DICJ boss avoids questions on Macau retendering process as October 2019 deadline

first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm “You all seem quite concerned about this question but I can’t give any related news,” Chan told reporters during a conference session at MGS Summit on Tuesday. “Of course the SAR government will make a decision and the DICJ will also participate in this round.”The government’s deflection of the issue comes despite leading Macau law firm MdME confirming to Inside Asian Gaming that a decision on SJM’s concession must by law be made no later than 31 October 2019.Under Section 13 no.2 of the Macau Gaming Law, if a concession is awarded for less than the maximum 20 years authorized by the present law, the government may at any time and “up to six months prior to the end of the concession” authorize one or more extensions of the concession, as long as the total period does not exceed the maximum 20-year term.With SJM’s concession contract running for a period of 18 years compared with the 20-year contracts issued to Galaxy Entertainment Group and Wynn Macau, the law provides the government the right to extend SJM’s gaming concession one or more times for up to two years at a time provided the extension is granted by October 2019. SJM’s concession contract expires on 31 March 2020.The same conditions apply to MGM China, which holds a sub-concession to SJM’s gaming license.“I believe it is likely the government will grant the two-year extension to both SJM and MGM to bring the term of their respective Concession Contracts up to par with the terms of the remaining concession contracts,” MdME’s Carlos Eduardo Coelho told IAG in reference to the concessions held by Galaxy, Wynn and their sub-concessions Sands China and Melco Resorts, all of which expire in 2022.“This also means that, as to the timing for granting an extension to SJM concession contract, the government shall issue such decision six months before the lapse of the SJM contract on 31 March 2020. The decision to grant the extension shall thus be made before October 2019.”However “at this stage there are no clear indications if the decision will be made sooner rather than later.” JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau’s gaming regulator has refused to shed light on the re-tendering of gaming licenses or the timeline for revealing key details, despite the deadline for any extension to the first concession expiry now being less than 12 months away.Asked for insight into the re-tendering process with the gaming concession of SJM Holdings due to expire in March 2020, the Director of Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Paulo Martins Chan, insisted on Tuesday that he could offer no new information on the government’s plans. RelatedPosts 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau Load Morelast_img read more

An Editors Conundrum Balancing Print and Online Duties

first_imgThat’s really very odd.Why, as I sit here going on and on and on and on about how important online media are to businesses big and small, online and off-, was I so resistant to practice then what I preach now (even though I practiced it then, only on my own time)?It could be that I don’t much like being told what to do. It could be that I’d been online for so long, relatively speaking, that I didn’t entirely agree with the approach that was being taken.But mostly I think it might have been that I didn’t think I could do it right. Where “right” means as myself. With my voice. In my own time. Saying what I wanted to say. Where what I would have wanted to say was sometimes not so shiny-happy-positive, and where some of the positive things I would have said would have been about other companies and not mine.My whole love affair with online media is in good part because of the spontaneity and honesty of it. To be a cog in a larger social media strategy just didn’t remotely turn me on. (To be clear: I was never asked to be a cog. I’m just super bristly.)And so I’m left now to figure out how to amend the stuff I spout off about to accommodate this experience I’d forgotten. Here’s my first shot:If you run a company, you should be online. You should have a blog where you engage with anyone who wants to chat with you. You should be on Twitter and you should use it very little for broadcasting and very much for sharing and conversing. Same with Facebook. And any other site. If you yourself aren’t going to be the person doing the online stuff, you should make sure the person you have do it has the following resources:1. Time. It takes time to write blog posts and to tweet. It doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time, but it takes some time. Give the person some time.2. Freedom. Pick someone you trust enough to represent your business and your brand that you can give them a very long leash to say what they need to say how they need to say it. If they mess up, let them clean it up. If they mess up horribly, find someone else to do it. But don’t do anything to prevent the spontaneity, fun and impromptu conversation that are integral parts of successful online media campaigns.3. Trust. See #2.4. Time from you. Things online move fast. In all likelihood—regardless of what kind of business you’re in—they move way faster than they do in the rest of your business. So when your person comes to you and says they need to deal with something, STAT, believe them. If they come to you because some convergence of thinking in your online community presents an opportunity for a big promo next week, see if you can make it happen. Try hard to make it happen.Does any of this make sense? Or have I blathered myself into an atrocious contradiction?[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post originally appeared here.] Something occurred to me out of the blue today: during my last few months as editor of Interweave Crochet, as the company was beginning to focus more on the possibilities presented by online tools and social media, I wanted nothing to do with any of it in my work as editor. Crazy, hey?As you might have noticed, the whole print publishing industry is struggling to make sense of online media in much the same way the yarn industry is struggling.In my final months at IC, there was a lot more talk around the office about online stuff: blogs, forums, Twitter. And even though I had my own blog and still kept up a bit at the CrochetMe.com blog and I was on  Twitter, I really bristled at being pressured to do more online stuff for the magazine. Even though I was certain we needed to be online more and better than we were.last_img read more

BTS Wrap Up Successful US Tour on Ellen

first_imgPop group continues U.S. tour with a stop on the comedian’s daytime talk showPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 27, 2017 – 4:43 pm On Nov. 27 BTS band members J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga, and V introduced themselves to Ellen DeGeneres during their American daytime debut on “Ellen.” As one could tell from the audience’s shouts, BTS won new friends as a band.. That was part of the colorful message their hit “DNA” was all about.Leader RM shared the details of how mothers in South Korea made English mandatory viewing. His mother’s gift of “Friends” on DVD felt like an imposition at first but the show became the gateway for BTS to forge  new friendships in the U.S. that look likely to last.In addition to “Ellen,” their U.S. tour of stops also included appearances on James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel’s talk shows.For new fans and the semi-converted who are just K-pop curious for now, the multitude of impressions from this BTS U.S. visit have certainly garnered new interest.BTS, UNICEF Join Forces Against Violence With Love Myself CampaignRead more Twitter Catch BTS On “Ellen” bts-wrap-successful-us-tour-ellen BTS Wrap Up Successful U.S. Tour on “Ellen” News Email Facebook last_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 2pm-7pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Tuesday, December 11, 2pm-7pm: Wilmington Masonic Lodge (32 Church Street)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

Who is Karan Patel Cricketerturnedbaseball player and first Indianorigin man drafted by

first_imgKaran Patel is the first Indian-American to be drafted by a MLB teamSouthSideSox.comThe 2014 Hollywood movie ‘Million Dollar Arm’ presented a fictionalised and exoticised version of a real story about an American sports agent who comes to India in search of talented boys who can become good baseball players. The actual talent hunt program ‘The Million Dollar Arm’ took place in 2008 and the two lucky men who were selected to go to USA and receive training under the aegis of Major League Baseball (MLB) teams were Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel.Though both these men became the first Indians to sign a contract with MLB teams and underwent coaching, they were not able to make a big mark. Rinku is now a professional wrestler working in WWE’s developmental territory. But now, a less melodramatic but equally interesting story has unfolded in real life with a man of Indian origin becoming the first to be drafted by a MLB side.Karan Patel was born and brought up in USA and is no different from most boys of that country. But his Indian roots are reflected in his association with cricket. Patel succeeded in becoming an international player and played for USA at that level. But at the same time, he also kept himself involved with another sport that is way more popular in America than cricket – baseball.And now, the journey of this 22-year old has reached a new level with him becoming the first person of Indian origin or descent to be drafted into a MLB team – Chicago White Sox. The fact that he has been able to succeed in both sports makes this young man from Sugar Land, Texas a special character. Karan Patel has been picked up by Chicago White SoxTwitter/Conference USAKaran’s backgroundHis connection to cricket came from his father who was a cricketer himself and played for USA. But as he grew up, he also started to take interest in baseball. The fact that he was a bowler in cricket meant that pitching was his favoured suit. He may have moved on in his cricket career to become, primarily, a batsman, but pitching is what he continued to excel in at college level baseball.What’s even more interesting is that he credits his experience as a cricketer for some of those qualities that have made him a success at junior level baseball. An Alumni at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the young man is able to generate speeds of up to 94 miles/hour and also has those tricks of variation in pace that pitchers use to trouble their opponents.The Texan lad from an Indian background may just be the role model that Indian-Americans need to embrace this sport. Considering the affinity it has to their most loved sport, Cricket, there is no reason why more such players shouldn’t come through. While he may not have a movie made about his own journey, he will certainly be an inspiration to many young kidslast_img read more

Man killed in another alleged gunfight

first_imgGunfight IllustrationA man was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Ghoshgati village of Ullapara upazila in Sirajganj early Saturday, reports UNB.Deceased Mostafa Kamal, 35, son of a certain late Abdur Rashid of Kawak Mahalla municipal area is a drug trader and accused in 11 drug-related cases, police said.Acting on tip-off a team of police conducted the drive in the area around 4:00am, said Ullapara police station officer-in-charge Dewan Kowshik Ahmed.Sensing presence of the law enforcement, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing the policemen to fire back, triggering the gunfight, leaving the drug trader dead on the spot, he added.Police also recovered 21 bottles of phensedyl and 80 yaba tablets and arrested four more drug traders from the spot.The arrestees are — Ganesh, 25, Sanjay Chandra Saha, 22, Sony Ahmed, 33 and Selim Reza, 27.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January and February of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 50, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

CNN sues White House for barring reporter

first_imgA White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN`s Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference following Tuesday`s midterm US congressional elections at the White House in Washington, US, on 7 November 2018. Photo: ReutersCNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over the revocation of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, whose questions and reporting have been a frequent target of criticism by president Donald Trump.”We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process,” CNN said in a statement.The Republican president has steadily intensified his criticism of the media, with CNN remaining a major target.Trump erupted into anger last week during a news conference when Acosta questioned him about the so-called migrant caravan travelling through Mexico and about an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.”That’s enough, that’s enough,” Trump said on Wednesday, as a White House intern attempted to take the microphone off Acosta. “You are a rude, terrible person.”The White House suspended his credentials later that day, with press secretary Sarah Sanders accusing Acosta of putting his hands on the intern who was trying to take the microphone from him. She called his behaviour “absolutely unacceptable.”Video of the encounter showed Acosta pulling back as the intern moved to take the microphone. He called the White House accusations a lie.”While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN said.”If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”last_img

ACC chief says officials irregularities wont be tolerated

first_imgIqbal MahmoodIn an effort to put his own house in order, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Iqbal Mahmood on Thursday warned its officials that no irregularity, nepotism, partiality and laxity will be tolerated in investigation into any complaint, reports UNB.He came up with the warning while addressing an urgent meeting with directors of all ACC divisional offices, deputy directors of all district coordinated offices, and secretary, director general and directors of the head office on how to ensure more transparency and accountability in the process of investigation and enquiry.”Every officer will be dearer to us as long as you carry out your duties honestly and transparently,” the ACC chairman said. “No mercy will be shown to those who will fail to fulfill the duties.”Talking about the timeline of enquiry, he said, “From now on, those who will fail to follow the timeline should switch to another institution as the ACC rules allow this.”Expressing his dismay over the delay in enquiry in the name of queries, Iqbal Mahmood said this will not be allowed from now on. “No query can be given without the approval of the commission. We’re trying our best to make this organisation a symbol of people’s confidence. We can’t allow that the image of the institution is tarnished for negligence and authoritarianism of anyone.”Mentioning that there were allegations of rude behaviour against some officials, he urged them to behave well with people. “Be careful of your behaviour and responsibility.”ACC commissioner Mozammel Haque Khan said the legal mandate of the commission will be implemented. “So, any rude behaviour is not desirable. If you respect the law, you can’t be arrogant,” he said.last_img read more

A collection of expression

first_imgThis one’s for the art lovers. A group exhibition titled Inner Konnect Art is being organised in the Capital by three  artists Gaurav Chawla, Ruchi Chadha and Sumita Kathuri. The artists feel that art brings much needed relief and peace into their lives and this show will bring new dimensions into their lives. The viewer not only would have a riot of colours to see, but will be taken to a  journey where they will feel and experience different emotions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chawla who mostly paints in acrylic colours gets his inspiration by abstraction in the nature anywhere he see around himself. His art depicts beauty and spiritual connection. Texture and dimension in his works invite contact and extended viewing.  He says, ‘My art is my way of expression of various emotions and I express it with colours. I believe my art has its own language to communicate so to explain my art words are not enough. My chosen visual form of expression, which I call an expression through colour, is universal and does not need any particular linguistic explanation. I compose my thought in lively and vibrant presentation to strike positive spirit’. The artist aims to inspire emotion within the viewer, to allow him/her to feel a powerful connection. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChadha, is a trained artist and has experimented with a variety of mediums exploring the outer and inner world. She consciously chose to follow the preachings of Buddha which helped her evolve as an artist and this can be observed in her paintings. Painting nature on canvas brings her closer  to God. She has participated in several group shows across  the country and her paintings are held in private collections in India and abroad . She noted, ‘Nature has always been an inspiration for me. The beauty is limitless. Wherever I look , I find a theme or something out of  it that inspires me. I just can’t express my love for nature as it has new facets every day. So you will find the freshness of nature, the richness of colors, serenity, peace and passion in my work’. In this series, Chadha has tried to bring out human emotions and bondings in various situations of life. She aims to bring out a poetic symphony of life.Kathuria has over two decades of experience working in diverse mediums and variety of subjects. She has developed a unique style of work. Her work depicts the experiences that she gets in her daily life, a perspective to everyday life with her unique insight.When: 18 – 24 JulyWhere: Lalit Kala Academy. Rabindra Bhawan, Feroz Shah Road Timing: 11 am to 5 pmlast_img read more

CPIML Red Star leader sent to 10day police custody

first_imgKolkata: CPI(ML) Red Star leader Alik Chakraborty, who was arrested in Bhubaneswar on charges under the stringent UAPA, was produced before a court here on Saturday and sent to police custody for 10 days. Chakraborty, who has been leading an agitation against the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited in Bhangar in South 24-Parganas for the past few years, was brought here by the police on a transit remand from Bhubaneswar.He was produced before the sub divisional magistrate’s court at Baruipur in the district. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe police said he has been charged with instigating and deliberately misinforming villagers of Bhangar, which witnessed violent clashes against the PGCIL’s proposed unit on 16 acres.He was arrested by the Special Operation Group (SOG) of the South 24-Parganas police from Bhubaneswar when he went there for treatment. He was arrested from outside Kalinga Hospital at Bhubaneswar for his alleged involvement with the Maoists and for creating trouble at Bhangar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDue to Alik’s agitation, the work of the almost complete sub-station had to be stalled and it resulted to the restriction in development of the area.The police had been on the look-out for Alik for the past one-and-a-half years. But he had managed to flee from Bhangar a few weeks ago and went to Hyderabad from where he reached Bhubaneswar for treatment. The police received information and went to Bhubaneswar acting on the tip-off. They found Alik outside a tea stall and arrested him. He was brought to Kolkata in flight on Friday late night and was produced before the court on Saturday afternoon. Alik had headed the movement against setting up of the power grid sub-station at Bhangar and rallies under the banner of ‘Jomi Jibika Poribesh o Bastutantra Raksha Samiti’ (committee for protection of land, livelihood, environment and ecology). Some supporters of the CPIML (Red Star) had created trouble at Bhangar causing inconvenience to common people protesting against the arrest. A large contingent of police was posted in the area to ensure that the situation remains calm and doesn’t deteriorate further.last_img read more