20 Sep

French anthem to be played before weekend Premier League games

first_img ”You could be scared because it was four different places attacked. You don’t feel secure anywhere. ”Everybody who was in Paris on Friday night was in shock. France is like England – a tolerant and generous country. You have a bit more of a question of security, because it looks like it’s not the end of it.” Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was involved in France’s game against Germany on the night of the attacks in Paris and also played against England at Wembley. But Wenger has hinted he may not be ready to feature against the Baggies this weekend. ”You could see that on Tuesday night he was not himself,” Wenger added. ”It affected him deeply and I didn’t recognise the player I saw on Friday night on Tuesday night. ”I will talk with him. What I will want from him is that he’s completely committed and feels ready. If not, I will not play him.” Koscielny is among 72 French players currently in the Premier League which makes France the second-most represented nation after England. The French national anthem will be played before all Premier League matches this weekend in tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks. A one-minute silence is also to be observed while players will wear black armbands in memory of the 129 people killed in the French capital on Friday night. The decision from the Premier League comes after English and French fans united to sing La Marseillaise ahead of England’s 2-0 win at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening. The French anthem will be played after the coin toss of each match with players to stand in the centre circle and face the main stand. “Given how close we are as well as the long-standing relationship that exists between the Premier League and France, playing La Marseillaise as an act of solidarity and remembrance is the right thing to do,” said Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore. “We were all saddened and deeply shocked by the events in Paris last Friday, and the fact it was an attack on people enjoying their everyday freedoms like going to a bar, a concert or a football match resonates with football fans and the general public throughout the UK.” Premier League clubs will also liaise with local police to deliver extra security measures at matches this weekend due to the ”heightened sense of awareness” after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Although the ‘severe’ threat level remains unchanged, the clubs are up to speed with the latest security advice. Scudamore added: ”The clubs have been fully briefed in context of the current guidance from national security services and are liaising with their local police forces to ensure the appropriate security and safety measures are in place for their matches and stadiums.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who was in Paris on Friday night, admitted he was stunned by the violent events in his home country. “I was more in shock than fearful,” Wenger, whose Arsenal side travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, said. Press Associationlast_img read more

30 Aug

RecoverMe: Using mHealth to support problem gambling treatment

first_img bet365 details ‘unwavering commitment’ to player protection January 2, 2020 Share Submit Share Easy access to problem gambling treatment has become somewhat of a priority, and mobile apps can ensure that individuals can manage and treat their gambling addiction.Dr Minal Jain and Dr Tejus Patel, co-founders of RecoverMe, sat down with SBC to discuss how cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and industry collaboration can effectively support individuals in overcoming barriers to treatment.SBC: Firstly, can you tell SBC readers a little about the RecoverMe app? What was the thought process behind it?RecoverMe, which will be available on App and Google Play stores in September, is a novel and innovative mobile application for problem gamblers or those at risk of suffering from a gambling addiction. It has been made in consultation with psychiatrists, psychologists and ex and current problem gamblers who have all shaped the therapy, features and design. It helps individuals better manage their gambling addiction.The core feature of the app is that it is delivers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The mobile app takes users through a structured therapy programme which empowers them to change the way they think, feel and behave towards gambling. In addition to this, the app offers curated mindfulness as this has been shown to be effective in reducing money spent on gambling and general wellbeing.Other key features include: a self-monitoring diary that allows users to track their progress and identify patterns to their gambling habits; an emergency section that provides the user with immediate help wherever and whenever they require it and support from each other and other organisations.Problem gambling is often considered a ‘hidden addiction’ and is defined as an addiction to gambling that damages or disrupts personal, family or recreational pursuits. We were inspired by a gentleman we encountered through our medical placements, who had been suffering for years and disconnected with his family and was struggling to hold down a job and even contemplated taking his own life. So, we wanted to leverage the power of mobile health technology to create an innovative solution for gamblers, particularly, those at low to moderate risk.SBC: Your website talks about the importance of mindfulness and CBT – can you explain why you chose these methods as key ways of addressing gambling addiction?CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is the most effective treatment for managing a gambling addiction. It has extensive research supporting its effectiveness. It empowers the individual to change the way they think, feel and behave towards gambling which is crucial when overcoming this addiction.CBT has been shown to reduce the frequency and the severity of gambling. It has been successfully utilised to manage a number of other mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.Mindfulness is beneficial with reducing the urge to gamble leading the less gambling activity. Additionally, mindfulness improves an individual’s overall wellbeing – particularly their ability to cope with their emotions which can be a significant trigger when gambling.SBC: From a personal point of view, has your experience as a doctor within the NHS shaped the way in which you approach the treatment of problem gambling? Has your app taken more of a scientific approach?At medical school, we are witnessing the devastating effects that problem gambling has on an individual’s life. In fact, individuals often present to their GP with mental or physical health issues that are a direct consequence of their gambling habits. We found that the general awareness within the medical field was limited. Therefore, through our application we hope to increase this awareness by integrating within NHS services.Our application considers evidence-based therapy as a fundamental requirement and the evidence for CBT’s effectiveness in managing a gambling addiction is extensive through research and users who have undergone this treatment. However, developing an application which had its users interests above all was essential for us. Therefore, we formed a group of advisors who provided feedback on version 1 of our app. Interestingly, we were called Bet On Me previously, but we iterated our name, content and user interface based on input from ex and current problem gamblers.SBC: What barriers do you overcome with this mHealth app?We were inspired to create a solution that offered an opportunity to access discrete help due to the stigma associated. We felt as though this contributed significantly to an individual’s desire to seek help and therefore, providing a management tool at their fingertips seemed like the most appropriate solution. Individuals have the ability to gamble everything away on their phone and we felt it was only right that they also had an opportunity to seek help from their mobile phone. An application like this can be integrated into every user’s lifestyle and therefore, the flexibility is something we hope will allow for continued engagement.SBC: What more can betting companies do to ensure that their players are protected as much as possible?Betting companies are becoming more proactive in this space to protect their more vulnerable customers, but this needs to continue on a larger scale. Each company’s responsible gambling policies and strategies are being scrunitsed like never before, and more money has been pledged to support prevention, education and treatment. This is a good start.In terms of player protection, the first step will always be identification of those who have problematic gambling habits. Once identified, the second step is empowerment. We believe operators should be playing a larger role in providing their users with the tools to stop gambling.A key part of that is accessing therapy, which gives them the ability to take back control. Coupled with this is easy access to services that provide a barrier to gambling. Another important area of focus should be identifying at risk users and taking a more preventative approach to help individuals before their gambling habits spiral out of control.This is where RecoverMe can be very useful as it is a scalable and easily accessible option that can be rolled out at a population level. We are working with operators to increase the number of those with problematic gambling habits accessing therapy as only a tiny fraction of individuals currently access any form of help. Kim Mouridsen: Combatting problem gambling with automated player profiling July 3, 2020 Christopher Metcalf, Leon House: Social barriers must be broken on gambling treatment June 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

20 Jan

Samuels’ ton fails to save Windies

first_img Aggressive innings PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP): Sri Lanka overcame an unbeaten 110 by Marlon Samuels to beat the West Indies by 19 runs in the rain-interrupted third one-day international (ODI), and sweep the series 3-0 yesterday. Asked to bat first, the West Indies made 206-9 in a rain-shortened innings of 36 overs. Samuels faced 95 deliveries, hit a six and 15 boundaries. Sri Lanka were set 190 to win on the Duckworth-Lewis method and when rain ended the game, it reached 180-5 in 32.3 overs, 19 runs ahead of the par score. Kusal Perera top-scored for Sri Lanka with 50, his second half-century of the series, while captain Angelo Mathews was 27 not out. Captain Jason Holder returned the best bowling figures of 2-44 for the West Indies. Tillakaratne Dilshan was first to be dismissed in the Sri Lanka innings when he was caught by Jonathan Carter in the covers off Carlos Brathwaite. Dilshan was dropped by the same fielder in the previous delivery. Lahiru Thirimanne added 21 before being caught by Samuels off Holder. Perera faced 47 deliveries in his aggressive innings, that included two sixes and two boundaries. Dinesh Chandimal and Milinda Siriwardana scored 23 and 1, respectively. Earlier, Samuels walked in with West Indies at 16-3. He quickly lost another partner, but steadied the innings with his ninth ODI century. Samuels shared 55 runs for the eighth wicket off 31 deliveries with Brathwaite (18) after the match was reduced to 36 overs due to two rain interruptions. Lasith Malinga struck with the fourth ball of the innings when he had Johnson Charles (4) caught by Dilshan. Suranga Lakmal trapped fellow opener Andre Fletcher (6) leg before wicket. Malinga and Dilshan again combined in the dismissal of Jermaine Blackwood, while Lakmal bowled Darren Bravo (4), leaving the West Indies in trouble at 18-4 before Samuels came to the rescue. Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera took 2-39. Lakmal, Malinga and Ajantha Mendis also took two wickets each. Samuels was named Man of the Match, and Perera received the Man of the Series award.last_img read more

6 Jan

Exclusive – Spurs can make the top four, claims former midfielder

first_imgFormer Tottenham Hotspur star Tom Huddlestone believes Mauricio Pochettino’s training methods may have put them on course for a top four finish.Spurs currently sit sixth in the Premier League but are within touching distance of Manchester United and high-flying Southampton, who occupy third and fourth spots.The form of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen has been excellent, with both hitting late winners for the club in recent weeks, which many feel is attributable to Pochettino’s regime.And when asked if he thought Tottenham could make the top four, Huddlestone told Drivetime: “Yeah, I don’t see any reason why not.“The manager has his own style of play and the lads seem to be buying into that. I know he got a bit of criticism in the early part of the season but I think the perseverance with the system and the training methods is paying benefits.“From what the Southampton and Tottenham lads have said, a lot of [his training] is double sessions in the early part of the season and it might take a little while to bed in but they’re well and truly over that now. They’re reaping the rewards of his training methods and his match-style as well.”last_img read more