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Old May 1st, 2009, 12:35 PM   #141
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What parts of the new Marina Bay will be ready by October of this year?
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Old May 1st, 2009, 11:25 PM   #142
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Not too sure abt the marina bay projects since the area's pretty chaotic right now. You might wanna visit Orchard Road, as there are 2 new malls, ION and OrchardCentral, that are scheduled to be open by then. Orchard Road also underwent a facelift recently, so you might wanna check that out. If you really want to stick to the bay view, I would suggest visiting the marina barrage.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #143
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I thought Marina Barrage was a bit boring... Not a bad location for a picnic, though :-)
Most parts of Marina Bay will still be under construction by October I think, but you can always check out the Esplanade, cross the bridge and pay a visit to the Merlion ;-)
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Old May 4th, 2009, 03:13 PM   #144
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The Esplanade Theatre waterfront is where most of the action is at, as well as the One Fullerton waterfront, all fronting the bay. There is a new outdoor cafe that has also opened on the Esplanade's rooftop.

This list gives a rundown of the upcoming projects (The first 14 are in the Marina Bay area)

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Old July 15th, 2009, 03:25 PM   #145
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Lots of projects and looks very chaotic



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Great shots of the future under construction
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 07:36 PM   #147
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 01:55 PM   #148
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I think I can make out what looks like foundations for the conservatories of the Gardens finally forming.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 05:10 PM   #149
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this will be one of the most beautiful sights after they finish it.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 02:34 AM   #151
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Las Vegas Sands Macau Gaming License May Be in Jeopardy


Oct - 05 | By: a2zMacau

A District Court judge Wednesday set back efforts by casino operator Sheldon Adelson to keep sealed pretrial depositions and other business information that his attorneys said could threaten the billionaire’s growing Chinese operations.

Rusty Hardin and Sam Lionel, attorneys for the Las Vegas Sands Corp., argued during a hearing in a case filed more than 18 months ago that releasing the sealed information could put the casino operator’s Macau gaming license in jeopardy.

The depositions and other information were provided by the casino owner and his executives in response to three separate lawsuits working their way through state and federal courts in Las Vegas. All three cases involve contract disputes with allegations that Adelson reneged on promises to compensate individuals for their help in Adelson’s 2002 acquisition of a lucrative Macau casino concession.

Adelson was the first American to open a gaming facility in China, recouping his entire $265 million investment in the Sands Macau one year after it opened in 2004.

Although most of the information is still under seal, plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Sands by three businesspeople who claim they helped Adelson obtain his license to operate in Macau, are trying to get the information unsealed for their case.

Wednesday’s ruling followed an August decision by Bonnie Bulla, the discovery commissioner in the case filed against the Sands by Clive Jones, Darryl Turok and Cliff Cheong, to allow most of the evidence gathered in the case, including a video deposition of Adelson, to remain confidential.

She ruled then that the evidence could be kept confidential despite repeated failures by Adelson’s attorneys to prove how the information could harm the billionaire and his businesses if it was made public.

“The burden (to prove harm) was allowed to shift impermissibly to the plaintiff in this case,” Judge Kenneth Cory ruled.

Defendants seeking to keep pretrial evidence secret normally must prove they would be irreparably harmed by the release of such information.

The case will now be returned to Bulla’s courtroom, where Adelson’s legal team will get a third chance to argue for keeping the casino owner’s deposition and those of many current and former Sands executives secret.

“It’s been extraordinarily difficult. There are former executives who we have a right, even an obligation to talk to, who won’t talk to us. … It (secrecy and confidentiality of records) has been pervasive, literally affecting every aspect of the case,” plaintiff’s attorney Don Campbell said.

In an ironic twist, some of the same information being sought in the Jones-Turok-Cheong case has already seeped out in a related case, filed by Richard Suen and Round Square Co. and set for trial in February. Suen is a Hong Kong businessman and longtime friend of Adelson’s brother, Lenny Adelson. Suen approached the casino operator’s brother about applying for a Macau casino concession. Suen also has deep ties to high-ranking officials within the Chinese government. He claims in his case that he introduced Adelson and other Sands executives to the very officials who would later figure prominently in the company’s acquisition of a Macau gaming concession.

The case was filed in October 2004 and the casino company tried to keep information from it out of the public eye as well. Some confidential information, however, was accidentally made public earlier this year by Adelson’s own attorneys.

The filings accidentally unsealed in the Suen case have since been resealed, although some information did leak out in news reports.

The Business Press, a sister publication of the Review-Journal, reported that Las Vegas Sands President Bill Weidner confirmed in his deposition that he and Adelson were summoned to Beijing at the behest of top Chinese communist leaders in 2001. The leaders, including China’s then-Vice Premier Qian Qichen and former Beijing Mayor Liu Qi, learned of Adelson’s longtime connections to the Republican Party. They also knew he coveted a Macau concession.

According to court records in the Suen case, Adelson was asked to use his connections to help kill legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have potentially prevented China from winning its bid to host the upcoming 2008 Olympics.

According to depositions taken in the Suen case, Adelson called upon then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in 2001 to stall legislation sponsored by California Democrat Tom Lantos to keep the U.S. Olympic Committee from voting for China’s bid. The legislation was part of an American response to China’s holding 24 members of the U.S. military for 11 days after their surveillance plane crashed on Chinese territory earlier that year.

Also according to testimony taken in the Suen case, DeLay killed the Lantos legislation and Adelson’s Washington public relations firm, Patton Boggs, was instructed by Weidner to “suggest” to the Chinese Embassy that Adelson was “involved in the process” that eventually defeated the bill.

Macau’s casino patriarch, Stanley Ho, may have confirmed the importance of Adelson’s assistance to the Chinese government when he told a Las Vegas Sands executive vice president that, “by the way, that Olympic thing, I think you guys won the bid … that’s what I hear back from my guys in Beijing,” according to a deposition from Sands executive Brad Stone that was made public in the Suen case.

Adelson eventually won his bid in 2002 despite a series of unrelated snafus, including that Las Vegas Sands initially partnered with a company that was based in Taiwan, China’s political nemesis.

Instead of being rejected for political reasons, the gaming company was at the last minute “married” by Macau’s leader to Galaxy Entertainment Group, according to Weidner’s testimony, and the Taiwanese company’s own bid was rejected. Nevada gaming regulators, however, nixed the Galaxy combination after the Hong Kong company repeatedly failed to show regulators their ownership records.

Then, Macau officials, specifically Chief Executive Edmund Ho, abruptly altered the island’s gaming law to allow for three subconcessions in addition to three original concessions, creating an extra-legal environment that allowed the Las Vegas Sands to operate as an independent subconcession holder, a method employed specifically to accommodate the Las Vegas operator and no other company, according to legal expert James Tong, a witness in the Suen case.

Today, the Las Vegas company has the largest market share of any gaming operator in the world. In 2001, Las Vegas Sands was only the fifth-largest casino operator. Adelson has also become the third-richest man in America, according to Forbes magazine, due mostly to his successful efforts in Asia.

For Campbell, Adelson’s riches may be the only obstacle that keeps his clients from winning their fight, and what keeps the public from scutinizing further Adelson’s efforts in Macau.

“It’s always a concern when someone has unlimited resources to prolong litigation,” the attorney said.

When asked Wednesday whether Adelson’s efforts on behalf of the Chinese government to influence U.S. politics would come to light in his own case, he said: “We’re not allowed to talk to you about it.”

Campbell’s case was set for trial in March. It was recently postponed to November 2008.

http://a2zmacau.com/2367/las-vegas-s...e-in-jeopardy/
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Old January 30th, 2010, 02:35 AM   #152
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The Nevada Gaming Control Board – Clean it Up or Disband It!
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The Nevada Gaming Control Board is little more than a training ground for future casino employees. The last two chairmen crossed the line and went to work for the casino industry after their “public service” ended. Excerpts from my recent column:

… What should be frightening and infuriating to Nevadans is that the outrageous activity by casinos is tolerated by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. If there was to be a vote for least effective public agency, the Gaming Control Board would win easily. It appears to be corrupt from top to bottom, operating as a de facto arm of the casino industry, instead of protecting the public from casino wrongdoing.The Gaming Control Board is little more than a training ground for future casino employees. The last two chairmen crossed the line and went to work for the casino industry after their “public service” ended. Will present Chairman Dennis Neilander be far behind? The current Board is a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil trio of two undistinguished career bureaucrats and a casino-industry attorney who cater to every whim of the casino bosses, and do little or nothing to protect the public.

Publicized cases of casino cheating underscore the mentality of the Board. The Venetian was caught rigging drawings. The Board fined it a million dollars, which is a petty slap on the wrist for the Venetian. The casino’s license should have been suspended for at least thirty days, the casino closed during that time, and the Venetian ordered to pay its employees during the closure. The crooked employees should have been referred to the District Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution. Not only was that not done, the Board didn’t even see fit to revoke the privileged licenses of the crooks. To its credit, the Venetian fired all four scoundrels involved in the sordid affair. But at least three subsequently went to work in executive positions at other casinos, one right here in Las Vegas.

In a more recent case, the Golden Nugget attempted to cheat a patron who won $48,600 on a sports bet. The Golden Nugget said it simply would not pay the winner, though it would refund the $2700 bet. The Gaming Control Board ordered the Golden Nugget to pay the victim, but assessed an absurdly small monetary penalty of less than $30,000. Again, no casino employee was prosecuted for trying to cheat a patron, and the fine, actually imposed for failure to notify the Board of a “patron dispute,” was so small as to be ridiculous. It is comical to call an outright attempt to cheat a patron a “patron dispute.” It should have been called what it was, an attempt to cheat a patron.

There are many cases of corrupt Gaming Control Board agents threatening winning casino patrons with phony charges and arrests in attempts to extort the patrons to give back to the casino their honest, legal winnings. The Board has never publicly disclosed if these corrupt agents have been fired, prosecuted, or even disciplined.

The Board had to be sued before it agreed to take action to stop casino cheating at blackjack, through a computerized table that uses marked cards. Incredibly, the Board has permitted the continued use of the marked cards, but has made it less easy, though not impossible, for casinos to use the device to cheat patrons. The Board refuses to publicly disclose a copy of the anti-cheating orders it claims to have issued. Without the embarrassment of being sued for refusing to do its job, the Board would likely have continued to do nothing while the cheating went on unabated.Unfortunately, the Board has the ability to operate largely in secret. A few ill-conceived statutes allow it more secrecy than a regular police department. Most of its files are not considered public records, and are not available for public inspection. Most of its business is conducted via secret deals with casino bosses. Of course, the secret sweetheart-deal making works to the advantage of the Board, its employees and the casino bosses, and to the detriment of the public.

The present Gaming Control Board is an out-of-control, corrupt government agency operating in virtual secrecy. Legislation is needed to force it to open its files and records to the sunshine of public scrutiny. If after public examination of its practices, it is determined to unsalvageable, it should be disbanded, its employees fired from the public payroll.

Nevada does not need another cheating scandal or another abuse-of-patrons scandal in its casinos. There have been far too many already, with no meaningful action ever taken against the wrongdoers. Nevada is competing with many other gaming and vacation destinations. The other states take casino cheating and other wrongdoing seriously. Nevada needs to start doing the same, before it is too late. Once we get a national or worldwide reputation for not having legitimate, effective government oversight of casinos, many of the tourists — the lifeblood of our economy — will stop taking the risk of visiting Nevada.

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Old January 30th, 2010, 02:36 AM   #153
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The Real Man behind MBS.

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Old January 31st, 2010, 11:52 AM   #154
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What's the link with the topic of the thread?
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Old February 1st, 2010, 12:59 PM   #155
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I don't know!
So here's a pic of Sands.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 04:40 PM   #156
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Update:

1) Marina Wharf is gone. Construction of MCE in this section has begun...

2) New Shenton Way bus park is completed - not sure if this is actually for SBS Transit / SMRT buses as current Shenton Way bus terminal is under the ECP.

3) New bridges at IR are fast completing with vehicular bridge covered with road tars.
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 02:52 AM   #157
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2) New Shenton Way bus park is completed - not sure if this is actually for SBS Transit / SMRT buses as current Shenton Way bus terminal is under the ECP.
I believe the new one is to serve as a replacement for the existing bus terminal under ECP? Would part of the viaduct be torn down or realigned with the MCE as a result?
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 04:27 AM   #158
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2) New Shenton Way bus park is completed - not sure if this is actually for SBS Transit / SMRT buses as current Shenton Way bus terminal is under the ECP.
Err, don't mind me asking but where is the new bus park located at?
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Old February 7th, 2010, 11:09 AM   #159
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no doubt, this area developed and became the pride of the city of Singapore
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