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Gambling Commission calls The Samaritans to bolster guidelines

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Share The Gambling Commission is partnering up with The Samaritans in the battle against problem gambling after a fresh analysis of 2007 data shed light on its links with suicide.  The small scale research programme, published today by GambleAware and the Gambling Commission, was based on findings from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) and indicated that one in five (19%) had thought about suicide in the past year.Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said: “This research is based on data from 2007 but nonetheless the findings clearly show a connection between suicide and gambling, something that has a real and devastating impact on people’s lives. Whilst further research and more timely data collection is essential, we are taking further action now to protect people from the risk of gambling harm.“As a result of this research, the Commission and Samaritans will work together to bolster the existing requirements on gambling businesses to identify those at risk and take action to address and reduce harm.”The work programme which the Commission and Samaritans have agreed to develop will include guidance to sit alongside the Commission’s requirements for the gambling industry to ensure operators are responding appropriately to risks around suicide.In addition, the gambling support charity GamCare will pilot an extension to the National Gambling helpline hours to 24 hours a day for a period of two years to better support vulnerable customers. This pilot will be funded by GambleAware and comes as a result of this research.The survey questioned 7,403 people, of which 41 were identified as problem gamblers (5.5%). From this figure, it was extrapolated that 5% of problem gamblers reported they had made a suicide attempt in the past year, compared with 0.6% of those who showed no sign of problem gambling. Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, said: “There is limited data and research on the link between gambling and suicide and this research is just the start. This report has clearly identified the significant gaps in the data that is currently available and what steps we should be taking to get more evidence to help improve our knowledge and understanding of the relationship between gambling and suicide. “It is vital we all know what signs to look out for in a gambling addiction, so we can point people in the direction of help as and when they need it. We look forward to continuing to work with Government, particularly the Department of Health and Social Care, and all those involved to promote the help and services available at BeGambleAware.org.”The survey analysis shows an association between problem gambling, suicidal behaviours and loneliness that researchers suggest warrants further investigation. Problem gamblers were more likely to feel lonely and isolated from other people than the rest of the population and appeared to have a smaller network of people they felt close to and were less likely to feel that their friends and family gave them encouragement and support. Dr Heather Wardle, Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “The harms from gambling are profound and can be devastating for individuals, families and communities. These results show how people with gambling problems are a higher risk group for suicidality. Everyone involved in providing, legislating and regulating gambling should recognise this risk and take action to prevent harm.”In order to scope out what further research may be needed, a range of stakeholders, including those with lived experience of gambling harms, including addiction and bereavement due to suicide, attended a one-day workshop. The aim of the session was to better understand what knowledge gaps there were regarding gambling and suicide and to develop recommendations for future work.Recommendations from the session included: The development of educational packages for clinicians, primary care providers and coroners to raise awareness of the association between gambling and suicidality.The commissioning of a systematic review of evidence of the relationship between gambling and suicidalityThe conduct of a psychological autopsy study to explore cases where gambling is related to suicideProfessor Ann John, Swansea University and Chair of the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on Suicide and Self-harm prevention, said: “‘Death by suicide is usually in response to a complex interplay of a number of factors, it is rarely due to a single reason and is never inevitable.  However, there is no doubt that there has been a lack of recognition that there is an association between problem gambling and suicide. “Our research is a first step in understanding that association. Problem gamblers should be included as a high-risk group in suicide prevention strategies, efforts made to improve awareness, particularly in those providing services, and we need to encourage people to seek help before they reach a crisis point.” GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020last_img read more

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Warriors’ Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala out vs. Orlando

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!ORLANDO — The Warriors (43-18) are sitting Kevin Durant (rest) and Andre Iguodala (illness) for Thursday’s game against the Orlando Magic (28-34).“He’s just wiped out. He’s tired,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant. “He’s been going at it hard every game.” The 30-year-old Durant, who has averaged 27.5 points on 51.4 percent shooting, has played in all of …last_img read more

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9 months agoFletcher full of praise for Man Utd defender Lindelof after Spurs win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fletcher full of praise for Man Utd defender Lindelof after Spurs winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher has full of praise for Ander Herrera and Victor Lindelof after victory at Tottenham.While Fletcher praised David De Gea’s “brilliance” for helping the Red Devils avoid defeat, the Scot believes Herrera and Lindelof distinguished themselves at Wembley.Fletcher told BBC Sport: “I was particularly impressed by Ander Herrera, who started out on the right of their midfield diamond but had a very different role in the second half, next to Nemanja Matic as a defensive midfielder.”A lot of his work went unseen, when he was tracking players and staying with runners, but every time he got on the ball he showed great composure and he rarely wasted a pass.”Victor Lindelof stood out too, not just with his determination but with his communication and the way he organised the rest of the United defence.”It was the first time I have seen him act like a real leader, and he looks like a player who has been given the confidence by his manager to be the team’s voice at the back, which is going to be massive for United going forward.” last_img read more

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Finnlines Stretches Breeze Fleet

first_imgzoom Finnish RoRo and RoPax operator Finnlines will lengthen four of its “Breeze series” ferries, with an option for two additional vessels, in response to increased demand.Finnlines has signed a contract with Remontowa S.A. shipyard in Gdansk, Poland where the actual work will commence in mid September 2017.The yard is committed to perform this work in less than two months for each vessel, Finnlines said.The whole lengthening programme will be completed in May 2018 and is expected to increase vessel capacity by around 1,000 lane metres.The close to 30% capacity increase is expected to reduce the energy consumption per transported unit compared to the original vessel.Remontowa shipyard is currently installing inline hybrid scrubbers and new propeller blades on MS Finneagle. Furthermore, the passenger capacity of the vessel will be increased to 800 by building new passenger areas.The above investments will amount to approximately EUR 70 million (USD 74.7m), Finnlines said.last_img read more

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Finding common ground on climate change Even with deniers

first_imgReports on the impact of a rapidly warming globe make some people depressed. They make some people angry. And they make others deny scientific research altogether. They don’t make anybody hopeful…but maybe they should?Today’s discussion with climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe — guest editor of this month’s issue of Chatelaine — is an answer to the despair you might feel when reading the latest news stories. It’s also a lesson in how to talk to your friends and family who either don’t believe in climate change or aren’t willing to take any action because “it’s too small to make a difference.” You don’t have to go vegan, sell your car, or move to the forest to make a difference-even though it might feel you do. There’s a better way.GUEST: Katherine Hayhoe, climate scientist, guest editor of ChatelaineAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_04102019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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Beckham backs North America World Cup bid

first_imgDavid Beckham has backed North America’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup and is adamant that it would be  “very special”FIFA have received a joint bid from the US, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 tournament with Morocco being the other.The final decision will be taken next week and Beckham, who used to play for LA Galaxy in the MLS, believes that the football’s big increase in popularity in America over recent years justifies why it should host the World Cup.“A football competition as big as the World Cup deserves to be in great places,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“And if the US, Canada and Mexico get that, it will be very special.“I know the passion that runs through all three of those countries – I played in LA for six years and when we travelled to Canada, I have seen that passion.“And don’t get me started on Mexico! There are not many nations that are as passionate as Mexico.Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I went to a couple of games the last time America hosted the World Cup (1994) and it was incredible.“Now, there are more people who understand the game and get excited about the game.“The infrastructure will be there and, more importantly, the excitement and the passion will be there.“I think a joint bid is important and it is three places where football runs deep.“I have seen how much the game has grown in the last 10 years, people are really getting behind the game“If it does happen I know, as a fan, I will be going to that World Cup.”last_img read more

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Confirmed Kepa and Jorginho handed Chelsea debut

first_imgChelsea kick off their Premier League campaign against Huddersfield in what will be Maurizio Sarri’s first league game in chargeSarri who replaced compatriot Antonio Conte at the helm at Stamford Bridge will be hoping for a positive start to his tenure when they confront Wagners’ men.The Italian tactician has gone with a strong line-up as expected, handing new boys Jorginho and Kepa their debut in a Chelsea shirt.Eden Hazard starts on the bench having returned late for pre-season training due to being given additional time off following his World Cup exploits.With an attack boasting the likes of Alvaro Morata, Willian, and Pedro, the Blues will be aiming for the maximum three points.The last time both sides met, Huddersfield held on to a shocking 1-1 draw that derailed Chelsea’s Champions League aims.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Team to play Huddersfield: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, MorataSubs: Caballero, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Giroud, Zappacosta, ChristensenTeam to play Chelsea: Hamer, Hadergjonaj, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Hogg, Mooy, Billing, Pritchard, MounieSubs: Lossl, Smith, Diakhaby, Sobhi, Van La Parra, Depotire, Stankoviclast_img read more

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Arjen Robben remaining calm at Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is refusing to panic after their surprising home draw with Ajax in the Champions League on TuesdayThe Bundesliga champions took an early lead at the Allianz Arena through Mats Hummels before Noussair Mazraoui put Ajax back on level terms 22 minutes later to settle the score at 1-1.It means that Bayern have gone three games without a win, but Robben is opting to remain calm and insists only a victory is needed to get them back on track,“There is always something coming from outside. We have to be realistic and to analyse our situation properly,” Robben told reporters.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Obviously, we are not used to it and it is not our goal. But as I said, it’s not possible that within a week, everything turns bad.“But that’s football, you need a victory to get back on track.”Bayern captain Manuel Neuer also believes that things will quickly turn around for Bayern, who will next host Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in the Bundesliga.Niko Kovac’s side are second in Group E behind Ajax on goal difference with four points in the Champions League.last_img read more

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Simone Missiroli happy to be at SPAL

first_imgThe Italian midfielder played for six years with Sassuolo but then suddenly he had to find a new club after last season in the Lega Serie AItalian midfielder Simone Missiroli joined Lega Serie A club Sassuolo in 2012.Since then he scored 16 goals in 189 matches.But last season, he did not find his place into coach Roberto De Zerbi’s team, and he decided to leave the team to go to SPAL.“I really appreciated De Zerbi’s clarity,” Missiroli was quoted by Football Italia.Mazzarri believes the Serie A is unpredictable Manuel R. Medina – August 25, 2019 According to Torino coach Walter Mazzarri this year the Italian competition will be fascinating again as his team is ready to take on Sassuolo.“He came to me and he told me very honestly that I wasn’t part of his plans. He was sincere.”“Sassuolo was part of my life for years, and I’ll never forget my goal which won us promotion to Serie A and the dressing room that year,” he added.“It was superb, I’m still firm friends with everyone. I still play ‘Fortnite’ with [Domenico] Berardi, [Francesco] Cassata and [Andrea] Consigli. We have great battles.”“I have to say though that I’ve found almost the same climate here at SPAL,” he commented.last_img read more

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