When San Jose resident Ryan Brown brought his nephew, Dillon to see his first Sharks game at SAP Center, he took home a hat as a souvenir of the visit, which took place on his seventh birthday. Sadly, that hat — along with all of Dillon’s and his family’s other possessions — was lost when their home in Paradise was destroyed in the Camp Fire about a week later.When the Sharks heard what happened, the team sent Dillon a letter signed by his two favorite players, Brent Burns and Brenden Dillon, …
Along with other global landmarks, Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg will be illuminated in pink for the month of October to raise awareness of breast cancer.For the fourth year running, the City of Johannesburg has partnered with international cosmetics company Estée Lauder to highlight breast health and early detection of the disease.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Nelson Mandela Bridge PINK ILLUMINATION in support of breast cancer awareness drive. #breastcancerawareness ^LM pic.twitter.com/3AbFhVgnsd— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) September 21, 2016“The lighting of the Nelson Mandela Bridge will serve as a reminder that the earlier breast cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better are one’s chances of beating it,” said Dr Mpho Phalatse, the member of the mayoral committee for health and social development.South Africa was ranked 50th on the World Cancer Research Fund list of countries with the highest cancer prevalence rates, the city said.“Breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women and is the most prominent cancer in women worldwide, increasing particularly in developing countries, where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages,” said Estée Lauder SA general manager Loren Dreyer.She said calling attention to breast cancer “serves to create a dialogue around taking a conscious interest in one’s health”.Watch:Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Hailing from a family of staunch Congress supporters, Ashish Deshmukh’s decision to contest the 2014 Assembly polls as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate came as a surprise to many. However he could not adjust to the party and resigned as MLA to return to the Congress before the Lok Sabha polls this year. Though he did not contest those elections, and his Assembly seat went to NCP, the young politician was asked to take on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur South West, considered as one of the most difficult seats for the Congress. He tells The Hindu why he feels this is the best opportunity for him, how the CM could not perform despite his five-year mandate, and why senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari is close to him.You are battling one of the toughest battles in the State. What are you telling the voters of Nagpur?Devendra Fadnavis closed down his residence in Nagpur and went to Mumbai five years ago. He has lost touch with the people and is considered an outsider. People here feel neglected. He has lost affection for the city. In last five years as Chief Minister he could not open a single manufacturing unit or big industry in Nagpur. Employment generation is zero. Then what is the use of having a Chief Minister from the city? The economic slowdown has affected existing industries where retrenchment is happening. There is anger against Chief Minister’s policies.Devendra Fadnavis however claims to have brought development to the city. What is your response?He is talking about Nagpur Metro or concrete roads. Did anyone ask for Metro in Nagpur? Where exactly does he want people to go in this Metro? The city already had good roads. Is this the development that a Chief Minister should be talking about? These projects have emptied government treasury. From national level to the State, such wrong policies of the government are putting financial burden on government, banks and ultimately on common people. Maharashtra happened to be the driving force behind country’s growth but now it is in a shambles. Mr. Fadnavis is to be blamed for this. My allegation is that he or the BJP is not at all working to bring prosperity, jobs and wealth in Vidarbha. You quit the BJP at a time when party is at the prime of its performance. Do you ever feel that it was a wrong decision?No. I understand that this is an ideological battle. Nagpur has always been with Gandhi and Ambedkar, never with Hegdewar or Golwalkar. I quit BJP because it is a party of loudmouths who do no work. Congress could not have given me better opportunity. The party is in my blood. Mr. Fadnavis is a symbol of all things wrong with the BJP and I will defeat him.But he has emerged as the strongest leader in the party, be it Nagpur or Maharashtra.That’s the difference between him and leaders like Nitin Gadkari. Mr. Gadkari kept cordial relations with all. On the contrary Mr. Fadnavis was aloof and kept himself busy in enlarging his own image. He will remain alone after elections as he will be defeated. He worked on isolating Mr. Gadkari, (Vinod) Tawde or Chandrashekhar Bawankule. It is going to have a strong reaction from the community that was traditionally with the BJP. While traditional Congress voters are with me, Mr. Fadnavis is going to face troubles due to ongoing Save Merit Save Nation movement.Do you have cordial relations with Nitin Gadkari?Of course. He is the one who helped me in politics. In 2014, I was one of the leading MLAs who made a demand to make him Chief Minister. Everybody knows it. I am sure that he will have his good wishes for me in this election.What is the reason that the issue of separate Vidarbha is missing from this election?I always worked in favour of this demand. I sat on fasts, arranged protests. I felt that BJP is positive on this. But they took no steps in the last five years. They are anti-Vidarbha. CM, while in opposition had moved a Private Member’s Bill for a separate Vidarbha seven times. He too protested, and approached the Centre. But when he was appointed as head of State, he became a Mumbaikar and forgot about Vidarbha. He says he will wait for the right time. I think, it is time to make him sit at home.Nagpur Congress is infested with infighting and groupism. Is the party able to set aside differences and work as a unit?The party is united from Delhi to every gully. We are all working together without any problem. But when a party like BJP which worked for five years only for collecting money is against you, it is obvious that the money will be used for elections. But it is the people who have decided to throw the BJP out.
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, picks up a loose ball as Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. APDENVER — Nikola Jokic received some playful ribbing for his errant, behind-the-back pass on a fast break late in the first half.On this night, that was about all that went wrong for the Denver Nuggets.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Worth shouting about: George Springer wins World Series MVP John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jamal Murray scored 16 of his 24 points in a decisive third-quarter spurt, Jokic added 16 rebounds and 10 assists while narrowly missing a triple-double, and the Nuggets beat the Toronto Raptors 129-111 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).“We moved the ball and were unselfish, made a lot of cuts, made the defense work,” said Murray, who has scored at least 20 in three straight games. “We kept playing our game and they tried to play to our pace.”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 shutoutPaul Millsap added 20 points in his best offensive output since joining the Nuggets. He signed a three-year, $90 million deal with Denver in July, but has recently struggled with his jumper.Millsap had 13 points in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers, to jump-start the Nuggets early. Murray broke loose in the third to help turn a 60-51 lead into a 36-point advantage in a matter of minutes. The 43 points in the third marked the biggest quarter for the Nuggets this season.Jokic finished with eight points and didn’t play over the final 7:41. Not that he minded missing out on his seventh career triple-double.“I couldn’t make shots today,” said Jokic, who was 4 of 10 from the field. “I didn’t force it. I tried to do some other stuff.”Norman Powell led the Raptors with 14 points as they made their fifth stop on a six-game road swing, their longest of the season.“That was an embarrassing performance by all of us, from coaches to players,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “One thing we said: You’ve got to come in here and compete and play hard, play a physical game, and we didn’t do either one on either end of the floor.”Murray was briefly checked out by trainers in the first quarter after flying into the courtside seats while trying to steal a pass. He landed about three rows back and in the vicinity of Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene.In the process, Murray also spilled a beer and had to make a quick trip into the locker room to change jerseys.“I smelled like Heineken,” he said.TIP-INSRaptors: Delon Wright had 12 points off the bench. … Kyle Lowry finished with nine points. LATEST STORIES “He was really aggressive,” Jokic said of his fellow big man. “We just continued to play aggressive.”Now, about that pass to Wilson Chandler just before halftime: Jokic was dribbling down the court, had a defender on him and tried to loft it behind his back to Chandler for a highlight-reel dunk.Only, it was a bit too high.“I thought he could jump. 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Broncos LB Von Miller showed up wearing an Avalanche hockey sweater bearing his No. 58. … Denver connected on 16 3-pointers to start a six-game homestand.MID-RANGE MANMalone called DeMar DeRozan the “king of the mid-range jumper.” DeRozan shot 4 of 10 to finish with a season-low 10 points for Toronto.“DeMar does it in a different way,” Casey said. “He still gets to the free throw line. He gets a three the old-fashioned way.”HIGH PRAISECasey said Jokic’s game reminds him of Dallas standout Dirk Nowitzki.“As far as his range and size, the way he gets the ball up on his shot. You can’t get to it,” Casey said. “You have to have extraordinary reach to get to his shot. They do some special things to try to create space for him.”UPSETMalone wasn’t pleased with his team allowing 40 points in the fourth quarter even if the game was well in hand.“Unacceptable,” he said. “I don’t care what the score is, how much you’re up. 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Thomas Mueller scores the goal for Germanay against Ghana on Thursday With Thomas Mueller in a perfect position to pounce on a rebound, American cheers for yet another spectacular Tim Howard save didn’t last long. The US goalkeeper was unable to cut down the angle after diving to punch away a deflected ball, and Mueller did what he does so well – calmly drive a first-time shot inside the far post for his ninth goal in nine career World Cup games, giving Germany a 1-0 victory.The 24-year-old Mueller isn’t flashy, and didn’t generate the pre-tournament talk of Brazil’s Neymar or Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. But the Bayern Munich star is tied with Neymar with four goals in Brazil after scoring a tournament-high five in South Africa.Ronaldo, meanwhile, is going home, as have other high-profile stars such as England’s Wayne Rooney and Italy’s Mario Balotelli.Mueller will be getting plenty of attention now, particularly from upcoming opponents.He opened Germany’s campaign in Brazil with a hat trick that powered his side to a stunning 4-0 demolition of Portugal. The result wound up helping the United States, which finished Group G play tied with Portugal on points, but with a better goal difference after holding the Germans to only Mueller’s searing right-footed, 18-yard strike.Though failing to score in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana, he didn’t spare his body in an effort to find a match winner. Heading into the penalty area for a long ball as time was running out, he was involved in a hard collision which left blood all over his face.advertisementHe needed five stitches to sew up the damage. During the past week, he said he doubted he’d be pain-free against the U.S., but should be well enough to play without painkillers.Mueller certainly looked like his old self on Thursday, lifting Germany to the top of its group ahead of the knockout stage with his 21st goal in 51 international appearances.With seemingly numerous World Cup games in his future, Mueller is now six goals shy of the all-time World Cup record, held by his veteran teammate Miroslav Klose and former Brazil striker Ronaldo.
After such a slow start to the 2018-19 season, Luis Suarez is back on top form in Barcelona colours. Or, at least, he was, until injury intervened against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.Suarez is now suffering from a minor knee problem that is expected to rule him out for two weeks, and four games, starting with Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Eindhoven to face PSV.It’s a minor injury but a major issue for Barcelona because while they have no shortage of attackers, they do not have even one other natural No.9 in their squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The likes of Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Munir and Malcom have many skills and attributes but not one of that quintet shares the same characteristics as the ex-Liverpool man.Since Paco Alcacer left for Borussia Dortmund during the summer, Barcelona have lacked a like-for-like replacement for Suarez, meaning that a tactical as well as personnel switch will now be required.Of course, after an impressive goal-scoring cameo off the bench against Atletico Madrid, Dembele should be in the driving seat to come into the starting line-up. However, Barca are also boosted by the return of Coutinho, who has been inactive for three weeks with a muscle tear.With those two players coming into the attack, Messi is likely to take a more central position, playing in his old ‘false nine’ role.With the Argentine roving through the heart of PSV’s defence, that would leave Coutinho and Dembele free to stretch the Eredivisie side out wide, where both have previously proven themselves both comfortable and effective.Another injury, however, to young Brazilian star Arthur, may yet leave Valverde with further doubts over his line-up.Arthur has showed spectacular progress since his summer arrival from Gremio to establish himself as a key first-teamer, keeping even a seasoned pro like Arturo Vidal out of the side. However, his hamstring tear could give the Chilean a rare chance to shine from the start for the Catalans.But if Valverde opts against Vidal, another summer signing kept on the margins of the first team could be left celebrating.The possibility of Coutinho dropping back to cover Arthur’s absence in midfield would open the door for Malcom, rarely seen since that dramatic transfer from under the noses of Roma.There could even be a case to start Munir, who has looked bright in the limited first-team opportunities afforded to him this season by Valverde.The Barca coach, then, has quite the dilemma on his hands. But thanks to the wealth of talent at his disposal and the fact that the Blaugrana have already sealed qualification to the Champions League knockout stages, the chance to experiment with his fringe players may not be entirely unwelcome.The question of what happens when Suarez is unavailable has gone unanswered at Camp Nou for far too long. An adequate Plan B was required anyway. Suarez’s injury will force Valverde to find one.
A massive 262 touch football teams will be converging on White Hills Reserve Brisbane for the 4th World All Schools Tournament. The tournament will be held from Thursday 9 October until Sunday 12 October. This is the second time the tournament will be held in Brisbane, after the city hosted the second tournament in 2003. Singapore hosted the tournament in 2006, with Southport, Queensland the first ever host in 2001.
Notre Dame will have a quarterback competition this off-season between redshirt sophomore Malik Zaire and incumbent Everett Golson. Both players played well in the program’s Music City Bowl win over LSU, and each candidate brings a different skill set to the table. In order to play a high-profile position such as quarterback at Notre Dame, one needs to have an abundance of self-confidence. If his Twitter this morning is any indication, Zaire is very confident in his own abilities.Never apologize for being confident in yourself.— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015If you think you should have my spot. Play me for it. -KD— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015The second tweet is a quote from NBA superstar Kevin Durant in regards to criticism that he was unworthy of a starting spot in this year’s All-Star game after missing time due to injury. Zaire seems ready to bring it on the field, and he should be a formidable competitor for Golson at the very least.
Twitter/@PickSixPreviewsWhen Steve Spurrier resigned as South Carolina’s head coach midseason last year, there were many who believed that at some point, in some form, he’d head back to his alma mater – Florida – to finish up his career. It turns out they were right.Steve Spurrier will serve as an ambassador and consultant for Florida athletics, per UF release.— David Ubben (@davidubben) July 29, 2016Spurrier, who played quarterback for the Gators from 1963-1966, won a Heisman Trophy and later coached the program for 12 seasons, is headed back to Gainesville. Florida has announced that Spurrier will be an Ambassador and a Consultant for the Florida athletic department. Here’s more from AD Jeremy Foley, via Florida’s official website:“It’s a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home,” Foley said. “He has served as a tremendous ambassador to the University and the athletic department for 50-plus years and it’s only fitting that at this point in his career, he is back in Gainesville. Being a Gator has always meant so much to Coach Spurrier, but it means just as much to us have him come home.”Spurrier began his college head coaching career at Duke, posting a 20-13-1 record from 1987-1989. After coaching the Gators for 12 seasons, during which he won a national title, he tried his hand in the NFL, coaching the Washington Redskins for two seasons. He later returned to the college ranks in 2005, spending 11 years as the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Spurrier retired from coaching after six games this past season.Last month, Florida announced that it would be naming its football field in Spurrier’s honor.In 26 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Spurrier posted a 228-89-2 record with one national title – in 1996. His teams finished ranked in the top ten of the AP Poll 13 times.
When asked about the potential impact on the project, Conway stated that the work stoppage would not impact the overall Site C project schedule, and that Hydro is currently assessing the potential cost implications. However, he added that any increase in costs related to the work stoppage would be covered by the project’s contingency funds.“We are proceeding with clearing and access road development along the transmission corridor outside of this area and waste wood disposal and hauling of already felled merchantable timber will continue along the entire transmission corridor,” said Conway in a statement. “We are assessing what additional work is planned for summer/fall in the other ‘critical areas’ identified in the injunction.”Conway added that this is not the first time BC Hydro has suspended work while waiting for a legal ruling. Work was suspended in the Moberly River area while awaiting a ruling after the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations launched a judicial review of construction permits in August 2015, a case that Hydro ultimately won. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A BC Hydro spokesperson says a work stoppage on clearing a path for a transmission line to connect the Site C to the rest of the provincial grid won’t impact the project’s overall schedule.BC Hydro’s Site C Community Relations Manager Dave Conway said that clearing and road access work on the dam’s transmission line corridor was stopped in at the request of the West Moberly First Nations on February 16th. The section of the corridor covers 29 of the 75-kilometre length of the future power lines, and includes Trapper Lake, Sucker Lake and Peace Moberly Tract.Conway said the area was identified by the West Moberly First Nations as a “critical area” in its late January application for an injunction to stop work on Site C pending the outcome of a Treaty infringement lawsuit, which was also filed that month. Last Friday, the B.C. Supreme Court decided an injunction hearing will take place sometime between July 24th and September 10th, and is expected to take 10 days. Conway said that BC Hydro has suspended that work until either October 1st, or a court decision on the injunction is made.