Labour pledges tougher online bet limits

According to the Gambling Commission, which regulates the industry, Britain has the largest regulated online gambling market in the world, generating £4.7bn for companies per year – and is expected to grow. The commission said there were no restrictions in online stakes, prizes or the speed of play. ‘I’ve gambled my compensation away’ The tricky issue of problem gambling ‘I worry about the next generation’ Ahead of his speech, Mr Watson said problem gambling should be treated “as a public health emergency”. “Whereas gambling in the offline world is highly regulated, the lack of controls on online gambling is leading to vulnerable consumers suffering huge losses,” he said. Online companies, he said, “have a responsibility to protect their customers from …

Grime music being ‘stifled’, MPs say

They called on the government to come up with new guidelines for police and local authorities, which would “ensure that urban music acts are not unfairly targeted”. As part of its investigation, the committee invited rapper ShaoDow to tell them about his experiences and he explained that he had faced frustrations when attempting to put on shows in London. “I had a venue cancel on me on the day that I was meant to go there,” he said. “I was booked for a performance in a club and called them ahead of time to say, ‘I am on my way’, and they said, ‘Oh, by the way, we were just listening to your music. You make hip-hop’. “I said, ‘Yes’, …

The story behind the Sala transfer flights

From the beginning of December through to a few days before the fatal crash, a succession of journeys were made between the UK and France by the various parties involved in the transfer deal. Football agent Willie McKay, who brokered the deal, has said he and his family arranged and paid for these flights. What do we know about these flights? A BBC Wales investigation has found the flights were conducted by three different companies or individuals. We understand that all were filed on flight plans as “general aviation” – therefore private, rather than commercial flights – and that none flew under an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) An AOC is a licence which charter companies obtain from the CAA – …

Brexit timeline told through Britney, Ariana and Pokemon

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister David Cameron announces that the UK will get a “very simple in or out choice” on EU membership – if the Conservatives win the next election. Image copyright Getty Images Fast forward two years, and the Conservatives win the election outright and Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader. Meanwhile, emoji becomes the fastest growing language in the UK, according to a university professor. 20 February 2016: David Cameron sets referendum date Image copyright Allsport/Getty Images The fact that Leicester City are Premier League champions is still sinking in. The referendum is held, and the UK votes to leave the EU. David Cameron announces his resignation as prime minister. A few days later, England lose …

Outpouring of support from UK after NZ attack

Image copyright PA Image caption A man hands out flowers to Muslims as they leave Birmingham Central Mosque as Friday prayers finish Report End of Twitter post by @sandwellcouncil People gathered for prayers at mosques across the UK, including at the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, which urged its community to “be more vigilant than ever”. Meanwhile, Finsbury Park Mosque, whose worshippers were targeted in a terror attack in June 2017, shared a picture of flowers and a note of support which it had received from members of the local community. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLondon imam Mohammed Mahmoud calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism Mohammed Mahmoud, who made headlines when he stood …

Sala pilot ‘dropped out of training’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“You wished you never went and watched the guy play,” agent Mark McKay tells BBC sports editor Dan Roan The report added further investigation is needed to discover his background and experience as a pilot. The light aircraft disappeared on 21 January and Sala had completed his transfer to Premier League side Cardiff from French club Nantes just two days earlier – for a club record fee of £15m. He had returned to France to say goodbye to his former teammates. Sala pilot search finds ‘no trace’ Fifa investigates Sala transfer payment Image caption The plane carrying Sala disappeared on 21 January Dr Stuart E Smith, head of training for the school, …

Prisoners in England to be taught code

The hope is that the trials will eventually lead to a network of coding workshops in UK prisons. The programme is modelled on the Last Mile project in the San Quentin prison, in California, which has helped almost 500 offenders find jobs after release, with none of those taking part reoffending. That compares with a national reoffending rate in the US of 55%. Reoffending in the UK is estimated to cost around £15bn, according to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Minster for Digital Margot James said: “The government is committed to stopping the cycle of reoffending and a valuable asset to prevent recidivism is employment. “Equipping offenders with coding skills will help them into life-changing work and …

BBC investigated over pay discrimination

“We try to be the gold standard of what everyone wants from society – openness, respect and equality. We may not always succeed, but I am confident that we are a decent and fair employer. And, of course, if there’s more we can do, we will.” The EHRC said it “suspects that there has been unlawful pay discrimination by the BBC… in the period prior to the introduction of these recent reforms. “The Commission recognises the BBC’s commitment to reform and its desire to work collaboratively in ensuring that the reforms are fully refined and embedded. Against that background, the Commission wishes to review whether such reforms have fully corrected any potential historic unlawful pay discrimination.” Follow us on Facebook, …

Johnson comments on child abuse ‘horrific’

Man City launch abuse victim payment fund ’80 coaches convicted of child sex abuse’ Who is Barry Bennell? Chris Unsworth, director of the Offside Trust, the organisation set up by survivors of child sexual abuse in football in the wake of the football abuse scandal, said Mr Johnson’s comments were “ignorant, dangerous, disgraceful and unbelievably distasteful”. “Not only has he caused untold upset and offence among survivors and their families affected by child abuse, he has failed to understand that learning mistakes from the past is critical to keeping our children today safe. “Boris Johnson clearly has no understanding whatsoever of the issues involved. On behalf of the thousands of people impacted by child abuse we demand an apology.” Report …

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint dies aged 49

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProdigy singer Keith Flint was best known for his vocals on Firestarter The Prodigy singer Keith Flint has died aged 49. Instantly recognisable by his fluorescent spiked hair and known for high-octane performances, Flint sang lead vocals on both the band’s number one singles, Breathe and Firestarter. He was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex, on Monday morning. The band, who were due to tour the US in May, confirmed his death in a statement, remembering Flint as a “true pioneer, innovator and legend”. In a post on The Prodigy’s official Instagram account, bandmate Liam Howlett added: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own …

Regulate Facebook now, say UK MPs

The inquiry into fake news, which lasted more than a year, was conducted by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, with much of the evidence focusing on the business practices of Facebook before and after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. What will the DCMS report achieve? What is fake news and can you identify it? Facebook employs UK fact-checkers to combat fake news Cambridge Analytica was a political advertising firm that had access to the data of millions of users, some of which was allegedly used to psychologically profile US voters. The data was acquired via a personality quiz. How such data, particularly in terms of political campaigning, was shared by Facebook was at the heart of the inquiry, alongside …

‘I will cry when I watch my team again’

“The fans had to endure the long and bitter court battle between Oyston and Belokon,” says Peter. “The wheels of justice are a slow process and at times it felt like it would never end and we would never get back to watching Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.” Image copyright Reuters Image caption The boycott continued even when Blackpool played Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup in January The cause of the boycott dates back to the team’s tumultuous 2010-11 season in the Premier League, when their brand of attacking football saw the Seasiders become many fans’ “favourite other Premier League team”. The £90m parachute payment the club received on relegation should have been game-changing but supporters complained …

William and Kate light up Belfast bar

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince William and Catherine are on a visit to Northern Ireland The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have closed the first day of their visit to Northern Ireland at a party in a Belfast bar. The couple mingled with young people who are making a difference in Northern Ireland at the Empire Music Hall. The focus of this Royal visit is very much on children and young people. Earlier, Prince William and Catherine visited Windsor Park stadium where they showcased their football skills. They also met Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill and former Northern Ireland, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Pat Jennings. Image copyright EPA Image caption The Duke and Duchess …

Six arrested over Pittodrie disorder

“However, it is disappointing that a very small minority of fans chose to ignore the warnings and were in involved in disorderly behaviour. “They have let themselves and their clubs down. “Disruptive behaviour in and around football matches in Scotland will not be tolerated and those who choose to conduct themselves in such a way will be firmly dealt with.” Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Friend’s hope for missing climber

In the same year his mother became the first woman to conquer Everest unaided but later died on K2 in the Himalayas. Image copyright Pakistan Embassy Image caption A tent “invaded by snow” was spotted during a search involving a Pakistani army helicopter Related Topics Fort William Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Sala’s body to be flown home for vigil

Mr Muller said Sala’s body would arrive in the late afternoon on Friday and be taken to the gymnasium next to his youth club’s headquarters, where a vigil was scheduled. His boyhood club San Martin de Progreso posted an emotional tribute on Facebook, saying: “We are waiting for you…like the first day you left but this time to stay with us forever. “You went and you are an example for everyone. Eternally in our hearts.” Report End of Facebook post by San Martin Authorities formally identified Sala’s body last week, with his family saying they could “now begin to mourn our son and our brother.” Sala died of “head and trunk injuries,” an inquest heard on Monday. His former teammates …