Local MLAs and others respond to first BC NDP budget in 17

first_img“Mineral exploration and development provide real and significant socio-economic opportunities and benefits to communities and First Nations in all regions of B.C., and are essential to discovering the metals and minerals required for a low-carbon future. The mining flow-through share program, as extended for a one-year term in today’s budget is one component of reinforcing B.C.’s competitiveness on the world stage.” This incentive allows individuals who invest in flow-through shares to claim a non-refundable tax credit of 20% of their B.C. flow-through expenditures.”– Edie Thome, President & CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration.“The new BC budget’s focus on housing and universal childcare will benefit many of BC’s public school teachers. BC has several thousand young teachers who were hired following our Supreme Court of Canada win. They and many others will benefit from the start of a new affordable childcare program. This budget’s overall focus on affordability will help recruit qualified teachers from other provinces to BC to help address our province’s ongoing teacher shortage.”– Glen Hansman, President of the B.C. Teachers Federation.“This budget puts the economy on autopilot – it offers nothing for how to grow prosperity, how to get to yes on major projects, or how to attract investment to B.C. In fact, its tax hikes hinder that effort. With a razor-thin surplus dependent on a lot of things going right, B.C. taxpayers should be alarmed that the NDP Government has stopped paying attention to growing the economy. The only workforce and industry support mentioned by the Finance Minister were $18 million for arts grants and $29 million for agriculture. There’s another $144 million from the federal government for employment programs, but you can’t help but think Ottawa might be hesitant to cut that cheque right now.”– Jordan Bateman, Communications Director of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association.“We want to build B.C. better, and this budget will help us get there. The significant capital investment of $15.8 billion over three years and support for apprentices and women in trades will not only benefit our industry but the province as a whole through a legacy of skills training and employability. BCBT affiliates invest more than $18 million annually in apprenticeship and training to ensure our members do their best work, and do it safely. We expect these same high standards at every institution and welcome any measures that achieve that goal.”– Dave Holmes, President of the BC Building Trades Council. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace Region’s two BC Liberal MLAs say they’re concerned about the 2018 Budget tabled by the NDP government, which were also echoed by several organizations across the province.Peace River North MLA Dan Davies said that the large amount of tax increases that were contained in Tuesday’s budget was especially concerning, especially the increased tax burden on businesses in B.C. Davies specifically cited the NDP’s plan to eliminate MSP premiums by January 1st, 2020, and make up for the loss in revenue with a new plan to implement a payroll tax of 1.95 percent on all business payrolls over $1.5 million. The government said that new tax will bring in $1.9 billion, not quite making up for the $2.6 billion brought in by MSP premiums in 2017.Davies explained that the increased taxes on businesses will lower the competitiveness of B.C., and the province could see businesses decide to move to other jurisdictions because of the increase in taxes. His concerns were echoed by BC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Val Litwin. Litwin said in a statement that “this new burden, shifted entirely onto the shoulders of business owners, flies in the face of an innovative economy – a phrase that featured prominently in every Ministers’ mandate letter in July, but very little in today’s speech. This new tax will have a negative effect on growth and investment.” Both Davies and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier also expressed concerns about a lack of concrete spending that was announced for rural B.C., adding that the budget seemed to be focused on announcing spending in the Lower Mainland area.“They didn’t have anything highlighted for specific major four-landing projects around the area,” said Bernier. “There wasn’t a lot in this budget that I see is going to benefit people in this region. Mining and the resource sector wasn’t mentioned once. They hardly had any supports that I saw for agriculture or forestry.”Meanwhile, BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, whose party’s support is required to keep the minority NDP government in power, had positive things to say about the budget, though he also expressed a concern that climate change was not receiving adequate attention.“It is encouraging to see such a significant emphasis on child care,” said Weaver in a statement. “This is a core commitment to our Confidence and Supply Agreement and we have been working diligently to consult with the government on how we can best achieve our shared goals. However, we are still concerned that the challenges presented by the emerging economy, and the challenge of climate change in particular are not receiving adequate attention. Without a clear vision and decisive action we risk undermining all of the progress we could make on childcare and housing. Over the coming days and weeks our caucus will be seeking more information from the government about the specifics of their budget policies.”Other organizations had both positive and negative things to say about the budget.“This provincial budget shows it is possible to prioritize the wellbeing of our communities and families in tandem with addressing the climate challenge. Investments in wildfire preparedness, energy-efficient social housing, and carbon-tax rebates for lower income households are prime examples.”– Karen Tam Wu, acting B.C. director at the Pembina Institute.“This is robbing Peter to pay Paul, and we worry that employees will suffer for it. It was good that the government committed to axing the unfair MSP health tax, but they are now pinning it on employers who will have to find that money somewhere. Employers don’t have a magical pot of money to hand to government and they will do things like freezing wages, halting hiring and ceasing expansion. That punishes growth and innovation. If the BC government could take the ICBC anchor off its neck, this budget would be much more buoyant. It would be a relief to change ICBC into a co-op, putting it into the hands of drivers who choose it and opening it up to competition.”– Kris Sims, BC Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.center_img “Our economy grows when businesses are supported, taxes remain competitive with global competitors such as the US, and businesses are optimistic about hiring and investing. Given this government’s emphasis on innovation and the ’emerging economy’, we expected to see a more holistic plan put in place for the reduction of red tape that has always proven to spur growth and, for example, more incentives to drive innovation and early adoption of new technologies.”– Val Litwin, President & CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP investigate shooting in Valhalla

first_imgIf you have any information on this occurrence please contact the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – Mounties in Beaverlodge are investigating after a woman was shot over the weekend.At around 12:30 p.m. Monday the RCMP responded to a home in Valhalla, which is located around 30 kilometres north of Beaverlodge, to a report of shots fired. Police learned that three men approached the home before shots were fired, with one of the bullets striking a woman in the leg. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Police suspect that this was a targeted attack, and are seeking the public’s help to identify those responsible. The three male suspects are said to have fled the scene in two white pickup trucks.last_img read more

`1,200 crore Defence Ministry contract for Tata Power SED

first_imgNew Delhi: Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (SED) has bagged a Rs 1,200 crore contract from the defence ministry for supply of ship-borne 3D Air Surveillance Radars.Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division has signed a deal with the Ministry of Defence to supply 23 ship-borne 3D Air Surveillance Radars to the Indian Navy over the next 10 years, a Tata Power statement said Friday. The contract was signed under the Buy & Make (India) category of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2013 that will be offering the Indian Navy a proven solution, with a production arrangement in India under Transfer of Technology (ToT). The contract will be executed by Tata Power SED as the prime contractor with foreign OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partner Indra Sistemas, Spain. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) has entered into a share purchase agreement with Tata Power to buy Tata Power SED, subject to regulatory and other approvals.last_img read more

Freshmen shine on the mats for Ohio State wrestling

Freshman Kyle Snyder (second from left), redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan (middle) and redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello were named co-captains for the Buckeyes dispite being in their first years of collegiate competition.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterDespite seeing an early exit at the National Duals in Iowa City over the weekend, the Ohio State wrestling team might have discovered the future of its program.Freshman Kyle Snyder and redshirt-freshmen Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello are ranked No. 3, No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, in their weight classes, and have been a staple in the team’s success. All three were named co-captains along with redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, even though they are wrestling in their first competitive year at OSU.Tomasello said he is grateful for the opportunity to help lead the team toward its goals.“Getting voted as captains was very humbling, I feel we have done a good job of being supportive, helping the team improve each week and have come together to make a run at a title at the end of the year,” the redshirt-freshman said. “We’ve learned a lot and the coaches have gotten us prepared and it’s been a great experience so far.”Jordan (16-0), a redshirt-freshman, has been called upon to not only win his 165-pound matches, but to do so by getting bonus points to increase the team’s chances of winning. Jordan said he doesn’t focus on the extra points as much as the coaches do, but added he wants to do whatever he can to help the team win.“I’m not really thinking about getting the extra points, but if I go out and wrestle to the best of my ability and stay where I’m good at, I know I can throw up a lot of points and I’ll see what happens from there,” Jordan said.Throughout the season, Jordan has been known to hit a point in his matches where a whole new level of intensity is shown. He said he can feel when it’s time for that to turn on.“There’s a point in every match where my lungs feel like they are on fire, and when I start to feel tired and things are starting to get tough. I know my opponent is feeling the same thing, so I know it’s time to click and throw it into the next gear,” Jordan said.Jordan also credited Tomasello (24-4) when it comes to being motivated to go out and give it his all.“(He’s) the guy who starts the fire in everyone at the beginning of each match,” Jordan said.“I don’t think there is anyone else in the nation that I would rather have starting off our matches at 125 pounds besides Nathan Tomasello,” Jordan said. “He gets after it for seven minutes and he gets the team fired up.”As for starting out first each night, the 125 pounder said he wouldn’t want it any other way.“I want to be first on the mat every time,” Tomasello said. “I want to bring the intensity and go at it for the full seven minutes and then I get the rest of the dual to cheer on my teammates.”Snyder (24-2), a favorite to win the Big Ten Championship in two weeks, credited his co-captains and teammates for keeping him focused.“It helps when everyone is doing their part, and when you have Nate and Bo who are both freaks in the sport of wrestling, it helps in preparing for big matches,” Snyder said. “Nate always gets the ball rolling when he starts the match, and it gets our heads in the right direction, and when Bo goes out and gets bonus points, it motivates me to do the same.”Snyder said preparation has taken its course and now it’s about proving who’s the best in the sport.“This is the time in the season where you have to just go out and win matches,” he said. “It’s fun just competing and practicing to get better, but now it’s all about getting your hand raised.”OSU had everything going for it, including victories in nine straight dual meets. All of that came to an end when the No. 3 Buckeyes were upset by the No. 11 Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 21-18, on Saturday.The Buckeyes managed just four victories over the Mountain Hawks.The trio of freshmen continued to put up big numbers in their individual matches and their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, coach Tom Ryan said.“We have four bright spots right now, and three of them are freshmen,” Ryan said. “Other guys are going to have to figure out who and what they want to be in this sport in the next two weeks.”The Buckeyes are set to host the Big Ten Championships March 7-8 at St. John Arena, and as long as they follow Stieber’s and the coaches’ lead, they should be successful, Jordan said.“Logan’s leading the way so we just have to follow him and listen to the coaches and go out and wrestle our best,” Jordan said. “We have what it takes to win it all and it’s time to go out and prove it.” read more

Danilo injury concern for Man City

first_imgManchester City will observe Danilo’s fitness upon his return from international duty with BrazilThe 27-year-old full-back had only recovered from an ankle injury last month, but appeared to have sustained damage in the same area on Tuesday.Danilo started for Brazil in their South American showdown with rivals Argentina in a four-team friendly competition at Saudi Arabia.But Sky Sports reports that a tearful Danilo was forced to leave the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the final 37 minutes of the game with a suspected ankle injury.The injury occurred while Danilo attempted to stop an Argentina attack and he was replaced with Liverpool’s Fabinho by Brazil coach Tite.It’s currently unclear whether Danilo will be available for City’s Premier League game against Burnley this Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Brazilian has featured only once this season for Pep Guardiola’s side in a 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Brazil won the game against Argentina 1-0 through a late Miranda goal.Danilo leaves field in tears for Brazil to hand boss Guardiola injury blow https://t.co/xtbrHPSoyk pic.twitter.com/ap5Hn59NiG— The Sun – Man City (@SunManCity) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Federal judge stays ruing CA magazine ban unconstitutional

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter April 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Federal judge stays ruing CA magazine ban unconstitutional SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California’s law banning gun magazines that hold more than 10 bullets went back into effect this afternoon, one week after a San Diego federal judge ruled that it was unconstitutional.U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez issued a stay Thursday on his March 29 ruling that the law violated the Second Amendment rights of gun owners and that its passage was an overreaction to high-profile gun crimes.Benitez issued the stay following a petition from Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office which has appealed the decision declaring the law unconstitutional to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.“We are pleased that the judge stayed the effect of his decision pending our appeal,” Becerra said. “We look forward to defending this important public safety law before the 9th Circuit and are confident that it is constitutional.”The stay does not apply to anyone who purchased, sold, or imported magazines between last week’s decision and 5 p.m. Friday.In his ruling overturning the law, Benitez, an appointee of President George W. Bush, wrote, “Bad political ideas cannot be stopped by criminalizing bad political speech. Crime waves cannot be broken with warrantless searches and unreasonable seizures. Neither can the government response to a few mad men with guns and ammunition be a law that turns millions of responsible, law-abiding people trying to protect themselves into criminals. Yet, this is the effect of California’s large-capacity magazine law.”The executive director of the National Rifle Association’s political and lobbying arm called last Friday’s ruling a “huge win for gun owners” and a “landmark recognition of what courts have too often treated as a disfavored right.”“Judge Benitez took the Second Amendment seriously and came to the conclusion required by the Constitution,” said Chris W. Cox of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. “The same should be true of any court analyzing a ban on a class of arms law-abiding Americans commonly possess for self-defense or other lawful purposes.”Benitez issued a preliminary injunction in 2017 stopping enforcement of the law. The injunction was upheld in July by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 5, 2019last_img read more

Alaska Legislature Urges Feds To Rethink Marijuana Stance

first_imgThe resolution also asks the federal government to respect the state’s authority to regulate the use, production and distribution of marijuana in Alaska. The House voted 37-0 Monday to accept changes made by the Senate. The Senate passed the resolution unanimously earlier in April. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution urging the federal government to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a controlled substance.center_img Alaska voters in 2014 approved legalizing recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older. Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.last_img read more