Ross H MacLean PeeWee A Flyers win gold in Prince George

first_imgThen on Saturday afternoon, the Flyers would continue their winning streak with a huge win of 11-1 over Terrace.Advertisement According to Team Manager, Samantha Lucas, the PeeWee A Flyers had an outstanding performance at the Tournament as they took on competitors from Terrace, Quesnel, Prince George, Dawson Creek, and Smithers. – Advertisement -Then on Friday afternoon, the Flyers faced Quesnel and won that game 6-2. Then in the gold medal final, the Flyers would take on Quesnel. From there, on Saturday morning, the Flyers went on to play Smithers where they managed to shutout Smithers with a win of 6-0. For the first game, on Friday morning, the Flyers took on Prince George and managed to win that game 5-4. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ross H MacLean PeeWee A Flyers were in Prince George on the weekend, December 6 to the 8, for a Tier 2 Hockey Tournament. Up next, the PeeWee A Flyers are in Peace River this Sunday, December 15, as they take on the Colts, followed by a home game the next week on Saturday, December 21, against the Dawson Creek Canucks. Advertisement In that game, the Flyers managed to come away with gold after a strong win of 6-2 over Quesnel. On Sunday morning, before the finals, the Flyers faced Dawson Creek and were able to win the game with a win of 6-3, earning the Flyers first seed for the finals. The next Tournament for the Flyers will be in Grande Prairie this coming February.last_img read more

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Ex-Arsenal star’s move to Al Jazira collapses after helicopter and private beach demands

first_img Gervinho 1 Ex-Arsenal flop Gervinho’s move to Al Jazira collapsed because he extraordinarily demanded a helicopter and a private beach, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you yesterday how the winger’s move from Roma to UAE side fell through after the player’s demands were not met.Initially it was thought that wages had been the issue as a £10m fee between the two clubs had been agreed for the 28-year-old.But now, Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that the Ivorian instead was making excessive demands in order for the move to go through.Gervinho is said to have wanted a helicopter at his disposal, a house for his family, a private beach and unlimited plane tickets to the Ivory Coast.Those demands forced the deal to collapse and Gervinho has now returned to Rome after turning down Al Jazira’s offer of £85,000-a-week.last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Eureka, Trinidad salmon fishing heating up

first_imgThe temperature isn’t the only thing heating up on the North Coast. The salmon bite out of Eureka and Trinidad sizzled this week. Tuesday was good, but it went wide-open on Wednesday. The Eureka charters had full limits by 10 a.m. and the Trinidad boats did equally as well, if not better.And for the first time since the season opened, a decent bite developed out of Brookings. Some of the credit should go to the weather. The ocean has been like a lake since Tuesday, putting more boats on the …last_img read more

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Can Traits Evolve Before Need?  The Case of California Chaparral Plants

first_imgA biologist went to California looking for evolution in plants.  He didn’t find it, but believes the plants evolved anyway.    That seems to be the upshot of a study by David D. Ackerly (Stanford U.) published in American Naturalist1 (see summary on EurekAlert).  Ackerly wanted to test whether natural selection produced the small, tough evergreen leaves of chaparral plants.  The leaves typically have thick cuticles (waxy coatings) and a particular structure and density of stomata, the pores that exchange moisture.  Presumably these leaves, called sclerophylls, evolved to adapt to the drought-prone Mediterranean-type climate of southern California.  Ackerly applied phylogenetic analysis and statistical techniques to the study.  Of 12 species he analyzed, most showed only a small trend toward “low specific leaf area,” a trait characteristic of plants in Mediterranean-type (MT) climates.  Only four of the 12 indicated histories consistent with adaptation through natural selection, and even then only slightly.  Apparently, the plants already possessed the adaptations before the climate changed.  Little, if anything, evolved:Small leaves and low specific leaf area (SLA) have long been viewed as adaptations to Mediterranean-type climates in many species of evergreen woody plants.  However, paleobotanical and floristic evidence suggests that in many cases these traits originated prior to the advent of the summer-drought climate regime.  In this study, molecular phylogenies and ancestral state reconstructions were used to test the hypothesis of adaptive leaf evolution in 12 lineages of evergreen shrubs in the California chaparral.  Across all lineages there was a small but significant shift toward lower SLA, but there were no trends in leaf size evolution.  For individual lineages, adaptive changes were detected in only three cases for SLA and in one case for leaf size.  Three of these cases of evolutionary change were observed in taxa derived from cool temperate ancestors (e.g., Heteromeles).  In contrast, most lineages originating from subtropical ancestors exhibited relative stasis in leaf trait evolution (e.g., Ceanothus).  The absence of change suggests that ancestors of chaparral taxa had already acquired appropriate traits that contributed to their success under Mediterranean-type climates.  These results illustrate how biogeographic history may influence patterns of trait evolution and adaptation and highlight the contribution of ecological sorting processes to the assembly and functional ecology of regional biotas.What this means is that these plants already had the small, hard evergreen leaves, before they arrived in the chaparral.  They did not begin as large-leaved or soft-leaved plants that got trapped in climates with dry, hot summers, some of which survived by adapting their leaves to the climate through a process of natural selection.    Moreover, Ackerly believes these plants converged on the solution of small, hard leaf size independently, before a change in climate provided them the opportunity to succeed.  “The functional similarities among MT ecosystems have often been cited as an outstanding example of convergent evolution,” he notes, “in light of the disparate phylogenetic composition of the biotas (Cody and Mooney 1978).  Convergence is viewed as a strong test of the role of natural selection because no other evolutionary force is expected to produce similar phenotypes under similar conditions in independent locations and lineages.”  Since no one else had tested for convergence in these species with a phylogenetic approach, he did.  Sure enough, he found it, but farther back in time, before the climate changed:For the case studied here, it appears that the leaf traits of evergreen sclerophylls are highly functional in MT climate conditions but that in many lineages these traits evolved in ancestral non-MT environments.  Lineages possessing such traits were apparently successful and persisted in the face of the transition to summer drought, subsequently expanding to form a dominant vegetation type in California and other MT climate regions.  The maintenance of sclerophylly and related traits reflects the adaptive value of these characteristics in the face of such changes.  Assuming that genetic variation has been available for these traits, the lack of substantial evolutionary change represents an adaptive pattern as the traits were maintained by stabilizing selection.  The similarities in leaf traits among species in the California chaparral reflect a mix of conserved traits that arose prior to MT climates and more recent adaptive shifts in lineages derived from cooler climates.  These conclusions are consistent with the evidence from biogeographic and paleontological studies (Axelrod 1989; Valiente-Banuet et al. 1998), and importantly, they are based on entirely independent data sets and methods.  The results highlight the importance of both ecological and evolutionary processes contributing to contemporary patterns in the fit between organisms and their environment.Stabilizing selection means that natural selection preserved existing adaptations rather than creating new ones.  The overall result seems to be: the plants did not evolve to fit the change in climate, but the climate evolved without affecting the success of the plants that were pre-adapted to MT climate.1David D. Ackerly, “Adaptation, Niche Conservatism, and Convergence: Comparative Studies of Leaf Evolution in the California Chaparral,” The American Naturalist 2004. Vol. 163, pp. 654-671, The University of Chicago, 0003-0147/2004/16305-30210.This is not evidence for evolution.  It is evidence for stasis, which by definition, is non-evolution.  The plants were already pre-adapted.  They were able to succeed in cooler, wetter climates as well as in drought-prone Mediterranean-type climates.  One would think this to be evidence of design, but Ackerly and his evolutionary friends invent hand-waving terms like conservation and stabilizing selection to hide the fact that nothing evolved.  Like a buoy anchored to the seafloor, the sclerophyllic plants withstood the changing tides of climate without evolving.    Leaf size and shape are minor adaptations, compared to the many complex systems at the cellular level that must exist for the plant to survive a long, hot, dry summer.  Regulators must control when the stomates open and close, and how often and how fast the photosynthetic pathways operate so that they do not overheat.  Evolutionists need to explain ten thousands of complex systems and molecular machines in a plant, but this study illustrated a Darwinian biologist unable to explain even the simple things.    One of Ackerly’s statements is a classic of obfuscation: “Convergence is viewed as a strong test of the role of natural selection because no other evolutionary force is expected to produce similar phenotypes under similar conditions in independent locations and lineages.”  Convergent evolution is not a force.  It pushes nothing, it lifts nothing, it energizes nothing.  Convergence is an a posteriori concept, a word evolutionists invented to cover up the evidence against evolution.  Here are separate, unrelated species of plants that all “converged” on the same solution by some unexplained mechanism.  This is not an evolutionary force; it is an evolutionary farce.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Brand South Africa joins a cause to raise awareness about responsible use of alcohol among youth

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 12 August 2015 – Brand South Africa recognises the critical role of youth in building our country’s global competitiveness. Brand South Africa urges the youth in South Africa to engage with and take ownership of the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) since this plan aims to reduce poverty and inequality by 2030. To ensure that young people can participate in building our country with the NDP as a foundation, the plan has a youth-centric focus.• Download press releaseIn a bid to address some of the issue that the youth grapple with, such as alcohol, Brand South Africa has partnered with Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) and The Young Free & Educated (YFE) Programme.ARA focuses its efforts on funding and implementing programmes aimed at advocating for responsible behaviour with regard to alcohol consumption. The programme is also aimed at educating young people about the challenges associated with the irresponsible consumption of alcohol including: drinking and driving, foetal alcohol syndrome, underage drinking. The YFE Programme is an ARA Programme which falls within the drinking and driving focus area. It is targeted at youth between the ages of 18 and 25, who are in institutions of higher learning.Objectives of the ARA programmeThe programme has six pillars; responsible alcohol use, road safety, personal financial management, academic excellence, national pride and patriotism as well as entrepreneurship. These pillars are informed by the thinking that in order to change drinking patterns, the culture must be addressed. Through this programme, the YFE and Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme would like to encourage young people to take responsibility for their development and the future they want.The programme aims to capitalise on South Africa’s love of sports and music by making use of personalities in those areas to share messages and encourage youth to be more responsible. Among the ambassadors of the programme is Jabu Mahlangu, a soccer legend who has been a victim of irresponsible alcohol use, and Oskido, a musical entertainer with a history of working with youth, encouraging them to live responsibly.YFE has a number of planned campus dialogues in which Brand South Africa will be participating. The dialogues are aimed at encouraging young South Africans to share their challenges and discuss solutions. Brand South Africa will address students and urge them to play their part to actively participate in building the country. The organisation aims to promote pride and patriotism and to highlight the significance of national symbols to youth in tertiary institutions.The dialogues are aimed at:• Providing a platform to exchange ideas on various issues that are crucial in encouraging national pride and patriotism• Giving an opportunity to share success stories with young successful South Africans and inspire youth• Change mind sets about the “victims of circumstances” mentality.The campus dialogues• Rhodes University Thursday 13 August 2015• University of ZululandThursday 27 August 2015• University of LimpopoThursday 18 February 2016• University of VendaThursday 25 February 2016• Tshwane University of TechnologyMarch 2016About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.last_img read more

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Resources from Student Loans & Service Members

first_imgLast year, Carol Kando-Pineda and Patrick Campbell hosted the webinar “Student Loans & Service Member’” and a number of resources were shared. If you missed this event, we collected the links and documents shared by presenters and participants.Be sure to join us today for a webinar on Paying for College: The Forever GI Bill and Repayment Plans. The free webinar starts at 11 a.m. ET. RSVP here.ResourcesServicemembers Student Loan Fact Sheet: Member Benefits Database, for searching for scholarships: Veteran’s of America: comparison tool: Bill Comparison Tool: Scorecard: loan resources for service members from FTC: Student Aid scholarship search: Members of the U.S. Armed Services Need to Know About Student Loan Benefits: loan resources for service members from CFPB: in watching the recording of the webinar?Find copies of the presentation slides, supporting resources, a link to quiz required to earn 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credentialed and CPFC-credentialed participants here.Got a question that wasn’t answered in the webinar? Leave it here and we’ll reach out to Carol Kando-Pineda and Patrick Campbell to get an answer.last_img read more

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Horn to take leaf out of Marquez book vs Pacquiao

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trainer Glenn Rushton and Jeff Horn. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Roy LuarcaBRISBANE, Australia—Prominently posted at the center white wall of the gym where Jeff Horn trains are posters of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Timothy Bradley, Floyd Mayweather, Chris Algieri, Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios.Also in the gallery, fourth from left, of course, is that of Pacquiao’s July 2 tussle with Horn simply billed as “Battle of Brisbane.”ADVERTISEMENT Though Horn is still nine pounds over the 147-lb limit, Rushton hardly felt any concern.Rushton bared it was normal for his ward to be at this weight range days before the official weigh-in on Saturday.Fact is, Rushton said Horn would be between 70.5 to 72 kg on fight day.Though Pacquiao has been installed as the heavy favorite even here, a $100 bet on Pacquiao earning just 25, while the same bet on Horn will net 420, Horn is unperturbed.Horn believes Pacquiao’s tremendous edge in experience (67 fights against 17) and quality of opposition, could work both ways.The former school teacher insists Paquiao is o longer as hungry for glory and money and money and neither is the 11-time world champion at his optimum best.The main argument being that Pacquiao hasn’t stopped any opponent after pulling off a 12-round stoppage over Miguel Cotto in 2009.According to Horn, he’s not nervous but rather excited days heading into the fight to be beamed live in the USA via free TV by ESPN.Horn said he intends to “go in their hot” and give Pacquiao a really good fight.And hopefully, land that same overhand right on Pacquiao. They were put there to remind Horn of the caliber of the fighter he’s challenging for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown before his countrymen at Southcorp Stadium.They also serve as inspirational and motivational tools for Horn to achieve his cherished dream of becoming a world champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNoticeably missing was any poster of Pacquiao’s epic fights against Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out the eight-division world champion cold in their fourth showdown in 2012.Perhaps, the posters’ absence was intentional, as Horn, with the guidance of trainer Glenn Rushton, intends to make Marquez’s one-punch knockout as blueprint toward success against Pacquiao.  WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Horn said during Monday’s media workout that he knows the enormity of the task at hand.That’s why he punished his well-chiseled 29-year-old body to the extreme to be ready for whatever Pacquiao will bring into the ring.According to Horn, who is three inches taller, his size would be his biggest advantage against the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao.Then comes his youth. Horn is nearly 10 years younger.As of Monday, coming from a long run, Horn told Filipino sportswriters that he weighs between 71 to 72 kilos and aims to be at that level when he climbs the ring before an expected sellout crowd of over 50,000 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Beermen ‘won’t back down’ from KaTropa after intense Game 3 What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

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Late charge helps India make its best-ever medal haul

first_imgThe super charge led by athletes, boxers and tennis players in the last seven days of the Asian Games not only provided the impetus to the floundering Indian campaign but also scripted a memorable climax as the country recorded its best ever performance at the sporting event.India ended its campaign in the sporting spectacle in the sixth position with 14 gold, bettering the 13 won at home in Delhi 28 years ago, 17 silver and 33 bronze medals.The total medal haul of 64 here is also the highest for India in Asiad history as it bettered the 1982 haul in Delhi of 57 comprising 13-19-25.The sixth spot on the medal rostrum by India is the best it has attained since 1986 at Seoul, but a quarter century ago there was no Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the rest of the former Soviet bloc to make the competition as stiff as it was here.In fact Kazakhstan finished higher than India.India ended fifth in Seoul, though with a more modest haul of 5-9-23.Since that campaign nearly a quarter century ago, India have finished no higher than eighth, with their worst-ever show coming twenty years ago when they finished 12th in the Beijing Games.The tally of 64 medals here pales in comparison to the 101 medals fetched at last month’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, containing 38 gold which helped India finish second for the first time in those Games.However, the smaller medal harvest needs to be considered in proper perspective as the mega event followed another huge event in close succession and the competition in the Guangzhou Games was much stronger in several disciplines than at the Delhi CWG.advertisementHosts China are close to 200 gold medals – also their best-ever medal haul that even exceeded what they did in 1990 when they grabbed 183-107-51 for a total tally of 341.The Chinese dragon consumed all in its wake and though Korea and Japan, to a much smaller extent, tried to slow down the progress of the juggernaut, they could not arrest the hosts’ relentless march.The Asian Games, the second largest after the Olympics, showed starkly that the majority of the Indian contingent had no credentials to compete at this level.The shooters and wrestlers, who were the toast of the nation at the CWG, put up a flop show and had the thunder stolen from them by the athletes, boxers, India’s number one tennis player Somdev Devvarman and also the kabaddi men and women teams.last_img read more

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Pension of labourers to be increased to Rs 750 per month: Das

first_imgRanchi, May 1 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that labourers, who are getting Rs 500 as pension per month, will now get Rs 750 while beneficiaries of family pension will get Rs 500 from the current Rs 300. Addressing “Shramik Samman Samaroh” here on the occasion of Labour Day, the chief minister said that both the announcements would be effective from today.The government would also open sports school for the children from poor background so that they could make sports career.Stating that the youth in the remote areas were deviating from the mainstream due to lack of employment, Das said the government is continuously making efforts to get the youth employed.The government has made efforts in providing 900 youths from extremist-affected areas ? Pesrar, Jhumra and Gurabandha – jobs in private security agencies and they are getting Rs 8,500 per month.Das said that the Labour, Employment and Training Department was bringing up developmental schemes as well as imparting skills to the youth in naxal-affected areas, which would bring prosperity in their life.He said the state has no dearth of labour force but due to untrained labour force their economic situation is weak so the department is working to train them and strengthen their social and economic condition.Das congratulated the department for coming first for the second successive year in labour reforms, and said due to ease in labour act investors are setting up industries, which is fetching employment.Udyami Sakhi Mandal has been created to generate employment, Das said, adding the government?s aim is ?antyodaya? (uplifting the poor).advertisementHe said labour force from organised sector are connected with trade unions but not the people from the unorganized sector and appealed to the people from the unorganized sector to register themselves so that they could get Centre and state governments schemes.Stating that the government has several welfare schemes, Das directed to set up a week-long camp and open bank accounts to those labourers not having an account.Jharkhand Urban Development Minister C P Singh said that the government was making efforts to give benefit to the mazdoors (labourers). Singh urged the Labour department to register rickshaw pullers, auto-rickshaw pullers and Safai employees so that they could also get benefits from government schemes.Labour, Employment, Training and Skill Development Minister Raj Paliwar said that under the guidance of the chief minister mazdoors were felicitated on the occasion.Several schemes are being taken up by the government to bring smile on the faces of the mazdoors.Paliwar also said that the state government was pondering over to implement the Centre?s minimum wage of Rs 325.The mazdoors were also included in Atal Pension Yozana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Surakhya Yozana and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yozana, Paliwar said. PTI PVR RGlast_img read more

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