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Inside The Star casino’s new $250million high-roller room that’s the size of an NRL field

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A new $250 million high-roller floor the size of an NRL field has been unveiled at Sydney’s The Star casino.   

High-end gamblers will be introduced to the exclusive ‘Sovereign Room’ on Friday after the harbourside casino opens its doors for the first time in three months.

The elite space covers more than 5,000 square metres and includes four private dining rooms, gaming salons and a ‘Chairman’s Area’ for the highest tier gamblers. 

‘This is an offering that has been a long time in the making and we’re proud of delivering what is unarguably one of the finest VIP gaming areas in the world,’ a spokesperson from The Star casino told Daily Mail Australia. 

The Star casino in Sydney will open a luxurious high-roller area known as the 'Sovereign Room' (pictured) on Friday where elite patrons can gamble between $300 and $100,000 at baccarat, roulette and blackjack tables

The Star casino in Sydney will open a luxurious high-roller area known as the 'Sovereign Room' (pictured) on Friday where elite patrons can gamble between $300 and $100,000 at baccarat, roulette and blackjack tables

The Star casino in Sydney will open a luxurious high-roller area known as the ‘Sovereign Room’ (pictured) on Friday where elite patrons can gamble between $300 and $100,000 at baccarat, roulette and blackjack tables

The $250 million gaming floor (pictured) is as large as an NRL field and features private dining rooms where high-end patrons will be served around 400kg of lobster and 2000 abalone per month from the casino's aquarium

The $250 million gaming floor (pictured) is as large as an NRL field and features private dining rooms where high-end patrons will be served around 400kg of lobster and 2000 abalone per month from the casino's aquarium

The $250 million gaming floor (pictured) is as large as an NRL field and features private dining rooms where high-end patrons will be served around 400kg of lobster and 2000 abalone per month from the casino’s aquarium 

Pictured: The casino's Diamond and Platinum members will have access to a secret garden on the invitation-only gaming floor

Pictured: The casino's Diamond and Platinum members will have access to a secret garden on the invitation-only gaming floor

Pictured: The casino’s Diamond and Platinum members will have access to a secret garden on the invitation-only gaming floor

The luxurious area, which took five years to develop and two years to build, will allow high-end punters to bet up to $100,000 at baccarat, roulette and blackjack tables.    

International and domestic high rollers will dine on 400 kilograms of lobster and 2000 abalone per month served from the casino’s live seafood tanks.   

Patrons of the invitation-only room will also enjoy harbour views from a sunken bar that features five-metre tall floor-to-ceiling windows. 

The Star said its premium gaming area would attract visitors to Sydney.

‘We’re talking about high net worth local, interstate and overseas individuals or families who will also want to dine, shop and visit tourist attractions, driving significant economic benefits for the State,’ the spokesperson explained. 

The Sovereign Room, which has a capacity of around 700, will even treat punters to a lavish stroll in a living garden as they move between its gaming rooms.  

The exclusive gambling area was built using 245 tonnes of Turkish and Italian marble and will surround high-end patrons with 83 pieces of multicultural art.  

A 500,000-piece stainless steel sculpture by Beijing artist Zheng Lu will greet VIPs as they enter the room. 

Pictured: High-end patrons will be surrounded by 83 pieces of multicultural art and a 500,000-piece stainless steel sculpture

Pictured: High-end patrons will be surrounded by 83 pieces of multicultural art and a 500,000-piece stainless steel sculpture

Pictured: High-end patrons will be surrounded by 83 pieces of multicultural art and a 500,000-piece stainless steel sculpture

The Sovereign Room also features private gaming rooms and a 'Chairman's Area' for its most exclusive patrons

The Sovereign Room also features private gaming rooms and a 'Chairman's Area' for its most exclusive patrons

The Sovereign Room also features private gaming rooms and a ‘Chairman’s Area’ for its most exclusive patrons

The Sovereign Room will also house 58 lighting features and include 15 bespoke chandeliers sourced from the Czech Republic.     

A series of floor to ceiling light fixtures will replicate the light bulbs and fuses of the Sydney Electrical Lighting Station that once stood on the site of The Star.  

The Star spokesperson said the casino was prepared to ‘deliver world class assets’. 

‘We’ve done that on a luxurious level with highest quality fixtures, fittings, furnishings, food, gaming facilities and view,’ the spokesperson said.  

The Sovereign Room also expects to serve patrons 150 kilograms of Barramundi a month and will provide a menu featuring Russian Caviar, Hervey Bay Scallops and Wagyu steak. 

The private gaming floor is the most exclusive area in the entire casino and can only be accessed by The Star’s Platinum and Diamond Members. 

Access to the Sovereign Room is by invitation only and members will also be allowed to bring a guest.   

The Star’s exclusive area is set to rival James Packer’s nearby Crown casino when it opens its VIP-only venue in Barangaroo at the end of the year. 

The Star's exclusive area is set to rival James Packer's new Crown casino when it opens at the end of the year in Barangaroo

The Star's exclusive area is set to rival James Packer's new Crown casino when it opens at the end of the year in Barangaroo

The Star’s exclusive area is set to rival James Packer’s new Crown casino when it opens at the end of the year in Barangaroo

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BLM protests may be the largest in U.S. history as more than 26MILLION Americans have attended

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Black Lives Matter protests that have erupted across the United States may be the largest demonstrations in the country’s history, with upwards of 26million people participating. 

The figures come from four recent polls – including one released by Civis Analytics – that found that 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations that spawned following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.  

‘I’ve never seen self-reports of protest participation that high for a specific issue over such a short period,’ Neal Caren, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explained to the New York Times.

The figures come from four recent polls that found that 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations that spawned following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd (protest in New York)

The figures come from four recent polls that found that 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations that spawned following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd (protest in New York)

The figures come from four recent polls that found that 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations that spawned following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd (protest in New York) 

The surveys suggest that at the minimum, seven million people participated in demonstrations over the last several weeks. 

In comparison, roughly three million to five million people came out for the Woman’s March of 2017 on a single day. That event was highly organized in contrast with BLM demonstrations, which have been much more organic. 

‘Really, it’s hard to overstate the scale of this movement,’ said Deva Woodly, an associate professor of politics at the New School.

Civil rights marches in the 1960s were not nearly as big, the professor added.

‘If we added up all those protests during that period, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people, but not millions,’ she said.

The surveys suggest that at the minimum, seven million people participated in demonstrations over the last several week (protests in Los Angeles)

The surveys suggest that at the minimum, seven million people participated in demonstrations over the last several week (protests in Los Angeles)

The surveys suggest that at the minimum, seven million people participated in demonstrations over the last several week (protests in Los Angeles)

A review of international protests for independence by Erica Chenoweth, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, found that roughly 3.5 per cent of a country’s population protest to unseat government leadership. 

More than 4,700 demonstrations have happened in the United States since May 26, averaging out to roughly 140 per day.  

‘The geographic spread of protest is a really important characteristic and helps signal the depth and breadth of a movement’s support,’ said Kenneth Andrews, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Professor Woodly explained that the protests are taking place in such vast numbers because activists are gaining guidance and framework for their demonstrations from Black Lives Matter. 

There does appear to be some correlation in activism and disdain for Trump and his administration. A poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that one in five Americans said that they have participated in a protest since the start of Trump’s administration. Some 19 per cent of Americans said they were new to protesting.

More than 4,700 demonstrations have happened in the United States since May 26, averaging out to roughly 140 per day (protest in Minneapolis)

More than 4,700 demonstrations have happened in the United States since May 26, averaging out to roughly 140 per day (protest in Minneapolis)

More than 4,700 demonstrations have happened in the United States since May 26, averaging out to roughly 140 per day (protest in Minneapolis)

At least 1,360 counties in the United States – roughly 40 per cent – have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests. Nearly 95 per cent of these counties are majority white and nearly three-quarters of the counties had populations of more than 75 per cent white.  

‘Without gainsaying the reality and significance of generalized white support for the movement in the early 1960s, the number of whites who were active in a sustained way in the struggle were comparatively few, and certainly nothing like the percentages we have seen taking part in recent weeks,’ said Douglas McAdam, an emeritus professor at Stanford University who studies social movements.

Younger and wealthier Americans are also participating in more of the demonstrations. The largest share of protesters have come from the age group for people under the age of 35.

At least 1,360 counties in the United States - roughly 40 per cent - have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests (demonstrations in Washington D.C.)

At least 1,360 counties in the United States - roughly 40 per cent - have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests (demonstrations in Washington D.C.)

At least 1,360 counties in the United States – roughly 40 per cent – have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests (demonstrations in Washington D.C.)

Recent videos of police violence towards protesters or toward the black community were a huge motivating factor as to why people participated for the first time.  

With the coronavirus pandemic also ravaging the United States, people are also having more time to engage in activism.  

‘With being home and not being able to do as much, that might be amplifying something that is already sort of critical, something that’s already a powerful catalyst, and that is the video,’ said Daniel Q. Gillion, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

‘If you aren’t moved by the George Floyd video, you have nothing in you. And that catalyst can now be amplified by the fact that individuals probably have more time to engage in protest activity.’  

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Gladys’ MAJOR backflip as Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum is SAVED – but there’s a catch

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Sydney’s iconic Powerhouse Museum will not be sold off despite five years of controversy in a major last-minute backflip by Premier Gladys Berejiklian. 

Ms Berejiklian’s office on Saturday confirmed that the museum’s 400,000 piece collection will be shared across the existing Ultimo site and the new Parramatta building, when it is completed in 2024.   

The museum was expected to sell for $195million and sparked fears the building with views of the city’s Darling Harbour would be hawked off to developers to build apartment blocks.  

Sydney's iconic Powerhouse Museum will not be sold off despite five years of controversy in a major last-minute backflip by Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured centre)

Sydney's iconic Powerhouse Museum will not be sold off despite five years of controversy in a major last-minute backflip by Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured centre)

Sydney’s iconic Powerhouse Museum will not be sold off despite five years of controversy in a major last-minute backflip by Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured centre)

The sale would have seen the historic collection broken up before moving west and dispersed across the state to various regional facilities.

The tourist attraction showcases an array of industrial technology artifacts ranging from decorative arts, science, communication, transport, costume, furniture, media, computer technology, space technology and steam engines.

But the logistics of where all the pieces would be sent and how they would be transported was something still being figured out.

The Ultimo site only closed its heritage halls to the general public three days ago on Wednesday.

The doors are now set to be thrown open again, with the state government saying said their big backflip will ensure ‘several hundred’ jobs are saved during the coronavirus crisis.

‘Sydney is a global city of more than five million people and this will allow us to provide an outstanding visitor experience in the areas of technology, science, engineering and design at two major locations,’ Premier Gladys Berejiklian told the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo was expected to sell for $195million and sparked fears the building with views of the city's Darling Harbour would be hawked off to developers to build apartment blocks

The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo was expected to sell for $195million and sparked fears the building with views of the city's Darling Harbour would be hawked off to developers to build apartment blocks

The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo was expected to sell for $195million and sparked fears the building with views of the city’s Darling Harbour would be hawked off to developers to build apartment blocks

‘It will mean far more people have access to many more of the amazing exhibits held by the Powerhouse and importantly, help us create vibrant centres to inspire learning in the fields of sciences and applied arts for the next generation.’

The about-face comes after another major change of tack since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

In early June, Ms Berejiklian pulled the pin on the divisive $800 million rebuild of ANZ Stadium.

The Powerhouse Museum on the banks of the Parramatta River is expected to be finished in 2023

The Powerhouse Museum on the banks of the Parramatta River is expected to be finished in 2023

The Powerhouse Museum on the banks of the Parramatta River is expected to be finished in 2023

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Musician Ryan Adams reveals he’s sober as he pens raw apology

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He sold out stadiums, produced more than a dozen critically-acclaimed albums and worked with rock luminaries from Willie Nelson to Elton John, who dubbed him the ‘fabulous one’.

But when a New York Times expose hit newsstands in February 2019, the music came to an abrupt stop for Ryan Adams, 45, one of the most prolific singer songwriters of his generation. 

In a searing #MeToo expose, the indie rock star was accused by seven women of dangling career opportunities in return for sex.

The alleged victims ranged from an underage singer to his ex-wife Mandy Moore. If they spurned his advances, the women said Adams would use his influence to stifle their ambitions and subject them to harassment and abusive texts. 

‘Music was a point of control for him,’ said Moore, who split from the Grammy-nominated performer in 2016, claiming he was psychologically abusive. 

Adams disputed the accuracy of the reporting and denied engaging in sexual communications with a minor. The allegations were ‘outlandish’ and false, he said, and his accusers were ‘disgruntled individuals’ who blamed him when their careers fizzled or failed to take off. 

Today, Adams is sharing with DailyMail.com readers and the world his regrets over his past behavior and intent to ‘be a better man.’ 

After more than a year out of the spotlight, he tells DailyMail.com that he’s sober, wiser and finally ready to confront the damaging behavior that brought his stellar rock and roll career crashing down. 

Ryan Adams has shared with DailyMail.com readers and the world his regrets over his past behavior more than a year after a searing #MeToo expose. The alleged victims include his ex-wife Mandy Moore, who split from the Grammy-nominated performer in 2016, claiming he was psychologically abusive

Ryan Adams has shared with DailyMail.com readers and the world his regrets over his past behavior more than a year after a searing #MeToo expose. The alleged victims include his ex-wife Mandy Moore, who split from the Grammy-nominated performer in 2016, claiming he was psychologically abusive

Ryan Adams has shared with DailyMail.com readers and the world his regrets over his past behavior more than a year after a searing #MeToo expose. The alleged victims include his ex-wife Mandy Moore, who split from the Grammy-nominated performer in 2016, claiming he was psychologically abusive

There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career. 

All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life. 

I’ve gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt. 

I get that and I also understand that there’s no going back. 

To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull***t apology that I’ve always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different. 

Having truly realized the harm that I’ve caused, it wrecked me, and I’m still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered. 

There is no way to convince people that this time is truly different, but this is the albatross that I deserve to carry with me as a result of my actions. 

Realizing the consequences of my actions, I took a hard look inwards and sought to find the truth behind them. What pain was I carrying myself that was so poorly and wrongly being projected onto others? 

I made a promise to myself that no matter what it took, I would get to the root of these issues and finally start to fix myself so I could be a better friend, a better partner, and a better man overall. 

The alleged victims include his ex-wife Mandy Moore, who split from the Grammy-nominated performer in 2016, claiming he was psychologically abusive

The alleged victims include his ex-wife Mandy Moore, who split from the Grammy-nominated performer in 2016, claiming he was psychologically abusive

Adams has now revealed he's sober, wiser and finally ready to confront the damaging behavior that brought his stellar rock and roll career crashing down

Adams has now revealed he's sober, wiser and finally ready to confront the damaging behavior that brought his stellar rock and roll career crashing down

Adams has now revealed he’s sober, wiser and finally ready to confront the damaging behavior that brought his stellar rock and roll career crashing down

That being said, no amount of growth will ever take away the suffering I had caused. I will never be off the hook and I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior, and will be for my actions moving forward. 

In my effort to be a better man, I have fought to get sober, but this time I’m doing it with professional help. Sobriety is a priority in my life, and so is my mental health. These, as I’m learning, go hand in hand. 

But I will not bore anyone with stories of my demons or use them to excuse what I’ve done. I really want to express that I’ve internalized the importance of self-care and self-work. I’m really trying. 

Music is how I lay my soul bare, and in working through this, I have written enough music to fill half a dozen albums. 

Some of these songs are angry, many are sad but most of them are about the lessons I’ve learned over the last few years. Those ones an expression of my deepest remorse. 

I hope that the people I’ve hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me.

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