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first_imgDrawbertson x Animalia Australia Tee, $50BUSHY Boxer Briefs Set, $56Pippa Small’s Kangaroo Pendant, $370Save The Koalas Sweatshirt, $39.55[Click image to enlarge]In the wake of the widespread bushfires in Australia, we’ve selected a few stylish finds that give back to our Aussie pals. From a collaboration between artist Donald Robertson and Animalia on a line of t-shirts made from recycled materials, to a little golden kangaroo pendant, supporting a good cause has never looked so cool. Sharelast_img read more

S/Africa mount rear-guard to save test after Sibley, Stokes show

first_imgCAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – Dom Sibley scored a maiden century to put England on top but South Africa have launched a rear-guard to keep the tourists’ victory charge at bay after going to the close of the fourth day of the second test on 126 for two yesterday. South Africa have been set 438 for victory at Newlands and will have to score a further 312 runs in 90 overs on the final day to achieve the highest run chase in test cricket history.It is much more likely, however, they will have to bat out the final three sessions to save the test. The current highest successful run chase in tests is 418 by West Indies against Australia in 2003.Debutant opener Pieter Malan is unbeaten on 63 and is at the crease with nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj (2 not out) on a wicket that has flattened considerably for the seamers, but is offering turn to the slow bowlers. Dean Elgar (34) and Zubayr Hamza (18) are the two players out, the latter in the penultimate over of the day when he edged James Anderson to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.“We are going to have to work hard tomorrow,” Sibley told reporters. “Hopefully that crack outside the off-stump (at the Kelvin Grove end) opens up again.“Today and yesterday is the best the pitch has played, but hopefully it goes back to how it was on the first two days. “It’s always nice to contribute to a win, hopefully we can take the eight wickets we need tomorrow.”England set the stiff target after declaring their second innings on 391 for eight just after lunch, with opener Sibley unbeaten on a patient 133 to go with an explosive 72 from Ben Stokes.Sibley’s hundred was met by an almighty roar from the sizeable travelling English support, even if it took him 269 balls to get there. Stokes was providing plenty of entertainment at the other end as he took on the task of providing the quick runs England wanted to build a big enough lead and still have enough time to bowl South Africa out a second time.He smashed seven fours and three sixes in a 47-ball innings of 72, before being caught at mid-on by Rassie van der Dussen off spinner Keshav Maharaj.His blitz propelled England to 157 runs in 27 overs in the morning session and crucially sped up the game in their pursuit of victory. South Africa won the first test of the four-match series by 107 runs in Pretoria.last_img read more

Home arson sentenced

first_imgA man who set his Kooweerup house on fire has been jailed. Andrew Meekings, 54, was sentenced in the County…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Mitchell Clarke last_img

Office Angel, Tough Mudder Devil, Unleash your Inner Badass!

first_imgThe sun is shining bright outside, you are stuck in a stuffy office with everyone moaning about the heat. There are perspiration marks on your new designer top, your makeup is running down your face and your boss has just sprung a ridiculous meeting for this evening at 5pm when you thought you’d be gone home by 4pm. Could things get any worse on such a beautiful day outside? When all you want to do is head for the beach and chill in the sun, whilst devouring a 99 cone and maybe enjoy a BBQ and beer in the evening sunshine. Oh, and give said boss a piece of your mind for keeping you all at work on such a glorious day.In an ideal world, you would tell the boss to get lost, to stick his evening meeting where the sun doesn’t shine. You’d tell the smelly guy two seats up from you to go take a flipping shower and change his clothes, which reek of 2-day old sweat, and then you would swan off into the sun for a chilled out afternoon and yet still have a job to go to tomorrow.Now whilst that all sounds very badass, it’s not going to help you with your career, or your relationships with your colleagues. So, why not camouflage your badass bitchiness and get the crew from the office to take on a proper challenge like Tough Mudder Ireland in Loughcrew Co. Meath on July 21st and 22nd, where anything goes – and what goes on at Tough Mudder, stays at Tough Mudder.Where one’s pushing of the smelly sweaty guy into a 20ft skip full of freezing water at Arctic Enema won’t make you the office beatch – in fact, they will probably promote you. Where splashing the boss with muddy water and laughing at him or her getting stuck in the mud at Swamp Stomp won’t get you fired. Where that girl who keeps bringing egg sandwiches into the office during a heatwave can’t go to HR about you because you purposely let her hand go whilst climbing Everest so she slid all the way to the bottom on her arse and split her shorts… that’ll teach her to bring eggs to the office.Yeah, you can do all that and more. You might even surprise yourself at how badass brilliant the day could be. Who knows, you might even get to know some of your co-workers a bit better, and despite them being less than friendly in the office they might appreciate some of your efforts to have more fun – despite crawling through mud, getting hit with 10,000 volts of electricity and generally making a show of yourselves!But hey, it’s Summer, time for some fun regardless of fitness or ability. 10 miles or 5 miles, 30 obstacles or 15 obstacles, the Tough Mudder Ireland adventure will give you something to talk about at coffee and lunchtime instead of listening to yer wan go on about her 10 holidays abroad a year. Seriously!!To find out more about becoming a Bad Ass Tough Mudder and get some kudos with the office mean girls with a group discount for your company, email [email protected] WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Australia to bid for 2021 women’s and 2027 men’s rugby World Cups

first_img0Shares0000(L-R) Captains from Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, France, Ireland, England, Canada, Australia, US Wales and Spain pose with the trophy in Dublin ahead of the women’s rugby union World Cup on August 6, 2017 © AFP/File / Paul FAITHSydney, Australia, Dec 13 – Australia will bid to host the 2021 women’s and 2027 men’s World Cups, Rugby Australia said on Wednesday, building on government plans to construct new stadiums in Sydney.Australia successfully co-hosted the men’s edition in 1987 with New Zealand and hosted the 2003 event alone, but has never staged a women’s World Cup. “The World Cup is the pinnacle for our Wallabies and Wallaroos teams and we want to bring those tournaments home for any player who has ever dreamed of lifting the Cup here on our home soil,” Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne said.He said given Australia’s track record in hosting major events such as the 2000 Olympics, Rugby Australia was “supremely confident of delivering a tournament like no other in 2021”.“With the NSW state government’s commitment to build a network of three world-class rectangular venues in Sydney, adding to the mix of quality stadiums available across the country, our prospects of bringing the World Cups to Australia have never been better.”The 2021 women’s World Cup will be ninth edition of the tournament, which was first contested in 1991. It has never been held in the southern hemisphere.Australia won the first of its two men’s World Cups in England in 1991, repeating the feat eight years later in Wales.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vector Security Now Accepting Applications for 2017 LPF Scholarships

first_imgVector Security is accepting applications for its 2017 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program from now through March 31, 2017. Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security website at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.The scholarships provide financial support to loss prevention professionals – or those who have an interest in loss prevention – seeking to obtain LPQ and LPC certifications. Vector Security began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this important and rapidly-growing industry.The scholarships cover all course and examination fees for retail loss prevention professionals who wish to obtain LPF’s Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.- Sponsor – In 2012, the program was expanded into Canada and will continue this year as well. A total of ten LPQ and ten LPC scholarships will be awarded to US-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to Canadian-based professionals.“We are pleased to collaborate with the Loss Prevention Foundation once again to support loss prevention education and certification,” said Michael T. Grady, LPC, executive vice president, Vector Security. “We value the contributions loss prevention professionals make to this industry and our commitment to this profession remains strong.”He added, “Over the years, LPQ and LPC certifications have become immensely popular and well-respected. Through our scholarship program, we’re honored to assist worthy individuals who otherwise may be hindered by the costs associated with obtaining this certification.”Anyone currently in the loss prevention industry, or has an interest in the industry, may apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements. Detailed information can be found at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.Vector Security has awarded 184 scholarships totaling $189,345 since the program began in 2009. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

BCCI unveils new financial game plan, splits Indian cricket into smallest marketable units

first_imgCricket MarketingClick here to EnlargeTrust Sourav Ganguly to sit still, remain silent, and yet cause a stir. On the Pakistan tour, Ganguly was seen at the Bage-e-Jinnah ground in Lahore swathed in layers against the cold with his head covered by a voluminous cap bearing three unmistakable white stripes.Ganguly, who,Cricket MarketingClick here to EnlargeTrust Sourav Ganguly to sit still, remain silent, and yet cause a stir. On the Pakistan tour, Ganguly was seen at the Bage-e-Jinnah ground in Lahore swathed in layers against the cold with his head covered by a voluminous cap bearing three unmistakable white stripes.Ganguly, who has no personal sports apparel sponsor, was wearing an Adidas cap despite the fact that the team’s official kit sponsor is Nike.In the brash new world of a marketing-savvy BCCI, this definitely qualified as a don’t-do-it moment. For those on the outside, it was worth an irreverent giggle. On the inside, no one was smiling. In the Sharad Pawar-run BCCI, the pairing of the Nike jacket and Adidas cap falls somewhere between sacrilege, purgatory and perdition.The arrival of Pawar and his allies to the high office in the BCCI came with a blaring of trumpets-about transparency, accountability and change-though it would be fair to say that the sound that threatens to drown all others at the moment is the ringing of the cash registers.In a marketing blitz first revealed a week before Christmas and which will take final shape at the onset of summer, the BCCI hopes to make Indian cricket a commercial entity with an average income of Rs 850 crore per year over the next four years.The Board’s marketing committee has drawn up an ambitious plan that gets its inspiration from the United States’ sporting franchises like Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.If the BCCI’s new marketing plan can be summarised in a single sentence, it is: to split the product-Indian cricket- down to its smallest marketable unit (SMU). The SMUs promise, and some say threaten, to change the vocabulary of cricket marketing in India. Broadcast rights no longer mean TV rights, the game’s single obsessive corporate issue for over 18 months.advertisementBroadcast now includes cable and terrestrial television, Internet (audio/video) and mobile telephony. To the BCCI, the latest wave in cellular technology, the 3G (Third Generation) mobile phone is not just a new revenue stream, it has the makings of a torrent. In SMU-speak, the humble phrase “radio rights” is split into AM, FM and Web.POSTER BOYS: The Indian team steps out in its new training gear in LahoreThe failure to maximise the financial potential of Indian cricket is being projected as one of the biggest lapses of the Board under Jagmohan Dalmiya. BCCI Vice-President and marketing committee member Shashank Manohar says, “That is for everyone to see and decide.”The new brooms are determined to redress this imbalance with speed, force and no little noise. One insider laughs, “You can show the incompetence of the previous regime over a period of time-these guys are trying to do it in one month.”A few weeks after the elections, Air Sahara retained the team’s sponsorship while Nike became the official kit sponsor and was given the merchandising rights. Marketing committee member and former Board chief I.S. Bindra reveals that Cricket Australia has 61 items of official merchandise. The replica shirt is the tip of the iceberg and player dolls are a cinch.The BCCI media contracts process is into its final stretch this weekend with the rights expected to be awarded by the time England begin their tour of India at the end of February. The title sponsorship of matches at home for the next four years will be up for sale after April.The last bundle of the BCCI’s wares, its official partnerships with airlines, hotels, insurance, beverage, energy drink and cellular companies, will take the longest to finalise.The award of television rights though will be watched most closely. Manohar says pointedly, “We don’t favour anybody and we do not disqualify anybody as the previous group did.” The tenders will allow all kinds of bidders: channels and other media companies.Kunal Dasgupta, CEO, Sony Entertainment Television, says, “It is a bit of a convoluted situation, which could bring in people who don’t have platforms like TV channels do. It could lead to implementation problems. A speculative situation like this one can go both ways. It is not clear what they might want to do.”The BCCI knows which way it is heading: to eventually run its own TV channel and control the picture going out to the world. The BCCI’s decision to produce its own feed (and hire its own commentators) is a return to its practice in the mid-1990s when Dalmiya and Bindra were best buddies and the Board sold cricket rights to Doordarshan for the first time to change the face of Indian cricket.advertisementTen Sports Vice-President Peter Hutton says taking over production “allows the Board to say that domestic cricket will definitely be televised while no broadcaster wants to spend on domestic cricket with little hope of return.”With so many SMUs up for the taking, there exists the possibility of overcrowding of logos on the landscape and a blurring or dilution of the brand that has paid for exclusivity. The BCCI’s long-time sponsors are not worried.According to Hero Honda’s official spokesperson, there is no worry about the dilution of brands. He says,”There are strict guidelines on these, laid down by the International Cricket Council. For a corporate, the more important thing is that the BCCI is run well and professionally, rather than who runs it.”Lokesh Sharma of Twentyfirst Century Media, an old player in the Indian cricket marketing, says, “It is a good idea to market specific categories but the BCCI needs to be careful that the rights don’t overlap.” The most obvious example is rights for cable TV and Internet video feed in a territory like the US where a single cable brings in the TV and the Net.Sourav Ganguly goes against the norm with his choice of headgearTicklish issues like where the official kit begins and ends are yet to be resolved.The players are already coughing a little politely. When they landed in Pakistan, the team was told by the BCCI that they had to wear trousers with the Nike logo as part of their official kit. Usually, players sport their own sponsors’ logo on their trousers.Similarly, it is believed there is a plan to impose a term pertaining to the kit sponsorship which states that the players’ bat stickers (individually sponsored) cannot sport a logo belonging to a Nike competitor. Jeet Banerjee of cricket marketing firm Gameplan says, “The BCCI’s initiatives will earn revenues and benefit players, but in cases where the players’ rights are involved, the BCCI needs to clarify the details of its deals.”More than earning, Indian cricket should watch its spending. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, says his state has the ideal cricket development model to be replicated in the country and that the Board was now ideally placed to plough the money back into the grassroots.Indian cricket, rich and not afraid to flaunt it, has already flexed its muscle in the West. An internal debate must now begin where it seeks to balance its SMUs with its LCDs (lowest common denominators).The urge to wring out the greatest financial benefit should not end up squeezing out Indian cricket’s most loyal stakeholders, the people in the cheap seats.last_img read more

10 months agoWolves receive boost in battle for free agent Pepe

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves receive boost in battle for free agent Pepeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves have received a boost in the battle for free agent Pepe.The Portugal defender is available after being released from his deal at Besiktas last month.Pepe is receiving offers from around the world, however O Jogo says he now favours two destinations.AS Monaco have been speaking with Pepe’s minders, but the feedback has been he isn’t interested in a move to France.Instead, Pepe wants to continue his career in either England or Portugal. And in England it is Wolves which have shown the most concrete interest. last_img read more

Larry Johnson Pushes Ohio State To Be Elite In Powerful Speech

first_imgLarry Johnson gives speech to Ohio State.Larry Johnson, the defensive line and assistant head coach at Ohio State University, refuses to accept mediocrity from his players. He expects nothing but the effort to be extraordinary.In an inspiring pump up speech to the Buckeyes, Larry Johnson motivated the team to push past the edge – past slacking performance – and become elite.He explains that elite “is not going to the edge and saying, ‘I’m average, I’m good for the day.’” With the team’s full focus in his grasp, the coach proclaims, “We got a chance to step on the edge…To be elite, you’ve got to take the fall. You can’t be afraid to jump…There’s no more average in this program!”Head coach Urban Meyer shared the inspirational speech on Twitter. You can watch the message below.Very lucky to have a coach like Larry Johnson on this staff to push our team past THE EDGE to become ELITE pic.twitter.com/9eD0FiEd0i— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 17, 2016If you don’t have chills, you can’t possibly be a true Buckeyes fan.Ohio State kicks off its 2016 season at home against the Bowling Green Falcons.last_img read more