In a bid to cut back pollution and smog surrounding the heavily polluted Chinese town of Shijiazhuang (try saying that three times fast), a new kind of lottery is being introduced. But winning this lottery doesn’t yield monetary independence as well as an extravagant lifestyle; rather it entitles you to purchase a vehicle that is new.
She’s Got a Ticket to Ride
Licenses to possess a car within the city and letting you drive will be issued with a lottery, as the neighborhood officials have had to take drastic actions to cut back the smog and carbon footprint of the city.
Shijiazhuang, the capital regarding the steel-producing Hebei province which surrounds Beijing, has now become the locality that is latest from the biggest auto market on earth to introduce this kind of measure. Other cities that are chinese have imposed a restriction on vehicle purchases include Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Guiyang.
The number of new vehicles in Shijiazhuang are going to be limited to 100,000 for the year, and households within the city will be limited to owning ‘just’ two cars each, according to the municipality web site.
The authorities go on to state that the quantity of brand new automobiles allowed are further paid off to 90,000 in 2015, and those able to buy automobiles will be determined employing a lottery structure.
Efforts to Lower Emissions
This move comes as part of China’s vow to enhance their efforts to lower emissions after public outrage was sparked by the air that is increasing and congestion. Shijiazhuang presently ranks among the smog culprits that are highest; in fact, six of the top ten polluters in China are observed in the Hebei province, according up to a list published by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection.
The Chinese, needless to say, love to gamble, and several countries are even trying to gear certain attractions towards luring the gambling that is chinese to their doorsteps. And although it will not be quite a PowerBall event with glamorous presenters and momentous jackpots, quite the way they will feel about their car acquisitions depending on a happy dip in a lottery draw, up to now, remains become unseen. But if they can’t stand it, then their only other choice is to keep to gamble on both their own health and the fitness of the planet.
South Korea Rejects Casino Bids from Caesars, Universal
South Korea has decided to reject applications for preliminary casino licenses from worldwide bidders who were hoping to make use of the South Korean government’s wishes to develop casino properties in the Asian nation. Both Caesars Entertainment (in a partnership with Lippo Limited) and Universal Entertainment Corp. were amazed to find that their requests have been denied, plus the move gets the possible to slow or stall the casino development plans in the united states.
Reason for Denial Unclear
According to a report by Reuters, no reason was handed for the rejections by the Ministry of customs, Sports and Tourism, and neither company happens to be ready to discuss the reasons that are possible. Caesars did state they had met the requirements for licensing that they had believed.
However, there’s been plenty of rumor and speculation why the licenses might have been rejected. In the case of Caesars, Reuters cited a ‘local government official with knowledge of the matter’ as stating that the rejection arrived because of concerns over Caesars’ credit score, that has been lowered in current months.
Meanwhile, Universal has been dealing with investigations by the FBI and the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation into $40 million paid by the company to a consultant in Manila. It is suspected that Universal may have used bribery to receive a license to build up a $2 billion resort casino in Manila Bay.
However, Universal says that their business in the Philippines was conducted legally. The company even appointed a panel to check into the payments, which recently came back with a report saying there was no proof of bribery but admitting that the company’s demand framework could be better, and that they didn’t gain access to certain key individuals during their research.
Both the Caesars and Universal casino jobs were anticipated to be large resorts that would be built in Incheon, an economic zone set aside by the South Korean government in order to attract tourism and foreign investment. Both companies had made their needs in January of 2013. It’s unclear if you will find any other applications that are outstanding considered by South Korea at this time.
Inappropriate Sportsbet Wallaby Cartoon Causing Controversy
Thanks to Australian operator that is betting, the initial impression thousands of tourists will have of Melbourne is one of a cartoon wallaby which appears to be sodomizing a lion. Of course you believe this will be a thing that is strange read, imagine writing it.
The advertisement that is huge covers an area of 170 meters by 90 meters has been painted in a field just from the Tullamarine Airport and is designed become visible to passengers flying in and out of the airport and features the slogan ‘Rooting for the Wallabies’ next to an image regarding the Melbourne Wallabies’ mascot trying out the trunk for the British and Irish Lions’ mascot.
The idea is demonstrably to spark interest and drum up business for the operator that is online of the approaching rugby union series between the 2 teams, which features three games to be played in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Haydn Lane, spokesman for Sportsbet, told Channel Nine that one or more million atmosphere passengers are anticipated become exposed to the ad over the next month, so the well-placed image will certainly receive exposure that is high.
‘What better way to get behind the Wallabies than to produce a wallaby that is massive behind a lion?’ he stated.
Ad Called ‘Crass’
Nevertheless, the ad has sparked debate as politicians are less than pleased about the impression it will leave on inbound tourists and certainly on young ones flying to the city. Planning Minister Matthew Guy went as far as to need that the image need to be ‘ploughed by the end of the day.’
‘It is crass. It is perhaps not the sort of welcome to Melbourne that I expect,’ he explained to 3AW radio, including that no permission had been sought for placing this kind of advert on Parks Victoria land. ‘To welcome international visitors to Melbourne with that image is not adequate enough.’
Backtracking on the image that is controversial attempted to claim that the advertisement simply shows the two characters ‘cuddling’. But then you’ll believe anything if you believe that was the aim of the depiction.
Along with politicians currently decreasing hard on betting promotions it seems somewhat irresponsible of Sportsbet to pull such a stunt, especially since exposing children to sports betting promotion is what sparked the recent advertising debate as it is (no pun intended. So why Sportsbet thought to throw a little cartoon sodomy into the mix is anyone’s bet.
Atlantic City’s Revel Goes After Gamblers; Unlike, Say, Many Casinos?
We thought the switch from Las Vegas Hilton to LVH was lazy, but works out that ain’t nuthin’. Casinos love to hire marketing firms once they decide to re-create themselves, and they pay a huge selection of 1000s of dollars for these companies’ ‘expertise.’ But now the former enjoy Atlantic City- the upstart home that exposed simply over last year and promptly fell on its fancy tushie with a ‘no smoking cigarettes anywhere’ edict has outdone the silliness in this department by renaming itself Revel Hotel-Casino.
Oh, you thought that was apparent and implied? Apparently other Atlantic City visitors thought this building was a general public library, therefore now which will be all placed to rest, phew.
In the event that you thought that was incredibly clever, wait’ll you hear their new marketing tag line…wait because of it…wait for it…drum roll, please…: ‘Gamblers Wanted’. Oh, the brilliance, we’re in tears. And glad this issue has finally been clarified.
Back once again to Basics
It is all section of the Revel Hotel-Casino’s new ‘we’re not a lot better than you’ marketing mentality; get back to basics and appeal to the little man and his bankroll. High-brow may work with Vegas, but apparently Atlantic City features a methods to go after it opened with a flourish, it has a new CEO and a new direction (and plenty of places you can smoke now, to boot) before it can be that high-falutin’; after filing in bankruptcy court just a year.
In what appears just like a slightly odd move to us but what do we know about running a casino, after all Revel Hotel-Casino states it’s now offering 100 % refunds on slot losings to whoever will subscribe for their player’s club card. We assume that is not forever, or we foresee another trip to bankruptcy court in Revel’s very near future.
Revel’s new CEO Jeff Hartman says for myfreepokies.com the new ‘here’s your money back’ philosophy: ‘Everybody deserves a 2nd opportunity, and in order for Revel to earn one, we are offering a second chance to every slot customer.’
Las Vegas Tavern Owner Gets Suspended Gaming License for Lewd Sex Acts
In a city not known for being all that gay-friendly, a Las Vegas tavern aimed at a largely locals gay crowd now features a three-month suspended gaming license and a $27,000 fine for allowing blatant intercourse acts to occur out within the available within the gay-oriented club. The Nevada Gaming Commission issued the penalties in an unanimous ruling after a three-hour hearing in the matter to the bar’s 79-year-old owner, Judy R. Nelson.
Making clear that the ruling ended up being not an anti-gay statement, however, was Senior Deputy Attorney General Michael Somps. ‘It’s not shocking that it’s sex,’ said Somps in announcing the ruling. ‘It’s maybe not shocking it was sex among males. It is shocking that it was so blatantly out on view in general public view.’
Bar Owner Allowed Public Sex Acts
The Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a complaint that is nine-count Nelson, asserting that she’d been permitting the lewd tasks in her Las Vegas Eagle bar, that includes a restricted video gaming license that permits up to 15 slot machines. Although the penalties may sound stiff (just do it and snicker here), they are able to have been much harder on her (we’re right here all week). Their state had recommended a $50,000 fine and a gaming that is six-month suspension system, plus the commission could went as high as $100,000 and revoked Nelson’s license completely. Their ‘leniency’ was due to perhaps not wanting to bankrupt the woman that is elderly company, based on commissioners.
Promotional Events Held
In testimony, Nelson admitted the club hosted some, um, creative marketing activities, including a ‘Butt Night,’ a ‘Locker Room Lockdown,’ and an ‘Underwear Night.’ All permitted for a bit one or more would find in your average bar, behavior-wise. Even though Nelson claimed in her hearing that employees whom ‘recommended’ the promotions had since been fired, Nevada Gaming Commissioner John R. Moran said he believed Nelson was aware of and condoned the promotions and even helped create an ambiance that is sexual her bar.
Nelson’s attorney said the Gaming Commission had been just out in order to make a good example of his client. ‘The state desires to crucify this girl,’ said her lawyer Robert Lueck. The Control Board will be conducting undercover surveillance during the license suspension as part of the ruling.