Tod Leiweke named CEO and president of Seattle Hockey

first_imgApril 11, 2018 /Sports News – National Tod Leiweke named CEO and president of Seattle Hockey FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — As the Vegas Golden Knights get ready to host the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in their inaugural season, Seattle took the next step in getting an expansion team of its own.At a news conference Wednesday, Tod Leiweke was named the CEO and president of Seattle Hockey, the group authorized to redevelop KeyArena and bring an NHL team.  “One of the great things about Seattle is the community, and the community of teams is fanatsic,” Leiweke said.Leiweke, formally the CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was most recently the COO of the National Football League before leaving in March.The project is already off to a great start, with 25,000 deposits for season tickets being placed in the first hour they were available back in March. The goal was 10,000, which was eclipsed in the first 12 minutes.“I’ve always believed in the fans in Seattle,” Leiweke said. “I’ve always believe they were different.”Leiweke’s brother, Tim, the CEO of Oak View Group, is partnered up with investment banker David Bonderman and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer to help make Seattle’s dream of bringing and NHL team there a reality.The Oak View Group put down a ten million dollar down payment to the NHL in February to be the team’s 32nd franchise. The NHL’s fee for Seattle to become a team is 650 million dollars, and the team hopes to be ready by the 2020-21 season.Leiweke wasted no time setting up the rivalry between Seattle and the cross-country rival Vancouver Canucks, either. We’re going to bring it,” he said. “The rivalry between these two great cities will be remarkable.”Seattle appears to be well ahead of schedule, considering when the Golden Knights ran a season-ticket drive it received 5,000 deposits in the first two days. Vegas also didn’t announce its CEO until a year before puck drop.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Peck & Strong ups eco-friendly ante

first_imgCake-maker Peck & Strong has just completed the installation of solar panels to the south elevation of its bakery’s roof.The 50kw Photo Voltaic system, which converts sunlight into electricity, covers a 350sq ft area at its bakery in Crediton, Devon.The company said it sees it as a “great and opportune investment for the future”, and falls in line with its existing environmental principles.Peck & Strong already tries to minimise its carbon footprint, and annually offsets the remainder (100 tons of carbon).>>Peck & Strong makes jump to much larger sitelast_img read more

Warriors encouraged with DeMarcus Cousins’ progress

first_imgOAKLAND – Do the Warriors have a third Splash Brother?DeMarcus Cousins joked he once was during the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Now that he is in a Warriors uniform, though, Cousins has a chance to earn the nickname. He auditioned fairly well at least at the end of Wednesday’s morning shootaround.Then, Cousins splashed a mix of 3-pointers and pull-up jumpers on the first day he participated in team non-contact drills. What will that be like when Cousins can show that in an actual game?“ …last_img read more

‘Harness Africa’s diaspora’

first_img15 June 2007The expertise of the African diaspora should be harnessed to provide the extra capacity Africa needs as it moves to its next stage of development, the vice-president of the Africa region of the World Bank said on Wednesday.Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili was speaking at the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Cape Town in a session moderated by businessman Tokyo Sexwale, who is one of four co-chairs of this year’s forum.Wednesday evening’s discussion included SA President Thabo Mbeki, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Cynthia Carroll, the CEO of mining giant Anglo-American.“The [African] diaspora constitutes an amazing army of talent to develop the continent,” Ezekwesili said, adding that that Africa’s opportunity for rapid economic growth with all its accompanying benefits “is now”, and should not be missed.The “amazing African brain lying outside of the continent” had the capacity to lift development on the continent to its next level, she said.Her remarks come as the South African government is moving to consolidate African unity in a number of areas. Next year, South Africa is hosting a global summit with the proposed theme, “Towards the realisation of a united and integrated Africa and its diaspora”.The summit will focus on unity between Africa and the African diaspora scattered around the world, from the Caribbean to Europe, with the aim of producing a shared vision of sustainable development for both the continent and the millions of people around the world who share an African heritage.Public-private partnershipsAt the WEF-Africa this year, delegates are focusing on how the continent can build the capacity it needs to lift economic growth beyond the current African average of around 5.8%.Speaking on Wednesday evening, President Mbeki said certain “critical interventions” were needed to lift the continent out of poverty.While governments could lay the foundations for success, Mbeki said partnerships with the private sector were important to ensure that money for development was forthcoming.Conversely, governments – whose planning was long-range – needed to listen to private sector concerns while convincing investors of the potential that existed, and to examine the prospects for value-addition of Africa’s commodities.Another key issue, Mbeki said, was that of open markets for African agricultural products in Europe and the West as a whole, given that agriculture constituted a major component of African economic endeavour.If developed countries agreed to open their markets to agricultural products, African farmers could export surplus production, he said.Anglo-American’s Carroll said the key challenge for multinationals was to build local supply chains – a view that chimes with the SA government’s strategy of building capacity for competitive local suppliers of the capital goods needed for infrastructural development.In his opening remarks to the conference, World Economic Forum executive chairman Klaus Schwab said he saw much greater all-round confidence from Africans this year as the continent began to reap the benefits of several years of positive economic growth.Schwab said the global financial architecture needed to be restructured in line with changes in the world’s economic balance, adding that South Africa’s chairing of the G20 group of central bankers and finance ministers this year could perhaps be seen as a forerunner to more radical changes.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ateneo sets up finals showdown vs La Salle in UAAP football finals

first_imgREAD: La Salle dethrones UP, returns to UAAP men’s football final Earlier, La Salle edged University of the Philippines, 2-1, to book the first finals berth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThey meet next Thursday at 4:30 p.m., still at Rizal Memorial Football stadium. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cavs’ Colin Sexton, WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro lead Jr NBA PH national training camp DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines–Ateneo set up a finals showdown against rival La Salle after ousting Far Eastern U, 1-0, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s football tournament Thursday.Powered by Jarvey Gayoso’s phenomenal goal in the 70th minute, the Blue Eagles arranged a knockout final match with the Green Archers in a first since their meeting for the title in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NFL Draft: Jordan Sterns, Ashton Lampkin Sign as Free Agents with Kansas City Chiefs

first_imgKansas City thank you ??— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) April 29, 2017 Like their fellow teammate Blake Jarwin, neither Jordan Sterns nor Ashton Lampkin heard their names called from a podium in Philadelphia this weekend. But both have already found opportunities to prove themselves at the next level—and with the same team, no less.Sterns and Lampkin have come to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs as undrafted free agents, as the two announced on their social media.All the teams that passed on me thank you??— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) April 29, 2017 God never said it would be easy. Wanna thank the @chiefs for the opportunity to ball again at the next level. Major chip on my shoulder ????— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) April 29, 2017The Chiefs won the AFC West in 2016 before losing in the divisional round to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Kansas City, Sterns will get to learn under 5-time Pro Bowl strong safety Eric Berry. Lampkin will compete with, and alongside, former Washington cornerback Marcus Peters. They will join former teammate Tyreek Hill, who was drafted by the Chiefs last season out of West Alabama.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Everyone Praising New OL Aaron Cochran Before his OSU Debut

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There is one image that replays through my mind when Aaron Cochran comes up in conversation.@Cochran_Aaron/TwitterI don’t know how tall those other guys are, but if I’m Justice Hill or Mason Rudolph, I’m betting on the Bear — every single time.Cochran comes in this season as a graduate transfer from California and fills a void that was gaping after Victor Salako entered the NFL. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he is excited to see Cochran play after all the strides he has made through the summer.AdChoices广告“He’s done everything we’ve asked him,” Gundy said. “I’m always a little surprised when we can bring a player in and in two months, they can adjust to our culture. It’s not easy to do.”Cochran’s weight was a concern when he got to Stillwater, Gundy said. Cochran was told he needed to lose “30 to 40” pounds before week 1, and with less than seven days until that point, he has done that.“We knew once he got here, he would,” Gundy said. “He’s in a different environment. Humidity is considerably different. And in our pace of offense, we knew he would drop that weight. We were concerned that if he was heavy when we started, it would take him 10 to 12 days before he could ever catch up.”California runs a similar system to OSU but with fewer up-tempo spurts. Gundy said it will be interesting to see how Cochran adapts to that change in pace.Cochran also has never had to protect a potential Heisman Trophy winner. At 6-foot-8, 350 pounds, Cochran will man Rudolph’s blind side and keep him upright. Rudolph said he has confidence in his new tackle.Opposite Cochran will be right tackle Zach Crabtree for the fourth straight season. With Salako out and mystery surrounding the opposite side of the line before Cochran’s decision to come to OSU, Crabtree said Cochran has been huge for the group’s cohesion.“He’s stepped up into the role that we needed him in, and he’s been a big help,” Crabtree said.How practice is put into a live setting remains to be seen and will be tested for the first time at 6:30 Thursday in the Cowboys’ season opener against Tulsa. But by all accounts, Cochran has been the key to the hole.Another one of those accounts is Hill’s. Cochran will run point off the left side for Hill and the run game. The sophomore back ran for more than 1,100 yards last season behind an offensive line that was much improved but still not elite.With another year of experience and talent under the veteran-heavy group of hogs, Hill has the potential to run even wilder in 2017, especially after Chris Carson left for the NFL and fellow backs Rennie Childs, Barry J. Sanders and Jeff Carr all moved on from OSU.A lot of Hill’s potential will ride on Cochran’s effectiveness to block out the sun, a trait Hill said he is “comfortable” with.“Knowing that he’s gonna make a huge hole, he’s gonna move anything that’s in the way,” Hill said.last_img read more

‘Mourinho influenced McTominay’s Scotland call’

first_imgManchester United Mourinho may have steered McTominay away from England and towards Scotland, claims Brown Iain Strachan 01:11 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Scott McTominay - cropped Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Scotland Premier League The former Scotland manager has suggested that the Manchester United boss may have cast the deciding vote on the midfielder’s international future Craig Brown suspects Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may have helped convince Scott McTominay to commit to Scotland.Promising midfielder McTominay was born in England but has declared his allegiance to Scotland after a minor tug of war between the neighbouring countries.Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with a role in convincing the 21-year-old to snub the Three Lions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But Brown, who coached Scotland from 1993 until 2001, feels Mourinho could also have exerted an influence, albeit on the tenuous basis of a conversation he had with the Portuguese while queuing for fast food over a decade ago.  “I read somewhere Sir Alex Ferguson was influential in McTominay’s decision. But the most influential guy will have been Jose Mourinho,” Brown told the Daily Record.”Mourinho has a great affection for Scotland. He did his coaching badges at Largs and loved his time here.”When he started at Chelsea I was at Derby and I met him at a reserve game – in the hamburger queue.”I was watching the game with the Derby reserve team and I said to him, ‘Don’t you think you can come to England and beat Alex Ferguson.’ “Mourinho replied, ‘No chance, it’s not him or the Scottish I want to beat – it’s the English!'”If the boy had said to Mourinho, ‘Scotland or England?’, I think Mourinho would have steered him down the Scotland route as he is so well disposed to Scotland. I believe Mourinho would also be supportive of him playing for Scotland.”last_img read more

Flash (non) fiction

first_imgBlog reader Bonnie B just sent me a link to her blog, where she practices her craft of writing. She also includes a piece of her flash fiction (see comments). This got me thinking: why not flash (non)fiction? Flash fiction is a very, very short story – only a few hundred words. The shortest and most famous was by Hemingway, as Wikipedia reminds us. Not surprisingly for a writer known for his exquisite brevity, he told a story in six words.Flash fiction differs from a vignette in that the flash-fiction work contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike the case with a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline. This principle, taken to the extreme, is illustrated by Ernest Hemingway’s six-word flash, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”[1]How about some cause-related, flash (non)fiction? Here is a very fine example from Mercy Corps:Sanam, Niger – You can see the difficulty of life here in Boubacar Harouna’s eyes. They are yellowed from chronic malaria and glassy from exhaustion. Still, Harouna somehow summons the energy to treat dozens of patients each day as the town’s only nurse.Clad in an improbably clean, crisp white coat, Harouna makes the rounds to check on his patients – many of whom lay outside under shade trees because of the lack of beds here. One man, so weak from malaria that he cannot sit up or even move, is sprawled out on a dingy mattress with an intravenous drip in his arm.One of the clinic’s few observation rooms holds four-year-old Ousama Mamidou, who was transported here in a donkey cart from a nearby village. Already chronically anemic and severely malnourished, Ousama arrived in convulsions from a malaria fever. Even after treatment with anti-malarial medications and rehydration solution, she’s still listless in her mother’s arms and fighting for survival.“You’ve come on a slow day,” Harouna says with no trace of irony on his care-worn face.last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 12, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Recently on the MHTF blog:Raji Mohanam wrote about her time at the mHealth SummitJulianne Parker wrote about her work in BrazilWe informed you about our other blog, GlobalMamaSara Al Lamki described a night at a “make-shift clinic”Some reading for the weekend:Mobile devices to track birthsHIV rates among pregnant women in South AfricaAbortion ban in NamibiaShare this:last_img read more