Aizawl, Jul 1 (PTI) More than 1,900 people who have returned to Mizoram from different parts of the country, have lost their jobs due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, an official of the Mizoram Youth Commission (MYC), said.

More than 1,900 returnees have lost their jobs and have registered their names with the MYC, a state government agency for Youth Development, the official said on Tuesday.

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"A total of 1,903 youths, who lost jobs due to the global pandemic, have registered their name with the youth commission till Monday," he told PTI.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga has told the commission to assist the youths who lost their jobs, he said.

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The official said that the youth commission on Monday held a meeting with some departments, including employment skill development and entrepreneurship, tourism, planning and programme implementation, to find employment opportunities for those people, who have lost jobs.

The meeting also deliberated about expediting measures to assist the youths to ensure that they earn livings, he said.

According to the official, MYC chairman Dr Vanlaltanpuia told the meeting that the commission will help the youths to hone their skills which will help them to earn a livelihood.

Vanlaltanpuia, who is also the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislator, said that the MYC has evolved a COVID-19 Plan to inform them about various job opportunities through skill development and training, the official said.

The official said that the youth commission is also working on a job portal to facilitate close contact between the commission and youths looking for jobs.

He said that the commission will focus on skill development for which talks are on with various skill-based development training institutes in the state.

The commission with the help of other departments will also make plans to help migrant workers in the state, he added. PTI COR RG RG 07011034 NNNNan sell and trade their tokens using Chiliz, one of the many cryptocurrencies based on blockchain technology.

For now, most clubs are highlighting “fan engagement” as the main advantage of their blockchain-based fan tokens.

“For the biggest clubs in the world, 99.9% of sports fans are not actually in the stadiums, or even in the same city or country of the club that they are supporting,” Dreyfus told The Associated Press.

“There is a lack of engagement and monetization towards this global fan base,” he added.

“All these fans have no significant way to have a voice and have an influence. By owning one of these fan tokens, suddenly you are being recognized, and more importantly, you have a voice and a right to vote on a decision that the club is asking you.”

Barcelona said the fan tokens are part of the club's world-wide expansion strategy as it looks for new digital channels and formats to generate greater engagement with its international fan base. They have been incorporated as the club tries to develop “new streams for the generation of resources” and to become a “benchmark both on and off the field.”

The first survey in which Barcelona token owners can vote on is related to the artwork of a mural that will decorate the dressing room at the Camp Nou.

Juventus was the first club to launch its fan tokens about six months ago, with its supporters choosing the celebration song that is now played when the team scores a goal.

The first PSG poll in February allowed fans to choose an inspirational message to go on the captain's armband, and Galatasaray's supporters picked the song played when the team enters the field. Roma fans voted on the name of a field at the club's training center, and Atlético Madrid's supporters chose player Álvaro Morata to give exclusive insight into the club's daily life.

The tokens became a more significant engagement tool during the coronavirus pandemic. PSG players Edison Cavani and Thiago Silva sent personal messages to fans, and Galatasaray token owners gained life-sized cardboard photos of themselves in the team's stadium.

“The pandemic forced the clubs to look at the other 99% of fans that can generate revenue,” Dreyfus said.

“It forced them to reconsider and to try to monetize their global fan base.”

Other blockchain-based actions making their way into soccer include officially licensed digital cards of players, which can be used in virtual fantasy games. Platform Sorare has deals with several clubs and leagues, including the Serie A. It said it has more than 1,800 officially licensed soccer players on the platform, with 3,000 active users who generated about $200,000 in sales in May.

Portuguese club Benfica last year was a pioneer in allowing the use of cryptocurrencies for the purchase of tickets and merchandising. Some clubs also resorted to blockchain to track the authenticity of some of their official products. There were announcements of clubs possibly using cryptocurrencies for salaries and other payments, though nothing has materialized so far. (AP)

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