Northern Ireland to Hold Public Consultation on Rising Problem Gambling Rates

Northern Ireland to Hold Public Consultation on Rising Problem Gambling Rates

Northern Ireland will see a public consultation held by a Stormont department on the extremely large rates of problem gambling. CARE NI, a Christian charity operating in the region, has provided more information about the proposals at a time when local Members of Parliament are preparing to have a debate on a recent report which has provided more details on the inadequacy of the current gambling legislation in Northern Ireland and highlighted the urgent necessity for reforms. As reported by the Belfast Telegraph, Mark Baillie, a charity’s police officer, has…

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Glasgow City Councillors to Consider Launching More Serious Measures for Gambling Advertising to Protect Vulnerable Community Members

Glasgow City Councillors to Consider Launching More Serious Measures for Gambling Advertising to Protect Vulnerable Community Members

Councillors from Glasgow are set to review the powers the authority has to impose stricter measures on omnipresent gambling advertising. As revealed to some Glasgow Council members by one of the consultants for the Scottish Public Health Network, Dr Michelle Gillies, gambling is currently more prevalent among British youngsters than drugs, alcohol and smoking. Gambling has even been described as a significant public health issue, so city councillors supported the calls for more serious measures to be unveiled in Glasgow in order for the problem to be dealt with. A…

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Wally Downes Gets Only Minimal Compensation After Being Dismissed from AFC Wimbledon for FA Betting Rules Violation

Wally Downes Gets Only Minimal Compensation After Being Dismissed from AFC Wimbledon for FA Betting Rules Violation

AFC Wimbledon dismissed Wally Downes from his position following allegations of violating the betting rules of the Football Association (FA), with the former football manager facing only minimal compensation because the club has engaged him on a non-contract basis. According to media reports which appeared in the Daily Mail, Downes had not inked a contract at the time he joined the football club in December 2018 due to a disagreement which occurred between him and the club over potential bonus payments. Wally Downes was suspended from his position after facing…

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South Australia Government’s Move to Allow Pokie Machine Venues to Install Banknote-Accepting Machines Faces Criticism

South Australia Government’s Move to Allow Pokie Machine Venues to Install Banknote-Accepting Machines Faces Criticism

The South Australian Government has made a move under which banknotes will be allowed to be used by local gamblers in poker machines for the first time under proposed new gambling legislation. Under the proposed changes, the State Government would give local clubs, hotels and the Adelaide Casino to install poker machines which accept not only coins but also notes. The move, however, has fuelled strong criticism from welfare groups, crossbenchers and anti-gambling campaigners who claim that such a move would provide the hotel industry with an advantage that could…

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ACMA Finds Online Sports Radio Provider SNE+ Breached Gambling Advertising Rules During Australian Open Women’s Quarter Final

ACMA Finds Online Sports Radio Provider SNE+ Breached Gambling Advertising Rules During Australian Open Women’s Quarter Final

Earlier this week, the Australian Communications and Media Authority revealed its findings that Melbourne-based online sports radio provider SEN+ had breached existing gambling advertising rules. The local regulatory body held an investigation into the advertising practices of SEN+ during the Australian Open and found that the online sports radio broadcaster, which is currently owned by the Pacific Star Network (PSN), aired a gambling promotion during its online audio coverage of the women’s quarter-final at the Australian Open on January 23rd, 2019. The most recent rules of the ACMA were brought…

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Anti-Gambling Campaigners Believe Some Aspects of the UK Gambling Sector Needs Stricter, Tobacco-Like Regulation

Anti-Gambling Campaigners Believe Some Aspects of the UK Gambling Sector Needs Stricter, Tobacco-Like Regulation

Recently, anti-gambling campaigners have been insisting that the gambling sector in the UK, and particularly, sports advertising and gambling sponsorships, needs stricter regulation such as the one available for tobacco products. Research into the strong impact which advertising gambling and tobacco products have on society, and especially on the awareness, intentions and attitudes of young people towards these products, prompted some legislative changes which put an end to the relationship between tobacco and sports. However, as previously reported by Casino Guardian, the gap left in the market by the cigarette…

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Mobile Gambling Remains Among the Hottest Trends in the UK Gambling Sector

Mobile Gambling Remains Among the Hottest Trends in the UK Gambling Sector

The last twenty years have seen a rapid increase in the use of mobile phones as a result of some considerable changes in the way we live and manage our daily routines. Smartphones have become an important part of people’s lives. As revealed by a survey held by Ofcom, 78% of adult people used a smartphone in 2018. In comparison, only 39% of the adults used a smartphone in 2012. The last few years have also seen smartphones become the most popular method for people to go online, overtaking computers…

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Female Problem Gambler Commits Suicide after Gambling £36,000 Away and Leaving Her Mother Homeless

Female Problem Gambler Commits Suicide after Gambling £36,000 Away and Leaving Her Mother Homeless

A young British woman took her life after spending £36,000 on gambling in a fortnight, leaving her mother homeless. The 32-year-old Kimberley Wadsworth was given the money from her mother, who sold her house to pay for her daughter’s debts. Unfortunately, she failed to control her compulsive gambling habit and spent the entire amount on gambling, which left her cashless and ashamed. She then sent her mother a message and committed suicide. The young woman, who originates from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, started gambling in online casinos four years ago, at…

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England Rugby Players Receive Warning Not to Use Phones on Their Match Days Amid Investigation over Alleged Betting Rules Breach

England Rugby Players Receive Warning Not to Use Phones on Their Match Days Amid Investigation over Alleged Betting Rules Breach

England rugby players have received warnings not to use their mobile phones on match days following the betting scandal involving the Wales coach Rob Howley, according to media reports. The former Welsh rugby union player and now-coach has been brought back home after revelations that he is facing an investigation for an alleged violation of some regulatory rules associated with anti-corruption and betting. The scandal emerged only a few days before the official start of the World Cup on September 20th, and now, information has emerged that all rugby teams,…

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NHS Opens New Gambling Treatment Clinic in Leeds to Help Local Problem Gamblers and Their Families

NHS Opens New Gambling Treatment Clinic in Leeds to Help Local Problem Gamblers and Their Families

Today, the first National Health Service (NHS) gambling clinic outside London, is set to open doors in Leeds. According to reports, there are currently over 10,000 gambling addicts in the city. The results of a recent survey have shown that problem gambling “costs” the UK one life on a daily basis. Hopefully, new plans for dealing with a large number of gambling addicts will help the authorities tackle harmful consequences of gambling thanks to the funding of £34 billion which the Government provided to the NHS for its Long Term…

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