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Meltwater becomes title partner of Champions Chess Tour and appoints Magnus Carlsen as Global Brand Ambassador

OSLO, Norway, Jan. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meltwater, a leading global provider of media intelligence and social analytics solutions, will be the title partner for Play Magnus Group’s Champions Chess Tour. With this agreement, Meltwater also becomes a partner for Magnus Carlsen, four-time World Chess Champion.

This Christmas, the first major tournament of the Champions Chess Tour has attracted millions of viewers across the world. The tournament airs on Eurosport globally, on NRK in Norway and draws significant viewership across multiple online streaming platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. With the new agreement between Meltwater and Play Magnus, the tour will be named Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

Meltwater offers a wide range of products that monitor media coverage and social media activity for companies and organizations.

Jørn Lyseggen, Executive Chairman and Founder of Meltwater, said: “At Meltwater we believe in empowering companies with objective insights to make more informed decisions, like how the world’s best chess players prepare for their tournaments. The Champions Chess Tour is the perfect vehicle for us to further spread our mission of enabling more companies to make their next move with confidence. In a chess game, both players basically have the same information. It is how one reads and analyzes the information from the opponent that determines the outcome.”

Chess is an inspiration

“The social responsibility aspects of Play Magnus’ mission inspire us at Meltwater, as it advocates the positive benefits of chess for children and adults alike, as well as its accessibility. Unlike most sports that require expensive equipment, all you need is a chess board and pieces to get started – and you can do it anywhere,” Lyseggen added.

“I’m thrilled that Meltwater is partnering with the Champions Chess Tour. Meltwater’s DNA is closely linked with the game of chess through their work in analytics and strategy. I look forward to working with Meltwater on the Tour and being their brand ambassador,” Magnus Carlsen said.

According to CEO of Play Magnus Group, Andreas Thome, Meltwater’s services have positively impacted the Tour.

“We have used Meltwater’s products for a long time. Social media and traditional media intelligence are critical to all organizers of sports events to get the necessary insights. We currently use Meltwater’s services both for evaluating our internal strategy and for reporting media impact to our partners. Meltwater is an excellent brand and partner to join our mission of increasing the popularity of chess and the Champions Chess Tour,” Thome said.

Meltwater was founded in Oslo, Norway, in 2001 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with 50 offices across six continents. The company has 1,700 employees, 28,000 corporate customers and was listed on Euronext Growth Oslo in December 2020.

“Assuming the possibility of travel, we plan to organize the final of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour in San Francisco in September,” Jørn Lyseggen said.

Press contact:

Geir Arne Drangeid, IR and Communications, Meltwater
+ 47 913 10 458
gad@meltwater.com

About the 2021 Champions Chess Tour
The 2021 Champions Chess Tour will, for the first time in history, determine the world’s best chess player over a full competitive season of online chess. Beginning in November 2020, the Champions Chess Tour will feature monthly tournaments culminating in a final tournament in September 2021. The best chess players in the world will compete in a total of ten tournaments of rapid chess. All games will take place online on www.chess24.com with players competing for a total prize pool of USD 1.5 million.

About Meltwater
Meltwater is a leading global provider of social and media intelligence. By examining millions of posts each day from social media platforms, blogs and news sites, Meltwater helps companies make better, more informed decisions based on insight from the outside. Meltwater was founded in Oslo, Norway, in 2001 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with 50 offices across six continents. The company has 1,700 employees and 28,000 corporate customers, including industry leaders in several sectors.
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CDC: 14 Million Vaccines Distributed, 4 Million Inoculated

The U.S. continues its run at the top of the list as the country with the most COVID-19 infections, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Early Sunday, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported the U.S. has 20.4 million of the world’s 84.3 million COVID infections. India, the country with the second-largest number of cases has about half as many cases as the U.S. with 10.3 million. Public health officials warn, however, that India’s caseload may be undercounted.

The U.S. has recorded more than 350,000 deaths related to the coronavirus. Funeral homes across the country are finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for their services.

A surge of cases in the coming weeks is expected, following the holiday season, public health officials say.

The CDC Data Tracker says more than 13 million coronavirus vaccines have been distributed in the U.S. but only 4.2 million people have been inoculated. States have been overwhelmed by the process and have received little, if any, direction from the federal government about how best to deliver the vaccines to the public.

Twenty-five prisons in California have individually recorded more than 1,000 coronavirus infections, according to a New York Times report, and none of the prisons with the high infection rate is scheduled to participate in the state’s prison vaccination program. Avenal, the prison with the most infections, has reported more than 3,500 cases, according to The Times.

A spokeswoman for the court-appointed official who oversees California’s prison health told the newspaper that California was instead focusing its prison vaccination program on locations where “people are at significant risk of becoming infected or severely ill from the coronavirus.”

Former CNN talk show host Larry King is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in a hospital in Los Angeles. CNN said Saturday King has been in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for more than a week.

Source: Voice of America

Zimbabwe Reintroduces Dusk-to-Dawn Curfew to Contain Rising COVID-19 Cases

HARARE – Zimbabwe has reintroduced a 12-hour dusk-to-dawn curfew to contain rising COVID19 cases and combat citizens’ disregard of lockdown regulations. The World Health Organization is calling on Zimbabweans to abide by the new regulations. Public health experts and informal traders have concerns about the measures.

Announcing the 12-hour curfew Saturday night on national television, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said the government was concerned by a spike in coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe.

“We have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, almost double in two months, from 8,374 on 1 November to 14,084 to date. In light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases the following stiff lockdown measures are being put in place with immediate effect,” he said.

Besides the curfew, other measures include limiting the number of mourners at funerals to 30 people, while all other gatherings at weddings, churches, bars, bottle stores, gyms and restaurants are banned. Chiwenga – who doubles as Zimbabwe’s health minister – said a review of the new measures would be done in 30 days.

Participants in the informal sector of Zimbabwe’s economy say the new measures will not work. Sam?Wadzai?leads the activist group Vendors Initiative Social and Economic Transformation Zimbabwe.

“Clearly the government has not drawn lessons from the first lockdown where [in] March [2020] they announced the existence of a cushioning fund which did not benefit the majority of informal traders. In the few cases where informal traders received these allowances, the value had long been eroded by inflation. Lockdown measures should be implemented along with the introduction of proper social protection schemes to protect the vulnerable of our society. Otherwise, it would be very, very difficult for the measures to be abided by.”

Dr. Pamela Magande, president of Zimbabwe College of Public Health Physicians, says lockdowns should be accompanied with equipping hospitals with medicines, PPEs and modern equipment.

“Hospitals are actually difficult to work in because there is nothing to work with. Everyone needs to be brought to the table because lockdown on its own we are just delaying the inevitable. We will emerge from the lockdown and we will have transmissions again and we will be back from where we started,” she said.

Dr. Alex Gasasira heads the World Health Organization in Zimbabwe. He says citizens have to embrace the new lockdown measures so that the southern African nation can contain escalating cases of coronavirus.

“If we, as individuals play our role at our individual levels in our homes, in our communities, this will complement the measures that the government has put in place and will enable the objective of reduced transmission being achieved in Zimbabwe in short time,” he said.

He said personal hygiene, wearing face masks and social distance were some of the measures that individual Zimbabweans can take if the new strict lockdown measures were to bear fruit.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe police said it had arrested over 2,000 people over the New Year’s holiday weekend who flouted the country’s lockdown regulations imposed in March.

Source: Voice of America