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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
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
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
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
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 charity.
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 Zealand leg.
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 case.
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
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
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,"
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
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
to see Crown's casino king James Packer sharing the
love and funds around to worthy causes.
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
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
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, he said.
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
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 said.
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
rights were last secured by Nine and Fox Sports in
2005 in a $500 million, six-year deal.
Entertainment, 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
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
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 world".
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
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
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online betting company bwin announced Thursday it
had signed a merger agreement with British rival PartyGaming.
move, giving bwin a 51.6-percent stake in the new
group compared to 48.4 percent for PartyGaming, will
become effective in the first quarter of 2011, the
Austria Press Agency reported.
business combination makes great strategic, operational
and financial sense," bwin chief executive Norbert
Teufelberger said in a statement.
will be in pole position to capitalise on the wealth
of opportunities that will flow from the continued
evolution and expansion of the global online gaming
industry," he added.
chief executive Jim Ryan echoed that sentiment, saying:
"The enlarged group will have a winning formula
to exploit the growing online gaming market, supported
by a strong balance sheet, significant cashflow generation
and a highly experienced management team."
two men will become co-chief executives of the new
company, which will have its seat in Gibraltar and
be listed on the London Stock Exchange.
bwin will be delisted from the Vienna Stock Exchange.
new group will be the largest listed online gaming
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to 42.88 euros in Vienna and PartyGaming gained 19.49
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betting to grow despite turbulent economy - 17th December
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
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.