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Las Vegas Hotel-Casino employees get panic buttons

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An increasing number of casino companies have begun to provide their staff with panic buttons, which they can use in cases of extreme emergency.

The roll out on various Las Vegas properties comes amid contract negotiations with the Culinary Union. Members have been fighting for worker protections.

As of Wednesday, Culinary Workers Union Local 226 settled contracts for about 38,000 members who work at properties owned by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment. Members also reached agreements with the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino as well as the Plaza Hotel and Casino.

The negotiated contracts include language that requires panic buttons for workers like housekeepers who work alone in guest rooms and may be subjected to sexual harassment or other crimes.

Technovation Solutions in Las Vegas represents Trak n Protect, a Chicago based company that created a panic button used by more than 50 hotel properties across the country. The Westgate Las Vegas is in the process of installing the product this month.

“We work with Hyatt Hotels, a couple of Hiltons, as well as a couple of 5 star properties in Chicago and New York,” Technovation Solutions CEO Peg McGregor said.

The panic button is about the size of a car remote so it is easily concealed. If a hotel worker feels threatened on the job, he or she could activate the panic button.

“Within seconds, that notifies the correct people on the premise that house keeper “x” is in trouble in whatever room,” McGregor said.

McGregor said Technovation Ssolutions is in talks with several strip properties regarding the installment of the panic buttons.

While the Westgate plans to roll out panic buttons this month, a representative with the Union said it is one of 13 properties still negotiating contracts. Union members plan to picket this Friday at the Westgate and the D Las Vegas.

 

Source: fox5vegas.com

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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West Virginia Lottery appoints new director

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The governor of the state has named John Myers as the director of the regulatory body.

 

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has appointed John Myers is the new director of the state’s official lottery, West Virginia Lottery. Myers will replace Alan Larrick, who announced his resignation September 1, immediately after the state allowed sports betting at local casinos. Douglas Buffington II. deputy secretary for the West Virginia Secretary of Revenue, has been functioning as state Lottery interim director.

The executive that was named by the Governor has served as Secretary of Administration for the Justice Administration, but it is not the first time that he will work with the Lottery, as he had different positions from 2008 to 2017 and even served as acting director from 2015 to 2017.

Earlier this week the Joint Standing Committee on Finance of West Virginia gathered to talk during the second day of September legislative interim meetings at the State Capitol about recent modifications on the Virginia Lottery Commission staff and how it can affect sports betting operations.

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Mississippi rakes in $6.3m in the first month of sports betting

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The US state of Mississippi has garnered a $6.3m (£4.8m/€5.4m) as sports betting revenue in its very first complete month of licensed sports betting. This is an impressive figure, but even this is likely to increase considerably when more companies start their operation in the state.

This figure would mean $644,000 in revenue for casinos and $77,000 in tax income for the state.

Baseball was the most popular sport among the gamblers, attracting $3.3m in bets in August, while punters wagered $1.4m on parlay betting and $1.3m on American football.

Mississippi went live with a legalised market on August 1 and the first month of regulation in the state saw a number of companies roll out sports betting.

Caesars Entertainment, in partnership with Scientific Games, along with MGM and Churchill Downs were among those to take bets in August.

However, MGM was the only company to be live on day one, with others not launching until later in the month, skewering the total revenue figures for August.

SBTech did not launch in Mississippi until early September while William Hill, which obtained a licence in the state last month, recently announced a link-up with Eldorado that will cover 11 states, including Mississippi.

In addition, International Game Technology last week joined forces with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in a move that will see it launch sports betting at the Pearl River Resorts’ Golden Moon Hotel & Casino and Silver Star Hotel & Casino in Choctaw, as well as the Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville.

Mississippi was some way behind New Jersey – which has also moved to legalise sports betting since the withdrawal of PASPA – in its first month.

However, Mississippi was at a disadvantage due to the fact that fewer operators were live in month one and, unlike New Jersey, it does not currently offer online or mobile sports betting.

 

Source: iGaming Business

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New Hampshire to launch online lottery

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The US state of New Hampshire is all set to launch its first online lottery products. The launch is scheduled later this week. When it takes place, New Hampshire will become the sixth US state to sell instant lottery online.

 “We have long viewed ourselves as a player-centric lottery,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery. “Our focus in everything we do is how best to make our products entertaining and accessible to our customers by creating a strong and positive play experience. Launching iLottery is the critical next wave component in enhancing our players direct interaction with our games.”

To run its iLottery, New Hampshire selected NeoPollard Interactive, a turnkey online lottery solution active in several North American jurisdictions. NPI will provide the platform and manage several aspects of the NH online lottery for the state.

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