Stokes optimistic about Mayhew’s chances

first_imgThe name Daniel Mayhew will forever be in the Jamaican history books after the Charlemont High school student became the first Jamaican to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics to be held February 12-21 in Lillehammer, Norway.Mayhew, who competed at tournaments in Switzerland, Austria and Norway and is currently ranked 22nd in the world, became one of 16 competitors to earn their right to face the starter in the Monobob event at the quadrennial showpiece.Jamaica Bobsleigh Association president, Chris Stokes, is quietly optimistic of the youngster’s chances at the games, and believes he has the right attitude and attributes to go on and do well at the senior level.”He will do well, although I don’t want to commit myself to a placing. But that is not what we are looking for. We want him to go out and show he is a competitor and look at his poise under the pressure of Olympic competition and see how he performs under those circumstances, but I am confident that he will compete hard and do well.”He represents the country well. He is very articulate and speaks clearly about what he wants to achieve. He is a real asset to Jamaica … ” he told The Gleaner.DID WELL IN TRAININGMayhew was selected on very high recommendation from a current senior team member, and after speaking to him and seeing his work ethic and how he carries himself the association was also convinced and so sent him off to training, where he did very well.However, the bobsleigh president said they never imagined that the 17-year-old would be this successful.”You never know (how things will turn out) but having chosen such a small group and having sent him alone has worked out well in this particular circumstance. If we can get more athletes into the Monobob at 15, 16 years old instead of 23, 24 then we will have more time to develop and look for the exceptional talent.”We have gotten positive feedback from the international coaches. Some have gone as far as saying he is the best young driver they have seen coming out of Jamaica for some time,” Stokes said, while noting that the Jamaica Olympic Association will pick up his training and competition expenses from here on.last_img read more

Samsung Heavy Unveils Koreas 1st Marine Battery System

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Wikimedia – under public domain; Image by: Towel401 Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has further enhanced its technological competitiveness in the eco-friendly vessel market with the development of Korea’s first marine battery system.The shipbuilder received a type approval certificate from DNV-GL for the first time as a South Korean producer for marine lithium ion battery system, which was jointly developed with Samsung SDI.The type approval certification enables the company to produce a lithium ion battery system at a reasonable price at home, instead of using costly lithium ion battey systems predominantly supplied by large-scale equipment makers in Northern Europe where environment regulations are stricter.The lithium ion battery system, which reduces fuel consumption of generators by optimally controlling and managing on-board generators and power load, is an eco-friendly technology that enables reductions in emissions of pollutant substances and in operating costs as well, SHI explained.“As the global demand for environmentally friendly technologies is higher than ever, there is a growing trend in the application of battery systems as efficient auxiliary power units for large-scale commercial ships and offshore units,” the shipbuilder said.“By securing the battery system technoogy applicable to all types of vessels, SHI will take the advantageous position in the competition for orders for vessels,” Shim, Yong-Lae, Vice President of SHI Ship & Offshore Research Institute, said.last_img read more

Provinces challenge Trudeau government over contentious tax proposals

first_imgOTTAWA – Provincial pressure is intensifying against the Trudeau government’s controversial tax-reform proposals, which have angered business owners, doctors and farmers across Canada.On Friday, provincial leaders representing different political stripes — Liberals, New Democrats and Conservatives — spoke out about tax reforms recommended by Ottawa’s Liberal government.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, flanked by business owners and a farmer, held an afternoon event in Winnipeg where he aired his frustration over the federal tax proposals.On the East Coast, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil expressed concern that the changes could hurt his province’s physician recruitment efforts and hamper the ability of small businesses to create financial cushions as protection during downturns. McNeil was scheduled to meet federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau later in the day to directly convey this message.Out West, British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James said she didn’t think Ottawa had consulted enough on an issue that has spread fears of the “unintended consequences” on small business owners.The comments by the provincial leaders added to waves of complaints that have come from a range of sectors — as well as backbench Liberal MPs. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball has also said he thinks the tax changes would hurt his province.At issue are Ottawa’s plan to eliminate several tax incentives designed for private corporations.Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have argued that the tax system unfairly encourages wealthy Canadians to incorporate, so they can get a better tax rate than middle-income earners.They say the changes are meant to end tax advantages that some wealthy business owners have unfairly exploited and to ensure all Canadians have a level playing field.But the federal explanations have yet to ease many concerns.Pallister added his voice to the uproar about the potential damage he believes the changes could inflict on thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses and their employees.“There is no room here for class warfare. The communications department in Ottawa have chosen to use language like ‘loopholes, tax evasion’ — recriminatory and accusation language that has no place in this discussion,” Pallister said.“These proposed changes will take millions of dollars out of the hands of Manitobans and deliver them straight to Ottawa.”In Halifax, McNeil urged Ottawa not to overlook the importance of these incentives for some small business owners and doctors who lack retirement plans.“I’ve raised the issues that I’ve heard from Nova Scotians and I’ve raised my concerns that I have with them as well,” he said of his discussions with Ottawa.In Vancouver, James told business leaders after a speech that she believes in closing what Ottawa has described as “tax loopholes.”“But I also believe that there wasn’t good consultation done,” she said of the federal strategy.“I have heard from many people, including many small business owners, that this doesn’t close loopholes. In fact, it causes unintended consequences for many small business owners.”Morneau first released the government’s three-part tax plan in mid-July.The package includes restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do not contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company. Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.On Friday, before his meeting with McNeil, Morneau said there was “some pretty obvious misinformation” circulating about the impacts of the proposals. Ottawa has been trying to bring clarity to the debate.“Our objective here is to deal with wealthy people that are incorporating in order to find themselves at a lower tax rate than middle-class Canadians,” Morneau said.“Our goal, of course, is (a) long-term, fair tax system that provides a basis for people to invest, to make our country successful.”He added that, for example, only business owners who have annual incomes of at least $150,000 can really benefit from the passive income incentive.The government launched a 75-day public consultation period in July, which ends Oct. 2. Morneau has said he’s listening to feedback about the proposals and that he’s open to making changes, if necessary.Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen wrote Morneau to demand that he hold off on the tax reforms until after the provincial finance ministers meet him in December.Late Friday, Winnipeg-area Liberal MP Dan Vandal said he was “completely surprised” that Manitoba’s premier would join the national debate over federal tax proposals, which are still only in the consultation phase.“It’s not like the premier doesn’t have work to do,” said Vandal, who also noted Pallister’s past as a federal Tory MP.“He’s still going to bat for the national Conservative party.”Vandal, who’s been hearing concerns about the tax plan from his own constituents, said he expects Morneau to make changes to the proposals.A vocal opposition has grown since Morneau first announced the proposals in the summer.An organized movement has argued the tax incentives targeted by the Liberals are critical for Canada’s economically crucial small-business sector. It insists the current tax structure is necessary for entrepreneurs, including those in the so-called middle class, who take personal financial risks when they decide to open a company.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Aly Thomson in Halifax, Geordon Omand in Vancouver and CJOB in Winnipeglast_img read more

Toronto stock index lower loonie falls

first_imgThe Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index shed 42.11 points in a broad-based retreat as investors closely watched Bombardier’s stock awaiting a legal ruling from the U.S.“There’s not a lot of movement out there today,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.The S&P/TSX composite index closed at 15,474.12, with all but one subsector in the red.On Wall Street, the markets were mixed. The Dow Jones industrial average retreated 11.77 points to 22,284.32. The S&P 500 index advanced 0.18 of a point to 2,496.84 and the Nasdaq composite index rose 9.57 points to 6,380.16.“What everybody’s waiting for today in Canada is what’s going to happen to Bombardier,” he said.Investors awaited a preliminary decision from the U.S. Department of Commerce on imposing preliminary countervailing duties on sales of CSeries planes.Boeing has accused Bombardier of using government subsidies to sell its CSeries passenger jets to Delta Air Lines last year at what Boeing calls an unfairly low price.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) shares jumped more than six per cent or 13 cents to $2.27 on Tuesday.While the decision will impact Bombardier, it will have little ripple effect on the overall market, said Levine, noting the company’s market capitalization.In currency markets, the loonie was trading at an average price of 80.84 cents US, down 0.19 of a U.S. cent.The November crude contract fell 34 cents to US$51.88 per barrel and the November natural gas contract rose 1.2 cents to US$3.00 per mmBTU.The December gold contract lost US$9.80 to US$1,301.70 an ounce and the December copper contract declined about 1.9 cents to roughly US$2.92 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Man arrested near Spirit River after series of gun battles last Friday

first_imgSPIRIT RIVER, A.B. – One man is in custody after allegedly trespassing on a rural property near Spirit River and getting into an altercation with multiple victims that included gunfire.At approximately 3:00 last Friday afternoon, members of the Spirit River RCMP were called to a rural property south of town after a male suspect was found trespassing on the complainant’s neighbour’s property. When confronted, the suspect drove off in a vehicle, while the complainant called 911 and followed in his own vehicle.Shortly thereafter, the suspect pulled over and fired several rounds from a handgun striking the complainant’s vehicle. The suspect then headed south, until it followed another passing vehicle into a yard that led to a rural home. Once there, the suspect pointed his firearm at the male driver and demanded his vehicle. The female passenger took the keys and retreated inside the residence not wanting to give keys to the vehicle while her four-year-old daughter was still in the back seat. Inside the residence, a round was fired by the suspect that missed the female victim when he again demanded she hand over the keys. The victim handed the keys to the suspect and updated 911. During this altercation between the female passenger and the suspect, the male driver had entered his residence and retrieved a long gun. He exited his residence and confronted the suspect while he was transferring stolen property from one vehicle to another. The victim told the suspect to surrender and drop his weapon. The suspect then fired at the victim, discharging multiple rounds. The victim fired back at the suspect but did not strike him. Thankfully, none of the victims were injured in this incident.The suspect departed on foot. RCMP arrived and contained the area. With the assistance of RCMP members from Grande Prairie, Fairview, and Police Dog Services the suspect was apprehended a short time later without incident.Ian Preston Letendre (30) of No Fixed Address is facing 25 Criminal Code Charges including:Break and Enter to a residenceDischarge firearm with intent to endanger life (x3)Pointing a firearm (x3)Mischief (x3)Careless use of a firearmUse firearm while committing an indictable offence (x2)Transport firearm in a careless mannerPossession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x2)Possession of a loaded restricted firearm (x2)Possession of a property obtained by crime over $5000Armed robberyCareless storage of a firearmUnlawful possession of a firearm in a vehicleUnlawful possession of a firearmPossession of a firearm obtained by crimeFail to comply with RecognizanceLetendre was remanded into custody and appeared in Grande Prairie Provincial Court today.“This was a dynamic situation where the suspect’s actions posed an imminent threat to rural residents. With the support of area residents and the collaboration of responding RCMP members, we were able to bring the incident to a quick resolution where thankfully no one was injured,” said Sgt. Ryan Frost, Spirit River Detachment Commander.last_img read more

Highway 97 closed near Powder King

first_imgUPDATE – As of 5:20 pm the highway is open to single lane traffic.CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed near Powder King.Highway 97 is closed between Powder King Road and Old Hasler Road, approximately 36km north of the Pine Pass Summit. A vehicle incident has caused the closure. There is no estimate on when the highway will re-open. There is no detour around the collision.#BCHwy97 road CLOSED due to vehicle incident between Powder King Rd. and Old Hasler Rd. , 36 km north of the Pine Pass Summit. Assessment in progress.— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) February 6, says the next update is expected at around 6 p.m. mountain time.For updates, visit or watch this webpage.If you’re travelling in the area, let us know what you see, email [email protected]last_img read more

Alberta energy war room must avoid online morass preaching to choir experts

first_img“The idea of putting someone’s face on a poster and holding it up at a government press conference, I’ve never seen that before,” says the longtime opponent of oilsands expansion and international program director at Stand.Earth, a grassroots environmental group.The Kenney government aims to get its $30-million Calgary-based war room running this summer. The goal, Kenney has said, is to fight against what he calls a foreign-funded “campaign of lies and defamation” that he says has caused economic hardship by landlocking Alberta crude.Kenney has said one measure of the war room’s success would be improved public opinion about pipelines and resource development. Political observers say that requires crafting messages that resonate outside Alberta while avoiding social media mudslinging or preaching to the choir.Kenney spokeswoman Christine Myatt says personal threats and abuse are never acceptable and urges those who disagree with Berman to do so respectfully.Picard, who runs the Oilsands Strong Facebook page, says unleashing abuse was not the intention of singling out Berman, but he added “professional protesters” like her should be held to account at a time when Alberta is struggling.“There’s people in Alberta who are losing everything.” Aside from the potential for online vitriol, the war room is problematic because the focus should be on tackling climate change, Berman says.“He’s wasting precious time,” she says of Kenney.Many details, including who will lead the war room, remain to be fleshed out. Kenney has said it’s to use a mixture of advertising, publicity and social media and that staff will be able to fire volleys without having to wait hours or days for approval.The premier feels the soft-power approach of the past has not worked. CALGARY, A.B. – Tzeporah Berman only learned of her cameo appearance at an Alberta government news conference about its so-called energy war room after a flood of nasty messages.Industry advocate Robbie Picard held a poster calling the prominent environmentalist an “enemy of the oilsands” as he introduced Premier Jason Kenney at the Calgary event.Berman says dozens of violent, sexist social media messages and a few frightening voicemails followed.center_img “There’s been this notion, amongst many in the Canadian energy industry, that if we just keep our heads down and try not to be noticed and be low-profile and defensive, that somehow those organizations will walk away and focus maybe on Saudi Arabia or Russia or Venezuela,” Kenney said at the news conference.“The weakness has been an invitation for an increasingly aggressive and increasingly dishonest campaign.”Mount Royal University political scientist David Taras says the war room, by its very nature, is set up for conflict and that creates pitfalls.“Give someone a hammer and they’re going to find something to hammer. Sometimes the best policy is not to respond. Sometimes the best policy is to allow someone else to respond. Sometimes the best policy is just to listen to others and watch the debate unfold,” he says.“You can’t be drawn into the morass of the internet. You have to be able to speak on behalf of Albertans in a way that Albertans can be proud of.”Pollster Janet Brown says she hopes the war room will do some public opinion research early and tailor its message accordingly.The focus should be on those not firmly entrenched in either the pro- or anti-oil camps, she says.“If they take messages that make perfect sense to Albertans and just assume they’re going to make sense to other Canadians … that could be problematic.”Brown says the war room would be wise to avoid Twitter, where few minds can be changed, and focus its social media resources elsewhere, such as paid YouTube ads.“If the war room is just spending their time on Twitter being outrageous, it will probably work in the favour of Greenpeace,” Brown says.Berman says her group has seen more people wanting to donate in recent days, and she and her colleagues are looking to incorporate more compassion into their climate change messaging.“We have, to a certain extent, been too simplistic or careless about the changes that need to happen. They are going to be hard and it’s not easy,” she says.“I understand when Albertans don’t want outsiders telling them what to do.”last_img read more

Have to look beyond resume to make casts diverse

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Olivia Wilde believes it is important to give new people a chance and look beyond the established set of actors to bring diversity in the cast and crew of a film. The actor, whose debut directorial venture Booksmart boasts of a diverse team with many newcomers on board, said she did not face trouble during the casting of the film. “It turns out when you see all actors and you just hire the best people, you actually end up with a really representative set. The problem is most people don’t look at everyone. If we keep drawing from the same pool, it becomes this recycled pot of inspiration. There’s nothing new if you don’t take a step further,” Wilde said at the screening of the film. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerThe movie features Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein in the lead, and Wilde roped in professional skaters Victoria Ruesga and Nico Haraga to play the role of their friends. “In order for casts to become more diverse and representative the same goes for crew behind the camera you have to look beyond resume. You have to hire people based on their talent, their skills, their ideas, their passion. “If we keep hiring based on resume, we will just continue this paradigm and everything will be the same as it’s been. We have to break the mold, we have to change the way we hire people.”last_img read more

Lopetegui set for awkward encounter with Ronaldo Messi is the best

first_imgNew Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is set to face an awkward first meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo after having proclaimed his rival Lionel Messi “the best player of all time”To the shock of many, Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement for next season and will officially commence his duties at Real after the World Cup.The current Spain boss has previously spoken of his admiration for Messi in the past on various occasions and has emphasised his belief that the Barcelona star has no equal in this world.“It’s extremely unlikely that we’ll see another player like him,” said the new Real boss.Prior to his appointment with the European champions, Lopetegui had an interview with the Spanish news publication “20 Minutos” and he again praised Messi.“He’s made the difference in so many ways over a continuous period of time” and that it’s “a joy to watch him play”.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The upcoming World Cup may be Messi’s last chance to win it with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner now in his thirties.But Lopetegui is certain that the Argentina team can challenge at Russia with their “extraordinary squad with extraordinary players”.Lopetegui: “Messi es el mejor jugador de la historia”— Manipulando (@Manipulando_) June 12, 2018last_img read more

Hierro confirms that De Gea will remain in goal for Spain

first_imgSpain boss Fernando Hierro has confirmed that he will be sticking with David de Gea as his starting goalkeeper for their upcoming last of 16 tie against Russia after reports had emerged that he was planning to drop himThe Manchester United number one made a high-profile error in La Roja’s opening game of the World Cup against European champions Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot slipping right through his hands for the Real Madrid star’s second of the match.Since then, De Gea has conceded another two goals in Spain’s 2-2 draw with Morocco and has looked like he is short of confidence right now.Reports had emerged suggesting that Hierro was planning to remove De Gea from the spotlight and instead start Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga in his place.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.However, the 50-year-old has now denied this.“Yes, he will play,” he told Radio Nacional de España, via Metro.United boss Jose Mourinho has also reportedly sent De Gea a message of support.Spain will take on the hosts Russia on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium.last_img read more