Adams named Argyle – Football

The Pilgrims posted a picture of the former Ross County boss on their official Twitter account on Thursday morning saying: “Welcome to Home Park, Derek.”

Adams, 39, succeeds John Sheridan, who left the club by mutual consent at the end of last month after Plymouth’s defeat to Wycombe in the semi-finals of their Sky Bet League Two play-off.

Adams was the first manager to lead Ross County to the top flight of Scottish football in 2012 having guided them to the Scottish Cup final in 2010.

He was sacked by County in August after the club’s disappointing start to the season.

‘Asian Playboy’ Teaches Asian Men to Get Over Racial Stereotypes, Build Confidence

It’s short. It’s not hard to mess up when you’re nervous and you’re stuttering,” Tran said. make it basically a meta-framework that is understandable,” Tran said.

“First strategy is what we call ‘kino,’ the art of kinesthetic touching,” Tran said. It’s simple.”

“Whether it’s a bar, a club or you’re at the library, a grocery store, and you just have your poker face [on],” he said, “literally, we’ve had students that say it hurts, it hurts to smile.”

He then decided to help his fellow Asian men, and a few non-Asians, become ladies’ men.

Once a spacecraft systems engineer, Tran said he wasn’t always so lucky with the ladies.

Jeremy Lin has dunked and dazzled his way toward shattering the Asian geek stereotype — good at math, not good with the ladies.

The “Asian playboy” believes that Asian men in America aren’t perceived as alpha males in the dating scene, but they can learn to act like them, starting with getting rid of the so-called “Asian poker face.”

Growing up Asian-American, my sisters and I were painfully aware of the biases, but it was worse for my brother.

When asked if he was profiting off of others’ insecurities, Tran said, “I provide a service and I do it in a very professional setting.”

The cost: Up to $3,500.

Enter JT Tran, the self-styled “Asian Playboy,” who has built an empire from hosting dating seminars for single Asian men, who pay thousands of dollars to learn the art of romance from him.

But after graduating college in 2001, Tran said he tried blind dates, mixers and online dating, but nothing worked. He eventually started applying his systematic engineering skills to dating.

“You take a very complex subject, you break it down into the most essential principles and systems, and you …

Over three days of lectures and a couple of nights out on the town, participants in Tran’s “ABCs of Attraction” seminars are taught how to dress, change their hair, walk and smile in a way that they are told will make them more attractive to the opposite sex.

“What we’re trying to do is not protect our ego. “They did a study where if you touch appropriately and asked a woman to dance, 65 percent of them would say yes as opposed to if you didn’t touch them, you only got 43 percent.”

But “Asian beefcake” has become hot in Hollywood too, with “Glee’s” Harry Shum, Jr., “Hawaii 5-0′s” Daniel Dae Kim, and Ken Jeong in “Community” and “The Hangover” films.

“What I discovered getting out in the work force was that getting good grades wasn’t enough, because I didn’t go out on a single date until I was in college,” he said.

. “My best pick-up line is simply to come up to you and tell you that you’re beautiful

Macau’s junket operators prowl Asia to expand VIP business | Reuters

For instance, in the Philippines, due to the lower tax rate, junkets can receive a bigger commission,” said Peter Lok, a former executive of Macau casino operator SJM Holdings Ltd and Jimei Group.

Suncity operates VIP rooms around Asia, including in Australian billionaire James Packer’s Crown casino in Melbourne and in Philippine tycoon Ricky Razon’s Solaire casino in Manila.

“The junkets are very aware and are looking all over Asia to expand. The concessionaires are raising the bar for VIP club operators and they need to meet higher and higher targets,” he told a Macau Gaming conference in November.

MACAU On the second floor of Solaire’s plush ocean-front casino in Manila, the dealers speak Mandarin, the players are Chinese and revenue from high-roller gamblers is rising rapidly.

While these punters place smaller bets than the super-rich, they generate significantly higher profit margins because the casino operators do not need to pay commissions to the junkets to bring them into their resorts.

“More junkets are looking at the cash and premium mass player for business opportunities,” said Chien Lee, former chairman and chief executive of Iao Kun Group which is planning a Hong Kong listing.

Offshore expansion is just one way the junket operators – which earn commissions from casinos to attract “big whale” gamblers – are responding to pressures at home as Beijing strives to turn Macau into a mass-market tourist destination.

“Right now we have agreements in place overseas, gradually we’ll move to open VIP rooms and then take stakes in the casinos.”

“The terms the junkets get overseas are typically much better than in Macau. It’s the biggest expansion phase ever right now,” said Ben Lee, Asian gaming consultant at Macau-based consultancy IGamiX.

(Reporting by Farah Master; Editing by Stephen Coates)

Jimei, run by Guangzhou-born junket tycoon Jack Lam, operates two resorts in the Philippines as well as a gambling ship that does daily cruises out of Hong Kong.

Emerging casino hubs in Southeast Asia have lower overheads than Macau and can promise higher incentives to wealthy gamblers. It’s more like you’re in Macau,” says Francis Hernando, the Philippine gaming body’s vice president for licensed casino development.

Caps on the supply of gaming tables that Macau’s casinos can install and new rules that make it harder for wealthy punters to remain anonymous are two of the regulatory changes prompting the junkets to alter their business model.

($1 = 7.7518 Hong Kong dollars) ($1 = 6.0929 Chinese yuan)

Yu Yio Hung, a Macau junket operator of 27 years, said rapid growth has raised new challenges for the industry.

MASS MARKET

So the junkets are using sophisticated promotions and sponsorship of major events to broaden their appeal beyond the VIP market and overcome their image as shady businesses with alleged criminal connections.

Armed with extensive customer networks and deep pockets thanks to monthly turnover of up to $9 billion, the junkets are now trying to repeat the Macau formula in countries such as Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

“Heng Sheng this year started its international expansion,” the company’s assistant director, Luke Lu, said.

As a result, the proportion of Macau’s gaming revenue from VIPs has fallen to its lowest share since 2006, while spending by middle-class, mass-market gamblers – who do not rely on Macau’s idiosyncratic junket system – is surging.. “The gaming concessionaires (casinos) want to promote the mass market business which is increasing very fast. They also offer greater privacy, a key advantage for wealthy players who drop 1 million yuan ($164,000) a bet and are wary of China’s anti-corruption drive.

Another way Macau junkets are adapting their business is to appeal more to middle-class gamblers and leisure travellers, who Macau authorities are targeting in a bid to turn the former Portuguese colony into an international tourist destination.

Suncity, Heng Sheng Group, David Group, Tak Chun, Jimei Group, Golden Group, Mega Stars and Golden Dragon are some of the Macau junket operators scouting opportunities overseas.

Wealthy Chinese gamblers are a growing presence in Asia’s emerging casino hubs as Macau’s junket operators use their home base as a springboard to grow their high-roller business across the region.

Heng Sheng is sponsoring the Macau International Movie Festival in December while Suncity is launching its own quarterly magazine about lifestyle and business at the end of this year.

Heng Sheng, one of Macau’s youngest junket outfits which is aiming to go public in the near future, has cooperation agreements with Danang’s Crown Casino in Vietnam and in Walkerhill casino in South Korea.

The group, which is headed by 39-year-old Macau businessmen Alvin Chau, also has a joint venture operation at the Cagayan Holiday and Leisure resort in the north of the Philippines.

EYES ABROAD

Casinos in Macau – the only place in China where gambling is legal – pay close to 40 percent of gaming revenues in taxes, compared with just 15 percent for VIP gambling revenue in the Philippines.

“It’s almost not in the Philippines

How to place your first football bet at a Las Vegas sportsbook like a pro – Las Vegas Sports Betting

Each sportsbook (or group of sportsbooks) have established minimum bets and maximum bets, ask the Ticket Writer about minimum bets if you’re a Low Roller or maximum bet limits if you are a High Roller.

And finally, consider tipping the helpful Ticket Writer a dollar or two or ten. Walk up to the betting window and tell the Ticket Writer that you would like to straight bet or just bet $110 on #466. Ask the sportsbook staff about mailing and cashing your winning tickets from out of state. Remember that teams that cover the point spread win. Good Luck.

In Vegas for the weekend and you’d like to place a friendly wager on your favorite team but don’t know where (or how) to begin? Follow these simple step-by-step instructions and you’ll be able to walk up to the casino sportsbook window and place your first NFL or college football bet like a pro.

Stop by the book, short for sportsbook, and pick up the current week’s odds sheet for the sport (in this example NFL football) you are interested in. You can also view this information up above your head on the big, brightly lit boards, but it’s easier to grab a paper copy to study at your leisure.

Find the team that you are convinced will win. You win if they win by any number of points. Notice that the Texans are the ‘bottom’ team of the two teams listed. Or $37 to win $10 + your $37 bet. More on that in future articles.

What if you still like the Texans to win but heard about some key player injuries or weather changes or other factors that could affect the team’s performance on Sunday? You are still convinced they will win but not sure if they will win by MORE than a touchdown. ALL bets must be placed in person, but you do not need to be in Vegas to win or collect. You could just as easily bet $370 or $3700. It is customary to bet in increments of $11 ($22, $33, $55,…$1100, etc.) when straight betting/point spread betting. Or you could bet the Dolphins for $100 and win $300 + your $100 bet for a total of $400 back – IF the Dolphins win.

Another way you can bet on this game is to bet the total. See the 43 in the total column? If you believe that both teams are healthy, happy and the weather will be perfect and you KNOW this game will be a high scoring game OVER 43 combined points, you can bet $11 (or $110) to win $10 + your $11 (or $100 + your $110) back. Can you see why point spreads of 3, 7 and even 10 and 14 are extremely important? And to add to your stress, point spreads fluctuate up and down as the kick-off approaches. You can bet the moneyline, that is bet the Texans to win by laying $370 to win $100 + your $370 bet. The Texans are favorites, indicated by the (-) sign and the Dolphins are underdogs or ‘dogs’ indicated by the (+) sign. Las Vegas runs on tips and good service should be rewarded. This is the moneyline. This is optional when placing your bets, but a tradition when cashing your winning tickets. Look back at your sheet under the M/L column. The bottom or second team listed is always the home team and has the home field advantage.

Look at that point spread again. Now, CHECK YOUR TICKET FOR ACCURACY and if you drink, ask for a drink ticket when you place your bet. In this example you have selected #466 the Houston Texans. The Texans are -370 and Dolphins +300. It can get you more drink tickets and even better service on your next visit.. The point spread is always placed to the right of the team that is favored. ALL bets must be placed BEFORE kickoff. When straight betting or betting the spread that team must cover the spread. DO NOT LOSE YOUR TICKET. If the underdog Dolphins win outright, tie or lose by seven points (or less) the Dolphins are declared the winner for betting purposes and you lose. The -7 1/2 under the line column indicates the Texans are 7 1/2 point favorites. As above, CHECK YOUR TICKET FOR ACCURACY, thank the Ticket Writer and ask for a drink ticket and relax.

Now, go pick up your odds sheets, pick some winners and step up to the window. Remember that IF your team wins AND covers the spread you will get back your original bet PLUS $10 for each $11 dollars bet. You just spent (invested) $110, you deserve a free cocktail.

Or, find your team and bet number and walk up to the window and tell the Ticket Writer that you would like to place a $37 moneyline bet on #466 the Houston Texans.

Or, find your team and bet numbers for the game, walk up to the window and tell the ticket writer that you would like to bet $110 on the OVER (or UNDER) in the Texans/Dolphins game #465/466. For your $110 bet you would get $210 back when you cash your winning ticket after the game. Now find the corresponding bet number next to your team and circle it. Good choice, the Texans are 7 1/2 point favorites. Or for the same rates, you can bet that the COMBINED score will be UNDER 43 points. In this example, if you straight bet the Texans, they must win by EIGHT points or more in order for you to win your bet. Again, CHECK YOUR TICKET FOR ACCURACY, thank the Ticket Writer and ask for a drink ticket and enjoy the game.

Ready? Find your team and the bet number. Remember that OVERTIME COUNTS when betting totals.

A few final notes

Delaware becomes first state to legalize online gambling – Wilmington Technology

In 2009, Delaware became the first state other than Nevada to offer wagering on NFL football games. Currently wagering on NFL football can only be done at one of three Delaware casinos. The new bill will expand betting on NFL football to at least 20 non-casino sites.

Delaware expands gambling

In recent years Delaware’s neighbor to the north, Pennsylvania, has been expanding and growing their gaming industry, as Delaware’s gambling revenues decreased. The Delaware State House passed their version of the bill two weeks ago by a vote of 29 in favor to 8 opposed.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law on Thursday a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware as well as more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

House Bill #333 formally known as “The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012″ authorizes internet gaming under the control and operation of the Delaware Lottery.

The new law will expand keno beyond Delaware’s three casinos to at least 100 other sites.

Follow Tom Peracchio for updates … The vote in the Senate was 14 in favor to 6 opposed. The expansion of Delaware’s gambling industry was seen by proponents of the bill as the next logical step to keep from losing more revenues.

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Markell’s signing of the bill comes just one day after the bill was passed by the Delaware State Senate. @Gu42 on Twitter or Guru42 on Facebook.

There was also speculation earlier in the year that New Jersey would be one of the first states to offer online gambling, but those efforts have been put on hold.

After much debate across the nation in the past year, Delaware has become the first state to make online gambling legal.

Quality of warhead triggers questioned

Last summer, the first replacement plutonium trigger in 18 years received “diamond stamp” approval signaling it was ready for use in a warhead. To scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, that was a milestone to celebrate. So far, nine have earned the “diamond stamp” from the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the lab’s programs. This process is viewed by metallurgists as producing a stronger product.

“With this large number of waivers, how is it possible to objectively tell whether the pit will even work?” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the group that monitors nuclear weapons-related activities. For years, however, testing the warhead’s components to ensure the weapon produces the intended blast instead of a fizzle has been complicated by a lack of replacement plutonium triggers.

Precise manufacture of the trigger is essential.

In a warhead’s detonation, a conventional explosive packaged around the pit compresses the plutonium inward, creating enough pressure for an atomic chain reaction. The original triggers were made with the benefit of underground nuclear testing, which the U.S. That, in turn, creates the high temperatures and pressure to ignite a “secondary” nuclear component. She posed that question in a letter last Friday to Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman.. It meant the warheads, after testing that makes the original trigger unsuitable for reuse, could be reassembled with a new trigger and put back into service.

A watchdog group now is raising questions about whether the replacement triggers, also known as pits, can be guaranteed to be as reliable as those already in some 400 W88 warheads. The last of the original triggers were manufactured in the late 1980s.

The Project on Government Oversight says it was told by some Los Alamos scientists that the trigger certified last July and known as the W88 pit needed 72 waivers from the specifications used for the original triggers, including 53 engineering-related changes.

Because the United States no longer conducts underground nuclear tests, the Los Alamos scientists had to rely on other sources to replicate the original triggers and guarantee that the replacements would be as reliable as the old. halted in 1992, and through a different process than the replacements. Such approval means they are ready to use.

The government acknowledges differences between the old triggers and their replacements.

At least one other replacement pit required 71 specification waivers, a Los Alamos scientist indirectly involved in the production process told The Associated Press. The original triggers, all made at the now-closed Rocky Flats facility in Colorado, were hammered into precise form. The result is a a massive hydrogen blast.

Any variation or flaw in the pit could cause a warhead not to detonate properly or to detonate with less explosive power than expected.

The new ones were made by using a mold to cast the grapefruit-size plutonium sphere. These means included small-scale plutonium tests, technical data from past underground tests, and computer codes and models.

Since last summer’s announcement, the Los Alamos lab has made 10 additional W88 triggers. The scientist spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue.

Resting atop the Trident II missile, the W88 warhead is among the mainstays of the country’s submarine-based nuclear arsenal

Transatlantic clean ship rates soften | Energy & Oil | Reuters

LONDON Jan 23 (Reuters) – Refined petroleum tanker

rates on top export routes were mostly steady on Monday although

slower activity took its toll on earnings in the transatlantic

market.

Long Range (LR) 1 tankers, carrying 55,000 tonne loads from

the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan, were at W104.50, from

W104.04 on Friday and W98.15 last Monday.

  Continued…

Brokers said a rush of cargo fixing earlier last week,

helped by a demand boost, lost momentum.

Typical Long Range 2, 75,000 tonne shipments on the Middle

East Gulf (MEG) to Japan route stood at W88.95 from W88.71 on

Friday and W88.38 on Monday.

“This looks likely to have been a fleeting spike, however,

and a sedate end to the week lowered rates back down to …

$13,500/day,” broker SSY said on Monday.

Earnings hit their lowest in a year in November and have

been volatile since then. Firmer activity in April last year

pushed rates to their highest since 2008 on a jump in U.S.

gasoline demand, helping to reduce the number of tankers

available for hire.

Rates for medium-range (MR) tankers for 37,000 tonne cargoes

from Rotterdam to New York moved to W155.00, or $11,642 a day

when translated into average earnings, from W164.79 or $13,688 a

day on Friday and W154.38 or $11,406 a day last Monday.

* Transatlantic market set to stay volatile

* LR rates to stay subdued due to China holidays

Profilo in breve | Societa Quotate

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KUMHO PETROCHEMICAL CO.,LTD is a Korea-based company mainly engaged in the manufacture of synthetic rubbers and resins

Has Anyone ever been Disfellowshiped Before? (JW’s plz) It sucks.. Still trying to get back. I just need someone to talk to.

Not repentant enough, or something like that. I remember her coming to meetings and just sitting. Afterward she would just go sit in the car. After about six months of this she wrote a letter to the society asking to be reinstated; she was turned down. However, my sister was DF’d.

. She ended up leaving “The Truth” completely, and almost 20 years later, doesn’t look back at all.

I wasn’t DF’d because I was never baptized, I was “disassociated,” which is like Disfellowshipping Lite, because I asked to be removed from the congregation