Wynn details $2.5 billion plan for Le Reve in IPO

Steve Wynn, the builder of the Mirage Resorts empire and owner of the Desert Inn hotel-casino on the Strip, today filed for an initial public stock offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission to partially fund Le Reve, a $2.5 billion luxury resort he hopes to open in March 2005 at the Desert Inn site.

The IPO, filed this morning by Wynn Resorts Ltd., Las Vegas, is underwritten by Deutsche Bank Securities (formerly Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown), New York, Bear Stearns & Co., New York, and Banc of America Securities, San Francisco, and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, New York.

The timing of the initial stock sale and the initial stock price were not listed. The filing projects proceeds of $355 million from the offering.

In addition, Wynn Resorts and its subsidiaries, Wynn Las Vegas LLC and Wynn Las Vegas Capital Corp., will jointly offer $350 million in second mortgage notes.

The filing says the stock would be offered on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange with the proposed trading symbol “WYNN.”

The filing of the offering puts Wynn Resorts in an SEC-mandated “quiet period” that prohibits the company from making comments about the project. However, several details of Wynn’s plans are outlined in the prospectus filed with the SEC.

The document says Wynn is expected to spend $2.5 billion on the project, which includes design costs, the cost of the land, capitalized interest, pre-opening expenses and all financing fees. It also includes a number of expenses that aren’t directly related to Le Reve’s construction.

That includes a $23.3 million investment in Wynn’s proposed resort project in Macau in China, and $38 million for the acquisition of a corporate aircraft.

By comparison, Bellagio cost $1.8 billion to open and the Venetian, $1.5 billion.

Of the $2.5 billion, design and construction costs would be about $1.375 billion. Wynn has hired veteran Las Vegas contractor Marnell Corrao to build the resort.

Wynn’s strategy for Le Reve is to develop a “must-see” UFA casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip, the first major hotel-casino resort on the Strip in more than four years.

The prospectus said construction is expected to begin in September.

According to the document, Le Reve would have 2,701 rooms and suites, 18 dining outlets, including six fine-dining restaurants and a new exclusive 18-hole championship golf course. The resort also would include 78,200 square feet of retail shopping space with brand-name, high-end boutiques, plus a 130,000-square-foot convention area. That retail area, about the size of the Bellagio’s, would be much smaller than the malls at competitors the Venetian, Caesars Palace and the Aladdin.

The resort also would have a new water-based entertainment production by Franco Dragone, who developed Bellagio’s production of “O” and Treasure Island’s “Mystere” shows. A 2,080-seat showroom is planned and entertainment production costs have been listed as a $24 million expense in the prospectus.

The resort is expected to provide 7,000 jobs when it opens.

Wynn also plans an on-site, full-service Ferrari and Maserati car dealership and an art gallery displaying the works from the private art collection of Wynn and his wife, Elaine.

The prospectus says Le Reve will capitalize on its proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Expo and Convention Center to attract conventioneers. The resort plans to offer free shuttle service to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Le Reve will be different from any other Las Vegas resorts in that it will not focus on a highly themed experience,” the prospectus says. “Instead, Le Reve will offer an environment having a sophisticated, casually elegant ambiance.”

The filing also explains the role of Wynn’s Japanese partner in the venture, Kazuo Okada, controlling owner of Aruze Corp. Okada would own 47.431 percent of Wynn Resorts’ common stock.

Aruze won a Japanese lower court judgment, but the Japanese tax authority has filed for an appeal in the case. The filing said Wynn has the option to acquire Aruze’s shares if Nevada regulators do not approve the Japanese company’s ownership in the company if it loses the appeal.

Dave Ehlers, a gaming analyst with Las Vegas Investment Advisers, said the higher price tag on Le Reve should not be a source of concern.

“Steve Wynn’s record speaks for itself,” Ehlers said. “He knows how to do it.”

Ehlers said when The Mirage was built, Wall Street pessimists said Wynn would not be able to generate the cash flow necessary to pay off debt, but that property became the most successful in the industry until Bellagio took its place.

“The record is relatively clear that betting against one of Steve Wynn’s super projects has not been financially rewarding and I would be the last one to suggest that he would not be able to do the same thing with Le Reve,” Ehlers said.

Wynn acquired the Desert Inn from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. for $270 million in April 2000 with funds he received in the sale of Mirage Resorts Inc. to what is now MGM MIRAGE.

Wynn received more than $500 million, pre-tax, from MGM Grand Inc.’s acquisition of Mirage Resorts Inc., which owned Bellagio, The Mirage and Treasure Island on the Strip, the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas, the Atlantic City Golden Nugget and the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss.

 

 

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Shooting the Moon for Situs Judi Slot

“Shooting the Moon” is a term used to describe the act of collecting all the hearts plus the Queen of Spades in the game of Hearts – where you would normally want to toss those cards to your opponents, if you can collect them all, your opponents are all penalized the maximum number of points (26) – but if you miss even one, you take a huge hit yourself.

In casino gambling, similar actions occur only at games like video poker, where one might toss away a high pair in order to try and hit a royal flush – but for me, it means tossing away small profits in order to realize larger gains – craps players press their bets in hopes of a hot roll, slot players return small wins hoping to hit a jackpot… you get the picture.

What I call shooting the moon is commonly known as a bet progression – using a portion of a winning bet to raise the next bet. These progressions are commonly used in blackjack, roulette or craps where wins are usually paid even money.

Now I know that there are many bet progression methods around,and the one I am about to describe to you may resemble one of these, but I developed it for my own use and have seen others use similar methods.

Starting with an initial bet of $2, I raise my bets following each successive in,and drop back to $2 after a loss – hoping to catch a long winning streak. The “moon” is the top of the series, whether you either maintain the highest bet in the series after a win, or you drop back to $2 and collect a sizeable win.

The progression series I use is 2,3,5,7,10,15,20,30 etc… where following bets are equal to 1.5 times the size of the last bet. My “moon” is usual set at 20 units, after which I can decide to continue betting 20 units at a time until a loss, or collecting the 20 units and starting over at 2.

Of course, you can always vary the value of your unit – some people may prefer $1 – I use $5, so my moon is worth $100. And you can also start anywhere in the series I showed above – for me, I generally eliminate the 2 unit bet and start with a minimum of three, which lessens the number of wins required to reach the moon but increases the risk to one’s pocketbook 🙂

So let’s say that you achieved the required 7 wins to reach a 20 unit bet. The following table shows what your net profit at each step is.

As you can see here, a good run of cards, dice or colors on the roulette table can make you a tidy sum of money. Had you been flat-betting 2 units during this progression, you would have ended up with a 14 unit profit instead of 57 units.

On the other hand, if you were to win one, then lose one, you would be even when flat-betting, but down half a unit using the progression.

When playing blackjack, and getting a blackjack, you will obviously have an extra half-unit to deal with. You can either pocket the extra half-unit as a bonus, or use that amount to move one step up the progression but you’ll have to add a little money of your own.

The conservative method of pocketing the bonus half-unit is recommended – but I’m an impatient type and so I typically move up the progression instead.

The only pitfall with using this sort of a progression is that it takes two successive wins Situs Judi Slot for you to break even, whereas with flat-betting you would be ahead 4 units. With a third successive win, using the progression you would be ahead 3 units, and 6 flat-betting. 4 wins with the progression would net 7 units, and flat-betting 8 units. Any streak longer than 4 wins will put you ahead of the game.

It’s a heck of a lot more exciting – and in theory you are taking the same amount of risk as when you are flat-betting – the major difference is that your profit/loss will be like a roller-coaster ride. But it definitely takes the tedium out of playing blackjack!

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Columnist Jeff Haney: Living la vida ‘pura’

Alan Boston hopes to win one for the ‘old school’

Jeff Haney’s sports betting column appears Wednesday. Reach him at (702) 259-4041 or haney@lasvegassun.com.

High-stakes sports betting is alive and well in Las Vegas, professional gambler Alan Boston says.

It’s just that the rest of the city makes him sick.

“Unfortunately, when the evil vermin scum casino corporations have so much power, nothing good can happen as a result,” Boston said. “You get roads that take forever to be built, air quality that is way below standard, and nothing’s being done about it. …

“There’s absolutely nothing good here — except you can bet. So here I am.”

Boston lives in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, seven months each year and spends the remaining five months in Las Vegas. He has been visiting the city since 1982, he moved here as a part-time resident in 1987, and he has been operating as a high-level pro sports bettor since 1994 or 1995, focusing on college basketball.

On Friday night, Boston will meet Nick Bogdanovich, the sports book manager at the Golden Nugget, in the championship round of the Leroy’s Handicapping Challenge, a college basketball betting contest in its initial year.

Each contestant makes five selections against the point spread from Saturday’s card, with the winner earning $5,000 cash and $5,000 for charity.

The action begins at 10 p.m. Friday in the Riviera sports book. The program also airs live on 920-AM.

In Boston, bettors and fans can get a look at the man reputed to be the best college basketball handicapper in the game, as well as perhaps the most acerbic critic of modern-day Las Vegas.

“With the government that’s in power … you see BLM land greedily traded for, houses built out into the mountains, the wilderness, even though (desert wildlife) was there first,” said Boston, who pulls his punches about as often as Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward. “You get ridiculous traffic jams … and all kinds of problems, but none of the culture that other big cities have, such as jazz, or museums.

“As far as any kind of a sense of good energy, there is none. When it was an old-fashioned hick town, it was much more pleasant.”

Boston’s feelings about corporate situs poker pkv games Las Vegas can be summed up in his reaction to the Super Bowl commercial that showed Steve Wynn standing atop his new building on the Strip.

“I was rooting for him to fall off,” Boston said.

Boston said he admired old-time gambling figures such as former Dunes owner Sid Wyman, who was known to give down-and-out bettors $100 to take a shot against the house.

That would never happen today, Boston said.

“They’d say, ‘get out of here, you (expletive) broke,’ ” Boston said.

“I’m very old school. … Everything I say is from the heart. I believe what’s old is pure, what’s pure is right, and I think most change is bad.”

Besides his beloved Hugo’s Cellar and Andre’s downtown, a couple of things keep Boston coming back to Las Vegas despite his stated distaste for the place. Sports betting is legal, for one. No worries about the “gray area” that hovers over the major bookmaking operations in the Caribbean and Central America.

And some Las Vegas casino properties still accept big action, said Boston, who routinely bets $10,000 or more per game.

“Plus it’s so hateful here that I do nothing but work for five months,” Boston said. “It keeps me focused.”

Boston, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, had his road-to-Damascus moment as a young man attending games at the Palestra on the Penn campus in Philadelphia. A devoted fan of the game first, Boston soon became immersed in the gambling culture surrounding the sport.

“I knew all the point spreads, and (the gambling) just got into me,” Boston said. “The things that happen in ballgames just became second nature to me.”

Boston achieved a level of fame with his portrayal in Chad Millman’s 2001 book, “The Odds,” and a feature that aired last year on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”

Boston entered each project with reservations. He decided to work with Millman only after reading his highly regarded “Pickup Artists,” about playground basketball in America, and was satisfied with the result.

He regrets the ESPN venture, though. Boston said he thought the program unfairly showed him at his worst, such as when he threw a pen across the room after a tough loss.

 

“ESPN (ticked) me off,” he said. “I talked to them from the heart. I gave them a lot of great stuff, and they showed me acting like a puerile idiot.”

 

Boston was hoping the ESPN exposure would lead to a position as an analyst, dissecting college basketball games with a gambler’s eye, a la Hank Goldberg or Pete Axthelm.

 

It could have been a good fit, as the sports networks realize college basketball telecasts draw gamblers, even if they don’t promote the link explicitly.

 

“People aren’t watching Long Beach State-Cal State Fullerton at midnight because they’re alumni,” Boston said.

 

When an invitation to the Leroy’s contest came along, Boston was hesitant again. Ultimately he was swayed by the chance to work with Jimmy Vaccaro of Leroy’s, another magna cum laude graduate of the “old school.” He also hopes to generate donations to the organization Great Dane Rescue.

 

“This is an old-school, old-Vegas-style show,” Boston said. “It’s very pure. That’s probably why I’m proud to be a part of it.”

 

After this year’s Final Four, Boston plans to assess his future. He’ll put in one or two more seasons of heavy-duty betting, perhaps, then consider pursuing a new career as — believe it or not — a high school English teacher.

 

Although he’s at the top of his game as a gambler, Boston has complicated feelings about his chosen profession.

 

“I’m not really proud of what I do,” Boston said. “I regret that I kind of gave up my whole youth and young adulthood because I got into the gambling scene. I mean, I’m 46 years old, I’m not gay, and I’ve never been married. I see a shrink on a regular basis.

 

“I always craved independence, but now maybe I’m craving some normalcy in my life. Maybe settling down might not be a bad thing right now. …

 

“That’s why when I talk about teaching high school English, it would be to give something back, to do something much more important than what I’m doing. And that’s where I’m at.”…

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Kepa’s Last Qiu Qiu Terbaik Stand

It was the most unexpected spectacle.

THE CHELSEA GOALKEEPER’S DEFIANCE WAS A SAD DAY FOR FOOTBALL

An otherwise lethargic League Cup Final sprung unexpectedly into life when Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to leave the field while being substituted at the end of extra-time.

Nobody watching could recall from their years of watching the game, a player refuse outright to go off when substituted. Kepa’s refusal to leave the field will go down in football history.

 

As penalty specialist Willy Caballero waited patiently on the touchline to replace the Spaniard and take on his former Manchester City teammates from 12 yards, Kepa gestured angrily towards the bench, shouting “No!” repeatedly at his manager Maurizio Sarri and assistant Gianfranco Zola.

 

As Kepa kept his ground and refused point-blank to budge, an exasperated Sarri almost walked out of Wembley, sensationally.

 

Kepa then saved one City spot-kick but Qiu Qiu Terbaik teammates Jorginho and David Luiz missed theirs, handing the Cup to Pep Guardiola’s side, an almost forgotten footnote in the aftermath.

 

So in failing to make way for Caballero, Kepa had made a rod for his own back should Chelsea have gone on to lose the shootout. In disobeying orders, he only piled more pressure onto his already beleaguered manager, whose authority was already in ubiquitous question.

 

Only recently Sarri had lamented his players were proving difficult to motivate and today they failed him by not rushing to urge Kepa to leave the field and back their boss in the process.

 

Luiz was the only colleague who spoke to his goalkeeper during his two minutes of madness; skipper Cesar Azpilicueta was nowhere to be seen.

 

Any manager will tell you that the loneliest and lowest feeling is when they feel they have lost the dressing room.

 

The referee spoke to both parties but could do little as the rules dictate a player can refuse to come off.

 

Post match Kepa and Sarri insisted it was all a misunderstanding of a couple of incidents of cramp in the lead-up to the substitution, but caught on camera with millions watching, the footballer’s defiance of his manager, whatever was the motive behind the change, was plain to see.

 

It cannot be right when hierarchical control disintegrates unless that rule is particularly unfair and counterproductive, but Sarri was perfectly within his rights to substitute Kepa.

 

Moreover, English football uses the word manager for what most languages call a coach or trainer for a reason and so when that authority is undermined, a team cannot be directed anymore.

 

Since no organisation can function without a chain of command and universal acceptance of the rules. Kepa’s blatant disobeying of his boss must not go unpunished.

 

The 24 year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge looks in question all of a sudden, but Sarri will probably walk the plank first.

 

Despite grabbing a sack of trophies in the last decade including the Champions League and Europa League, Chelsea are a ship adrift in early 2019.

 

The Blues seem unable to keep a manager respected for more than a season, have seen an ambitious stadium redevelopment stalled and are set to lose their best player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in the summer.

 

Days before the final, FIFA announced a two-window transfer ban to make matters worse as punishment for signing underage players.

 

Their current manager is stuck in a rut and gloom is enveloping his reign in only its first season but the club has ridden a merry-go-round of coaches in recent seasons.

 

Perhaps worst of all is their current form – four defeats in seven games has unsurprisingly seen the side slip down to sixth spot and in real danger of missing out on the Champions League next season.

 

For a club which a decade ago looked like dominating European club competition for some time, this is suddenly becoming a dark chapter in Chelsea’s history.

 

Player power saw Sarri’s predecessors Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte leave their jobs prematurely and it looks like claiming a third victim.

 

If Chelsea are looking for a cure for their latest malaise, they could start by stopping the children from running the school.

 

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ITV in need of learning Qq Poker from the BBC

 

 

Although the Carling Cup isn’t the most prestigious of competitions, with the football odds suggesting that a Premier League side is bound to lift the trophy. But when a side from outside the top flight defeats one of the best teams in the country you expect it to receive some extra media coverage.

 

So tuning in to watch ITV’s highlights of the Qq Poker Carling Cup late last night I expected the first game to be Burnley’s shock victory over Chelsea. Instead 40 minutes of the hour long programme were given to Tottenham’s 4-2 victory over Liverpool.

 

Now while that was an entertaining game, any game with six goals in normally is, I was a little surprised to see that game on first. I got to the point of being very annoyed when after 40 minutes, which included two advert breaks, the match at Stamford Bridge was given a maximum of five minutes, including no replies of the two goals.

 

Now I can understand that the football odds made the Spurs against Liverpool match the more attractive tie but surely the bigger story was Burnley’s penalty victory. Television coverage is always looking for the most dramatic match with lots of incident.

 

Two goals, a red card and a hatful of chances followed by the most dramatic way to settle a football match, penalties, was apparently not enough. ITV gambled on Spurs v Liverpool and in a way lost.

 

Sat watching the show with another friend, both of us neutral’s when it came to the games at Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane, came up with the same point that the BBC wouldn’t have gambled on just one game.

 

Match of the Day is consistently the best highlight show on television, with every game covered by an equal number of camera’s and with a commentator present. This works because they can give the most in-depth coverage to whatever game was the most dramatic that day.

 

ITV were extremely lazy last night with their failure to properly cover two out of the three matches. They seemed to have just one camera at Stamford Bridge and as such couldn’t provide the kind of coverage many of us have become us to when watching football. As I said no replays of the goals were given along with no interviews with the managers after the game, no interviews with the Burnley fans and no in-depth analysis of the match itself with the focus on Didier Drogba’s coin throwing incident instead.

 

All I and anyone can hope for is that ITV learn from their mistakes and take into consideration that there are other games taking place which people are just as interested in as any other match. I also hope that they never recover the right to show Premier League highlights and ruin my football viewing every week rather than the once a month they are doing now.…

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Online Casinos are Safe, Reliable and Honest Situs Slot

 

 

Over the past few years, there have been many debates about whether online casinos are safe and secure. Most online casinos are honest and safe, however, and provide the highest levels of security and comfort for their customers.

 

(PRWEB) April 1, 2005 — Over the past few years, there have been many concerns about the viability of the ethics of the online casinos, since they exist in a wide number of countries and territories, and not all of those countries are subject to international law. Of course, there are many organizations that seek to regulate the online casinos and to see to it that they do as they advertise and act in an honest and responsible manner.

 

The problem with many of these situs slot organizations are that membership in them is voluntary. Most of the online casinos are not members, since they do not feel the need to. The online casinos that are members do not fail to advertise that they are indeed members. However, most of the players fail to see the relevance of membership in the organizations since they do not know what membership in those organizations means.

 

However, it stands to reason that in the information age, an online casino that does not deal fairly with its customers, will soon be ostracized by the gambling community because such things cannot stay a secret for long.

 

The other online Togel Singapore casinos know that when a single casinos deals in unfair practices, and these may include generating non-random results in the games, failure to pay prizes and plain simple theft and fraud, that casino will give a bad name to all the other online casinos. Hence, they hasten to publicize that their counterparts are engaged in illegal dealings, and customers are warned not to play in them.

 

It is the philosophy of World’s Best Online Casinos at www.worlds-best-online-casinos.com to ensure complete fairness to the player and with special respect to the player and his needs.

 

Indeed, gamblers may find in the online casinos that World’s Best Online Casinos recommends have the best games, prompt payouts and honest dealing.

 

While this is more or less the norm in the online casino industry, when choosing an online casino, it is important to do a little window shopping in order to ascertain what your needs are exactly and which of the online casinos meets these fully. Of course, it’s also important for gamblers to decide which online casinos look the best and fairest, since it would be a shame if their money went down the drain.

 

 

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European Club Cups – Pkv Poker Fun Facts

 

 

1-0 in the semis, a sure formula for winning the trophy!

Barcelona – Arsenal finale je koje je priželjkivala većina Pkv Poker neutralnih ljubitelja nogometa, to jest onih koji nisu navijači Milana i Villarreala kao direktno zainteresiranih suparnika u polufinalu, te Real Madrida i Espanyola kao tradicionalnih “mrzitelja” Barce odnosno Chelseaja i Tottenhama, kao povijesnih suparnika Arsenala.

 

Iako smo i mi u Nogometu navijali za ovakav finalni sraz, način na koji su Barca i Arsenal dospjeli do završnice u Parizu nije nas zadovoljio. Villarreal, klub koji nikad u povijesti nije ništa osvojio, tek se nedavno probivši u španjolsku i kontinentalnu elitu, više je zavrijedio prolaz u finale od Arsenala! Dok je artiljerija “Topnika” šutjela, “Žuta podmornica” ispalila je salve torpeda prema meti, vratima Jensa Lehmanna, a sportska je nepravda što u Nijemčevu mrežu nije ušao nijedan projektil.

 

U žalovanju za Villarrealom, čiji smo poraz istinski željeli prije no što su susreti odigrani, tješi nas jedino činjenica da jedanaesterac nad Jose Marijem nikako nije postojao, pa je promašaj Riquelmea s bijele točke neutralizirao sudačku pogrešku. S druge strane, nismo sigurni da je

na Highburyju postojao jedanaesterac za Španjolce, koji sudac nije dosudio, a zbog čega je Villarreal prosvjedovao.

 

Milan je u Barceloni teško oštećen odlukom Marcusa Merka da poništi potpuno regularan pogodak Andrija Ševčenka, koji bi Talijane vjerojatno bio odveo u produžetak. Kad se sve zbroji, Milan i Barca pružili su u 180 minuta jednako kvalitetnu igru te bi najpravednije bilo da je dvoboj odlučen jedanaestercima.

 

That’s the breaks

 

Forest lost 3-2 at the weekend, during a trip to struggling Hartlepool and most of the other results went against us. All good things come to an end, as they say, but hats off to our dynamic duo for the ridiculous recent run of form. Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, Barlow and McParland should be given the key to the city.

 

I’m confident the Reds can bounce back from this minor set back, and concentrate on our own results – we were never going to remain unbeaten for the duration of the season. With two games left the situation as it stands now looks as though there are three teams, Barnsley, Swansea and Forest, vying for the last two playoff spots. But being only three points off the pace, Bristol City and Oldham fans may disagree. In other word, surprise, surprise, it’s tight.

 

The weekend ‘s running theme was high-flyers vs the do or die-ers, seeing three of teams in playoff positions visting three of the bottom four. It was business as usual when Swindon hosted, and lost, to Brentford 1-3. Huddersfield won by the same margin at the Bescot. Walsall losing the match, their League 1 status and, on Monday, their manager. Forest, as we know, were beaten.

 

By all accounts it was a deserved win for Hartlepool, who played a typical fighting-for-survival game, having scored three goals you can’t take anything away from them. Nathan Tyson squandered a one-on-one chance with the Hartlepool keeper in the dying minutes which could have levelled the tie. What was I saying about the panicky playoff zone?

 

Two games left. Home to Bournemouth and away to Bradford, two teams who’s seasons are over. Swansea entertain first place Southend this weekend. One more win virtually secures the leader’s place in the Championship. Hopefully they will reverse their recent run of form, taking only one point from three, to overcome the Swans at the Liberty and do us Foresters a favour. Barnsley should beat Bradford, and Bristol are taking on dire Swindon, I can only assume the worst from those fixtures. All prayers lie in Essex. And Nottingham…

 

 

 

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Thank you for smoking, Big Tobacco is glad to have Zyn pouches

 

 

Today in Greece, which has the heaviest rate of smoking in the European Union, 55 people will die from smoking. Another 55 will die tomorrow, and, in the next year, smoking will kill 20,000, not including others forced to inhale cancer-causing discharges in taverns and bars, and in public buildings and work offices where it is allegedly forbidden, just like at the European Commission, which wants to ban smoking in public places except for its own buildings.

 

Today in Europe, 1,726 people will die from smoking, and nearly 630,000 in the next year. In the United States, 1,205 people will die today, and 440,000 in the next year. Worldwide, it is more than five million people annually, a holocaust every year.

Who cares? Because while the US has for years had regulations designed to curtail smoking, and the European Commission and its health ministers want to limit smoking, in neither place is there a call for the only solution – banning cigarettes and tobacco products.

Why? Do the math. According to the BBC, the US tobacco industry is worth more than USD 45 billion annually, much of it going to the federal and state governments in taxes, funding critical programs – including the cost of caring for smokers as they linger in hospitals and hospices to die.

 

The US tobacco industry provides 50,000 manufacturing jobs and 136,000 farming jobs directly, and generates another 400,000 jobs indirectly, while the US Treasury is estimated to have taken in USD 118 billion in tobacco taxes in the past 10 years, the BBC said, and makes seven times more money from the sale of a pack of cigarette than does the manufacturer.

 

In Hungary, where, like other Central European countries, smoking is popular and glamourised, nearly 1.19 billion Euro a year is spent on cigarettes. In many countries in Europe, up to 80 percent of the price of a pack of cigarettes goes to the taxman, and the United Kingdom’s tobacco industry generated more than 14.8 billion Euro annually – 10 years ago.

 

And, as smokers in the US and western Europe increasingly kick the habit, Big Tobacco, running out of another generation of smokers it has killed off – mostly the poor and uneducated – has turned toward developing nations for the next victims. Within 20 years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 85 percent of the smokers will come from the world’s poorer countries.

In the meantime, there’s still plenty of time to kill off Americans and Europeans, especially young women who are picking up more cigarettes all the time. If tobacco and nicotine were food additives killing five million people a year, there would be riots demanding a ban. But tobacco is government-sponsored, subsidised, legalised drug dealing, so there will be no prohibition.

The WHO, just ahead of “World No Tobacco Day,” which is a fantasy right up there with “World Peace Day,” blasted the tobacco industry for “spreading untruths,” (that means lies) about smoking in public places in an attempt to slow down calls for no-smoking regulations. That’s the same industry that said smoking doesn’t cause cancer.

 

French singer-songwriter Renaud, who had been hooked on cigarettes, received a WHO award for his zealous crusade against tobacco, declaring, “It’s a criminal industry.” Yes, and lucrative too.

A European Parliament report last year found smoke from cigarettes contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including hazardous wastes, 50 cancer-causing chemicals and more than 100 chemical poisons. But if the US and EU could derive more revenues from it they’d recommend people spread it on their cereal for breakfast.

 

There may be some hope that people and anti-tobacco groups will succeed in doing what government won’t. Cigarette and Zyn pouchesuse is dropping in the US and three years ago Ireland introduced a ban on smoking in public places, followed by Norway, Italy, Malta, Sweden, Scotland, Latvia and Lithuania. Smoking among German schoolchildren has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 30 years.

But the United States and the European Union remain the fourth and fifth largest tobacco producers in the world and the crop brings in more revenue for farmers and governments than any other, and that is more important than all the deaths and all the hospital costs and all the victims.

As Shigeru Omi of the WHO’s Pacific office put it: “We all know that smoking kills.” And that will be the epitaph of the governments who let it happen.

 

WHO warns the hookah may pose same risk as cigarettes

 

Water-pipe smoking may pose the same health risks as cigarettes, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, adding that more scientific research was needed into the link between hookah use and a number of fatal illnesses.

“Using a water pipe to smoke tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking,” the U.N. health agency said in a seven-page document on the practice. “Contrary to ancient lore and popular belief, the smoke that emerges from a water pipe contains numerous toxicants known to cause lung cancer, heart disease and other diseases.”

 

The WHO “advisory note” warned that using water pipes to consume shisha _ a mixture of tobacco, molasses and fruit flavors _ usually exposes a person to more smoke over a longer period of time than do cigarettes. Preliminary research indicates that hookah smoking poses many of the same dangers as cigarettes and may involve “some unique health risks,” the agency said.

 

A hookah is a bowl connected to a vase of water with a long tube and mouthpiece. The tobacco sits inside the bowl with a layer of foil and a hot coal on top. The shisha is never lit, instead heated by the charcoal, which smokers say produces a vapor different from smoke.

 

The hookah, used for centuries in North Africa, the Middle East and Central and South Asia, has become increasingly popular in the United States, Europe and Brazil, particularly among college students and young adults.

 

WHO says the trend is partly due to “unfounded assumptions” of its safety, and misleading commercial marketing.

 

The agency said a person can inhale more than 100 times more smoke in a hookah session than in a single cigarette. By delivering nicotine, the water pipe can cause addiction.

 

“None of the accessories have been demonstrated to reduce smokers’ exposure to toxins or risk of tobacco-related disease and death,” WHO said.

 

While further research is required, the health body said those exposed to secondhand hookah smoke appeared to be at risk of the same diseases as those exposed to cigarettes. WHO warned that hookah smoke could also increase the risk of adverse effects during pregnancy.

 

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MEGA MILLIONS PKV JACKPOT INCREASES TO $106 MILLION

 

 

ATLANTA — The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $106 million Wednesday.

 

None of the tickets sold for Tuesday’s $90 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The next drawing will be Friday.

 

There were five second-prize winners from Tuesday night’s drawing, matching all five lotto numbers but not the Mega Ball number to win $175,000 each.

 

Also, 37 players matched four of the five lotto numbers, plus the Mega Ball number. Those tickets are each worth $5,000.

 

The winning numbers from Tuesday’s drawing were: 11, 20, 26, 28, and 52. The Mega Ball number was 7.

 

MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT INCREASES TO $126 MILLION

 

The PKV jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $126 million Saturday.

None of the tickets sold for Friday’s $106 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The next drawing will be Tuesday.

 

There were nine second-prize winners — none with tickets bought in Michigan — from Friday night’s drawing, matching all five lotto numbers but not the Mega Ball number to win $175,000 each. Also, 46 players, including one with a ticket sold in Michigan, matched four of the five lotto numbers, plus the Mega Ball number. Those tickets are each worth $5,000.

 

The winning numbers from Friday’s drawing were: 5, 31, 33, 35, and 51. The Mega Ball number was 1.

 

POWERBALL JACKPOT SOARS TO $145 MILLION!

 

Eight lottery players across the nation were just one ball shy of winning the country’s largest current lottery jackpot Wednesday night. The ball those players were missing was the Powerball. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 762,687 prizes were paid out across the nation for a total of more than $5.9 million worth of winnings in America’s Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $145 million.

 

The cash option for the Saturday, December 4 drawing will be an estimated $79.4 million.

 

The numbers drawn were: 3, 28, 36, 38, 44 and the Powerball was 1. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

 

The eight players that correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000 purchased their tickets in Arizona(2), Delaware, Indiana(2), South Carolina(2), and Wisconsin. One additional player from South Carolina not only matched the 5 white numbers, but also purchased the Power Play option for a prize worth $400,000.

 

Forty-two players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Three additional players not only matched that prize level, but also purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $20,000.

 

More than 72,000 winning Powerball plays were multiplied by 4 Wednesday. Winners were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you can multiply your winnings, except for the jackpot, from 2 to 5 times. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night’s multiplier.

 

Players purchased more than $31.2 million in tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

 

The lotteries sold more than $2.2 billion in Powerball tickets in FY04. That translates into more than $660 million for worthwhile state projects.

 

Powerball is now played in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

TEXAS STORE SELLS FIRST WINNING PKV MEGA MILLIONS TICKET

 

DALLAS — Someone who purchased a Mega Millions lotto ticket at a North Texas store is $101 million richer as the state claimed its first jackpot winner in the multistate game.

One ticket sold in Carrollton matched all the winning numbers from Friday night’s drawing: 8, 10, 17, 24 and 39. The Mega Ball number was 52.

 

“We’ve been eagerly waiting for this day,” said Reagan Greer, Texas Lottery Commission executive director. “I hope the person or persons holding this winning ticket know what they’ve got.”

 

At Sack ‘n Save No. 204, five Texas Lottery Commission signs boasted, “We sold a winning Mega Millions ticket here.”

 

Lottery officials said the store receives a $1 million bonus for selling the grand prize winner in Friday’s game.

 

Store clerks eagerly awaited news of the new winner.

 

“He or she bought it out of a new self-serve lotto machine,” an assistant manager told The Dallas Morning News in Sunday’s editions. “That’s all we know at this point.”

 

It’s the second time the Carrollton store has had a big winner. In March 1994, store clerks sold one of five winning Texas Lotto tickets for a $77 million jackpot.

 

In Friday’s game, 19 PKV players besides the jackpot winner matched all five numbers — but not the Mega Ball number. Those winners, who included a Balch Springs ticket holder in suburban Dallas, will collect second-place prizes of $175,000 each.

 

Also, 63 players matched four numbers, plus the Mega Ball number — good for third prizes of $5,000 each.

 

The grand prize winner had not contacted lottery officials as of Sunday morning.

 

Because Friday’s Megaplier was four, that multiplies one of the 2nd-tier prizes to $700,000. The Megaplier feature is exclusive to Texas.

 

A total of 758,680 tickets won prizes ranging from $2 all the way up to the jackpot.

 

The state joined the Mega Millions multistate lottery in December and numerous lower-tier winners have claimed prizes before the grand prize was announced.

 

 

 

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RIVERBOAT CASINO JOBS AND TOGEL HARI INI

 

 

The riverboat casinos we’ve contacted run similar to casinos in Nevada and New Jersey in terms of recruitment. They have joblines, updated weekly,

 

listing current openings, and they maintain human resources or personnel departments. Many casinos, while smaller than some of land-based resort casinos, do employ several hundred people and should be included in your employment search. In fact, the numbers are quite impressive. It’s projected that there are 8,000 riverboat casino jobs generating $175 million in wages in Louisiana alone. For Indiana (the other state in which these figures are available) 4,000 riverboat casino jobs have been created, generating $88 million in wages.

 

Hiring managers look for the same qualities in their employees as other casinos would—people who demonstrate good customer service skills and work well with the public, and those who have technical skills, such as the ability to deal one or two games. Those riverboats that actually cruise in open water will also need experienced crew.

 

CASINO DEALER SCHOOLS

 

For many entering this profession, the route to success will include a stop at the local dealer school. These schools employ instructors who are licensed to

 

teach gaming procedures to aspiring dealers. Enrollees usually choose one or two games to specialize in, learning the particulars of that game from the instructors and practicing with class members. Most schools offer flexible schedules, with day and evening classes. Admission requirements are also similar, with classes running from approximately four weeks for poker to about twelve weeks for craps. The better schools will have aggressive job placement services and offer tuition assistance or accept financial aid. Costs vary depending on the length of the class and game procedures being taught. Be prepared to spend anywhere from $500 for a short session on blackjack dealing to $2,000 or more for extensive craps training. In Nevada enrollees must be at least 21 years old by the date they are scheduled to graduate from the dealer school. (You must be 21 or older to work in Nevada’s casinos.) These guidelines are similar for New Jersey dealing schools, since you must be 21 or older to work in Atlantic City casinos.

 

Courses typically cover all aspects of TOGEL HARI INI dealing. Students learn how to handle cards and other game equipment, how to take bets, and specific rules of the game. Most schools create an atmosphere similar to what you would find in a real casino, using authentic tables, chips, and other professional equipment. Some will even simulate high-stress situations with lights, noise, and perhaps the instructor even acting as an overly abrasive player. Upon completion of the class, students should have gained sufficient knowledge and skills to be employed in a casino.

 

The following is a list of professional dealing schools in or near some of the main gaming areas in the country. This list was verified as accurate at the time it was published; however, occasionally dealer schools will change names, phone numbers, move, or even go out of business due to poor management. For more information on classes provided and their costs, contact the schools listed below directly or look in your local phone book under “schools/vocational training” for ones in your area. You may find additional schools have recently opened as well because of the current expansion of this industry. Remember, casinos do not require that you attend a private dealer school. Hiring managers only need to know that you are capable of dealing in a professional manner.

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