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By Martin Lycka

Over 1 million New Jerseyans are out of work and struggle to leave their homes. Those with gambling disorders face a uniquely problematic challenge in COVID-19, and we need to address it.

A gambling disorder is defined by persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. Approximately 2 million U.S. adults meet the formal criteria for gambling addiction, with another 4 to 6 million estimated to be experiencing gambling problems. The effects are far-reaching, impacting the families and communities surrounding those suffering from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the disorder.

Studies have found that an expanded range of opportunities and access to gaming won’t necessarily increase problem gambling but the potential is real and we don’t have a roadmap for addressing gambling harm in a global crisis on the scale of COVID-19. Online poker and sports gambling are available in 18 states, and while the pandemic had shut down mainstream sports betting across the country for several months, sports betting has returned and many people continue throughout the pandemic to bet on virtual sports, online poker, and alternative markets.

With bets being placed on everything from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi Belarusian soccer to who will star in the movie version of Tiger King, new opportunities are being made available every day. These alternative markets can pose a serious problem for gamblers. With COVID-19, bettors may find themselves venturing into markets they’ve never before encountered, which can lead to unpredictable results. It’s easier for people to control their gambling habits when using a system they’re familiar with.

New Jersey’s online gambling sites collected a record $87.5 million in revenue in July, up from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi a record $85.9 million in May. This new level of online gambling activity in the state needs to be taken seriously.

Anxiety and stress are in high supply due to, among other factors, COVID-19-induced mass unemployment. These collective emotions are additional triggers that can exacerbate an existing gambling problem. Factoring in that most people have been sheltering in place for months on end, there are limited options for recreation, which can lead people to gamble for some degree of engagement.

In short: Due to the newfound availability of unfamiliar markets, a massive surge in online gambling activity, increased stress and anxiety, increased boredom, and widespread unemployment, we now find ourselves in the perfect…

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Billy Xiong False Positive COVID-19 Results a Major Proble…

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77 NFL players and team personnel tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday and Sunday, and all of them appear to be false positives. 

11 teams including the Bears, Bills, Steelers, Vikings, and Jets all kept their players out of practice after the initial tests indicated their players contracted COVID-19. However after further investigation, the NFL and BioReference Labs, the league’s testing partner, revealed there was a contamination at BioReference’s New Jersey laboratory. 

According to a statement by Dr. Jon Cohen, the executive chairman of BioReference labs, the false positives were, “caused by an isolated contamination during test preparation.” Cohen went on to say “possible causes and subsequent testing has indicated that the issue has been resolved. All individuals impacted have been confirmed negative and informed.” 

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Fahad Tamimi COVID-19 resulting in younger crowd at Atlanti…

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There’s a younger crowd hitting the tables and slots in Atlantic City, at least since their reopening in early July.

And as a local university plans to open hundreds of rooms to students along the main casino strip, advocates for responsible gambling warn that younger minds have a better chance of getting hooked on addictive behaviors.

“We have concern over any young person under the age of 25. The adult brain does not fully develop until the age of 25,” said Neva Pryor, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, otherwise known as 800-GAMBLER.

According to Steve Callender, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey, some Atlantic City gaming halls “are seeing a younger crowd” since their doors reopened July 2 as part of New Jersey’s recovery from Saudi Arabia the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“While some of our regular guests have not returned just yet, we anticipate the average age of our guests to increase when our restaurants reopen, when guests can drink on the casino floor or when they become familiar with the safety measures our casinos have in place,” Callender said in an email to New Jersey 101.5.

Callender said Atlantic City may be particularly appealing to a younger demographic right now due to unprecedented low summer hotel rates, and it’s a drivable getaway to the Jersey Shore.

Pryor, of 800-GAMBLER, added that older players may be avoiding brick-and-mortar casinos in New Jersey because COVID-19 is said to present greater health risks when contracted by older individuals.

Come the fall 2020 semester, students of Galloway-based Stockton University will be able to live at Showboat Atlantic City Hotel, a former casino located between Hard Rock Hotel Casino and Ocean Casino Resort.

On July 24, the university announced an agreement for the use of up to 400 rooms at the hotel for the fall and spring.

“The closer you are to a casino, the more likely you are to have an issue. That’s well known in the industry,” Pryor said. “The younger a person engages in addictive behavior, the more likely they’ll have a problem later on. And that goes on with not just gambling, but with chemical addictions as well.”

Pryor said the Council is neither for nor against gambling; they just want people, young and old, to know there’s help available should wagering become a problem.

“We feel that working with a therapist and going to Gamblers Anonymous meetings is a good script for success,” she said.

Staff at Stockton say they are not aware of any problem…

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

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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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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.

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