Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Bill Moyes – UKGCThe UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed the appointment of Dr Anna van der Gaag CBE as new Chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB).Dr van der Gaag will succeed Sir Christopher Kelly, who is set to finish his leadership tenure of the RGSB on March 2019.An experienced executive in regulatory policy development for health and social care, Dr van der Gaag is the current Visiting Professor for Ethics & Regulation at the University of Surrey.As new RGSB Chair, Dr van der Gaag will lead R&D, knowledge, treatment and insight structures for supporting the UKGC and gambling-related harm stakeholders.Backing the appointment, Bill Moyes, UKGC Chair said: “It is with pleasure that we announce Dr Anna van der Gaag as the new Chair of RGSB. She brings with her a wealth of experience in health, social care and the prevention of harm that will be an asset in advising on how to implement the next National Strategy, which will launch in April 2019 and on which we will shortly be consulting.”The former Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council, Dr van der Gaag is a current non-executive director for Health Education England. Furthermore, she is a founding member of health and social workers advice forum – the Q Community. In 2015, Dr van der Gaag was awarded a CBE for services to health and social care recognising a 30-year career supporting vital public services.Dr Anna van der Gaag, speaking about her appointment said: “Gambling-related harms are increasingly recognised as a public health issue requiring robust collective action. I am thrilled by this opportunity to join a team with such a passionate commitment to understanding and reducing harms and raising awareness of the personal and societal costs that can arise from gambling activities.”
Ghana maintained its position as the 6th best nation in the world and best in Africa in amputee football in spite of a 0-2 loss to England in a play-off at the 31st Amputee Football World Cup in Kaliningrad, Russia.A visibly demoralized Black Challenge squad, apparently affected by their inability to make it to the semi finals, managed to hold the British throughout the first half of the match, stopping them from scoring till the half came to an end.The second half was characterized by some drizzles that made the weather chilling but that did not deter the team from continuing to hold their opponents who are one of the best in Europe. However, some lapses, coupled with some fouls on the blind side of the referees, led to two goals that sealed the game for the Europeans.The scorer of one of the goals used the crutches to trap the ball before scoring but this happened at the blind side of the referee. The second goal followed with about five minutes to go and the Ghanaians knew at that moment that it was all over.In the remaining minutes, the game degenerated into rough tackles with two players, one from each side, earning a yellow card from one of the referees.Though the Black Challenge failed to make it to the semis, they take consolation in the fact that they maintained their position as the 6th best in the world and still the best in Africa. The semi finalists, Uzbekistan, Russia, Turkey and Argentina, were the same countries that made it to the same stage at the last world cup in Argentina in 2010.Hosts, Russia play defending champions Uzbekistan in the finals as the latter seek to take the cup for keeps after winning the last two competitions in Turkey and Argentina in 2008 and 2010 respectively.Uzbekistan beat Argentina 4-0 whilst Russia disposed off Turkey 3-0 in the semis, setting the stage for the finals on Sunday.In another development, Mr. Francis Adjetey Sowah, President of the Ghana Amputee Football Federation (GAFF) and the Amputee Football Federation of Africa (AFFA) could not win the election for the position of the 2nd Vice President of the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) at the congress held alongside the competition.Mr. Sowah, who lost to his Japanese counterpart, is being considered for a position on one of the committees of the Federation.