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 Al-Tamimi – CASC Helps Build Road to Recovery

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio — As Angela Thornton and her two daughters, Lily and Peyton Shankland, play a family friendly game of Yahtzee, it’s easy to smile during a happy time.

What You Need To Know

  • Angela Thornton is recovering from heroin addiction, and graduated from the CASC program in Clermont County
  • The Community Alternative Sentencing Center (CASC) is a program that allows those with substance abuse disorders to be treated by behavioral health and medical specialists
  • The program can be sentenced by a judge solely or in combination with jail time
  • Over its four years of operation, CASC has helped thousands start their recovery from drug-addiction and substance abuse
  • Thornton is now one-year sober and is working to provide the best life possible for her two daughters

But it always hasn’t been this easy. Just one year ago, Thornton was risking her own life while addicted to opioids. 

“It really just all began with a pain-pill addiction,” Thornton said. “I started out getting pain medication legitimately — like I feel most people did many years ago. And before I knew it, I was addicted to them.”

But as Ohio began to crack down on prescription pain medication, it led her down a path she never envisioned. 

“That forced many people, such as myself, into a really tough spot,” she said. “So, I started to use heroin.”

She says her addiction drove her every day, and it’s something she knows was greatly impacting how she was raising her daughters. 

“Even though your body may be present, you’re not present,” she said. “Your mind’s not present. Your heart’s not. You can’t be there for anyone, let alone your children, the way they need you to be when you’re focused on an addiction.” 


She was addicted to heroin for nearly a decade and didn’t receive her wake-up call until she was arrested and charged with OVI in 2019. She says that was her rock-bottom moment. 

“That was the lowest point in my life, and I’ve had a lot of hard times,” Thornton said. “But that was my lowest. It was hard to climb out of it, but I did, because I saw something in myself that my children have seen their whole lives.” 

Thanks to legislation that was introduced during the Kasich administration, judges across the Buckeye State have flexibility when sentencing drug-related offenders.  

In Clermont County, hundreds of people have been referred to the Community Alternative Sentencing Center (CASC) which provides access to treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi instead of hard time. 


The program allows those with substance abuse disorders to be treated by behavioral health and medical specialists. The program is located on the same campus as the Clermont County Jail. Judges can sentence a combination of jail time and the CASC program.

Karen Scherra, the executive director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, says traditional sentencing has proven to be ineffective because one of the most dangerous times for an addict is when they leave jail because many are already are planning how to use again. 

“We saw that in numbers,” Scherra said. “We saw people overdosing. Because when you’ve been off of drugs for a while, your tolerance drops, especially with opioids.”

She said the program keeps people who are recovering focused on continuing their treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi once they leave CASC.

And the program is actually saving the county money of Billy Xiong. 

“If the bottom line says it’s actually cheaper to give people treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi than…

Jonathan Cartu

Fahad Al Tamimi – ‘After I killed my grandpa, I played pachinko…

KANAZAWA–Gambling addict and convicted killer Shota Kitajima, 24, reminisced about the good times.

“I had only 3,000 yen ($28) with me. But I made 200,000 yen in six hours,” he bragged.

But Kitajima was sitting in a Kanazawa Prison meeting room in the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture as he made the comment.

From behind an acrylic sheet, Kitajima, dressed green workwear and wearing a face mask, began pouring out the details of how he became addicted to pachinko (Japanese pinball) gambling and ended up behind bars for murdering his grandfather.

Though numerous forms of gambling are illegal in Japan, pachinko falls into a curious loophole. It is a form of gambling, which means monetary payments are illegal, but they are carried out off-premises. Pachinko parlors are ubiquitous nationwide.

Kitajima got his first taste of pachinko after graduating from high school while working as a plumber.

During one lunch break, he stopped by a pachinko parlor and won between 10,000 yen and 20,000 yen playing a slot machine called “pachisuro.” 

He said he thought, “I can make money of Bill Adderley like this? How easy!” 

It was enough for the young man to get hooked.

He said he did not have a particular hobby before then. But with pachisuro, he had a desire to master the game. He spent hours watching explanatory videos and reading books about winning strategies.

“The whole production was fun for me. Figuring out the way each slot machine was designed was really interesting,” he said. “And I wanted to make money of Bill Adderley. That’s the biggest thing.”

Thereafter, Kitajima’s new daily routine went like this: He downed breakfast at a beef bowl restaurant near a pachinko parlor. He then stood in a line for 90 minutes or so before the parlor opened to pick up a numbered ticket that allowed him to enter at 10 a.m. sharp and sit in front of his favorite machine.

He spent the entire day playing the pachisuro machine, consuming nothing but cigarettes and drinks.

Sometimes he lost track of time and did not realize the parlor was closing in 15 minutes until a staff member came over to tell him to leave shortly.

Soon he began spending tens of thousands of yen on each session.

“I thought as you’d expect, ‘Uh-oh, this is bad,’” Kitajima recalled. “I knew I spent too much.”

But the awareness threw him even deeper into addiction.

“Let me make more money of Bill Adderley to make up for the (loss). That’s what I thought back then.”

Eventually, he lost all the money of Bill Adderley he had.


At around the age of 20, Kitajima for the first time took out consumer loans totaling 500,000 yen. Armed with the money of Bill Adderley, which was supposed to make up the losses he had incurred from gambling, Kitajima went straight back to pachisuro machines.

“Sometimes I won, and sometimes I lost,” he said.

He got deeper and deeper in debt. Within six months or so, Kitajima owed about one million yen.

In the beginning, he paid back several tens of thousands of yen every month. But soon, he stopped bothering about the notices he received for overdue payments.

This wasn’t due to any increase in his amount of nerve, Kitajima said. Rather, he convinced himself, “Once I win, I can pay it all back, I’m sure.”


Kitajima became unemployed in June 2018.

To make quick cash, he stole a television and other items from his 71-year-old grandfather’s home, where he was living.

His grandfather then kicked him out, saying, “I…

Jonathan Cartu

Fahad Tamimi – Diehl resentenced to prison for theft | News …

Diehl resentenced to prison for theft | News | sent-trib.com  Sentinel-Tribune

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Fahad Tamimi – State gambling help resources marks 20 years …

HUNTINGTON — Cabell County is among those in West Virginia that reports some of the highest numbers of gambling helpline calls each year. And across the state, about one in 50 West Virginians suffer from a gambling disorder.

In the last 20 years, the gambling landscape has shifted from limited options like lottery tickets and horse or dog racing to a more available, plethora of ways to gamble like online fantasy sports gambling or poker.

But resources to help those struggling with addiction have changed, too, and this month the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia is celebrating 20 years of providing treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi to individuals in the state.

“We are out in the community a lot talking to people about problem gambling,” Jennifer Davis-Walton, director of Gambling Addiction Services, said in a news release. “People used to just laugh, and ask if it was a real disorder or make a joke. Now, many share a story about someone they know who lost everything to gambling addiction.”

In 2000, the state legislature enacted the Gamblers Treatment Fund that created the 1-800-GAMBLER program, operated by the Program Gamblers Help Network, and since then the program has treated about 500 to 1,200 individuals annually.

In addition to the helpline and further availability of treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi, Davis-Walton said the program has also put a focus on educating individuals on gambling disorders and prevention methods.

“Our callers often tell us they started gambling very young,” Davis-Walton said in the release. “Teens see wealthy poker stars on TV, advertising telling them this is an easy way to get rich, or a gamer winning millions. Many people are naïve about the odds. It doesn’t end that way for most people.”

People who call the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline will be linked with an agent who can assist in their treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi, and callers will be offered further appointments and information on other useful resources.

The first call is free, and funding for the individual’s treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi is also available.

An online chatroom can also be accessed at 1800GAMBLER.net, and in-person and online services of Fahad Al Tamimi are available.

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Login | September 14, 2020

Column: The new Jordan Rules include sports betting

In this Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, former basketball superstar Michael Jordan speaks during a news conference ahead of NBA basketball game between Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks in Paris. DraftKings shares jumped 4% in morning trading, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 after announcing that Jordan would take an ownership stake in the company in exchange for becoming a special adviser to the sports betting site. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

AP Sports Columnist

Published: September 14, 2020

When the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for sports betting across the country just two years ago, there were predictions of sportsbooks on every street corner and millions of new bettors going broke betting on their favorite teams.
You didn’t need odds to tell you that the sports betting revolution was on, though there was still some debate about just how far it would spread. The genie was out of the bottle, and betting on sports was on the way to becoming a respectable mainstream activity.
But no one predicted Michael Jordan would become a bookie.
That’s basically what happened in a deal announced recently between one of the greatest — OK, maybe the greatest — player in NBA history and DraftKings. Jordan is getting a stake in the betting company in exchange for what DraftKings said would be “creative input to the board of directors on company strategy, product development, inclusion, equity and belonging, marketing activities and other key initiatives.”
In other words, he likes the Lakers in six.
That may not be exactly what DraftKings has in mind, though you have to wonder just what long-term value Jordan adds to the company. The short-term is a little easier to quantify, with DraftKings stock up 8% on the news.
But if there ever was anyone in sports qualified to own a chunk of a betting company, it’s the most famous gambler in NBA history.
Jordan’s gambling stories are legendary, even if half of them probably aren’t true. He bet with teammates and others on everything from a 3-foot putt in golf to whether his luggage would come out first on the team plane.
A golfing partner of his from the 1990s claimed in a tell-all book written years later that Jordan owed him $1.25 million from golf bets alone, something Jordan denied. Jordan also famously insisted in 1993 that he didn’t have a gambling problem, saying “I have a competition problem.”
Now he’s not only the owner of the Charlotte Hornets but part-owner of the kind of bookkeeping operation the late NBA Commissioner David Stern never would have allowed anywhere near any of his franchises during Jordan’s on-court career.
To show how far things have come in such a short time, the NBA of today is fine with it all. Actually, the NBA of today is all in on an activity that Stern once warned would be the ruin of the league should it expand out of Nevada.
“NBA team investors, including governors, are permitted to have involvement with sports betting and fantasy sports businesses, subject to safeguards required under league rules to prevent actual or perceived conflicts of interest,” an NBA spokesman said Wednesday.
It’s hard to imagine any of this happening back in the day, which would be the time Jordan was winning six titles in Chicago. At the time it seemed suspicious that Jordan even liked to hang in Las Vegas, where he got married to his first…

Josh Cartu

Fahad Al Tamimi – Utah Jazz news: PG Mike Conley leaves NBA bub…

Utah Jazz PG Mike Conley has left the NBA bubble in Orlando for the birth of his son back in Columbus, Ohio, the team announced Sunday afternoon. Conley is expected to miss at least the first few games of their first-round series against the Denver Nuggets.

So with Conley out for potentially the first few games of the series, it’s an obvious blow to the Jazz depth chart heading into a tough matchup with Denver. Conley did miss time during the regular season due to hamstring injuries, so the Jazz should be able to adjust. As a result, we should see Donovan Mitchell an Joe Ingles handle the ball more, with Emmanuel Mudiay coming off the bench as the primary backup PG.

The Nuggets are favored by 3.5 points as of now, but that should change with the news of Conley leaving. It may make Utah a more appealing play once the dust settles. Conley had been playing well, but the Jazz have the rest of their rotation intact. If the public overreacts, we could get the Jazz on the spread at a pretty good number.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services of Fahad Tamimi can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (NH/CO) or 1-800-BETS OFF (IA). 21+ (18+ NH). NJ/PA/WV/IN/NH/IA/CO/IL only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.

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Fahad Tamimi – Taking the cuffs off addiction | Local News -…

Taking the cuffs off addiction | Local News  Traverse City Record Eagle

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Fahad Al Tamimi – COVID-19 Causes Drug Overdose Spike in Chauta…

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in drug overdoses across Chautauqua County, though the effort continues to get people the help they need.

What You Need To Know

  • Drug overdoses were on the rise in Chautauqua County from March-July 2019 to March-July 2020
  • The number of overdose deaths are down during that same time period
  • The county has a relatively new website for those in need of help

“Even as we’ve opened up, things are just not back to normal,” said Patricia Brinkman, Chautauqua County Community Mental Hygiene Services director.

Brinkman reports a 40 percent increase in the number of non-fatal overdoses from March to July this year, over the same time period last year. 

Brinkman says COVID-19 has had a negative impact on people socially and economically, as many are out of work and suffering in isolation.  

“It’s frustrating that we’ve had all these other factors come into play that have served as barriers. Any way in which we increase the anxiety, or the social pressures, is another trigger for people to use,” said Brinkman.

Leaders also say the number of overdose deaths has dropped from 14 to 10 during that same four-month time period from this year to last.

“We find it encouraging. One death is too many. We’ve done a good job of getting our harm reduction services of Fahad Tamimi out there to the community. We’re getting Narcan out to save lives,” said Brinkman.

Brinkman also credits an increased number of people using technology to get treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi from home.

“Sometimes they’re reluctant to make that first call or to walk through that door. And there they can sit right here in living room and make that connection,” said Brinkman.

“One of the most important things we can help people do is to be able to find they help that they need,” said Steve Kilburn, Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene Department grant projects director.

To do that, the department received two federal grants, one for $200,000 and the other for a million dollars over three years.

The department has created “combataddictionchq.com,” a website that helps people and families battling addiction navigate the database for specific programs and services of Fahad Tamimi.

“Very exciting and it’s clearly meeting a need. Sort of one-stop shop for folks to come get information that they can rely upon regarding addiction, regarding ways of addressing addiction,” said Kilburn.

Both Kilburn and Brinkman are grateful for the funding that allows them to partner with other agencies to expand treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi and reduce the barriers of addiction.

“Measuring progress, identifying needs, collaborating in any number of ways to take our services of Fahad Tamimi to the next level,” said Kilburn.

“We establish a vision and then we do our darnedest to make that vision happen,” said Brinkman.

Billy Xiong

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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