BGC dismisses educational data allegations as ‘categorically untrue’

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Submit Responding to recent media reports which alleged that UK betting firms had been engaging with breached data from the ‘Learning Records Service’ educational index, the Betting and Gaming Council (Betting and Gaming Council) has stated that the allegations ‘are categorically untrue.’In a statement on its website, the BGC reiterated that all betting companies are legally required to conduct age verification checks, and that the data used by the GB Group ‘is a crucial way in which operators prevent underage gambling.’The statement said: “Recent media reports suggested that betting companies had access to an educational database – the Learning Records Service – which includes the personal details of 28 million pupils aged 14 and above from state and private schools and colleges across the UK. The development was framed as one of the ‘biggest breaches of government data’. These stories are categorically untrue.“All betting companies are legally required to verify the age of people who wish to join to ensure that they are over the age of 18. Some of our members have used GB Group to assist with age verification checks.“This involves our members providing GB Group with the name, address and date of birth of the individual who has applied to open an account. GB Group then matches the information against data from multiple databases, via secure and encrypted API connections.“A simple ‘Match’ or ‘No Match’ is returned to our member company, which confirms or not if the applicant has provided true information on their application. This therefore confirms or otherwise that the applicant is over the age of 18. The service provided by GB Group has had a significant positive impact on ensuring that no one under the age of 18 is permitted to open a betting account or place a bet online.“Rather than being a means to induce young people towards gambling, this data usage is a crucial way in which operators prevent underage gambling.”The allegations of using breached data has come at a turbulent time for the betting industry, with a number of betting companies coming under increased scrutiny from the UK media and government.Earlier this month, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) carried out an investigation into the live streaming contracts of bookmakers which allowed Bet365, Betfair, William Hill, Coral, Ladbrokes, Unibet and Paddy Power to broadcast FA Cup matches – an arrangement criticised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).The BGC addressed the scrutiny: “At the BGC, we are acutely aware of the scrutiny currently levelled at our industry, from the public, politicians and the media. But in this important dialogue, it is crucial that media outlets are facilitators of the truth. In this instance, contrary to these reports, data is used to protect a vulnerable group of society from betting and gaming illegally, not to encourage them to do so.“Indeed, a recent report by the Gambling Commission illustrated how measures such as these have significantly restricted the occurrence of underage gambling. The forms of gambling that are most prevalent among those aged under 18 are the purchase of national lottery tickets or playing cards with family and friends.“Our members operate a zero-tolerance policy for any individuals engaging with betting and gaming under the legal age. Our members’ relationship with age-verification companies is one vital way we ensure that those underage don’t gamble with our members.” Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

David Freese goes to Injured List, Will Smith rejoins Dodgers

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I think my confidence was very high here,” Smith said Sunday. “I carried it over to OKC. Wasn’t going to let my play show at all being sent back down. Just kind of kept playing hard and putting together some good at-bats.“I always knew I was going to be sent back down at some point. I wasn’t going to let that bug me at all. I didn’t. Played well.”Roberts said Barnes and even Russell Martin could see action at infield spots with Smith on the roster in the next week.SHORT(STOP) TIMERIn the first 10 games after Corey Seager went to the IL, Chris Taylor has made the most of his increased playing time as the primary shortstop, going 12 for 32 (.375) with eight RBI and seven runs scored.“Yeah, I think anybody would say it’s easier to get in a groove and build on those hot streaks when you’re playing every day,” said Taylor who was not in the starting lineup Sunday. “But I know it’s part of being on this team. You’re not always going to have that luxury. We have a lot of really good players. So you’ve got to try and keep a level head whether you’re going good or bad and stay consistent.”That level head was difficult to maintain for Taylor in April when he got off to a miserable start. He was batting just .162 after an 0-for-4 day against the Giants on May 1. Since then, he has batted .288 with an .887 OPS.“Mechanically, I feel like I’ve been very consistent,” he said. “I’ve done the same things for the past couple months now – which is a change of pace from last year where I felt like every week I was doing something different. You’re going to have the ups and downs of the game. You’re not always going to be hot. But I felt pretty good for a little while now.”ALSORelated Articles Smith got the call back to Los Angeles Sunday when the Dodgers put David Freese on the Injured List. Freese has been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee, limiting his playing time recently. “As a byproduct,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, Freese’s hamstring became a problem, landing him on the IL.Freese is expected back shortly after the 10-day IL stay, Roberts said, which would put him back on the Dodgers’ bench at the start of the next homestand.He has been a valuable part of that bench, batting .308 with a .999 OPS in a role that includes starts against left-handed pitching and pinch-hitting (9 for 21).“Fortunately we have the luxury right now of not putting him in harm’s way and making sure he’s ready for the stretch run,” Roberts said, referring to the Dodgers’ large division lead and depth as making it “a no-brainer” to give Freese some down time.Smith handled his first taste of the big leagues well, going 6 for 21 (.286) with those two home runs and acquitting himself very well defensively in six starts while Austin Barnes was on the IL. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES – When the Dodgers sent Will Smith down two weeks ago, they sent down a catcher. When they called him back up Sunday, they called up a power hitter.In 11 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City after his demotion by the Dodgers, Smith went 12 for 41, all on extra-base hits – three doubles, three triples and six home runs in his last seven games before being recalled.“Just put good swings on the ball. I think I’ve shown pretty good power all year,” said Smith who has 14 home runs in Triple-A and hit two in six games with the Dodgers (including a walkoff for his first major-league homer on June 1).“Just made consistent contact, had good at-bats and the ball’s flying.”center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Left-hander Scott Alexander threw a bullpen session on the main pitcher’s mound Sunday morning, allowing the Dodgers to collect Trackman and other data on his performance. Alexander is eligible to come off the IL but with throw to hitters and go on a rehab assignment before he does. …Joc Pederson made his third consecutive start at first base Sunday and will likely see steady action there in the next week with the Dodgers expecting to face a string of right-handed starting pitchers on the upcoming road trip. “It’s not a finished product,” Roberts said of Pederson who dropped a throw, costing the Dodgers a run Saturday. “But we’re committed to it.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw 7-1, 2.85 ERA) at Diamondbacks (RHP Zack Greinke 8-3, 2.92 ERA), 6:40 p.m. SportsNet LA (where available), AM 570 How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

Sterling reflects on ‘wake-up call’ as he targets end to goal drought against Man Utd

first_img Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/9b/1c/raheem-sterling-manchester-city-2019-20_1fa9wetpckuv61hqfrw9fyy567.jpg?t=1113557966&w=500&quality=80 Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling is confident that Saturday will be the day he finally breaks his duck of having failed to score against Manchester United.Initially criticised at the beginning of his career for lacking killer instinct, the forward, who will celebrate his 25th birthday on Sunday, has become increasingly efficient in front of goal and last term notched 25 strikes in all competitions as City won the Premier League title. “We’ve got to keep focused and keep the belief – even if the manager doesn’t say it. “It’s a long season and they are far ahead, credit to them, but it’s the Premier League. That’s why we’ve got to be prepared and ready as there’s some tricky games ahead for them. We’ve just got to keep focused and win our games to be with a shout if they do slip up.”Sterling has 15 goals in 21 appearances for City this season, including eight in 14 Premier League outings. Third-placed City face an immense challenge in retaining their Premier League title, having fallen 11 points behind Liverpool, but Sterling is not ready to give up on another crown yet – even if Pep Guardiola has gone public to say his side are no longer thinking of that target.“It’s one that none of us at the club are happy with but it’s happening now,” he said. However, the former Liverpool man has not scored against the Red Devils in 16 previous attempts, making them the only side that he has played more than seven times without scoring.Nevertheless, he is confident that run can come to an end in Saturday’s derby as he aims to quieten his critics once again.“It was a subject I kept hearing after games; that I don’t score enough and I’m not good enough in front of goal,” he told Sky Sports.“When I first came onto the scene I wanted to show I had ability and that I was a good player. But I was never trying to be greedy in trying to win matches by myself. “It was a wake-up call hearing all the critics saying he can’t score goals, so I thought I’d show them that I can. It’s something I started to work on and have belief.“It’s a shift in mentality: in the dressing room I’d always think: ‘What am I going to do to the right back today – shall I nutmeg him? Maybe a step over?’“But now it’s a straight mentality of trying to score and where a goal can come from.”last_img read more