Game Group looks online to stem the tide of falling sales

first_img Game Group looks online to stem the tide of falling sales Wednesday 16 February 2011 8:14 pm More From Our Partners Fans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Show Comments ▼ Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Herald whatsappcenter_img whatsapp KCS-content Tags: NULL THE new chief of video games chain Game said yesterday his strategy to cope with the trend away from buying physical games would be to concentrate on online sales.Ian Shepherd said he plans a “step change in our online revenues”. However he admitted that a large chunk of the £15m cost savings the group aims to make in the next year would be eaten up by the move, lowering profit margins by around one per cent.Shepherd added, however, that over the next three years he expects the changes he will introduce will be “profit enhancing”.Game also said it had agreed a new £160m borrowing facility out to May 2014.Game Group also signed a partnership with Microsoft earlier in the month to sell a range of downloadable games in UK stores.At least 30 downloadable games and extras, priced from as little as £2.04, will be sold from units in 40 Game stores as part of a six-month trial. The release of hit games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops have failed to lift sales at the group which saw a 2.1 per cent slide over Christmas. That was blamed on the grim weather as shopper numbers dived, while download sales marched on. last_img read more

Parimatch announces partnership with Juventus FC

first_imgParimatch holds a number of sponsorship deals in various sports globally, including as official betting and wagering partner for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. They are also the shirt sponsor of APOEL FC in the Cypriot First Division, and hold brand ambassador deals with legendary fighters Conor McGregor and Mike Tyson. “We will work together globally, but exclusively outside Italy and South East Asia, supporting the partner’s international growth path by leveraging the mutual desire to address an increasingly broad audience.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The deal will not give Parimatch a presence in Italy, however, due to the blanket gambling advertising ban implemented from January 2019, with a ban on sponorship following from 14 July that year, following the conclusion of the 2018-19 Serie A season. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy Sponsorship International online operator Parimatch announced today it has signed a partnership with Italian Serie A football club, Juventus FC. “I look forward to telling you more alongside Giorgio Ricci from Juventus and perhaps a special guest or two, during our virtual press conference in October.” Ricci added: “We are pleased to announce the partnership with Parimatch, a partner with whom we share the constant search for new technological solutions. For example, we will see the brand appear on TV abroad thanks to the new digital overlay that will be fitted to the Allianz Stadium LED system starting from the first league match.” Portnov commented: “Both Parimatch and Juventus have ambitions to be the ultimate champions in our respective games, providing great entertainment to millions of fans the world over. Parimatch and Juventus will hold a join virtual press conference in October to discuss the new partnership. Parimatch will be represented by its CEO Sergey Portnov, and Juventus’ chief revenue officer, Giorgio Ricci, will represent the club alongside an unnamed special guest. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 17th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy International online operator Parimatch announced today it has signed a partnership with Italian Serie A football club, Juventus FC. Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Sponsorship Parimatch announces partnership with Juventus FC The operator aims to grow its international profile further by associating itself with one of the world’s most popular football teams it said, with the partners to collaborate closely to create new entertainment experiences for fans. Juventus, meanwhile, announced operator 10Bet as an international partner in September 2019. Email Addresslast_img read more

WWE starts first international performance centre outside USA

first_img PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know WWE starts first international performance centre outside USA By Kunal Dhyani – January 11, 2019 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Start delayed due to wet outfield, SA lead by 149 runs – Follow Live Updates WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Latham, Conway frustrate India bowlers; NZ 60/0 (31 ovs)- Follow Live Updates Cricket Cricket TAGSTriple HWWEWWE Centre LondonWWE LondonWWE London Venuewwe networkWWE Performance CentreWWE USA SHARE Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Italy kick-off proceedings in Rome; Follow Live Updates, Formula 1 Latest Sports News Latest Sports News Cricket YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredHollywood TaleHow Victoria Principal Looks At 71 Is HeartbreakingHollywood Tale|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsored Cricket by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGrammarlyImprove Your Spelling With This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarlySuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’PUBG Mobile Big Update : For the first time ever, India Government makes it official, ‘No Permissions to PUBG’“This is the latest milestone in our global localization strategy and the next step in establishing local NXT brands around the world,” said Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative.“We are incredibly proud to open the UK Performance Center and provide our NXT UK Superstars the same world-class coaching and development programs that we deliver at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.”More than 30 of the best European talent signed to the NXT® UK brand will train at the UK Performance Center and can be seen weekly on the NXT UK program that streams on WWE Network every Wednesday night.Also Read: WWE ropes in ex-tennis executive for Consumer Products business WTC Final Live: Virat Kohli continues century drought as Kyle Jamieson wins IPL team rivalry Latest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSportWrestlingWWEWWE Business Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Must-win game for both teams, Kickoff at 9.30PM IST; Follow Live Updates F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd WWE has today (Friday) announced their first Performance Center outside the USA. The first world-class WWE training facility in the UK is a significant step in WWE’s efforts to localize content around the world.With 17,000 square feet, two training rings, world-class strength and conditioning equipment and versatile content creation infrastructure, the UK Performance Center will enable WWE to train athletes through a comprehensive program including in-ring training, physical preparedness and character development, WWE has stated in a Press release. Football Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari to be sole entry to Tokyo Games as Indian women’s recurve team fails to qualify Cricket Facebook Twitter Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleIndia-Australia 1st ODI: Watch Live India’s quest for a winning start to ODI seriesNext articlePandya, Rahul suspended pending inquiry; to get fresh show cause notices Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. BCCI to form committee to take call on compensating domestic cricketers Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crorelast_img read more

First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgFirst Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileFirst Aluminium Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of aluminium products in Nigeria including aluminium coils and sheets and laminate, aluminum and seamless tubes. The company sells on its finished products to the secondary aluminum and packaging industries. The Manufacturing division produces collapsible aluminium tubes, plastic laminate and seamless tubes for the toothpaste, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and engineering sectors. First Aluminum Nigeria Plc also manufactures a range of continuous sheet painting products sold under the Colortek brand name; and supplies roofing sheets and executes roofing projects. It purchases and sells its aluminium products, building components and accessory items through its subsidiary company, Aluminium City Limited. Founded in 1960 and formerly known as First Aluminium Company (Nigeria) Limited, the company changed its name to First Aluminium Nigeria Plc in 1992. The company is a subsidiary of Alucon Holdings SA. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. First Aluminium Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

How I’d invest £100k after the recent stock market crash

first_img See all posts by Harvey Jones Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. If you’re looking to invest £100k, or any other major sum, then lucky you. You can generate serious wealth with that kind of money. You’re doubly lucky because I reckon today is a good time to invest £100k, or any other sum.  Why? Because I’d much rather invest after a stock market crash, than before one.The crash in March was brutal, as Covid-19 plunged the world into social and economic lockdown. The FTSE 100 fell by around a third. It has since picked up, but UK shares still trade nearly 20% lower than at the start of the year.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…This makes now a great time to pick up top stocks at bargain prices. I wish I was able to invest £100k now.Stock market crash has benefitsWe live in an uncertain time. The world is hurtling into depression, thanks to the pandemic. While some talk up a V-shaped recovery, others are wary. Stock markets are likely to remain volatile for some time. They could drift lower.But none of this should put you off investing your windfall. In fact, it could work in your favour.The first thing to do is take your time. £100k is a lot of money. There’s no need to rush. If your money is in the bank, ensure it’s protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. This guarantees the first £85,000 with one bank. For full protection, you may need to shift some of the money to another bank. Read up on the rules.I believe the best way to invest for the long-term is in stocks and shares. Ultimately, they should deliver a better return than rivals such as the Cash ISA, Bitcoin, or a buy-to-let property.Stock markets offer the unbeatable combination of capital growth if share prices rise, and dividend income from shareholder payouts. In the long run, they beat almost every other asset class. In the short term, they are volatile. That’s why I wouldn’t invest £100k in one go.Instead, I’d start feeding money into today’s stock market on a regular basis. That protects you from a sudden crash. If share prices fall after you’ve put some money in, don’t panic. Simply invest another chunk of your £100k at the lower price.Here’s how I’d invest £100kWhile everybody should keep some money on easy access to cover three-to-six-months of everyday spending for emergencies, your long-term wealth should go into shares. You could dip your toe in the waters by investing in a FTSE 100 tracker, such as the iShares Core FTSE 100 ETF.As your confidence grows, you could build a portfolio of individual FTSE 100 stocks to generate higher income or faster growth. Invest little and often, with the aim of holding your money in the market to retirement and beyond. You should never invest money you may need in the next five years.Looking to invest your £100k in shares? Try these… Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Enter Your Email Address Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Harvey Jones | Monday, 29th June, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Imperial Brands shares offer a 9% yield: should I buy them for passive income?

first_img Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Roland Head | Sunday, 22nd November, 2020 | More on: IMB Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img It’s not often a FTSE 100 stock offers a safe-looking 9% dividend yield. But that’s what I’m talking about today. Imperial Brands (LSE: IMB) shares rose by nearly 10% last week after the tobacco firm’s 2019/20 results appeared to show solid support for its dividend.For a passive income investor like me, a reliable 9% yield is too good to ignore. I already own Imperial shares, so I was keen to see what new chief executive Stefan Bomhard would have to say. Should I keep buying?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Let’s start with the good news2020 has been a relatively good year for tobacco sales. According to Imperial, home working has provided smokers “with more occasions to consume” and reduced switching to vapes.As a result, Imperial’s net revenue (sales excluding taxes) rose by 0.8% to £7,985m during the year to 30 September.There was also good news on debt reduction — Imperial recently completed the sale of its premium cigar business for €1.1bn. This money will be used to reduce the group’s hefty £10,299m net debt.What could possibly go wrong?Even though sales rose, profits fell. The company said the mix of brands and geographic markets which saw growth last year was “sub-optimal”. Covid-related costs also affected profit margins.All of this meant that despite higher sales, Imperial’s adjusted operating profit fell by 4.8% to £3,527m last year.However, the real risk for buyers of Imperial Brands’ shares is that Bomhard will not be able to find a way to arrest a long-term decline in sales volumes. It’s no secret that the tobacco market is in decline in most developed markets. These are where Imperial makes most of its sales — western Europe and the USA are the group’s largest markets.The company’s tobacco volumes fell by 2.1% last year. The revenue gains I mentioned above came from a 3.9% increase in average pricing — a trick the tobacco industry has been using for many years.So far, Imperial’s venture into next-generation products like vapes hasn’t been wildly successful. Sales of these products fell by 9% during the second half of the year. This part of the business is expected to report a loss next year too.Imperial Brands shares: my verdictInvesting in a sector that’s in long-term decline always carries certain risks. My top priority is to make sure that if I buy more IMB shares, I don’t pay too much.Fortunately, I don’t think that’s a problem just yet, despite recent share price gains. As I write, Imperial Brands shares trade on six times earnings and offer a 9% dividend yield. Having reviewed the firm’s latest numbers, I’m confident this payout should be safe for the foreseeable future.In my view, Imperial shares are cheap enough to reflect the risks faced by shareholders. I plan to continue holding this stock in my passive income portfolio. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Roland Head Roland Head owns shares of Imperial Brands. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Imperial Brands. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Imperial Brands shares offer a 9% yield: should I buy them for passive income?last_img read more

Former ITN journalist appointed Director of Communications at CAF

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 21 January 2008 | News Tagged with: Recruitment / people Former television journalist for ITN and Channel Five Mark Webster has been appointed as Director of Communications for the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).Most recently Webster was the senior spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats. From February 2008 he will take responsibility for CAF’s communications strategy with specific responsibility for media relations, research, policy and events.Commenting on his appointment, Webster said: “Having worked around the world covering politics, economics and conflicts I am very aware of the crucial role that charities play”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Former ITN journalist appointed Director of Communications at CAF  108 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

Supermarkets include charities in their Christmas TV adverts

first_imgAs you will see, not all major retailers included a charity angle this year. Adverts by Morrisons, Marks & Spencer or Tesco have no charity link. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Advertising christmas corporate TV John LewisFollowing a teaser social media campaign, John Lewis’ advert featuring Monty the Penguin and which benefits WWF UK, has been viewed over 17 million times on YouTube alone.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iccscUFY860[/youtube] Advertisement Supermarkets include charities in their Christmas TV adverts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2center_img  37 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 WaitroseWaitrose’s advert involved a crowdsourcing element in which the public was invited to ‘Donate Your Voice’. The final mixed song, the soundtrack to the Christmas TV advert, is benefiting Age UK, The Trussell Trust, and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypQh8uZ8pSo[/youtube]Waitrose has included a charity message in two previous Christmas TV adverts. In 2012 it reflected the ongoing recession by donating an extra £1 million to charity, instead of spending so much on a glossy TV advert. Last year it highlighted its charitable support too. SainsburysSainsbury’s chose to focus on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Christmas Day Truce in the trenches, upsetting some in the process by using such a hallowed moment to sell something as prosaic as a bar of chocolate. Still, the advert supports the work of the Royal British Legion.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWF2JBb1bvM[/youtube] Howard Lake | 27 November 2014 | News This year Christmas TV adverts from some of the major supermarkets and retailers have been notable for their inclusion of a charity partner and even some associated fundraising activities.John Lewis and Monty the Penguin and Sainsbury’s and its Christmas Truce adverts have probably attracted the most attention and debate. But there are others too.AsdaThis year’s Asda advert promotes the Save the Children Christmas Jumper campaign.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wG8ML8AULU[/youtube]last_img read more

Late-game walks doom TCU in 11-inning defeat to Baylor, 6-5

first_imgI am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Linkedin Facebook ReddIt Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks TCU reliever Austin Boyles stares into the distances after surrendering the game-winning run to Baylor. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto Twitter Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean + posts Previous articleSeven-run fourth inning sends Baseball to Big 12 Championship Game, 7-3Next articleGoing, going, gone: Baker selected on Day One of MLB Draft Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Twitter What to watch during quarantine Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award printTCU’s postseason hopes took a major hit Sunday afternoon as the Horned Frogs coughed-up two late-game leads to fall to Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game, 6-5.The Frogs trailed the Bears all afternoon until their breakthrough in the eighth inning. Senior right fielder A.J. Balta, the team’s MVP of the tournament, ripped his second home run of the ballgame. His two-run shot pushed the Horned Frogs ahead of Baylor for his thirteenth RBI of the tournament, 4-3.Balta leads the Big 12 Championship field with 13 RBIs. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Balta became the second player in this year’s tournament to hit two home runs in one game. His 13 RBIs led the entire Big 12 Championship field.The Bears threatened in the eighth inning as they placed two runners on the basepaths with no outs. The combination of sophomore Cal Coughlin, sophomore Nick Lodolo, and junior Sean Wymer were able to record two strikeouts and a flyout to strand the baserunners. Coughlin hit third baseman Davis Wendzel and surrendered a single to first baseman Andy Thomas to put the runners on the base.Coming into the game, TCU was 27-0 when leading after eight innings. Today’s collapse pushed their record to 27-1.The sun proved to be TCU’s worst enemy in the ninth inning. Junior centerfielder Johnny Rizer and Balta both lost fly balls in the sun to allow Baylor to score the tying run. Rizer dropped shortstop Nick Loftin’s blooper for a double. Loftin scored as Balta, making a rare mistake in the tournament, dropped a fly ball off designated hitter Richard Cunningham’s bat.“It’s like a punch in the stomach,” senior designated hitter Michael Landestoy said. “We had to regroup and we went back to our routines. We still had a ballgame to play.”A one-run double in the eleventh inning by Conner Shepherd to score sophomore catcher Zach Humphreys looked to be the difference maker in the ballgame, putting the Horned Frogs in front of Baylor, 5-4, until the bullpen ran out of arms.First-year pitcher Austin Boyles, TCU’s tenth pitcher of the afternoon, could not find the strike zone but TCU’s lack of depth forced him to stay in the ballgame.Balta kept the Frogs in front as he collected Cunningham’s single in right field and threw out BU second baseman Josh Bissonette charging home looking to score from third on the play. Boyles would then pitch two consecutive walks, walking home the tying run, Loftin, and allow the game-winning single to catcher Shea Langeliers, scoring Cunningham from third base.He pitched 0.2 innings but allowed two earned runs on two hits. He walked three batters and struck out one.Boyles was credited with the loss. It’s his second of the season.“That’s as tough of a loss that I’ve ever had,” head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “That was a game we didn’t deserve to win. We gave up too many free bases by not throwing strikes. You’re not going to beat any teams doing that. We just had a couple freak things happen.”Baylor’s high-powered offense did not need long to get runs on the board as TCU’s starting pitcher, sophomore Haylen Green, allowed three runs on two hits in his first inning of work.Sophomore Haylen Green started on the mound today. He allowed three runs on a first-inning home run. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoA routine groundball got the Bears’ offense rolling as a throwing error by first-year shortstop Adam Oviedo put Baylor’s leadoff man, Loftin, on base. A four-pitch walk to Cunningham put runners on first and second with no outs. With two runners on base, Wendzel roped a ball over the left field wall to give Baylor an early three-run lead.Green would allow three baserunners following the home run but would keep the Bears off the scoreboard for the rest of his outing. He finished the night with three runs allowed on three hits in 2.1 innings. The sophomore walked two Bears and fanned three.The Horned Frogs began to chip away at Baylor’s lead in the second inning. Senior first baseman Connor Wanhanen worked an eight-pitch at-bat and homered to deep, center field for TCU’s first run of the ballgame.The Bears pulled their starter after two innings of work. Hayden Kettler entered the contest sitting at seventh in the conference in individual pitching with an ERA of 3.62 while allowing a hitting clip of .249. He allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out three Horned Frogs.Jimmy Winston replaced Kettler in the third inning. He surrendered the second run of the afternoon as Balta pulled the Horned Frogs to within one run with a two-out bomb over the right-field wall in the third inning.Balta celebrates one of his two homers of the afternoon. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.TCU hit three home runs in the game. This ties a record for team home runs in a single game during this year’s tournament.Winston’s one run allowed came on one hit. He struck out three Horned Frogs and walked two. Winston’s reliever, Joe Heineman, kept the Horned Frogs off the scoreboard in his two innings of work as he struck out two Horned Frogs and allowed only one hit.Baylor threw five pitchers, four of which threw two innings and one, Tony Montemayor threw for three innings. Wanhanen said the inability to get used to a single pitcher was not the cause of TCU’s demise this afternoon.“We’ve been doing that all week and it’s happened during the season,” Wanhanen said. “It was never really a big concern for us. It was a matter of trying to string quality at-bats together with runners on base which we weren’t able to do.”TCU went 1-7 with runners in scoring position, their only such hit came when Shepherd scored Humphreys from second base.Sophomore reliever Jake Eissler replaced Green in the third inning and immediately made his presence known. He came out of the bullpen hot as he retired the first six batters he faced. Overall, he retired 13 of the 15 batters he faced. He allowed one hit and fanned six Bears, walking none.“He was awesome,” Schlossnagle said. “Eissler was outstanding but we had the chance to win the ballgame with an All-American closer in the game. It just wasn’t meant to be today.”The Horned Frogs had an opportunity to tie the ballgame in the sixth inning as junior centerfielder Johnny Rizer tripled to center field with only one out. Humphreys would fly out to centerfield and a Wanhanen strikeout stranded Rizer at third base.With the loss, the Horned Frogs are now 2-1 in Big 12 Championship games. TCU’s slim postseason fate is placed in the hands of the selection committee.“We got swept three times in our league,” Schlossnagle said. “We’ve played well late. If we were to get lucky and get in, I think we would play well. Our fate shouldn’t be up in the air, we should have won the ballgame today.”The Horned Frogs earned four spots on the All-Tournament team: Balta, Rizer, Wymer, and Eissler. ReddIt Linkedin Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vaglio Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/last_img read more