Auckland Scoop 22 April 2012It’s not just problem gamblers who would suffer from the Prime Minister’s Sky City/convention centre deal. Auckland’s annual film festival, now in its fifth decade, would be affected as well. The Herald reveals today that the Sky City Theatre is under threat because the casino owners are considering how they could close the theatre and use the space to house the extra gambling machines that would be permitted as part of its convention centre deal.….The list of opponents to the John Key poker-machines-for-convention-centre deal is a big one. Starting with Opposition leader David Shearer, who says officials recommended that a different business case be prepared. Councillor Cathy Casey says there is enormous public opposition to the extra poker machines that are a part of the deal. Professor Max Abbott of Auckland University has challenged SkyCity’s defence of the extra poker machines. He warns: “SkyCity Casino is in the middle of our major city and at best can only partially be described as a ‘destination’ gambling venue. As I understand it the casino relies predominantly on revenue from Auckland residents, particularly local pokie players.”Family First’s opposition is predictable. But you can’t deny Bob McCroskie’s argument: “Tourists come to see the country and the culture – not the casinos. If tourists were really focused on gambling, they would be going to Las Vegas – not the Sky City casino venue in Auckland.”http://auckland.scoop.co.nz/2012/04/poker-machines-versus-a-convention-centre-and-the-loss-of-a-theatre/
… Tournament hailed as a successPOLICE Football Club last evening received their spoils for winning the inaugural Corona Invitational Football tournament earlier this month.Speaking at the presentation ceremony at the Bransville Hotel, Troy Mendonca, co-director of the tournament organisers Petra contended that the tournament was a success.“We (Petra) want to congratulate all 12 teams. Pleased with the team turnout and that they were ready to start at 17:00″hrs.Mendonca continued, “We are very happy with the response of the tournament.”“You’ve made Top Brandz very proud to be a part of the tournament. Corona is looking forward to continuing to support the football industry in Guyana,” Gabriella Chapman, promotions coordinator of the company, said.Apart from winners Police pocketing $1M, losing finalists GFC collected $400 000, third-place finishers Western Tigers carted off $200 000 and Northern Rangers took home $100 000.Darius Frank of Police was adjudged the Best Keeper while the Highest Goalscorer was Andrew Murray with 12 goals and Dwain Jacobs of Police picked up the MVP award.Police routed hosts Georgetown Football Club (GFC) 4-0 in the final to win the tournament after a strong performance.