Senior Canucks looking to help family of young leukaemia patient

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Canucks are trying to do their part after a young member of their community was diagnosed with leukaemia. Two year old William Robillard is currently undergoing treatment in Vancouver and the hockey team will be making a financial contribution to help with the family’s trips to and from the city.During the Canucks home game against the Spirit River Rangers on January 14 a portion of the admissions will be donated to the family which will be hosted at the game, and donations will also be accepted for anyone attending that would like to contribute.A Facebook post on the team’s official page was made to garner support and Canucks player and board of directors member Lincoln Carriere said the response has been outstanding so far.- Advertisement -“I didn’t expect it to do what it has but lots of people have gotten behind the family and are willing to help out. I’ve got some phone calls today from people out of town looking to donate because of what we posted. If any of us were in the same situation and someone wanted to help we’d definitely appreciate it so I think it’s fair we only do something to kick start something for this family,” he said.Various items will be put up for auction at the game where the funds will go to the family, and players and members of the club’s executive will be making contributions as well.last_img read more

NWJHL – regular season stats

first_imgThe 2008/09 regular season now in the books, and playoffs are set to begin this week. Regular season final standings: Team                                           GP      Points      Wins      Losses      Overtime Losses- Advertisement -Whitecourt Wolverines               35         64           32             3                    0 Fort St. John Huskies                  35         48           23            10                   2 Peace River Navigators               35         43           21            13                   1 Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks          35        42            20           13                    2 Grande Prairie Wheelers             35        38            17           14                    4 Beaverlodge Blades                    35        28            13            20                   2 Slave Lake Wolves                      35        23           11            23                    1 Sexsmith Vipers                           35         6             3             32                    0Awards: Whitecourt’s Rodney Lavioe wins the scoring title, scoring 91 points on the season (46-45). Lavoie finished 22 points ahead of second place finisher Aaron Dumas of Beaverlodge.Advertisement Whitecourt’s Ryan Demharter wins the league’s top goaltender award.Whitecourt’s Darcy Charrois wins the top defenceman award.Huskies:Attached below are Moose FM’s final Huskies regular season stats.Advertisement Playoffs:(1) Whitecourt vs. (8) Sexsmith (2) Fort St. John vs. (7) Slave Lake (3) Peace River vs. (6) Beaverlodge (4) Dawson Creek vs. (5) Grande Prairie-Playoffs start as soon as Wednesday – with Fort St. John’s first game on Friday Feb 20th, at the North Peace Arena.-First Round matchups are the best-of-five games, with semi-finals and finals as a best-of-seven.-Visit Mike Feeney’s blog at http://www.uniteddaily.blogspot.com/ for some playoff predictions, talk, and more.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bolt struggling with football pace

first_imgHe was put through his paces with the rest of the squad at a more intensive session at the team’s base in the town of Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, on Tuesday.After some warming up and a jog around the pitch, he took part in ball drills and while his passing was fine, he was slow to get the hang of the movement required.The 32-year-old’s lack of football fitness was also evident and he appeared to tire quickly, resting more than his teammates.Bolt admitted to struggling with the constant stop-start of football, more used to a quick fire sprint on the athletics track before winding down.“The most challenging thing for me is the stop and go because I’m not used to picking up speed, going back down, then back again,” he said.“It’s all about practising and getting used to the system. I have time so will just learn the ways and keep pushing.”– ‘Doing OK’ –The Mariners hope to turn Bolt into A-League material in time for the start of the 2018/19 season in late October, with the club saying he can stay indefinitely to prove his credentials and earn a playing contract.Bolt is expected to play on Friday for the Central Coast Mariners, but only as a substitute © AFP / Saeed KHANThey have a pre-season friendly on Friday against an amateur side and Bolt is expected to get his first taste of a competitive game, but only as a substitute.“I imagine he’ll get some minutes on Friday,” said club coach Mike Mulvey, conscious that thousands of fans are set to turn up and with the match due to be broadcast live on pay-tv.He said the Jamaican was “doing OK”.“The things we are asking him to do are things that he hasn’t done for quite some years,” he added.“He has played football as an athlete in between athletic meets so he has rudimentary skills. There’s no problem about that. It’s about being able to do it at the speed that we do it. It takes time to adjust.”Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles before retiring last year and pursing his real passion — football. He remains the world record holder for 100 metres.Bolt said he was seeing slow improvements in his game.“For me it’s about just getting fit and as many touches of the ball that I can. The more I play the more comfortable I get,” he said.“It’s all about being focused, taking my time and being smart and pushing myself to get to the level I need to be at to be in the starting XI.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt admits it has been tough raising his fitness levels ahead of his first trial football match © AFP / PETER LORIMERGOSFORD, Australia, Aug 28 – Sprint superstar Usain Bolt admitted Tuesday he was struggling with the tempo of professional football but is working hard to raise his fitness levels ahead of his first trial match this week.The eight-time Olympic champion has been given an opportunity by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners to fulfil his dream of a soccer career and has stepped up his training regime since hooking up with the A-League club last week.last_img read more

Companies to benefit from new Act

first_img21 April 2011The new Companies Act, signed into law by President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday, constitutes a major piece of reform that will significantly improve South Africa’s business environment, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Following Zuma’s signing, the Companies Amendment Act of 2010 will come into effect on 1 May 2011. The Companies Regulations and all other relevant documents will be published and also come into force on 1 May.According to Davies, business as a whole will reap the benefits of the Act, which “has a number of features to it [and] will certainly improve the environment for business operation in South Africa.Less red tape, business rescue scheme“There is a reduction, particularly on the regulatory burden on small, medium and micro enterprises,” Davies said.“The requirement for financial reporting for small companies has been reduced considerably, in that they do not have to produce audited financial statements, but will need to have financial reporting at an appropriate low level.”The major innovation is the introduction of a business rescue scheme, which means that instead of companies going into major judicial management as they do now – which is almost invariably a route to an eventual bankruptcy – a rescue process will be initiated.“Creditors can be held at bay while stakeholders work to rescue the company, which is a major and very important innovation,” Davies said.Close CorporationsThe new Act does not allow registration of Close Corporations (CCs), and therefore none will be registered when the Act comes into legal force. However, CCs that are already in the system will remain active indefinitely, unless they choose to convert into the new corporate regime of the Companies Act of 2008.“The Act does not apply retrospectively, and those registrants/people who have already applied for CCs before May 2011 will still receive their certificates,” Davies said.Companies CommissionThe signing of the Companies Amendment Act means that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), which was launched by the minister earlier this week, will be open for business on 1 May.The commission will ensure that the regulatory framework for enterprises promotes growth, employment, innovation, stability, good governance, confidence and international competitiveness.The Act also gives the commission powers to investigate companies and to ensure that they comply with the legislation. This includes seizing documents and addressing the burning issue of corporate identity hijacking.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Green Building Programs: Time for a Do-Over?

first_imgI’ve been involved with green building certification programs for about 10 years now, starting with my work with Southface and the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association in developing the EarthCraft Renovation program. Since then, I have become a HERS rater, an NAHB verifier, a LEED Green Rater, a BPI Building Analyst, an EarthCraft Technical Advisor, a Green Communities Technical Advisor, and a Building America Builders Challenge verifier (I don’t think I left anything out). In these various capacities, I have certified many single- and multifamily units under most of these programs and, until recently, felt pretty comfortable managing them and explaining the various—and sometimes conflicting—requirements of each to my clients. While I was aware that there were some changes on the horizon, it seems that the upcoming changes in ENERGY STAR and the ripple effect through other programs have taken myself and most others in the industry somewhat off our games.What’s the schedule?ENERGY STAR versions 2.5 and 3 have been in the pipeline for a while, and although I have been keeping up with them in theory, I have not yet taken the time to sit down and go through them in detail, nor have I yet taken the two-day required class for raters. The raters I have spoken to who have taken this class seem to be a frustrated bunch, many having only recently entered the industry looking for a new source of income. The general impression is that the new versions will likely lower the number of builders seeking certification—not good news for the rating industry and the thousands of newly trained professionals looking for business opportunities.I believe it is important to raise the level of performance of our buildings, but the complexity of the new ENERGY STAR, as well as many other certification programs, deserves some reconsideration. LEED for Homes, scheduled for a new version release in late 2012, has not yet shared publicly how the program will relate to ENERGY STAR Version 3, nor has the NAHB Research Center said anything publicly on the subject that I am aware of. EarthCraft House is scheduled to release a new version in March 2011 that will, hopefully, clarify some of the confusion. Right now it is a challenge to know how much work will be involved in certifying future projects, making it hard to provide pricing to potential clients. It’s enough to drive a rater crazy.I don’t need any stinking consensusIt seems to always be a big deal that many of these green programs were developed by “consensus,” supposedly leading to the best outcome, but I fear that I must disagree with this opinion. We need to only take a look at our dysfunctional legislative bodies to see just how effective (or ineffective) we can be when trying to come to a consensus. When we look at things realistically, there are lots of constituencies involved in green programs, each one having its own goals to work toward, everyone compromising, until we end up with something that ultimately pleases very few people and leaves everyone else feeling slightly abused. I do not come to this opinion from experience; rather, mostly as an outside observer of the various committees assembled to create these standards. I am willing to listen to anyone’s opinion to the contrary. While I don’t know that there is necessarily any better way to create a program, I don’t believe that the consensus model (or muddle) brings us the best product. Rather, it brings us one that offends the smallest number of people.Eschew obfuscationOne of my favorite pieces of graffiti—“eschew obfuscation,” which I translate to “avoid overcomplication”—is something I would like to see all the various and sundry green certification programs take as their mission statements. Unfortunately, “overcomplicated” seems to be the key to most programs. If it’s not a long checklist like the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) or EarthCraft House, it’s a dense, interpretation-heavy spreadsheet like LEED for Homes. Even ENERGY STAR, which in Version 2 was pretty straightforward, seems to have become obfuscated, at least for the time being, in Version 3.I’m not sure if there is a better model out there, but I believe, deep down, that there must be a better way. I have always had a theory that compared to a democracy, a benevolent dictatorship (if the dictator was truly benevolent) might be a better system to live under. I get so disgusted by politicians; I think that anyone who aspires to public office should be denied the opportunity. Some as yet unnamed higher power should just appoint people based on merit, with no opportunity for them to decline. I realize that I am being totally delusional, but it’s my blog and I can write what I want, and you’re reading it anyway.So why can’t we just pick the smartest people, sit them down, and tell them to put together the most effective, simplest, and least expensive green building program? If we pick (or someone from above chooses) the right people, we might end up with something that doesn’t continue to drive us crazy. I’m just sayin’.last_img read more

Review: The HTC One M8 Is Android’s Cream Of The Crop

first_imgIf you’ve ever used a Moto X, you know you can check the time on the Active Display screen just by tilting the phone or picking it up off a table. The Moto X knows when you’re holding it and the gesture-based interaction made it the smartest of the smartphones when it came out last year. Other smartphones have similarly employed a swipe-from-offscreen interaction (Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry 10, iPhone with iOS 7) model that allows users can access certain functions from behind a locked screen with a simple swiping.These instant-access interactions now come to the HTC One M8, with a swipe down from the top to open voice control, a swipe up from bottom to bring you to your last-used app, a swipe left to visit the home screen and a swipe right to BlinkFeed, HTC’s content feed screen. Like LG devices, if you double tap the screen from an off position (power on, screen off), it will take you to the locked home screen.Gesture control like this is not exactly a new concept; if anything, this is proves that HTC can take cool concepts from other phones and seamlessly incorporate them to create a unique user experience. The HTC One M8’s Dot View cases allow for easy gesture-specific controls while the front cover is closed. If you swipe down on the cover, HTC One M8’s voice system activates, and you can tell your phone who you want to call. If you double tap the case, you can see the time and weather at a glance. If you are a fan of cases (which I am not), the Dot View case is a cool conversation starter that employs an imaginative gesture-based user interface.Whining: Sense, Zoe, BlinkFeed, M8 Tags:#Android#Google#HTC#HTC One M8#HTC One M8 review#HTC Sense#Reviews Every so often, a product comes along and takes the best of almost everything that came before it and packages those things into a beautiful and functional device that’s hard not to admire. The HTC One M8 is such a product.Almost every smartphone comes with its fair share of warts, and the HTC One M8 is no different in that regard. But the M8 has learned from user behaviors and the competitive landscape, which amounts to an excellent device that stands atop the Android heap and next to (if not above) Apple’s iPhone or any Nokia Lumia available.A Company In FluxFor the second year in a row, HTC has built what will likely be one of the year’s best reviewed smartphones (if the M8 can withstand the competition over the rest of 2014), but the company’s revenue and market share remain flat.See also: How The HTC One M8 Smartphone Camera Performs In The Real WorldThe reason for HTC’s stagnation is open for debate. HTC will claim it hasn’t been able to effectively market its phones. The manufacturer recently just hired the Samsung marketer responsible for the “Next Big Thing” campaign but HTC cannot compete with Apple and Samsung in marketing dollars. Another argument is that HTC has been damaged by cellular operators that lust after exclusive agreements to carry a device. Maybe the decline has come from production and shipping delays of its last two flagship devices, or patent battles with the likes of Apple.In reality, HTC’s failures are a combination of all of the above. The question continually asked by pundits is whether the newest HTC flagship can pull the company out of the mire. At ReadWrite, we tend to believe in quality products, so the answer is a definite “maybe.” It’s hard to be positive knowing all the extenuating factors: Motorola made a great smartphone with the Moto X and hemorrhaged money until Google had to sell it to Lenovo. Nokia has done some fine work with the Lumia series and hemorrhaged money until it sold to Microsoft. If HTC is to fail with its own flagship smartphone, it represents a pox on all of the houses in the smartphone manufacturing world. A pox on Apple and Samsung for creating an anti-competitive market. A pox on HTC for failing to achieve the success that its design chops deserve. A pox on Google for allowing the maker of some of the best smartphones on the market to whither and die. So where does the HTC One M8 shine and where does it need to improve? Let’s break it down.Shining: Industrial Design & PerformanceAs long as the manufacturer is alive, HTC should take home the industrial design award basically every year.With all due respect to Apple and certain Nokia devices, the One series has been phenomenally designed over its three generations. The One M8 is a compact and beautiful phone with a full metal casing and no hard edges. Everything that was good about the original HTC One has been refined in the One M8, including the forward facing speakers, the slightly larger screen, the weight and the grip. From an aesthetic point of view, the One M8 is gorgeous.  dan rowinski Let’s just get one thing out of the way. The name “One M8” is just all kinds of terrible. The HTC One was originally codenamed the “M7” but the moniker was dropped before the phone was released. The “M8” moniker was the development codename for the device that somehow found its way into the actual product name. Good luck with that, HTC marketing.When it comes to skins—the unique user interfaces manufacturers add to Android smartphones—beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You may prefer the interface of the Samsung Galaxy S5 or one of LG’s G series smartphones. Some users (usually Android “purists”) prefer the Google Experience of Nexus devices. HTC employs what its calls HTC Sense. The sixth iteration of Sense is what is shipped with the One M8 and, yes, it does feature some improvements over the last version of the launcher. The gesture-based controls and contextual computing is technically part of Sense and those features definitely add to the positive experience and feature parity of the phone. At the same time, HTC—like Samsung—loves to push its marginal “features” that basically amount to a small mountain of frustrating and annoying features. For instance, Zoe is HTC’s dual-still-photo-plus-video-feature that is confusing to use and difficult to share. Zoe is like adding all of the motion and “best shot” features of other smartphone cameras (notably, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5) into one setting within the camera app. The HTC One M8 camera is particularly good outside of Zoe, so I’d imagine most people won’t need to use this setting. To note, these types of frailties are of the nitpicking variety. Even the Google Experience Nexus devices have the Google Now home screen you can’t really get rid of if you want. The Galaxy S5 has a magazine-like homescreen pre-loaded onto the device. These device-specific feeds are popular on Android products right now. Similar less-than-stellar user experiences exist in just about any device you pick up, from the iPhone to any Windows Phone to the Nexus 5, Moto X, LG G2, Sony Xperia, or Galaxy S5.Overall, the HTC One M8 packages excellent industrial design with a more refined user experience that its predecessor which makes for an excellent Android-based smartphone. If you like Android, you are probably going to dig the HTC One M8. It’s the best of Android and the best of HTC together in one sterling device. Related Posts Sense 6 also employs the next version of HTC’s “BlinkFeed,” a feature that takes an entire homescreen to act as a social feed and newsreader.BlinkFeed in Sense 6 is actually much improved from that found in the last version of Sense shipped with the HTC One in 2013, allowing users to add more customized feeds and publications. But the same basic problem exists with BlinkFeed in Sense 6 as it did in Sense 5: You cannot delete it and maintain an additional customizable home screen. You can either have BlinkFeed or you don’t. You can’t get rid of it to add an extra screen and HTC Sense 6 only allows for five homescreens (unlike Google Experience Android which will let users add as many as they like).You can delete BlinkFeed, as Phil Nickinson explains in the video from Android Central below, but note that once you get rid of BlinkFeed, you lose the ability to access that panel unless you want the feed back.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The camera on the HTC One M8 is a little hit-and-miss, but overall it is a marked improvement over the HTC One camera that introduced the concept of “ultrapixels” into the popular lexicon, confusing the heck out of smartphone buyers everywhere. (See our full review of the HTC One M8’s camera here.)Gestures & The Pixel CaseThe HTC One M8 is highly similar to its predecessor, but it also comes with a few new features. Gesture control and screen tapping should be familiar to Android users that have used either a Moto X or LG G2, while the chic pixel case—known as Dot View—is a curiosity all on its own.  The performance of the One M8 is none too shabby. The One M8 employs the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and it shows up in just about everything that can be done on the phone. From taking pictures (more on the camera below) to switching between CPU-intensive apps, the One M8 is on top of the “superphone” hardware spectrum that essentially puts a powerful PC in your pocket. Given that the One M8’s release comes in the first half of 2014, it will likely be eclipsed in the hardware department by the end of the year, but right now it is fast and responsive and has the ability to run just about any app you might want … and then some.The One M8 is also successful in two areas consumers greatly care about: The screen, and the battery life. The HTC One M8’s 5-inch, 440 ppi display is notably crisper than last year’s model and comparative to other Android flagships within the past 12 months, including the Samsung Galaxy S5. And its battery (2,600 mAh) is only slightly bigger than last year’s (2,300 mAh) design, but the performance is much improved and also comes with a built-in battery saver function that Samsung Galaxy device owners may be familiar with.Let me give you an example of the HTC One M8’s battery life. This past weekend, I traveled with the One M8 while driving down to Washington, D.C., from Boston. Starting from a full charge, the One M8 went to the zoo and snapped many pictures (especially of Bao Bao the giant panda) that were automatically uploaded to Google+, found me directions to get home, played Spotify for about five hours and then helped me navigate around traffic on the George Washington Bridge.In all, the One M8 withstood a solid nine hours of non-stop activity, and still had about 9% of its life left. A quick refresh with an external charger and the battery jumped back up to 26% and played Spotify for another four hours to get me back to Boston. The HTC One could not have performed this feat (though the Galaxy S5 may have). Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Maharashtra reels under drought as water reserves dry up

first_imgAs the water situation steadily worsens in the arid Marathwada region, districts in ‘water-abundant’ western Maharashtra, too, are feeling the lash of the drought.Rising mercury levels have resulted in the rapid depletion of water stocks in the 22 dams which are part of the Bhima river basin in western Maharashtra and are the potable water lifelines of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.Low water stockAt least five of these dams, including Dimbhe and Temghar, have 0% water stock currently, while the collective stock in seven other dams is less than 10% of their capacity. The remaining 10 have a collective reserve stock of a little over 20% .While Pune’s Guardian Minister Girish Bapat announced that Pune city would not face water cuts, sources in the Water Resources Department said that dams in the Pune region had barely 18% water stock available as on May 6, as compared to 38% at the same time last year.Pimpri-Chinchwad too is reeling under the onslaught of drought. The city receives water only once in two days with water levels of the Pavana dam rapidly depleting. Its water stock, which stood at 31% of total capacity at the beginning of the month, has now reduced to 26%.Crisis in SolapurAuthorities said more than 750 tankers were deployed to provide relief to the worst-afflicted districts in the Pune division which include Solapur, Mangalwedha, Satara and Maan. The situation in Solapur is grave as Ujjani dam currently has a water level of -34.98% (dead water stock).On Sunday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar toured villages in Maan taluk, criticising the State government for its inadequate arrangements to combat drought.“Merely holding conference calls over phone with secretaries and other officials and taking a review will not help provide relief to the drought-afflicted public. It is important to know the precise condition of the livestock, their owners, the fodder camps, the crops and this can only be ascertained by field visits,” he said, taking a dig at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.He further pointed out that the aid of ₹90 per animal announced by the government was insufficient for the farmer in this hour of crisis as fodder and water were expensive and scarce. “The per animal monetary aid for fodder must be raised to ₹120. Furthermore, while the government may have arranged for tankers, water supply through them was highly irregular at best,” Mr. Pawar said.‘Contaminated water’The NCP chief said that people had complained to him during his visit that the drinking water they received was of poor quality and often contaminated. “I am least interested in indulging in politics at this hour. But I urge the government to ensure that these problems are rapidly remedied and that employment opportunities be immediately created to prevent the increased migration of the rural populace,” he said.Meanwhile, in Marathwada, despite the relief packages announced by the government, the scenario on ground remains grim as ever. Residents in pockets of Parli town in Beed district are on a hunger strike in front of the municipal council protesting against the acute water shortage. The groundwater table has plummeted sharply in several villages in the district as in other parts of rural Marathwada. In Jalna, irate residents staged a rasta roko on Saturday protesting against the alleged mismanagement and theft of water.According to reports, the desperation of the people of Halsi village in Latur’s Nilanga taluk turned to bitter rage directed at their local representatives. The villagers had collected money to dig up three wells. But the sarpanch, citing the model code of conduct for the elections, refused its implementation, causing the citizens to manhandle him.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Sunny, Holding slam Dhoni and Co

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar has blamed poor technique of Indian batsmen for the team’s dismal show in the Test series in England, saying the tourists have looked like a “school boys’ team”.Team India was found wanting in all three departments of batting, bowling and fielding as they were outplayed by the English side.Down 2-nil in the series, Team India’s two losses in the series have exposed a lot of chinks in their armour and experts worry that if India does not improve immediately M.S. Dhoni’s team stand to lose their top Test ranking.Scathing in his criticism of the world number one side, Gavaskar states that the Indians have been “totally outplayed by England in the second Test so much so that it looked like a contest between a professional team and a school boys’ team”.Gavaskar elaborates, “The batting has failed to get to 300 in four innings and the bowling in both Tests has faded away after a bright beginning”.Talking specifically about the batsmen, the master criticises the batting technique of both the seniors and the youngsters in the side: Getting onto the front foot and they suddenly find that when it comes to overseas pitches and the quicker bowlers, “they just don’t know how to play off the back foot”.India just does not care about international commitments: HoldingThe poor show by Dhoni and company in England is drawing flak world wide.Legendary West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding has slammed Indian cricketers for below average performance so far, even claiming that it was the money that was on offer in the IPL that had ensured that the Indians just did not care about their international commitments.  The former pacer questioned why none of the players pull out of IPL with injuries, suggesting that the money on offer ensured that international commitments take a back seat.  Holding went on to accuse Team India of neither playing like world champions nor putting in extra effort.advertisementlast_img read more