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Daily Archives: June 27, 2007

Brown replaces Blair and pledges an era of change


*by Phil Hazlewood

Finance minister Gordon Brown took over yesterday as British prime minister from Tony Blair, vowing after a decade in Blair’s shadow to lead an era of “change”.
While Blair, his reputation as a reformer tainted by the Iraq war, was expected to become a Middle East peace envoy, Brown highlighted his determination to stamp his own authority after being asked by Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government.
Brown pledged in his first public comments to lead a “new government with new priorities.”

Venetian signs on as official Games partner

The Venetian Macau yesterday signed on as the official partner of the 2nd Asian Indoor Games.
The hotel will be the official VIP hotel, hospitality partner and headquarters hotel of the Games to be held in October.
he Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Macao 2007, 2nd Asian Indoor Games Organising Committee (MAIGOC) were present at the signing ceremony.
Venetian Macau, according to the agreement, will provide accommodation and catering services to OCA and NOC members, VIPs, officials, sport federations' delegates and government representatives. The Venetian resort will also be the host venue of the Games' closing ceremony on November 3.
OCA Director General and Technical Director, Husain Al Musallam, said he was delighted to welcome the Venetian to the “OCA family”.
“The agreement represents an important partnership for the 2nd Asian Indoor Games,” he said.
“The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel will make a significant contribution and commitment to serve a multitude of functional areas which are integral to the success of the Games, including Games services, media services, NOC services, marketing, sponsorship, corporate hospitality, ceremonies and events.  
“Working hand in hand with the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel will ensure that the OCA can deliver the highest standards of service for Games participants, enhance their hospitality experience and set a new benchmark for the Asian Indoor Games,” he said.
Manuel Silverio, MAIGOC Board of Directors Chairman, said this would be the first time in Macau's multi-sporting history, that the main operational and administrative units would be within the Games headquarters hotel — “including the national Olympic Committees’ secretariats and most notably the media centre”.
“This coming July MAIGOC will be organising the warm-up events to the Asian Indoor Games, with the participation of English Premier League champion Manchester United, and the support of our official partner, The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel.
“Together we will be receiving dignitaries from across the world during the Asian Indoor Games, and we are eager to demonstrate Macao’s hospitality,” he said.
William P. Weidner, President and Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., anticipated the hosting the Games in Macau.
“The 2nd Asian Indoor Games Macao 2007 will be one of the most exciting sporting events organised by the Macao SAR Government this year, and we are delighted to be partnering with the Organising Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia and are extremely excited to be serving as the official headquarters hotel,” he said.
“Coupled with our upcoming Venetian Macau Cup, the NBA China Games 2007 and The Venetian Macau Tennis Showdown, Macau will soon be offering a wide variety of exciting and unique sporting and entertainment events and thus attracting visitors from throughout the region,” he said.