Month: August 2020

STDs at record high indicating urgent need for prevention

first_imgMore than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the USA in 2016. This is the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease. While all three of these STDs can be cured with antibiotics, if left undiagnosed and untreated, they can have serious health consequences, including infertility, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased risk for HIV transmission.“Increases in STDs are a clear warning of a growing threat,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.  “STDs are a persistent enemy, growing in number, and outpacing our ability to respond.”impact growing in women, infants, and gay and bisexual menWhile young women continue to bear the greatest burden of chlamydia (nearly half of all diagnosed infections), surges in syphilis and gonorrhea are increasingly affecting new populations.Syphilis rates increased by nearly 18 percent overall from 2015 to 2016. The majority of these cases occur among men – especially gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). However, there was a 36 percent increase in rates of syphilis among women and a 28 percent increase in syphilis among newborns (congenital syphilis) during this period.More than 600 cases of congenital syphilis were reported in 2016, which has resulted in more than 40 deaths and severe health complications among newborns. The disease is preventable through routine screening and timely treatment for syphilis among pregnant women. “Every baby born with syphilis represents a tragic systems failure,” said Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. “All it takes is a simple STD test and antibiotic treatment to prevent this enormous heartache and help assure a healthy start for the next generation of Americans.”The steepest increases in gonorrhea were seen among men (22 percent). Research suggests that a large share of new gonorrhea cases is occurring among MSM. These trends are particularly alarming based on the growing threat of drug resistance to the last remaining recommended gonorrhea treatment.MSM also bear a great syphilis burden. MSM make up a majority of syphilis cases, and half of MSM diagnosed with syphilis were also living with HIV – pointing to the need to integrate STD and HIV prevention and care services.Essential to confront most urgent threats, upgrade prevention infrastructureCDC uses STD surveillance data and other tools to detect and respond to these evolving threats and new challenges, directing resources where they can have the greatest impact. Targeted efforts include:Strengthening the congenital syphilis response with focused efforts to improve diagnosis and treatment of pregnant women and ensure prompt treatment of newborns at birth in the ten states hardest hit by congenital syphilis.Helping state and local health departments rapidly test for drug-resistant gonorrhea and quickly find and treat affected individuals.Assisting state health departments and health clinics integrate STD prevention into care for people living with HIV.The CDC provides support to state and local health departments for disease surveillance, disease investigation, and health promotion. CDC also issues and maintains testing and treatment guidelines for providers so individuals get the most effective care.Turning back the rise in STDs will require renewed commitment from all players, including:State and local health departments should refocus efforts on STD investigation and clinical service infrastructure for rapid detection and treatment for people living in areas hardest hit by the STD epidemic.Providers should make STD screening and timely treatment a standard part of medical care, especially for pregnant women and MSM. They should also try to seamlessly integrate STD screening and treatment into prenatal care and HIV prevention and care services.Everyone should talk openly about STDs, get tested regularly, and reduce risk by using condoms or practicing mutual monogamy if sexually active.“CDC uses its national-level intelligence to detect and respond to STD outbreaks while supporting the nation’s on-the-ground workers who are spending each day protecting communities from STDs,” Dr. Mermin stressed.last_img read more

Barbados PM defends Ross University’s move to the island

first_imgPrime Minister Mia Mottley has denied there was anything underhanded in Barbados accepting the Ross University School of Medicine School’s move from Dominica, insisting that the educational institution was unable to resume operations in the hurricane-struck island.“Barbados came into the picture, only when, it became clear it wasn’t an option for Ross University to return to Dominica for the start of the January 2019 semester. This is not, and has never been, a case of poaching or enticing anyone away from Dominica,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.Mottley is insisting that the educational institution was unable to resume operations in the hurricane-struck island.last_img read more

Moyes Earns First Point As Hammers’ Manager

first_imgNew West Ham manager David Moyes has secured his first point as manager after his team battled back from a shocking start to play 1-1 with visitors Leicester City at home.The Hammers made a bad start in what was Moyes’ second game and were punished by Marc Albrighton’s 8th minute opener but credit to the London side who bounced back into the game and should have equalised with some gilt edge opportunities. Their dominance however paid off through Cheikh Kouyate’s header from Manuel Lanzini’s corner kick on the stroke of halftime.West Ham continued from where they left off but struggled to break down the immediate past champions as both sides settled for the 1-1 result in the endThe draw took Leicester City above Newcastle United into 11th place with 14 points from 13 games while West Ham United stay in the last relegation place with 10 points though the they have the same point tally with West Brom, which is the team currently occupying the last relegation place.Relatedlast_img read more

Codere integrates SIS racing streams

first_img Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles Paul WittenRacing content and data supplier Sports Information Services (SIS) has expanded its European footprint, by agreeing on a five-year deal with Spanish gambling operator Grupo Codere to upgrade in-store racing streaming services.As part of the agreement, SIS will supply live pictures, commentary and data for horseracing and greyhounds across the operator’s entire retail estate.SIS’ new international service has been developed by working closely with race tracks and bookmakers to create an improved service which meets the market’s growing expectations.SIS Product Director Paul Witten commented on the agreement: “SIS has produced high quality and reliable content for the betting industry for 30 years and we have now developed an even higher quality greyhound product for the international market.“We are excited to be working with Codere to provide them with our SIS greyhound service and we believe the content will continue to prove popular with their customers and generate significant revenues and profits as the service develops.”Peter Lucas, Trading Director at Codere, backed SIS as streaming partner: “This partnership with SIS allows us to significantly expand our product offering for our customers. I am certain that they will appreciate the quality content on show and service from a market leader like SIS.“With increasing demand for greyhound racing in our market in recent years, SIS’s new greyhound service provides our customers with high quality content, at times that suit them.”last_img read more

Pavol Krasnovsky – RTSmunity – Betting on esports

first_img RTSmunity extends partnership with forBET August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share RTSmunity extends esports partnership with Sazkabet August 25, 2020 Submit Pavol Krasnovsky, RTSmunityPavol Krasnovsky is the Founder and CEO of RTSmunity, market maker for esports on Betfair and Matchbook exchanges and odds supplier. Krasnovsky is joining the Betting on Esports conference (September 12-15th) panel focused on data, the challenges that come with it in esports markets but also how to harness it to succeed.Alongside him on this panel will be Pinnacle Trading Director Marco Blume, Sportradar Head of Esports James Watson, and Oskar Froberg, Founder of Abios Gaming. HLTV’s Per Lombaek will moderate. Esports Insider: Why did you decide to speak at Betting on Esports this year?Pavol Krasnovsky: As the market maker for esports on Betfair and Matchbook exchanges, we have experienced a long journey when creating the truly automated low-latency infrastructure providing real-time experience for esport betting. We would like to share with the community what we have learned on the way about the most complex sport there is. Also, we can see across the industry that many betting companies perceive the offering of esport odds as a huge challenge. ESI: Where do you see the future of regulated esports betting going? Do you ever see the game publishers working with this industry?Pavol: Esports betting will grow both horizontally and vertically. With live betting, it is just a matter of time till the models will improve sufficiently so the new markets can flourish. There will be more esports titles with larger reach amongst the population capturing even the audience which is not yet interested in existing esports games. A separate chapter for esport betting will be written by mobile games with games such as King of Glory or Clash Royale already making their mark. The integration of odds with streaming services can further provide faster conversion from viewer to punter.Many of the current publishers are from US, where betting is largely prohibited, which may be the cause of their dilemma. Notably, this is even when their counterparties in legacy sports organisations like the NBA or NHL do cooperate. Since there are strong publishers coming from the east, like Tencent or Bluehole, they might use betting to increase the engagement for their titles in Western markets, or globally for that matter. This potential precedent will be interesting to watch, especially if that happens, to see how US tycoons react.ESI: How has the past year been for RTSmunity? How has the landscape changed?Pavol: RTSmunity recorded a fantastic year in many different areas. We have finished the development of low-latency infrastructure to be able to react to development in the game the fastest in the industry and with minimal manual input. We have become the market maker on Betfair and Matchbook. To support all the growth, our team has more than tripled. And there are more things to come in the next couple of months.For us, the key change in landscape has been that more and more companies are open to discussion to better understand the complexity and intriguing nature of esports. The more they understand the comprehensiveness, the better they understand that there are not that many partners meeting all their needs, mainly in the area of esports live odds and risk management.ESI: What can attendees expect to hear from your involvement in the ‘Data, Data, Data’ panel at Betting on Esports in September?Pavol: I would like to share with the community challenges we face and solutions we have developed. Ultimately,  the odds given for a live esports market is just one figure. But it keeps changing every couple of seconds. To recalculate it, you need the entire complex process in place: to obtain the data without a delay, to have the dedicated low-latency infrastructure in place, to develop and update the right algorithm. And to push it to clients in no time, since there are punters expecting a real-time online experience. This is the true complexity of online sport with 100+ variables in a nutshell. So, it is not that simple after all. And do not forget esports games have been changing every patch and will continue to do so, whereas the rules in football, for example, have stayed largely the same for years.ESI: Do you see the major potential in regulated esports betting as being P2P?Pavol: P2P betting is feasible as a concept, nevertheless the platform needs to prove itself to be commercially viable. There are still a lot of questions that need to be addressed: trust within the chain, brand recognition, user experience within mixture of odds, balancing of demand vs. offer with probability of counterparty non-existing, settlement risk, etc. In addition, the current discussion splits into two: bets on professional games vs. bets on matches bettors are involved in. For the first group, the key question remains the demand vs. offer ratio. For the latter, it is very likely that some part of the bettors might be minors. In combination with fact that companies involved are looking at the US market, this can be an uphill battle._________________________You can meet Pavol Krasnovsky at next week’s Betting on Sports Conference (#boscon2017) at which he’ll be speaking on the Data, data, data panel as a part of the Betting on Esports event. RTSmunity will also have a stand (A5) in the esports exhibition area. You can reach out prior to the event at [email protected]last_img read more

Sportito introduces Chatbot in fantasy sports first

first_imgShare All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Premier League eyes 17 June resumption May 29, 2020 UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 Sportito has become the first daily fantasy sports (DFS) provider to introduce a Chatbot – a computer program designed to stimulate intelligent conversations and actions over the internet – to its users.The Sportito IT team has developed the platform with an innovative robotics system, which includes important characteristics such as allowing users to play on Sportito directly via Chatbot. It will support users by providing instant information and solutions to their problems, allowing them to receive personalised messages, news, videos and much more to enjoy a personalised 24/7 gaming experience.Sportito, owned by ASAP Italia, was founded in 2016 and soon formed official partnership deals with Burnley, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. Fans from these clubs can now make use of the Sportito Chatbot. Riccardo Mittiga, CEO of Sportito, said: “Sportito Chatbot is an effective tool to engage with our users and millions of fans from our partner football clubs. Innovation is one of our main areas of focus when it comes to making Sportito the best daily fantasy sports provider”.Sportito offers DFS with more profit and fun than traditional fantasy sports. Players can play and win real cash prizes every day, without waiting a whole season to finish. The team behind Sportito includes IT specialists like Paolo Farinella and Alexei Goloubtchikov – who have previously worked with top companies like Amazon and eBay. The firm’s stated first aim is to make it easier for the user and to offer the ultimate DFS experience.last_img read more

GVC delivers expanded casino suite for Crystalbet Georgia

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 FTSE listed GVC Holdings has moved to quickly revamp its new Georgian online gambling asset Crystalbet, announcing that it has launched its ‘comprehensive suite of casino content’ for its new digital property.Updating stakeholders, GVC’s development team has expanded Crystalbet’s entire casino suite adding +150 games titles, from leading industry suppliers including Yggdrasil, NetEnt and GVC’s in-house games studio.Delivering Crystalbet’s games expansion, GVC detailed that its new property would benefit from higher jackpot content and better cross-device engagement between desktop and mobile verticals.Commenting on the announcement, Shay Segev GVC’s Co-Chief Operating Officer said:“We are delighted to have integrated GVC’s gaming content with Crystalbet in such a short space of time since the acquisition. Georgian customers will now have access to a hugely expanded range of games which we believe is by far the broadest and best in the market.”Completing its first major integration for Crystalbet operations, GVC’s development team will now move to optimise the Georgian online casino’s CRM tools, live dealer inventories and UX frameworks.Supporting the upcoming changes, Koba Giglemiani CEO of Crystalbet stated: “The support that GVC have provided Crystalbet since we began working together has already had a hugely positive impact on our business. The benefits we are seeing, even at the earliest stages of our integration, makes us extremely excited about the future. We are looking forward to progressing the integration and offering our customers the very best online gaming experience.” Related Articleslast_img read more

Codere seeks to refresh Madrid arcade scene with BetSlotS joint-venture

first_img Related Articles Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Spanish gambling operator Grupo Codere has entered a strategic joint-venture with independent arcade operator Grupo Henares, to launch new gaming hall enterprise ‘BetSlotS’.The joint-venture partnership will see Codere launch eleven new Madrid-based gaming halls operated by Grupo Henares.Launching the enterprise within Madrid’s community, Codere and Grupo Henares detailed that the BetSlotS joint-venture would target a new/fresh clientele to engage with Spanish gaming halls.Updating investors, Codere governance stated that it was confident in its new venture, merging Grupo Henares’ expertise in leisure and hospitality with the firm’s newly enhanced gaming systems.Project stakeholders have detailed that BetSlotS premises will seek to modernise gaming halls for Spanish consumers, offering ambient gaming spaces with premium customer rewards, refreshing the appeal of gaming arcades to new audiences.The BetSlotS joint venture will form part of Codere’s ongoing home market expansion.In 2018, the Spanish gambling group announced that it had surpassed + 2,500 betting points operating within Spain, as the firm grew its presence in the regions of Andalucía and the Balearic Islands.Furthermore, in 2018 Codere celebrates its tenth year as a Spanish bookmaker, having opened its first betting point within its ‘Bingo Canoe’ Madrid property in April 2008. Share Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more

Greek EEEP give clarity on responsibility code but Hellas remains an unattractive prospect

first_img OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Share Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 Submit SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share The Greek Gambling Commission (EEEP) has issued a ‘quick-fire’ response to its new draft laws on online gambling, giving national stakeholders just 10-days (deadline 25 January) to review and respond to its propositions.The EEEP is reported to have added a number of amendments and provisions to the Finance Ministry’s co-developed Greek online gambling framework, initially proposed last 11 September.The Finance Ministry’s draft online gambling framework underwhelmed European incumbents, as its mandate detailed a + €4 million license for sports betting cover a period of five-years, whilst proposing a further ‘variable tax’ allocated to player winnings above €100.Further complications saw the Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos outline that established Greek gambling incumbents would gain ‘first right’ in securing online licenses.Presenting its new draft legislation, the EEEP has focused on establishing Greek online gambling consumer self-exclusion provisions, licensee requirements on standards/responsibilities, alongside establishing a fair advertising/marketing code for all Greek stakeholders – media, regulators, health organisations, etc..Furthermore, the EEEP is reported to have added robust provisions on consumer data collection, player verifications and bonus/sign-up incentives.Despite its clarity on responsible gambling and consumer protection standards, the commission has yet to determine whether it will reduce or drop its 35% revenue tax on online gambling services, deemed by most European operators as being the real barrier for Greek market entry.last_img read more

ASA forces Paddy Power to modify Rhodri Giggs loyalty advert

first_img Submit Related Articles The UK Advertising Standards Association (ASA) has upheld five complaints made against Paddy Power’s ‘Rewards Club’ advertisement featuring Rhodri Giggs, the older brother of former Manchester United and Wales footballer Ryan Giggs.Complaints were sanctioned against the advert, which was broadcast last February, as five viewers claimed that the advert ‘glamourised gambling’ by suggesting that it can lead to a better lifestyle.Promoting the bookmaker’s new Rewards Club loyalty programme, Paddy Power ‘Ambassador’ Rhodri Giggs is seen drinking champagne and driving a sports car which has ‘Thanks Paddy’ embedded on its bodywork.Responding to the complaints, Paddy Power marketing details that at no point during the advert does Rhodri Giggs participate in gambling/betting.Furthermore, Paddy Power underlines that Rhodri Giggs is promoting a loyalty programme over standard betting products, odds or markets promoted by bookmakers.In its response, Paddy Power maintains that the ‘sports car’ is used as a prop to emphasise customer loyalty as the key attribute of its Rewards Club messaging.Following a review, ASA has upheld the complaints made against the advert, detailing in its assessment that the advert implies that ‘viewers should follow Rhodri Giggs example’.  “We considered that created the impression that Rhodri was no longer defined by the alleged affair and that he had moved past his “loyalty” and was now reaping the rewards, both financially and in terms of his own self-image,” said ASA.“The ad implied viewers should follow his example, and that their route to doing so was joining Paddy Power’s Rewards Club. For that reason, we considered the ad implied gambling was a way to achieve financial security and improved self-image, and we concluded the ad was irresponsible.”The watchdog has therefore judged the advert to have breached its ‘BCAP Code Rules’ on responsible advertising with regards to gambling products. ASA has issued no fine to Paddy Power, but has enforced that the bookmaker can not show the advert again in its original format. Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more