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The Macau Metro Monitor, November 15, 2012

CASINO VISIT LIMIT REGIME FOR PROBLEM GAMBLERS TO START MID-2013 Channel News Asia

Parliament debated the Casino Control (Amendment) Bill on Thursday.  Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry S Iswaran said there is an ongoing challenge of ensuring that Singapore's social safeguards protect the vulnerable from the casinos.  Hence, among the proposed changes to the Casino Control Act is the introduction of the visit limit. 


The visit limit will set a cap on the number of times an individual may visit the casino each month.  Some 4,000 to 6,000 locals could come under this regime, which is due to kick in by mid-2013.

There will be three forms of visit limits: firstly, individuals can apply to the National Council on Problem Gambling for voluntary self-imposed visit limits; secondly, family members can apply for family visit limits; thirdly, the NCPG will be empowered to appoint a Committee of Assessors to determine whether a third-party visit limit should be imposed on a financially vulnerable person. 

NEW PRIVATE HOME SALES DECLINE IN OCTOBER: URA Channel News Asia

According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), sales of new private homes in Singapore declined by about 25.7% to 1,948 units in October, from 2,621 units in September.

SINGAPORE'S CONSUMER PRICE INFLATION RATE UP BY 4.8% ON-YEAR Channel News Asia

Singapore's consumer price inflation rate was up by 4.8% YoY for the 1st nine months of 2012.