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Topics : The embassy called on citizens to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website for the most up-to-date information and read the CDC’s latest recommendations to know what they can do to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.“Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions,” it read.“Visit our embassy webpage for information on conditions in Indonesia. Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States,” it added.“Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 [or similar symptoms] or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks”.The number of deaths caused by COVID-19 in Indonesia have soared to 78 as the Health Ministry announced 20 more deaths on Thursday, the country’s highest one day death toll increase.Jakarta is the province with the highest number of deaths with 46, followed by West Java with 11 and Central Java with six. Indonesia’s death toll is the highest in Southeast Asia, followed by the Philippines with 45, and its mortality rate of 8.73 percent is among the highest in the world.On Thursday, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, announced 103 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 893. Meanwhile, the embassy and Consulate Generals will remain open for mission-critical functions only. Services for US citizens remain available.Under the Global Level 4 Health Advisory, US citizens in Indonesia should arrange for an immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an extended period. Those who are seeking to depart Indonesia should make their own travel arrangements as soon as practicable, since commercial flights are still available, albeit, at significantly reduced levels, the release read.“We strongly encourage US citizens, whenever they travel abroad, to enroll their travel plans on www.travel.state.gov using the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and to read the country information found on the site,” the embassy said in the release on Thursday. In view of the development of COVID-19 in Indonesia, the United States Department of State has ordered the departure of certain family members of its employees in the archipelago. In a release posted on the US Embassy’s website on Thursday, the embassy said dependents under the age 21 from the US Embassy in Jakarta, the US Mission to ASEAN, the US Consulate General Surabaya and the US Consulate Medan had been asked to leave the country.“The Department of State made this decision due to evidence of COVID-19 in Indonesia, current Indonesian medical capacity, and current availability of flights out of Indonesia,” the release read.
Sidharto went on to say that the embassy had been working with Indian authorities to monitor those under quarantine.“We want to ensure that those observing Ramadan are being well-provided [with adequate supplies for necessities] under such circumstances.”Tablighi Jamaat congregations, known in Indonesia as Jamaah Tabligh, have made headlines lately as they became COVID-19 clusters in several countries where they held events in Malaysia, India and Indonesia’s South Sulawesi.Read also: ‘Severe red zone’: East Java scrambles to contain COVID-19 spread at Islamic boarding schoolForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Wednesday that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had raised the issue of Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a phone call on Tuesday. “The two leaders have agreed to delegate the countries’ foreign ministers to follow up on the matter,” she said.“We [ministers] have been in constant communication. Our missions [in India] have been monitoring closely the well-being of the Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat there. […] The missions have provided legal and consular assistance for those having legal issues [while under quarantine],” Retno went on to say.The government has delivered 1,196 staple food packages to Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members stranded in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.Topics : Read also: Hundreds of Indonesian ‘tabligh’ attendees, 14 with COVID-19, stuck in locked down IndiaThe embassy also said that 105 Tablighi Jamaah members from Indonesia had tested positive for COVID-19 in India and Pakistan.“Our citizens [in India] are doing fine. Of course [they are] coping with the lockdown,” said Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto Suryodipuro in a virtual press briefing on Tuesday.“As for the Tablighi Jamaat, most of them are under quarantine now. Of the total, 75 tested positive for COVID-19, while 43 others have recovered [from the disease].” The Foreign Ministry has revealed that 1,129 Indonesian members of Tablighi Jamaat, a worldwide Islamic missionary movement, are stranded in 13 countries due to the lockdown policy imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.Only 19 Tablighi Jamaat members have returned to Indonesia from Morocco, Jordan and Thailand as of Sunday.Most of the missionary group members are stranded in India, with the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi saying there were 727 members from Indonesia trapped due to the country’s lockdown policy — 86 percent of the total 844 Indonesian nationals stranded in India.
Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 May 2019 11:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link362Shares Ramsey’s commitment cannot be questioned (Picture: Getty)The Welshman signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus in January but his form has been brilliant and nobody could question his commitment to the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd, in praising Ramsey’s attitude, Koscielny appeared to take a dig at Sanchez for the way he left the club.‘What I like about Aaron is that, we know he signs for Juventus but he is still a professional and he always fights for the club and for the team,’ said Koscielny.‘Sometimes you have players who have stopped fighting for this team, but I think he has loved this club and that is why he stayed at 100 per cent for us. It shows a great mentality and character’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalRamsey confirmed on Wednesday that injury will prevent him from playing for Arsenal again before his move to Juventus this summer.The midfielder joins the Old Lady in July and hopes to return to full fitness by the time he arrives in Turin.MORE: Rio Ferdinand blasts Virgil van Dijk for ‘criminal’ mistake against Barcelona Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal in January 2018 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has taken a sly dig at former team-mate Alexis Sanchez for the manner in which he left the club.The Chilean swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford in January 2018 in a swap-deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Sanchez had been desperate to quit the club for over a year and did little to conceal his displeasure at being kept at the club against his will.The 30-year-old’s situation is not too dissimilar to that of Aaron Ramsey, who has known he’d be leaving the Gunners for over six months.ADVERTISEMENT Laurent Koscielny takes sly dig at Alexis Sanchez with Aaron Ramsey tribute Advertisement Advertisement
The Dutch pensions industry has expressed concerns it will be forced to revise the uniform pensions statement (UPO) yet again with the introduction of the revised Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision Directive (IORP II).The Dutch Pensions Federation and the Association of Insurers (VvV) warned that it may have to expand the statement to include the expected pensions result under three different scenarios, the level of pensions contributions and costs.The pensions industry revamped the UPO only recently and actually removed scenarios, as it believed this element increased the statement’s complexity.Neither pension fund costs nor the contributions paid by workers and companies have ever featured on the Dutch UPO, but they do appear in pension funds’ annual reports and on their websites. Gerard Riemen, the Pension Federation’s director, has previously predicted that the impact of the European legislation would be limited, “as the Netherlands was already a frontrunner on the uniform statement”.The pensions industry adjusted the uniform statement to the 1-2-3 model, which provides basic information about pension arrangements in a top layer, followed by additional information in a second layer and – in a final layer – relevant documents.A spokesman for the Federation said aligning European rules on the UPO to match the Dutch approach would be “desirable”.The Federation and the VvV are awaiting approval by the Social Affairs Ministry before the new models are introduced in 2017.At the moment, experts at the industry groups are assessing the potential exact impact of IORP II on the UPO.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, which is to oversee the implementation of IORP II, has announced that it will launch proposals to improve comparability of information for pension fund participants in 2018.
Inter Milan chief executive, Beppe Marotta, has confirmed his club’s interest in signing Nigeria player, Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea as they gear up in their push to regain the Serie A title. Nigeria international and Fenerbahçe ace Victor Moses Moses, who is currently on loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce, played under Inter coach Antonio Conte in our Premier League-winning squad in 2016/17 and was linked with a move to Serie A last summer. When quizzed about Inter’s interest in the Nigerian winger, Marotta was reported to have said: ‘Moses? He is definitely a candidate.’Advertisement Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio adds that Inter have ‘approval’ from Chelsea for the deal but they will need to make space for the 29-year-old in their squad before the move can be completed. ‘Regarding Victor Moses, after receiving Chelsea’s approval, Inter are now waiting to move Valentino Lazaro before re-uniting Conte with his former wing-back,’ he wrote. Read Also:Conte, Victor Moses may reunite at Inter Inter are currently second in Serie A, four points behind leaders Juventus after drawing their last two matches against Atalanta and Lecce. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeGo Stargazing & Discover The Night Sky At These Cool Locations8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest Collections
Cillian O’Connor helped himself to a hat-trick of goals as the westerners gained revenge for last year’s defeat in the decider, as they romped to a semi-final clash with Tyrone. Mayo stunned the Sam Maguire Cup holders with two goals inside the opening 13 minutes. Press Association First O’Connor rifled to the net, then centre back Donal Vaughan joined the attack to round off a flowing move with a close range finish. Mayo held a massive 12 points lead, 2-10 to 0-4, at half-time, and pushed on with two more O’Connor goals. Colm McFadden pulled back a consolation goal for Donegal with just a minute to play. Kerry set up an All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash with Dublin by defeating Cavan by 0-15 to 0-9 at Croke Park. But it was an unconvincing display by the Munster men, who struggled against the rank outsiders, who dominated the second half Kerry controlled the first period, leading by 0-11 to 0-2 at the break, with points from Colm Cooper (4)and Johnny Buckley (3). Cavan fought back with courage, and points from Niall McDermott and Eugene Keating narrowed the gap, but Kerry held on, despite scoring just four points in the second half, Cooper top-scoring with six. Mayo overwhelmed defending champions Donegal by 4-17 to 1-10 in a remarkably one-sided All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park.
Ticket holders can request a refund or choose to apply their payment toward Pride tickets for next season.___Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million.“This is a very difficult, but necessary, decision,” athletic director Bob Moosbrugger said. “As a baseball alumnus, my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision.” The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament.The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish.But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July.Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.The Hall of Fame announced the cancellations and says ticket-holders can use their tickets in 2021, convert them into a tax-deductible donation to the Hall or get a refund. Moosbrugger added the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer.Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak. Earlier this week, the MAC announced it is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, to save money.___The IMSA sports car series will resume racing on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway.The track and the series are both owned by NASCAR, which is resuming its season Sunday in South Carolina. The IMSA race will be without spectators and technically fills a void created when NASCAR this season ended its annual holiday race weekend in Florida for Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled.The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount.This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond.The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.___ Among the signers of the letter from the Players Coalition are NFL players Devin McCourty, Kelvin Beachum and Sebastian Joseph-Day. The coalition was formed in 2017 and aims to advance social justice and racial equality. The letter asks the House and the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which would secure internet access for millions of economically disadvantaged students during the pandemic. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act proposed by the House would provide nearly $60 billion in relief funding to kindergarten through high school districts, as well as funding for schools and libraries to provide internet services for students and families.“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the existing digital divide as millions of students struggle to get online, adjusting to distance learning without internet access,” said McCourty, a safety with the New England Patriots.___ The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday.The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups. The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up.The first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted.___The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums. The International Gymnastics Federation is creating a fund to financially assist athletes and national federations struggling amid the pandemic.The fund will give about $400,000 to various groups in hopes of easing what FIG President Morinari Watanabe calls a “grave crisis.”This fund will be managed by the FIG’s Foundation for Solidarity. The foundation supported hundreds of athletes and federations in need through scholarships, financial aid following an accident and equipment donations since its inception in 2002. The criteria for applying for a grant will be released soon.The federation also said member organizations will not be required to pay 2020 dues. The FIG takes in about $120,000 from dues.___ The Latest: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx IMSA will then go to Sebring International Raceway July 17-18 for another race in Florida without fans.The sports car series had completed just one event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, before the coronavirus pandemic. IMSA now has nine upcoming events on its revised schedule that is set to conclude at Sebring in mid-November.___Lionel Messi says the long stoppage of play caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be a boon for Barcelona. ___Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi has returned to training after having reportedly been cleared following a previous positive test for the coronavirus.The Spanish soccer club says Renan trained on his own.Spanish media reported that Lodi had tested negative after spending several days confined following an initial positive result.Spanish teams have returned to training at club facilities but players must respect social distancing. Messi tells Sport on Friday, “maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us.”Messi didn’t cite his reason for thinking the stoppage would be good for Barcelona, but the return of strike partner Luis Suárez from injury will surely be a lift.Barcelona and the rest of Spain’s soccer league hasn’t played since March 12, when La Liga halted action because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Over 27,000 Spaniards have died from the disease.Teams have recently returned to practice at club facilities, but they are training individually and undergoing tests to make sure there is no spread of the virus.The Spanish league says it wants to return to playing matches on June 12, but it will depend on the public health situation. ___Soccer clubs in England’s professional fourth tier league are backing the season being prematurely ended.The English Football League say that’s the “preferred direction of travel” of League One clubs but the decision requires approval from the footballing authorities.If the season is abandoned, the final standings would be determined by a points-per-game system. The clubs want to scrap relegation this season, so two sides don’t drop into the semiprofessional fifth tier.But the top three teams would still be promoted automatically to League One. Playoffs between the next four sides would still be required to determine the final promotion spot. Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 NASCAR has yet to receive the green light to race in Pennsylvania.Gov. Tom Wolf says he spoke to NASCAR officials about the status of the June 27 and 28 races at Pocono Raceway. The stock car series announced this week it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races — all of them without fans. NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races — including nine in the elite Cup Series — as it returns to the tracks after being shut down for more than two months by concerns about the coronavirus. The revised schedule didn’t address the scheduled doubleheader weekend at Pocono and the rest of season.“We actually had conversations with NASCAR and I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision,” Wolf said. “The area that they want to have this gathering in is actually in the red right now, red zone, red phase, so I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision.”The Cup Series is scheduled to resume this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual.The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match.___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval. ___World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___ May 15, 2020 ___The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40.Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June.The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbedon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak. The EFL says its “board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.”In a statement, the EFL says League One clubs had not yet reached an agreement on whether to curtail or not, while the Championship teams were committed to resuming the season.___An unnamed Werder Bremen player must go into quarantine for two weeks after a close family member tested positive for COVID-19.Bremen is due to host Bayer Leverkusen on Monday in its first Bundesliga game back since the league was forced to take a two-month break due to the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A coalition of players is urging Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill that would provide critical funding for elementary and secondary education. ___The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed.The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments. Miami Dolphins fans will be given a chance to view Don Shula’s statue at their stadium in the first of a series of events to celebrate the late coach.Access to the statue by vehicle will be permitted next Friday and Saturday. Fans will be required to practice social distancing and are discouraged from bringing any items with them.The Dolphins will host a public memorial for Shula at the stadium once coronavirus concerns ease.Shula led the 1972 and 1973 Dolphins to Super Bowl championships. He died on May 4 at the age of 90.___ ___The National Women’s Hockey League has canceled the Isobel Cup championship game between the Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps.The game was scheduled March 13 in Boston, before the initial postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic.NWHL founder and commissioner Dani Rylan calls the decision “disappointing” while adding “this global health crisis transcends sports.”The league is focused on preparing for next season. Its scheduled to open in mid-November, with a sixth team after the addition of an expansion franchise in Toronto. Associated Press The club says the affected player has consistently tested negative for COVID-19, but “the decision to place him under quarantine was made in conjunction with the Bremen health authorities.”All players and staff members of the club have undergone five rounds of testing with no positive results so far.Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann says, “As a result, our team and our staff are not under any risk. This shows that the medical protocol is working and that infected individuals can be identified early on.”The Bundesliga is due to resume on Saturday with six games. All matches are to take place without spectators and with strict hygiene measures in place for the rest of the season. ___
Flying Eagles’ Aniekeme Okon (right) battling Chekh Maksym of Ukraine for ball possession during the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup last Group D match UNDER-20 WORLD CUPDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s Flying Eagles were again uninspiring on Thurday night as they managed to hold Ukraine 1-1 in their last Group D match of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 in a chilly Bielsko-Biala Stadium. The draw result earned the Ukrainians top spot in Group D with seven points. USA that defeated Qatar in the group’s other match last night finished as runners up on six points.A superior goal difference means Nigeria will also continue the campaign at the U-20 World Cup expedition, taking four points from three matches and likely to finish as one of the best third-placed teams.The Ukrainians who were content with a draw result as their previous two wins had landed the team in the knock out stage employing their tried-and-true strategy of congesting the middle with three central defenders.It frustrated the Flying Eagles attack for much of the first half, although a more enterprising bench would have known what to do to surmount the trick employed by the eastern Europeans.Danylo Sikan headed home from close range in the 30th minute to give Ukraine a 1-0 lead.A penalty awarded in the dying minutes of the first half that would have enabled Nigeria to tie the game one-all before the interval was fluffed by lanky Muhamed Tijani. He fired a tepid kick into the hands of goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.Three minutes into the second half, Nigeria again had another penalty awarded to her. AVR confirmed that Denys Popov handled Tijani’s shot on goal. The Nigerian forward got it right this time, firing past Lunin to ensure the two sides shared the spoils.In the group’s other game, a sublime 76th-minute Timothy Weah goal earned USA a 1-0 win that advanced them to the knockout phase as runners-up. The 1-0 victory extinguished opponents Qatar’s faint hopes effectively.The Asians surprisingly had the better of the first half. Hashim Ali had their best chance, going clean through, but David Ochoa, making his first start in Poland, made a fine block and Yusuf Abdurisag couldn’t convert the rebound.USA will face the winners of today’s Group E clash between France and Mali – in Bydgoszcz.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Share Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles UK advertising regulators CAP and BCAP are ready to roll out new standards, set to come into force on 1 April, which will change the ways in which gambling operators can promote their products. The new advertising standards will prevent the display of online adverts for gambling products and services that uses data on consumer online interests and browsing behaviour that may be targeted towards minors and those susceptible to gambling-related harm.In a letter sent to the former Minister for Sport Tourism and Heritage, Tracey Crouch, the Chief Executive of the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), detailed: “From Q2, CAP will focus on protections for problem gamblers, people at risk of problem gambling and others who might be vulnerable to problem gambling behaviours.”The new strategy is primarily aimed at limiting the accessibility of gambling advertisements to minors, with plans to “extensively list unacceptable types of content, including certain types of animated characters, licensed characters from movies or TV and sportspeople and celebrities that are likely to be of particular appeal to children, and references to youth culture”.ASA’s guidelines will add to “existing guidance on the responsible targeting of ads, covering all media (including social networks and other online platforms)”, by also prohibiting the use of celebrity endorsement from those under the age of 25.The guidelines detail: “Gambling-like games or games that feature elements of simulated gambling activity are often popular with children and young people. “Such games should not be used to promote real money gambling products, for instance, by offering a trial version that plays a similar role to an advergame. Where social and online games feature marketing communications for gambling games, they should not be directed at under-18s.”“Gambling operators sometimes feature sports people or celebrities in marketing communications. This can often be through an endorsement agreement between the operator and the individual. Such individuals who are or appear to be under 25 are explicitly prohibited from appearing in gambling marketing communications by CAP Code rule 16.3.14 and BCAP Code rule 17.4.6.”