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Hard Rock International Announces Collaboration with Clean the World

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Hard Rock’s motto of “Save the Planet” rings true as currently participating properties begin efforts to recycle hygiene products for worldwide distribution

Hard Rock International announces an impact collaboration with Clean the World (CTW), a leader in global health dedicated to WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene) and global sustainability. The brand continues to live up to its “Save the Planet” creed as participating HRI hotels will implement the immediate collection and donation of recycled hotel soap and bottled in-room amenities such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion, to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases through the distribution of sanitized hygiene kits crafted with these recycled materials.

With headquarters in Orlando and recycling centers in OrlandoLas VegasHong KongPunta Cana and Amsterdam, Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. On average, more than 3,600 children die every day from hygiene-related illnesses, primarily pneumonia and diarrheal disease, which are two of the top killers of children under the age of 5. This program aims to eliminate the aforementioned crisis, while sustainably discarding waste from participating hotels.

Along with contribution of soaps and recycled amenities, Hard Rock International will implement Clean the World’s “hygiene kit building program” as a group and community engagement activity offered at participating Hard Rock Hotels across the U.S. This hands-on program allows meeting professionals and event planners to incorporate an eco-friendly exercise that promotes team building and group cooperation, while giving back to impoverished individuals and reducing waste.

“The Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos brand is a true leader in CSR through their ‘Save the Planet’ initiative, and we are thrilled to partner with them for a Clean the World Hygiene Kit building event,” says Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “These kits give event attendees the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community by serving our local neighbors in need and providing them with necessary hygiene supplies to stay clean.”

“We’re incredibly excited to offer such a positive and philanthropic team-building initiative to the MICE community,” says Danielle Babilino, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “One of Hard Rock’s founding mottos is ‘Save the Planet.’ This is an extension of how we live our brand creed through giving back to the communities that our properties reside in.”

Clean the World provides all of the guidance and materials, so attendees can build hygiene kits and donate them to local organizations. Each standard hygiene kit contains soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, wash cloth and an inspirational card, however, CTW offers a variety of specialty kits, including a women’s, children’s and veteran-specific hygiene kit. Once completed, the Clean the World Hygiene Kits are donated to a local charity of the property’s choice.

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona and Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood were some of the first properties to contribute to the Clean the World’s efforts, with the rest of Hard Rock’s international portfolio finalizing contribution arrangements.

As leaders in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, the iconic Hard Rock brand plans to announce more Save the Planet initiatives, including partnerships with key charity partners sharing the values of the business to help protect the earth’s natural resources and environment.

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Modern Times Group Publishes its Financial Results for Q2 2019

Niji Narayan

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Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG) has published its financial results for Q2 2019. MTG continued to deliver on its strategic direction with sales growth of 14% in its two verticals – esport and gaming. The esports Owned & Operated (O&O) sales segment rose by 15% and the gaming sales increased by 19%.

“At MTG, we believe that esports and gaming are the future of entertainment. That is why we partner with and invest in the best entrepreneurs, most promising publishers and leading brands in these industries. And there is a good reason for this; the number of gamers worldwide is expected to grow to 2.9 billion in 2022, up from 2.4 billion in 2018 – and the global esports audience is expected to grow to 645 million by 2022, up from 395 million in 2018. Games – whether played in the home, by the commuter on the go or in an esport arena by a professional esporter – represent a major commercial opportunity,” Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, President and CEO of MTG said.

“As we conclude and report the second quarter in 2019 we see strong improvements in both our esport and gaming verticals. We deliver a record high adjusted EBITDA margin of 29 percent, and we continue to be one of the most active VC players in the landscape through our VC fund, with three new investments made in the quarter,” Jørgen Madsen Lindemann added.

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COA Urges PAGCOR to Consider Closing Casino Filipino-Manila to Prevent Further Losses

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COA Urges PAGCOR to Consider Closing Casino Filipino-Manila to Prevent Further Losses
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The Commission on Audit (COA) has expressed its concern over the P2.113 billion aggregate net losses incurred by the Casino Filipino Manila Bay of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

COA has noted serious lapses in PAGCOR’s implementation of the school building project dubbed “Matuwid na Daan sa Silid Aralan,” noting that 457 classrooms financed through a P714.496 donation by the firm have not been completed.

“Aggregate net losses of P2.113 billion incurred by CF (Casino Filipino) Manila Bay for five consecutive years cast doubt on its ability to continue as a going concern and the said condition was not disclosed in the Notes to Financial Statement (FS) as required,” COA stated in 2018 annual audit report for PAGCOR.

The Casino Filipino-Manila Bay has not been earning profit for a five year period, from 2014 to 2018, COA revealed.

“As presented in Table 9, the existence of adverse financial conditions for five consecutive years of the CF-Manila Bay casts doubt on its ability to operate as a going concern,” COA said.

COA urged PAGCOR to “devise realistic development plans and strategies to generate sufficient funds” or consider closure of the CF-Manila Bay to “avert continuous losses.”

Reacting to the COA’s observation, the PAGCOR management blamed “disintegration of the income-generating satellites from CF-Pavilion, opening of competing integrated resorts and gradual reduction in the number of table games and slot machines” for the deficit.

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Mississippi Sports Betting Revenue Increases in June 2019

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Mississippi Sports Betting Revenue Increases in June 2019
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Mississippi Gaming Commission has reported an increase in sports betting revenue with $1.6m, for the month of June.

Coastal casinos generated $709,901 from $9.0m wagers. Revenue was up month-on-month from $626,283 in May, but wagers were down from $11.0m.

Baseball remained the most popular sport to bet on at coastal casinos with consumers spending $5.8m on betting. Basketball followed with $1.5m in total wagers for the month.

Casinos in Mississippi’s northern region posted collective revenue of $549,847 in June off $4.3m in wagers.

The gap between baseball and basketball betting was also evident in the north, with baseball ahead with wagers of $2.2m compared to basketball on $696,070.

Central casinos remain some way of the pace in terms of sports wagering after posting collective revenue of $113,920 from $823,939 in bets during June. This represents a significant fall on $305,494 in revenue and total wagers of $2.5m in May.

Baseball remained the most popular sport to bet on at casinos in the central region. A total of $1.1m was wagered on baseball in June, ahead of basketball with $852,527.

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