Star Lager Pumps up Eagles’ Victory Celebration

first_imgSonorous music, thunderous applause and much more in a carnival-like atmosphere greeted the Super Eagles’ splendid qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final on Wednesday across the Star Fan Parks.The Super Eagles confirmed their supremacy over South Africa; beating them 2-1 in the quarter-final game played at the Cairo International Stadium.Since the beginning of the continental football showpiece in Egypt, Nigerian Breweries’ Premium brand, Star Lager beer has been making the AFCON a worthwhile experience for its loyal customers and passionate football fans with its Shine On Naija Campaign. However, with the Nations Cup now at its business end, the Official Beer for the Super Eagles have increased the tempo with more prizes and entertainment for all, at the various Star Fan Parks across the country.At the National Stadium in Lagos, many fans went home with authentic Super Eagles jerseys after been selected in the raffle draws conducted at half time and also at the end of 90 minutes.Other mouthwatering prizes were also won during the semi-final match.Most of the lucky fans have vowed to wear their new jerseys on Sunday as they reckon that Star Larger is now synonymous to good luck for the Super Eagles“I am confident the Super Eagles will keep shining with Star Lager until they win that trophy, trust me, the Cup is coming home,” Stephen Echezona one of the lucky prize winners stated.Some of the other winners who went home with prizes include; Victor Emmanuel, Bamidele Nwachukwu, Victor Sesan, Humble Egesimba, and Mayowa Aje among others.Since the beginning of the tournament, Star Lager beer has provided wonderful viewing experiences in various locations across Nigeria at the Star Fan parks, thrilling consumers for hours on match day nights with notable Djs on ground to entertain the crowd.The Super Eagles will battle Algeria for a place in the AFCON finals on Sunday still at the Cairo International Stadium where Egyptian fans have adopted Nigeria as their own since the elimination of the Pharaohs of Egypt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Erickson: Watch the Stanley Cup playoffs

first_imgIn the middle of April, with deliciously warm days and baseball finally getting in full swing, hockey simply is not on the radar.But much to the contrary, the NHL playoffs are upon us. And oh boy, what a post season it has been so far.Between unbelievable upsets, buzzer-beaters for overtime and the utter amount of overtime games that have take place thus far, the Stanley Cup playoffs are quickly turning into an event that shouldn’t be missed.Here are a few reasons why.No frontrunnerThrough Saturday only two matchups had a 2-0 lead – both in favor of the underdog.Heading into the playoffs, Vancouver was widely expected to be playing for the title, earning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference after finishing the regular season at a 51-22-9 clip – the best regular season record in 2011-12. But the Canucks couldn’t seem to get enough offense going their first two games, taking a 4-2 loss in both game one and two to the Los Angeles Kings.Similarly, the Penguins were also a favorite for the cup before the postseason was underway, and yet through the first two games, they were foiled twice by Flyers’ comebacks. Game two was especially concerning for Pittsburgh after it allowed seven goals over the course of the second and third period, giving Philadelphia an 8-5, game two victory and a 2-0 lead at the time. Heading into the playoffs with the most imposing offensive front between Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin the Penguins looked impressive, but the duo was all but silenced through those first two games, which coupled with a shocking lack of defense, rendered the Penguins socially awkward.Every other series that played two games through Saturday ended in a series tie.The New York Rangers, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, couldn’t close out game two against an Ottawa Senators team they should have easily handled. With just over four minutes left in regulation, Senators left winger Nick Foligno slapped in a rebound, beating Ranger goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to send the game into overtime. Lundqvist – who is largely considered the best netminder in the league this season – couldn’t fend off the revived Senators for long as they evened the series at 1-1 off a Chris Neil backhanded goal.It may only be a few games into each series, but so far it is safe to throw any predictions out the window as no team has stood out far and above the rest.Hockey essentials: fights and overtimeOne thing that certainly sets hockey apart from every other major sport is the fighting. And the playoffs have had no shortage of fights.For example, in the Rangers-Senators game Saturday night, both teams lost a player to game misconduct a mere 2:15 into the first period.Ottawa’s Matt Carkner hunted down New York’s Brian Boyle (in retaliation for an incident in game one), which resulted in Carkner and Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky being sent to the locker room for the remainder of the game.On his way out, Dubinsky overturned a Gatorade cooler out of pure frustration in a move that showed his deep disagreement with the refs.Just about every matchup – whether a deep-rooted rivalry or not – has ended up in fisticuffs on numerous occasions, rendering this post season one of the most high-strung affairs the sports world has seen in quite some time. (Although the Indians-Royals bench-clearing brawl Saturday night could give the NHL an infinitesimal run for its money.)But beyond the tantamount of fights that’s making these playoffs more intense and interesting than ever, the games are closer than ever before.Through Saturday, out of 15 games played, seven went into overtime – two of which went into double over time. Only the Kings-Canucks, Predators-Red Wings and Devils-Panthers avoided overtime play, as of Saturday.Badgers everywhereDespite not laying claim to its own NHL team, Wisconsin is well represented with 10 players across seven different teams.Recent Badgers forward Derek Stepan and defenseman Ryan McDonagh – who both skated with Wisconsin in its 2010 national championship run – are both with the New York Rangers, who currently face the Ottawa Senators and McDonagh’s former UW roommate, forward Kyle Turris (’07-’08). The most recent Badger to leave for the NHL, forward Craig Smith along with defenseman Ryan Suter (’03-’04), currently hold a 2-1 series lead after Sunday’s win with the Nashville Predators over the Detroit Red Wings.St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott, who anchored Wisconsin’s 2006 national championship team, squares off with his former teammate, forward Joe Pavelski and forward Brad Winchester (’99-’03) and the San Jose Sharks.Finally, defenseman Dave Drewiske (’05-’08) and the Kings are on a strong upset run against the Vancouver Canucks, while forward Jack Skille (’05-’07) and the Florida Panthers are looking to do the same against the New Jersey Devils.Essentially, if you have no current NHL loyalties, picking a team based on your favorite Badgers isn’t a bad idea, especially given how tight the playoffs are this year.Overall, the intensity of this year’s playoffs, even a few games in, is too palpable to ignore. With such a tight race, it’s currently a free-for-all – any team currently has as good of a chance as the next for the Stanley Cup.Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Which former Badgers have the best chance for the cup? Let her know on Twitter @kellymerickson or at kerickson@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

Virgin Australias financial results for second half 2014

first_imgVirgin Australia Holdings Limited today reported its financial results for the second half of 2014, and the airline also has posted an Underlying Profit Before Tax of AUD$10.2 million for 2015 so far.Virgin Australia Group chief executive officer John Borghetti, said that Virgin Australia Group’s results for the first half of the 2015 financial year reflect a significant improvement in financial performance spawning from the second half of 2014.“This has been driven primarily by the Group’s continued progress in driving yield growth in the domestic market and the disciplined execution of our five-year $1 billion cost reduction program, both of which are central parts of the Virgin Vision strategy. The Group has succeeded in driving domestic yield growth despite ongoing subdued consumer sentiment which continues to impact overall demand,” Mr Borghetti said.Virgin Australia Group saw a benefit of approximately AUS$3 million from the decline in oil prices in comparison to the first half of the 2014 financial year, which reflects an adverse variance of approximately $4 million in the first quarter of the 2015.Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer program also saw growth in the second half of 2014 reaching 4.8 million members.Tigerair Australia delivered an improvement in financial performance, recording a AUD$6.7 million reduction in Loss Before Tax on the prior corresponding period and achieving profitability in the second quarter of the 2015 financial year.“Strengthening our balance sheet is a key priority and the business achieved a strong total cash position of $1.1 billion in the first half of the 2015 financial year, up from $783.8 million at 30 June 2014.”“Our people and their willingness to go above and beyond for our customers remains central to our ability to differentiate the Virgin Australia Group in the market. I would like to thank each and every one of our team members for their dedication to our business and to the successful execution of the Virgin Vision strategy”, Mr Borghetti said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more