IOC working toward July-August Olympics in 2021 – Yomiuri

first_imgTOKYO (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports bodies to arrange a July-August window for the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and hopes to confirm the schedule within a month, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday.John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Commission chief for Tokyo, told the Yomiuri the Games would have to be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, slated to end in mid-July, and the U.S. Open, which starts in late August.“We want to more or less finalise the dates in four weeks’ time,” the paper quoted Coates as saying.Coates, who is also president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), said the summer scheduling would be dependent on avoiding clashes with the world championships for swimming (July 16-Aug. 1) and athletics (Aug. 6-15). World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe has said the world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon could be moved back to 2022 if necessary.Coates told the newspaper the hope was to follow the same arrangements next year that had been planned for 2020, including holding the marathon in the northern city of Sapporo instead of Tokyo to escape the heat.The AOC confirmed the Yomiuri report’s veracity and also told Reuters in a statement that Coates had “proffered a view but confirms a range of options are on the table for the IOC”. The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world on Tuesday, agreeing to push back the Games by as much as a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.On Thursday, the Tokyo 2020 organising committee launched a taskforce to resolve issues linked to the postponement, such as reviewing dates for the Games and securing venues.No specifics have been discussed yet on the timing of the delayed Games, but a date needs to be decided as soon as possible, Hidemasa Nakamura, a senior official at Tokyo 2020, told reporters after the taskforce’s first meeting, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday “all options” were on the table for rescheduling, including holding the Games before the Japanese summer.last_img read more

USC has strong tournament showcase

first_imgHoliday hoops · Junior forward Nikola Jovanovic and the Trojans began the season 5-0, including an upset over No. 20 Wichita State, before falling to No. 23 Xavier and Monmouth, which has upsets over UCLA and No. 17 Notre Dame. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanThe men’s basketball team had a strong showing at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando over Thanksgiving weekend, upsetting No. 20 Wichita State in the first round before falling to No. 23 Xavier in the semifinals and Monmouth in the third place game.Thursday’s 72-69 win over Wichita State marked the first time the Trojans had beaten a team ranked in the top 25 since 2013.Freshman forward Bennie Boatwright led the way with a career-high 22 points. The Men of Troy took a narrow one-point lead into halftime, but Wichita State went on a 12-0 run in the second half to take a 49-43 advantage. The Trojans responded, though, and consecutive threes by Boatwright and Elijah Stewart put them ahead 61-54 with just under seven minutes to play.Boatwright made more big plays down the stretch, hitting another three to extend a             two-point USC lead. Then, he came up with a steal that led to a Katin Reinhardt three-pointer, giving the Trojans a 70-62 lead with 1:19 remaining.USC hung on for the upset after a desperation game-tying three by Wichita State went off the rim.However, the Trojans were unable to replicate the upset against No. 23 Xavier in the semifinals in an 87-77 loss. It would have been the first time they notched wins against multiple ranked opponents in the same season since 2010-2011.Xavier came out on fire, jumping out to a 19-3 lead just five minutes into the game. The Musketeers doubled up on the Trojans in the first half, taking a 54-27 advantage at halftime. They shot 57.6 percent in the half, while the Trojans committed 15 fouls and turned the ball over 12 times.USC, led by 15 points each from Nikola Jovanovic and Julian Jacobs, was more competitive in the second half, but it was not enough to erase the large first half deficit.To conclude the tournament, the Trojans fell victim to a pesky Monmouth team in a 83-73 loss. Monmouth had already upset UCLA and No. 17 Notre Dame in the early going, and had played tough against the Trojans in a 101-90 USC win at the Galen Center earlier in November.The Trojans could not contain Monmouth guard Justin Robinson, who had a game-high 27 points. Robinson went on a 10-2 run by himself late in the first half to help his team go up by nine at halftime.The Hawks opened up a double-digit lead for much of the second half. Despite a late push by the Trojans to claw within three at 73-70, Monmouth ended the game on a 10-3 run to pull away for the win.USC leaves Orlando with a 5-2 record, which ranks seventh in the Pac-12. The Trojans have a road game on Thursday in Santa Barbara against the Gauchos.last_img read more

Men’s lacrosse roundtable: Inconsistent offense, thinning defense and the Tar Heels in town

first_imgNo. 7 Syracuse (6-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) fell 13-8 to No. 9 Cornell (8-3, 3-1 Ivy), breaking its three-game winning streak. The Orange, which has already locked in the No. 1 seed for the ACC tournament, looks to close out an undefeated regular season in conference when it hosts North Carolina (6-6, 0-2 ACC) on Saturday at 4 p.m.On Tuesday against Cornell, Syracuse’s offense was held to fewer than 10 goals. Was it just a blip on the radar?Charlie DiSturco: This is just an inconsistent Syracuse offense where youth will show up at times. Cornell’s goalie Caelahn Bullen had a handful of point-blank saves that made a huge difference in the opening half. The offense began to figure itself out as the game wound down in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. It’s interesting because SU finally seemed like it was in a groove and would walk out with a win against Cornell.But this offense is far too talented that scoring under 10 goals will be a trend. It was just a night where Syracuse couldn’t figure out much and it lost. I wouldn’t read too far into the offense’s woes because its numbers were relatively similar to the Big Red’s. SU just got the short end of the stick.Josh Schafer: It’s hard to call this a blip on the radar as it’s the third time in four losses Syracuse has been held under 10 goals. Syracuse’s offense just didn’t finish. SU junior attack Nate Solomon said as much post game, remarking that “the shots were there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe main concern here for the Orange is the variety of ways its offense has struggled. Against Albany and Rutgers it couldn’t possess the ball. On Tuesday against Cornell it couldn’t score despite notching the same amount of shots on goal as the Big Red. Yes, Bullen was a brick wall, but that’s how lacrosse is sometimes. If SU wants to make a tournament run its offense can’t stall like that moving forward.Matt Liberman: We’ve seen an inconsistent Syracuse offense all season. SU scored just three goals against Albany but then poured 15 in against Duke. One of the problems that SU has dealt with in a few of its losses have been turnovers such as against Rutgers, when SU had 22.Other times the offensive issues have come from an inability to win the faceoff, as was the case against Albany and Johns Hopkins. Against Cornell, SU’s kryptonite was simply an outstanding performance in the cage from Bullen.Across all those games, though, the offense disappeared at times. If Syracuse wants to advance far this year, it can’t go silent offensively for minutes on end. This has happened even in their wins. I’m not smashing the panic button, but this has been more than just a blip on the radar.Does Marcus Cunningham’s injury bring down a defense that was exceeding expectations?C.D.: We don’t know the severity of the injury yet, but even if Cunningham is out for a long time, I don’t think it hurts the defense on a level that losing Nick Mellen would, or the effect Tyson Bomberry being out had. Cunningham is a physical third defender, but he isn’t normally guarding opponents’ best attacks.Syracuse’s defense is also very deep, which makes the cause for concern even smaller. Brett Kennedy stepped up in Bomberry’s absence and was not only solid, but a big reason for SU’s win against Virginia. Nick DiPietro has also battled with Cunningham since last year for the third spot and is a solid bench option. The defense will be just fine and if there’s any difference, it’s minimal at the most.J.S.: Losing Cunningham hurts from a chemistry perspective. The last four games, arguably Syracuse’s best defensive stretch of the season, began with the return of Tyson Bomberry. The junior defender had missed several games before that, two of which were losses. With Syracuse’s defense at full force, it held Notre Dame and Hobart to season lows and Cornell, the nation’s top offense, to two goals below its season average.DiPietro filled in for Cunningham in the final moments against Cornell and could potentially be a replacement. Brett Kennedy, who is second on SU in groundballs, could also be an option for the Orange. While both are strong players, they won’t have the rapport Cunningham had with his defensive partners.M.L.: Certainly anytime you lose a starter it hurts, especially when he is coming from a unit that has been inconsistent this season. I think it is a bigger deal than Charlie thinks and I agree with Josh that for this team, there is no argument that there is a lack of talent defensively. Heading into the season we all predicted SU would be a top-five defense because of who was on that line.Yes, Kennedy has filled in nicely and is capable of doing so again. But with how the defense had been playing recently, especially on the man-down units where communication and chemistry is key, this injury is bigger than people think. He isn’t Mellen or Bomberry, but Cunningham brings solid defense to every game with minimal mistakes. That will be missed.How does Syracuse go undefeated in the ACC and beat North Carolina on Saturday?C.D.: It’s easier said than done, but SU should play like it has all season long against conference opponents. Sophomore faceoff specialist Danny Varello will need to have success at the faceoff X and the offense will need to revert back to old form, unlike Tuesday’s loss to Cornell.The defense has been playing great — it held a Cornell team averaging more than 20 goals in its last four games to 13 — and will likely keep that up against an unusually weak UNC team.Syracuse’s offense is young, but will definitely be more amped to get another signature win and secure the regular season ACC title, and we’ve seen the potential the offense has. North Carolina is on a six-game slide and has struggled in most areas. Syracuse, on the other hand, just needs to hone in on slowing down its offense and making smarter decisions. The defense will be just fine and likely limit UNC like it has its previous opponents.J.S.: There’s an easy answer to this question: score more goals. I’m slightly kidding, but Syracuse needs its offense back. In every one of its ACC wins the Orange has played efficiently on offense. That includes its second-largest offensive output of the season: 15 goals against Duke.After scoring fewer than 10 goals for the third time this season against Cornell on Tuesday, Syracuse can’t afford that kind of offensive dud. And SU’s previous three conference games don’t point to one.M.L.: North Carolina may be the most banged up team in all of lacrosse. The Tar Heels will be without 13 players come Saturday — not a great start for trying to pull an upset. I talked with UNC head coach Joe Breschi and he said he thinks his team is capable of winning if it wins 50 percent of its faceoffs and makes 15 saves. But there hasn’t been a single game where UNC has made 15 saves, and the Tar Heels have one road win this season. As long as Syracuse takes care of its possessions, I see SU rolling. Comments Published on April 11, 2018 at 11:07 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pass protection, red zone offense down in this week’s stock watch

first_img Published on September 16, 2019 at 11:07 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 On Saturday, a Syracuse-Clemson game was decided by more than four points for the first time in three years. The No. 1 Tigers (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) dominated the Orange (1-2, 0-1) en route to a 41-6 victory, dropping SU below .500 for the first time since 2017. While the Syracuse defense did its part, intercepting Trevor Lawrence twice in the third quarter and holding Travis Etienne in check, its offense struggled throughout. Opportunities set up by the defense didn’t become touchdowns and SU settled for two field goals on scoring chances in the second quarter. After beginning the season ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 21 years, the Orange now sit at 1-2, with two nonconference home games coming before the heart of their ACC schedule begins. Here’s whose stock is up or down after Syracuse’s loss to the reigning national champions.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first-team All-ACC punter was arguably the player of the game for SU, which was forced to punt the ball away nine times against the Tigers. Hofrichter averaged a career-high 52.2 yards per punt, totaling 470 yards on the night, including three that pinned Clemson in its own 20-yard line. Hofrichter was effective in limiting the Tigers’ momentum after they stopped SU drives, which happened often. Explosive Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers, who broke off an 87-yard receiving touchdown in the second half, managed to return just two of Hofrichter’s punts for a combined three yards. Despite all of the question marks surrounding Syracuse’s play this year, Hofrichter has helped ensure its special teams unit is still one of the best in the country. After his latest game against the Tigers, Hofrichter is now second in the country in total punt yards and fifth in punt average. Williams makes his second “stock up” appearance of the season after leading the Orange with an eight-tackle performance on Saturday. The former Butte College star burst into the spotlight after making 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks against Liberty in Week 1, but struggled against Maryland along with the rest of the SU defense. He set the tone for Syracuse against Clemson, coming out active and energized. On one third down during the first half, Williams timed the Tigers’ snap perfectly and prompted an incomplete pass. Later on, when Ifeatu Melifonwu got beat by Tee Higgins, Williams recovered by tracking down Higgins downfield. In the second half, Travis Etienne was also tripped up by Williams on a play that had game-changing potential. The linebacker was often the first SU player to the ball on pass plays and the first to the hole when Clemson handed the ball off to Etienne, who ran for 5.4 yards per carry, well below his career-average of 7.8.A week after finding their footing against Maryland and combining for three touchdowns, SU’s wide receivers were one of its most disappointing position groups against Clemson. Their struggles began on Syracuse’s first possession, after the Orange defense stopped the Tigers on the first drive of the game. On 3rd-and-5 from the SU 30, Tommy DeVito found a wide-open Harris on a slant toward the middle of the field. DeVito threw a well-placed ball, but Harris couldn’t pull it in, negating a potentially big play and killing the momentum that Syracuse and its crowd accumulated. Near the end of the first quarter on a first down by midfield, DeVito threw another perfect pass, this time deep to Jackson in the end zone. Jackson, who broke out for seven catches and 157 yards against Maryland, let the ball fall through his hands to the ground. While a penalty on SU was called on the play anyway, Jackson’s drop was indicative of his issues throughout, as he notched just a pair of catches for 16 yards.While DeVito struggled at times with his decision-making on Sunday, much of his trouble in the passing game can be attributed to the fact that he almost never had any time to throw. DeVito was rushed out of the pocket on what seemed like every other drop back, forcing the redshirt sophomore to roll out of the pocket or just get crushed for a sack. The Tigers brought extra blitzers all night and Syracuse often neglected to pick them up, leading to Clemson racking up six sacks in the first half alone. That includes back-to-back sacks in the second quarter, after Syracuse kicked a field goal and managed to stop Clemson on the ensuing drive. While the Orange offensive line was simply not as talented as their counterparts on the other side of the line of scrimmage, the pass protection issues also occurred because SU often emptied its backfield of extra blockers. No matter the reason, Syracuse’s inability to protect DeVito from blitzes ultimately took its passing game out of the contest. The Orange won’t face a defense like the Tigers’ the rest of the season, but they need to shore up the issues that were revealed on Saturday. On two separate occasions in the third quarter against Clemson, Syracuse intercepted Lawrence and returned the picks to down inside the Tigers’ 10-yard line. The first takeaway was wasted immediately, when DeVito was pushed out of pocket to his right and threw an interception. The second change-of-possession also resulted in a Syracuse giveaway, this time a turnover on downs. Jarveon Howard carried the ball twice and went nowhere. Then, two plays were blown up and broken by the Clemson defense. SU also struggled on its two red zone trips in the first half, which both ended in field goals. After finishing 21st in the country in red zone efficiency last season, Syracuse failed to punch the ball in on each of its four trips and now sits tied at 122nd out of 130 teams in the category this year.Graphics by Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design Editor Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s secondary weathers injuries in 52-33 win over Western Michigan

first_img Published on September 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ Eric Coley started breaking on the ball before it left Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink’s hand. Late in the fourth quarter of Syracuse’s win against WMU on Saturday, Coley, playing in the place of injured defensive backs Andre Cisco and Antwan Cordy, read the middle curl route perfectly and stepped in front of Wassink’s throw. ”It was really cool to see Eric get an interception,” Dino Babers said post game. “He’s going to take a ribbing for falling down like he did right there. I think he’d have had a touchdown if he’d have went to the left. Oh well, he’s going to have to live with that one.”Coley’s interception, the first of his career, extended SU’s streak of games with an interception — one that began with Cisco’s pick against WMU to open the 2018 season — to 17-straight games.On a day where the Orange’s (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) normally loaded secondary was down two starters and then lost one of the replacements midway through the third quarter, SU’s defense managed to hold Western Michigan’s (2-2) passing offense mostly in check in a 52-33 win. SU held Wassink to a 50% completion rate, only two touchdowns and Coley’s late pick. And despite allowing 356 passing yards, SU’s secondary always felt that it had the upper hand. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile it wasn’t always perfect on Saturday, the Orange played one of their best games of the season down two starters in the secondary. “It’s always fun when the other guys get an opportunity to play. And that was not mop-up time,” Babers said. “The game was still at hand when those guys were out there. And I thought they did a nice job”On Saturday morning, both cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu and Cisco, a safety, were ruled out for SU’s game against Western Michigan with lower-body injuries. They both left the game with injuries against Clemson; Cisco returned, Melifonwu did not. Both players, Babers and players said on Saturday, looked at times throughout the week like they might play, and that no decision was made until late in the process. Babers hopes to have the two back by next Saturday when SU’s hosts Holy Cross, but the two could sit that game and use SU’s ensuing idle week ahead of a Thursday game at North Carolina State. Cordy, a sixth-year senior who started in place of Cisco, was injured during the third quarter of Saturday’s game. WMU ran running back LeVante Bellamy on a wheel route to the left side. Bellamy beat his defender and with the ball in the air, Cordy came over from the middle of the field to make a hit, apparently making helmet-to-helmet contact with Bellamy. Both players required help on the field and neither returned to the game. Babers said he thinks Cordy looked “OK” after the game. “Now I’m not a doctor,” Babers said, “nor will I claim to be one — I didn’t sleep at a Holiday Inn last night. But based on a couple things, how he’s moving, I think he’s OK.” In the two-plus quarters he played, Cordy looked like a vintage version of himself — he was a top tackler for loss in the ACC before losing 2016 and 2017 to injury — getting into the backfield to stop run plays, breaking up a pass in the endzone and forcing a fumble on Bellamy in the first quarter. As the WMU tailback hurtled to the endzone, he extended the ball to break the plane, but Cordy jarred it loose before the touchdown and SU recovered the fumble, scoring on the drive and riding the 14-point swing. Even on a forgettable 2nd and 9 middle handoff to Bellamy, Cordy worked his way into the hole to pick up and drop the bigger back after a one-yard gain. Two plays later, WMU punted. “He reminded me of my redshirt year,” Christopher Fredrick, SU’s No. 1 cornerback said. “He was like leading the conference in TFLs or something like that. Kind of like seeing that old Cordy out there.”Scoop Bradshaw, who started in place of Melifonwu also had a nice return to form, looking more like the cover corner he was at the beginning of 2018 and less like his struggling self at the end of 2019. He broke up an early third-down pass, diving around a receiver to paw away a slant while avoiding the defensive pass interference call for wrapping his backside hand on the receiver’s hip. He drove back ball carriers when tackling in space and even had a pass break up. But, he expectedly struggled at times. He was flagged for pass interference while SU was trying to pull away in the fourth quarter. On a third down, Bradshaw was targeted in one-on-one coverage against WMU receiver DaShon Bussell. On a go route down the left sideline, Bradshaw dove and extended his left arm, coming just short of deflecting the pass. Bussell made the catch for a first down. Landing directly in front of Babers, Bradshaw got an immediate lesson in technique. Babers could be seen mimicking punching the ball away with his right arm, appearing to show Bradshaw how he’d prefer it be done. Even against the run game, SU’s defensive backs — starters and replacements alike — looked better than the previous two weeks. Cordy looked comfortable in the box, safety Evan Foster said the whole unit played its keys and assignments much better than it had in weeks past. Trill Williams even registered a quarterback hit from the nickel back position. There were still glitches, like Bellamy’s long touchdown in the first half or a freak play where a pass intended for one receiver went through his hands to another, only for him to sprint behind the defense for a touchdown. All in all, Foster said, the Orange limited big plays better than they have this season and in general, looked the best they have against the run. That, coupled with a solid showing defending the pass — nine breakups, one interception and few breakdowns — is a good omen for a banged up Syracuse secondary. “Overall I think we did a solid job,” Fredrick said. “We stopped big plays for the most part and that’s our main objective.” Cisco and Melifonwu watched Saturday’s game from the sideline, their jersey’s fitting oddly without pads. Babers expects them back “really soon,” once they’ve had enough rest. The hope is Cordy is back soon with them. But even if they aren’t, SU proved Saturday its secondary is deep enough, and good enough, to make do.  Commentslast_img read more

Bournemouth manager does not want another defeat to Arsenal

first_imgIn the Premier league, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes his side can avoid defeat at home to Arsenal tonight.The Cherries have lost their previous 3 Premier league games against the Gunners but Howe says there wasn’t much in those games.A win for Arsenal will cut the gap to 6 points on leaders Chelsea. In the nights other action Damien Delaney is back from suspension as Crystal Palace welcome bottom side Swansea while Stoke host Watford.Ahead of that game Paul Clement could be confirmed as the Swans new boss.The game at the Vitality stadium starts at 7.45 with the other two kicking off at 8.Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville reckons his old club have more “arrogance” and “personality” than they had under Louis van Gaal last season.It’s now six Premier League victories in a row for Jose Mourinho’s side – after winning 2-nil at West Ham.They’re a point off the top four.last_img read more

Missing Haiti mayor found alive

first_imgThe Mayor of the Commune of Estère, Senèque Estimable, has been found alive. He was last seen walking towards the capital  late last month, then went missing for days.News of the mayor being found was confirmed by his lawyer, Samuel Madistin. The attorney said that no ransom had been paid for the release of the Mayor, whom he said had been kidnapped on May 23.Related: Haitian authorities search for mayor missing since May 23He said his client was not abused and that the kidnappers had tried, without success, to force him to sign a cheque in their name.Earlier this week, he Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Communities (MICT) expressed concern over the disappearance of the Mayor and had urged citizens to remain calm, especially the residents of Estere, a commune in the Gonaïves Arrondissement, who had ransacked public buildings “in reaction to this previously unexplained disappearance” of the Mayor.The Ministry said that Estimable was last seen on May 23 walking in the direction of the capital.Madistin said Estimable had been released during the early hours of Tuesday and had made contact with a police patrol and members of the Motorized Intervention Brigade.last_img read more

Marc Etches – GambleAware – Working towards the prevention of gambling related harm

first_img Two weeks ago, GambleAware published its new five-year strategy, expressing an aim to treble the number of people who receive treatment each year for gambling related harm.The charity, formerly known as the Responsible Gambling Trust, has reinforced its commitment to helping those suffering with the problem, of which there are believed to be around 250,000 in the UK, by funding research, education and treatment services.We caught up with Marc Etches, CEO at GambleAware, to find out more about the new five-year strategy, the costs involved with treating ‘top tier’ problem gamblers, and the lessons learned from last summer’s Gamble Aware week.SBC: How does your new strategy impact those suffering from gambling related harm? ME: GambleAware’s top priority has and always been to provide help and support for those who suffer from gambling related harm. The new strategy seeks to reiterate that and expand on certain areas, primarily through the promotion of the GambleAware.org website, as a means of working towards prevention of gambling related harm.We want to make sure that people know about GambleAware, and that if they need help there is somewhere they can go for free support. Through the publication of the strategy, we hope to make more people aware of GambleAware.org and the help available to them.SBC: You stated your ambition to raise £10 million a year from those who profit from the gambling industry; do you believe this is achievable?ME: The latest figures from the Gambling Commission show gross profits of £13.6 billion last year. We ask operators to give us just 0.1% of that, which would already amount to some £11 million after adjusting for National Lottery’s existing investment in good causes.When you add to that our ambition to secure additional funding from other organisations which profit from gambling, such as commercial broadcasters and professional sports teams, we are confident we will achieve this sum.SBC: The number of problem gamblers in the UK is estimated to be around 250,000, with a further 470,000 at moderate risk; how are you able to estimate this information accurately?ME: We rely on Gambling Commission figures, which are based on regular health surveys in England and Scotland, and a recent survey on gambling participation and problem gambling in Wales. However, we are conscious that the sample size limits the accuracy of these estimates, and that the different methods used to gather the data may affect the ability to compare these figures from year to year.Whether the figure is higher or lower than the 250,000 stated, we know there is a significant number of people who may need help and support to address their gambling problem, and many more who may be affected by someone else’s gambling and its consequences.GambleAware-funded treatment providers currently see just 3% of problem gamblers, so have set ourselves a goal to triple that, which will bring us close to the number which international studies suggest might seek help with their gambling problems.SBC: You outlined the services you expect to commission as part of the new five-year strategy; what are the costs involved for a tier four ‘problem gambler’?ME: We’re committed to getting everyone who seeks help from GambleAware-funded treatment services to the right level of intensity of treatment. For many, this may be a simple, brief intervention, or a longer period of counselling; others may have other mental health issues which require more complex care from clinical psychologists or psychiatrists; and for some, residential treatment is the most effective approach.While residential care is necessarily more expensive than brief intervention, we understand that for some people an extended period of treatment away from their usual environment is necessary for recovery. We are developing a common screening tool and care pathways in collaboration with all GambleAware-funded treatment providers, so that wherever it is across this network that someone needing our help first gets in touch, we get them to the most appropriate treatment option for them.SBC: Finally, how successful was ‘Gamble Aware week’ in the summer, and did you use information learned from this to guide parts of your new strategy?ME: Gamble Aware week was an initiative of the Association of British Bookmakers, which we were pleased to support. Next year, we hope that it will expand to involve all sectors of the industry, and we are discussing this with the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling. The ABB shared the results of their efforts with us, and we will certainly want to learn any lessons which their experience offers.We’ve been working with operators who are members of all five of the trade associations which form IGRG on several industry wide initiatives to share and develop best practice around messaging and staff training, so we already have a strong foundation of industry-wide cooperation to deliver social responsibility on which to base Gamble Aware Week 2017. StumbleUpon Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Related Articles YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Player killed in Algerian league game

first_imgJS Kabylie striker Albert Ebosse was struck on the head by a stone after a 2-1 defeat to USM Alger and died on the way to the hospitalA stone struck the Cameroonian forward, who had scored his side’s goal in the game, as he walked towards the tunnel. He was taken to hospital but never recovered.Kabylie captain Ali Rial revealed that Ebosse died in his arms as he accompanied him to the hospital in the ambulance.  “I’m depressed, it’s real drama and I do not know if I’ll get over it,” he said. “He died in my arms, I still cannot believe we have lost him forever. He was a good man, God rest his soul.”Team-mate Djameleddine Benlamri also spoke of his devastation, stating it was a shame for the entire nation. “I cannot find the words to express my grief, except that our stadiums are no longer safe for football.  “Worse, they have become cemeteries with the death of Ebosse. It is unthinkable that a player has died because of a defeat. This is a disaster and it is a shame for our country!”JSK released a statement after the player’s death, revealing the incident will be investigated.”The Ministry of Interior and Local Government, through minister Tayeb Belaiz, has given the instruction to open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Albert Ebosse,” the statement read.”The JSK player succumbed to a head injury after being hit in the head at the end of the meeting with USM Alger.” As a result of the death of Ebosse, a Facebook page has been set up, demanding that the championship be brought to an end in his honour.last_img read more

Jerome Otchere: Michael Osei’s relationship with players has turned the corner for Kotoko

first_imgEditor for Kotoko Express newspaper, Jerome Otchere, has revealed that head coach Michael Osei total control of the team has played a major role in the upturn of fortunes for the club.A rejuvenated Kotoko side have won their last three games in all competitions progressing to the round of 16 in the MTN FA Cup and going just 6 points behind league leaders Wa All Stars in the league.And Otchere is full of praise for the stand-in coach .“You can see that Michael Osei now has total and absolute control over the team and his relationship with the players has been very perfect,”  he told Asempa Sports.“Duncan’s relationship with the players was very bad and you can see that when the team concede in a match, you can see that there is no magic coming from nowhere but now Michael Osei has brought something completely different and the players have trusted his philosophy and it was very obvious against Dreams FC.”“But it still too early to say Michael Osei will deliver because the season is still young,” Jerome added. “The win against Dreams FC was a total team effort and the visit Nana Otumfuo Osei II paid to the training grounds, Nana meeting the management and the board boosted the players because the players got to know that they are the only people that can change things for the club and with all these coming together, it has really changed the spirit of the team totally and it has taken the poison out of the team.”Kotoko’s next game is against New Edubiase at the Baba Yara Stadium before they travel to Accra to face Hearts of Oak in the Super 2 clash.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more