Interview: Investing in Stakeholder Engagement

first_imgDuring the recent Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure Conference in Amsterdam, we interviewed Mr Jaap van Thiel de Vries, General Manager of Hydronamic at Boskalis, on the importance of investing in stakeholder engagement.The stakeholder engagement is one of four key enablers that were presented in the CEDA-IADC Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure guidebook.The guidebook, which was officially unveiled at the conference, has been designed as an authoritative guide to delivering dredging projects that enhance the natural and socio-economic systems.In it, the four key enablers vital to the industry were discussed: the issues of valuation of ecosystem benefits, the stakeholder engagement, adaptive management of dredging projects and the beneficial use of dredged materials.Here’s what Mr de Vries from Boskalis had to say on the importance of investing in stakeholder engagement and other dredging related topics during our conference in Amsterdam.last_img read more

Mediatech Solutions (R. Franco Group) – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Submit Mediatech Solutions (R. Franco Group) is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Mediatech Executive Director Daniel Graetzer about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?DG: In Spain, where Mediatech Solutions – R. Franco is based, we are fortunate to have two of the biggest clubs in world football – Real Madrid and Barcelona – so it’s no surprise to learn that football is by far our most popular sport. Like any other region, football and betting go hand in hand and Spain is no exception. For an audience so in love with the beautiful game, betting offers an additional form of entertainment alongside their favourite sport. Fans always want to get themselves even more involved in the action, and betting is the perfect medium for that.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?DG: In-play software has completely revolutionised the way customers bet on football. Pre-match markets will always be popular, but to be able to bet on who will win the next corner or score the next goal during an actual live football match has certainly been a game changer. In Spain, we have also seen a huge rise in the number of people betting in sports in general. According to figures released by the Spanish regulator, sportsbook revenue rose 32% in 2016 on the previous year to €238.2 million. The popularity of sport, in particular football, will undoubtedly grow in the region and we expect more operators to enter the market as a result.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?DG: In my experience with the gaming side of the industry, the football betting sector needs to work closely alongside regulators and other stakeholders, and seek a mutual understanding of each other’s requirements. Lawmakers’ have the unenviable task of determining what’s best for a newly-regulated territory such as Spain, and balancing the political needs with the practical desires of the sports betting industry and its customers can be difficult. We have found that an honest and open discussion is the best for all parties.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?DG: As mentioned earlier, in-play betting has made a huge impact on the football betting industry and this will continue as suppliers look to further innovate by offering more markets than ever.However, operators on a flexible platform run by those with local expertise will be the ones at an advantage, especially in Spain.This allows for operators to engage in marketing specific to the target audience, alter user experience and prioritise the product offering based on demand and regulation.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?DG: I’m hugely looking forward to representing Mediatech by speaking on the panel discussing the potential of the Spanish and LatAM markets. There is great optimism within the Spanish online gambling market at the moment after recording record-breaking revenues and turnover last year. There is definitely an appetite for further growth in the market, not just with sports but with casino. With a solid and evolving regulatory framework in place, the challenge facing Spain now is to push forward with innovation across areas such as server-based retail gaming, where we are now able to create a full omni-channel experience, and expand into new verticals such as virtual sports.I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of Europe’s major operators make moves in Spain in the coming months and years. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Florentino and Ramos have a very particular relationship

first_imgThe first great disagreement it was in the Summer 2015 Rene Ramos took advantage of an offer from Manchester United to force the renewal of the captain who was brewing. The news went around the world: United, in the process of investment, with Van gaal as a technician (and to make Ferguson’s era forget), it gave Ramos 55 million euros net in five seasons. They paid at the price of gold to fill the void they left Vidic Y Ferdinand. Ramos was then 29 years old and a large part of his career ahead. That ordeal did not sit Florentino very well, especially since it coincided with the traumatic exit of the Casillas entity. He could not leave the staff without a stroke without his two captains. He had to access and Ramos went on to collect 14 million euros net.The second encounter strong in recent months was after the Elimination of the Champions at the hands of Ajax. Florentino went down to the locker room to recriminate what happened to the squad and, once again, Ramos came out in defense of the players facing the president: “The planning has been a shame,” he said. “I miss you,” Florentino said. “Perfect, you pay,” settled the defense …The most recent conflict experienced by both was this summer. René Ramos returned to strength when he asked to let his brother go free for a Chinese offer … From the Ramos family they understood that the president left the footballer at the feet of the horses when, in an interview in El Transistor, he assured that the captain It is “the one that charges the most in the workforce”. Florentine He told Sergio Ramos that he couldn’t leave … And until today. In perspective, you could say that Ramos has been the most profitable signing Florentino Pérez has done in his 17 years (2000-06, 2009-2020) as president of Real Madrid. Twenty-seven million euros cost the one who is already the player with more matches in the National Team (170) and fifth at Real Madrid (He has 636, Raul arrived at 741). There are few players in our football with their medal winners. His hiring was a commitment of Arrigo Sacchi, the philosopher who transformed football as coach of Milan and then took a fleeting step through the technical direction of the white entity. It was the first hiring of a national Florentino player, in the summer of 2005, after a string of galactic signings: Figo (2000), Zidane (2001), Ronaldo (2002), Beckham (2003), Owen (2004). The white president decided to make a great investment (then, 27 million euros was) in a defense … a novelty. Ramos is that kind of captain who has no hair on his tongue. It was clear when he did not hesitate to comment on a possible return of Mourinho: “We’ve been without him for five years and we’ve gained a lot in these years …”, He said when bells rang from a possible return of the Portuguese coach. “Respect is earned, not imposed …”, He did not hesitate to point out when the one that sounded was Conte and his hand was hard.Beyond those details, in recent times the relationship between Florentino and Ramos (and between his brother and representative, René), has been one of love and hate. There are three very significant episodes that have occurred in recent years and that have strained the relationship between the two, although, in the end, they have always been condemned to understand each other …last_img read more

SINGER GRAINNE GAVIGAN SAYS THANKS AFTER GLOR TIRE EXPERIENCE

first_imgGlor Tire finalist Grainne Gavigan will host a celebration and homecoming dance in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel Ardara this Friday, April 26th.Special guests on the night will be Paul Kelly, The Ramblin Fever Band, Gráinne’s “Glór Tíre” mentor Lisa McHugh and many more with doors openings at 9.30pm.Gráinne has thanked all those who helped her along her journey. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support throughout my time on “Glór Tire”. It has been an absolute dream come true to have represented both my town and county in this year’s final. Without the people who picked up their phones and voted for me every week I would not have made it as far in the competition.“I would like to thank my family, all my friends and everyone who came to Galway to support me each week. I would like to say a special thanks to my good friend and mentor Lisa McHugh for all the advice she has given me and who has worked so hard to help promote me, I will be forever great-full to Lisa for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity and I am honoured that she choose me to be her contestant. I am so great full and I can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support. Go raibh maith agat,” she said. SINGER GRAINNE GAVIGAN SAYS THANKS AFTER GLOR TIRE EXPERIENCE was last modified: April 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GRAINNE GAVIGANlast_img read more