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Although the rise of indoor entertainment, including online gambling, was expected during the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent lockdown, the level of increase was unsuspected. It is probable that the availability and advantages provided by the online operators were enough to pull in players that haven’t been regulars in traditional establishments, increasing the overall size of the market.
Both due to the fright of possible mass gambling addictions and the probable loss of local gambling tax revenue, many legislators are trying to create an answer to increased gambling. But, aside from some really restrictive measures, nothing has been proving to be effective.
The reason for the rise of online gambling not stopping may be found in both the new type of service, as well as the new type of players. Online operators work under strict supervision and are affected by independent online reviews. On the other side, players have now accepted that playing online games, including gambling, is something done for fun and not a pathway to great riches.
Massive Drops in Traditional Gambling
On average, traditional casinos, betting houses, and sports bars experienced a massive drop of around 30%. In most part this is due to the states and counties that have enforced a strict lockdown and where these establishments are not accepting players at all. Others are seeing drops due to the legitimate scares about catching the virus.
But, the gambling industry as a whole is seeing a rise in the meantime. Both experienced players and those that usually don’t gamble are using the benefits provided by online operators to jump ship and go to the cloud.
Although some correction is to be expected once the lockdowns and infections risks pass, it is disputable if they will be enough to revive brick and mortar casinos from their situation. Without some additional advantage that the players will feel there is little chance for total revival.
Local Budgets are at Risk
While there might be some legitimate concerns coming from legislators when it comes to the dangers of gambling, most are concerned by the drop in local budgets. Due to the players opting for international providers there is a visible drop in revenue collected, which would not change in the future.
Unless there is a Copernican change in how these incomes are taxed, local administrations might be facing some serious budget cuts in the perceivable future.
Players Demand Online Benefits to Return
It is now obvious that gambling has become a player’s market where operators and providers will need to compete for every dollar coming their way. This might not be a fair fight for traditional casinos, as the increased overhead costs usually drive gambling options down.
According to Lioncasinos live casino has been the focus of most players exactly because of the benefits provided by operators. Once these advantages diminish, the players usually stick to the same game but change the place where they are playing.
It is questionable if traditional casinos would be able to go head to head with something like doubling your money in bonuses, or allowing for free playing, simply because of the mechanics possible in cyberspace.
Accessibility of Online Gambling
Aside from the advantages when it comes to gaming and betting itself, online casinos have an undisputed advantage when it comes to accessibility.
Unlike traditional establishments that require you to plan and travel to them, adding to the cost of gambling, online options are instant. Anyone can access and play through their smartphone, allowing for many to use gambling services while in transit, or relaxing at home.
Sports Betting won’t Influence the Outcome
Both administrations and brick and mortar operators are having a little bit of their own that sports betting will be the major push back to old ways of gaming once the season resumes. But, the numbers show that odds are not in their favor.
Online operators in general are aware that this situation won’t last and are jumping to acquire licenses and rights to provide sports bets. For the largest international operators these options are already available and might be the preferred choice for future sports bettors.
If the same bonuses, reviews, and betting systems persist for online betting as they do for live casino games, there is a significant possibility that the players will keep their money online.
But, there is still a chance that the hospitality factor for sports bars offering bets might push some players to return. These bars will need to focus on their distinct real-time advantage and atmosphere, as the old way of doing business probably won’t exist in the near future.
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Researchers from Australia's University of Sydney (USYD) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) revealed the success of a long-term trial of a new bionic eye prototype. The research, published in science journal Biomaterials on Wednesday, showed how the team's "Phoenix 99" bionic eye, which has the capability to restore a form of vision in patients with severe vision impairments and blindness, was successfully implanted in a sheep model.
The team of biomedical researchers said the response and healing in the sheep subject left them feeling confident that the device was ready to be trialed in human patients, Xinhua news agency. "Importantly, we found the device has a very low impact on the neurons required to 'trick' the brain," said Samuel Eggenberger, a biomedical engineer at USYD and contributor on the project. "There were no unexpected reactions from the tissue around the device and we expect it could safely remain in place for many years."
Phoenix 99" bionic eye, has the capability to restore a form of vision in patients with severe vision impairments and blindness | Public Domain Pictures
The "Phoenix 99" bionic eye works by bypassing malfunctioning cells on the eye's retina, found in people with degenerative retina conditions. Healthy retina's convert captured light into electrical signals which are then sent to the brain. The "Phoenix 99" device "tricks" the brain by sending electrical impulses from camera directly to neurons connected to the brain.
This is done with a stimulator positioned on the user's eye, a very small camera that would be attached to glasses, and a communication model that would be situated behind the ear. "We hope that through this technology, people living with profound vision loss from degenerative retinal disorders may be able to regain a useful sense of vision," said Eggenberger. Before moving to human trials, the researchers would further refine the surgical process by which the bionic eye is implemented, and would require ethics approval for performing clinical trials in human patients. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Researchers, Australia, Bionic Eye, Australia's University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Phoenix 99, Electronics)
The number of people suffering from hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) rose by 13.8 million in 2020, or by 2 per cent points, to reach 59.7 million people, according to a UN study released in Santiago in Chile.
The report titled "Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021: Statistics and Trends", published on Tuesday, shows regional hunger is at its highest level since 2000, following a 30 percent jump from 2019 to 2020 in the number of people suffering from hunger, Xinhua news agency reported.
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"We must say it loud and clear: Latin America and the Caribbean face a critical situation in terms of food security," regional representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Julio Berdegue said in a statement on Tuesday.
Rossana Polastri, the regional director of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), said that while the pandemic aggravated the situation, hunger in the region has been on the rise since 2014.
"We must correct the deep vulnerabilities of our food systems, make them more inclusive and sustainable, and ensure that they provide well-being to the people who feed our societies," Polastri said.
LAC's hunger rate currently stands at 9.1 per centUnsplash
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LAC's hunger rate currently stands at 9.1 per cent, the highest in 15 years, although slightly below the global average of 9.9 per cent.
The study is a joint publication of the FAO, IFAD, Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation, World Food Programme and UN Children's Fund. (IANS/PR)
Keywords: Latin America, Hunger