Rebel MPs seek to force Treasury’s hand over FOBTs

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share The Treasury’s decision to delay the implementation of a £2 maximum stake on fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs) until October has led to a revolt amongst Tory MPs.Defiance over the delay has mounted since Tracey Crouch resigned from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) in the immediate aftermath of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s controversial budget announcement. Whilst Theresa May places her focus on securing a Brexit breakthrough, a host of MPs have put their name on two budget amendments, with the purpose of bringing forward the FOBT stake cut. Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson and David Davis have all united with Crouch in pushing this agenda. As reported by the Guardian, the date of the FOBT implementation cannot be directly impacted by the budget, however revolting MPs are targeting the hike in online casino tax from 15% to 21%, which is scheduled to take effect to fill the void that is left from FOBTs. The proposed alterations would mean that the government couldn’t implement the tax rise, unless the FOBT stake cut was brought into force in April. The two potential amendments will be debated on 21 November. It seems likely the Treasury will succumb to mounting pressure and alter the budget, as it seeks to avoid a humiliating defeat, with the last time a government was voted down on its own budget being in 1978. Furthermore, the uncertainty surrounding the timing of FOBT stakes, has seen the shares of FTSE-listed gambling group GVC Holdings, which owns UK retail gambling giant Ladbrokes Coral continually declined over the past week. The firm had previously appealed for time to implement the new £2 stake for B2 Gaming Machines, given that it will cost the company £160m as soon as the cut is implemented.The Chancellor has outlined the importance of protecting industry jobs, estimating that between 15,000 and 21,000 jobs are at risk with the new regulations. StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Submit Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020last_img read more

DOH: First Vaping Death Confirmed in Florida

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health has confirmed its first death from vaping.So far this year, there have been 27 cases of people developing lung injuries associated with vaping in the sunshine state.On Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Public Health also reported one death from vaping bringing the total number nationwide to 11.Nine other deaths have been identified as part of this outbreak — two in California, two in Kansas, and one each in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Oregon.As of last week, at least 530 cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products have been reported to the CDC.New cases are being confirmed daily and the CDC expects the number of vaping-related illnesses reported this week to be “hundreds higher” than last week, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.A specific cause of the outbreak remains unknown, but all reported cases of lung injury have a history of e-cigarette use or vaping.last_img read more

England Golf coaches rewarded for Ôoutstanding contribution’

first_img Five golf coaches who go the extra mile to support their players and squads have been recognised by England Golf with new awards to mark their outstanding contribution during 2014. Mark Day from Hertfordshire, Ryan Fenwick from Sussex, Lysa Jones and Graham Walker from Yorkshire, and Andrew Nicholson from Co Durham, are all coaches to England Golf squads. The received their awards at this week’s England Golf Coaching Conference at St George’s Park, the FA’s national football centre. Now, all five will be considered for the “Coach of the Year” award which will be announced in April 2015. England Golf Performance Director Nigel Edwards commented: “We know that the players who succeed have talent and ability, together with resilience and the desire to work hard and to achieve. “But we all also know that around successful players there is always a team of people who encourage and guide and support them during both the good and bad times.  So, for the first time this year, England Golf is recognising individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to coaching during 2014. “The nominations were received from volunteers and managers, the people who see the work behind the scenes, and the awards are being presented to coaches who have gone the extra mile to support the players and squads they are working with.” The award winners: Mark Day of Whipsnade Park Golf Club, Hertfordshire Coach to the England Golf Thames Valley U16 girls’ squad Mark has transformed the junior talent pathway for girls and boys within Hertfordshire. He established The Futures Tour and then worked with others in the county to develop the pathway with the iTour, ensuring players get their handicap and are encouraged to play in the local Junior Opens. Young players are encouraged into Academy groups for extra coaching and well over 100 are now involved. Mark coaches the England Golf Thames Valley U16 girls’ squad, is also involved with the Hertfordshire boys’ U16 squad and works with Hertfordshire University, developing Strength and Conditioning classes for golfers. His individual pupils include Harry Bigham (Redbourn, Hertfordshire) who won the 2014 English U14 boys’ championship for the Reid Trophy and has been selected for an England Golf regional U16 squad. Ryan Fenwick, Golf at Goodwood, Sussex Coach to the England Golf South East U18 squad Ryan has been involved with AASE – the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence – for many years, inspiring and supporting many students to improve their golf and complete the NVQ Level 3 course. His students have included Jack Floydd of Sussex, who has gone on to study at university in the USA, and George Mullins of Kent, who won the South East Group junior championship and set a course record at Moor Park, Hertfordshire, in the English boys’ U18 championship. Ryan has a great reputation for developing excellent young players and is well respected by the Sussex County Golf Union and the Sussex Ladies’ County Golf Association. He regularly coaches county golfers at all levels. Lysa Jones, The Oaks Golf Club, Yorkshire Coach to the England Golf East Midlands U16 boys’ squad Lysa is a highly regarded member of the coaching community and her skill, enthusiasm and passion for coaching is seen at every group and individual session she manages. Her quest for extending her golfing knowledge spreads far and wide and this year she travelled to the USA to further her short game credentials. During 2014 four members of the East Midlands boys’ squad were selected to play for the national U16 team, reaching the pinnacle for their age group. Several of the squad players have also chosen to see Lysa for individual coaching Always practical by example, Lysa leads from the front and coordinates all round support to the players she works with. Andrew Nicholson, Wynyard Golf Club, Co Durham Coach to the England Golf Yorkshire U16 girls’ squad Andrew has been coaching, mentoring and providing professional support to international, national and county golfers over the past 12 months. Among them is Yorkshire’s Nick Marsh, who he has coached for many years and who is now the English amateur champion and England’s top placed player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Andrew coaches the Durham County Boys’ squad, who had their best ever finish at 2014 Boys’ County Finals, and the England Golf Yorkshire girls’ squad, who were undefeated this year. One member, Megan Clarke, beat a professional field when she won on the WPGA one day series. Andrew also works with professionals including Chris Paisley who recently secured his European Tour card for 2015. Graham Walker, The Oaks Golf Club, Yorkshire Coach to the England Golf men’s squad Graham has had successes at every level, coaching beginners, aspiring young golfers, club members, elite amateurs and tournament professionals who have won on the European Tour. He is also devoted to helping develop the coaches that have worked with him at his academy. He sets the highest standards and the coaches respond and are motivated to improve by the environment he creates. His player success list over just the last two years includes coach to: the 2014 English Girls’ and Scottish Lady Junior Champion; 2013 Deloitte Ladies Open Champion on the Ladies European Tour; 2013 European Men’s Team Champions and Home Internationals Champions and 2013 British Amateur Champion. He has been England Golf Men’s Lead Coach since 2011 and before that was the England Boys’ Coach. Caption: From left, Mark Day, Lysa Jones, Graham Walker, Ryan Fenwick and Andrew Nicholson (Image © Leaderboard Photography). 17 Dec 2014 England Golf coaches rewarded for Ôoutstanding contribution’ last_img read more

Inspirational coaches target England Golf Award

first_img2 Feb 2018 Inspirational coaches target England Golf Award Four inspirational coaches who have taken the game to thousands of people are the finalists for the England Golf Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the PGA.They are Phil Akers of The Belfry, Warwickshire, Aaron Lansberry of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, near Birmingham, Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, Leicestershire and Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire.Their achievements will be recognised when the winner is announced at the sell-out England Golf Awards 2018 at the Royal Lancaster London on 22 February.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “These four coaches are absolutely inspirational in the way they grow the game. They go out into the community to share the pleasures of golf with people of all ages and backgrounds, who otherwise might not try it. Their success is of great benefit to their clubs, which gain new members as a result, and to the sport as a whole.”The finalists:Phil Akers, The Belfry, Warwickshire Akers has introduced over 1500 newcomers to golf since he joined The Belfry less than two years ago, and helped develop thriving club sections for juniors, women, improvers and advanced players.He started by working with local schoolchildren and more than 70 have joined his junior programme. Half of them are now members at The Belfry – and many of their parents have also taken up the game. Akers plans to build on this with a new schools’ coaching programme for 2018.Last year he introduced other programmes, including the successful This Girl Can Golf, which has resulted in 20 women taking weekly coaching sessions. His Start Golf programme attracted over 500 new players, learning basic skills to prepare for the Progress Golf class.Akers’ overall goal is to become a European Tour coach and his passion for growing the game has attracted  talented young golfers who have helped The Belfry’s junior membership grow by 29 in the last year, six of whom now represent their county.Aaron Lansberry of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, near BirminghamLansberry has been passionate about golf since he started playing as a small child and is now a full-time coach who concentrates on growing the grassroots game.He’s particularly keen on family, community and junior golf. He launched his first junior sessions in 2011, after becoming a PGA professional and graduating from Birmingham University with a degree in Applied Golf Management Studies.He started with eight juniors and now coaches 120 youngsters at the club and takes the game to schools, community and sports centres, where he involves both adults and children. He likes to encourage parents to join in, believing that if more of the family play golf they are more likely to stay in the game. Lansberry has also been asked to train fellow professionals on best practice for juniors.He has also recently been involved with projects to get more adults from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds  into the game, as well as people with visual impairments.Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, LeicestershireMankert is a coach who changes lives, according to those who nominated him for this award.“We are nominating Anders for being a unique inspiration and primarily for introducing us to the sport which has changed our life,” said blind and visually impaired supporters. “He genuinely cares about growing the game, regardless of the standard of player he is coaching,” said another nominator.Mankert, an Advanced Fellow of the PGA, is passionate about increasing accessibility to golf for disabled people. He has coached and supported blind and visually impaired golfers free of charge for over 20 years and they shower him with plaudits, telling how he has raised their confidence and changed their quality of life.At his club Mankert encourages juniors with a scholarship scheme offering a year’s free coaching and mentoring. One now plays on the European Tour, another is a PGA professional and yet another is in England training. He also makes himself available to all, starting teaching at 7am to fit in with work and family commitments.Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire Turnock has inspired thousands of children and adults to try golf and supports new players as they get into the game.Over the last eight years he has worked with 50 schools, providing TriGolf sessions to 2000 children, giving many of them their first taste of golf and its benefits. Those who’d like to take the game further are encouraged to join his coaching academy and take out club membership, which is free for juniors.Turnock also aims to get more adults into the game and his Get into Golf courses successfully attracted 44 new members last year. He’s involved with the Stroke Association’s Get into Golf initiative, working with stroke surivivors to assist their rehabilitation. He also gained funding for a programme with four local disability groups which inspired 50 people to try the sport.Turnock is Mottram Hall’s junior organiser, running the new and rapidly growing junior section, and also the club’s competition manager, coming up with a range of formats to increase enjoyment and participation. Tags: Coach of the Year, PGAlast_img read more

Closer Look at Chris Carson’s Injury Saturday

first_imgChris Carson has said he is ‘good‘, but it will be interesting to see when he can return. He jogged off the field on his own strength which is a good sign, but the severity of the injury is yet to be disclosed.After Carson stepped out, the depth chart at running back has become concerningly thin. Childs stepped in and performed well, but behind him is true freshman Jeff Carr and then Raymond Taylor, who I think should benefit the most should Carson be forced out more time.If I were to guess, I would say he will likely return this weekend against Kansas State. But for the coaching staff, it will be important to not rush him back too early and make sure he is close to 100%. His status will be something to follow this week. After what was the most impressive run of the day, Chris Carson came up gimpy and wasn’t able to return to the game on Saturday.AdChoices广告As you can see, as soon as the play was over he knew something wasn’t quite right, keeling over on his knees on the sideline in pain. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Positions Vacant!

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for positions in our Western Australia and Victoria office. Please click on the respective jobs below to open the Position Description.Events and Competitions Coordinator (Western Australia)Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 1 March 2017.Part time Events and Competitions Coordinator (Victoria)Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 1 March  2017.For further information or to lodge your application for these career opportunities, please email [email protected] LinksPositions Vacantlast_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid in new attempt for Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid in new attempt for Roma youngster Nicolò Zanioloby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have made an attempt for AS Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo.Sport says his recent performances have alerted the attention of various teams in Europe including Real Madrid. Los Blancos are interested in Zaniolo but Roma chief Monchi has already moved quickly to tie down his emerging star.As for Real Madrid, Zaniolo is another example of their attempts to bring in all the best talents from around the world. The last was Brahim Diaz earlier this month. They’ve also recently signed Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo. last_img read more

Community Outreach in Mount Salem

first_img Residents of the Mount Salem Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) have benefitted from outreach activities aimed at providing them with job-readiness skills and improved access to critical social services. Residents of the Mount Salem Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) have benefitted from outreach activities aimed at providing them with job-readiness skills and improved access to critical social services.This is according to a Ministry Paper tabled recently in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.Since the establishment of the Zone on September 1, 2017, more than 100 residents have been trained under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment Programme (HOPE).In addition, 15 persons have completed training through the HEART Trust/ NTA and graduated with level one certification in construction management.Through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), parents from the community have been enrolled in training on proper parenting and soft skills.Also, two community fairs were held with more than 2,000 services delivered including medical, dental and civil documentation.In addition, back-to-school support was provided, with approximately 97 children receiving supplies including uniforms and books.These are in addition to ongoing works to rehabilitate roads, regularise water and electricity, clean drains and remove solid waste, and upgrade schools.The interventions in Mount Salem are being guided by two primary approaches – Crime Prevention through Environmental Design and Crime Prevention through Social Development.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister the power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The legislation, which was passed by the House of Representatives and Senate, also facilitates the implementation of key social interventions in communities adversely affected by crime and violence.Denham Town in West Kingston is the other community that was declared a Zone of Special Operations. Since the establishment of the Zone on September 1, 2017, more than 100 residents have been trained under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment Programme (HOPE). Story Highlights This is according to a Ministry Paper tabled recently in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.last_img read more

Study finds rise in millennial perfectionism parents and social media blamed

first_imgHALIFAX — A new study has found a sharp rise in perfectionism, suggesting millennials are more inclined to have unrealistic standards and harsher self-criticism than previous generations.The study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review says perfectionism increased substantially from 1990 to 2015.It found that perfectionists tend to become more neurotic — characterized by negative emotions like guilt, envy, and anxiety — and less conscientious as time passes.Dr. Simon Sherry, one of the study’s authors and a clinical psychologist in Halifax, says perfectionism is a serious and even deadly epidemic in modern western societies.Sherry, a professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience at Dalhousie University, says parental and socio-cultural factors, including a rise in social media, appear to contribute to the rise in perfectionism.The study was a large-scale meta-analysis — a “study of studies” — involving 77 studies and nearly 25,000 participants ranging in age from 15 to 49.It found women and men report similar levels of perfectionism.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RCMP preliminary search finds nothing as Senate committee ready to study forced

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsA Senate committee is getting set to investigate the forced sterilization of Indigenous women but the RCMP says a preliminary review of a complaint filed with them on the issue has not identified anything.The committee will start its work on Wednesday.At the moment, a class action lawsuit is being put together in Saskatchewan where a number of women were sterilized against their will.Senator Yvonne Boyer is the driving force behind the committee’s work.She says her interest in the issue peaked by gossip in her own family about who had been sterilized and who hadn’t.“Nothing was ever really brought to the forefront so there was always something in the background of my thinking that this is something that needs to be talked about,” she told APTN News.Watch: APTN Investigates – Against their will Boyer and Metis physician Dr. Judith Bartlett researched the issue a few years ago.They found Indigenous women in the Saskatchewan health region who were often, without consent, sterilized for dubious reasons.“Aren’t you on welfare? Don’t you think you should stop having children? It’s that judgement call and it’s for these reasons I’ve talked to you about,” she said.“It’s the underlying assumption that this person seems to think they know better than I do on how many children I should have.”Alisa Lombard is a Saskatchewan-based lawyer and will be the committee’s first witness.She is  heading up a class action lawsuit of women from Saskatchewan.She does not believe women can give informed consent during child birth.“It’s chaotic. It’s not a time where you can have these long, lengthy conversations about what you want to do for the rest of your life, or make any kind of permanent decisions in that regard,” she said.“And you’re also in some of the most intense pain of your life.”She has this piece of advice for these women.“If they identify with this particular experience that they are net alone,” she said. “Many women have experienced the same thing.”One of the goals of the Senate committee is to find out how many women were sterilized and where they were from.Senator Kim Pate who advocates on behalf of people in prison, certainly wants some facts.“It’s probably more prevalent than we know,” she said add that she’s heard anecdotes of women with mental health issues being sterilized.“Went in for something whether it was a procedure and then they were sterilized in the process. And you know I would ask, is that what you went for? No, but I guess it’s okay and I guess I’m going to be so old when I get out of prison I won’t have children.”Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard chairs the human rights committee.She says she knows of a community of African Nova Scotians where hysterectomies were performed.“Many of them didn’t know why they had hysterectomies. In one family we found every women in the family, a mother and three or four of her daughters had all had hysterectomies.”“We need to have a map on the wall. We need to have those pinpoints of where this is happening,” says Boyer. “And we need to have that evidence in front of us so we can take some action.”Everyone interviewed agrees on one action since there is evidence the practice of coerced sterilizations still occurs.The senate committee hopes to have four meetings before the end of June.It would set the scope of a larger study to hopefully begin after the next election.Preliminary search finds no reports of coerced sterilization to police: RCMP The head of the RCMP says the police force is looking into whether any complaints about forced or coerced sterilizations have been made to law-enforcement agencies in Canada, but a preliminary review has not identified any.RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s comment is in a letter to NDP health critic Don Davies, who called on the Mounties in February to launch an investigation into all allegations of forced or coerced tubal ligations in Canada.Dozens of Indigenous women say they’ve been pressured into sterilizations they didn’t want or had them carried out without being asked when they were seeing doctors for other reasons.The Saskatoon Health Authority publicly apologized in 2017 after Indigenous women came forward to say they were coerced into such procedures while a proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed against Saskatchewan, the federal government and doctors.But while at least three federal probes have been launched, Lucki did not say the RCMP will launch its own investigation. Instead, she said any evidence of criminal activity should be reported to police _ which at this point does not appear to have happened.Neither the external review that led to the Saskatoon Health Authority’s apology nor the proposed class-action lawsuit identified any complainants who had reported their allegations to the police, Lucki wrote to Davies on March 20.“A search of our national database was conducted,” she added. “However, no files of forced or coerced sterilization were found.”The RCMP will work with commanding officers in each province and territory as well as with other police forces to determine if any complaints of forced or coerced sterilization were made, Lucki said.However, the commissioner said, “it is important that any evidence of criminal activity be reported to the police of jurisdiction where offences are alleged to have taken place so that they can be properly investigated.”In an interview, Davies expressed disappointment and concern that the RCMP appeared to be refusing to launch an investigation _ particularly given the amount of information that has been unearthed in recent months about the coerced sterilization of women in Canada.“I don’t accept that as a condition of a police investigation that there has to be a complaint,” he said. “There are facts in the public sphere and known to police that could lead to a reasonable belief that a crime was committed.”Davies, who worried that the Trudeau government and RCMP are not taking the issue seriously, said he plans to ask Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who oversees the police force and is from Saskatchewan, to take a closer look at the matter.An existing Criminal Code provision speaks to the involuntary termination of pregnancies. Another provision on aggravated assault applies to anyone “who wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of the complainant.”But critics have said a legal void remains around forced sterilization.In December, chiefs at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa passed a resolution to support changes to the Criminal Code to explicitly criminalize forced sterilization.The federal government has so far rejected the push to change the Criminal Code, saying existing provisions forbid a range of criminal behaviour including coerced sterilization.The Senate’s human-rights committee last week became the latest to probe such practices, with a House of Commons committee also studying it and the federal government working with provinces and territories to discuss the scope of the [email protected]@toddlamirande– with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more