keeping sports betting safe an fun

Whether you’re a Red Wings fan, prefer the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry, or more closely follow professional golf, sports betting allows fans a fun way to engage in their favorite games.

The launch of legal sports betting last year has Michiganders enthusiastically moving to the regulated market. Since sports betting went live in 2020, sports fans in Michigan have wagered $2 billion and the state reached $1 billion in online wagers in just four months after mobile betting launched this year — faster than any other state in the country. 

Beyond the fun of giving fans a new, immersive experience, legal sports betting is paying back into the community through tax revenue supporting everything from parks, schools, public safety programs, fire departments and other local improvements.

Sports betting has grown exponentially since 2018 — it’s now legal in 31 other states and Washington, D.C. as well as in Michigan.

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Free educational resource brings the excitement of 2022 World Games to classrooms

The World Games 2022 and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama are partnering to provide teachers with a free resource that will expand educational opportunities in the classroom.

The initiative – announced on Thursday during an event at Sun Valley Elementary School – is The World Games 2022 Live Healthy, Play Global Toolkit. Created and produced by 40 Alabama educators, the toolkit consists of a variety of downloadable digital resources inspired by The World Games that can be used to help students learn math, science, social studies, physical education and more. The educational program is presented by Foundation Partner of The World Games 2022, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

While designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, many of the toolkit’s lessons can be adapted for use by students in any grade.

At the announcement, teachers demonstrated how the toolkit can help them build dozens

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Hong Kong Hang Seng index drops; Chinese gaming, education shares fall

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China’s consumer price index rose 0.8% year-on-year in August, compared to expectations for a 1% increase in a Reuters poll. Meanwhile, the producer price index jumped 9.5% from a year ago, as compared to forecasts of a 9% rise in a Reuters poll.

Elsewhere, the Nikkei 225 in Japan closed 0.57% lower at 30,008.19 while the Topix index fell 0.71% to 2,064.93. South Korea’s Kospi declined 1.53% to end the trading day at 3,114.70.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.9% to close at 7,369.50.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 1.26%.

Overnight stateside, the Dow and S&P 500 fell for a third straight day, while the Nasdaq dropped for its first session in five. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 68.93 points to 35,031.07 while the S&P 500 dipped 0.13% to 4,514.07. The Nasdaq Composite declined 0.57% to

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Pause on extracurriculars at Toronto schools ‘a really big disappointment’ for students, parents

There’s disappointment all around after Toronto Public Health (TPH) officials told schools across the city to pause extracurricular activities — including sports and clubs — for the month of September.

Laura McIninch, who has two sons, aged eight and 11, said this decision disproportionately affects the kids whose only access to extracurricular activities is through school. 

“For my boys, it will mean some disappointment for sure,” McIninch told CBC Toronto.

“It’s hard to explain to my son in Grade 6 why it’s safe for him to be in a classroom with 27 students, which in Toronto I think is actually considered quite small, but it’s not safe for him apparently to have an outdoor cross-country practice or to have an outdoor soccer game,” she added.

“They’ve been missing out on activities for so long and they’re so desperate to get out there and get active again for their physical health

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