Powell, Williams head World Indoor team

first_imgWorld Champs 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell headline Jamaica?s 24 member squad to the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre in Portland, Oregon, from March 17-20.The women?s team of 13 also includes World Championships 4x400m relay gold medallist Stephenie Ann McPherson and 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson.Triple jumper Shanieka Thomas, combined events specialist Salcia Slack, and 800m runner Natoya Goule, who were members of the 2015 World outdoor squad, have also been included.The remaining females are Simone Facey, Patricia Hall, Chrisann Gordon, Samantha Scarlett, Anneisha McLaughlin, Verone Chamber and Ronda Whyte.On the men?s side, Powell headlines the 11-member squad, which includes world outdoor championships 110m hurdles finalist and 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division One 60m hurdle champion Omar McLeod.National record holder and 2013 NCAA 5000m champion Kemoy Campbell, Kevaughn Rattray, Odean Skeen, Ricardo Chambers, Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, Dane Hyatt, Demar Murray, and Demish Gaye complete the line-up.Glaring absences from this squad include 2014 WIC 60m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and men?s 60m silver medallist Nesta Carter.Trevor Campbell heads the management team, with Marvin Anderson and Merlene Hamilton listed as team officials.delegationThe delegation is completed by Jason Strachan (team doctor), Fitz Coleman (technical leader), Maurice Westney and Mark Elliott (coaches), Alvin Green (masseur), and Morine Dawson, (masseuse). The team will depart on March 16 and return on March 21.Jamaica won five medals at the last World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, in 2014.last_img read more

Symphony on the Farm tickets for sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tickets are now on sale (benefitinthebarn.org) for the Delaware County Farm Bureau’s Benefit in the Barn, A Symphony on the Farm. This celebration of agriculture, food and music happens Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 with all proceeds benefitting partners of the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. Guests will enjoy a fun, unique concert complete with dinner catered by City BBQ, Ohio beer, wine and spirits. The organizers promise special surprises throughout the night. All proceeds from the evening support the Delaware County Hunger Alliance.Through a partnership between the Delaware County Farm Bureau and the Delaware County United Way’s Hunger Alliance, local food insecurity is being addressed in a meaningful way. Proceeds from the 2016 Benefit in the Barn are being used to expand the weekend food backpack program for low income children in Delaware County Schools. It is also establishing a new program that will allow holders of SNAP cards to purchase fresh produce at the Delaware Farmers Market.“One of the key objectives of the Benefit in the Barn is to help reduce the hunger problem in our community. These projects are two of the several hunger relief initiatives that will be supported,” said  Zach Taylor, president of the Delaware County Farm Bureau.Barb Lyon, Vice President of the Delaware County United Way said that over 500 low-income children in Delaware County school districts will benefit from the backpack program.“Making the backpack program available to more families meets a critical need in our community and is only possible because of everyone that supports Benefit in the Barn. Connecting low-income families to the healthy options available through the farmer’s market also contributes to the overall health of the community while supporting local growers,” Lyon said.The year’s event takes place on the Doug Dawson Farm at 2831 Bowtown Road, Delaware. Tickets include a picnic-style dinner (compliments of City BBQ and Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Delaware and Honda Marysville) beginning at 6 p.m. and a performance by the Central Ohio Symphony from 7:30 p.m. until dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for open seating in the barn or adjacent tents. Handicapped parking will be available.Tickets can be purchased online at BenefitInTheBarn.org. General admission is $30 per ticket and includes the concert and dinner. Farm Bureau members will receive a $5 discount per ticket when entering their Farm Bureau member number. A limited number of tickets will be sold, so be sure to get your tickets early. Please call the United Way of Delaware County at 614-436-8929 for additional assistance regarding ticket purchases or Delaware County Farm Bureau at 740-363-1613 for general questions.All proceeds from the Benefit in the Barn will benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance.last_img read more

YouTube Networks: An Inside Look At Their Unsavory Business Practices

first_imgRay William Johnson, the world’s most successful YouTuber, announced he is leaving his signed network Maker Studios earlier this week via video. The news sent the YouTube-o-sphere abuzz with gossip as both Johnson and Maker Studios are citing wildly different reasons for his departure. Almost everyone believes Johnson’s side of the story, however, because most YouTube networks have earned a nasty rep for screwing their talent out of money and other unsavory business practices.    YouTube and its roughly 200 or so networks may be the new “new media,” but their way of doing business is very “old Hollywood” – meaning young talent is scooped up, and more often than not, taken advantage of because they don’t know enough to read the fine print or hire a lawyer. It’s been happening for years, and it’s become one of the most common complaints coming from YouTubers.  Why YouTubers Join NetworksYouTubers are eager to join networks for a variety of reasons, either because the network promises production assistance, management, agents and other resources, help contacting YouTube over site issues or securing higher advertising rates. In return, networks take anywhere from 30% to 50% of revenue generated by the video content. If that cut seems high to you, you’re not alone.The Fine Brothers, creators of the hit YouTube series “Kids/Teens/Elders React,” have a well known anti-network stance, especially when it comes to how much of a cut networks are taking. (They believe it shouldn’t be more than 10%). “We’ve seen too many people taken advantage of,” said the duo in a recent phone interview.Like the VlogBrothers, The Fine Brothers are older than the average YouTuber, and have adopted a “kind uncle” persona where younger YouTubers email them for advice, or in this case, to complain about unfair network contracts.  Widespread Complaints“The worst networks are the ones that have been here the earliest,” said Benny Fine. “A lot of things happened in the early days that are very disappointing – basically, networks try their best to get the worst contracts out.”   One of the best-known examples of unsavory YouTube network business practices brought to the Fine Brothers’ attention concerned the “perpetuity clauses” in contracts teen YouTubers signed without realizing that “perpetuity” means “for life.” This led to bad press earlier this year for Machinima, the first network on the YouTube scene, when partners tried to leave the network only to be told they couldn’t, because they had signed on for life. (According to a brief in-person interview with Machinima recruiter Zach Boone at this year’s VidCon, Machinima no longer offers perpetuity contracts.)“It’s not just Machinima,” charged Rafi Fine. “Every single network has multiple stories, but people are too fearful to speak out –  there’s a lot of fear tactics keeping people silent, even blackmailing” added Fine.YouTuber and fellow mentor like the Fine and VlogBrothers, gamer Bachir Boumaaza aka Athene Wins on YouTube, grew so distraught with all the complaints received from “15 and 16 year old YouTubers being misled” that he created the Union for Gamers, a website, community and network known as Curse as an alternative, to Machinima, for gamer-centric YouTubers.“Contracts are getting more and more aggressive,” said Boumaaza in a Skype interview earlier this year. “It’s not very healthy for the artist –  it stifles creativity, and it backfires, because the artists don’t want to make videos anymore.” Boumaaza touted Curse as offering the best rates for its partners at the time. But Curse was shut down by Google immediately after the search giant invested $35 million in Machinima earlier this year, which resulted in the fledgling network hemorrhaging thousands of dollars a day for a month. Curse was eventually saved when it was acquired by Maker Studios.Why Johnson Left Maker Studios In Johnson’s case, the issue was less of the network trying to take advantage of him (Johnson is a Columbia University graduate that was preparing to study law before his YouTube career took off) as it was Maker Studios trying to overstep its original contract agreement. In response to New Media Rockstars founder Benny Luo, Johnson tweeted he is leaving Maker Studios because the network and production company “suddenly insisted on owning part of =3 [intellectual property],” =3 being his hit show. When Johnson refused to give Maker Studios ownership, Maker Studios stopped production of Johnson’s Your Favorite Martian album, which was scheduled to come out later in 2012. The halting of his album was the last straw for Johnson, it seems.    Maker Studios, however, is saying that because of a decline in viewership (which appears to be directly related to the redesigned YouTube layout that drove down viewership for everyone), “it made sense for him to go back to producing the show himself,” and stated employing “a full production staff of 12 people including a team of writers no longer was a viable option.”Johnson countered on Twitter saying his departure had “nothing to do with =3 viewership, and I’m not sure why their PR person is saying that.” Indeed, many in the YouTube community are perplexed by Maker Studios’ statement: If Johnson, the top YouTuber and first user to become a millionaire, isn’t profitable enough for Maker Studios, then who is?Others were less surprised by the news, including popular YouTuber and businessman Philip DeFranco, who wrote in a Facebook comment, “I was wondering if/when [Maker Studios] would overstep their relationship with Ray” adding, “[h]onestly I’m surprised to hear that he doesn’t own part of Maker.”  DeFranco is signed with Revision3, one of the few networks without bad press or contract disputes to its name. In fact, the Fine Brothers just signed with Revision3 last month after a year of negotiations with more than 10 networks. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags: #Google#web#YouTube Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting fruzsina eordogh 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Six Love

first_imgThe Australian youth teams held-off a brave and talented New Zealand to seal all six matches on the final day including the deciding matches in the Boy’s 20’s and Girl’s 18’s. And with that, a clean sweep of all six of the series’ contested and a new level of admiration for team green and gold.By @JulianTFAMountfort Park, Manurewa, New ZealandGame. Matches. Series. The Australian contingent’s performances over the past three days to secure the 2017 Youth Trans- Tasman series and sweep in New Zealand was something to behold and demands to be told. While they may have had some trepidation taking the cue from their senior compatriots in winning all nine matches at the 2016 Opens Trans-Tasman, all players, coaches and mentors in location sure had to dig deep and deliver something very special of their own to overcome an amazingly talented and competitive New Zealand squad across all divisions.With all but two of the series decided on Saturday, some might think that getting the required four divisions out of six might suffice with the overall series and trophy in the bag and reflect on an awesome New Zealand performance who arguably deserved a title or two. Think again. The ruthless and mature, determined approach by the young Aussies to storm through this series victorious was compelling to watch and left the crowd across the ditch, at home and around the world, in awe.At the heart of all this was a crazy little thing called ‘love’. And we’re not merely referring here to the mutual admiration style love you might expect across a young touring sporting contingent with kindred spirits in a different country. Nor is it necessarily referring literally to that freak of a talent from the west by the name of Love, the Tyla variety. The same young man that destroyed the Kiwis in the final match, delivering a master class with his teammates in that amazing grandstand finish in the Boy’s 20’s decider early Sunday afternoon.  The love we speak of is about the young Aussies’ other loves. The love of the contest. The love of the fight and the pursuit of excellence in this great sport that drives these athletes to sweep through a series unblemished and overcome all obstacles and odds to claim their prize. The love and affection for victory in the face of fire. The love of the big stage. The big moment. The love of the team.It was etched in their eyes and seeping out of the pores of the Aussies who so desperately wanted their teammates in other teams to reign supreme and break-through for their respective wins; for their country, their families, loved ones, their school, work and team mates. Themselves. Each and every division delivered and then finally it came down to one super finale to this event.It is hard to define but it is purely as it is surely in the DNA of every card carrying, vegemite-loving dinky-di Aussie who so cherish our national victories over the best, in the ultimate sporting theatre: a Trans-Tasman sporting test. While we know it works in mysterious ways, who best to turn to explain, than the man they call Love. Tyla Love.“It is just an amazing experience coming back and winning here against the Kiwis (New Zealand his place of birth),” the sole Western Australian representative and one of the tournament stars, Tyla Love said post-match. â€œAt one-all in the deciding match today, it was awesome to play and win with our guys; particularly as the Touch Blacks were great, tough and fought really hard, as they always do.”When asked by the television commentators what was the secret of the success: “I had an Up and Go (milk drink) and got down here with the team focused and ready to play and rode off the back of the great work of the guys,” he said.   â€œTouch is good over there in WA where I’m from, but it’s a big milestone and goal of mine to play in the green and gold and win and cherish this win with the boys,” he said. It’s fair to say he sure shared the, ahem, love with his stellar support crew with a bunch of strong performances from his Australian 20’s brethren. Among them, Jake Grech eight seconds prior to the break and then Justin Cridland to Jacob Marrinan eight seconds after the break, broke the game open and the momentum of the Touch Blacks; taking the wind momentarily out of the Kiwis and into the sails of his teammates drawing ahead by two straight after the break. But then Jayden Sargent’s double kept New Zealand in the hunt. And when Whakatane’s Muir-Tuuta crossed sending a shiver down the spines of the young Aussies, it was a real case of fight or flight with the game and series on the line. No surprises here. The love of the fight won the day. The flight stuff could wait till the next day’s departures out of Auckland.  And as the song goes (New Zealand) did what they did but then Love came to town. Jinking left then right Love fired a great long ball to a juggling, rangy Osborne in the extreme right corner to stretch the lead and seemingly close the Kiwis out of the contest and tellingly, yet another series. Marrinan thought he had another but when Tjaydn Ashby then cleaned up from another bat back out wide, this time from yet another great performer through the series, Osborne.Taylor Haugh and Sargent for New Zealand were immense and when Fiveash crossed and then Australia’s Kenny dropped a certain chance in reply, it was 7-6 to the green and gold with six to go and the game and series on the line. The love of the contest.Mills, Egan, Simbolon, Cridland and Moore all upped the ante and amped the energy of the team finding supports left and right to test the Kiwi’s edges and resolve and continually surged upfield with everyone in on the act.Clearly in the moment, that man Love again jinked yet again to his favoured right to hit Osborne for his triple, leaving the defenders flat footed and proving ultimately the difference in this crucial final match.When Marrinan went close on the left flank it appeared academic with only a couple left on the clock. Then, you guessed it, Love then sealed it 9-7 with his double and with that and the final siren blaring, the green and gold Tsunami had certainly hit shore. A flood of players from all teams swung onto the field to celebrate the boys’ resounding win and the overall six series to nil margin.The love of the team. The moment.For Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire among the big ex-pat crowd, he felt enormously pleased and privileged taking a front row seat and something of a preview to future internationals and stars of tomorrow, “all accomplished and mature beyond their years”.“I am just so incredibly proud of the entire team; from all players who were outstanding throughout, right through to all coaches, mentors, support crew and families who travelled abroad to witness our stars of the future.“Firstly to our great friends at Touch New Zealand they should be so incredibly proud of the event they delivered and the great performances of all their players and teams, along with the awesome coverage of the event by Maori Television which we’re sure received huge traffic through the week.“It is always such a privilege and pleasure to be here and competing against the best with their tremendous hospitality.“And to our team it is so good to see our ‘One Team’ in action and so invested and committed to achieving this success together; notwithstanding our referees’ contingent who were again first class,” he said.“I was also so impressed by the composure shown by the players; particularly in the midst of the weather, the tension, the environment away from home.  â€œThe depth we now have across all divisions and the class and capability will no doubt hold us in good stead in the next 20 years. And no doubt this is what we will be exposed to for a while ahead, as always – very tight and gripping contests the order of the day as you would expect!” Well done again Team Australia, to all involved. Love your work. TEAM AUSTRALIA COACHES AWARDS AND PLAYERS PLAYER:18’s Mixed: Players Player – Jack Wright Coaches Player – Liam Grant 20’s Mixed: Players Player – Adam RussellCoaches Player – Marley Simbolon18’s Girls: Players Player – Aalyah Paki Coaches Player – Brittney Clifford20’s Girls: Players Player – Tamika Upton Coaches Player – Maddison Crowe 18’s Boys: Players Player – Daejarn AsiCoaches Player – Blake Moore 20’s Boys: Players Player – Jackson MillsCoaches Player – Justin CridlandTroy Malcom Award: James Price Roxanne Winder Award: Maddison Crowe Overall Results18 BoysGame One: Australia (4) defeated New Zealand (1)Game Two: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (8)Game Three: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (4)18 GirlsGame One: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (3)Game Two: New Zealand (4) defeated Australia (3)Game Three: Australia (4) defeated New Zealand (3)18 MixedGame One: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (5)Game Two: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (8)Game Three: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (10)20 BoysGame One: New Zealand (9) defeated Australia (7)Game Two: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (5)Game Three: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (7)20 GirlsGame One: Australia (8) defeated New Zealand (1)Game Two: Australia (6) defeated New Zealand (2)Game Three: Australia (10) defeated New Zealand (3)20 MixedGame One: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (7)Game Two: Australia (8) defeated New Zealand (5)Game Three: Australia (10) defeated New Zealand (7)Related LinksSix Lovelast_img read more

a month agoBournemouth winger Josh King: I’ll play where needed

first_imgBournemouth winger Josh King: I’ll play where neededby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth winger Josh King says he’ll play where needed after last night’s win at Southampton.The Norwegian striker has played on the left wing for Eddie Howe’s men in 3-1 victories over Southampton and Everton during the past two games. Speaking on Sky Sports, King said: “Obviously I’m a centre-forward but I’m a team player.“I grew up at United playing 4-3-3 in the ressies and at Blackburn I played out wide as well.“Coming here, I have had a few seasons up front and a few seasons at number 10.“When the manager asks me to play out wide, I do a job, anything for the team – but it is harder.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoMan Utd keeper De Gea with squad for Liverpool clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper De Gea with squad for Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea arrived at the Lowry Hotel with the rest of the squad on Saturday ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday.The Spaniard pulled up with a groin injury on international duty in midweek and was initially ruled out of Sunday’s huge clash with the Premier League leaders at Old Trafford.But The Times says De Gea still believes there is a slim chance he could feature after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down his injury.And he was amongst the United squad that arrived at the Lowry Hotel to prepare for the game, with Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also in attendance as they get set to return to the fold.De Gea was one of three goalkeepers in the squad along with Sergio Romero, expected to be his replacement, and back-up Lee Grant. last_img read more

DP Worlds Profit Surges in Uncertain Trade Environment

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DP World Dubai-based container port operator DP World delivered strong financial results in the first half of 2019 despite challenging global economic conditions.Profit for the period increased to USD 753 million from USD 593 million reported in the first six months of 2018, representing a growth of 26.8% on a reported basis and 22.2% on a like-for-like basis.The company’s revenue surged by 31.9% on reported and 10.8% on a like-for-like basis to USD 3.46 billion from last year’s USD 2.62 billion, supported by acquisitions and growth in non-containerized revenue.“Our half-year financial results have been in line with our expectations,” Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said.Bin Sulayem added that the company has been able “to deliver and excel a broadly impressive performance in the first half of 2019” despite uncertainty from the trade war and challenging regional geopolitical realities.During the period, the company continued investing across its ports, logistics & maritime services businesses. Ports and terminals investments included two new assets in Chile, Fraser Surrey Docks (Canada) and consolidation of assets in Australia, while logistics and maritime investment included the acquisition of Pan-European logistics platform of P&O Ferries and marine logistics operator, Topaz Energy and Marine.Capital expenditure of USD 636 million was invested across the existing portfolio during the first half of the year, the company said, adding that capital expenditure guidance for 2019 remains unchanged at up to USD 1.4 billion with investments planned into UAE, Posorja (Ecuador), Berbera (Somaliland), Sokhna (Egypt) and London Gateway (UK).“Going forward, we aim to integrate our new acquisitions and deliver synergies with the objective of providing smart end-to-end solutions, which will improve the quality of our earnings and drive returns,” Bin Sulayem noted.“While the near-term trade outlook remains uncertain with global trade disputes and regional geopolitics causing uncertainty to the container market, the strong financial performance of the first six months also leaves us well placed to deliver full-year results slightly ahead of market expectations.”last_img read more

NPSS celebrates 2018 graduating class

first_img“Keep your friends and your family close, because they will provide the best connections and network of your life.” said FraserMLA Dan Davies was on hand trying to inspire the children with the words of Walt Disney.MLA Davies. Photo by John Luke Kieper.“In the words of Walt Disney all of our dreams can come true if we just have the courage to follow them.”After a plethora of guest speakers it was valedictorian Alissa Minard’s turn to speak to her grad class.Valedictorian Allisa Minard. Photo by John Luke Kieper.“Academics are certainly important, but thats not what high school is about. Its about the lunch times, the Friday nights, the first jobs, and the best friends. Its the successes that we celebrated and the failures we learnt from. Its about the moments in which we realized who we are, what we love and what we want to do for the rest of our lives.”The event concluded with the students receiving their diploma’s and tossing their cap and tassels.The full 2018 NPSS grad class graduation can be seen below. Mayor Lori Ackerman as well as city of Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser were both on hand to address the students.Mayor Lori Ackerman. Photo by John Luke Kieper.“Graduates I want you to enjoy today, but more so I want you to make it so this isn’t the best day of your life.” said Ackerman, “When you come back to your class reunion I want you to have days that are better than today because you have an opportunity to make the best of your life.”Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser. Photo by John Luke Kieper. The event started with NPSS’s own Brittany Welsh singing the National anthem. The first speaker of the event was Blueberry River First Nation’s Chief Marvin Yahey who spoke words of wisdom to the students.Brittany Welsh singing the National Anthem. Photo by John Luke Kieper.“Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and lead a trail. Congratulations to the class of 2018.” said Chief Yahey.Up next was School District #60 Superintendent David Sloan who gave his input on the class.Superintendent David Sloan. Photo by John Luke Kieper.“Your days in public school are coming to an end, but learning never stops, and it doesn’t just happen in school.” Said Sloan, “Where and what you learn next is really up to you, so make good choices. Take some risks but be considered of the safety of yourself and others.”center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School students gathered at the North Peace Arena to celebrate their high school graduation today.The school saw approximately 370 students walk across the stage and handed out $350,000 in scholarships. Jessica Telizyn won the Loran Scholarship worth $100,000, the first time an NPSS student has ever received the honour.Jessica Telizyn receiving her Loran Scholarship. Photo by John Luke Kieper.last_img read more

Carbon tax desk thumping on agenda in upcoming Alberta legislature session

first_img“The Opposition is welcome to filibuster all they want … the legislative session will be primarily around platform promises and we’re not going to bend on that,” Nixon said last week.A filibuster, delaying legislation through endless speeches and other procedural motions, may well be in the cards.Notley is staying on as official Opposition leader and her 24-member caucus has many former cabinet ministers who know their way around debate.Notley has said the NDP recognizes the UCP won a mandate to kill the carbon tax, but the bill on labour issues is another matter. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s government heads to the legislature this week to make noise with an ambitious legislative agenda while trying to keep a hush on daily affairs.Kenney has promised what he calls a “spring of renewal” in the first sitting since his United Conservatives beat Rachel Notley’s NDP in the April 16 election.He and his 62 fellow UCP caucus members are to be sworn in as legislature members Tuesday, followed by a throne speech Wednesday and introduction of a bill that would abolish the provincial carbon tax by May 30. “Should it … do something like roll back youth wages and roll back the minimum wage, should it be something that guts overtime for working people, should it be something that goes directly at unions with respect to their free speech, then, yeah, we’ll dig in,” said Notley.Her government raised the minimum wage by one-third to $15 an hour, which some employers say is crippling business. Kenney has proposed reducing the wage to $13 an hour for those 17 and under.Another debate may be a noisy one on keeping quiet in the house.Kenney is expected to move to ban the tradition of legislature members banging on their desks to show their approval.Kenney, a former federal MP and cabinet minister, has said desk-thumping, cross-aisle heckling and shouting are unseemly and undignified.Nixon confirmed change is coming.“I suspect you’ll see a standing order that changes desk-thumping not to be allowed in the house,” he said.Notley said the silence edict is a House of Commons affectation that doesn’t respect the legislature’s traditions or the nature of vigorous debate.“In Alberta, we have pounded on the desks as long as I remember and I see no need to transport Ottawa traditions into our legislature,” she said.center_img The UCP won a majority on a platform to galvanize Alberta’s oil- and gas-based economy with cuts to taxes, rules and regulations.Kenney has appointed a panel to come up with ways to reduce spending in the budget this fall. The Opposition is warning Albertans to brace for big cuts to health and education.The spring of renewal could also be called the season of repeal as Kenney has promised to roll back signature pieces of legislation enacted by the NDP.Besides eliminating the carbon tax on home heating and gasoline bills, he has said the UCP will reduce the minimum wage for youth, change rules for overtime and holiday pay and restore mandatory secret ballots for union certification votes.Corporate income tax is to be cut to eight per cent from 12 per cent by 2022.Government house leader Jason Nixon said the plan is to introduce and pass between 10 and 12 bills in the sitting. It’s to run until the end of June, but could go into July if the NDP decides to delay passage of any bills.last_img read more