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People mover project officially gets moving as tunneling commences at Las Vegas Convention Center

With a mere button press, Las Vegas literally tunneled its way into history at the Las Vegas Convention Center by triggering a potential “Kitty Hawk-type moment.”

Well, Wright on, Vegas!

“This community should take pride in what we’re doing here today,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire) on Nov. 15. That’s when his finger-push on the start button helped kick The Boring Company’s giant drill into action in a 44-foot-wide pit dwelling 42 feet below the surface to begin tunneling out the convention center’s new $52.5 million underground people-mover transportation system.

And it’s when Hill declared his hope that history will eventually record it as a moment in the same realm as when Orville and Wilbur pioneered modern aviation.

“This type of technology has the ability to change transportation not only here at the Convention Center (LVCC), which is important to us and in Las Vegas, but also around the country and around the world,” Hill added at the ceremonial event in front of the convention center’s South Hall.

Hill was joined by co-button-presser Steve Davis, president of founder Elon Musk’s Boring Company, and LVCVA board chairman and Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, to witness the start of construction. Reporters at the event were escorted several flights down to the scaffolding surrounding construction for a brief peek at the setup.


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PROBLEM-GAMING TAMING:  Caesars Entertainment properties mark three decades of initiatives to curb gambling addiction  

When the alluring machines and enticing tables on the casino floor become an unhealthy addiction, when money for a mortgage or car or tuition payment is part of the action, gambling stops being fun.

That’s why it’s important that casino employees keep alert, and why Caesars Entertainment Corp. has led the industry with its Responsible Gaming program.

In 2019, Caesars marks 30 years since it began creating employee-training initiatives and investing in cutting-edge technology and research to advance techniques and tools to prevent underage gaming and stem problem gaming.

Sports Rewind

DOWNWARD SPIRAL: The short-lived Las Vegas Posse rode into the (Canadian) football sunset on Nov. 5, 1994

It’s right there in the name. The Canadian Football League (CFL).

You might think that would confine the sport north of the border, but in the halcyon days of the early-to-mid 1990s, the CFL was expansion-minded. The league dipped its toe into the United States in 1993 by placing a franchise in Sacramento, Calif., and a year later Canadian football would come to three more American cities: Shreveport, La., Baltimore — and Las Vegas.

It was a heady time for pro sports in Las Vegas. The Thunder of the International Hockey League had come onto the scene in ‘93, and ‘94 saw three more pro teams activate in the Continental Indoor Soccer League, Roller Hockey International and the young Arena Football League. But despite the oddity of being an American team, the Las Vegas Posse were the best positioned group of the bunch, belonging to the longstanding and well-established Canadian league.


PAR-SIGHTED VISION: PGA Golf Management Program at UNLV aims at all of the sport’s hospitality potential

A sage knows that age isn’t just a state of mind. It’s a state of play. Assuming the sage swings a mean five-iron — whatever their age.

“Now you’re going to throw a little ball into that trashcan over there,” says the college student pretending to be a teacher, trying to teach other college students pretending to be 7-year-olds.

“Next, you’re going to grab the ball and walk over to Coach and he will put the ball down and you will kick it a certain way over to that big hole over there. … Ooooh! Proud of you! Good job!”
Exaggerated C-L-A-P-P-I-N-G ensues. Young adults, mimicking their younger, sillier selves, erupt in a din of childlike cheers. Cue “teacher,” i.e., student: “Yay! High five!”

This isn’t a warmup exercise in the theater department. Or reverse-child psychology class. Or daycare. This is a how-to-teach-kids-to-love-golf-early-in-life lesson at UNLV’s PGA Golf Management Program. However, lest you think there is age discrimination in golf-pro-grooming …