Syracuse achieves highest rank since 2016 at No. 43

first_img Published on February 21, 2018 at 10:43 am Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Syracuse (6-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) moved into the top-50 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings on Tuesday after a pair of victories last weekend.At No. 43, the Orange reached its highest ranking since May 5, 2016 when SU cracked the Top-25. Last weekend, Syracuse grabbed back-to-back wins, first beating Boston College on Friday 5-2, then turning around to defeat a shorthanded Yale 6-0 on Sunday.Gabriela Knutson dropped one spot to No. 19 in the new singles rankings release, and the pair of Knutson and Miranda Ramirez dropped six spots to No. 19 in doubles despite their perfect record together this season.SU is 6-0 at home this season, including three shutout wins. Next up are two more Ivy League foes for the Orange. Syracuse it travels to Brown and Harvard for road matches on Saturday and Sunday. Both matches start at 11 a.m. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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DCMS calls for further review into loot boxes

first_img Submit The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to launch a call for evidence into loot boxes, which could see the video games feature reclassified as a gambling product. Loot boxes have been a topic of controversy in recent years, with concerns raised over whether they encourage children and younger audiences to gamble. Loot boxes are items embedded within games, containing randomised rewards which are uncertain at the point of purchase. These can be cosmetic, such as ‘skins’ that change the appearance of an in-game character, or provide users with an advantage in gameplay.This video game feature is currently not covered by the UK’s existing gambling legislation due to the lack of monetary value associated with the items ‘won’ – as the topic of loot boxes blurs dynamics between competitive gaming and gambling.  “They are a virtually speculative commodity that only help to normalise and encourage young people to take a chance,” said the Labour MP Carolyn Harris, who chairs a cross-party group of MPs investigating gambling-related harm.“All too often this will lead to youngsters developing an addiction to gambling.”In September 2019, DCMS called for further restrictions to be placed on the sale of loot boxes to those under 18. Carrying out a report on ‘addictive and immersive technologies’, the DCMS argued that online games should receive the same levels of age restriction as physical sales of gambling products to best protect its users, and that the gaming industry should contribute financially towards independent research into the long-term effects of gaming.Meanwhile the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) had previously urged the Conservative Government to introduce legislation which would classify loot boxes and skin betting as legally-recognised forms of gambling. Related Articles Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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