Indian immigrant living American dream, shooting for stars in Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Sourav Basu Roy, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 482nd Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Reserve Base and a commercial airline pilot, is living the American dream.Born and raised in the small, mountainous and underdeveloped city of Agartala, India, Basu Roy had big dreams as a little boy, and, thankfully, parents who encouraged him to shoot for the stars.“My childhood dream was to be an astronaut someday,” he said. “But, in my society, there was so much prejudice that not many people supported me, except my parents.”He recalled writing an essay on his life goals when he was just 6 years old and receiving an unusual reaction from his teacher about his future aspirations.“I wrote an essay saying I would like to be an astronaut and how I would start by being a pilot,” he said. “But my teacher got mad at me. She thought I was being a daydreamer even though I was a good student at the time. She spanked my hands with a bamboo stick until my palms got red. She even made fun of me with a few other teachers. But I believe those kinds of experiences made me a strong and successful person today.”Unlike his teacher, Basu Roy’s parents supported his dreams.“I remember my parents said, ‘if you dream big over here, people will think you are crazy. We will work very hard and save money so we can send you to the only land of opportunity, which is the United States of America. Nobody will judge you there. You will have enormous opportunities and freedom.’”Basu Roy continued to do well in school and he never lost his passion for aviation and space.“I remember myself playing with paper airplanes and pretending to be a pilot as a child. Many of my friends did the same,” he said. “Our paper aircrafts competed, formed flying squadrons, and participated in important air missions. Years passed by, and while my friends moved on with their dreams and changed the love for the games in the air for other interests, I realized that my passion for aviation and space is a lifetime crush.”When he was 18, his parents decided it was time to send Basu Roy to the United States.“We had many family members and friends living in the U.S.,” he said. “For my parents, it was the best place they could send their only child. I think that decision forever changed my life.”Within 19 days of arriving in the U.S., Basu Roy began flight training. Having spent endless hours on a computer-based flight simulator growing up in India, he was well prepared for the actual training.“My instructor was so happy that I already knew so much about the aircraft,” he said. “On top of that, I was able to do all the maneuvers by myself without his intervention. In my first entry in my pilot logbook, he wrote ‘Excellent Job.’”Basu Roy did his first solo flight when he was 19 and he passed his first exam for his private pilot’s license with flying colors. He received his instrument rating and his commercial pilot’s license in only six months.With his pilot certificates in hand, he enrolled at Miami Dade College to work on his associate’s degree and began working toward his certified flight instructor rating.He earned an Associate of Science degree in pilot technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology as a distinguished graduate while simultaneously pursuing his aviation career.“Four years ago, when I started flying as a flight instructor, I trained many new pilots who passed with flying colors and now work for airlines worldwide,” he said.An accomplished flight instructor, Basu Roy accepted a job with Air Wisconsin Airlines, a regional partner of United Airlines.“I joined them as a first officer about three years ago and accumulated more than 3,000 hours in total flight time. I now have more than 1,500 hours in jet time,” he said.He became an airline captain at age 24, then Basu Roy turned his attention to reaching his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut.“I applied for the U.S. Navy in 2016, thinking that someday it will open a pathway for me to apply for Test Pilot School, which will make it easier for me to one day be a NASA astronaut,” he said.During his application process, the Navy stopped recruiting people without a residency card due to a government directive. Undeterred, Basu Roy continued to look for a way to chase his dreams of becoming an astronaut and serve his country. Since he is not an American citizen yet, he is not eligible to be an Air Force pilot. But he talked to an Air Force recruiter who explained that he could enlist. He set his sights on joining the Air Force Reserve.“When I first met Basu Roy, I was impressed because he was a 24-year-old airline pilot,” said Tech. Sgt. Reynaldo Rodriguez, 351st Recruiting Squadron line recruiter. “He was willing to join as an enlisted member, with hopes of becoming a pilot later. He did whatever we asked of him. He has always been motivated. He has always been active and confident in everything he does. I never had an issue with him.”Basu Roy was all set to join the Reserve in late 2019, when an opportunity he couldn’t refuse came up. He received an offer from United Airlines to transfer from the regional carrier to the main airline.“So, I stopped the enlistment process for some time,” he said. “My plan was to start with United and then eventually enlist in the Reserve.”“Back around November of 2019, he told me he had to take a break because he was transferring airline positions with United,” Rodriguez said. “I told him that was a great civilian opportunity and to not pass it up. He appreciated the honesty and said he would definitely stay in touch and continue the process someday. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would ever hear from him again.”When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the commercial aviation industry suffered a major slowdown, Basu Roy’s position at United was put on hold and he thought it would be the perfect time to begin his military career.“I saw that the aviation industry would take at least another year to recover completely,” he said. “I decided to complete my process for enlistment and training with the Air Force Reserve.”While he is excited about serving as an Airman, he still has some loftier goals in mind.“My job for now will be air transportation,” he said. “My immediate next goal is to get selected by any pilot board within the Air Force Reserve, anywhere in the continental United States for an undergraduate pilot training slot and eventually make it to the Test Pilot School.”With his sight set on still becoming an astronaut one day, he has already been accepted for a doctoral degree in unmanned aerial systems once he completes his master’s degree.“I chose unmanned systems because I believe that is the future as everything will go pilotless with artificial intelligence,” he said. “Having my Ph.D. in unmanned systems, I will be future ready.”As he continues to build his resume Basu Roy set his sights on his ultimate dream.“This year, for the first time, I applied for NASA’s astronaut program as a civilian,” he said. “I know nobody gets selected as an astronaut on the first attempt, so I will keep on trying until I fulfill this life goal from my childhood. I will be an Air Force Reserve pilot and then, soon enough, a NASA astronaut. That day will be my dream come true.”Basu Roy realizes he doesn’t slow down even to enjoy an accomplishment before moving to another one, but he hasn’t reached his final goal yet.“I must say this has not been a comfortable journey for me. I achieved so much in such a short period only because of my dedication,” he said. “I have to sacrifice so many things in my life so that I can stay on track. It gets tough and sometimes challenging to work and study simultaneously. I will use one of the Air Force core values, which is ‘Excellence in All We Do.’ Hard work and dedication will always pay you back.”While he continues to chase his dreams, Basu Roy gives a lot of credit for his values and the success he has achieved so far to his parents.“I believe I am a photocopy of my father,” he said. “He was a highly respected and now-retired police officer and a president medal awardee. My mom was a housewife. They taught me early in life how important it is to have high moral and ethical values. Watching them, I learned how to value an organization and have high respect for people in uniform or people in general. We should make sure we do our best to make our employer succeed. I inherited that kind of strong work and life ethics from them.”His story resonated with Rodriguez since both of his parents immigrated to the U.S. for a better life.“His story is special to me,” Rodriguez said. “When I hear his story and what he went through, I remember my family going through similar situations. As his recruiter, it gave me a greater purpose to help him fulfill his dream,”Basu Roy also gives a lot of credit to the people who have helped him in his new country.“I am so grateful to the United States of America and its people,” he said. “Today, whatever I am, a lot of credit goes to those who came into my life and left a positive impact on me. I can succeed in my life because of the help I got from so many kind people. I would like to thank the United States of America for giving me so many enormous opportunities. This is and will forever be a land of opportunity. Dreams do come true here. God bless America!” PHOTO DETAILS / Airman 1st Class Sourav Basu Roy, 482nd Fighter Wing air transportation specialist, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., and his co-pilot, Nicholas Emery, a warrant officer serving in the Army National Guard. sit in the cockpit of a Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet, Nov. 16, 2020. Basu Roy, also a commercial airline pilot, enlisted in the Air Force Reserve with hopes of becoming a pilot and ultimately a NASA astronaut. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) /U.S. Air Force Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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Nick Taylor hangs tough at the Crosby, Phil Mickelson makes a run at Pebble title No. 6, golf’s governing bodies prepare for battle, Rory McIlroy assumes the No. 1 ranking and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble: Battle-tested Taylor gains ‘great confidence’ from Pebble triumph 1. Nick Taylor won on the PGA Tour for the second time, holding off Phil Mickelson to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. TAKEAWAY: It’s difficult to say which of Taylor’s feats was most impressive: That he led wire to wire across three courses; that he out-Mickelson’d the living legend by holing out twice in the final round; or that he shot 70 in 40-mph gusts on a firm, fast Pebble Beach. Macho, all of it, and it added up to Taylor’s first Tour victory since his 2014 Sanderson Farms title. The 31-year-old Canadian has spent the majority of his career living on the edge, never finishing higher than 93rd in the FedExCup. That stress, at least for now, is gone. Though he won’t ever be mistaken for a world-beater, Taylor now can play with the freedom of being exempt on Tour through 2023. Mickelson: ‘I got outplayed … but I’m going to continue to get better’ 2. Playing in the final group, Mickelson shot 74 Sunday and finished alone in third – his fourth top-3 in the past five years there. TAKEAWAY: Mickelson’s title bid ended on the eighth hole. Trailing by two, his 2-iron tee shot on one of the hardest par 4s in the world was mis-flighted and traveled only 180 yards, leaving him 248 to the hole – so far back that he had to walk up to the edge of the cliff to get his bearings. He rifled a long iron into the middle of the green, but there was no chance he’d be able to stop it on the baked-out putting surface. It bounced over the back and led to a double bogey. After a two-shot swing on the ninth hole, Taylor had a five-shot cushion with nine to play. Even with a few final-round miscues, it was another momentum-building week for Mickelson. Mired in the worst slump of his career, he’s shown improved play off the tee and posted back-to-back top-3s, moving to No. 55 in the world. It’s reasonable to wonder how much he’ll have left in the tank this week at Riviera: This is his fifth tournament start in a row, and that stretch includes hosting duties (AmEx), a pair of 8,000-mile flights (Saudi Arabia) and title contention (Pebble). Golf Central Phil ‘won’t accept’ U.S. Open special exemption BY Randall Mell — February 5, 2020 at 1:16 PM The six-time runner-up says he is either going to qualify for the U.S. Open on his own, or he’s going to stay at home. 3. Mickelson says that, if the USGA extends to him a special exemption to this year’s U.S. Open, he “won’t accept it.” TAKEAWAY: Conventional wisdom suggests that Mickelson, a six-time runner-up, would receive at least a few exemptions, given his stature and impact on the game. But he’s also an immensely prideful player, and he didn’t want to accept what he said would be a “sympathy spot.” Fair enough, and it might be a moot point anyway, if he continues to play like this – all he needs to be is top 60 on May 18 to automatically qualify. It’s the third time recently that the soon-to-be 50-year-old has (prematurely) scoffed at the thought of a handout: Last fall, when he said he wasn’t playing well enough to be considered for a Presidents Cup captain’s pick; last month, when he said his only chance of a Ryder Cup spot was qualifying on his own; and now this, in response to the conundrum at Winged Foot, site of one of his most heartbreaking defeats. Chamblee: ‘The game is out of whack,’ but the solution is simple 4. After two years, the USGA and R&A released the findings of their comprehensive Distance Insights Report. TAKEAWAY: Now begins the waiting game, as the governing bodies will gather more intel over the next nine to 12 months on possible remedies to one of the game’s thorniest issues. Implementation, of course, would take several years, if not decades, longer. Most interestingly in their initial report, the USGA and R&A said they’d explore a “local rule” that would allow tours and other organizations to use specified equipment in their tournaments without going fully down the bifurcation route. The governing bodies maintain, steadfastly, that they do not want two sets of rules. Why? Because golf’s kingmakers still cling to the antiquated idea that amateurs want to play the same equipment as the pros. How many recreational golfers actually use 70-gram, extra-stiff driver shafts, butter-knife irons or other assorted custom gear? Bifurcate, people, because we basically already have. Getty Images 5. It’s official: Rory McIlroy is the No. 1-ranked player in the world, supplanting Brooks Koepka. TAKEAWAY: This is McIlroy’s first time in the top spot since the week of Sept. 14, 2015. That’s a lifetime ago in golf: The top 11 in the world consisted of guys like Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson. McIlroy’s ascension could be the start of a musical-chairs type theme the rest of the year, with Koepka, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas all likely to challenge for the top ranking in 2020. That includes this week at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, where nine of the top 10 players in the world (no Webb Simpson) will tee it up – by far the best field of the early season. This Week’s Award Winners … Getty Images Progress!: Jordan Spieth. Final-round performance has been a trouble spot, but Spieth’s 67 at Pebble was the lowest score on a brutal day as he vaulted all the way to joint ninth (and was his lowest score to par on a Sunday since the 2018 Masters). Though only two rounds were measured, Spieth ranked first in strokes gained: tee to green and approach. Viva la Mexico: Spieth. With a clutch chip-in on his 72nd hole, Spieth moved inside the top 50 in the world and qualified for next week’s WGC-Mexico Championship. He’d hinted that he might skip the event, since it’d be five in a row, but how do you turn down free world-ranking points at this stage? Back, Back Again: Jason Day. Speaking of rebounding players, Day’s solo fourth was his best finish since his victory in May 2018 at Quail Hollow. Getty Images One and Done: Ernie Els. The losing Presidents Cup captain doesn’t want another turn in 2021, which makes sense. He gave it his best at Royal Melbourne, came up just short, and doesn’t want to lead the squad when it gets blown out next year at Quail Hollow. Video of the Week: Hard Work Pays Off: Bryson. Presumably the voting took place over the past few months, because the beefed-up DeChambeau was one of 25 men to be named to Sports Illustrated’s most fit athletes list. Only a matter of time before he holds this over Brooks’ head. The WTH?! Moment of the Week: Jason Enloe. The head coach at SMU resigned last week amid a nasty legal battle with his in-laws – the Mahan family – and the ongoing grief of losing his wife in summer 2018. Read the details of the lawsuit; it’s all-around ugly. Getty Images Go Get It, Young Man: Min Woo Lee. On the same track where sister Minjee won in 2014 and ’18, the 21-year-old became the youngest winner on the European Tour since 2001 (Aaron Baddeley) when he prevailed in windy conditions at the Vic Open. Staying the Course: Hee Young Park. A few months ago, Park thought about giving up the game – that’s how badly the one-time LPGA champion didn’t want to go to Q-Series to regain her status. Instead, she fought through it, finished second, and then came out in the fourth event of the year and won the Vic Open in a playoff – her first title since 2013. Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Graeme McDowell. OK, so it’s always a risk to roll with a recent winner, especially one who triumphed 8,000 miles away, in Saudi Arabia, so perhaps it wasn’t a surprise to see G-Mac shoot 3 over across the three courses and miss the 54-hole cut. The 2010 U.S. Open champ also had a pair of top-10s in this event, so this was slightly disappointing. Sigh.
Dons sweep match in three gamesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterCOLBY — Marshfield Columbus Catholic swept Colby 3-0 in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division volleyball opener for both teams on Thursday at Colby High School.The Dons won 25-12, 25-22, 25-12.Kendra Baierl had 14 kills, Maddie DeSmet added nine kills, Jennifer Reigel had 23 assists, and Abby Baierl had 14 digs for the Dons.Columbus Catholic will play at the Auburndale Invitational on Saturday and hosts Neillsville in its home opener on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security issued a warning today that iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch have “critical weaknesses,” the Associated Press reports. The malware is delivered by an infected PDF that can affect the user’s device without them knowing. The same result would occur when a user visits a website with an infected PDF.This is one of the first malware weaknesses discovered for iOS. Android has an increasing problem with malware and rootkits but so far there has not been a significant weakness exploited on iOS (not counting the 120,000 iPads that were hacked last year which was really more the fault of AT&T than iOS). Is this just the first drip of a coming wave of mobile malware?According to a Google translation of the German Federal Office for Information Security, the exploit will give the attacker administrative privileges over devices which would include any data, email or contacts stored on the device. So far there is no official patch available for the exploit from Apple. But if you have jailbroken your iOS device, there is a patch available through Cydia.The exploit exists for all iOS devices running version 4.3.3. The agency stated that it “currently can not exclude that other versions of the IOS operating system are affected by this vulnerability,” (translated from German with Google Translate). Apple works with Good Technologies to help secure iOS and has been consulted by corporations that focus on mobile strategy such as Juniper. If there is already a patch for this exploit in the Cydia store than it is likely that the security companies like Good and Fingerprint Security (a popular security app for the iPhone) will have the loophole closed relatively quickly. Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#security#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dan rowinski Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
A “phase two” tax reform outline could be unveiled by House GOP tax writers by August. Accordingly, Republicans have started to increase their tax meetings related to the effort, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., told reporters on June 13.Tax Reform “2.0” TimelineThe precise timing of a “phase two” tax reform bill or discussion draft release remains “to be determined,” a House Ways and Means Committee spokesperson told Wolters Kluwer on June 14. However, Brady told reporters he expects to see a legislative package outlined before the House’s August recess.Previously, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short predicted a late-summer release of the House’s tax bill. Further, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has predicted that the House will approve the measure before midterm elections in November.Individual Tax CutsBrady reiterated to reporters that “phase two” will focus on the individual side of the tax code. Moreover, making permanent the individual tax cuts enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97) will be the “centerpiece,” of a “phase two” bill, Brady reportedly said. Additionally, Republican tax writers are considering proposals that would streamline the retirement savings process, a Ways and Means spokesperson previously told Wolters Kluwer.Phase Two – Fate UncertainThe fate of the next major tax bill in the Senate remains uncertain. At least nine Democratic votes will be needed to reach the Senate’s 60-vote threshold. Brady has said he is hopeful for Democratic support.However, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate remain largely opposed to the TCJA. Democrats have criticized the TCJA for primarily benefiting corporations. However, House Republicans are hopeful for bipartisan support on a new measure that focuses primarily on individual tax cuts.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
WATCH: Liverpool boss Klopp fumes ‘how did Kompany not get sent off?!’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City captain Vincent Kompany stands by his tackle on Mohamed Salah in victory over Liverpool.There’s claims the Belgian should’ve seen red for the challenge.But he says: “No I thought it was a great challenge. Was it not? Haha.”On the pitch I felt I got the ball, a bit of the man, I didn’t try to injure him at all. It was that or either let him go through on goal. The decision was made very quickly in my head.”But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp responded: “I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card? He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo more he is out for the season.”Kompany deserved a red card tbh. #MCILIVpic.twitter.com/gQxU8ruo5w— skyerenaee (@SkyeRenaee) January 3, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd delivered improved earnings in the period ended September 30, 2018, amid a recovery of freight rates and a significant increase in transport volume.For the third quarter of the year, the company witnessed a significant improvement in its net profit, which reached EUR 113.4 million, compared to EUR 51.8 million reported in the same period of 2017.Revenues for the third quarter was also up at EUR 3.03 billion, against EUR 2.79 billion seen a year earlier.For the first nine months of 2018, the company’s net profit reached EUR 12.5 million, being roughly on a par with EUR 9.1 million as seen in the nine-month result of 2017, while revenues stood at EUR 8.4 billion, rising from EUR 7.3 billion.Contributing to this development in revenues was a 27 percent increase in transport volume, which rose to 8,900 TTEU in the nine-month period from 7,029 TTEU seen in the corresponding period a year earlier. Hapag-Lloyd said that this increase resulted from the merger with United Arab Shipping Company Ltd. (UASC).The average freight rate decreased to 1,032 USD/TEU, which is below the prior-year level of 1,068 USD/TEU. On a pro forma basis and when compared to the combined business of Hapag-Lloyd and UASC in the nine-month period, the transport volume is up 5.5 percent and the average freight rate is up 1.4 percent.“Higher transport volumes, a better utilisation of our ships and the synergies from the recent merger with UASC have enabled us to partially offset rising operational costs. In addition, the average freight rate improved during the peak season in important trades,” Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.“Despite the persistent upwards pressure on the operational costs in various parts of our business, we remain cautiously optimistic for the rest of the year,” he added.The company informed that the developments in fuel costs and freight rates are in line with the forecast for 2018 as a whole, which was adjusted in late June 2018.“This forecast remains unchanged and lies within a range of EUR 200 to 450 million for the EBIT and within a target corridor of EUR 900 to 1,150 million for the EBITDA. Based on the positive development we have seen in the third quarter of 2018, EBIT and EBITDA are expected to be in the upper part of these ranges for the 2018 full financial year.”
VANCOUVER – A strong economy is allowing Canadian officials to push for a better deal in negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Tuesday.Talks on the deal are “critically important” but Canada will remain firm in getting the best possible agreement, he told the Business Council of British Columbia.“Are there challenges? Yes. Do we need to be prepared to deal with them? Yes. We think that having our economy in the best possible position is the place from which we can do that, make decisions in a measured way, considering all the facts at hand,” he said.The government’s latest budget included measures to expand trade around the world, particularly in Asia, and the financial plan is fiscally responsible, which means Canada can hold out for a better deal on NAFTA, Morneau said.“We are going to continue to put forth why we don’t agree with some ideas that were put forth on the table by the United States. We’ve been pretty firm in that approach. We think that Canadians support us, that getting to a better deal is the way we should address this.”Ottawa is taking a similar approach to possible U.S. plans for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing Canada should be exempt from them, Morneau said, adding the tariff issue shouldn’t be linked to the free trade deal, as President Donald Trump suggested Monday.“From our perspective, the way to deal with a partner, to deal with our neighbour, is to be constructive,” Morneau said later after an event at the University of British Columbia. “We’re going to continue to be strong allies of the United States, we’re going to continue to be neighbours. And we’re taking that as our frame to negotiate for better outcomes.”Conservative MP Erin O’Toole couldn’t be reached for comment but in a statement he said he found Mourneau’s comments on tariffs and NAFTA “troubling.”“To suggest a failure of NAFTA or a trade war would not have a major impact on Canada is naive,” he said. “It’s deeply concerning that (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau unveiled a federal budget that doesn’t contain a contingency plan if NAFTA is terminated, or promote policies that make Canada a more attractive place to invest and do business.”Mourneau said challenges to the economy come from within Canada as well, including the ongoing battle over the future of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion between the Edmonton area and Metro Vancouver.“I’ll acknowledge that the current challenge between B.C. and Alberta is one of those frustrating things that happen in a democracy, but we need to deal with it,” he said.The skirmish began when B.C. proposed limits on shipments of diluted bitumen, a move that Alberta said would effectively kill the $7.4-billion project. Alberta retaliated by banning imports of B.C. wine, but called off the boycott when Premier John Horgan announced B.C. would ask the courts to decide whether it has the authority to bring in the restrictions.Morneau said the battle is unlikely to sway foreign businesses looking to invest in Canada.“As international investors look to Canada, I think they see positives. Democracy is a positive, which sometimes presents some messy aspects. That’s positive,” he said.He said the federal government is overhauling the approval process for similar projects. The changes are aimed at giving potential interveners an opportunity to voice their views as early as possible and implementing timelines that will give businesses certainty.“What we can say is that the previous process wasn’t working,” Morneau said.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
Alberta passed legislation officially repealing its provincial carbon tax last week, after United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney won the April election on a promise to kill it.“It’s unfortunate because Alberta had a made-in-Alberta plan to put a price on pollution and we clearly need Alberta to be part of our national climate plan as Alberta has the highest emissions in the country,” McKenna said in Ottawa.“We need to move forward to tackle climate change.“We see the impacts of climate change through extreme weather, including in Alberta where there are forest fires that are burning earlier than ever before, that are burning stronger, and that is having serious impacts on the lives of Albertans as well as on their economy.”Alberta joins four other provinces _ New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan _ which have declined to impose their own carbon levys, leaving Ottawa to impose the federal one.Kenney has said if Ottawa impose its fee, he will join Saskatchewan and Ontario in fighting it in court. OTTAWA, O.N. – Ottawa says a federal carbon tax will be imposed on Alberta starting Jan. 1.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she has written the province to inform it of the decision.She says 90 per cent of the money collected will go back to Alberta taxpayers in rebates, meaning an average family of four will get $888 returned next year. The remaining 10 per cent will go toward making buildings in the province more energy efficient.
Junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles with the ball during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17. OSU lost 2-1.The Ohio State women’s soccer team (8-3-3, 3-2-2) hosted the Maryland Terrapins (5-9, 0-6) on Sunday afternoon for what was called the “Go Pink” game.Junior forward Nichelle Prince made it a winning effort, netting a game-winning goal in double overtime to lift OSU to a 2-1 victory.The Buckeyes came out strong and dominated possession in the first half.“Sundays are always a hard game, just finding that energy,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “We had a great crowd, though today, we’re honoring some breast cancer survivors, so I thought that we came out with a good level of energy.”The rest of the half featured back-and-forth play, but no goals, as the teams headed into halftime scoreless.“I just challenged our team at halftime to step up and to find that energy that we had in the first half,” Walker said. “I think we really dominated the game but just struggled to find the back of the net.”The Buckeyes led the Terrapins in shots (5-3), shots on goal (4-0) and corner kicks (3-0) at the half. The Terrapins ended the scoreless affair in the 60th minute when redshirt sophomore forward Alex Anthony struck from 20 yards out, past OSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker.In the 74th minute, senior midfielder/forward Michela Paradiso was taken down in the box, awarding the Buckeyes a penalty kick. Sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts took the kick and converted it to level the match at 1-1.The goal was Walts’ fifth of the season. She said after the game that she looks to be a spark for the offense, especially when a goal is needed most.“I just prepare the way I always do and when the going gets tough, I step up and try to be a leader on the team,” Walts said. “I just want to get out there and compete and hopefully get a goal and get our team going.”The penalty kick lit a fire under the OSU offense, as it had several opportunities to score but could not find the back of the net. Regulation ended with the teams tied, meaning overtime would be needed to settle the match. The Buckeyes held a 19-7 advantage in shots during regulation. .The struggle for either team to find the second goal continued in the first overtime period, and the match headed into double overtime with the score still standing at 1-1. “The work to win in overtime happens in the offseason,” Walker said. “And our team is extremely fit, and I remind them of that. I remind them of all the work that they’ve done in the offseason to make sure our legs are stronger than our opponent’s legs.”Prince was a playmaker throughout Sunday’s match, shooting in the box a number of times, but she couldn’t convert on the many opportunities in regulation or the first overtime.Prince said that is something any player must be able to cope with and just keep trying to get that point.“I think that’s a part of a forward’s job,” Prince said. “You’re not going to make all of them, but if you keep going there’s going to be one that goes in.”And one certainly went in for Prince.Within the first 30 seconds of the second overtime, Prince shot from 10 yards out near the top of the box off a pass from Paradiso, giving the Buckeyes the 2-1 win.“Just playing almost 110 minutes is a lot,” Prince said. “So just finally after working hard and getting to the box so many times it’s really a great relief to finally get one in. It was really exciting for us.”OSU’s momentum continues to build as it has won two consecutive home games as it prepares to hit the road next weekend.Prince said the team does not get intimidated regardless of the venue or opponent.“We are the good team and we’re not fearful of any team we face,” Prince said.The Buckeyes are set to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Thursday, before heading to Bloomington, Indiana, for a matchup against the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday.