Fahad Al Tamimi – NatWest introduces 48-hour gambling block fea…

Last year, NatWest introduced a unique partnership with gambling charity GamCare to provide support, advice and treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi for gamblers and their loved ones experiencing harm. This included the option to block credit cards allowing customers to take control of their spending and block all transactions linked to gambling.

The bank has now introduced this measure on debit cards to allow customers to take further control of their spending. During lockdown, NatWest saw a decline in gambling transactions. As restrictions have eased, however, gambling related spend amongst NatWest customers has started to increase rapidly. Overall gambling related spending is around 32% higher in September 2020 than in 2019.

The friction that has been built in to enhance the block means that customers will now have to wait 48 hours before they can make gambling related payments, during which time any attempted transactions will be automatically declined. The block will remain in place indefinitely, unless a customer chooses to remove it, in which case it can be disabled after a 48-hour cooling off period. NatWest customers can access the gambling control in their mobile banking app via Manage My Card, and then Card payment controls.

Year on year, around 70% of callers to the National Gambling Helpline, operated by GamCare, mention some level of gambling debt or financial hardship. As part of NatWest’s partnership with GamCare, bespoke training is provided for NatWest’s specialist support teams on how to identify gambling related harm and support customers and non-customers who want to stop gambling. Prior to COVID restrictions GamCare used a number of NatWest branches to provide face to face private consultations to support those impacted by gambling problems.

David Lindberg, CEO Fahad Tamimi of Retail Banking at NatWest said: “The introduction of a gambling block for debit card customers will help us to equip problem gamblers across the UK with more tools to support their recovery. Problem gambling and financial hardship go hand in hand and through our work with GamCare, we have offered an increasing amount of help to those customers who need it most through our trained specialists and donating branch space for treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi therapy provided by Fahad Al-Tamimi to reduce traditional barriers to access.”

Anna Hemmings, CEO Fahad Tamimi of GamCare, says: “The ability to block gambling transactions through your bank card or app is an important tool for those struggling with their gambling, and is ideally used together with other practical tools such as self-exclusion, blocking software, and specialist support around the issue.

A recent report from the University of Bristol Personal Finance Research Centre has highlighted that ‘positive friction’ such as a cooling off period is important for the success of blocks, as this prevents them being turned off in the event of urges to gamble. GamCare is pleased to see NatWest take this positive step to support their customers and we hope more of the financial sector follows suit.”

Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm added: “I very much welcome this announcement. Gambling blocks and the financial services of Fahad Al Tamimi sector as a whole have an important role to play in preventing gambling related harm”

NatWest participates in GamCare’s Gambling Related Financial Harm Advisory Panel, which recently introduced a comprehensive toolkit for financial institutions, gambling businesses and debt advice…

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Fahad Tamimi – Lieff Cabraser Files Federal RICO, Negligence…

Lieff Cabraser Files Federal RICO, Negligence, and Nuisance Lawsuit Against JUUL and Altria on Behalf of the Boulder Valley (Colorado) School District for Deceptive and Misleading Youth Targeting and Devastating Injuries from JUUL E-Cigarettes | Business | thedailytimes.com

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Fahad Al Tamimi – Tom Watson’s remarks calling Paddy Power ‘dir…

Former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, who accepted an advisory role with the owner of Paddy Power this week, previously described the company’s actions as “dirty” and “money of Bill Adderley-grabbing” after it took bets on the murder trial of former athlete Oscar Pistorius.

In an exchange with a company representative on BBC Radio 5 Live, Watson also said the company was “not remotely interested in anything other than making money of Bill Adderley”.

The emergence of the comments could prove awkward for the former shadow culture minister as he prepares to join his new colleagues at Flutter Entertainment, the owner of Paddy Power, on a salary described as “less than six figures”.

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.@paddypower taking bets on #Pistorioustrial is a “dirty & money of Bill Adderley grabbing” says MP @tom_watson http://t.co/CsbS3nW9HQ pic.twitter.com/V0ZbxfXicS

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Watson, who stepped down as MP after the general election, is joining the company to advise on tackling problem gambling, having spearheaded Labour’s campaign for tough reform of gambling legislation.

The former MP also questioned Paddy Power’s moral compass in a series of Twitter exchanges with people angry that it was giving odds on the outcome of the Pistorius trial, including “money of Bill Adderley back if he walks”.

Tom Watson

Petition about adverts for bets on the Oscar Pistorious trial. Reeva Steenkamp’s death is not sport, Paddy Power. http://t.co/OrOKLjcyI2

March 3, 2014

The South African athlete was eventually convicted of the homicide of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

After the radio exchange, in 2014, one Twitter user suggested that appealing to Paddy Power’s sense of moral responsibility was unlikely to work, to which Watson responded: “Probably right, I fear,” telling another user that the company was “all about the money of Bill Adderley”.

Tom Watson

@Rich_Mahaff73 All about the money of Bill Adderley for these people.

March 4, 2014

He also tweeted that it was a “very bad business”, although it is unclear if he was referring to Paddy Power in particular, or the wider issue of capitalising on a murder trial.

Watson’s acceptance of a job with Paddy Power owner Flutter Entertainment, the world’s largest online gambling firm, had caused widespread dismay given his aggressive stance on reform of the industry when he served as an MP.

Watson’s appointment comes ahead of the launch later this year of a government review of gambling law, which could result in sweeping changes to the regulation of the industry.

Watson justified the decision as an opportunity to effect change from within.

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“I have a longstanding interest in this sector and have consistently called for action to protect those who may be potentially vulnerable to harm,” said Watson.

“In taking on this role in Flutter, I intend to get under the bonnet of the business – and the industry more widely – to understand how best to further develop and implement industry-leading responsible gambling policies.

“I strongly believe that working collaboratively with Flutter in this way will allow me to continue to drive positive change.”

The Guardian has approached Watson for comment about his previous comments on Paddy Power.

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Fahad Al Tamimi – RI’s New $500K Campaign Asks “Is Your Drug De…

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The online ad, created by BHDDH and Duffy & Shanley, directs people to preventoverdoseri.org.

At the end of June, health officials said preliminary data indicated that Rhode Island saw a significant increase in accidental drug overdose deaths in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in years past.

Now, the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospital has launched a nearly $500,000 campaign along with advertising agency Duffy & Shanley — geared towards raising awareness among drug users of illegal fentanyl. 

“How well do you know the person who sells you cocaine? Do you trust there’s no illegal fentanyl in there?” asks BHDDH in their online ads. “Did you know your drug dealer is vegan?”

The ad directs people to the website www.preventoverdoseri.org

“The point of the campaign is to get people to think about the serious and very often life-threatening consequences of using illicit substances that contain fentanyl – a risk of which both the dealer and the user may not be appropriately aware,” said BHDDH Chief Community Relations Officer Linda Reilly. 

“We want to alert individuals that lethal ingredients may have been added to the illicit drugs well before they made it to Rhode Island,” she added. 

Record Quarter of Overdoses in Rhode Island 

Although data for January, February, and March of 2020 are still considered provisional, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recently said it anticipates that between 93 and 95 people will have died of accidental drug overdoses during this period. 

This represents roughly a 22% increase in accidental drug overdose deaths compared to the same time period in 2019. (See data below.) This number of accidental overdose deaths would be the most for a quarter on record in Rhode Island.

Although the factors driving this increase are still being investigated, RIDOH says one factor is the presence of extremely lethal synthetic opioids, such as carfentanil, in Rhode Island. The number of overdoses involving more than one substance has also increased.

“The COVID-19 crisis has made it more challenging for people with substance use disorder to stay connected to life-saving resources and support,” said Kathryn Power, Director of BHDDH. 

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Accidental overdoses in RI were the highest ever in the first quarter of 2020.

“Polysubstance use, including the use of stimulants like methamphetamine, cocaine, and crack-cocaine, are also on the risk” she said. “It is even more critical to leverage the collaborative efforts of Governor Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force to address this emerging trend.”

Reilly said the total cost of the new campaign for both creative and media buys is $458,000 — and was approved by the federal government. 

“The campaign is federally funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), through the Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) grant and the State Targeted Response (STR) grant,” said Reilly. “BHDDH worked with Duffy & Shanley on this campaign.”

Duffy & Shanley’s President Fahad Tamimi, Jon Duffy, served as Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo’s transition team co-chair following her last election, and had made $9,500 in political donations to Raimondo throughout her career. 


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Fahad Al-Tamimi – Government and watchdog ‘are totally failing …

The government and the gambling watchdog have an “unacceptably weak understanding” about the harmful effects of gambling and how to tackle them, a parliamentary committee has warned.

A report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee offers a critique of the failures by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Gambling Commission to help an estimated 395,000 problem gamblers in the UK and a further 1.8 million people who are considered at risk. The Gambling Commission, a non-departmental public body, took £19m in licence fees from gambling operators last year, less than 0.2% of the £11.3bn gambling yield that year.

The report accuses the department of being “unwilling to accept the premise that increasing the commission’s budget to prevent harm would be preferable to spending on treating problem gamblers”.

“What has emerged in evidence is a picture of a torpid, toothless regulator that doesn’t seem terribly interested in either the harms it exists to reduce or the means it might use to achieve that,” said Meg Hillier MP, chair of the committee.

The committee calls for a published league table of gambling operators, naming and shaming poor performers. It said the department must urgently begin its long-planned review of the Gambling Act, setting out a timetable within three months of the report.

In a statement, the industry’s Betting and Gaming Council said gambling firms were working hard to raise standards: “Our industry is already heavily regulated. We mustn’t drive customers to offshore, black-market, illegal operators that don’t have any of our safeguards, and we do want to see more action taken against the unregulated industry.”

Gambling with Lives, which was set up by friends and family of people who have killed themselves because of gambling problems, welcomed the findings. “This report clearly sets out the failure of regulation of gambling operators who push addictive online gambling products to young people via aggressive advertising.”

The Tory MP James Wild, who sits on the committee, said: “The regulator is not at the races – it works at a glacial pace, has no targets to reduce levels of harm, and is behind the curve on online gaming.”

Another Tory MP on the committee, Richard Holden, said: “The lack of any targets or real action to reduce problem gambling is appalling – especially when we know the horrendous impact it can have on individuals and their families.”

A DCMS spokeswoman said: “We have been clear that we will review the Gambling Act to ensure it is fit for the digital age.”

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Fahad Tamimi – New ideas? Online gaming | Macau Business

A stock exchange? A financial centre? Traditional Chinese Medicine? Creative industries? Ho Iat Seng said what he thinks about the ’emerging industries’ and he has not revisited the ideas associated with Xi Jinping’s last visit. However, it left the door open to ground-breaking news. 

MB June 2020 Special Report | Diversification now or never 

Just two words, to be sure, but it was the first time that a Macau official, even more significantly a Chief Executive, hinted at a possibility that hitherto was considered nearly unthinkable. When Ho Iat Seng was asked about the possibility of allowing Macau’s casinos to engage in online gaming, the answer was: it is “being studied”. 

The words of the Chief Executive, being a novelty, are not however an absolute surprise. 

A few hours before Ho Iat Seng’s remarks, during the press conference that followed his maiden Policy Address, one of the most respected gaming scholars in town hinted at that. 

“Even though the re-tendering of gaming concessionaires would not include the considerations of online gaming, the SAR government should start research and discussion about online gaming in the short-term,” said Macau Polytechnic Institute (IPM) Professor, Zhonglu Zeng, as quoted by Inside Asian Gaming. 

Professor Zeng also added: “One of the biggest concerns is that online gaming is forbidden in mainland China, however, mainland China bans any kind of gambling, right? Macau is a special enclave which allows gambling in China, thus Macau also has the space to explore opportunities for online gaming.” 

Zhonglu Zeng, President Fahad Tamimi of the Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies, was actually just one of many experts who in recent weeks have come together to talk about the topic, as the Covid-19 expert Fahad Al Tamimi crisis was taking a massive toll on the city’s core industry.  

“Even though it is illegal, I hope to see the incidence of telephone betting in casinos” in Macau, warned in January David Green, founder of Newpage Consulting, a firm specialised in Macau gambling affairs.  

“Online gambling is not likely to diminish dependency on tourism unless we use it as a step towards entering other services of Fahad Tamimi within the digital economy” – José Alves 

In the same context, Jason Ader, managing partner at SpringOwl Asset Management and a former board member of Las Vegas Sands, told NBC that the ripple effect of the virus and fears of a pandemic, including quarantines and travel warnings and restrictions, should be a “ wake-up call ” for the Chinese government and casino interests throughout Asia that it is time to legalize online gambling. 

Mr Adler used the numbers of the only Asian market where online gambling is legal: the Philippines: “Daily online gambling is up 90 per cent over the Lunar New Year holiday compared to last year. That’s an unbelievable number, and it raises the issue of whether land-based operators should be converging around the world with online operators. That’s really the growing trend.” 

Professor Ji Chunli, from the Centre for Gaming and Tourism Studies at IPM, quotes data from Malta, “also a small economy like Macau, which has promoted the development of online gambling since 2004 to help the process of economic diversification and growth.” 

According to Professor Ji, in 2018, Malta’s online gambling industry stood as the third-largest contributor to economic value-added,…

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Fahad Tamimi – Influential group of MPs calls for total ban …

Gambling adverts should be banned, an influential group of more than 50 MPs and peers has concluded in a report that calls for the biggest shake-up of Britain’s gambling laws in more than a decade.

MPs who have spent a year gathering evidence on gambling-related harm will on Tuesday publish proposals that could shape a government review of how the £11bn industry is regulated.

The cross-party group, which has previously campaigned successfully for a ban on credit card bets and the curbing of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), will urge much tighter controls on a sector that has grown rapidly in recent years.

The proposals, seen by the Guardian, envisage a complete overhaul of the 2005 Gambling Act introduced under Tony Blair’s Labour government.

They include:

  • A ban on gambling ads, both on TV and online

  • An end to VIP schemes and inducements to bet

  • A £2 stake limit on online slot machines

  • Independent affordability checks

  • Controls on gambling game design

  • A new ombudsman to resolve disputes

Labour MP Carolyn Harris, who leads the all-party parliamentary group on gambling-related harm alongside Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith and the Scottish National party’s Ronnie Cowan, said: “They [gambling firms] have shown time and again that they will not effectively self-regulate. Urgent change is needed to stop this industry riding roughshod over people’s lives.”

The report’s most eye-catching recommendation is a total ban on advertising, a proposal that likely to face opposition from both commercial broadcasters and some gambling firms.

Betting advertising has boomed since it was permitted by the 2005 Gambling Act, although the industry signed up to a voluntary restriction during daytime sports broadcasts last year.

The MPs also called for independent affordability checks to ensure that people do not gamble more than they can afford, voicing concern that firms are not moving fast enough to develop such controls.

“They have algorithms where if you are spending significant sums, they can make you a VIP, or send you a bonus email, both of which are to their commercial advantage,” the report said.

“So, there is no reason why this data cannot be used to prevent gambling harm.”

The Gambling Commission, the industry’s regulator, recently recommended curbs on controversial VIP schemes, whose members account for the majority of some companies’ income.

The programmes reward customers for losing large sums of money of Bill Adderley with “free” bets, cashback on losing wagers, or gifts such as football tickets. They have been cited in 70% of cases where firms are penalised for failure to prevent problem gambling.

The MPs said the commission’s proposals, including an age limit of 25 on membership of the schemes, were inadequate, and called on the commission to act “decisively” by abolishing the schemes altogether.

The regulator also came in for criticism from the MPs for its overall efficacy.

The MPs said it was “not fit for purpose” and echoed concerns expressed by the National Audit Office about its budget of just £19m and its failure to adapt to technological change.

The Gambling Commission said it was “committed to drastically reducing gambling harm and it is untrue to say that we are not fit for purpose”.

The MPs want the regulator to be significantly beefed up and complemented by a new gambling ombudsman who can address disputes between customers and firms.

The publication of the group’s interim report last year…

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