Ex-Sharks coach credited with Brent Burns’ breakout returns to San Jose bench

first_imgA familiar face is returning to the San Jose Sharks bench.Former assistant coach Bob Boughner will be back in the same position on Pete DeBoer’s staff, the team announced Wednesday morning. In his prior stint with the Sharks, he coached the defensemen, his former position in his 10-year NHL career.Boughner spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the Florida Panthers, who fired him in April after missing the playoffs for the second straight year. In 2017-18 the Panthers fell just one …last_img

SA, Lesotho to upgrade Sani Pass

first_img20 July 2006The road through Sani Pass, one of southern Africa’s most spectacular mountain passes, is to be upgraded, opening up the corridor from Thaba Tseka in Lesotho to Pietermaritzburg in South Africa and providing easier access to the Maloti-Drakensberg transfrontier area.South Africa’s and Lesotho’s transport ministers, Jeff Radebe and Neo Masithela, launched the R160-million upgrade project at the SA-Lesotho border near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.The 33-kilometre gravel road traverses the sheer cliffs of the Drakensberg escarpment in a series of tight zig-zag curves – given names such as “Ice Corner”, “Big Wind Corner” and “Suicide Bend” – climbing more than a kilometre from the Sani Pass Hotel (altitude 1 566m) past the South African border post (1 900m) to the Sani Pass Summit at 2 873m.Originally used to bring goods on pack animals from South Africa to Mokhotlong in the “Mountain Kingdom”, the pass was only opened to vehicle traffic in 1955 and, despite improvements since then, remains extremely steep and rough.Though offroad vehicle enthusiasts may mourn the old Sani’s passing, the road is set to be upgraded into a smooth, tarred surface accessible to normal cars and public transport vehicles.The project is expected to boost development on both sides of the border, opening up the corridor linking Thaba Tseka and Mokhotlong in Lesotho and Himvelle, Underberg and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa.The upgraded road will extend as far as Pietermaritzburg, a centre capable of providing a variety of economic services to Lesotho.Speaking at the launch, Radebe said the project would also provide easier tourist access to the Maloti-Drakensberg transfrontier area that includes the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage site.He said the project would contribute to black economic empowerment by linking an established and emerging consultant via a joint venture agreement.It will also create employment, both during and after construction, through the Zibambele Road Maintenance and Vukuzakhe Contractor Development programmes, both part of the goverment’s Expanded Public Works Programme.The former targets poorer households, especially women-headed households, contracting them for 12 months to perform tasks such as clearing side drains and maintaining road surfaces. The latter involves labour-intensive road upgrade construction.In July 2005, South Africa and Lesotho signed agreements on transport, infrastructure development and co-operation in search and rescue operations.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Professor Errol D’Souza is new head of IIM-A

first_imgAhmedabad: The Centre on Wednesday cleared the appointment of Professor Errol D’Souza as director of the country’s premier business management school Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) on contract basis for five years.The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) cleared Prof D’Souza’s name and subsequently, the Department of Personnel and Training issued the notification regarding the appointment.He has been interim director of IIM Ahmedabad since September 2017, after Prof. Ashish Nanda resignation. His appointment was notified a few hours before the the IIM Act came into effect on Wednesday. Prof. D’Souza is a Professor of Economics and Dean (faculty) at IIMA. He studied Economics and Statistics at the University of Mumbai and obtained his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.Before joining IIM-A in 2001, Prof. D’Souza was the IFCI chair professor in the department of economics, University of Mumbai, and was also a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York, and a visiting senior fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.He has worked on academic committees of the University Grants Commission and the Indian Council of Social Science Research, and has been associated with the Planning Commission and Reserve Bank of India. “I am confident that Prof. D’Souza will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the IIMA community,” said Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of the Board and IIMA Society.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Nietes wants 4th world title to usher in new year

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nietes will be the aggressor versus Ioka Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Nietes, the 36-year-old fighter coming from a draw against fellow Filipino Aston Palicte last September, is gunning for his fourth title in a different weight division.Ioka is riding the crest of his win over McWilliams Arroyo last September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe betting lines have been drawn in favor of the hard-chin Nietes, who is listed an 8-11 favorite over Ioka, according to Oddschecker.Both Nietes (41-1-5 with 23 knockouts) and Ioka (23-1 with 13 KOs) are hoping to score a victory that would place them among A-list fighters. LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Ioka, a regular New Year’s Eve fare for Asian boxing fans, acknowledged Nietes’ skills and experience.“It’s going to be a difficult and uncomfortable fight,” Ioka was quoted by boxingscene.com.But Nietes is not taking it easy.He has not lost a fight since a split decision defeat to Indonesia’s Angky Angkota in 2004. And he vowed to level up this time against the Japanese.Nietes is the longest-reigning Filipino world champion—10 years and eight months.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Donnie Nietes, the Filipino former boxing champ who has not lost in 14 years, hopes to put on the fire works against fellow veteran Kazuto Ioka of Japan right on New Year’s Eve at Wynn Palace Cotai in Macau.Nietes, who hails from Negros Occidental, tipped the scale at 114.5 pounds, while Ioka checked in at 114.6 lb giving a go to their bout for the vacant WBO super flyweight title.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more