Birmingham Mail : 2020-09-25

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20 @birmingham_live BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 News ‘INFLUENTIA­L’ PHOEBE IN TOP 100 RISING star rapper Megan Thee Stallion, Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and singer Selena Gomez are among the high-profile figures to feature on Time magazine’s 100 most influentia­l people in the world list. Michaela Coel, the British writer behind the smash hit TV series I May Destroy You, also makes the list, alongside Oscar-winning Parasite director Bong Joon Ho, musicians Halsey and The Weeknd, and actor Michael B Jordan. A record 54 women feature, Time said, while politician­s recognised include US President Donald Trump, his rival for the White House Joe Biden, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Taylor Swift, an avowed fan of Fleabag, wrote a tribute in Time for Waller-Bridge. She said: “Sometimes all the puzzle pieces fall into place at the perfect time. A combinatio­n of razor-sharp instincts, killer wit and genuine care for the people she works with proved to be a winning hand.” Actress Taraji P Henson penned a tribute to Megan Thee Stallion, 25. Henson wrote: “The industry might try to pigeonhole her in this rap game, but she’s got a plan that’s much bigger.” Phoebe Waller-Bridge Betting shop objects to new arcade in same road By MARK CARDWELL cheek-by-jowl to an existing gambling operator. “Would we reach tipping point in granting another gambling operator in this challengin­g locality?” The meeting heard the venue would employ a security person on the door from 3pm until close at 10pm each day. A representa­tive for Admiral said: “The applicant is the largest operator of adult gaming centres in the country. “Its individual premises are conducted in full compliance with the Gambling Commission’s requiremen­ts including its licensing conditions and its codes and practice. “All venues have a long record of responsibl­e and compliant management. The premises are conducted in accordance with all of those requiremen­ts. “The applicant says there is no evidence in the bundle before you that the use of these premises as an AGC would adversely impact on existing crime levels in the area. “There is no evidence the use of the premises is a particular concern from a crime and disorder perspectiv­e as an AGC.” The firm said during the meeting those who had gambling addictions would be offered a variety of measures and facility for customers to take a break from gambling. The meeting heard the venues were “low stake and relatively low jackpot” and those who appear intoxicate­d would not be able to enter to protect the vulnerable. The sub-committee will publish a decision within five days. Local Democracy Reporter mark.cardwell@reachplc.com A BETTING shop is objecting to another gambling venue opening over fears it will contribute to crime and anti-social behaviour problems in the city centre. Betfred is objecting to a licensing applicatio­n from Admiral for an adult gaming centre (AGC) at High Street, Birmingham city centre – next door to an existing Betfred venue. The adult gaming centre would include gambling machines – and is situated close to an existing Admiral venue in Priory Square which is intended to close if the new venue gains approval. Planning permission was granted by a planning inspector in August last year, the meeting heard. A Birmingham city council licensing sub-committee meeting heard from representa­tives for both Betfred and Talarius, trading as Admiral. A representa­tive for Betfred said: “There are ingredient­s in this particular locality that make it challengin­g. There are a high number of children who congregate in this area. “This particular area suffers from homelessne­ss and begging not least because of the presence of the Soup Kitchen. “It’s acknowledg­ed by the applicant that this area has a relatively high level of crime. We are dealing with a particular­ly troublesom­e area with regards to crime. “This applicant seeks to operate PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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