Stan Irwin, celebrity manager and Las Vegas talent booker, dies at 94

When Stan Irwin was a struggling young comedian in New York, someone told him he should try out his act in Las Vegas.”Where’s that?” Irwin replied.No matter: He signed on for an 11-day gig at a place called Club Bingo and stayed in town for decades as a booker of the day’s amazing and not-so-great acts, in addition to Wally Cox and the Beatles. In Los Angeles, he was Johnny … Read the rest

Nevada Bill Would Ban School From State Playoffs — Because It’s Too Good

Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas is a national-level sports power, particularly in football, so much so in that in 2012 the organization overseeing Nevada high school sports in consideration banning it from the state playoffs. That idea died, yet the sentiment behind it hasn’t. From the Reno Gazette Journal: Few followers of Nevada prep sports are neutral when it comes to the Las Vegas-based Catholic school, which has … Read the rest

Casinos, Sars top list of best remembered S’pore events

Charissa Yong The Straits Times Publication Date : 26-01-2015   The three events most Singaporeans remember in the nation’s history have been revealed in a new survey to be the opening of the two casinos in 2010, the 2003 outbreak of the deadly Sars virus and the spate of major MRT breakdowns about three years of time ago.Conversely, among the least remembered events were the 1963 security crackdown Operation Coldstore, the … Read the rest

Taiwan’s Odds Of Opening The Next Backdoor To Restricted China Stocks

Foreign investors are suddenly excited about the complex, risky and restricted Chinese stock market. Since November they’ve been able to buy shares in 568 Chinese companies, some of the world’s largest, through a scheme binding the bourse in Shanghai to the more open, less restricted one in Hong Kong. Buying in to mainland China through the scheme called Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect more than doubled, to 43.6 billion yuan ($7 … Read the rest

$45 to see the mayor? State of the city fees draw criticism

If you want to be in the room as your mayor lays out his vision for the city’s future, get out your credit card — at least if you live in Henderson or North Las Vegas. As usual, their mayors will deliver State of the City addresses this week before paying crowds at chamber of commerce luncheons. Tickets are $45 in Henderson and $40 in North Las Vegas. The cost … Read the rest

Opponents of Vegas soccer stadium turn in 8,400 signatures

By – Associated Press – Sunday, January 25, 2015 LAS VEGAS (AP) – Opponents of a $200 million soccer stadium in downtown Las Vegas have turned in about 8,400 signatures in support of a ballot initiative blocking public funding for the project. Opponents started the petition drive after the city council voted 4-3 in December to contribute tens of millions of dollars in public funds and city-owned land for the … Read the rest

Opening of casinos most remembered by all: Poll

FIFTY years of time ago, then prime minister Lee Kuan Yew broke down and cried on television as he recounted the train of events in that led to Singapore becoming independent after separation from Malaysia. That moving image from Aug 9, 1965 ranks among the most enduring moments of Singapore’s history in the minds of many, going by a recent survey by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). Almost nine … Read the rest

Super Bowl 2015: Patriots vs. Seahawks Favorite and Betting Odds from Las Vegas

Tom Pennington/Getty Images One week from now, crowds of people will be huddled around TVs all across America to watch one game. Of course, there’s a lot more in that goes in to the Super Bowl than just the game itself, yet that’s the reason for all of this madness. The NFL’s biggest event each one year just so happens to be one of the most massive in the whole … Read the rest

Battle is on for legal slice of sports-gaming industry

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Events such as the upcoming Super Bowl highlight just how popularized sports gambling has become. Watch how the media here breathlessly recite Seahawks-Patriots game odds. Or, updates injury reports sanctioned by a league in that pioneered divulging such things – keeping bettors and bookmakers informed on potential game influencers. Not to allude the oft-reported “proposition” bets on everything from what color “hoodie” Patriots coach Bill Belichick will … Read the rest