Over 50? You’re at Increased Risk for ShinglesA few years ago, a Harris Interactive-sponsored poll* found that Americans consider 50 to be the “perfect age” to live forever in good health. For many, the half-century mark can be a time when experience and opportunity balance perfectly — as told by the saying “50 is the new 30.” At 50 there may be more time to spend on your hobbies or other activities that interest you.At 50, the last thing anyone would want is to be blindsided by illness. Yet risks of certain medical conditions increase with age. For example, shingles is a condition caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox — a virus that 98 percent of adults have had according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even after recovery from chickenpox, the virus never leaves the body. At some point later in life, it can unexpectedly reactivate and emerge as shingles — a painful blistering rash that can last for 30 days.When Edwin DePeiza discovered he had shingles, he learned the meaning of the adage: “You don’t miss something until it’s gone.” DePeiza, who is in his 60s and resides in Massachusetts, first noticed a burning sensation on his torso. By the time he saw his doctor, a rash had developed. Upon seeing the rash, his doctor quickly diagnosed it as shingles.DePeiza, a passionate guitar player, witnessed how shingles can interrupt the moments that matter in life. His guitar playing had taken him all over the world, but the intense pain of shingles forced him to put his passion on hold.“The things I love to do most I couldn’t do, like playing in the band and spending time with [my wife] Marylou,” DePeiza recalls. “The sensation of having shingles for me was like being scalded by hot water, [or] having hot cereal spill on you. I have never experienced that kind of pain or burning sensation.”According to the CDC, one in three people will get shingles in their lifetime, and every year, about 1 million cases are diagnosed in the United States. Adults aged 50 and older are especially at risk for shingles, as the risk increases with age due to naturally declining immune systems. There is no way to tell who will get shingles, nor how severe the case will be.Shingles most commonly surfaces on a single side of the torso, but it can appear anywhere on the body — even the face. For most people, after the shingles rash and blisters heal, the pain and itch subside — though some people may experience permanent scarring even after the rash heals. In some cases, shingles can cause complications like postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a long-term nerve pain that can last for months or even years after the blisters heal and the rash disappears.Speaking with a healthcare professional to understand one’s personal risk for shingles is important. Learn more about Edwin’s shingles experience, and talk to your doctor or pharmacist about a vaccine that can help prevent shingles. For more information go to www.ShinglesInfo.com.
Month: August 2020 Cops beaten senseless during Trinidad Canival
Police officers in Trinidad were beaten senseless during the recently concluded Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago.One cop was bitten, and another beaten, during an attack by a mob in La Brea on Monday. The two constables were rescued by other cops and taken for medical treatment at the Point Fortin Area Hospital.The cops were injured after they responded to a report of a violence near Pt D’or. When the cops arrived in a marked Nissan Xtrail. They were immediately attacked. The frothing crowd smashed the back windscreen.All hell broke loose when the cops alighted from the service vehicle, according to a report in the Trinidad Express.One was reportedly bitten multiple times on his shoulder and hand, while his colleague was beaten with a length of wood. Several people were detained in connection with the incident.The assault agiants lawmen continued in Tobago on the same day when a police officer was knocked unconscious by a group of men when he tried detaining an unruly member of the public. A photograph of the cops lying dazed on the ground has gone viral on social media.One of the men suspected to have been involved in the assault of the cop being was nabbed by police officers who chased his vehicle which ended up crashing into the sea.The assaults drew of the ire of Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations in Trinidad ands Tobago, Deodath Dulalchan. Dulalchan warned that assaults against members of the police force would not be tolerated and that those found culpable would be dealt with harshly
Month: August 2020 No more activity from Kick ’em Jenny
Kick ’em Jenny In its final advisory on the activity at the volcano which began erupting last weekend, Grenada’s National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) said there had been no more earthquakes since just after midnight on Tuesday, and “this episode appears to be over”.“However, as noted in previous updates, the pattern of behaviour at the…volcano has been changing and another episode of activity in the short-term should not be ruled out,” the agency added, noting that it continues to collaborate with the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine Campus to monitor activities.As a precautionary measure NaDMA has maintained the alert level at yellow, which means that vessels should observe a 1.5 km/0.93 mile exclusion zone.“The marine community is advised to continue observing the secondary exclusion zone of 5 km/3.1 miles. The SRC has advised that heightened alert is necessary for the exclusion zone,” NaDMA stated.The first eruption at the region’s only submarine volcano – which is located about five miles north of Grenada – occurred last Saturday evening, with reports of it being felt in St Patrick’s, Grenada.Scores of mostly low-magnitude quakes were subsequently recorded.
Month: August 2020 Use Online Platform To Send Remittance – JN Money
Jamaicans in the Diaspora are being urged to use services such as JN Money Online to conduct their remittance transactions as part of efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “With JN Money Online our customers can send money via our online service to any of our locations and the money is received in real time,” stated Hines. “They can also send money to a JN Money card; and the card can be used as a debit card, enabling customers in Jamaica to get 24/7 access to their funds from any ATM; or, use it at any Point-of-Sale machine.” Mr. Horace Hines, general manager, JN Money Services Limited (JNMS), owners of the JN Money brand, made this plea as news comes of more cases of persons being infected with COVID-19 in areas such as London and New York, home to many Jamaicans and their families. JN Money Online was originally established in 2016, as an e-commerce site for Jamaicans in Canada to pay bills, and conduct transactions with third party financial institutions in Jamaica. The service, which was later expanded to the United States and The United Kingdom, provides customers with more options and convenience to transmit funds. Mr Hines stated that a part of JNMS focus is to provide customers with safe and convenient ways to conduct transactions. He said these issues are even more important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge our customers to use JN Money Online by visiting www.jnmoneyonline.com when conducting remittance transactions, especially as they practice social discipline,” added Mr. Hines. “A part of our mission is to provide our customers with safety, affordability and convenience through multiple payment channels,” explained Mr. Hines “During this period, we want them to be safe and only going on the streets when they have to. Therefore, we encourage persons to use JN Money Online because it is a safe way to conduct transactions and urge them to stay as safe as possible.”
Month: August 2020 Ivan Klaric: Score Alarm – Crucial Gains…developing engaging products in a changing marketplace
StumbleUpon SuperBet makes Zagreb its new technology home acquiring Axilis studio August 22, 2019 Revamped website to support Golden Race’s global growth November 20, 2018 Related Articles 6 of the Best – Hedgehog Cyber Security’s Peter Bassill December 20, 2018 Ivan KlaricIvan Klaric Founder & CEO of all-in-one industry betting app Score Alarm details to SBC readers how research, data and development should aid industry stakeholders into creating to more enticing end products.Following a year of growth for Score Alarm services, Klaric details the competencies and capabilities learnt from his firm’s development journey._____________________As giants overtake every market, they enter and new regulations don’t seem to be bothering them very much. As retail gaming is losing its market share, taxes are higher, and competition is fierce. Realities are looking grim for most sports betting companies as their customer-base is transferring to more user-friendly and accessible gaming verticals.A digital presence is a must in these times, but it can be a tricky path to follow if undertaken wrongly. This brings us to problem our first problem…Online betting without a mobile solution does not work80% of internet users have a mobile device and use it on a daily basis and smartphone is the first tech product which is bought by almost everyone in the world every two years. Without a mobile application, you are missing a huge part of online users. How they use their smartphone is even more important:‘Mobile doesn’t mean mobile’ Most people use a smartphone when there’s a laptop in arms’ reach. The relatively little use of ‘mobile’ devices is when you’re walking down the street or waiting for a coffee. — Benedict EvansFor factors like checking Twitter, mail or Facebook you know it from first-hand experience. It’s easier to just pick up your phone and scroll than clutter your laptop internet browser with another tab. Additionally, some things are just faster and better looking on your mobile device. Browsing trough matches and checking stats falls in the latter group. Betting is meant to be mobile.Aesthetics Matter! If it’s slow or ugly, nobody will use it for more than a second!I’m not even joking. 90% of users reported they stopped using an app in the first couple of seconds due to poor performance, and 86% deleted or uninstalled an app as a result of encountering problems with its functionality or design. The importance of UX is a well-covered subject, and when thinking about your own app it needs to be considered in every stage and aspect of development.You can see poor mobile performances in mobile solutions of almost all leading bookmakers. Most of their mobile webs loaded after 10 seconds of waiting and then the real struggle began. Hard to navigate, unresponsive design, information is not clearly shown are just some of the most common problems. You’ll get loading screens with almost every button pressed, few seconds on average.It is important to address why are so many apps slow and just barely usable.Native vs. web — choose between your comfort zone and user satisfactionMost of today’s betting applications are based on hybrid technology that puts web widgets in a native container. That kind of development is faster and cost effective, and it is a quite good option for the first try at mobile market. Problem being that people expect their software to get better over time. If you are stuck with a bad app, your users will resent it and find a better solution.A good example here is Facebook. They religiously used HTML 5 and web-based technologies from the beginning of their mobile story. In 2012 they gave up on it, ditched everything they did for mobile and launched a new application based on Apple’s native framework.If you are reading this from an office of a sports betting company, open the Facebook application and use it for two minutes. Now do the same with your sports betting app. You will notice the difference in no-time.Facebook used HTML5 for the same reasons you use it today. They wanted to update their application and add new features without the need for sending a new edition to the AppStore. They gave up on that luxury for speed and intuitiveness of native solutions. Most importantly, Facebook users loved it.“The biggest mistake we’ve made as a company is betting on HTML5 over native,” Mark Zuckerberg explained, referring to the original HTML5-powered Facebook mobile apps that were plagued with slowdowns and other issues.It’s up to you to decide if you will stay in your comfort zone or start building what your customers expect!Partial solution without live scores and stats costs you customersWhen a user places a bet, he will need access to information on his picks. If the bet slip in your app is not connected with all related live statistics, important match events, live formations and other details, bettors will use third party live score services. Those services are the biggest marketing affiliates of the giants in the industry. Operators have no chance if their customer-base is bombarded with their competitor’s ads every minute. That combined with possible frustration because of the poor betting app performance is a perfect recipe for losing your precious users.Here is the point where it gets complicated. Even if you want to, you can’t build a native app with all required functionalities because data providers don’t supply data for native mobile usage. They are only delivering raw data or web widgets with which you can forget about native mobile and top performances.How Score Alarm solved this Problem? We are processing and adjusting data (live score, pre-match stats, live stats etc.) exclusively for our clients and for native mobileOur own data processing system allowed us to develop innovative features that increase customer engagementWe focused on app development using exclusively native iOS and Android technologiesAt this moment we can deliver 100% native solution for pre-match and live betting and live score and statistics in less than 40 days. Submit Share Hattrick Sports Group native mobile app developed by Score Alarm: Vimeo video –> https://vimeo.com/192430169Old Story…using platforms trapped in the past centuryTalking to bookmakers all across Europe I got the impression that awareness about the points from this post is slowly increasing, but the majority of them, as it looks, are not able to do anything about it. Betting companies are simply cornered by third-party platforms stuck in some bygone era that will eventually push them into uncompetitiveness. Those companies, because of their size and legacy tech, are too sluggish for changes. Their whole business model is relying on blocking advancements in the industry and booking enormous visibility at specialised conferences.This is the last point, but in your further growth and development, it is a prerequisite. If your core software provider needs months or even a year for the adjustments to global trends, the future of your company is not that bright. Think about the roots of the problem and start making important decisions today.______________________Ivan Klaric – Co-Founder & CEO- Score Alarm Share
Month: August 2020 BetConstruct adds Virtual Cockfighting with Edge Gaming
Submit New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon BetConstruct, a developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions, has partnered with Edge Gaming to add Virtual Cockfighting to its partner network.Virtual Cockfighting is a unique offering, featuring advanced animation technology to bring an ultra-realistic image to life. The game has a multilingual and multi-currency interface with wallet integration.Don Brooks, Edge Gaming Director, commented: “We are very excited to partner with BetConstruct who we see as one of the leading innovators in the industry. The need for unique gaming experiences has heightened in recent years and we expect our offering to help to open up markets that have been historically hard to crack.”Anna Shahbazyan, BetConstruct Regional Director in Uruguay, revealed: “The popularity of virtual products in the LatAm market makes Edge Gaming’s Virtual Cockfighting a welcome addition to our platform. It enables our partners to offer exciting cutting-edge virtual cockfight to their players. We look forward to building on the partnership with Edge Gaming.”The brochure for the product outlines that there’s now over 17,000 fights per month and a new betting opportunity every 150 seconds. It’s designed to offer punters quick turnover and stimulation to keep them playing. It also allows singles and multiple betting across multiple platforms.The customisation enables providers to choose their profit margin and have their company’s logo across the arena advertising boards for maximum brand exposure. There’s over 20 individual gamecocks, each with their own unique ability star ratings. Share
Month: August 2020 GambleAware increases GamCare funds to revitalise UK support structures
Kate Lampard – GambleAwareIndustry charity GambleAware has confirmed that it has reached a new agreement with partner GamCare, to fund the ‘National Gambling Helpline’ and further support the expansion of UK treatment services for adults experiencing gambling-related harms.Updating the market, GambleAware will increase GamCare’s annual funding by 20%, which will be attributed to a grant totalling £14 million over three years.Increasing subsidies, GambleAware aims to revamp GamCare’s public support structures which include;Maintaining the National Gambling Helpline,Developing a national network of talking therapiesImproving online access to consumer supportTo enhance the efficiency of GamCare on gambling harm treatment and intervention.In addition, GambleAware intends to commission new aftercare services to prevent relapse, as well as services that offer help for the families of problem gamblers, including bereavement counselling.Confirming the increased GamCare funding, Kate Lampard, Chair of GambleAware, said:“GambleAware is pleased to make this renewed three-year commitment to GamCare. The fact that less than 2% of ‘problem gamblers’ were receiving treatment represents a significant gap in the provision of specialist services. Our goal is to close the gap between the number of those getting treatment and those who need it by increasing the range, quality and quantity of early interventions and treatment while helping people to avoid gambling problems in the first place.”GambleAware governance recognises the need for a board range of UK stakeholders to work collectively in the development of support services.The charity welcomes the Department of Health recent demand of Public Health England to inform and support action on gambling-related harms.Moving forward, GambleAware seeks to further combine its knowledge and the complexities of gambling-related harms with current NHS mental health services.Sir Ian Prosser – GamCareSir Ian Prosser, Chair of GamCare, said: “GamCare is delighted to have signed a new Grant Agreement with GambleAware. The extra money will enable us to help more people to recover from problem gambling, and to help those who are affected by the gambling of a family member or friend. We will use the Grant to develop further our range of services and to deliver a new model of care, so that individuals get help which is tailored to their needs. The assurance of a three-year agreement gives us the certainty about funding which means that we can push forward with our plans to develop and deliver an integrated treatment system, which people rightly expect.” Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020
Month: August 2020 The FA partners with PayPal to tackle grassroot fees
Share English football suspension extended until 30 April March 19, 2020 Russell James – The FAThe Football Association (FA) enters an official payments partnership with PayPal that plans to transform how players pay their fees at grassroots level.By pushing payments through ‘The FA Matchday App’, the collaboration hopes to enable grassroots footballers to pay their match fees with their smartphones – bringing in possibly millions of extra pounds for grassroots clubs every season.Problems such as match fees, annual subs, and fines incurred for receiving red or yellow cards can be resolved through the mobile app.According to FA statistics conducted in May 2018, 80% of clubs take physical cash and 38% use cheques to collect payments despite modern societies advancement in digital payments. Dependance on physical money and cheques has meant over the years many clubs have encountered losses from late or missing payments and the FA believes that millions of pounds extra could be collected digitally by grassroots clubs every season.During the four year partnership, both organisations aim to work together on further initiatives to help support grassroots football; later this year, grassroots clubs will be able to access free PayPal-branded football training kit and equipment.Director of Digital Engagement at The FA, Russell James said: “This signals our intent to further bring grassroots football into the digital age, making the game more accessible for all. “Importantly this service will help save time and reduce administration for those people who dedicate their time to organising the football that so many people enjoy. “Working with PayPal, the market leaders in their field can only have a positive impact for everyone at grassroots football.”Incorporating digital payments through the new ‘FA Matchday App’,is hoped to simplify the collection and tracking of money for people who manage grassroots football teams.Rob Harper – PayPalThe app also allows clubs to organise matches and training, select their line-up, and give updates to their team. Players can share their availability, view all future fixtures and keep an eye on the tables and results.Rob Harper, Director of Mobile Payments at PayPal UK explained: “Technology is enabling us to move away from cash in almost all aspects of life, and the beautiful game is next. “Together with The FA, we’ve devised an easy way for players to leave their wallet or chequebook at home, and use their PayPal digital wallet to settle up instead.” Share UEFA confirms indefinite Finals postponement March 24, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submit
Month: August 2020 Legacy Continues… Betway renews West Ham lead sponsorship
StumbleUpon Share Betway has renewed its largest marketing commitment, after extending its ‘principal sponsorship’ with Premier League football club West Ham United for a further six years. The online bookmaker has served as West Ham principal sponsor since February 2015, when Betway replaced bankrupt currency trading platform Alpari as the Hammers’ lead marketing partner.In its update, Betway marketing highlights the numerous West Ham projects and transitions the online bookmaker has supported during its partnership.During Premier League season 2016/17, West Ham moved to the London Olympic Stadium (capacity 50,000), establishing the venue as its new home stadium.Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway, said: “Our partnership with West Ham United has been a huge success over the past four years and we are proud to be extending it by another six.“They are a club with one of the most passionate fanbases in the game, who we have built up a strong relationship with by giving them some unforgettable experiences and memories.“This is something we are wholly committed to and we are delighted to be continuing our partnership with the club.”Betway brands its sponsorship of West Ham as a ‘transformative partnership’ for its business, in which Betway has launched new creative concepts and social initiatives such as the Betway Academy, Betway Fan Taxi and West Ham Supermarket Sweep.Since becoming the Hammers’ lead partner in 2015, the bookmaker maintains that it has been committed to understanding ‘the emotions and bonds that Hammers fans have with their Club’. Karren Brady, West Ham United Vice-Chairman, added: “We are delighted to once again extend our partnership with Betway. After working together successfully for four years, this is a new, long-term, record-breaking commercial deal for the Club, which shows the faith that Betway has in West Ham United and our iconic global identity which has seen us recognised as one of the world’s biggest football brands.“We look forward to continuing to work with Betway as we embark on the next chapter for our great Club, and we will use this partnership as a platform for success, both on and off the pitch.” Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Submit Related Articles
Month: August 2020 Northern Ireland to review ‘outdated’ legislation with public consultation
Share Share StumbleUpon Submit The Northern Irish Department for Communities (DfC) is set to review the ‘outdated’ gambling legislation by launching a new public consultation which will run from 16 December 2019 to 21 February 2020.The consultation will consider how the public and industry stakeholders view the current legislative framework, while the DfC will seek to identify changes which should be included in any new gambling legislation.Launching the consultation, Tracy Meharg, DfC Permanent Secretary, said: “I know that the gambling industry is an important employer in Northern Ireland and that gambling is an activity which is enjoyed responsibly by a large number of people.“However it is very important to recognise that for some people, gambling has the potential to cause considerable harm. Any future changes to the law must balance the interests of the gambling industry with the need for regulation to protect vulnerable people.”Meharg continued: “There is no doubt that the current legislation is outdated and has not kept pace with industry and technological changes.“This consultation will allow everyone with an interest in gambling to share their views on the current legislation and will put the Department in a position to offer the best advice to an incoming Minister on the future regulatory framework. I would encourage all those with an interest in Northern Ireland gambling law to take the opportunity to contribute to this consultation.”As it stands, Northern Ireland is currently regulated under the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 and not the Gambling Act 2005. It is hoped that the public consultation will help gain an insight into the policies needed to bring the legislation in line with that of the rest of the UK.