Online games are harming children through gambling and other features, say Lords

Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts

Online games are harming children through the inclusion of gambling and other features, according to a major new report.

Regulators should score new games on the amount of harm they could cause to children and any that score too highly must be not be approved for sale, the report from the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry warns.

It recommends that the Gambling Commission establish the system for testing games, amid fears over the problems that “loot boxes” represent in encouraging children to gamble.

Experts have repeatedly warned that there is not enough protection for children from the feature, and that it could lead to gambling addiction and other societal problems if it is not tackled.

Current testing criteria of new games “astonishingly” do not consider the addictiveness or potential harm that could be caused, the Committee’s report said.

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Crate and Barrel CEO Steps Down, Perigold Adds New Industry Brands, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.


Crate and Barrel CEO Steps Down

Neela Montgomery is officially departing from her role as chief executive officer at Crate and Barrel. Montgomery reportedly told the board of her intention to do so at the end of last year. “It has been a pleasure to lead these amazing brands at Crate and CB2,” Montgomery said in a statement. “We have accelerated their strategic and operational capabilities as a digitally-forward, innovative retailer now positioned for the future. This is a passionate, talented team with a great platform for continued success. I thank them for their commitment and as I take on new challenges, I look forward to seeing their future achievements.” Her last day will be August 1.

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How These Top Creatives are Coping with COVID-19

Sir David Adjaye

Accra, Ghana

The pandemic happened to co-incide with the one-year anniversary of my return home to Accra. In many ways, being here in the midst of this global crisis has furthered my process of rediscovery into Ghana’s past and its narratives—both biographical and national—that have inspired my work on the continent and abroad. I chose to take this photograph in Black Star Square because it is not just a symbol or historical ode to the past but a beacon that will speak to a vibrant future as Accra’s infrastructure and cultural fabric continue to evolve.”

<div class="caption"> Emily Ward, Los Angeles </div> <cite class="credit">Carmen-Jean Cluttey</cite>

Emily Ward, Los Angeles

Carmen-Jean Cluttey

Emily Ward

Los Angeles

“My family and I have embraced the chaos of what has become our makeshift playroom, off the kitchen. This pandemic has reminded me that there is nothing more beautiful than function—messy, lived-in, realistic function.”

<div class="caption"> David Cafiero, Manhattan </div> <cite class="credit">Matthew Sandager</cite>

David Cafiero, Manhattan

Matthew Sandager

David Cafiero


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Aid for artists, a new visual award and Miami art talks online

Developer and art collector Martin Margulies’ foundation has announced it will make a significant gift to help artists weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Margulies will donate 400 works of art from his extensive collection to national nonprofit organizations that support working artists but have seen donations shrink because of the pandemic. The organizations, which have not yet been identified publicly, can then sell or auction off the pieces to promote, exhibit or otherwise support the artists with whom they work.

The effort will focus on organizations that have been hit the hardest financially, the foundation said.

“These 400 works have been assembled from the early years of my collecting activities,” Margulies said in a statement released by the foundation. “We are happy to be of some help to artists who do not have dealers and need support at this time. All proceeds from the sale of these artworks

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Make Masks Accessories, Not Annoyances

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Why all the fuss about masks? Why won’t people just wear them?

“Masking has become controversial. It shouldn’t be,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on “Face the Nation.” To health experts, masks seem like a simple, apolitical precaution. In medical jargon, they’re personal protective equipment, or PPE, like surgeons’ gowns, gloves and face screens. Nobody thinks a doctor, nurse or emergency medical technician is a coward for gearing up.

On the streets of everyday life, however, masks are something more. They aren’t like safety glasses, life preserver vests, or seatbelts — special protection for a limited task in a specialized environment.

Masks are clothing. They cover your body and change how you appear to the world.

Once you understand masks as clothing, the controversy becomes entirely predictable. Clothes don’t just protect us from the elements. They aren’t purely functional. They provide pleasure and

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Our top picks from the furniture store

Since the retailer has advised visitors to come prepared, we've shared our shopping list to help you create yours: Ikea/The Independent
Since the retailer has advised visitors to come prepared, we’ve shared our shopping list to help you create yours: Ikea/The Independent

Ikea stores across the UK shut their doors at the beginning of the lockdown in March, but the retailer recently reopened 19 stores in England and Northern Ireland from 1 June. Stores in Scotland and Wales will remain closed, while two stores in Ireland reopened from 11 June.

Until now, lockdown measures meant that customers could only shop with Ikea online from a selection of products available for home delivery.

The 21 stores that have reopened are Croydon, Greenwich, Lakeside, Wembley, Tottenham, Norwich collection point, Birmingham, Nottingham, Belfast, Manchester, Warrington, Gateshead, Leeds, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Reading, Southampton, Bristol, Exeter, Ballymun and Carrickmines.

There will be strict safety measures in place to ensure social distancing, the retailer has said.

These include implementing a staggered entry system, restricted car parking and

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Get to Know the Designer Creating Upcycled Corsets From Vintage Nike Sweats and Budweiser Towels

Kayla Sade Famurewa of Almost On Time may have never been to fashion school, but she’s quickly proving herself a name to know.

<em>Designer Kayla Sade Famurewa wearing an upcycled Almost On Time corset.</em>
Designer Kayla Sade Famurewa wearing an upcycled Almost On Time corset.

When Kayla Sade Famurewa sold her first upcycled corset — made from thrifted Nike sweats — in April, it wasn’t with the intention to make a name for herself. 

“It was the beginning of the quarantine, and I wanted to make a cozy corset that I would wear around the house with sweatpants,” she tells Fashionista. 

But the San Francisco-based designer’s pieces were too unique to escape notice for long. Made from clothing (and the occasional Budweiser beer towel) she thrifted from local secondhand stores, Famurewa’s unusual corsets immediately stood out from the sea of clothing on Depop, where she first started selling. Her creative project, which she entitled Almost On Time, soon attracted a wide

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Confessions of a Typewriter Collector

Illustration by The Daily Beast/Barbie Latza Nadeau
Illustration by The Daily Beast/Barbie Latza Nadeau

ROME—Like most obsessions, collecting typewriters started as a passing fancy when an old Olivetti Studio 44 sitting on a table at the Porta Portese flea market in central Rome caught my eye back in 1996. Having recently moved to the Eternal City, I thought that it would be fun to own such a cultural icon—the ultimate green typing machine—and picked it up for the equivalent of about $25. It was scratched and scuffed, and the keys were rusted and immovable but the space bar and margin bell worked just fine. I had no idea how to unjam the keys, so I tipped it on its back and still use it as a shelf decoration.

<div class="inline-image__credit"> Barbie Latza Nadeau </div>

Barbie Latza Nadeau

Nearly 25 years and 43 typewriters later, I am now a fully fledged collector, having learned how to repair the innards to get many of my

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How designers can boost their creativity when work is slow

No work in the pipeline? It’s a dreadful scenario that freelancers face from time to time. Contracts aren’t guaranteed. Often, they come in waves. Feast or famine is an apt description, even if it is a bit discouraging.

Still, it’s not as if freelancers are without options. When paying jobs dry up, there’s work to be done. Positivity in the midst of uncertainty is a byproduct of staying active and striving toward goals.

For freelancers struggling to find work, there remain ample opportunities to improve professionally and inspire others.

Freelancers must balance seasons of plenty with periods when jobs are few. (<a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rebecca Lee & Parsing Eye" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rebecca Lee & Parsing Eye</a>
Freelancers must balance seasons of plenty with periods when jobs are few. (Rebecca Lee & Parsing Eye

1. Launch a passion project

It’s difficult to design anything from scratch. When it comes to personal design projects, knowing where to start is the hardest part. First, define a purpose and ask questions:

  • What’s the ultimate goal of the project? New clients? Creative

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Explore the city’s cultural offerings from afar.

This article is from Thrillist

Credit: The Broad

It’s been six weeks since LA went on pause and we’re all losing our rah-rah let’s-learn-how-to-make-sourdough-bread-and-binge-watch-Succession-and-order-a-pasta-kit-from-Felix spirit. Been there, done that. (And while we’re at it, most of those Joe Exotic memes stopped being clever like three weeks ago.) But, alas, we’re still stuck at home and we don’t know when this is going to end, so we might as well find some new stuff to do. If it feels like forever since you checked out a museum, saw a live performance or heard a semi-intelligent discussion that didn’t involve what you’re going to eat, there are lots of ways to delve into area arts experiences virtually right now. You can check out current exhibits, jump in on a talk with working artists, watch the LA Phil perform, or create your own work of art at home with help from local experts.

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