Miller bags seven at Sabina

first_imgThe outstanding season of Jamaica Scorpions left-arm spinner Nikita Miller continues.The left-armer, the leading wicket-taker in the WICB First-Class Championship this season, increased his tally to 48 victims after claiming seven for 69 against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in seventh round action at Sabina Park yesterday.The 21st five-wicket collection of his 78-match first-class career, the haul was also instrumental in limiting Trinidad to 206 in their first innings on day two, 19 runs short of the Scorpions’ 225.Jamaica, batting a second time, closed on 13 without loss with new captain John Campbell not out on eight, and first innings standout Shacaya Thomas on five.”I had to come up trumps in this innings, as we did not put as many (first innings) runs on the board as we should have,” stated Miller after his display.”I didn’t start that well, as I got hit for consecutive boundaries early by Lewis, but I settled down afterwards and got the job. It is now for us to put on a good second-innings total,” he added.Resuming on 196 for six, Jamaica’s tail failed to wag as only wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, 16, made any impression before he was last man out.Leg-spinner Imran Khan ended with four for 73 and off-spinner, Jon-Russ Jagessar, three for 53.ATTRACTIVE 87Trinidad opener Evin Lewis led the way for his team with an attractive 87, which included three sixes and five fours.The 33-year-old Miller, who last represented the West Indies at the one-day level in 2011, expressed satisfaction with his effort so far this season.”I know that I am someone that the team depends on to do a dual job of keeping things tight and getting wickets,” he outlined. “I have been doing both this season and I am happy.”IN ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ 327 all out, were 21 without loss at the close on the second day of their seventh round match.AT KENSINGTON OVAL: BRIDGETOWN: Barbados Pride, leading Guyana Jaguars by 84 runs on first innings, were 71 for one in their second innings at the close of the second day.Scores: Pride 274 and 71 for one; Jaguars 190.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings(overnight 197 for six)+C. Walton c Lewis b Khan 16N. Miller lbw b Richards 2D. Jacobs c Cariah b Khan 4S. Cottrell c Ottley b Emrit 7M. Mindley not out 0Extras (lb3, w2) 5Total (all out, 101.3 overs) 225Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-111, 3-127, 4-129, 5-195, 6-196, 7-207, 8-212, 9-225, 10-225.Bowling: Emrit 17.3-5-39-1, Richards 20-7-31-2, Khan 36-11-73-4, Jagessar 21-3-53-3, Ottley 4-0-17-0, Mohammed 3-0-9-0.RED FORCE 1st InningsE. Lewis c Thomas b Jacobs 87J. Solozano c wkp Walton b Cottrell 16K. Hope b Thomas 0Y. Cariah c McCarthy b Miller 28*J. Mohammed c wkp Walton b Miller 8Y. Ottley c and b Miller 29+S. Katwaroo lbw b Miller 0R. Emrit c McCarthy b MillerImran Khan not out 22M. Richards lbw b Miller 6J. Jagessar c McCarthy b Miller 0Extras (b3, lb2, w1, nb3) 9Total (all out, 70 overs) 206Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28, 3-117, 4-131, 5-154, 6-155, 7-159, 8-192, 9-206, 10-206.Bowling: Cottrell 7-1-18-1, Mindley 9-0-28-0, Thomas 5-0-27-1 (w2, nb1), Miller 26-3-69-7, Campbell 8-1-27-0, Jacobs 15-5-32-1.last_img read more

The Fight is Over

first_imgA dying woman, who requested for urgent help in one of our previous stories, has passed away.Haja, a homeless woman whose health was terribly impaired due to her left arm and right fingers decomposing from tightly worn bangles and rings, has lost the battle for her life.Weeks after she was featured in the Daily Observer in an appeal for assistance, Haja lay helplessly in the center of the Vai Town Bridge, dying.Seeing the women suffering from pain and at a later point, being crippled by infection from her wounds, many people felt helpless to try and save the woman.“Haja just lay out there in the street like a pile of garbage. She passed away with her eyes open, something that tells me she was happy to go,” said Augustine, a woman selling in a nearby store where Haja’s body was found.Haja, before her death, lived on the streets for a long time. No one ever knew where she came from. Before her death, Haja told our reporter that her situation was a result of not having a place to live rather than her being “mentally disabled.”Women selling in stores around Vai Town stood on the empty sidewalk where Haja once lay for months. Remembering a woman who never wanted hand outs, but was receiving whenever gestures were made to her, the Vai town market women say Haja will be missed.“She’s gone now to rest because she really suffered,” Augustine added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Republicans air dirty linen in federal attorney ousters

first_imgArkansas’ Bud Cummins wrote to other fired prosecutors in an e-mail last month of a “message” conveyed by a Justice Department official that if they continued to talk with news reporters, the agency “would feel forced to somehow pull their gloves off” and fight back. John McKay, the fired U.S. attorney in Seattle, said he stopped a top aide to Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., from asking him detailed questions about an investigation into the disputed election of Washington state’s Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2004. A Justice Department official, invited only to the House hearings, denied that any of the eight fired U.S. attorneys was improperly pressured or ousted to make room for Bush administration loyalists. Most of the firings were inspired by performance-related issues, he said. Carol Lam, former U.S. attorney for California’s San Diego-based Southern District, for example, was fired because her prosecution rate for violent crime and border violations was insufficient, William Moschella, an associate deputy attorney general, told a House subcommittee. New Mexico’s Iglesias was fired because he had delegated too much power to a deputy. Moschella’s accounting conflicts with performance reviews obtained by The Associated Press that give positive assessments to those later fired. WASHINGTON – A half-dozen fired prosecutors paraded across Capitol Hill on Tuesday airing Republicans’ dirty laundry – stories of GOP lawmakers seeking political prosecutions and Justice Department officials leaning on them to keep quiet. The Justice Department responded in kind, making public the reasons for each firing – details that until now agency officials had refused to disclose except to lawmakers, behind closed doors. Six of the eight prosecutors fired in recent months testified before the panels, and all alleged they had been fired without cause. Several described what they called improper pressure by Republicans on pending cases. New Mexico’s David Iglesias told lawmakers he felt pressed by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., last October to rush indictments against Democrats before Election Day in November. “This administration has never removed a United States attorney to retaliate against them. Not once,” Moschella said. “The department stands by its decision to ask these U.S. attorneys to resign.” A White House spokeswoman, Dana Perino, said administration officials were aware of the impending firings and offered no objections. The administration’s defense took only a few moments in the daylong parade of fired federal prosecutors testifying first to the Senate Judiciary Committee and then to the House Judiciary subcommittee on commercial and administrative law. Their stories spanned states and legal issues, but they insisted they were not fired for poor performance. Administration claims to the contrary, several fired prosecutors said, inspired them to speak publicly. In perhaps the day’s most dramatic testimony, Iglesias told senators he felt sickened when Domenici hung up on him after being told that indictments in a corruption case against Democrats would not be handed up before the November elections. “He said, `Are these going to be filed before November?’ I said I didn’t think so – and to which he replied, `I’m very sorry to hear that.’ And then the line went dead,” Iglesias said. Iglesias said he received the call from Domenici at home on Oct. 26 or 27. “I felt leaned on. I felt pressured to get these matters moving,” Iglesias testified. Asked by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., whether such a call was unusual in Iglesias’ experience, the former prosecutor answered, “Unprecedented.” In a statement late Tuesday, Domenici said, “Neither I nor those who overheard my side of the brief conversation recall my mentioning the November election to him. I did not pressure him.” Democrats tried to assemble the anecdotes into a pattern of intimidation and obstruction by the Bush administration and two Republican lawmakers. “For over 150 years the process of appointing interim U.S. attorneys has worked well with virtually no problems,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “We need to assure that this kind of politicization of the U.S. attorney’s offices does not happen again.” Democrats contend the administration fired the prosecutors without cause in an effort to make way for and reward GOP allies. A Republican joined the criticism to some extent. “If the allegations are correct, then there has been serious misconduct in what has occurred in the terminations of these United States attorneys,” Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Santa Anas, sunshine expected this week

first_img“We’ll continue to monitor that as we get toward the end of the week and see how things shake out,” she said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre He said about 21 extra firefighters will be standing by countywide, down from the 100 originally planned. “Right now, we’ve scaled that back quite a bit because of what the weather service was predicting,” he said. “The initial forecast was predicting severe Santa Ana conditions, but they’ve revised that.” National Weather Service officials said they were monitoring the situation, but don’t expect significant winds to return until the weekend. “We’re still seeing dropping humidity once the marine layer clears,” Hurd said. “There are still some fairly severe conditions because of the ongoing drought.” Bartling said specialists will continue to watch for the predicted return of the Santa Anas. Sunny, cool conditions are expected to remain through Thanksgiving weekend, as Santa Ana winds return this week, officials said. Temperatures will remain in the mid-70s and upper 60s with mostly clear skies throughout the week, said Bonnie Bartling, weather specialist with the National Weather Service. An off-shore wind will be blowing over the next several days between 15 and 25 mph. Despite cooler weather, there is still a fire risk because of dry conditions, a fire inspector said. “Just be cautious about using spark-causing machinery and camp fires,” Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Jason Hurd said. “Be cognizant of where you are, and if you see any smoke, dial 9-1-1 immediately.” last_img read more

Liverpool dominate Northwest Football Awards with five prizes

first_img 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY 3 huge blow “I’m absolutely delighted to win this award,” she said. “I enjoyed a really good season with both club and country – hopefully I can improve even more this season. I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support.”Elsewhere, crocked Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain claimed Goal of the Season for his long-range effort against City in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg.The 25-year-old, currently recovering from a serious knee injury, said:  “I just want to say a big thank-you to everyone who voted for me for Goal of the Season. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Liverpool had a night to remember at the Northwest Football Awards as the club and its players collected five gongs on Monday night.The annual event in Manchester recognises footballing excellence throughout the 2017/18 season. ADVICE Mohamed Salah was among the winners REVEALED Trent Alexander-Arnold was named Rising Star of the Year 3center_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Alexander-Arnold, 19, started in the Champions League final during his breakthrough season before travelling to the World Cup in Russia with England last summer.He said: “To be voted by the fans as Rising Star of the Year is really humbling. It was an incredible season – I’m really looking forward to what this year’s campaign brings.”Liverpool Women’s star Charles won bronze at the U20 World Cup with England Women after a superb season at club level. no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won Goal of the Season BEST OF Mohamed Salah was named Player of the Year, while Reds stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Niamh Chambers were crowned Rising Stars of the Year in the men’s and women’s game.Manchester City were also big winners, with Pep Guardiola crowned Manager of the Year and women’s star Jen Beattie awarded Player of the Year.Salah bagged 44 goals during his debut campaign with Liverpool, setting a new record for most goals scored in a single Premier League season. REVEALED “It was definitely one of the highlights of my career to be able to score in a quarter-final of the Champions League with quite a special goal.”Finally, Liverpool were awarded Best Club Marketing Sponsorship or Engagement Campaign for the video in which Salah surprises school children.last_img read more


first_imgL – R Front Row :Sergeant Paul Wallace – Garda crime Prevention officer, Annmarie Mc Grath Community garda, Superintendent Michael Finan,Maeve Logue Community Garda,L – R Back Row :Brendan Delap – area coordinator, Frank Gallagher – West Hill, Alice Raine – Plunkett O’Boyle tce. Frank McNulty of Convent Road and Michael Carey of College Road. PICS BY DAVID McDAIDOne of Letterkenny’s oldest suburbs has launched its neighbourhood watch scheme.Sgt Paul Wallace speaking at the launch.Residents of the Back Road and surrounding areas including College Road, Plunkett O’Boyle Terrace, St Eunan’s Terrace and College came together last night for the launch.The area is one of the oldest and best known in the Cathedral Town. The scheme was launched by local Gardai including Superintendent Michael Michael and Sgt Paul Wallace and Sgt Eunan Walsh.The scheme is the latest in a number introduced across the county in recent months as communities fight back against crime in their neighbourhoods.Supt Michael Finan at the launch.NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME LAUNCHED IN ONE OF LETTERKENNY’S OLDEST AREAS was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalletterkennyneighbourhood watch schemeSgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more

Desabre names squad for Abu Dhabi camp

first_imgDesabre has named 28 players for the Abu Dhabi camp. (PHOTOS/FILE)KAMPALA – Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has named a squad of 28 players that will be part of the Abu Dhabi camp later this month.The squad has seen several surprise exclusions including Milton Karisa who featured prominently in the qualifiers’ set-up.Karisa is joined on the list of exclusions, by Raja Casablanca striker Muhammad Shaban and Edrisa Lubega.The team that was announced on Tuesday morning includes 4 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 11 midfielders and four strikers.KCCA FC custodian Charles Lukwago who was initially dropped to the COSAFA bound team will join camp after the championships in Durban, South Africa. He is joined by Captain Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara and Salim Jamal as the four custodians.Lukwago will join the squad after the COSAFA Cup.In defence, Swedish based-Ronald Mukiibi and Yeovil Town’s Bevis Mugabi have made the list and will take part in the preparations despite being away from the set-up, for a while.There have been two surprise call ups as uncapped Lumala Abdul and Alexis Bakka (both playing in Sweden), have also been included.Bakka is one of the uncapped players on the squad.The Cranes who have been in camp for the past week or so are preparing to take part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. They are set to hold another camp in Abu Dhabi and will fly out of the country on May 27.In the United Arab Emirates, they will play two Friendly games before setting off to Abidjan, Ivory Coast where they will also camp for a few days. From there, the will head to Cairo, Egypt for the finals tournament.The Squad to Abu Dhabi:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns-South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City FC-Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC-Uganda).Defenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town- England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC-Tanzania), Awanyi Timothy (KCCA FC-Uganda), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds-Sweden), Murushid Juuko (Simba-Tanzania),  Godfrey Walsumbi (Unattached), Muleme Isaac ( FK Viktoria Zizkov- Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe-DR Congo).Midfielders: Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers Fc-India), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC –Ethiopia), Lumala Abdul  (Syrianska FC -Sweden) Michael Azira (Montreal-USA), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC-Uganda), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica FC- Croatia), Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy-Kazakhstan), Kateregga Allan ( Maritzburg-South Africa), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba SC – Tanzania) .Strikers: Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC-Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC-Uganda), Alexis Bakka (Carlstad United- Sweden), Nsibambi Derrick (Smouha- Egypt).Comments Tags: 2019 AFCONcharles lukwagoEdrisa LubegaMilton Kaarisamuhammad shabanSebastien DesabretopUganda Craneslast_img read more

Brand South Africa gives master class on nation branding

first_imgCivic-minded people are needed to help build the country of their dreams. This is an important aspect to nation branding, which is not the work of the government alone, a group of students from South Africa and the US hears.Students from Rutgers University in the US and South Africa’s Unisa explore the display at the Nelson Mandela Foundation before the Brand South Africa master class on nation branding.Students were encouraged to become more civic-minded and involved by Sello Hatang, the chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, at an engagement hosted by Brand South Africa with communications and marketing students from Unisa and Rutgers University, in the US, on 17 March 2016.The gathering took place at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Speakers from the foundation and Brand South Africa encouraged the students to play their part in creating the world they wanted. They also gave a tutorial on the philosophy behind nation building.Hatang set the tone for speakers who followed him. “What am I doing to build the country of my dreams?” he challenged the students to ask of themselves.Brand South Africa chief executive Kingsley Makhubela explained the difference between nation and product branding, saying the fundamental difference between the two was intent. A product created a designed identity where nation branding was about highlighting the best of who we were.He talked about international tensions and how conflict continued to shape perceptions about the world we in which we lived. It was the trial nations faced every day: how to shape a positive view of the country despite challenges. “What do you communicate? The challenges? Or the potential and values of the nation?”It was not a government’s concern alone. Citizens, including a country’s young people, had a responsibility to live the best values of their country. Makhubela reminded the students that it was their world as well and that they needed to become civically involved. Tension reshaped the world, but it was the passion of young people that remade the world.Brand South Africa speakers did not shy away from topical issues of the day. Dr Petrus de Kock, the general manager of research, explained that in an environment where bad news often shaped perceptions, it was the responsibility of Brand South Africa to counter this through research, and then share that research as widely as possible.The Rutgers students, especially, were visiting South Africa at a time in its history when the stream of negative news could, but should not, hide the facts about the strength of South Africa’s economy and democracy.He listed statistics about budget clarity, strength of the banking and financial systems, press freedom and independence of the judiciary to highlight strengths that were often overlooked.In his master class presentation on nation branding, Tshepiso Malele explained the rationale behind the idea. Every nation was unique and the purpose of nation branding was to distil that uniqueness and communicate it to as wide an audience as possible. The benefit was an enhanced country reputation and greater business and tourism engagement. He affirmed De Kock’s assertion that nation branding was not meant to be propaganda but information based on research and statistics. Ultimately, he said, a positive nation brand should benefit the people and institutions of the country.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, July 9, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No significant changes to our weather outlook this morning for the state. We are allowing for a few more instances of scattered showers, and we are taking out any concern about a tropical influence next week, but otherwise, our talking points are very similar to yesterday.Another dry, sunny day today expected statewide. Temps will be similar to yesterday, but perhaps a couple degrees warmer. Humidity levels should stay lower today. Sun is back for tomorrow too. We cant rule out a few scattered showers in far northeast Ohio, but otherwise the state turns out at least partly sunny, and in west/southwest parts of the state, we should be mostly sunny.  Showers arrive overnight tomorrow night and bring rain totals of .1”-.6”  for Thursday with coverage at 90% of Ohio.Friday turns out partly to mostly sunny and we stay sunny into the weekend, through at east Saturday. On Sunday, most of the state continues to be see at least a mix of clouds and sun, but we are seeing a few scattered showers trying to nose in over central parts of Ohio, mostly south of US 30, but but not drifting too far south of I-70.   These showers are not expected to spread much, and will hang around through most of the day in the same general areas. They will also have only minimal moisture…no more than a few hundredths to .2″, but still, it is keeping us from waving the “all clear” flag for the finish to the weekend.Monday increase statewide, and that will lead to some scattered showers for Monday evening and overnight, with rain totals up to .25” but only 40% coverage. The best chances will be in northern and northeastern parts of the state. Then we turn sunny and dry again for Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday to finish our 10 day forecast window. The map at right is an updated look at 10 day rain totals through next Thursday.Showers and thunderstorms will be around for Friday the 19th as a frontal boundary sags across Ohio from north to south. Combined rain totals from that event will be from .25” to .75” with coverage at 90%. However, that is really our only well-organized batch of rain for the entire 11-16 day period. We are sunny and dry for Saturday the 20th through Wednesday the 24th.Temps over the next 10 days remain near normal with a skew toward slightly above normal this weekend and next week. As we mentioned yesterday, as humidity builds, we have to leave the door open to temps feeling much warmer than normal, but we think overall, this is pretty close to what one would expect for mid-July. We still see no reason that this should not be anything but beneficial to most of the crops across the state but will not be surprised to hear some thoughts about “needing a rain” in areas that miss out on action in the coming 10 days.last_img read more

For Renewable Energy Advocates, the Tide Turns in Maine

first_imgAfter enduring eight years of Republican Governor Paul LePage, renewable energy advocates are breathing a sigh of relief as his Democratic successor settles into office. The state is deeply divided over a 145-mile power line that would slice through Maine’s pristine northern forests to deliver hydro power from Quebec to users in Massachusetts. But Governor Janet Mills, who took office in January, is helping to reverse the chilly reception given wind and solar energy by LePage and has pledged to push Maine toward 100% renewable energy by mid-century. Mills has lifted a moratorium on the development of wind energy that her predecessor had put in place. And in a sharp change of tone, Mills says she wants solar panels installed on the roof of the governor’s official residence in Augusta.RELATED ARTICLESIn Maine, A Battle Royal Over Energy PolicyTwo Biomass Plants in Maine to CloseMaine Is Now a Battleground For Wind DevelopmentU.S. Offshore Wind: Major Milestones and a Promising FutureStepping Up to Address Wind-Wildlife Impacts She’s also scheduled to sign legislation on April 2 that will restore net metering for homeowners with photovoltaic arrays while junking a system called “gross metering” that was unpopular with solar advocates and installers. “Maine’s solar industry can finally breathe again now that Governor Janet Mills and the new legislature have restored the proverbial oxygen of net metering for all residential and commercial solar projects,” Phil Coupe, co-founder of Portland-based ReVision Energy, said in an email. Coupe continued: “Mainers are already responding to the positive encouragement coming from state political leadership by signing contracts for solar and other clean energy technologies at a pace we have not seen in the previous eight years.” Maine is the region’s wind leader with more than 900 MW of installed capacity, double what the rest of the New England states have  combined, according to the American Wind Energy Association. But the LePage years were tough on renewable energy policy. The Natural Resources Council of Maine called his opposition to solar energy a “crusade.” Wind fared little better. With a substantial offshore wind potential in the Gulf of Maine, the state attracted the interest of Norway’s Statoil, which won initial state approval for 20-year contract for four wind turbines 12 miles off the coast. But after LePage reopened the competitive bidding process in 2013, the Norwegians pulled out of the $120 million project. That was just the start of the then-governor’s adversarial relationship with the wind and solar industries. Later, LePage endorsed offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Maine and ordered a moratorium on new wind energy projects. The ban proved mostly toothless, but it cast a shadow over new wind development. LePage also appointed a committee to study the impact of wind energy on the state’s important tourism industry. But he kept its members secret and said the panel would not be subject to the state’s open-meeting laws. All of that is now in Maine’s rear-view mirror. Power line is still on the table Governor Mills’ embrace of renewable energy is a breath of fresh air to renewable energy advocates, but the proposed power line, worth nearly $1 billion, is turning out to be the most divisive environmental issue in recent memory. The New England Clean Energy Connect would send power from Hydro-Québec to Massachusetts through a transmission corridor to be built by Central Maine Power. The issue is still before the Public Utilities Commission, but Mills says she supports a negotiated settlement between business, labor, and environmental groups that would allow the project to go forward. The PUC staff also has signed onto the deal, further strengthening its odds in the upcoming vote by PUC commissioners. The project would still require environmental permits before construction could start. Avangrid, CMP’s corporate parent, has pledged to spend $258 million over 40 years for a variety of Maine energy and community programs in exchange for permission to build the transmission line. It’s a big step up from the utility’s initial offer, but critics say that isn’t enough. None of the power would be used in Maine, a fact that has rallied critics. Opponents say the project would ruin a swath of pristine northern forest, and claimed the new line would not reduce carbon pollution in the region, The Portland Press Herald has reported. The project would require about 53 miles of new transmission lines in the state’s undeveloped North Woods, and expand another 92 miles of existing power lines, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine. The environmental group says the line would cross the Appalachian Trail, 262 wetlands, 115 streams, and inland bird habitat. “Despite these significant environmental impacts, CMP has been unable to demonstrate that this transmission line would provide any environmental benefits, such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” the group says in a statement posted at its website. Mills, on the other hand, says the state “cannot afford to do nothing” about its heavy reliance on fossil fuels for heat and the threat of climate change. “Importantly, the discussions in recent weeks have brought to the table the largest generator of renewable energy in North America — Hydro-Québec,” Mills said in a statement last month. “Partnering with this provincial company to our north, with its plentiful low carbon generation, along with local renewable generators, will not only bring down the price of power for consumers of all sizes but will also help us wean off of fossil fuels in a significant way. “This project, if further permitted,” the statement continued, “will put our state and our region on the road to a zero carbon economy by 2050.” Ad campaign is a point of contention One point of contention is an ad campaign criticizing the proposed transmission line. It accuses Mills of making a “backroom deal” with CMP and says she changed her mind on the project only after she was elected last fall. “CMP’s corridor would cut a path as wide as the New Jersey Turnpike through our Maine woods,” the ad says, “just so Canada can sell power to Massachusetts.” It shows Mills against a backdrop of construction equipment, raw earth, and utility towers. A group called Stop the Corridor has sponsored the ad, according to The Press Herald. Its members include the Natural Resources of Maine, the Maine Renewable Energy Association, and ReEnergy Holdings, a New York-based biomass energy company that got $4 million in Maine subsidies in February. But none of those groups admits to paying for the spot. Riley Ploch, a spokesman for Stop the Corridor, wouldn’t discuss the issue. The claim that the corridor would “cut a path as wide as the New Jersey Turnpike” is startling but ultimately misleading, according to a report posted at WGME, a local CBS affiliate. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority says the turnpike is between 300 feet and 350 feet wide. While the 53 miles of new corridor would be 300 feet wide, only half of it would be cleared of trees and vegetation, according to CMP. Even so, the ad may be undercutting public support for the project. The line would run through the Farmington, Janet Mills’ hometown, where town officials in 2017 had signed a letter supporting the project. But late last month, town residents packed the community center and voted 262-102 to rescinded the letter, The Bangor Daily News reported. Both Mills and CMP spokesman John Carroll were in attendance. A nearly hour-long debate preceded the vote. John Bubier, a local business owner, said the transmission line would be “like a knife cutting through our community. You’ll be able to see the towers from downtown.” Franklin County commissioners also have reversed an earlier vote of support for the project. Legislation on other fronts While plans for CMP’s new transmission line move forward, the state representative who was the chief sponsor of legislation restoring net metering sees other advances on the way for renewable energy policy. State Representative Seth Berry, a Democrat, told Utility Dive that other bills will increase Maine’s renewable portfolio standard and advance offshore wind. There also is some support for the possible purchase of the state’s two investor owned utilities, including Central Maine Power, and a transfer of those assets to a publicly owned utility. Berry has proposed that a new agency called the Maine Power Delivery Authority assume the assets of both CMP and Emera Maine, a smaller electric utility serving the northern part of the state. The authority would use low-interest revenue bonds to make the purchase and, Berry hopes, lower costs for Maine consumers. “Maine people want and deserve a utility that will keep the costs down and the lights on and put its Maine customers and workers first,” Berry, the co-chairman of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, told the Press Herald. “Our current utilities have failed us in every respect, with the clear exception of our own consumer-owned utilities.” Vaughan Woodruff, president of Insource Renewables, a solar installer, told Utility Dive that getting the legislation passed would be a “heavy lift.” “If that bill passes and we forced the sale of the investor owned utilities in the state of Maine, it would be one of the most shocking things to see in a single legislative session in Augusta, related to energy, that I’ve seen in my time there,” he said.last_img read more