Sharks to open 2019-20 season with two games vs. fiercest rival

first_imgConsidering how memorable — and controversial — the last meeting between the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights was in April, perhaps it’s only fitting the two teams will meet twice to open up the 2019-20 regular season.The Sharks’ season opening game will be against the Golden Knights on Oct. 2 at T-Mobile Arena. Two days later, the two teams will meet again at SAP Center for San Jose’s home opener.It’s the first time since the start of the 2015-16 season the Sharks will begin the year on the …last_img

Peace Caravan punts World Cup

first_imgEcstatic football fans celebrate after the announcement on 15 May 2004 that South Africa would host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: GCIS. For more free World Cup photos, visit the image library.) South Africa’s Chris Njokwane showinghis street football skills to the crowd. (Image: Doudou Kalala, Esperance.) The Kopanya is the official ball of the 2009 Confederations Cup. (Image: Fifa) The Rwandan Football for Peace initiative sees co-ed teams playing without a ref,and solving disputes on their own. (Image: Tiziano project) Football for Peace teams use a ball made from banana leaves or plastic bags, tied up with string. (Image: Tiziano project)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s national Department of Sport and Recreation has partnered with the Pretoria-based Youth Development through Football and other NGOs to form the Peace Caravan, an initiative that will tour the Great Lakes region of Africa during March 2009 to promote the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The project is called the Caravanamani (Swahili, meaning peace caravan) and it kicked off in Kigali, Rwanda, on 14 March for the first leg of the trip, a 320km journey to Bujumbura in Burundi.Zakumi, the green-haired leopard and official mascot of the 2010 World Cup, graced the Caravanamani launch with his presence, making his début appearance in Rwanda.The caravan will spend three weeks travelling through Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania before heading back to Rwanda.The goal of the initiative is to promote friendship between nations through sport, and build a sense of African pride and ownership ahead of the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup. Both events take place in South Africa, with the Confederations Cup serving as a prelude to the long-awaited global football tournament.Along the caravan’s route, fans will be treated to sporting and cultural events such as football games and theatre and music performances, all designed to instil a sense of excitement and anticipation for the two major events taking place shortly on African soil.They can also get up close and personal with a number of football greats, including Mark Fish and Phil Masinga from South Africa.“There is only one country that will host this World Cup and that is South Africa,” commented Fish, “but the World Cup in South Africa is for all Africans – we want the people of Africa to own the World Cup. The Caravanamani trip will make people aware that we’re bringing the World Cup to the continent.”The former Bafana Bafana defender added that every African is a part of the World Cup, and it is up to the people of Africa to unite behind the event and ensure its success.Reconciliation through sportYouth Development through Football is an initiative of the German Technical Co-operation, and aims to fight discrimination, improve health, and foster development and peace amongst African youth, using football as a vehicle.The Peace Caravan is also supported by the Local Organising Committee of the World Cup as well as the Rwandan Ministry of Sports and Culture.Besides the organising bodies, the delegation will feature a number of youth groups, with each group representing one of the six partner countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa. A prerequisite is that each six-member group is gender-balanced.Groups have specific roles to play within the Caravanamani framework. These roles include the football forum theatre, street style football, sketches and stand-up comedy, a marching band, pop music, and jazz-dance. Also integrated into the programme are a series of life skills components, which are delivered through workshops, training seminars and presentations.The caravan will return to Kigali to bring down the curtain on 29 March.Getting involvedSouth Africa’s 1Pal initiative, a sport upliftment programme based on the local street soccer style, was involved in recruiting the local stars for the caravan. Many South African football stars learned the basics of the Beautiful Game on their hometown streets, often with makeshift equipment. Because the six-a-side game can be played anywhere it has become something of a breeding ground for football hopefuls.The entire Caravanamani project is co-ordinated by the Rwandan NGO Esperance. Founded in 1996, the organisation’s main goal is to encourage reconciliation and social inclusion in the once war-torn country, by engaging with youth groups and other associations on all levels.Esperance is active in the Great Lakes region with its innovative Football for Peace programme, where teams of three girls compete against three boys – however, only the girls may score. Each 10 minute-long game is played with a traditional ball made out of banana leaves or bags tied with string and, with no referee, players have to work together to solve conflicts.The organisation is, in fact, also doing a great deal to clean up the city of Kigali, as it pays residents to make soccer balls out of bags they pick up in the streets. Balls made from plastics are more durable than the traditional banana leaf ball.Caravanamani forms a part of the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Mass Participation Programme, launched in January 2009. The aim of the programme is to ensure that all South Africans experience the excitement of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, by encouraging and supporting sport in communities throughout the country. The programme is supported by local football greats Mark Fish, Phil Masinga, Doctor Khumalo and Desiree Ellis, South Africa’s first female Fifa-accredited referee.There are plans to launch another Caravanamani if this one proves successful.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] stories2010 World Cup tickets on sale 500 days to 2010 Meet Zakumi, the 2010 mascot Useful linksDepartment of Sport and Recreation2010 Fifa World CupConfederations Cup 20091Pal (mobile site)Youth Development through FootballFootball for PeaceStreetfootballworldlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Ravindra Jadeja turns 28, Sourav Ganguly plays ‘gully’ cricket and more

first_imgMan with the golden arm, Ravindra ‘Sir’ Jadeja turns 28Ravindra Jadeja has become the perfect spin partner for Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian bowling attack in the Test format.Ganguly shows he’s still boss with bat in handSourav Ganguly was recently seen playing gully cricket and mesmerised the kids on the streets with his aggressive batting.Parthiv Patel retained for Mumbai Test, Ishant Sharma releasedParthiv Patel made an impressive comeback scoring 42 and 67 not out in Mohali that was instrumental in India taking a 2-0 unassailable lead in the five-match series.Sehwag, Anand condole Jayalalithaa deathViswanathan Anand, Virender Sehwag and a host of other sporting icons took to Twitter to pay their tributes.IPTL: No Federer, Serena show in 2016Roger Federer and Serena Williams were part of the International Premier Tennis League in the last two seasons.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Christian Frost

first_imgIn the thirty-fifth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Christian Frost, speaks about what it means to be playing in the 2011 World Cup, and about his knowledge of Scotland. Name: Christian FrostNickname: FrostyAge: 32Affiliate: EastsOccupation: Safety and Environment Manager for NBN CoPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: Probably one of the oldest debutants for Australia at an Open’s level – 2009 Trans Tasman Series in Wollongong.Career highlights so far: Meeting many friends in the sport, including Stephanie my partner. On the field, I recall a few favourites including (not all winning):–       winning our first State Cup in 1998–       winning back the State of Origin from Queensland in the last series–       winning the last two Trans Tasman series–       being part of a team of nobodies that made it all the way to the State Cup final with Easts Men’s–       being part of the Rebels Men’s who have been top four for the past three National Touch League’s from an eight year history of placing 10-12th–       Seeing some of my good friends like Jarrat Wood, Jamie Chan, Ryan Pollock and Manu Wakely achieve rep honours through sheer hard work.How you got involved in Touch Football: School – the old MCC and CCC pathway.What does it mean to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It’s a great honour to be representing our country. It’s a time to put into practice all of the skills and combinations we have been working hard to develop over the past few years. I also look forward to experiencing the Scottish culture, having fun with the team and making new overseas friends. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Bernie Morrison, Manu Wakely, Jason Stanton.Favourite sporting moment: It’s around the corner.What do you know about Scotland:Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland includes over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.Edinburgh, the country’s capital and second largest city, is one of Europe’s largest financial centres. Edinburgh was the hub of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century, which transformed Scotland into one of the commercial, intellectual and industrial powerhouses of Europe. Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, was once one of the world’s leading industrial cities and now lies at the centre of the Greater Glasgow conurbation. Scottish waters consist of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland, the title of Europe’s oil capital. The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707, although it had been in a personal union with the kingdoms of England and Ireland since James VI of Scotland succeeded to the English and Irish thrones in 1603. On 1 May 1707, Scotland entered into an incorporating political union with England to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain. This union resulted from the Treaty of Union agreed in 1706 and enacted by the twin Acts of Union passed by the Parliaments of both countries, despite widespread protest across Scotland. Scotland’s legal system continues to be separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and Scotland still constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in public and in private law. The continued existence of legal, educational and religious institutions distinct from those in the remainder of the UK have all contributed to the continuation of Scottish culture and national identity since the Union. In 1999, a devolved legislature, the Scottish Parliament, was founded with authority over many areas of home affairs following a successful referendum in 1997. Issues surrounding devolution and independence continue to be debated.On 5 May 2011, the Scottish National Party won an overall majority in the Scottish parliament elections. They intend to hold a referendum on independence sometime in the next several years. Any superstitions: None.Funniest Australian teammate: I never get tired of watching Dylan Thompson trying to explain to his girlfriend over the phone that there are no girls around during Mixed Open trips. Tashy (Tony El Takchi) has some good one liners – never get tired of them. Favourite quote: “I’ve seen all of the fads and fashions come and go. The guys that get all psyched up, spending time in darkened rooms, drinking magic potions and acting out. But when the gun goes off and the pain starts, all of that evaporates into the naked reality of the competitive arena. Then my friend it comes down to you or me, then we will see if you have really done the work,” Lance Armstrong.Any travel plans after the World Cup: A long list: London, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Malta, Turkey. A bit of a whirlwind tour.  Stephanie and I are keen to see as much as we can during the trip.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With less than a month to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona to make Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willian

first_imgBarcelona to make Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willianby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are ready to make a Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willian.The midfielder’s contract is due to expire in 2020.Mundo Deportivo says the Spanish giants had previously attempted to sign the 31-year-old from Chelsea, but saw bids of £40million and £60m rejected, however he is free to negotiate pre-contract deal with foreign clubs from January 1 2020.It is unclear whether Chelsea will attempt to retain Willian, with Frank Lampard focused on bringing through a young crop of players including Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.Willian has made six appearances for the new manager so far this season and seems to be a key part of the side again. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: ESPN’s First Take Debates Braxton Miller’s Position Change

first_imgStephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim on the set of ESPN First Take.If you aren’t a big fan of either Stephen A. Smith or Skip Bayless, you may want to skip this one. Friday, the two gave their takes on the Braxton-Miller-is-switching-positions news, and, as you might guess, it’s being met with a great deal of criticism.While Smith’s initial rant mostly goes in circles (per usual), he does mention that it initially gave him “cause for pause” when he heard that Miller, a black quarterback, was being encouraged to play another position. Considering the team’s other two options – J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones – are also black, he claims that this scenario is a bit different. Bayless, meanwhile, thinks that Barrett might win the position. According to Smith, there’s no chance of that happening.Enjoy, we think.last_img

RCMP reminding cyclists of the importance of wearing a helmet

first_imgRCMP say bike helmets are designed to absorb energy from an impact, protecting the skull and brain from injury. Going over the rules of the road with your child is an important way to kick off the bike riding season.In B.C., violation tickets can be issued to parents or guardians for permitting their children under the age of 16 to ride without a helmet.Police can also issue violation tickets to any cyclists for not wearing a helmet while cycling.The fine for children and adults is $29.00.More bike safety tips can be found at Safekids.org. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the warm weather upon us, Fort St. John RCMP would like to remind parents and children of the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle.Before hopping on the bike this season, RCMP say it is a good idea to inspect your helmet to see if it properly fits and that it is in excellent condition.According to Safekids.org, properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent.last_img read more

Oil and gas sector cautious as clock ticks down to Trans Mountain

first_imgThe company counts Imperial Oil Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. among its customers, both of whom have delayed building or completing steam-driven oilsands projects because of uncertainty about how they will get the oil to market.Analyst Samir Kayande, a director with RS Energy Group, says the expansion to triple capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline will help with market access when it comes on stream but that likely won’t happen until 2022 and could be held up by more legal challenges.He says the pipeline isn’t big enough to fix Western Canada’s oil transportation woes on its own, nor does it address the general downturn in energy investing in North America and the lower quality of Canada’s resources compared to premier U.S. oil and gas basins.“Even though it’s positive and it’s important, the impact on the investment climate will probably be a little bit muted at least until you can actually start construction,” said Kayande.“It really depends on what the next round of legal challenges looks like.” CALGARY, A.B. – Observers on the front lines of Western Canada’s oil and gas sector are looking forward to what’s widely expected to be approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Tuesday while acknowledging the decision by Ottawa won’t solve all problems.CEO Clayton Byrt of Pimee Well Servicing LP, a service rig company owned by six northern Alberta First Nations, says approval of the pipeline is a “big deal” because it will encourage investment by the oilsands producers he counts as customers.He says more activity will support Pimee’s ability to retain its 140 employees, almost all Indigenous, and eventually grow the company to continue to offer good jobs to First Nations members.last_img read more

PEVC inflows double to 7 billion in March

first_imgMumbai: Venture capital/private equity investments doubled in March to $7 billion on an annualised basis, boosted by a spurt in large transactions, says a report. Exits during the month were 34 percent lower at $465 million involving 13 transactions, a report by consultancy firm EY said Thursday. March was the best month ever for private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC ) investments, it said, adding that the $7-billion mark in the month was more than Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscaldouble of $3 billion in the previous year and over 30 percent higher than the previous high of $5.4 billion clocked in August 2017. Thirteen large deals of $100 million-plus adding up to $6 billion helped boost the numbers, and Brookfields $1.9 billion buyout of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL’s) East-West Pipeline was the largest deal during the month. On the back of a busy March, the March quarter has emerged as the best ever quarter for private equity/ venture capital investments, with investments worth $11.4 billion, up 37 percent over the same period a year ago. The month also recorded highest monthly value and number of buyout deals, aggregating at $2.8 billion across seven deals. Private investment in public equity investments rose to $1.9 billion, but massivley down from $3 billion a year ago. From a fund raising perspective, the firepower plunged to a low $40 million in March from $1.1 billion a year ago.last_img read more