Windies crushed

first_imgWest Indies suffered a humiliating inning and 272-run defeat inside three days in the opening Test in India on  Saturday, to hand India their largest-ever victory in Tests.Starting the third day at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium requiring a huge effort to remain in the contest, West Indies spectacularly lost 14 wickets, to extend their unflattering 24-year-old record without a victory on Indian soil.They were dismissed for 181 in their first inning after resuming the day on 94 for six, with Roston Chase top-scoring with 53 and tail-ender Keemo Paul getting 47. Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin grabbed four for 37.Following on by 468 runs, West Indies capitulated a second time for 196, despite an attacking 83 from left-handed opener Kieran Powell.Kuldeep Yadav wrecked the innings with five for 57 while fellow left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja picked up three for 35.last_img read more

Social Isolation and Mental Health

first_imgHendersonville, TENNESSEE – Governmental and health entities are encouraging the public to self-isolate and social distance as we attempt to curb the impact of COVID-19 and its immediate threat to our communities.Mental health factors, such as loneliness and depression, can become issues as we limit the social interaction that most of us have become accustomed to on a daily basis.  During these uncertain times, coping with the stress of losing jobs, deteriorating health, and the possibility of losing loved ones may lead to a sense of hopelessness.Louise Hawkley, PhD, a senior research scientist with the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, cited research that even perceived social isolation can be linked with adverse health conditions such as depression, poor sleep quality, and accelerated cognitive decline.  The issues only become more substantial when the isolation is no longer just perceived, but immediate and ongoing.There is also a prevailing concern that extended isolation may heighten risk for the population that have underlying mental health issues.  Newcastle University epidemiologist Nicole Valtorta, PhD has said, “…loneliness has been found to raise levels of stress, impede sleep and, in turn, harm the body. Loneliness can also augment depression or anxiety.”  This isolation may lead those who are already suffering to experience deeper and more sustained problems.Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide attempts across all ages.  Mental or addictive disorders are associated with 90% of suicides.  In 2018, the most recent figures available, over 3,500 Floridians died to suicide.  We lose 9 people in the state each day to suicide.  It is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10 – 18.  In a survey conducted by the CDC, 13.8% of Florida High School Youth said that they had “seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months.”Depression can be exhibited in many different ways and we should be cognizant of those exhibiting several signs for an extended period of time.  Some of the warning signs associated with depression include the following:Sudden, abrupt changes in personalityExpressions of hopelessness and despairLack of interest in activities once enjoyedIncreased irritability and aggressivenessWithdrawal from family, friends and relationshipsAt this point in time, it is more difficult to consult a doctor, speak to a therapist, and rely on the social network that we have built for support.  It is increasingly more imperative to use the resources that are in place to get in touch with the professionals that can help us overcome some of the issues that have arisen as we experience less social connectedness.  Utilization of telehealth and telephonic communication with our health care professionals will be of the utmost importance in a time where isolation is being recommended.  Be sure to research what is available through your insurance or EAP providers.If you or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.The Jason Foundation is another resource available.  The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs that equip youth, parents, educators, and the community with the tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth. Many times, a young person will exhibit clear warnings signs prior to an attempt. By knowing the warning signs, and knowing how to help, you could save a life.  Visit The Jason Foundation’s website to learn more about youth suicide, the warning signs, and how you can help make a difference.  The Jason Foundation has never charged a school, community, or individual for the use of their programs or resources.  www.jasonfoundation.comlast_img read more

‘My Soul Is Destroyed’ – Chilean Star Pens Emotional Letter.

first_imgMidfielder Arturo Vidal has penned an emotional letter to announce his retirement from the Chilean national team after the country failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.Chile won’t be in Russia next summer after they missed out on a qualification spot with a 3-0 loss to Brazil.Vidal, 30, wrote the emotional letter via Twitter. In his words, the Bayern Munich star said:“Many thanks to all for everything!!”“Throughout all these years I gave my life in every match [and] learned [a lot] and taught a country that with a little bit of strength and hard work everything is possible!!!“My soul is destroyed but at the same time proud of these players and technical staff!!!” he further said.Arturo Vidal has scored 23 goals in 95 appearances for the Chilean national team and was instrumental in the country’s COPA America triumph in 2015 and 2016.RelatedClaudio Bravo’s wife blasts Chilean players after failure to reach Russia 2018October 12, 2017In “Features”Five Things You Might Not Know About Arturo VidalJuly 30, 2020In “Featured”Barcelona Agree Deal To Sign VidalAugust 4, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Algeria FA Name Legend Rabah Madjer As New Coach

first_imgThe Algeria Football Federation have appointed the country’s football legend, Rabah Madjer, as the new coach for the Desert Foxes of Algeria.His appointment was confirmed by a tweet from the verified Twitter account of CAF (Confederation of Africa Football) on Thursday.Madjer named new Algeria coach https://t.co/zpjQbm5An0 pic.twitter.com/E7fliJVjTR— CAF (@CAF_Online) October 19, 2017The 58-year old replaces Spanish coach Lucas Alcaraz to become the country’s fifth national coach in three years in what would be his third spell with the team.His first game in charge will be the team’s final African qualifying Group B FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on November 10. The match is a dead rubber with Nigeria already through to next year’s tournament in Russia as Group B leaders.Relatedlast_img read more

Down But Not Out! Liverpool Manager Misses Training

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp missed his team’s training on Wednesday after he was taken to the hospital on the account of illness.The new development was confirmed by the club via a statement which said: “There are currently no plans for Jurgen to remain in hospital beyond his appointment and he will therefore return home this [Wednesday] evening.”“However, he may require further check-ups in the coming days.” the statement further read.Liverpool host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday with the club currently occupying 5th spot on the league table with 19 points from 11 games. RelatedJurgen Klopp Likely To End Liverpool Contract Over WeatherSeptember 16, 2019In “England”Liverpool Blow! Matip To Miss Sevilla ClashNovember 21, 2017In “England”It’s Difficult To Find Better Managers – Klopp It’s Difficult To Find Better Managers – KloppOctober 14, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Catena Media agrees to acquire Casinouk.com for £10.6 million

first_img Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Issuing a market update industry player acquisition and marketing specialist Catena Media has confirmed that it has agreed to acquire UK affiliate website Casinouk.com and all related assets for a sum of £10.6 million.Updating investors, Catena leadership stated that the acquisition would enhance the firm’s services and coverage within the lucrative UK online gambling sector. All Casinouk.com assets will be transferred onto the Catena network, one of the largest dedicated media networks for the igaming and sports betting sectors.The acquisition sees Stockholm-listed Catena continue its acquisition-led growth strategy. In April 2016 the company acquired leading online casino portal AskGamblers.com for a reported €15 million.Confirming the acquisition, Robert Andersson, Chief Executive of Catena Media, commented on the deal;“We are very pleased to make another strategic acquisition in the UK, a market where we have advanced our position considerably during 2016.“The acquired assets of casinouk.com will make a great addition to our UK casino vertical, whereas our previous investments in the UK during 2016, including newly acquired SBAT, have been more sportsbook related.” Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Sportium becomes the 22nd regulated operator to join ESSA

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Mark Fowler, SportiumSpanish-licensed Sportium has become the 22nd leading regulated operator to join the international betting integrity body, ESSA.The official betting partner of Spanish football’s La Liga has become the fourth operator to join the association this year, in a move which further strengthens ESSA’s alert and reporting system.Khalid Ali, ESSA Secretary General, said: “Sportium is a major player in the Spanish market and I’m delighted they have decided to join ESSA.“The continuing growth in our membership base is a clear sign of the increasing recognition of many major operators to the significant advantages that can be achieved from acting in partnership with ESSA to identify, disrupt and report betting related fraud.”Mark Fowler, Product and Trading Director at Sportium, added: “Sportium has many important business partnerships within the sporting sector, highlighted by our sponsorship of one of the world’s foremost sporting competitions in La Liga.“We place great value in maintaining the integrity of sport and to preventing fraud in betting markets. Sportium’s link-up with ESSA underlines our commitment to that, and to protecting our business and consumers from the adverse impact of illicit betting activity.”ESSA holds positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. It is driving several activities aimed at addressing match-fixing, including a player education programme with EU Athletes, and an international project entitled ‘Keep Crime out of Sport’, led by the Council of Europe and funded by the European Commission.Sportium is a major operator in the Spanish-licensed market, which offers over 60,000 bets each week through online and retail betting facilities. The operator has also been seeking to grow its business across Latin America with a digital entry into the Mexican market at the start of 2015. Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020last_img read more

BetVictor withdraws all Russian betting services

first_img Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 Share UK independent bookmaker BetVictor, has confirmed that it will no longer service players, transactions and wagers from the Russian Federation.Last week the bookmaker sent a customer communication informing players of its decision to suspend its Russian betting services. The bookmaker has moved to close all Russian customer accounts, requesting that affected players withdraw all remaining funds and balances.The Gibraltar-based bookmaker’s decision to withdraw from the market follows last week’s news that Russian government authorities would step up their efforts in penalising ‘unlicensed’ bookmakers targeting national consumers.The Russian Ministry of Finance is reported to be targeting further digital restrictions to international banks and online payment providers servicing unlicensed operator transactions.Throughout 2016, Russian Media regulator Roskomnadzor has grown its blacklist of European operators deemed to be breaching Russian gambling regulations, with the authority IP blocking the websites of Unibet, Bwin, Triobet , Favbet and several others.At present, BetVictor management has made no official comment on its withdrawal of Russian betting services. Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

EnergyBet takes a Leap with virtual sports betting debut

first_img StumbleUpon Share The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Cross-selling in lockdown: what have we learnt? June 12, 2020 Share EnergyBet has entered the virtual sports betting market for the first time after agreeing to offer its customers a range of markets from industry provider Leap Gaming.The partnership, which underlines EnergyBet’s commitment to creating a premium sportsbook product, will see Leap Gaming provide its full quota of virtual sports including tennis, horse racing, dog racing, velodrome cycling, speedway, and trotting.The two companies are working hard to ensure a smooth rollout of the products, which customers can expect to be ready and available for betting on the EnergyBet site within the next few weeks.Dan Fischer, LEAP Gaming’s Chief Commercial Officer, stated: “We are delighted to partner up with EnergyBet and provide our virtual sports to their extensive footprint. EnergyBet has been meritoriously recognised as ‘A Rising Star in Sports Betting’.“We are confident Leap’s virtual sports suite, and specifically our newly released INSTANT (On-Demand) Suite, will complement EnergyBet’s gaming and sports portfolio extremely well, and we look forward to a long lasting and prosperous partnership.”EnergyBet CEO Marcin Sapinski commented: “Virtual sports betting is one of the fastest growing markets, and offers potentially limitless growth opportunities. With such an incredible opportunity at stake, it was critical that we chose the very best virtual sports developer to work with, and in Leap Gaming we’re confident we’ve found the best.”last_img read more

Rich revenue mix helps Scientific Games narrow Q3 2017 losses

first_img StumbleUpon  Kevin SheehanNasdaq-listed gambling technology supplier Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has reported a strong Q3 2017 trading update (period ending 30 September), recording growth across all its core divisions (gaming, lottery and interactive).Updating the market, SGC governance would declare period group revenues of $769 million, representing a 7% increase on corresponding 2016’s $720 million.The firm states that it currently operating a deeper ‘revenue channel-mix’, which has helped deliver a 10% period ‘attributable EBITDA’ of $299 million (Q3 2-16: $272 million).SGC’s strong revenue and earnings momentum have helped the company improve its profit balance sheet, whilst lowering its cost capital. The company would declare a 170% increase in period operating income of $91 million (Q3 2016: $33.5 million).Posting strong metric gains, SGC was able to reduce period corporate losses to $59 million from $99 million recorded in the prior-year.Entering the final quarter of 2017, SGC governance will move to close its pending $630 million acquisition of Toronto TSX-listed online gambling systems supplier NYX Gaming Group, for which it has extended a $350 million revolving credit facility.“This quarter each business segment achieved revenue and AEBITDA growth, we showcased industry-altering innovation at NASPL and G2E, we were named ‘Industry Land-Based Supplier of the Year’ and announced our intent to acquire NYX, the industry leader in digital real-money gaming and sports betting. We are excited by the acquisition of NYX and the opportunities to grow our digital business,” said Kevin Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games.“We are growing our businesses, expanding our product portfolio, improving our processes, enhancing our operating margin, paying down debt, and delivering positive results.” Submit SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Scientific Games bolsters virtuals portfolio with Legends Racing addition July 29, 2020 Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Share Share Related Articleslast_img read more