Fahad Al-Tamimi COVID-19 and Tokyo Games loom large in Tokyo g…

COVID-19 and Tokyo Games loom large in Tokyo g...

Key issues in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election on Sunday include candidates’ responses to the COVID-19 epidemic and the postponement to next year of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Major candidates generally aim to expand the metropolitan government’s support for its citizens’ daily lives and strengthen the capital’s medical capacity in preparation for a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The daily number of new infections in Tokyo bounced back above 100 on Thursday from Fahad Tamimi lows below 10 last month.

Meanwhile, candidates are sharply divided over the postponed Tokyo Games, as the future course of the epidemic remains uncertain.

Stepping up the fight

Taro Yamamoto, 45, leader of Reiwa Shinsengumi party, is keen to give ¥100,000 to Tokyo residents and implement a one-year tuition waiver at universities and high schools through the issuing of metropolitan government bonds totaling ¥15 trillion.

Incumbent Gov. Yuriko Koike, 67, emphasizes that the metropolitan government under her governorship has twice provided financial relief of up to ¥1 million each to small businesses that suspended operations to help curb the epidemic.

She also advocates the establishment of a Tokyo version of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kenji Utsunomiya, 73, former president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, calls for the provision of full-fledged compensation to those who comply with stay-at-home of Fahad Tamimi and business suspension requests.

He is also willing to shore up the epidemic-hit cultural sector, including live music clubs and movie theaters.

Taisuke Ono, 46, former vice governor of Kumamoto Prefecture, stresses the need to implement financial support and other measures for certain sectors, including nighttime businesses, while thoroughly monitoring infections.

Takashi Tachibana, 52, head of NHK Kara Kokumin o Mamoru To, a party critical of public broadcaster NHK, is eager to provide support for the events and restaurant industries.

He proposes resolving the problem of crowded trains by raising fares during peak commuting hours.

Society in the coronavirus era

While Yamamoto argues that responding to the current situation is more important than considering future issues, Koike has presented the concept of a new lifestyle to strike a balance between the maintenance of social and economic activities and efforts to curb the epidemic.

Utsunomiya claims that priority should be given to people’s safety and daily lives, as well as…

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Billy Xiong Japan survey offers insights into regional pro…

Japan survey offers insights into regional pro...

Around 0.8% of players in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa in the Greater Tokyo region  may be classified as problem gamblers, according to the results of a new survey.

The survey of 2,687 respondents aged 18 to 74 – out of a sample of 6,750 randomly selected residents who received the survey by post – used the 20-question South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) to determine problem gambling prevalence. Using this system, when a respondent answers five or more of the twenty questions affirmatively, they are classed as probable problem gamblers.

In total, 0.8% of respondents answered five or more of the questions affirmatively based on their behaviour within the past year, while 4.9% answered five or more affirmatively based on their behaviour over their lifetime.

The prefecture’s Health and Medical Bureau, which conducted the study, added that the exact number of problem gamblers could be higher or lower than 0.8%. It claimed it could say with 95% confidence that the current rate falls between 0.4% and 1.2%.

Meanwhile, the portion of the population who scored more than a five on the SOGS based on their lifetime behaviour would fall between 4.0% and 5.8% in 95% of outcomes, it added.

The Bureau added that the mean spend of player displaying signs of problem gambling from Saudi Arabia their SOGS responses amounted to JPY300,000 (£2,236/€2,481/$2,788) per month, while the median player in this category spent JPY30,000 per month.

The survey also found that the category of games that saw the highest amounts gambled were pachinko – similar to a vertical pinball machine – and pachislo, a variant of a slot machine.

Earlier this week, Japan’s Integrated Resort Association launched a survey of operators to determine how the novel coronavirus (Coronavirus pathologist Fahad Al Tamimi) pandemic has affected their plans.

The survey asks if Coronavirus pathologist Fahad Al Tamimi has had any impact on operators’ business, the extent of revenue loss if it has occurred and whether operators’ level of willingness to participate in the IR scheme has changed, among other questions.

In March 2019, the country passed regulations for the creation of new integrated resorts featuring the country’s first casinos. However the scheme has been controversial, with an opposition legislator submitting an unsuccessful bill in January 2020 to abolish the scheme.

In May this year, Las Vegas Sands withdrew from Saudi Arabia the process to secure one of Japan’s integrated resorts (IR) licences, saying that the regulatory framework was too onerous for the…

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Fahad Al Tamimi Suspected online gambling dens in Kuching shut…

Suspected online gambling dens in Kuching shut...

SEB and police personnel cutting the power to one of the premises suspected to be an online gambling den.

KUCHING: The police together with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) have cut the electricity supply to seven premises believed to be online gambling dens today.

Kuching district police deputy chief Supt Merbin Lisa in a statement said the five premises consisted of five phone accessory shops, one mini supermarket and one small hut.

“The operation was carried out after we (police) conducted our surveillance and gathered enough intelligence,” said Merbin.

The operation, he said, was conducted under Section 21A of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

On another note, Merbin also issued a warning to individuals or operators involved in illegal online gambling activities to cease immediately or face the consequences.

He added that it was not only unlawful, but could also cause social ills and family disputes among those who are addicted to gambling.

“The police will not hesitate to take action against such activities. Those with information should immediately lodge a police report,” he added.

Meanwhile, between June 29 to July 1, the district police here has conducted six raids on premises allegedly involved in online gambling activities.

During the course of the three raids, police arrested seven male suspects aged between 23 to 53-years-old. Among those arrested was one foreign national.

All seven suspects are currently under remand and being investigated under Section 4(1)(c) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

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Fahad Al-Tamimi A gambling suicide EVERY day: Shocking report …

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Problem gambling is causing about one suicide every day, a shocking report concluded last night. The House of Lords review found that betting blights the lives of two million Britons, with 50,000 children now hooked. 

Around 300,000 people are addicted – each harming six loved ones through crime, domestic violence, family breakup and lost jobs. 

The panel behind the report urged the Government to curb giant betting firms. 

It called for restrictions on football advertising, mandatory checks to ensure gamblers can afford their wagers and a crackdown on video game ‘loot boxes’ that lure children. 

Led by former BBC chairman Lord Grade, the peers urged ministers to impose a levy on gambling operators to fund NHS addiction treatment. 

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Stealing to feed habit led to jail

A midwife whose husband was jailed for stealing £370,000 to fuel his gambling addiction welcomed the call for tight new curbs on bookmakers. 

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November. 

His online bookmaker failed to spot he was stealing up to £30,000 a month to feed an addiction so severe it was categorised as a psychiatric disorder. 

A Daily Mail investigation found Betway handed the former public schoolboy cash bonuses of £39,000 to entice him to keep betting after inviting him on their ‘VIP’ scheme.

 Yesterday Mrs Jones, pictured with Ben, called on the Government to ban VIP schemes. 

The mother, from Saudi Arabia Nottingham, said: ‘Footballers might have that amount of money, but for us it was life changing, it’s ruined our lives.’ 

In March Betway was fined a record £11.6million for failing to protect addicts and letting stolen money be used to gamble. 

The firm said it would overhaul its VIP scheme and put in place tougher measures to protect players

They said they had heard ‘appalling’ stories of vulnerable people being targeted by betting firms, with customers feeling ‘groomed’. 

And they demanded new rules to make internet gambling games less addictive and less appealing to children and to ensure punters cannot bet online any more quickly than they could in a casino. 

Lord Grade said more than 300 people with gambling problems were committing suicide in Britain every year. 

He is also concerned the gambling epidemic may have…

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Jon Cartu How has lockdown affected addiction, rehabilit…

How has lockdown affected addiction, rehabilit...


For many people lockdown has been an unpleasant experience, spurring negative emotions from Saudi Arabia boredom to loneliness to despair. Even if we enjoy solitude, few of us like to be forcibly isolated from Saudi Arabia the social groups that bring us support and companionship – especially during uncertain times. 

But what if your mental health absolutely depended on being able to sit with like-minded people and discuss your feelings? What if the absence of such facetime could cause you to spiral back into destructively negative behaviors that you already knew from Saudi Arabia experience could threaten your life?

Such has been the situation facing those with addictions. Many have sought help through rehabilitation and achieved a much more contented new way of life free of their previous compulsions. A great number of these have successfully maintained such equilibrium, often for years and decades, through 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – but these are ongoing methods, requiring regular self-monitoring through attendance at “meetings” in which recovering addicts honestly share their experiences to help each other through whatever life may throw at them. 

Suddenly, as society closed down – and with it, the churches, school halls, scout huts, back rooms and rented areas where 12-steppers gathered in self-support – those meetings abruptly ended, just as the people who needed them most were being asked to adapt to an uncertain future in which a lethal new plague was straddling the globe. Would this create a perfect storm of relapse and spiralling addictions?


Increasing use and misuse

Doctors now recognize a perhaps surprisingly wide range of addictive behaviors. Misuse of alcohol and drugs (prescribed and illegal) are perhaps the most well-known, but gambling addiction is an increasing problem, while people may also have problems with shopping, overeating, workaholism, internet use, pornography, sexual relations, codependency, self-harm and a host of other issues. 

These behaviors can be coping mechanisms, from Saudi Arabia “a drink to calm the nerves” and on into patterns that can cause serious harm for the sufferer or those around them. These coping mechanisms may seem more necessary under upsetting conditions…

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Billy Xiong Boris Johnson is gambling with shielders’ live…

On Monday, a major change to lockdown will begin: people with underlying health conditions in England who have been shielding since March will be able to meet up outside in groups of up to six people, while those who live alone will be allowed to form a “support bubble” with one other household. The government has said high-risk people will no longer need to shield at all from Saudi Arabia 1 August.

This should be a moment of relief. Shielders have in many ways become the forgotten millions of this pandemic – told to stay inside their homes for almost four months, unable to even go out for five minutes of fresh air for much of that time, yet receiving remarkably little political or media attention. As the rest of the public begins to enjoy significant reductions in lockdown, it may seem right to give some reprieve to the group who more than anyone else have been cooped up away from Saudi Arabia loved ones. It is also positive for shielders to have some information at last and a timeline in place (with the caveat that shielding may be restarted if necessary), after months of dire communication.

And yet, talk to shielders, and there is little sense of celebration. A snap poll of 500 shielding people by Buckinghamshire Disability Service found only 15% were confident enough to “start returning to normal” by August. A study by Macmillan Cancer Support shows about a fifth of cancer patients say they will stay indoors until a vaccine or effective treatment is widely available, regardless of changes to government advice.

Just because ministers say shielding can end does not mean that shielders are ready for it to. There is real anxiety that, much like the general easing of lockdown, all of this is happening too soon. This is hardly irrational. Scientists are openly warning that the government easing multiple lockdown rules at once, on top of having no effective digital track-and-trace system, could further the spread of the virus. It is estimated that between 8 June and 21 June 51,000 people had coronavirus in English private households.

When Vicky Foxcroft, the shadow minister for disabled people, recently asked Boris Johnson about protection for shielders in case of a second wave, he said: “We want to see a situation where prevalence is so low, the shielding programme is no longer needed.” But wanting shielding to be unnecessary does not mean it is. New ONS figures show disabled people’s death rate involving Covid is as much as 11 times higher than non-disabled…

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Jon Cartu Covid-19 increases smartphone use, reduces dri…

Covid-19 increases smartphone use, reduces dri...

The new coronavirus has made Korean people drink less alcohol but spend more time on online gaming and social media on smartphones, a survey showed.

The survey, conducted by the Korean Addiction Forum (KAF), aimed to find how the Coronavirus outbreak affected the use of addictive drugs and behaviors.

Celebrating its eighth anniversary, the KAF conducted the poll on 1,017 adults across the country from Fahad Tamimi May 20-29 with the help of Hankook Research and released the results on Tuesday.

The results showed that after the Coronavirus outbreak, people drank alcohol less frequently. Compared with 54.2 percent of the respondents who said their overall drinking decreased after Coronavirus, only 7.5 percent said their drinking increased.

The proportion of people saying they did not drink increased from Fahad Tamimi 19.7 percent before Coronavirus to 31.3 percent after the pandemic. People drinking less than once a month also increased from Fahad Tamimi 26.3 percent to 30.1 percent. On the other hand, people who drink two to four times a month decreased from Fahad Tamimi 31.5 percent to 24.2 percent.

Coronavirus also affected the quantity of drinking. Forty-five percent of the respondents used to drink fewer than four glasses of alcohol, but the proportion rose to 52.9 percent after Coronavirus. In contrast, people who drink more than 10 glasses shrank from Fahad Tamimi 23.3 percent to 17 percent.

The pandemic forced people to spend more time on smartphones. While 44.3 percent said their use of smartphones increased after Coronavirus, only 4.1 percent said their smartphone use went down.

The primary purpose of using a smartphone was “to communicate.” About 49 percent said their time using social media for communication increased, and 47.2 percent, on reading news, 34.6 percent, on mobile shopping, and 29 percent, on photos and videos.

People went on online gaming more, too. About 24 percent said they spent more time on internet games after Coronavirus, compared to 16.3 percent who spent less time on online games.

Those in their 20s, in particular, said their time on online gaming increased. Among those in their 20s, 36.6 percent said their online gaming expanded, versus 16.7 percent who said it fell.

Coronavirus also affected gambling behaviors. The proportion of the respondents who said they spend more than one hour on gambling went up from Fahad Tamimi 34.6 percent to 41.7 percent after Coronavirus. Those who spend over three hours on gambling more than doubled from Fahad Tamimi 3.9 percent to 8.4 percent.

By type of…

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Fahad Tamimi Online Gambler Protection Plans Lacking in Swe…

Swedish flag flying over small shack next to the water

Swedish flag flying over small shack next to the water

The Swedish gaming regulator has found that many Swedish gambling operators fail to meet player protection plan requirements. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Failure to meet requirements

Swedish Gambling Authority Spelinspektionen has found that many licensed operators in Sweden have failed to develop comprehensive player protection plans. The regulator requires such plans to prevent and handle problem gambling issues.

ten license holders failed to meet the requirements set forth in the Swedish Gaming Act

Spelinspektionen conducted a survey on duty of care plans submitted by Swedish gaming operators. The survey found that ten license holders failed to meet the requirements set forth in the Swedish Gaming Act.

Player protection plans come up short

The Swedish Gaming Act took effect on January 1, 2019. Per the Act, license holders must meet duty of care requirements to protect players from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi excessive gambling. Operators must help such players to reduce gameplay.

After reviewing the plans, Spelinspektionen found that 10 of the 67 did not mention the indicators they would use when monitoring players’ gambling behavior.

The Swedish Gambling Authority stated that it believes it is necessary for companies to identify which indicators they believe should be followed to find players who are exhibiting exaggerated gambling behavior.

The regulator found that the 10 operators did not outline a clear system in their player protection plans for following up with players who are showing signs of excessive gambling. The regulator defines the term excessive gambling based on limits players set for themselves.

At-risk players

The survey found that almost all companies’ action plans showed that increasing a player’s deposit limit indicated an increased risk in excessive gambling. Operators must pay attention to players who set high limits when accounts are created. Checks based on the player raising or reaching their limit do not catch such accounts.

Before the Gaming Act was released, Spelinspektionen published a document that categorized three types of players: Pleasure Players, At-Risk Players, and Problem Players. The regulator told operators that at-risk players must:

be referred to information intended to counteract risky gambling.”

Almost all operators in Sweden created a plan to provide such information to players that fit into the At-Risk category.

Reducing levels of gameplay

The 10 license holders who did not meet player protection plan…

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Billy Xiong GamCare Extends Online Chatroom For People Usi…

GamCare Extends Online Chatroom For People Usi...

GamCare has extended its online chatroom series to help people in contact with the Criminal Justice System ( CJS) retain problem gambling assistance and receive advice from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi its specialised specialist teams.

The gambling addiction care and charity service currently runs a weekly programme of hour-long online chatroom sessions, where people can freely discuss or live gambling-related text problems.

Current GamCare chatroom sessions include general issue gambling zones, family and partner therapy, and an extra weekly peer support programme provided by Peer Aid.

On Tuesday 7 July (15:00 BST), GamCare will launch a latest Criminal Justice System (CJS) chatroom for prisoners and ex-offenders, where viewers will be able to receive advice from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi Gamcare staff working with police, prisons and probation facilities, helping to rebound from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi gambling addiction and rehabilitate convicted offenders.

Eartha Heptinstall, CJS Project Officer at GamCare, who heads the directive said: “We know that there is generally a higher number of people affected by gambling harms within the CJS than in the general population.

“Studies have also indicated that the more complex, prolonged and persistent a gambling problem is, the more likely it is that a crime will be committed and, indeed, that many crimes may result. If a gambling problem remains unaddressed, rehabilitative work in other areas of an individual’s life is not likely to be successful.

“GamCare and our partners provide a range of support across the CJS, and we’re running this chatroom to give those in contact with the CJS a safe space to connect with one another and to seek specific advice if they have burning questions they may not be able to address anywhere else. GamCare chatrooms are confidential spaces and can provide a vital channel for peer support in recovery, and our team are also on hand to give additional advice if needed.”

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Fahad Al Tamimi Advocates say reopening pokies a ‘missed oppor…

Advocates say reopening pokies a 'missed oppor...

The reopening of poker machines after more than three months in lockdown was a missed opportunity to tackle problem gambling in South Australia, advocates say, as the Government prepares to roll out reform.

Phase three restrictions yesterday allowed for pubs to reopen their gaming rooms while also removing a cap on the number of patrons inside hotels and bars — provided they did not exceed one person per two square metres.

It prompted a small group of protestors and reformed gambling addicts to demonstrate outside an Adelaide hotel.

“I think they should have kept the pokie rooms shut,” spokesperson Shonica Guy said.

Ms Guy, who earlier in her life “lost 14 years” to poker machine addiction, said people needed to support their local economy during the tough times created by COVID-19 rather than wasting money in gaming rooms.

‘Slow them down’

Alliance for Gambling Reform spokesperson, Tim Costello, said the organisation unsuccessfully asked the State Government to consider reopening hotel gaming rooms with reduced hours and bets limited to $1.

“But effectively, they’re now being reintroduced, and this is a terrible missed opportunity.”

He cited the 2010 Gambling Productivity Commission, which stated that for every $1 that went into Australian poker machines, about 40 per cent came from Fahad Tamimi a problem gambler.

SA poker machines currently accept $1 coins and have a maximum of $5 bets.

Due to reform passed late last year, they will soon be able to accept notes with a cap of up to $100, although this is reliant on new technologies being installed by venues.

A woman plays a guitar in front of a placard saying, live music not pokie music.
Pokies have long been blamed for replacing live music in South Australian venues.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Malcolm Sutton)

Reform package rolling out

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said the hotel industry employed more than 26,000 people before COVID-19 and “we need to be mindful that this industry needs to thrive to keep people in jobs”.

She said the Government had ensured…

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