Sabo Skirt founder Thessy finds her forever home in Brisbane

first_imgThessy Kouzoukas and Georgio Batsinilas at home with dog Bobbi and daughter Zani. Picture: Tara Croser.BRISBANE power couple Thessy and George Batsinilas have found their forever home after years of house hunting.The co-founder of fashion label to the stars, Sabo Skirt, took to social media to announce she and her husband were the winning bidders at auction for a home in the city’s south, which they plan to knock down and build a brand new house on.And in a sweet twist, the property is right next door to the home of Thessy’s best friend, Sabo Skirt co-owner and sister-in-law, Yiota Kouzoukas. RELATED: Home fetches almost $1m for charity at auction Thessy and Georgio on their wedding day with their daughter Zani. Image supplied.Sabo Skirt’s designs are favoured by celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Ariana Grande and Kylie Jenner.Global style queen Jennifer Lopez was recently spotted wearing one of the brand’s playsuits during a Saint-Tropez getaway with her fiance, Alex Rodriguez. Jennifer Lopez wearing the Elsa Playsuit by Brisbane label Sabo Skirt in Saint-Tropez with Alex Rodriguez. Photo: Instagram/@jlo. Sabo Skirt co-founders Thessy Batsinilas and Yiota Kouzoukas. Picture: Peter Wallis.Batsinilas, also known as Thessy K, told her 156,000 Instagram followers that the couple had been hunting for a house for the past two years.“We have lost so many auctions and had never been the highest offer and we would always be so disappointed,” she said.“Today we WON!! Our forever block that we can build a house of (sic) full of love and create memories.”Records show they bought the property for $1.14 million.The existing home is on an elevated, 600 sqm block, with the back deck offering spectacular city views. The views from the back deck of the house Sabo Skirt co-owner Thessy K has bought. Image: CoreLogic.George Batsinilas is the co-owner of the gym and online fitness business, FitazFk.The pair recently tied the knot in a rustic outdoor ceremony on the Greek island of Kythira.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThessy walked down an aisle set out in the middle of a field behind her 11-month-old daughter Zani and in front of 193 guests. MORE: Tenants secure their great Aussie dream homelast_img read more

Rickie Lambert’s deflected goal earns West Brom a point at West Ham

first_imgRickie Lambert climbed off the bench to rescue a point for West Brom in a 1-1 draw against West Ham at Upton Park. But the Hammers, now without a win in four games, will look back on a host of missed opportunities to stretch their advantage before Lambert pegged them back. Zarate, only in the West Ham side due to the recent injury suffered by playmaker Dimitri Payet, was at the heart of the action throughout the first half. His first opportunity arrived after Manuel Lanzini’s delightful, jinking run into the area, but Zarate sliced his shot into the side-netting. Moments later the former Birmingham striker lost the ball in midfield and Salomon Rondon was inches away from giving West Brom the lead with a fierce drive which flew just wide. But in the 17th minute Zarate found the target in style after Gareth McAuley fouled Diafra Sakho just outside the area. The Argentinian curled the free-kick up and over Albion’s defensive wall and out of the reach of goalkeeper Boaz Myhill into the top corner. West Ham should have extended their lead but Cheikhou Kouyate glanced Aaron Cresswell’s inviting cross wide and Myhill twice denied the lively Lanzini. Sakho would have scored but for a brave last-ditch block from Jonny Evans and Victor Moses blazed an angled shot over the crossbar. And West Ham were paid to pay for those missed chances five minutes after the interval when a half-cleared cross fell to Lambert, who fired the rebound straight at the arm of Hammers skipper Reid. Lambert immediately appealed for a penalty but quickly changed his tune as he saw the ball bouncing past wrong-footed keeper Adrian and into the net. Suddenly Adrian was the busier of the two keepers, getting down well to keep out a curling Lambert free-kick before pulling off a fine point-blank save from Rondon’s close-range header. Hammers boss Slaven Bilic threw on Andy Carrroll in search of a winner, but promptly lost Sakho to injury after the striker stretched for a shot which was deflected into the side-netting by Jonas Olsson. Moses had a chance to win it for the hosts two minutes from the end but the Chelsea loanee volleyed Lanzini’s chip across goal and wide. Press Association The striker had been on the pitch just five minutes as a half-time substitute when his shot deflected in off Hammers defender Winston Reid. The fortuitous strike cancelled out a superb free-kick from Mauro Zarate which had given West Ham an early lead. last_img read more

Russia Facing Total Ban from All Major Sports Events

first_imgRussia could face a ban from all major sports events over “discrepancies” in a lab database, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has warned.The country has been given three weeks to explain “inconsistencies” or risk being excluded from the Olympics and world championships.Russia also faces being barred from hosting major events. “There’s evidence this data has been deleted,” chairman of WADA’s compliance panel, Jonathan Taylor, told BBC Sport.“We need to understand from the Russian authorities what their explanation is.”Russia handed over data from its Moscow laboratory in January as a condition of its reintegration back into the sporting fold after a three-year suspension for a state-sponsored doping programme.But on Monday WADA said its executive committee had been informed that a formal compliance procedure had been opened over the discovery of “inconsistencies”.“This is hypothetical at the moment, but if the experts maintain their current view, then the compliance review committee will make a recommendation to send a notice to RUSADA asserting ‘you’re non-compliant’ and proposing consequences,” said Taylor.“In a case with a ‘critical non-compliance’, there is now a starting point for the sanctions that can go up and down, and they do include sanctions against RUSADA and options include no events hosted in Russia, and they do include no participation of Russian athletes in world championships and up to the Olympics.”Taylor emphasised that under a new set of rules, Wada now has the power to apply such punishments, but also explained that if Russia were to appeal, the case would ultimately be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).“Everyone has agreed they will enforce what CAS agrees,” he said.“We’ve got to be very careful. Procedure has got to be followed. We can’t prejudge the outcome.”The International Olympic Committee (IOC) rejected WADA’s recommendation to ban Russia from the 2016 Olympics in Rio following the doping scandal, but suspended the team from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, with athletes forced to compete as neutrals.On Monday the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed its decision to uphold a ban on Russia just four days before the start of the World Championships in Doha after hearing a report from its task force overseeing the country’s reinstatement efforts.But Russia now faces the prospect of being excluded from many other events, including next year’s Olympics in Tokyo and football’s 2022 World Cup.Taylor said Wada’s new sanctioning powers justified the highly controversial decision to reinstate RUSADA in January before the data could be analysed.But Linda Helleland, Wada’s outgoing vice-president, said: “The reason I, along with Oceania, voted against Russia’s reinstatement back in September of last year, was because we first wanted to assess all the data given, and then decide whether Russia should be rendered compliant or not. This would have been the right way to proceed.“This process has already stripped the sports bodies of a lot of credibility. We owe it to all the fans and athletes around the world to at the very least try and restore some trust.”Rob Koehler of Global Athlete, a group that has been critical of WADA’s handling of the crisis, said his members were “furious”.“The time has come to demand resignations from WADA’s leadership because they have shown they are not fit for purpose.“I hope I, along with the athlete community, am proven wrong, but this entire ordeal will play out in favour of Russia as it has done all along with no meaningful consequences.”Taylor said he had “no concerns” that 47 disciplinary cases already referred to international sports federations would be undermined by the database discrepancies, but others may be affected.“There will be cases where it looks like the data has irretrievably gone, and in those then potentially a cheat is going to escape.“But then the job is for WADA to respond to that action. If the experts say it was deliberate deletion of data…“The problem will be if Wada and its stakeholders don’t pursue and don’t get proper sanctions, but this is a test for the new system.“Obviously if the experts say the Russians have deliberately tampered with this evidence, of course it’s disappointing. But the question now is how is Wada and its stakeholders going to respond?“If they are able to respond in a way that sends a clear message that this kind of conduct carries severe sanctions, that’s all you can do.“You can’t stop cheating. You can only make sure you’ve got a system that allows you to respond to it.”In comments reported by the Russian news agency TASS, the country’s Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said: “What exactly are these discrepancies and what are they related to?“Experts in digital technology from both sides are already in collaboration. For our part, we continue to provide all possible assistance.”Russia had missed deadlines to hand over the data before finally granting Wada access to the Moscow anti-doping laboratory in January.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ghana XI vs Cameroon: Kwadwo Asamoah, Baba Rahman start

first_imgBlack Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has named Kwadwo Asamoah and Baba Rahman in his first eleven to face Cameroon in an Africa Cup of Nations Group F game.The duo missed out on Ghana’s 2-2 draw against Benin on opening day.Captain Andre Ayew has also passed a late fitness test and will start up front alongside his brother Jordan, both of whom scored against Benin.Rahman replaces Lumor Agbenyenu at left back while Asamoah will start in a midfield three with Mubarak Wakaso and Thomas Partey.Jonathan Mensah also starts in central defense alongside Kassim Nuhu after he came off the bench following John Boye’s red card in the last game.Ghana XI vs Cameroon:Richard OforiAndy YiadomBaba RahmanKassim NuhuJonathan MensahMubarak WakasoThomas ParteyAndre AyewJordan AyewChristian AtsuKwadwo Asamoahlast_img read more

James Wiseman’s five-figure donation may be tougher than NCAA suspension

first_imgHow, exactly, will Wiseman and/or his family will come up with the cash between now and whenever the NCAA wants the money to be paid?  It may be unwise to speculate, given that outsiders don’t know the Wiseman family’s finances. It’s not irrational, though, to think Wiseman will need to be careful with the sourcing, lest he again run afoul of the NCAA and put Hardaway’s program in further jeopardy.  The NCAA on Wednesday announced two penalties against Memphis freshman James Wiseman for his family receiving $11,500 from current Tigers coach Penny Hardaway in 2017, when Hardaway was coaching high school basketball in Memphis, and for playing in three games while ineligible.The first: Wiseman must sit out the Tigers’ next 11 games as part of a 12-game suspension (Memphis announced it was appealing the ban). The second, and perhaps the more Draconian one: Wiseman must repay that $11,500 in a donation to “a charity of his choice.” Memphis’ James Wiseman cleared to compete Jan. 12:— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) November 20, 2019DeCOURCY: Explaining Wiseman’s NCAA eligibility casePerhaps the NCAA will allow the 7-1 Wiseman to make the donation after he signs his first NBA contract next year. Wiseman is considered a lottery pick, and maybe even the top selection, so he would likely be able to afford it then. If the NCAA wants it done this season, however, that could be tough. (UPDATE: As SN’s Mike DeCourcy notes, pointing to NCAA rules, Wiseman has “through the duration of his eligibility.” The assumption, though, is that he will enter the NBA Draft next spring.)As always, the internet has some friendly advice, and a warning of sorts:He better donate it to the James Wiseman foundation— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 20, 2019Wiseman is going to need to make a longtime close family friend quick!— Joe Boggs (@joeboggs1) November 20, 2019I hope Wiseman takes out a loan from a family friend to pay for this mandatory donation punishment— Will Bracher (@WillBracher) November 20, 2019NCAA hoping Wiseman will borrow from a family friend like Chase Young so they can suspend him again is honestly next level. NCAA playing chess and we’re all playing checkers— Nick deVries (@Ndevries9) November 20, 2019last_img read more

Plane carrying Brazilian football players crashes in Colombia

first_imgBogota, Colombia | AFP | A charter plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing 76 people, officials said. They said five survived the disaster.The LAMIA airlines charter declared an emergency at around 10 pm local time” 0300 GMT Tuesday, reporting it had suffered “electrical failures,” and crashed a short time later near the city of Medellin, officials said.The plane was carrying members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club which was to have played in the Copa Sudamericana finals on Wednesday against Atletico Nacional of Colombia.In all, there were 72 passengers and nine crew on board.“We were able to rescue six people alive but one of them died on the way to the hospital,” Jose Gerardo Acevedo, a police commander, told reporters.One of the survivors was Alan Ruschel, a 27-year-old defender for the Brazilian team, the head of Colombia’s civil aeronautics agency, Alfredo Bocanegra, told reporters.Radio Caracol said two other players — Marcos Danilo Padilla and Jackson Follmann — also survived and were taken to area hospitals, along with a flight attendant and a journalist.Brazil has declared a mourning period after air disaster. Elkin Ospina, the mayor of the town of La Ceja near the crash site, said the mountainous terrain was some 3,300 meters (10,800 feet) above sea level and very difficult to access.Rescuers carrying stretchers had to hike for more than half and hour to reach the site.On its Twitter account, the airport said a plan to fly in an air force helicopter had to be shelved because of bad weather in the area.Ospina said authorities were on the scene and hospitals and medical centers were preparing to receive the injured.But the bad weather forced the search to be suspended in the early hours Tuesday. It was to resume at 6:00 am (1100 GMT).Colombia’s civil aeronautics agency said it had a team at the airport in response to the crash.Conmebol, the South American football confederation, meanwhile officially called off the Copa Sudamericana final that was to be played between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional.“All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” Conmebol said.Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional were supposed to have faced off in Wednesday’s first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the second most prestigious club football tournament in South America after the Copa Libertadores.Chapecoense had reached the final after completing a victory on away goals last week over Argentinian side San Lorenzo in the semi-finals.Chapecoense is widely regarded as one of the minnows of Brazilian club football having been founded relatively recently in 1973 in the city of Chapeco in southern Santa Catarina state.After decades in the lower divisions, Chapecoense returned to Brazil’s top flight, Serie A, for the first time since 1979 in 2014. The club finished in 14th spot in the 2015 edition of the 20-team championship.Nine team members did not travel to Colombia.Two weeks ago, the same plane was used to fly the Argentine national team with Lionel Messi on board to San Juan, Argentina for a World Cup qualifying match.Atletico Nacional said on its Twitter account it “profoundly laments and expresses solidarity with @chapelcoensereal for the accident that occurred.” #ÚltimoMinuto | Avión con delegación de Chapecoense se accidentó en Antioquia.— Noticias RCN (@NoticiasRCN) November 29, 2016 ‘Electrical failures’ The LAMIA airlines flight originated in Sao Paulo, Brazil and had made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before continuing on to Rionegro, a city near Medellin.The airport statement said the plane reported an emergency at 10 pm local time (0300 GMT). “It declared it had electrical failures.”It went down about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, in an area called Cerro Gordo.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Tuchel in talks with Bayern – reports

first_imgJulian Nagelsmann, Germany’s coach of the year for 2016, has also been linked to the vacancy but is under contract at Hoffenheim, who are second in the Bundesliga, until 2021.However, the 30-year-old made no denial when asked about Bayern.“I’m concentrating on our match at Freiburg on Sunday, so I want to play football better,” said Nagelsmann, whose team lost 2-0 at Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League on Thursday.Hoffenheim sports director Alexander Rosen said the chance of Nagelsmann leaving any time soon “is small, but I can’t say how small it is.”Television pundit and ex-Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus believes Nagelsmann is Bayern’s preferred choice.“I believe that Nagelsmann is at the top (of Bayern’s list),” Matthaeus told Sky. Coach less Bayern hoping to appoint Thomas Tuchel as the new CoachMunich, Germany | AFP | Thomas Tuchel is the front-runner to succeed Carlo Ancelotti as coach of Bayern Munich amidst media reports on Saturday that contract negotiations are taking place.According to German daily Bild, the 44-year-old Tuchel is in Munich and in talks to take over at the Bavarian giants having been sacked by current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in May.Bayern Munich ‘in talks’ with former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel over vacant manager’s position— Football RightNow (@FootyRightNow) September 30, 2017Tuchel and Dortmund parted ways despite him steering the club to the German Cup title last season, the coach axed following a turbulent relationship with Borussia’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.Bayern director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic said on Friday that the club had “no names, no profiles” of who will replace Ancelotti, fired on Thursday in the wake of Bayern’s 3-0 drubbing at Paris Saint-Germain.“We will now collect our information and then make a decision,” said Salihamidzic.The 58-year-old Ancelotti spent 15 months in charge of Bayern and won the Bundesliga title last season.However, he was sacked after the poor performance at PSG when stars Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mats Hummels were benched.Ex-Bayern defender Willy Sagnol has been appointed interim coach for Sunday’s German league match at Hertha Berlin.Should Bayern appoint Tuchel in the coming days, his first match will be against struggling Freiburg on October 14, after the international break. “He is Hoeness’s candidate,” he added, referring to Bayern president Uli Hoeness – the club’s main decision maker.“The telephone wires between Hoffenheim and Munich will glow, because if you want something, you want the A1 solution.“And until he comes, you have to find an interim fix.“Therefore, I don’t believe it will be Tuchel, because he is also a long-term solution.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Intercity Transit Operates on Veterans Day

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit operates on regular schedules on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. Customer Service, located in the Olympia Transit Center, will be open regular weekday hours, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the holiday.All route and schedule information is on our website at the holiday season approaches, please keep in mind that Intercity Transit will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. More information will be provided about these closures as they get closer.For information about Intercity Transit services, visit or call 360-786-1881.last_img

Custodian speak: Gurpreet Sandhu reveals what India has to do to win more football…

first_imgAdvertisement h3bh6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vspskv5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3k9m( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) avn8eWould you ever consider trying this?😱7a7bwqCan your students do this? 🌚4jg63Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian shot-stopper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has asked his strikers to score more frequently! With a goalless draw against reigning Asian champion Qatar, India looked confident before the Bangladesh game in their World Cup qualifying match at Kolkata. However, the ‘Blue Tigers’ narrowly escaped with a 1-1 draw against their lower-ranked neighbour and the keeper now demands more goals from his colleagues in order to increase India’s winning ratio at the international level.Advertisement “I think, of late, we have turned ourselves into a team which is tough to beat. We just have to add something more to it which is scoring to get the points on the table and we have that quality,” said Gurpreet.Advertisement Even though, captain Sunil Chhetri promised to put up a great performance against Afghanistan and Oman in the upcoming qualifiers, Gurpreet reckons that both of those games will be crucial and a strong approach is necessary.“Both games are difficult. Oman are a very good side and have quality players, whereas Afghanistan will be tough to play against in Tajikistan. But we have to go there with a strong approach to get something out of the two games,” the lanky goalkeeper added.Advertisement India who are yet to win in the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, will face Afghanistan on November 14 and Oman on November 19. In the earlier fixtures, India squandered a one-goal advantage and lost 1-2 to Oman at home, but drew level against a feisty Qatar side in Doha. Last month, in an underwhelming result, they somehow salvaged a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh.Read more:Sunil Chhetri promises to put India’s best foot forward against Oman and Afghanistan at the FIFA World Cup qualifiers Advertisementlast_img read more