Macao says 29 of 41 casinos will reopen today, 12 to stay shut. ~1,800 gaming tables to be back in operation.
Macau’s gaming industry will reopen its doors tonight after its 15-day shutdown by the government as part of the authorities’ fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). According to an announcement by the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre during its daily press conference about the viral threat, 29 of the city’s 41 casinos will reopen at midnight (00:00 on Thursday). Officials said the remaining 12 casinos had asked the government to reopen later. The government earlier this week gave Macau’s six casino operators (Sands, Galaxy, SJM, Wynn, MGM and Melco) 30 days to get back into business. According to the press conference, the 12 casinos that will remain closed until further notice comprise Sands Cotai Central; Melco’s Altira; Galaxy’s Waldo, Rio and President; and SJM’s Oceanus, Eastern, Macau Jockey Club (a casino adjacent to the Macau Jockey Club racecourse in Taipa), Golden Dragon and Casino Taipa, as well as Macau Palace and Greek Mythology (both have not been operating for a number of years). MGM and Wynn each own two casinos. The four casinos will open tonight. The casinos were temporarily closed by government order on February 5. The relaunch will be gradual, as initially less than one-third of the casino employees will return to work. Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) Director Paulo Martins Chan pointed out during the press conference that initially only about one-third of the six operators’ gaming tables will be operational, about 1,800 in total. The government has imposed a string of restrictions on casino operations, such as that only three to four gamblers will be allowed to gamble at the same time on a gaming table, and gamblers must remain seated. All casino workers and gamblers must wear facemasks, have their body temperature checked and submit a self-filled health e-declaration when entering gaming premises. In the past, several dozen gamblers often crowded around a particularly “lucky” gaming table and many preferred not to be seated while placing their bets. Among the 12 casinos not opening tonight are two SJM-owned casinos – Macau Palace and Greek Mythology – that have not been operating for a few years. At the end of last year, the gaming industry comprised 6,739 gaming tables and 17,009 slot machines. It employed 57,840 people, around 44 percent of them dealers (croupiers), according to data from the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC). In 2019, Macau’s gaming and betting businesses generated gross gaming receipts of MOP 293 billion (US$36.6 billion), according to DICJ figures. Direct gaming taxes – 35 percent of the casinos’ gross gaming receipts – generated 86 percent of the government’s income in the first 11 months of last year, according to data from the Financial Services Bureau (DSF). The Macau Jockey Club has been allowed to resume racing. Meanwhile, the government also announced during today’s press conference that Macau’s public parks and gardens will reopen tomorrow after a 15-day shutdown. Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Elsie Ao Ieong U pointed out that Macau has not confirmed a new COVID-19 case since February 4. The 10 novel coronavirus cases confirmed locally comprise seven tourists from Wuhan, the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak, and three local residents. The sixth novel coronavirus patients was discharged from hospital today. The government today also announced stricter border control measures to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in Macau. For instance, Macau residents who cross the city’s border checkpoints three times or more a day will have to submit themselves to a medical examination. The new border control measures take effect at 00:00 tomorrow (Thursday).
, as I would design it I guess. This is essentially just a few ideas of levels I threw together. Mainly with the assumption that this would be the climax game of the Providence Arc. It’s dumb in parts, but I hope it does sound interesting. Ha like anyone will even read this. I will note I was inspired by some others in other comments on posts, but I can’t remember their names so sorry. Hitman 3 Level Ideas Level 0: (Equivalent to Hawkes Bay and the training levels) Gulf of Aden Mission Goal: Secure a piece of plot related cargo, alongside assassinating a known international terrorist who is in the ship. Mission Security: Light Security, but still present to deal with the threat of pirates in the area. Mission Description: Infiltrating on a small skiff, in the darkness of night. Maneuvering up the levels of the lower ship till you reach the maze of cargo, with long and short lines of sight both represented, with a flashlight available to provide light. Upon reaching the bridge of the ship, you can get the location of both the plot cargo and the target, along with turning on the lights, illuminating the entire ship, and bringing the level into a second stage. Level 1: London Mission Goal: Assassinate a Spy, a Businessman, and a Diplomat Mission Security: Lightly guarded in the open space, otherwise medium security. Mission Description: Slums of London, crowded streets where a meeting is about to take place. A Diplomat from Saudi Arabia, a Businessman from Mexico, and a Spy from Canada all will meet. The Area also is overseen by security of a Crime lord, who is not in it of themselves a target. Level 2: Tel Aviv International Airport Mission Goal: Assassinate Sheik Salman Al-Ghazali Mission Security: It’s an Israeli Airport. The Plane is lightly guarded, but not very large. Mission Description: It’s an Airport, if you take too long, the Sheik’s plane will Prepare to take off where it will then be a rush to the plane, unless you have a Bomb on it. Level 3: Tokyo Mission Goal: Assassinate a Cabal of Religious Figures in Japan Mission Security: The area outside the temple is relatively free to roam, while the temple is closed off outside of the main pathway, and heavily guarded Mission Description: There are two areas, the Temple and the City, the city is modern and relatively open, while the temple is mostly closed off and traditional. The Night is soon descending, and while all the targets start in the temple, all Five of them will move about the map into their own areas bringing along their security as the night descends and turns the outside into a neon night. Level 4: Macau Casino and Hotel Mission Goal: Eliminate the Assassin hunting you, a Corrupt Bureaucrat with ties to providence, and the Owner of the Hotel and Casino, A Business Mogul and Crime Lord. Mission Security: While heavily guarded, large portions of the map are safe to walk around as 47. Mission Description: Large, Expansive, and focused on three levels at the top of the hotel, and one floor below of hotel rooms. Level 5: Khandanyang Mission Goal: Assassinate Jin and Tren Po and Get the Information of the Partner’s Identities and Location Mission Security: Not only is the country extremely strict in their practices, making nearly all items illegal unless you are a role which would have said item. Many areas of the Map are heavily guarded, most of all, The Palace. Mission Description: 47 has infiltrated the Capital City of Khandanyang, the mission is to assassinate Jin and Tren Po, who have information on the location of the Partner’s next meeting. Starting in the City, the Palace looms over the map, heavily guarded, but with many points of infiltration. Level 6: London (Again) Mission Goal: Kill the Partners Mission Security: Everything they have. Mission Description: The Streets of London. A Small, walk around area is available, before one may enter the Lobby of the Hotel where Providence’s Heads are meeting. Everything within is sleek, Modern, and towering above. Multiple open floors are available to enter at your own risk, leaving you a way to get up to the penthouse with stealth, or less so by going with the elevator after stealing a key to the area. The Penthouse has multiple large open windows to the outside, along with many balconies. It towers above London below, as the rain outside begins to turn into a harsher and harsher storm as time goes by. Every Inch of the Penthouse is guarded, but there are small walkways along the side of the window, ever enough to get around through the multi floor penthouse, along with small corridors in between the walls. The Targets will all amass as one in the meeting room, but not before the guards check the room for any... Assassination Methods. “They are on alert, they are ready, but this is our chance, 47.” -After that mission is actually finished, the Credits roll. Then Post-Credits scene with reason for further games-
Travelling SEAsia - my massive review. Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand (Shenzhen, Macau). Motorbike & vegan travel tips
Mammoth post incoming..... I read a lot of posts in this thread and others to help me prepare for my first time backpacking in South East Asia, used mostly reddit and youtube to collect information and in return to all the helpful people who advised me, I want to add a bit to the info out there. This was our first time backpacking in Asia but we have both travelled a decent amount, apologies to those seasoned backpackers who might eye roll at the obvious things I point out! And how long this post is! few linked included where possible. I travelled with my boyfriend (both in our mid 20s) for 7 weeks from Nov 2019 to Jan 2020 covering 4 countries; Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. We travelled as a couple, not really looking for the typical hostel/partying experience. I had spots/cities we wanted to stop in picked out more so I could check that our return flight back gave us enough time (bf had job to come back for). For those interest I travelled with 40l backpack (Osprey ladies size I recommend for small gals). and 15l day back and boyfriend had 65l backpack. I really reccommend getting up to date on vaccines and/or visiting somewhere like Nomad travel (UK major cities only) for additional shots. We also bought a medical kit from them which came in very handy and I would buy THIS one (works out cheaper than making your own). Our original plan was to buy a motorbike in Ho Chi Minh and then use that as our main mode of transport to bike across Cambodia and then finally go to Bangkok, so there's a section about bikes at the end. I am plant based / have a pretty strong dairy intolerance, so I'll add a section about travelling as a 'vegan' as I found it more difficult to get concrete advice on that before I left. We are from UK so our budget/prices we evaluated against £ GBP Hong Kong - this was the most built up and relatively similar experience to our lives at home and eased us pretty gently into travel. I would compare Hong Kong to a metropolitan place like London. We stayed in the Wan Chai district and would recommend the are for first timers. Not as expensive as the Central District and gives more local flavour with the street markets which you are likely to explore or pass through on the way to the MTR. Stay on Hong Kong Island over the peninsula as a lot of activities are there and though it is more compact you get a good sense of what HK is really like. Prices - cost of restaurants was about the same as home - £8-10+ for a meal. Transport - incredibly cheap, routes often less than £1 or 50p Lots of 7/11 and Circle K with reasonable prices for snacks or eating in Things we did: - Victoria Peak - there are some views more 'within' the city if you take the giant escalator up and walk a bit further as opposed to going straight to the top - Mong Kok area and surrounding markets - Hong Kong museum - quite dated and nothing on history of recent years but it is free - Hong Kong Peninsula night time view of HK island (symphony of lights show) - Temple Street night market - Dragon's Back - this was easy to get to via bus and a nice welcome break from the city. An easy hike. - Ching Chung Koon, Tao temple - really beautiful temple with turtles, easy trip by bus to visit Shenzhen - We went to Shenzhen as we wanted to see what China was like and had some intrigue about it being a Special Economic Zone. My advice to absolutely everyone, unless you know of something on the other side you want to see, is do not go. We read that it was free to enter but you would have to get a short stay visa stamp. We ended up stuck in immigration after getting off the MTR for about 2 hours, first you must go and get a photo and a visa put in your passport which includes filling our a form and being asked a few questions about your stay, then you go downstairs and fill our a landing card, get fingerprinted and then pass through to Shenzhen. There isn't a clear explanation as to where these different rooms are to get the whole process done and you're at the mercy of how busy the waiting rooms are for how quick you get out, no visas would be ready and then they would surge in 10 being ready for collection at once. Shenzhen was a very homogenous city, we couldn't find any historical sites or areas designed for non Chinese to engage with the local fare, though bare in mind Shenzhen is absolutely huge and we were short on time after arriving later. Tube system is cheap and in English and we used cash to pay. When we tried to use bank cards to take out more money I had no luck with Mastercard, Visa and Visa credit card at more than one ATM. The best part of the trip was a small antique shop in the train terminal with genuine trinkets, pottery etc. The guy was quite fair with our haggling too. Macau - Again we visited this as another special zone outside of HK. Again unfortunately I don't recommend going. To us, Macau was missing all the parts of the Vegas strip that would make a high concentration of casinos together worthwhile; no smoking indoors, no open carry on alcohol on the streets, no street vendors or anything to create an interesting people-watching street, not helped by how spread out all the casinos were from one another. We visited the Venetian which brought us away from the casinos on the ferry side of Macau, so that might have made a difference. The Venetian at Macau had the same feeling as The Trafford Centre if UK readers are familiar with it. If you have been there you'll have your own opinion about it and use that to inform going to Macau. Hong Kong Protests - Before leaving for HK I'd been keeping up with the protest news. Though by November the 'peak' of protests seemed to have passed a lot in UK news there were still plenty of reports of violent clashes daily. From digging around online I felt that it was still safe to go but just to be mindful of large groups of people collecting or the university area. Whilst we were in HK we didn't see anything that alarmed us or made us feel unsafe. While I don't think the media outlets were incorrectly reporting protest clashes, the actual volume of them appears to be exaggerated (but that's how news makes money, right..). We saw graffiti at most MTR stations and some bus stations that had english text posters and print outs explaining the situation that were even updated overnight to new developments like Trump's treaty. One mall we tried to go to adjacent to some university buildings was closed and the MTR next to it was all smashed up but other than graffiti we felt very safe when wandering round the city both day and night. I would say the university area probably needs the most caution, but if the MTR is stopping there again then there has probably been improvement. Vietnam - We flew into Ho Chi Minh city, stayed for about 3 days. I'm curious to return to Vietnam in the North of the country, while the South was very interesting to see I was more than ready to move on after about 8 days. Didn't really get a good feeling out of HCMC; extremely loud, sticky, busy place. The best thing we did was go to the War Remnants Museum, things like the old post office were interesting but they don't really take up much of your day. A phone sim for 2 weeks with unlimited data was easy to get and cost less than £10 I think. HCMC is a good place to take advantage of cheap taxis and cheap food. We could get a good meal and a soft drink/smoothie for £2.50/£3, grab taxi was about £1 anywhere and £1.50 in a grab car, Circle K essentials like a sewing kit were about £2. Would recommend the Grab app for getting around - though it wasn't my favourite place we visited, I was really able to appreciate the pace and culture of the city zipping through little side streets on the back of the bike from District 1 down to other places in Chinatown area. There are plenty of markets to visit, but when you've seen the stuff at one the others aren't really much different and people didn't really want to haggle with us. We did a Mekong Delta day trip, though I'm not always a big fan of a guided tour this was fun and worth going on. Have a look on a site like Klook and pick something that sounds interesting and in budget - we visited temples, honey farm, coconut farm, held some snakes, traditional boat on Mekong and lunch for about £18 each for everything. Nha Trang - we visited here as somewhere in South Vietnam by the sea before heading westways for the rest of the trip. It was a much calmer and quieter city than HCMC but I'm not sure I would visit again, very windy in November. An unbelievable amount of Russians here, more built up and developed than I was anticipating too. Long Son Pagoda and Ba Ho waterfalls were good to visit, though Ba Ho seemed to be having a very big touristy development built on it which was a weird contrast to the very difficult to climb and almost untouched waterfalls. We biked to Bai Dai beach - just make sure to take the first turn down to the beach before you hit the strip of resorts being built because it goes on forever and they won't let you through for access to the sand. Beautiful views on the way down but can see the whole area and Vietnam in general being swallowed up by package resort tourism which is a shame. Cambodia - This ended up being my favourite country of the visit. Though there's not really pavements or waste management or sewage and you can't drink the water etc, but there was little rampant tourism, people were kind, the weather was great and we saw some beautiful places. Phone sim will cost you about $5 and you can only top up limited data about $5 for 8GB. Prices - Cambodia has 2 currency system with USD and riel though most of the time you're using USD (4,000 r = $1). I felt like because of USD prices were rounded up a bit more so it was still cheap, but more expensive than Vietnam. Eating out probably about $5-7 or more if you're not holding back. There aren't many chain stores in Cambodia so you're at the mercy of individual places for a good selection of snacks and then hopefully not grossly inflated prices especially on Western imports ($2.50+ for pringles?). I did find that pharmacies were cheap. Make sure you haggle with tuk tuks or use PassApp, but that app needs some work so it's often easier to take one that's in the street. In PP/SKampot getting around we paid no more than $3. In SR to go to the airport $7. We took a bus to Phnom Penh from HCMC which made the border crossing quite easy. We had e-visa already printed out etc but it didn't seem to make our waiting time any shorter but saved us having to fill out any forms at border control. Phnom Penh - felt a lot nicer than HCMC as soon as we got there really. Still hot and dirty and hassled like hell for tuk tuks but I felt more kindness from Cambodians. Compared to HCMC this was a whole lot quieter and more relaxed. Not every building has a formal address so if you're not staying at a hotel (airbnb) bear in mind you might need more visual instructions to find your stay. We stayed near the Royal Palace and the area round there, though more for expats was chilled out and there were local markets, not far to walk to temples and sites etc. There are a few hotels in this area with pools if you need to cool off. The one we tried we just took the lift up to the roof no problem, but I had messaged another nearby that said it was for residents only. Siem Reap - though this city is pretty much here for Angkor Wat tourism I enjoyed being here not just to see the temples. We stayed at THIS airbnb which was very reasonable and probably one of our favourite stays. No pool but there were a few places nearby that were happy to let us use theirs, we just bought drinks and food. There are a few temples in the city near the city where you can see fruit bats all in the trees. The river here is nice, big market, lots of cats. Angkor Wat: we bought a 3 day pass and went on a sunrise tour one morning and then did our own thing on the other days. Doing the tour means you get up and in for sunrise at the right time and it's good to get some history about the places you're seeing. Angkor Wat temple itself wasn't the most interesting to me and there are hundreds if not thousands of people there in the morning that makes it a lot less enjoyable. We also visited: Ta Phrom - temple from Tomb Raider Angkor Thom city gates Bayon Temple - this was a cool 2 storey temple that is merged with depictions of Hinduism and Buddhism Preah Khan You can hire a tuk tuk driver for a day around $15 mark or you can hire electric bikes in SR centre and take those around (tourists not allowed to ride motorbikes in temple complex) $5 for 24hrs. Just make sure to give your electric bike a good charge beforehand as the battery doesn't always read right. There is a restaurant in the complex you can swap your battery at - the whole temple area is an extremely large place, you can be 15mins drive in between spots so plan carefully. Koh Rong Island - we took a flight from SR down to Sihanoukville to then get the ferry across to Koh Rong. Our flight ended up being delayed by 12 hours (welcome to Cambodia) so we had to stay a night in Sihanoukville and go across the following day. Travelling from Sihanouk airport to Sihanouk we had to wear bandanas over our faces to stop breathing in the dust, even though only one window in the car was cracked, it's hella dirty. If you are travelling from the airport to town I highly discourage taking a tuk tuk or rickshaw; the roads are not well surfaced in a more extreme manner than what I saw in PP and SR, there are a lot of freight trucks which will need to be over or undertaken in order for the journey to not take hours. Taxis are unfortunately the most expensive here and the journey cost $20. Sihanoukville - I'm told recent infiltration and development of Sihanouk by the Chinese has completely transformed the city in the last 2/3 years at an incredible rate with no care for the local Khmer population. It was possibly the worst place I've ever visited. Dusty and dirty on another level, open building sites and construction absolutely everywhere. Very young looking boy in a digger pulling up the pavement less than 5ft from a busy restaurant. I had to climb up a 3ft pile of loose rubble to get to an ATM because the whole side of the road had been obliterated. If you are waiting for the ferry on Beach Road and you need an ATM but they're all broken like they were when I was there in December, there is an ATM on the actual pier. I was stressing about taking money out for Koh Rong as I heard there was no way to get cash on the island but when I was there I saw a few places that offered cash out (but I didn't try them). I reccommend reading THIS reddit thread and the LINKED article by a Chinese blogger about Sihanouk. I read THIS travelfish article about Koh Rong which was very helpful too. I had an impression from the article that the island is quite under developed, which in some ways was definitely true, however it was easy to do what we wanted and we didn't struggle for places to eat etc. We stayed on the main pier (though really this is still a small strip of restaurants and shops, no resorts) and spent most of our time on White Sand Beach. Koh Rong could not be any more different than Sihanouk and it was a great place to spend Christmas and unwind. We didn't do much other than swim and lie on the beach and it was great! There were boat tours to take but a lot seemed to end with 'free drink and party' and we weren't interested in that. Prices on the island were the same as PP/SR. The only things that were a lot more expensive were activities - someone had a jetski you could rent for $100.. and there was some tree top zip line you could do for about $20. We visited 4k beach next door which was a lot more remote, beautiful as well but only one option to eat. We came past Coconut Beach when we left on the speedboat and that looked to a bit less than the main pier but still stocked with a good few options. Overall the food we had on Koh Rong was some of the best! Kampot - A small town/city on the river. Very chilled with a nice central part of town with good places to eat. There are hardly any big hotels or buildings over 3 stories - it felt like a more real Khmer place than somewhere like Siem Reap. From Kampot you can visit Bokor Mountain, Kep, salt fields, a lot of natural escapes. Unfortunately we both got very sudden aggressive gastro-bug or food poisoning so we spent 5 days pretty much inside doing nothing (was going to happen at some point). Kampot was a quiet place and we were able to recover well here though. Kampot to Koh Chang - From Kampot we travelled to Koh Chang, Thailand. I'd seen some speculation online that it wasn't possible to do this trip in one day, but having done it I can say yes it is but it is a long day. Almost every bus trip we took on our adventure meant that we lost all of the day (no motorways in Viet/Cambodia) however the quality of transport means it can take even longer. Vietnam was good with sleeper or semi sleeper buses, however in Cambodia our 6.5 hour trip from Kampot to the Thai border at Trat was 16 people in a 12 seater minibus plus a baby.. so bear in mind long distance trips in Cambodia can be testing! From Trat border we got a minibus to the bus station, then a songalew/thai taxi to the ferry and then a minibus took us to our hotel on the other side [12 hour trip]. Thailand - Much more infastructure and felt more modern than Cambodia and Vietnam, but I couldn't really get a vibe for the place and felt like a lot had been lost to the prevalent tourism. I would maybe visit again but staying away from coastal areas - if felt like the Spain of South East Asia. Prices could be a little more on top of Cambodian prices but you could find cheap places to eat. About £5 for a meal. Taxis cost about £3 through Grab. 7/11 and Family Mart very cheap snacks for pennies. Bangkok - as this was our last stop we didn't travel to many temples or big spots outside the city because money haha... we stayed away from the expat areas, the Museum of Art & Culture had a cool free exhibition, the malls Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon are worth visiting for the food halls and just to see. Where we stayed had a pool so we took it pretty easy. Went to Chatachuk but too much tourist and sweat.. Bikes: We bought a bike in HCMC via facebook marketplace - I would suggest if you know anyone Viet to get them to help you get the true price because as a tourist you're probably seeing an inflated price tag. If not that it might be possible to get one from another backpacker, but then you may be at the mercy of any damages or issues with the bike they're not aware of as they aren't familiar with bikes. We took our bike (Honda Cub c 50) to Nha Trang with us stowed in our sleeper bus - we visited a few bus trip/tourist places and one was happy to do it for us. I think for 2 people and the bike was about £23 one way, so not bad at all. You'll have to empty the fuel before it goes in the bus so just remember that at the other end you might have to give your bike a min to run the fuel through it again. We sold it in Nha Trang because it wasn't quite powerful enough to get us around with any bags (i was not in charge of buying bike haha...). Bikes are more than easy to rent in every country we went to for probably £5 a day max. We had a bike in Koh Chang but I know in Thailand there are more rules about tourist rental so I would swerve riding on the mainland. The most hectic place we rode was HCMC so I would just suggest avoiding that if you can, even if you ride in your home country. We sold our bike in Nha Trang via facebook marketplace. We took a loss but it was more about cutting our dead weight before the rest of our trip so to speak. If you really want to ride a lot in SEAsia, Cambodia has no restrictions on tourists having bikes up to 125cc if you want to play the legal legal route (not that I saw any police in Cambodia over 3 weeks!). A bike is also a responsibility and if you're wanting to feel completely free while travelling it might not be right to buy one. Do thorough research! I travelled with a full face helmet and I was grateful for it on windy rides and hectic places likes HCMC. If you're not planning on riding a lot then this is definitely not essential but finding a full face helmet, that fits, that isn't too bootleg to break on you might be some things to consider (bare in mind I was planning on doing long rides when planning this trip initially). Veganism / plant based / special diets: As mentioned I have strong intolerance to all dairy products and am generally vegan; I still eat eggs maybe once a week and might have fish and chips a few times a year. With the exception to intolerances and allergies I think the best approach to eating in South East Asia or travelling in general is be willing to be flexible. I only like to eat plant based, but I'm happy to eat eggs and at a push will eat fish or chicken. This is obviously not what I want to do for every meal but consider that you might be getting places late at night, options that are clearly described in English as not containing your allergens may only have meat in them etc. When I travelled to Japan and also for all these countries, I wrote 'I cannot eat dairy etc' in English on Google translate and then screenshotted the response in the desired language if I needed to show someone to confirm ingredients. For Japan I looked up pre made examples as I know the kanji can sometimes not translate directly, but here I just had the google translate page as a back up. Hong Kong - a lot of English spoken here and a lot of specifically vegan places however they are more expensive. At 7/11 they sell the 'Kind' granola bars which are vegan and yummy! and I also ate the ready made egg and rice sushi balls. Some ingredients were listed in English but I don't remember finding any other easy go-to's. At bakeries, of which there are a lot, almost everything appears to be cream filled, buttered, flaky pastry. I found I could eat walnut and raisin breads without any noticeable issues, but I didn't have an ingredients list to check. Vietnam - in HCMC I was very lucky to be staying down the road from a fully vegan restaurant that had ice cream, vegan banh mi, smoothies etc (Healthy World in District 1, there is another somewhere else in the city). Tofu was on menus and on an English menu in a Viet place I could safely pick something veggie. Asking for a dish to be 'chay' means veggie and that works too. Because everything is so cheap, it seemed to be easy enough to eat here. Desserts were limited with the exception of a vegan shop. They do have Oreos, in general for all these countries, I hope you like Oreos because they're the only dessert option most place ! Cambodia - Sometimes easy and sometimes not. Tofu did appear on menus, I would recommend trying Tofu Lok Lak as a veggie Khmer dish (it will probably come with a fried egg) and I was able to ask for curries just veggie or with tofu. I ate mostly eggs and toast of some kind for breakfast because that was a filling option. Every city I was in there was at least one vegan cafe or restaurant that was not too much more ££ than a normal meal so I knew at least I could get myself something nice and safely vegan every other day while keeping a budget. I was concerned about Koh Rong being a remote island that I would struggle to eat but this was one of the best places! There is a purely veggie/vegan restaurant on the main pier, as well as other restaurants offering vegan pizza, veggie pad thai, tofu curries etc. I also found a second kind of chocolate biscuit that wasn't an Oreo here! Koh Chang/Thailand - though we were back to having access to 7/11 the options seemed more limited and Thailand was my least favourite place to eat. In 7/11 I did find a few different kinds of Almond milk (& oreos!) but ingredients were rarely in English. Some options at the food halls were inari sushi, Subway (hash browns) and a few other (but more pricey) dedicated vegan restaurants in the central district. You deserve a medal if you made it this far - any questions please ask me, thanks :-)
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Hi All, I am heading to Hong Kong in a few weeks with my husband. It is a surprise trip (he doesn't know where we are going) so I have been researching activities etc to do in Hong Kong. Neither of us have visited before! I have compromised an itinerary and would be appreciate if you could give any suggestions or any further recommendations. We are in our early 30’s and enjoy architecture, art and drinking! I should also add we are staying in Central (at the Pottinger). Day 1: - Arrive in Hong Kong at 5.20pm - Have an early night and go wondering to Lan Kwai Fong for some dinner Day 2: - Victoria Peak via the Peak Tram - Lions Pavillion - Victoria Peak Circle Walk - Happy Valley Racecourse in the evening. I read that we can get a spot in the members enclosure – are there any other enclosures available for the general public? Day 3: - Visit Ocean Park theme park - In the evening catch the star ferry to TST o Avenue of the Stars o Symphony of the Lights o Have dinner and drinks o Temple Market Day 4: - Day trip to Lantau Island o Ngong Ping Cable car o Ngong Ping 360 Village o Big Buddha o Tai O Fishing Village o Drinks at the Heritgage Hotel Day 5: - Day trip to Macau o Visit Taipa village o Senado Square o Macau Tower o St Pauls Ruins - In the evening check out some of the casinos o The Venetian o The Wynn Palace o Morpheus - Take a ferry back to Hong Kong Day 6: - During the day: Visit the mid-level escalators - Suggestions???
In the evening visit Lan Kwai Fong
Day 7: - Shopping day at Causeway Bay - Ride the Ding Dong Tram - Try the street food on Houston Street - Visit Times Square
Evening: I did want to go to Savva but I heard they are closed for renovations until September? Do you have any other suggestions?
Day 8: - Maybe High Tea at the Peninsula? - Any other suggestions? Day 9: - Visit the Gagosian Art Gallery in the morning - Depart from Hong Kong at 8.10pm Thanking you in advance.
Yesterday I should have seen all the warning signs. I kept drifting out of it while doing research and eventually stopped entirely to scratch an itch to "finally watch Man of Steel" -a movie I've never before cared about and didn't care about as I watched it. For reference, my girlfriend and I don't even own a television. After about 15 minutes I realized I wasn't even watching the movie but just playing with my phone and more just listening to sound effects in the background. I had no idea what was going nor was I bothered to find out. Instead of realizing I was experiencing burnout and unregistering what I could and setting an ideal lineup for the rest, I instead decided that maybe it's for the best I haven't seen any of the modern Superman films and took a nap. None of this was typical behavior for me. I normally love researching sports data, in fact, I did it even before I ever played DFS. Fangraphs was my default landing page on my browser in college. I used to spend days on end projecting baseball outcomes just for fun. I'm the kind of guy who reads a biography on Napoleon, finds details lacking and then will spend 12 hours straight pouring through online archives of statistics compiled by battlefield surgeons during the Napoleonic Wars because the author didn't give me a satisfactory level of insight into how prevalent bayonets were in actual combat. See, I'm already getting off topic, the point is that I have basically no interest in films like Superman and love absorbing deep and nuanced data. I also never take naps. Something was clearly afoot but I failed to recognize it. Bayonet wounds compromised 2% of recorded wounds in Napoleonic warfare if you were wondering. What I should have noticed was days earlier I forgot to check in around lock for PGA to scour the site for overlay, bad players making h2hs, or generally weak fields as I normally do. I also ignored that recently I'd not been paying as much attention and doing things like forgetting to double check on guys who were probable. Tellingly, I also didn't know Boban was starting. I literally passed off all the Boban chatter as sarcastic and never bothered to consider people were being serious. And earlier that morning, I forgot to double check on my soccer lineups so had some guys on the bench on my team. All of this was ignored. Sure enough, still in this DFS malaise, I not only don't set a real dummy lineup but don't even bother to check in on it before lock. By the time I realize what's going on, some of the games had already started and sure enough, I had button mashed in the backup NJ goalie in my dummy lineup. I normally put in a strong dummy lineup because it helps introduce the upcoming slate to me before I start research in earnest. This phenomenon is called burnout. It costs me money every couple months when it appears. It likely does the same to you. You've probably often seen the gpp lineups that never got filled or when someone starts someone against you in h2h that was ruled out long before lock - that's almost always burnout you are witnessing. The key is catching it before it hurts you financially. This is easier said than done. Despite all the warning signs poking me right in the face, I just ignored a series symptoms as unrelated events. A few times I even asked myself if it was happening but convinced myself that wasn't the case. It wasn't until the financial consequences became meaningful that the gravity of the situation had set in and I was able to accept what was going on. Fortunately for me, the upcoming hockey and basketball slates are very weak so it's easy to fade. It'd be a lot more tempting to just continue playing through it if there weren't only 3 NBA games today. That's my first step in my process of getting out of burnout. I'm still going to play, but instead of having multiple lineups in each slate, I'll switch it up to a single lineup put in sparingly for a fraction of the amount I normally play. I've personally found it's best for me to stay involved, just not for stakes of any significance. I won't start playing with a normal amount again until I find myself naturally and eagerly wanting to research the upcoming slate. Burnout was always much easier to deal with during my poker days. In fact, it never was a major problem for me to the extent that it hurts my DFS. I think the reason for this would be that poker requires active involvement whereas DFS is more like a Ronco product with a set it and forget it. It allows you passively partake, something that enables you to keep going on when you really shouldn't. Playing shitty poker takes just as much effort as good poker, playing shitty DFS takes up no time at all whereas one could otherwise spend an entire day preparing for it. When I was playing online poker, it was a very simple matter, I'd realize I had no interest in what I was doing and just log out of each table once my big blind came around. I'd then try to spend a bit more time outdoors. I'd go for a walk or a hike and if that wasn't enough, the next day I'd pack up some things and go on a trip. However, with us all having 9-5 jobs, you can't just phone in to the office and say you need some time off to relax and confront your burnout :). So these days it's just a matter of staying involved by playing for like $1 and wait for the urge to research comes back. No road trips to Moab, Utah or days on the beach. Sooner or later I'd start feeling that itch again and things would be back to normal. When I was playing live it was another matter. Usually being in Macau, there wasn't really all that much for hiking or camping on a congested island. Furthermore, never being a permanent resident there, each day I was there I was paying for rent back home and a hotel room/airbnb over there - in essence, burnout simply ate into my ROI. I'd view time not spent at the tables as time that was wasted so I created a one day break with a test afterwards to determine whether I kept playing or packed up and went home. So when I began not feeling like myself at the tables from these constant high stakes sessions, I made a habit of hitting up the Clube Militar De Macau. This was a fascinating place, it used to be where the Portugese Military hung out during the colonial era and these days it's just an out of place building surrounded by the older casinos, an alley of Philipino tranny hookers and fake jewelry shops that pretend to sell you stuff but really just give you unofficial cash advances on your credit card. I always got a kick out of that, all the pomp and circumstance which used to encompass that building and the people who used to occupy it... always wondered what they'd think if they knew it's become a derelict just barely hanging onto survival with a very reasonably priced lunch buffet. Without fail, it's always empty. I'd sit down and order a Vinha D'Alhos along with a bottle of wine and just soak up the setting, think about my recent play and keep drinking until I thought about something else. Sometimes, I'd need to get a second or third bottle of wine. Then I'd go on a walk through the old city, see the free standing wall that remains of the old cathedral and then loop back around and hit up the evil empire of degeneracy that is the Cystal Palace Casino. Now Macau has many casinos, some were big in the past that are largely empty today, others are modern and luxurious ones that are crowded today. The Crystal Palace is neither of those. It's a tiny little place crammed into 2 rooms on the 3 floor of the Hotel Lisboa, not to be confused with the Grand Lisboa, which is across the street. While most of Macau is baccarat and high stakes (most places the min bet is over $50), the Crystal Palace fills a little niche of broke degenerates offering min bets for less than $10. This is where I'd happily take the amount I'd normally play in blinds in a single orbit and stretch it out over several hours of mindlessness. I'd start off with Blackjack and then once too inebriated to be counting accurately (like with burnout, probably never realized until well after it'd begun) I'd then switch it up and play baccarat as no amount of drunkeness can screw that up because there's no way to impact the outcome one bit. They will however let you touch, bend and play with the cards, which can actually be fun after a couple drinks. Afterwards, I'd head back to the hotel and lay down in bed listening to my current audiobook - usually science fiction. I'd drink plenty of water, eat some healthy food and get very well rested and sleep for a very long time. The next morning I'd again hit up the Crystal Palace, but this time go straight to the poker room and get on the list. After an hour or two playing the low stakes poker they offer, I'd make a decision over whether I was still feeling it or rather thinking of blackjack and baccarat. If I was back in the mood for poker, then I'd head off to the Wynn or another casino with a poker room. If I wasn't, then I'd cash out, book tickets home and play more baccarat and blackjack until it was time to leave for my flight. That's really how I could tell whether or not I was still going through burnout. If I felt more attracted to much more mindless and instant gratification pit games than grinding away at the poker tables. For DFS, there is no real active involvement, so I don't have that indicator. It's much more subtle. It's a lot harder to detect when burnout is occuring, and it's much more difficult to confront. Since poker is active, I just had to do something else and wait for my desire to return. But for DFS, there's always that "oh I should set some lineups" mentality that's basically automatic process for most people. For many of us, a day without setting lineups is like a day without lunch, it may happen, but it feels abnormal and while one can sit down and play poker when not into it, DFS is orders of magnitude easier to passively do and that's the danger, that you could be burning ROI before realizing you are burning. So whenever you start feeling different, be it getting bored while doing research, wanting to play some baccarat or oddly have a desire to watch Man of Steel, try to pay attention to it and reconsider whether or not you should be playing DFS for more than a token amount that day. It's easier said than done, but recognizing burnout and taking proactive steps to limit the damage are essential for any sustained DFS grind in which we all partake. I still have yet to find a new way to bring my mind back into the game, which is the primary reason I'm writing about it here. I'm hoping this can help. Most likely though, I'll just wait it out and sometime soon be thinking hard about researching Harden's game time status again, and then I'll know it's safe to play again.
Critique my itinerary! Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan.
I posted a while back with a general plan/allotment of days. We've finally narrowed down our activities list a bit and would love any last minute tips or critiques regarding the way we've planned the days! We're not the type of people who stick to strict itineraries, so the plans are more like guidelines to make sure we hit up the things we care about the most with options to add more depending on how fast or slow we take it. Leaving in a couple weeks. Day 1 (Saturday): Arrive in Singapore around noon. Hotel is in Chinatown. Check in, walk & eat around the neighborhood at the hawker centres. Don't want to exert ourselves too much after the flight so planning to just wrap up the day by Marina Bay/Gardens for the light shows. Day 2 (Sunday): Start in Little India for breakfast. Head to Kampong Glam to see the mosque and for shopping at Haji Lane, then to Old Airport Road Food Centre. If we have time, go to Orchard Road for even more shopping, then finish up the day in the colonial district with a drink at Raffles perhaps. Art Gallery is on the list if we feel like it. Enjoy nightlife in Clarke Quay. Day 3 (Monday): Go to Orchard Road for shopping if we didn't go the day before, followed by a trip to the Botanic Gardens and Adam Road Food Centre. If we feel up for it, head to Treetop Walk and then the Night Safari. If not, chill out around our hotel area again (and hit up Gardens by the Bay if we were too tired to see them the first night.) Day 4 (Tuesday): Very early morning flight to Hong Kong. Hotel is in Mongkok. Check in and rest, then slowly explore Kowloon area on foot (Ladies Market, Street Bird Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui.) Either try for an early dinnedrinks at Ho Lee Fook and the Quinary followed by the Victoria Harbour Light Show, or vice versa if we're not hungry that soon. Day 5 (Wednesday): Take the ferry to Lamma Island for lazy shopping, eating, and hiking. Check out Jumbo Kingdom on the way there or back if it makes sense? Dinner at Juxing Home followed by Cantonese Opera at Ko Shan. Day 6 (Thursday): Potential day trip to Macau. Eat lots of food and walk around everywhere. Seems like we could start in Taipa and make our way North, or go the other way around. We'll eat egg tarts and African chicken for sure. The famous water show isn't showing during our trip so I don't think we'll stay too late. We don't like gambling so won't spend much time at casinos. I was considering doing the AJ Hackett bungy jump though, if that wouldn't crowd the day too much. Day 7 (Friday): Lantau Island - check out the buddha, Tai O fishing village, and Mui Wo beach? Dinner in Sheung Wan (if we can get the reservation we want!) Day 8 (Saturday): Last day in HK so want to see everything we didn't already see on HK island like Hong Kong Park, shopping in Wan Chai (I've got a few places saved), maybe Shek O beach too? We have a dinner reservation in Wan Chai and will likely go out afterwards. Day 9 (Sunday): Flight to Kaohsiung mid-morning. Hotel by Liuhe Night Market. Want to check out the Lotus Pond, Pier 2 Art Center, Xinjuejiang Shopping District, and Ruifeng Night Market. Day 10 (Monday): Train to Tainan (not the HSR.) Hotel close-ish to Tainan Confucious Temple. Don't have much planned here aside from wandering around and eating food. Have considered checking out Taijiang National Park as well. Day 11 (Tuesday): HSR to Taipei. Hotel by Taipei Main. Not sure what time we will get in - depends on whether or not we want to spend more time in Tainan in the morning. Leaving this day without many plans, maybe just the Huashan 1914 Creative Park followed by Raohe Night Market. If we have extra time we can try to hit up a restaurant on our list that's not particularly near anything else we've planned? Day 12 (Wednesday): Start at Xiahai City God Temple. From there, wander and snack down through Ximendeng all the way to Lungshan Temple. Hang out in Gongguan for a bit (we might do this on Day 1 though if we have time.) Hit up Ningxia Night Market later on if we're still hungry. Day 13 (Thursday): Day trip to Shifen & Jiufen Day 14 (Friday): National Palace Museum, Yangmingshan & Thermal Valley (and Yehliu Geopark? Maybe way too ambitious), Shilin Night Market. It seems like this is a doable, if busy, day. If this is too much we might skip Shilin entirely, or leave the National Palace for its own day. Day 15 (Saturday): Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei 101 + Din Tai Fung (we're prepared for the wait!), Maokong Gondola, Tonghua Night Market. Day 16 (Sunday): Our last day of the trip! Leaving this morning to either revisit somewhere we enjoyed a lot, or hit up an area we missed due to lack of time. Flight home is at 5:30pm.
May 28th, 2031, Central Committee Móng Cái, one of the wealthiest cities in Vietnam, is due for a large upgrade. At least, that is what the Central Committee believes. The Central Committee has proposed to turn Móng Cái on the border with China, into a special economic city. The end goal is that Móng Cái can be turned into the pride of Vietnam. Currently with a population of around 350,000 residents, the Móng Cái Smart City Project has proposed to prepare this new special, and modern, economic smart city to take on in excess of 1,000,000 new residents at the time of its completion. The proposed total for the project will be:150Bn This would make the Móng Cái Smart City, the largest megaproject ever devised in South East Asia. The Móng Cái Smart City project has been proposed to host its own Stock Exchange with districts specifically for Universities, Commercial Businesses, Residential, Office Space, Tourism, and of course the Port Authority. The main focus of this city would be to create industry and economic activity along the Chinese border, specifically for tourism and luxury, similar to that of Hong Kong or Macau. However, since the city is considered a split city between Dongxing in China and Móng Cái in Vietnam, that the project be completed in full two encompass both cities. The proposed changes and breakdown is as follows:
Development of Modern Apartment Housing
Commercial District and Technology Park
Móng Cái Port Authority (SEA Trading Hub)
Móng Cái Metropolitan Transportation System (Buses and Subways)
White Sand Beach Development
Total: 150 Bn Móng Cái Commercial District and Technology Park The Commercial District and Technology Park is proposed to house the new stock exchange, and consist of businesses, and research institutes. Also it will consist of malls and shopping centers. This area is supposed to be a sanctuary for businesses and research to be conducted, as well as a tax haven. Since Móng Cái Smart City will be a special economic city, it will abide by special laws created within the city. However, it is expected that a lot of wealth and businesses will be brought into the commercial district via the new Móng Cái Port Authority. Móng Cái Port Authority The Móng Cái Port Authority is expected to become a large trading hub for all of SEA, as a considerable amount of trade moves through the South China Sea, and through ASEAN participating members. Due to the port's close proximity to China, it is expected to be an ideal place for goods to be shipped into and out of with relative ease, but bear less cost on the companies to operate there, and a geographical advantage over other ports in the South China Sea. The port will also be within a desirable proximity to the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hainan, and Hong Kong, all very desirable destinations for trade and commerce. The Central Committee hopes that Móng Cái can join the ranks of the elite Asian economic cities. Móng Cái Metropolitan Transportation System It has been proposed for a new public transit system to service Móng Cái, including public buses, subway and share bike. The entire program will be serviced by a transportation card called Red Star which will provide users a discount on the fees to use the service. The Red Star card is proposed to be affordable and inexpensive to anyone, making the transportation truly affordable. The subway being the most expensive of the fees, and then buses, and finally share bike. The subway is proposed to run on the Tokyo Metro 13000 Model. The subway will be completely electrically powered. The bus system will service electric-powered double-decker Jinghua BK6126S model buses, and also serve an articulated, and short variant, both being one floor. An app is to be created for the Red Star program to use when getting on and off the bus, filling up your card, and provide a map of Móng Cái and tell you how many stops away the next bus is on your selected route. The App will feature typical map services for the city, but with the previously mentioned added feature, and listing which routes have the least people, and the fastest route. All transportation services, except the share bike program will feature air-conditioning and annual Wi-Fi by subscription, to be used during the services. Tourist District Large parts of old-town Móng Cái will be retained in the tourist district, as well as the old markets, but large amounts of amenities for modern tourism must be built up. With the steep budget proposed for this district, the Golden Boulevard will be created. What the Golden Boulevard means, is a long stretch of hotels and casinos right in-front of newly developed beach, will be erected and become the center of tourism for the region. One of the main selling points of the Smart City will be gambling and relaxation. Several casinos have already been proposed, and the invitation to foreign casino companies such as MGM and Bvlgari will be extended. In fact, it is proposed upon completion that 41% of the revenue from the city will be gambling and tourism efforts. The following casinos have been proposed:
The Jade Bay
The Sand Castle
Diamonds of Mekong
Palace of the Sun (A North-Korean Themed Casino) The Democratic People's Republic of Korea will be invited to take management, and aid with designing
Sea of Silk
Grand Ba Dinh Casino
Rostov-on-Nam (Russian Language Only Casino)
And many more invitations to private companies! University District The University District has a main goal of pulling large academic weight to the city, in order to feed employment to firms operating in the city, and to transfer a large amount of intellectual capital from Hanoi to Móng Cái. The University District will consist strictly of universities, except for a large shopping mall and a series of bars and clubs, catering to the universities. The following universities will maintain a campus in Móng Cái:
Vietnam National Univeristy
Can Tho University
Hanoi University of Science and Technology
National Economics University
An Giang University
Ho Chi Minh City University of Transportation
Vietnam Aviation Academy
Institute for International Relations
The following universities will be created in Móng Cái: (Educational Expense)
Thanh University (Proposed to be the top and most prestigious university in Vietnam)
Lieu Trong University of Military Science
National University of Science and Technology (Proposed to be the leading university for STEM studies in Vietnam)
Vietnam Foreign Language Studies University
A number of foreign universities will also be invited to set up a campus in Móng Cái
President Trump said today he looked forward to meeting Kim Jong Un soon and thanked the North Korean leader for sending the suspected remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War back to the United States. (Reuters)
Pence says return of remains show US progress on North Korea (WSJ)
Trump suggested in a tweet that his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — on trial on federal bank fraud and tax charges — is being treated "worse" than than "legendary mob boss, killer and 'Public Enemy Number One'" Al Capone. (CNBC)
Manafort's lavish spending is cited by prosecution (NY Times)
Manafort trial enters day two with major purchases in the spotlight(Axios)
Senate GOP voted to block a Democratic push that would have provided $250 million to beef up election security. The votes fell almost entirely on party lines as only one Republican — Sen. Bob Corker — voted for the grant. (USA Today)
The Trump administration will move today to revoke California's authority to set its own strict tailpipe emissions rules and mandate the sale of electric vehicles. The proposal is in line with Trump's decision to abandon the 2015 Paris climate deal. (Reuters)
California Gov. Jerry Brown called the wildfire situation in the state part of "the new normal." He said California has the money to fight fires today, but cautioned things could get tighter in coming years due to a likely downturn. (CNBC)
How this year's wildfire season compares to past years (Axios)
Starbucks (SBUX) struck a partnership deal with China e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) to deliver its coffee in Chinese cities. It will also partner with Ele.me, a food delivery platform, to open 150 stores in Shanghai and Beijing. (CNBC)
CBS (CBS) has retained two law firms to investigate allegations of improper behavior against Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves. Claims of sexual misconduct against Moonves were detailed in a New Yorker article last week. (CNBC)
Consumer tech giant Apple (AAPL) has a new share price threshold to hit $1 trillion in market value. The company revealed an adjusted outstanding share count of 4,829,926,000 alongside the company's third-quarter results. (CNBC)
DowDupont – The chemicals maker reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.37 per share, 7 cents a share above estimates. Revenue also beating forecasts. The company also said it has now realized nearly $900 million in cost savings since the merger of Dow and DuPont last year.
Cigna – The health insurer earned an adjusted $3.89 for the second quarter, above the consensus estimate of $3.33, while revenue beat forecasts as well. Cigna was helped by higher membership numbers and increased premiums.
Tesla – Tesla lost $3.06 per share for its latest quarter, more than the loss of $2.92 per share that analysts had projected. The automaker's revenue beat estimates, and the automaker said it expects profitability on a GAAP basis during the second half of the year.
Nike – The athletic footwear maker was rated "overweight" in new coverage at Morgan Stanley, which said Nike is in position to take more market share in a high growth global activewear market, and that it is successfully transitioning from a traditional business into a retail technology company.
Sonos – Sonos priced its initial public offering at $15 per share, below the target range of $17 to $19 a share. The wireless speaker maker raised $38.3 million in the offering, and the shares will begin trading today on the Nasdaq.
Teva Pharmaceutical – Teva posted beats on both the top and bottom lines for its latest quarter, and raised its full-year forecast. However, sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone fell nearly 50 percent in North America due to generic competition.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals – The drugmaker reported adjusted quarterly profit of $5.45 per share for its latest quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $4.70 a share. Revenue also beat forecasts, as sales of Regeneron's flagship eye treatment Eylea rose eight percent in the U.S. and 13 percent globally.
Yum Brands – The parent of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut earned an adjusted 82 cents per share for the second quarter, eight cents above estimates. Revenue also topped forecasts, but a same-store sales increase of one percent was shy of the 1.98 percent consensus estimate as fewer customers ate at Pizza Hut locations.
Wynn Resorts – Wynn reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.53 per share, short of the consensus $1.96 a share estimate. The hotel and casino operator's revenue also missed forecasts, although it did see stronger results from its Wynn Palace property in Macau.
T-Mobile – T-Mobile beat estimates by 5 cents a share, with quarterly profit of 92 cents per share. The wireless carrier's revenue fell short of forecast. T-Mobile also added 686,000 new wireless subscribers during the quarter, more than Wall Street was anticipating.
TripAdvisor – TripAdvisor came in 2 cents a share above estimates, with adjusted quarterly profit of 41 cents per share. The travel website operator's revenue came up short of Street forecasts. Traffic on TripAdvisor-branded websites and apps was up 10 percent from a year earlier.
Square – Square reported adjusted quarterly profit of 13 cents per share for the second quarter, 2 cents a share above estimates. The mobile payments company's revenue also beat estimates, however Square issued weaker-than-expected current-quarter guidance.
JPMorgan Chase – JPMorgan said it is among the financial firms being probed by the Securities and Exchange Commission for their handling of American Depositary Receipts between 2011 and 2015. The bank said it is cooperating with the investigation.
U.S. Steel – U.S. Steel beat estimates by 33 cents a share, with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.46 per share. Revenue topped forecasts, as well. The company boosted prices and lifted production following the imposition of tariffs on imported steel in March.
Yum China – Yum China came in three cents above estimates with quarterly earnings of 33 cents per share, although the China-based restaurant operator's revenue was slightly shy of forecasts. Comparable store sales fell a greater than expected one percent, with analysts having anticipated a 0.6 percent decline.
Walmart – Walmart was sued by Silicon Valley-based Zest Labs for $2 billion. Zest claims Walmart stole its technology designed to extend the shelf life of produce. Walmart said it respects the intellectual property rights of others and would respond to the complaint in court.
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