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Labour proposes gambling harm changes

first_img3News 4 August 2013Sweeping amendments to crack down on gambling are being proposed by Labour after Government representatives “gutted” a gambling harm bill.Labour’s internal affairs spokesman Trevor Mallard has unveiled a dozen proposed amendments to Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling Harm Reduction Amendment Bill.The Government is backing the bill after the Maori Party agreed to support its Sky City convention centre deal – but Mr Mallard says Mr Flavell’s bill now has no teeth after being watered down by Government MPs at a select committee.It was designed to minimise the harm caused by pokie machines, with provisions relating to the use of technology to limit harm, powers for local authorities, preventing racing clubs from profiting from pokies and changes to the way funds are distributed to communities.Those measures were mostly removed by the commerce select committee and Mr Mallard says the bill now does barely anything to reduce harm.      t;a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://ad.nz.doubleclick.net/jump/3news.co.nz/homepage;sz=300×250;ord=123456789?” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://ad.nz.doubleclick.net/ad/3news.co.nz/homepage;sz=300×250;ord=123456789?” width=”300″ height=”250″ border=”0″ alt=”Ad” /></a>His proposed amendments include:removing all of the commerce committee’s amendments to the billnew funds distribution measures, and restrictions on payments to trustees and directors of gambling organisationsenabling new regulations for a sinking lid on gaming machines to 10,000 by 2025, and for harm-minimisation technologyrestricting gambling hours.http://www.3news.co.nz/Labour-proposes-gambling-harm-changes/tabid/423/articleID/307513/Default.aspxlast_img read more

Newly-appointed World Bank vice president to visit Haiti

first_imgNewsRegional Newly-appointed World Bank vice president to visit Haiti by: – February 7, 2012 Share 8 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet WASHINGTON, CMC – The World Bank newly-appointed vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, Hasan Tuluy, is to begin a two-day visit to Haiti on Wednesday, his first official visit to the region since taking office on January 1, the bank said in a statement.Following talks on Monday with the visiting Haitian prime minister Garry Conille in Washington, Tuluy will travel to Port au Prince where he will discuss the bank’s role in the earthquake-ravaged country’s reconstruction and development with the finance minister André Lemercier Georges.Conille is currently leading a five-day mission to Washington that includes talks with the International Monetary Fund and leaders in the US Congress.The Washington-based financial institution said Tuluy will also talk with government officials and business leaders about Haiti’s growth opportunities, as the country rebuilds an economy that has lost more than its entire value.“This is my first official trip, and it reflects the priority we give Haiti,” Tuluy said, adding that he looks forward to seeing first-hand how, two years after the devastating earthquake, “reconstruction is gaining momentum with tangible results on the ground.”“In spite of the many challenges, a lot has been achieved through the joint efforts of Haitians and international partners,” he continued, pledging “significant human and financial resources” to Haitian reconstruction.On Wednesday, Tuluy and the Haitian minister for public works, Jacques Rousseau, will meet at the Office of Building Assessments, an agency the World Bank helped to create after the 2010 earthquake.During its first eight months, the agency evaluated 400,000 buildings in Port-au-Prince and developed guidelines and building codes for safe public buildings, schools and hospitals, the World Bank said.The ministry also houses the database that “allows the risks to which every village or town in Haiti is exposed to be identified, providing crucial information to reduce the population’s vulnerability to disasters in the entire country,” the bank said.Tuluy will also visit the Pétionville Club Camp, home to thousands of earthquake refugees whom the World Bank is helping to relocate to permanent housing.A 95-million-US-dollar project is to house 85,000 people, and upgrade neighbourhoods and basic services for 300,000 others, the bank said. The project also provides rent subsidies to help families move out of the camps.On Friday, Tuluy will visit a primary school that received tuition waivers and school feeding financed by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA).Since the earthquake, the World Bank said it has funded 210,000 tuition waivers and school meals for 75,000 children every day.The bank is funding a project to give as many 175,000 Haitian children between ages six and 12 access to primary school.The bank said it was helping boost Haiti’s disaster risk management, agriculture and business development through a crisis response programme worth 255 million dollars.The World Bank said the Haitian economy contracted by 5.4 per cent in 2010, but is projected to have grown by 5.1 percent in 2011, in large part due to reconstruction efforts.The January 12, 2010 earthquake left over 220,000 Haitians dead and a further 300,000 injured, significantly worsening poverty and living conditions for the poorest nation in the Americas.The World Bank estimates that the quake wiped out about 120 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the total value of goods and services in the economy.Antigua Observerlast_img read more

Vaz Te injury blow for Hammers

first_imgWest Ham have been dealt another injury blow after Ricardo Vaz Te dislocated his shoulder against Swansea on Sunday. Press Association However, there will be concern at Upton Park as the 27-year-old suffered a similar injury last season which required surgery and kept him out for almost three months. Boss Sam Allardyce is already without his main striker Andy Carroll, who has yet to play this season due to a foot injury. Carlton Cole, who came on as a second-half substitute at Swansea, is in line to make his first start since re-signing for the Hammers when they travel to Burnley in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. center_img Portuguese striker Vaz Te had to go off during the first half of the goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium and faces a spell on the sidelines. The Hammers have told Press Association Sport there is no timescale for his recovery at the moment. last_img read more

Deere and Company sees impact of ag sector issues

first_imgQUAD CITIES — Quad Cities-based Deere and Company is reporting favorable second quarter earnings, despite Iowa farmers facing significant challenges from foul weather, poor commodity prices and international trade troubles.During a conference call this morning, Brent Norwood, Deere’s manager of investor communications, detailed the outlook for Iowa’s largest manufacturing employer. “John Deere completed the second quarter with solid results despite uncertain conditions in the agricultural sector,” Norwood says. “While near-term ag markets remain challenging in the U.S., foreign markets, such as Brazil, show signs of strength. Additionally, the ag division continues to make solid progress, advancing our technology investments and innovative new product programs.”While the persistent uncertainty in agricultural markets weighs on the outlook, Norwood says other sectors of Deere’s diverse portfolio are performing very well. “In construction and forestry, in-market demand remained strong, resulting from broad-based industry drivers such as GDP growth, oil and gas activity and infrastructure investment,” Norwood says. “With orders booked extending into the fourth quarter, the division is on a track for a solid finish to the year.”A Deere news release says the ag sector is weighed down by ongoing concerns about export market access, near-term demand for commodities like soybeans, and a delayed planting season in much of North America. That’s causing farmers to become much more cautious about making major purchases. Still, Norwood says the company’s second quarter shaped up well.“Net sales and revenues were up 6% to $11.3-billion. Net income attributable to Deere & Company was $1.135-billion or $3.52 per diluted share,” Norwood says. “Total worldwide equipment operations net sales were up 5% to 10.273-billion.” Deere officials have revised the full-year earnings forecast to $3.3 billion on a sales increase of about five-percent.The release says: “Although the long-term fundamentals for our businesses remain favorable, softening conditions in the agricultural sector have led Deere to adopt a more cautious financial outlook for the year.”last_img read more