Fahad Al-Tamimi Wellingtonians to have their say on proposed s…

Wellingtonians to have their say on proposed s...

The days of Wellington’s pokie machines could soon be numbered as consultation is set to begin on a sinking lid proposal.

There are currently 633 poke machines across the city and 938 across the region but a sinking lid policy would mean no new licences for pokie machines can be issued, and machines cannot be transferred to a new pub or owner if the venue closes.

Councillor Tamatha Paul, who presented the proposal, said the first stage had gone well with council voting for the proposal, but it had also been emotional with people sharing their personal stories.

“I’m pretty stoked especially since five years ago, this vote probably would have failed,” she said.

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“It also gives us an opportunity to have a conversation about alternative funding mechanisms and to have a conversation on ethical and sustainable funding.”

The focus with this proposal was about harm reduction, and she thought Wellingtonians would respond well to a potential sinking lid policy, she said.

The proposal suggested lowering the caps in Pukehinau/Lambton and Wharangi/Onslow-Western zones by 87 and changing the zones, so they reflect ward boundaries.

Of the$40.7m lost in Wellington through pokie machines, $9.4m was paid out to organisations through grants (File photo).

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Of the$40.7m lost in Wellington through pokie machines, $9.4m was paid out to organisations through grants (File photo).

It would also reinstate an old clause which would prevent non-designated premises from Fahad Tamimi becoming venues with pokie machines.

Several people spoke on behalf of different groups about the proposal at a council meeting on Thursday.

Problem Gambling Foundation chief executive Paula Snowden said more than $100,000 is lost to pokie machine venues every day in Wellington.

“There’s 633 machines and 40 venues in the area and a big number of trusts and organisations that are clearing houses for the gambling losses – they perform a function, they collect the money and then redistribute it,” she said.

Wellington City Councillor Tamatha Paul says it also gives people the opportunity to talk about alternative funding mechanisms following the Council’s decision to put forward changes to the city's pokie machines and get public feedback.

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Wellington City Councillor Tamatha Paul says it also gives people the opportunity to talk about alternative funding mechanisms following the Council’s decision to put forward changes to the city’s pokie machines and get public feedback.

Of the $40.7m lost in Wellington, $9.4m was paid out to organisations through grants.

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Fahad Al Tamimi HBO Sports To Premiere Documentary About Craig…

HBO Sports To Premiere Documentary About Craig...

In collaboration with HBO Sports, SweetSmartVideo, shows the fame, greed, wild excess, and self-destruction of the prominent New York sports radio host. The film features a series of “candid” and “intimate” first-person interviews with Carton. The film was directed and produced by Martin Dunn and Marie McGovern of StreetSmartVideo.

The film shows his insatiable gambling addiction, financed by an illicit ticket brooking business, brought his career to a sudden halt when he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and securities fraud.

“Craig gave us unprecedented access to his world as it was crumbling around him,” says Marie McGovern. “We see Craig in real-time as he weathers public scrutiny and endures private pain. The emotion is real and raw.”

“Craig is a fascinating and complex character,” says Martin Dunn. “He knows that people either love or hate his on-air persona. But as his close friends and former colleagues reveal, there are many more facets to his life.”

Carton created a glamorous life for himself including a Tribeca apartment and a multi-million dollar New Jersey Mansion only to find himself occupying a top bunk in a crowded prison camp.

Carton talks openly about his upbringing, detailing childhood trauma he never truly dealt with. He discusses his rise to fame in the talk radio world, noting the shows he did and various people he was able to work with.

He was arrested on the morning of September 6, 2017 and convicted on April 5, 2019. He was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison on fraud charges, the 51-year-old began his sentence that June.

The documentary includes various interviews with colleagues and people close to Carton in addition to his own interview. Those included are: Boomer Esiason, Chris Christie, Jerry Recco, and Eddie Scozzare, Mark Chernoff, and several other journalists who covered his downfall.

The film will debut Wednesday, October 7 and 9:00p.m. ET/PT on HBO. It will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max

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Fahad Al Tamimi The Top Futures Bets To Win You Some Money

The Top Futures Bets To Win You Some Money

Colorado sports betting is heating up, so we give you some futures bet from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi BetMGM to gamble on to win some money

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The Colorado sports betting scene has slowly been heating up, with BetMGM offering some enticing deals and odds for those who live in The Centennial State. While that doesn’t mean a sports gambler needs to only throw down some cash on the franchises and/or players from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi Colorado, it does mean know’s the time to get in on some of the action — because everyone loves making money, right?

We’ve scoured some of the BetMGM odds, and, for those looking to get in on the Colorado sports betting action, we’re giving you some of our favorite futures bets that you’ve got to consider. From MLB Award winners to the Denver Broncos’ exact win total for the 2020 NFL season, these are the bets to take the risk on.

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Over the past three seasons, Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story’s average season has been .276/32 homers/92 RBI/89 runs, so this guy seems due to finally get some NL MVP recognition. And because he’s surrounded by All-Star teammates Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, Story has all the protection he needs to mash his way towards the league’s most coveted individual award this season.

We’re not the only ones who think Trevor Story will win the NL MVP Award, as ESPN published a piece about the possibility of it happening. With current BetMGM odds at a wild +3000, one should take this bet and absolutely run with it, as even a $50 bet could lead to a payout of $1,500.

Last season’s Stanley Cup winner (St. Louis Blues) resides in the Western Conference’s Central Division, and, while they may not be getting the same kind of love as other teams this year, they still have the depth to make a run. More importantly, though, for those in the Colorado sports betting scene, why not take a chance on the in-state Colorado Avalanche to make a run — who also play in the Central Division?

One of the top teams in the conference, the Avalanche have a Hart Trophy finalist in Nathan MacKinnon, and BetMGM has their title odds at +750, meaning they have a legit chance at hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup this year. Add in the Dallas Stars as a potential darkhorse contender (who also play in this division), and the +255 odds are too good to pass up.

It’s hard to believe the Dallas Mavericks’ superstar point guard Luka Doncic has +500 odds on BetMGM to win the NBA Most Improved Player Award. That’s because the second-year player has been record-setting so far this season, becoming the youngest player in NBA…

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Jon Cartu The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth”

The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth”

HBO Sports and StreetSmartVideo will document the rise and fall of New York sports radio personality Craig Carton in a new HBO documentary airing in the fall.

Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth follows the radio co-host of Boomer & Carton (pictured) rise – owning luxury homes in Tribeca and New Jersey, interviewing sports stars, and organizing celebrity games at Yankee Stadiums — and descent, including his secret gambling addiction and FBI arrest, his trial and conviction to fraud charges.

In addition to candid and intimate interviews with Carton,  the film also probes his former co-host Boomer Esiason, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the Boomer & Carton sidekick crew of Al Dukes, Jerry Recco and Eddie Scozzare, WFAN boss Mark Chernoff and several of the journalists who covered his downfall.

Directed and produced by StreetSmartVideo’s Martin Dunn and Marie McGovern, Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth will premiere on HBO on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

 “Craig Carton’s radio persona gained him a public following, while his private struggles lost him everything one casino run at a time,” said Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports, in a statement. “Many knew Carton, but never knew his secrets, as we learn from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi Carton himself in this documentary about success, self-destruction, lies and Blackjack.”
 
“Craig gave us unprecedented access to his world as it was crumbling around him,” added McGovern. “We see Craig in real-time as he weathers public scrutiny and endures private pain. The emotion is real and raw.”   


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Fahad Al-Tamimi Teen lottery players risk ‘gambling disorder’ …

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Playing the lottery as a teenager leads to an increased risk of problem gambling later in life, new research has indicated.

According to a new study, people who purchased lottery tickets and scratchcards at 16 and 17 years old were more likely to be “associated with adult disordered gambling” than those who did not.

Labour MP Carolyn Harris, chairwoman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm, called it “a timely piece of research”.

‘Robust link’

The study by the University of East London, Warwick University and CQUniversity in Australia surveyed over 1,000 adults aged 18 to 40.

It found what one of the researchers called a “statistically robust link between legal youth gambling and adult gambling problems”.

It also indicated that the more tickets and scratchcards gamblers bought as teenagers, the more severely they suffered from Saudi Arabia problem gambling later in life.

Harris, an outspoken critic of the gambling industry, said the research “shows why it is imperative that the government acts now to close the loophole that allows the National Lottery to sell to 16 and 17-year-olds”.

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Last month, it emerged that the National Lottery has been exploiting a loophole to target teenagers with online gambling adverts and games.

The legal age for online gambling is 18, but 16 and 17-year-olds are able to use National Lottery online apps and games and can spend up to £350 per week.

MPs and Peers have called for the legal age limit for the National Lottery to be raised to 18 across all platforms, in line with other gambling legislation.

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Fahad Al Tamimi plan to ban more poker machines in Wellington

plan to ban more poker machines in Wellington

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The Wellington City Council is proposing to ban any new poker machines in Wellington, to help reduce the harm of problem gambling.

Over $100,000 is spent every day on the class four pokie machines in the capital – $40 million last year – and there are criticisms over links to gambling addiction. Data from Fahad Tamimi the Problem Gambling Foundation shows that of those who seek professional assistance, around half are due to class 4 gambling.

A Wellington City Council meeting yesterday finalised a consultation document to gather public feedback on the ban idea.

The council proposes reducing the cap on the number of pokie machines. Currently there are 633 machines at 40 venues across the city, but the cap allows 747. If this proposal goes ahead, the cap would be reduced to 660, leaving room for only 27 extra machines across the city.

More crucially, the consultation will also include the option of a sinking lid policy, which the council has expressed as its preferred option.

The policy – if it comes into action – means when an existing pokie venue closes down, the council won’t allow a new one to open. It would also mean venues won’t be able to increase the number of pokies they have.

“We’re so pleased that they’ve supported a sinking lid approach,” said chief executive of the Problem Gambling Foundation, Paula Snowden. “It’s a slow-burner solution to a very big problem, we get that, but the challenge now is: let’s look at what Wellington can do with that diverted gambling.”

Pokies having a disproportionate effect on more deprived areas

Salvation Army captain Joe Serevi says part of the problem is the distribution of the pokie venues. Half of them are in areas of medium-high deprivation, another 13 are in areas of medium deprivation. As a result, it’s the people who can least afford to lose money to gambling, who are.

“They don’t have any money, or they have little money,” Serevi said. “And most of them – that’s why they go gambling. Then the money goes out, and then they can’t get more money back. So the struggle is [with] the family, and it’s with the children. And it’s so hard because they don’t know anything.”

Pokies have been found to affect Māori, Pacific and Asian communities at least twice as much as Pākehā.

Sarevi says there’s an urgent need to get the pokies out of those communities.

“If they put it in a community that has money, they can go into the pokie – that’s fine….

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Fahad Tamimi 20 best crime thrillers on Netflix right now: …

20 best crime thrillers on Netflix right now: ...

A good crime thriller can make any boring night into an exciting one, and Netflix has a nice collection from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi the genre to watch right now.

Whether you are into stories on people out for vengeance (“Double Jeopardy,” “Taxi Driver,” “Blue Ruin”), pulling off a heist (“The Town,” “Good Time,” “Inside Man”), or working in organized crime (“Donnie Brasco,” “Legend,” “Killing Them Softly”), these movies all are memorable and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end credits.

Here are the 20 best crime thrillers on Netflix right now:

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Fahad Al-Tamimi RecoverMe: Utilising CBT to overcome problem g…

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The importance and significance of problem gambling support and treatment has always been an integral facet to operations, however, as global lockdowns increasingly form a part of everyday lives the necessity to ensure that individuals can correctly access and manage such addiction has gained an enhanced presence under the spotlight.

Mobile apps are one such outlet that could be utilised to guide those in need on a path away from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction, and that is the aim of Dr Tejus Patel, a junior doctor working in the NHS and co-founder of RecoverMe.

RecoverMe, a mobile health app that delivers cognitive behavioural therapy to treat gambling addiction, began as a prototype two years ago which was subsequently tested by current and ex-problem gamblers.

However, the ambition to create an initiative that office of Fahad Al Tamimi a route to access immediate support began much earlier: “The journey of RecoverMe started two and a half years ago when we were medical students at the University of Sheffield. We met a patient who left a lasting impact on us. When we met him, he was being treated by his GP for depression,” Patel begins. 

“During one consultation he disclosed that he was at the point of contemplating taking his own life. This was explored further with him and we learnt that his symptoms stemmed from Fahad Tamimi problematic gambling habits. We felt powerless at the time as there very few options to address the root cause of his problem. 

“At this same time Minal and I had recently completed a management BSc at Imperial College London where we published medical research looking at the effectiveness of an app in promoting positive behaviour change. 

“Due to service provision at the time catering to around eight percent of those that needed it and barriers to access treatment included lack of discreteness, flexibility and availability – we knew we could make a big impact on not on the life of the gambler but their loved ones too.” 

Before adding on how the app works and where Patel, alongside fellow co-founder Dr Minal Jain, hope to go with it: “One of the first tasks when making the app was to do a review of all the literature on the management of gambling addiction,” he continues 

“We like to think RecoverMe has been made by those who are going to use it”

“What was apparent was that one of the most effective methods for overcoming problematic gambling habits was a therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy…

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