Australia to deploy armed forces in coronavirus compliance battle

first_imgAustralia has already closed its borders to everyone but Australian citizens or residents returning home. Those returnees will now be detained in a hotel for two weeks, rather than trusted to go home and self-isolate.The Australian Defense Force (ADF) will be sent out to check recent returnees are complying with the previous order to self-isolate at their home for the same period of time, a rare step in a country where the military is not often seen on the streets.”The ADF will be there to put boots on the ground,” Morrison said.The rate of infections across Australia remains much slower than in many other countries, but officials are concerned that the number of cases has accelerated over the past week, particularly in the most populated states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. There have been 13 deaths nationally. Australia is introducing enforced quarantine by midnight on Saturday for citizens returning home from overseas and will deploy the armed forces to ensure people already subjected to self-isolation measures are complying.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday that returning Australians accounted for around two thirds of the country’s more than 3,000 coronavirus cases, making it the “biggest issue” to be addressed in the country’s fight against the pandemic.”As time has gone on, the risk of those who are returning from other parts of the world actually increases,” Morrison said in a televised briefing. Despite the relatively low numbers, there has been frustration and anger over contradictory guidance from the federal government, state legislators and health officials in recent days over the necessary level of social distancing.At the same media conference where Morrison announced returning Australians as the No. 1 issue to tackle, Australia’s chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said the priority from a health perspective was preventing any potential spike in local transmissions.”We’re not kidding ourselves – if community transmission becomes significant, that is the real serious concern,” Murphy said. “That’s why these social distancing measures are just so important.”That has been a particularly thorny issue for Morrison’s government, which has said that schools should remain open and has so far backed away from the more sweeping lockdowns on public movement seen in Europe.The leaders of NSW and Victoria state have both said they are ready to push ahead with tighter curbs when – rather than if – they become necessary.”We will get to a point where we need to do more,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said after Morrison spoke.Andrews said measures like the enforced quarantine for returning travellers were a “big step to take away someone’s liberty … but this is life and death. There is too much at stake to do otherwise.”Cruise ship concerns Cruise ships have become a flashpoint in Australia after almost 200 of 2,700 passengers who were allowed to disembark from Carnival Corp’s Ruby Princess in Sydney a week ago later tested positive for COVID-19.Murphy noted on Friday that case numbers had “not been helped by a recent cruise ship”. The blunder sparked widespread anger, a blame game between state and federal authorities, and tighter scrutiny of cruise ships still in Australian waters.One liner off the west coast, the German-owned MV Artania, was permitted to dock on Friday morning after a medical emergency on board. Seven passengers have tested positive for COVID-19, with one now in hospital in a critical condition.Western Australia state Premier Mark McGowan said arrangements were being made for around 800 remaining passengers to be transferred to waiting planes for charter flights to Germany, the home country of the bulk of the tourists.Australian passengers on board a second cruise ship in Western Australian waters, the Vasco da Gama, will be quarantined on the former prison island turned tourist destination of Rottnest island from Monday. Other passengers will be flown home. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Fury forks out £557 on food delivery while in lockdown with family

first_img “Unsurprisingly, the driver did as he was told and was given a tip of two £50 notes.” Paris, 30, helped haul in the mega meal and insisted no one else had joined the family, which could have breached strict lockdown rules. She said from the family’s home: “The food order was just for us and the children. “We have got five children and the food arrived in a lot of boxes.” The expanding Fury brood — sons Prince John James, eight, Prince Tyson Fury II, three, Prince Adonis Amaziah, one, and daughters Venezuela, ten, and two-year-old Valencia Amber — were given another Easter treat. Paris posted an Instagram picture of a dining table decked with ­dozens of chocolate Easter eggs. She captioned the snap: “Happy Easter everyone. My babies have already started on their eggs. “I asked them, ‘Why do we celebrate Easter?’ They said, ‘Jesus’ birthday?’ Well, close enough.” read also:Tyson Fury pays £1.5m to settle court case with ex-promoter Mega-rich Tyson, who beat Deontay Wilder, 34, in February to take the WBC crown, has been entertaining fans during lockdown with online workouts often hilariously interrupted by his boisterous kids. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Their mammoth feast was shared with the couple’s five children and Paris’s parents at the boxing star’s home near Morecambe, Lancs. Grinning WBC heavyweight champion Tyson, 31, told the face-masked delivery driver to stand two metres back as he stacked pizza boxes and food bags on the doorstep before handing him a £100 tip. The Saturday night takeaway, which was ferried in heated bags, included a stack of pizzas, four mixed grill platters, four chicken wing platters, two steak meals and five king prawn dishes. Chefs also prepared a portion of 6ft 9in Tyson’s new favourite dish of Parmo, a Middlesbrough concoction of breaded chicken and béchamel sauce fried with cheese. The boxer, who is known for his yo-yoing weight between bouts, kept one eye on the calories by adding 25 cans of Diet Coke. An onlooker told The Sun: “Tyson loves his grub and has a big family and he can certainly afford it. “He said, as the food arrived, ‘We’ve got nothing else to spend our money on during lockdown’. “Tyson was in good spirits but ordered the delivery driver to stand two metres back and leave the food on the step. Loading… Promoted Content11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Tyson Fury staged a heavyweight Easter lockdown with his family by ordering in a gut-busting £557 food delivery.last_img read more

Fredrik Elmqvist – Yggdrasil Gaming – A customer first approach that makes iSENSE

first_img Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles Share Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Yggdrasil Gaming CEO Fredrik Elmqvist spoke to SBC News about building its own platform iSENSE, the challenges of local regulation and the thinking behind its slightly obscure company name.Fredrik Elmqvist, YggdrasilSBC: What does it take to take a gaming developer brand from an unknown entity and newcomer in the space to one that’s well known and respected?FE: Innovation, creativity and hard work. We’ve grown extremely quickly because we identified that taking a customer-first approach to slots provision would prove popular with operators.We understand what operators are looking for in their slots and accordingly have developed tools that help them market and promote games to their customers.This customer-centric focus, including our collection of in-game promotional tools BOOST™ and social sharing tool BRAG, has really set us apart from the competition. It is not enough to create great games anymore; operators are demanding a world-class promotional infrastructure alongside the titles. Our long list of industry-firsts has really powered this stratospheric growth.SBC: How integral has the use of the iSENSE 2.0 platform been to Yggdrasil’s growth?FE: Very early in the Yggdrasil journey, we decided to build our own platform that would smooth integrations and give us the flexibility to innovate. At the time, some considered this a risky move; most games developers didn’t bother with their own platform, and most were still developing games in Flash.We broke from the mould and were among the first to commit wholeheartedly to HTML5. We could only make that decision because of the deep, strategic understanding of the slots sector that we possess.Since then we’ve continued to develop our iSENSE platform. The most recent iteration, iSENSE 2.0+, features a new, minimalistic UI for both mobile and desktop and facilitates in-game deposits, allowing players to go to the deposit screen with a single click without leaving the game client. We will continue to innovate around iSENSE 2.0 as it is central to the Yggdrasil offering.SBC: Game certification is locally regulated and yet you aim to launch each game across your jurisdictions at the same time – how much of a challenge is this and why do you take this approach?FE: This has become less of a challenge and more a case of business as usual for us. We now have licences in the UK, Malta, Gibraltar and Romania, while also certifying games in Italy. We work with many major operators who are operating across multiple jurisdictions. It can be frustrating for these operators to see a game or feature working well in the UK but not be able to roll it out in Italy, for instance.That’s why we aim for simultaneous launches wherever possible, allowing operators to better coordinate marketing campaigns and budgets. Fortunately, we have one of gaming’s strongest legal and regulatory teams at hand to make this possible. We are particularly excited for the launch of our Jungle Books slot in September, which will go live at the same time in all our jurisdictions.SBC: Can you tell us about the choice of the company name – Yggdrasil? FE: We wanted a name that was easy to pronounce! If you look at the B2B gaming space, most opt for combinations of terms such as ‘Play’, ‘Gaming’ or ‘Net’. We felt we needed something more creative to reflect our approach to games.Yggdrasil is an immense tree in Norse mythology that connects nine worlds, and we felt it nicely reflected our Scandinavian roots. It also gave us the freedom to develop a strong brand and challenge conventions on how B2B gaming firms can be marketed.SBC: You were named Slot Provider of the Year for the second year running at the EGR B2B Awards; how important are such accolades? FE: These awards mean a lot because they are acknowledgment from our own industry that Yggdrasil is doing something different. I’ve long believed that if we as a sector do not constantly strive to push forward online casino, the whole industry will suffer.Obviously, our strong commercial performance is vindication that our model works, but these awards show that we are also fulfilling this mission. It is also fantastic that the hard work of the entire team is rewarded – none of this would be possible without the dedication and creativity of Yggdrasilians.SBC: You recently ran the Yggdrasil Coding Challenge in your Polish office – will you be going forward with more initiatives like this?FE: Recruitment is one of the major challenges both Yggdrasil and the broader gaming industry faces. We have grown quickly in Poland, and have recently opened a new office in Krakow city centre, on the site of an old brewery.To recruit the very best talent, we’ve realised we need to place Yggdrasil at the heart of the city’s technology and art communities. Events such as the Coding Challenge are a way of introducing Yggdrasil to these communities in a fun and creative way. These events have been well received so far, and we’ll certainly continue hosting similar functions. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more