Adelaide | The Port Adelaide Football Club has enlisted “the best connected Australian in China” to help realise its dream of successfully cracking the world’s biggest market.
Geoff Raby was Australia’s ambassador in Beijing from 2007 until 2011, and was previously deputy secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Among his other private sector interests, Raby is now chairman of the Chinese arm of communications innovation company SmartTrans, which has developed a billing and marketing platform tailored for companies trying to cut through on social media in a country of almost 1.4 billion people.
“We’ve developed a model, an online billing platform, that provides a solution for people that want to market products through mobile phones and online in China,” Raby Full Story »
AFL | Crows veteran Scott Thompson has become the latest Adelaide player to sign a contract extension, agreeing to a new one-year deal.
Thompson, 32, has been among the Crows’ most consistent players this year, averaging 27 possessions over his 18 games and winning the Phillip Walsh Medal for best on ground in the second Showdown.
His signing is the latest in a string of important contract deals clinched by the club over recent weeks.
Yesterday, big defender Kyle Hartigan and crucial link-man Tom Lynch both signed new deals with the Crows.
Thompson now has a chance to close his career as a 300-game player. He has played 282 career games over 15 seasons, including 243 with the Crows.
He played 39 games for Melbourne before returning to his home state before the 2005 season.
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THE FORAGER | In this week’s column: Electra House gets a revamp, Olea chef moves on, Adelaide’s first champagne bar opens, a honey cellar door in the Adelaide Hills, single-origin flour and a chance to create your own food event for Tasting Australia.
Changes for Electra House
Just six months after it opened following a $13.5 million renovation, Electra House is already preparing to make changes – including revamping its Chamber Bar and introducing a fresh flavour in the fine-dining Olea restaurant.
Young entrepreneurs Leigh Morgan, VinoMofo founder, and Sam O’Leary, The Lion Hotel operations manager, took over about three months ago as managers of the King William Street heritage venue, which also incorporates functions spaces, a beer garden and a gaming room.Full Story »