Monday, August 24, 2009

Miss Universe 2009: Rachael Finch Still The Favorite -

At +500 (5/1) odds, Miss Australia Rachael Finch is still favored to win Sunday night's Miss Universe 2009 pageant, though gives perennial favorite Miss Dominican Republic shorter odds. Only she and Miss Mexico enjoyed single digit odds (Miss Mexico came in at +800 odds).

The beauty has already signed on to be part of Celebrity MasterChef Australia and now lingerie powerhouse Victoria's Secret, according to the Telegraph of Australia.

From the Telegraph:

The beauty has declined to talk about offers she has received but a manager associated with Finch, Grant Dwyer, said he was getting dozens of approaches every day from companies representing everything from cosmetics to racing.

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Miss Albania +1800

Miss Angola +8000

Miss Argentina +2500

Miss Aruba +6000

Miss Australia +500

Miss Bahamas +5000

Miss Belgium +2000

Miss Bolivia +8000

Miss Brazil +2000

Miss Bulgaria +12500

Miss Canada +4000

Miss Cayman Islands +3000

Miss China +7500

Miss Colombia +2000

Miss Costa Rica +1500

Miss Croatia +2500

Miss Curacao +3000

Miss Cyprus +10000

Miss Czech Republic +1200

Miss Dominican Republic +300

Miss Ecuador +3000

Miss Egypt +4000

Miss El Salvador +7500

Miss Estonia +10000

Miss Ethiopia +10000

Miss Finland +6000

Miss France +1200

Miss Georgia +10000

Miss Germany +3000

Miss Ghana +15000

Miss Great Britain +8000

Miss Greece +3500

Miss Guam +4500

Miss Guatemala +4000

Miss Guyana +15000

Miss Honduras +1500

Miss Hungary +1000

Miss Iceland +3000

Miss India +3000

Miss Indonesia +2500

Miss Ireland +2000

Miss Israel +10000

Miss Italy +4000

Miss Jamaica +1800

Miss Japan +1600

Miss Korea +10000

Miss Kosovo +6000

Miss Lebanon +2500

Miss Malaysia +6000

Miss Mauritius +6000

Miss Mexico +500

Miss Montenegro +10000

Miss Namibia +10000

Miss Netherlands +1200

Miss New Zealand +7500

Miss Nicaragua +4000

Miss Nigeria +10000

Miss Norway +6000

Miss Panama +2000

Miss Paraguay +4000

Miss Peru +2500

Miss Philippines +1800

Miss Poland +7500

Miss Puerto Rico +900

Miss Romania +10000

Miss Russia +1500

Miss Serbia +5000

Miss Singapore +5000

Miss Slovak Republic +2500

Miss Slovenia +15000

Miss South Africa +2500

Miss Spain +2500

Miss Sweden +4000

Miss Switzerland +2500

Miss Tanzania +6000

Miss Thailand +6000

Miss Turkey +7500

Miss Turks and Caicos +17500

Miss USA +1000

Miss Ukraine +1500

Miss Uruguay +15000

Miss Venezuela +1800

Miss Vietnam +2000

Miss Zambia +10000 (Credit: Gambling911)

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Australian Online Pokies: Goanna Gold, Kangaroo Zoo, Bush Telegraph, Mission: Impossible, and Cleo

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Qld clubs pour nearly $2b into economy: study - 13th August 2009

A new study into the value of the state's community clubs has found they provide nearly $2 billion worth of sporting and recreational facilities to Queenslanders.

The report examined the social and economic contribution of the organisations over a 10-year period.

The study found not-for-profit organisations provide people with almost $1.9 billion worth of sporting and recreational facilities.

Tourism and Fair Trading Minister Peter Lawlor says the State Government could not afford to replicate the services the clubs offer.

"There's 27,000 people that are employed by the clubs of Queensland," Mr Lawlor said.

"They contribute almost $700,000 a year to the community.

"The community assets, they're assets that no Government could provide."

Clubs Queensland (CQ) says the report into their activities demonstrates their value to the community.

CQ chief executive officer Doug Flockhart says he hopes the review will help to counter the criticism some venues attract over gambling and alcohol abuse.

"We have to walk that fine line between an issue on one side and a huge benefit on the other and I've got to say, that as president of Clubs Queensland," he said.

"I'm still extremely proud of the balance and the contribution Queensland clubs are able to make to Queensland communities."

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Runners limber up for City2Surf event - 9th August 2009

Up to 75,000 runners will be limbering up for Sydney's 39th City2Surf race this morning.

Heather Turland, who won the event in 1994 and 1996, is putting in a star appearance almost a decade after retiring from competitive running.

She will be joined by her 21-year-old son Cade.

Other high-calibre runners include Andrew Lloyd, winner of the City2Surf in 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1993.

Queenslander Michael Shelly, who finished just 13 seconds behind Martin Dent last year, is determined to crack the 2008 winner's 41:07 this time round.

While former world champion marathon man Robert de Castella will not be joining in, his humble brother-in-law Anthony Walsh, 49, will.

Describing himself as "not a particularly competitive runner", Mr Walsh, who lives in Melbourne, has no intention of emulating de Castella's 1981 City2Surf-winning time of 45.47.

"I'm expecting to do about 65 minutes," he said.

The Ambulance Service of NSW says runners should wear sensible clothing and footwear for the race, including a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Dehydration can be avoided by drinking plenty of water.

Symptoms such as chest pain or severe shortness of breath should not be ignored – if they occur, entrants should stop and seek medical attention.

Anyone with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, chills, a sore throat or cough, should not enter the race.

The RTA advises runners to leave their cars at home. Roads will be closed in the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Kings Cross, Edgecliff, Bellevue Hill, Rose Bay, Double Bay, Vaucluse and Bondi.

The Eastern Distributor northbound off-ramp to William Street and southbound off-ramp to Palmer Street will also be closed.

The Cross City Tunnel will be closed to eastbound traffic between Harbour Street and Bayswater Road, but will remain open to westbound motorists during the event.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Rachael Finch our best Miss Universe hope since Jennifer Hawkins

4th August 2009

Bookmakers have rated Miss Universe entrant Rachael Finch as Australia's best chance of winning the coveted title since Jen Hawkins did five years ago.

Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan said the agency rated her third most likely to take out this year's title, behind finalists from Peurto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

“Being a brown eyed brunette is no disadvantage in a pageant that is usually taken by the likes of Puerto Rico and Venezuela,” Mr Sullivan said.

“Rachael has the look that often appeals to Miss Universe judges.

“Miss Universe is a very open field given there are beauties from all around the world but $12 is the shortest for an Australian since Jennifer Hawkins took the crown.”

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Australia $12.00

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