Gambling bill wins early nod

first_imgNZ Herald 10 May 2012Legislation to feed gambling proceeds back into communities and change the behaviour of problem gamblers was strongly backed at its first hurdle in Parliament late last night. Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell’s bill passed its first reading in a conscience vote, with 83 votes in favour and seven against. All parties except New Zealand First lent their support to the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill. If passed, Mr Flavell’s bill will make sure that 80 per cent of gambling proceeds go back into the area where the gambling takes place. Communities will get the power to cut the number of pokies in their area if they feel they are harmful. And pokie trusts, many of which have come under fire for their lack of transparency and compliance, will be phased out over a year and replaced by local committees. read more


UTEP looks for home win vs Southern Miss

first_imgUTEP looks for home win vs Southern Miss February 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouthern Miss (9-19, 5-10) vs. UTEP (14-14, 5-10)Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas; Sunday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UTEP looks for its sixth straight win over Southern Miss at Don Haskins Center. The last victory for the Golden Eagles at UTEP was a 64-56 win on March 13, 2014. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The powerful Bryson Williams has averaged 18.3 points and seven rebounds to lead the charge for the Miners. Complementing Williams is Souley Boum, who is putting up 12.6 points per game. The Golden Eagles are led by Tyler Stevenson, who is averaging 13 points and 6.6 rebounds.KEY FACILITATOR: Gabe Watson has accounted for 44 percent of all Southern Miss field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 25 field goals and 29 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Southern Miss is 7-0 when it puts up 74 or more points and 2-19 when falling short of 74. UTEP is 8-0 when it scores at least 71 points and 6-14 on the year, otherwise.COLD SPELL: Southern Miss has lost its last three road games, scoring 64.3 points, while allowing 70.7 per game.TO ERR IS HUMAN: The Southern Miss offense has turned the ball over 14.7 times per game this year, but is averaging 18.7 turnovers over its last three games.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more


76ers still sound unsure how to expand Ben Simmons’ game

first_imgSimmons has been criticized by those within and outside the Philadelphia organization for not evolving his game to include long-range shooting, which continues to be his singular but glaring weakness.He played well against the Thunder following Brown’s public message, scoring 17 points, grabbing 15 boards and dishing eight assists. The effort kept him on an All-Star trajectory.But Simmons did not attempt a 3-pointer in Monday night’s game. Before the contest, Brown shouldered blame for the lack of jumpers by Simmons but did not provide a plan to correct course.”Evidently I have failed, and it’s something that we’re all mindful of, and this is one of these things that is never gonna go away,” Brown told reporters. “The attention this has received is remarkable. But I guess I helped fuel it, and I own it. I’ve got to help him find this, and most importantly, he has to help himself.”#Sixers coach Brett Brown responds to Ben Simmons not shooting a three-pointer per game after Brown suggested in a post-game press conference last month that he do so:— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) January 6, 2020MORE: Bleakest NBA franchises Brett Brown has said on multiple occasions he wants Ben Simmons to shoot regularly from behind the arc. Simmons has attempted five 3-pointers this season.The apparent disconnect between the 76ers coach and skilled ball handler looms over an otherwise successful team. Philadelphia improved to 24-14 with its 120-113 win over the Thunder on Monday night.last_img read more