Appointment of new Chief Executive Ho Iatseng brings promise of greater engagement

first_imgAnd although the result was a formality – Ho was the sole candidate to replace Fernando Chui Sai On – it should be an encouraging one for the city’s six concessionaires whose casino licenses all expire in 2022.“With his business background, this can be an advantage for more engagement with the private sector, particularly the integrated resorts who have business and operational challenges to deliver on daily,” explained Glenn McCartney, Associate Professor of International Integrated Resort Management at the University of Macau.“I see potential here for this engagement. Greater equitable collaboration between the public and IR industry will certainly benefit and is something I have mentioned over the years. More listening, discussion and consultations between one another so that future policies have more buy-in.”Ho’s business expertise stems from the family firm, Ho Tin Industries, a lighting and electronics manufacturer of which he served as Managing Director.He is also seen as someone who ticks all the political boxes, having been born in Macau before studying in mainland China and serving as a member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.As such, he has the trust of Beijing to continue its push for greater diversification in Macau but “can bring a fresh perspective and approach to old challenges – some which persist in Macau’s tourism and casino development,” according to McCartney.“Some have mentioned that Mr Ho’s business background will mean a focus on outcomes rather than the processes. This can certainly be an advantage for the development of tourism and The Cotai Strip.”Ho’s credentials in that respect will be tested almost immediately with operators anxiously awaiting details of the re-tendering process for casino licenses.“Key to re-tendering will be stability – ensuring that the process is introduced and managed to be the least disruptive as possible,” McCartney said.“I believe these would be the expectations of government bodies, be it Macau or Beijing, as well as the business community and Macau’s community. There will be several factors to consider during the re-tendering process and afterwards.“Casinos need to continue to operate and the re-tendering offers a rare opportunity to integrate policy and direction that presents a climate for greater diversification.” Load More New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR The business background of Macau’s new Chief Executive, Ho Iat-seng, will be welcomed by the city’s casino operators as an opportunity for greater collaboration, according to industry experts.Ho Iat-seng, the 62-year-old former President of the Executive Assembly, was officially elected to be Macau’s next Chief Executive by the 400-strong Election Committee on Sunday, with his five-year term to begin once he is sworn in on 20 December. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentionslast_img read more

Chariot the private bus startup for commuters to shutter operations

first_imgChariot has operations in 10 US cities and in London. Ford Chariot, the private bus startup, is going out of business.On Thursday, CEO Dan Grossman announced Chariot will cease all operations by the end of the March. The decision to close the service was made after “significant consideration,” he wrote in a blog post. It appears the company’s business model wasn’t viable.”It has become clear — through many indicators such as ridership — that the mobility services delivered by Chariot over the past five years will not be a sustainable solution going forward,” a Chariot spokeswoman said in an email.Chariot’s goal was to provide an alternative to public transportation for a slightly higher fee — usually between $1.50 to $3 more per ride. The service launched in San Francisco in April 2014 and has since spread to nine other US cities and to London. Ford acquired Chariot for $65 million in September 2016.The company focused on shuttling commuters from outer neighborhoods to downtown areas and financial districts using midsized vans. Grossman said Chariot provided more than 3 million rides over the past five years. Some urban planners have criticized the company for catering to affluent clientele and unfairly competing with cities’ public transit systems.The startup tussled with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency last year for running routes along city bus lines, according to the San Francisco Examiner. This caused the city agency to establish new regulations that barred Chariot from creating any more routes that mirrored public transit lines. “We are going to continue to do our work to provide and improve Muni [public transit] service for more than 730,000 riders a day across the city,” SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said of Chariot’s closure. “We will continue working to ensure that our service is easy, convenient and affordable for all San Franciscans across the city.”Chariot isn’t the only private shuttle startup to end operations. Competitor Leap, which launched a luxury bus service (complete with Blue Bottle coffee and cold-pressed juices) in San Francisco in 2014, also closed. Leap was forced to shut down in 2015 after not securing proper operating permits from the state of California.Grossman said Chariot will halt all of its bus routes in the UK on Jan. 25, followed by a US shutdown of service on Feb. 1. All other operations at the company will terminate by the end of March.First published Jan. 10, 3:21 p.m. PT. Update, 5:12 p.m.: Adds comment from a Chariot spokeswoman and from SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose.CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Share your voice Tags 1center_img Comment Mobile Roadshowlast_img read more

Cops nab 4 notorious criminals from Rajarhat

first_imgKolkata: The Rajarhat police station has nabbed three notorious criminals armed with sharp weapons and an iron rod from the Khamar area of Rajarhat. In another incident, they have arrested a person with six liters of codeine phosphate mixture from Indira Nagar.According to police, on Monday night they intercepted a no refusal taxi near Khamar area when the said taxi was proceeding towards Kharibari. When police ordered the driver to stop the vehicle, he allegedly increased the speed and tried to flee. Immediately, police chased the taxi and intercepted it within a while. Sensing danger, some of the occupants of the taxi fled from the spot. Police succeeded to nab three miscreants identified as Md Shoud alias Sonu, Md Samal alias Labbu and Amit Kumar Gupta. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter securing their detention, police searched the taxi and found two sharp weapons and one iron rod. It is suspected that the miscreants might have had intention to rob someone in the area. On Tuesday, three accused persons were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) Court. Later, the magistrate remanded Shoud and Gupta to police custody for six days. Sources informed that the taxi is registered in the name of one Ajay Gupta. Sleuths suspect that miscreants borrowed the vehicle with intention to commit the crime. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn another incident, Rajarhat police station nabbed a notorious criminal identified as Md Sarfuddin alias Sarfu from Indira Nagar and seized six liters of codeine phosphate mixture, which is banned in India. Before 2016, codeine was used to produce cough syrup. Sources informed that Sarfuddin is a taxi driver by profession and used to deal with the banned drug. He is also a member of a criminal gang which was involved in several crimes in the area. He used to live in Narayanpur but for some reasons he left the area and started residing at Anandapur in Kolkata.last_img read more

CID officials visit Ranaghat to question BJPs Nadia district prez

first_imgKolkata: The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) visited Ranaghat on Monday to interrogate the BJP’s Nadia district president Jagannath Sarkar in connection with Krishnagunj MLA Satyajit Biswas murder case. He was summoned twice before but he failed to meet the investigating officers.On Monday, a team from the CID went to question Sarkar. At present, he is admitted to a nursing home there regarding certain health issues. CID sources claimed that Sarkar stated that he had no knowledge about the murder of the Trinamool MLA. As he was not in a condition to speak in detail, CID sleuths had to leave the nursing home without questioning him in detail. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSarkar was summoned twice in the past few weeks by the CID as a witness in the Biswas murder case. The CID officials handed over a summon last month but Sarkar had asked for 10 days to appear. Later when CID officers called him on his mobile, Sarkar did not answer. As there was no further communication made from Sarkar’s end, sleuths decided to meet him at his residence. But later, they found that he has been admitted to a nursing home due to some ailment. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Our officers questioned him but he stated that he does not know anything regarding the case. Our investigation is on. He may be questioned again after getting discharged from the nursing home,” said Nishat Pervez, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), CID (Operations). Sources claimed that the prime accused of Biswas murder case, identified as Abhijit Pundari, is a BJP worker. Also in the FIR is BJP’s Mukul Roy name. From these cues, it is suspected that Sarkar may have some valuable information regarding the murder case. But Sarkar claimed that he does not know anything about the incident and Pundari. Biswas was shot dead on February 9 while he was attending a Saraswati Puja inauguration ceremony at Majdia, Nadia. The TMC leadership had alleged BJP’s involvement behind the murder. According to locals, Biswas had gone to inaugurate a Saraswati Puja there. After lighting the lamp as part of the formal inauguration, he went to the dais. After completion of the inaugural programme, he disembarked from the dais and sat on a chair in front of the Puja pandal. All of a sudden some unidentified miscreants fired bullets from point-blank range aiming his head and fled the spot. Bullets pierced into his head and Biswas fell on the ground, bleeding profusely. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, the investigation was handed over to the CID and sleuths have arrested all the accused persons within a few weeks of the incident.last_img read more

Lessons to be learned from laptop ban says IATA

first_img Tuesday, November 14, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by ABU DHABI — Better information sharing and coordination on security measures among governments and with the industry is essential, said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in a keynote address to the IATA AVSEC World Conference in Abu Dhabi.“The failure to share information among states manifests itself in many ways. The differing responses by governments to the threats that resulted in this year’s ban on Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) on some routes by the US and UK is an example of the confusion that can result,” said de Juniac.“Governments and the industry are partners in aviation security. Airlines have operational know-how. Governments have the financial and intelligence resources. We have to put them together effectively in a continuous dialogue focused on improving security.”No one can predict the next security challenge but “our common defense is stronger when governments and industry work together,” he said. “And if we can avoid long term extraterritorial measures, focus on global standards, share information and develop technology efficiently, our hand is strengthened even further.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalGovernments must avoid the long-term use of extraterritorial measures and ensure that airlines are not left to bear the financial brunt of unplanned expenses for an indeterminate period, he added.“Threats to aviation are real. And we understand that sometimes unilateral additional measures of an extraterritorial nature may be unavoidable. But these cannot be long-term solutions and airlines should not be caught in the middle, picking up the pieces and bearing unplanned expenses for an indeterminate period when governments cannot agree on measures needed for the security of their citizens.”The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirement that airlines conduct interviews with passengers flying to the US is an example of an extraterritorial requirement, he said. “Such interviews are traditionally done by government authorities. In the short term airlines may seem to be the best positioned to conduct the interviews. But in the long-term, if governments believe that these interviews are critical, then governments themselves should work together to dedicate the resources needed to fulfill that function.”center_img Lessons to be learned from laptop ban, says IATA Share Tags: IATAlast_img read more

Crystal marks construction milestone for new Crystal Endeavor

Crystal marks construction milestone for new Crystal Endeavor Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest purpose-built Polar Class ship featuring Crystal’s all-suite butler-serviced accommodations and celebrated service.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“We look forward to this innovative expedition yacht with great anticipation in the Stralsund shipyard,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. “A highlight is our investment of over 20 million euros in new equipment so that the Stralsund shipyard will be able to continue to build cruise ships efficiently in the future.”Crystal is on track for major expansion over the next five years, with the addition of Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel river ships in addition to Crystal Endeavor. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Crystal Cruises MIAMI — Crystal celebrated a major milestone in Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ expansion, with the steel cutting of Crystal Endeavor in Stralsund, Germany.At the official ceremony at MV WERFTEN Shipyard on Jan. 15, Crystal president and CEO tom Wolber was joined by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO of Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK); Colin Au, group president of GHK; Jarmo Laakso, CEO of MV WERFTEN; and local dignitaries Harry Glawe, Economics Minister of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Dr. Alexander Badrow, Lord Mayor of Stralsund.“Today is a special day in the development of Crystal Endeavor, which will introduce the next level of exploration for the Crystal brand,” Wolber said. “We are pleased to collaborate again with the experts at MV WERFTEN as we work toward a vision for Crystal Endeavor that truly embodies the spirit of discovery of Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.” read more