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Advice from a surgical oncologist when it comes to cancer

first_imgSecondly, when examining your body for changes, such as breast self-exams or oral cancer exams, it is important to perform theseself-exams periodically. If we were to look at our grass in our front lawn every day, we wouldn’t see it grow. However, if I looked at the grass today and then two weeks from now I would see the growth and the need to cut the grass. Similarly, if we examined our mouths for cancer, and we looked for changes daily, we wouldn’t notice a new lesion or discoloration, but if we did this once a month, we might notice changes much more easily. Breast examinations for breast cancer are similar. If we performed self-exams daily, we wouldn’t be able to identify a new nodule or lump, whereas if we perform the self-exams once a month, we may notice differences better. It is not important to know what cancer looks or feels like. It is more important to know what a CHANGE for your body is and tell your oncologist about this. Thirdly, there are times when we can provide successful treatments for the cancer. As a surgeon, I am lucky to be able to provide that amazing news at times. Other times, I am not. Even when I am able to give such great news to a patient that their cancer is in remission I still insist that cancer is a lifestyle change. Having a support system is important. Whether that support system is your family or a friend, you will need others in your lives. It is important to be open about your diagnosis. I always encourage my patients to bring their families to their appointments. Dealing with cancer is a family endeavor. There is a quote that I always reference. This comes from acollection of essays written by cancer survivors, After the Diagnosis: Medullary Thyroid Cancer Memoirs by William Kenly. “Cancer changes people. It sculpts us into someone who understands more deeply, hurts more often, appreciates morequickly, cries more easily, hopes more desperately, loves more openly, and lives more passionately.” Cancer patients are truly the most amazing people I have ever met and I really feel privileged to be a part of their care. Firstly, we may have found the cancer, but the cancer doesn’t know that we have found it. Just because we found it doesn’t mean that it will all of a sudden start becoming more aggressive. And because we have found it doesn’t mean that we need to rush into a treatment haphazardly. It is more important to do the RIGHT thing, in the RIGHT time, rather than do the right thing by accident. Specifically, I am referring to treatment. Once we have identified the cancer, we will need to perform a series of testing to know the extent of the disease – also referred to as the STAGE of the cancer. These tests will take time to complete. It is more important to know the extent of the cancer prior to rushing into treatment.center_img Overall, it is best to speak to your oncologist to know when timing is important. There are some cancers in which days and weeks are significant in treatment, whereas there are other cancers where months and years matter in the treatment planning. Dr. Alia Abdulla, DO, FACOSCancer can be a devastating diagnosis. As a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist I take great pride in helping provide support to my patients and their families. One of the most important parts of my job is not only to diagnose and treat the cancer, but also to guide my patient and their family through this life altering diagnosis. I always give my patients three specific pieces of advice. Dr. Abdulla is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in oncology at the Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology in Miami and Hialeah, Medical Director of Surgical Oncology at North Shore Medical Center, and at Palmetto General Hospital. Her areas of interest include minimally invasive and robotic surgery, melanoma and skin cancer, complex gastric malignancies, complex colorectal malignancies, breast cancer and sarcoma,thyroid and parathyroid surgerylast_img read more

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Hurricane Dorian was “Category Hell” Says UN Secretary General

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas,  CMC – Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, who on the weekend toured the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, described the power of Hurricane  Dorian, that left a trail of death and destruction as  – “Category Hell”  and not that the Category 5 designation used by meteorologists.“Dorian was Category Hell – but he was not powered by a devil. We have always had many hurricanes, but now they are more intense and more frequent, and they are powered by climate change.”The UN Secretary-General said it was key for the international community to learn two things from the monster storm which struck on September 1,  killing at least 50 people, while around 1,300 are still reported missing. “We need to stop climate change, we need to make sure that we reverse the present trend when climate change is running faster than we are, and second, that countries like The Bahamas that do not contribute to climate change – but are in the first line of the devastating impacts of climate change – deserve international support, to be able to fully respond to the humanitarian emergency, but also for the reconstruction and the building resilience of the communities on the islands,” Guterres said. Although Tropical Storm Humberto brought ominous new rainfall to the island nation over Friday night, before moving away, the UN chief – who spent much of the day talking to Bahamians and showing solidarity with those affected – was able to visit what one Government minister later described as their “ground zero”, of Abaco and Grand Bahama, on Saturday morning.Taking to Twitter, he said he was “horrified” by the level of devastation. “I’ve never seen anything like this” he noted, despite spending 10 years in some of the most crisis-ridden parts of the world, as head of UN refugee agency (UNHCR).Guterres spoke to international emergency responders and Bahamians involved in the Government relief effort in Abaco, after surveying the scene.“I have to say that I have seen in my life in different capacities, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, cyclones, I don’t remember seeing such a systematic level of devastation,” he said. “Even when I came two years ago to Dominica, this kind of systematic destruction is unique.”Thanking all of the search and rescue workers from nations far and wide, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies on the ground, Guterres said that the destruction he had witnessed was “a demonstration of how dramatic natural disasters are becoming, increasing in intensity and in frequency and how vulnerable countries like the Bahamas are in relation to these natural disasters.”“It is clear that this acceleration is very much linked to human activity, triggering climate change, and, of course, the Bahamas are not contributing much to climate change,” he said. “So, this solidarity is absolutely essential, and the international community needs to be able to express it very strongly.”Guterres thanked them all for working “with an enormous determination, and enormous solidarity, and enormous generosity” in “very tough conditions.”The UN chief noted that although some skeptics of the aid effort expressed a view that middle-income countries like The Bahamas should not be supported in the face of disasters like Dorian, “it’s a wrong idea, especially with middle income countries that have high levels of vulnerability to external shocks, they are not responsible for.”Now is obviously still the emergency phase, he said, “but then there will be reconstruction, resilience, recovery; and this will require massive investments, from the Government, and international support, of course, will be absolutely essential”.Guterres said the expectations of all Bahamians would need to be carefully managed, praising the extraordinary effort on the part of the Government and people, to deal with the devastation that will impact the economy and society for months to come. He said the international community has a “huge responsibility to support the Bahamas”, adding that as Secretary-General, he would be “saying that “everywhere I go”.As the UN chief left the Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, later on Saturday, the UN said one Government minister thanked him for speaking to the world about the reality Bahamians now find themselves in.“I really thank you on behalf of the Prime Minister and the people of our country, for taking the time, and coming and looking at ‘ground zero’ for yourself,” the UN quoted the unidentified minister as saying.last_img read more

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Broward County Now Reviewing Reopening Plans for Some Businesses

first_imgThe certificate has a QR code that, when scanned by a mobile device QR code reader, leads to a webpage, where a searchable database of businesses with County-approved reopening plans will be posted. Such businesses must receive written approval of the plan from the County Administrator prior to reopening and operate in conformance with the approved plan. BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-15 (Section 1.E) provides for the reopening of Concert Houses, Auditoriums and Playhouses, effective Monday, June 15, provided such establishments submit a reopening and operations plan for COVID-19 mitigation and sanitation to the County Administrator. For assistance writing your plan, review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission. There is additional information and guidance for businesses operating during COVID-19 on the CDC website.center_img These venues are now encouraged to submit their reopening plans via email to [email protected] County staff will review each plan received, and businesses with a plan that meets the requirements for safely reopening will receive email notification of approval. Also included will be a printable certificate that should be displayed prominently in your business, verifying for your customers that your reopening plan has been reviewed and approved by Broward County.   Please allow up to 3 business days for a response to your plan submittal.last_img read more

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Hatem Ben Arfa Not Wanted At Nice – Rivere

first_imgOGC Nice President, Jean-Pierre Rivere, has declared there is no room for Hatem Ben Arfa return to the club.The 30-year-old midfielder, who only managed 1 assist in 23 appearances for PSG last season, have been told he’s free to leave Paris St-Germain after being left out of Unai Emery’s pre-season squad.With reports linking the Frenchman back to Nice, Rivere told reporters: “He has a very big salary in Paris, and other European clubs are in better positions to interest him,” “We were very happy to have him at our place, and it was a beautiful story we shared. However, it is the past and we need to turn the page.”Ben Arfa scored 17 goals in 34 Ligue1 appearances for OGC Nice two seasons ago before making the switch to Paris St-Germain last season.RelatedUS Tour: Ivorian Star Aurier, 2 Others Left Out Of PSG’s Travelling PartyJuly 16, 2017In “Europe”Six Of The Best And Worst La Liga January 2020 SigningsApril 22, 2020In “Spain”Betting Odds For August 11, 2017August 11, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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European League Wrap: Five-Star Manchester United cruise to top of the table…

first_imgFive-Star Manchester United cruise to top of the table, Neymar off to goal scoring debutWe do a quick wrap of matches played in the Premier League and French Ligue 1 on Sunday, as five games went down in both leagues.ENGLANDTottenham Hotspur defeated 10-man Newcastle United 2-0 on Sunday at the Sports Direct Arena in the day’s first game.It was a dull opening to the first-half but the game came alive in the second 45-minutes when Newcastle’s captain Jonjo Shelvey was shown a straight red card for a daft stamp on Dele Alli. With the Magpies reduced to 10-men, Spurs duly took advantage netting two brilliant goals through Alli and Ben Davies, the latter’s finish the outcome of a beautiful free flowing team move.Manchester United left no one in doubt about their readiness for the league season with a comprehensive 4-0 home win against West Ham United, as the London club were left completely stunned by the Red Devils five-star performance. Romelu Lukaku justified the £75million United paid for his services over the summer, netting the opening two goals, before substitute Anthony Martial netted a third and setup compatriot Paul Pogba to finish with a lovely strike from outside the area for the games fourth strike. It was a sweet victory on the whole for Manchester United who hadNemanja Matic in sparkling form on his league debut, and a team performance that must really have gotten the attention of the rest of the competitors.FRANCEChampions Monaco completely outclassed Dijon 4-1 away from home on Sunday to move into third-place on the table after matchday 2. Les Rouges et Blanc had the luxury of leaving star forward Kylie Mbappe on the bench, but it was the more established Radamel Falcao who caught the eye with a 51-minutes hat trick added to Jemerson’s second strike of the season which secured yet another convincing win for Monaco.PSG complete with world record signing Neymar made light work of home team Guingamp, defeating them 3-0 to move into second-place. The capital team were clearly excited to unleash Neymar on their opponents as the Brazilian superstar added the games final goal in the 82nd minute, after a first-half own goal from Jordan Ikoko and Edison Cavani’s second half strike ensured Unai Emery’s team have kept a clean sheet in two league outings this season. Relatedlast_img read more

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Betradar accredits Platin Gaming sports betting solutions

first_img StumbleUpon Malta-based industry full-service white label solutions supplier Platin Gaming has announced that sports and betting data specialist Betradar have certified seven core mechanisms of its sports betting system.Updating the market, Platin Gaming governance detailed that it had asked Betrader the industry’s leader in sports data provisions to review its white-label betting software, adding further reliability and authority for its B2B provisions.The Betrader teams reviewed and certified the following Platin Gaming mechanisms;Pre-match Betting SolutionLive Betting SolutionGaming SolutionsLive Channel Online SolutionsManaged Trading Services SolutionsLive Channel Retail SolutionsRemote Gaming Server SolutionDr Ryan Mifsud, Chief Technical Officer at Platin Gaming, commented on his firm’s Betradar services accreditation: “I am delighted that Platin Gaming has received this recognition for several of our products, and it is testament to both our hard work and status as a cutting-edge software developer.“Looking ahead, both our Certification and partnership with Betradar are certain to be positives in the future at what is an exciting time for both of us.” Submit Share Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Yggdrasil unveils fresh partnership with Nitro Circus

first_img SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Campeón Gaming Partners: Waiting for the “green light” to make Sweden and UK market moves June 24, 2019 Share Share Submit Yggdrasil Gaming selects SBC Summit to showcase latest innovations February 17, 2020 Yggdrasil Gaming has entered into an exclusive global partnership with Nitro Circus to create an exciting all-new action sports-themed online slot game.This strategic alliance will allow Yggdrasil to create its first ever branded game by partnering with Nitro Circus, the world’s biggest action sports entertainment brand led by its co-founder, the legendary action sports athlete, motorsports competitor and stunt daredevil Travis Pastrana.The launch of the Nitro Circus slot game will coincide with Nitro Circus’ all-new You Got This tour, coming to Europe later this year and visiting six different countries on the continent between  the 20th of November and the ninth of December.The partnership brings together two young and innovative brands that are leaders within their respective sectors, and both with a reputation for pushing the boundaries of what is possible.Yggdrasil Gaming CEO Fredrik Elmqvist commented: “Yggdrasil would not take the leap into the branded games space without the perfect partner, and we’ve found just that with Nitro Circus.“Travis and Nitro Circus have a reputation for revolutionising their field; you only need to attend a show or watch their original content to see they are unparalleled in their excellence.“This slot will introduce Nitro Circus fans to the thrills of online casino, and similarly bring the high-octane action of the arena to casino players. It will be a fantastic way for operators to acquire new customers.“We are excited to team up with them and take the world by storm with this ground-breaking new release coming later this year.”Nitro Circus president Andy Edwards added: “We are proud to be partnering with Yggdrasil, the leading creative force in their field, in the first ever Nitro Circus slot game.“We are working closely with the Yggdrasil team and are looking forward to unveiling a game that delivers all the excitement our fans have come to expect from Nitro Circus.”The Nitro Circus slot game will feature action-packed images of the brand’s amazing athletes including Travis Pastrana, creatively integrated within the gaming experience.A trailer and special introductory message from Travis can be viewed here. Related Articleslast_img read more

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Mr Green seeks to join the esports scene with Gamingzone Entertainment joint-venture

first_img Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 European online gambling group Mr Green & Co, has announced that it will launch its first esports-centric property in partnership with Gamingzone Entertainment.Updating the market, the Stockholm-listed enterprise has confirmed that it will develop an esports entertainment joint-venture with established esports media publisher Gamingzone.“Mr Green and Gamingzone Entertainment have established a joint venture to create a new community for esports fans with a focus on entertainment, news and gaming possibilities”, Mr Green details in its corporate update.The joint-venture which is yet to be named will be led by Gamingzone enterprise co-founder Karl Mikael Cakste, with Mr Green holding a majority 55% equity in the enterprise.“Esports is a quickly growing, global phenomena and an increasing number of fans is spending time on gaming as well as different kind of videos. Experts believe this can become as huge as traditional sports. We want to be part of this development and create a presence among all its fans. In Gamingzone, we have found a partner who understands esports, content and entertainment”, detailed Per Norman, Group CEO of Mr Green.Karl Mikael CaksteFounded in 2017, Stockholm-based Gamingzone Entertainment is an esports media publisher seeking to develop wider esports audiences by creating dynamic and engaging content through esports tournaments, social media platforms, games and entertainment verticals.Leading the joint-venture, Karl Mikael Cakste commented on Mr Green and Gamingzone’s enterprise ambitions:“Entertainment and betting within esports is still immature. We are convinced that there are interesting and entertaining ways of offering the fans something better than what we have seen so far”.“We are happy to partner with Mr Green which is an established, knowledgeable iGaming company that acts responsibly and is long-term.”“Our main ambition is to create a community where esports fans from the entire world love to spend time. People of the age of 18 and older who want to bet will in due time be offered that opportunity under just and safe conditions” Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Remember this November as the month that changed gambling

first_img David CliftonNovember 2018 what a month! So let’s start with some good news – This year’s Responsible Gambling Week represented the biggest ever industry-wide campaign to promote responsible gambling. Involving every major operator in the UK and Ireland and supported by the two biggest gambling charities, it was rounded off with the encouraging news that, even before its official launch, 38,000 people have already registered with GamStop to self-exclude from online gambling. Bearing in mind the time it can take to fully integrate with the live GamStop platform, online operators who have not yet registered with GamStop should do so immediately in order to minimise the risk of non-compliance with LCCP social responsibility code provision 3.5.5 once it comes into force, quite conceivably in the New Year.On the political front, the last month has seen the exit from the UK Government of more than one Minister, but the non-Brexit related departure of Tracey Crouch from her position as Gambling Minister more than left its mark on a key element of gambling policy. Members of Parliament from all political parties joined with charities, religious and other pressure groups in supporting the former Minister’s call for an earlier reduction in the maximum stakes of Category B2 gaming machines (otherwise known as fixed-odds betting terminals) than had been announced in the Chancellor’s Budget. In a dramatic about-turn the Government confirmed that it was bringing forward from October 2019 to April 2019 the date of implementation of the maximum stake reduction from £100 to £2. As a consequence, to compensate for the loss of revenue from FOBTs, the rate of remote gaming duty payable by UK licensed online gaming operators will now increase from 15% to 21% in April, rather than October, next year.Parliamentary attention has also been attracted on the ongoing gambling advertising debate. Following on from last month’s announcement by Ladbrokes owner, GVC Holdings PLC, that it supports a pre-9pm watershed gambling advertising ban, the UK broadcaster Sky UK has announced that it will substantially reduce the number of gambling advertisements that it shows by imposing a limit of one gambling advertisement per commercial break on its channels from the start of the next Premier League season in August 2019. In addition, with effect from 2020, new technology will enable Sky viewers to exclude gambling advertising completely from the ads viewed by them during commercial breaks. DCMS Secretary of State, Jeremy Wright MP, has described this announcement as “a welcome move to protect vulnerable people from the impact of problem-gambling harms” and has called on other UK broadcasters to follow suit.Signalling the direction in which the advertising debate may move next:Steven van Rooyen, Chief Executive of Sky UK, has drawn attention to gambling advertising on online social media, saying (in a recent Telegraph article) “There is still a real danger online – and there will be until online platforms are regulated as tightly as TV” andreinforcing that concern, new financial analysis by Regulus Partners, commissioned by GambleAware, has estimated that the total spend by gambling companies on marketing has gone up by 56% since 2014 to reach £1.5billion, with marketing spend five times more online than on television.Central to the gambling advertising debate is the oft expressed fear that a bombardment of such advertising normalises gambling for children. That concern will have been exacerbated by the Gambling Commission’s newly published Young People and Gambling Report 2018 that has revealed an increase in gambling participation by 11 to 16 year-olds. This report was published just days after the Commission announced that a test purchasing exercise conducted in English pubs had shown that nearly 90% of the pubs tested had failed to prevent children from gambling on their Category C gaming machines. The other most common gambling activities undertaken by children are identified in the report as lottery scratch cards purchased by parents and bets between, and playing cards for money with, friends. Expressing concern that all of these activities present risks to young people, the Commission is calling on parents, business and regulators to collaborate in working together to protect children from gambling-related harm.“Collaboration” is certainly the Commission’s current buzzword. Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the Commission, once again placed great emphasis on it in his speech at the regulator’s annual Raising Standards Conference when he called on the gambling industry to work together to make sure they are “the best – the fairest, safest – gambling operators in the world”. There was nothing new in principle to that message, but responsible operators will have welcomed his acknowledgment that progress has already been made in relation to “markers of harm” indicators that customers are experiencing, or are at risk of developing, problems with their gambling. Great emphasis was also placed in McArthur’s speech on customer interaction, something that is to be the subject of a consultation early next year (according to the Commission’s website) which will no doubt result in further toughening up of the LCCP. In a lightly veiled criticism of the differing stances taken historically by some of the gambling sectors’ trade associations, McArthur also indicated that the Commission would in future be “engaging more directly with operators and groups of operators” rather than having to “cut through the maze of trade bodies”. It is abundantly clear that, in terms of addressing gambling-related harm, the Commission now expects collaboration between different sectors within the gambling industry instead of each sector seeking to defend its own corner.What will have been firmly in his mind when making his speech was the further round of financial penalties that has seen nearly £17million in total imposed on four operators within little more than a month. However, the £500,000 penalty imposed on the Rank Group for failing to protect a VIP gambler, the £94,000 incurred by bookmaker Mark Jarvis for customer interaction failure and even the £2.2million incurred by Paddy Power Betfair for failing to protect customers and stop stolen money being gambled were dwarfed by the £7.1million fine imposed on Daub Alderney (part of the Stride Gaming Group of companies) for failing to follow Gambling Commission rules aimed at preventing money laundering and protecting vulnerable consumers. That is the second highest financial penalty ever imposed by the Gambling Commission, second only to the £7.8million suffered by 888 last year. Not only that, but this has now been followed up by the £5.85 million and £1 million penalties incurred by Casumo and Videoslots respectively.Three very important issues emerge from these latest sanctions:The fact that the Daub Alderney and Casumo matters were determined by the Commission’s Regulatory Panel, rather than being dealt with by way of a regulatory settlement, underlines the seriousness with which the regulator regarded these yet further AML breaches and social responsibility failings. These will not be the last of such cases.As I have long forecast, the Commission is now holding individuals to account where they are responsible for an operator’s failings. Further heads will roll.The most recent enforcement action has been taken against operators based in foreign jurisdictions. I recommend that, in particular, all overseas based online operators licensed by the Gambling Commission very urgently read its “Remote enforcement public statement – lessons to be learned“. However, UK based operators should definitely do the same too.On the subject of AML, you are probably aware that the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) will come into force on 10 January 2020, addressing a number of weaknesses in the European Union’s AML/CFT regime that have come to light since enactment of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD) on 26 June 2017. But did you know that, following its recent publication in the EU’s Official Journal, we now have the Sixth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD) to look forward to as well? Aimed at harmonising money laundering laws at national level and enabling swifter and more efficient cross-border information sharing between competent authorities, 6AMLD must be transposed into national law by early December 2020. That is likely to present even more of a problem for the 21 EU member-states that became the subject of European Commission (“EC”) infringement proceedings for failing to introduce by 26 June 2017 domestic legislation that complies with the obligations imposed by 4AMLD, including (notably from the perspective of its many licensed gambling operators) Malta. Within the last month, not only was that country’s AML Supervisor (the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit) required by the EC to take additional measures to fully comply with its obligations under 4AMLD but also the Times of Malta revealed that Malta’s own risk assessment had found that the country was at “high-risk” of money laundering.Sticking with regulatory developments, as I made clear in a news item for SBC News last month, implemented alongside the newest round of LCCP changes that took effect on 31 October 2018 was the Gambling Commission’s “Complaints and disputes: procedural, information provision and reporting requirements” guidance note that all B2C operators should familiarise themselves with, if they have not already done so. Unfortunately, it seems that the complaints process adopted earlier this year by Betfred failed to resolve its dispute with a customer to whom it refused to pay out £1.7million winnings. The dispute has now reached the stage of a preliminary hearing in the High Court with Betfred maintaining that “a new game release by Playtech … suffered a software malfunction in January this year and no legitimate jackpot win occurred”. I imagine Betfred is relying on the “Events outside our control” and “errors or omissions” provisions in its terms and conditions. Given the interest of the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) in such clauses as part of its ongoing investigation into the fairness of contractual terms relied upon by online gambling operators, it will be very interesting to see how this case pans out.On the subject of the CMA, George Lusty, its Senior Director for Consumer Protection, signalled at the Gambling Commission’s Raising Standards conference that more is required still from online gambling operators, saying: “We’ve seen gambling operators making changes to promotions and withdrawal practices, and this is a great start, but it’s only one aspect of achieving compliance and clearly much more needs to be done by the sector to win back customer trust. The best operators going forward will be those who lead by example, those who build on the work we’ve done and treat their consumers fairly and responsibly.”Finally, back to the High Court where judges have been kept busy within the last month by other gambling industry operators beyond just Betfred alone. I am referring to EU Lotto, Lottoland Europe and Multi Lotto UK, who have failed in their attempt to successfully challenge the recently introduced operating licence condition that prohibits betting operators from accepting bets in relation to a EuroMillions draw or the outcome of a EuroMillions lottery. That is not necessarily a disaster for Lottoland, as it had already come up with a product back in April described as “the brand-new replacement for Euromillions”. Called “EuroMillionaire”, it takes its numbers from the Swiss Loto Express draw. It was little surprise therefore that Lottoland’s CEO, Nigel Birrell, responded to the court decision by saying that his company will “aim to move on and will not appeal the court decision.” It may be that he has bigger things in mind, amidst rumours that Lottoland is involved in a potential consortium bid for the National Lottery licence in response to the Gambling Commission’s recent call for the “best ideas, innovations and experiences” to create a lottery fit for the future. So, all in all, it has been a month full of events to report. I have a feeling that this next month may be no less eventful_______________________Article by David Clifton – Director of Clifton Davies Consultancy StumbleUpon Submit Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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William Hill confirms 700 shops to close following FOBT losses

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 UK bookmaker William Hill has confirmed that it will be closing approximately 700 betting shops, impacting 4,500 members of staff, following the introduction of the controversial FOBT legislation on 1 April.As detailed in a media statement, William Hill had entered into a consultation process with its retail colleagues.The statement explained: “This follows the Government’s decision to reduce the maximum stake on B2 gaming products to £2 on 1 April 2019. Since then the company has seen a significant fall in gaming machine revenues, in line with the guidance given when the Government’s decision was announced in May 2018.”The impact of the decision is due to be felt across the UK and Irish racing industries, with the closure of shops set to result in a loss of up to £21 million in revenue for media rights holders. The statement continued: “A large number of redundancies is anticipated with 4,500 colleagues at risk. The Group will look to apply voluntary redundancy and redeployment measures extensively and will be providing support to all colleagues throughout the process.“Subject to the outcome of the consultation process, shop closures are likely to begin before the end of the year.”According to the UK Gambling Commission, William Hill currently owns 2,300 shops and employs 12,500 people. Earlier in the year, the bookmaker had recorded a seven per cent drop in retail revenues.At the time of the FOBT legislation being discussed, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) warned that the move would lead to a number of job losses across the UK betting industry.Earlier in the year, Ladbrokes had revealed that it had identified up to 1,000 betting shops which could face closure this year. The bookmaker explained that it would have to make cuts from ‘from Ayrshire to Essex’ at an estimated cost of approximately £50,000 per shop closure.last_img read more