Zutano opens retail outlet in Northshire Bookstore

first_imgZutano, the Vermont-based designer of children’s clothing and toys and Northshire Bookstore, the Manchester, VT-based independent bookstore, are proud to announce that they will be launching a Zutano “store-within-a-store” in the upstairs children’s department on June 8th.  The Zutano store captures the whimsical essence of Zutano, known for its one-of-a kind colorful patterns and stylish design. The space is modeled after Zutano’s flagship store in Montpelier as well as their store within New York City’s famed FAO Schwarz Toy Store.  White-washed bead board wainscoting meets walls painted with Zutano’s signature sunny yellow.  The center of the 250 sq. ft. space features an amazing sculptural display made of ‘tumbling’ red baby chairs with spaces for Zutano clothes to hang.  A fantastic chandelier created from baby milk bottles casts a warm glow over the entire space.      A fixture in the Manchester community for three decades, the Northshire Bookstore is intensely independent.  They are deeply connected to the community, authors and Vermont. Housed in a historic, three-story 10,000-square-foot building, the Northshire Bookstore was founded by the Morrow family in 1976. The store, now run by the owners’ son Chris Morrow, has survived in this digital age through its relentless focus on customer service and listening to what customers want. It serves more that 200,000 customers a year, offers 35,000 titles and brings in authors to speak every week.  It even provides a “Print on Demand’ service that can print customers’ books while they shop or enjoy lunch at the wonderful Spiral Press CaféZutano, available at more than 1,500 gift and specialty boutiques and retailers worldwide as well as on the web at select e-tailers and the Zutano e-boutique will offer its full product line, from newborn to toddler, of sweet and sophisticated designs to Northshire customers. The store will be staffed by a specially-trained Northshire employee who will know all of the facets of the Zutano product line.”We are thrilled to be working with the Northshire Bookstore, it’s an ideal Vermont business partnership come true,” says Michael Belenky, President of Zutano.  “We share so many of the same business philosophies and lifelong dedication to our community in Vermont.  Both Zutano and The Northshire have worked many years to build sustainable, long-term partnerships that are economically just and socially sound.  Both companies create and nurture policies that help the community we live in thrive at its fullest potential.  Being able to join forces and work together with such an anchor in the Manchester community is very special.”  “We are really excited to have Zutano’s presence at the Northshire,” says Chris Morrow, owner of the Northshire Bookstore. “We are putting more and more effort into making our Children’s section world class. This is a great opportunity for both partners, as Zutano represents an internationally-respected brand with deep roots in Vermont and the store will be an amazing complement to our product offerings in the children’s department.”For Zutano, 2009 marks the company’s 20th year of creating the most colorful and creative clothing designs for children around the globe.  Evolving from a New York City apartment into one of the most beloved and influential brands in children’s fashion, Zutano continues full-force as a category leader for design innovation and as a solid example of a sustainable global business in the hills of Vermont.The Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, Vermont.Source: Zutano. Cabot, VT, June 8, 2009 –last_img read more

Lady Wildcats And Lady Bulldogs Battle In EIAC PLay

first_imgNot the outcome we were looking for going in to the night. We fell to conference team Batesville in 2 sets. We stayed with them them but eventually Batesville was the one that pulled away 25-17, 25-23, 25-12. . We are alrwady fighting an illness running it’s course through the team. Besides myself, I have one girl out with strep and a possible 2nd girl getting it. These girl will meet up with Batesville again this season and hopefully we will all be healthy. Jalynn Rogers had 5 digs and 1 ace. Megan Getz had 4 digs, 5 assists and 1 kill. Kelly Layton had 3 digs and 4 assists. Meredith Bohman had 1 solo block, 2 ace serves and 3 kills. Anna Sacksteder had 1 solo block and 1 kill. Jenna Orschell and Kaitlynn Obert each added 2 digs. We are 2-3 for the season. We travel to N. Deacatur Thursday, start time 5:30pm. We are FC!!!The JV Lady Wildcats came ready to play our against EIAC Batesville Bulldogs. They took down the dogs in 3 sets 24-25, 25-22, 15-5. All of the girls played a great game! Kloe Bolos led the team in kills with 4 followed by Audrey Reister with 2. Charlotte Barrett and Abby Mitchum led the team in digs and assists. The girls brought their record to 4-1 and are also undefeated in the conference! We are on the road Thursday night to take on North Decatur. Keep up the good work ladies! Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.We had our first EIAC match tonight against the Batesville Bulldogs, and the team fought hard for the win 25-13, 19-25, 15-13! The girls gave it their all and pushed hard until the end!  Hadlee Hornsby led the team in digs with 6, followed by Meredith Hoff with 3. Jenna Bruns and Alex Gillman each led the team in kills with 4. Kylie Lea had 2 blocks. Kacie Williams and KK Ferman each had 4 assists. I’m so proud of how hard these girls worked and can’t wait to watch them play East Central next week! Go Wildcats!! Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jessica Baker.From Bulldogs Coach Trenkamp.The Freshman Lady Dogs had their opener.  It was a nail biter but the Franklin County Wildcats came off with the win in 3 games.  Scoring 10pts 4aces was Regina Gerstbauer and serving us 6pts with 3aces was Brayleigh Patterson.  The girls played very sound for their first match as a team.  Scores were 25-13, 19-25, and 15-13!From Bulldogs Coach Prickel.The Batesville JV Volleyball team fell to Franklin County in 3 games. Scores were 24-25, 25-22, 15-5. The team was competitive despite many unforced mistakes until the third game when they lost focus and morale dropped. Shelby Westerfeld led the team with 9 points serving. Katie Bedel chipped in with 8 service points. Front line and setter play was off tonight with well over a game’s worth of unforced mistakes. The girls look forward to some practice time to put in some work. Also, we will benefit from playing more cohesively in our next match. Our record is now 4-2.Varsity saw its second EIAC victory in as many matches.  Well rounded play and set selection to the hot hitters mixed with spot serving was more than the lady wildcats could return.Their only push cam in the second set where our demons returned to work against us.  We commited 9 hitting errors in the second set alone compared to the 10 combined from sets 1 & 2.  Actually having multiple hitters hitting high percentages was a first in awhile and shows we are gaining momentum.  #1 Bea Amberger hit .300 for the night and had 3 Blocks, while #20 Hattie Westerfeld hit .474 and had one ace.Thursday, we have to up our game going into EC to play the undefeated Trojans.  Freshmen/C-team will kick off the night @ 5:00 PM with all teams playing back, to back, to back in the main gym.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

Cricket News Darren Lehmann reveals emotional toll after ball-tampering scandal

first_imgNew Delhi: Darren Lehmann, former Australia coach who quit in the aftermath of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, has revealed the emotional toll on him and claimed Cricket Australia did not support him enough in the aftermath of the controversy.“I saw people, and am still seeing people about it. That’s a work in progress. I don’t think people know how much it affects people behind the scenes, but that’s one of those things that you go through,” Lehmann was quoted as saying in a report in Sydney Daily Telegraph. Read More |Ban on Smith, Warner and Bancroft must be lifted: ACAWhen asked about the support from Cricket Australia, Lehmann said they did offer psychological support but could have offered him a lot more. Read More | Where will Dhawan go in IPL 19 – Delhi Daredevils or Kings XI Punjab?Lehmann, who will be a commentator for the first ODI between Australia and South Africa in Perth, tearfully quit following the scandal despite being cleared of any direct role and contracted until the 2019 Ashes series in England, with former teammate Justin Langer taking over.‘Toxic culture’ in Australian cricketLehmann took over as the coach of the Australia team at a time of crisis. Mickey Arthur was sacked just before the start of the 2013 Ashes in England. However, Lehmann turned the team’s fortunes and played a key role in Australia whitewashing England 5-0 in the Ashes encounter and helping the team win the World Cup for the fifth time. However, he was accused by critics of overseeing a toxic team culture that damaged the reputation of the famed Baggy Green cap. While Lehmann and the three players paid a heavy price, no one at Cricket Australia has been held to account, although the governing body has accepted some culpability and former CEO James Sutherland has departed, along with team performance boss Pat Howard.An independent review that CA commissioned slammed the cricket board’s  “arrogant” and “controlling” culture, which resulted in the scandal at Newlands, triggering calls for chairman David Peever to quit. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

AFA Sports: Changing the Face of African Sports

first_imgThe simple brand name AFA Sports means “Africa for Africa” and they say it represents a concept that highlights Africa’s sports development and national pride. They started with the simple desire to meet up with the huge kit demands of the Continental Basketball League and its ancillary set up but then the Nigerian national basketball team D’Tigers had a major kitting challenge going into the AfroBasket 2017 competition and this had a turnaround effect on AFA and their expanding foothold on the continent.“The truth is that the major world brands are not interested in developing anything on the continent. AFA represents African sports and pride, it was established to showcase the pride and interest of the continent and this forms the core of the brand.“The AFA brand was created to give the Nigerian and the African sports industry the attention and quality it deserves. And we are doing this by creating a range of products that have been adapted to the climate, kinetics and colours that are unique to African social context,” says Udezue, the Chief Executive Officer of the expanding African brand.“The big names we all know of today are not interested in the lower teams or any team going down the ranking. Africa has to fight its own cause. We have hardly received any kit or equipment from Europe or America basically developed solely for the need of the continent and this is part of what we want to change.“Can we fully quantify how the landscape is changing with the arrival AFA? Within this short time a lot of jobs have been created both at the upscale and lower levels. And this is part of what AFA is all about. We want to empower a lot of people; hugely as many as we can.“We can boldly say that in the last two years AFA Sports have steadily been designing concepts that are unique to Africa; and unique in every sense of the word. We have also been creating a whole new market and industry that was non-existent before we came on board in terms of being huge or small scaled. The energy AFA has put this untapped market, has helped in the creation of jobs and opportunities for Africa and also major investments in the media and content development.“A lot is happening in the marketing line especially. And there are others who have developed their own products along the line or have re-engineered and improved upon their earlier and original concepts working along with AFA. So the whole deal is for help us and chat a more developmental and financial rewarding system for African sports.”In 2017 AFA Sports launched Africa’s first Active footwear designed and engineered in Nigeria to underline their beliefs. And as inscribed on its soles, the active wear shoes were designed to showcase the pride of Africa. The name “LIV (54)” represents the 54 countries on the African continent.“LIV (54) is tailored and customized to the African physiology, kinetics and environment. It is lightweight and has the perfect combination of grip, comfort, durability and bounce,” AFA brand expert told THISDAY.“The features of AFA Sports premier active wear shoes include Contoured Traction Grip (CTG) technology with advanced arch support and rubber outsole borrowed from the multi movement patterns of the Sahara Desert. It also has a micro mesh knit that gives the shoes comfort and breathability in warm climates. It is also fitted with multi gel areas for force deflections.”But the rating doesn’t end there. The AFA Sports 54’s is classic. It can be worn to make a fashion statement or to elevate the user’s basketball game. And it has been widely tested and accepted.Apart from delivering the continentally-customised designs of the AFA brand, it is also the goal of the big African brand to establish sports programmes and encourage sports development in these countries. Extra attention is on the table for the countries adjudged neglected and marginalized due to lack of investment from the developed areas.The CBL tournament is one of such designed to change the African sporting landscape. In the closed season clubs from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Gabon featured. The clubs were made up of players from various African countries and across the world. A high number of the players were Africans in the Diaspora and African-Americans. In the barely two seasons that the league has held, fans of the game of basketball on the continent agree on a fact – that level of the competition is by above the various domestic leagues of the participating countries.Experts of the game in Nigeria, for instance, are very optimistic that over time the CBL system will rub off positively on the Nigeria Premier League and effectively help raise the standard. Only very few of the best from the domestic leagues are able to meet the requirement for the CBL. The packaging and ambience of the CBL is unrivalled on the continent.Udezue added, “If we have quality leagues on the continent in terms of the games on the court and what the players take home, then less of these young players will run abroad ill prepared. When we say these things, we speak from experience because some of us landed in America unprepared for what we saw.“Many of the system out there are basically designed for everyone on the court to enhance the system and help the economic system. Most times the Africans barely get the best opportunity and can hardly get integrated into the system as soon as they can’t play anymore. At CBL we want to change all that. We want to keep quality talents here, make them earn good money and give them the opportunity to play in front of their parents, families and friends. It is also very important that these players are playing with the kits and equipment that were designed and engineered here. This is the kind of opportunity many of these young can’t get in America.”It is hoped that by the next tip off, more basketball teams would have joined the system. More clubs are expected from Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Mali and Central African Republic to get aboard.Indeed the combination of AFA and CBL is changing the way the Nigerian basketball is being viewed by the ever sceptical society – scepticism developed over the years because the quality of services available hitherto. The games and the clothing have attracted the old, young and upwardly mobile in the society. It is now so easy for those in the ever growing Nigerian film industry and music icons in Nigeria and across a larger part of Africa to identify with the game of basketball based on what is seen on the court; the ambience around the entire competition and of course the various clothing designs put out by AFA that easily meet the taste of these socialites.Until the start up of CBL, the little contacts across the borders were basically limited to the teams themselves travelling to play club competitions with little or no travelling fans accompanying. CBL has changed all that. Now we have fans travelling across the borders purely to watch this level of competition never witnessed on the continent of Africa in the past. It is believed that a lot more travelling across the continent would be seen as soon as the CBL gets into the next stage. From the high number of passengers made up of players, officials, the media and fans that move around with the games, the pan-African airlines will top the list of beneficiaries of the AFA-CBL ventures. Most of the journeys made so far have seen the league doing chartered flights or taking up 75 per cent of the seats available. The next group on the list of beneficiaries is the hospitality sector. Since 2015 when the league tipped off, hotels and catering services in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon have enjoyed the boom. The expansion of the franchise to more African countries will naturally produce more number of spectators, travellers and investors and ultimately a plus for the tourism industry.Apart from the level of competition in the leagues, the entertainment value and the ambience has made the Continental Basketball League games quite attractive to celebrities. The Nigerian domestic run by the Nigeria Basketball Federation is watched free-of-charge all over the country except in a centre like Kano but the spectators are usually a handful. Comparatively, the CBL charges fees, considered exorbitant by some people, but still the halls are practically filled up before any games. The only reason why spectators would abandon a free game for an “expensive one” given the economic realities on ground is because of the value for money factor. People are desirous to get quality entertaining sports like the American NBA and the only platform closest to that in the whole of Africa is the CBL.There’s hardly an end to the drum beats of war in Nigeria, Africa and truly across the globe but CBL has not only continually encouraged shared love in Nigeria but has seen the growth of friendship amongst the African countries with the cross border plays. The league has also encouraged the exchange of players using their draft system.There are so many other projects. In 2017 the Nigeria Volleyball Federation came into the AFA expanding network as the national team was handled by the Organisation. There are similar plans for neighbouring Republic of Benin’s national team. AFA Sports is already working with the Liberian Basketball Federation to help revive their league and teams. Hockey and others are already lined up. There are also great plans to develop quality playing arenas in Nigeria and other places.“This project is not for us; it is for Africa. And those that will benefit more are not the players on the court now but the younger players who will join when the system is far in the auto pilot and cruising form,” Udezue who sits in the organisational headquarters in Lagos assures Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeWhen a group of young men assembled in the USA to develop basketball concept for the continent of Africa they had a lot on their minds. They wanted an African league with the base in Nigeria that would be highly professional and profitable to the players, teams and with their sights set quality facilities development.Their bet was on the fact that a high net income league would save African players from the agony of loitering in the USA after college or hanging around just any team in Europe and Asia in the name of playing professional basketball. What was not really on the table was becoming sports merchandise manufacturers that would cater for types of African sports. It is the kit merchandising that has taken up the energy of this team led by Ugo Udezue. That was how the AFA Sports concept was born and they are gradually sweeping through the continent with this unique item.last_img read more


first_imgAs agreed by the PCI, SAI will continue to have the As agreed by the PCI, SAI will continue to have the authority to administer the entry of athletes and team officials for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The PCI, in consultation with SAI, may nominate team officials, including a Chef de Mission, to manage the delegation during the Games. IPC also decided to recognise the newly elected office bearers of the PCI so that work may begin to immediately implement reforms to its governance and management structure. According to Chandrasekhar, 20 para-athletes have so far qualified for Rio Games and their names have been confirmed by the IPC as they have crossed the A qualification standard. “This is going to be the highest number of Indian participants in the Paralympics. But everything depends on the government as they will finally sanctioned how many will take part. As of now, a record number of 20 have qualified,” he said. “We are expecting that at least 15 para-athletes will be cleared by the government and we will be happy with that. And, that will be the highest number of Indian para-athletes ever to take part in any Paralympics,” he said. In the 2012 London Paralympics, India had sent 10 para-athletes. Chandrasekhar also said that the PCI is expecting a record number of medals this time. “We are expecting at least five medals this time,” he added. Surprisingly, the name of 2012 London Paralympic Games silver medallist in high jump, H N Girisha, is missing from among the already qualified athletes and Chandrasekhar said he is unlikely to make it to the Games. “Girisha is ranked fourth among Indians now in his event and the IPC has not confirmed his qualification. He is unlikely to take part in the Rio Paralympics. Women powerlifter Sakina Khatuns name has also not been confirmed by the IPC but I feel she will get the nod later on,” Chandrasekhar. More PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more