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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the newly formed trade association for the UK gambling industry, has appointed former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Michael Dugher as its new chief executive.

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    The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the US organisation for people affected by problem gambling and addiction, has announced a new advisory board, featuring a number of executives and senior personnel from across the industry.

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    Just under one in six Australians aged 16-17 gambled in the past year, according to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children's (LSAC) annual statistical report.

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    Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has launched a new campaign to promote its ‘StopSpillet’ gaming addiction programme and encourage people to seek help.

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    Consumers in the Netherlands are more likely to encounter issues with problem gambling when playing gaming machines than other forms of gambling, according to a new joint report from the country’s regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) and self-help organisation AGOG.

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    GVC Holdings chief executive Kenny Alexander hit back at the All-Party Parliamentary Group that accused him of “cowardly behaviour” and their recommendation of a £2 stake limit on online casino games, a suggestion he labelled “ridiculous”.

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    iGaming content developer and aggregation platform provider Relax Gaming has named former Kindred Group executive Tommi Maijala as its new chief executive, with his predecessor Daniel Eskola shifting to a new role as chief commercial officer.

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    Researchers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have warned the state needs to have a serious discussion about the role of gambling in society after estimating that as much as 14% of its population has been negatively affected by gambling.

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    The average number of people frequently gambling in Switzerland fell again in 2017, with research commissioned by the Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission and the Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission showing just 16.4% of respondents gambled at least once a month.

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    Codere has launched an investigation into inconsistencies in the financial reports of some of its Latin American subsidiaries for the first half of the year, which the operator has warned may reduce its full-year earnings by up to €20m. 

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    A national investigation by the Spanish police found little evidence of underage gambling across the country’s licensed gambling premises. La Policía Nacional’s Operation Arcade, in which more 3,000 spot inspections of almost 1,900 gaming halls throughout Spain were carried out over a 48-hour period, uncovered only 28 cases of minors gambling.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has appointed Peter Holt as its new chief financial officer. Holt most recently worked for Health Education England and also spent time with the NHS.

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    GamCare, the UK-facing gambling support charity funded by GambleAware, has announced that its National Gambling Helpline is to extend its hours and operate 24 hours a day from October 1.

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    Former Ainsworth Game Technology chief executive Danny Gladstone has been appointed as the new chairman of the board at the Australian gaming machines and content provider, while current chairman Graeme Campbell will step down on 26 September, the company announced.

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    NetEnt chief operating officer Björn Krantz has left the slot specialist after more than ten years, iGamingBusiness.com has learned. Following his departure, the company is to restructure its commercial teams into a single unit. 

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    Germany’s Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) will look to educate players about the risks associated with gambling, especially around land-based slot machines, with a new annual awareness raising day taking place for the first time this week. The centre, a subsidiary of the federal Ministry of Health, estimates there are around 500,000 problem gamblers across Germany.

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic has made a series of changes to its senior management team and also reorganised its supervisory and executive boards.

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    Latvia gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has announced details of a new initiative whereby consumers suffering with gambling-related problems can access state-funded psychologist support.

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    Norwegian state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping has again tightened its responsible gambling controls, with players now shown an overview of their playing habits when they log into their online accounts.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has published its final duty of care guidelines, following a public consultation on the player protection measures.

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