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Latvia to tap into “sin taxes” to finance culture

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Latvia will reinstate the so-called “sin taxes” charged on alcohol, tobacco and gambling to finance the State Culture Capital Foundation, the national endowment which sponsors culture projects, the government decided Tuesday.

Representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers said that starting in 2022, the foundation’s budget will receive three percent of excise tax on alcohol, two percent of excise tax on tobacco, 1.37 percent of lottery tax and 2.21 percent of gambling tax.

The government will continue to provide its annual subsidy to the foundation during a transition period from 2019 to 2021.

The ministers decided to change the foundation’s financing scheme after hearing the culture ministry’s report outlining four possible financing options.
According to the ministry’s report, which has been published on the government’s website, culture in Latvia needs independent funding, something Latvia’s current government has promised to ensure.

Governmental representatives said the new financing scheme would enable the State Culture Capital Foundation to organize three project competitions a year, continue its program of lifelong grants and fund projects in prioritized areas like events targeting children and youth audiences.

It would also be able to consistently increase funding to target programs aimed at supporting cultural activity in Latvia’s regions.

Representatives of Latvian creative industries have been calling for an independent financing model for the State Culture Capital Foundation for more than a decade.
The foundation used to be financed with “sin taxes” until the government of former prime minister Einars Repse abolished the system in 2004.

 

Source: Xinhua


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SLS Las Vegas to launch sports betting tournament during football season

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SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino will launch a special sports betting tournament during the upcoming football season. The resort will offer fantasy drafts, food and beverage specials, viewing parties and more during the matches. Starting Thursday, 6th September, whether watching pro football Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays or college football Fridays and Saturdays, Umami patrons can enjoy a variety of game day specials.  The Sayers Club will also host viewing parties Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season on six big-screen televisions.

Guests aged 21 and up are invited to stop by the state-of-the-art William Hill Sports Book to place bets on their favourite teams. Sports book patrons have access to innovative wagering technology, including William Hill’s market-leading mobile betting platform available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Additionally, the sports book features an expansive HD video wall for viewing of sporting events and betting odds, as well as fully automated InPlay wagering.

 

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Authentic Games obtains UK gambling license

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Authentic Games, the Malta-based Live casino specialist has obtained a service provider license from UK Gambling Commission. The license will allow it to provide its whole range of games and products to UK operators and players.

The company’s product range includes the flagship Authentic Roulette product, which live streams from roulette tables located on the floors of premium casino resorts in Malta, USA, Romania, Georgia, Italy and Denmark.

Authentic Gaming recently opened a new Arena studio in Malta, and has a client list that includes Leo Vegas, Mr Green, and all Kindred Group brands including Unibet.

The studio contains six Live Auto Roulette tables with four different game formats: Classic Roulette, Speed Roulette, VIP Roulette and a never-seen-before variant, Blaze Roulette.

Blaze Roulette is set against a game show backdrop. The game table is lit with LED lights, and a giant video wall that completes the showbiz theme. Blaze is the only “game show” style Live Roulette game dedicated to roulette players.

Jonas Delin, CEO of Authentic Gaming, said in a statement Monday: “The UK is a key market for us as we continue to expand into regulated jurisdictions around the world. With nearly half of our client base holding a UKGC licence, we are eager to bring our games to market.”

 

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Crown Resorts’ profits suffer massive dip

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The company has reported its full-year results, which fell to US$558.9 million.

Crown Resorts, one of the biggest gaming and entertainment groups in Australia, reported a steep fall in its profits. According to the latest financial results, the company’s profits have decreased by 70 per cent to US$558.9 million. This is significant because the company sold its facilities and business ventures in Macau last year.

This has been a problem year for Crown Resorts. Its board member James Packer left the company and 19 of its executives were arrested in China. However, not everything is lost. Despite the 70 per cent dip in net profit, there is a 12.7 per cent increase in normalised profit to US$385.6 million. It also registered a 5.4 per cent increase in operating revenue to US$3.4 billion.

John Alexander, Executive Chairman of Crown: “Crown’s full-year result reflects a solid performance from our Melbourne operation and continued subdued trading in Perth. VIP program play turnover in Australia of US$51.5 billion (up 54.5 per cent) was a pleasing outcome, particularly at Crown Melbourne (up 73.9 per cent), given the difficult trading conditions.”


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