Esports Entertainment Group to finalise Argyll acquisition by 31 July

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Esports Entertainment Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire online sportsbook and casino Argyll Entertainment, with the transaction due to be finalised ‘on or before July 31’.The group had previously expressed its intention to acquire Argyll’s parent company LHE Enterprises back in May, with the move forming part of Esports Entertainment Group’s expansion into the traditional betting space.While the terms of the acquisition have not yet been disclosed, Esports Entertainment Group described the deal as a ‘major milestone’.“Reaching a definitive agreement to complete our first acquisition as a NASDAQ company is a major milestone,” commented Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group.“Argyll CEO Stuart Tilly and CFO Dan Marks already joined our senior leadership team in June as Corporate Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, respectively. They are a great addition to our organization and will help us build on Argyll’s base of more than 100,000 registered users, placing us in a great position to grow revenue moving forward.”Tilly added: “As a fast growing and innovative online gaming company licensed in the UK and Ireland, Argyll offers Esports Entertainment Group access to exclusive and proprietary sports and gaming content, including the flagship SportNation.bet brand and an award-winning rewards program, which was a major driver of Argyll’s $12 million in revenue in 2019.“The esports industry is the strongest it’s ever been, and the strengthened financial position of our combined operations together with the ability to leverage the expertise and deep domain knowledge of its 30 strong staff in marketing, technology, risk management, and regulation will put Esports Entertainment Group in a great position to capitalize on the wealth of opportunities ahead in this rapidly growing market.” Esports Entertainment Group finalises Argyll takeover July 31, 2020 Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

International sports channel provider Eleven Sport

first_imgInternational sports channel provider Eleven Sports Network has tapped online TV technology specialist NeuLion to launch a new digital service in Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore and Taiwan.The service enables viewers to access live and on-demand remium sports content such as Euro 2016, Liga BBVA, Formula 1 or NBA on their tablet, mobile or laptop devices, available via subscription both online and as an app.The service includes a catch-up option, allowing viewers to watch any live sport or programming shown on the network’s channels in the past 24 hours.This is complemented by video-on-demand, providing viewers with clips and short-form highlights, and the ability to pause and rewind live coverage of events.“We are extremely excited to launch our new Eleven Sports digital service at a time when fans continue to look for the best and most convenient ways to watch sport. Working with NeuLion has enabled us to offer viewers a best in class service which we are sure they will be delighted with. Our fantastic range of world-class sports deserves to be showcased on a platform like this and enjoyed by as many people as possible,” said Danny Menken, group managing director, Eleven Sports Network.“Our experience and expertise delivering live sports throughout Europe and Asia for big brands including the NFL, NBA, UFC and others has allowed us to continue to land fantastic new partners,” says Kanaan Jemili, CEO, NeuLion.“We are excited to team up with Eleven Sports Network and give their fans an enhanced digital experience delivering great content on multiple devices.”last_img read more

Are Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective

first_imgShutterstock | narikanThe research, which forms part of a collection of reviews in the Cochrane Library and has recently been summarised in the journal PAIN, concludes that much more research in this area is needed to improve the standard of the evidence available so far.The study, which is a summary of all available reviews of research into this area, was conducted in collaboration with an international team of 23 leading researchers from around the world. It was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Versus Arthritis and Bath’s Center for Pain Services.In adults, chronic pain that lasts for at least three months is known to have serious adverse effects, but a lesser known fact is that one-fifth of children also suffer with chronic pain, which can cause significant distress for both children and parents.The main forms of chronic pain among children are abdominal pain, headaches, migraines and musculoskeletal pain. Suffering with the pain can mean children start to miss school, feel isolated and develop depression and anxiety. Usually, the first approach to treatment is to prescribe medication.“Living with chronic pain can have a profound physical, emotional and psychological impact, particularly in children,” says Director of Involvement and Services at Versus Arthritis, Stewart Long.“It can stop them joining in things other young people do and affect development of friendships. This can lead to isolation, making children more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression and affect their ability to fulfil their potential and maintain their future aspirations.”The new study has revealed a significant contrast between the evidence available about drugs for adults in chronic pain, compared with what is available for children. Among adults, 300,000 patients have been studied in hundreds of randomised trials, whereas among children, the figure is only 393 and the number of trials is six.The authors describe this disparity between adults and children, which is a ratio of around 1000:1 as “unacceptable” and say that the evidence emerging from trials of adults cannot “simply be applied to children,” who have bodily systems that work differently.Study author Emma Fisher, from the Center for Pain Research at the University of Bath, points out: “Children are not just small adults so we cannot simply extrapolate evidence acquired from adults and use it in children.”Fisher and team emphasise that the lack of evidence does not necessarily mean evidence of no effect. However, they argue that very little investment has been made into researching which treatments are best for children and that this need addressing urgently. Overall, there is no high-quality evidence to help us understand the efficacy or safety of the common drugs used to help children with chronic pain. The lack of data means that we are uncertain about how to optimally manage pain. Doctors, children and their families all deserve better,”Study leader Christopher Eccleston, Director of the Centre for Pain Research at the University of Bath. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jun 27 2019A study led by researchers at the University of Bath has revealed that research into the drugs used to treat chronic pain in children is lacking and insufficient to base treatment decisions on.center_img Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenThe researchers acknowledge that practical and ethical barriers exist to conducting randomised control trials on children, but they point out that these are no different to those existing in other areas of paediatric pharmacological research.Eccleston is now calling for healthcare policymakers to tackle the problem and break down these barriers.Fisher estimates that at the current rate of clinical trial reporting, which is only one every 3.5 years, it would take more than 1,000 years to produce an evidence base that could reliably inform treatment decisions: “This lack of knowledge requires new funding and urgent attention.”Similarly, Long says “we urgently need chronic pain to be prioritised in policy, funding and research so that the millions of people living in pain today, regardless of their age, are better supported.”Lead medical consultant at the national Bath Centre for Pain Services, Jacqui Clinch, says she sees and treats children and adolescents from across the UK who have often suffered with pain for years. As well as experiencing overwhelming pain, these young people often develop sleep problems, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, muscle weakness, nausea, numbness and many other associated difficulties: “They transform from physically and socially active individuals to missing school, physically inactive and housebound. In short, their lives, and those of their loved ones, fall apart.”“As part of the international pain community, we strive to optimise research into both further understanding pain pathways in young people and exploring new interventions to alleviate suffering in this vulnerable population and their families.”Alternative approaches to drug therapies are available for children with chronic pain including psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, but again the evidence base for these needs improving.The team suggests funding and incentives are now made available that will help to drive evidence-based research into this area that doctors can rely on to inform their treatment decisions. Source:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uob-rrl062519.phplast_img read more

Africas young professionals embracing gospel of bitcoin

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this photo taken on Thursday March 8, 2018, Ugandan Bitcoin miner Godfrey Kabaka Mumpe lectures fellow Ugandans about the currency in the capital city Kampala. Some tech-savvy Africans are embracing bitcoin, the most popular virtual currency, despite the warnings of a few governments, seeing the volatility in its value a better risk than the usual hustle amid the continent’s high unemployment. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Despite the risks, “it is not wise to dismiss cryptocurrencies at this stage,” said Stephen Kaboyo, a Ugandan analyst who runs the Kampala-based financial services firm Alpha Capital Partners. But those who invest in “a hugely speculative asset” must first understand the risks, he warned.In Uganda, where per capita income was less than $700 in 2016, bitcoin enthusiasts are mostly unfazed by the volatility. At least one restaurant in Kampala now accepts bitcoin, with owner Jennifer Birungi saying she had to put it “on the menu” to get more comfortable with cryptocurrencies.Birungi is a registered user of the exchange platform BitPesa, which serves 6,000 customers in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria. They can cash out their bitcoin in return for local currency, which can be sent directly to their mobile phones’ bitcoin wallets or wired to their bank accounts.Other enthusiasts cited the relative convenience of bitcoin in financial transfers.”I used to want to buy medical equipment online but it was becoming hard. Transacting online is very expensive in Uganda with all the fees,” said Moses Semulya, a doctor at a Kampala hospital. “Bitcoin is changing that, making things easier and faster.”Semulya said he rues a missed opportunity to invest in bitcoin in 2016 when it was still relatively cheap. Now he holds nearly $800 worth of it in his digital wallet, an amount he hopes will swell as more people in Africa and elsewhere turn to the cryptocurrency.He concluded: “Right now I would rather invest in bitcoin and watch this space rather than buying a plot of land.” In this photo taken on Thursday March 8, 2018, Daphine Ayo, a Ugandan Bitcoin miner, looks at a menu at a restaurant that accepts Bitcoin, in the capital city Kampala, Uganda. Some tech-savvy Africans are embracing bitcoin, the most popular virtual currency, despite the warnings of a few governments, seeing the volatility in its value a better risk than the usual hustle amid the continent’s high unemployment. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera) Such facilities, however, have faced doubts about whether they are genuine and some countries have warned of money laundering and the threat to government-backed currencies.In China, where a substantial amount of the world’s supply of bitcoin originates, the government ordered a shutdown of all cryptocurrency mining operations in January. The crackdown, plus hacking attacks leading to the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of bitcoin from Japanese transfer Coincheck, contributed to the volatility of the value of a single unit of bitcoin, which rose to $19,000 in December but has since fallen below $9,000.Uganda’s central bank has warned that investing in bitcoin and other digital currencies “is taking a risk in the financial space where there is neither investor protection nor regulatory purview.”Kenya and Nigeria have issued similar concerns, and last year Namibia officially banned the use of cryptocurrencies for commercial purposes. But other countries in Africa appear open to the possibilities. Last year Tunisia announced it would launch a digital currency based on blockchain technology and South Africa, Africa’s most developed economy, is researching the technology’s feasibility. In this photo taken on Thursday March 8, 2018, Daphine Ayo, left, and Richard Muhumuza, both Ugandan Bitcoin miners, have lunch in the capital city Kampala, Uganda. Some tech-savvy Africans are embracing bitcoin, the most popular virtual currency, despite the warnings of a few governments, seeing the volatility in its value a better risk than the usual hustle amid the continent’s high unemployment. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera) Bitcoin and cryptocurrency for n00bs “What I have earned in one-and-a-half years from bitcoin is more than I earned in 10 years as a teacher,” Richard M. Bagorogo told his audience. “I am living on bitcoin because getting a job in this country is not easy.”Some tech-savvy Africans are embracing bitcoin, the most popular virtual currency, despite the warnings of a few governments, seeing the volatility in its value a better risk than the usual hustle amid the continent’s high unemployment.Many bitcoin adoptees are professionals aiming to supplement their salaries, but others are jobless millennials hoping to make a living by trading the cryptocurrency, which isn’t tied to any bank or government and, like cash, allows users to spend and receive money anonymously or mostly so.In Kampala, Uganda’s capital, and elsewhere a small community turns up at events where stars like Bagorogo preach what they call “the gospel of bitcoin.”On a recent morning Bagorogo explained how he once could not afford to enroll his children in the international school where he taught. Now, he said, his lifestyle has changed: a recent holiday in Dubai and more than enough money to help out his father.It didn’t always go smoothly, as many in Africa have little idea what bitcoin is. “When I tried to bring my cousins on board, they called my father in the village and said, ‘Your son has gone mad,'” Bagorogo recalled. “For me, I was fascinated by the mathematics behind blockchain technology. But the local man is interested in money, not the mathematics, so I normally sit with them and show them how I get and withdraw my money. Once they see how easy it is, they also want bitcoin.”Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rely on blockchain, or the public, distributed ledgers that track the coins’ ownership. The bitcoin ledger is powered by “miners,” so-called because they throw computational power into the system to discover and verify cryptocurrency units, occasionally receiving—or “mining”—new bitcoins in return.Bagorogo encourages people to invest in one of over two dozen global mining pools. For many who can’t afford to buy and hoard large amounts, the potential returns, including dividends, can seem promising. Citation: Africa’s young professionals embracing ‘gospel of bitcoin’ (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-africa-young-professionals-embracing-gospel.html Explore further In a sleek new high-rise in Uganda’s capital, an enthusiastic lecturer described his financial success with the cryptocurrency bitcoin while his earnings were projected on a screen. read more

Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

first_imgWith its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn’t look out of place among the start-ups on the other side of the world in Silicon Valley. Some fear that the technological advances could deepen social inequality In exchange, Facebook, which currently has some 26 million users in Nigeria, gets more users and access to a massive market to test new products and strategies. “We are invested in the ecosystem. Just the fact that they are engaging… that in of itself is a goal,” she added.Cyber colonialism?Many African governments have given the tech titans an enthusiastic welcome. In California, Osinbajo said the Nigerian government will “actively support” Google’s “Next Billion Users” plan to “ensure greater digital access in Nigeria and around the world”. Citation: Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier (2018, July 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-silicon-valley-eyes-africa-tech.html But the NG_Hub office is in the suburb of Yaba—the heart of Nigeria’s burgeoning tech scene that is attracting interest from global giants keen to tap into an emerging market of young, connected Africans.In May, both Google and Facebook launched initiatives nearby.This week, Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was in California to court US tech investors for what he said could herald a “fourth industrial revolution” back home.But it isn’t just Nigeria that is piquing the interest of tech giants.Last month, Google said it would open Africa’s first artificial intelligence lab in Ghana’s capital, Accra.Demographics are a key factor behind the drive: Africa’s population is estimated to be 1.2 billion, 60 percent of them under 24. By 2050, the UN estimates the population will double to 2.4 billion.”There’s a clear opportunity for companies like Facebook and Google to really go in and put a pole in the sand,” said Daniel Ives, a technology researcher at GBH Insights in New York.”If you look at Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, where is a lot of that growth coming from? It’s international,” he told AFP.Facebook is operating from the NG_Hub as it doesn’t yet have a permanent office in Nigeria.The company’s Africa head of public policy, Ebele Okobi, said at the opening of the premises that the goal was to cultivate the nascent technology community.The social network has pledged to train 50,000 people across the country to “give them the digital skills they need to succeed”, she added. “Working collaboratively I think is a good way of technology transfer for Africa,” he said. “If they are only looking for business, that’s colonisation.”‘Epocalypse Now’As Africa’s technology sector grows, fuelled by growth in mobile phone use, so too does pressure on governments to protect its citizens’ personal data. Osinbajo told tech leaders Nigeria was keen to create the right environment for development, including for regulation.But the debate over privacy is muted in many African countries, unlike in Europe, which recently passed tougher new data protection laws.Facebook has also been at the centre of a storm for failing to protect user data in connection with claims of manipulation in the 2016 US presidential election and the Brexit referendum.Global Justice Now, an anti-poverty group, fears tech companies are being given free rein to create a global surveillance state. “We could find ourselves sleepwalking towards a world in which a handful of tech companies exercise monopoly control over whole swathes of the world economy, further exacerbating inequality between the global north and the global south,” said the activist group in a May 2018 report titled “Epocalypse Now”. Renata Avila, from the World Wide Web Foundation in Geneva that campaigns for digital equality, said that has not come to fruition but there were pressing concerns.”The message is that Africa needs investment and it needs to develop these industries, so usually it’s a pro-business narrative,” said Avila, a digital rights researcher.”But there is little oversight,” she added, warning that without regulation, people were vulnerable to exploitation. © 2018 AFP Facebook and Google have both launched initiatives in Lagos Explore further Few sectors in Africa inspire as much hope as technology, which has the potential to revolutionise everything from healthcare to farming. Examples include Ubenwa, a Nigerian start-up that has been described as “Shazam for babies”, after the application that identifies music and films from snippets.Ubenwa analyses a baby’s cry using AI to diagnose birth asphyxia, a major cause of death in Africa when babies don’t get enough oxygen and nutrients before, during or immediately after birth.Detecting the problem early could save thousands of lives.”Africans should be responsible to come up with the solutions,” said Tewodros Abebe, a doctoral student studying language technology at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.”Unless we are involved, no one can understand the existing problems in our continent.” Abebe dismissed fears that what Facebook and Google are doing represents a form of so-called cyber colonialism. Mobile phones driving user growth in Africa: Facebook Lagos is attracting interest from global tech giants keen to tap into an emerging market of young, connected Africans This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Facebook stops Huawei from preinstalling apps on phones

first_img Report: Huawei cuts meetings with US, sends US workers home The social network said it has suspended providing software for Huawei to put on its devices while it reviews recently introduced U.S. sanctions.Owners of existing Huawei smartphones that already have Facebook apps can continue to use them and download updates.But it’s not clear if buyers of new Huawei devices will be able to install Facebook’s apps on their own.Facebook’s move is the latest fallout in the escalating U.S.-China tech feud.The Commerce Department last month effectively barred U.S. companies from selling their technology to Huawei and other Chinese firms without government approval. China’s Commerce Ministry responded this week by warning it would release its own list of “unreliable” foreign companies in the near future.U.S. officials are pressing their global campaign to blacklist Huawei, the world’s No. 1 network equipment provider and second-largest smartphone maker. They say Beijing could use the company’s products for cyberespionage but without presenting evidence of intentional spying.”We are reviewing the Commerce Department’s final rule and the more recently issued temporary general license and taking steps to ensure compliance,” Facebook said, referring to a 90-day grace period allowing continued support of existing Huawei equipment.Huawei declined to comment.Google, which makes the Android operating system used by Huawei, has already said that while it would continue to support existing Huawei phones, future devices won’t come with its flagship apps and services, including maps, Gmail and search. Only basic services would be available for future versions of Android. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook said Friday it has stopped letting its apps come pre-installed on smartphones sold by Huawei in order to comply with U.S. restrictions, a move that deals a fresh blow to the Chinese tech giant. Explore furthercenter_img © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Facebook stops Huawei from pre-installing apps on phones (2019, June 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-facebook-huawei-pre-installing-apps.html Mika Lauhde, Huawei’s vice-president for cybersecurity and privacy attends a panel discussion at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 6, 2019. A senior executive for Chinese technology giant Huawei said Thursday that he hopes the company’s animosity with the United States will be resolved and warned that the U.S. would be shooting itself in the foot if it were to shun Chinese technology. (TASS News Agency Pool Photo via AP)last_img read more

Man Goes Blind After Wearing Contact Lenses in the Shower

first_img 27 Devastating Infectious Diseases 27 Oddest Medical Case Reports 8 Awful Parasite Infections That Will Make Your Skin Crawl Acanthamoeba is a single-celled amoeba that’s commonly found in water, soil and air, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Contact lens wearers face a risk of contracting this infection if they engage in certain practices, such as disinfecting lenses with tap water or swimming or showering while wearing lenses, the CDC said. This amoeba has a particular affinity for the surfaces of contact lenses, meaning the lenses can be “a vehicle for the harboring, transmission and delivery of microorganisms to the eye,” according to a 2010 review paper on the topic published in the Journal of Optometry. But when Humphreys started wearing contact lenses in 2013 so he could play sports without glasses, he wasn’t aware of this showering risk. He would often hop in the shower with his contact lenses in after a morning workout. “I thought nothing of it at the time. I was never told not to wear contact lenses in the shower. There’s no warning on the packaging, and my opticians never mentioned a risk,” Humphreys said. After he was diagnosed with Acanthamoeba keratitis in early 2018, he was given eyedrops for his infection, but a few months later, he suddenly went blind in his right eye, according to PA Media. Humphreys was then prescribed a stronger medication, which needed to be applied to his eyes every hour, even at night. Humphreys became housebound and experienced severe pain in his right eye. “The pain in my eye was too much, and the only time I would leave was to visit the hospital,” Humphreys told PA Media. He would later undergo two operations in his right eye, the first to strengthen the tissue in his cornea and the second to protect the cornea with a graft of tissue from a fetal placenta. That procedure is known as an amniotic membrane transplant. Although his infection cleared up, Humphreys remains blind in his right eye. He is scheduled to undergo a corneal transplant in August. This operation replaces damaged corneal tissue with healthy corneal tissue from a deceased donor. Humphreys now works with the charity Fight for Sight to raise awareness about the risks of showering or swimming with contact lenses. “It’s crucial that people out there know this is a reality and it can happen because of something as simple as getting in the shower,” Humphreys said.center_img Our fantastic Fight for Sight supporter, Nick Humphreys, is raising awareness of the need for correct contact lens care and clearer information on contact lens packaging, after losing his sight in one eye to Acanthamoeba keratitis: https://t.co/ooUYXWlyYF #ContactLenses #AK — Fight for Sight (@fightforsightUK) July 9, 2019 Your daily shower isn’t usually a health risk, but for one man in England, it may have led to a serious eye infection that left him blind in one eye, according to news reports. The man, 29-year-old Nick Humphreys of Shropshire, England, typically left his contact lenses in while showering, without knowing that this practice can increase the risk of eye infections, according to PA Media, a U.K.-based media agency. In 2018, he contracted Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare parasitic infection of the cornea, or the eye’s transparent outer covering. “If I’d have known how dangerous it was to wear contacts in the shower, I would never have got them in the first place,” Humphreys told PA Media. [‘Eye’ Can’t Look: 9 Eyeball Injuries That Will Make You Squirm] Advertisement Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

Jagan Mohan Reddy calls on AP GovernorJagan Mohan Reddy calls on AP

first_imgSHARE YSR Congress party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy with Governor E S L Narasimhan, at Raj Bhavan, in Hyderabad, on Saturday. – PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has called on Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan on Saturday.Apart from staking claim to form the new Government in Andhra Pradesh after winning a massive mandate in elections, Reddy has also invited the Governor to attend his swearing in ceremony to be held on May 30 in Vijayawada.Accompanied by his wife Bharati, Reddy also met Telanagana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao at this official residence, Pragati Bhavan here, and invited him to the oath-taking ceremony.Telangana government has extended full official status to him as a `designated chief minister’ including a special convoy.Rousing welcome Reddy was cheered by huge crowd at Begumpet Airport here when he arrived in a special aircraft from Vijayawada after being unanimously elected as leader of YSRCP legislature party earlier. While addressing the newly-elected legislators of his party, Reddy, son of united Andhra Pradesh chief minister late YS Rajasekhar Reddy, said focus should be on good governance and coming back to power with greater support from people of the state in 2024 elections. politics May 25, 2019center_img Andhra Pradesh COMMENTS Published on COMMENTlast_img