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NZ Herald 14 April 2012The sex industry is looking forward to a big leg up from SkyCity’s proposed National Convention Centre and the thousands of free-spending overseas conventioneers it would draw to Auckland. The Government is negotiating a deal that would see the casino operator build a $350 million 3500-capacity convention centre in return for legislative changes allowing it more poker machines and gaming tables and other regulatory concessions. Should it go ahead, the new convention centre is expected to draw an additional 22,000 overseas visitors to Auckland and boost tourism revenue by up to $85.4 million. Brian Le Gros, owner of Queen St’s Whitehouse strip club and massage parlour, said the additional overseas visitors and spending would be good all round for Auckland. “It’s hard to say whether I’m going to get any of them. If they don’t bring their wives, it probably will.”……Catherine Healy of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective said international conventions drew people away from their normal settings. “Normally when that happens people are more relaxed about hooking up with other people.” “The spectrum across restaurants, bars, all across the businesses that make up the adult entertainment arena, will benefit and part of that will be brothels that are nearby, for sure.” Research by the United States Centre for Problem Oriented Policing notes that street prostitution flourishes around convention centres and hotels, “especially when mostly male conventions are held”, and Ms Healy said sex workers were “a savvy bunch and if money’s being spent somewhere they engineer to be around”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10798246
Since 2016, Nigeria have been on the rise in world football. The Football Association took a more youthful outlook towards the national team. Young Nigerians all over Europe were contacted by the FA and committed to play for the Super Eagles. A new generation of the Super Eagles led by Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho will be seen in Russia. The team strolled through qualifying, easily dispatching African heavyweights Algeria and Cameroon, and 2012 AFCON winners Zambia. The west Africans scored 11 goals, joint-second highest scorers on the continent.This new generation is marshalled by German coach Gernot Rohr. What makes this new-look side worth the hype? As part of Joy Sports focus on African teams, here’s a tactical look at how they shape up.System & StyleRohr is perhaps most famously known for leading French side Bordeaux to the UEFA Cup final in 1996. He stayed in France, going on to coach Nice, Nantes and Ajaccio. After 2009, the German found himself on the international coaching scene. Rohr spent time as coach of nations like Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso before finally being appointed as head coach of Nigeria in 2016. He instilled team spirit, discipline and a strong mentality to the new wave of Nigerian starlets who now carry the mantle of the Super Eagles.“The African style of football is all about improvisation and creativity, but also sometimes involves forgetting about discipline and defensive organization,” Gernot Rohr said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper. This is a summary of Rohr’s style in itself. The German has created a potent counterattacking side who can beat any team on their day. Gernot Rohr opts for his trusted 4-2-3-1, for defensive security and efficient counterattacks. Nigeria’s gameplan involves a compact defensive approach with the aim to win the ball and create goalscoring chances on the counter. This team breaks with serious pace in the frontline, something that will surely cause problems to the bigger sides they will meet. Rohr’s men defend as a unit and rely on their midfield to transition rapidly. Nigeria will play direct football to exploit the pace and skill of their frontline. System Strengths:Nigeria’s most potent weapon is their counter attacking ability. Rohr bases his gameplan on using direct football to stretch the opponent and cause havoc in the final 3rd. The electric pace of the Nigerian frontline will definitely be a problem when the tournament kicks off. Their technical ability is frightening too. Alex Iwobi’s drives the team forward with finesse, guile and electric dribbling ability, Victor Moses can easily beat his opponent to get into the box or cross from the byline and Odion Ighalo is a scary combination of strength, speed and finishing. If that is not enough to put opponents on high alert, the supporting cast is as good as the starters. Ahmed Musa was Nigeria’s top scorer in their last world cup with two goals. Kelechi Iheanacho, the Super Eagles’ youngest attacker, has 8 goals in 18 caps. The Leicester man is considered as one of the best young strikers in Europe and the whole world will bear witness in Russia. The midfield plays a huge role in Rohr’s counter attacking system. Former Chelsea man John Obi Mikel plays ahead of the two ball winners, Ogenyi Onazi and Wilfred Ndidi in Rohr’s setup. They operate at the base of the midfield to shield the defence. Ndidi and Onazi excel in breaking up play and Mikel conducts the play and dictates the pace of the game with his intelligent ball distribution. What the midfield trio possess in common is the ability to transition from defence to attack, each of them comfortable with pinging passes from deep positions to open up defences and supply the forwards in the final third.System Weakness: Nigeria’s weakness will be the relative inexperience of the defence. The expected back five of Uhozo, Shehu, Balogun, Troos-Ekong and Idowu have a combined 77 caps and an average age of 24.4 years.There will be huge question marks surrounding this defence as players like Uzoho and Idowu recently became full internationals. The defensive players have the talent, but there are concerns that they are too young and raw. Teams need defenders with big-time experience to succeed in major tournaments. Rohr decided to ditch Ikechukwu Ezenwa and put faith in 19-year-old Francis Uzoho to start between the sticks in Russia. The keeper has appeared in recent friendlies and has only 6 caps in total. After Vincent Enyeama’s departure from the international scene and Carl Ikeme’s leukemia diagnosis, the Super Eagles have struggled to find a decent shot stopper. Nigeria’s hopes on qualifying lie on the shoulders of a teenager who has only 180 minutes of senior competitive football under his belt with Deportivo La Coruna.SummaryDefeats in their recent warm-up matches have caused quite a stir in the media. However, Rohr sees these losses as an opportunity refocus attention on the squad’s deficiencies before the tournament begins. Their superb attacking ability and mentality as a team saw them past Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria. They are capable of causing a few upsets and they have the personnel to pull it off. The Super Eagles must be at their best to escape the group. It’s a three-way fight for second place with Croatia and Iceland. Nigeria possess a team that can overcome these odds, but their hopes of qualification rely on that first encounter with Croatia.– #JoyWorldCup: Click here for our full coverage Click here for Nigeria team profile–Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.
MASON CITY — The Mason City School Board will meet in a workshop session tonight where they will discuss the recent release of a special investigation by the State Auditor’s office that showed over $2.2 million was not properly disbursed during an eight year period between July 2009 and August 2017.The special investigation was requested by school board member Jodi Draper after an August 2017 report showed the district improperly disbursed just over $109,000 between July 2014 and June 2015.The $2.2 million total includes: $1.3 million of contract salary issued to various school district administrators; $217,405 for the district’s share of FICA and IPERS on the improper payroll; $387,682 of district contributions to TSA accounts for various district administrators; $171,998 for the resignation package awarded to the former superintendent Anita Micich; and $117,551 of vacation balance payouts to various school district administrators.The State Auditor’s office turned over copies of their special investigation to the Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office as well as the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, with the DCI confirming they are conducting a criminal investigation at the request of the county attorney.The School Board will discuss the report in open session at tonight’s meeting and will listen to questions and comments from the public. The workshop session starts tonight at 5:30 at the Administration Building at 1515 South Pennsylvania.