Premier lays out plan to deal with Economic Crisis

first_img4. School property tax rebate for industry: 50 per cent of all school property taxes will be rebated to light and heavy industry to help some of B.C.’s oldest and largest employers, particularly in rural British Columbia. It will save industry about $115 million over the next three years and is on top of the approximately $24 million in annual benefits to heavy industry announced in the 2008 budget. This builds on the plan to have the lowest corporate income tax rate in Canada by 2011.5. Accelerated tax relief for small business: Effective December 1, 2008 the small business income tax rate will be reduced to 2.5 per cent from the current 3.5 per cent. Small business income tax rates were already reduced from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent on July 1, 2008 with a plan to reduce them to 2.5 per cent by 2011. This will accelerate that tax cut by two years, resulting in a 44 per cent tax cut for small business this year alone. The savings to small business will be $146 million over three years.6. Double commission paid to business for PST and HRT collection: The Province will double the commission it pays business for collecting the provincial sales tax and hotel room tax. That will provide more than 100,000 businesses with approximately $60 million over three years and add up to $1,200 to a business’s bottom line.7. Accelerated public infrastructure: The Province will accelerate public investments in capital infrastructure projects. Funding will focus on projects without a long lead time that will keep people employed in our construction sector.8. 33 per cent reduction in ferry fares for December and January: The Province will fund a 33 per cent reduction of ferry fares on all routes for December and January. This is on top of the upcoming 50 per cent reduction in the fuel surcharge on ferry fees that will come into effect November 4. In addition, ferry service levels for all routes, including the Sunshine Coast will be restored. This will require a one-time, $20-million investment.9. Rein in avoidable government spending: The Province will re-evaluate spending priorities and focus on scaling back unbudgeted increases.10. Recall the Legislature: As a number of these measures require legislative approval, the Legislature will be recalled on November 20. The Premier spent 15 minutes tonight outlining his plan to address the economic crisis in North America. We will have more on this story shortly.Premier Campbell outlined 10 key measures during his address:1. Unlimited deposit insurance for deposits to credit unions: The Province intends to provide unlimited deposit insurance protection on deposits to British Columbia’s credit unions effective immediately. Deposits at credit unions were formerly insured up to a level of $100,000. All credit unions in the province have deposit insurance through the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation. The new protection will apply to deposits currently covered by this insurance. This brings B.C. in line with Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, PEI, and New Brunswick, which all also provide unlimited provincial deposit insurance protection. Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland cover $250,000. Ontario provides $100,000 per registered account.Advertisement – Advertisement -2. A new pension opportunity: The Province will create a new private sector pension opportunity for British Columbians who currently have no access to a pension plan. About 75 per cent of private sector workers in B.C. currently have no access to a group pension plan. Flowing from work done with the Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards with Alberta, in the months ahead the government will spearhead the creation of a privately financed, defined contribution plan that will be available to employers, employees and self-employed people on a voluntary basis.3. An accelerated, retroactive personal income tax cut: There will be a five per cent personal income tax reduction retroactive to January 1, 2008. This includes the two per cent tax cut that took effect July 1 of this year as well as the planned three per cent reduction that was to take effect January 1, 2009. Taxpayers will see the retroactive benefit on their 2008 tax return. It will put an additional $144 million in the pockets of British Columbians.Advertisementlast_img read more

1st CAC 2018 medal: Fernandes and Khalil take bronze in squash women’s doubles

first_imgThe dominant duo of Ashley Khalil and Taylor Fernandes created history on Tuesday when they secured Guyana’s first Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games 2018 medal in Barranquilla, Colombia.Despite not doing so well in their individual matches, Fernandes and Khalil teamed up to form Guyana’s women’s doubles squash team. In their quest to the medal, the dynamic duo defeated Dominique Haywood and Jada Smith-Padmore of Barbados 2-1, but were knocked off the path to the gold medal when they suffered a tough semi-final loss to Maria and Laura Tovar of Colombia.The men’s squash team also had a bit of luck when they defeated Panama’s team.The Guyanese contingentJason Ray Khalil had a 3-0 win over Adrian Padro while Seth Sunil experienced the same fortunes against David Gonzalez. They are expected to come up against the Jamaican team today. A women’s team will also have a match-up today with Colombia.Over in the pool, two of Guyana’s athletes swam their hearts out in their two events. Andrew Fowler clocked 27.01s in his 50-metre butterfly event while Jamila Sanmoogan registered 1.03.93 in her 100m freestyle. They will hit the pool again tomorrow for the men’s and women’s 50m freestyle.In the taekwondo arena, Guyana’s Adrian Spelling missed out with a loss to Mexico’s Bryan Salazar.After a thrilling victory over the Dominican Republic during the weekend, the national men’s hockey team went into their encounter with Mexico full of confidence, hoping to defeat the bronze medal squad.In the beginning of the match-up, Guyana displayed high levels of determination, executing strong defence tactics which surprised the otherwise indestructible Mexican team. In a twist of fate, Mexico managed to break down the Guyanese defence which set up their first goal from Francisco Aguilar a little before half time. The Mexican team were much better in the second half, registering two more goals, a feat the Guyanese team could not manage.However, the national team’s semi-final dreams are not over since they still have one more chance to make it. They will compete with Guatemala today, in a deciding game.On the other hand, the female national hockey team lost their last match to Mexico 2-0 on Wednesday, which means they will not advance out of the pool-play stage.last_img read more

No doubt, some AI already knew about this Ericsson ’17 trends report

first_imgAs the year 2016 is winding down, Ericsson Consumer Lab has delivered their annual trend report, The 10 Consumer Trends for 2017 and beyond.According to the report, it looks like AI is an important consumer focus, and consumers envision it providing much more than ever before – both socially and at work. Actually, 35 percent of advanced internet users would like to have an AI advisor at work, and one in four would prefer an AI as their manager.  However, almost half of these workers worry about AI robots soon taking over people’s jobs.See Also: Ericsson sees a wearable future that’s easy to swallowAutomated applications are being used more often by consumers, which is driving IoT adoption.  Two in five people think that smartphones will adopt their habits and do activities for them automatically.Looking at the report, over half of consumers already use emergency alarms, tracking or notifications on their smartphones. Of those users who believe their smartphones make them feel more safe, three in five claim to take more risks because they believe they can rely on their phones more.The report goes on to show that car drivers may be rare in the future. One in four pedestrians believes it would be safer to cross streets if all cars were autonomous, and 65 percent of them would rather have an autonomous car over a normal one.However, as these smart cars become a reality, car sickness issues may increase, and three in ten foresee needing pills to cure this car sickness. One in three also suggested motion sickness pills to use with virtual and augmented reality technology.VR no different from real reality in a few years?Continuing deeper into the report, about four out of five virtual reality users think that virtual reality will be indistinguishable from reality in three years. Half of these respondents have already voiced interest in gloves or shoes that allow interaction with virtual objects. Over half of people surveyed would enjoy using augmented reality glasses to illuminate dark surroundings and pinpoint dangers. More than one in three would prefer to edit out disturbing elements around them as well.Discussing the rise of virtual reality, Michael Björn, Head of Research, Ericsson ConsumerLab, states, “Beyond real time, I believe we should be talking about reality time. In fact, what we call reality becomes ever more personal and subjective.Consumers not only surround themselves with the like-minded on social networks, but also are also starting to customize the way they experience the world with augmented and virtual reality technologies. Consumers also want the future to remain fully mobile, implying that demand for battery-friendly, instant and fast connectivity is set to grow rapidly. In that sense, reality time means it is time for 5G networks.”Still, the paradox of internet use persistsThe report also states that people are readily transforming their social networks into silos. One in three surveyed explains that social networks are the main source of news. And more than one in four value their contacts’ opinions more than the viewpoints of politicians.But, when it comes to privacy, people are divided.  Two in five advanced internet users prefer to use encrypted services, but the others would just like to have decent privacy across all services.  More than one out of three thinks that privacy no longer exists at all.  And more than two out of five advanced internet users would choose to get all their products from the largest five IT companies. Of those, three in four believe this is a highly likely possibility in just five years.These insights are based on Ericsson ConsumerLab’s global research studies for more than 20 years, along with data collected from an online survey of advanced internet users in 14 major cities around the globe, performed in October 2016. According to Ericsson, although the study only represents 27 million citizens, their early adopter profile makes them critical to understand when exploring future trends. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Related Posts Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#autonomous vehicles#consumer trends#driverless cars#Ericsson#IoT center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Amanda Razani Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Resource Discovery: Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey Report

first_imgThis post was written by Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTMixon, K. (2013). Did you know? Kacy Mixon gives eXtension permission to use this photo.Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization founded by military spouses in 2009 to raise awareness of military family struggles, spearheaded an online survey in November 2012 to examine major obstacles that military families may face. Today’s “Resource Discovery” features the website that houses the findings of this survey in which over 5,100 military family members participated.Blue Star Families (2013). Retrieved fromhttps://www.bluestarfam.org/The major themes covered included pay/benefits, retirement, military spouse employment, effects of deployment on children, and education of military children. The survey revealed financial as well as health and wellness concerns as the top military family issues. Below are a few of the other findings:35% of respondents listed pay/benefits as their top military family life issue.77% of respondents indicated having 1 or more children living at home.30% of respondents participated in mental health counseling to assist with the negative impacts of deployment.24% of spouse respondents reported post-traumatic stress symptoms in their service member.72% of participants reported that social media was important in communicating with their service member during deployment.Of the service members who contemplated suicide, 30% reported not seeking suicide support services.The Blue Star Families website provides not only the comprehensive survey results, but also an abridged version supplying the highlights in PDF format. It is accessible to the public and can be used by professionals providing services to military families to explore unique concerns that these families they may have.last_img read more

Are You a Caregiver?

first_imgThe term ‘caregiver’ can be defined as an individual that provides care, whether it is paid or unpaid, to someone with an impairment. However, when we hear the term ‘caregiver’ our thoughts are immediately drawn to the idea of caring for an aging adult. The term may be hard to accept, especially if you are caring for a younger adult…say from the military perhaps.As a military spouse or family member caring for your wounded service member, the term ‘caregiver’ may not even cross your mind. You assume as spouse or family member that it is just part of caring for the individual you love. In reality, we are all caregivers at some point in our life – caring for our children, parent, spouse or friend.In the video below Michael Roos, Military Family Life Counselor at Joint Base Lewis McChord, explains his thoughts on the term ‘caregiver.’ Listen to the video below and how his comments may relate to your personal experience.How do you define ‘caregiving?’ Do you consider yourself a caregiver?For military spouses, families or friends caring for wounded, ill and injured service members, it is important to understand that you are now taking on a new role as ‘Military Caregiver.’ While you may not see yourself as a caregiver, it is important to identify yourself in this role in order to understand specific education and information related to your service member’s injury or condition and how it may affect you.So I ask the question again – How do you define ‘caregiving?’ Do you consider yourself a caregiver?This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on October 28, 2014.last_img read more

Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season

first_imgRead Next View comments Morgan scores twice, US women beat New Zealand 5-0 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  FILE – In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals’ Alex Gordon advances to third base on a fly out by Lorenzo Cain during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit Major League Baseball’s record 5,694th home run of 2017 on Tuesday night, Sept. 19, 2017 breaking a season record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)TORONTO — Kansas City’s Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball’s season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night.Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive, which drove in the last run in the Royals’ 5-2 loss, was his eighth this season and the 159th of his 11-year big league career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Holding the ball he hit over the right-field wall, Gordon said he didn’t plan to keep the historic memento or anything else from the game.“I’m going to give it to Cooperstown,” Gordon said. “I figured they’d probably have much more reason to have it than I do. I don’t really want to remember too much about this season, so I’ll probably just give it away and let them take care of it.”There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.“I don’t know what to make of it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Guys are bigger and guys are stronger. but so are the pitchers. There sure are a lot of home runs being hit.”Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has noticed the surge in homers but doesn’t have an explanation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It really looks like the ball is flying,” he said.Power subsided after the start of drug testing with penalties in 2004. The home run average dropped in 2014 to its lowest level since 1992, then started rising during the second half of the 2015 season.“My biggest take on it is that players are trying to hit more home runs,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “Their philosophy overall, a lot of these position players, is to get the ball in the air and also pull the ball and get the ball in the air and hit it as far as you can. So you’re increasing the launch angle, whatever you want to call this, stay away from the groundballs. And so they’re sacrificing a little bit more contact to do a little bit more damage.”When the previous record of 5,693 was set in 2000, Sammy Sosa led the major leagues with 50 home runs and Barry Bonds hit 49.Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton leads the major leagues with 55 home runs this year, followed by New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge with 44.Yost said he doesn’t believe more players are swinging for the fences than in years past.“You’re always looking to elevate,” Yost said. “You’re not going to make a whole lot of money hitting the ball on the ground in this league because the defenders are so quick and athletic. You’ve got to get the ball in the air, I think, if you’re going to be successful.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “A pretty cool thing to be a part of,” Gordon said. “I didn’t hit many this year, but I guess I made one count.”It was the 17th home run of the night in the major leagues and came just after Detroit’s Alex Presley tied the record when he connected at home against Oakland’s Daniel Gossett.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGordon said he heard talk of the record on a clubhouse television after Toronto’s Darwin Barney homered in the sixth.“I was kind of aware that we were getting close to it,” he said. “After I walked back to the dugout. I kind of forgot about it.” Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Nebraska OL Coach On What He Looks For In Offensive Linemen, “Best Guys That Are Tough A**holes”

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Cavanaugh, Nebraska’s offensive line coach who came to Lincoln with former Oregon State coach Mike Riley, knows what he wants to see in his current-and-future Husker players. He, obviously, wants players with talent and ability. But he wants to see something else, too. Cavanaugh wants his offensive linemen to be “tough a**holes.” Mike Cavanaugh on building his offensive line: “We are going to get the five best guys that are tough a** holes.” #Huskers— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) March 19, 2015That has to be music to Nebraska fans’ ears, who are used to watching a tough-as-nails offensive line dominate the line of scrimmage. Nebraska opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against BYU.last_img read more

West Virginia’s Bob Huggins Takes A Shot At The NCAA For Tournament Game Starting At 11 P.M.

first_imgBob Huggins at an NCAA Tournament press conference.Friday night’s NCAA Tournament Second Round game in Columbus between No. 6 Providence and No. 11 Dayton started at roughly 11 p.m. E.T. The game was scheduled to tip off at about 10 p.m. E.T., but due to the previous two games – West Virginia-Buffalo and Maryland-Valparaiso -at the site running long, the tip time between the Friars and the Flyers was delayed. Cleveland.com has a lengthier explanation on the situation. Saturday afternoon, Mountaineers’ coach Bob Huggins was asked about the late tip time. He gave a pretty sarcastic response. Bob Huggins, on playing tourney games til 1 am: “It’s all about the betterment of the student athlete….It just tickles me to death.”— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) March 21, 2015The game was played on a Friday night, so it’s not like the student-athletes had classes to wake up for the following morning – and, really, what college student goes to be before midnight, anyway? – but the NCAA clearly could have done a better job scheduling.last_img read more

Football The final drive that lifted Ohio State over Michigan and Curtis

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) scores the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win over Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes took down the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday in an unprecedented finish that is often only present in dreams.Junior H-back Curtis Samuel took a handoff and ran to the left sideline where redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and redshirt senior center Pat Elflein paved the way for the game-winning touchdown in OSU’s 30-27 double-overtime victory. In Weber’s first game in the rivalry and Elflein’s fifth, the two created one of the most memorable plays in the history of the rivalry.“It’s ‘29 lead’ is the call, and Curtis scored,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said.After that moment, Meyer coiled over and was on the ground. He was helped up by members of the staff and, well, he really doesn’t know who.“I don’t know,” he said. “Curtis scored going to the left.”When asked what happened immediately after the game, it was like Meyer was stuck in a loop where he could only remember the play that saved his season.“Yeah, Curtis scored,” he said.For years to come, Meyer won’t be the only one to remember that play. All 110,045 people in attendance — an Ohio Stadium record — will remember that play, either in reminiscing or in self-pity. Samuel became a player cemented in college football history as well as the ongoing tradition of the Scarlet and Gray against the Maize and Blue on the last week in November.But it almost didn’t happen.OSU salvaged a disastrous offensive day by riding its two biggest playmakers in overtime. OSU began the first overtime with the ball and it took just an 18-yard gain from Samuel on the first play and a 7-yard gain from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett on the next to put OSU in front for the first time since the second quarter.When OSU got the ball in the second overtime, the Buckeyes were trailing by a field goal. Again, only Barrett and Samuel would touch the ball.Barrett was sacked for 4 yards on 2nd-and-5 from the Michigan 20, OSU had a critical 3rd-and-9 in front of them. OSU kicker Tyler Durbin had missed two field goals already in the game, so confidence certainly wasn’t at an all-time high for the kicking game.Barrett threw a swing pass to Samuel, who was trapped in the backfield and was going to be tackled for a loss. A couple dozen moves later, Samuel zigged and zagged from the right side of the field to the left for an 8-yard gain to set up a 4th-and-1 from the Michigan 16.“I couldn’t even tell you how it happened,” Samuel said. “I got to go back and look at that one. I knew I had to make a play for my team and that just happened.”Samuel put the Buckeyes well inside the range of Durbin, but Meyer had confidence in his offense even when down by three with the game on the line. Now, Meyer is known for his gutsy play calling, but the decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 when all OSU needed was a field goal was worthy of a concussion protocol to make sure Meyer was mentally in check to make the call. For him, it came down to an old adage.“If you can’t get that far, you’re not a championship team,” Meyer said.Barrett barely reached the line to gain and the call stood after a replay review that Meyer said made his heart stop. Without Samuel running rampant across the field, the chance for a win would’ve never happened. On the next play, Samuel finished his improbable overtime with the game-winning score and Columbus was sent into a frenzy.Dubbed as the team’s No. 1 playmaker from the beginning of the season, Samuel didn’t put up astronomical stats, but showed up when the game mattered.“In crunch time and you need someone to make a play and your number is called and you make it, that’s a playmaker,” Elflein said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s throwing, blocking or running the ball, when it’s crunch time and you need someone to step up, that’s a playmaker.”As soon as Samuel broke the goal line, Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price were the first to hug him and were soon joined by the team.“First off I got to say, I want to thank God. I gotta thank God,” Samuel said. “My team, we fought. It was a hard game … Without them, that wouldn’t have happened.”Well, it did happen, and neither Samuel nor anyone else will soon forget the first overtime game in the history of the rivalry. read more

Commentary Offensive improvement stunted by Braxton Millers injury

Despite popular belief in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio, the Ohio State offense isn’t dead. But it may not be alive either. After a Michigan State game in which the Buckeyes mustered a lowly 178 yards and seven points, the OSU offense came to Nebraska with a game plan and actually moved the ball. Coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman abandoned the onslaught of predictable running plays and slow-developing passing plays and did something that, quite frankly, they should have done a long time ago. They played to the personnel’s strengths. It all started with the way Braxton Miller was utilized. Miller’s biggest weakness is his inability to read defenses. Too many times in previous weeks, Miller took the snap under center and was forced to try and navigate a collapsing pocket, read the defense, and find a receiver down the field. This week, OSU had Miller in shotgun and pistol formations where Miller could better see the field before the snap and get a better feel for what the defense was going to do. Miller was able to make quicker, simpler reads and actually complete passes. They also utilized Miller’s speed by rolling the quarterback outside the pocket and giving him the option to run and pass. There were three times in the first half alone when Miller pulled the ball down, and converted a critical third down. Mike Adams’ return from a five-game suspension gave the Buckeyes a huge lift on the offensive line. Adams joined Andrew Norwell on the left side and the line and was able to push the Nebraska defense off the ball. The coaches utilized the newfound strength and ran it off the left side for much of night. But in the third quarter, Miller went down with an apparent right ankle injury. Nebraska scored twice, cut OSU’s lead to seven, and Joe Bauserman entered the game.  The stagnant offense was back. Bauserman was holding onto the ball, throwing it away, and the running game disappeared. The OSU coaches had a plan for an offense with Miller at the helm and Bauserman wasn’t a part of it. Nebraska defense took advantage of the inept offensive play and went on to win a game that has to be a heartbreaker for the Buckeyes. Bauserman has proven the offense can’t be effective if he’s playing quarterback. All Buckeye fans can do at this point is hope Miller heals fast because the future of this offense is entirely dependent on the health of his right ankle. read more