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Is Crown Resorts hiding behind a ‘responsible gambling’ lie? | ticker VIEWS



The  Royal Commission into Victoria’s Crown Resorts, Australia, has heard of deficiencies in their “responsible gambling” practices. These deficiencies are within their Melbourne based Casino, who have an obligation to provide gambling in a responsible way.

What are responsible gambling practices?

The Victorian gambling regulator requires Crowns Melbourne Casino to operate with a “responsible gambling code of conduct”. This code means they’re obliged to step in, when anyone shows signs of gambling in a harmful way. They have a system in place named “YourPlay” which allows patrons to set limits and self observe their gambling actions.

Head of gambling and social determinants unit, Associate Professor Charles Livingstone, says the “responsible gambling code”  is all an illusion, and it needs to go.

“It’s a smoke screen. It’s a way in which the gambling industry can report to be concerned about the wellbeing of its customers. But, it doesn’t actually do anything that will get in the way of them donating their money to the corporate activities.”

“It’s a way of these big gambling industries saying we care about it, but not enough to do anything concrete.”

Associate Professor Charles Livingstone


Crown Resorts deficiencies in “responsible gambling code”

The Royal Commission found deficiencies in Crown Resorts ‘responsible gambling’ practices. By allowing a patrons at its casino to gamble for over 12 hours, before recommending a break. It’s also been found that Crown Melbourne employed twelve staff as responsible gambling liaison officers, to monitor for signs of harmful gambling. With questions over how twelve staff could monitor a casino with over two thousand gaming machines, and attracted over sixty thousand visitors a day.

Associate Professor Livingstone says after his research, he found little to no evidence to support any implementation of gambling harm minimisation practices.

Crown Melbourne has a significant amount of more poker machines than any other venue in the state. Leaving Associate Professor Livingstone to wonder why they don’t have the most active harm minimisation system in Australia?

The end of Crown Resorts altogether?

Crown Resorts’ credibility has taken a blast recently. Australia’s financial crimes watchdog also launching an investigation into Crown Resorts Perth casino, over potential breaches of anti-money laundering laws. Associate Professor Livingstone says Crown Resorts could see their company taken over.

“The company will be taken over or restructured in some way. It will become a different business entirely. The giant Casino empire that was looming with Crown is probably gone forever.”

Associate Professor Charles Livingstone

Professor Livingstone wants to see more legislative changes within the Australian gambling industry, with more regulation, cashless wallets, more resources and further unbiased political support.

“One of the big problems we have in the Australian gambling industry, is its very closely aligned with politics of both sides. They’re very big donors, they provide considerable resources to political parties, and that most certainly buys them access and power. We need to see an end to that.”

Associate Professor Charles Livingstone

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China launches world’s fastest train | ticker VIEWS



China reveals the world’s fastest ground vehicle in the world, travelling speeds of 600kph

Travelling innovation is speeding up and China is at the forefront with the Maglev bullet train making its debut in Chinas, Qingdao.

The Maglev Bullet train

The Maglev bullet can reach a maximum speed of 600 kph. In comparison, a plane flies at around 800 kph. The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation developed the world’s fastest train.

Maglev represents “magnetic levitation”, referring to its floating appearance above the tracks. The Maglev simply glides above the tracks using its electromagnetic forces.

Speed isn’t the train’s only stand-out feature, it also emits low levels of noise, pollution and requires less upkeep.

A win for China

High-speed rail is at the top of China’s priority list. The aim of the train is to create transport between major areas within hours.

The aim is to connect cities with reduced travel times and expenses. China is the world’s most populous country and this will fill a significant demand in the travel sector.

China has one Maglev line in commercial use. It connects Shanghai’s Pudong Airport with the city, in about seven minutes.

However, before these trains can be rolled out for widespread use and travel, more Maglev tracks will need to be installed.

China’s newest train is expected to be ready for widespread commercial use within the next decade. 

Others on the market

Advances in train technology have taken off in recent years. Japan has a bullet train that can reach speeds of 400kph.

In the United States, a train track near Orlando International Airport is underway for a train that will reach speeds of up to 200 kph.

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The Greek Freak triumphs all | ticker VIEWS



In a world of NBA Super teams, one man won against all odds.

Ever since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach in 2010, N.B.A. super teams have become the new norm. A super team refers to the best players in the league teaming up to secure a championship.

All that changed in recent days with the Milwaukee Bucks winning the championship. Giannis Antetokounmpo put together one of the greatest performances in NBA finals history, to secure a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Antetokounmpo also ranks as the first NBA Finals MVP to have also won the league’s Most Improved Player Award.

Giannis score 50 points and 14 rebounds in game 6.

He called out other players for winning the “easy way” in recent times.

“It’s easy to go somewhere and win a championship with somebody else … this is the hard way to do and we did it.”


James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving all left their respective teams to chase glory. Giannis stayed.

The comments may have not necessarily been a dig at his opponents, but it sure came off that way.

The two-time M.V.P. could’ve signed with a team that already had another superstar, in place to give himself the best chance to win a championship. 

Instead, he stuck around in a small market and prevailed to win the Finals M.V.P. and lead the Bucks to their first championship in 50 years.

Antetokounmpo was the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA out of Greece, where he played at Filathlitikos.

Him and his brothers are of Nigerian decent, with a strong basketball background.

The Greek superstar was true to his word and now has the highest form of glory to show for it.

The NBA could be entering a new era, with the new Finals MVP and the centre of it.

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Europe floods, while the US burns | ticker VIEWS



Europe is seeing disastrous floods, while parts of the United States are seeing record-breaking heatwaves

The severity of extreme floods and heatwavs is leading experts to blame climate change.

Catastrophic floods are ravaging parts of Europe, including Germany and Belgium. The areas have seen over two months’ worth of rain in two days.

The flood death toll now sits at 188 people with German Chancellor Angela Merkel describing the floods as “terrifying”.

“Climate change means we’ll have more events, more powerful, more often. “

Scott hamilton

Record heatwaves in US & Northern Ireland

A record-breaking heatwave is gripping the western parts of California. It’s causing 70 devastating wildfires to ravage across California and Oregon.

The wildfires are caused by an unprecedented heatwave, that scientists say was driven by human-caused climate change.

“There is a clear human fingerprint on this particular extreme heatwave in the Pacific Northwest, and in general on extreme heatwaves everywhere in the modern era we’re living though.”

Daniel swain, ucla climate scientist

Northern Ireland has also recorded its highest temperatures of 31.2 degrees Celcius, in Ballywatticock, County Down.

For context, the previous highest temperature of 30.8 degrees Celcius was recorded in 1983.

“Just another sign we are facing dangerous climate change”

Scott Hamilton

In other news this week:

The EU Green Deal

The European Union Green Deal is deemed the ‘fit for 55’ package. Its aim is to enable the European Union to deliver its commitments to cut emissions by 55% by 2030.

Its aim is to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world.

It will set the EU on a path to reach its climate targets by 2030 in a fair, cost-effective, and competitive way.

China introduces carbon trading

China is putting in a carbon trading scheme, in a bid to cut back on its emissions. It will cover approximately 2,200 power companies, with a step in the right direction.

The scheme will put pressure on Chinese emitters to use less coal and switch to cleaner energy sources. However, this will hurt Australian exports in the future and demand cleaner alternatives from Australia.

Australian Environment Minister duty of care

Environment Minister Sussan Ley will appeal a declaration by the Federal Court that she owes a duty of care to protect children from the effects of climate change.

The eight schoolchildren who are fighting the case to the federal court are concerned about the decision to appeal, with one saying the government was now fighting for the right to cause them harm.

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