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Rowley claims CARICOM mulling legal challenge of WICB stewardship

first_imgTRINIDAD and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley claims CARICOM could bring a legal challenge to Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) longstanding stewardship of the game in the Caribbean.The Caribbean leadership bodies have been at sharp odds since the West Indies team controversially pulled out of a 2014 tour of India, causing several regional leaders to question the efficiency and effectiveness of the cricket body. A subsequent independent review panel commissioned by CARICOM recommended the dissolution of the board, calling it “antiquated”, “obsolete” and “anachronistic”. The CWI, however, rejected the proposal after informing CARICOM that they were a private body. Rowley claims members of the body are ready to test the premise.“The CARICOM Secretariat was told by the CARICOM leaders, ‘go and get legal advice on this very fundamental point: where did West Indies Cricket Board or whoever it is get this asset called West Indies Cricket Inc and who really owns West Indies cricket’,” Rowley said.“And until we are prepared to address that issue, what is going on now will continue and get worse and worse until what I predicted (West Indies’ relegation into a Division Two) is likely to happen.” He continued: “We got a legal view.“The Secretariat indicated that one of our Trinidad lawyers gave a legal opinion that there is an arguable case that West Indies Cricket is a public good and therefore there is a role for the region’s leadership to get involved because the game is destroyed and that could be argued in any court of law.” (Sportsmax)last_img read more

PREVIEW: Tipp interest in Leopardstown

first_imgTipp FM’s Horse Racing Correspondent John Fogarty previews the local interest on today’s card: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/lots-of-tipp-in-leopardstown-this-afternoon Over €86,000 is on offer for the winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup, the Grade One feature of today’s seven-race card at Leopardstown. After announcing his impending retirement yesterday, AP McCoy will be aboard the John Kiely-trained Carlingford Lough. The big race is off at 3.50pm. last_img

GambleAware publishes breakdown report on problem gambling costs to UK Government

first_img StumbleUpon Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit Marc EtchesIndustry charitable trust GambleAware has today published an official report which ‘outlines the estimated cost that problem gambling has on the UK Government’. The report estimates that the figure is between £260 million and £1.2 billion a year. Working in-conjunction with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), GambleAware breaks down cost impact to the UK government by sector relating to public health, welfare and employment, housing and criminal justice.Presenting the report Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware commented on the research undertaken“Problem gambling is an issue which affects millions of people across Britain each day. We’re working hard to raise awareness of the issue and to help people see the true cost of gambling addiction. GambleAware is keen to put problem gambling on the public health agenda, as it’s no different to any other kind of addiction. It’s our job to raise awareness of the issue and to let people know that there is help available. We fund treatment centres across the UK and urge anyone who thinks they or a loved one has a problem to get in touch, or call our national gambling helpline for free, confidential advice”GambleAware specifies that despite the cost undertaken by the government, it believes that between 0.4-1.1% of the UK adult population are considered problem gamblers. The breakdown given by GambleAware is as follows;Health:hospital inpatient services (£140 million–£610 million)mental health primary care (£10–£40 million)secondary mental health services (£30 million–£110 million)Welfare & employment:JSA claimant costs and lost labour tax receipts (£40 million–£160 million)Housingstatutory homelessness applications (£10 million–£60 million)Criminal justiceincarcerations (£40 million–£190 million)Issuing its report, GambleAware further notes that certain environmental or social factors such as unemployment or mental health issues often play a significant role too. Report demographics including certain ages, genders, and incomes all show correlations between the likelihood of someone developing a gambling problem. GambleAware points to the following factorsthose who are aged 16-24 are the least likely to gamble, but, within that age bracket, those who do, are more likely to be problem gamblersmen are five times more likely to develop a problem than womenthose who are in the lowest income bracket are less likely to gamble than those in the highest but more likely to have develop a problem, andgambling prevalence is higher in those who are unemployed, homeless, black and Asian.Craig Thorley, research fellow, from IPPR, commented on the research“For many, problem gambling is a hidden addiction. IPPR’s research shows the scale of the challenge for Britain’s public services for the first time. This should be a wakeup call to government. We need a proper strategy to deal with this issue, just like we’ve had for other public health issues such as alcoholism.”“This strategy must make sure that effective services are available to help those affected, and also consider whether we have the right regulations and prevention strategies in place to stop those at risk of problem gambling from being pulled over the edge.”last_img read more