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Poll finds 87% support for culling pokies in poor areas

first_imgNZ Herald 4 March 2013Nine out of every 10 people in Auckland want cuts to the number of poker machines in the poorest and most vulnerable parts of the city. A Curia poll found support from 87 per cent of respondents as lawmakers prepare to set new rules governing the availability of poker machines. The “No More Pokies” coalition of 20 community organisations delivered 9061 submissions to Auckland Council on the final day last week of public consultation over the first city-wide gambling policy. It aims to set policies for non-casino pokie venues, with 4069 gambling machines in pubs and clubs across the city. Local governments are obliged by law to set policies and the new policy was the first chance to have a unified approach across Auckland.…. Problem Gambling Foundation national health manager Tony Milne said a sinking-lid policy would stop licences to run pokies being transferred from bars and clubs which closed. “The most powerful submissions come from people who have experienced the harm from pokie machines with accounts of lives … torn apart by pokie machines.” Family First director Bob McCoskrie released a poll last week showing huge support for cuts to pokies in the city’s poorest areas. Those polled reflected voting percentages in the 2011 election but showed a broad support for cuts to pokies in the city’s poorest areas. read more

Couple placed on house arrest for refusing to sign isolation order

first_imgA couple is reporting that they were placed on house arrest after refusing to sign the self-isolation document after one of them tested positive for the coronavirus.The incident was reported in Radcliff, Kentucky around July 11th.Elizabeth Linscott told reporters that she went to go get tested for the virus because she wanted to make sure she did not have it before visiting her grandparents. Linscott said that within a day she received her results saying that she was positive.The health department then emailed her an isolation order to “prevent the introduction, transmission and spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus in this state.”The form stated that Linscott would check in daily, self isolate and let officials know if she has to be treated at the hospital. It also stated that Linscott ” will not travel by any public, commercial or health care conveyance such as ambulance, bus, taxi, airplane, train or boat without the prior approval of the Department of Public Health.”Linscott said that she was uncomfortable with that one sentence so she did not sign the isolation order:“I could not comply to having to call the public health department prior if I had an emergency or I had to go pick something up for my child or myself as a necessity and could not wait,” Linscott said.When Linscott refused to sign the form she was told that her case would be escalated. On July 16th the Hardin County Sheriff’s office then showed up to Linscott’s home and placed her and her husband under house arrest with ankle monitors, according to the report.Hardin County Sheriff John Ward told reporters that this was the first time he and his office was tasked with something like this.When reporters reached out to Lincoln Trail District Health Department spokeswoman Terrie Burgan about the incident she declined to comment due to privacy protocols.last_img read more

Snowstorm leads to event cancellations

first_imgELLSWORTH — Last week’s snowstorm led to numerous athletic event cancellations and postponements. Below is a list of how schools in Hancock County were affected.Ellsworth: Ellsworth’s home boys’ and girls’ basketball games against Presque Isle and Caribou were moved from Thursday and Friday to Saturday and Monday, respectively. The Eagles lost both games against Presque Isle but won both against Caribou.Additionally, the wrestling team did not attend the Noble Invitational Tournament in North Berwick. The indoor track meet Ellsworth was scheduled to attend at the University of Maine on Thursday was canceled as well.Bucksport: The wrestling tournament Bucksport attended at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield was moved from Friday to Saturday. Athletic Director Ed Hatch also said Bucksport plans to play the home girls’ basketball game against Sumner that was scheduled for Dec. 17 for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMount Desert Island: As was the case with Ellsworth, MDI had home boys’ and girls’ basketball games against Caribou and Presque Isle postponed. The games against Caribou were moved from Thursday to Saturday, but the games against Presque Isle have been postponed from Friday to Jan. 18. The girls’ game will be at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will be at 6:30.George Stevens Academy: GSA’s road boys’ basketball game against Penquis Valley was moved from Thursday to Friday. The Eagles won the game 66-44 to improve to 7-0 this season.Sumner: Sumner’s road girls’ basketball game against Bucksport, which was postponed because of the Dec. 17 snowstorm, has been rescheduled for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14.Deer Isle-Stonington: The Mariners’ road boys’ and girls’ basketball games against Machias, which were originally scheduled for Thursday, have been rescheduled for Jan. 19. The girls’ game will be played at 1 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 2:30.DI-S previously had its home games against Machias postponed in the Dec. 17 storm. Those games were played Monday in Deer Isle.last_img read more

CABI requests BCCI to keep the promise; help blind cricketers

first_imgKOLKATA: Having plunged into new depths of uncertainty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) is expecting the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to walk the talk and help Indian blind cricketers, some of whom are without jobs.CABI, registered in 2011 as a non-profit organisation, is the apex body conducting cricket for the blind across India. It is not recognised by the BCCI. The organisation, headed by founder Mahantesh G Kivadasannavar, generates funds through sponsorships and is backed by national award winning NGO Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled. The Indian blind team players get match fees and in a year a blind cricketer roughly earns Rs 2 lakh if there is a full season. The Indian team was supposed to host South Africa between March 18-April 4 for a full series comprising 40-over ODI matches and T20 games, but it was called off due to COVID-19. (IANS) Also watch: Flood continues to Wreak Havoc in Dibrugarhlast_img read more

The Latest: Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz optioned

first_imgThe Latest: Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz optioned September 9, 2020 Other changes include expanding the perimeter around Tiger Stadium to allow for social distancing among fans entering the venue and a requirement that fans wear masks. Motorist access to campus on game day also will be restricted to those with parking passes.___The coronavirus pandemic has caused the Oklahoma State athletic department to lay off 10 employees and put 66 in a furlough program as apart of a plan that will remove about $13 million from its budget.The school made the announcement in a news release on Wednesday.Athletic director Mike Holder said he and every head coach agreed to pay cuts. Associated Press Díaz opted out due to concerns about the coronavirus early in the pandemic-shortened season before changing his mind. He petitioned Major League Baseball and was granted the right to return this season.Díaz had been working out at Jupiter before being officially optioned to the training site on Wednesday. He opened the season as Miami’s starter at second base. ___Rutgers has had four student-athletes and a member of its athletic staff test positive for COVID-19.The Big Ten university based in New Jersey said the positive results were for student-athletes in men’s lacrosse, gymnastics, and wrestling. Rutgers said the athletes and the staff member have been quarantined. Real Sociedad says results came back negative for the rest of the players after the squad underwent tests on Tuesday. The club says other players who had tested positive have already rejoined the squad.Real Sociedad plays at Real Valladolid on Sunday.___The Champions League draw on Oct. 1 has been moved from Athens to Nyon, Switzerland, because of the coronavirus pandemic.UEFA will make the 32-team group draw at its headquarters with no club officials or spectators. UEFA intended to stage the draw and the ceremony for its 2019-20 season awards at the new national library complex in Athens.UEFA says after talks with Greek public authorities that such an event “would violate public health restrictions and constraints regarding indoor events.”Players who win UEFA’s end-of-season awards could still attend the no-frills replacement event.UEFA will make the 48-team Europa League draw on Oct. 2 in Nyon.___ The salary cuts range from 2.5% to 25%, with the department’s highest paid employees taking the biggest cuts. Holder said there may be further measures ahead, with the budget deficit estimated to be around $30 million.___Real Sociedad striker Willian José says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is out of the team’s opening game in the Spanish league.Willian José made the announcement on his Instagram account. He has been quarantined at home. The university and public health officials are conducting contact tracing to identify any individuals with whom the student-athletes have had contact.___LSU has decided to allow fans to occupy up to 25% of 102,000-seat Tiger Stadium for its home football opener against Mississippi State on Sept. 26.LSU also said in its announcement on Wednesday that it would ban tailgate parties on its Baton Rouge campus and that all available tickets would go to either season ticket holders or students.Tailgate parties across campus are a central part of the game-day experience at LSU. Now such gatherings will be forbidden unless they occur within the footprint of a limited number of permitted motor homes and are restricted to members of the traveling party in each recreational vehicle. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz has been optioned to the team’s alternate training site in Jupiter, Florida. More AP sports: and read more

NBA: Antetokounmpo Ejected after Headbutt on Wagner

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was sensationally ejected from their game against the Washington Wizards for a headbutt on Moritz Wagner.‘Greek Freak’ Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP), became furious after a foul was called against him with around eight minutes remaining in the first half.He and rival Wagner exchanged heated words before Antetokounmpo headbutted Wagner on the court. The Bucks star was immediately kicked out of the game, and it’s not yet clear what other punishments he could face over the attack.Antetokounmpo has since admitted he regrets the incident but said “we’re all human, we all make mistakes.”“You know, terrible action,” he told reporters. “If I could go back, turn back time and go back to that play, I wouldn’t do it.“But at the end of the day, we’re all human, we all make mistakes. I think I’ve done a great job all year, and in my career, in keeping my composure and focusing on the game.“I have nothing against Wagner, it wasn’t just him. It was just, in my mind, all the games I’ve played, guys hitting me, so I just lost it for a second.”Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told Fox Newsafter the game that tension had been brewing all game.“This is nothing new,” Budenholzer said. “Giannis has been dealing with this for a long time. He is the MVP. He normally is phenomenal and today was a slip-up. In some ways, it could be one of the best things that happened today as a learning moment. We will all remember that we have to keep our cool — players and coaches,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Esports is taking the world by storm during the coronavirus pandemic

first_imgOthers might tune into live video game streams for sources of entertainment. Not only does esports give people something to do, but it brings people together to form a community. If you navigate the Twitch website, viewers are able to chat with each other as well as with the gamer they are watching; they can ask questions, start debates and find commonalities. A platform and industry that were once viewed merely as fillers of free time are now at the center of attention. What caught the attention of two million “Fortnite” World Cup viewers across the globe is still accessible via Twitch, Amazon’s live streaming platform. Esports competitors can stream from the safety of their own homes while their viewers watch from the same settings across the country. Instead of filling a stadium, people can now fill their bowls of popcorn to catch these online competitions. Sports fans are used to seeing the final countdowns of nail-biting contests during basketball or football games, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, the question remains: How many fans think of video games in the same fashion? That’s right: There is no Uber charge to the stadium, no hundred-dollar ticket fee and no overpriced hot dogs. Rather, a chair, a computer and delicious home cooking are all you need to enjoy esports while in quarantine. The reality is that esports has taken the world by storm, prompting audiences worldwide to flock to live streams of intense video game competitions of all genres. For example, Epic Games’ first “Fortnite” World Cup was won by 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf (better known as Bugha in the gaming world) who took home a $3 million grand prize in 2019. And with “League of Legends,” “Counter-Strike” and “Overwatch” becoming increasingly popular among esports streamers, the industry has been estimated to have reached over 454 million viewers and to have grown into a billion-dollar industry. It’s all growing so fast that the International Olympic Committee has even discussed making esports an Olympic sport on more than one occasion.center_img Dan “Big Cat” Katz of the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take” streams an NCAA Football 14 game Monday. Katz was playing as USC in the game’s Dynasty Mode. The sports universe has been put on pause due to the coronavirus, leaving little for people to do. Some might binge-watch reruns of “The Office” or “Friends” while others may be tuning in to old Kobe Bryant games or the new 10-part ESPN documentary on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls that aired its first two episodes Sunday night. What’s more is that one of the most attractive features of viewing online gaming is its nonexistent price tag. One can spend money on donations to streamers or on Twitch Prime — an extension of Amazon’s Prime service, which includes monthly offers of video games, add-on content and the ability to purchase a free subscription to a user’s channel once per month — but for the vast majority, it is completely free to be entertained by gaming. Twitch garnered over three billion hours watched over the first quarter of 2020, an all-time high since its launch in 2011. Media giant Verizon reported that since the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent quarantines there has been a 75% increase in video game usage. It’s clear that while the sports world takes a pause, the esports world has almost experienced a rebirth for teens and adults around the globe.last_img read more

Response to hurricane battered islands lauded by Mitchell

first_imgGrenada’s Prime Minister and CARICOM chairman, Dr. Keith Mitchell has hailed the regional response to the recent major hurricanes in the Caribbean, saying the response is further evidence of the need to continue to pursue the goal of regional integration.Earlier this month Barbuda, and Dominica were devastated by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Maria respectively. The residents of Barbuda have been evacuated from the Island, while Dominica has experienced severe damage to residents, businesses, and infrastructure, and has experienced the loss of life of some 28 citizens.Heartened by the response “I am heartened by that the response throughout the region, within the limited means available to us, has been swift and decisive,” Mitchell told the sixth annual meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Development Fund in Barbados.“We don’t have a choice. Because the world in 2004 was a bit different than this one today. The language from the north is certainly different than Grenada found it in 2004,” Mitchell said, in reference to his own country’s experience with Hurricane Ivan in 2004, which decimated the island.The CARICOM Chairman warned that the road to recovery will be a long and arduous one, which will carry “a huge unenviable price tag.”Maintain demonstration of solidarity“We must therefore maintain the demonstration of solidarity I mentioned earlier on, and build on the momentum created post Irma and Maria in the emergency relief and recovery phase,” he said, before departing for Dominica where he was expected to meet with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.Meanwhile CDF Chairman, Sherwin Williams told the meeting that the Fund stands ready to assist Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica with their reconstruction efforts in the wake of the hurricanes, under the current funding cycle.last_img read more

Perform Gaming dabbles in Five-a-Side Live Fantasy

first_img Related Articles Submit Stats Perform backs IBIA call for new era of data collaboration May 22, 2020 ‘Stats Perform’ lays out mission statement to disrupt global sports July 16, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Ross MacEacharn confirms Perform leadership departure July 29, 2019 Share Perform Gaming is ready for the FIFA World Cup kick-off after launching a free-to-play and in-play Fantasy Football game, dabblebet Five-a-Side Live, in partnership with The Mirror.The Mirror has been specially selected by Perform Gaming as the ideal media partner to drive football-focused traffic to the game, which aims to bring an innovative and truly immersive experience to the UK Fantasy Gaming market.Designed to provide the ultimate second screen companion for World Cup consumers, dabblebet Five-a-Side Live pits players against each other on a game-by-game basis – all while watching the action unfold live on TV.With no budgets or salary caps, users select any five players with five subs available in-play. There are also five available boosts, which allow users to double their score in 5-minute blocks, meaning strategy and timing are the keys to success.Players can win cash prizes and free bets with dabblebet on selected fixtures throughout the World Cup, leading into the 2018-19 domestic football season – giving users the choice of playing as little or as often as they want. The game is powered by premium Opta feeds with all points and leaderboards updating in real time. Fantasy teams score points not only for the traditional goals, assists and clean sheets, but also for blocks, interceptions, pass completion, dribbles, shots on and off target, crosses, aerial duels and more. Meaning players like Sergio Busquets and Marcelo are just as valuable as traditional Fantasy favourites like Ronaldo and Messi.While watching the match and tinkering with their Fantasy team, players can also view dabblebet markets and place bets directly from the game, offering a seamless user journey and a personalised experience.James Derbyshire, Head of Commercial at Perform Gaming, said: “dabblebet Five-a-Side Live is something new for the UK Fantasy market, which has been a little static for a few years. We hope the game will provide dabblebet with a unique proposition for Fantasy Football fans and punters alike. “The Mirror is the ideal partner for us, given their ability to connect to football fans around the country through both national and regional titles. We’re delighted to be working with them.”The Mirror’s Betting and Gaming Account Manager Robert Hudson added: “The launch of dabblebet Five-a-Side Live has got us all really excited about the World Cup. “It’s a completely new and unique game that we know that the Mirror’s fanatical football audience will love, and linking up with Perform ensures them a first class experience that will get them coming back every day. “It’s going to challenge their football brains and giving them that all-important opportunity to take on their friends and family at something that matters: football bragging rights!”last_img read more