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The Hokkaido prefecture to discuss Integrated Resorts bill, on Hard Rock rumours

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Hard Rock International announced it will soon open its office in Tomakomai, over the Hokkaido prefecture. In a response, Harumi Takahashi, the Hokkaido Governor, commented to the local press that she is setting an official experts’ committee to discuss the Integrated Resorts bill and the possibility of hosting a casino in the city.

Since there is more than one municipality in Hokkaido which has expressed interest in hosting an IR, the experts’ committee will also look into the question of the optimal location should a bid go forward.

Governor Takahashi stated, “The committee will carry out a concrete examination and listen to a wide range of opinions regarding the regional economy, international tourism, gambling addiction, and the candidate sites which should be given priority.

The committee would be set by later this month and would exclusively evaluate the benefits and opportunities of hosting a Hard Rock casino resort in the Hokkaido prefecture. Furthermore, “the experts’ committee will also look into the question of the optimal location should a bid go forward,” as confirmed by the government.

It’s worth noting that Governor Takahashi and the entire prefectural assembly face elections next April, and most ordinary citizens remain opposed to the legalization of casino gambling.

 

Source: FocusGamingNews

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Melco Wins Recognition for its Performance on Energy Management and Employee Development

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Melco Resorts and Entertainment has announced that it has been recognised by the 2019 Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) Philippines for its outstanding performance on energy management and employee development.

SBA, Asia’s leading sustainable award platform since 2012, recognises the companies that take a proactive role in tackling social, governance and environmental issues, ranging from climate change to making local communities more inclusive and sustainable.

Melco has been recognised for its workforce development programme which embraces a holistic “Whole Person Development” training approach, empowering its employees to have a generalist career path beyond a technical or functional-only focus and focuses on their personal growth.

Melco has also been recognised for its efforts in tackling climate change, which includes setting the goal of achieving carbon neutrality in its operations, improving energy efficiency and optimising its building management system to track energy use at City of Dreams Manila.

“We appreciate SBA’s recognition for all our efforts at Melco and City of Dreams Manila. We value our employees’ career development and that is what motivates us to provide a nurturing environment for talent throughout our company. Being socially responsible and being a good steward to our environment are key priorities for Melco and we aim to go above and beyond in our social, environmental and governance commitments in all our operations worldwide,” Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco said.

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Police Busts Online Gambling Ring in Bangkok

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Bangkok police have busted an online gambling operation and arrested four South Korean men allegedly involved in it.

The raid was carried out by a team of tourist police at a condominium unit on Sukhumvit Soi 77 in the Phra Khanong Nua area of Watthana district. The search warrant for raiding the property was issued by the Bangkok South Criminal Court.

Pol Lt Gen Damrongsak said the raid followed after a tip off that a group of South Koreans had been illegally running a gambling website called Star Casino, with over 10,000 members.

The police also seized records of six bank accounts at Seoul-based Shinhan Bank, nine mobile phones, three laptop computers and five monitors.

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Sri Lanka Recognises Esports as an Official Sport

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The Ministry of Sports in Sri Lanka has declared Esports as an official sport in the country. Sri Lanka has thus become the first country in the South Asian region to officially recognise Esports as a sport. The declaration comes as the result of over a decade long effort of the Sri Lanka Esports Association (SLESA).

The National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) had already endorsed Esports in Sri Lanka with their show of support for Sri Lanka’s participation in the 18th Asian Games, where Esports was included as a demonstration sport.

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