from an award-winning ASO agency and Regulatory reviews of opportunity markets from some of the top legal firms specialising in the igaming space (click here to view full conference agenda). Key speakers at this year’s event include Sarafina Wolde Gabriel from Income Access, Joakim Renman of Scout Gaming,  Diana Rotaru of BlockChip, Jan Sammut of, Nick Duddy of Miratrix, John Hagan of Harris Hagan,  Nick Nocton of Mischon de Reya and Fili Wiese of Search Brothers.Event organiser and Affiliate Insider Founder Lee-Ann Johnstone commented: “AffiliateFEST is really a unique event in that there is a depth of content shared under NDA which isn’t readily available at other larger conferences. The concept of this event is focussed on supporting affiliate business development, mentoring 1: Many and creating a structured learning environment that helps affiliate business owners get the knowledge and support they need to really grow. “ Patryk Kilmer, Affiliate Marketing Director VBet and a headline Sponsor to this year’s event  added: “Teaming up with Affiliate Insider to sponsor their AffiliateFEST event is a great opportunity to reach out towards affiliates to present them with the latest digital insights and programme improvements to support best practice and skills development in this channel.”For more information about AffiliateFEST please visit – Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Scout Gaming rolls out esports betting April 16, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

AG report flags MoE over procurement of textbooks

first_imgA report from the Auditor General has flagged the Education Ministry for not complying “in all material respects” with the relevant Acts, regulations and policies regarding the procurement of textbooks in 2016.A “Compliance Audit of the Procurement of Textbooks by the Ministry of Education for the year ended 31 December 2016” was conducted after the Auditor General’s 2015 Annual Report found, among other things, that contracts were not signed and textbooks were not delivered.The report on the Compliance Audit of the Procurement of Textbooks by the Education Ministry, which was completed last year, was presented in the National Assembly on Friday last.The findings highlighted, “Internal controls were weak and not functioning in some instances. Moreover, pertinent records were not properly maintained. Whilst relevant records were also not located and submitted for audit scrutiny. In addition, the manner and environment in which textbooks were stored presented a health and safety hazard”.The report noted that in the year 2016, some $506 million was budgeted for the Education Ministry to procure textbooks for nursery, primary and secondary schools. But it now noted that $35.064 million was paid in excess of the Ministry’s approved allocation under Line Item 6224 for the nursery and primary levels.“This represented a misallocation of expenditure, which is a breach of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act 2003… The Ministry entered into contracts exceeding its approval allocation by $36.534 million. This is also a breach of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act 2003, which prohibits agencies from entering into contract that exceeds its approval allotment for any given period.”Furthermore, the report outlined that poor planning cost the Ministry $15.9 million. It said that 3609 “New 30 SEA Practice Test in Mathematics (Student Edition)” textbooks were bought in 2016 at a cost of $15.9 million and a total of 3559 were distributed. Subsequently, the Ministry purchased 12,550 “32 SEA Practice Test in Mathematics (Student Edition and Teacher Book)” for $61.2 million to replace the “New 30 SEA Practice Test in Mathematics (Student Edition)”.Additionally, it was also found that the Ministry received 15,000 “Timehri Readers/Animal Friends W/Book 1” textbooks at the cost of $128.30 each. However, the Ministry had contracted the same contractor to supply 30,000 of the said textbooks at the unit price of $64.15, amounting to a total of $1,924,500. As a result, the Ministry received 15,000 textbooks for the contracted price of 30,000 of the same books.“We could not determine whether the Ministry received textbooks valued $91.639 million, which is approximately 26 per cent of the total textbooks paid for in 2016… The correctness and accuracy of payments totalling $247.668 million, which is more than two-thirds [approximately 70 per cent] of the total payments for textbooks could not be verified… We could not determine whether contractors complied with the requirements of the contracts totalling $276.015 million.”According to the report, the absence of performance security bonds places the Ministry in a quandary to levy on defaulting contractors. It added too that adherence to contractual requirements could not be determined due to the absence of key documents.On the other hand, the Compliance Audit of the Procurement of Textbooks highlighted that textbooks had no identification as being the property of the Education Ministry as they had no official stamp. This is said to be a breach of the Book Policy as well as the fact that textbooks are being stored poorly at the Book Distribution Unit located in Evans Street, Charlestown.“A physical inspection of the Unit’s bond revealed the following unsatisfactory features: Some textbooks were stored on the floor; racks/shelves were dusty – this posed a health hazard – and the bottom flat of the bond is at the same level of the yard; hence, flooding could pose a threat.”It was also noted that the Book Distribution Unit is unable to determine whether the Unit was receiving the quantities of books as per contract.As a result of these findings, the Audit Office recommends that the Education Ministry comply with all relevant legislation, including Procurement Act 2003; Fiscal Management and Accountability Act 2003; Stores Regulations 2003, and Book Policy 2007.The Ministry was also urged to enforce all requirements of its contract. Recommendations were also made for the Ministry to document its meetings and secure same to aid audit scrutiny as well as secure all relevant documents/records for audit in a way that aids easy retrieval for audit scrutiny.last_img read more


first_imgSo what brought her to politics despite running aSo what brought her to politics despite running a successful business?”I wanted to extend my social work on a bigger scale now and so one day I went to our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that I want to contribute to the good work you are doing in the state. And then she made me a candidate,” recalls the Trinamool leader who now makes a daily trip from her bungalow in posh Alipore to the dingy bylanes of suburban Bally.”Kagaz, kalam, kali. Tin niye Bally” (Paper, pen, ink. These three make Bally) – so goes an old proverb about the constituency. Over the years things have changed as Bally is now a small-scale business hub and has a mix of migrant non-Bengali settlements.Another USP which Dalmiya has is that her mother is a Bengali while her celebrity father was a Marwari.”So both Hindi speaking people and Bengali speaking people in the constituency can relate to me as someone of their own. I have a background in sports, business as well as social work. All this will weigh in my favour,” she says.Asked if she had to fight the outsider tag as she was a greenhorn in the world of politics, Dalmiya replied, “Not at all. After my candidature was announced, 3,000 people from Bally came to see my at my office on TheatreRoad, in South Kolkata,” she says.Sitting party MLA and former IPS Sultan Singh, who won the seat in 2011 by a margin of over 6,000 votes, has apparently decided not to contest this time.advertisementBJP has fielded actor Kaushik Chakraborty while CPI(M) has put up party leader Anjan Bera as the candidate. PTI NIK SUS RTlast_img read more