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

Raiders owner says ‘Hard Knocks’ would be ‘disruptive’ to 2019 camp

first_img Related News “It would be disruptive,” he said at the NFL owners meeting Tuesday (via ESPN.com). “We’ve got a lot of business to take care of, get ready for the season. I appreciate that they might think we’d be great TV, but we got something to accomplish.”Davis even said he’d fire Gruden and re-hire him just to make the team exempt from the show because it’d have a first-year head coach. Roger Goodell: NFL seeks ‘all the facts’ in Robert Kraft case before any action Star wide receiver Antonio Brown, head coach Jon Gruden, owner Mark Davis and a passionate-yet-disgruntled fan base being stripped of their team sounds like solid television, but the Raiders are already campaigning to be passed over for HBO’s training camp reality show “Hard Knocks.”Oakland is one of five teams eligible for the show along with the Lions, 49ers, Giants and Redskins. But Davis is dead set on avoiding the potential distraction of a film crew following his club’s every move.center_img Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury praises Josh Rosen but says team hasn’t made decision about No. 1 pick “I’m all for whatever he wants to do,” Gruden said.However, everything about the Raiders points to them providing entertaining television with a marquee coach, star players, a bevy of early draft picks and the lingering move from Oakland to Las Vegas in 2020.Davis may not want the exposure, but football fans (and likely HBO) would love an inside look at the Raiders.last_img read more