Gun tourism a sure big business in Las Vegas

admin   •   October 5, 2017   •   3197

The latest mass shooting in the U.S. didn’t just happen anywhere —  it happened in Las Vegas – where gun culture and entertainment have been taken to a whole new level.

Advertisements for gun ranges aimed at tourists are plastered across billboards all over the city and there are several businesses offering the millions of visitors the chance to experience using live ammunition.

Genghis Cohen owns and operates Machine Gun Vegas (MGV), a firearm experience business. At MGV, clients can shoot automatic weapons, and even kids can join in.

“I think there’s a curiosity, people just have a curiosity with guns. If you look at the most popular video games, you know, you look at movies, you look at the TV shows, guns are like riddled through all of it. They wouldn’t be there if there wasn’t an interest or a curiosity,” said Cohen.

Most of the customers are from overseas countries where guns are either harder to get or banned for citizens.

After Sunday’s shooting, Cohen closed his business for two days and posted a statement on the website calling for stricter gun laws.

“There’s no reason for an average citizen, there’s absolutely no reason for an average citizen who wants to have a gun to have a 100-round magazine, OK. There’s no reason for them to be able to buy accessories for their gun which makes the gun almost fully automatic. There’s just no reason for it,” said the gun range owner.

The incident has brought machine gun tourism into the spotlight. While Cohen closed his doors as a show of respect to victims’ families, many other gun ranges offering automatic weapon experiences remained open.

Just days after the terrible shooting in Las Vegas, the gun control debate has started.

For a former US Navy, the supervision of guns in America is very lax and could be the main cause of this massacre.

“And if that concealed carry permit applied nationwide because these gun laws won’t work, if they’re state by state, they only work if they’re nationwide because we have open borders. and I think if we did that, and then limited the magazine capacity and banned bumper stocks, we would see a drastic decrease in the number of lives lost,” said Truman National Security Project San Diego Chapter Co-Director Shawn Vandiver. — Reuters


Online barter gains popularity in Iloilo amid COVID-19 crisis

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 27, 2020

Get a sack of cabbages for a sack of potatoes. That was how trade worked during the early civilizations. Before money existed people used barter to trade.

Because of the severe economic turmoil created by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, several business owners and employees have lost their livelihood and had to look for other means to survive.

Residents in Iloilo City have resorted to online bartering to cope with the economic effects of the pandemic.

The Iloilo Barter Community (IBACO) currently has over 44,000 members. IBACO is bringing back barter and is trading various goods including food, pre-loved items, and services in exchange for another product.

Money is not needed. One can barter gadgets for fruits, clothing, or any other product that the trader would prefer having.

According to IBAC founders Charity Delmo and Hector Angeles, they created the group in order to help fellow business owners cope with the economic effects of the pandemic.

“While it’s a fun community, we found out that there are a lot of members who are also business members who lost their business, and people who lost their jobs,” Delmo said.

In order to trade, an individual must post the items they want to barter, which includes the description, worth and what items they want to exchange it with.

Members will then be able place their offer through the comments section. The page does not allow direct or private messages until the deal is closed.

IBAC, meanwhile, does not allow trading of animals, hazardous or illegal items, medicines, alcohol, or masks. AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

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Outstanding businesses, individuals recognized in Elite Business and Leadership Awards

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 6, 2019

The recent 2019 Elite Business and Leadership Awards, held on Thursday (December 5), recognized businesses and individuals who excel in their respective fields including in public service, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and entertainment.

“Apart from recognizing the mark that they have done in their own industries, nare-recognize din sila kasi kahit baguhan pa lang promising na (they are also recognized because they are promising despite being new in their industry),” Elite Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ace Rocha said.

Among those awarded are the 70’s band, Boyfriends. Boyfriends are known for their songs, ‘Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal’ and ‘Sumayaw, Sumunod’.

“Of course we really feel so good, especially iyong mga songs namin nire-revive ng mga young artist. And, of course, mayroon ding mga young bands and young groups na pine-perform iyong mga songs namin (especially when our songs are being revived by young artists. And, of course, there are young bands and groups that are performing our songs),” according to Gary Ariola, one of the members of the group.

Marcid Blue Water Refilling Business was also hailed as the country’s Premier Water Refilling Station. Marcid Blue already established 150 stations across the country in the span of eight years.

Operations Manager of Marcid Blue, Topoy Longalong is grateful to receive the award.

“Una sa lahat syempre tayo dapat magtiwala tayo sa Diyos, ang magagawa ng Diyos satin. Sasamahan tayo sa ating mga paggawa (First of all, we should trust in God and in what he can do. May he be with us in all of our endeavors),” he said.

He also said that a part of the earnings of Marcid Blue is given to Ang Dating Daan Foundation.

Recognized for his public service is Tanjay, Negros Occidental Mayor Reynaldo Concepcion.

He was a former street sweeper and had to beg on the streets of Manila.

He took various jobs until he was able to graduate in college.

Mayor Concepcion expressed his gratitude for having received the award.

“Hindi ko siya pinangarap, then hindi ko rin siya hiniling sa Diyos kundi masaya na akong tumulong sa kapwa tao, masaya na ko makipagkapwa tao na hindi ko alam na ang patutunguhan ko ay pulitika na (I never dreamed of it [becoming a politician], I also did not ask God. I was already happy to help my fellowmen, I did not realize I was already making my way to politics),” he said.

Mariano Builders, meanwhile, is awarded as the Elite Business Premier hardware store franchise in the Philippines.

Mariano Builders also provide assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who want to start their own business when they return to the country.

“Isa lang sinasabi nila, gustong gusto nilang makauwi kaya lang wala silang opportunity para kumita ng pera (They only say one thing, they want to go home but they won’t have an opportunity to earn money),” MBuilders’ CERO Albert Mariano said.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

Jollibee to acquire Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for $350 million

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 24, 2019

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) has acquired US-based Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) for $350 million through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte Ltd.

According to JFC Chair Tony Tan Caktiong, this is the largest multinational acquisition so far.

“Combined with Highlands Coffee, with business mostly in Vietnam, this acquisition will enable JFC to become an important player in the large, fast-growing and profitable coffee business,” he said in a statement.

The company initially invested $100 million in a new Singapore-based company to acquire CBTL. The balance of $250 million will be made as advances to the new holding company.

“Our priority is to accelerate the growth of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf brand particularly in Asia, by strengthening its brand development, marketing, and franchise support system,” Tan Caktiong added.—AAC


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