In an encounter with an old friend at the Clark County Jail, Dennis Wolter allegedly confessed that he killed his girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, in May 2011 because she “narced him out.”Dannielle Williams said Thursday that she was taken into custody on May 26, 2011, for a parole violation related to a DUI conviction. Inside a Camas police patrol car, she encountered an old friend — Wolter — who also was being transported to the Clark County Jail, though she didn’t recognize him at first. She was seated in the front, while he was in the backseat.“We were just making small talk,” she testified. “Then, I realized I recognized him.”They talked as they waited outside the jail’s booking area. Here is how she recalled the conversation for jurors:” ‘What are you in for?’” she asked” ‘Murder,’ ” he replied.” ‘Wow, tough luck,’ ” she said. ” ‘I’m here for DUI.’ “” ‘Who did you kill?’ ” she asked him.” ‘Kori,’ ” he said.She said she didn’t immediately register who Kori was, then realized the victim was her ex-boyfriend’s stepmother. She asked Wolter why he killed Fredericksen, Williams said.“He said she narced on him,” Williams testified.“‘Karma is a bitch,’” she told Wolter. “‘What goes around, comes around.’” She testified that she was referring to Wolter’s wrongdoing when she made the comment.“‘It was quick and easy this way,’” Wolter replied.He then asked her to apologize to her ex-boyfriend for killing his stepmother, Williams said.Williams said she was offered a possible sentence reduction in exchange for her cooperation in testifying. However, the judge in her case declined to reduce her sentence, she said. Nevertheless, she said, she decided to testify against Wolter.
A Clark County commissioner expressed interest in charging polluters, specifically newspapers, a special fee months before the Department of Environmental Services proposed the idea at a March 19 work session.Emails obtained by The Columbian through a public disclosure request show that a proposal to assess an “environmental surcharge” on newspapers did not receive high marks from department managers but was nonetheless presented at a county commissioners work session, where it was considered a top option.The newspaper surcharge, one of several fee proposals highlighted at the March meeting, followed a series of articles about commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke, along with their involvement in hiring Don Benton, a Republican state senator, as head of the Department of Environmental Services.Benton has said, however, that there is no vendetta against the paper.The March meeting was used to help the Department of Environmental Services present scenarios to generate more revenue for the county’s water program, which has exhausted its fund balance and faces a $1.6 million shortfall.Two funding issues were addressed at the March meeting. For one, the county is on the hook to pay a $3.6 million lawsuit for violating the Clean Water Act. Meanwhile, new stormwater permitting requirements are driving up expenses within the program.
Melco likely to pass Australian regulatory inquiry, target full Crown acquisition: Bernstein Melco International Development Ltd Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho has lauded his company’s ability to deliver “world’s first projects that redefine and elevate the landscapes they share” following a record-breaking year in 2017 that saw net revenue increase by 72.4% to HK$41.2 billion.Melco International Development’s positive results were due to multiple factors, primarily the recovery of Macau’s gaming industry across all sectors. They were also aided by the first full year of consolidated results from gaming subsidiary Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd compared with eight months of consolidated results in 2016. Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry RelatedPosts Casino revenue comprised HK$38.4 billion while Adjusted EBITDA grew by more than 80% to HK$9.8 billion, with Melco noting that the entire Macau market had rebounded strongly in 2017 as patrons returned to the tables across both the VIP and mass market segments.“These tailwinds were further reinforced by our sustained attention to operating excellence and attracting Chinese outbound tourism, particularly within the consistently expanding premium-mass segment,” said Ho.However, Ho saved most praise for the impending launch of luxury hotel Morpheus at City of Dreams, which he described as a “masterpiece” while singling out Melco’s development initiative.“Morpheus is more than just another building. It is an architectural masterpiece, and will become a tourist attraction in Macau – an icon for quality, taste and vision,” he said.“It embodies our commitment to supporting Macau’s ongoing transformation into a diversified world tourism and leisure destination. Just as critically, it exemplifies our unique ability to imagine and deliver world’s first projects that redefine and elevate the landscapes they share.“The reality is few, if any, other operators are doing this – certainly not on the same scale. This is a fundamental competitive advantage. Our successful execution of large projects like Morpheus goes beyond the operations of a single property. For all the current and future governments and partners with whom we collaborate, they validate our commitment to holistic and original development, made specifically for each location.“For our customers, they reaffirm our focus on quality and on creating from their perspective – for the experience they want, not what we can most easily implement. This is why we have been able to build a global integrated resort network, literally from the ground up, within a few years. And it is why we have the opportunity to own the future of our space.”Melco International Development announced a final dividend of HK$0.04 per share, totalling approximately HK$61.5 million, for the year ended 31 December 2017, to be paid on 4 July 2018. Load More Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul
Solaire targets Chinese visitors with addition of WeChat and Alipay Police crack China’s first cryptocurrency gambling ring China’s Tencent invests US$100 million into Indian fantasy sports platform Dream11 Chinese messaging and online payment app WeChat has deleted 50,000 accounts and another 8,000 group chats discussing gambling since the current football World Cup kicked off in Russia last month.WeChat developer Tencent issued a statement on Monday detailing its anti-gambling measures and urging users not to engage in any World Cup betting activities via its hugely popular app, which is estimated to have almost one billion users worldwide. RelatedPosts Load More “During the World Cup, World Cup gambling websites have been shut down by the government, causing some betting activities to migrate to social platforms,” WeChat said. “We appeal to the majority of users to watch the World Cup rationally, to appreciate the competitive nature of football and respect the spirit of the game, and keep away from gambling.”While most forms of gambling remain illegal in China, World Cup betting is allowed via the China Sports Lottery Management Centre. Only last week the China Sports Lottery Management Centre released figures showing that Chinese gamblers had wagered a massive 28.6 billion yuan (US$4.3 billion) in the three weeks to 1 July 2018 – almost six times more than the roughly 5 billion yuan wagered in the previous three weeks.The three-week period to 1 July included more than two weeks of World Cup action after the world’s biggest sporting event kicked off on 15 June.The figure, which doesn’t include the huge numbers gambled illegally, was already more than twice the 11.5 billion yuan wagered through official channels during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner However it is Chan’s presence on a panel titled, “The law and supervision of Macao gaming franchise rights” that promises to be most intriguing with the gaming licenses of Macau’s six concessionaires all set to expire between 2020 and 2022. The panel will also feature Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Macau, Professor Tong Io Cheng, and be moderated by Davis Fong – Professor in International Integrated Resort Management and Director of Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming at University of Macau, and a member of the Legislative Assembly.The other notable addition to MGS Summit 2018 will be an Operators’ Panel featuring key executives from some of the leading contenders for a Japanese IR license, each outlining their vision for the development of an IR in Japan. The Japan Operators’ Panel follows passage of the IR Implementation Bill through the Diet in June, paving the way for the nation’s first casinos to be built in the coming years.Discussing the expanded MGS Summit and the addition of new elements on the exhibition floor in 2018, Jay Chun – the President of event organizer, Macau Gaming Entertainment Manufacturers Association – said, “MGS 2018 is different from those previous years. MGS hopes to tap the into the rising integrated resort industry and make MGS’ influence reach out from Macau to neighboring countries.”Celebrating its sixth edition in 2018, MGS Entertainment Show will for the first time run a parallel conference to MGS Summit titled Sina Global Digital Entertainment Summit 2018.Focusing on various aspects of eGaming, it will include panel discussions and presentations on eSports, blockchain, virtual reality, iGaming and electronic game equipment.Chun said the intention this year is to evolve MGS by introducing “intelligent leisure and innovative technology into its scope of conventional exhibitions, thus transforming it into a large-scale exhibition focused on leisure technology.”Note: Previous information published in regards to speakers for the Japan IR Operators’ Panel was based on unconfirmed information. An updated, confirmed list will be published as soon as it becomes available. The Director of Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Paulo Martins Chan, will take part in a panel discussion on Macau’s gaming concessions and the upcoming re-tendering process at MGS Summit in what promises to be a highlight of this year’s MGS Entertainment Show.Details of the Summit were unveiled for the first time this week during the official launch press conference for the upcoming tradeshow, to be held from 13 to 15 November 2018 at Venetian Macao. The emerging Japan market, technology and the evolution of IRs will also be discussed over the course of the three days. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau RelatedPosts Load More
Load More Granting of the two-year extension will require SJM and MGM to pay MOP$200 million (US$25 million) each, with the government adding that the payment does not exempt either from any obligations under their current concession.MGM will also pay SJM a sum of MOP$20 million (US$2.5 million) in connection with the extension of the sub-concession.SJM’s Angela Leong and Dr Ambrose So sign the concession extension with Macau Chief Executive, Fernando Chui Sai OnNotably, it will likely also bring to an end any further decision-making by the current Macau government given the regime of Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On comes to an end in December.In a Friday note, Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen stated, “We do not believe the current administration, which will be in office until December of this year, is likely to move forward in any meaningful way with respect to the license rebid scenarios.“Rather, we expect the next administration to be the one that tackles it. The new administration will take office at the end of this year, at which point we would expect a multi-year study to take place (potentially taking a wait-and-see approach to Japan) and thus necessitating concession extensions for all six perhaps well beyond 2022.”The exact nature of new licensing regulations beyond 2022 has been the source of widespread speculation in recent years, although it is understood that the six current concessionaires will be required to take part in a re-tender process rather than a simple re-licensing.It has also been suggested that a seventh or even eighth operator could be granted a license, with the likes of Suncity Group tipped as a leading contender. New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts The Macau government announced on Friday that it has authorized the requests of Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. (SJM) and MGM Grand Paradise, S.A (MGM) to extend their concession and sub-concession contracts until 26 June 2022.In its official release, the government said it considered that bringing the terms of SJM and MGM’s concession contracts into line with the SAR’s other four concessionaires would benefit the preparation and development of the upcoming public tender for the granting of new gaming licenses. The concessions of Galaxy, Wynn, Sands and Melco all expire on 26 June 2022. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August
Almost two-thirds (65%) of respondents expect their employer to provide guidance on the employee benefits available to them and how appropriate each benefit is for them and their family, according to research by Capita Employee Benefits.Its Employee insight report 2016-17, which surveyed 3,006 UK employees, also found that 69% of respondents are more likely to stay with an organisation that offers a good employee benefits package.The research also found:68% of respondents are more likely to join an organisation if it offers a good employee benefits package.Just 13% of respondents aged 25-34 years old are communicated to by their employer in the way they want, and almost half (47%) say their employer uses communication channels that they are not interested in.62% of respondents that have access to flexible benefits and are currently using these feel they are in a good benefits scheme.50% of respondents believe a pay rise would make them feel more valued at work, followed by being thanked (25%), and flexible working hours (20%).60% of respondents believe their employer should provide access to financial education to help with retirement planning.37% of respondents believe that there should be no option to opt out of a workplace pension scheme.60% of 16-34 year old respondents think the Lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) will have a positive impact.36% of respondents aged 16-34 years old would cash in their entire pension in order to buy a house.43% of respondents believe their employer has a responsibility to help them manage their personal health and wellbeing.33% of respondents would use wearable technology to help them monitor their health.Alex Tullett (pictured), head of benefits strategy at Capita Employee Benefits, said: “The past few years had shown a steady decline in the number of people who say they would take a job based on a good benefits package, down from a high of 72% in 2013. This year, that trend has been reversed, as has the decline in the number of people who would stay in a job based on the benefits on offer.“But the days of offering benefits because of tradition (industry or otherwise) or offering them because ‘that’s what’s always been done’ are ending. Employers want to see a business case for each benefit offered and for the overall benefit strategy, they want proof they are getting their money’s worth and that employees are responding to their benefits with the commensurate engagement and loyalty.“People are much more likely to buy a benefit as and when it becomes relevant to their lives; why shouldn’t they expect to be able to buy travel insurance after they’ve booked their flights? It’s clear that guidance on how appropriate each benefit would be for individual [employees] would be greatly appreciated.”
Janet Cooper, Charles Counsell, and Steve Webb are among those in the employee benefits and pensions industry to be recognised in the New Year Honours List 2017.Janet Cooper (pictured), partner at law firm Tapestry, was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to equality, women’s empowerment and employee share ownership.Cooper is co-founder of the Global Equity Organisation and the Share Schemes Advanced Studies Group, a founder of Proshare, and also developed a professional training course, the ICSA certificate in employee share plans.Cooper is also an advocate for equality in the workplace, promoting agile working for all staff, and sitting on the UK board of UN Women for six years, as well as holding the role of vice president for three years.Steve Webb, a former Liberal Democrat MP for Thornbury and Yate, and pensions minister between 2010 and 2015, was awarded a knighthood on the recommendation of the Parliamentary and Political Service Committee.Charles Counsell, executive director of automatic enrolment at The Pensions Regulator (TPR) was awarded an OBE for his services to workplace pension reform.Counsell worked closely with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure that UK employers meet their pension duties, overseeing a campaign to educate employers through direct communications, online tools and information, and a dedicated contact centre.Counsell said: “I am delighted to receive this award which recognises the commitment and expertise of my colleagues to ensure that automatic enrolment successfully meets the challenge of creating a new and robust culture of saving in the UK.“Automatic enrolment has reversed a worrying trend of under-saving for retirement amongst [employees], and I am proud that we have played a role in educating employers that putting staff into a pension is now the social norm.”
(WSVN) – An asteroid is heading our way, and will come closer to Earth than the moon.NASA says the asteroid called TC4 will fly past our planet on Oct. 12.Scientists estimate the small asteroid, estimated to be between 30 and 100 feet in size, could come as close as 4,200 miles from Earth’s surface. But it’s expected to pass at a much safer distance of about 27,000 miles away, or just one-eighth of the distance to the Moon.But never fear: scientists say they are “absolutely certain” it will not make landfall.“Scientists have always appreciated knowing when an asteroid will make a close approach to and safely pass the Earth because they can make preparations to collect data to characterize and learn as much as possible about it,” said Michael Kelley, program scientist and NASA Headquarters lead for the TC4 observation.NASA says TC4 is approaching at about 30,000 miles per hour.Learn more at nasa.gov. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Officials have lifted a boil water notice that was issued for parts of Miami.According to officials, residents living in the area of Northwest 29th Street and North Miami Avenue are no longer under a boil water advisory.The warning was issued as a precaution due to crews working on a new main sewer line.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.