Young tradespeople showcase their skills [Beautiful]13/05/2013 09:00:57
Young tradespeople showcase their skills SASKATOON, Sask. - A number of youths vying for a career in the trades descended upon the Prairies in June to prove they were the best of the best; and when it comes to heavy equipment service, Jason Mann was just that. Skills Canada, the national not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies to Canadian youth, held its 13th Canadian Skills Competition in Saskatoon June 6-9. Provincial and territorial branches of Skills Canada hold annual Olympic-style competitions to test the skills of young people at secondary and post-secondary levels for trade and technology occupations. Gold medallists from each province or territory then go on to compete in the Canadian Skills Competition. Mann, a post-secondary student from Manitoba, took home the gold in the Heavy Equipment Service category, while Kyle Wright of the Northwest Territories followed with the silver and Chance MacKenzie of Nova Scotia rounded out the medallists with a bronze. The three Heavy Equipment Service medallists were joined in Saskatoon by nearly 550 other Canadian youth, who were competing in a number of different categories. Categories of competition are based on industry trends and needs, which vary from year to year. In 2007, 42 categories of competition will be delivered at the Canadian Skills Competition. "About 20 years ago, careers in the trades went out of fashion," says Donavon Elliott, chair of Skills Canada Saskatchewan and a teacher from Prince Albert. "About the same time, the need for workers in applied technology careers began to grow. The work of Skills Canada and its regional branches across the country is helping to build these workforces through our young people. The well-being of our economy and our infrastructure depends on these careers, which are extremely viable and rewarding, yet undervalued." Skills Canada works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Primary programming for Skills Canada is the Olympic-style competition, which provides a forum for secondary, post-secondary, and apprentice students to compete in numerous trade and technology categories. Students participate in practical challenges designed by industry professionals to test the skills of trade and technology occupations. Throughout the remainder of the year, Skills Canada connects youth to trades and technology careers through school presentations and visits, career fairs, youth conferences and community clubs. The federal government is also providing incentives that could help encourage people to pursue a career as a heavy-duty vehicle technician. "Despite the healthy growth in Canada's economy, if you ask employers what their biggest worry is, most will reply that finding enough skilled workers tops the list," said Zarah Malik of Human Resources and Social Development Canada. "This is no surprise. Every day there are media stories reporting that there will soon be more jobs in the skilled trades than qualified people to fill them." The Conference Board of Canada forecasts that Canada could be short one million workers by 2020, due to an aging workforce and declining birth rates. As well, during the next two decades it is estimated 40% of the jobs in the marketplace will be in the skilled trades and technologies sector. The feds have introduced three programs aimed at addressing the shortage of skilled tradespeople by encouraging apprenticeship training and supporting young people who pursue careers in the skilled trades. While the programs aren't entirely new, Malik wishes to raise awareness of the programs. An Apprenticeship Incentive Grant program provides a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year to registered apprentices upon successful completion of their first or second year/level of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades (which includes heavy-duty vehicle technicians). Last year, an Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit was announced, which provides employers with a tax credit of up to $2,000 per apprentice for each of the first two years of his or her contract in one of the Red Seal trades. This credit aims to encourage more employers to participate in apprenticeship training. Also introduced last year was a new deduction to recognize that many employed tradespeople, including those in the trucking industry, must provide their own tools as a condition of employment. As a result of the new deduction, a tradesperson is eligible to deduct up to $500 from his or her annual income for the costs of new tools in excess of $1,000 that were purchased as a requirement for the job. "Altogether, some 100,000 apprentices could benefit as a result of the new grant and the tax credit. We will continue to work with the provinces and territories, employers and unions in other ways to support the skilled trades," noted Malik. Post A CommentDisclaimerNote: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that Truck News has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published and those that are published will not be edited. However, all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.
Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson win in record fashion in Day 2 at Ryder Cup [Shop]10/05/2013 13:00:30
Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson win in record fashion in Day 2 at Ryder Cup Bradley's and Mickelson's 7-and-6 victory over Lee Westwood and Luke Donald tied the mark for most lopsided score in an 18-hole team match. It also improved Bradley's win-loss record to 3-0, the best Ryder Cup start for a rookie since the guy he was playing with in 1995. Two other teams have won 7 and 6, with Paul Azinger and Mark O'Meara in 1991 the last to do it. It was the second straight foursomes loss for Donald, who'd been unbeaten in his first six times out. PGA Tour last year, and that bond has made them the revelation of the Ryder Cup. Bradley's enthusiasm - he sprinted out to the first tee to rile up the crowd 30 minutes before his morning tee time - has rubbed off on Mickelson, and Lefty has given Bradley the confidence to play free and easy. And Europe hasn't been able to do a thing about it. Bradley and Mickelson are on such a roll they didn't even have to putt to win their first two holes. The Europeans conceded No. 1 when Mickelson put his second within 2 feet of the pin, and they gave the Americans No. 2 after Westwood put his tee shot in the water and missed the bogey putt. The Americans got back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 to go 6 up. Mickelson hit a gorgeous wedge to give Bradley an 8-footer on the par-4 No. 9, and Bradley knocked it in, letting out a roar and pumping his fist. The Americans two-putted for birdie on the par-5 10th, taking the hole when Donald saw another putt lip out. The Americans closed out the match thanks to another big wedge shot by Mickelson. Bradley's second shot hit a tree and landed in some rough, though Mickelson did have a clear shot at the green. He played it perfectly, the ball hitting the green about 20 feet left of the pin and trickling down a slope to within a foot of the cup. The crowd began partying, chants of ''U-S-A! U-S-A'' echoing through the trees, oblivious to the fact the Europeans still had a chance to halve the hole. captain Davis Love III has a tough choice, too, with Mickelson and Bradley. It's hard to sit a hot team, but he doesn't want to burn them out with singles still to play on Sunday. But Mickelson made it sound as if the choice was already made. ''Historically and mathematically, the guys that have played five matches have not done as well in the singles,'' Mickelson said. ''We've got a lot of guys on this team that are playing some great golf who need to get out and play, as well. Don't be surprised if we end up not playing because we don't want to risk two points for one.'' The lone bright spot for the Europeans was coming from the first foursome, with Ian Poulter and Justin Rose 2 up on Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. Poulter is as passionate as they come about the Ryder Cup, and Europe badly needed his enthusiasm. He showed that Watson isn't the only one who can play to the crowd, waving his hand to ask for more noise from the small contingent of European fans behind the first tee and nodding when they broke into a round of ''Ole! Ole! Ole!'' Watson, who had done something similar on Friday, nodded and laughed. Feeding off the crowd support, Watson and Simpson blitzed through a 5-and-4 victory on Friday. But they weren't quite as sharp on Saturday, and Poulter and Rose took advantage. Simpson missed a 7-footer on 10 to put Europe up 1, and Poulter drained a short putt on the next hole to go 2 up. When the ball dropped in the cup, Poulter's eyes bugged out and he pounded his chest.
Issa of London looks to Native Americans for inspiration in fashion week show [Shop]05/05/2013 16:11:56
Issa of London looks to Native Americans for inspiration in fashion week show LONDON - Fashion week kicked up a notch Saturday night as Daniella Issa Helayel - best known by her middle name - showed a series of dresses and coats influenced by Native Americans, bringing a touch of the desert to central London. Known as one of the favourite designers of the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton), the Brazilian-born Issa has become a mainstay of the London catwalk scene. She toned down her usually exuberant colour palette, which has always brought a touch of Rio to London, in favour of more muted colours that evoked the American west. But the shapes and cut were glamorous, and knitwear tops that turned into cowl necks and balaclava-style headgear brought warmth and wit to the show. Of course, she threw in a few sparkly evening dresses, with a plunging neckline or a backless look, to help make cocktail hour sizzle. Despite leaving behind the fine weather and natural allure of Brazil, Issa said she finds joy in London, even if the weather is often drab. "Even when it's misty and fog, it's beautiful," she said. "The shades of grey are fantastic. And it's not misty and foggy all the time." When the weather gets her down, she goes to London's museums for inspiration. And she gets a kick from being part of an A-list fashion crowd, enjoying a reception Friday night at 10 Downing Street with designer Victoria Beckham, American Vogue editor Anna Wintour and other top figures. Soon Issa will be off to the Academy Awards in Los Angeles - not the actual ceremony, but, even better perhaps, parties hosted by Elton John and Madonna. Issa denies designing any maternity clothes for the Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting a baby in July. But she said many of her stretchy dresses are popular with mothers-to-be. She followed Jasper Conran, John Rocha, Julien Macdonald and other stalwarts in a Saturday lineup that brought throngs of well-heeled (literally) fashion fans to Somerset House and other locales in central London.