Dorothea F. O’Neal

first_imgDorothea F. O’Neal of Brookville was born on October 28, 1940 in Charleston, W. VA a daughter of Hillard and Hazel Marie Chancey Tyree. In 1956 she married Donald R. O’Neal Sr. who died in 1998. Dorothea was an LPN working at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville and working until retirement at Elsie Dreyer Nursing Home in Brookville. She enjoyed spending time with her family, spending time working in her yard and garden, which was her pride and joy , and taking in injured and abandoned animals and caring for them. On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the age of 77, Dorothea died.Dorothea is survived by her children: Terry Reed ( Ron Stallo) of Brookville, Theresa Abernathy (Bret Weston) of Severn, MD, Donna Reed ( Ray Miller) of Connersville, Donald O’Neal Jr. of Brookville, Megan O’Neal (Fred Neeley) of Brookville; Grandchildren: Nickey Reed, Michael Reed, Missy Miller, Jason Stallo, Shannon Senefeld, Amy Reed, Daniel Reed Jr., Shawnya Reed, Stephanie Litzinger, Timothy Litzinger, Trevor O’Neal, Ray O’Neal, Savannah O’Neal, Alexander Ford, Elijah Ford; thirty-three great-grandchildren; a brother: Hillard Tyree Jr, ( Pat) of Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; a son: Anthony O’Neal; and a sister Barbara Holmes.Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service where memorial contributions may be made to Franklin County Humane Society. To sign the online guest book or to leave condolences please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Dorothea O’Neal.last_img read more

Nigeria’s basketball prospect, Deborah Onu, dies from wrong diagnosis

first_imgRelatedPosts Pray for Nigeria during Ramadan — NBBF D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida D’Tigers get new head coach One of the rising prospects on the Nigerian basketball scene, Deborah Onu, has succumbed to the cold hands of death in the early hours of Saturday at an Abuja-based hospital due to complications from tuberculosis of the spine. The sad news was made public by the Secretary General of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi, while briefing the Board. According to Olabisi, the late Onu was responding to treatments after undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of Primus Hospital, Karu, before the sad incidence. She said: “We were told she showed marked improvements and was gradually being eased off life support before her condition took a turn for the worst overnight before giving up the ghost. “This is very sad and painful.” On his part, the NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, who was distraught by the news, lamented the loss of the promising and talented basketballer at such an unripe age. Kida said: “Our thoughts are with the parents, coaches and team mates at these dark hours. “We pray for her gentle soul to find repose with her creator while granting those she left behind the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. “We are comforted that she died knowing that Nigerians cared for her. “From the reports we gathered, she was wrongly diagnosed for months by different Doctors, which made her case more complicated.” Burial announcements will be announced by the family.Tags: Afolabi-Oluwayemi OlabisiDeborah OnuMusa KidaNigerian Basketball Federationlast_img read more

World number one Kerber says she has nothing left to prove

first_img(REUTERS) – Newly-crowned world number one Angelique Kerber has nothing left to prove after clinching the U.S. Open for a second grand slam this year and securing a place in the record books, the German said yesterday.The 28-year-old became the oldest player to rise to that rank when the new list was published on Monday, capping a memorable summer that also included the Olympic silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and a Wimbledon final appearance.Her success in Rio was followed up by a final defeat in Cincinnati to Katerina Pliskova, whom she then beat in the U.S. Open final.“In Cincinnati, that is where the questions about number one started coming up and that is where the additional pressure started,” she said.Kerber had started the year by winning the Australian Open but said her triumph in New York on Saturday, coupled with the number one ranking, had now taken off any pressure.“Winning the second grand slam, it was a bit different,” she told a news conference in Munich following her return to Germany.“I don’t have anything to prove anymore. I am at the top, number one. I waited for this moment all my life,” she said. “Melbourne was different as it was my first grand slam. I had to deal with a lot of things off the court after that.”Kerber, who beat Pliskova in three sets in New York, having secured the top spot days earlier following Serena Williams’ exit, said her improved fitness and mental strength had been key to her success.“This year everything came together. The experiences, specifically dealing with pressure. I am even fitter now than earlier this year. I am more positive and can deal with things even if they do not go that well.”“This mental strength was a life-saver when I was trailing 3-1 in the third set,” she said. “At 28, I am now at the peak of my career and can enjoy it.”Kerber said she would now put her tennis racquet to the side for a few days and would treat herself to a special gift with some of her $3.5 million prize money.“It will probably be in the direction of jewellery. But exactly what it will be I do not know yet.”last_img read more

The Latest: Russia offers to host more Euro 2020 matches

first_imgThe Latest: Russia offers to host more Euro 2020 matches ___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship. Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane. 1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee. Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m. 2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. ___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___ The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m. Associated Press All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___ However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday. The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”center_img ___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions. Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___4:55 p.m. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. 9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday. The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August. March 13, 2020 German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___ 11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___ 2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

National U-15 team captain confident of success in St Martin

first_img16-man squad departs tomorrowFRUTA Conquerors defender Joshua Braithwaite who was appointed captain of the National U-15 team, believes that the team has what it takes to come out victorious at the June 2-4 ‘SOUALIGA’ Tournament in St Martin.Braithwaite is a part of the 25 currently encamped, but the team, according to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), will be broken down to 16 ahead of their departure for the French Island tomorrow.“I expect the team to win this time as we’ve been together for a long time. This is the fourth camp that the national programme has had for us and I think this time, we won’t be having any excuse, I think we should win this time,” Braithwaite said, while also stating that it’s a great feeling to lead the national team.The tournament, the GFF said, will serve as part of the national team’s preparatory activity for the CONCACAF U-15 Championship, scheduled for August 2017.The squad includes players from six of the GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centres (ATC) and one from Region One, including Georgetown (6), East Demerara (7), East Bank Demerara (2), Bartica (1), Berbice (5) and Rupununi (3).Bryan Joseph was named head coach, while Challous McKinnon will serve as his assistant. Eon DeVeira (goalkeeper coach), Charlene Henry (physiotherapist) and Rohanna Carryl (operations) are the other members of the technical staff, which will be spearheaded by the GFF’s Technical Director Ian Greenwood.The SOUALIGA Tournament will feature 10 territories – Anguilla, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Tortola, Barbados, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Thomas and Guyana – most using the competition to fine-tune preparations for the upcoming August CONCACAF Championship.Encamped squad: Shawn Adonis (goalkeeper), Oswin Fredericks (goalkeeper), Jamari Fredericks (goalkeeper), Joshua Braithwaite, Wayne Da Silva, Cyrus Nicholson, Jermaine Padmore, Rickford Emmanuel, Kevin Reddy, Marcus Wilson, Okifi Patoir, Shannon Samnauth, Orville Daniels, Tyrel Khan, Derron Niles, Jermaine Garrett, Ravon Bayley, Trevon Adams, Omari Glasgow, Ken Salvador, Troni Semple, Kamani Milne, Ronaldo Rodrigues, Cephas Chase and Ntini August.last_img read more

Women of Troy set to host USC Classic

first_imgComing off of winning the Trojan Invitational last weekend, the fifth-ranked USC women’s volleyball team will look to make it back-to-back tournament victories this weekend in the USC Classic Tournament hosted at the Galen Center.Streaking · Senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller (22) has led USC to a 6-0 start in the 2012 season. She had 328 kills last season. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy will have their 6-0 record tested against the likes of SoCal rival No. 17 San Diego (3-1), who they will play first on Friday at 7 p.m.A sweep of the USC Classic Tournament would put the Women of Troy’s start on par with that of the 2010 squad that won its first 12 matches to open up the year. Although the Women of Troy have won 24 of  26 sets so far this season, head coach Mick Haley still thinks USC has some work to do.“We’re in the process of becoming a really good team. We just need to get through these ups and downs and work on reducing our hitting errors,” Haley said. “The team is focused and they’re trying hard. They’re certainly not at the top of their game yet but improvement is possible and we’ve got a lot of athleticism.”While coach Haley says the team as a whole isn’t at the top of its game yet, it is hard to imagine that freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio could play any better than she has the past two weeks. For the second consecutive week, the 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Guadalajara, Mexico, has garnered the Pac-12’s freshman of the week honors. On top of that, Bricio was named MVP of the Texas A&M Invitational and was also an all-tournament selection for the Trojan Invitational last weekend.“Samantha Bricio has been able to score points for us, which is a very good thing,” Haley said. “We put her out there because of her ball control skills and she’s been a little hot and cold with her passing, but she has gotten much better with her blocking.”In other news, senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller was recently named the most valuable player for the Trojan Invitational. She tallied 10 kills in the final match. Because of her experience both on and off the court, Fuller has emerged as the bona fide leader of what can be a considered a green, albeit talented, USC squad.Fuller will lead the Women of Troy against a talented Toreros team ranked in the Top 20 this year. San Diego will be looking to avenge its season-ending loss to USC in the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament behind stars Chloe Ferrari, Katie Hoekman and Alaysia Brown.When asked about how USC will handle this upcoming weekend, Fuller seemed cautious but confident.“We need to continue to focus on our side of the net,” Fuller said. “We just need to be able to play whoever comes in front of us.”One of the biggest surprises of the year has been the outstanding play of USC’s freshmen. Coach Haley praised all four freshmen and said that their play on the court even surprised some of the older girls on the team.Specifically, Haley went out of his way to praise freshman middle blocker Alicia Ogoms and freshman outside hitter Kiara Wright for their play so far.last_img read more

Goalie locks down defense with trust

first_imgGussie Johns knows the value of trust.As the starting goalie on the USC women’s lacrosse team, Johns has made 83 saves this season. Her consistency between the pipes helped the Women of Troy to a perfect 17-0 record during the regular season.The sophomore’s supreme calmness in net can be largely attributed to her approach to the game.“So much of being a goalie is trusting your defense or trusting your abilities or trusting that it’s just one goal that went in. Trusting that it’s a process of getting better,” Johns said.The Washington, D.C. native has seen improvement in her game over the years — not just from positional and technical standpoints.“I think the mental aspect of the game has improved much more than I ever thought it would honestly,” Johns said.Johns typifies the ideal netminder: Her confidence between the ears translates into dominance between the posts. She moves on after conceding a goal, which is certainly easier said than done for someone who is the last line of defense.Several factors contributed to her decision to pick up a goalie stick. Bo, one of her three older brothers, was a goalie. As is often the case, the younger sibling wanted to follow in the older sibling’s footsteps. But her love for the position also comes from her ability to customize her playing style.“Goalie is unlike any other position obviously on the field,” Johns said. “Just the things you can do as a goalie are honestly endless. Every goalie in the NCAA plays differently.”Her fluidity and lightning-fast reactions come from hours of training on McAlister Field ­— and from years of experience on different playing surfaces. Her tennis background contributes to her remarkable hand-eye coordination, while her seamless ability to push off in the crease comes in part from experience playing hockey. The choice to play goalie was a natural one for Johns.“It just implements so many other aspects of different sports that I’m like why not play goalie?” Johns said.While goaltending requires individual skills like sound positioning, Johns is hardly isolated from the rest of this USC defense.“I think so much of defense is about playing together as a unit,” Johns said, stressing the importance organization in the zone defense USC runs. “It really is about how we all work together because if one person is off, it’s going to make the whole zone look bad and it would make the zone not function properly.”As a program in just its fourth year of existence, the Women of Troy returned all of their defensive personnel from last season. USC’s goalie has been at the center of this defense’s evolution.“Being able to have that core of people come back and really have that chemistry just right off the bat coming into this season and coming into this fall I think was a huge game-changer for us,” Johns said.Johns has earned MPSF Defensive Player of the Week on multiple occasions this season, as her standout play is centered on the foundation of consistency. One of the keys to her steadiness in goal is her ability to adapt to the game along with the rest of the defense.“Each game is going to present itself differently, and you kind of just try to take it one play at a time,” Johns said.A collective sense of trust exists among this group — a sense of trust that, in many ways, starts with No. 3 in goal.“It’s just been a great season, and I think from each game we’ve improved,” Johns said. “And we realize that each team is different and each team has different strengths.”Despite its flawless record as it enters the MPSF Tournament, USC has not jumped out to the lead in every game this season. But head coach Lindsey Munday’s team embodies the spirit of its talismanic figure in goal. Johns’ mindset is the team’s mindset: Move on and play the next play.“Whatever is coming next, you have to think about it one play at a time,” Johns said. “Whatever happens next, try and save the ball. Try and communicate together with your defense to make a stop.”Johns’ equanimity in goal is no coincidence.“I’m a creature of habit honestly. I’ve always been since I was younger in anything that I did, whether it be sports or everyday life. It’s something that honestly just sets my head and gets me in the zone of being ready to play,” Johns said.With intimidating eye black and a cool head, Johns takes the field prepared for the inevitable twists and turns of a lacrosse game.“It’s bringing that consistency factor to playing, just because there are so many unpredictable things in the game of lacrosse and in playing goalie that being able to have pregame rituals or superstitions or just things that I do every time before I play,” Johns said. “It just kind of puts me at ease and makes me know that all of those things are set. And from there, you kind of just take it, like I said, one play at a time.”Yet even for someone as calculated as Johns, some pre-game routines are rather arbitrary.“I’ve got a lot of superstitions and rituals. Some of them I can’t quite explain,” Johns said.Off the field, Johns studies business administration at USC. As the daughter of two enterprising businesspeople, she has grown to love entrepreneurship.“That world has always kind of intrigued me where you can kind of create your own destiny and create your own world and bring in all the elements that you like,” Johns said. “I hopefully want to start my own company or work for a startup.”One of the most important traits an entrepreneur can have is trust. Whether it be trust in a vision or trust in the quality of a product or service, an entrepreneurial dream can become a reality when hard work and attention to detail meet fearlessness and creativity.That sounds a whole lot like goaltending.last_img read more

Kanu: NFF Should Nurture Young Eagles

first_imgThe Eagles striker added: “Nigeria is blessed with talents. There is hardly any country in the world where Nigerians are not playing football. “·PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS & FIXTURESNorwich 0 – 3 SunderlandEverton 1 – 1 SouthamptonMan United 1 – 0 Aston VillaNewcastle 3 – 0 SwanseaWest Brom 0 – 1 WatfordChelsea 0 – 3 Man CityLeicester vs Wes Ham 1:30pmBournemouth vs Liverpool 1:30pmArsenal vs Crystal Palace 4pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ugo AliogoFormer Super Eagles striker, Kanu Nwankwo, called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to nurture the young talents springing up in the national team, adding that they are the future of the Super Eagles. “We want the young ones to be in the big clubs and play matches in order to improve and also for the coaches to see them.”Kanu who disclosed this on Friday at a media chat with journalists in Lagos organised by Startimes Nigeria, called on the federation not abandon them, but closely monitor their growth and progress in their different clubs. “When they are in Nigeria, we should support them, and make sure that they are strong. The more years they play for the national team, the better they become. Nigeria is blessed with talents,” he added.Kanu noted that one of the challenges facing Nigeria’s Super Eagles is selection of right players. The Olympic Gold medallist stated that the country is blessed with abundant talents than many other countries in Africa, but the country has not been able to measure up in international competitions as expected in recent times.last_img read more

UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP

first_img Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that it has suspended two operator licences with immediate effect for failing to fully integrate the GAMSTOP self-exclusion scheme.Earlier this year, the UKGC notified all online operators that participating in GAMSTOP by 31 March was a requirement of their licence conditions and social responsibility code provision 3.5.5.The suspended incumbents are Dynamic, trading as ‘Prophet’, and Sportito, having their licences revoked after they failed to comply with the UKGC ruling.Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, said: “We have made it clear to operators that we are ready and willing to use our powers to protect consumers, as this action demonstrates.‘’Self-exclusion is an important tool to protect vulnerable consumers, which is why we made it compulsory for all online operators to be signed up to GAMSTOP by 31 March. We took action because the operators had not complied by the deadline, which placed vulnerable consumers at risk.“One of the suspensions has now been lifted as the operator is now compliant. Our investigations into both operators continue.”Following the ruling, Sportito has integrated the self-exclusion scheme into its offering, and the suspension has been subsequently lifted. However, the UKGC review is still ongoing.last_img read more

GambleAware urges UK Finance to get strict on Gambling Blockers

first_img StumbleUpon Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles GambleAware has this morning published insights from research it commissioned on public uptake and effectiveness of bank card ‘gambling blockers’.The charity sanctioned researchers from the University of Bristol’s ‘Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC)‘ to evaluate the effectiveness of blockers and its potential as a tool to prevent gambling harms.The PFRC’s research estimated that at present 60% of UK current accounts are covered by blocker services, with just eight banking apps offering the tool to customers on certain products.The research stated that approximately 28 million personal current accounts offer no services restricting gambling expenditure.Reviewing aggregated data and statistics shared by financial firms, the PFRC underlined that blockers are being used by roughly 0.5 million customers across all banks.Data disclosed by one bank showed that customers who turned on blocking services an average of two to three gambling transactions per month. Across all its customers with a card blocker, this represents 390,000-585,000 blocked transactions per month.GambleAware Chief Executive Marc Etches said: “Keeping people safe from gambling harms requires banks to play their full part in providing consumers with effective means to block gambling transactions.“While some banks have taken proactive steps to help shield their customers from gambling harms, the findings of this research indicate that improvements can and should be made. We encourage the banking industry to work together alongside the Government and regulators to implement the proposed recommendations.”Analysing the effectiveness of blockers, the PFRC detailed a number of flaws in the service. Of the eight banks that offer blockers, three tools could be immediately turned on-and-off, with the PFRC labelling provisions as ‘more like a light switch than a lock’.The report urged banks to add more friction to its blocker services, specifically time-release locks that are at least 48 hours. Moving forward, GambleAware has called on UK Finance to ensure all its members offer card blockers that have a time-release lock mechanism.Seeking to maximise the effectiveness of blockers, GambleAware has compiled a ‘blueprint of recommendations’ for UK Finance and further financial services stakeholders, including:Firms and regulators need to work with ‘experts by experience’ so they can design products, services and interventions for people who are negatively affected by gambling.UK Finance needs to build the report’s recommendations into their member guidance and policy on supporting vulnerable consumers.The Financial Conduct Authority should recommend in its guidance on vulnerable customers that gambling blocks are standard on debit and credit cards.A cross-sector consumer awareness campaign that places bank card blockers alongside other forms of self-exclusion and player control is needed.The UK Government needs to create the legal and regulatory conditions to encourage the financial services sector to innovate and develop a range of consumer spending controls.Professor Sharon Collard, PFRC Research Director at the University of Bristol, said: “Our research has found bank card gambling blockers are not available on roughly 40% of personal current accounts. This means an estimated 28 million people are missing out on this crucial tool to block gambling expenditure which helps protect them from gambling harms. We are calling on the Financial Conduct Authority to urgently recommend that gambling blocks are standard on all debit and credit cards.“We examined the effectiveness of all existing blockers and found that serious changes are required. The people affected by gambling harms who took part in the review stated that the more positive friction that can be built into a bank blocker, the more effective it can be. It is vital, therefore, that the blockers cannot just be turned on and off, as the benefits of the technology become redundant. Instead, we recommend all financial service firms require consumers to wait at least two days between requesting to turn the blocker off, and the blocker technology stopping.” Share 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, 2020last_img read more