Labour Party wants mandatory industry levy to tackle problem gambling

first_img The UK Labour Party is expected to announce plans for a compulsory industry levy, which will fund the treatment of problem gambling.UK media reports that the levy plan is being spearheaded by Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who will unveil the policy later today during his Labour 2017 Party Conference speech in Brighton.Under Watson’s plans, a compulsory gambling levy is needed to raise funds for the NHS’ treatment of gambling addiction and research. Watson is further expected to propose Labour’s tougher stance on gambling, in which Party leadership believes that some operators are ‘deliberately targeting the UK’s poorest communities’.Labour’s new levy proposal will not surprise industry stakeholders, as Watson who further acts as Shadow Culture Secretary stated this September that ‘gambling should be treated like the tobacco sector’, restricting operators advertising and sponsorship verticals available to operators.With regards to gambling prevention, UK licensed gambling firms are currently urged to make ‘voluntary contributions’ to dedicated charities such as GambleAware, one of the few organisations focused on the education, prevention, research and treatment of gambling addiction as a mental illness.In 2017, GambleAware failed the reach its industry funding target of £10 million. The Charity states that it has been working with UK operators with the aim of securing a 10p donation from every £100 of betting profit.Marc EtchesMarc Etches Chief Executive of GambleAware commented on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme;“We welcome Labour’s intention to review this just as much as we welcome the current Government review. Problem gambling and gambling-related harm is a public health issue, and what GambleAware would like to see is not just the involvement of the NHS, but actually other agencies, from Public Health England, downward, right across our communities to better understand that problem gambling is a mental health issue and this issue affects not only the individuals themselves, but their family and friends around them, so we all have an interest in doing something about this.”When questioned by the BBC on necessary funding levels needed to tackle UK problem gambling, Etches responded“Well, the Gambling Commission, the regulator, is currently reviewing the arrangements around research, education and treatment. Our trustees have made it very clear that if the current voluntary system is seen by everybody to be failing, they would support a compulsory levy, we’re about to make a submission to the Gambling Commission, and I would hope we’d hear back from them later this year.”Reacting to Labour’s position, Industry body The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), has stated that it will support any ‘evidence-based approach to helping problem gambling’.“We also would not oppose an appropriate, compulsory levy on the gambling industry to fund problem gambling treatment, as we have long argued that the gambling industry needs to work together to reduce the number of problem gamblers and address the fact that most problem gamblers move between different forms of gambling.” The ABB commented.At present, the NHS has one dedicated ‘National Problem Gambling Clinic’ (based in Fulham, London) focused solely on the treatment of problem gambling. Labour Deputy leader Tom Watson is expected to take the main stage at the Labour Party Conference at 5 pm UK time today. YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Stay Order Lifted, Supreme Court Cites Separation of Powers

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Liberia late Saturday afternoon ruled to lift the stay order it earlier imposed on all activities relating to the Special Senatorial Elections scheduled for December 16 this year. The decision was reached in a 3 against and 2 in favor of the Stay Order. Those in favor of the stay order — Associate Justices Philip Banks and Kabineh Ja’Neh — argued that the Ebola epidemic, due to which the state of emergency was declared, resulting in the suspension of several constitutional rights, including the the postponement of the October 14 Special Senatorial Elections, still exists. They further argued that the National Elections Commission have so far not put in place any safety measures relating to campaign activities, which are expected to create large gatherings of people, and pose a threat to the gains Liberia has made so far in the fight against the spread of Ebola. If the elections go on, they further argued, it would undermine the safety guidelines put in place by local health authorities and international partners. Those ruling against the stay order, including Associate Justices Jamesetta Wolokolie and Sianeh Yuoh, with Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor serving as a tie-breaker, argued that the issues raised in the petitions called into reference the separation of powers. The Ebola situation in Liberia, they said, is a political matter — not a constitutional matter — and therefore should be the responsibility of the Executive and Legislative branches of government to decide vis-a-vis elections. Therefore the Supreme Court stay order to halt elections activities could not hold. All justices agreed, however, that the Executive, in consultation with the Legislature, can set elections dates. Interestingly, there were three different petitions for the stay order before the Supreme Court. The most prominent of them, by the party incling Rev. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, Blamo Nelson, the National Democratic Coalition, Movement for Progressive Change and Milton and Nathaniel Barnes, was thrown out because the Supreme Court said the the petitioners did not follow the right procedures in filing the petition. The lawyer representing that party, Cllr. Lavelah Supuwood, who is also a former associate justice of the Supreme Court, was therefore fined US$300 for ‘misleading’ his clients. Also, the request of Ministry of Justice to dismiss the petition for a stay order on the elections activities was denied by the High Court because it was filed too late. The other petitioners, which include: Justice for Public Interest Consortium of Africa; as well as Cllr. Edwin Martin, who filed as an eligible voter, were the two petitioners whose filings were accepted and ruled upon by the Supreme Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LUH to light up for Baby Loss Awareness Week

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital will be lit up in a special way this Tuesday in memory of all babies lost in pregnancy or at or soon after birth.Baby Loss Awareness Week (09-15 October) is an international event that aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or a baby.On Tuesday 15th October, pink and blue light will shine on Letterkenny University Hospital as part of the ‘Wave of Light’ display. The global event aims to let families know that they are not alone.Throughout Ireland and across the world, landmarks and buildings will be illuminated in pink and blue on 15 October as part of a continuous wave of light around the globe in honour of babies who have died through miscarriage, stillbirth or in the neonatal period.LUH to light up for Baby Loss Awareness Week was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 Major Ways Tech Is Making Your Life More Convenient

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#modern tech Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Follow the Puck John Occhipinti John Occhipinti is the Founder of Wheelhouse Partners, an investment firm focused on defining a new category of micro private equity. He is an investor in several Silicon Valley companies.Prior to his investment career, John was an early executive at Netscape Communications. John’s was an early executive at Netscape that went public during his tenure. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… The media loves to play up the ways technology complicates our lives: Nearly 10 billion data records have been stolen or lost due to breaches since 2013, and the average person spends almost two hours on social media each day. And while we’ve increased our efficiency, we haven’t actually gotten more time back — the majority of Americans work more than 40 hours per week.But we can’t deny that technology has made things better in many ways. We no longer wash our clothes on washboards, we have access to communication devices at all times, and many of our workflows have been automated. Tech exists to enhance our efforts and allow us to shift our focus to the things only we can do — and many companies are working to bring us back to that view of technology.Multivendor AppsOne of the most frustrating tasks that remains, despite technology, is the need to coordinate different service providers for a big effort. For example, a company putting together an exhibition often has to work with not only its own staff, but also the event organizer, an AV vendor, a marketer with expertise in booth design, and a manufacturer/distributor for swag. After identifying good school districts and purchasing a new home, individuals moving from one house to another still have to coordinate with realtors, hire a moving company, pack, and set up utilities. Reading that list is enough to make anyone tired.For that reason, tech-focused companies are developing apps that enable people to accomplish many things at once. Moved, for instance, aims to create easy, stress-free moving experiences by offering a concierge service, complete with a dedicated personal assistant to manage the multitude of tasks and a portal to add services, such as hiring painters or buying insurance.Likewise, MobileSuites is creating a one-stop hotel shop by going beyond the straightforward booking experience to include room service, transportation, and checkout — even simple things like requesting extra towels. For those taking on massive projects such as home building or remodeling, Porch combines the expertise of builders, architects, interior designers, and other specialists like drywall installers to offer a hub with dozens of resources and tools in one spot.These multivendor apps appeal to users because they take several (often simple, occasionally difficult) tasks and remove the time-consuming work required to tackle each individually. Not only are the apps’ users benefiting, but the apps are, too: In a three-year span, Porch captured data on 132 million projects and attained a $500 million valuation.Smart Home TechSmart home technology is all the rage, with 45 percent of homeowners intending to incorporate smart devices in their homes during their next updates. That’s because these technologies take on duties homeowners had to carry out themselves or hire separate service providers for, from ensuring home security to making energy-efficient additions. These devices save homeowners money — for instance, LED bulbs (the kind used in connected lighting installations), use up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs — and they also help homeowners make money when it comes time to sell. The majority of homeowners would spend a minimum of $1,500 to make their homes smart if they knew doing so would help them sell their homes faster.To meet the demand for self-monitoring homes, companies are developing tech that can take on traditional homeowner tasks. SkyBell, for example, has created a smart video doorbell that doubles as a security device, allowing homeowners to see who’s visiting their house — regardless of their own location at the time. Owners can speak to people on their doorstep through the device, which also records visitors and enables neighborhoods to gather information, such as footage of a suspicious person who’s visiting every home.The Nest thermostat takes on old-school energy monitoring by allowing homeowners to control the temperature of their house through an app — and if they add a Nest Temperature Sensor, the house can identify the correct temperature without manual intervention. Meanwhile, the Amazon Echo promises to take multifaceted smart devices to the next level. With its assistant, Alexa, serving as a hub for other smart devices, users can change channels, set timers, or control their lights through Echo. Not surprisingly, Alexa is paying off for Amazon as much as its customers: The company has snagged up to a 76 percent share of the smart home market.Everyday Problem SolversTechnology is great, but it doesn’t prevent humans from, well, being human. We get frustrated because we can’t find our keys, leave the house on time, or find the location for the work happy hour — and we blame technology for not anticipating our needs or simply driving us where we need to go so we can give our brains a break.While self-driving cars are on the way, there are several tech companies looking to solve everyday human problems today. Google Maps and its GPS brethren have all but eliminated paper maps, verbally giving directions to users in unfamiliar locations (or those who simply struggle with geography). Tile works to cut down the 60 hours per year people spend looking for their keys by pairing a Bluetooth tracking system with an app for easy searches. And services like Dropbox empower users by storing their data, photos, and files in the cloud, allowing them to quickly organize their content and keep working — no file cabinets needed. In fact, Dropbox has had so much success in helping people streamline their work that it went public earlier this year, achieving an expectations-beating valuation of more than $12 billion in its market debut.While we constantly hear about how much harder things have become as technology has infiltrated our lives, that’s only part of the story — many of us are truly dependent upon technology for things we now take for granted. Tech companies are working to make our lives simpler, but we’ll only feel gratitude when we embrace the technology and figure out — ourselves — how we could better spend all that saved time.last_img read more

Barbados Test: Raina fined 25 per cent of match fee for showing dissent

first_imgIndian batsman Suresh Raina has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Test against the West Indies in Barbados.  Raina was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse”. The offence took place in the 56th over of the Indian innings when Raina was caught off the bowling of Devendra Bishoo.  The batsman shook his head to indicate that he did not hit the ball which seemed to be an attempt to influence the umpire’s decision.  On being given out he looked to the sky in disgust and then after picking his bat up from the ground swung it at the dirt as well as shaking his head again.  The charge was brought by on-field umpires Asad Rauf and Billy Bowden as well as third umpire Gregory Brathwaite and fourth official Norman Malcolm.last_img read more

Ronaldo named Juventus MVP of the Month

first_imgJuventus fans have voted for Cristiano Ronaldo as their Player of the month for NovemberThe 33-year-old forward’s impressive start to life in Turin continued last month by becoming Juventus’ first debutant since John Charles in the 1957/58 campaign to score at least 10 Serie A goals in his opening 14 matches.Ronaldo played five times for Juventus in November in both the Serie A and the Champions League with three goals and two assists made in the process.The Portuguese’s instant impact in Turin has even caused head coach Massimiliano Allegri to hand him credit for their stunning start to the season.“Cristiano is very calm and is working well,” said Allegri in October.“He’s been very humble and has brought even more focus and a sense of responsibility to the team.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Besides scoring goals, which he does best, he’s also great at providing assists.”The club website announced that Ronaldo will be presented the MVP of the Month award by a member of the Juventus fan club before the start of tonight’s game against Inter Milan.The first Derby d’Italia of the season between Juventus and Inter will begin at 20:45 (CET) at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.MVP of the Month Powered by @EA_FIFA_Italia The winner is @Cristiano ! 🎉 ⚫️⚪️— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) December 6, 2018last_img read more

Judgemental Hai Kya movie review and rating Audience hail it as the

first_imgKangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao in Judgemental Hai KyaTwitterA special screening was organised by the makers of Judgemental (Judgementall) Hai Kya two days prior to its release. And despite being mired in controversies be it from film’s title change or verbal spat with a journalist, Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao seems to managed to impress the audience.Moviegoers who got a chance to watch Judgementall Hai Kya before the release, have been pouring in appreciation tweets. While Kangana and Rajkummar are being hailed for their fabulous performances, the film’s gripping narrative and thrilling situations seems to have struck the right chord with the audience.Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, Judgementall Hai Kya is touted to be a suspense thriller which revolves around Kangana and Rajkummar Rao’s characters who are the prime suspects of an unprecedented murder case. Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Shailendra Singh, the movie is all set to hit theatres on July 26.So before you make a choice whether to book tickets for Judegementall Hai Kya at a theatre nearby you, take a look at what audience has to say on Twitter about this Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao’s film.EXCLUSIVE First Review #JudgementallHaiKya from UAE Censor. A Well Made Film in all aspects. #KanganaRanaut does it all. Her magnetic smile, shouting eyes and priceless expressions makes this one of her best performances. She Nailed it. @RajkummarRao also Stole the Show. ????— Umair Sandhu (@UmairFilms) July 24, 2019#JudgementallHaiKya Internal reports says, the movie is outstanding and the ending has an unexpected twist . It will leave u shocked.Kangana is phenomenal and outstanding. Rajkumar rao at his best. Reviews – 5/5?????#KanganaRanaut— Sanjukta Sarkar ? (@Sanjukta_SS) July 24, 2019I watched #JudgementallHaiKya …It’s one of the most brilliant movies of 2019.@RajkummarRao amazed me with his performance and @KanganaTeam as always she nailed it. I’m sure the movie will be blockbuster, so i wish all the best to the team. @balajimotionpic @ektaravikapoor— Team Pranutan Bahl (@maithasaeedalm4) July 24, 2019watched #JudgementalHaiKya today in UAE. It is one of the best thriller movie in recent years. It will keep you hooked to your seat till the last scene. #KanganaRanaut and @RajkummarRao will completely surprise you?— Rizwan (@RizwanSRKian) July 24, 2019#JudgementallHaiKya StraightUp how effing proud am I there are so many friends involved in this film! This tweet is going to spill so stay with me! ? @ektaravikapoor @ShaaileshRSingh Boss Partnership! #Kangana FIRE?? I want to hug, scream at & hug Bobby, all at the same time!— Jyoti Kapur Das (@jkd18) July 24, 2019last_img read more