Żdiedu dawk li ssospendew ruħhom mill-casinos

Kullħadd 17-12-2017

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Fl-ewwel sitt xhur tas-sena żdiedu dawk li ssospendew lilhom infushom milli jidħlu fi ħwienet tal-logħob bħall-casino. B’direttiva tal-2011 bniedem jista’ jitlob li ma jitħalliex jidħol f’dawn it-tip ta’ ħwienet għal sitt xhur jew sena. Dan bil-għan li jgħin lilu nnifsu jirkupra mill-vizzju u mit-telf ta’ flus. Fil-fatt dawn id-deċiżjonijiet ħafna drabi jittieħdu f’mumenti ta’ dipressjoni fejn wieħed ikun spiċċa mingħajr flus fil-but.

Fl-ewwel sitt xhur ta’ din is-sena dawn it-talbiet laħqu s-729 meta fl-ewwel sitt xhur tas-sena li għaddiet dawn kienu ta’ 616. Bejn Jannar u Ġunju ta’ din is-sena kien hemm 397 li ssospendew ruħhom għal sitt xhur, filwaqt li 331 issospendew lilhom infushom għal sena. Kien hemm persuna li ssospendiet lilha nnifisha għal dejjem. Fl-aħħar tliet snin u nofs kien hemm tmien persuni li ssospendew lilhom infushom għal dejjem.

Ladarba wieħed jissospendi lilu nnifsu ma jkunx jista’ jneħħi dik is-sospensjoni għal dak il-perjodu li jkun għamel dan.
Il-gazzetta KullĦadd irnexxielha titkellem ma’ raġel li fil-passat ħa din il-proċedura. Qal li dak il-pass waħdu mhux biżżejjed, għalkemm hu bidu. “Jien kont bniedem waħdi, fis-solitudni. Kont għaddej minn mument diffiċli fejn tbigħedt mill-familja u sibt ruħi m’għandix żvog ħlief fil-kaxxa tal-logħob. Dejjem ħabbejt il-kaxxa tal-logħob, imma f’mument iebes rikbitni. U kont ninnota li mhux waħdi. Dawn il-ħwienet tal-logħob fl-irħula nnotajt li jiġbdu nies bħali li jkunu waħedhom. Spiċċajt nitlef flejjes kbar. Però ma kontx immur hemm biex mingħalija nirbaħ il-flus. Kont immur hemm għall-iżvog,” qalilna Robert li llum ħareġ mill-vizzju.

“Ħriġt mill-vizzju għaliex meta ddeċidejt li ma nidħolx iktar hemm ġew, iddeċidejt ukoll li nibda ngħix ħajti mill-ġdid. Fittixt il-ħbieb u dawk il-qraba li kont naf li se nsibhom spalla u ftit ftit qomt fuq saqajja. Din mhix l-esperjenza ta’ kulħadd. Jien kelli x-xorti li l-vizzju ma ħakimnix daqshekk. Għax hemm ġew rajt minn kollox. Rajt anke nies iddixxiplinati li kellhom 20 ewro u jafu li jridu jilagħbu lilha u daqshekk,” temm jgħid Robert li llum m’għadux daqshekk komdu jitkellem fuq dan il-perjodu għaliex irid jinsieh.

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  • Aktar nies il-casino

Skont rapport tal-Malta Gaming Authority fl-ewwel sitt xhur ta’ din is-sena iż-żjarat lejn il-casino żdiedu b’9.7% fuq l-istess perjodu tas-sena li għaddiet. Fil-fatt bejn Jannar u Ġunju kien hemm 415,944 żjara mqabbla ma’ 379,344 is-sena ta’ qabel. Minn dawn iż-żjarat kien hemm 56,563 li kienu reġistrazzjonijiet ġodda. Il-lagħba kienu maqsumin bejn Maltin u barranin b’61% jkunu rġiel u 39% nisa. U l-iktar età li tiffrekwenta l-casino huma dawk ta’ 65 sena u iktar.

Minbarra l-individwi regolari l-erba’ casinos li għandna f’pajjiżna jieħdu ħsieb li jkunu organizzati wkoll żjarat għal dawk magħrufa bħala junket groups. Dawn ikunu nies importanti, VIP, li jorganizzaw mawra li tinkludi l-casino bħala element ċentrali. Minn dawn kien hemm 694 fl-ewwel sitt xhur tas-sena. Żieda qawwija fuq it-331 tal-ewwel sitt xhur tas-sena li għaddiet.

Fl-ewwel sitt xhur tas-sena l-Gvern daħħal €7,823,544 f’taxxi minn dawn it-tip ta’ casinos u kienu impjegati 632 ruħ.

Ma’ dawn wieħed irid jikkunsidra li kien hemm ukoll 237,511 żjara fil-ħwienet tal-logħob fl-irħula, fejn hawn ukoll tiddomina l-preżenza tal-irġiel b’85%. Minn hawn il-Gvern daħħal €1,048,254 f’taxxa u f’dawn il-ħwienet kienu impjegati 123 persuna.

Kien hemm ukoll 90,366 żjara f’tombli reġistrati fejn hawn tiddomina l-preżenza femminili b’85%. Hawn ukoll wieħed isib li n-nies imdaħħla fiż-żmien jilagħbu iktar. It-taxxa li daħħal il-Gvern minn dan is-settur kienet ta’ €286,939 u impjiegi kien hemm 43.

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RGF inaugurating sports facilities in Siġġiewi

On Friday 8th December 2017 the Responsible Gaming Foundation, represented by Chairman Vince Muscat in the presence of Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Silvio Schembri inaugurated new sports facilities at Siġġiewi FC. A project that forms part of the RGF’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.

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RGF visits Kulleġġ Santa Klara in San Ġwann

This morning RGF visited Kulleġġ Santa Klara in San Ġwann as part of its education campaign.

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RGF visits Kulleġġ Santa Tereża in Lija

This morning RGF visited Kulleġġ Santa Tereża in Lija as part of the Educational Campaign.

Please also visit the RGF facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/RGFMalta/

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RGF visits St. Benedict College in Birżebbuġa

This morning the Responsible Gaming Foundation visited yet another Primary school as part of its educational campaign on responsible gaming. This time the San Benedittu Primary School in Birżebbuġa.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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RGF on TVAM

Today RGF woke up to an early start on national television! Promotions Executive Kayne Said spoke about the foundation’s work in the presence of Antonella Vassallo on TVAM.

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RGF visits St. Ignatius College in Luqa

RGF Education Campaign Coordinator Shirley Abela attending Kulleġġ San Injazju in Luqa giving an informative talk with interesting exercises to fourth-year Primary Students on the effects and causes of Responsible Gaming in our early age!

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RGF’s presentation of Projects Report

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The RGF presented the Projects Report to the Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Economy & Financial Services Hon. Silvio Schembri for consultation together with other organisations as regards the Budget Financial Estimates Speech.

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”Gambling controlled my whole world for many years”

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Having almost ruined his marriage, 42-year-old Welshman John Hartson has enough credentials and experience to be able to raise awareness about the dangers of gambling.

For Mr Hartson, gambling started at a very early age at slot machines: “It controlled my whole world for many years. It became a real problem and caused major issues in my life, leading to relationship problems with my wife, children, friends and parents,” he said during the second Responsible Gaming Conference, organised by Kindred and the Foundation for Social Welfare Services.

The event brought together all stakeholders, including operators, psychologists, gamblers and academics.

Mr Hartson, a former Celtic striker who also played for Arsenal and West Ham and is now a pundit for BT Sport, said he wanted to pass on a message about the dangers of getting too involved with gambling and becoming a compulsive gambler.

So how did he overcome the addiction?

She was going to leave and take my children.

“It was a very poignant moment. My wife and I had a massive row and she was going to leave and take my children if I didn’t stop. That was my rock bottom.

“From that day on, I sought help. I can now help others who are in the same place I was in six years ago. I was in disarray,” Mr Hartson told the Times of Malta.

With “a lot of help and self-control” he managed to turn things around and has not placed a bet in six years. He is now “in a great place” with his wife, their family has grown since then.

In his address to a packed hall at the same gaming conference, Kindred CEO Henrik Tjarnstrom noted that while gambling had been around for centuries, digitisation has enabled operators to understand clients better and learn about their gambling patterns.

Kindred, which started off as Unibet in 1997, is one of Europe’s leading online gambling groups that operate across the continent and Australia.

“We work very hard at ensuring a safe and secure environment for our customers as we want them to remain customers and enjoy gambling,” he said. The gambling group has its own responsible gaming team that kicks into action when it suspects unhealthy behaviour.

He referred to a customer who “was not in a good place in life”.

“We initiated contact and spoke to him for weeks until he regained control of the situation through our responsible gaming team. Why didn’t we close the account? We were convinced he most likely would have gone to another operator and continued with this problem,” he said, adding that the client contacted the company a year later to express his thanks for helping him get back on his feet.

Digital Economy Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri meanwhile told the conference gambling contributed to 12 percent of Malta’s GDP. However, the government did not get carried away by numbers and, over the past years, invested in responsible gaming initiatives, he added.

According to a recent survey, about two percent of the population that consumed gaming services reported some type of adverse effects on their lifestyle, he noted. “Gambling addiction is a reality and the government needs more information to help it take more initiatives… We need everybody on board,” Mr Schembri said.

Signs to look out for:

▪ Betting tickets suggesting large bets.

▪ Preferring to play slot machines alone.

▪ Always short of cash despite regular income.

▪ Money or items disappearing from home.

▪ Preoccupation with studying betting guides.

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EU funds given to programmes aimed at helping vulnerable people

The Malta Independent 12-09-17

Two projects valued at €1.5 million from the European Social Fund aimed at helping vulnerable people have been announced.

Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia and Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Silvio Schembri made the announcement today. €500,000 was allotted to the Malta Communications Authority for the project “Star Kids. Reaching Out: Improving the life chances of vulnerable children,” which shall reach about 850 vulnerable boys and girls. Through this programme, ICT equipment will be purchased for homes and community centers and dedicated training programmes will be developed and implemented for various age groups and according to the level of the children’s knowledge.

The second project, “TAKE ACTION: Against Problem Gambling in Malta,” which was allotted €1 million, aims to implement a holistic plan on improving care and social services in the field of gambling problems and addictions. The project, which shall reach about 500 individuals shall also raise awareness on responsible gambling and protect people with gambling disorders in Malta and Gozo. This will be done by providing a specialized training programme to key stakeholders.

“It is high time that in light of the record level of prosperity and economic growth Malta is experiencing, European Funds are also diverted directly to help vulnerable people” held Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia.

Farrugia noted that “it is vital for future generations and the long term well-being of our nation that we don’t become an unequal country and society as a consequence of economic growth.”  Farrugia affirmed that the government is determined that this latest round of EU funds will benefit everyone in Malta.

Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri said that in view of Malta’s economic growth, this government is working hard to address the social aspect. He explained that Star Kids project is aimed at reaching and improving the lives of vulnerable children and help them familiarise themselves with technology. “This means that we are strengthening our human resource whilst at the same time, the government will have a clear picture of the backgrounds these children come from by means of a research study that will be carried out during the project.”

With regards to Take Action, Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri emphasized on the need to train persons who are involved with the gaming industry in order to better help those at risk of becoming victims of gambling.

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