Ambassador Marks to rep Jamaica in Dubai at 6th annual world…

first_imgJamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Her Excellency Audrey Marks will represent the Jamaican Government at the sixth annual gathering of World Government Summit which is being held in Dubai February 11–13.  The summit which is being held under the theme “Shaping Future Governments” will explore the future of governments in the coming decade led by the phenomenal advances of mankind. The World Government Summit is a global platform dedicated to the enhancement of governments around the world and will bring together over 3000 participants, world leaders, policymakers, international organizations and experts from over 130 countries.  Jamaica is represented at the summit for the first time by Ambassador Marks who was invited by the Government of the United Arab Emirates.While at the summit Ambassador Marks will have the opportunity to share her thoughts with world leaders who will be working to bring prosperity to their nations.  Previous speakers at this premier event include former President to the United States, Barak Obama, General Secretary to the United Nations, His Excellency Antonio Guterres, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde and Chairman of the World Economic Forum Elon Musk.last_img read more

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Dental Problems Associated With HIV/AIDS

first_imgSample blood collection tube with HIV test label on HIV infection screening test form. PLANTATION, Florida – The HIV virus has many symptoms that can be detected in various areas of the body, but rarely do people think of the effects that the virus has on the teeth and mouth. Dr. Sharon Robinson, Dental Place and Dental Place Cosmetix Spa owner, explains the dental issues associated with HIV/AIDS.What is HIV/AIDS?HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. This virus is passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood contact (blood transfusions, HIV-infected needles) and sexual contact. In addition, an infected pregnant woman can pass HIV to her baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding.AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) occurs when the HIV infection has weakened one’s immune system to the point that it has difficulty fighting off certain illnesses and infections. “Opportunistic” infections also occur, taking the opportunity a weakened immune system gives to cause illness.How Do I Know if I Have HIV/AIDS?Dental problems such as sore bleeding gums, herpes sores in the mouth, and fungal and candida (yeast) infections may be among the first signs of AIDS. However, you should not assume you are infected if you have any of these symptoms as these occur in the general population as well. The only way to determine whether you are infected is to be tested for HIV infection. Consult with your physician or other healthcare professional.A positive HIV test result does not mean that you have AIDS. AIDS is a medical diagnosis made by a doctor based on specific criteria. You also cannot rely on symptoms to know whether you are infected with HIV. Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms at all for many years.The following may be warning signs of infection with HIV:Rapid weight lossDry coughRecurring fever or profuse night sweatsProfound and unexplained fatigueSwollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin or neckDiarrhea that lasts for more than a weekWhite spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth or in the throatPneumoniaRed, brown, pink or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose or eyelidsMemory loss, depression and other neurological disordersDental Issues Associated with HIV/AIDSPeople with HIV are at special risk for various oral health problems. Some of the most common oral problems for people with HIV/AIDS are:Chronic dry mouthGingivitisBone loss around the teeth (periodontitis)Canker soresOral wartsFever blistersOral candidiasis (thrush)Hairy leukoplakia (which causes a rough, white patch on the tongue)Dental caries.How Do I Prevent HIV/AIDS?HIV transmission can occur when blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or breast milk from an infected person enters your body. The best way to prevent HIV is to avoid activities that allow the virus to enter your body. For more information on HIV/AIDS prevention, consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.Can I Get HIV at the Dentist’s Office? Due to the nature of dental treatment, many people fear that HIV may be transmitted during treatment. Universal precautions are used between each patient to prevent the transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases.These precautions require dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants to wear gloves, facemasks and eye protection, and to sterilize all handpieces (drills) and other dental instruments for every patient, using specific sterilization procedures outlined by the Centers for Disease Control. Items that cannot be sterilized are discarded in special containers. After each patient visit, gloves are discarded, hands are washed, and a new pair of gloves is used for the next patient.If you are anxious, spending a few minutes asking your dentist any questions you may have about health and safety precautions can put your mind at ease.How is HIV/AIDS Treated?Today there are medical treatments that can slow down the rate at which HIV weakens the immune system. There are other treatments that can prevent or treat some of the illnesses associated with AIDS. As with other diseases, early detection offers more options for treatment.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.comlast_img read more

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Premier League Club Loses ‘Tax Raid’ Case

first_imgEnglish Premier League (EPL) side Newcastle United have a lost a tax raid case with officials that are investigating the finances of several football clubs in England.The Northeast club’s St James’ Park and West Ham United’s London Stadium were raided by HM Revenue and Customs earlier this year (April) as part of a £5m National Insurance fraud investigation.This prompted Newcastle United to challenge the raid at the High Court.During the raid at Newcastle, the club’s managing director Lee Charnley was among several men arrested and later released without being charged.In their ruling, Lord Justice Beatson and Mrs Justice Whipple pointed out that the tax raids were carried out according to the letters of the law.Relatedlast_img

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John Hagan: IGRG – Industry Engagement is key to improving player protections

first_imgShare UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 John HaganJohn Hagan, Partner at London law firm Harris Hagan and Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), has outlined how industry stakeholders should aim to build coherent dialogue with the government with regards to the industry’s social responsibility measures.Speaking to industry news source Totally Gaming on the matter of social responsibility and player protection, as the UK government reviews gambling regulations with regards to FOBTs and advertising/marketing standards. Hagan told Totally Gaming that perspective is needed by industry stakeholders.As Chairman of the IGRG, Hagan notes the successful implementation of the UK industry’s ‘self-exclusion schemes’, which should demonstrate that both industry and regulators can work together and effectively improve consumer protections.Working between industry and governmental stakeholders, Hagan details that the IGRG has spent a significant amount of resource measuring the effectiveness of social responsibility measures. “From its inception, the IGRG commissioned a stock take of the existing social responsibility activities in each sector to understand what was currently happening and to identify potential areas in which the whole industry could contribute to and benefit from.”Hagan adds that cooperation between parties has led to notable improvements in messaging, problem gambling awareness and overall industry standards and practices.However, Hagan warns that industry participation and engagement is still needed in order to progress industry-governmental agenda in the next phases of potential regulation.“Industry participation is vital to obtaining information on current activities, establishing a vision for the future, testing messaging options, developing outcomes that are practical and workable and, critically, implementing them. Successful industry participation is vital to ensure that the operators have ‘bought into’ the implementation of the outcomes.”The IGRG and Hagan believe that  forward steps have been taken, with his organisation aware of industry governance desires to ‘do better’ with regards to responsible gambling standards.“We are in a very different place to where we were, even a year or two ago. The issues have moved from the compliance and regulatory affairs departments to the boardrooms of the biggest gambling operators in all sectors, and that is where the brave leadership is going to come from to shape the future of the industry.”“This is leadership which will be deserving of support and recognition from the Gambling Commission.” Submit Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020last_img read more

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‘Recapture the Crown’…GVC rebrands & redevelops PartyCasino’s legacy proposition

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 FTSE-listed GVC Holdings has today unveiled the rebrand and proposition makeover for its flagship online casino asset PartyCasino (PartyCasino.com), as the operator seeks to bring back the glory days to its legacy brand.Issuing a press release, GVC management stated PartyCasino wanted to ‘recapture its crown’ as the most popular destination for online casino players.The full makeover has seen GVC redefine PartyCasino’s branding, website and overall product proposition, focusing on ‘delivering a straightforward and transparent experience with an emphasis on pure player fun.’GVC’s Group Head of Casino Brands, Jon Salmon a key stakeholder in the redevelopment project commented“With this relaunch our mission has been to revitalise the great PartyCasino brand. Everything from the look and feel, to the player experience has been improved with a focus on creating something unique in the industry – a lifestyle casino brand that our players can live and breathe.Further to the announcement, GVC marketing detailed that it would support the relaunch of PartyCasino with a major all-vertical advertising campaign. The relaunch of PartyCasino will offer customers the chance to win an exclusive all-expenses paid party in Ibiza, headlined by international DJ sensation Robin Schulz“Our Ibiza party campaign is an important statement of intent on the direction we are going and we have lots more exciting initiatives to come. Let’s get this party started!” Salmon added Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Top Performer…Mr Green ‘Business 2.0’ strategy pays-off this H1 2017

first_img David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Related Articles Share Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 Submit Per Norman – Mr GreenNordic Nasdaq-listed European online gambling group Mr Green & Co (Mr Green), is confident of hitting its full-year targets and corporate expectations having achieved its ‘best ever’ quarter in business this Q2 2017.Presenting its H1 2017 interim results (period ending 30 June), Mr Green detailed that group Q2 2017 revenues had reached SEK 287 million (£26.7 million), up 36% on corresponding 2016 results.Its strong Q2 revenue performance would see the company declare a group EBITDA of SEK 52 million (£4.8 million) up 337% on Q2 2016’s SEK 12 million.Updating investors on H1 performance, Mr Green would declare period group revenues of SEK 563 million (£53 million), combined with a group EBITDA increase of 105% to SEK 87 million/£8.1 million (H1 2016: SEK 42 million).Mr Green’s governance stated that its strong H1 metrics were a testament of the firm implementing its ’2.0 business strategy’ which improved all-round group ‘operational efficiency, cost awareness and scalability’.Mr Green CEO Per Norman commented on H1 2017 corporate performance:“Our customers like what we do and we are capturing market shares in many parts of Europe. Customers appreciate that we have improved both our customer communication and user experience.”“Starting in the third quarter of 2016, we turned around the negative trend and due to our Mr Green 2.0 business strategy, our growth since then has been strong. For the third consecutive quarter, we delivered sales growth that exceeded our target of annual growth of 20 per cent. We also came close to achieving our profitability target of an EBITDA margin of 20 per cent.”last_img read more

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European Court of Justice backs online gambling guidelines

first_img EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020 Share Related Articles The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has rejected a case brought forward from the Belgium Government, to annul European Commission guidelines, relating to consumer protection from online gambling, to member states.Arguing that by issuing the guidelines the Commission had gone beyond its treaty based competences, the CJEU found that they did not interfere with the right of member states to regulate online gambling services.Published in 2014, the guidelines contain a number of  recommendations aimed at developing a high degree of consumer protection, in addition to preventing minors from online gambling.In its defence, the Belgian government ascertained that through issuing the guidelines, member states sovereignty and competences to regulate national gambling markets were interfered with.Welcoming the decision, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) states that it supports the full implementation of the Commission’s guidelines.Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, said: “We welcome the decision by the Court and strongly support the Commission’s guidelines for online gambling services which aim to protect consumers and minors across all EU Member States.“We now call upon the Commission to evaluate the implementation of its guidelines by Member States and identify any gaps and corrective action needed to encourage Member States to achieve a high level of consumer protection.”Whilst not legally binding, the EGBA believes the guidelines to be an important tool to encourage an application of a high, and consistent, level of consumer protection for online gambling activity in the EU.Adding in its statement: “The standards adequately compliment the European Committee for Standardisation’s (CEN) workshop agreement on Responsible Remote Gambling Measures, which EGBA members voluntarily adhere to and are regularly audited against.”Through the judgement, which confirms  the General Court of 27 October 2015 to dismiss the case, it was detailed that further appeal against the decision will not be possible. Andrea Vota named director general of Jdigital July 24, 2020 Submit KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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SBTech extends deal to keep Sazka sportsbook in Czech

first_img Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Related Articles SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 The Czech Republic’s national lottery operator Sazka has confirmed a multi-year extension to its sportsbook partnership with SBTech.The agreement, first signed in 2016, has seen SBTech drive “substantial revenue” gains for Sazka despite significant competition from international operators, particularly since regulation for online and land-based gambling was passed in January 2017.The sportsbook product provided by SBTech, which keeps player safety and security at the forefront of Sazka’s operations, is built around event coverage, data-driven risk management, a highly configurable bonus engine and a front-end designed specifically for the Czech market.Andrew Cochrane, Chief Commercial Officer at SBTech, said: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with one of Europe’s leading lottery groups. Sazka has achieved remarkable growth by embracing innovation, while also maintaining the highest standards of player safety and corporate and social responsibility. We have high expectations for the growth of the regulated Czech market and are committed to long-term shared success in this exciting territory.”Robert Chvatal, CEO at Sazka, added: “SBTech’s complete sports betting solution has enabled us to expand rapidly over the past two years and we are very happy to extend our partnership. We anticipate continued and sustained growth moving forward and are preparing to leverage the full power of the SBTech sportsbook in the months and years to come.”last_img read more

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Flutter begins ‘new era’ by completing merger with Stars Group

first_img Share Related Articles Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon A new FTSE100 gambling giant was formed this morning, as Flutter Entertainment Plc confirmed the outright completion of its $11 billion merger with The Stars Group Inc (TSG).  Flutter has completed its six-month merger pursuit of TSG ‘on schedule’, securing all regulatory (Australia, UK and US) and shareholder approvals during the first half of 2020 trading. Updating its timetable, the Flutter-TSG combination has sanctioned a listing on the London Stock Exchange and Dublin Securities Market (secondary listing) on Tuesday 5 May (8 am).Absorbing TSG assets, Flutter will deploy a new ‘organisational design’, ensuring that its localised portfolio maintains ‘autonomy to respond to changes’, while being able to benefit from the enlarged group’s wider resources.Securing its news listing, an enlarged Flutter will be split into five reporting segments for the time being:TSG International – PokerStars excluding US operationsPPB Legacy  (Paddy Power Betfair, Adjarabet, Paddy Power retail and B2B)Sky Betting and Gaming assets (Sky Bet)Sportsbet AustraliaUS Unit – FanDuel Group and TSG US operationsPost-2020, Flutter will form four core operating divisions, in which the company will merge TSG International with PPB ‘international’ assets.Further operational changes will see Flutter create a new UK & IRE division combining Paddy Power assets with Sky Bet.Peter Jackson, Group Chief Executive, commented: “I am delighted to confirm that our transformational combination with The Stars Group will complete on 5 May. The enlarged Group brings together exceptional brands, products and businesses, a hugely talented and experienced team, and a diverse global presence. The strength of our combined portfolio of assets means that we approach the future with confidence in these uncertain times. “Both businesses have a strong legacy of leadership when it comes to responsible gambling. As a combination, we are determined to deliver on our commitment to drive a race to the top when it comes to responsible gambling best practice across the sector. “As we approach a new era for the enlarged Flutter organisation, I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge the huge contribution of Rafi Ashkenazi in creating the exceptional business that The Stars Group is today. He has been instrumental in transforming TSG from a single product operator to a diverse global leader with multiple product offerings. I know that his experience and expertise will bring valuable perspective to our Board as we bring our two businesses together.”last_img read more

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Commey vs Lomachenko bout called off

first_imgIBF lightweight world champion Richard Commey’s unification bout with WBO and WBA lightweight title holder Vasyl Lomachenko has been called off.Commey suffered a fractured knuckle in the first round of his title clinching bout against Russian Isa Chaniev last Sunday and has been ruled out for 6 weeks.Commey was set to face Lomachenko on April 12, 2019 in a winner takes all contest, but after checks on his injury, that fight will not go ahead as planned.The 31-year old Ghanaian is reportedly set for another doctor’s appointment next week for further treatment.Commey became Ghana’s latest world champion, after a 2nd round TKO victory over Russian Isa Chaniev last Sunday.–By: Daniel Koranteng | citinewsroom.com |Ghanalast_img

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