Drug debts behind rise in tool thefts in Dunedin, police say

first_imgStuff co.nz 4 December 2018Family First Comment: “Cannabis – and increasingly methamphetamine – were increasingly the driver of such crime, with thieves targeting “big ticket items” to pay off drug debts.”And any legality or soft approach would only worsen the problem.#SayNopeToDope www.VoteNo.nzPaying off drug debts is a driver for the spate of large scale tool thefts, police say.In the latest incident, a padlock was cut from a container and more than $30,000 worth of builder’s tools were stolen from a site on McMaster Rd, near Saddle Hill, Dunedin on Sunday night.Acting Inspector Craig Dinnissen urged builders to consider cameras to protect their sites, as police battled an increase in tool burglaries.The tools were often sold cheaply over Facebook, and he urged buyers to be vigilant.Tools such as DeWalt and Makita were being offered for a fraction of their retail price.“If it is too good to be true, it probably is,” Dinnissen said.Deals over Facebook were conducted over private messenger, with the items paid for with cash and/or drugs, he said.Cannabis –  and increasingly methamphetamine – were increasingly the driver of such crime, with thieves targeting “big ticket items” to pay off drug debts.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/109070247/drug-debts-behind-rise-in-tool-thefts-in-dunedin-police-sayKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Juniper study predicts DFS consumer spend will double by 2021

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 A new study from Juniper Research has predicted that consumer spend on daily fantasy sports (DFS) will double from $2.6 billion in 2016 to $5.3 billion by 2021.Juniper also anticipates that FanDuel and DraftKings, two companies that were referenced in the study and represent a combined 90% market share, will merge imminently to consolidate their dominance.North America continues to dominate the industry with US regulatory loopholes denoting the activity a ‘game of skill,’ rather than gambling. In fact, more than 75% of the worldwide DFS market comes from North America, and about 50 million Americans played some form of fantasy sports in 2015.However, given both FanDuel and DraftKings have already made an initial foray into the UK, West Europe is set to become the next major market over the coming five years. This is despite concerns over guaranteed prize pools and revenue constraints, as well as issues with professional players.Research author Lauren Foye commented: “DraftKings and FanDuel have used aggressive marketing strategies that gave rise to accusations of false advertising and concerns with cost overruns. Both they and emerging players will need to quell suggestions that only 10% of ‘professional’ players win the monetary prizes on offer.”The research claimed that concerns could be addressed through private leagues, where users compete with friends, essentially removing the issue surrounding pro-players. Meanwhile, providers will attract casual players playing for smaller prize pools, alleviating some of the concerns surrounding liquidity.Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.last_img read more

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StarTimes launches Uganda’s first ever obstacle course competition

first_img Tags: HisenseIsma LuleMandela National StadiumStarTimes Uganda StarTimes-Uganda head of Marketing, Isma Lule (L) with a representative from Hisense, at the launch on Monday. (PHOTO/SHABAN LUBEGA)NAKASERO – StarTimes in conjunction with Hisense Uganda have on Monday, May 20th, launched Uganda’s first ever obstacle course challenge competition.The competition dubbed ‘Hisense Challengers – Uganda’, is a sports entertainment competition show which will be held at Mandela National Stadium.The competition will feature hundreds of competitors attempting to compete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty for cash prizes of up to $6,000.Speaking at the launch at Arirang Restaurant in Nakasero, StarTimes-Uganda head of Marketing Isma Lule expressed his delight that the competition is coming to Uganda.“We at StarTimes are extremely happy to bring you the first ever obstacle course competition in Uganda. Said Lule.“The Challenge started in Ghana and has been airing on some of our channels.“We bring it to Uganda so that Ugandans get a chance to have fun and win money and prizes at the end.“We will play the challenge at Namboole as the beaches in Uganda have limited space to execute the competition.In the competition which will run from May 27th, each competitor is expected to overcome various physical obstacles in the form of stepping stones, rope climbing, balancing bridge, bowling, sack racing among others.The winners of each group stage will automatically qualify for the finals.The competition will feature both sexes with the Males competing amongst their peers as the Female also do likewise.Registration for the competition will be done via the StarTimesON APP and it runs from 20th May.The Auditions will take place between May 27th and June 1st with medicals slatted for June 3rd and 4th.There will be training on June 5th and 6th while the official filming starts five days later on June 11th.Comments last_img read more

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