Goodboy wins second edition of R. Franco’s Game Weekend

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Goodboy, an educational Christmas game for children, was crowned the winner at the second edition of Recreativos Franco’s Game Weekend.Developed by a group of young people aged 23 to 39, Goodboy is a game where children communicate with Santa Claus, who defines the number of sweets they need to unlock each present. A parents’ management application then displays different online sites to buy the present, with each transaction making a certain commission for the business.More than 50 developers, marketing experts and visual artists were tasked with developing a Christmas-related game in just 15 hours at Area 31, the entrepreneurial space at the IE Business School in Madrid. A jury found Goodboy to be the most deserving winner against criteria which included originality, prototype quality, design quality and commercial feasibility.Alejandro Casanova, R. Franco’s New Business Manager and CDO, commented: “We were surprised with participants’ level and the premium quality of projects. We appreciate the excellent acceptance this initiative has had, as well as the help provided by our in-house and external collaborators.”Game Weekend is part of the strategy to transform Recreativos Franco’s digital business by supporting young talent within the entertainment industry. In the last month, officials have been presenting new digital initiatives at universities and business schools, and were pleased to see that the finalist teams included at least one student from Madrid’s Higher School of Design and Universidad Complutense.last_img read more


Govt flouts regulations to finance Linden Hospital

first_imgThe Audit Office has recommended that the Finance Ministry take a definite decision and action toward regularising the status of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) since it is operating as an autonomous body, while still receiving funding from the Public Health Ministry as though it is a “department.”The Linden Hospital ComplexDuring 2015, the Public Health Ministry transferred to the LHC amounts totalling $261.129 million from its current provisions. The sum was to have met the operational costs of the hospital. However, the operation of the current appropriation to fund the hospital was questioned since funding for that entity was included under a programme in the budget of the ministry, as though it was a department, while funding was disbursed as if it was a subvention agency under the ministry, the Auditor General’s Report disclosed.It stated that the Linden Hospital Complex was approved by Cabinet decision dated November 24, 2015 to function as a board during the period of December 1, 2015 to November 30, 2016. It was highlighted that the Complex was not an autonomous or semi-autonomous body regulated under an Act of Parliament and that it was managed by a Board of Directors and was not required to provide the ministry with financial or other reports that would indicate that some form of ministerial supervision was exercised over its processes.Nevertheless, the report indicated that it was explained by the Head of the Budget Agency, that the hospital provides receipts and statements to cover all expenditures incurred to the ministry.Therefore, the Report suggested that the ministry take affirmative action to discuss this matter with the subject minister and, if necessary, the Office of the Budget of the Ministry of Finance, with a view to having definite decisions and actions toward regularising the status of LHC.Additionally, during 2015, audit checks the hospital revealed a number of other discrepancies; examination of the payroll and other related documents revealed that pay change directives for the termination of employment in respect of one employee was forwarded late to the Central Accounting Unit of the hospital, as a result, the employee was overpaid; the Stores Regulation require that a master inventory be maintained, however, the hospital has not adhere with this requirement, since this record was not maintained for the period under review; and log books presented for audits were not properly maintained to reflect the signature of the authorising officer for the journeys undertaken. As a result it could not be ascertained whether proper control was exercised over the use of the complex’s fleet of vehicles.The Report noted that the ministry acknowledged that overpayment of salaries is an issue but stated that they are trying to retrieve money.The Audit Office recommended that action be taken to recover the overpaid money, put systems in place to ensure that all records are maintained, as required by Store Regulation 1993, and present all outstanding documents for audit examination.last_img read more