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grants visa for Mike Tyson - 10th October 2012
has granted Mike Tyson a visa one week after he was barred from entering New Zealand
due to his 1992 rape conviction.
spokeswoman from Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship said today
it had granted the former heavyweight boxing champion an entertainment visa to
cover the duration of his five-city Australian tour starting next month. She said
officials carefully weighed the pros and cons of his visit and of his character
given his criminal past.
spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity because of office policy. Tyson was
to visit both countries on a 'Day of the Champions' tour.
Zealand immigration authorities initially granted him a visa before a charity
withdrew its support and officials reversed their decision. Tyson served three
years in prison for rape.
Zealand bars Mike Tyson as tour debacle looms - 3rd October 2012
New Zealand (AP) - In a reversal, New Zealand authorities on Wednesday barred
Mike Tyson from entering the country whose indigenous Maori people Tyson says
inspired his facial tattoo.
a Downunder speaking tour for the former heavyweight boxing champion was threatening
to fall apart altogether as Australian immigration authorities said they've yet
to decide whether to allow him into that country. Tickets for appearances in New
Zealand and five major Australian cities in November are still being promoted
by a Sydney agency.
1992 rape conviction would normally prevent his entry in New Zealand and could
be grounds for denial in Australia as well. He had been granted an exemption for
New Zealand before that visa was cancelled Wednesday, days after the prime minister
spoke out against the visit.
was to speak at a November event in Auckland, the "Day of the Champions,"
which is being promoted by Sydney agency Markson Sparks!
Zealand's Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson said she'd initially granted
entry because a children's health charity would get some of the proceeds from
Tyson's speech. She said in a statement her decision was "a finely balanced
call" but that the charity that would have benefited, the Life Education
Trust, withdrew its support Tuesday.
that the trust is no longer supporting the event, on balance, I have made the
decision to cancel his visa," Wilkinson wrote in her statement.
charity's chief executive, John O'Connell, however, said the charity long ago
decided not to accept any money from the event due to its concerns over Tyson's
character, but that a volunteer trustee had mistakenly sent a letter to immigration
authorities supporting Tyson's plans.
a spokesman for Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship said "I
can tell you that a decision is still pending" on Tyson's application for
an Australian visa.
criminal history could prevent him from obtaining an Australian visa. Would-be
visitors normally must pass a character test. Those with a "substantial criminal
record" - which by the immigration department's definition includes people
who, like Tyson, have been sentenced to more than a year in prison - would fail
the test. But the department can still use its discretion to grant a visa.
Sparks! has been advertising tickets for Tyson's Australian appearances at between
69 and 300 Australian dollars ($71 and $308).
promoter Max Markson said he'd been "hoping it might be a smoother run with
Mike Tyson" but that he remained confident Australia would grant Tyson a
visa and that New Zealand would reverse its decision when he found another suitable
only be in the country for 20 hours, I don't think he's a danger to anybody, and
thousands of people want to see him," Markson said of Tyson's planned New
said he's continuing to sell tickets to the planned speeches in both countries
and that buyers will get a full refund if the shows are cancelled. He said he
had immigration lawyers in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. working on the
to the APNZ news agency this week from Las Vegas before his New Zealand visa was
cancelled, Tyson said his tattoo was inspired by those worn by New Zealand's indigenous
Maori. In pre-European times, many Maori wore elaborate facial tattoos as a sign
of their status in their tribe. Some Maori today who identify strongly with their
traditional culture get similar tattoos.
told the agency that, aside from their tattoos, he knew little about the Maori
people "so I'm looking forward to come down there and see them."
Minister John Key spoke to media against the planned visit this week, questioning
the decision by immigration authorities and saying he personally disapproved of
the visit given Tyson's conviction for such a serious crime.
his visa was cancelled, Tyson told APNZ: "Fortunately, I am coming to New
Zealand and there's nothing they can do about it and I'm so sorry, I'm sorry they
feel disappointed and I'm just living my life."
was sentenced to six years in prison for the 1991 rape of 18-year-old Desiree
Washington in an Indianapolis hotel room. He served three years before being released
Storm NRL team ink sponsorship deal with Packer's Crown Casino; Sydney news, by
Greg Tingle - 31st August 2012
Melbourne Storm is raking it in, with an extra $1.5 million in with Crown Limited
inking as major sponsor for a third year running, while rugby league in Victoria
could also benefit significantly.
renewal of Crown's only team sponsorship is believed to be valued at $1 million,
give or take a few dollars.
funds boost joins the $500,000 Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John
Grant confirmed on Monday would be delivered to all clubs before October 31.
a back-of-jersey sponsorship still to be sold before the finals, Storm might well
collect another payday.
chief exec Ron Gauci advised the funds would be used to help expand the code in
Victoria, a cause boosted last month with the debut of born-and-bred local Mahe
officials aim to fund youth teams down to under-16s and spend up to keep Melbourne
"ahead of the pack" with cutting-edge, football-specific technology.
continue to invest in the organisation. We'll invest both across the football
department and administration," Gauci said.
want to continue being best practice and continue being ahead of the game. We'll
invest in football operations and pathway development.
want to extend the Storm brand beyond the under-18s and we've put in a proposal
to the Australian Rugby League Commission to facilitate the growth of the game
in Victoria and now have the funds to help make that happen.
us, any investment needs to have a long-term benefit."
push from the Government-backed Victorian Major Events Company to secure more
State of Origin clashes in Melbourne could reap even more cash for local rugby
are in place to establish a youth academy, with only the arrival of sufficient
funding needed to make it happen.
to see Crown's casino king James Packer sharing the love and funds around to worthy
understood that Sydney's South Sydney Rabbitohs management including king bunny,
Russell Crowe, are taking an interest in the way The Storm and Crown do things,
as you might expect with Rabbitohs also having a sponsorship deal with gaming
- entertainment firm - The Star.
Sydney NRL team also has casino deal...
South Sydney Rabbitohs are continuing to enjoy their sponsorship deal with The
Star (formally known as Star City Casino).
top brass has said rugby league has benefitted from its association with betting
agencies because it allows better access to information about irregular plunges.
the Australian and globally economy continue to go through tough times its going
to be interesting to see if more NRL teams ink deals with Australian casino or
gaming firms. I for would would bet yes.
what's to become of the Barangaroo 6 star hotel and casino development in Sydney?
Could they also become a sponsor of an NRL team? With James Packer in the think
of the action one would think so. Keep watching this space.
Deal For 6 Star Hotel...
week's announcement by Lend Lease and Crown, that they had signed an exclusive
agreement to develop a six star hotel at Barangaroo South, has attracted wide
ranging media coverage and commentary. Below is a summary of the media releases
and media coverage to date.
the announcement, the Authority confirmed it will continue to work with Lend Lease,
and now their exclusive rights partner Crown, to negotiate a new location for
the hotel in Barangaroo South and oversee the appropriate planning applications
that must be approved before any concept moves ahead.
Premier Andrew Stoner last week said the development of such a hotel would represent
a significant investment in NSW tourism infrastructure, and todays agreement
is a vote of confidence in the NSW economy.
is, of course, subject to all the necessary planning and regulatory approvals
but Lend Lease already has an existing permit to build a hotel in Barangaroo South
and are negotiating with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority to relocate that onshore,
creation of a hotel of this stature would deliver new jobs in construction, off-site
manufacturing and the tourism industry, along with hundreds of millions of dollars
for the State economy each year.
Lease Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Steve McCann, said
that Lend Lease and Crown would now work towards achieving the necessary development
approvals from the NSW Government for the hotel and jointly develop the concept
plan for the hotel. Lend Lease is currently in negotiations with the NSW Government
to finalise the hotel location.
South is a major urban regeneration project that provides a unique opportunity
to create a world class commercial, residential, entertainment and mixed use destination
on Sydney Harbour. A key part of Lend Leases vision for Barangaroo South
is to have a high quality international hotel, said Mr McCann.
writer is a shareholder in Crown Limited, Virgin Blue and Ten Network Holdings.
Fox top 'must-win' NRL rights fight - 21st August 2012
Nine Network has secured its future by nailing down the NRL broadcast rights in
a joint $1 billion deal announced with Fox Sports.
Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) announced on Tuesday that Nine and Fox
Sports had secured the NRL free-to-air and pay TV broadcast rights respectively,
in a five-year deal worth $1.025 billion.
chief executive David Gyngell says the deal, in which incumbents Nine and Fox
Sports trumped bids from the Seven and Ten networks, had been a must-win for Nine
but that the price is "fair and reasonable".
have certainly stepped up and paid as much money as we could," Mr Gyngell
also said the deal - the most valuable in the history of rugby league broadcast
rights - would be revenue positive.
is an exclusive sports rights' deal," he said.
this deal, we are the only free-to-air network to have exclusive sport at prime-time."
agreement comprises $925 million in cash, of which $90 million is paid at the
start of the 2013 season, and $100 million in advertising.
will show three free-to-air matches weekly, while Fox Sports will have five a
week on pay channels.
will also have State of Origin games and an evening Grand Final.
rights were last secured by Nine and Fox Sports in 2005 in a $500 million, six-year
owned by private equity firm CVC, has about $3.6 billion of debt due for refinancing
in 2013 and 2014.
buyer Harold Mitchell, executive chairman of Aegis Media, said Nine had not overpaid
and would meet its share of the $1.025 billion price tag through advertising revenue.
volume hasn't been growing but it hasn't been collapsing," Mr Mitchell said.
to any network's success will be sports programming and (Nine) are a stronger
network with it than without it.
secures their future."
Mitchell said the $1 billion deal was a positive sign for Australia's advertising
market, which was in "unbelievably good shape compared to the rest of the
head of equities research Peter Warnes said Nine had paid a fair price but also
had to secure the rugby league as a key driver of audience numbers.
would Nine be if they lost it? They had to win it," Mr Warnes said.
think they've probably paid a fair price.
it been $1.2 billion, it would have been over the top."
Network had been rumoured to have secured a package of NRL games ahead of Tuesday's
announcement but is now without either rugby league or AFL, the rights to which
are held by Seven.
Mitchell said the NRL deal "places Ten in a difficult position". (AAP)
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betting to grow despite turbulent economy - 17th December 2008
at the racetrack and the oval won't be put off by tough economic times, while
casino and lottery customers will cut back over the next two years, a report predicts.
Revenue from horse and sports betting is expected to grow by 11.9 per cent this
financial year, as the sector rebounds from the effects of equine influenza, a
report by business analyst IBISWorld says.
industry analyst Angela Kidson said the racing industry had experienced a loss
of 9.3 per cent in revenue over the 2007/08 financial year.
rebounding from (fiscal) 2008 which was a terrible year for them with the equine
influenza,'' Ms Kidson said.
hit the industry very hard: race numbers were down 16 per cent.''
the 2009/10 financial year, the sector is expected to grow at a slower rate of
around 2.5 per cent, buoyed by new interactive digital pay-TV betting sites.
report anticipates that further interest rate cuts and the Federal Government's
stimulus initiatives will increase average household disposable income by 4.98
per cent early next year.
only a minimal portion of that is likely to be put into pokies or spent on lotto
tickets, as disposable incomes are forecast to fall again in late 2009.
betting is the general activity of predicting sports results by making a wager
on the outcome of a sporting event. Perhaps more so than other forms of gambling,
the legality and general acceptance of sports betting varies from nation to nation.
In the United States, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1994
makes illegal to operate a "betting, gambling or wagering scheme", except
for in the states of Delaware, Nevada, and Oregon. Nevada, however, is the only
state currently allowing sports gambling, while in many European nations bookmaking
(the profession of accepting sports wagers) is highly regulated but not criminalized.
Proponents of legalized sports betting generally regard it as a hobby for sports
fans that increases their interest in particular sporting events, thus benefiting
the leagues, teams and players they bet on through higher attendances and television
audiences. Opponents fear that, over and above the general ramifications of gambling,
it threatens the integrity of amateur and professional sport, the history of which
includes numerous attempts by sports gamblers to fix matches, although proponents
counter that legitimate bookmakers will invariably fight corruption just as fiercely
as governing bodies and law enforcement do. Most sports bettors are overall losers
as the bookmakers odds are fairly efficient. However, there are professional sports
bettors that make a good income betting sports. (Credit: Wikipedia).