The Hat You Wear Says It All!

Hats are historically a huge part of men's fashion. For centuries, no well dressed man would ever leave the house without one. In the modern world, they are still an important way to show your style. From casual days to formal evenings, you can tell a lot about a man from his choice of hat. There are stylish hats for every season and occasion. Hats can easily be fit into your wardrobe, and express your style.

A stylish everyday hat is the men's caps; a small, cloth hat with a short brim in the front and a slight peak at the rear. The classic 1920's newsboy cap is iconic for a reason. Made of cloth or tweed, this hat can be worn everyday and in all weather. The cap looks equally at home with jeans and a polo or khakis and a button down, for casual days or evenings. The classic men's cap also fits if you're going for an edgy or artsy style. Easy to wear, easy to pack for travel, perfect for casual style.

The fedora hat evokes the style of early silver screen legends. It's an excellent brand for winter or spring. A fedora hat with a trench coat is a timeless look for rainy spring days. A fedora can be used to add polish to any dressy outfit. The fedora can be made of a variety of materials, wool blend for winter, lighter fabrics for summer. The brim keeps anticipation off of your face when the weather is tempestuous. Hats in the fedora style, summer weight, are excellent for sunny summer days as well. Look for fedoras that are crushable and retain their shape well for travel.

Belfry style brand are the quintessential dressy hat. They can range in style from something with a rounder brim than a fedora to a classic top hat. The modern style is smaller and sleeker than the classic top hat, but still dressy. A belfry style hat can also work well as an ironic fashion statement, worn with a carefully anachronistic flair to celebrate your personal style.

A hat makes any outfit look more stylish and complete. Hats can be worn for any occasion, formal or casual, and for every season. Expand your wardrobe with a variety of hats and caps. Branch out from your weekend ball cap, and show the worlds your style with hats. …

TV Reporter Shares the Secrets to Getting Covered on the News

Do you have a great idea for a story, but no clue how to get it in the news? Are you tired of pitching press releases the news media simply ignores?

After twenty years of beating the street as a TV reporter, I have a scoop for you: the media needs good stories. But most stories are pitched so poorly, they are lost in the blizzard of faxes that blanket every newsroom.

So, here are five steps to increase your chances of getting covered that even some PR pros do not know:


The old adage about "Man bites dog" still holds true. The news does not cover what's normal. We cover the abnormal.

PR whiz Carolyn Alvey knew this when she was trying to raise money for a charity several years ago. Instead of holding a garage sale, she sent out a press release announcing a "Celebrity Garage Sale." Everything from Bob Hope's old golf clubs to Roger Staubach's long-neglected neckties were for sale. By making an ordinary garage sale extra, the media was instantly sold on the story.


Reporters tell stories with pictures. If the pictures are not there, chances are the reporters will not be either.

Even the most non-visual story can be made visual if you're creative. A dog biscuit business? Boring. A dog birthday party complete with doggie guests and party hats? Now you're barking up the right tree.

That's what Michelle Lamont did to boost her dog biscuit bakery. She began baking huge dog biscuit birthday cakes and inviting the media to cover the parties. She's had reporters hounding her for stories ever since.


Perhaps the most common mistake even some PR pros make is trying to sell a good story to the wrong person. Most reporters have a specialty, like "crime" or "business."

So, seek out the reporter who will have the most to benefit from your story. Start studying the news. Before you call a TV station or try and pitch the paper, become familiar with a reporter's work. Do not try and sell an investigative story to a reporter who covers entertainment.


If I were going to send a press release to a reporter, I'd write the kind of headline that a newspaper would run. And I've made the rest of the release so conversational that a TV anchor could read it right on the air.

Why is this so important? A major market newsroom gets hundreds of press releases every day. Often the decision on whether to cover your story is made in a matter of seconds. Many times that well-crafted sentence in the third paragraph of your press release is never read.


The holidays are the slowest "news times" of the year. When government offices are closed, so are most of our sources. Take advantage of it.

In fact, take out your calendar and begin circulating government …

How to Write Effective Newspaper Ads

A successful newspaper ad is one which grabs the readers attention and creates customers. In this article I will present a few simple tips to write effective newspaper ads. Let’s start.

First of all the ad headline. It is very important to create an eye-catching headline (title) for your newspaper ad. The headline will cause the reader to read the entire ad. One way to do it right is by reading some successful ads in newspapers or magazines. Locate the most appealing ones and see if you can get any ideas for your own ads. Write down a few of your ideas and wait for a few hours. Then come back and select the most appropriate for your own newspaper ads.

If you create a wonderful appealing headline then it should be easier to move on and write the rest of the ad. What you want now is to create interest for your readers. In order to capture your reader’s attention you must tell them what’s in it for them. A good way to do that is by presenting a solution for their problem. Don’t give them the entire solution though because this will create enough interest for the reader to make the next step.

By writing a good headline and creating enough interest you are almost done. Now, the reader should be reading the entire ad but there’s something missing. It’s the necessary desire that will make the reader want more. Desire for more information, for your product or your services. One way to do this is by making an offer to the readers that they can’t refuse. For example, you can offer a price no one else would.

By now you should have an eye-catching, nice looking newspaper ad but we are not done yet. You need to add some finishing touch. You need to inform the readers of the actions they need to take in order to fulfill their desire for more information, for your product or services. This “Call to action” could be a phone call, a purchase or other instructions (e.g. how to complete a free offer). Just try to be specific so as not to confuse the readers.

Last but not least include the necessary information in your ads like your company name, the products or services offered, your website or other contact information like your phone number, address or company logo. It’s up to you. Add all the info you believe is necessary for the accomplishment of the purpose of your newspaper ad which is to create a new prospect or customer.

Before publishing your newspaper ad make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors.

Writing a wonderful newspaper ad is one thing and testing the ad for effectiveness is another. No matter how good you are in writing newspaper ads you need to test your ads to make sure they grab the reader’s attention. You have to find a way to measure “return of investment”. Don’t just wait for a year …

7 Uses for Old Newspaper

People have been inventing ways to reuse their news since they began printing. Many uses have been handed down from generation to generation simply by the process of "This is what we do." As times changed and people no longer actually used the paper after reading it, putting it in the recycling bin became the thing to do. Now that more of us are becoming aware of limited resources – the planet's as well as our own – new uses for old newspaper are being created.

First, let me give you a few facts about newsprint. Newsprint is the paper used in your daily newspaper. Once made mostly of wood pulp, it is now made with a combination of materials, including wood scraps, sawdust, and recycled paper. According to, Canada is the largest supplier of newsprint while the United States is the largest consumer. In spite of widespread use of the Internet, the newspaper business is still a thriving industry.

Generations have used newspapers to wash windows or start a fire. Ask anyone who lived during the Great Depression and you are sure to hear a number of ways newspapers were used and reused until they were thrown away or burned.

I recently found some unique and (to me) new uses for old newspaper. Here are seven of my favorites:

1. Get rid of odors. Crumpled newsprint stuffed into smelly shoes for a couple of days will absorb odors. It can also be used in a musty basement, closet or refrigerator. If you've ever had an old freezer, you know that musty smell! Replace with fresh paper each week until the smell is gone.

2. Mulch the garden or compost . Shredded newspaper is not pretty, but it helps keep weeds at bay in a flower or vegetable garden. You can also tear paper into small pieces and add to the compost pile.

3. Use it as wrapping paper . Use the comics for a child, the sports section for fans, or the finance section for the executive. As an added bonus, make a bow from the same section with easy directions online or in craft shops.

4. Protect outdoor plants. If a cold snap is coming in, cover outdoor plants with newspaper pages. Secure to plant stems or borders with clothespins. * This is only good to use if weather is dry.

5. Prevent ice on windshields. Placing several sheets of newspaper on the windshield of a car makes leaving for work on an icy morning easier. Lay the sheets across the glass & fasten with easy to remove tape. In the morning, simply remove paper & drive away with a clear view!

6. Help boots, hats, and purses keep their shape. Stuffing the inside of each item with crumpled paper before storing for a season helps keep their shape and keep odors at bay.

7. Replace paper towels. Newsprint is great for absorbing spilled liquids or wiping grease from a frying pan. It also works great to …

Which Hat Suits My Head?

A Hat is basically worn to protect our head and eyes from the sun burning. However, today hat is also used as a fashionable accessory that will give a better look with your outfit. Concerned this topic, we write this article to give you some information about hat in various types.

We start with newsboy cap which is also known as the Gatsby hat. These terms are derived from a novel titled "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This type of hat is made of wool, tweed or some other thick materials. With newsboy cap you will look more casual. That is why it is usually used for informal occasion. The characteristic of this cap is a button put on the top.

We move on another type of hat. You must have ever heard of a bucket hat. This one is also known as fishing hat since it is usually used for casual occasion, such as fishing. You can also use it for any other outdoor activities since it is excellent in protecting your eyes from the sun. As it is so called, the form of this hat resembles a bucket in which the wide brims of the hat points downward. This type of hat is usually made of cotton, wool, or denim.

Now it is time to talk about beret. This type of hat is usually used in military. You can wear a beret for informal occasion. This hat is sometimes associated with artist and anything sophisticated. Based on the form and usage, today's beret is artistic rather than functional. Some people wear it merely as an accessory to match the outfits. For material, it is commonly made of wool or cashmere, or any other clothes. The characteristic of this hat lies on its round shape.

Next, we discuss a hat which has been popular since 1800s. Shaped with a round brim, derby is basically worn to protect head and eyes from sun while riding a horse. The typical color of this hat is black or dark brown. While derby gives some classic sense, fedora comes as the most stylish and modern type of hat. This hat is usually made of soft material, sometimes adorned with a wide band of fabric around it. Designers recommend this hat for fashionable look. …

Ice Dancing – The Epitome of Grace and Skill

The world of Ice Dancing had some good news recently. The Canadian Ice Dance duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir who set the competition on fire at the 2010 Vancouver Games with their scintillating golden moves took to the floor this month at the Skate Canada Autumn Classic International. This is their first performance together in nearly two and a half years; the last time they skated they won the silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia. And not surprisingly, the score of 77.2 points that they notched up in the Short Dance was well ahead of the Danish pair that finished second.

However, there is still the Free Dance part of the competition ahead.

Ice Dancing is a popular sport coming under the discipline of Figure Skating; it became an official Olympic sport in 1976. As the term indicates, the routine involves a couple consisting of a man and a woman performing spins and rhythmic dance moves to a musical piece. There are strict requirements for the performance to be evaluated such as no jumps and throws and no separation beyond two arm lengths.

Ice Dancing differs greatly from figure skating where skaters’ skills are focused on jumps and spins and in the precision of the footwork. This is one of the reasons why the Artistic Director of Ice Dance International, a professional company that performs around the world, is keen to move the activity from ‘sport’ to that of an ‘art’. Ice Dancing is all about expansive power and speed, flow and flight and the design that we get to see on the ice and hence it is more of an art than a sport discipline is the contention.

In the 1930s, many elements of what is known as Compulsory Dances comprised moves developed by ice dances from Great Britain. Since joining the World Championships in 1952, British teams have won twelve out of the first sixteen world championships. The moves back then were more drawn towards an upright carriage and angular moves. From the 1960s however when more ice dances from Europe started to join in, a new trend in dance moves began to emerge involving more upper body movement and greater speed.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Soviet dancers took centre-stage through their more theatrical styles based on elements of ballet which emphasized extended line and speed rather than difficult footwork. The Russian pair of Lyudmila Pakhomova and Aleksandr Gorshkov won the first international title when Dancing became an official medal event.…

Women In Media Should Help New Entrants Break Through The Glass Ceiling

Women in media should help new entrants to break through "the glass ceiling," say South African award-winning journalists and editors.

One media executeve also argues that the ability to read critically is the major skill that will help girls break through these barriers.

Speaking at the fifth annual Vodacom Women in the Media Awards 2007, Vodacom chief communications officer Dot Field said too few women were in a position of power in the newsroom (globally). Media coverage also tended to favor men, she said.

Fields cited an international study which found that women account for 17% of all media coverage whether print or electronic. This includes stories about women, on womenor where women were used as sources, she said. The majority of the coverage on women is celebrity and royalty-related, she said.

Joyce Sikhakhane, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award said things like balancing the responsibilities of home, family, and child raising still hinder women's advancement in newsrooms. The long hours and late nights required to get ahead in these practitioners also do not help, she said.

Field said successful journalists, editors, media advocates have a responsibility to help break barriers in the media industry so new entrants have a better chance of success.

A key strategy to develop women capable of breaking through the glass ceiling is to ensure that young girls at school learn to read critically, said Patricia Scholtemeyer, CEO of Media24 Magazines and winner of the 2007 Vodacom Women in the Media Award.

"Reading critically is an important contributor to people's ability to think for themselves," she said. …

Rugby – Top 10 Essentials

Most rugby players will have sustained some form of injury in their career or most likely have caused one. Products such as protective clothing, first aid kits and the correct taping and strapping can help minimise the risk or even prevent injury.

This list has been carefully selected from knowledge and experience gained from working within the sports industry. The items are in no particular order- they are all as important as the next as they each serve in a different way.

1. Scrum cap. These help reduce the risk of concussion by absorbing the impact of a blow to the head. They also keep the ears safe from blows helping prevent the risk of ‘cauliflower ears’.

2. Padded Shorts. These shorts are great for contact sports such as rugby as they provide strong protection for hips and thighs against tackles. Some are now designed with a cooling technology which draws the heat and moisture away from the body helping it stay cool.

3. Padded Shirts. Like the shorts- the shirts are equipped with the same technology protecting the shoulders, clavicle, upper arms, ribs and sternum by dissipating and absorbing impacts to the body.

4. Mouth Guards. These act like a shock absorbent preventing the force of a knock from damaging the jaw. Some particular guards include a home moulding kit which allows you to take impressions of your teeth which you then send to the manufacturers who create the Mouth Guard to specifically fitting your teeth only.

5. First Aid Kit. Most kits are designed specially to include the right products and the correct amount, depending on the desired level of ability and it is one essential that is definitely needed on the pitch side.

6. Foam and Felt Adhesive. Feet need to be protected just as much as any other part of the body during rugby. Foam and felt adhesive packs are layers of foam or felt which can be cut to size and placed in the boots to prevent rubbing and friction.

7. Instant Ice Packs. These are a great way to produce instant cold relief to reduce swelling and inflammation following an injury. There is no need to freeze before hand and they are simple and easy to use.

8. Sports Tape. There are many different tapes that are essential for rugby. Elastic Adhesive Bandage is used around the thighs as lifting straps. Cohesive Bandage is often wrapped around players’ heads to protect their ears during a scrum and coloured PVC tape is also applied to thighs for added grip for lifts during line outs.

9. Petroleum Jelly. This is a non irritant protective ointment and lubricant. It is used regularly by players during scrums to reduce friction. It is also good for preventing blisters.

10. Triangular Bandage. These are useful following a shoulder/elbow/wrist/arm injury as they are a great way to immobilise the arm straightaway which can reduce the risk of further injury.…

Sports and Autism

Sport is not just a game but a form of treatment as well. Have you ever heard of sports and autism as a tandem? If you have not, then you better get online and do your research. Sports are making breakthroughs when it comes to autism.

Sports can be strenuous but you need not worry. There are a lot of games that are conducive for kids with autism. A defect should never hinder a person from trying anything. People should not hinder them as well.

There are a number of sports readily available for autistic kids. All you have to do is choose. It's awesome right? Well, it really is. In the field of sports, it does not matter who you are or what you are. As long as you can play well, you are definitely in.

A lot of sports are available for autistic kids. Being involved with sports can help them create new experiences and have fun along the way. Help your child choose which sport matches him best. Do not stop with just one. Introduce him to a lot more and watch him bloom into an athlete that you could really be proud of.

It can be easy to get carried away. But you must never forget that your child has special needs. Autism may have different effects to children. Their skills of communication may vary depending on the severity of autism. Their motor skills may be affected as well. Some may have problems with coordination. Take all these into consideration before you let them play. They will have games that they like and that is good. But make sure that the game will strengthen your child's strength and help them with their weaknesses. There are games which will make your child be more coordinated and help them in developing their motor skills. Do not push your child into doing something that he does not like or else sports will not serve its purpose. Instead of helping, it might even cause more damage.

You can let your child try swimming. This sport has the relaxing and stress releasing properties which will be really helpful for autistic kids. It can give your child the needed fun and relaxation. Aside from the usual activities that you have with swimming, it can be enhanced and made more fun. How? You can introduce the use of a ball. You can start by having them throw it and you will catch it and vice versa. It will make their arms and legs stronger because they are trying to throw the ball while staying afloat. This activity will help your kids become stronger.

Swimming is just one sport. There are a lot of other options to choose from. Hiking is one option and biking is another. Training wheels are not just for babies. Training wheels can give a child with autism a helpful start. You can also start by getting a bicycle which is customized for the two of you. This way, your …

Top Ten Sports Shoe Brands Worldwide

At the beginning of 2010, I think it is necessary to give the public a clear guideline of the world famous sports shoes brand like Nike shoes and etc. Here is a simple list of top ten sports shoes brand. If you have gotten any interests of purchasing a pair of sports shoe, you could take the list as a source.

1. Nike
As a well-known American sports brand, Nike was famous for its high quality Nike shoes and advanced technology. Beside, the swoosh logo as well as the popular slogan "just do it" make it one of a kind and gain a great amount of reputation.

2. Adidas
Created by Germany, Adidas has represented a special kind of status. Founded in 1948, Adidas has helped countless athletes to achieve success. Thus, it is a successful example which perfectly combines both trust and respect of the public.

3. Reebok
Reebok is a subsidiary of German sportswear giant Adidas. It firstly originated from Europe mainly in UK, then expansion its business to international.

4. Puma
During fifty years development, puma grows up from a small shoes factory in a German village into a transnational corporation worldwide.

5. Fila
Founded in Italy in 1926, the products of Fila involved many fields including sports shoes area. Now, it has become one of the most famous fashion sports shoes brand in Italy.

6. Converse
The first pair of basketball shoes was produced by converse. And its classic Chuck Taylor All Star basketball shoe is still well-received all around the world.

7. New Balance
Eschewing promotional advertising campaigns, New Balance has soonless grown to be one of the largest makers of sports footwear in the world. To offset the pricing discrepancy with Nike, Adidas and other companies, it offers technical innovations that others do not, such as greater selection of size, a blend of gel inserts or heel counters.

8. K-Swiss
K-Swiss was founded by two Swiss brothers who were interested in tennis and introduced the first leather tennis shoes. It was once elected as the best company by American Footwear News magazine.

9. Asics
Asics is a Japanese athletic equipment company. And it had become widly renamed for their running shoes as being among the top performance footwear in the market.

10. Hi-Tec
Hi-Tec is the world`s leading outdoor sports brand, at the same time it is a veteran hiking shoes in British. It primarily focuses its attention on mid-price range of the market. …