Former television presenter Tom Williams now selling Gold Coast real estate

first_imgFormer TV presenter Tom Williams has decided to change his career and is now selling property. Picture: John GassTOM Williams is swapping a studio and cameras for property contracts as he starts his new career in real estate. The former TV presenter is on the Gold Coast this week, spruiking a new apartment tower in Labrador.Mr Williams left Channel 7 this month to join project marketing company Boutique Estates International alongside directors Juliet Anderson and Vanessa Gilbert, who is also his sister-in-law. Renders of Inspire Broadwater.A carpenter by trade, Mr Williams’ media career started with a regular segment on Merrick and Rosso’s Triple J radio show, where callers would ring in and ask “Tom the Chippie” questions.From there, he was cast as the carpenter on Seven’s Room For Improvement series and has since appeared on shows including The Great Outdoors, Dancing With The Stars, The Weakest Link and The Mole — The Amazing Game.Married to fashion designer Rachel Gilbert, the pair have two daughters, Storm, 4, and Sloane, 3. MORE NEWS: Why Coast waterfront properties are so popular Mr Williams said 34 apartments had sold or were on hold to prospective buyers. The father-of-two was a permanent fixture on Australian screens for more than 15 years, most recently hosting The Daily Edition alongside Sally Obermeder.His final day on the program was on December 13 before he launched straight into his real estate gig.“Learning the language around real estate is something that I’m really trying to learn quickly,” the 48-year-old said.“It’s like anybody starting a new job or starting at a new school — having family in the industry is also good, I feel very supported.” MORE NEWS: How to snag a bargain before the year ends More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRenders of Inspire Broadwater.The project, due to be built by mid-2020, is set to include 79 apartments across 12 levels. Former TV presenter Tom Williams at the Inspire Broadwater display. Picture: John GassThe agency is helping with the marketing campaign for Inspire Broadwater, which is set to replace landmark restaurant Cav’s Steakhouse along with a retail and commercial area.“We’ve been called in to reach deeper into the Gold Coast market and also to try to get some of that Sydney market that is looking to invest on the Gold Coast,” said Mr Williams, who is based in Sydney.“I try to come up once a fortnight to meet with the sales team here in the display suite.“We’re really reaching out this holiday season — we know things get very quiet in the major cities but the team will be right behind holiday makers on the Coast.” Renders of Inspire Broadwater.last_img read more

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Property in 2019: Experts reveal what to expect for the Qld market

first_imgQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty chief executive Paul Arthur. Picture: Glenn Hampson.Mr Arthur said property prices and sales had held up “OK” in 2018 — nothing like the declines in the southern states. “There are definitely quality buyers in the market with an approach of ‘cash is king’,” Mr Arthur said. “We continue to maintain that if properties are brought to market with the intent to sell and priced accordingly, there are buyers ready, no doubt. “If sellers try to be more opportunistic, then we’re seeing those properties sit in market.”In the luxury space, Mr Arthur said he expected to see a continuing trend of significant sales in Queensland’s “lifestyle” locations such as Port Douglas, Whitsundays, Noosa/Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and even across the border in Byron. Ray White Queensland chief executive Tony Warland. Picture: Peter Wallis.Mr Warland believes the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, as well as Ipswich and certain East Brisbane suburbs, will be the regions to watch in 2019.“If you take a look at Brisbane markets where there’s high infrastructure such as the growth suburbs of Murarrie and Tingalpa, you can access the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, airport and city all within 30 to 40 minutes,” Mr Warland said.He said many homeowners were sitting tight, but rental occupancy rates were high, making investment properties “still a solid option”.“This all ties in to the finance regulations, which have changed in our market, and how buyers realign with their capacity to obtain money,” Mr Warland said.“When we take a look at Queensland overall, Cairns has a lot of cranes up at the moment, Townsville is steady because it’s always had the infrastructure, the Sunshine Coast has had really good numbers of sales which is creating a shortage of stock, Brisbane has hot markets in the north and south of the city depending on who you are in the market and what you need, and the Gold Coast fared very well after the Commonwealth Games, so we’re really looking forward to the big auctions there in January, which will be an indicator of people’s interest.”Damian Hackett, managing director of Place Estate Agents: Place Estate Agents managing directors Damian and Sarah Hackett. Mr Hackett believes Brisbane is poised for opportunity in 2019. “With property prices sky high in Sydney and Melbourne, we sit in the perfect position to capitalise on that, as the southern markets look north for something more affordable,” Mr Hackett said.“We’re 90 per cent cheaper than Sydney, 43 per cent cheaper than Melbourne. “Buyers are now moving to Queensland to match employment opportunities, affordability and liveability in one location.”Mr Hackett said he expected interstate migration to continue to increase in 2019 and the market to be buoyed by the major infrastructure spend underway in Brisbane.“Over 130 major projects are on the cards, with a total spend of more than $55 billion — the highest in recent history,” he said. Housing in the Springfield region. Image: AAP/Richard Walker.Paul Arthur, CEO of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty: John Fitzgerald, author of ‘7 Steps to Wealth’. Pic supplied.History proves that when Sydney tanks, the pendulum swings to the Gold Coast, according to Mr Fitzgerald.He expects the city’s median house price (currently $655,000) to jump 50 per cent in the next three years.“The great northern migration is back on, with Sydneysiders leaving in droves and moving north,” Mr Fitzgerald said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“In 2016-17, the Gold Coast added another 7000 residents courtesy of internal migration according to the Bureau of Statistics, picking up a healthy portion of the 15,160 people that fled NSW at the height of Sydney’s property boom.“The Coast is unique in that it has the highest population growth in the country, while having a land supply that will be fully exhausted in this property cycle.”Mr Fitzgerald said land on the Gold Coast was the “golden egg” for investors because it was ripe for growth. Increased interstate migration and infrastructure spending is tipped to help the Brisbane housing market in 2019. Image: AAP/Darren England.Tightening lending restrictions are expected to continue to impact borrowers in the new year, he said.Mr Hackett said sales volumes should remain soft in 2019, but are likely to pick up in the back half of the year, post the federal election. “The election itself brings with it some uncertainty — surrounding proposed new laws around negative gearing,” he said.“Labor is proposing the abolishment of negative gearing for second-hand property and a reduction in capital gains tax (CGT) discounts from 50 per cent to 25 per cent.“The residential and construction industry must brace for a Labor victory in the upcoming federal election, resulting in the implementation of negative gearing changes.”John Fitzgerald, author of ‘7 Steps to Wealth’: Harcourts Queensland chief executive Brendan Whipps.Mr Whipps believes 2019 is set to be a year of opportunity for Queensland, and Brisbane, and one of the toughest one’s to predict. “Our southern states have had incredible growth over the previous period and are now suffering with a hangover from the party,” Mr Whipps said.“Queensland didn’t party so hard with steady gains over the previous period and this is what I anticipate for next year on a broad sense, however there will be pockets of opportunity for those that are well prepared and ready to buy unconditionally.” Mr Whipps said those buyers would be attractive to sellers who were ready to move on and had other plans.“I see this playing out in some of the unit market segments,” he said.“Check out suburbs like West End — proximity to the city, well serviced with everything you need at your doorstep and plenty of quality to choose from.”Brisbane’s affordability relative to the southern capitals, along with its climate and lifestyle, would help drive interstate migration, Mr Whipps said.“And the very prospect of capital growth of circa five per cent versus a decline of high single digits in NSW and Victoria will help drive investment money into Queensland,” he said.“It should be a good year for Queenslanders compared to the rest of Australia.” Chris Litfin, head of residential project marketing, QLD, for Knight Frank:center_img Lifestyle locations like the Whitsundays are expected to record strong sales in 2019. Photo: Jules Ingall.“2018 saw more significant sales in the ultra-high end ($10 million-plus) than in the past three to four years, and based on our pipeline, we’re bullish about activity in 2019,” he said.“A recent notable agency and report showed Brisbane and Whitsundays as two of the top ‘global’ locations to visit.“This bodes well for keeping the spotlight on our great state.”Brendan Whipps, CEO of Harcourts Queensland: Brisbane’s housing market recorded slow and steady growth in 2018. Image: AAP/Darren England.IT will be remembered as the year Brisbane outshone the nation’s two biggest housing markets and defied a property downturn gripping other states.Home values in 2018 in the Queensland capital rose a steady 0.3 per cent at a time when they fell 5.8 per cent in Melbourne and 8.1 per cent in Sydney — the biggest annual decline in 35 years, according to CoreLogic.But the best could be yet to come.Some of the industry’s top heavyweights have shared their predictions for the state’s housing market in 2019 exclusively with The Courier-Mail — and the forecast is sunny. Houses and apartment buildings in Brisbane. Image: AAP/Darren England.The consensus is that downsizers from Sydney and Melbourne will continue to cash out and migrate north in search of affordability, lifestyle and bang for their buck.Growth suburbs in Brisbane’s east, Ipswich and the Gold and Sunshine coasts will be regions to watch in the new year, according to the experts.The state’s infrastructure pipeline, couple with strong interstate migration and improving jobs growth, will help the market, although lending restrictions and uncertainty around the federal election will continue to impact borrowers.A number of Brisbane properties are also tipped to surpass the $10 million mark if they can find buyers in 2019, with the prestige market expected to continue to outperform.All in all, a good year ahead indeed.Tony Warland, CEO of Ray White QLD: An aerial view of residential apartments and housing on the Gold Coast. Image: AAP/Dave Hunt.He predicts two in three new residents to the Gold Coast — 66 per cent of its future population — will reside in attached dwellings. “If the state government presses the button on a new casino license on the Gold Coast and an operator commits $2 billion to $3 billion to get it up and running, then that’s a gamechanger for the city,” Mr Fitzgerald said.Burleigh, Nerang and Hollywell had proven to be hot spots, but he said the adjoining ‘bridesmaid’ suburbs of Palm Beach, Carrara, Biggera Waters and Labrador were the ones to watch. Springfield and Greater Brisbane are also among his top picks for 2019.“Brisbane outperformed Sydney and Melbourne this year and I expect that to continue in 2019 at an even greater pace as listings tighten and competition from buyers pushes prices up,” Mr Fitzgerald said. Chris Litfin is head of residential project marketing, QLD, for Knight Frank. Photo: David Clark.Mr Litfin said the past 12 months had seen a new wave of developers move to the Gold Coast with a focus on smaller developments targeting owner-occupiers and downsizers. Development opportunities arose on the southern beaches, particularly Palm Beach, which had been starved of product over the last decade. “For the most part, sales in new developments have been steady as the value proposition has been very good compared to other cities in Australia,” Mr Litfin said. “As a result, many projects reached presale targets with these new developments now under construction.“The demand from downsizers and owner-occupiers should continue to rise but the growing selection of property coming to the market may see longer decision times and rates of sale become slower as a result. “Developers who ‘get it right’ will be stand out performers in the upcoming year.”last_img read more

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Bulldogs Wrestling Results

first_imgHere are the BHS wrestling results from the Franklin County 5-way and our dual match against Knightstown.FC 5-Way.Batesville 36, win over Northeastern 33.Batesville 6, loss to Franklin County 75.Batesville 6, lost to Connersville 66.Batesville 15, loss to Lawrenceburg 66.Varsity match records.106 lb – fft.113 lb – fft.120 lb – fft.126 lb – Jt Linkel, 3-1.132 lb – Michael Deal, 2-1.138 lb – Jackson Wooldridge, 1-3.145 lb – Conner Batchelor, 1-3.152 lb – Chris Schene, 1-3.160 lb – fft.170 lb – Axel Garcia, 1-2.182 lb – fft.195 lb – Drew Garbarini, 0-4.220 lb – fft.285 lb – Max Foutch, 0-4.Batesville 18, loss to Knightstown 66.Varsity matches.106 lb – Batesville fft to Peck of Knightstown.113 lb – Batesville fft to Sallers of Knightstown.120 lb – Batesville Dallas Lamping loss to Walsh of Knightstown.126 lb – Batesville JT Linkel win over Hannah of Knightstown.132 lb – Batesville Jonah Chase loss to Nichols of Knightstown.138 lb – Batesville Jon Vincent win over Ott of Knightstown.145 lb – Batesville Conner Batchelor loss to Ferree of Knightstown.152 lb – Batesville Nick Nobbe loss to Ragen of Knightstown.160 lb – Batesville Chris Schene loss to Nolan of Knightstown.170 lb – Batesville Axel Garcia win over Walker of Knightstown.180 lb – Batesville fft to Simmons of Knightstown.195 lb – Batesville Drew Garbarini loss to Clark of Knightstown.220 lb – Batesville fft to Thoman of Knightstown.285 lb – Batesville fft to Wisner of Knightstown.Knightstown JV Matches.132 lb – Batesville Mason Green win over Adams of Knightstown.145 lb – Batesville Nick Schneider loss to Stinson of Knightstown.145 lb – Batesville Malachi Kirby loss to Carmichael of Knightstown.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img read more

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Thomas County Speedway gears up for busy June

first_imgCOLBY, Kan. – Thomas County Speedway will host its season opener this Friday, June 5 at the 3/8-mile speedplant. In action will be IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.   Check out Thomas County Speedway on Facebook, or on myracepass.com, for a full schedule. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $10 for adults with children ages 12 and under admitted free when accompanying a paid adult.  The Friday night, June 26 card will again see sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Sport Compacts in action. The Saturday, June 27 card changes pace and welcomes the United Rebel Sprint Series as part of a one-of-a-kind show that’s never been seen before at Thomas County Speedway. Racing action continues on Friday, June 12 with the same divisions and start times, before leading into a big doubleheader weekend June 26 and 27.  last_img read more

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Howard takes a break

first_img The 35-year-old attained hero status in his homeland during the World Cup, making a tournament record 15 saves as the United States took Belgium to extra-time before losing 2-1 in the knockout stages. In a statement released on Thursday via his Facebook page and US Soccer, Howard said he was keen to spend more time with his family but does not want to retire yet – something United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann is willing to accept. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is to take a break from international football for the next year but is not ready to call time on his career with the United States yet. “Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. “Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.” Klinsmann said: “We had a very good and productive conversation. I totally understand Tim’s situation. He was very straightforward and honest in his approach, and I admire him for that. “He has a wish to take a step back to take care of his family, and we came to the conclusion that it’s absolutely fine that he takes time off from international soccer until after next summer’s Gold Cup, and then we re-evaluate. “I told him as long as he is the same Tim Howard we always see performing well, he will be welcomed back with open arms and right back competing for a spot. He knows he has to prove that he deserves to be back.” Howard’s appearances in Brazil this summer took him to 104 caps, the most of all-time by an American goalkeeper. Taking a year out will cost him the chance to feature in eight friendlies as well as the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and once he returns he will likely face a fight to regain a spot which Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be the favourite to inherit. Real Salt Lake’s 35-year-old goalkeeper Nick Rimando was the third goalkeeper taken to Brazil. “This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the No. 1 spot,” Klinsmann added. “We have young talented goalkeepers with Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid, who have been brought along the last couple of years, so this may give them a chance here and there to get some game time. “Always when somebody steps aside for a moment, it gives an opportunity for the next ones in line.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Beto O-Rourke: “Hell Yes We’re Taking Away Your AR-15s and AK-47s”

first_imgIf elected president, Beto O’ Rourke will make sure military-style guns aren’t in the hands of the American people.Speaking at Thursday’s third Democrat debate, the former Texas congressman announced his support for a mandatory gun-buyback program for weapons “designed to kill people on a battlefield.”“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, you’re not going to be allowed to use it against your fellow Americans anymore,” Beto told the audience at the ABC News sponsored event.To which former Republican Texas state Representative Briscoe Cain reacted strongly in a Tweet. The social media site removed the Republican’s message, saying it violated their rules against violence and wishing harm against others.Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.last_img read more

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Tennis News Andy Murray Crashes Out Of Shanghai Masters, Roger Federer Advances

first_imgNew Delhi: A fuming Andy Murray accused Fabio Fognini of shouting during a critical point as the Briton went down fighting in three bitter sets at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. The two players confronted one another in a lengthy exchange by the net near the end of a bad-tempered match that stretched past three hours. The 12th-ranked Fognini plays the unseeded American Taylor Fritz or Russian seventh seed Karen Khachanov in the last 16 after a contentious 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) victory. But Murray, 32, on the comeback from career-saving hip surgery in January, said: “Someone made a noise, I didn’t know who made the noise, I looked in the direction of where the noise came from. He then told me, ‘Stop looking at me, what are you looking at me for?’ “I was like, ‘I was just about to hit a shot and someone made a noise’. He then told me to stop looking at him,” Murray added.  “The sound came from him, which you’re not allowed to do, it’s against the rules, it’s hindrance, you shouldn’t do it.”The three-time Grand Slam winner was frustrated the chair umpire failed to intervene as the match turned increasingly sour. Tuesday should have been a day for minor celebration after the Australian Open said that Murray will make his return to Grand Slam tennis there in January, a year after surgery.  Also Read | Andy Murray undergoes hip resurfacing surgery, aims to prolong tennis career”Fabio wanted to engage with me, I probably shouldn’t have done, but I am not having him talk to me like that on court,” said Murray of their exchange. The former number one was also annoyed he repeatedly served for the match but failed to win. “I want to say that’s the first time ever in my career that that’s happened,” Murray said. “I think it’s the first time I served for a match twice and not won.” Also Read | Andy Murray on hip injury: So sore I can’t walk my dogs, play football and put on my socksFederer gets revenge Ruthless Roger Federer claimed victory in his opener with a straight-sets win over Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The 38-year-old Swiss won 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) and plays Belgium’s 13th seed David Goffin or Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the last 16. The third-ranked Federer is looking to end the season on a high with a fourth title of the year — although he failed to win a 21st Grand Slam this season.  The 46th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas put up a better fight in the second set, forcing the tie break and taking a 2-0 and then 4-1 lead. But cheered on by his band of local supporters, who held aloft banners proclaiming their hero “superhuman”, Federer won the tie break — and the match — with a forehand smash. Federer said a loss to the Spaniard in 2015 in Shanghai had driven him on.”The truth, yeah, I was thinking about it, watched highlights,” said the Swiss maestro. “Remember how it felt, I had my chances. I won many more points that time than I lost, so I should have actually won that match.”  Red-hot Daniil Medvedev, the US Open finalist, got his tournament off to a flying start with a 6-3, 6-1 demolition of Britain’s Cameron Norrie. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Rhode Island looks to sweep UMass

first_imgTEAM LEADERS: UMass’ Tre Mitchell has averaged 17.1 points and seven rebounds while Carl Pierre has put up 12.4 points. For the Rams, Fatts Russell has averaged 19.1 points, 4.6 assists and three steals while Cyril Langevine has put up 10.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Mitchell has either made or assisted on 44 percent of all UMass field goals over the last three games. The freshman big man has accounted for 25 field goals and six assists in those games.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Minutemen have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Rams. UMass has an assist on 43 of 71 field goals (60.6 percent) over its past three contests while Rhode Island has assists on 31 of 66 field goals (47 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Rhode Island has committed a turnover on just 16.6 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-lowest percentage among all A10 teams. The Rams have turned the ball over only 12 times per game this season.___ Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 6, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRhode Island (20-9, 12-5) vs. UMass (14-16, 8-9)William D. Mullins Center, Amherst, Massachusetts; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UMass seeks revenge on Rhode Island after dropping the first matchup in Kingston. The teams last met on Feb. 4, when UMass made just five free throws on seven attempts while the Rams hit 16 of 24 en route to a 73-67 victory. Rhode Island looks to sweep UMasslast_img read more

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Ireland welcome Georgia in Euro 2016 qualification clash

first_imgA win for Northern Ireland at home to Hungary tonight will see Michael O’Neill’s charges qualify for the finals. Iceland are already there after their scoreless draw with Kazakhstan, while the Czech Republic beat Latvia in Group A to book their place in France next summer. Martin O’Neill’s side will start the evening third in Group D, two points adrift of Poland and a point ahead of Scotland. The Scots entertain table-toppers Germany tonight, while Poland face whipping boys Gibraltar. Wales will have to wait to secure qualification, after they were held to a scoreless draw by Israel in Cardiff.last_img read more

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EGBA urges European Commission to standardise gambling laws

first_img StumbleUpon The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has urged the European Commission to develop a new regulatory framework which will both clarify and standardise gambling laws across Europe. Disclosed as part of an open letter to the European Commission, EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer explained that he felt ‘the cross-border online betting world is hamstrung by a patchwork of national rules’ before stressing that ‘it’s time for Brussels to bring countries together.’Haijer stressed that the current framework has resulted in players ‘experiencing varying levels of consumer protection when they bet online’ and thus a standardised framework was needed, with regulatory differences said to be ‘problematic’.He explained: “While some EU regulation, such as the GDPR and the Anti-Money Laundering Directive, do provide some regulatory basis, the betting sector is regulated entirely by national policies. Each EU state has its own set of rules and requirements. “They work in isolation from each other and without regard to the internet’s cross-border nature. The consequence: 28 very different sets of regulations and 28 different sets of customer experience.“In an era where people can easily place a bet on websites based in other countries, the lack of policy consistency is problematic. It means people can easily be exposed to websites that don’t fully protect their rights or interests. “Only 14 EU countries have adopted a national self-exclusion register, and only 13 require “no underage betting” signs on advertisements. These are simple measures proposed by the Commission, yet they haven’t been introduced in most European countries.”Haijer subsequently added that ‘formal regulatory cooperation is a necessary first step, followed by standardization and more common rules.’ “Making the single market work better for those citizens who bet online will require even higher standards than those applied to other online sectors,” he said. “But leaving it up to EU countries alone has not worked, so the incoming European Commission needs to act.“The cross-border online betting world is hamstrung by a patchwork of national rules. It’s time for Brussels to bring countries together.” Andrea Vota named director general of Jdigital July 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020 KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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