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A report from the Secretary the Senale, based on an investigation requested during CPI reports about poker bingos, confirmed that many people were against the legalization of the game, reports www.yogonet.com.  Only 19.3 percent of the people interviewed were in favour of bingo and slot machines legalisations.  If the game was legalized, only 15.2 per cent said they would visit betting centers.  Thirty per cent of the people interviewed declared themselves indifferent to legalization and 48.2 per cent were against the idea.  In spite of the result of the investigation, CPI spokesman, Senior Garibaldi Alves, included in the final report a detailed proposal of bingo regulation, to be sent to the Tourism Commission of the Senate.

      Several senators were against the proposal.  Even those who will vote in favour of the report will say they against regulations.  The investigation  was performed in May, via telephone, where 1,072 people were interviewed in 111 city councils and the Federal District.  It is likely that Alves’ report will not be approved, because the government disagrees upon several  key points.  The author of the text that will be put to vote instead of the report (as a separate vote ) will be the one belonging to Evangelist Senator Mango Malta.  The proposal of the senator will be opposite to the spokesman proposal.  He will ask for the closure of licensed bingos.  The investigation also shows a preference for lotteries.  If bingos were legalized, 77.6 per cent of the people interviewed said they were in favour of its operation in special areas.  However, 50.8 per cent think that bingos should be operated by the poker government.

SWEDEN:

Sweden’s Gaming Board has reported the editors of four Swedish newspapers and magazines to the police for publishing adverts from foreign gambling companies, according to www.thelocal.se.  Those reported were the editors of newspapers expression and Metro as well as those of Siltz and Spray magazines.  “We expect more to follow, as many publications have accepted adverts recently,” said Gaming Board spokeswoman Mr Hamren.  A number of district court rulings have confirmed that it is illegal to publish adverts from gaming companies other than state monopoly Svenska Spel.  One already found to have broken the law is Nerikes Allehanda editor, Krister Linner, who asked the Supreme Court to hear the appeal against the rulling, but the court refused.  “This means that doubt is now eradicated – the law applies and we can act more forcefully,” said the Gaming Board’s chief legal officer Hakan Hallstedt.

 


      The adverts break what is known as the promotion paragraph in the 1994 Lotteries Act.  This makes it illegal to help foreign gaming companies find customers through adverts in the Swedish media.  It is legal, however, for state-owned gambling companies Svenska Spel and ATG to advertise.  The World Cup led to an unprecedented number of gambling adverts in the Swedish media.  Expression’s sports supplement alone contained seven poker advertisements for foreign gambling companies on one occasion.  Editors have justified taking the adverts by saying that Swedish law is inconsistent with EU law.  The Gaming Board around SKR450m per year for the Swedish media.  These include adverts on TV3 and Kanal 5, which are broadcast from the UK, making them exempt from Swedish legislation.

NIGERIA:

The games industry is still struggling to grow in the face of problems with regulations and the business climate, according to Lagos Country Club lkeja’s B Simon Ndukwe, although there is great potential in this area for investment both by prospecting local and foreign participation.  Apparently, the attitude of Nigerian law enforcement towards the gaming industry is a laissez-faire approach.  “This is due to either the lack of enforcement tools or the growing attitude of Nigerians to fight and survive harsh economic measures.  Excessive moonlighting takes place.”  casino games, billiards, dice, chess, darts and computer games are among the most in-demand pastimes in Lagos.  “Nigerians have a very high demand for recreation but lack the facility to invest in this sector.”
      Arcades, said Ndukwe, are not much in vogue, although there was a host of them established in the 80s and 90s, patronage  declined due to a general economic downturn.  “The problem of social insecurity here is largely associated to economic policies and the recently settled IMF debt, which has put the country back on the (slow) track to actual.  The country, however, remains a haven for investment.  Nigerians believe that external participants and partners are a way to making the recovery process quicker.  “The Lagos Lottery is like monopoly, raking in millions every week due to its outstanding popularity in the city.  Everyone loves it.  Its local kiosk centers, with branded official logos and colours, can be seen on every street corner of Lagos,” Ndukwe concluded.

TAIWAN:

Sun Yuan, which was founded in 1987, has revealed to Integrate the Pivotal moments in its 20-year lifespan.  The Taiwan-based firm began life as a manufacturer of crane machines and game cabinets.  After undergoing major changes in its corporate structure and constantly upgrading  its manufacturing equipment and techniques, the company has successfully developed multipurpose video game ABS plastic cabinets, 20ins, 28ins and 29ins Big Century, Super 38, Super 51 and air hockey games.  In 1989, its first crane recorded brisk sales.  The next year, industry members asked Sun Yuan to design other amusement machine cabinets, facilitating the establishment of Sun Yuan’s reputation in the industry.  In 1991, the firm relocated to Niao Sung, Kaohsiung County and increased its market capitalization to NT $10m (US $325,000).  A year later, the firm began designing and manufacturing a range of cabinets and introduced its NC and MC machines to improve its product quality and production capacity.
      In 1993, Sun Yuan began producing 28ins Tri-Star and 90 Star as well as 14ins mini cabinets.  One year on, in response to market demand, it began producing plastic vacuum cabinets to replace wooden cabinets.  By 1995, the company launched opponent degree Twill Pattern and 14ins Little Empire cabinets.  The following year it started to explore overseas markets including Europe, the US, Middle East ad South east Asia, and utilized computer software to aid in the design of its products and improve production procedures.  In 1998, the outfit introduced QCC in order to increase production capacity and obtain certification and by 1999 it had applied for ISO certification to show the world class  quality of its products.  Nowadays, sun Yuan’s factory is about 6,900sq.m and has 81 employees.

MALTA:

Atronic system ‘Chip Cash is gaining more ground in Europe with another new casino having chosen the company’s smart card cashless solution.  The Orcale Group is operating two casinos on Malta and signed an order for Atronic’s Galaxis casino management system at the end of last year.  The contract contains the modules Slot Accounting, Player Tracking and Jackpot Management for 150 machines.  In addition, the machines are already prepared for a later operation of the smart card cashless system.  At the beginning of this year, Atronic’s System’s regional sales manager, Alex van den brul, finalized a further deal for Atronic System Chip Cash solution in European market.  Chip Cash will become operational from the beginning in Oracle Group’s second casino on Malta, which is located in the area of Portomaso a the Hilton Topwer.  The deal comprises 150 slot machines running with the Galaxis Slot Accounting System, Chip Cash, as well as the player tracking and bonusing module, Star Marketing.  In the wake of the new opening, Atronic International was able to secure a significant order for its latest machines, including the new video slot Harmony.  The Harmony game mix includes all seven of the first titles released on Harmony.  The new Super Play Games on e-motion will make their debut in Malta.

     
NEW ZEALAND:

The National Lotteries  Board has denied responsibility for the alleged delay in appointing distribution agencies.  The board also gave the assurance that all outstanding applications for funding will be considered.  The NLB was responding to media reports alleging that charity organizations depending on funding from the lottery were in difficulty as money due to them had not been forthcoming .  the reports claimed hundreds of such organizations faced closure because the NLB ‘has delayed appointing its distribution agencies.’  In a statement the NLB said in terms of the Lotteries Act, the board was not involved in adjudicating applications for funding, allocating grants, or appointing the distributing agencies.  Instead, it was responsible for regulating the national lottery and all other lotteries in the country, and was the trustee of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.  The distributing agencies were made up of groups of individuals appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry.  The term of office of the distributing agencies finished at the end of March 2006.

 

 

 

 
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