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London Rooftop Casino imminent

Written By Carla Harris

London Rooftop Views

The majority of smokers experience a certain yen when they take to gambling and one of Britain’s most elite casinos has come up with a brilliant solution. The Hilton Hotel in Park Lane is set to introduce a brand new private rooftop casino next month in where players can both play and puff away. The hotel opened its interior casino in November 2014 and has quickly become a high roller haven.

Those willing to fork out a cool £1000 membership fee will be able to access the roof garden extension kitted out with Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack and Three-card Poker tables.

David Mills, the hotel’s operations director, said: ‘Many of our clients come from countries where smoking bans do not apply. We want to provide them with a relaxing and enjoyable experience.’

The only issue gamblers may face is that fact that Westminster Council has banned the property from providing live or recorded music as a preventive measure so that the casino doesn’t disturb the neighbours. Oh well smokers can’t have it all.

Hong Kong Billionaire to Backdoor List Canberra CasinoHong Kong Billionaire to Backdoor List Canberra Casino

Written By Carla Harris

Casino Canberra

Canberra Casino will soon be backdoor listed through Namibian oil and gas explorer Discovery Resources. Discovery will change its name to Aquis Entertainment after giving approximately 89% of the shares to the Hong Kong gaming magnate, Tony Fung.

Mr Fung bought Canberra Casino for $6 million in December last year, complete with 39 gaming tables, two bars and licence fees that have been prepaid for five years. He also announced plans to upgrade his newly acquired casino in hopes of luring international and domestic gamers who are higher-spending than what Canberra is used to.

Experts reckon that this small move could be the start of major plans for Canberra Casino. Pat Flanagan, Aquis Barrier Reef Resort project manager, said in a statement that the “proposed listing of Aquis Entertainment Group is an important milestone in the future development of the Canberra Casino”. He also stated that the proposed listing relates exclusively to Canberra Casino and doesn’t have any immediate impact on the plans or ownership for the Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort, where Mr Fung is waiting on a gaming licence.

If there are any changes in the relationship between Aquis Entertainment and Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort, the public will be informed at the appropriate time.

Epic new Slot additions are coming your way

Written By Carla Harris

New Slots at Casino-Mate

Players can get ready for action-packed entertainment as new slots are joining the family at Casino-Mate in May. The thrilling new games include:

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Australian town creeped out as it rains spiders

Written By Carla Harris

Australian Spiders

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If the sun is practically blocked out by the webs of baby spiders falling from the skies, it will certainly be regarded as most people’s worst nightmare. However, for an Australian town called Goulburn, it was nothing less than a horrifying reality.

Locals complained earlier this month that the “rain” was appalling due to tiny spiders making nests in people’s hair and even beards. Ian Watson, a resident of Goulburn, said: “The whole place was covered in these little black spiderlings and when I looked up at the sun it was like this tunnel of webs going up for a couple of hundred metres into the sky.”

As creepy as this may seem, it is not uncommon for specific areas in Australia to experience such a phenomenon. Martyn Robinson, a naturalist from the Australian Museum, explained that spiders, especially babies, use a migration technique known as ballooning to migrate to the top of trees and plants and to “parachute” down using their webs.

Luckily, due to cold overnight temperatures, all the webs generally disappeared by the time morning hit. Robinson also stated that it was unlikely that any of the species of spiders involved in this phenomenon were harmful.

An Aggressive Species Spreads Fear Throughout Australia

Written By Carla Harris

Crawling Fish

An aggressive fish species that can survive outside of water for up to six days, crawl across dry land and suffocate its predators have been spotted on two islands in the Torres Strait, and is threatening to spread towards the Australian mainland.

A senior researcher at the James Cook University, Nathan Waltham, said that it would be a “major disaster” for certain Australian fish species and other wetland inhabitants such as turtles and birds if the crawling fish, known as Anabus testudineus, hit Australia. This is mainly because when the fish “populate an area they’re not commonly found in, they can disrupt the balance of that habitat”.

The fish, which is native to south-east Asia, has sharp spines on the protractible cover of its gills and uses it to drag itself from one waterhole to another. It can also hibernate in the mud of dried-up riverbeds for up to six months and it swells up when swallowed by predators in order to choke them to death.

Nathan Waltham also stated that the freshwater species could tolerate exposure to saltwater. According to Waltham, it’s very unlikely for the crawling fish to be able to swim all the way to the Australian mainland, but there is a danger that it would “arrive in the bottom of a fishing boat or as a discarded live-bait fish”.

Local fisherman are urged to report sightings if they find a fish species they are not familiar with. Waltham concluded that “only with on-going education and surveillance are we going to prevent climbing perch from arriving in northern Australia”.

Australia’s Hoyts Cinema Chain acquired by China’s Wanda

Written By Carla Harris

Hoyts Cinema Chain

China’s Wanda Cinema Line Corp has announced it will purchase the Australian cinema chain Hoyts Group – a decision that might just lead Wanda Cinema to become a global entertainment company.

Wanda Cinema didn’t disclose how much they are paying to get ownership of Hoyts, but it is speculated that the amount could be close to $750 million.

Over 450 cinema screens in Australia are operated by Hoyts, while Wanda Cinema is China’s largest cinema operator with over 150 motion-picture houses in 80 cities across the country.

Dalian Wanda, the parent company of Wanda Cinema Line Corp, seeks to expand its holdings away from real estate, hence the latest acquisition. The Dalian Wanda Group also owns the North American cinema chain AMC Entertainment.

Earlier this year, Dalian Wanda purchased Swiss marketing firm Infront Sports and Media AG for $1.15 billion, following a 45 million Euro investment in the Spanish soccer club Atletico Madrid.

Dalian Wanda also agreed to a $8.07 billion investment in 2013, in order to build a movie studio and entertainment complex in the Chinese coastal city, Qingdao. One thing is certain; the Wanda Group is rapidly increasing its foothold in the entertainment and leisure sector across various countries.

“Handsome” Australian-raised gorilla finds fame

Written By Carla Harris

Shabani the Gorilla

It seems that an Australian zoo produced a gorilla that is driving Japanese women mad because of his “good looks”.

The gorilla, known as Shabani, lives in Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan and was raised at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Since Shabani moved to Japan in 2007, he has attracted a large following of fans who find him “attractive” and “handsome”.

Shabani is an 18-year old silverback and boasts rippling muscles and a mysterious look on his face. Shabani was moved to Japan in order to mate with three female gorillas, and as a result has two male offspring.

The gorilla’s fame is mostly thanks to Twitter, where followers often refer to Shabani as an “ikemen”, which means “good-looking man”. Pictures of Shabani are also making the rounds on social networks, where fans capture him while he appears to be flexing his muscles, stare into the distance, and play with the younger gorillas.

Allan Schmidt, Taronga Zoo senior zookeeper, said that Shabani was moved to Australia from The Netherlands in December 1996 with his family when he was only two-months old. Schmidt also said that he wasn’t surprised about Shabani’s fame because “the Japanese are crazy and [they] love their fads”.

Higashiyama Zoo officials stated that there has been an incredible increase in young female visitors to see Shabani, who luckily loves the limelight and doesn’t mind his pictures taken.

A Rundown of the Runway - Chanel Couture Show

Written By Carla Harris

Chanel WInter Fashion Show

Karl Lagerfeld chose a casino theme for this year’s Chanel Couture Show, where he made use of 3D printing for a futuristic version of the classic Chanel suit.

Celebrities such as Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore gathered around the roulette tables in the centre of the runway, while Rita Ora and French singer Vanessa Paradis were also attending as high rollers at the runway show.

The models were boasting sharply-cut black bobs and bright lipstick to set a 1920s atmosphere, but Lagerfeld managed to take the look into the 21st century by designing the Chanel suits with square-cut shoulders and boxy jackets.

Lagerfeld used a laser aimed into space as a technique to design the three-dimensional suits, as it binds powdered material to create a solid structure. He stated that the “idea is to take the most iconic jacket of the 20th century and make a 21st century version, which technically was unimaginable in the period when it was born.”

Most women who buy couture today are young and modern, which is why couture can only be kept alive if it adapts with the times, says Lagerfeld.

The décor of the runway show was inspired by “the ambience of casinos at a time when people dressed up.” “They didn’t appear to try and win to pay the rent at the end of the month. Today casinos are a bit more dreary because people no longer get dolled up.”

Underwater Volcanoes

Written By Carla Harris

Heat Map of Underwater Volcanoes

A team of Australian researchers recently discovered four enormous underwater volcanoes during a search for lobster larvae off the coast of Sydney.

The extinct volcanoes are believed to be about 50 million years old and are situated just 250km off the coast.

The scientists from Australia’s national science agency (CSIRO) made use of Investigator, Australia’s new ocean-going research vessel, in order to spot the volcano cluster through sonar mapping of the sea floor.

The largest of the four volcanoes is 1.5km across the rim and rises 700m from the sea floor. The volcano cluster is approximately 20km-long and is 5km underwater.

According to the researchers, this discovery may lead to answers as to how Australia separated from New Zealand. Volcano expert, Richard Arculus, said that “this is the first time these volcanoes have been seen.”

Scientists hope that the discovery will lead them to better understand the Earth’s crust as it can “tell us part of the story of how New Zealand and Australia separated around 40 to 80 million years ago,” Richard Arculus said. It is believed that the volcanoes were created by a series of shifts in geological plates.

Professor Iain Suthers, a marine biologist at the University of NSW, said there is a big chance that there are other undiscovered volcanoes in the region, but the Investigator only operates 180 days per year as it doesn’t have enough funding.

The last volcanic eruption in Australia is approximately more than 5 000 years ago.

The Porsche Cayman S

Written By Carla Harris

Porsche Cayman

Some of us could only imagine being the owner of a brand new Porsche Cayman S, but the dream is one step closer to becoming a reality for one lucky player thanks to the Win-a-Car promotion that’s currently running at Casino-Mate.

The promotion is quite simple: players simply need to wager $/€1,000 on any game that get their hearts racing for a chance to drive away with this superior prize.

Players will receive a Checkered Flag for every $/€1,000 wagered, which is worth one entry into the draw. There’s a maximum of ten Checkered Flags per checkpoint and there are four checkpoints in total, which means players can earn up to 40 entries into the lucky draw.

Players who are brave enough to put their racing faces on from 3 August 2015 to 31 August 2015 will definitely not regret the thrilling journey. The player who is lucky enough to win this fast and agile piece of machinery will be announced at the end of this month.

The Porsche isn’t the only thing players can gain from this promotion though – as 10 Free Spins on the Racing for Pinks Video Slot will be awarded to every player who wagers $/€2,000.

Get your engines fired up because this is one promotion you don’t want to miss out on!