Brazil launches inquiry to ban loot boxesCompanies selling loot boxes could be facing a daily fine of up to $700,000Marie DealessandriAcademy WriterTuesday 6th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareBrazilian authorities have launched an inquiry aimed at banning loot boxes in the country, on the recommendation of the National Association of Child and Adolescent Defense Centers (ANCED). The association argued that the randomised monetisation mechanics are a form of gambling, which is illegal in Brazil, The Esports Observer reported. The inquiry targets companies that sell loot boxes, including Activision, EA, Konami, Nintendo, Riot Games, Ubisoft, Tencent, and Valve. Mobile games publisher Garena is also involved, with Brazilian publication The Enemy reporting that the firm has been asked to suspend its loot box sales until further notice.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Should a ban be approved, Brazil is considering introducing fines for companies selling loot boxes, up to BRL $4 million (around $706,000) daily.Germany recently passed a proposed reform which could result in new standards being applied to games featuring loot boxes.In the UK, a new report was published last week, consolidating results from a dozen studies and saying that loot boxes are “structurally and psychologically akin to gambling.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSpecialEffect joins Best Places To Work Awards as charity partnerUS event deadline is coming upBy Christopher Dring 21 hours agoResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 23 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
The Phoenix office of Skanska has started work on improvements to Broadway Road in Mesa, Ariz., from Power Road to Sossaman Road.The $4.5 million street and utility improvements project for the City of Mesa includes extensive storm drain and potable water upgrades to the existing system, widening an older roadway to accommodate heavier traffic and improved aesthetics.“Public outreach is paramount when doing capital improvement projects of this magnitude. We have relied heavily on Skanska to notify residents when construction will affect their daily living. Their proactive approach regarding any changes has been a great asset to the Broadway Road project,” said Jaime Otter, Marketing Communications Specialist II, City of Mesa.“We credit our team and partners with working together to keep this important project on schedule,” said Skanska’s Phoenix Civil Construction Division Manager Chris Halpin. “With these sorts of projects, we know that the end users – Mesa residents – are the ones that will truly benefit from these improvements and we are working to support them and the entire community.”In July 2013, Skanska, which is active in both the building and civil construction markets, announced it had moved its building operations to 4742 North 24th Street in Phoenix, just south of Camelback Road. Skanska’s civil construction unit, formerly located in Peoria, Ariz., has co-located with the building group at the 24th Street location.
Last year 140,000 people worldwide died from complications of measles infections, according to the latest data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).In 2017, the WHO tracked 110,000 measles deaths. Most of measles-related deaths are in children under the age of 5.”The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is frankly an outrage and a collective failure to protect the world’s most vulnerable children,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, PhD, director-general of the WHO in a press release on the report. “To save lives, we must ensure everyone can benefit from vaccines—which means investing in immunization and quality health care as a right for all.”According to the CDC, 2018’s numbers represent a 167% global increase in cases compared with 2016, and estimated global measles mortality has increased since 2017.Five countries—the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia, Madagascar, Somalia and Ukraine—accounted for almost half of all measles cases in 2018. Four European countries, Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, and the United Kingdom, lost measles elimination status in 2018 and 2019, after each country saw re-established transmission of the virus. And this year, the United States recorded the most measles cases in 25 years.”The causes of the measles resurgence during 2017–2018 are multifactorial and vary by country. Large sustained outbreaks in a few countries with weak immunization systems accounted for most reported measles cases during this time,” researchers from the CDC said today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In countries like the UK and the United States, international travel has been linked to several recent outbreaks.Measles vaccination efforts stagnatedGrowing measles outbreaks worldwide in 2018 and 2019 paint a picture of vaccination stagnation, the WHO and CDC said. Because measles is so contagious, 95% of the population must be immunized to prevent outbreaks. In 2018, the WHO said 86% of children globally received the first dose of measles vaccine through their country’s routine vaccination services, and fewer than 70% received the second recommended dose.Those numbers, though better than data from 2000, have been relatively consistent since 2010. In 2018, 61% of countries saw more than 90% of their population with at least one dose of measles vaccine, an increase from 86 countries in 2000, but a decrease from 126 countries in 2012 and 2013, the CDC said.Since 2000, annual reported measles incidence decreased 66%, and annual estimated measles deaths decreased 73%, but measles incidence increased once again in 2016, 2017, and 2018.CDC researchers estimate that 19.2 million infants worldwide did not receive the first dose of measles vaccine in 2018.”The six countries with the most unvaccinated infants were Nigeria (2.4 million), India (2.3 million), Pakistan (1.4 million), Ethiopia (1.3 million), Indonesia (1.2 million), and the Philippines (0.7 million),” the authors said.The data mean that goals of controlling measles by 2015, as defined by the World Health Assembly in 2010 as having more than 90% of the population vaccinated, have not been met. And the trend of more measles cases reported in the last 2 years suggests few countries may be able to meet the objective of eliminating measles from five of the WHO’s six global regions in 2020.Measles deadlier than Ebola in DRC this yearIn related news, the WHO announced today that 2.2 million children in North Kivu, DRC, the epicenter of an ongoing Ebola outbreak, will be vaccinated against measles in a 5-day campaign.”While the Ebola outbreak in the DRC has won the world’s attention and progress is being made in saving lives, we must not forget the other urgent health needs the country faces,” said Matshidiso Moeti, MD, WHO’s regional director for Africa. “This new vaccination campaign aims to protect children in North Kivu, as well as other parts of the country from a disease that is easily preventable with a vaccine.”Since the beginning of the year, the DRC has recorded more than 250,000 suspected cases and over 5,000 measles deaths mostly among children under 5 years. More people in the DRC have died from measles than Ebola this year.The WHO said measles in the DRC is exacerbated by a highly mobile population, and a volatile region that prevents access to routine health care.See also:Dec 5 WHO press releaseWHO measles factsheet Dec 6 MMWR studyDec 5 WHO North Kivu press release
This was revealed by national coordinator Junior Hercules, who spoke to Stabroek Sport during an exclusive interview. Hercules disclosed, “The objective of this initiative is to increase the GABF 3×3 capacity with a long term view of moving Guyana’s international ranking from Men (138th) and Women (166th) to top 5 in four years. Once we have all the present and potential basketball players registered on https://play.fiba3x3.com/.” He revealed that the specific website which will be used for the signing up is https://play.fiba3x3.com/signup, adding that the process is very straightforward and simple and only requires the applicant to disclose information such as Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Nationality, Hometown, Email Address, Phone Number and Password via a form format. According to Hercules, the plan will take a duration of two years to develop and properly implement, with the overall aim of qualifying for international tournaments.Hercules further revealed that among the competitions that will be targeted for qualification following a successful implementation of the project include the FIBA 3×3 Universality Olympic Qualifying, FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup and the FIBA 3×3 U23 World Cup. “We can start to strategically create targeted FIBA sanction tournaments with the categories Recognized by FIBA”, he added. He further posited, “We are hoping for a total of about 20 to 40 players in each category throughout this COVID-19 period. During this 3×3 registration drive, it will be my intention to strategically form 3×3 organizing teams to help with the tournament logistical requirement.”According to Hercules, the program will target both males and females in several categories such as U13, U15, U18, U23 and Open Divisions, with the primary focus on student athletes for the lower age group and reputable and registered club players for the Open section. The registration program will also be conducted on a national basis.He revealed that while the association is faced with several challenges in its attempt to promote this version, solutions can be realised and crafted through essential funding and consistent competitions. The GABF’s emphasis on the development of the 3×3 format also comes on the heels of the association inking a historic agreement to be a member of the inaugural ‘Caribe 3×3 Under 19 League Championship’, which is tentatively slated for Barbados in January 2021.It was revealed that pioneers of this movement are Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and Guyana. The event is scheduled to be governed and coordinated by Barbadian group F1 Sports and Entertainment Caribbean under the auspices and guidance of CBC and FIBA.