CALGARY – Alvin Beckley wasn’t a big fan of fishing but his brother-in-law says Beckley probably couldn’t resist when he had a chance to join his workmates for a day on the water just off the west coast of Vancouver.Beckley, 38, of Calgary and Mike Cutler of Edmonton died Sunday when the boat they were on capsized and sank. Three others — two passengers and the boat’s operator — survived.“I don’t know that he necessarily fished often but he was in Tofino and you definitely want to do that when you’re there,” Mike Provost said Wednesday.“He was in Tofino so you gotta get out and catch some big fish. They had Sunday off and they decided to go fishing as a group to go and enjoy themselves.”Beckley was originally from Sierra Leone, but grew up in Alberta with his parents. He was an apprentice electrician and had been working on a construction crew in remote areas.He leaves behind his wife, Jacqui, and three daughters.“It’s been tough for sure. He’s got three little girls and it’s been a lot of tears and sadness, but also a lot of good fond memories,” Provost said. “It’s always good to reflect on the good times.”Provost added his brother-in law always had “a big happy smile.”“He would always find a funny perspective and kind of crack a lot of jokes. It was always happy times with him. He was a loving father and a great husband.”The capsizing of the 8.4-metre-long boat northwest of Bartlett Island near Tofino is being investigated by the RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board.“We don’t have a lot of answers at this current time. There are still investigations going on,” Provost said.“Eventually we will get to speak with the surviving members. I’m sure it was extremely tough for everybody involved in that whole scenario. We will get some more answers and clarity in the coming days for sure.”Provost said Beckley had been diagnosed with diabetes several years ago and complications in regulating the disease had prevented him from being steadily employed in recent years.GoFundMe pages have been set up for both the Alberta men.“It’s for the girls especially. Alvin having diabetes and (being) the primary provider for the family … they had been having some struggles over the past little while in relation to that. They were just kind of getting back on their feet. The girls will need a lot of support.”Cutler’s family didn’t respond to a request for comment, but his fundraising page requested help to bring his body back to the east coast.“Mike was a loving friend, musician and one hell of an electrician. Although Mike is no longer with us, I guarantee nobody will forget his loving smile, constant jabs and sarcasm,” the page read.“Mike left behind 2 boys, Morgan (17) and Mackenzie (15) who need our support now more then ever.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Intel officially unveiled its fourth generation processors at Asia’s largest trade IT fair, Computex, in Taipei on Tuesday.The fourth generation processors formerly known as Haswell is expected to give a whopping 50 percent more battery life and faster data encryption compared to its predecessors.”Delivering Intel’s largest generation-over-generation gain in battery life enablement in company history, 4th generation Intel Core processors can bring an 50 percent improvement in battery life over the previous generation in active workloads when watching movies or surfing the internet, and two to three times improvement in standby battery life. For some systems coming to market this year, over 9 hours of active use battery life or 10 to 13 days of standby with fresh data on a single charge is expected,” stated the US chip giant.”4th generation Intel core processors offer the most significant gain in battery life enabling ever achieved by Intel, up to double the graphics and CPU performance improvements that are delivering exciting new consumer experienced, ” said Kirk Skaugen, the senior vice president and general manager, Intel PC client group.The new processors introduced at Computex is specifically designed for 2-in-1 ultrabook laptops which could combine the performance of a PC with the mobility of a tablet. “It’s (the ultrabook) a tablet when you want it, and a notebook when you need it,” said Skaugen.The fourth-generation processors will gradually replace the third-generation Ivy Bridge. According to a statement issued by the company, the products sporting the fourth generation Intel Core vPro would be available later this year. The prices for the new Intel Core processor is listed on www.intc.com.
Front Altair on fire.TwitterTwo oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, according to a UK maritime security report. A similar incident in the region was reported last month when four oil tankers were attacked.The incident took place near the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.One of the two ships, the tanker ‘Front Altair’ managed by a Bermuda-owned shipping company Frontline, suffered a fire on Thursday morning while sailing through the southern end of the Strait of Hormuz. While the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a spokesperson of the company told CNN that all the 23 crew members were evacuated and safe.The Iran state media, on the other hand, reported that the Front Altair had sunk, reported The Guardian.The vessel was identified as an oil tanker that was transporting Naptha (a type of crude oil) and was on its way to Taiwan. The other ship, Kokuka Courageous was reportedly attacked “thrice” with “some sort of shell” according to the spokesperson of the Japanese ship, reported CNN. All 21 crew members on board were evacuated in which one was reported to be injured. The ship was reportedly a goods carrier and was carrying methanol and was on route to Singapore, reported CNN. However, according to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, both tankers were carrying “Japan-related cargo.”Managed by the Singapore based company BSM, a company spokesperson said that the ship remains in the area and is not in danger of sinking.Michio Yuube, the co-manager of company Kokuka Sangyo said that the vessel was “first shot above sea level and then caught fire briefly before the blaze was extinguished”.Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Tweeted that “suspicious doesn’t begin to describe” the incident as it happened on the day Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on a state visit to Iran to meet Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali KhameneiReported attacks on Japan-related tankers occurred while PM @AbeShinzo was meeting with Ayatollah @khamenei_ir for extensive and friendly talks. Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning. Iran’s proposed Regional Dialogue Forum is imperative.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) June 13, 2019On June 6, according to the international investigation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Norway told the United Nations Security Council in an informal meeting that there are “strong indications that the four attacks were part of a sophisticated and coordinated operation carried out with significant operational capacity.’Out of the four vessels attacked on May 12, two belonged to Saudi Arabia, while the remaining were owned by the UAE and Norway. The investigation did not mention the name of any country responsible behind the attack.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes could be awarded Knighthood, according to England’s Prime Ministerial candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. Stokes, who played a vital role in England’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 glory, has been lauded by cricket fans from all over the world for his crucial performance in the final.The two prime ministerial candidates agreed that they would give the knighthood to the 28-year-old all-rounder and would not hesitate to give him the greatest honour during a debate hosted by The Sun and talkRadio.”I will give dukedoms, whatever – I will go to the maximum, to, what, the Garter King of Arms. Yes is the answer, absolutely,” Johnson was quoted as saying by IANS. On the other hand, Hunt also answered the question stating that he will also give the English all-rounder knighthood. England team celebrate their victory. TwitterBritish Prime Minister Theresa May had praised the efforts of the England squad when she met them at 10 Downing Street as she held a special reception for the side. She said, ” The final was not just cricket at its best but sport at its best – courage, character, sportsmanship, drama, incredible skill and even the odd slice of luck.””You are a team that represents modern Britain, and that plays like no other side in the world. You have helped the nation fall in love with cricket once again. You have inspired countless future Morgans, Rashids and Archer,” she had further added.The England team defeated New Zealand in the World Cup final at Lords to lift the coveted trophy. Ben Stokes along with Jos Buttler took charge of the England innings when they were down by four wickets with only 86 runs on the board. They helped England tie the match and eventually win it with Ben Stokes scoring 84 runs. This was England’s first-ever ICC Cricket World Cup victory.