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Covid 19 IgG Antibody Testing Available to the Public


Last week, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) asked all private laboratories to pause offering  Covid 19 IgG antibody testing using self-collect finger-prick samples, however, as Paul Harris, Charge Nurse from Blue Horizon Blood Tests explains, “it is still possible to be privately tested for COVID-19“We recognise that government agencies have to ensure the highest standards are being set and maintained. We shall not be offering self-collect finger-prick tests for COVID-19 until the MRHA gives the industry the all clear.
However, we are assured the tests run through our partner laboratory prior to this imposed pause in proceedings were valid. The method used to verify accuracy was by having volunteers donate venous samples and capillary samples (ie finger-prick) at the same time. They tested both these samples and compared the results and found them to be almost exactly the same from a clinical/statistical point of view. This is a well recognised practice in laboratories and is known as validation – in essence ensuring that the test being offered is as accurate as claimed.
This has been forwarded to the MHRA and are confident in the outcome.While the approach is under review, we are offering the same validated IgG test on samples collected from a vein – and have adjusted our test kits accordingly. Anyone trained in phlebotomy (blood taking) can use our Vacutainer Covid-19 test kits to take a venous blood sample which will be sent into our partner laboratory for analysis using an immunoassay kit from a PHE approved manufacturer.

More details are available at www.bluehorizonbloodtests.co.uk/covid-19

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Lockdown esports boom sees Luckbox prepare to go public on TSXV


Booming business during the COVID-19 lockdown has accelerated one company’s plans to go public.

Luckbox – an esports betting platform – has reported a “huge uptick in KPIs” during the first half of 2020.

The company is now preparing to go public on the TSX Venture Exchange after signing a letter of intent with capital pool company Elephant Hill (TSX-V: EH.P).

With much of the world’s population in lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the esports industry is among the few sectors to thrive.

While almost all traditional sport has been interrupted by the pandemic, esports – pro video game matches – are able to continue online.

This has been welcome news for Luckbox, with total bets up 500% since lockdown started.

Luckbox CEO Quentin Martin said: “All of our key performance indicators have been through the roof in the past three months. We’ve seen a huge uptick in KPIs across the board.

“Clearly, these are challenging times for many people across the world but, for many, esports and gaming is a welcome distraction.

“As well as an increase in customers and betting activity, we’ve seen a huge level of interest from potential investors, who are realising that esports is resilient to many of the forces that affect traditional sports, not least COVD-19 and a potential recession.”

Esports is regarded as the sport with highest growth potential and the industry as a whole has been one of the few sectors to succeed during lockdown. Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch reported an 80% increase of concurrent viewership since January, while gaming platform Steam reported record concurrent users.

Ahead of the potential public listing, Luckbox is engaging investors during a short funding round led by Gravitas Securities and Beacon Securities.

Luckbox, which is based in the Isle of Man, has been accepting bets from customers in more than 100 territories for just over a year.

The company holds a full gambling licence and offers real-money wagering on popular games such as League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota 2, Overwatch, FIFA and NBA2K.

Martin said: “The potential of esports betting is well documented and these past few months have brought that into sharper focus, accelerating the numbers.

“Many fans of traditional sports have been exposed to the excitement of esports for the first time and, hopefully, they like what they see and will be sticking around.”

About Luckbox

Luckbox offers legal, real-money betting, live streams and stats on 13 esports. Luckbox was built by a team combining vast experience in the igaming industry and a passion for esports to offer players a unique and legal CS:GO betting, Dota 2 and League of Legends betting. Real Time Games Holding Limited – the company behind the Luckbox brand – holds a full licence under the Online Gambling Regulation Act (OGRA), issued by the Gaming Supervision Commission. Luckbox is committed to supporting responsible gambling.

Pictures: CEO Quentin Martin, the Luckbox website

Contact: For more information or interview requests, email: james.mcmath@luckbox.com

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The PR Training Company to Host First Ever Virtual Public Relations Summit


Caldas Da Rainha, Portugal—The PR Training Company, a leader in professional training for professionals working in public relations, will convene its first ever completely online global summit. The Virtual Public Relations Summit, a five-day event to be held online from Monday 25 May till Friday 29 May 2020, will feature over 30 thought leaders across the industry, giving Public Relations professionals a unique opportunity to learn from the industry’s best at home.

The PR Training Company convenes its global summit when concerns over the health and environmental impacts of traveling to high-quality professional development opportunities is at an all-time high.

With some of the biggest names in the public relations industry slated to present at the summit and a free event access option, The Virtual Public Relations Summit delivers a professional development opportunity unlike any before in the PR sector. The summit is backed by several professional Public Relations & Communication associations including the International PR Association (IPRA), the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD) and the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC).

During the five-day event, attendees will hear from industry experts on a wide range of topics and global trends in internal, external, digital, and crisis communications.

“For professionals looking for a flexible, affordable, industry-focused, professional development opportunity, The Virtual Public Relations Summit delivers valuable training that will help them advance their knowledge in the field,” said Philippe Borremans, Host & Producer of the summit.

“I hope that through this summit, more professionals in the public relations sector can gain access to high-quality insights from across the globe, helping them do their jobs more effectively and enhancing the reputation of our industry.”

Two registration levels are available to attendees. The free pass gives registrants the opportunity to access keynotes from over 30 industry speakers for 48 hours during the event.

A VIP All-Access Pass (€499/$543) gives registrants on-demand access to all the summit’s keynotes for a full year and access to an online community of conference attendees. Additional benefits of the VIP pass include valuable bonus materials such as workbooks and e-books and access to exclusive discounts on PR services and products, with an estimated value of over €2000/$2176.

To learn more about the Virtual Public Relations Summit and to register for the online event, visit http://www.virtualprsummit.com

The PR Training Company

The PR Training Company is a global provider of online & offline training for professionals in the public relations sector. Through its online offerings, including courses, coaching, and its virtual summit, The PR Training Company seeks to provide high-quality educational opportunities that allow professionals to learn at their own pace while enhancing their professional networks. To learn more, visit www.theprtrainingcompany.com.

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