San Jose Sharks want to host another outdoor game. And soon

first_imgSAN JOSE — With the NHL All-Star Game returning next week to the South Bay for the first time in 22 years, the Sharks organization eagerly wants to bring another of the league’s marquee events back to the region — an outdoor stadium game.John Tortora, co-president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, said Friday the team is planning to bid for a second NHL Stadium Series game. In Feb. 2015, an announced crowd of 70,205 watched the Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa …last_img read more

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Finding the ‘Formula of a South African’

first_img22 November 2011Brand South Africa has launched an ambitious interactive project aimed at co-creating – with the help of as many South Africans as possible – “the formula of a South African”, a recipe for how we ought to behave as a people.“When the New South Africa was created, and Madiba was in charge, we were like young children,” Brand SA says on the website created to drive the initiative, www.formulasa.co.za.“We had the feeling that the world was a great place, and that we were on the right path. Now the New South Africa is a teenager, and like most teenagers, it isn’t sure of who and what it is, and neither are we as a people.”To help solve this, while placing societal accountability firmly in the hearts and minds of South Africans, Brand SA has commissioned change consultancy Bluprints to facilitate the collective formulation of the “DNA” of a South African.What should we do more of – and less of?The process will involve giving all citizens, across all demographics, the opportunity through NGOs, community initiatives and social media to have their say in defining what it is that makes us uniquely South African.This will begin simply with getting people’s intuitive opinions on “what we need to do more of and less of to be more successful as South Africans” – the first phase of the process, which is now open online.People’s suggestions will then be grouped into common behaviours, and – starting in early 2012 – everyone will be given the chance to vote, via their mobile phones, on the behaviours they believe are most important.“The results of this voting will create a formula of what we need to do more of, and less of, to be great South Africans.”How we measure upThe final Formula of a South African will then be expressed in an array of art forms “truly reflecting the cultural diversity of our nation” and unveiled in the second half of 2012.Thereafter, every year, South Africans will be asked to rate how well – or how poorly – we’re behaving according to our own standards, in order to help create a genuine shift towards a more successful society.“No formula of a South African would be complete without YOU,” says Brand SA. “We need your help to discover what it is that makes us great, and what it is that lets us down.“The time for sitting back and pointing fingers at others is over. It’s up to YOU to help us to discover what it is that makes us, us.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Electric Vehicles Hit a Pothole in California

first_imgRate changes lead to a petition driveAmong the changes SCE made, Gray says, was to shorten the summer season from seven to five months, and shift peak hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.“Whether a wild coincidence or not, these changes will drastically impact existing solar owners as our systems will only earn a fraction of the credits we have earned in the past,” Gray writes at the website. “SEC has figured out a way to stop paying us for our solar generation, at present rates, at a time when most of us have only recently made our solar investments in good faith and with no knowledge that these rate changes were about to occur.”Gray argues the TOU-D-TEV plan should be grandfathered. The website includes links to local state representatives, the Public Utilities Commission, and the governor’s office as well as an online petition to roll back the decision.For its part, SEC told Gray in a letter he would be transitioned to a new rate plan in February that would actually work to his advantage.“These new rate options may help to reduce your electric vehicle charging costs because they offer a longer off-peak period when electricity prices are the lowest, and a shorter on-peak period when electricity prices are the highest,” SEC told him. Some electric vehicle owners in California think they’ve been sideswiped by changes to a utility rate plan that helped them pay for their photovoltaic (PV) systems.Vehicle owners like Joseph Gray are critical of a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission allowing Southern California Edison to alter a time-of-day rate structure and make it harder for them to recoup the cost of photovoltaic systems installed to keep their vehicles charged, Greentech Media reported.Gray bought his first electric vehicle, a Chevy Volt, in 2011 and then spent another $68,000 out of pocket for a PV system to keep it charged, Gray says at a website called ProtectOurRates. The size of the system and payback calculations were based on a rate plan from Southern California Edison (SCE) called TOU-D-TEV.“When you produce your own solar during peak, and send it back to SCE, they would give you a credit equal to what they would have charged you for the same energy,” Gray says. “Also, because I shifted a lot of my energy use to super off peak, I was banking a lot of credit during the day which more than covered my usage in other dayparts. “Gray modeled his system to break even in 6 1/2 years, and actually finished his first year with PV with a $300 surplus. The SCE rate changes threw those calculations out the window.last_img read more

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Crocs, Rocks and Tropical Storms

first_imgMany of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles.  The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land).  The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team.  The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training?  It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover.  For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April).  The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared.  Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training.  Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg!  These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back.  We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in.  We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water.  Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles.  But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience.  They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!!  And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before.  By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community.  The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend!  And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.last_img read more

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a month agoINSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”. last_img read more

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6 days agoWerder Bremen coach Kohfeldt: Grujic chase just about…

first_imgWerder Bremen coach Kohfeldt: Grujic chase just about…by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWerder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt admits their interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is over.The Serb chose to sign on-loan with Hertha Berlin this summer ahead of Werder.And Kohfeldt concedes: “You cannot rule out anything, but that would be pure speculation to think about it.”The coach also said: “He is a very good player, but he is now a player from Hertha and in the summer probably will again be a Liverpool. “This is not an issue for us now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Refs Absolutely Botch Late Call In Syracuse vs. Gonzaga

first_imgA close up of Trevor Cooney not out of bounds.trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.last_img read more

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Zachary Quinto And Alanis Morissette Attend Kiehls Earth Day Event

first_imgAs reported by LookToTheStars.org last week, to celebrate their fifth Limited Edition Label Art Series for Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851 partnered with Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette with a Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream to benefit Recycle Across America. They celebrated this collaboration last week at the Kiehl’s store in Santa Monica with their partners, as well as guests such as Gilles Marini, AnnaSophia Robb, Amy Smart, Anthony Mackie and Wilmer Valderrama.Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto at Kiehl’s store in Santa MonicaCredit/Copyright: John Shearer/InvisionKiehl’s partners have each designed a Limited Edition label, depicting their vision of social responsibility for our 4.2 oz. Ultra Facial Cream, which is now available in Kiehl’s stores and on Kiehls.com. 100% of the net proceeds of this series will benefit Recycle Across America (RAA), and through this program, Kiehl’s will be donating $50,000 to the organization. RAA is not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress, and the funds raised from these labels will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels, which will be donated to K-12 schools nationwide.Video: Zachary Quinto for Earth DayEarth Month for Kiehl’s is also the time to reinforce Recycle and Be Rewarded! in-store recycling program. This ongoing program is available only in Kiehl’s free-standing stores nationwide, and allows their customers to return their empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling, in exchange for product. They have just passed the 1 Million mark, of the number of Kiehl’s empties that they’ve recycled in their stores!Video: Alanis Morissette for Earth Daylast_img read more

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Trump indicates Fed search down to 5 finalists

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is likely to make his selection for the next Federal Reserve chairman from five candidates, a group that includes current Chair Janet Yellen.“I would say within those five, you’ll probably get the answer,” he said when asked by a reporter if he is considering other candidates.Before Trump met with reporters in the Rose Garden, a White House official speaking on condition of anonymity said that the five finalists are Yellen, current Fed board member Jerome Powell, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, former Fed board member Kevin Warsh and Stanford University economist John Taylor.Trump is expected to announce his decision before he leaves Nov. 3 for a trip to Asia.“Honestly, I like them all,” Trump said when asked if he had a favourite. “I do. I have a great respect for all of them. But I will make a decision over the next very short period of time.”The president is scheduled to interview Yellen on Thursday. After that meeting, he will have met and discussed the job with all five candidates.Yellen’s four-year term as chairman ends on Feb. 3. Trump criticized Yellen on the campaign trail last year, saying she was too political and was keeping interest rates low to favour Democrats. But since taking office, Trump has been complimentary, saying he and Yellen both favour low interest rates and that she has done a good job at the central bank.The president met Warsh, who served on the Fed board during the 2008 financial crisis, and Powell, the only Republican currently on the board, late last month. Trump interviewed Taylor, the author of a key rule on monetary policy, last week.Cohn, who spent 26 years at Goldman Sachs before joining the Trump administration this year, had at one time been considered a front-runner for the Fed job. But his prospects appear to have dimmed after he made comments critical of Trump’s response to racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.___AP White House reporter Darlene Superville contributed to this report.last_img read more

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US tax reform longterm IT demand bode well for Montrealbased CGI

first_imgMONTREAL – The “digital revolution” that extended the internet’s reach, spurred the mass adoption of mobile devices and increased the use of artificial intelligence has ensured that demand for IT professionals will be very strong for years to come, said CGI chair Serge Godin.What started as back office support is now at the core of organizations and how they operate, Godin told shareholders at its annual meeting on Wednesday in Montreal.“It is easy to imagine that the number of IT-related talents required by our clients will, at least, double over the next decade.”With its focus on technology, CGI is better able than most companies to attract top talent.“As an IT professional in CGI, you’re the core of the business,” said CGI President George Schindler, in an interview.CGI Group Inc. said it expects global tax changes, particularly in the United States which accounts for about 30 per cent of revenues, will increase its profit this year by about $40 million or about four per cent of last year’s net earnings.Most of the gain comes from Washington’s move to cut the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 per cent from 35 per cent and a repatriation tax rate.There has also been a tax cut in Belgium to 25 per cent. Both are partially offset by a one-time five per cent corporate surtax imposed in France.CGI said it sees large opportunities for growth by the U.S. federal government despite the ongoing threat of a shutdown.There was little impact from the recent brief shutdown but another closure could be more challenging if it is long, which few predict, Schindler earlier told analysts during a conference call.However, he said some spending isn’t dependent on a new budget or is obligatory. The company prepared for the last shutdown by doing work ahead of time.CGI said Wednesday it earned $285.3 million or 98 cents per diluted share in its first quarter, up from $275.7 million or 89 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 totalled $2.82 billion, up from $2.68 billion.Excluding specific items, CGI said it earned $288.0 million or 99 cents per diluted share for the quarter, up from $277.6 million or 90 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)last_img read more

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