By The Nelson Daily SportsThe performance on the ice was much better, but the result was the same for the Nelson Leafs.Dallas Calvin continues to be a Leaf killer, scoring the game-winning goal, his second of the game and seventh point of the series, late in the second period to lift the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 4-2 victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Wednesday in Fruitvale.The Hawks now own a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division playoff series with game three set for Friday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.After being pounding by the Hawks 13-2 in the series opener Tuesday, the Leafs had some egg to remove from their faces — and did just that shelling Beaver Valley starter Mike Vlanich for 16 shots in the opening period.However, it was the Hawks scoring first and who else but Calvin doing the damage on the power play. With Leaf center Dallon Stoddart in the box for hooking, Calvin combined with Taylor Love and Tyler Collins to beat Marcus Beesley in the Leaf net.The trio of Love, Collins and Calvin have a whopping 18 points in two games.Unlike Tuesday, when the Leafs completely destructed, the Green and White rallied to tie the game before the period ended. Dustin Johnson of BCHL fame beat Vlanich.In the second Daniel Bishop regained the lead for Beaver Valley before Johnson, shorthanded tied the contest at 2-2.That set the stage for Calvin to net the winner with assists from Colton Donselaar and Nelson Minor Hockey product Ryon Sookro.Beaver Valley out shot Nelson 18-10 in the second period.Bishop, with his second of the game, iced the game by scoring into the empty net with 20 seconds remaining in the game.The Hawks held a slight 38-35 margin in shots.GAME NOTES: Nelson lost two key defenceman during the game. Both Tyler Parfeniuk and team captain Taylor O’Neil were ejected from the game for checking-from-behind penalties. Parfeniuk was whistled at the end of the first period while O’Neil was hit with his penalty late in the second frame. . . .Nelson played the game without the services of star forward Gavin Currie. . . . Nelson’s top two scorers from the regular season, Colton Schell and Joel Stewart, were both held scoreless for the second consecutive game. . . .Game four is Saturday in Nelson. If necessary, the series shifts back to Fruitvale for Game five Monday. . . .Castlegar Rebels, leading 2-0, travel to Spokane Thursday for game three of the Murdoch Division semi final. . . .Princeton Posse, Revelstoke Grizzlies, Osoyoos Coyotes and Fernie Ghostriders all own 2-0 leads in their respective [email protected]
The L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the pitch this week to play host to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships beginning Thursday at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch.Some of the games are also being played in Castlegar.The Bombers, defending BC Champs, play a round-robin draw in the pool with DW Poppey of Langley, St. Michael’s University from Victoria and Nechako Valley of Vanderhoof. First game is Thursday morning at 8 a.m. when LVR meets soccer heavyweight St. Michael’s University.LVR then plays Nechako Valley at 2 p.m. before concluding the round robin format Friday at 10 a.m. against DW Poppey.The top team in each of the four pools of play advance to the semi final round of the tournament.The Championship goes at 2 p.m. Saturday.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Bombers with Team of the Week honours.The team includes coaches Chuck Bennett and Paul Burkart and players Grace Dehnel, Julia Burkart, Noa Butterfield, Jessemyn Vandonselaar, Megan Tenant, Laurel Halleran, Amy Hodgson, Ashley Hall, Sofia Arcuri, Ruby Sereight, McKenna Bennett, Maya Ida, Rylee Zondervan, Mattea Lorenzo, Emily Taylor, Hanna Quinn, Emma Wheeldon, Taylor Zimmer, Shianne Michalchuk and Bella Guderyan. Manager is Tanis Bouchier.
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5 September 2003The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) this week signed a US$125-million loan agreement with international commercial banks to enable it to meet its funding commitments.The money is meant for general corporate funding requirements, IDC chief financial officer Gert Gouws said.The IDC is a self-financing, government-owned development finance institution which aims to contribute to the economic empowerment of South Africans and the generation of balanced, sustainable economic growth in Africa.The IDC achieves this by providing risk capital to entrepreneurs investing in economically viable projects through a variety of products, including loans to industrialists, equity investments and trade finance.One of the corporation’s core strategies is to maintain its financial independence from the government, as a result of which it has to access capital markets to source loan funding.According to Gouws, increasing investor confidence in South Africa, coupled with the IDC’s sovereign rating, will allow the corporation to source funds at lower rates in the future, thus allowing it to finance its activities more competitively.About 23 banks from around the world collectively provided the IDC’s latest loan, for repayment over the next three years. The lead arrangers of the loan were Bayerische Landesbank, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank and Sumitomo Mitzui Banking Corporation Europe Limited.IDC CEO Khaya Ngqula told representatives of these banking institutions that the money would be put to good use, adding that the IDC appreciated the role they played in the country’s economy.“We see this as an affirmation of faith which we all have in South Africa. Furthermore, we feel that this will only help us to continue doing what we know best, that is, invest in supporting South Africans and empowering our communities.”Source: BuaNews
Fifa president Sepp Blatter, South Africancabinet minister Tokyo Sexwale andstatesman Nelson Mandela with theConfederations Cup trophy.(Image: Fifa) Brian Habana in full swing during theBritish and Irish Lion’s game.(Image: British and Irish Lions) The IPL games also brought in millionsFor the South African economy.(Image: Cricket SA)Khanyi MagubaneThree major sporting events hosted in South Africa over the past six months have given the country’s tourism sector a much-needed boost.Since January this year, South Africa has hosted the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Fifa Confederations Cup and the British and Irish Lions rugby tour.The IPL tournament, comprising 59 matches, was relocated to South Africa in April due to the Indian national election, which was taking place at the same time as the tournament. The Indian government announced that it could not guarantee the safety of players due to political unrest. The decision was finalised after the Sri Lankan cricket team were attacked by terrorists in PakistanOn its website, the City of Cape Town reports that hosting the first leg of the IPL tournament was a valuable boost for the City.“[The IPL] has not only given the City valuable global exposure, but has also cemented its reputation as a sporting and events destination,” it reads.Cape Town Tourism chief executive officer Mariette du Toit-Helmbold says it’s been a bounty season for the city. “This has been an exciting moment and opportunity for Cape Town. The event extends our season significantly and is a welcome boost to our local tourism economy.”During the opening ceremony of the IPL, the world’s attention was on Cape Town as Bollywood stars, musicians and dancers pulled out all the stops to set the global stage for the sporting event.The tournament has injected between R1-billion (US$129-million) and R2-billion ($258-million) into the South African economy.The City says the cash injection has not only boosted the local economy, but, it will have long term benefits, as there are bound to be repeat visitors to the City.Cape Town was not the only city to have benefited from the cricket tournament. Up to 40 000 hotel rooms and 10 000 domestic flights were booked for the tournament. In addition, the IPL has also provided R10-million ($129 000) in scholarship funds to 300 students and 32 schools across the country.Rugby tradition returns to SAAccording to SA Rugby’s Andre Homan, the British and Irish Lions tour, which started on 20 June in Durban KwaZulu-Natal, has contributed R1-billion ($128-million) to the South African economy, with R250-million ($32.2-million) in direct foreign exchange.Homan says this could easily have been the biggest sporting event to be held in South Africa in terms of generated revenue.“Based on the 2005 Lions tours to New Zealand, the average visitor is expected to spend at least three weeks in the country and spend about R20 000 ($2 500),” said Homan.“The series will create awareness of the host cities and SA as a tourism and business location, with increased sales in trade, hotel and recreational services.“A successful Lions series will certainly help SA’s chances in the bid for both the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups,” Homan continued.The tour’s hotel partner Southern Sun Hotels, reports that the current global recession has had a significant impact on the original estimated number of visitors.“We anticipate 35 000 to 40 000 supporters entering the country for the event, which is down on the original prediction of 45 000 to 50 000 supporters,” said the hotel chain’s sales and marketing director Neil Fraser.Visitors to South Africa were also expected to make use of various domestic flights.Gidon Novic, CEO of Comair, the company that operates British Airways in South Africa, says 10 000 flight bookings were confirmed for the various games that supporters were expected to attend.“The tour will certainly give us a nice boost during this difficult period,” said Novick.The British and Irish Lions tour in South Africa is a prestigious sporting event in the country, as it only happens once every 12 years.The two teams have now met 38 times, with South Africa holding the winning score of 18 games, versus the 16 currently held by the Lions. They’ve drawn four games.In 1962, South Africa beat the Lions 43-14 in their biggest win against the team, and in 1974, the Lions retaliated with a 28-9 victory over South Africa.Football crazy SAThe 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup has also been a money-spinner for South Africa. The tournament took place between 14 and 28 June, with eight teams competing.South African Tourism chief operating officer and acting CEO, Didi Moyle said at the beginning of the tournament, that Johannesburg was ready to showcase its vibey and trendy lifestyle to the visitors.“We’re excited about the tournament, not only because it offers our industry a truly incredible opportunity to showcase our destination, but also because it gives us a chance to show off our infrastructure, and to have our visitors witness the effort that we have put into preparing for this world class event.”Although figures emanating from the football tournament are not yet readily available, the four host cities of the tournament – Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg benefited from a financial and tourism perspectiveAccording to the newspaper, Mail and Guardian, residents of Rustenburg in the Northwest province benefited immensely from the hosting of the Confederations Cup.“Lodges and guesthouses are already mushrooming across Rustenburg’s bushland valleys. Business owners are enjoying a brief bumper season for the four Confed games played in the city,” it reads.According to the newspaper, 450 000 visitors were expected to attend the tournament in their different capacities.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Useful linksThe British and Irish LionsThe golden lionsFifa Confederations Cup Southern Sun hotel
London (UK), Wednesday 23 March 2016 – South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK, HE Obed Thembinkosi Mlaba will visit the Rugby School and Museum today, ahead of the 450th Anniversary of the Popular Sport (Rugby) in 2017.The objective of this meeting is to formalise the relationship between South Africa and the Rugby School. The Rugby school has formalised links known as Friends of Hong Kong and Friends of America.Sport has shown it is very powerful as a vehicle for national reconciliation and nation building.Brand South Africa’s Country manager to the UK, Ms Pumela Salela said: “Knowing how important Rugby is to South Africa, we want to establish a Friends of South Africa chapter. Rugby is one of South Africa’s big three sports, alongside soccer and cricket. For the many South African fans of the game, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride and joy.”“This visit aims to increase public awareness of rugby in South Africa more so because South Africa will for the first time, in the history of RUGBY 7 form part of the Olympic Games in 2016. This timed very well with the forthcoming 2016 Olympic games in which Rugby is included for the first time,” added Ms Salela.The SA High Commissioner will investigate opportunities for previously disadvantaged South Africans to participate on an exchange programme with the Rugby school. The school itself is located in an area called Rugby in the United KingdomFollow the conversation on @Brand_SA #SANationBrand.
Way back at the start of the season, Oklahoma State was a plucky 100-1 longshot to hoist College Football’s sweetest prize in January 2016. After the first nine games of the season? They’re just 20-1.Here’s a look at the favorites.Alabama: 5-2Ohio State: 5-2Clemson: 9-2Baylor: 16-1Florida: 16-1Notre Dame: 16-1Stanford: 16-1Oklahoma: 20-1Oklahoma State: 20-1Iowa: 25-1LSU: 25-1That’s pretty sweet to look at, isn’t it?A friend of the blog (who shall not be named) jumped in back in August and has some real dough riding on these last few weeks.Friend of the blog sent this baby in today. Might want to hold on to that one. Hoooo boy! pic.twitter.com/uNCFHH8uGb— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 10, 2015Nate Silver’s statistical site, 538, says Oklahoma State has a 97 percent chance of making the playoff if it wins out in this really intriguing article.And an undefeated power conference team like Oklahoma State shouldn’t fret, even if it is currently outside the committee’s top four. Some of the teams ranked in front of it are almost certain to lose — and even if they don’t, there’s a good chance Oklahoma State will leapfrog some one-loss teams if it keeps winning.That 538 article, by the way, reminded me of just how far we have to go. The Playoff talk is fun right now, but at Iowa State and then Baylor and OU in Stillwater is no joke. That three-game stretch is probably as difficult (if not more so) than the nine games that came before it. The Playoff is within reach, yes, but it still feels like a long way away.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake on Leicester radarby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City are seeking a new central defender for the January transfer window.The Foxes could use some of the money generated from the sale of England international Harry Maguire to Manchester United over the summer.The Telegraph says Leicester are expected to reignite their interest in Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Burnley’s James Tarkowski in the new year.City made a late run for Tarkowski in the summer window but could not convince Burnley to sell their star defender.Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is apparently keen to bring in more cover at centre-half to add competition for places, along with Wes Morgan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
FORT NELSON, B.C. — RCMP in northeastern British Columbia confirm they are investigating a double homicide involving two young travellers: one from Australia, the other from the United States.Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says in a news release that Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia and Chynna Deese, a U.S. woman, were found dead along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs, south of the B.C.-Yukon boundary.Investigators are not saying how the pair died.An older blue minivan with Alberta plates was found at the scene.Police want to speak with anyone who may have seen the minivan or spoken with the couple between Sunday afternoon and 8 a.m. the next day.Investigators are also appealing for dashcam video from anyone who may have been travelling along the Alaska Highway, also known as Highway 97, last weekend.The Canadian Press