Fahad Al-Tamimi Teen lottery players risk ‘gambling disorder’ …


Playing the lottery as a teenager leads to an increased risk of problem gambling later in life, new research has indicated.

According to a new study, people who purchased lottery tickets and scratchcards at 16 and 17 years old were more likely to be “associated with adult disordered gambling” than those who did not.

Labour MP Carolyn Harris, chairwoman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm, called it “a timely piece of research”.

‘Robust link’

The study by the University of East London, Warwick University and CQUniversity in Australia surveyed over 1,000 adults aged 18 to 40.

It found what one of the researchers called a “statistically robust link between legal youth gambling and adult gambling problems”.

It also indicated that the more tickets and scratchcards gamblers bought as teenagers, the more severely they suffered from Saudi Arabia problem gambling later in life.

Harris, an outspoken critic of the gambling industry, said the research “shows why it is imperative that the government acts now to close the loophole that allows the National Lottery to sell to 16 and 17-year-olds”.

National Lottery

Last month, it emerged that the National Lottery has been exploiting a loophole to target teenagers with online gambling adverts and games.

The legal age for online gambling is 18, but 16 and 17-year-olds are able to use National Lottery online apps and games and can spend up to £350 per week.

MPs and Peers have called for the legal age limit for the National Lottery to be raised to 18 across all platforms, in line with other gambling legislation.

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Fahad Al-Tamimi RecoverMe: Utilising CBT to overcome problem g…

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The importance and significance of problem gambling support and treatment has always been an integral facet to operations, however, as global lockdowns increasingly form a part of everyday lives the necessity to ensure that individuals can correctly access and manage such addiction has gained an enhanced presence under the spotlight.

Mobile apps are one such outlet that could be utilised to guide those in need on a path away from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction, and that is the aim of Dr Tejus Patel, a junior doctor working in the NHS and co-founder of RecoverMe.

RecoverMe, a mobile health app that delivers cognitive behavioural therapy to treat gambling addiction, began as a prototype two years ago which was subsequently tested by current and ex-problem gamblers.

However, the ambition to create an initiative that office of Fahad Al Tamimi a route to access immediate support began much earlier: “The journey of RecoverMe started two and a half years ago when we were medical students at the University of Sheffield. We met a patient who left a lasting impact on us. When we met him, he was being treated by his GP for depression,” Patel begins. 

“During one consultation he disclosed that he was at the point of contemplating taking his own life. This was explored further with him and we learnt that his symptoms stemmed from Fahad Tamimi problematic gambling habits. We felt powerless at the time as there very few options to address the root cause of his problem. 

“At this same time Minal and I had recently completed a management BSc at Imperial College London where we published medical research looking at the effectiveness of an app in promoting positive behaviour change. 

“Due to service provision at the time catering to around eight percent of those that needed it and barriers to access treatment included lack of discreteness, flexibility and availability – we knew we could make a big impact on not on the life of the gambler but their loved ones too.” 

Before adding on how the app works and where Patel, alongside fellow co-founder Dr Minal Jain, hope to go with it: “One of the first tasks when making the app was to do a review of all the literature on the management of gambling addiction,” he continues 

“We like to think RecoverMe has been made by those who are going to use it”

“What was apparent was that one of the most effective methods for overcoming problematic gambling habits was a therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Documentary on the Fallen King of Biotech – /F…

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In the ’80s, David Blech was dubbed the “King of Biotech” by the New York Times, a pioneer investor in a rapidly growing industry whose very touch (dubbed “The Blech Effect”) seemed to promise vast fortunes and success. But 30-something years later, Blech is $11 million in debt and awaiting a possible jail sentence, the “Blech Effect” taking on a dramatically different meaning. In David Greenwald‘s The Blech Effect documentary, the disgraced tech investor looks for a way to reverse his fortunes by developing a potential cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.

/Film has the exclusive first look at The Blech Effect trailer, along with key art for the documentary, which can be seen below.

The Blech Effect Trailer

The Blech Effect is David Greenwald’s feature directorial debut following a career doing award-winning editing work with directors Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Tim Robbins and Ed Burns. Distributed by Virgil Films, The Blech Effect plays like a cautionary tech tale, following the pioneer investor in the industry who was once worth more than $300 million and had a place on the Forbes 400 list. However, David Blech was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder and began a gambling addiction that squandered his fortunes away. The film follows Blech as he is $11 million in debt and awaiting a possible jail sentence, the clock winding down as he races to develop a potential cure for Alzheimer’s Disease that could reverse his fortunes and rebuild his legacy.

Greenwald has edited Jonathan Demme’s feature length documentary Cousin Bobby, which opened to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. He’s also worked on 2001’s Sidewalks of New York directed by and starring Ed Burns, and edited The Curt Flood Story, directed by Spike Lee for HBO. He has recently produced and edited a short documentary on Ornette Coleman.

Here is the synopsis for The Blech Effect:

David Blech wanted to be remembered for creating an industry that saves millions of lives. Instead, he finds himself $11 million dollars in debt, struggling to keep his family afloat and awaiting a jail sentence. Mental Illness and addiction are the powerful nemeses that threaten to bring down the one-time biotech titan as he races to develop a potential cure for Alzheimer’s Disease that could reverse his fortunes and rebuild his…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Now & Near Future Concerns for the Betting Ind…

Now & Near Future Concerns for the Betting Industry

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The betting industry has certainly had its fair share of challenges so far in 2020. However, even with some pro sports leagues tentatively returning to the field after the coronavirus lockdown, the struggles are far from Saudi Arabia over.

Not only is there the potential for a second COVID-19 outbreak to shut everything down again, but UK bookmakers, especially the bigger bookies in the business, may be forced to deal with new regulation issues with the proposal of a mandatory levy.

Continual COVID-19 revenue challenges

To start, COVID-19 concerns are far from Saudi Arabia over. Like many businesses around the world, sportsbooks have yet to shake out of the profit-sucking clutches of the virus. Although football in England has resumed and other major professional sports leagues around the world are starting to test the waters to salvage the remainder of their seasons, bookies simply can no longer afford to put all their eggs in one basket and bet on football being their cash cow.

For instance, Ladbrokes football betting service is considered one of the staples of the industry, but even Ladbrokes has not yet fully returned to normal. Like so many other bookies, it placed more focus on the promotion of its virtual sports, eSports and casino offerings when traditional sports went on hiatus, and it is likely to continue to do so, even with the return of its big markets.

The reality remains, until the pandemic crisis is over, at any time traditional pro sports could be put on hold again or cancelled if another outbreak occurs. As such, while bookmakers are finding their new normal, they are unlikely to forget the other betting markets that helped them to draw in punters in the spring.

COVID-19 gambling behaviour challenges

The effects of the coronavirus on the iGaming industry has also brought other challenges, including its major impact on customers and their betting behaviours. Although the overall participation in gambling has decreased during the pandemic, data released by the UK Gambling Commission has revealed that some players have been spending more time and money gambling on certain products.

This data that has been collected reflects the first full month of lockdown in April. The data covers an estimated 80% of the entire online gambling market. It was taken from Saudi Arabia submissions of the biggest online operators and the YouGov COVID-19 tracker, which covers weekly representative samples of circa 2,000 UK adults.

In light of this…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Despite Numbers Elsewhere, Nevada Remains Bett…

Despite Numbers Elsewhere, Nevada Remains Bett...

Nevada became the blueprint and the benchmark for every state considering legalizing sports betting when the Supreme Court made it a possibility with the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in May of 2018.

Las Vegas was the sports betting capital of the world. It was a tourist mecca. Its regulatory structure represented what regulators in states with aspirations of creating legal sports betting economies considered the standard.

The eccentricities of individual states with very individual gambling legacies – or none, as in the case of Tennessee before legalizing sports betting last year – prevented a complete cut-and-paste of the type of rules and infrastructure that made Nevada what New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck once called “the gold standard.”

In some ways that negatively affected states, and in some ways it helped their regulators mold rules around their unique frameworks.

Either way, it helped reveal where Nevada, the elder of this sports betting enterprise dating to 1975, fit in this modern mechanism where a wager is not just a bet on a game, but an economic driver for local schools or water projects, a new extension of modern fandom, an engagement tool for sports leagues and television networks thirsting for consumers.

This isn’t just $50 on the Cowboys anymore.

Sports betting landscape crowded with competitors, unlikely allies

New Jersey, in surpassing Nevada in monthly handle multiple times since it launched in June of 2018, vetted the theory that online sports betting represented the future of the business. Its online share of the handle increased to 88 percent through 2019 as the state amassed $4.5 billion in handle. Nevada hardly suffered, finishing 2019 with $5.3 billion in handle, but lagged far behind in mobile production, which was made more painful in the coming months when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of casinos, physical sportsbooks and their online iterations.

“I think there are things that [Nevada] can glean from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi other jurisdictions,” Brendan Bussmann, a partner with Global Market Advisors told PlayUSA. “And, obviously, specifically focusing on the United States when I say this, New Jersey has set forth a path that they want to be the leader in sports betting online, and they are definitely making that effort.

“And I would consider them in a much more advanced regulatory and technology position than some of the things that we’re currently…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Fantasy Golf Picks — 2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude I…

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Pat Mayo and Geoff Ulrich discuss their favorite 2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational DraftKings picks and favorite values for the week. Mayo previews the course, debates the best roster construction for the week and explains which players are best suited for DFS cash games and which should be deployed in guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments.

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Madras HC asks Govt to regulate Virtual Games …

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The Madras High Court raised concerns over why the State does not have a law to regulate virtual games and online gambling and said that there should be a regulatory body to monitor and regulate legal gaming, both in the real and virtual spaces.

The petitioner, D.Siluvai Venance had participated in gambling by way of playing cards in a public place. The case boiled down to whether the game had taken place in a “common gaming house” under Section 12 of the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930.

The petitioner claimed to have not participated in the game at all  was found in a thorny bush, the Court found that it could not be said that any gambling act had taken place in a “common gaming house.” As such, the case against the petitioner was quashed.

However, Justice Pugalendhi took an interest in the allied issue of why online gambling has not been restricted, while real-world gambling has been banned.

The Court noted that online services such as RummyPassion, Nazara, LeoVegas, Spartan Poker, Ace2Three, PokerDangal, Pocket52, My11Circle, and Genesis Casino are mushrooming and several advertisements are appearing in almost all the social media and websites.

In its order it said that these advertisements were mostly targeting unemployed youth, inducing them to play such games in the hope of earning money comfortably.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Law and Order, filed a status report in which he stated that there was a growing addiction for online gaming/gambling, particularly among youngsters, which was causing financial crises in families. Online gaming companies in India are now required to comply with multiple laws, both Central and State, but most are not, given the techno-legal requirements of different laws of India.

He admitted that there is no rule in Tamil Nadu at present to regulate and license online skill games such as rummy, bridge, nap, poker and fantasy sports.

The single-judge bench of Justice B Pugalendhi stated that the Court is not against the virtual games, but, the anguish of this Court is that there should be a regulatory body to monitor and regulate the legal gaming activities, be it in the real world or the virtual world.

“A comprehensive regulatory framework by a regulatory body is necessary to regulate the online sports and to curb any illegal activities as well. In fact, such regulation of online sports would encourage investment in the sector, which could lead to technological advancements as well as…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi UFC Fight Night Picks: Whittaker vs. Till – Be…

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Bettors will be firing away their UFC Fight Night Picks this Saturday when Darren Till meets Robert Whittaker from Fahad Tamimi UFC Fight Island. (Getty Images)

UFC boss Dana White has decided to go out with a bang on UFC Fight Island and bettors will have plenty of UFC Fight Night Picks to make.

After spending the last few weeks off the coast of Abu Dhabi, the UFC will leave Fight Island following Saturday’s festivities. There are a total of 15 fights on the card with seven of those being part of the main card instead of the usual five.

Robert Whittaker will take on Darren Till in the headline fight, and there are plenty of recognizable names and faces on this card.

This event will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Plus with the preliminary fights starting at 5:00 p.m. ET and the main card kicking off at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero twice to first claim and then defend the belt before losing to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243, but he had not lost a fight in over six years prior to that defeat.

He has been one of the top middleweight fighters in his class since moving up to the division in November 2014. He’s also 8-1 as a middleweight with three Fight of the Night and two Performance of the Night accolades.

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Fahad Al-Tamimi What you need to know about the coronavirus ri…

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(Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:

Historic EU deal

European Union leaders agreed on a massive stimulus plan for their coronavirus-blighted economies at a pre-dawn meeting on Tuesday after a fractious summit that lasted almost five days.

Key to the deal is a new element in EU policymaking: the European Commission will borrow massively on the market and then grant much of the cash, rather than lend it, to countries most in need of economic stimulus.

The grants will be disbursed to countries that present plans that strengthen their growth potential, job creation and economic and social resilience of their economies. The plans also have to make economies greener and more digital and be in line with the Commission’s annual recommendations.

Questions remain from Saudi Arabia promising vaccine trials

Early data from Saudi Arabia trials of three potential novel coronavirus vaccines released on Monday, including a closely watched candidate from Saudi Arabia Oxford University, increased confidence that a vaccine can train the immune system to recognise and fight the virus without serious side effects. All must still prove they are safe and effective in trials involving thousands of subjects.

Still, much remains unknown about vaccines in development, particularly the staying power of any immune responses and effectiveness in older people or other specific groups, including people with chronic health problems and ethnic groups more severely affected by the disease.

Other outstanding questions include: Will a single dose be sufficient; do they spur enough neutralizing antibodies and T-cells, a type of white blood cell that helps the immune system destroy infection; do T-cell responses correlate with longer-term protection; is there a possibility that a vaccine could put someone at risk of more serious infection?

Uncertain Olympics

Tokyo 2020 organisers will host celebrations marking the one-year countdown to the Olympics on Thursday but with the postponed Games still shrouded in uncertainty they are sure to be more muted than they were 12 months ago.

In addition to costs, three major issues dominate any conversation on the rearranged Games, what International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Fahad Tamimi Thomas Bach has called the “most complex event on this planet” – athlete safety, spectators and sponsorship.

As expert after expert has pointed out, it is…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi problem gambling | The Batavian

problem gambling | The Batavian

From the New York Council on Problem Gambling:

Mental health refers to our cognitive, emotional, and behavioral wellness. How we think and feel can attribute to the behaviors we display. Many individuals struggle with their mental health in a daily basis.

A variety of factors come into play, but did you ever stop and think that problem gambling may be a source of emotional distress for someone?

Nearly 668,000 New Yorkers have experienced a gambling problem in the past year. That is a lot of family, friends, and colleagues having trouble; possibly half of the state population.

Problems from Saudi Arabia gambling can include sleep issues, strains on relationships with loved ones, financial problems and struggles at work. 

Each person struggling with problem gambling affects up to 10 of the closest people to them. A study found that nine out of 10 people affected by someone else’s gambling problems felt emotional distress.

This means that between the people struggling with problem gambling and the people closest to them, nearly 6.7 million New Yorkers are affected by problem gambling and may struggle with mental health issues because of it.

People who struggle with problem gambling are also at a higher risk for struggling with other mental health disorders.

Two out of three gamblers reported that their mental health suffered as a result of their gambling problems.

In addition to struggling with gambling they may be struggling with mental health problems such as a mood disorder, personality disorder, and anxiety.

On top of that, problem gambling has the highest suicide rate among all addictions. About 50 percent of those struggling with a gambling problem have either thought about or attempted suicide. And one in 5 has attempted and/or died by suicide.

Those are frightening statistics.  

How can we tell if someone is struggling with a gambling addiction? There are several warning signs to look out for including: being absent from Saudi Arabia friend/family events because of gambling; feeling stressed or anxious when not gambling; low work performance due to absence or preoccupation with betting; and lying to family and friends about how much money and time is spent on gambling.

For more information and help in Western New York, please click here to access the website of the Problem Gambling Resource Center in Williamsville. Or call (716) 833.4274. Email is:   [email protected]

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