first_imgNZ Herald 26 May 2015The revamped design of the contentious SkyCity convention centre has divided critics, with one urban design expert saying it looks like “a ship beached up on Nelson St”.The latest design plans were released today by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and SkyCity chief executive Nigel Morrison.The redesign came about after Mr Morrison said the cost of the centre had grown from $402 million to $530 million, and it might need an injection of public moneyThat prompted Prime Minister John Key to express concerns over an “eyesore” if extra money wasn’t spent on it.Family First suggested the decreased size meant the legislative concession for allowing an increased number of pokie machines should be significantly reduced, if not scrapped.Director Bob McCoskrie said Family First stood by its original comments that the concession would harm those with gambling problems.“As we said from the outset, this deal will only hurt families, and there is still debate over the need for the Centre at all. A Convention Centre may sound good but not when it is being funded on gambling losses.“Government deals and legislative concessions should not be used as cheerleaders for casinos and the gambling industry.” read more

first_imgThis year’s US Open will see men’s and women’s singles champions earn a record $3.7m each, making the tournament the first tennis competition to top $50m in prize money.The record breaking purse for the 2017 US Open will be $50.4m, an increase of about 9% from the previous year, the U.S. Tennis Association announced.USTA President, Katrina Adams said: “Five years ago, we committed to the players that total player compensation for players would reach $50 million at the US Open, and we are honoring that commitment.” Runners-up will also receive $1.825m each, while men’s and women’s doubles champions will earn $675,000, with players who crash out in the singles 1st round pocketing $50,000.“Our goal is to make every experience at the US Open, whether for the players, our fans, or our partners, the best, world-class experience possible.” she concluded.The US Open starts on August 28 to September 10, 2017, at Flushing Meadows in New York.At A Glance – 2017 US Open Prize Money                         Singles:                               Winner: $3,700,000Runner-Up: $1,825,000Semifinalist: $920,000Quarterfinalist: $470,000Round of 16: $253,625Round of 32: $144,000Round of 64: $86,000Round of 128:    $50,000Doubles:Winner: $675,000Runner-Up: $340,000Semifinalist: $160,000Quarterfinalist: $82,000Round of 16: $44,000Round of 32: $26,500Round of 64: $16,500Related2019 Lagos Open: Nigeria Not Hosting To Win – Tournament Director (AUDIO)October 6, 2019In “Tennis”NTTF National Women Singles Open Championship Debuts in Lagos.June 24, 2019In “Table Tennis”2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open: Tikon Promises Fireworks As Competition Serves Off Today (AUDIO)August 7, 2019In “Table Tennis”last_img read more

first_imgLittle Edin Pjanic inherited his love and talent for football from his father.We already wrote that Edin Pjanic is great with the ball, but unlike his father, he was great between the goal stands as well, and fans of Juventus had the opportunity to see that for themselves.Genetics has a lot to do with this talent because Miralem’s father, Fahrudin, was also a very good football player.Take a look at the video and see for yourself how little Edin delighted fans of Juventus.(Source:

first_imgAccording to Brightline spokesman Mike Hicks, the vehicle went around the gates that were already lowered as the train was approaching and was struck by the train.Pompano Beach Fire Rescue officials said the vehicle caught fire after the crash.Passengers were off-loaded from the train and directed to a nearby bus.There were no reports of any injured passengers on the train. BSO homicide investigators are looking into the death of a person who was killed Tuesday morning in a fiery crash involving a Brightline train in Pompano Beach.The crash was reported in the area of Atlantic Boulevard and North Dixie Highway.last_img