John Hagan: IGRG – Industry Engagement is key to improving player protections

first_imgShare UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 John HaganJohn Hagan, Partner at London law firm Harris Hagan and Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), has outlined how industry stakeholders should aim to build coherent dialogue with the government with regards to the industry’s social responsibility measures.Speaking to industry news source Totally Gaming on the matter of social responsibility and player protection, as the UK government reviews gambling regulations with regards to FOBTs and advertising/marketing standards. Hagan told Totally Gaming that perspective is needed by industry stakeholders.As Chairman of the IGRG, Hagan notes the successful implementation of the UK industry’s ‘self-exclusion schemes’, which should demonstrate that both industry and regulators can work together and effectively improve consumer protections.Working between industry and governmental stakeholders, Hagan details that the IGRG has spent a significant amount of resource measuring the effectiveness of social responsibility measures. “From its inception, the IGRG commissioned a stock take of the existing social responsibility activities in each sector to understand what was currently happening and to identify potential areas in which the whole industry could contribute to and benefit from.”Hagan adds that cooperation between parties has led to notable improvements in messaging, problem gambling awareness and overall industry standards and practices.However, Hagan warns that industry participation and engagement is still needed in order to progress industry-governmental agenda in the next phases of potential regulation.“Industry participation is vital to obtaining information on current activities, establishing a vision for the future, testing messaging options, developing outcomes that are practical and workable and, critically, implementing them. Successful industry participation is vital to ensure that the operators have ‘bought into’ the implementation of the outcomes.”The IGRG and Hagan believe that  forward steps have been taken, with his organisation aware of industry governance desires to ‘do better’ with regards to responsible gambling standards.“We are in a very different place to where we were, even a year or two ago. The issues have moved from the compliance and regulatory affairs departments to the boardrooms of the biggest gambling operators in all sectors, and that is where the brave leadership is going to come from to shape the future of the industry.”“This is leadership which will be deserving of support and recognition from the Gambling Commission.” Submit Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020last_img read more

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Building 20 Centres for 2010

first_imgThe official 2010 Fifa World Cup™ charity aims to raise US$10-million to build 20 Football for Hope centres across Africa, marking the first time that the world’s biggest football event will harness the power of the game itself to inspire positive social change.Five centres will be located in South Africa – the first is due to open in the Cape Town suburb of Khayelitsha in December 2009 – and a further 15 across the continent.Each will feature a mini-pitch along with classrooms and health care facilities, providing youngsters with a place to play as well as access to counselling, health and educational services.The campaign follows on the success of social upliftment campaigns associated with previous World Cups – Say Yes For Children (2002), and 6 Villages for 2006 – while marking “the first time that the world’s largest football event will harness the power of the game itself to inspire positive social change,” Fifa says on its website.20 Centres for 2010 will be conducted within the framework of the Football for Hope Movement, a key element of the strategic alliance between Fifa and streetfootballworld, a centre of expertise that supports a global network of local organisations in the field of development through football.Football for Hope partners, all successfully established local non-governmental organisations, will provide the education and health care services for the 20 centres, while also encouraging “the social integration of minorities and disadvantaged populations in their respective communities”.To get the ball rolling, Fifa – supported by its six partners Adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates, Hyundai, Sony and Visa – has committed to contributing $500 to the campaign for every goal scored during the more than 800 World Cup qualifying matches – amounting to a donation of at least $1-million.Fifa aims to raise the remaining amount through targeted alliances and cooperations.20 Centres for 2010 “emphasizes the power of football far beyond the boundaries of the pitch,” Fifa President Sepp Blatter said at the launch of the campaign in 2007. “We want to … leave a lasting legacy for the benefit of African youth after 11 July 2010.”Article last updated: November 2009SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Ajay Maken should learn from Gill’s mistakes

first_img(From left to right) Former sports minister MS Gill, wrestler Sushil Kumar, coach Satpal.Just A few days before the Union Cabinet reshuffle, the Press Information Bureau came out with an interesting release on how the sports ministry had sanctioned cash awards of Rs 22.57 crore to 286 sportspersons who brought laurels to the country in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.What was most interesting in this was how the sports ministry actually gave details of what each player was going to get and what would be the cheque number!While I am happy that Gagan Narang, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza and the other athletes got their dues and can now use it in the best possible way, it was a bit funny why the ministry had to put out details of the cheques!Mind you, this release was sent when MS Gill was the sports minister. As one who has believed in ‘transparency’ all along in his functioning, he had ruffled more than a few feathers. But I must admit the first thought which came to my mind when this press release was sent is why Gill was timing the release of this money just before the Cabinet reshuffle.There are various versions doing the rounds now as to how Gill was shunted out from the sports ministry. The two big theories being floating about what led to his ouster are his decision to take on the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and flexing muscles with the Indian Olympic Association, leading to a confrontation with the International Olympic Committee.advertisementI am baffled why such theories have to be floated. We all know that games in India are played not just by professional and amateur athletes in outdoor and indoor sporting arenas but in politics as well.Gill himself did not expect he would be moved out from the sports ministry but the reality is that in his two innings, he did a lot of good. The tenure and age limits for office-bearers of national sports federations had officials shivering and shuddering. But the way he came out with this rule lacked diplomacy.Today, if the International Olympic Committee is saying the Indian authorities must change their attitude and stop interfering in the autonomy of national sports federations, they are dead serious. This is the message Gill never read despite the IOC having warned them well in advance in writing. The same had been reported by MAIL TODAY in December.Cash awards for the CWG and the Asian Games medallists are very good. But this should not have been made out as if athletes who bring us glory are clamouring for the riches.Then again, as far as the dope laboratory in New Delhi is concerned, Gill did well to ensure it got accreditation from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Efforts to ensure national sports federations registered themselves with the sports ministry was also a good effort.But where Gill erred was in his approach. Everyone knows in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, he did not do a good job. Gill should know his confrontation with the Organising Committee and others involved did a lot of damage.Who can forget that he went about inaugurating CWG venues when they were clearly not ready? Then again, Gill’s gaffes were well chronicled as well. From saying Formula One is hardly a sport to pushing away champion weightlifter Sushil Kumar’s guru Satpal in full view of the media were not forgotten.What was also not forgotten was how he did not even know that Pullela Gopi Chand was Saina Nehwal’s coach.So if Gill is still wondering why he was removed from the sports ministry, it was a culmination of many factors and not just because he took on BCCI and the IOC.And even today, as the CWG mess haunts every Indian, how can Gill believe he had no role to play in it?As they say, it’s time to move on and the new man in the seat, Ajay Maken, seems ready for the challenges ahead. At 47, Maken is a young and dynamic minister who has kept track of Indian sport and the issues related to it. Maken’s media interactions seem very balanced till now and he is not talking of miracles in which India will win a dozen medals at the 2012 London Olympics.Then again, as a seasoned politician, Maken’s diplomacy is well known.When he deals with the grand old men who run all kinds of national sports federations, he has to be discerning and differentiate between fact and fiction.advertisementWhere Maken needs to be fast and prompt in taking action is in the issue of hiring foreign coaches and ensuring sport in India is promoted at the grassroot level.Even as Hockey India is conducting interviews for the coaches’ posts for the men’s and women’s teams, we cannot fool ourselves that Indian sport doesn’t need foreign coaches. From athletics to boxing, shooting to gymnastics, we need foreign coaches. We also need them in many other disciplines, even though they demand a lot of money.In professional sport, no good foreign coach comes cheap. I am sure our new sports minister will address all these issues and will also ensure we come down hard on dope cheats in Indian sport. Gill used to talk of “winning clean medals” at the CWG. That’s a philosophy which should never change.last_img read more

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Decorate your house with timeless furniture

first_imgLiving In Style’s collection is inspired by the Baroque interiors of Chateau de VersaillesA canopied four-poster bed, once a courtier’s love alcove in 16th century China, a latticed jharokha straight out of a Rajasthani princess’ boudoir or a chaise longue from the Renaissance age, you can now time travel in,Living In Style’s collection is inspired by the Baroque interiors of Chateau de VersaillesA canopied four-poster bed, once a courtier’s love alcove in 16th century China, a latticed jharokha straight out of a Rajasthani princess’ boudoir or a chaise longue from the Renaissance age, you can now time travel in the comforts of your home with these vintage beauties. After a phase of minimalism where wrought iron and monochrome were bywords for chic design, all things vintage and opulent are making a comeback in the decor domain. If you do not have your grandmother’s well preserved collection to plunder, there are plenty of options in the market which will take your home on a trip down memory lane, without the ‘second hand’ tag.A sliver of silverFrom elaborate four-poster beds to traditional dressers, old is truly gold now. But like all things retro, there is a thin line between over-the-top and truly interesting.Delhi-based couturier, Adarsh Gill, whose home collection has earned an A-list clientele just like her famously ornate saris, says old styles and trends have made a comeback, but with a modern twist. “The emphasis is on dramatic pieces which combine clean lines with rich fabric and accents,” says Gill who scored a hit with her silver furniture and furnishing fabrics in cotton, silk and jacquard.Adarsh Gill uses silver to craft her opulent range of furniture and home accessoriesThe designer who has been making furniture and accessories with the prized metal for over two decades now, borrows from various inspirations, from Art Deco to Mughal courts.”I like to combine all the looks to create a warm, eclectic blend. Place a colonial chair next to a very ornate Renaissance chaise longue, an intricate cornice next to a straight-lined Art Deco chair,” suggests the vintage enthusiast whose own home is a treasure trove of pieces from across the world.The repertoire of Adarsh Gill Home, her decor label, includes sofa sets, dining tables, consoles and four-poster beds in silver, as well as pretty accessories like vases, mirrors, lamps and tea sets.School of coolFor many, the word vintage still conjures up images of moth-eaten sofas and fireplaces. But in its new avatar, it combines kitsch with luxury. An example is Kaji, the decor store in Kolkata which retails quirky accents and ornate furniture.”Vintage is back in vogue, it’s the new black. For instance, sofas and chairs with nice curves and intricate detailing in wood and metal are popular. Also, richly upholstered pieces, a hallmark of the 60s style of furniture, is the rage,” says Kaji’s owner Shrivant More, who gave up a career as a chartered accountant to pursue his design ambitions.A carved swing which combines wood and metal from Ethnic KraftsThe retro section of the store offers an interesting visual repast, with a high-backed chair upholstered in a deep shade of burgundy, a vintage sofa done up in rich tones of red velvet, and leather chests decorated with applique work. These share space with vibrant Marilyn Monroe prints and antique knick knacks. You can expect to shell out anything upwards of Rs 12,000 for these items.Vintage wondersIf it’s some undiluted old-world charm that you are looking for, you will still be spoilt for choice with a range of styles across price brackets on offer in the retail space.advertisementAn ornate jharokha with intricate lattice panels from Ethnic KraftsMumbai’s The Great Eastern Home, offers handcarved furniture pieces in dark wood. From teak bar units reminiscent of the lavish holiday homes of the Raj to Art Nouveau dining sets, the influences are as varied as it gets. What’s more, there’s furniture that flaunts clean lines and organic patterns typical of the 19th century European school of design as well.From limited-edition carved cabinets and console tables to four-poster beds, the store displays products which span the entire spectrum, from Early Tudor to influences of the arts and crafts movement. Their four-poster beds begin at Rs 1.63 lakh.A bright chair upholstered in velvet with silver floral patterns from Kolkata based store KajiUnderstandably, vintage furniture is equated with stately styles and luxurious designs. Mumbai-based store, Living In Style, offers an aptly titled Versailles range, which is inspired by French chateaus and their famed Baroque interiors. The bedroom and dining room range, starting at Rs 22,000, sports wooden frameworks accented with silver and gold effects in a muted colour palette dominated by white and beige.If a heritage look with a local spin is more your thing, then Ethnic Krafts, a Delhi-based manufacturer of traditional furniture, offers a range fit for the havelis and palaces of Rajasthan. From intricately-carved swings to ornate sofas and beds, they are crafted in timber and polished by artisans of the desert state. Pieces from the line, which begins at Rs 1.25 lakh, can be found in that most elite address of all, the Rashtrapati Bhavan.Printed cube seats and a bright red sofa. These furniture items are from Kolkata based store KajiFlea findsAnd if you are on a shoestring budget, you can always head to the old furniture markets in your city. If you are in Delhi, check out the Sunder Nagar market where you will find second-hand furniture from across the country.From a Parsi-style wardrobe with its distinctive carvings, to rosewood-panelled doors salvaged from South Indian temples, there’s plenty to choose from.A four-poster wooden bed with an intricately carved canopy with floral motifs, from The Great Eastern HomeMumbai’s Oshiwara market is another place to score some timeless treasures for a bargain. Here you will find beautiful antiques, Raja Ravi Varma oliographs, chipped but dainty old china , painted chests and ottomans, all stacked high and low along the sidewalks.The market is famed for both originals and replicas of furniture pieces that once graced the grand palaces of Kathiawar, Gwalior and Bhopal.So leave behind the mod this season to give your home a classy makeover with these grand old pieces of yore.advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: Solskjaer appointment similar to me

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Solskjaer appointment similar to meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment at Manchester United can be a positive.Guardiola likened Solskjaer’s appointment at Manchester United to his first major job in management at Barcelona in 2008.”When a young manager like Solskjaer has this chance it’s because the club decided he could do it,” he said.”I was quite similar, quite young and we try to do our best. You can’t compare players to being managers.”The fact that I was there since I was 13, you know the club for sure. Knowing the people and how it works is important. Being there in the past is a positive.” last_img read more

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10 months ago​Howe refuses to rule out more Bournemouth signings

first_img​Howe refuses to rule out more Bournemouth signingsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe has not ruled out dipping into the transfer market again.The Cherries have signed Dominic Solanke on a permanent deal from Liverpool, while Nathaniel Clyne arrived on loan from the same club.But Howe feels there is more that could be done before the window shuts at the end of the month.Bournemouth are hoping their new signings can help them push up the table, where they are currently in 12th position. But they are only two points off 8th spot.The Cherries boss said to the Daily Echo on transfers: “It’s difficult to say with clarity yes or no. We are still looking at different areas.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Liberals set to unveil Indigenouslanguages law

first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals are poised to introduce a new law to protect and promote Indigenous languages.Just before the weekend, the government put the Commons on notice that it planned to introduce a new bill, titled “An Act respecting Indigenous languages,” for MPs to debate.On Friday, during a UN event kicking off the International Year of Indigenous Languages, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde described a law that could create programs to inspire Indigenous people of all ages to speak their languages.First Nations helped develop the soon-to-be-introduced bill that will “help ensure our languages survive and thrive,” Bellegarde said.The most recent census figures from Statistics Canada showed that 263,840 people reported being able to speak an Indigenous language in 2016.The data also showed a two-decade decline in the percentage of Indigenous people able to speak an Indigenous language, going from 29 per cent in 1996 down to 16 per cent in 2016.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Alberta tarsands project wins regulator approval despite Metis objections

first_imgThe Canadian PressCALGARY – A northern Alberta tarsands project has been approved by the Alberta Energy Regulator over the objections of local Indigenous people who say it will encroach on sacred lands and poses a risk to their drinking water.The 10,000-barrel-per-day steam-driven Rigel tarsands project proposed by privately held Prosper Petroleum Ltd. of Calgary is in the public interest, the AER said in a decision posted on its website.Construction is expected to cost $390 million, with an additional $50 million to be spent on drilling and completing wells before startup.“Our plan is to start construction in Q4 of this year and we believe we can have it built and in operation in 2020,” said Prosper CEO Brad Gardiner.The project is being built with the support of partner Petrolama Namur Oil Sands Energy, a subsidiary of Czech Republic-based Lama Energy Group, as its first investment in the tarsands, he said.The Fort McKay Metis Community Association board will meet to discuss the decision and to formulate a response, executive director Eddison Lee-Johnson said Wednesday.“It’s close to a sacred place, Moose Lake, which the community has used for centuries and continues to use and this project is definitely going to affect that traditional and cultural use,” he said.In hearings earlier this year, the Metis group and the Fort McKay First Nation told the three-member AER panel that they oppose the development because it would come as close as 1.5 km to Moose Lake.The panel wrote in its decision that it accepts that tarsands development has raised fears of a loss of connection with the land with Fort McKay residents.“The fear expressed is genuine. What is missing is evidence that the Rigel project itself will cause a loss of connection and relationship,” it wrote, explaining that the operating Sunshine Oilsands project and exploration projects by other companies are also located nearby.Social and economic issues and potential impacts on Indigenous and treaty rights were considered in its decision, the AER says in the decision.However, it added it could not consider whether government consultation was adequate. Nor could it account for a provincial proposal to create an access management plan for the Moose Lake area because that plan hasn’t been implemented.The Fort McKay First Nation said it isn’t surprised by the approval and has started legal action against the government of Alberta and the AER.“The AER interprets its mandate very narrowly with respect to protecting our rights as Cree and Dene people,” Fort McKay First Nation Chief Jim Boucher said in a statement Monday night.“It dismissed the cumulative effects of the project and the constitutional promises made by the premiers of Alberta to enhance the protection of the Moose Lake area.”Prosper Petroleum, for its part, is committed to addressing its neighbours’ concerns, Gardiner said.“We have tried to design our project to minimize impact and their ability to practice traditional rights and we will continue to work with them as we go forward with the project,” he said.Canadian tarsands production is expected to rise by 58 per cent rise to 4.2 million barrels per day by 2035, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers in its annual forecast released Tuesdoiay.The Rigel project would use steam injected into shallow horizontal wells to melt the heavy, sticky bitumen crude and allow it to drip into a parallel well to be pumped to the surface, where it would be transported by truck to a buyer or pipeline.It would employ up to six well-pads with eight well-pairs drilled from each pad, with an impact on 106 hectares of its total lease area of 768 hectares, and an expected production life of about 24 [email protected]@aptnnewslast_img read more

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A Computer Just Clobbered Four Pros At Poker

Tuomas Sandholm, a Carnegie Mellon computer scientist who created the program with his Ph.D. student Noam Brown, was giddy last week on the match’s livestream, at one point cheering for his bot as it turned over a full house versus human pro Jason Les’s flush in a huge pot, and proudly comparing Libratus’s triumph to Deep Blue’s monumental win over Garry Kasparov in chess.And, indeed, some robot can now etch heads-up no-limit Texas Hold ’em (2017) — alongside checkers (1995), chess (1997), Othello (1997), Scrabble (c. 2006), limit Hold ’em (2008), Jeopardy! (2011) and Go (2016) — into the marble cenotaph of human-dominated intellectual pursuits.Brown told me that he was keen to tackle other versions of poker with his A.I. algorithms. What happens when a bot like this sits down at a table with many other players, rather than a single foe, for example? Sandholm, on the other hand, is quick to say that this isn’t really about poker at all. “The AI’s algorithms are not for poker: they are game independent,” his daily email updates read. The other “games” the algorithms may be applied to in the future: “negotiation, cybersecurity, military setting, auctions, finance, strategic pricing, as well as steering evolution and biological adaptation.”Another of the human pros, Jimmy Chou, had had just about enough of Libratus. About three weeks ago, I was in a Pittsburgh casino for the beginning of a 20-day man-versus-machine poker battle. Four top human pros were beginning to take on a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence program running on a brand-new supercomputer in a game called heads-up no-limit Texas Hold ’em. The humans’ spirits were high as they played during the day and dissected the bot’s strategy over short ribs and glasses of wine late into the evening.On Monday evening, however, the match ended and the human pros were in the hole about $1.8 million. For some context, the players (four men and the machine, called Libratus) began each of the 120,000 hands with $20,000 in play money, posting blinds of $50 and $100. Here’s how the days progressed: Received my biggest beating of the challenge just now -180k, gg Libby. Going to miss you buddy. #brainsvsai #beatdown #humanity— Jimmy chou (@Chouchoupoker) January 30, 2017Last week, between especially frustrating hands and with the match quickly slipping away, Les jokingly suspected that the poker match was “being co-opted by the Carnegie Mellon psych department. ‘What can we put a human through?’”Read more: “The Machines Are Coming For Poker” Share on Facebook read more

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