Former KIJHL coach expected to be named new Hockey Canada president and CEO

first_imgThe Canadian Press reported Monday that former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League coach and current associate skipper of the Detroit Red Wings Tom Renney will be named as the new Hockey Canada president and CEO Tuesday.Renney coached in Trail, Rossland and Columbia Valley before gaining national recognition by leading the Kamloops Blazers to the Memorial Cup.During time with the Blazers, Renney compiled a 101-37-6 record for a .714 winning percentage, which ranks as the all-time highest winning mark in CHL history. The 59-year-old native of Cranbrook replaces Bob Nicholson, who resigned earlier this year to take the vice chairman job of Oilers Entertainment Group in Edmonton.Renney is known for his calm demeanour behind the bench and tremendous knowledge of the game during his 17 years of coaching in the NHL, WHL and internationally.He spent the past two seasons with the Red Wings.Before that, Renney was head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks and served as Rangers’ director of player personnel and vice president of player development.Renney, who spends time in Nelson at his home on the North Shore during the offseason also served as head coach of Team Canada for two years, including the 1994 Olympics where he coached the Maple Leaf to a silver medal.Renney also coached Canada in 10 world championships and also served as vice president of hockey operations in 1998 and 1999.The Canadian Press is also reporting former Colorado head coach and recent Pittsburgh assistant Tony Granato will replace Renney in Detroit.last_img read more

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Bryce Harper’s capital faux pas a hoot but not unprecedented — just ask Lance

first_imgBryce Harper, baseball’s newest $300 million man (give or take), pulled a rock in his introductory news conference with the Philadelphia Phillies.This recap brought to you by Brinks Armored Transportation, for when you have so much stinking cash you couldn’t spend it all if you tried: Harper, after seven years with the Washington Nationals, decided to throw himself on the free agent market during the offseason. It took a while, but late last week he and the Phillies agreed on a 13-year, $330 …last_img read more

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Orchids: Epitome of Plant Evolution

first_img“Orchids might be considered the epitome of plant evolution,” said David Roberts [Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew] and Kingsley Dixon [Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Australia] in a primer on orchids in Current Biology.1  Yet some of the facts they shared about these amazingly diverse and well-adapted plants are puzzling for evolutionary theory.    First, the superlatives.  “The Orchidaceae comprise over 850 genera and 25,000 species, representing about 10% of the world’s flowering plants and the largest family in species number.”  Darwin, who delighted in the study of orchids and wrote a book on them in 1862, estimated that the entire globe could be carpeted with orchids in three generations if all their offspring lived.  Orchids produce multitudes of tiny seeds that can drift long distances.  Their habitats are extremely varied.  Some survive in deserts, many in the tropics, and some without soil (epiphytes).  Some no longer photosynthesize, relying on their hosts for nutrients.  One species even lives its entire life underground.    Orchids maintain remarkable symbioses with pollinators.  Some reward their pollinators with nectar; but, like fisherman, a third of species “deceive” pollinators with lures but no reward.  The article shows a picture of one species that has a structure on its flower that looks like the female of a wasp.  When the male lands on it, a trigger flips him onto his back, dusting the flower’s pistil with the pollen he has collected.  Orchids also have complex dependencies on fungi and on other plants.  The diversity of sizes, shapes, lifestyles and relationships among this group of plants is remarkable.    Since the diversity in this plant group affords many opportunities to study evolution, one might think a great deal is known about it.  Roberts and Dixon mentioned some difficulties, however:Missing branch on the family tree:  “The relationship of the Orchidaceae to other monocotyledons is poorly resolved,” they said.  Monocots are one of the major groups of flowering plants.The plant without a country:  “Equally confused is the geographical origin of the family.”Fossily paucity:  “To date the only unequivocal orchid fossil that has been found is the recently described orchid pollinia on the back of a bee trapped in amber,” said to be 76-84 million years old – but that may be dated assumptions about when bees evolved.The unfit:  “Orchids might be considered the epitome of plant evolution,” they said, “but sadly they are among the most threatened of all flowering plants” – a puzzling predicament for organisms that one would think possess the epitome of fitness.Profusion of confusion:  The authors said that “Numerous hypotheses have been put forward to explain why orchids should have such high levels of deception.”  This suggests that Darwinian theory provides no easy explanation of this phenomenon.In short, “While much still remains to be learnt within orchid biology, there is now a mass of literature on their pollination biology and phylogenetic relationship,” they ended.  This volume of literature does not necessarily track with evolutionary explanatory power: “However, much of this has been the description of patterns; what is now needed are studies into the processes that drive diversification in this most remarkable of flowering plant families.”  Sounds like what is needed is work on the “origin of species,” if you’ll pardon Darwin’s expression (that is, his facial one).1.  David L. Roberts and Kingsley W. Dixon, “Primer: Orchids,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 8, 22 April 2008, pages R325-R329, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.02.026.Much of the variation among these remarkably diverse and complex plants fits with horizontal diversification – i.e., segregation of existing information among populations that become more specialized.  Some of the variation is due to loss of function.  The authors did not provide any clear case of new genetic information arising from nowhere.  What Darwin needs to explain is the origin of orchids.  That relationship to other plants, they admitted, is “poorly resolved.”  Equally unresolved is the origin of a new kind of flowering plant.  They are all still orchids.    Here was a natural testbed for evolutionary theory.  Variation within the kind is not the issue.  Some of the theories behind the observed variations (genetic drift, variable reproductive success, arms races leading to exaggeration of characters, founder events) fit within microevolutionary change.  Darwin himself studied orchids with a passion after writing The Origin, and called the origin of flowering plants an “abominable mystery.”  Here we are 146 years later with evolutionists still moaning there is “much still remains to be learnt”.  As far as observational science is concernt, Darwin has been spurnt, and the court is now adjournt.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Black economic empowerment

first_imgBlack economic empowerment is designed to ensure South Africa’s economy “builds on the full potential of all persons and communities across the length and breadth of this country”, according to the strategy document. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, Media Club South Africa. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Mary AlexanderSouth Africa’s policy of black economic empowerment (BEE) is not simply a moral initiative to redress the wrongs of the past. It is a pragmatic growth strategy that aims to realise the country’s full economic potential.In the decades before South Africa achieved democracy in 1994, the apartheid government systematically excluded African, Indian and coloured people – collectively known as “black people” – from meaningful participation in the country’s economy.This inevitably caused much poverty and suffering – and a profoundly sick economy.The distortions in the economy eventually led to a crisis, started in the 1970s, when gross domestic product growth fell to zero, and then hovered at about 3.4% in the 1980s. At a time when other developing economies with similar resources were growing, South Africa was stagnating.Full potentialWith the advent of democracy in 1994 the government adopted the policy of black economic empowerment (BEE). However, this policy was both ill-defined and was found to enrich only a handful of the black elite. A more inclusive and concrete approach was needed, which became known as broad-based black economic empowerment.In 2003 the government’s BEE strategy was laid out in a document titled South Africa’s Economic Transformation: A Strategy for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.“Our country requires an economy that can meet the needs of all our economic citizens – our people and their enterprises – in a sustainable manner,” the strategy reads.“This will only be possible if our economy builds on the full potential of all persons and communities across the length and breadth of this country.”Despite the many economic gains made in the country’s 13 years of democracy – growth hit 5% in 2006 – the racial divide between rich and poor remains. The DTI points out that such inequalities can have a profound effect on political stability:“Societies characterised by entrenched gender inequality or racially or ethnically defined wealth disparities are not likely to be socially and politically stable, particularly as economic growth can easily exacerbate these inequalities.”Broad-based growthBlack economic empowerment is not affirmative action, although employment equity forms part of it. Nor does it aim to merely take wealth from white people and give it to blacks. It is simply a growth strategy, targeting the South African economy’s weakest point: inequality.“No economy can grow by excluding any part of its people, and an economy that is not growing cannot integrate all of its citizens in a meaningful way,” the DTI says.“As such, this strategy stresses a BEE process that is associated with growth, development and enterprise development, and not merely the redistribution of existing wealth.”There is a danger, recognised by the government, that BEE will simply replace the old elite with a new black one, leaving fundamental inequalities intact. For this reason the strategy is broad-based.“Government’s approach [is] to situate black economic empowerment within the context of a broader national empowerment strategy … focused on historically disadvantaged people, and particularly black people, women, youth, the disabled, and rural communities,” the strategy document says.“Discrimination is at its most severe when race coincides with gender and/or disability.”How to achieve BEEBlack economic empowerment is driven by legislation and regulation. An integral part of the BEE Act of 2004 is the balanced scorecard, which measures companies’ empowerment progress in four areas:1. Direct empowerment through ownership and control of enterprises and assets2. Management at senior level3. Human resource development and employment equity4. Indirect empowerment through:preferential procuremententerprise developmentcorporate social investment – a residual and open-ended categoryThis scorecard is defined and elaborated in the BEE Codes of Good Practice, which were passed into law in February 2007.The codes are binding on all state bodies and public companies, and the government will be required to apply them when making economic decisions on:procurementlicensing and concessionspublic-private partnershipsthe sale of state-owned assets or businessesPrivate companies must apply the codes if they want to do business with any government enterprise or organ of state – that is, to tender for business, apply for licences and concessions, enter into public-private partnerships, or buy state-owned assets.Companies are also encouraged to apply the codes in their interactions with one another, since preferential procurement will affect most private companies throughout the supply chain.Different industries have also been encouraged to draw up their own charters on BEE, so that all sectors can adopt a uniform approach to empowerment and how it is measured.Investor confidence growsInternational investors are increasingly embracing BEE, in sharp contrast to the 1990s, when the first round of empowerment deals battled to find foreign support.Fortune 500 company Old Mutual’s R7.2-billion BEE deal, launched in 2005, will not only give half a million South Africans an interest in the company – it also sparked a rise in Old Mutual share prices.Also in 2005, Deutsche Bank struck a deal giving black investors and staff a 25% stake in its South African operations (excluding its Johannesburg banking branch).US investment bank Merrill Lynch announced in February 2006 that it will sell up to 15% of its South African business to black staff, women investors and a local educational trust, describing the move as part of its long-term commitment to the country and black economic empowerment.Also in February 2006, London-based Blackstar Investors announced plans to help fund BEE deals in South Africa to the tune of £35-million (R380-million), signalling that foreigners are growing increasingly comfortable with BEE financing.Useful linksDepartment of Trade and Industry National Empowerment Fund BEE – Sabinet Online Empowerdex Black Management Forumlast_img read more

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3 reasons to write great logs

first_imgYou’re on a geocaching roll, earning smileys left and right. With so many finds piling up, it’s tempting to post a TFTC and leave it at that… (Cue the screeching halt.) Before you do, give us a chance to convince you otherwise. SharePrint RelatedFAQ: Log upvotesMay 16, 2018In “News”New tools for your next trip into the great outdoors!January 17, 2017In “News”Six geocache outing planning mistakes you don’t know you are makingApril 30, 2019In “News” 3 reasons why great logs are a good thing:1: You’ll make a cache owner’s day.Yes, cache owners read your logs. Be sure to give your heartfelt thanks.2: Thoughtful logs help future seekers.Are there new conditions in an area? Did you find the geocache trickier than the difficulty rating implied? Geocachers will appreciate the information (but beware of leaving spoilers).3: Record a story-worthy moment.Logs are like a geocaching diary, helping you remember the great moments — and the hilarious. This just in: DraftsDrafts are now in the Geocaching® app. Drafts lets you start writing a log in the field on the Geocaching® app and finish it later in the app or on Geocaching.com. This feature was formerly known as Field Notes.There you have it: three reasons to write great logs and a new feature that makes doing so, easy. What are you waiting for? Get logging!Have a log you love? Tell us about it in the comments below. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Amit Shah chairs 24th meeting of Western Zonal Council in Goa

first_imgUnion Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday chaired the 24th meeting of Western Zonal Council in Goa. The Western Zonal Council is a forum for the Centre and States to exchange ideas on issues such as health, security and social welfare. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, representatives from the Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli attended the meeting. Mr. Sawant is the vice-chairman and host of the meeting. The previous meeting of the Western Zonal Council was chaired by then Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Gandhinagar in Gujarat in April last year. The zonal councils provide a forum where irritants between the Centre and the States, and among the States themselves can be resolved through free and frank discussions and consultations, an official said. The States have been divided into five zones and each zone has its council comprising the Chief Minister, two Ministers and the Chief Secretary of each State. The zonal councils are headed by the Union Home Minister and each zone nominates one Chief Minister as its vice-chairman on rotation basis.last_img read more

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WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mapua’s Nieles rules NCAA Skills Challenge Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Furthermore, the Duke product also paid homage to the Cavs by regarding them as ”unbelievable human beings.”Irving and his new team will face off against the Cavaliers on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season on Oct. 17.  /ra Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ The specifics of Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics’ blockbuster trade involving franchise players Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas were finally finalized on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).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 shutoutREAD: Finally finished: Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big tradeSince news of Irving’s displeasure with the Cavs erupted last July, the 25-year-old point guard has remained mum about his desire to play for another NBA franchise. In a Twitter clip uploaded by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, a clean-shaven Irving spoke about the intricacies behind his request and even acknowledged his former team and fans in a candid manner.“It’s hard to make videos like this because you understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” the four-time NBA All-Star said.“When you get to that point, and you understand that the best intentions for you, and ultimately to being your truth, and find out what you really wanna do in your life and how you want to accomplish it, that moment comes and you take full advantage of it,” he explained.He also confirmed earlier reports about wanting to “be the main man” in order to maximize his potential.“There are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and wanting to be somewhere where you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you, maximizing your potential as a human being and as a player perfecting their craft. I put a lot of hours in, and a lot of work into just trying to accomplish things that I have dreamt of as a kid.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. VIDEO: A (fresh-faced) @KyrieIrving speaks, now that the deal to the Celtics is finally done. Thanks Cleveland, says “the journey continues” pic.twitter.com/leFoxAIkX2— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2017ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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Three Team reps skipping LA board meeting

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC F2 eyes third straight win, take on dangerous Cocolife Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Three representatives of the seven-team group wanting to oust Chito Narvasa as PBA commissioner did not board the Philippine Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles on Friday night.Former chairs Pato Gregorio of TNT KaTropa, Mamerto Mondragon of Rain of Shine and Phoenix Petroleum’s Raymond Zorilla didn’t join the trip that is supposed to be the annual planning session of the board.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco, NLEX, Blackwater and Alaska have also indicated loss of confidence on Narvasa.Representatives of the five teams backing Narvasa—San Miguel Beer, Brgy. Ginebra, Star, Kia and GlobalPort—all boarded the flight with their families.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 shutoutIncoming chair Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX, who is supposed to arrive in LA on Nov. 13, is also reportedly not going to the planning sessions anymore, although he could join the rest of the current board members for a leisure trip to Las Vegas on Nov. 16. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Kolkata Knight Riders- KTK win by 17 runs

first_imgKochi made a sluggish start but ended up triumphant against Kolkata beating them by 17 runs during the 45th IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. Score | PhotosChasing 157, Kolkata could only manage to score 139/7 despite a fine 66 by Eoin Morgan.Kolkata openers Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan started the run chase on a high note. The two were making sure that the required run rate was well within control and were accelerating at the same time. In 10 overs the Kolkata scored was 69/0.Finally in the 11th over, Raiphi Gomez did more than what Kochi wanted. He not only scalped Kallis (45), but also got rid of captain Gautam Gambhir on the next ball to put firm brakes on the Kolkata charge. And Kolkata slumped to 69/2.But, Morgan isn’t the kind of batsman, who can be curtailed for long. A few balls later, he once again upped the tempo. He chose RP Singh for his blitz and hit a four and six off him in the 12th over bring the Kolkata chase back on track.Manoj Tiwary departed without making a major contribution to the team total. He wanted to pull R Vinay Kumar across the fence but ended up edging it to Brendon McCullum at mid-wicket for 1. Kolkata were 97/3 at the stage.Finally, in the 19th over Morgan fell, run out in R Vinay Kumar’s over after scoring a fine 66. His 51-ball innings was decorated with eight fours and two over the fence shots. Next ball, Yusuf Pathan fell to an R Vinay Kumar ball on 17 when the team total was 132/5.advertisementBrett Lee ended up getting run out on the third ball of the last over and Mark Boucher on the last as Kolkata finished with 139/7 on board.And Kochi ended their victory streak with a 17-run win at home at the Nehru Stadium.Kochi inningsCaptain Mahela Jayawardene’s dogged 55 Brad Hodge’s late charge helped Kochi post 156/5 against Kolkata in their IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. Live scoreEarlier, Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field. And he got to see the result of his decision early when Kochi opener Breondon McCullum was scalped by Jaidev Unadkat in the second over when the Kochi score was 6.Unadkat struck again on the second ball of the seventh over to despatch Parthiv Patel on 21 with Rajat Bhatia taking a fine catch at mid-wicket. Kochi were 30/2 at the stage.In the 12th over Michael Klinger, in a bid to up the run rate, charged away at Yusuf Pathan and ended up holing out in the deep to Iqbal Abdulla, who took a good catch inches away from the ropes. Klinger fell on 29 and Kochi fell to 81/3.There was no respite for the Kochi batsmen as Kolkata bowlers pressed on. Ravindra Jadeja, who is known for his quick-fire batting, too could not stay in the middle for long and fell in the 15th over off Ranji Trophy veteran Rajat Bhatia’s ball and Kochi were down to 96/4.In the penultimate over of the innings captain Mahela Jayawardene, who was holding fort with gusto, got run out after posting a dogged 55. Kochi were 134/5 at the stage.But, in the last over of the innings, Brad Hodge hit his Australian team-mates for a couple of fours and sixes as Kochi amassed 22 runs of it and finish the innings with a fine 156/5 on board.last_img read more

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