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first_imgNZ Herald 17 September 2015Paid parental leave is back on Parliament’s agenda – and the Government has been urged not to use a veto to stop legislation that would extend leave to 26 weeks.A Labour Party bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks passed its first reading, 61 to 60 in Parliament last night, but only with the support of United Future leader Peter Dunne.This year, paid parental leave was increased from 12 weeks to 14 weeks on April 1, and will be extended to 16 weeks in April next year.The Labour bill, in the name of Sue Moroney, would extend paid parental leave to 22 weeks in April next year, and to 26 weeks from April 2018.It would also introduce flexibility for some contact hours with the work place by the parent on leave without losing the entitlement to paid parental leave.The bill now goes to a select committee for public submissions.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11514156last_img read more


first_imgBatesville sent all five varsity spots into the semi-finals of the EIAC individual tournament on Saturday, with four spots making it to the finals.#1 Singles- Lleyton Ratcliffe defeated Greensburg’s Trevor Foster in the semi-finals 6-3, 6-3. In the finals Ratcliffe defeated East Central’s Chase Lambrinides 6-1, 6-1 to earn the EIAC’s Most Valuable Player and all-conference awards.#2 Singles- Sam Giesting was defeated in a close match by Greensburg’s Brett Stringer#3 Singles- Adam Scott defeated East Central’s Logan Huisman in the semi-finals. Scott fell to Connersville’s Gavin Parsley in the finals.#1 Doubles- George Ritter and Cooper Williams defeated South Dearborn’s Alex Shackelford and Nate Cantrell in the semi-finals and fell to Greensburg’s Logan Smith and Ben Duerstock in the finals.#2 Doubles- Brayden Worthington and Lane Oesterling defeated East Central’s Gavin Daniels and Luke Kelly. The finals will be finished on Monday, due to rain.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more


first_imgRelatedPosts FG to encourage more private/public partnership to boost domestic gas – Sylva FG moves to quell agitation by Niger Deltans We never promised to keep petrol price permanently low — FG L-R: Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor; Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kolo Kyari; Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku; and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, at the opening ceremony of the finals of the 18th edition of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos… on Saturday.Tags: Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry GamesShell MDTeslim Balogun StadiumTimipre Silvalast_img


first_img Luiten bogeyed the opening hole but chipped in twice for birdie – on the sixth and 16th – and also holed from 40ft across the 17th green for another birdie to delight the large galleries. Jimenez, already the oldest winner in European Tour history after his win in the Hong Kong Open aged 48 and 318 days last November, carded 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey in his round, but fellow overnight leader Pablo Larrazabal slumped to a 77. Larrazabal’s round got off to a nightmare start with a triple-bogey seven on the first and although he birdied the seventh after a bogey on the fifth, a back nine of 38 ended his chances of a third European Tour title. McGrane, whose sole European Tour title to date in the 2008 China Open came in similar conditions, said: “It was really enjoyable, my short game was razor sharp which you need in tough conditions. I managed not to drop any shots all day which was a great achievement I am very content. “I enjoyed it only because I was able to hang in there and picked up a couple of birdies close to the end which turned it into a very good day. When the conditions get tough it falls back on chipping and putting and today I was pretty good at it. “Some of the holes are brutal, especially on the front nine, and when I weathered as far as number six I knew it would get a little easier. I’ve been showing reasonable form so I am looking forward to getting to this time tomorrow evening and see what it brings.” McGrane sits on eight under – two shots off the lead – alongside France’s Julie Quesne, with three-time winner Simon Dyson and fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher a shot further back after matching 71s. Holland’s Joost Luiten rewarded the home fans for braving some miserable conditions by claiming a narrow lead with a four-under-par 66 at Kennemer Golf Club to finish 10 under par, one ahead of overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez who battled to a level-par 70. Ireland’s Damien McGrane returned a flawless 67 to move into a share of third place after the third round of the KLM Open at Zandvoort.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgMINISTER of Education, Rupert Roopnaraine emphasised the great role that sport plays in breaking social barriers during the speech he made just before declaring the Inter-Guiana ‘Goodwill’ Games officially open last evening at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.Before an audience of Guyanese and Surinamese athletes and officials Minister Roopnaraine said that sport provides a great avenue for people to look beyond the social boundaries,The Suriname delegation at the IGG opening ceremony last nightThe Suriname delegation at the IGG opening ceremony last nightespecially racial ones, and focus more on the abilities that persons possess.“I can think of nothing better than sports to deal with our ethnic issue, ethnic division and such things. You know when you are on a cricket team or a soccer team you don’t look to see who is of what race, you look to see how well he can defend his position, how well he can bat, bowl and those issues. So sport remains a major area in which we can deal with ethnic issues and ethnic difficulties.” Roopnaraine said.Also making remarks at the ceremony was Suriname’s Director of Sports, Luciano Mentowikromo, who started off by commending the Department of Sports for the tremendous effort that has been put into hosting the event, with athletes from Suriname and Guyana taking part this year.Mentowikromo also spoke of how the event works to bring the youths of the countries together in unity, and helps to develop themselves as athletes.Guyana’s Compton Ceasar (left) making his way to the finish line in the boys’ 100mGuyana’s Compton Ceasar (left) making his way to the finish line in the boys’ 100mUsually called the Inter-Guiana Games and held among athletes from Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana, the event goes without French Guiana this year. This follows no hosting of the Games last year.During his speech Mentowikromo touched on his regret that French Guiana could not be here.Nonetheless, Mentowikromo is convinced that this year’s hosting will be successful and will continue in the objectives of sportsmanship and fun. This year the athletes of the two countries will compete in seven sport disciplines, namely athletics, basketball, volleyball, swimming, badminton, table tennis and futsal.Guyana’s Kenisha Phillips takes the IGG girls’ 100m in stunning style at the Leonora National Track Field Centre (Delano Williams photos)Guyana’s Kenisha Phillips takes the IGG girls’ 100m in stunning style at the Leonora National Track Field Centre (Delano Williams photos)Following the brief opening ceremony the athletics competition began where Guyana bagged a number of wins.last_img read more


first_imgUpdate on the latest sports NASCAR-TEXASChildress gets 1-2 sweep at TexasFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Richard Childress Racing had a successful day at Texas Motor Speedway.Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag. That gave Childress a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands.Dillon raced to his third career win and first since Daytona at the start of the 2018 season. He stayed in front on three late restarts, the first after an incident with 29 laps left that shuffled the fast car of Ryan Blaney to a lap back. The Penguins have about two weeks to get ready to face Montreal in the qualifying round of the playoffs.MLB-FREE AGENTSWalker, Volquez, Holland, Morrison make opening-day rostersUNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia second baseman Neil Walker, Texas pitcher Edinson Vólquez and Pittsburgh pitcher Derek Holland have made opening-day rosters.So have Milwaukee first baseman Logan Morrison, Cincinnati pitcher Nate Jones, Tampa Bay pitcher Aaron Loup and New York Yankees pitcher Luis Avilán. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-MEMORIALRahm in command at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm will move to the top of world golf rankings after a convincing victory at the Memorial. Joey Logano finished third, with Kyle Busch coming in fourth a day after he finished ahead of the field in two races. Series points leader Kevin Harvick was fifth.NHL-PENGUINS-CROSBYSidney Crosby out with health issuePITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is dealing with an unspecified health issue. Crosby left a team scrimmage early on Saturday and then was held out of practice a day later. Neither head coach Mike Sullivan nor assistant coach Mark Recchi (REH’-kee) offered any detail on what might be ailing Crosby. — Nationals outfielder Victor Robles took part in his first workout of the summer following a two-week quarantine. Robles had some at-bats, ran the bases and says he should be ready to start opening day.— The Tigers have announced that Matthew Boyd will start the season opener against Cincinnati. Boyd had been slated to start the opener in March and now will get the chance a few months later. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-BLUE JAYSBlue Jays looking at alternate sites for home gamesTORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays want to play their home games in a major league ballpark this season. That’s according to pitcher Anthony Bass, who says the front office is working to find a major league ballpark for the team. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp. The league informed teams on Saturday that training camps will open on time even though discussions with the players’ union regarding testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols are ongoing. Rookies for Houston and Kansas City are set to report Monday and rookies for other teams are due on Tuesday. Players for all teams are scheduled to report by July 28. Many prominent players expressed their thoughts in a social media blitz Sunday.Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, whose wife is pregnant, wrote: “We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones.”And Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted, “If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020.” He wrote, “We need Football! We need sports! We need hope!” July 20, 2020 Rahm closed with a 3-over 75 for a 9-under total, three strokes ahead of second-round co-leader Ryan Palmer at Muirfield Village. The 25-year-old Spaniard was leading by seven shots on Sunday before a double-bogey on the par-5 11th cut into his advantage. Rahm later received a two-stroke penalty after being initially credited with a five-stroke win.To become the No. 1 golfer, Rahm had to win the tournament and hope Rory McIlroy finished no better than third. McIlroy tied for 32nd.Rahm joins Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach No. 1.Tiger Woods carded a 76 for the second time in three days, leaving him at plus-6. GOLF-NICKLAUS-CORONAVIRUS Bass said he spoke with general manager Ross Atkins and emphasized that players prefer a big league stadium. The veteran reliever added that players are willing to share a home venue with another team and make other sacrifices.Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging.The team’s minor league options are its training facility in Dunedin (duh-NEE’-dehn), Florida, or its Triple-A affiliate stadium in Buffalo.NFL-TRAINING CAMPSNFL players urge league to address health concerns Nicklaus, wife recovered from coronavirusDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jack Nicklaus says he’s recovered from a health scare.The golf legend revealed during Sunday’s CBS telecast of the Memorial that he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus at the onset of the pandemic.He said his wife had no COVID-19 symptoms, while Nicklaus had a sore throat and a cough. Nicklaus said they were home in North Palm Beach, Florida, from March 13 “until we were done with it” on about April 20.Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, turned 80 a month apart at the start of the year. The seven were among the former free agents the clubs had to make decisions on by Sunday, five days ahead of opening day.New York Mets catcher René Rivera and Colorado catcher Drew Butera were given $100,000 retention bonuses this weekend, allowing those teams to keep them with minor league contracts.Among those released ahead of the deadline were Philadelphia pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Logan Forsythe, Mets first baseman Matt Adams and Washington reliever Fernando Abad.Released players remain eligible to re-sign with the teams.In other major league news: HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIXHamilton wins 8th Hungarian GP to equal Schumacher F1 recordBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher’s single-venue record and take the championship lead. Hamilton’s latest victory from pole position was as comfortable as the nearly 9-second margin over Max Verstappen suggested. The British driver’s 86th GP win moved him just five behind Schumacher’s F1 record of 91. Hamilton is also demanding more support from Formula One’s governing body and urged other drivers to make more of an effort in the fight against racism. Some drivers took a knee and others again did not in disorganized scenes before Sunday’s race. As in the previous two races this season, all drivers were supposed to gather before the national anthem to stand while wearing “End Racism” T-shirts. Hamilton and others like his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took a knee but others appeared to be hurriedly arriving late and not even in position.last_img read more


first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) – Stefanos Tsitsipas confirmed his meteoric rise into the highest echelon of men’s tennis by battling back to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-7(6) 6-2 7-6(4) in a compelling title duel at the ATP Finals on Sunday.The 21-year-old debutant, the youngest of the eight qualifiers for the elite season-ender at the O2 Arena, displayed resilience and flair in equal measure to become the youngest champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001.Thiem edged an intense first set full of powerful baseline rallies but Tsitsipas, the first Greek player to qualify for the ATP’s blue-riband event, was undaunted and responded in style.As Thiem’s level dipped, Tsitsipas surged into a 4-0 lead in the second set and then led 3-1 in the decider.Twice French Open runner-up Thiem was not finished though and fought back to take the match into a tiebreak.World number six Tsitsipas, the crowd favourite, led 4-1 but was pegged back to 4-4 before reeling off the last three points, sealing victory when Thiem ballooned a forehand wide.It is the fourth successive year the tournament has had a first-time winner and incredibly it is just one year since Tsitsipas won the NextGen Finals title for the best up-and-coming players on the men’s Tour.After a sensational week in London, Tsitsipas looks poised to lead the charge for the young guns in 2020.“I have no clue how I played so well in the second set,” Tsitsipas said on court. “I was nervous playing in such a big event. But I’m so relieved by the outstanding performance and the fight I showed today.”Thiem will rue the 40 unforced errors that undermined him on Sunday but back-to-back wins over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic this week proved that, at 26, he is moving into his prime years, and not just on his favoured clay.YOUNGEST PLAYER Tsistipas was the youngest player to reach the final on debut since American Jim Courier in 1991.He was also playing for the third successive day after losing a superb group match against Nadal on Friday and eclipsing six-time champion Federer in the semi-finals.But he showed few signs of nerves or fatigue as he wore down Thiem with his courageous all-court attacking game to pocket a $2.6 million winner’s cheque.Thiem, who has been battling a cold all week, was hanging on at times in the first set, saving break points at 1-2 and 3-4.But he edged the tiebreak. Tsitsipas saved one set point with an athletic volley but then offered up another chance which Thiem took by landing a powerful first serve.Tsistipas’s response was emphatic. He won 16 of the first 18 points of a second set he bagged in 25 minutes.`Under siege Thiem showed guts to hold serve at the start of the decider but when he slapped a backhand into the net to hand Tsitsipas the first break in the third game it appeared the match was slipping away.The Austrian, whose run to the final will see him end the year ranked fourth in the world, then went for broke, throwing the kitchen sink at Tsitsipas as his groundstrokes rocked the Greek and he levelled the set at 3-3.Twice Tsitsipas nervelessly held serve to stay afloat as the final moved into a final-set tiebreak for the first time since 2005 and only the fourth time in the event’s 50-year history.Tsitsipas said after beating Federer that he would love an army of fans like the Swiss great. So it was music to his ears as “Tsitsipas…Tsitsipas” rang around the cavernous hall.Despite being pegged back to 4-4 he reeled off the next three points to seal his third title of the year.last_img

first_img“I feel like comedy has gone the way of music, where it’s the younger, the hotter … are getting stand up specials over the older, funnier people,” Yashere said. “So when I came to America, I was not getting specials, nobody was offering me specials … I’d send tapes in to Comedy Central, to Netflix — all those guys — nobody was interested. So I was like ‘Well, fuck ‘em. I’m gonna make my own specials.’” In 2007, she made her U.S. comedy debut on the “Last Comic Standing,” a reality competition show for aspiring comics that earned her a spot in The Hollywood Reporter’s top 10 rising talents. Yashere has since focused her work in the States. One year later, she became the first and only British comedian to appear on “Def Comedy Jam,” the HBO comedy series that was the bedrock for the careers of comics like Bernie Mac and Dave Chappelle. “I can absolutely testify to what she says there,” Akinfemi said. “I don’t know how she does it. We marvel at how much stuff she does. It’s just incredible to see her juggle all these different responsibilities, without missing a beat. It’s amazing.” Her role was integral in creating the authenticity that shines through in the performances, including pushing for Nigerian actress Folake Olowofoyeku to play the lead, Yashere described in an interview with MEAWW earlier this week.  It was also vital to procuring the writing for several quippy scenes entirely in Yoruba, which secured her the executive producer and writer role on the show.  “I just felt like in England I was a big, big fish in a small pond,” Yashere said. “I wanted to expand, and as a Black performer in England, I thought I’d hit the glass ceiling. You know, because it’s such a small amount of talent, especially television, such a smaller market in England, and they have almost a nightclub policy when it comes to Black performers in England. One of us gets on TV, and then the rest of us have to sit back and wait ‘til they die to get on TV. So I was like, I can’t wait.” Bayo Akinfemi, adjunct lecturer in the SCA Division of Film & Television Production and recurring actor on the Yashere co-creation “Bob Hearts Abishola,” invited Yashere to speak to the “Cinematic Communication” class to show Yashere’s evolution from a stand-alone comic to taking bigger roles in producing, writing and casting for a major studio.  Longtime stand-up comic, writer, voice artist and now executive producer-actor of CBS sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola” Gina Yashere spoke to a School of Cinematic Arts class Thursday about incorporating her lessons from doing stand-up comedy into all facets in her career. “It was filmed in L.A., there was a massive crowd that was, you know, a lot of comedians were like, ‘Oh, my God this is a big break,’” Yashere said. “But coming from England, I already had sort of 12 years of television experience under my belt and doing stand-up comedy television shows in England. For me it was just like, ‘Eh, this is fun.’” Born in London to Nigerian parents, the English comedienne originally worked as an elevator engineer before securing stand-up appearances on famed comedy shows such as “Live at the Apollo” and “Blouse and Skirt,” the latter focusing on the Black British experience. After working and achieving a great amount of success in the U.K., Yashere felt as though she hit the glass ceiling.center_img Lorre brought some writers from his shows, but Yashere ensured that the stories, many of which were inspired by her own upbringing, were written from diverse perspectives. Five out of 8 writers in the room are women, two of whom are Nigerian and one who is African American.  Yashere described the transition to working on “Bob Hearts Abishola” as an investment in her own talent. Chuck Lorre, creator of “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Kominsky Method,” found Yashere through a Google search for a Nigerian woman to consult on a new show about a relationship between actor Billy Gardell and a Nigerian nurse.  As the studios weren’t receptive to her audition tapes, she rented out 300-person theaters in London, sold tickets and shot her own specials to sell to Showtime and Netflix, owning the property and still making money on royalties.  While hitting minor roles on TV series and correspondent spots on late shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Yashere also produced three stand-up specials on Netflix while also starring in the second-season installment of the platform’s “The Standups.” She ended the talk, after bantering with Akinfemi for keeping her over her time, with some advice for the students. “When I was meeting with the guys and creating the show I was like, ‘Listen, we need some Black writers, you need some writers of color in this room. It can’t be all white dudes because half the cast is Nigerian,” Yashere said. “And if you want this to be authentic, I cannot be the only voice of color in this room.” “Don’t wait for the gatekeepers to tell you whether your stuff is good enough or whether you’re good enough to have your product out there,” Yashere said. “There are so many, so many ways to share your work now that you don’t need to wait for anybody.”last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2014 at 1:46 am Dominating a single event is a tough task.But after Syracuse’s recent success in the 5000-meter run, it looks like the Orange is starting to do just that.SU distance runners Martin Hehir, Sarah Pagano and Max Straneva all raced to new personal bests in the 5000-meter run two weeks ago at the Stanford Invitational, before a break in action last weekend.The three have gotten off to great starts to the season and will look to continue that in Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships this weekend.“We came into this season wanting to do well at the ACCs points-wise for the team,” Pagano said. “This is one of our main goals this season, to do well this weekend.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHehir, Pagano and Straneva, as well as the rest of the distance team, seem poised for a strong showing after a successful start to the outdoor season.In Stanford, Pagano’s 15:48.87 time in the 5000-meter run broke the school record. Meanwhile, Hehir’s time of 13:50.88 was just four seconds shy of the school record, and still one of the top times in the NCAA East.And Straneva’s personal best time of 14:00.45 was just .45 seconds shy of his under 14-minute goal.“Even though I just missed 14 minutes, it was still a really cool feeling to just know that improved a lot from last year,” Straneva said. “I think I’m in a lot better shape than I was last year at this time.”SU head coach Chris Fox was very pleased with his runners’ performance.Fox said all three had strong races, but he was especially impressed with Pagano’s record-breaking time.“(Pagano’s) was outstanding — that was an incredible race. (Hehir), I give him a good B+ on that,” Fox said. “For (Straneva) that was an A race. Max was kind of the surprise of the meet.”Since the Big East Outdoor Championships a season ago, Hehir and Straneva have both cut their 5000 times by more than 30 seconds, and Pagano by nearly a minute.Pagano, a redshirt senior, believes the extra practice time she was given in the fall was a big factor in the drastic improvement — as she was able to run 70–80 miles a week.That helped her build up her strength, a key aspect of Fox’s training regime that has been important to each runner.“We do a lot of hill runs and a lot of mileage, but in a smart way,” Straneva said. “That helps build our strength, and be able to from start to finish maintain the same kind of effort.”Fox believes that maintaining this workout is a great way for a player to improve throughout his or her career, and it’s evident that Hehir, Straneva and Pagano have.All three have been running at SU for at least three years — Hehir three years, Straneva four and Pagano five — and all three are running at their best this season.On top of their recent personal records, they’ve done more.Hehir has set two school records in the indoor season. Pagano took first in the 3000-meter run at the Greg Page relays at Cornell and has six top-five finishes this year. Straneva set another personal best this season, and won the mile run at the Cornell Upstate Challenge.All three qualified for the 5000m race at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet, and will be joined by fellow distance runners Margo Malone, Andrew Palmer and Daniel Lennon.Led by the recent success of these three, Syracuse has six runners qualified for the 5000, the most the team has in any event.“We learned the hard way during the indoor season that if you don’t have a good day, you’ll get beat up pretty bad,” Straneva said. “I think even though the conference is really good, we have a good chance to do big things.” Commentslast_img read more


first_img GambleAware – Deeper research needed to tackle the illness of gambling disorders July 21, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Share GambleAware refreshes ‘Safer Gambling Campaign’ for summer 2020   July 8, 2020 Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 According to the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) ‘Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms’, UK gambling must implement tighter measures relating to game design and stake reduction.The report calls for faster progress to be made on a national treatment strategy led by the NHS and the commissioning of research to measure gambling-related harms.It stated: “To make faster progress on treatment, the NHS should lead the creation of a national treatment strategy working in partnership with the third sector. Agreed care pathways between the NHS and other providers are essential to the development of equitable services and there needs to be rapid implementation of quality assurance processes to monitor existing provision.”In addition, the ABSG calls for further progress to be made on the introduction of a statutory levy to be imposed on UK gambling operators to support independent funding for gambling charities.The report added: “Greater progress is also required to secure more effective arrangements for commissioning research – particularly on the measurement of gambling harms. We recommend that initial engagement with research councils is built upon to increase their involvement in this area.“We continue to urge progress on a statutory levy to underpin all of this work with sustainable, independent funding. Without the levy, progress will be limited.“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges to almost every aspect of life in Britain. Gambling activity is no exception and the exhortation to “Build Back Better” is as relevant to the goal of safer gambling as it is elsewhere in society.”Welcoming the recommendations made in the report, Charles Ritchie, Co-founder of Gambling with Lives said: “We very much welcome today’s report and support its recommendations. The Gambling Commission must immediately take steps to progress its work on the links between gambling and suicide, the lives of young people are at risk.“The Commission must also accelerate its work on treatment and the commissioning of research along with a statutory levy. Taking account of those who have experience of the devastating harm gambling can cause, is a critical part of this.“I would also urge the ABSG to look at the wider areas of risk that the Gambling Commission must progress such as game design and the risks of exposing young people to gambling advertising.”This June, UK betting’s four biggest incumbents; bet365, Flutter Plc, GVC Holdings and William Hill confirmed details of their £100 million pledge on funding problem gambling treatment support services – an initiative backed by DCMS.The £100 million pledge will see the operators increase research, education and treatment (RET) funding by expanding their levy contributions from 0.1% to 1% over the next five years.last_img read more