Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tropicana hires Thacker to run Las Vegas casino - San Jose Mercury News

More at San Jose Mercury News: “LAS VEGAS—Tropicana Entertainment LLC says it has hired Ron Thacker as president of its casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
The company said in a release on Tuesday that the former vice president of casino operations at Fontainebleau Resorts will oversee all property operations once regulators approve the hiring.
Tropicana says Thacker has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He's held executive positions at the Flamingo Las Vegas, the former Casino Windsor in Ontario, Canada, and the Flamingo Hilton in Kansas City, Mo.
The Tropicana Las Vegas opened in 1957 on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. It has 1,800 rooms in two high-rise towers of 21 and 22 stories.”

Benjamin Acuna and Anabel Valenzuela - Las Vegas couple get hefty sentences

More at San Jose Mercury News: “HONOLULU—A Las Vegas couple convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Hawaii and related money laundering offenses was sentenced in Honolulu to 32 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo Jr. said Benjamin Acuna and Anabel Valenzuela were the leaders of a ring that shipped 2,000 pounds of meth from Nevada to Hawaii between 2002 and 2005.
U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway on Monday also ordered Acuna and Valenzuela to forfeit five Las Vegas properties, five bank accounts and the contents of a safety deposit box.
The jury that convicted the two in September ordered them to forfeit to the government $8 million, representing the ring's profits.”

New resorts in Las Vegas hiring for thousands of positions

More at AZ Republic: “Hospitality workers who are finding it hard to find a job or advancement opportunities in the Phoenix area might want to try Las Vegas.

A spate of mega resort hotels set to open there this year will create openings for tens of thousands of workers, and hotel operators are already looking outside the Las Vegas area to make hires.

The $9 billion CityCenter project in Las Vegas is targeting the metro Phoenix area to fill more than 12,000 jobs needed to staff the 18 million-square-foot development, set to open later this year.

The Valley has tens of thousands of trained hospitality industry employees, and many of them are looking for work due to the ailing economy.

"In this economy, people are going to have to go where the jobs are," said Patti Urias, an Arizona Department of Commerce spokeswoman.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Arizona shed 7,000 hospitality jobs from November 2007 to November 2008 as the worsening economy cut into tourism and business travel.”

CES 2009 Preview: Why Mobile WorkHorse is THE Blog for CES Coverage - CIO - Blogs and Discussion

More at CIO: “This Thursday, January 8 marks the start of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), running in Las Vegas through Sunday, January 11. And while there will certainly be no shortage of blogs and news outlets covering the plethora of tech news that will emerge, there's only one destination for the kind of mobile specific, in-depth analysis you've come to expect from my CIO.com blog: The Mobile WorkHorse. Here's why.

As you may or may not know, CIO.com is an IDG-owned website, as are a variety of additional tech sites including the venerable PCWorld.com, the esteemed Computerworld.com and the uber-popular Macworld.com. As such, all of these publications, and more, share online content. Because these three tech powerhouses will also be at CES and they're news outlets first and foremost, ”

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