Royals win again, Ravens bounce back

first_img… Pacesetters make winning startVICTORY Valley Royals won their second match to remain unbeaten in this year’s ‘Road to Mecca’ basketball Championships, while Ravens rebounded from their opening night upset and Pacesetters made a winning start in their journey to ‘Mecca’, when the tournament continued on Sunday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Playing in the opening game of the night’s triple-header at the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABAF) marquee tournament, Pacesetters 28 points (85-57) blowout-win over last year’s finalists Retrieve Raiders, while the Royals, behind Harold Adams, eased to a comfortable 77-55 win over newcomers Kobras.On night one of the competition, Rose Hall Jammers, considered by many as ‘minnows’ of the National Club Championship, walked away with a shocking 64-60 win over Ravens. However, Darcel Harris, the team’s point-guard and centrepiece, regrouped his troops and returned on Sunday to romp to an 82-78 ‘statement-win’ over Amelia’s Ward Jets.Harris scored 15 points in the win over the Jets and picked up five steals, while Ryan Stephney led all scorers with 30 points. Tyrone Hamid and Sebastian Luke both finished the night with ten points apiece.For the Jets, Donnel Benjamin was the team’s best scorer with 20 points and Sean Muss had 14 points in the loss.In the Pacesetters versus Raiders clash, forward Sherlon Legall had 24 points in leading the city team to victory over the Linden club who are coming off a horrible season in the LABA. Joslyn Crawford had 12 while Nathan Saul, a usual marksman, had a bad shooting night, only scoring 10 points from his 19 attempts to the basket.Karem Roberts with 14 and Neil Marks, 11, were the top shooters for the Raiders.Meanwhile, coming into the tournament Royals had ‘man-handled’ their counterparts in Linden during their run the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) and that run continued into the ‘Road to Mecca’ tournament, as the Victory Valley-based team crushed Georgetown’s second-best team, Plaisance Guardians, by 23 points (82-59).The win over the Guardians was an eye-opener for the city clubs, and the Kobras, Georgetown basketball’s newcomers, would feel the wrath of Adams, who, this year, scored 111 points in a game during the LABA League – the most ever scored by a player locally in an organised game.Adams had a game-high 22 points in the Royals’ victory in a game that had the Lindeners leading 41-32 at the halfway mark.However, point guard Marlon Pollydore (7) and Yannick Tappin (16), joined Adams in helping the Royals to pull away from the Kobras, outscoring them 13-11 (54-43) at the end of the penultimate period, and 23-12 (77-55) in the final period.Travis Burnett entertained the crowd in his 18 points, while Jermaine Slater contributed nine for the Kobras who would next play Plaisance Guardians on Friday.last_img read more

Steelers’ Mason Rudolph benched amid dreadful performance vs. Bengals

first_imgCould this be the end of the Mason Rudolph era in Pittsburgh?It’s been a tumultuous week and a half for the Steelers’ backup-turned-starter. Days after he was clocked in the head with his own helmet late in Pittsburgh’s loss to Cleveland last week, courtesy of Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, he was accused of speaking a racial slur to the Browns defensive end, prompting the viral brawl. (The NFL “found no such evidence” Rudolph uttered a racial slur, per ESPN.) On Sunday, he was benched in the second hald of Pittsburgh’s 16-10 win over hapless Cincinnati. Rudolph had an 8-for-16 line for 85 yards and an interception vs. the Bengals.😤 @Carlos_Dunlap with the tip ➡ @36SLY36 with the pick 😤#PITvsCIN | #SeizeTheDEY— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 24, 2019Devlin Hodges entered the game to play QB for the Steelers, and the move paid immediate dividends: Hodges was 2-for-2 passing with a touchdown in his first series on the field.Rudolph entered Sunday’s matchup with a 4-3 record, 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on the season, replacing the injured Ben Roethlisberger.”I saw enough of what I need to see,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after the game when asked about the decision to bench Rudolph. “Thought we needed a spark.” Mike Tomlin on all questions related to QB change from Mason To Duck #Steelers— Steel-Videos (@sdextrasmedia) November 24, 2019When asked who would start at QB in Pittsburgh’s Week 13 rematch against Cleveland, Tomlin would not say.Rudolph, who helped cause the Steelers-Browns fight by attempting to take Garrett’s helmet off, won’t be suspended but did receive a $50,000 fine, according to NFL Media. Rudolph did not admit fault while addressing the media with a prepared statement Nov. 20.“The way I saw it, on the final play of the game with the game in hand the way it was, it had been, we had already lost two of our players to targeting penalties from the game,’’ Rudolph said. “As I released the ball, I took a late shot. Did not agree with way he took me to the ground and my natural reaction was to get him from off on top of me. And again, I should have done a better job of handling that situation.”last_img read more

Black figure skating duo first in Olympic history

first_imgMAKING HISTORY—France’s Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur perform their pairs free program during the figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Feb. 15. They are the first Black pairs skating team to compete in the Olympic Games. (NNPA)—Many viewers in the African-American community took an interest in the Winter Olympics to follow Black speed skater Shani Davis. But they had another reason to tune into the Winter Games this year. French pairs skaters Yannick Bonheur and Vanessa James made history on Feb. 21 when they became the first Black duo to participate in Olympic figure skating competition. The pair teamed up two years ago after Bonheur split up with his former skating partner, Marylin Pla. The 27-year-old athlete then placed an advertisement online for a replacement. According to the Canadian-born James, her aunt saw it and convinced her 22-year-old niece to team up with Bonheur.“It’s destiny and I’m very happy about it,” Bonheur told reporters. “There’s the grace and beauty of Vanessa and then my athleticism. And the fact that we’re both Black brings a pleasing visual harmony.”The pair traveled to the United States in August 2009 to train with famous Russian coach Sergei Zaitsev in Indianapolis. They earned their way to the Olympics by winning the French nationals, and now they’re ready to leave their mark on international history.“This is just the beginning. We want to make a name for ourselves so that they’ll remember us for next season,” Bonhuer told reporters. “We want to climb the ladder to show that Black skaters can stand on the podium.”last_img read more

Friends and Family Bid Farewell to Judge Peter Locascio

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Hundreds of friends, relatives, and just plain folks visited Posten’s Funeral Home Sunday to pay final respects to the late Judge Peter A. Locascio, who died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 30, at his home. More than 100 mourners also participated in his funeral liturgy at St. Agnes Church Monday morning and accompanied the family to Fair View Cemetery, Middletown, where he was laid to rest.The judge’s nephew, Anthony Locascio, a professional singer, paid a special tribute to his uncle during the Mass, singing the Ave Maria in both Latin and Italian. The Rev. William Lego, pastor, offered the Mass and spoke on the conflict of emotions focusing on the joy of the Christmas season and the grief of Locasio’s death, relating them to the Church’s teachings on the joy of Christmas and the grief of Good Friday.A resident with his wife, Patricia, of Atlantic Highlands for 40 years, where they raised their daughter, Gianna, and son, Peter, Locascio was born in Linden to the late Joseph and Elsie Locascio on Sept. 2, 1946. He attended St. Benedict’s Preparatory School and Rutgers University before earning his Juris Doctor degree at Seton Hall School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in both New Jersey and Hawaii and was in private practice in Red Bank. Early in his career, he served as a Union County public defender, Middlesex County prosecutor, and was currently an active member of the Monmouth County Municipal Court Judges’ Association.But Locascio is most remembered by thousands in the Bayshore for his dedication to the bayshore towns and his  reputation for fairness and honesty. He served as borough attorney in Atlantic Highlands, prosecutor in both Highlands and Atlantic Highlands as well as attorney for the Atlantic Highlands Harbor Commission before stepping down from that position to become municipal court judge for both boroughs. He was in the second year of his third three-year term as Atlantic Highlands judge at the time of his death.“He was a great man, and a great judge,” said Atlantic Highlands Mayor Fred Rast, in recalling his long-term friendship with Locascio.“Pete had a great wit and a good sense of humor,” said Harbor Commission Chairman Jane Frotton. “He served the Harbor Commission with distinction and dedication. I have known Pete for nearly 45 years; he was a great lawyer and a good friend.”“Oh, Pete Locascio was a wonderful man,” said former mayor and longtime friend Helen Marchetti. “He was good at everything he did.  He was fair and honest and always had the good of Atlantic Highlands at heart. He will be sorely missed.”“He was a professional and everyone who appeared before him in court could be confident they would get a fair trial. He was a good listener,” recalled borough administrator Adam Hubeny. Hubeny has also had a long relationship with the judge, and recalled that when he, Hubeny, was a rookie patrolman in Colts Neck in 1982, Attorney Locascio was the first lawyer who defended a motorist issued a ticket from Hubeny. “I can recall all the details of the case,” Hubeny laughed, “including what the ticket was for. And Pete Locascio did a tremendous job in defending his client.”The administrator continued his admiration for the attorney when Hubeny was an officer on the Atlantic Highlands Police Department and Locascio was the borough prosecutor. “I like having him on my side better,” he smiled. And, he continued, he was especially pleased when Locascio was named municipal court judge because “I already knew of his fairness and ability to listen.”In addition to his wife and children, Locascio leaves behind three brothers and their wives, Michael and Susan of Westfield, Joseph and Joyce of Waretown, and retired Superior Court Judge Louis and Sue Anne of Lincroft, as well as four nephews and six great-nephews.  Messages of condolence may be emailed to [email protected] and will be received by the family. BoldHow will the next Municipal Court Judge in Atlantic Highlands and Highlands be selected?Atlantic Highlands Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny said Judge Locascio’s present term expires in 2015. The procedure set for selecting a municipal court judge includes sending a request to the Administrative Office of the Court in Freehold asking for the names of three possible candidates for the position. Other interested attorneys can also send their biographies and related information to the municipal clerk.The names are then submitted to the borough’s personnel committee which is headed by Councilman Peter Doyle and includes Councilmen Roy Dellosso and Bob Sutton, who make a recommendation to the governing body for appointment by the council to fill the unexpired term of Locascio.Highlands follows a similar pattern; however, since Super Storm Sandy, that borough has been leasing space and holding its court at the Atlantic Highlands courtroom.last_img read more

Tablets are Toys (Not Mainstream Machines)

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Trends steven walling Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts Everyone is falling all over themselves to talk about tablets. Yesterday topped them all in the hype department by declaring 2010 to be the year of the tablet. But let’s just slow down a minute. Yes, a big old pane of multi-touch goodness is a thing of beauty, and we’re just as susceptible to its magic as you are. But there’s a reason tablets haven’t caught on to date. It’s because you can’t work on a tablet. You can’t get things done without a decent working keyboard, whether it’s in the enterprise or for personal productivity. Normal people are never going to lug around a separate keyboard for their computer. The two most highly anticipated products, Arrington’s CrunchPad and the Apple tablet, are both going to be secondary entertainment machines, not the mainstream tech trend of the year. Popular and Mainstream, Not the SameThere’s no doubt everyone will continue to gab about tablet rumors from the likes of Apple, Dell and other companies. It’s exciting stuff, and they should sell well. But there’s a huge difference between an exciting rumor and the tech trend of the year. No one even knows for sure what market Apple’s tablet will be aimed at; will it be a Kindle competitor or a glorified Touch for gaming and video? We just don’t know, so hold your horses. Amusing, But Not UsefulThe most mainstream device without a physical keyboard is the iPhone. But neither the iPhone nor the iPod Touch is a good basis for comparison when it comes to tablets. They both already had mission critical, mainstream functions (voice and mp3 storage, respectively) to act as the base driver for their adoption. Without something along those lines, taking away an integrated physical keyboard detracts from a device once suitable for both business and pleasure. Tablets like the CrunchPad seem like they might have upright stands to go along with them, and they’ll definitely support either a USB or Bluetooth keyboard. But how many people (outside the tech industry) do you see carrying mice for their laptops? Not a lot. Regular people will not seek out accessory keyboards. They’ll just buy a device with a keyboard integrated in the hardware to begin with. Not the Tech Trend of 2010Yes, tablets will be seriously cool. Some of us here at ReadWriteWeb may even buy them. But in all the hype, let’s not forget that no matter how shiny they may be, tablets are not suited to the kind of market that would make them the tech trend of 2010. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Open Thread: Old Fogeys v. Young Whippersnappers, Ageism in Tech

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Open Thread#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odellcenter_img In the past, we’ve talked a bit about issues of gender and technology, but today, this blog post brought another important aspect of tech and discrimination to our attention.We polled some of our friends on Google Buzz and asked whether ageism is something they’ve seen at work or that has effected their lives. And the responses were interesting – although some say they try to be as even-handed as possible, others said that age discrimination exists at both ends of the spectrum, especially when it comes to landing a job.Let us know your experiences and opinions in the comments.What Experts SayA 2001 article from CIO started a conversation about ageism in IT. The response was dramatic. “Within days of being asked ‘Do CIOs Discriminate Against Older Workers?’ about 200 readers had posted answers; a majority of them gave a resounding yes… workers age 55 and older make up only 6.8 percent of the IT workforce.”A couple years later, a 2003 study from the International Journal of Selection and Assessment explored how older and middle-aged programmers fared in the tech workforce. Results showed “that age was negatively associated with both annual salary and job benefits levels.”But in 2009, another study showed what could have been seen as a turning tide. “The study, ‘The Coming Entrepreneurship Boom,’ found that… the United States might be on the cusp of an entrepreneurship boom – not in spite of an aging population but because of it… The average age of U.S.-born technology founders when they started their companies was 39.”What People on the Ground SayPerhaps the graying set are doing well as entrepreneurs, but what about when they apply to be programmers, information architects, web designers or other traditionally “young” jobs?In a lively conversation on our Buzz account, Aaron Hayes told us that ageism is alive and well, saying, “I turned 40 this year, and even though I can write Python circles around some… [and] have run several of my own small businesses – somehow, because the metabolic process of my cells has been occurring for several solar rotations beyond a subset of unspoken rules, I can be dismissed by some as a viable candidate for a startup.“And this apparently because people that have experience clearly can’t have youthful enthusiasm, or passion.”Even though, as Ruggero Domenichini said in the same thread, older employees might have “less ego, nothing to prove, been through failure [and] lived more.”And person after person said that they had either hired older programmers and been totally pleased with their fit and performance or – in one case – not hired someone because of age and regretted it ever since.What Do You Say?We’re interested to know what your experience has been, either as a younger startup exec faced with hiring decisions or as an older programmer working in IT.On a personal level, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the older techies in my life – especially as I begin to earn a few gray hairs of my own. My old-as-dirt dad is a fabulous network engineer, and a lot of the best developers and entrepreneurs I know have lived long enough to have a mature, realistic and stable view of their abilities, the ecosystem and their colleagues.And in an amendment of the famous “Never trust anyone over 30” quotation, I’d have to say I’d gladly take the word of a 50-year-old who knew his stuff over a 25-year-old entrepreneur starting his first company. And the hypothetical 25-year-old would do well to take his older colleague’s advice seriously, as well.As always, let us know what you think in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Bloomberg project to help ten cities gear up for self-driving cars

first_imgFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a project to help 10 cities around the globe get ready for autonomous vehicles.An article by State Scoop reports that the billionaire announced the launch of the “Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles.”The new initiative will partner Bloomberg’s philanthropy organization with the Aspen Institute, and include 10 mayors from around the world plus industry experts. The combined brain trust will collaborate on ways to prepare cities for the advent of self-driving cars.“No tech has shaped cities more than cars in the last 100 years. It’s time for cities to turn the focus to self-driving vehicles,” said Bloomberg on his Twitter feed. “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to complement the work cities are doing – so long as people, not cars, drive the agenda.”The first five cities are Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville in the U.S., plus Buenos Aires and Paris abroad. The other five cities will be announced before the year’s end.The initiative will focus on creating guiding principles and best practices that can help cities when developing transportation policies for autonomous vehicles.Austin sees Bloomberg upsideThe city of Austin sees its involvement in the project as advantageous because it ensures having a seat at the table when important municipal policy ideas are being hatched.“We find that a lot of the public policy innovation in the tech sphere happens when mayors talk to each other,” said Jason Stanford from the Austin Mayor’s office. “I know that sounds lo-tech, but that’s really how it occurs.”“One thing we hope is that we figure out what we don’t know,” he adds. “Working with other cities and having these conversations might illuminate new possibilities we hadn’t considered yet.”The Bloomberg-led initiative comes at a time when the majority of Americans are open to sharing their future with robotic vehicles. In a recent survey conducted by the Consumer Technology Association 70% said they are ready for a future that includes autonomous cars.However, local and national governments around the globe are struggling to develop regulations that accommodate both citizen safety and the new car technology that is evolving at breakneck speed. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#Aspen Institute#Bloomberg#IoT#self-driving cars For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Donal Powerlast_img read more

Earl Cook memorial held at MTS Centre

first_imgAPTN National NewsEarl Cook struggled with osteosarcoma, ADHD, Asperger’s, and Tourette’s, before passing away late last week. He was an inspiration to many in the hockey world, including Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock and  TSN insider Darren Dreger.A memorial for Cook was held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, where many joined in celebrating the life of the man who had touched so many.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson was there.last_img

The 2019 Budget designed to make life better by creating opportunities

first_imgThe following further outlines the details of how the Budget and the government say will make life more affordable, deliver better services to families and invest in a strong economy.Making life more affordableIntroducing the new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit – starting in October 2020 – that will provide families with one child up to $1,600 per year, two children up to $2,600 and three children up to $3,400. Over the course of a child’s upbringing, families with one child will receive as much as $28,800. For families with two children, that number can exceed $40,000 in support.Eliminating interest on British Columbia student loans. As of Feb. 19, 2019, all B.C. student loans will stop accumulating interest; saving someone with $28,000 in combined provincial and federal student loans $2,300 over the 10-year repayment period.Fully eliminating MSP premiums on Jan. 1, 2020, saving families as much as $1,800 per year.Increasing income and disability assistance rates by an additional $50 per month, meaning a total increase of $150 per month, or $1,800 per year since Budget Update 2017.Investing $26 million in income and disability assistance enhancements to the B.C. Employment Assistance program to help remove barriers to accessing support, such as removing requirements that make it harder for older adults, youth and persons with mental health issues to access the program; helping people get identification so they can access income assistance; and extending the shelter rate for those paying room and board to a family member.Investing $6 million annually to provide respite services for parents who provide care for children with disabilities. This will significantly reduce the waitlist for respite services and increase the respite benefit by 10%.Investing $85 million to support children in care by increasing support payments for foster parents, adoptive parents and extended family members caring for children and by ensuring children in care benefit from provincial tax benefits. This includes a 75% increase to support payments for the Extended Family Program and responds to recommendations from Indigenous communities and Grand Chief Ed John’s report.Providing funding to community organizations to operate rent banks by providing short-term loans with little to no interest to low-income tenants who can’t pay their rent due to a financial crisis.Introducing a homelessness action plan with a $76-million investment that will support land acquisition and services to bring the number of modular homes for people who need them to 2,200.Delivering better services for familiesInvesting $4.4 billion over three years to expand and upgrade hospitals, medical and diagnostic equipment and health information management systems to ensure patients have the quality care they deserve.Providing $105 million over three years to support life-saving cancer care services delivered by the BC Cancer Agency, including increasing the number of cancer-related surgeries, diagnostic imaging, PET and CT scans.Improving mental health care for British Columbians with a $74-million investment that funds new initiatives focused on prevention and early intervention for children, youth and young adults.Increasing support by an additional $30 million, for a total of $608 million since Budget 2017 Update, to help tackle B.C.’s drug overdose crisis. This will help expand access to life-saving naloxone kits and fund pilot programs to help meet increased demand for paramedics in rural and remote areas of B.C.Expanding B.C.’s Fair PharmaCare program with an additional $42 million, providing coverage for more drug options that will improve the health outcomes of British Columbians. That includes people living with diabetes, asthma and hypertension.Providing over $550 million in additional supports for B.C.’s public education system, including $58 million over three years for the Classroom Enhancement Fund to support better classrooms for kids. This is in addition to the over 4,000 new teachers, including 1,000 special education assistants, hired to support students in B.C. classrooms.Moving forward with an annual investment to pilot legal clinics to help people access the legal services they need.Adding $111 million over three years to continue strengthening the Province’s efforts to combat and prevent wildfires.Investing in a strong, sustainable economy that works for peopleMaking more than $20 billion in capital investments primarily in the health, transportation and education sectors-the largest infrastructure investment in B.C.’s history. This will create tens of thousands of jobs in communities around B.C.Providing over $902 million for CleanBC, putting B.C. on the path to a cleaner, brighter, low-carbon future. This will reduce air pollution and save families money through the Clean Energy Vehicle Program, incentives for energy-saving home improvements, a net-zero building code and programs to help communities transition to cleaner energy sources.Diversifying forest tenures and manufacturing, increasing timber processing in B.C. and supporting collaboration with stakeholders, including Indigenous governments with a $10-million investment.Investing $18 million to continue making Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning free and accessible for people looking to upgrade their skills and get ahead.Adding $21 million to expand BC Transit and handyDART services to help people safely commute in over 30 urban and rural communities in the province.Providing over $39 million in new funds over three years to ensure B.C.’s bridges and roads keep people and goods moving, and an additional $4 million to improve commercial-vehicle safety by increasing inspection station hours and targeted enforcement.Investing $9 million over three years to implement government’s commitment to modernize the taxi industry and enable ride-hailing in B.C. This includes funding for enhanced vehicle compliance and enforcement activities, and supports the new provincial regulator, the Passenger Transportation Board.Providing an additional $15 million for the BC Arts Council to open doors for B.C. artists, writers and creators.Making a historic $20-million investment to fund a fair, independent oversight body in the mining sector.Providing nearly $14 million over three years to transform B.C.’s employment standards for protections and enforcement, keeping people safe at work.To help connect communities and businesses, the government is committing $50 million to expand high-speed internet in rural and remote communities throughout B.C.To read more on the 2019 Budget; CLICK HERE To support British Columbia’s long-term economic growth, the government is investing $20 billion over three years to build the infrastructure B.C. needs to thrive, creating and supporting tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.The Province is moving forward with more than $800 million in business tax reductions over the course of the fiscal plan to support investment in new plants, machinery and equipment, joining with the Government of Canada to boost B.C.’s competitiveness.Budget 2019 continues to invest in better services for people, including improved health care, quality education and affordable, accessible child care. As priorities, the government is delivering more hospitals and shorter wait times, funding schools and thousands of new teachers, and continuing the path towards a universal, made-in-B.C. child care program. Budget 2019 introduces the B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit, returning nearly $400 million to British Columbian families raising children, starting October 2020. For a family’s first child, the benefit is as high as $1,600 a year, increasing to $2,600 for two children and $3,400 for three children. Families will receive the B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit from the day their child is born until reaching 18 years of age.The Government shares, with the benefit, and the full elimination of Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums, will give middle-class families the largest reduction in their taxes in a generation:A family of four earning $60,000 will have its provincial taxes reduced by up to 60%, compared to 2016, putting more than $2,500 back into this family’s pocket.A family of four earning $80,000 will have its provincial taxes reduced by up to 43%, compared to 2016, putting almost $2,400 back into this family’s pocket.A family of four earning $100,000 will have its provincial taxes reduced by up to 22%, compared to 2016, putting almost $1,600 back into this family’s pocket.To help make sure young people are able to start their careers without being held down with debt, Budget 2019 eliminates interest from all new and existing British Columbia student loans. The government shared as of February 19th, 2019, all B.C. student loans will stop accumulating interest. Meaning an average graduate would save $2,300 in interest, based on a $28,000 combined federal and provincial loan with a 10-year repayment period.According to the Province, they are committed to achieving true and lasting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, committing an estimated $3 billion over the next 25 years for the largest revenue-sharing agreement with First Nations in B.C.’s history.The government goes on to share this year’s budget moves forward with CleanBC by investing $902 million to make sure B.C. can meet its climate commitments and to protect the province’s clean air, land and water. This initiative was developed in consultation with the B.C. Green Party caucus as committed to in the Confidence and Supply Agreement.“British Columbia’s economy is thriving with the strongest GDP and wage growth in Canada. It’s clear that sharing the benefits of growth with all British Columbians results in a stronger economy,” said James. “Together we are doing our part to fight climate change and build a British Columbia where everyone can enjoy a good life and secure future in the community they call home.”center_img VICTORIA, B.C. – The 2019 Budget has been created to work for all British Columbians by creating opportunities while maintaining a Budget surplus shares the BC government.The government shared the 2019 Budget will make life easier on people and they will balance the budget in all three years of the fiscal plan with surpluses of $274 million in 2019-20, $287 million in 2020-21, and $585 million in 2021-22.“People in B.C. struggled for too long because the old government made choices that helped the few at the top while everyone else fell further and further behind,” said Carole James, Minister of Finance. “Budget 2019 opens doors for you and your family by putting thousands of dollars back into your pocket. We’re helping hard-working British Columbians get ahead at every stage of their life, no matter where they’re starting from.”last_img read more