The American Heart Association recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. You know exercise is good for you. But have you ever considered why it matters?“Physical activity can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease,” said Elaine Auld, CEO of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).Even better, physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Regular activity can improve your quality of life. Physical activity strengthens your heart, lungs, bones, and muscles. It also gives you more energy and strength. Exercise helps control your weight and blood pressure while assisting you with handling stress. It can also improve your sleep quality and help you feel better about how you look.While scheduling gym time and workouts can make a huge difference in your activity level, it also helps if you can integrate your physical activity into your lifestyle. Here are some tips to help:Try standing while at your desk. Get a standing desk. If you have a conference call or long phone call, stand.Get up and move around regularly. For every hour you sit, move for 5 minutes. If you cannot do this every hour, do it every two hours and increase the time to 10 minutes.Walk more. Several studies agree walking more often is one of the best forms of exercise for the entire body. You can around your office, home, the shopping mall if you have no time for early morning or evening walks in the park, or around your neighborhood.Add steps to your day. Park at the back end of the parking lot. Take the stairs instead of elevators/escalators. When you get to a store, do a few laps around the outer edge of the aisles before starting your shopping. Exercise with a partner. Having a friend to walk or exercise with will encourage you to stay active.Use technology to get active. Try a smartwatch, Fitbit, or pedometer, to measure your steps daily. Many smartphones now have pedometers and nutrition apps installed. Websites offer charts, activity ideas and more.Auld points out that earlier this year, the U.S. Surgeon General has called on Americans to walk more, and for communities to be more walkable too.To help promote healthier communities, SOPHE partnered in a three-year national initiative, Partnering4Health, which has projects in 97 communities across the country. The Plan4Health project is part of the initiative’s work and led by the American Planning Association (APA). The project encourages city planners to consider public health when making decisions about how cities are structured and developed.
PM mum on new Haitian armyPrime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has shied away from confirming whether or not Haiti’s new army will be officially commissioned on November 18, but promising it will not be one aimed at tormenting the population.“It will be an army at the service of the population and not a tormenting army,” he told reporters, adding that the army in Haiti L had never been disbanded.Never a dissolution of the Haitian ArmyLafontant said the 1987 Constitution stipulates that “the country has two security forces: the Armed Forces of Haiti and the National Police,” adding “there has never been a dissolution of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FAD’H) but only an administrative measure of demobilization of this military force.” He did not provide other details, claiming national security concerns.There is mounting speculation here that the former armed forces of Haiti could be officially re-mobilized on November 18, coinciding with the 214th anniversary of the battle of Vertières.Prime Minister Lafontant, who did not want to confirm this date, told reporters only that the time is coming and the remobilization of the FAD’H “is an act of justice for our ancestors and our heroes of independence and will allow us to repatriate our national sovereignty.”Hundreds of youth have joined armyHe said that after the launch of the recruitment process initiated by Defence Minister Hervé Denis, last July, 2,350 young people including 350 girls, had been registered in the army. The final steps in remobilizing the army will be undertaken in a transparent manner.He reiterated that the new army will have another mission and another direction than that of the past.Haiti’s army was disbanded in 1995 by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide following a military coup. However, in recent months, there have been calls for the establishment of an army following the decision of the United Nations to end its operations here this month.The UN mission in Haiti has been in place following a second coup against Aristide that took place in 2004.For more recent news on Haiti, click the link: UN envoy announced: Haiti’s stability greater
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Exciting Bayer Leverkusen winger, Leon Bailey, will not feature for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz in their CONCACAF Nations League fixture against El Salvador this month.Jamaica Football Federation general secretary, Dalton Wint, said this was in an effort to avoid “disruptions” especially with the squad already chosen. “We are not looking to invite him. The coach (Theodore Whitmore) has named a squad already, and persons have been contacted,” Wint said.“The situation is that we are at a critical juncture with the Nations League and we do not want any sort of disruptions at this time because we have to perform well in this game.“So he (Bailey) was not considered by the coaching staff for either the Nations League or the practice game. The same squad will be used for both games.”Jamaica are scheduled to play Costa Rica in a friendly three days after the Nations League qualifier, scheduled for March 23.The 21-year-old Bailey has never played senior team football for Jamaica, despite his exploits in the Bundesliga in recent seasons.He was expected to make his debut in a Nations League qualifier last October against Bonaire but controversially pulled out at the last minute.Wint said, however, the Federation was still open to calling up Bailey but the player needed to also indicate his interest.“Possibly, he (Whitmore) will consider him in the near future because we have other games coming up for the Gold Cup, and it is always the plan to invite Mr Bailey,” Wint said.“But he has to indicate that he is ready for that invitation. The moment he shows that he is interested in having his name in the squad, he will be called.”Jamaica have a perfect 3-0 record in their Nations League campaign and are on course for automatic Gold Cup qualification.
Share Related Articles Submit Share RTSmunity extends esports partnership with Sazkabet August 25, 2020 RTSmunity extends partnership with forBET August 7, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Sporting Solutions has today announced a partnership with esports supplier RTSmunity to provide an in-play service for sportsbooks.The terms of the agreement means Sporting Solutions’ partners will be able to access RTSmunity’s real-time prices on over 9000 events per year on all the big esports titles. William Hill, which so far has been relatively quiet when it comes to offering esports markets, will be the first partner to go live with the service.Pavol Krasnovsky, CEO & Co-founder at RTSmunity, said: “Ever since our company’s formation, we have always strived to fulfil our promises and deliver a market-leading solution for esports.“We’re really excited by this latest venture, and look forward to working with Sporting Solutions to reach new corners of the market. Together with their longstanding heritage in modelling and trading, we will provide a compelling solution for partners looking to enhance their in-play service.”Ed Peace, Head of Commercial at Sporting Solutions, said: “Sporting Solutions is delighted to have strengthened our reputation for trading excellence and innovation by partnering with another expert in their field.Esports has quickly become an essential requirement for sportsbooks, yet the skillset required to source, model and deliver a reliable pricing service differs substantially to conventional markets. RTSmunity are at the cutting edge of esports and we look forward to helping our partners reach an exciting new market segment with their superior pricing solutions.”Both Sporting Solutions, a software and data services firm for the sports betting industry, and RTSmunity will be present at ICE this week where esports promises to be a hot topic.
Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Share How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020 Andrew Cochrane said that SBTech is “the most innovative and dynamic technology provider in the industry” after being appointed as the company’s new Chief Commercial Officer.With a track record of managing top-tier omni channel operators in regulated markets, Cochrane will play his part in SBTech’s ongoing global expansion by defining strategic objectives, identifying opportunities for growth and maximising revenues across the board.He joins after two years with Sporting Solutions, where he built a high-performing sales and account management team, having previously run the William Hill global account at Inspired Gaming Group.Richard Carter, SBTech CEO, said: “We are delighted that Andrew has joined the team. He is highly regarded in the industry as a customer relations expert dealing with tier-1 and lottery operators and has personally signed and managed numerous high-profile contracts.“This appointment further demonstrates SBTech’s commitment to its partners by bringing in the best talent to support continued revenue growth in regulated markets.”Andrew Cochrane commented: “SBTech is by far the most innovative and dynamic technology provider in the industry, growing faster than any other B2B supplier. I could not turn down the opportunity to be a part of this exceptional team and look forward to working closely with some of the biggest names in the industry in the coming months.”SBTech is one of 22 first-time exhibitors at Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September), alongside Mr Green, Erlang Solutions, Matchbook Trading Conference, Trustly, eMerchantPay, OtherLevels, OddsRing, LeonBets, Secure Trading Group, EvenBet Gaming, Finnplay, Tal Ron Drihem, AlgoSport, Abios Gaming, 1xbet, Crown Technologies, Wiraya, Setanta Sports, Spottocash, GameCo and Millennial Esports. Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020
The Irish gambling industry is coming together to support the launch of the first ever Responsible Gambling Week Ireland.It is the biggest social responsibility campaign that has been held in Ireland. The theme for the campaign is simply, “A great tip – know when to stop” with the aim of starting conversations about what it means to gamble responsibly. This national awareness campaign will run from 5-11 February 2018.Sharon Byrne, Chairperson for the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) spoke to SBC about the initiative and how positive it can be when it comes to encouraging responsible gambling in Ireland. SBC: Can you further explain the importance of initiatives like Ireland’s first Responsible Gambling Week?Sharon Byrne: Responsible gambling week is the first ever cross industry initiative of its kind in Ireland. It’s about getting the message out there that gambling is supposed to be fun, and there are some tools and tips for keeping it that way and identifying possible problems that may be developing. It is also about letting people know about the services that are available for people affected by problem gambling. SBC: Could reveal what it is that you hope to achieve in this week?SB: We hope to achieve a greater awareness about gambling and how it can affect a small number of people in a negative way. We also hope that it will let people know about the services available and how to access them.SBC: What methods can operators utilise to continue promoting safe gambling and build on this week?SB: Operators should continue to build upon the measures already introduced such as staff training, self-exclusion, time outs, deposit and/or staking limits, time limits, breaks, etc. By following international best practice, and continually improving current practices and safeguards, we can make gambling safer for those who may have an addictive personality. Increased public awareness about how to gamble safely and how to access support services is also needed, along with ensuring all operators in the gambling industry apply the same principles and practices.SBC: Whilst in England FOBTs are at the heart of problem gambling, can you outline some of the problem gambling issues that affect Irish bettors?SB In Ireland there are many ways to gamble, not just inside a betting shop or at an online betting site, such as race tracks, lottery, scratch cards, card clubs, tote, poker nights, arcades, machines in pubs and unfortunately via black market operators set up in pubs or internet cafes. It is important that the entire licensed gambling sector embrace this week and what it is trying to achieve. We are looking forward to the introduction of the Gambling Control bill as it will ensure all operators comply and contribute all year round.SBC: How important is it that Responsible Gambling week is extended to Live betting events as well as retail betting?SB: The Responsible gambling week message applies to all sectors of the gambling industry, not just retail betting or live betting. It is being promoted at the race tracks, dog tracks and coursing events taking place that week also.Sharon will be speaking on a panel at this year’s Betting on Football Conference (20-23 March). She will be discussing how operators can increase responsible gambling as part of The Customer Journey track which will be on based around building the perfect customer environment and striking a balance between a smooth and safe registration process. To find out more about the event click on the banner below. Submit Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The industry needs to do a lot more’ November 13, 2019
Share StumbleUpon Scout Gaming rolls out esports betting April 16, 2020 Private bookbuild sees Scout Gaming raise €3.5m capital January 22, 2020 Share Stockholm Nasdaq-listed B2B fantasy sports supplier Scout Gaming Group has confirmed that it has secured an additional SEK 42 million (€4 million) in working capital, following the execution of a successful new share placement, made available to institutional investors.Updating investors, the board of Scout Gaming details that it has closed a private 900,000 new share placement, in accordance with Stockholm Nasdaq First North rules.The transaction sees Swedbank Robur, the mutual investment fund division of Swedbank AB become a major shareholder in Scout Gaming, securing circa 1.2 million shares, representing 8.8% of corporate share capital.In its update, Scout Gaming discloses that existing private investors Novobis, Knutsson Holding, Isoquant Holdings, Naxs AB and Lars Wingefors took part in the share placement.Moving forward, Scout Gaming confirms that it will utilise its new capital, to fund US market expansion projects and initiatives.This October Scout Gaming announced its first US-centric strategic partnership with Las Vegas-based real-time sports data and betting platform provider Metric Gaming.Gaining its US market vision, Scout details that it will be able to better customise its games for individual US states utilising Metric systems and betting provisions such as its SuperLive betting API, and revamped pool betting system. Submit SvenPlay confirms Metric Gaming sportsbook extension February 20, 2020 Related Articles
Share IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity July 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit TOTO offers ‘sleeve support’ for distressed Eredivisie clubs July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 A diverse range of betting stakeholders have advised the Dutch government not to restrict betting markets and instead implement sensible in-play wagering policies, as the Netherlands prepares to launch its regulated online gambling marketplace in 2021.Industry submissions have been made public as the Dutch government concludes its consultation on draft laws intended to govern remote gambling services.Seventeen industry submissions have been published, in which the majority of stakeholders underline concerns on prohibited bet types enforced on licensed online sportsbook operators.This February, the Dutch government published the draft framework of it’s ‘Remote Gambling Bill’ aiming to modernise the Netherlands regulatory frameworks for online gambling services.In relation to sports betting, Dutch policymakers have undertaken a number of in-play wagering restrictions on the basis of protecting sports and athlete integrity.These restrictions include prohibiting licensed bookmakers from offering head-to-head bets and a significant reduction ‘in-play event ’ bet-types for football and tennis markets such as next throw-in, foul, corner or points betting offered on a tennis match.European industry trade body, the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), submitted a challenge of the wagering restrictions, detailing that Dutch government restrictions were baseless as they would not serve to protect sports integrity concerns.With regards to tennis, the IBIA details that the market is dominated by ‘80% of bets placed through in-play wagering’, a dynamic which should be recognised by Dutch authorities as they seek to implement an effective framework by 2021.The IBIA warns policymakers, that restrictions to football and tennis markets will simply add the strain of monitoring national consumers who may choose to wager with unlicensed bookmakers operating complete live betting functionalities.“The importance of meeting the needs of modern-day consumers in a globally competitive marketplace should not be underestimated” The IBIA states “It is important to recognise that these markets are very popular, especially in the growing in-play product range,”The IBIA’s concerns are shared by bet365, which advises the Dutch government to offer the ‘widest possible product range on sports betting’, which in-turn will allow integrity stakeholders to develop the most comprehensive collaboration framework for catching bad actors.“Unless the authorities allow operators to offer the widest possible product range, it will become increasingly difficult to capture and report on suspicious betting activity throughout the regulated market,” warns bet365.As leading European online bookmaker, bet365 underlines that the Dutch government will be better served by developing cooperative reporting frameworks and procedures between sportbooks and national agencies.
Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Share Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Share Related Articles BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon DATA.BET will mark its official launch at this week’s ICE London by supplying the official data for a $250,000 CS:GO tournament played out at the ExCeL, produced in partnership with GG.Bet and streamed to an online global audience in excess of five million.We caught up with DATA.BET’s Chief Business Development Officer Tetyana Pshevlotska (pictured above) for more on the launch and the thinking behind the on-site tournament, as well as her plans for increasing the company’s data coverage to match the pace of growth for the global esports market.SBC: First up, congratulations on the launch last week. Can you give us a bit of background as to what it is you do? TP: Thank you! After some fantastic work from our team, we’re delighted to go live in time for ICE. As a team of dedicated esports fans, launching DATA.BET has been a dream come true. DATA.BET is an esports data solutions provider; which means we offer operators (and others) live data for esports tournaments, as well as products and services based on this provision of data. The fascinating thing about our niche vertical is its unique audience. We’re dealing with a very different community when it comes to viewership and community support, so authenticity is absolutely crucial – we take our role very seriously as one of the leading providers to prevent abusive behaviour and improperly set odds. Alongside, we also offer managed trading services via our in-house team which covers the full spectrum of the esports market, as well as our main showpiece: our proprietary plug-in sportsbook. Designed to be integrated alongside our partner’s existing sportsbook operations and with seamless wallet integration, we give our partners complete control over their brand, customer management and operations – as well as offering unparalleled odds and risk management. SBC: This year’s ICE Esports tournament is set to be the largest the industry has seen; what’s the thinking behind it?TP: This is the second year we’re helping organise ICE’s esports tournament, as the last year was under the umbrella of the GG.BET brand that we are part of. A year on, and we’re seeing esports picking up at an exponential pace, so it made perfect sense to expand the tournament to reflect its massive growth. In terms of size, we’ve doubled the number of teams and also significantly increased the prize pool to keep the momentum going. Given last year’s interest at ICE for a smaller scale tournament, I can’t wait to see how much excitement is going to come around this year; esports has fantastic potential for the entire gaming industry – and we’re delighted to be propelling it into the centre of conversation. SBC: Can you give us a rundown of the teams? TP: In the spirit of ICE’s landmark positioning in the industry, we’ve invited eight world-class CS:GO (Counter Strike: General Ops) teams to take part: Virtus.pro, Heroic, Natus Vincere, ENCE, GODSENT, mousesports, MAD Lions and OG. As serious esports fans ourselves, we’re delighted to have them aboard. They’re going to be a great calling card for what’s possible with esports, and we’re looking forward to an action-packed few days! SBC: Looking to the future; how big do you predict the esports market to be? TP: The global esports market is growing at an astonishingly fast rate. So much so that it’s even outpacing our expectations! 2019 saw a viewership of more than half a billion individuals, as well as generating revenue in excess of $1.1 billion – which is unprecedented in terms of growth. Betting on esports is also getting in on the action, and fast – even the most conservative estimates expect total wagers to reach $12bn by the close of 2020. The speed at which it’s happening is creating untold opportunities for stakeholders – and we’re in for an exciting ride over the next decade. SBC: What is your message to operators looking to add esports to their offering? What are they missing out on? TP: Just like with anything new – there are plenty of advantages; but also challenges. There’s no question that esports offers fantastic benefits for those operators who get in fast. However, it’s also unique in that comprehensive expertise is required to integrate it into existing sportsbook operations, especially when it comes to offering profitable trading lines. We’ve put a significant portion of our resources into ensuring we can tailor our offering with surgical precision for each of our operator partners, as well as adjusting our delivery to those new to esports and the ones already offering betting with a significant amount of experience. SBC: Where does Data.Bet plan to be this time next year? TP: We want to grow as fast as the industry! I’m incredibly excited about our potential – and at this point, we have a fantastic open range to develop a vertical still in its relative infancy. By this time next year, I want to see us expanding our live coverage services, time to market and of course – see us learning our lessons from deploying our latest products and adapting them to each market.