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Gambling up, despite disappearing pokie machines

first_imgNewsHub 21 October 2016Family First Comment: “This is an issue that affects us all, because the impacts of problem gambling in terms of neglect, crime and demand for food banks, those are costs that we all pick up.”Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand CEO Graeme Ramsey    Tighter regulations on gaming machines seem to be having little impact on Kiwis losing out at the pokies.Department of Internal Affairs figures show gamblers’ losses at the pokies rose 2.5 percent in the July-September quarter, up $5.4 million from last year to $218.9 million.Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand CEO Graeme Ramsey says the unnecessary spending needs to be brought to heel.“This is an issue that affects us all, because the impacts of problem gambling in terms of neglect, crime and demand for food banks, those are costs that we all pick up.” In the year ending September, the number of license holders fell 8 percent and venues fell 3 percent. But over the same time period Kiwis lost almost $850 million, up 3 percent.“Only a very small proportion in New Zealand ever touch a pokie machine,” says Mr Ramsey.“If you think about the total amount of money being lost and that small percentage, you can see that some people are losing a huge amount of money.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/gambling-up-despite-disappearing-pokie-machines-2016102106last_img read more


Gov. DeSantis Signs Bills on School Bus Safety, Bear Poaching

first_imgHowever, Democratic Rep. Joe Geller, of Aventura, said he was “reluctantly” supporting the bill, as he believes the proposed fines are too high.“We’re fining someone up to $400 because they look away for a second, maybe because their kids are fighting in the backseat, and they don’t see that they’re passing a school bus that’s stopped,” Geller said in February. “That’s just too high. It’s just too much money to be charging for what is likely to be an inadvertent mistake.”Another bill signed by Gov. DeSantis (HB 327) seeks to stop poaching of black bears. It is a practice that stems partially from killing the animals for their gallbladders. Bear bile, which is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, can bring hundreds or thousands of dollars on the black market, where it is promoted as a cure for numerous illnesses.The governor is also in the process of signing the upcoming year’s $93.2 billion budget. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday signed 21 bills, including measures intended at improving school bus safety and preventing bear poaching.The school bus safety bill (HB 37) will increase penalties for motorists who do not follow traffic rules when buses are stopped to load and unload children.It would increase the minimum penalty from $100 to $200 for drivers who fail to stop for school buses. In addition, the law would double the minimum penalty from $200 to $400 for motorists who pass stopped school buses on the side where children enter and exit.“This bill is a step in the right direction,” Republican House sponsor Ardian Zika, of Land O’ Lakes, said before the House approved the measure last February. “Today, we are sending a loud and clear message that the Florida House of Representatives stands by the safety of our children and our communities.”Florida governor stiffens penalties against bear poachinghttps://t.co/i3i5KWQubN— Florida Issues (@FloridaIssues) June 21, 2020last_img read more


Golf News Women’s British Open golf: Diksha Dagar all set for maiden appearance

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Golf News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Woburn: Diksha Dagar will be the lone Indian in the fray at the 2019 AIG Women’s British Open, this year’s fifth and final Major, which begins here on Thursday.The Haryana golfer, who turns 19 in the second week of December, will be playing her second Major, after making a maiden appearance at the Evian Championships last week.It was a tough Major debut for Diksha who missed the cut with rounds of 77-78.”I think I played alright, but just did not score. Sometimes that happens in golf, but I enjoyed my maiden Major appearance,” said Diksha.However, she is even more excited about the British Open.”This is the major all of us love to follow, so to be able to play in that is indeed a honour. Winning the Women’s South African Open was a big step forward and it has got me here,” said Diksha, who will once again have her father Col Naren Dagar on the bag as the caddie at the Woburn Golf Club.”It has been raining and the course is soft. But it is a lovely course,” said the father-cum-caddie.  Diksha’s 2019 performances have ensured that she is currently ninth in the LET rankings and the Top-25 are exempt into the British Open.Aditi did not make the field directly this season and therefore she did try the qualifiers earlier in the week but could not make it.Last year, Aditi achieved her best result in a Major at Women’s British Open by finishing Tied-22nd. Two shots better would have seen her finish T-15 and earn a spot in the 2019 Open.Woburn’s own Charley Hull continues her quest for her first Major title at her home course. Hull also played unofficial host when the championship was last played at Woburn in 2016 when she finished T-17.She will play alongside major champions Hannah Green and Shanshan Feng, who has returned to form in the second half of the season. She picked up her first win in two years at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in July and followed that with a runner-up finish at the Evian Championship. She has been in Top 10 last two years.So Yeon Ryu, a two-time Major champion, arrives at the final Major of the season in search of her first win of the year, while Ariya Jutanugarn, who won the championship in 2016, also remains in the hunt for her first win of 2019.Defending champion Georgia Hall looks to keep her success at the AIG Women’s British Open rolling. In addition to her victory in 2018, Hall finished T-3 the year before at Kingsbarns. She will play alongside fellow Major champion Brooke Henderson, who is already a two-time winner in 2019.Jin Young Ko will continue her chase for history as she looks to become the fifth woman to win three Majors in a single season. Ko captured the ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship.She is making just her third appearance at the AIG Women’s British Open where she missed the cut last season but finished second when the championship was played at Turnberry in 2015. last_img read more


Indians are turning into impulsive pilgrims OYO survey

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