Record-low solar price of $13.16/MWh set in latest Portuguese capacity auction

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Portugal’s latest solar energy auction, which awarded 670 MW, achieved the world’s record low price of EUR 11.14 (USD 13.16) per MWh in one of [the] lots, the government announced today.The ceiling price in the tender was EUR 41.54 and EUR 41.73 per MWh depending on the lots. According to the government, South Korean firm Hanwha Q Cells managed to secure six of the 12 lots, or 315 MW in total.About 483 MW of the awarded capacity will come with an energy storage element built in. This year’s tender was the first to include a battery storage option.The remaining capacities, 177 MW and 10 MW, were awarded in the country’s system compensation and contract for differences modalities, respectively. In the contract for differences modality there was only one lot awarded and that is where the record-low bid was made. The particular tariff is about 25% lower than the lowest one in the auction held last year.The government noted that local consumers will benefit from gains of EUR 559 million over a 15-year period.[Lucas Morais]More: Portugal reaches record-low price in solar tender awarding 670 MW Record-low solar price of $13.16/MWh set in latest Portuguese capacity auctionlast_img read more

Final Fate Of Red Bank Residential Project To Be Determined

first_imgProject Needs Numerous Variances from Zoning BoardBy John BurtonRED BANK – The borough Zoning Board of Adjustment may cast the deciding vote for a project that could finally result in building on a long-vacant West Front Street lot.The board, over a handful of hearings, has been considering the The Element, a four-story, upscale residential project intended for 55 West Front Street. The site for many years had been home to Meridian Extended Care, a facility that had been owned and operated by Meridian Health, which owns and operates Riverview Medical Center here. But what is now being proposed is reduced from what was initially slated for this property.Located across from the borough’s Riverside Gardens Park, the site has remained vacant since 2009, when the care facility was demolished.What is being considered now is “a class A multifamily development,” said Debra Tantleff, who is working on the project.“We believe we are fundamentally designing a building that embodies all of the elements of quality living in a downtown environment,” said Tantleff, by way of the project’s name.Tantleff is the founding principal partner of TANTUM real estate, a Jersey City-based development firm, involved in 55 West Front Street, LLC, looking to develop the project. According to Tantleff, her firm specializes in multifamily and mixed-use projects, mostly in northern New Jersey.The local zoning board had approved a plan for the site back in 2007 that would have allowed for the construction of a five-story building with 27 fairly spacious condominiums and a below-grade parking deck.After winning approval, however, developers ran headlong into the 2008 Great Recession and “a market that wouldn’t enable the condos to move forward,” Tantleff observed.“The owners of the property have repositioned and redesigned this,” scaling back the original concept, she said. Now the project would have 35 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments and in three stories, with the ground level, fourth story intended as a parking tier.Should the project be approved, the one-bedroom apartments will range in size between 750-800 square feet; the two-bedroom units are planned for “north of 1,200 square feet,” Tantleff said. The structure will feature “A more appropriate architectural design, to cohesively fit into the streetscape” of the area, with the building’s exterior featuring brick and stone in a Victorian style, she said.Scaling back the project, Tantleff maintained, would improve the situation for its immediate neighbor, Trinity Episcopal Church, 65 West Front St., by creating “expansive open space that separates us from the church,” she said.The Element will be marketed to young professionals and empty-nesters, both demographics appreciating what Red Bank has to offer and easy access to mass transit and local attractions, and is similar to what Woodmont Properties and Metrovation/ Terranomics Development accomplished with their West Side Lofts project, just west on West Front Street, Tantleff stressed.As to what the rents might eventually be for the 35 units, Tantleff responded that “It’s a little premature to get specific.”For the project to proceed, the zoning board would have to approve a use variance for density; according to local zoning regulations maximum density is 25 dwelling units per acre is permitted, while given the size of the property it equates to 47 units per acre, requiring the variance; and another because it exceeds maximum height by 6.7 feet. The board would also have to approve variances for the parking lack of required parking and other relief for such things as rear property setback, as well as various design waivers, according to the borough Office of Planning and Zoning.The developers have presented their professionals and testimony at previous zoning board hearings and all that remains before a final vote is the public comment session, Tantleff saidlast_img read more

REVEALED: DEPARTMENT NEVER GOT COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER FROM DONEGAL COUNCIL

first_imgSite where sewage outflow pipe is plannedMYSTERY surrounds a process 18 months ago in which Donegal County Council said it was making a compulsory purchase of foreshore land and seabed in Lough Foyle for a sewage outflow pipe.That’s because the Department of Agriculture – named as the owners of the land in a newspaper advertisement – has confirmed that it was never contacted by the council.All the other landowners in the Carnagrave area between Moville and Greencastle DID receive notices from the council. However the Department says it “can find no records whatsoever” of any correspondence from the council.As the land is actually owned by the Crown Estate Commission – the British Government’s landlords – campaigners believe the council legal notice was wrong.The Campaign for a Clean Estuary group in the area says it received the latest information in an official letter from the Department of Agriculture.Spokesman Enda Craig told Donegal Daily: “I remember seeing the advertisement in the Derry Journal newspaper in October 2011. It was a legal notice naming all the landowners in the area whose land was going to be purchased as part of the sewage treatment scheme. “We still have a copy of it, and we were surprised because we didn’t believe the Department owned the foreshore. People around here have known for years that the British claimed the seabed and the foreshore.“So we wrote to the Department and to our surprise we were told that no CPO (compulsory purchase order) had never been issued to them.“There were no letters, no emails, nothing.”Mr Craig added: “In 1990 Donegal councillors voted to build a treatment plant and outflow pipe into the Atlantic ocean. That was changed in 1995 to put the pipe into the delicate waters of the Foyle estuary. No explanation was ever given to our satisfaction.“We now believe that the Crown Estate is opposing the council’s plans and it would be better for everyone and better for the environment if this proposal went back to its original plans.” Yesterday the Crown Estate said it was in talks with the British and Irish governments over its ownership of both Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough.Sources in the commission and in the Loughs Agency have confirmed that rents are paid on all of the seabed aquaculture activities.REVEALED: DEPARTMENT NEVER GOT COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER FROM DONEGAL COUNCIL was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:REVEALED: DEPARTMENT NEVER GOT COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER FROM DONEGAL COUNCILlast_img read more

Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history

first_imgFrene Ginwala helped build and grow the ANC in exile and in the first 10 years of democracy. (Image: George W Bush Institute)Lucille DavieFrene Ginwala helped build and grow the African National Congress (ANC) in exile and in the first 10 years of the democratic Parliament, when she was the speaker. The 82-year-old was in exile for 31 years, and returned to South Africa in 1990.Her crucial role and wise leadership have been well-documented: “Dr Frene Ginwala helped shape the ANC’s and South Africa’s history,” states the Nelson Mandela Foundation.The Presidency adds: “She commanded high respect among members of parliament and the public in her tenure, which spanned the first critical decade of our democracy.” Over the years, she held several high-level positions in the ANC, including member of the top decision making body, the National Executive Committee, and the National Working Committee.Some roles were not always where she saw herself. In a June 2008 interview she said she was reluctant to become the speaker of parliament. “I had not wanted to be speaker, but it was very much his [Nelson Mandela’s] decision, and he had to persuade the leadership about it. I wanted to go to parliament, but I wanted to write and speak and be a member. Anyway I found myself as speaker.”In the first democratic parliament, Ginwala wanted to put the minority parties on the front benches of parliament. She put her proposal to Mandela, the president, and he liked it. “I said to him, ‘Parliament is televised and people will watch it, and if they can see their leaders sitting in parliament there will be an identification.’” As a result the Democratic Party, Pan Africanist Congress and Freedom Front were given the front benches.Joburg bornGinwala was born on 25 April 1932 in Johannesburg, and read law at the University of London, where she received an LLB degree. Later, she received honorary law doctorates from the universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town and Connecticut in the US. Awards given to her over the years include the Global Award for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy from the Priyadarshni Academy, India; the Presidential Award from the Black Management Forum; the Woman of the Year 2000 from the Law Faculty at the University of Pretoria; and an Honorary Fellow from Linacre College at Oxford University.She returned to South Africa to train as a lawyer, and soon afterwards, in 1960, the ANC was banned. She went into exile a year or two later, and played a role in helping prominent members of the ANC such as Oliver Tambo escape into exile. Based in Tanzania, Ginwala helped establish the organisation in exile. She also worked as a journalist and broadcaster in Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania, and was the managing editor of The Standard and The Sunday News in Tanzania. She was founder and editor of a monthly journal, Spearhead, in Tanzania, a country to which she would return during her 31 years outside South Africa.In the late 1960s, Ginwala went back to the United Kingdom and started a PhD in philosophy at Oxford University, where she also lectured. While in the UK she gave speeches and wrote articles on the need to boycott the apartheid government that were published in The Guardian and The Economist. She also became a broadcaster for BBC radio. It was a busy time: she was the head of the political research unit in the office of Tambo, then ANC president, and served as ANC spokesperson in the UK on sanctions, the nuclear programme and the arms and oil embargo of South Africa.Ginwala has been the chairwoman of a number of committees, including the Global Coalition for Africa, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (SA), the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum, and the International Parliamentary Union (SA). She is a former member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel of High-Level Personalities on African Development, and she has served as commissioner of the International Commission on Human Security. She has actively promoted democracy, good governance, development and human rights, and human security throughout her long life.The case for sanctionsDuring her time in exile, Ginwala wrote several articles on the subject of sanctions. “One such piece, written for the African Studies Centre at the University of Cambridge and published in 1988 is of particular note for the way it shows her growth as an advocate and writer,” reports sahistory.org. “Her legal expertise is clear in her style. She opens with an establishment of the facts and the case against apartheid. She highlights the role of the ANC, the justice of the cause, and the ways in which the claim on the part of the international community that they do not support the apartheid regime is inaccurate because trade and non-intervention assist the apartheid regime. Each argument for sanctions is presented and defended with references to international law and the responsibility of the ‘democratic free world’. Each argument against sanctions is presented and systematically refuted by examples of precedent or fallacies in the argument’s logic.”The article reads like “a simplified legal brief and the organisation is somewhat reminiscent of the Declaration of Independence, no doubt intentional, as the United States was the international hegemonic leader and a significant trading partner for South Africa”.Ginwala has been widely published on issues of democracy, good governance, human rights, human security, anti-apartheid and women’s issues locally and abroad, indicates the Presidency.Destruction of MozambiqueHer parents had left South Africa for Mozambique after she left for the University of London. At that time the country was still under the colonial control of Portugal, but within months the anti-colonial guerrilla movement would begin. Portugal pulled out in 1975.During her years in exile, she spent some time in Mozambique, and in the 2008 interview she talks about the country, pointing out that it had been virtually destroyed during the 1970s and 80s, when South Africa and the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) armed the resistance group Renamo, causing the country to descend into civil war. The ANC had bases in Mozambique, and supported the pro-Communist Frelimo government. Finally, in 1990, a new constitution was adopted and in 1994 its first post-independence elections were held.“I felt personally very strongly that the frontline states [Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where the ANC found sanctuary after it was banned in 1960] had suffered immensely for our liberation. Mozambique had been destroyed, virtually. I felt that South Africa ought to acknowledge in a public way what had happened in the frontline states. So when the president of Mozambique [Joachim Chissano] came and addressed parliament, I took it on myself, without any warning or discussion, even with Madiba, to apologise to him for the damage that my country had done to him and his people.”Her action led to demands for her resignation but she approached Mandela the next day and he approved of her apology. “It was very important for me to get that kind of support, because I had really stuck my neck out on that one.”Her term as speaker of parliament ended in 2004. In 2005, she was elected the first chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a post she held until 2009. In the same year she received the Order of Luthuli, given to those who have made a meaningful contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution. She was also awarded the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan. It is given to those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, the promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, and the development in welfare or preservation of the environment.In 2007, she was appointed to head the inquiry into the suspension of the national director of public prosecutions, Vusi Pikoli.She is now in a well-deserved semi-retirement, though she still holds positions on various boards and party structures, and is still involved in the UN and Unesco in an informal capacity. The apartheid regime shaped her life significantly, records sahistory.org. “The blatant violations of human rights and democracy were instrumental in establishing her worldview and her commitment to equality for all races, genders, and demographics… Though the three decades she spent in exile after the Sharpeville Massacre were likely filled with uncertainty and instability, Frene Ginwala earned a doctorate, wrote countless articles, became a widely recognised and esteemed international figure, and played a central role in the toppling of the apartheid regime.”On her return, she was influential in writing the Constitution and establishing a government dedicated to equality and democracy.last_img read more

MVP calls for longer preparation for Gilas ahead of duel vs Aussies

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Gilas team ‘not one-dimensional,’ says Reyes Manny V. Pangilinan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan would be the first to call for a longer preparation for Gilas Pilipinas as it braces for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“I’m not a coach, but I would love for the team to have at least a month to prepare for the competition together, of course. Otherwise, our chances are not good against other teams,” Pangilinan said on the heels of the Philippines’ 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Nextcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “This team only had three weeks to prepare so frankly, I thought they were bit rusty in Tokyo and you saw tonight that they were rusty. They were not jelling really well in the first half. I’m just glad that in the second half, they got into the rhythm and they got themselves into the groove.“Still, Pangilinan couldn’t be any more pleased that the Philippines managed to go 2-0 despite having little time to prepare.“Given the circumstances under which the team was formed, of course, I’m very happy for the team. I’m very proud of them and I’m sure, Fiba would notice that we’ve done well despite everything we had to go through.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas ended the first leg of the Asian qualifiers unscathed after pulling out victories against Japan and Chinese Taipei to go up at joint first in Group B.But Pangilinan knows that the road will just get tougher from here as the as the Philippines faces Australia next in February before hosting Japan here at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat’s why Pangilinan isn’t tooting his horns for Gilas’ 2-0 record as he braces for the team’s next foes.“Australia is a very good team. So if we’re serious about competing against Australia, we have to give enough time for the team to jell,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

18 days agoAston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reach

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reachby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa skipper Jack Grealish feels an England call-up is within reach.The 24-year-old responded to missing out on the latest Three Lions squad by producing his best performance of the season as Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday. Asked if he had expected a call-up for the forthcoming qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Grealish replied: “No, not really. Not at the moment.“I know for a fact if I play to the best of my ability, then I can get in there. But this time, truthfully, I did not expect to get in.“I did well on Saturday, or I like to think I did well. If I keep performing to the way I know I can, hopefully this will give me a big lift and hopefully (I will get in) soon.” last_img read more

Ohio House Of Representatives Member Bill Patmon Wrote Cardale Jones A Personal Letter, Called Him “12 Gauge”

first_imgOhio representative Bill Patmon's letter to Cardale Jones.Ohio State’s Cardale Jones accomplished a great deal in 2014-2015, ascending from a third-string signal-caller to the starting quarterback for a team that won the Big Ten title, the Sugar Bowl and the College Football National Championship Game behind his leadership. It looks like he can add one more accolade to his repertoire too – an official congratulatory letter from Ohio House of Representatives member Bill Patmon.Patmon wrote to Jones, and used the QB’s nickname “12 Gauge” in the header, to congratulate him on his accomplishments. Jones posted a photo of the letter on Twitter.Cardale “12Gauge” Jones pic.twitter.com/ErDzXLqV6A— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) February 23, 2015Ironically, it’s not even a sure bet that Jones will be starting for the Buckeyes in 2015. There’s no word on whether Patmon also wrote to J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller.last_img read more

Senior Trudeau advisor linked to Bruce Carsons alleged illegal lobbying RCMP document

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera and Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOne of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s top advisors sat on the board of an energy industry-funded think tank while Bruce Carson allegedly illegally lobbied for the same organization, according to a court document filed by the RCMP.Daniel Gagnier, the Liberal party’s 2015 campaign co-chair, is currently president of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada (EPIC) which the RCMP alleges benefited from illegal lobbying by Carson, who was once acting chief of staff in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office.Gagnier was a vice chair of the organization during a portion of time that became the focus of the RCMP’s investigation into Carson’s activities. Emails obtained by the RCMP show that Gagnier even pushed EPIC’s agenda with Jean Charest who was premier of Quebec at the time.Gagnier helped Carson land a meeting between EPIC and provincial energy ministers, according to the RCMP’s document. The RCMP believes Carson’s work around the meeting constituted illegal lobbying. Gagnier was also in the loop on Carson’s attempts to get EPIC’s agenda on the desk of Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright, the RCMP document shows.Daniel Gagnier is the president of Energy Policy Institute of Canada (EPIC) and Liberal campaign co-chair.The document, an Information to Obtain (ITO), was used by the RCMP to get a production order to seize Carson’s CIBC bank records. Carson was a friend of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a senior advisor in the PMO.Carson is facing trial on an influence peddling charge which begins May 26. The trial is the result of a separate, but linked, investigation which was sparked by an APTN National News investigation in March 2011.The ITO was filed on Nov. 21, 2013, and sworn by Const. Marie-Josee Robert and is part of an ongoing investigation by the RCMP into Carson’s alleged illegal lobbying.None of the allegations contained in the ITO have been proven in court.The investigation, which is being handled by the RCMP’s Sensitive and International Investigations Unit, was triggered by Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd who sent a letter of complaint, dated July 13, 2013, to the RCMP. Shepherd alleged in the letter that Carson lobbied during the five year cooling off period required by law for designated public office holders. Carson left the PMO in 2009.Shepherd’s letter also alleged that Carson illegally lobbied for both  EPIC and the Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE).The ITO is focused on Carson’s activities for EPIC. The RCMP is also investigating Carson’s alleged lobbying for the CSEE, according to the ITO.The RCMP believe Carson’s alleged illegal lobbying proved fruitful for EPIC. It allowed the organization to obtain $13,000 from Natural Resources Canada and to get its policy papers and ideas into the hands of decisions makers like Christian Paradis, who was natural resources minister at the time, Jean Charest, provincial energy ministers and senior federal officials.According to emails obtained by the RCMP, EPIC knew Carson’s connections were of immense benefit to the organization.“We could do nothing without out you,” wrote Bob Black on July 17, 2010, who was president of EPIC at the time and is now a Conservative Senator.On Nov. 19, 2010, in an email responding to Carson’s request for money, Black again praised Carson.“Bruce. No issue…We are making progress and you are the secret sauce,” wrote Black.The RCMP, however, believed Carson’s ingredients for the secret sauce involved breaking the law.“I believe Mr. Carson committed the offences listed above by communicating with federal PHOs (public office holders) with respect to the development of a policy of the government of Canada, namely the development of a Canadian energy strategy, on behalf of EPIC, and that Mr. Carson’s actions are considered lobbying activities,” wrote Robert. “Comments formulated by Mr. Black towards Carson are good examples of how Mr. Carson’s influence impacted the evolution of EPIC and its members.”Carson was paid a $160,000 by EPIC from December 2009 to March 2011.“Carson’s continuous association with POHs and others, allowed him to accept or offer or agree to accept, for himself, the honorarium as consideration for his cooperation, assistance or exercise of influence in connection with business matter with the government on behalf of EPIC. I believe without this inferred influence, Mr. Carson would have not have performed his services so effectively,” wrote Robert.EPIC’s executive passed a motion on Feb. 3, 2010, that Carson not lobby for the organization. The RCMP investigator, however, said Carson’s activities actually ramped up.“Interestingly enough, Mr. Carson’s lobbying activities increased after the motion,” wrote Robert.While not a founding member of EPIC, which was formed in 2009, Gagnier sat on the board as a vice chair since at least August 2010. Gagnier is now president of the think tank which includes founding members like Enbridge, the Canadian Association of Petroleum producers, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Apache Corporation, Irving Oil and Suncor Energy, among others.According to the ITO, Carson was working to get EPIC some face time with provincial energy ministers during an upcoming meeting in Montreal on Sept. 17, 2010, when he sent an email on Sept. 2, 2010, to Charest’s political advisor Mario Lavoie. The email was carbon copied to Marc Vallieres, who was Paradis’ chief of staff, and Gagnier. The subject line read, “possible EPIC meeting with Energy Ministers (sic).”Lavoie responded the same day saying he would get back to Carson the next morning.Gagnier then sent an email to Carson on Sept. 3 saying he had discussed EPIC with Charest.“Good move. I met with the premier yesterday. He told me he was the only one who had read our papers and that apart from transmission issues on which Quebec has a long standing policy, that he supports our initiative,” wrote Gagnier, according to the ITO.Carson replied.“Can you help push this…bc.(sic)”On Sept. 10, 2010, Carson emailed Richard Brosseau, who was chief of staff to Nathalie Normandeau, Quebec’s natural resources minister at the time, about the upcoming Montreal meeting. The email was carbon copied to Gagnier. In the email, Carson said that EPCI’s work had been discussed at a recent premiers’ meeting of the Council of the Federation, and that the organization wanted to meet with the energy ministers.“We want to meet with ministers for about half an hour on Thursday or Friday next week to brief them on our work to date and our future plans (sic),” wrote Carson.Carson said Gagnier would be present at the meeting, along with David Emerson, who was EPIC’s chair and once served as a cabinet minister in the Martin Liberal and Harper governments, Black and Gerry Protti, who is currently chair of Alberta’s energy regulator.On Sept. 13, Stephen Lucas, an assistant deputy minister with NRCAN, replied that both Paradis and Normandeau backed the meeting“Bruce, Ministers Paradis and Normandeau are supportive of the meeting,” wrote Lucas.The meeting was eventually held on Sept. 16 at 7:30 a.m. in Montreal’s Omni Hotel.Protti, who was interviewed by RCMP investigators on Sept. 12, 2013, said the meeting lasted about 15 minutes and that Carson did most of the talking.The RCMP said Carson’s work leading up to the meeting constituted lobbying.“By communicating the work of EPIC with the energy ministers, Mr. Carson engaged in lobbying activities…with respect to the development of a policy of the government of Canada, namely the Canadian Energy Strategy on behalf of EPIC,” said the ITO.In a September 2010 monthly EPIC report, Black praised the work of Carson, Protti and Gagnier.“I would like to acknowledge our three vice chairs that presented our work to the energy ministers: Bruce Carson, Gerry Protti and Daniel Gagnier,” wrote Black.Gagnier was also kept in the loop on Carson’s dealings with Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright. Wright resigned last year in the midst of the controversy surrounding the Senate expense scandal and his $90,000 payment to suspended Conservative Senator Mike Duffy.On Jan. 20, 2011, Carson wrote Wright about EPIC’s energy policy work.“Nigel, I don’t think we have ever met, but we have a few mutual friends, so firstly good luck with this great adventure you have taken on, and secondly thought I would share with you a report I just finished on energy…would love to meet with you at your convenience,” wrote Carson.Wright responded the next day.“I’ve heard a lot of good things about you. Feel free to give me a call at any time. I’ll read the report over the weekend,” wrote Wright.On Feb. 6, 2011, Carson sent an email to EPIC’s executive committee, including Gagnier, Emerson and Protti.  The subject line said, “Nigel Wright-EPIC, informing them of the following.”In the email, Carson said he had briefed Wright on EPIC and that he would keep him up to date on email.“He seemed generally supportive,” wrote Carson.On March 16, 2011, Harper’s then principal secretary Ray Novak, who is now PMO chief of staff, wrote RCMP Commissioner Bob Elliot asking for an investigation in Carson’s activities following an APTN National News report.APTN National News reported that Carson was allegedly lobbying on behalf of an Ottawa-based water filtration company that had a financial contract with his then fiancée, Michele McPherson, a former escort. Carson was targeting First Nations struggling with water problems.On Nov. 1, 2011, Gagnier registered with the Alberta lobbying registry to lobby on behalf of EPIC.Gagnier also registered with the federal lobbyist registry to lobby on behalf of EPIC on March 4, 2013.Trudeau’s office did not respond to request for comment.Carson’s lawyer, Patrick McCann, did not respond to request for [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Major fire at Delhi showroom, no injuries reported

first_imgNew Delhi: A major fire broke out early on Friday in a showroom in Delhi, a fire department officer said. The blaze was reported at around 2.50 a.m. in a showroom in Uttam Nagar. Some 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. “The fire was doused completely by 7.25 a.m. No casualty was reported . Cooling operation is underway,” the officer said. A short circuit is being suspected to be the cause, he added.last_img

Opinion 5 keys to Ohio States matchup against Virginia Tech

Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) blocks for redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during a game against Navy Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in baltimore. OSU won, 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team’s season-opening 34-17 win against Navy was a tale of two halves.The Midshipmen led, 7-6, at halftime — which certainly taught us all a lot about this year’s Buckeyes. The comeback run in the second half might have taught us even more, but there will be much more to watch for when the Buckeyes take the field next.The Lantern’s sports editors picked five keys to OSU’s matchup with the Hokies that could decide whether the team moves to 2-0 or suffers an early-season loss.1. J.T. Barrett round twoTo be completely honest, redshirt-freshman quarterback Barrett did as well as can be expected for his first career game. The man had not taken a competitive snap since his senior year of high school — when he tore his ACL — and still threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns.Barrett wasn’t Braxton Miller last week, and he won’t emulate the injured senior quarterback against the Hokies either. But that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes are out of luck.If you’re looking for ankle-breaking running ability or a cannon for a right arm, Miller is still your guy. But Barrett was smoothly efficient and deceptively productive in his first start. After leading the Buckeyes with 50 rushing yards and going 12 of 15 on pass attempts with just one interception, look for the offense to open up for Barrett going forward.2. Will Bud Foster’s defense shut down Buckeye offense?Ever since defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s arrival in Blacksburg, Va., the Hokies have been a model of consistency on defense.Despite losing, 35-10, to then-defending national champion Alabama last season, the Hokie defense held the Crimson Tide to just 206 yards of total offense, including just 110 passing.As Barrett enters his second start, Foster’s ability to dial up confusing blitzes will prove a tough challenge for not only for the quarterback, but also a young and inexperienced offensive line.The Buckeyes only managed six first half points last week, which marked the first time OSU had been held without a first half touchdown since the 2011 Buckeyes were held to just three first half points against Illinois (a game in which they completed just one pass).A similar performance could very well mean the first home loss under coach Urban Meyer. 3. Which running back earned the carries?When Meyer released the team’s first depth chart of the season, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-senior Rod Smith and freshman Curtis Samuel were all listed as co-starters at running back.Against Navy, Elliott earned offensive player of the game honors by carrying the ball 12 times for 44 yards and a touchdown, but actually finished the game behind Barrett and Samuel in rushing yardage. Samuel had 45 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry while Smith carried the ball just twice, but impressed Meyer by holding a block for 11 seconds during a special teams play.According to the Buckeyes’ new depth chart released this week, all three are still co-starters at the position.With one full game out of the way, it’s hard to believe Meyer and his staff have not picked a true favorite at the position. If they have, look for that player to have a breakout game against the Hokies. If the coaching staff really hold all three in equal esteem, look for the running back carousel to continue all season long.4. Record crowd expectedOhio Stadium has been a landmark for college football since being built in 1922, and it is set to break another record Saturday night. With the final touches being made to a $13.7 million renovation project that added 2,600 seats as well as new lighting fixtures, OSU is expecting a crowd of more than 108,000, a number which would crush the current record of 106,102, set during an Oct. 6, 2012, game against Nebraska. The Buckeyes prevailed, 63-38, in that game. One of the expected 108,000 is believed to be Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who has made previous appearances at OSU football games against Texas in Austin (2006) and in Columbus last season against Wisconsin. If nothing else, the atmosphere, along with the world’s greatest athlete, should be a great recruiting pitch for Meyer and his coaching staff.5. Hokies represent last big test until late OctoberIf the past is any indication, Saturday’s game against the Hokies will be the biggest test the Buckeyes will face until traveling to Happy Valley in late October.OSU’s following games after Virginia Tech include matchups against Kent State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Rutgers. The only road game of those four comes against Maryland. Not exactly murderer’s row.If the Buckeyes have national championship hopes, they will need to impress the selection committee of the newly-installed College Football Playoff against the Hokies before playing what most believe is a mediocre schedule at best, until taking on Penn State on Oct. 25.OSU’s game against Virginia Tech is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more