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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
More (potential) social games:
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Representatives of the gaming industry spend free time on the bus, developing water game concepts.
On the 19th of August two busses headed of from Amsterdam to an international gaming convention in Leipzig. 20 professionals from the Dutch gaming industry used the trip to freely spend 400 hours of creativity on developing water games concepts that address global water issues.
I am happy to share the news that the concepts that have been developed are now publicly available here. In January we will organize a follow-up meeting with representatives from the gaming sector to explore possibilities for cooperation in more detail.
Photo: world water pipe game. One of the game concepts that has been developed.
Since August I have gained a particular interest in these hand washing and solar disinfection games (dutch) that were developed by Ellis Bartholomeus from Laika, for Simavi. I feel such games can play an important role in awareness raising, especially when they are 'cultural neutral' and shared openly.
I am excited to see what will come of this.
Peter van der Linde is the partner-director of Akvo
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Oh. Mail-to-Blogger has not worked for ages. Here comes my backlog of postings...
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Friday, November 28, 2008
Somali Pirates in Discussions to Acquire Citigroup
November 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Somali pirates, renegade Somalis known for hijacking ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, are negotiating a purchase of Citigroup.
The pirates would buy Citigroup with new debt and their existing cash stockpiles, earned most recently from hijacking numerous ships, including most recently a $200 million Saudi Arabian oil tanker. The Somali pirates are offering up to $0.10 per share for Citigroup, pirate spokesman Sugule Ali said earlier today. The negotiations have entered the final stage, Ali said. ``You may not like our price, but we are not in the business of paying for things. Be happy we are in the mood to offer the shareholders anything," said Ali.
The pirates will finance part of the purchase by selling new Pirate Ransom Backed Securities. The PRBS's are backed by the cash flows from future ransom payments from hijackings in the Gulf of Aden. Moody's and S&P have already issued their top investment grade ratings for the PRBS's.
Head pirate, Ubu Kalid Shandu, said "we need a bank so that we have a place to keep all of our ransom money. Thankfully, the dislocations in the capital markets has allowed us to purchase Citigroup at an attractive valuation and to take advantage of TARP capital to grow the business even faster."
Shandu added, "We don't call ourselves pirates. We are coastguards and this will just allow us to guard our coasts better."
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
"DFID is seeking experienced policy and research communication specialists to help create and deliver a new service delivering high profile policy and research communications and ensuring research evidence is taken up. There are six posts which can be located in either London or East Kilbride. The new Policy and Research Communications Unit will help implement the new Research Strategy - a strategy that will drive up to £1billion spend over the next 5 years to: For more information and how to apply see the DFID website."
"DFID is seeking experienced policy and research communication specialists to help create and deliver a new service delivering high profile policy and research communications and ensuring research evidence is taken up. There are six posts which can be located in either London or East Kilbride.
The new Policy and Research Communications Unit will help implement the new Research Strategy - a strategy that will drive up to £1billion spend over the next 5 years to:
For more information and how to apply see the DFID website."
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Meanwhile, more Kenya mobile money news... A Kenyan sex worker is duped by fake mobile payoff; while banks get ready to cry foul and finally, poor Zain, market share evaporating, bleeding money in a horrible re-branding, bravely says it's relauching its own money transfer service, Sokotele ...
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Thinking of buying a goat for a needy person in Africa? (as Kristof suggests in the New York Times). Before you do, read this bracing article in South Africa's Mail and Guardian.
Extract: "A few months ago, at the height of the Christmas shopping season, Oxfam encouraged us Britons to give "the gift of dung" to Africa. That's right: dung. Apparently poor African farmers like nothing better at Christmas time than to receive a bucket of shit with which they can fertilise their crops."
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