Egypt, Indonesia report human H5N1 cases

first_imgMar 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The accumulation of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza continued with the reporting of one case each in Egypt and Indonesia in the past 2 days.Officials in Egypt said a 4-year-old boy from the Nile delta town of Daqahliya tested positive yesterday, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the case in a notice today.The boy, who fell ill Mar 7 and was hospitalized the next day, was in stable condition, the WHO said. A health ministry official said the boy caught the virus from birds raised by his family, according to AFP.Egypt has had 24 confirmed H5N1 cases, 13 of them fatal, according to the WHO. Those include six cases with three deaths so far this year; the rest were in 2006.In Indonesia, officials reported today that a 20-year-old woman from East Java was in critical condition in a hospital, according to a Reuters report. Joko Suyono, a data analyst at the national avian flu center in Jakarta, said the woman had cleaned an area where a neighbor had dumped dead chickens, the story said.By the WHO’s count, Indonesia has had 81 human cases of H5N1 illness, with 63 deaths. The WHO has not yet recognized the young woman’s case or four previous cases reported by Indonesian officials since Jan 29, when the agency confirmed a fatal H5N1 infection in a 6-year-old girl from Central Java province. Those four cases involved a 15-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man, reported Feb 6, plus a 22-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy, reported Feb 12. Both of the latter patients died of the illness.With the new case in Egypt, the WHO’s global tally of human cases reported since H5N1 began spreading widely in late 2003 reached 278 cases with 168 deaths.In other developments, South Korea reported killing more than 35,000 ducks on farms to control an H5N1 outbreak reported last week, according to an AFP report published yesterday.The disease erupted on a breeding farm in Cheonan, 56 miles south of Seoul, the story said. A city official said culling was done on that farm and four neighboring farms.See also:Jan 29 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_01_29/en/index.htmllast_img read more

UKGC’s May stats reflect retail reality

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles The UK’s retail landscape has continued to suffer over recent months with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) reporting a 1.5 per cent decrease in the number of shops since March 2018.As part of the biannual statistics published by the regulator, the total number of betting shops has fallen to 8423, while licensed arcades and bingo premises have also dropped in numbers by 5.3 and 1.1 per cent respectively.These declines reflect the adjustments which have been undertaken by UK retail bookmakers in a bid to offset the impact of the recent FOBT judgement.FTSE250 William Hill was the first bookmaker to confirm betting shop closures, declaring during its full-year 2018 results that it had committed to shutting down 900 stores across the UK.Meanwhile, Ladbrokes has recently stated that it has identified approximately 1,000 betting shops which could shut their doors for good during 2019.Ben Haden, programme director for Industry Insight commented on the recent UKGC statistics: “Despite the marginal decline across the wider gambling industry, the online gambling sector continues to grow. Our role as regulator will continue to see us working to raise standards right across the industry.”Positive news for the industry sees the UKGC report Gross gambling yield (GGY) for the UK’s online gaming sector had jumped by 2.9 per cent over the year to £5.6bn in the 12 months to September 2018.Total GGY for the UK has amounted to £14.5bn during the twelve months, noting a 0.4 per cent decrease from April 2017 – March 2018.Haden added: “Following our comprehensive review of the online gambling sector in 2018, this year we have implemented new rules to strengthen age and ID verification checks and we’ve also been working with partners in financial institutions to develop the role they can play to protect vulnerable consumers.“Last month we published the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms which has a renewed focus on plans to widen research, take a preventative approach to gambling harms, assess treatment provision, embed a culture of evaluation, and encourage industry to collaborate to make gambling safer.’’Market share for the remote sector in the UK jumped to 39 per cent between October 2017 and September 2018, recording a 1.2 per cent increase from April 2017-March 2018.Meanwhile contributions to good causes from The National Lottery had also increased to £1.5bn, a 0.3 per cent growth from the previous period. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 Share ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Betting Gods launches esports betting tipster service

first_imgMalta-based tipster service Betting Gods has launched a new esports betting service; eSports Betting Tipster.The service will be subscription based and will offer daily odds and tips covering titles including League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2 and CS:GO. Jamie Lakin, Business Development Manager, Betting Gods said: “Entering the eSports market represents a significant move for us in terms of reaching a wider audience worldwide, plus we look forward to now serving a younger and emerging demographic under the BettingGods.com brand”.This move by Betting Gods is no great surprise with more and more betting operators offering esports in some way, shape and form. Just recently we’ve seen the emergence of new esports focused portals such as Rivalry.gg (with whom you can read an interview here), Pixelbet and Luckbox, whilst more traditional operators have been upping their stakes when it comes to offering esports markets too. Betting Gods Malta Ltd initially entered the esports betting market last year with its eSportsmaniacs brand. The company has now rolled out a tipster service on its core platform. As such esports joins the likes of football, tennis, boxing and horse racing. The esports betting tipster service provides 25 to 30 tips a month, it costs £20 per month or there is an annual fee option of £180. Betting Gods also offer a 30 day money back guarantee, and maintain that tips from it have averaged £340.58 since November 2017 with £10 bets. Betting Gods was previously UK based, a nation in which it’s a big year ahead for the esports industry. Come September, London will soon play host to the nation’s first CS:GO Major (hosted by FACEIT), whilst in May, ESL UK are running the largest esports tournament, by some margin, ever to be held in the country. Prior to this Major, we’ll be running a business conference called ESI London which will include a comprehensive Betting on Esports track as a part of SBC Global’s Betting on Sports Conference. You can read more about that here. A little further north in the UK, a Dota 2 Major, ESL One Birmingham, has already sold out tickets at Arena Birmingham. Big competitions such as these in a country such as the UK where regulated betting is prevalent and very much engrained in the culture is sure to give esports betting a boost. Recently, Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner became an ambassador for Luckbox and he detailed why he did so, and his (agreeable) views that there needs to be far more education in regards to esports betting. Esports Insider says: There is a definite need for more education around esports betting and initiatives like Betting Gods’ new esports focused tipster service are some proof that the appetite is there. The fact that this service is daily, and that it joins far more established markets such as football, boxing, tennis and horse racing, says a lot too. We’ll be very interested to see how many winners it delivers.last_img read more

Iowa got free masks from Taiwan and companies, filings show

first_imgDES MOINES Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s executive branch has reported receiving 1.4 million donated surgical masks from corporations and a foreign government to help fight the coronavirus.Disclosure filings show the masks came from the Government of Taiwan and one of its U.S. offices, a Chinese auto parts conglomerate, a major apparel company and Iowa’s largest health insurer.In all, Gov. Kim Reynolds accepted pandemic-related supplies with an estimated total value of $1.33 million as gifts to the state.The most valuable came from Hanesbrands, the North Carolina-based clothing company, which gave 1.2 million of its surgical procedure masks.last_img

LVR finishes seventh at elite Clarence Fulton tournament

first_imgMatt Zukowski and Isaiah Kingdon combined for 40 points to pace the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 79-79 victory over Pen-Hi Lakers of Penticton at the Clarence Fulton Maroons Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in Vernon.The win allowed LVR to finish the elite AA boy’s tourney, that included ranked teams from Sa-Hali in Kamloops, Penticton’s Princess Margaret and Duchess Park of Prince George, in seventh spot.Kingdon, who along with Adam Berg was name player of the game for LVR, led the Bomber attack with a game high 24 points while senior forward Zukowski added 16.The Bombers opened the tourney with a narrow 74-66 loss to Sahali. Kingdon led the Bombers again with 14 points while Erich Schepkowski had 12.Friday, the Bombers lose 84-74 to Princess Margaret. Kingdon and Schepkowski each scored 14 points.LVR was able to bounce back to register its first win of the tourney, dumping host Maroons 77-54.Zukowski paced the Bomber attack with 14 points while Cail Spencer had 11. Jack Sturrup had 12 points and what named player of the game for LVR.LVR travels to Trail to meet rival J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Thursday.Next tournament is the Sahali Invitational January 31-February 2 in Kamloops.last_img read more