Mobile banking tops internet banking: Malauzai

first_imgConsumers said they prefer mobile banking over Internet banking, and Android device users login to mobile banking more frequently than iPhone users, according to Malauzai Software’s February Monkey Insights report.The report from the Austin, Texas-based mobile and Internet banking provider highlighted key trends based on data from 350-plus banks and credit unions. It also covered seven million logins from more than 400,000 active Internet and mobile banking users. continue reading » 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

The 51th session of the Tourist Council was held

first_imgThe selected agency on the market of Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway and France is MC Group, MediaCom will carry out marketing activities on the markets of Switzerland, Poland and Hungary, Real Group in the markets of Germany, Great Britain and Austria; Aviareps for the market of the Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic and Pro Media Group for the Italian market. Advertising activities in the mentioned emitting markets will be carried out in accordance with the terms from the annual work plan and media plans, and will be additionally agreed with the directors of the CNTB representative offices for individual emitting markets, the CNTB points out.  A total of HRK 1.970.000 in support was awarded by the Decision on the award of grants for 36 programs of destination management companies.  At today’s 51st session of the Tourist Council, decisions were made on the allocation of support to tourist boards in underdeveloped areas of tourism and support to programs of destination management companies; the director of the CNTB offices in South Korea based in Seoul and the head of the CNTB branch office in the USA based in Los Angeles were appointed, and a decision was made to select media agencies for cooperation in 2019. Selection of a media agency for cooperation in 2019. Programs and projects of county tourist boards were evaluated by the Croatian National Tourist Board, and the amount of approved support per individual program / project amounts to a maximum of 80 percent of the total eligible / eligible costs. At its session held today, the Tourist Board approved support for 135 programs and projects for programs and projects in underdeveloped tourist areas, of which 108 programs / projects of local tourist boards and 27 programs / projects of county tourist boards in the total amount of HRK 3.951.083.  Photo: MINT Criteria for selecting projects nominated by destination management companies included innovative package deals, inclusion of unused tourist resources, importance of the candidate program in strengthening Croatia’s image as a destination of special interest tourism, harmonization of programs with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia and inclusion of underdeveloped areas. center_img In addition, higher scores were given to programs that will be implemented in the pre- and post-season and those lasting more than seven days, all with the aim of strengthening tourist traffic outside the peak months of the tourist season and extending the stay of tourists which are one of the key goals. development of Croatia as a year-round tourist destination and increase in tourist consumption.  “The allocation of financial support for tourist boards in underdeveloped areas, ie for programs of destination management companies are part of our activities aimed at improving and strengthening the overall tourist offer with an emphasis on the pre- and post-season periods. I am sure that the applied projects approved for support will make a strong contribution to maintaining the positive tourism trends. “, said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić. The Tourist Council also made a decision on the selection five media agencies which will implement CNTB campaigns in 2019.  “Today we made a decision on support for underdeveloped areas of tourism through which we work on a more balanced tourism development of all parts of Croatia, and from next year, after the entry into force of the new package of tourism laws, these areas will be further financially strengthened” said the Minister of Tourism and President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli commenting on the decisions made at the Tourist Board. RELATED NEWS: SELECTED DIRECTORS OF THE CNTB REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN SEUL AND LOS ANGELESlast_img read more

Coronavirus epidemic ‘far from over’ in Asia – WHO official

first_imgThe WHO does not expect any country to be safe, as the coronavirus will eventually get everywhere, said WHO technical adviser Matthew Griffith.”Whereas countries and areas in this region have shown how to flatten the curve, outbreaks continue to pop up in new places and importation remains a concern,” Griffith said at the briefing, citing cases in Singapore and South Korea from people who travelled abroad.The focus of the epidemic is now on Europe, but that will likely shift to other regions, Griffith said. “Let me be clear. The epidemic is far from over in Asia and the Pacific. This is going to be a long-term battle and we cannot let down our guard,” Kasai told a virtual media briefing.”We need every country to keep preparing for large-scale community transmission.”Countries with limited resources are a priority, such as Pacific Island nations, he said, as they have to ship samples to other countries for diagnoses, and transportation restrictions are making that more difficult.Kasai warned that for countries that are seeing a tapering off of cases, they should not let down their guard, or the virus may come surging back. The coronavirus epidemic is “far from over” in the Asia-Pacific region, and current measures to curb the spread of the virus are buying time for countries to prepare for large-scale community transmissions, a WHO official said on Tuesday.Even with all the measures, the risk of transmission in the region will not go away as long as the pandemic continues, said Takeshi Kasai, Regional Director for the Western Pacific at the World Health Organization (WHO).The new coronavirus first surfaced in central China in late 2019. Infections have now exceeded 770,000 cases worldwide, with the United States, Italy and Spain overtaking mainland China in confirmed cases.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Warren Buffett looks to Japan, takes 5% stakes in five trading companies

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway Inc said it has acquired slightly more than 5 percent of the shares in five large Japanese companies, marking a departure for Chairman Warren Buffett as he looks outside the United States to bolster his conglomerate.In a statement on Sunday, Buffett’s 90th birthday, Berkshire said it acquired its stakes in Itochu Corp, Marubeni Corp, Mitsubishi Corp, Mitsui & Co and Sumitomo Corp over approximately 12 months.Berkshire said it intends to hold the investments for the long term, and may boost its stakes to 9.9 percent. A Berkshire insurance business, National Indemnity Co, is holding the shares. “I am delighted to have Berkshire Hathaway participate in the future of Japan,” Buffett said in a statement. “The five major trading companies have many joint ventures throughout the world and are likely to have more…. I hope that in the future there may be opportunities of mutual benefit.”The Japanese investments will help Buffett reduce his Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate’s dependence on the United States economy, which last quarter suffered its deepest contraction in at least 73 years as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.Many of Berkshire’s own operating businesses have struggled, and Berkshire this month took a $9.8 billion writedown on its Precision Castparts aircraft parts business.Berkshire owns more than 90 businesses including the BNSF railroad and Geico car insurer outright.It also invests in dozens of companies including Apple Inc, with a roughly US$125 billion stake based on its holdings as of June 30, as well as American Express Co, Bank of America Corp and Coca-Cola Co.Most of Berkshire’s operating businesses are American, though it has acquired a handful of foreign companies including Israel’s IMC International Metalworking and German motorcycle apparel retailer Detlev Louis.Additional investments in Japan could also help Buffett reduce Berkshire’s cash stake, which ended June at a record $146.6 billionTopics :last_img read more

BetRegal diary – Defining our go to market strategy

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share Former Pinnacle Marketing Director Aly Lalani is one of the drivers behind the launch of BetRegal.com, a new European facing sportsbetting and gaming brand created to provide its customers with the “best possible value” in prices. After creating the brand, Lalani is back to share his experiences about the challenges of bringing a new brand to the market.Having worked out ‘the initial ideas of what the brand will look like to the customer, and having a very general idea of where we were going to find our customer, the discussion naturally evolved to us trying to define a go to market strategy for BetRegal.We have options here, right? My partners and I have all had lots of experience working with and for some of the largest sportsbooks in the industry, and we have access to infrastructure that would make it a viable option to build our product internally. I mean, building it specifically to our own spec has to be the best option right? That way we get exactly what we want. The downside? It takes time. We’re talking about a pretty complicated risk management platform, along with a brand new front end, ability to integrate payment providers, customer service infrastructure, fraud infrastructure, and a whole bunch of other elements that a non-technical person like myself wouldn’t understand. Not to mention the ever changing world of compliance.Back to the bar.In all seriousness, this requires a serious strategic discussion. Are we willing to wait X months (or years) to build our own platform? What are our other options? What are the cost and resource implications? Through lots of discussion, and with varied levels of disagreement, the decision was made as a group that our strategy would be to try to get to market as quickly as possible with a quality product, and begin building the brand in our key markets. Of course that means we will have to sacrifice a little in terms of ultimate desired functionality, but the plan all along was to continually evolve the website based on market desires and influences. Remember, we defined our mandate as being for the customer…it makes sense that we use their input to improve our customer experience.Anyone who has been to any of the conferences over the past couple of years has seen the increase in software providers. Now some of the biggest stands and the biggest brands are software providers, who make it especially easy for new brands to get off the ground by providing a lot of the required infrastructure.   We set initial meetings with all of the larger software providers, and some of the smaller ones, at ICE in February of last year. Anyone that has visited this particular exhibition will understand the jostling for position and near frenzied desire to attract new business at the ExCeL. With a keen eye on our intended differentiator of having the ability to manage our odds pricing to a very granular level, we reviewed most, if not all of the software providers.After much deliberation, we decided in the end to use the EveryMatrix platform. After 13 years in the iGaming space, I was in a better position than most to cut through the noise. I was already aware of the sportsbook solution offered by EveryMatrix, and some of the companies they had helped to bring quickly and effectively to market, but I was immediately taken by the platform’s granular margin management.Now admittedly, no one platform was ideal for our needs. All required some sort of compromise. That was the sacrifice we made with the decision to get to market quickly. Fortunately, our most important BetRegal brand feature is still fully under our control. We are going to treat these customers like royalty. I feel confident in saying we will have significantly more customer service staff than other operators at the same stage in their life cycle.EveryMatrix seemed to offer the type of product we needed to aggressively manage our pricing model, along with all the other operational requirements to get to market relatively quickly. It looks like EveryMatrix is the right provider for us.At the end of the day, the software is only a tool, choosing one over the other doesn’t guarantee success. It just positions us to better control our intended differentiator. We need to develop a quality, engaging product and get some players in the front door. The only way we can ever be competitive in terms of our pricing is with liquidity. The more liquidity we get, the more we can move towards our goal of offering the ‘best value for the customer’.It’s exciting to know that we have a backend supplier chosen for BetRegal.com.Let’s design our product and figure out how to get some players! Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Foulkes is the local hero – in extra time

first_img Local man Martin Foulkes deserved to win the English Men’s Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy at his home club of Worksop even if he had to win it twice.He looked to be cruising to the title with a comfortable four-shot lead with two holes to play when disaster struck. A quadruple-bogey eight at the 17th when he tangled with the punishing rough, saw the 36 year old finish with a level par 72 for 214, two under, and into a tie with Paul Kirkwood, who returned 71.It meant a sudden death playoff, Foulkes winning with a par four at the first hole after Kirkwood had missed the fairway and the green then failed with his par putt.“It proved more difficult that it should have been but I got there in the end,” said Foulkes. “I’ve possibly taken eight on the 17th before but I can’t remember when. But this is a massive win for me. I’ve won county events but never a national title.“It’s also massive for the club. Playing on your home course brings extra pressure and there were so many good players in the field. I’m delighted.”In ideal conditions but with the course asking its usual difficult questions, particularly on the greens, Foulkes began the day sharing the lead on two under with Scot David Primrose. But the Worksop man raced away, covering the front nine in 32 strokes with an eagle and three birdies.That saw him open a five-shot lead which no one managed to reduce. It looked a one-horse race with Foulkes seemingly cantering home. But the 17th came back to bite him.He drove into the left rough, gained a free drop from a staked tree, then took three more shots to escape before his approach finished short of the green. A chip and two putts later and his advantage had disappeared.“In hindsight I should have just chipped out,” Foulkes added. “After that my head was spinning. Before I teed off on 17 I was cruising. I didn’t know the situation but at six under, I didn’t think anyone had got to that and if I could finish four-three I would be O.K. Then that happened.”At the last he still had a chance to win in normal time if he could hole a lengthy putt. But, with his head still spinning, he had to settle for a par three and extra time.Kirkwood admitted he wasn’t expecting to be in a playoff. “I saw Martin having trouble on the 17th but I didn’t know that he had taken eight,” he said.“I had a good go at my putt in the playoff but I wasn’t expecting to do this well this week. “I’m a bit disappointed but fair play to Martin to make par and he deserved to win.”Surrey-based Primrose closed his successful week with 74 for 216, level par, and third spot with Lancashire’s Michael Hunt, who returned a second successive 70 for 217.Past champion Martin Young (74) from Hampshire and Justin Phelps (71) from Middlesex shared fifth place on 219, while Worcestershire’s Paul Scarrett, joint runner-up a year ago, posted 69, the best round of the day, for equal seventh spot.For the second successive day the tournament was graced by a hole-in-one. It was achieved by Stephen Brennan who sank his five iron tee shot at the 207-yard eighth hole.“The ball faded into the flag and my wife told me it had gone in,” said Yorkshire-based Brennan. “It was my sixth hole-in-one but only the second in competition.”For more information, visit the Logan Trophy webpage. 6 Jul 2014 Foulkes is the local hero – in extra time last_img read more