Idul Fitri ‘mudik’ travelers to undergo quarantine before departure: Surakarta mayor

first_imgTo help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Surakarta administration in Central Java is urging its citizens to refrain from returning to their home towns unless they quarantine themselves for 14 days before they depart.“I warn you again, do not return to your home town. If they ignore this warning, I will put them under quarantine before they leave for their home town,” Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo said on Tuesday. Rudy added that his administration was prepared to turn three old buildings into quarantine centers, namely Ndalem Joyokusuman, Ndalem Priyosuhartan and Graha Wisata Niaga. The two first mentioned buildings are for people under monitoring (ODP) while Wisata Niaga is for people who wished to return to their hometown during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will conduct a health screening every day. They are allowed to go home if they are in a healthy condition, or go to the hospital if they are patients under surveillance.”Aside from limiting the number of people who contract COVID-19, Rudy also said the quarantine had been implemented because the public was worried about travelers from cities with numerous disease cases, such as Greater Jakarta. “Hopefully this policy will make them think twice before returning to their home towns,” Rudy said. The head of the COVID-19 advanced management task force in Surakarta, Ahyani, said his team is collaborating with the airports, train stations and bus terminals to detect the coronavirus among people who use public transportation to return to their home towns, while the neighborhood unit heads (RT) and district officers would attempt to detect those who use their personal vehicles to return. “We already coordinated with the officers in each area. We asked them to report them to us if they spotted travelers from Surakarta,” Ahyani said. As of Wednesday, referral hospitals in Surakarta have recorded 130 people under monitoring and 39 patients under surveillance, all of whom traveled from outside of the city. Meanwhile, the local data revealed that there have been seven COVID-19 patients, three of which are from Surakarta while the other four are from outside of the city. The number of people under monitoring also increased to 232 from 219, while the number of patients under surveillance has risen to 29, of whom 14 recovered while six died. “We cannot afford to lock down the area. Surakarta is not big, but we have plenty of ways to get into the city because we are surrounded by five regencies. We obtain our food from the surrounding areas,” Alyani said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery deserves praise for reigniting Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career, claims Emmanuel Petit

first_imgAdvertisement ‘It’s a long process and it’s necessary to concentrate not only on the player but also on the man – for weeks, Emery has been doing that.‘So, I hope Ozil will keep enjoying himself on the pitch and keep his mind fresh. If he can do that, it will be a big weapon for Arsenal until the end of the season.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 11:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link309Shares Unai Emery deserves praise for reigniting Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career, claims Emmanuel Petit #YaGunnersYa ?? Five-Star team performance tonight! Happy for everyone at the club and for all the fans! ??#WeAreTheArsenal #M1Ö #COYG @Arsenal— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 27, 2019 Comment Mesut Ozil has been asked to produce more for the Arsenal team by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)‘It has taken time for Ozil to show his real level on the pitch again. He did well against Bournemouth and looked fresh mentally,’ Petit told‘We know his quality – the only question is about his motivation, and what I saw on Wednesday is the beginning of the answer.‘Unai Emery’s management of Ozil has been good. He’s left him at home and put him on the bench at various times, giving him a few minutes here and there before now thrusting him back into the first team. Mesut Ozil scored his first goal since October during the 5-1 win over Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Emmanuel Petit has heaped praise on Unai Emery for masterminding Mesut Ozil’s spectacular return to form.The Arsenal manager has been heavily criticised for his treatment of the former Real Madrid playmaker, having left him out of the side for tactical reasons on at least three separate occasions this season.Injuries and illness have also played a part in Ozil’s recent inactivity, but he exploded back into life during the midweek win at Bournemouth where he scored his first goal since October and produced the assist for Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second goal in as many games.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisementlast_img read more

When these owners built their dream home they had to do it from afar – 15,000km in fact

first_imgThe dream home, at 339 Maleny Stanley River Road.YEARS of appreciating good design meant Robert and Anne Hadley knew exactly what they wanted to build on their glorious Maleny site in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.The couple purchased the 2000sq m gently sloping block in 2005 after returning to Australia on holiday.“It was a quick decision but when we saw the view, it was amazing and that sold it,” Mrs Hadley said.“You’ve got the Glasshouse Mountains in the foreground, then the skyline of Brisbane and you also see at night the Gold Coast lit up. It’s a wide expanse of a view which is sort of uninterrupted because most of the house at the back is glass.”The views are endless.They wanted to create a modern residence, one that was sculptural and connected to the landscape.“We liked the works of the architects that were operating in California in the 1950s like (Richard) Neutra, (Craig) Ellwood and guys like that,” she said.The couple also favoured Australian architects including Gabriel Poole, John Mainwaring, Lindsay and Kerry Clare, and Glenn Murcutt.“They had the right lightness of the architecture and their buildings tended to float on the landscape which is what we wanted for Maleny, and that’s what we included in our brief,” Mrs Hadley said.A modern look.From their base in Bucharest, the Hadleys sent architects Lindy Atkin and Steve Guthrie, of Bark Design Architects, a folder heavy with photos and detailed specifications including the 2004/05 Maleny rainfall totals.“When they received it, they rang us in Bucharest and they just couldn’t believe it,” Mrs Hadley said.“It was like a dream because it was all spread out there for them.”Maleny builder Nathan Quail spent 16 months constructing the interconnected pavilions, with the Hadleys closely monitoring progress from their overseas base.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoA tranquil retreat.“We got videos, we had conference calls and we had lots and lots of emails,” Mrs Hadley said.“We were super lucky to have such an amazing group of people working on it.”Crafted timber decks, screens and walkways blend structures comprised of glass, grey Australian corrugated steel and reinforced concrete with the cliffside landscape.The result is a home which reflects a simple beauty, a Zen philosophy of tranquillity and modesty.Amazing views from the bedroom“Not everyone has the chance to build the house of their dreams, but we did,” Mrs Hadley said.“I think it makes the most of a wonderful view, the craftsmanship may look simple but it’s amazing and everything fits together. The attention to detail and the quality of the work is beautiful, and it’s a testament to all the people involved.”DETAILS339 Maleny Stanley River Rd4 bed, 3 bath, 6 carAgent: Hannah Dodds Queensland Sotheby’s International Realtylast_img read more

Queensland properties fit for Westeros

first_imgReal estate in the Game of Thrones universe changes hands almost as often as people lose heads. As the world waits to see who lives, dies and returns from the dead in GoT season 8, we found three properties for auction this week that would fit perfectly in Westeros and you don’t have to risk life and limb to get one.Our Game of Thrones auction showcase begins at altitude in the Sunshine Coast hinterland where this personal kingdom of 2108sq m sold at auction this morning for $1.4 million. Step out of the real world and into your very own Tower House at 3 Combles Rd, Camp HillThis one at 3 Combles Rd, Camp Hill could be Jon Snow’s happy place, with three levels of open plan living including a covered rooftop terrace so he could keep up Night Watch duties while entertaining the Targaryen’s in style. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Family, friends or any advancing army will find it hard to sneak up on you with this opulent rooftop viewing platform that looks over the Glass House Mountains and the ocean. Survey your kingdom from your very own rooftop terrace on top of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.There’s underfloor heating, water fountains, statues, antique tapware, and crystal chandeliers. But fear not, it is all protected by a centrally-controlled front gated entrance. In Brisbane, not all Tower Houses are under threat from White Walkers or Lannisters. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN CAMP HILL SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN NERANG When you type ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘pool’ into a search engine, you end up with pages of dead pool prediction sheets. We prefer this regal indoor variety which would be great for your health and is a feature of 505 Mountain View Rd, Maleny.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMelinda Martin of the Ray White Maleny family (not the George R R Martin family), took this property to auction this morning where two active bidders kicked off bidding at $1.3 million. After just bids, the property sold under the hammer for $1.4 million.center_img A spacious rooftop terrace accommodates the regalia of kings, queens and chameleons at 3 Combles Rd, Camp Hill.There’s also an inground pool, outdoor shower, wet bar, and ensuite. So while the world waits to see how the real estate will change in the Game of Thrones universe, secure your own Tower House and enjoy the spoils without the plunder. They might not be heart trees, but the eucalypts and dry rainforest trees of the Nerang State Forest behind this Manor are of spiritual significance to the Yugembeh people.Called Stonewood Manor, this Gold Coast property commands a two hectare site and has its own flagpole so you can fly your house banner and invite 10 of your besties to the house-warming, with parking for all of their cars under the tennis court. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN MALENY If a title has always been on your bucket list but you’d like to avoid a Game of Thrones bloodbath to get one, this tranquil acreage property at 178 Country Crescent, Nerang could be your opportunity and it’s still on the market after being passed in at auction this week for $1.475 million. An advancing army will find it hard to creep up on this palatial abode, it has views over the Glass House Mountains and the ocean.The entrance to this six-bedroom sanctuary at 505 Mountain View Rd, Maleny, features a sweeping double staircase big enough for the Mother of Dragons and her brood. Stone walls feature inside the manor at 178 Country Crescent, Nerang.If a retreat is necessary, there are two to choose from, one for the kids and one for adults. There are two fireplaces but the best roasts will come out of the country-style kitchen.Alex Hayes of LJ Hooker Nerang has an open for inspection scheduled for Sunday, April 7 from 10am-10.30am. Cancel the siege, you can secure this Camp Hill property at auction on April 3.Denis Najzar of Place Woolloongabba took 3 Combles Rd, Camp Hill to auction on Wednesday where it was passed-in and it is now on the market for around $1.7 million with an open for inspection scheduled for tomorrow, April 6, from 1.30pm-2pm.last_img read more

Super Eagles target completes £20m Crystal Palace switch

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Meet The World’s Most Striking Animals Here7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts Super Eagles target Eberechi Eze has completed Crystal Palace  switch from QPR for a fee that could rise to £20m.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Super Eagles target set to complete £19.5m move to PalaceThe summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and close at 11pm on October 5.A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday October 16 at 5pm.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Palace previously had bids of £8m and £12m rejected, with QPR manager Mark Warburton making clear Eze would only leave if the club’s £20m valuation was met.The deal to secure his services is for £16m up front with £4m in potential add-ons.QPR have a 20 per cent sell-on clause built into the agreement. Eze, who scored 14 goals in 46 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship for QPR last season, had also attracted interest from Fulham, West Ham and Newcastle but has signed a five-year deal at Selhurst Park.last_img read more

Two local schools see COVID-19 positive students

first_imgFranklin and Decatur County, IN — Both the Franklin County Community School Corporation (FCCSC) and South Decatur Schools notified parents Tuesday of each having a student test positive for COVID-19 (in no known relation).FCCSC stated in its parent letter that the student was last in attendance at school on Friday. Upon notification of the positive result, the school implemented its COVID-19 protocol and began working with the Franklin County Health Department to provide seating charts, bus information, and more to help identify those whom the student had come in contact with through the middle school. It is noted in the letter, the Franklin County Health Department determined it is safe for students to continue and that the school can remain open at this time.Decatur County Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Jarrod Burns noted, in the letter to South Decatur parents, that they are working closely with the Decatur County Health Department after notification of the ill student. The individual that tested positive will be in home isolation for at least 10 days and 24-hours fever-free in accordance with the Indiana State Department of Health’s guidance. The bus in question has already been deep cleaned and is completely safe to be on.Both school systems noted this is an important reminder that social distancing, wearing masks, and proper sanitizing practices do work. Also, they understand there will be positive cases throughout the school year, but one positive case won’t necessarily shut down a school like it did in March.last_img read more

Chasing down a dream

first_imgA native of Pewaukee, Wis., Watt left behind a scholarship and a starting position at Central Michigan for a chance to walk on for the hometown Badgers.[/media-credit]Apparently the favorite quote section of a high school yearbook has some significance after all.For junior defensive end J.J. Watt, the quote he submitted as an 18-year-old has stuck with him through his years as a collegiate athlete.The words are simple and to the point – dream big, work hard.“Our high school yearbook asked for a quote, and I was looking at a bunch of the Vince Lombardi quotes and nothing really fit exactly what I wanted to say. I ended up thinking to myself ‘dream big, work hard’ because no matter where you come from if you dream big enough you can do anything,” Watt said. “But the second part is the most important, because if you don’t work hard nothing is going to happen.”Working hard has never been an issue for Watt who has undertaken a long, arduous journey to reach Wisconsin and start at defensive end for the No. 11 Badgers.The mantra dream big, work hard appears at the end of Watt’s tweets and a plan is in place to create bracelets displaying the slogan.But those four words, D.B.W.H for short, are more than just a quote – they’re words Watt lives by.Holding onto the dreamWatt fondly remembers his high school football days.He loved the game and dreamed of playing as long as he possibly could.“Coming out of high school your goal is always to be the best player you can be, but I’m not going to lie, when I graduated I just wanted to play football,” Watt said. “It could have been Whitewater, Oshkosh anywhere.”At Pewaukee High School, Watt starred on both ends of the ball and he gave himself a chance to play at the next level.He was recognized as a first-team, all-state performer at both tight end and defensive end and was named team MVP his senior year. In the process, he caught the eyes of college coaches around the Midwest, including UW head coach Bret Bielema.Big kid, big decisionLike almost every Big Ten prospect, Watt’s high school statistics were very impressive. But to play in a major conference, size plays a crucial role and often times measureables can be the deciding factor in a scholarship offer.Lucky for Watt, a senior year growth spurt helped his cause, but an offer never came from the hometown Badgers.“We were evaluating him quite a bit. If I remember right, we didn’t have him in summer camp and we didn’t make a scholarship offer at that point and we went with the guys that we wound up offering,” Bielema said in a 2008 interview with reporters. “He was in that loop, he was a guy that we were well aware of and he really had a huge growth spurt.”Watt ended up committing to Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., but his collegiate future was far from settled.“It was crazy for me. I committed to central Michigan and the coach left, so I committed to Minnesota and then the coach got fired, so I ended up committing back to Central Michigan,” Watt said.The 6-foot-6 Chippewa freshman found a role at tight end where he played in all 14 games, but Watt wasn’t satisfied. The offense didn’t fit his style and the early playing time wasn’t enough to keep him at Central Michigan.Watt wanted to take a shot at something more – he wanted to be Badger. With no guarantees from Bielema and only a walk-on spot available, Watt filled out the transfer forms and packed his bags for Madison where he would be moved to the defensive line, but the decision to leave CMU wasn’t easy.“It was one of the biggest decisions of my life. To tell my parents they are going to have to pay 18,000 dollars for me to come to Madison was tough when I previously had a scholarship and a starting position at a division one school,” Watt said. “Most kids would die for that situation.”Putting the work inLife wasn’t glamorous at first for the Central Michigan transfer as he prepared for life as a defensive linemen at UW.“I spent six months working at Pizza Hut and working out at the local gym just getting bigger faster and stronger,” Watt said.Watt arrived on campus with plenty of drive and motivation, but he needed to add bulk and refine his technique to see playing time on the Wisconsin D-line.Lining up across guys like Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt everyday in practice certainly helped.“Going against Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt made me such a better player and I wouldn’t change that for the world,” Watt said. “That year made me grow so much as a football player and a person.For safety Jay Valai, Watt’s physical growth was pretty noticeable.“J.J. is a worker,” Valai said. “When he got here he was 230 (pounds) or whatever and now he’s like 290.”Despite the added muscle and invaluable experience against the UW O-line, Watt had to sit out due to transfer rules. He spent a year on the scout team and was ineligible to play in any games.For the first time in his career, Watt was forced to sit and watch. So he took out his frustration in practice.“It was extremely tough at first because I was used to playing every Saturday but it was a great experience for me because I was practicing against the Wisconsin O-line everyday,” said Watt, the eventual scout team MVP. “Practice became my Super Bowl because I had no game day.”Long, hard hours paying offThe game days finally came for Watt, and he’s been wreaking havoc as a scholarship defensive end ever since.After impressing coaches and teammates on the scout team, Watt took to the field in 2009 as a starter opposite O’Brien Schofield and helped lead a defense that was the top Big Ten unit against the run. He compiled 15.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks and entered the 2010 season as the bona fide leader of the UW D-line.Through two games, Watt leads the team in tackles for loss and pass breakups. He was named game MVP for his effort against San Jose State and he’s been a leader for UW on and off the field.“J.J. is just a big, strong, athletic dude. He’s got such a great motor, and everybody thought things would change with [O’Brien Schofield] gone, but J.J. has stepped up in that role,” Valai said.Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has relied on Watt just like the young UW linemen have.“We don’t have any seniors in the room so I really lean on the juniors like J.J,” Partridge said. “He has really embraced that leadership role for us.”The decision to take a leap of faith and walk-on at Wisconsin was motivated by a dream and came to fruition through a relentless drive to get better. It appears the high school senior knew what he was talking about when he submitted that quote years ago. “I had plenty of confidence in myself and I knew that my attitude and work ethic would pay off,” Watt said. “It’s paid off 100 times over.”last_img read more

Men’s water polo begins play at Triton Invitational

first_imgComing off a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA Championship to rival UCLA last season, the men’s water polo team is ready to make waves this season with another run for its 10th title following 11 straight appearances in the championship game.Brian Ji | Daily TrojanThis Saturday, the Men of Troy will travel south to La Jolla to battle UC Irvine and Cal Baptist in the Triton Invitational at UC San Diego. The Trojans, coming off a 22-7 season, will return 15 of their top scorers, including their top five scoring threats, all of whom have another year of experience and growth under their belt. Junior brothers Blake and Lachlan Edwards will join Grant Stein and Matteo Morelli to form a dangerous offensive assault.Of the 21 players who netted goals for USC last season, only six — Mac Carden (21), Luke Felton (13), Nick Lavayen (7), Tristan Reinhardt (5), Andrew Silvers (2) and Jake Sanders (1) —  are departing. Considering USC’s varied offensive weapons, 6-foot-9 junior McQuin Baron should have no trouble returning as starting goalie this season. Baron returns to USC with the seventh-most saves in USC history (570) with two seasons left in his collegiate career. After upsetting the No. 2 Cal Bears in last year’s NCAA semifinals, Baron (who had two clutch saves on Cal’s penalty shots) emphasized the importance of increased defense and the role he plays.“Our team gets very energized, they get very, very excited when I block a shot,” Baron told’s John Reger last year. “I get excited when our team is enjoying our team defense. A lot of teams will get excited when they score a goal, but our team gets very excited when I make a shot block or a save.” Along with USC’s offense scoring 13.8 goals per game, Baron and the Trojan defense kept opposing offenses to just 6.2 goals per game, saving an average of 10.8 shots per game. The strength of the Trojans rests in their ability to get on the board early and often. In 2015, USC scored 212 of their 395 regulation goals in the first half of games. On the other hand, the Trojans’ defense was often exposed in the second half, allowing 98 goals compared to 81 in the first half. If the Trojans can clamp down on opponents in the third quarter specifically (55 goals allowed last season), they should see some more wins this year. Helping the veterans will be a group of talented freshmen that includes Marin Dasic, Thomas Dunstan, Chas Hornecker, Matt Maier, Will Rubschlager and Luke Wyatt. Dunstan, a two-meter “game-changer” who joined Baron on Team USA in Rio, can play excellent defense and will also aid the Trojans’ offense.“Thomas is definitely one of the top two recruits in the nation this year,” co-head coach Jovan Vavic said of the freshman. “The kid is big, fast and a lefty. He’s a great swimmer, has long arms, can play at 2-meters, shoot from the outside, play 2-meter defense and help in the counterattack. He’s also a great passer — almost too unselfish in his passing. He’s really a complete package.”Vavic has coached the team for more than 20 seasons, but this year will be joined by Marko Pintaric as a co-head coach. Pintaric has served as an assistant under Vavic for the past 15 seasons.The Trojans start off their season this Saturday against UC Irvine and Cal Baptist. With a regular season schedule that includes games against top-ranked UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, Cal, Long Beach State, Pacific and UCLA (most of which will be at home), the Trojans will be tested early and often.last_img read more

Clonmel Town win Tipp Cup again

first_imgThey defeated Slieveardagh Utd 2-0 to claim the silverware.Paul Shanahan headed Aidan McGrath’s cross in to put the eventual victors in front after 32 minutes.They wrapped up the win on the stroke of full-time when Jack Burke slammed in Conor O’Sullivan’s square ball. The match was played at The Complex in Clonmel.last_img

BtoBet – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img StumbleUpon Submit BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 BtoBet is sponsoring the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Kostandina Zafirovska, BtoBetKostandina Zafirovska is the Chief Executive at BtoBet. Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Kostandina, about why football is such an attractive sport for betting and how the market is changing from a consumer perspective. SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?Kostandina: With over 3.5 billion of fans and counting, football is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world. Its consolidation and inevitable advance in countries like United States, China and India will almost certainly drive  further huge increases in the number of passionate fans.The popularity of the sport is helped by its accessibility and the ease with which people unfamiliar with the sport can quickly gain an understanding of its rules. It is a truly intuitive sport without many of the more complicated rules and procedures that accompany other sports such as American Football, rugby and cricket.    Football not only creates heroes – and villains – it also stimulates the fans to get involved, by watching the games at either the stadium or on television. In particular, the game stimulates betting like no other. To have an opinion in football is everything; whether it’s about a team, a player or the referee. And from opinions we get betting opportunities as fans pit themselves against the bookmakers. Football is the perfect medium for betting; even if a football fan doesn’t support either team in any given match, they can still get involved by having a bet.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?Kostandina: Football betting is going through  an evolutionary period. Technology can help operators reach the final customer with ease – indeed, the biggest danger for many operators is the speed with which a customer can be overloaded with messages, offers, bonuses and the like. The end scenario here is that many consumer-facing propositions can end up lacking differentiation and any level of personalisation. However, with the technology available today, we can know much more about the consumer than was previously the case. We know much more about their habits, their likes, what they bet on and when, their favourite bets and which devices they prefer to use. With this data at their disposal, operators can offer the right bet, at the right time and in the right way, making the customer feel valued and increasing their loyalty to the brand.The technology evolution ensures operators interact with consumers in a fast and effective way. Smartphone push notification and promotions,  for example, can provide the customer the chance to bet immediately or in the nearest geo-positioned shop during an important football match. It is a process which suits the modern bettor; they are tech-savvy people who have expectations of technology that are far beyond their predecessors. It’s the millennial audience and to get their loyalty football-betting brands have to cater to their needs.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?Kostandina: Football and betting are a strong binomial. Every football field is framed by advertisements for betting companies, many football shirts bear the name of betting companies and the odds of the  betting companies are promoted before and during a game on TV. But it shouldn’t be just an economic relationship; it should be a combined effort towards product development. Football must provide useful data for new gaming markets to develop. Data can be provided, for instance, about the ball possession, or the number of assists. This kind of information will help create new offers that can be offered in real time. Football has certainly helped with  the growth of betting. At the same time, betting and football can collaborate to meet the challenges of ensuring the game is free of corruption and the threat of match-fixing. The entire system of the betting management  can report any anomalous action to the responsible authority to avoid any potential fraud and betting can also help with the education of the football players aimed at preventing  any potential fraud.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?Kostandina: Online and mobile betting is very challenging in the iGaming business. Players are turning more tech-savvy and becoming ever more demanding. They are pushing firms towards effective strategies and technology to improve their service, boost player confidence and increase player lifetime values. I firmly believe technology plays a key role in the football betting industry: the possibility exists now for operators to utilise deep-data analytics, automation and personalisation of offers while creating meaningful experiences for users – through a clever omni-channel platform – that will inevitably be a big plus for attracting to a brand and retaining their loyalty. For example, BtoBt’s Recommendation engine collects and analyses large amounts of information on a player’s behaviour, activities, preferences, predicting what they would like to receive. And through its Artificial Intelligence and sophisticated algorithms, it enables operators to track players’ behaviour to provide perfect suggestions, for the best odds and bets for each player or segment of players. At the same time technology is helping licensees to detect any suspicious and fraudulent behaviour in order to check and correct any anomaly in a very short time. SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?Kostandina: I personally will be a speaker in the Supplier CEO panel ‘Operating in a multi-asset marketplace’ on the 3rd May at 4.30 pm, talking about effective strategies and product developments. Share Share BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more