Samsung NA chief explains secret of 5G success

first_img 5GIoTSamsung Electronics Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities INTERVIEW: Infrastructure deals with leading US operators have propelled Samsung Electronics into the big league of the networks market, but the head of its North America division explained the company is not an overnight success.Regional president and CEO Tim Baxter (pictured) told Mobile World Live the company is now reaping the benefit of development conducted over the past five or six years, with its position as a provider of chips, devices, customer premise equipment and networking equipment another key element enabling it to compete with vendors including Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei.The payoff is happening in the form of deals with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint “that are all about implementing 5G today, not five years from now”. While the absence of Huawei in the US market offers something of an advantage, Baxter explained there are commonalities in other international markets around spectrum which leave it well placed to capitalise on its experience in the country.Samsung considers how to “orient use cases around” specific deployments, for example in a neighbourhood or nationally, with a view to transforming industries including autonomous vehicles; fleet management; healthcare; and education, he said.Baxter also discussed how Samsung is employing its Bixby voice assistant to become a contender in the IoT, using its recently acquired SmartThings platform, “the single-largest open platform of IoT-enabled products”, to integrate its own devices with those from other vendors to “create new experiences for consumers”.Access the full interview here. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Asia Michael Carroll Author Relatedcenter_img Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Michael doesn’t want to admit that he has been a journalist and editor for close to 20 years covering a diverse set of subjects including shipping and shipbuilding, fixed and mobile telecoms, and motorcycling…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 SEP 2018 Previous ArticleIndia operators face in-depth DoT revenue auditNext ArticleAxiata mulls M1 options Home Samsung NA chief explains secret of 5G success Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Ditolast_img read more

One Time With Tiger: Zac Blair

first_imgThe first call Zac Blair made was to his dad. Blair had just finished a second-round 68 at the 2015 Memorial Tournament, and he was sweating the cut line. A few minutes after completing his round, Blair quickly realized two things: he would be sticking around for the weekend, and he had a third-round tee time alongside Tiger Woods. “I remember we were at lunch or something like that and we were looking through our phones,” Blair said. “We called my dad and I was like, ‘I’m playing with Tiger.’ And he was like, ‘Nah, no you’re not.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I think so.’ And it ended up working out.” It’s hard to think of two more disparate playing partners than the men that showed up for the 8:28 a.m. tee time on June 6, 2015 at Muirfield Village. Woods was in the midst of a difficult season, but still only three years removed from the most recent of his five Memorial victories. Blair, on the other hand, was a baby-faced rookie who was more likely to get carded for an R-rated movie than asked for an autograph. At age 24, Blair had turned pro only one year prior and had made just 22 PGA Tour starts before he and Woods were drawn together. One Time with Tiger Keith Fergus Don Pooley Lee Rinker Omar Uresti Larry Rinker Grant Waite Bradley Hughes Nick Dougherty Arron Oberholser Brendan Steele Brendon de Jonge Robert Garrigus Scott Brown Little did he know, Blair was about to have a front-row seat for a record-setting round that Woods would just as soon forget. Like Blair, Woods made the cut on the number but he struggled with a two-way miss all morning Saturday. Consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 8 and 9 meant Woods made the turn in 6-over 42 – a jarring performance, especially on a course where he was once so dominant. Things didn’t get any better on the inward half, and after chunking a pair of pitch shots Woods closed with a quadruple bogey on the final hole. It added up to a 13-over 85, the highest round of his professional career and a low point in an already underwhelming stretch. Blair’s 2-under 70 barely registered as the golf world attempted to come to grips with Woods’ performance, but for Blair the experience of playing with the 14-time major champ still exceeded his expectations. “After the round, I liked him even more,” Blair said. “He talked to me the whole day, he was a gentleman the whole time. He was having a pretty rough round and he could have thrown in the towel, but he stayed a true professional the whole day.” Blair shared his perspective on social media after the round, tweeting a note of appreciation to Woods that he closed with #GOAT, for “Greatest of All Time.” “I just wanted to let people know how awesome he was,” Blair said. “I wasn’t expecting a lot going in. I wasn’t expecting a ton of interaction, as a rookie out there and then the best player to ever play. But he was great. He was just another guy out there, playing golf. It was cool.” And while Woods likely hasn’t dwelled much on the series of wayward shots he produced that day, Blair has vivid memories of a few that found their target. “He still hit some shots where you were like, ‘Wow, that’s why he’s the best player to ever play,’” Biair said. “I still remember he hit this shot on No. 15, high 3-iron that I mean, only a few people can hit that shot. Like the sound and everything. He knocked it up there to like 20 feet or something and I’m just thinking, ‘OK, he’s still got it. He’s still the man.’” Blair first met Woods at the 2000 PGA Championship when he was 9 years old and his father, James, a well-known Utah club pro, was in the field. Blair recalled asking Woods for an autograph, and he went on to win the tournament a few days later. Fifteen years later, James was the first person Blair wanted to call with the news the two were paired together, and it remains an experience he will cherish despite Woods’ aberrant performance. “It’s definitely the coolest round I’ve ever played,” Blair said. “It was awesome. He was my idol growing up, and my favorite golfer ever, and to get to play with him – I hope I get another chance, for sure.”last_img read more

Move Over, Sudoku—Neurologists Release 3 Online Brain Training Games Scientifically Proven to Work

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA team of university professors from New York and California have designed and developed three free digital games to help its users’ brains work more efficiently.NYU Steinhardt Professor Jan L. Plass and his colleagues have created three digital games to help children and adults improve their cognitive skills.While some digital games falsely claim to improve cognitive skills, these three games have actually been proven to do so. Evidenced through a series of research studies, these games can help users boost memory, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility. “Can games actually have positive effects on players? We believe they can, and we designed three games to support learners in developing cognitive skills that researchers have identified as essential for success in daily life, executive functions,” said Jan L. Plass, Paulette Goddard Professor of Digital Media and Learning Sciences at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development and co-creator of the games.RELATED: Next Time You’re Feeling Stressed or Anxious, This Study Says You Should Play TetrisPlass—along with his colleagues Bruce D. Homer of the Graduate Center, City University of New York and Richard E. Mayer of University of California, Santa Barbara—developed the games as a result of a 4-year research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.The goal of the research was to design targeted computer games that improve cognitive skills—specifically, executive functions like memory and inhibitory control. Upon discovering that the games successfully improved executive functions after as little play as two hours, the scholars made them available online and in the iOS and Google Play app stores.“While some children have access to the best schools and resources, this is not the case for many families from less affluent communities across the nation. We hope these games can help close the gap that this lack of opportunity has created,” continued Plass.The Games and How They WorkThe researchers developed three online games: Gwakkamolé, CrushStations, and All You Can ET. Each of these brain training games support a different executive function.“Unlike other games, our apps were designed from the ground up by a team of developmental psychologists, neuroscience researchers, learning scientists, and game designers to train cognitive skills,” says Homer, a professor of educational psychology and one of the researchers.Photo by Sapna Parikh/NYU NewsGwakkamoléThe first game, Gwakkamolé, was designed to train inhibitory control, a subskill of executive functions. Inhibitory control is the ability to control one’s attention, behavior, thoughts, and/or emotions.In the game, players are instructed to smash the avocados that pop up on the screen while avoiding any of the avocados wearing hats—some of the avocados in the game have spikey hats, hard hats, or electric hats on top of their “heads.”CHECK OUT: This Game Allows You to Plant Trees Around the World Simply By Answering Trivia Questions CorrectlyAs a player gets to higher levels in the game, more avocados appear on the screen and the speed in which players must smash them increases. Each time a player smashes a hatless avocado they gain points, and adversely, they lose points when they smash an avocado wearing a hat. Gwakkamolé forces players to focus their attention and respond quickly and deliberately (by smashing hatless avocados) to gain points.CrushStationsCrushStations, which involves crustaceans rather than avocados, focuses on training working memory. Working memory is responsible for temporarily holding and processing information. It plays a major role in how humans use and remember information they learn on a daily basis.To help train working memory, CrushStations—which takes place in the ocean—requires each player to remember the color and type of creatures on the screen to free them from a hungry octopus. If a player accurately remembers the color and type of crustacean in front of the octopus, the animal goes free. However, if a player is unable to remember both the color and type of creature, the crustacean is captured and eaten by the octopus. The game increases in difficulty by giving players more creatures to remember and more difficult sequences to process.All You Can E.T.All You Can ET is the third game in the set released by the three scholars. This game is designed to train cognitive flexibility—the mental ability to switch between thinking about two different concepts, and to think about multiple concepts simultaneously.In this game, players are providing aliens with food and drinks to help them survive. The challenge in this game is that the aliens frequently change their minds about whether they would like to eat or drink, depending on how many eyes they have and what color their bodies are. For example, in one round, two-eyed orange aliens only eat cupcakes while one-eye green aliens only drink milkshakes. As the game increases in difficulty, the rules for what each alien prefers to eat or drink changes.Research FindingsIn addition to developing the games, all three of which were developed at New York University’s CREATE Lab, Plass, Homer and Mayer published eight research articles reporting on the effectiveness of these games (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).“We found replicated evidence across multiple experiments that playing our games for two hours causes improvements in executive function skills as compared to a control group that plays an unrelated game,” said Mayer. “This is one of the few scientific experiments showing the benefits of game-based training on executive function skills such as being able to shift from one task to another or being able to keep track of a series of events. This work shows the benefits of designing games based on the cognitive theory of game-based training.”As next steps, the scholars plan to continue research and build out virtual reality versions of the games. Together, they have also already edited a handbook of game-based learning.The handbook, being published by the MIT Press, will be available on February 4th and includes the results from this research as well as a myriad of other studies on games and learning.Reprinted from New York UniversityBe Sure And Share The Intriguing News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Business Intelligence Insight: Europe Industrial Gas Conference

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Dominicans pledge more funds to assist Linton

first_imgLocalNewsPolitics Dominicans pledge more funds to assist Linton by: Dominica Vibes News – February 15, 2016 Tweet 1059 Views   8 comments Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton (file photo)A second radio-thon to assist Opposition Leader Lennox Linton to pay costs associated with a defamation lawsuit has so far raised over thirty-five thousand dollars ($35, 000).Mr Linton was ordered on 29 January 2016 to pay twenty thousand pounds to Chartered Accountant Kieron Pinard-Byrne on account of his costs. A demand letter from Pinard-Byrne’s attorneys requested full payment from Mr Linton by 22 February 2016.This order arises out of a Privy Council matter which Mr Linton lost in October 2015. He was sued for comments accusing Mr Pinard-Byrne of criminality, dishonest and unprofessional conduct during a radio program in 2002.On Monday 15 February 2016, a radio-thon hosted by Mathias Peltier Jr. on Q95FM Radio raised “$35, 932.50”, according to a report by Parliamentary Representative for the Salisbury Constituency, Hector John.“On behalf of Mr Linton, I would like to thank each and every body who have made their pledges, who walked into the studio, and who are still on their way to make their pledges,” Mr John said on Q95.“We would like to get that money in as soon as possible so we can deal with this matter and move on as we continue to fight for and on behalf of the people of Dominica,” John added. He also thanked the donors who have assisted Mr Linton.“I would like to extend his sincere thanks to each and every one of you who have made that call and that call is for Dominica. We’re gonna continue the struggle, we’re gonna continue the fight,” John noted.In addition, Mr Linton has to pay Mr Pinard Byrne’s costs before the Judicial Committee and in the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Commonwealth of Dominica). These two payments are to be assessed on the standard basis, if not agreed between both parties.Earlier this month, on 21 January 2016, Mr Linton paid damages of $50, 000.00, prescribed costs of $14, 000.00 and interest amounting to $15, 324.86, a total sum of $79, 324.86 from the High Court of Justice’s judgement in 2011. In January 2016, another radio-thon hosted to assist Mr Linton, raised over one hundred thousand dollars.“With the Privy Council award ordered to pay an amount of twenty thousand dollars on account of Mr Pinard Byrne’s costs at the Privy Council, that sum of twenty thousand dollars will be equivalent to somewhere in the region of seventy-eight thousand dollars. We already have thirty thousand dollars from the first round and so we’re looking this time to raise forty-eight thousand dollars and we’re looking forward to the support of the people in this regard,” Mr Linton said.Audio Playerhttps://www.dominicavibes.dm/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/MJ150216FUNDS001.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Rauball: Dembele deal didn’t screw Dortmund

first_imgBorussia Dortmund ‘We didn’t let Barcelona screw us with Dembele’ – Dortmund president Rauball reacts to €105m deal Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 08:02 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ousmane Dembele Barcelona Unveiling Getty Images Borussia Dortmund Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona Primera División Bundesliga The man at the helm of the Bundesliga outfit has insisted that the club were never going to let the French winger leave without a fight Borussia Dortmund did not allow Barcelona to “screw” them over the transfer of Ousmane Dembele, president Reinhard Rauball has said.Dembele, 20, made a move from Dortmund to Barcelona for €105 million in late August.Dortmund 6/1 to win title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina It was the La Liga giants’ biggest signing of the transfer window, having needed desperately to try and replace Neymar after the Brazilian’s world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.Rauball said Dortmund were clear with Barca from the outset, setting out what they wanted for the France international.”In the case of Dembele, we didn’t let Barcelona screw us and made all the conditions clear from the beginning,” he said on Monday.”If they hadn’t met those conditions, the transfer wouldn’t have been possible. The fact that it happened shortly before the window closed is just the way things are.”Nevertheless, we really have to think about whether we can accept the fact that such transfers are possible until the end of August.”Dembele ended up spending just one campaign at Dortmund after joining from Rennes in 2016.last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini confident club and fans now behind him

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini confident club and fans now behind himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident the club and fans are now united behind him.Hammers supporters sung their manager’s name for the first time since he took over in the summer as they made it four wins on the spin at Fulham last weekend.”Maybe we are starting some good days at West Ham, and we have to try and keep it that way until the end of the season,” said Pellegrini.”For me, having this good moment in the middle of the season is important for everyone.”The fans are loud in the stadium and the players are playing with more trust, but what is important is that we finish the season in the spot that this club deserves with the amount of people behind this club.”The London Stadium is now always full with fans and we need to feel that in every game. That is what we are trying to do now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoTeam of the Week: Longstaff stuns Man Utd; Liverpool rolling; Abraham scores again

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorEli Rubenstein SturgessShare the loveHave your say Team of the Week: Longstaff stuns Man Utd; Liverpool rolling; Abraham scores againby Eli Rubenstein Sturgess17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt was certainly a weekend of football that proved that the Premier League is still alive and the big clubs are getting too complacent.Losses for Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham headlines the weekends results, with Liverpool picking up a dramatic late penalty to send them 8 points clear.Dream debuts for both Aaron Connelly and Matty Longstaff warmed the TVs and hearts of viewers all around the world.We here at tribalfootballlook at the top performers from Matchday 8 in the Tribal Football Team Of The Week.GOALKEEPER – DEAN HENDERSON (Sheffield United)The Manchester United prodigy responded in the best possible way after a disappointing mistake last week against Liverpool.Despite a bleak afternoon between the sticks at Vicarage Road on Saturday, the Englishman stood up when needed making two brilliant saves to salvage a point for the Blades.The first a terrific one-on-one stop from Danny Welbeck, and the second a superb reflex save from a header from point-blank range deep into stoppage time.CENTRE-BACK – WILLY BOLY (Wolverhampton Wanderers)Wolves’ astonishing win away at Manchester City extraordinarily included a clean sheet, achieved primarily through the heroics of Willy Bolly.The Frenchman was dominant in the backline, winning 5 aerial duels, making 2 interceptions as well as a colossal 12 clearances.It isn’t a mean feat to keep a City side of Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez and Silva with 18 shots on goal to 0 goals.CENTRE-BACK – LEWIS DUNK (Brighton & Hove Albion)In Brighton’s shock demolition of a dispirited Tottenham side, it was the captain who held the fort at the back, keeping a clean sheet.Restricting the dangerous Kane and Son to only 1 shots, Dunk was everywhere defensively recording a whopping 10 clearances.To cap of a strong performance, in the 65th minute the skipper played a long ball through to Connolly, who scored the Seagulls third, confirming all 3 points.RIGHT-BACK – ADAMA TRAORE (Wolverhampton Wanderers)Another star performer in the historic Wolves win, the powerful Adama Traore was the headline act, punishing the City defence with his pace and strength.The Spaniard started the game at wing-back where he curtailed the likes of Raheem Sterling, making 2 tackles and interceptions.However his move into the middle of the ground paid dividends as he was on the spot to cooly finish both goals past Ederson, gifting Wolves a surreal 0-2 victory.LEFT-BACK – JETRO WILLEMS (Newcastle United)The pacey and powerful Dutchman finds himself in the team of the week after an all-round impressive performance in Newcastle’s shock 1-0 win over struggling Man Utd.Defensively, Willems kept the likes of Pereira and Dalot toothless (0 key passes and only 1 dribble), making 3 tackles and 2 interceptions.Offensively, Willems combined terrifically with the exciting Saint-Maximin, constantly bombing down the wing to support attacks. In total, he registered 3 successful dribbles and 3 key passes, one of which the clever assists to Longstaff’s winner.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – MATTY LONGSTAFF (Newcastle United) [Moment of the Week]No need for a moment of the week this article as you won’t find a better story than Matty Longstaff’s dream debut against Manchester United.The 19-year-old local lad, lined up for his beloved Newcastle for the first time alongside his brother, the stage was set.From the moment the referee blew his whistle to start the game, Matty Longstaff looked at home in the Premier League. Pinging Long range passes and harassing the Manchester midfield, he added an important element to the Newcastle.With both him and Sean pulling the strings, Newcastle were on top for the match, however the best was yet to come.After hitting the crossbar with a terrific volley in the first half, Longstaff was goal hungry, and in the 72nd minute, the ball rolled out to him on the edge of the box.The debutant struck the ball sweet and fizzed it past De Gea, sending the Gallowgate into hysteria. His goal gifted the magpies a well-deserved 3 points, capping off a dream night under the lights of St James’ Park.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – JAMES MILNER (Liverpool)The experienced Liverpool veteran, put in a mature performance as the Reds scraped past Leicester with another tight victory.Operating at a pass accuracy of 87.3%, Milner was the attacking spark for the Liverpool side when he played a beautiful weighted long through-ball that put Mane in on goal, who accordingly made the score 1-0.When awarded a penalty in the dying moments of the game, it was of course the cool-headed Milner who again showed terrific composure to tuck the penalty away, pulling Liverpool 8 points clear at the top.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – CONOR HOURIHANE (Aston Villa)In Aston Villa’s 1-5 destruction of Norwich at Carrow Road, despite many star performers in midfield, it was the Irishman who emerged as the Villians top performer in the centre of the park.In the 30th minute, Hourihane made a run into the box and fizzed in a cross, putting the ball on a plate for Wesley to tap home.Again in the 61st minute, he picked the ball up outside the box and after a solitary touch, smashed the ball into the back of the net.CENTRE-FORWARD – WESLEY (Aston Villa)Aston Villa’s record signing flexed his muscles with a damaging performance against Norwich.The number 9 set the tone in the opening twenty minutes with two clinical finishes, showing terrific control and goal sense. Late in the game, Wesley also picked up an assist to cap of an imposing performance.In total, Wesley had 5/6 shots on target and won 3 aerial duels.CENTRE-FORWARD – RAUL JIMENEZ (Wolverhampton Wanderers)It was an unusual role for the Mexican striker, who found himself having the be at the ready for the rare dangerous forays that Wolves would experience in the City half.And ready he was, constantly a threat with both his dribbling and pace making the city defence look very shaky.Jimenez registered 5 dribbles and 3 key passes, including assists for both goals. He showed class and composure when charging past city defenders and playing through Traore deftly with the outside of his foot.CENTRE-FORWARD – AARON CONNOLLY (Brighton & Hove Albion)Another heartwarming story from the weekend as academy graduate Aaron Connolly tore through Tottenham in his first Premier League start.The Irishman was lively up top, having 6 shots on goal, making 2 key passes and despite being the shortest player on the pitch, won 4/4 aerial duels.However his goals were what put his name up in lights, the first, after his deft flick from a cross was saved, he was first to react turning in the rebound for 2-0. The second after receiving a long ball, Connolly charged towards goal and curled the ball past Gazzaniga from long range.MANAGER OF THE WEEK – NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO (Wolverhampton Wanderers)After what has been a dreadful start to the campaign for last years emerging team, Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has seemed to have turned this ship dramatically over the past week.Recording a relieving 2-0 win over Watford last matchday, and then picking up a colossal 3 points away at Besiktas mid-week in the Europa League, Wolves pulled off the best one of them all with a historic win over the 2x Premier League holders Manchester City.Playing with five at the back, Wolves were defensively solid all game but still had counteracting volatility with both Jimenez and Cutrone. However, his decision to move Adama Traore from right-wing-back to up forward proved most decisive, as he possessed the ability to damage City with his pace and power, something he did twice in their 0-2 win.GOAL OF THE WEEK – TAMMY ABRAHAM (Chelsea)Video Courtesy of LiveChelseavn last_img read more

Denmark to End Registration Fee on Merchant Ships

first_imgzoom Denmark has proposed to abolish the registration fee on merchant ships, which would remove an obstacle to the growth of vessels flying the Danish flag, Danish Shipping informed.The government’s new measures for business and industry to prolong the growth of the Danish economy also contain maritime proposals, including the abolition of the special fee on second-hand ships, which are registered in the Danish International Ship Register (DIS).This proposal would remove a cost which today makes it less attractive for shipping companies to register newly purchased second-hand ships under the Danish flag.“We know from talks with Danish and foreign shipping companies that the registration fee is an obstacle when they wish to register under Danish flag. Therefore, I am pleased that the fee will be removed as this will make Denmark a more attractive market,” Anne H. Steffensen, CEO of Danish Shipping, said.“It is a good day for the Danish maritime cluster, and it sends a strong signal that Denmark will be a global maritime power house,” Steffensen added.When registering a ship in Denmark, a one-time fee of one per thousandth of the value of a ship is charged, as well as a fee for registration of a mortgage, which also represents one per thousandth of the value of the deposit. This applies when a second-hand ship is registered in the Danish International Ship Register, whereas in many competing countries a far lower charge is paid.“The Danish maritime cluster is growing, so it is also an investment in the future as we can help attract activities to the country,” Brian Mikkelsen, Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, said.“Today, it can be three to four times more expensive to register a ship in Denmark than in e.g. Singapore. The better the conditions offered by Denmark, the higher the probability that more ships will fly the Danish flag. I see it as an important matter for the entire shipping industry,” Jan Rindbo, CEO of the shipping company NORDEN, added.last_img read more

Ontario will scrap cap and trade challenge Ottawas carbon tax Doug Ford

first_imgTORONTO – Doug Ford said Friday he will scrap Ontario’s cap-and-trade system and fight a federal carbon tax as soon as his Progressive Conservative cabinet is sworn in later this month because the measures hurt families and do nothing for the environment.To that end, the incoming premier said he will give notice of Ontario’s withdrawal from the carbon pricing market it shares with Quebec and California when he takes office on June 29.Ford, whose party won a majority of seats in last week’s election, said the government will provide clear rules for an “orderly wind down” of cap and trade, but did not specify when the legislature will be recalled to implement the bill needed to dismantle the system put in place by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government.“Today, I want to confirm that in Ontario the carbon tax’s days are numbered,” he said. “In fact, upon the swearing in of my new cabinet, at the top of our agenda the very first item will be to pass an order to cancel the Liberal cap-and-trade carbon tax.”Ford also said he would challenge the federal government’s rules requiring provinces to have carbon pricing in place.“I will (be) directing my attorney general to use all available resources, to use every power at the government’s disposal, we will officially challenge the federal government carbon tax on Ontario families,” he said. “Because the cap and trade and carbon tax does nothing for the environment.”During the spring election campaign, Ford’s team estimated challenging the federal carbon tax in court would cost taxpayers $30 million over four years.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna fired back, saying Ottawa is considering all options, including giving revenues from the carbon tax directly back to Ontario residents instead of the provincial government.“Climate change is real and its impacts do not stop with a change in government. Canadians expect us to take serious action to protect our environment and grow our economy,” McKenna said in a statement Friday evening.“Ontario’s premier-elect gave notice today that he is not interested in fighting climate change and is effectively withdrawing from Canada’s national climate change plan.”Eliminating cap and trade will help deliver on a campaign promise to cut gasoline prices by 10 cents per litre, Ford said, while adding that he was putting gas distributors “on notice” about price fluctuations ahead of holiday weekends.The cap-and-trade system aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. If they exceed those limits they must buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.Ontario has made close to $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals last year. Ford has consistently opposed carbon pricing and has come under fire for failing to explain how he would make up for the lost revenue.Trevor Tombe, an economist with the University of Calgary, said if Ford’s goal is to drive down gas prices he didn’t have to scrap the entire cap-and-trade system to achieve it. The Tories could have kept the program in place but exempted gas distributors who could have then lowered their prices by four or five cents.That combined with a cut to the provincial excise tax on fuel would lead to a 10-cent-per-litre cut at the pumps, he said.“Exempting fuel distributors would effectively turn cap-and-trade into a large emitter carbon pricing system,” he said.Tombe said there are no “insurmountable hurdles” that would keep Ontario from scrapping the system, but the government will need to address the billions in permits sold in previous auctions.“The money raised is earmarked for a number of spending initiatives,” he said. “The government could simply not proceed with those initiatives and instead return the money.”Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Friday that his position has not changed and that “the whole world is moving in this direction” to promote a carbon market or a tax to fight against climate change.“This is the fundamental measure. All the evidence is there,” he said, adding that Quebec would continue in the same direction as California.“It is believed that every Canadian province must make a visible and practical commitment to the fight against climate change.”The opposition parties expressed concern about the loss of revenue from cap and trade and the programs the money would have supported.“How will Mr. Ford replace the $1.9 billion per year that the cap-and-trade auction brings in for the province?” said NDP legislator Peter Tabuns. “Will he be making another $2 billion in cuts to programs Ontarians count on?”Ontario Green party Leader Mike Schreiner, who was elected to the legislature last week, said cancelling pollution pricing without a backup plan would send a signal to clean companies that the province is not open for business.“It is unfortunate to see Mr Ford’s sloganeering and back-of-the-napkin ideas continuing post-election,” he said.Environmental groups panned the move, calling it a bad idea for the environment and Ontario’s economy.“By abandoning action on climate change, Doug Ford is simply raising the extreme weather tax which is already wrecking homes, crops and public infrastructure,” said Keith Stewart, a senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada.last_img read more