FOCUS: Taiwan casino hopes rekindled amid Asian gaming recovery.

12 to decriminalize gambling on Taiwan’s offshore islands, the Offshore Islands Construction Act stipulates that such islands must first pass local-level referendums on whether to develop integrated resorts before construction can proceed.

Singapore is also contributing to the bullishness, as two multi-billion-dollar integrated resorts — a $5 billion resort operated by the Las Vegas Sands at Marina Bay and a $4.7 billion resort headed by Genting International at Sentosa Island — are expected to open next year.

In August, Macau — whose gaming revenues have outstripped those of Las Vegas since 2006 — had its best month ever, generating $1.4 billion in revenue amid an easing of Chinese visa restrictions and the beginnings of a recovery from the global financial crisis.

The MOTC, Chen said, is partial to tax rates of 10 percent or lower for any future casino operator in Taiwan, while open access would make casinos accessible to foreigners and locals alike and limiting gaming licenses would prevent competition from becoming too fierce and eroding profit margins.

Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. Taiwan’s offshore islands Penghu voted down a measure Sept. All rights reserved.

”The county government is working very hard to hold a referendum,” said Liu Chih Chuan, director of Kinmen’s Industrial Development and Investment Promotion Committee, at a recent Taipei conference for international gaming investors.

Given that growth, Munk said, Taiwan’s own prospects are still bright.. 13 Kyodo

Despite the failure of a key referendum on casinos last month, Taiwan’s prospects for a casino gaming industry remain strong amid a comeback in the Asian gaming market, experts say.

For now, the failure of Penghu’s ”casino referendum” has derailed plans to develop integrated resorts on the islands — the only outlying Taiwan-administered islets that Cabinet had authorized to hold a plebiscite on the matter.

Taiwan’s insistence on moving ahead with casino-related tenders after Penghu’s referendum failed, and increasing speculation over Kinmen’s gaming prospects, fits with fresh bullishness in the gaming market across Asia.

Chen cited the ”low tax rates, open access, and limited licenses” that Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications — the main agency overseeing gaming issues — is trending toward in shaping the island’s possible casino industry.

Meanwhile, gaming investors’ interest has shifted to Taiwan’s Kinmen islands, within eyeshot of China’s southern coast.

Since August, a grass-roots petition in Kinmen to hold a similar referendum has been gathering steam, while Kinmen County Government officials seem to be warming to the idea of hosting integrated resorts.

”The possible referendum (for Kinmen),” Liu said, ”has a chance, but the timing is still hazy.”

By 2012, Singapore’s gaming revenues are expected to reach $2.5 billion, according to a recent report by Merrill Lynch and Macomber International, Inc.

A revival in Macau, for example, sent Wynn Macau, Ltd.’s stock soaring by 13 percent last week after it debuted on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Amended Jan. 26 that would have paved the way for ”integrated resorts” — hotels and shopping arcades with in-house casinos.

”Good news in Taiwan…the government here is starting to get it,” said Michael Chen, president of Asia for U.S.-headquartered Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., the world’s biggest gaming entertainment company.

”This time a year ago, it was for us, and for MGM, a very scary time — we couldn’t see what revenues would be two months later, but now most have gotten our balance sheets in order,” Harrah’s Chen said. ”Macau is now coming back.”

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Despite the setback on Penghu, Taipei still plans to issue tender notices inviting multinationals to submit bids for the planning and management of future casinos, and to draw up a regulatory framework that would determine the tax regime governing casinos and the guidelines by which a national gaming board would supervise gaming operators.

”The growth of Asian casino gaming has just been explosive,” said Daniel Munk, director of Munk Management Services, an Australia-based gaming services firm.

Eager to cash in on Asia’s rising gaming industry, Taiwan is likely to issues its casino tenders in a matter of months, with Kinmen eyeing ”early next year” for a referendum, said Liu Day-yang, a gaming expert at the Graduate Institute of Finance at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taipei.

Still, uncertainty abounds as Taiwan enters an election season, with local politicians focusing on campaigning rather than on controversial, long-term policies.

Taipei, Oct

David and Victoria Beckham With Their Kids at Burberry Show

Even though there was lots of spectacular fashion to behold — including a runway show that featured Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, and The Late Late Show host James Corden — the Beckhams easily grabbed all the attention with their presence at the party. The Beckhams’ night out came right before a big milestone for Victoria; the designer and former Spice Girl rings in her 41st birthday on Friday and commemorated the occasion by sharing a sweet collage of photos on social media. Keep reading to see all the cute photos from the Beckham family’s night out with Burberry.

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The entire Beckham family was on hand for Burberry’s London in Los Angeles event at the Griffith Observatory on Thursday night. He posed with Ryan Seacrest, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey, and his godfather, Elton John, and even enlisted his mom to take a photo of him with model Cara Delevingne. The crew was decked out in designs from the iconic British brand as they sat front row for the festivities; Victoria kept her arm around middle son Romeo while David held little Harper in his lap next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour — how adorable is her tiny Burberry trench dress? Brooklyn, 16, who has become a bit of a star in his own right, took the opportunity to snap photos with some of the party’s high-profile guests for his Instagram fans. We’re celebrating with roundups of Victoria’s impressive style evolution and an homage to her signature pout. The event also brought out Kate Beckinsale, a solo Mila Kunis, and Jaime King, who showed off her growing baby bump in a sexy, sheer dress.

Taking a ‘Bizarre Foods’ Adventure with Andrew Zimmern Video

It will blow your mind. What I won’t do for TV, huh? Pretty tasty. Reporter: In his younger days, he didn’t just reserve his try anything attitude for food. Reporter: It was nervous about what counts as dessert in his world. I don’t have to do it. Reporter: Ants. You name it, he’s ingested it. A vegetable quality to it, to me. Reporter: There’s a better chance. This is very good. That is. “Bizarre foods” is in its seventh season. There’s only a handful of people in the world that have it. Reporter: Oh, this is the jelly fish. Reporter: I’m surprised of all of the things you ate, that gives you some kind of problem. And now you’ll try Thor ifmented porcupine foot all on your own. Reporter: Jelly fish is something most of us try to avoid. Frog hearts. This is pig’s ear. No. Er ifmented fish heads. We love it. Have you ever gotten sick from — you’re such an adventurous eater. Reporter: No meal of cow stomach and jelly fish is complete without dessert. You want to try jelly fish? Yeah, the cold one. Really? I’m not sure you’ll like it. But for asian people. Not bad. Not my typical lunch fare, but zimmern is determined to push my taste buds to the extreme. Reporter: Maybe I should have just kept believing it was a fish. Reporter: This is a guy with an appetite for the exotic. Reporter: But can he convince this meat and potatoes kind of gal to do the same? To find out, we embarked on a local culinary adventure, getting a taste of the exotic, right here in flushing, queens. Zimmern has a stomach of steel. It’s like a cross between an apple and an almond. Andrew zimmern is the host of the travel channel’s “Bizarre foods.” He’s eaten just about everything. I love it. Cold jelly fish.

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You know when you go to a restaurant and the waiter asks if you have any dietary restrictions? I’m sure this next guy has known. But in some parts of Asia, it’s considered haute cuisine. Once I sobered up and I got a little time under my belt, I realized that the thing that actually gave me the most peace of mind was the idea that in doing something for other people, you feel better about yourself in your own problems. He’s known for eating things like cow’s stomach, jell little fish and ants. Reporter: It’s actually pretty good. I carried medication in case it flares up. Reporter: Zimmern went to rehab and has been sober 23 years. Reporter: Zimmern has become a rock star in the food world. I was wrong. They say it’s a little weird tasting. The only thing that’s ever happened to me in terms of my wellness — I picked up a virus about ten years ago in central Morocco from tainted cumin. For that, we head to a place called beautiful memory. He’s an author and James beard award winner. Reporter: Is this one of your more popular items here, the jelly fish? Yes. How toxic are they? They can kill crocodiles. He’s made a living doing it. I think showing people how similar we are to the other cultures around the world, through food, it helps us relate to each other. He has his own line of cookware and faithfully documents his adventures on instagrams and sends out tweets to more than 740,000 followers. Reporter: But my tummy was quickly soothed by this frozen delight. Before that mets. This is fish here? No, that’s the stomach of a cow. Reporter: Eventually zimmern leads us to the real adventure. I do it because the food is commonly eaten in those places. The irony is not lost on men. A restaurant with an unusual specialty. Zimmern’s mission is to bring people of all cultures together through the shared experience of food. That is true. They specialize in fresh fruit desserts with a combination of sometimes shaved snow. Reporter: For “Nightline,” I’m linsey Davis in flushing, queens.

Transcript for Taking a ‘Bizarre Foods’ Adventure with Andrew Zimmern. Ill thought this was going to be the latter. I don’t do it because I’m a thrill seeker or playing Russian roulette. Reporter: I’ll take mind blowing over stomach churning every day. I thought the things we were going to eat might be biting. Get into the coconut ice. It’s so fresh. I’d rather introduce people slowly to things. There’s like 1,000 people in here eating lunch right now. Get you curious. Reporter: Oh, really. I was kicked out of college a couple of times and went overseas and cook and cooked in New York and along the way I developed a horrific drug and alcohol problem that almost killed yaúá÷me. Hi. Reporter: We were greeted by duck heads, a counter receiving everything from the rooter to the tooter. So, can ABC’s linsey Davis, not known for her cull nail adventurousness, survive an eating tour with this guy? Check it out. From deadly stone fish in Japan to toxic king toads in Australia

2012/2013 English Premier League Standings

They are the most decorated English club in Premier League history. The biggest loss to Manchester United was their captain Vidic, at the start of the season, its always a blow to loose any first team regular but the fact it was their captain and rock at the heart of the defence clearly had a big impact, as United ultimately lost the title by conceding a greater amount of goals than their rivals and their inability to hold onto leads in the final games of the season, as epitomized by their 4 – 4 draw with Everton after leading 4 – 2, which most people attribute to be the moment their season turned for the worse.

Manchester United have begun their pre-season training in South Africa for the fourth time in EPL history, the other three times they then went on to win the league in that same year, could this be an omen for the future.

People are likely to view the negatives from the 2011/2012 season but i’m sure a different tune had of being sung, had Aguero not managed to slot home in the dying minutes vs QPR. New transfer Shinji Kagawa was bought for a very humble 12-17 million and looks a hot prospect having scored in pre-season already, the fact that he has transferred from a team which won the Bundesliga last term, shows that Manchester United still hold their reputation and therefore can still attract high calibre players, despite a disappointing season all round, where they only won the Community Shield and rather feebly limped out of the champions league, F,A cup and League cup.

With the exception of the 2003-2006 era, Manchester United have never gone two seasons without winning the EPL and will be desperate to ensure that of all people it is not their bitter rivals City, that deprive them of it. Since its formation in 1992, they have won a staggering 12 titles in 20 attempts and if not the winners typically finish as runners up, much as they did in the thrilling end to the 2011/2012 campaign, which saw Manchester United uncharacteristically throw away an 8 point lead in the title race, loosing twice to rivals Manchester City before finally loosing to them on the final day of the season, at the final kick of the ball, on goal difference. United for most games had the youngest team on the pitch and this shows a promising future, Scholes’ return was masterful comeback and Rooney despite much criticism still managed to bag 27 EPL goals, only 3 behind RVP. United have a much smaller transfer budget and it is public knowledge that the Glazier family have left their finances in a very poor state, this has led to them no longer being able to compete in the transfer market, with the likes of super rich Chelsea and Man City and they recently lost out to the purchase of Eden Hazard. Nearly everybody in the Footballing world was certain that United would seal the EPL no problem, at 8 points ahead, with only a handful of games remaining but City obviously hadn’t read that script, most pundits identified the experience of the United players, in this kind of situation and a superior ability to do what needs to be done under pressure, a winning mentality which has been evident in the majority of the previous campaigns, however last year this failed them and many people deem the current crop of players to be low down in the rankings compared to other squads under the rule of Sir Alex. De Gea now looks a lot steadier than at the beggining of the season and his Shots against to Saves ratio is the best in the league.

Vidic is now back and United have overseen a small overhaul, as Fergie is determined to improve the squad in order to get revenge on their neighbors, Fergie thrives off a challenge and will have been wracking his brains all summer about how to compete. Fergie has been shrewd as always this season and has been looking for bargains or ‘Market Value’ as he calls it, clearly aware of how inflated the transfer market has recently become and the ridiculous fees thrown around on players such as Fernando Torres and Andy Carrol, which are arguably over priced. Fergie doesn’t seem content on stopping there, he has also purchased the 18 year old promising attacking midfielder ‘Nick Powell’, who looks like one for the future and is busy trying to sign Brazils young prodigy ‘Moura’, he looks determined to forge one last strong team, with enough youth for his legacy to last well after his retirement.. Manchester United will come back with a new found motivation and players such as Jones, Smalling and De Gea will now be a year older and a year wiser.

Manchester United finished 2nd in the 2011/2012 campaign

Why do Asian parents tend to dislike their kids dating someone black?

My boyfriend had to try really hard to convince his parents and had bring me to meet them where they believe I make a good girlfriend

It is because Asian parents don’t really know the world out there, and they believe in whatever they see. Basically, they are all similar to people where they stereotype a lot.

My Asian boyfriend had faced this similar issue with his conservative parents. If a couple of people of a particular race acts in some way, they believe all will have similar attitudes. I believe their parents want their descendants to stay a pure race with their culture, but ironically, they don’t really teach their children their culture, so therefore they lose or someone are disconnected from their culture in any other countries.

So I guess as long as your cousin’s boyfriend is able to convince his parents that she does not match with what they percieved what she is and to make sure that she is a living proof that she is an acceptable girlfriend.

Messi, Ribery and Ronaldo announced as Ballon d’Or finalists – National Sports

Who is your pick for the Ballon d’Or?. Ribery, UEFA’s 2012-13 player of the year, has been Bayern Munich’s best player as they won the treble.

To many people’s surprise, the world’s most expensive player, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, was not named as a finalist. Today, FIFA announced Argentinian forward Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona, Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and French midfielder Franck Ribery as the three nominees up for the 2013 Ballon d’Or.

The Ballon d’Or winner will be awarded on Jan. After scoring a hat trick to earn Portugal a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Ronaldo has been named as the frontrunner for this year’s Ballon d’Or.

(L-R) Franck Ribery, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three finalists for the Ballon d’Or.

Messi has won the last four awards with Ronaldo hot on his heels. Bale was named as the Premier League’s Player of the Year for two consecutive years before being transferred to Real Madrid for roughly $100 million in September.

Goal for goal, Lionel Messi’s 45 La Liga goals have ousted Ronaldo’s 34 and Barcelona won the Spanish league, but Messi’s injury could prevent him form his fifth consecutive Ballon d’Or.

The Ballon d’Or, international soccer’s highest individual honor, has been narrowed down to three players. 13, 2014 in Zurich

Google Chrome’s push notifications are now available to everyone

Google Chrome’s push notifications are now available to everyone

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You no longer have to grab a test version of Chrome to try push notifications for yourself.Google has released the finished version of Chrome 42, which lets websites send you alerts (with your permission, of course) whether or not the browser is open.You can get breaking news, for example, or find out when someone outbid you in that antique auction.The feature will be more than a little familiar to Safari users, but this is platform-independent — you should see it in Linux and Windows, too.There aren’t any other conspicuous improvements to Chrome, but Google is promising lots of under-the-hood performance and security improvements that should make your update worthwhile.

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No. 16 Louisville vs Cincinnati, Where to Watch Online, Betting Odds, Big East Preview.

The extra point was blocked, but the Bulls failed to get into field goal range after Louisville defensive back Adrian Bushell made an interception to end the game.

Betting Odds:

Cincinnati has a tendency to start off slow, and then burst out in the second half. If Louisville can keep the Bearcats’ rushing to a minimum and play all four quarters, they will remain undefeated and challenge Rutgers for the Big East.

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Solid grasp of second place in the Big East and the Keg of Nails trophy is on the line as The Louisville Cardinals face the Cincinnati Bearcats Friday night at Cardinal’s Stadium.

The No. Louisville is favored by 4 points.

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Copyright 2012 Gale, Cengage Learning. Louisville ends its season against the Scarlet Knights, but must face a Cincinnati club still sore from last week.

Bridgewater went 21-for-25 for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and found receiver Damian Copeland five times for 93 yards and one score.

Louisville 30, Cincinnati 24

Cincinnati is 16 th in the nation averaging 225.7 rushing yards per game, and before Toledo had outscored there last two opponents 63-11 in the second half.

53 points

It was the Cardinals first home game in a month, as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater squashed a South Florida comeback with an 11-yard touchdown pass to receiver Eli Rogers with 1:35 remaining. 18 Rutgers, who currently own first-place in the Big East having won two more conference games. 16 Cardinals are now 7-0 after beating South Florida 27-25 last week in their closest win of the season.

Toldeo’s leading receiver, Bernard Reedy, brought back the kick-off after Legaux threw is only touchdown pass on the day in the third quarter, and the Bearcats only managed a field goal in the final period.

Cincinnati suffered its first loss of the season at Toledo 29-23, in part due to quarterback Munchie Legaux’s two interceptions and a 91-yard kick-off return.

The Bearcats have won the last four meetings between two schools, after Louisville rattled off five straight wins and the Keg of Nails, which has been award to the winner since 1929.


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Legaux finished with 227 passing yards, but was an inaccurate 15-for-36, and the Cincinnati rushing duo of Ralph Abernathy and George Winn accounted for 184 of the Bearcats’ 251 rushing yards.

The Cardinals are trying to keep pace with unbeaten No

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There Will Be Bets: Gambling on Oscar

“It wouldn’t be beneficial to take a totally different line from the competition, but we try to get action on all the sides.”

“I didn’t put nothing up,” the nervous gas station proprietor mumbles as he slowly realizes the stranger standing in front of him expects him to bet his life on the toss of a coin., a gambling site based in Costa Rica, picked “No Country” to win, 4-6, and America’s Line, a Las Vegas-based syndicated betting column (not a gambling site), also picked the Coen brothers’ film to win, 1/1.

“Daniel Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem are considered locks, but that’s about it,” said Travers.

Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone, agreed Daniel Day-Lewis is the favorite, but said few of the other categories remain as certain.

The 80th annual Academy Awards will be held Feb. No one is betting his life against a psychotic murderer, but there is money to be won gambling on the Academy Awards and “No Country” is the odds-on favorite.

Though gambling on the Oscars is illegal in Las Vegas or anywhere else in the United States, for that matter, offshore bookmakers who run Internet sites are taking bets on the awards.

The Coens are favorites to win in the best director category, as is Bardem for best supporting actor.. They should go to his house and deliver the award to him now.”

“All of the bookmakers have a sense of what the other big shops are doing,” said Harold Klein, bookmaker for 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

America’s Line puts the odds for Day-Lewis to win at 1-5, compared to long-shot Tommy Lee Jones for his performance in “In the Valley of Elah” at 25-1.

The stakes at this year’s Oscars aren’t quite so high. “The Oscars have always been Bodog’s most popular entertainment odds. put one-fourth odds on the film to win, meaning you would have to bet $400 to win just $100.

“You stand to win everything,” intones hit man Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, in what has already become the iconic scene from Joel and Ethan Coen’s film “No Country for Old Men.”

One “can make an argument that they pick the same kinds of movies over and over,” Travers said.

But, he said, the conventional wisdom may be upturned this year.

“Daniel Day-Lewis is the huge, monstrously big favorite to win,” said Benjamin Eckstein, president of America’s Line. Not even an entire season of ‘American Idol’ odds can hold a candle to the popularity of the Oscars.”

Daniel Day-Lewis is the hands-down favorite across all the sites to win for best actor for his role as a turn-of-the-century oilman in “There Will Be Blood.”

Observers of the Oscars contend that academy members like certain types of films (sweeping epics, Westerns, anything about the Holocaust or anything involving Clint Eastwood) and certain types of performances (anything that requires a dramatic change in physical appearance, or anything involving Clint Eastwood).

“No Country for Old Men” is the favorite to win the best picture category among the bookmakers interviewed by “He’s ridiculously good. I have never seen anything like that on celluloid, and everyone is pretty much saying the same thing. “Across the top six Oscar categories Bodog expects to receive thousands of wagers,” said bookmaker Richard Gardner, of the gambling Web site, based in Quebec