Asians speak up against casino deal

first_imgNZ Herald 3 September 2013  More Asian people will lose their jobs and businesses if the SkyCity convention centre deal goes ahead, MPs have been told.A stream of Asian community groups spoke against the deal yesterday when select committee hearings opened on the NZ International Convention Centre Bill, which allows SkyCity 230 extra poker machines, 52 extra gaming tables and an extension of its licence until 2048 in return for building a $400 million convention centre.The Auckland Council also opposed the bill, but it was supported by the Heart of the City business lobby and by the Catholic Church’s Auckland Diocese Justice and Peace Commission because of the extra jobs it will create.Problem gambling counsellor Donghwan (Gus) Lim of the Korean Community Wellness Society said Asian people made up only 9 per cent of the population but 64 per cent of problem gamblers who were excluded, or excluded themselves, from the casino in the six months to June last year.“There are so many Asian people disproportionately getting harmed by SkyCity,” he said.http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11118462last_img read more

A look at the Patriots’ Super Bowl rings through the years

first_img https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/27/d/super-bowl-xxxvi_1gjc0n4te89ja1p6ayn8jmnq3x.jpg?t=666199699&w=500&quality=80 Super Bowl 51This ring commemorating the Patriots fifth championship comes in at 5.1 carats. It features 283 diamonds and the inscription “greatest comeback ever” to represent New England rallying from a 28-3 second-half deficit to top the Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Houston.  Super Bowl 39The Patriots’ third title came in 2005 in Jacksonville as they held off Donovan McNabb and the Eagles, 24-21. The ring boasts 124 diamonds, including 21 around the team logo to represent New England’s 21-game win streak from 2003-04. Super Bowl 38New England claimed its second championship two years later in a similar fashion. Vinatieri drilled a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left to give the Patriots a 31-29 win over the Panthers in Houston. This ring is adorned with 32 diamonds around the Patriots’ logo, one for each of the 32 NFL teams.  Production on the rings doesn’t begin until after the Super Bowl. The design phase can take up to eight weeks, and then it takes another 4-6 weeks to make the rings.LOVE, HATE & PLENTY OF -GATES The many twists of the Patriots’ dynasty timelineWith five Super Bowl wins, the Patriots have accumulated plenty of jewelry the last 20 years and have a shot to add a sixth against the Rams in Super Bowl 53. Here’s a look at how their rings have changed through the years.Super Bowl 36The Patriots won their first title on a 48-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired to give New England the 20-17 win over the Rams in 2002. This ring features 42 diamonds, symbolic of the team’s 42nd season. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4/e4/super-bowl-xxxviii_18bayrn1mnc2w10om2culf6ak5.jpg?t=666646339&w=500&quality=80 Super Bowl 49Just under 10 years separated New England’s third and fourth championships. The Patriots staved off the Seahawks 28-24 in Glendale, Ariz., thanks to a goal-line interception by Malcolm Butler.Each of these rings cost $36,500 to make and Patriots owner Robert Kraft footed the $5.5 million bill. According to CNN, the NFL contributes $5,000 per ring for 150 rings. The team is on the hook for the rest. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a0/c9/super-bowl-xxxix_1c020sx9sbldp1vie339e281vp.jpg?t=666728211&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/74/super-bowl-xlix_1r31f1i95927z1tlodtmarjqw8.jpg?t=-1299234678&w=500&quality=80 Winning the Super Bowl brings fame, glory and rings — something Patriots fans know by now.Awarded to the players, coaches and other members of the winning team, the Super Bowl ring has become an iconic part of the game itself. (Courtesy of Jostens) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e6/5/super-bowl-51-rings-010219_o3c426sruskf1jime6olg829v.png?t=-1317092200&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Northwood woman pleads not guilty to cancer fraud scheme

first_imgNORTHWOOD — A Northwood woman accused of receiving gifts and money after falsely claiming she had cancer has pleaded not guilty. 43-year-old Jennifer Mikesell is accused of claiming she had cancer and was being treated through the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Authorities say in a criminal complaint that when a search of the Mayo Health System records was done that Mikesell was never diagnosed with or treated for cancer. Mikesell received a bedroom makeover from the non-profit group My Happy Heaven, as well as other money, gift and food donated to her. Mikesell was previously convicted after being accused of writing checks from a Girl Scout account for her own personal benefit in January and February of 2015. She received ten days in jail after pleading guilty to third-degree theft. Mikesell in the cancer scheme has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, fraudulent practices, second-degree theft and four counts of forgery. Mikesell filed a written plea of not guilty on Monday in Worth County District Court. Her trial is scheduled to start on April 1st.last_img read more