Novo estudo sobre jogos de azar online encontra ligação entre condições de saúde e tempo excessivo de tela

Pesquisa abrangente destaca o impacto do tempo excessivo de tela no bem-estar.

Online Gambling and Health

Infographic showing Key Findings from Online Gambling and Health Survey

LONDRES, June 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A marca líder de iGaming, Minimum Deposit Casinos (MDC), realizou um estudo abrangente com um mês de duração analisando preocupações de saúde ligadas aos jogos de azar online e ao uso excessivo de telas/dispositivos. O objetivo do estudo está alinhado com a crescente conscientização e ajuda a reforçar as intervenções para promover e incentivar práticas responsáveis de jogos de azar online. Uma das principais descobertas foi que 41% dos jogadores online entrevistados experimentaram ansiedade ou depressão.

O foco da pesquisa de maio de 2023 – decorrente do uso excessivo de telas – está relacionado a condições de saúde como estresse, ansiedade, dores de cabeça, depressão, dores no pescoço e nas costas, distúrbios do sono e insônia. Centenas de jogadores online foram entrevistados em quatro países – Canadá, Nova Zelândia, Reino Unido e Estados Unidos. A Minimum Deposit Casinos encontrou ideias que revolucionam a conexão entre os hábitos de jogo online e estas questões de saúde. Isso será usado para criar abordagens mais sustentáveis que visam melhorar e ajudar os usuários online a limitar o tempo de tela para seu bem-estar geral no futuro.

 

 

Principais Conclusões

As principais descobertas do estudo revelaram tendências significativas em todos os quatro países. Observou-se que uma proporção substancial de jogadores sofreu estresse ou ansiedade, com os dispositivos móveis sendo a plataforma preferida para jogos de azar online. Também descreveu a prevalência de dores de cabeça e enxaquecas entre os jogadores, o que indica uma ligação entre a frequência de jogos de azar online e a ocorrência dessas condições.

O estudo revelou ainda a presença generalizada de depressão, distúrbios do sono e insônia entre os jogadores em todas as quatro nações. Essas preocupações com a saúde foram mais prevalentes entre aqueles que gastaram grande parte de seu tempo de tela em jogos de azar.

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Une nouvelle étude sur les jeux d’argent en ligne révèle l’existence d’un lien entre les problèmes de santé et le fait de passer trop de temps devant les écrans

Une enquête complète met en évidence l’impact sur le bien-être d’une utilisation excessive des écrans.

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LONDRES, 15 juin 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — La marque leader des jeux en ligne, Minimum Deposit Casinos (MDC), a mené une étude approfondie d’un mois pour analyser les problèmes de santé liés aux jeux d’argent en ligne et à l’utilisation excessive des écrans/appareils. L’objectif de l’étude s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une opération de sensibilisation et de renforcement des interventions visant à promouvoir et à encourager les pratiques responsables concernant les jeux d’argent en ligne. L’une des principales conclusions de l’étude indique que 41 % des joueurs en ligne interrogés souffraient d’anxiété ou de dépression.

L’objet de la recherche effectuée en mai 2023, résultant de l’utilisation excessive des écrans, était lié à des problèmes de santé tels que le stress, l’anxiété, les maux de tête, la dépression, les douleurs au cou et au dos, les troubles du sommeil et l’insomnie. Des centaines de joueurs en ligne ont été interrogés dans quatre pays : au Canada, en Nouvelle-Zélande, au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis. En étudiant le lien entre les habitudes associées aux jeux d’argent en ligne et ces problèmes de santé, Minimum Deposit Casinos a tiré plusieurs enseignements clés susceptibles de changer la vie des utilisateurs en ligne. Ces enseignements seront utilisés afin de créer des approches plus durables qui aideront les utilisateurs en ligne à limiter leur temps d’écran et qui amélioreront leur bien-être général à l’avenir.

 

 

Principales conclusions

Les principales conclusions de l’étude ont révélé des tendances significatives dans les quatre pays. Il a ainsi été observé qu’une proportion importante de joueurs ressentaient du stress ou de l’anxiété, les appareils mobiles représentant leur plateforme préférée pour les jeux d’argent en ligne. Les résultats de cette étude ont également souligné la prévalence des maux de tête et des migraines chez les joueurs, ce qui indique un lien entre la fréquence du jeu en ligne et la survenue de ces affections.

L’étude a en outre révélé la présence généralisée de la dépression, des troubles du sommeil et de l’insomnie chez les joueurs des quatre pays. Ces problèmes de santé étaient plus fréquents chez les personnes interrogées qui consacraient une grande partie de leur temps d’écran à des jeux d’argent.

Le rapport complet décrivant la méthodologie utilisée et les résultats obtenus est disponible ici : https://www.minimumdepositcasinos.org/2023/05/29/observing-the-online-gambling-habis-and-health-concerns-in-the-uk-ca-nz-us/

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Bridge International Academies celebrates potential of all African children on Day of the African Child

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NAIROBI, Kenya, June 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bridge International Academies is marking the Day of the African Child by celebrating the potential of each and every child in Africa.

The school network, which includes Bridge Kenya, Bridge Nigeria and Bridge Uganda, supports children and parents in underprivileged communities through quality education.

The day, commemorating a series of demonstrations and protests in 1976 led by thousands of South African school children, is synonymous with taking action in education, and 2023 marks a historic opportunity that if missed will be a great loss for Africa and the world.

2023 is the year when Sub-Saharan Africa leads the world as the region with the most young people (0-14) – the size and acceleration of this age cohort are historically unprecedented. Additionally, 60% of the region’s population is under 25 years of age.

Bridge Kenya pupil reads to class

Bridge Kenya pupil reads to class

Reuben Wambugu, Bridge Group Managing Director, said, “This demographic tipping point marks a historic moment of opportunity. With effective education, a skilled and energised future labour force could emerge from Africa and drive transformation both on the continent and around the world. Crippling rates of learning poverty threaten to derail this prospect however. Only 10% of children in sub-Saharan Africa are able to read a simple sentence by the age of 10.”

recent study in Kenya of Bridge International Academies pedagogies, led by Nobel Prize winning economist Professor Michael Kremer, confirmed its “highly standardised education has the potential to produce dramatic learning gains at scale.”

Speaking on the success of Bridge’s methods, Bridge Nigeria Managing Director, Foyinsola Akinjayeju, said, “Bridge Nigeria schools produce some of the top students in the Nigeria National Common Entrance Exam. 80% perform above the average sample for literacy compared to just 18% in public schools. For eight years now Bridge Kenya pupils too have exceeded the national average in their primary school exit exam. With results like these it is clear that all African children can and must benefit from access to a quality education which drives learning. Their potential is unlimited. All African parents want their children to learn. Bridge International Academies is supporting thousands of them to do so.”

To learn more about the Bridge methodology – visit their website here.

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Hitachi Energy wins order for first subsea electricity interconnection between France and Spain

HVDC link improves the security and quality of power in the region, advancing the integration of emission-free energy

Zurich, Switzerland, June 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy, a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all, today announced it won an order from Electricity Interconnection France-Spain (Inelfe), the joint venture bringing together operators of the Spanish (Red Eléctrica) and French (RTE) electricity transmission networks, in charge of the construction and commissioning of all cross-border connections between both countries, to supply four high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations to interconnect France and Spain via a subsea cable across the Biscay Gulf.

The Biscay Gulf interconnection, labeled as project of common interest (PCI) at the European level, will consist of two HVDC links, with a converter station at each end of both systems. Combined, the links will efficiently supply a total of 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity at 400 kilovolts (kV) over 400 kilometers (km). Providing the equivalent of the power consumption of more than two million households1, the links will improve the safety, stability, and quality of the electricity supply between the two countries. It will advance the integration of emission-free electricity and create a more efficient system to generate savings that benefit consumers and the rest of Europe.2 Most of the link will be underwater, but a short section of the link cable route will return to land to avoid the deep Capbreton Canyon.

“Cross border, and often subsea, interconnections are vital to Europe’s increasingly interconnected grid,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director at Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “Through our pioneering HVDC technology, we enable Inelfe to accelerate the two countries’ sustainability goals, improving the safety, stability, and quality of electricity supply between France and Spain and the rest of Europe.”

Inelfe (Interconexión Eléctrica Francia-España or Electricity Interconnection France-Spain) was set up following the 2008 Zaragoza Agreement, between the governments of Spain and France, with the mission to enhance the exchange of electricity between the two countries. The resulting infrastructure doubled the interconnection capacity between France and Spain from 1,400 MW to 2,800 MW today. With the Biscay Gulf interconnection, the capacity to exchange power will soon reach 5,000 MW.3

In line with its Purpose to champion the urgency of a clean energy transition through innovation and collaboration, Hitachi Energy is collaborating with VINCI, an industry leader in energy and construction. Together the two companies will provide an advanced solution for the Biscay Gulf project by delivering the engineering and power technologies and the construction of the converter stations. The collaboration with VINCI will leverage the core competencies of the two companies to deliver a best-in-class solution for the project.

Note to editors:
Hitachi Energy’s HVDC solution combines world-leading expertise in HVDC converter valves; the MACH™ digital control platform4, converter power transformers and high-voltage switchgear; as well as system studies, design and engineering, supply, installation supervision and commissioning.

HVDC Light® is a voltage source converter technology developed by Hitachi Energy, which was launched over 25 years ago. It is the preferred technology for many grid applications, including interconnecting countries, integrating renewables and “power-from-shore” connections to offshore production facilities. HVDC Light’s defining features include uniquely compact converter stations and exceptionally low electrical losses.

Hitachi Energy pioneered commercial HVDC technology almost 70 years ago and has delivered more than half of the world’s HVDC projects.

1 https://www.odyssee-mure.eu/publications/efficiency-by-sector/households/electricity-consumption-dwelling.html
2 https://www.inelfe.eu/en/projects/bay-biscay
3 https://www.inelfe.eu/en/about-inelfe
4 Modular Advanced Control for HVDC (MACH™)

HVDC website:
https://www.hitachienergy.com/offering/product-and-system/hvdc

About Hitachi Energy
Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of over $10 billion USD.
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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the business structure of “Digital Systems & Services” – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2022 (ended March 31, 2023) totaled 10,881.1 billion yen, with 696 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.

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AngloGold Ashanti equips over 250 Obuasi youth with entrepreneurship skills

As part of efforts to equip the youth with skills to make them employable, AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine, has trained over 250 national service persons within the Obuasi Municipal and Obuasi East District.

The training, which was held at the company’s Enterprise and Skills Development Centre (ESDC), forms part of its Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) aimed at supporting host communities, especially the youth with strong entrepreneurship skills to make them self-reliant and contribute meaningfully to the local economy.

With the growing youthful population in Obuasi, and the inability of the mine to absorb such numbers in the mainstream mining operations, there was the urgent need to develop a diversified source of employment to help manage the high expectations for employment in the mine among the youth.

‘The training of the national service personnel on entrepreneurship is one of the ways we aim to support the growth of our economy,’ said Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, Senior Manager Sustainability of AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine.

‘We believe that giving the youth the skills they need to start and grow their businesses will positively impact their lives, and the communities, while strengthening the SME sector,’ he added.

Ms. Prisca Oduro, a national service person from Sanso community in Obuasi, said, ‘I was unsure about my ability to run a business. I had many ideas but didn’t know how to turn them into reality, but the training has changed all of that.’

She said the training provided practical advice and guidance on how to start and grow a business, including market research, customer service, and financial management, and that she was able to develop a business plan that she was so proud of.

The training programme is expected to create jobs, improve employment prospects, while positively impacting the overall economic growth of the Obuasi Township.

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AGI appeals for reduction of utility tariffs for manufacturing companies

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has appealed to the government to reduce the utility tariffs for manufacturing companies and industries producing and contributing to the development of the country.

The AGI Greater Accra Regional Chairman, Mr Tsonam Cleanse Akpeloo, made the call at a breakfast meeting in Tema, which was hosted by the Ghana Investment and Promotion Centre (GIPC).

Mr Akpeloo, who is an economist and a technology entrepreneur, stated that Ghana was one of the few nations in the world where industry paid more in electricity costs than home enterprises.

He pointed out that taxes and power accounted for 30 per cent of production expenses, making it difficult for manufacturing firms to prosper and compete globally.

The majority of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), according to Mr Akpeloo, who is also the CEO of SUKU Technologies, were still adjusting to the impacts of COVID-19, and several businesses had to suspend production as a result.

To increase production and effectively compete in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), he said there was an urgent need to preserve the interests of Ghanaian SMEs through the lowering of taxes on raw materials.

Additionally, he said, ‘We are asking for complete support for indigenous businesses, policy clarity, and a policy environment that is so clear that those who are eager to invest in Ghana understand that their money will be safe.’

He stressed that the three taxes implemented early in the year-the Tax Amendment Act, Exercise Duty Amendment Act, and Growth and Sustainability Act-along with VAT and levies, had a significant impact on local producers’ ability to advance.

He also mentioned that the tax structure was extremely burdensome for local businesses.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dr Osae urges EC to publish 2023 District Level Election timetable

Dr Eric Oduro Osae, the Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), has advised the Electoral Commission (EC) to publish the 2023 2023 District Level Election (DLE) timetable early enough to whip interest.

He said considering the low turnout experienced in the past years, many forecasters had predicted that the 2023 DLE might not receive more than 35 per cent turnout if something was not done about it.

Dr Osae made the appeal in his address at the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA) Stakeholder Consultative Forum in Accra. Speaking on the topic ‘The 2023 District Level Elections and Matters Arising’, Dr Osae said considering the importance of this election to the youth, women, persons with disability (PWDs) and the vulnerable in society, stakeholders could not sit down unconcerned.

‘Can we consider making the DLE day a holiday or adding it to one of the existing holidays to signify its importance and allow people to participate?’ He questioned.

‘This can also be shot down by certain optics who would argue that the general election (Presidential and Parliamentary) days are not holidays, but we always have voter turnout exceeding 50 per cent so this may not be the solution.

‘So, then I will be tempted to say let us bite the bullet, to amend article 55(3) and allow political parties to sponsor candidate to District and Unit Committee elections so they can join in the mobilization and drive voters to come out in their numbers and vote during such elections.’

Dr Osae, who is a Governance and Public Financial Management expert, a Chartered Accountant and a Lawyer, noted that by its non-political nature, associations and the business communities may consider sponsoring persons to champion development in respective communities in which they do business.

He said the Government must intensify sensitization and awareness raising among citizens; stating that civil society organizations (CSOs), opinion leaders and traditional authorities must take interest in preparing their people.

He said political parties must take their hands-off the local level elections and that development partners and CSOs must support Government implement the various activities aimed at promoting women’s participation in local governance including development and dissemination of guidelines to promote women into elected and appointed positions.

He urged CSOs to support the Government conduct a study on women representation in local government elections in line with affirmative action.

Dr Osae said the National House of Chief was encouraged to sensitize its members, so they don’t lead local boycotts as the nation witnessed in 2019.

He said the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) should be resourced to start its sensitization and civic education activities on the DLE early enough.

The Director-General said Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were the ultimate beneficiaries in the activities of the Assemblymembers and the Unit Committee members must be interested by working through the district information officer to disseminate information on the upcoming elections.

He said the Government must speed up the process of reviewing relevant legal, policies and constitutional frameworks to local democracy.

He called for strategies to improve women and youth participation in the upcoming DLE since only about 8.1 per cent of candidates who participated in the 2019 elections were females.

Professional bodies should encourage their members to put themselves up for election into the respective assemblies to make their skills available to the MMDAs in dire need of their services such as layers, accountants, engineers, planners, Docters, teachers, businessmen and women.

‘Our democracy is incomplete without improving turnout in local level elections.

‘But we need a national conversation on whether or not to amend article 55(3) of the 1992 constitution to allow political parties to sponsor candidates to local government elections including the elections of MMDCEs in lower level.

‘The decision is in our hands, collectively let us work together to make democracy a reality by helping the process.’

Dr Osae said the Government could not do it alone, CSOs, traditional authorities, associations, development partners, Governments and the bossiness must be involved in this crusade; declaring that ‘But there is light at the end of the tunnel’.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Allow political party participation in District Assembly elections- Dr Oduro Osae

Dr Eric Oduro Osae, a Local Government Expert, has called for the amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution to allow for the participation of political parties in district level elections and governance.

He said allowing political parties to participate in such elections would whip up citizens’ interest, address issues of low turnout and increase participation in local governance.

The Electoral Commission has set October 3, 2023 for the conduct of the district assembly elections.

However, with barely four months to the elections, concerns have been raised by some state and non-state actors such as the National Commission for Civic Education over low citizens’ interest ahead of the exercise.

Speaking at a stakeholder consultative forum organised by the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA) on the 2023 District Level Elections, in Accra, on Wednesday, Dr Osae said, despite the Constitutional guarantee of the right to vote, there had been gross apathy among the citizenry in local governance elections leading to low turnout.

Turnout for district level elections, he said, had been declining from 59.3 per cent in 1988/89 to 33.6 per cent in 2019 as against a national turnout of 2020 Presidential elections of about 78.89 per cent.

Dr Osae said to address the issue going forward, Ghanaians must ‘bite the bullet’ by allowing the amendment of Article 55(3) to permit political parties participation in the district level elections.

Government, between 2018 and 2019 pursued the amendment of Article 55(3) to enable multiparty participation in the districts and 243(1) for the election of MMDCEs, as part of efforts to reform the local governance system and devolve more power and resources to the local communities.

However, a planned national referendum scheduled for December 17, 2019, was cancelled for lack of adequate public knowledge and broad-based consensus on the reforms it would entail.

Dr Osae said ‘……….if we think involvement of political parties is not good at the national level, we should ban it but if we continue along those lines, then we should bring it to the local level too because what is good for the goose is good for the gander,’ he said.

The forum brought together civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, assembly members, the NCCE, youth groups, among others.

The purpose of the forum was to among other things, draw the attention of relevant stakeholders to the critical issues related to the district level elections, raise awareness to the 2023 district level elections and strengthen the capacity of CSOs, FBOs, traditional authorities to mobilise citizens for improved voter turnout.

Mr Samuel Tettey, a Deputy Chair in charge of Operations at the Electoral Commission said the Commission was concerned about the low turnout at district level elections and called for collaborative efforts to address it.

On the 2023 district assembly elections, Mr Tettey said plans were far advanced to conduct a free, fair and successful district level elections come October 3.

Currently, he said, the Commission waiting for Parliament to approve its Constitutional Instrument (C.I. 91) currently before it which would enable them to commence registration of the electorates.

‘Some of the activities and I told you that some of the activities are internal, you know, like the logistics that we need for the district level elections, the commission has actually started procuring them. So the only thing left with us is with the approval of the draft C.I. by parliament,’ he said.

Mr Dan Botwe, Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, expressed Government’s commitment to deepening decentralization and enhancing development at the local level.

He said in the coming days, the Ministry would collaborate with key stakeholders such as the Electoral Commission, NCCE, ILGS, OHLGS, RCCs and MMDAs to intensify senssitisation ahead of the elections.

Source: Ghana News Agency