first_imgRugby was among the 14 sporting codes represented at the 2014 National School Sport Championships. (Image: SportBlog)Sport has shown its ability to bring South African together. People who would otherwise never have socialized came together to celebrate as Francois Pienaar raised the Webb Ellis trophy, with the help of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela.That image, of the Afrikaner hero and the man who spent a life fighting oppression remains an iconic moment of reconciliation in the history of South Africa.Now the Department of Sports and Recreation and the Department of Basic Education are tapping into the restorative spirit of sport to hold the inaugural South Africa Schools Sports Championships at more than 23 venues around Tshwane, with the main centre being the University of Pretoria since 10 December with the finals being on 15 December.The games were launched at Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium on 10 December.The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, said at the opening of the games: “School Sport is the bedrock of development. No Star just fell out of the sky, they all came through a program, and these Championships will be foundation for our future champions.The Games will also help unearth schools in need of sports funding and identify talented and promising athletes. These young future stars will be given bursaries to help develop their talent. Minister Mbalula challenged the athletes, “You must take your participation here seriously, this is not just another competition. There has never been a program like this. Here we have different codes, where future rugby stars will come out; athletics, netball and other sporting codes will produce stars. If you are here you the best of the best in South African schools.”The games are themed: “Today’s athletes, tomorrow’s legends” and should be seen in the context of broader efforts to promote access to an organised and structured system of sport and recreation. At the end of the day it is about offering opportunities to South African youth to develop their talent and support high performance, while also building unity and pride, and growing the sport and recreation sector.More than 5 000 athletes aged between 13 and 19, have been competing in 14 sporting. There were also four indigenous games included, namely: Jukskei, Kgati, Khokho and Morabaraba.CULMINATION OF THE YEARThe Department of Sports and Recreation say the games are a culmination of activities that have taken place throughout the country in the School Sport League programme and is an opportunity for gifted sportspersons to be noticed by federation talent scouts.Throughout the year, schools compete at intra-school, inter-school, district and provincial level. The winning teams at the provincial level qualify to participate in the National School Sport Championship.Granville Whittle, the Deputy Director-General responsible for Care and Support at the Department of Basic Education, said: “Learning becomes easier for kids who participate in sport because playing sport makes them healthy. As a department, we support this programme. We value the importance of investing in administrators and coaches.“We are, however, worried because it is mainly boys who are actively participating in various school sport codes.”The best school in the country will be honoured at the closing ceremony to be held at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on 15 December.last_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Huelgas and Chicano have been competing and training in Johore Bahru since June 29 and getting acclimatised should not be a big problem to them.Carrasco said the pair competed in Palembang, Indonesia and finished five minutes ahead of the Indonesians.Adorna and Mangrobang have been training in Portugal and competing around Europe, according to Carrasco.ADVERTISEMENT Last SEA Games’ champions Nikko Huelgas and Ma. Claire Adorna will once again suit up along with John Leerams Chicano and Marion Kim Mangrobang, who won silver in 2015.“We are the favorites, everything is looking good, but I told the players, let’s not put our guards down,” said Carrasco after a lunch meeting with his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutField reports said the waters of Putrajaya is 31 degrees, which is hotter than usual.“We need to get used to it, so they had a swimming work out today (Saturday),” Carrasco added. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Alcantara eyes revenge, men’s doubles gold vs Thai twins PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Nikko Huelgas.KUALA LUMPUR — Let’s not get over confident.That’s the stern reminder of triathlon top boss Tom Carrasco to the four Filipino triathletes who will try to retain the country’s double golds Monday in Putrajaya.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

first_imgLast Thursday night was a night of firsts at BMTA. It was the first time that over forty referees turned up to blow a whistle – there were more referees than there were games! It was also the first time at BMTA that three lots of referees from the same family referee the same game. BMTA like doing things bigger and better, so not only did they have one game with all the referees from the same family, they had three!During the second time slot, the Davis family (pictured top), del Castillo family (middle) and the Zendler family (bottom) took to the field. Their teamwork on the field was strengthened by their family ties and they all enjoyed themselves.  In addition to these families of referees, there are a number of families with two referees. The growth in the number of family groups taking up refereeing highlights how well refereeing allows families to come together and share their sporting successes. To assist with the growth in popularity of touch refereeing amongst juniors, BMTA has also introduced the Top Gun program.  It allows junior referees who want to learn more about the art of refereeing, to be taught by some of the best referees and referee coaches in the game. Many of BMTA’s Top Guns are gearing up to referee at the Junior State Cup which will be held at Caboolture in July.Players and coaches are also noticing the effects of the Top Gun program. The Top Guns lead and show other referees the finer points of refereeing. In the last couple of weeks the Top Guns have been focussing on their penalty sequences, interchanging and scoreline movements and the results are clear for all to see.  There are some very enthusiastic referees coming out on a Thursday night at BMTA and the number of junior referees is growing. Kids are taking after their parents (and parents taking after their kids) and picking up a whistle and enjoying the thrill of refereeing. If you are interested in giving refereeing a go or if you would like to learn more about the Top Gun program please contact Julian Aitken on 0418 808 441 or [email protected] to Julian Aitken for providing the article content.Related Filesbmta_referees-pdflast_img read more

first_imgEx-Leicester striker Tony Cottee: This club going placesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City striker Tony Cottee believes his old club is “going places”.Cottee is impressed by the changes the Foxes has made over the years.He said, “I think it’s certainly a club that’s going places. “I had the pleasure of going to the training ground recently and seeing how they’ve improved the training ground with a new training ground to come next year. There’s not been too many pennies held back with that, there’s a lot of money gone into the infrastructure of the Football Club and big plans for the stadium.“Looking at the pitch here, I’m a little bit jealous, I’ve got to be honest! I’d love to be at the Club now and playing in what are great times for the Club. I had the privilege of playing 20 years ago with a great squad of players.“You look at the squad that’s here now and how the Club is for the present. The past is all well and good, but you have to make sure the present and the future is in good hands and I think it is.“We all know what happened three years ago and the wonderful season that Leicester had. I’m looking to the present and the future and I think it’s a really, really good squad of players and an excellent manager who’s forward-thinking and wants to take the Club onto the next level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgArsenal boss Emery unconcerned about Nketiah at Leeds: I respect Bielsaby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery is unconcerned about Eddie Nketiah’s loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old striker has struggled for game time at Elland Road this season.”Now is not the moment, we are in October,” said the Spaniard. “He is in Leeds and I respect the coach and his decision.”Firstly I respect his coach (Marcelo Bielsa) and his decision. I think he is going to play more. He is going to deserve it.”Each match he plays with Leeds and the national team is important for him and important for Arsenal also because we want him to get confidence and take experience and use it in the future for us.”He is doing it. He is maybe playing less than we want, but I am sure he will play more.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom The Panama Canal has welcomed 11 new services through the waterway since its expansion, the canal authority said, adding that this number is expected to grow further as global shipping lines are redrawn to take advantage of the canal’s economies of scale.“The Expanded Canal has had a global ripple effect on maritime trade,” said the Panama Canal’s Strategic Relations Manager, Marianela Dengo.“However, the true impact will be felt gradually over the long-term, and we’re very excited for the growth still to come.”Specifically, the ports along the U.S. East Coast have benefited considerably from the canal’s expansion. Namely, January 2017 was a record month for many U.S. East Coast ports, including the Ports of Charleston, Philadelphia, and Savannah, which recorded 28 percent, 34 percent and 16 percent container volume growths, respectively.Ports in Virginia and Baltimore also saw record-breaking volumes in 2016. The Port of Virginia handled more than 2.65 million TEUs, a 4.2 percent increase compared to the year prior, while the Port of Baltimore handled more than 10 million tons of general cargo and a record number of containers.“This growth can be attributed in part to the Canal, which has and will continue to draw additional cargo volumes to the region, as ports continue to expand,” ACP said.In Florida, PortMiami is ‘Big Ship Ready’, having completed more than USD 1 billion in infrastructure improvements, including its Deep Dredge Project. The project was responsible for increasing Miami’s channel depth up to 52 feet, and allowing the port to welcome its first Neopanamax vessel on July 9, 2016.Other ports, such as the Ports of Virginia and Charleston, have plans to invest millions of dollars for dredging projects, infrastructure improvements and other work to enhance their logistics capabilities. The Port of New York and New Jersey recently announced plans to increase investments to USD 200 million at the Port Elizabeth facility.In January 2017, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), with the transit of 1,260 ships through both the expanded and original locks, the canal authority announced.The expansion program included the construction of a new set of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the waterway and the excavation of more than 150 million cubic meters of material, creating a second lane of traffic and doubling the cargo capacity of the waterway.The expanded locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original canal.Seven months after the beginning of operations, the expanded canal has been transited by more than 750 Neopanamax vessels.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is leaving its trend-setting interest rate unchanged today at 1.75 per cent as the sharp decline in oil prices temporarily dim its economic outlook for the coming months.Before long, however, the central bank expects the economy to expand with renewed vigour and it stresses more rate hikes will be necessary over time.In its first policy announcement of 2019, the bank says the recent drop in crude prices will result in slower-than-expected growth in an economy that has otherwise been performing well.The bank is now projecting growth to be just 1.7 per cent this year, down from its October forecast of 2.1 per cent but looking ahead it anticipates fresh momentum starting in the second quarter of 2019 and strong numbers in 2020.Governor Stephen Poloz has been gradually raising rates since mid-2017 but the pace at which future increases arrive remains a big question.The central bank says the timing of its next hike will depend on several factors with a particular focus on developments in the oilmarkets, the Canadian housing sector and global trade policy.last_img read more

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 36 calls for service between May 18th and June 18th.Three check-stop roadblocks were conducted in an effort to deter impaired driving and enforce the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations.  42 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers in April. On May 20th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP, Fire and Rescue and Provincial ambulance services responded to an ATV accident neat Canyon Drive.  An ATV operator had crashed and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and the patient was transported to the hospital for treatment. Operating a vessel without prescribed competency, failure to have proof of competency on board, or allowing a person without prescribed competency to operate a vessel, may result in a fine of $287.50 being issued. Boat operators must ensure they comply with all safety requirements and have all required safety equipment.  Non-compliance with Canada Shipping Act and Small Vessel Regulations may result in fines being issued to the operator. As always, impaired operation of a vessel is a Criminal Offence. Visit for complete information on all requirements related to licensing and safety equipment. Please boat responsibly. Licensing and RegistrationA Canadian pleasure craft may be licensed or registered. Pleasure Craft Licence If you operate or keep your boat mostly in Canada, and it is powered by one or more motors adding up to 7.5 kW (10 hp) or more, you must get it licensed, unless you register it. You must also license dinghies or tenders you carry aboard or tow behind a larger boat. Licence numbers need to be displayed in contrasting colour, as close to the bow as possible, on both sides of the vessel. A pleasure craft license is a free document giving your boat a unique license number that is valid for 10 years. The Pleasure Craft Licensing System allows Search and Rescue personnel to access information about your boat 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency. This could mean the difference between life and death! If your boat does not need a pleasure craft license, you can choose to get one for safety reasons. CLICK HERE or call 1-800-267-6687 for more info. Failure to license your vessel, failure to have a license on board, or allowing the unlicensed vessel to be operated by another, may result in a fine of $287.50 being issued. Proof of Competency Going out on the water requires basic boating safety knowledge and a good understanding of the “rules of the road” for Canadian waterways. That’s why everyone who operates a motorized pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board. This includes all types of motorized boats, no matter their size or horsepower of the engine (this includes small boats with electric motors.) What are the Accepted Forms of Proof of Competency? Proof of competency can be any of the following:   a Pleasure Craft Operator Card;    proof of having passed a boating safety course in Canada before April 1, 1999;    a specified marine certificate; or    a completed rental boat safety checklist (good only for rental period). On May 29th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to the Peace River for a missing fisherman that had been swept away in quickly rising water.  Extensive searches by land, water and air were conducted for the missing person but unfortunately, the searches were unsuccessful. Boaters are asked to be vigilant while on the river and to contact RCMP. The file is still under investigation and further searches will be conducted. On June 2nd, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to a theft from a local convenience store, where a female was seen stealing scratch tickets from behind the counter before leaving in a pick-up truck.  The truck and female were later located at another location in town and the female was arrested. The accused faces several Criminal Code and Motor Vehicle Act charges including Theft under $5000; Obstruct Police officer (x2); Assault Police Officer (x2); Uttering threat; Possess prohibited weapon; Possess property obtained by crime; Failing to comply with recognizance, and driving while prohibited MVA.  On June 12th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to the Peace Canyon Dam by employees concerned about people actively fishing in waters close to the dam spillways.  The fishermen refused to leave the area after several attempts to get their attention with emergency horns. The fishermen were spoken with once returning to their vehicle and stated they were allowed to fish where they want based on Treaty 8 stipulations.  The fishermen were issued verbal warnings for trespassing. Hudson’s Hope RCMP wish to remind fisherman that concerns for personal safety supersede Treaty 8 stipulations in this context, and fishing is not permitted between the Peace Canyon Bridge and the dam. Water can be released from the dam without warning causing a serious danger to anyone along the shore and those trying to remove violators from the area.  Violators could be issued violation tickets for trespassing, and face Criminal Charges for Mischief for interfering with the Dam operations. Please adhere to the posted signs in the area. Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 Anonymously you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.The following are Safe Boating Tips;last_img read more

first_imgRaipur: A Naxal was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on the day of polling for the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday, police said. The encounter took place in the restive Orchha area of the district when ultras attacked a team of security forces guarding a helipad, Director General (Anti-Naxal Operation) Girdhari Nayak told PTI. Firing on security forces by the rebels triggered the gunbattle, which left one Naxal dead, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The ultras later escaped from the spot, from where the Naxal’s body was recovered, Nayak said. A combing operation was underway in the area, around 300 km from state capital Raipur, the IPS officer said. The Naraynpur assembly segment falls in the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency where polling was held Thursday. Voting in the assembly segment ended at 3 pm after which polling personnel from interior pockets were airlifted to Naraynpur town by helicopters.last_img read more

With the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s roster in limbo and its schedule loaded with tough opponents, coach John Bluem seems to have his work cut out for him in 2012. Despite the obstacles, the team’s goal remains to compete for a Big Ten title. The Buckeyes begin regular season play Friday with a roster comprised of 9 returning starters, 13 letter winners – seven freshmen and four transfers – and an injured Ben Killian, the senior defender who started 16 matches for OSU last season. OSU is also rebounding from the losses of former all-Big Ten goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who signed with the Columbus Crew after the 2011 season, and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, David Tiemstra, who was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer’s Supplemental Draft. Bluem is confident as the season’s opening kick draws near. “I’m pretty happy where we’re at right now,” Bluem said. “We have a long ways to go still, I think, and a very difficult schedule.” Minor injuries have affected several players, but Bluem said he expects to see players integrated back in the lineup throughout the season. Killian, who is out six to eight weeks with a broken foot, is a different story. “Losing Ben was tough,” Bluem said, “because he had been a starter for three years.” Senior midfielder and team captain Austin McAnena said the team was keeping their eyes on the Big Ten Championship prize through the pain. “I think we can for sure win,” McAnena said. “We’ve got to be in it 100 percent.” Junior defender and captain Sage Gardner agreed that the season focus is conference play and conference wins. “I want to win a Big Ten championship really bad, and coming back from last year and not being able to make the championship,” Gardner said. “I want a chance to go after it again.” With McAnena and Gardner leading the team, the 11 new players also bring opportunities for the team. McAnena said freshman forward Louie Berra and defender Zach Mason could make a difference. “Zach works super hard, and Louie is very confident and very comfortable around the ball,” McAnena said. With ranked competition in No. 12 Indiana, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 7 Louisville and No. 10 Akron on the schedule, Bluem said no game will be an easy win, but he still feels positive about the season with the returning starters and new players alike.  “As a group of players, our target every year, first and foremost, is to win a Big Ten Championship,” said Bluem. Noting that team chemistry helps win games, Bluem said the team is bonding very well and supporting each other ahead of Friday’s opener against the Dayton Flyers. “The core values that we look for in players (are) to be competitive, to work hard, to be a good teammate,” Bluem said. “It’s there.” Friday’s game against the Flyers is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Dayton. read more