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Lowly Hurricanes blow away Scorpions in Regional First Class Championship

first_img VOCANOES IN TROUBLE AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars, leading Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 58 on first innings, reached 244 for four at the close on the third day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: JAGUARS 237 (Vishaul Singh 104 not out, Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson 23; Marlon Richards 3-41, Rayad Emrit 3-44, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-59) and 244 for four (Leon Johnson 111 not out, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 42, Anthony Bramble 39 not out; Jon-Russ Jagessar 4-67). RED FORCE 179 (Yannic Cariah 68, Jason Mohammed 30, Evin Lewis 26; Veerasammy Permaul 5-65, Devendra Bishoo 3-48). JAGUARS IN COMMAND NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed his first-ever 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket to inspire Leeward Islands Hurricanes to an 85-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions and their first win of the Regional first-class championship here yesterday. Starting the final day of their sixth-round clash on 58 for two in search of 366 for victory, Scorpions were dismissed for 280 – undermined by Cornwall – who claimed seven for 131 to end with match figures of 12 for 205. Barbadian right-hander Kirk Edwards converted his overnight 28 into a top score of 93, while tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell got 39 and Carlton Baugh Jr, 25, but the task of scoring 308 on the final day proved too much for the visitors. Hurricanes had lost all five of their previous outings this season to languish at the bottom of the six-team standings. However, they broke out of their slump in style, taking wickets at regular intervals throughout the day to ensure that there was no way back for Scorpions. Edwards seemed to be steering Scorpions to safety when he anchored a series of small partnerships. He struck 13 fours and three sixes in an innings spanning 142 deliveries and 189 minutes before he was sixth out. He extended his overnight third-wicket stand with AndrÈ McCarthy to 41 before Cornwall grabbed his first wicket of the morning, trapping McCarthy lbw for 22 after 35 balls at the crease. Edwards then put on 38 with Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, who made 21, and added another 47 for the fifth wicket with Antiguan Devon Thomas, who got 15. Unbeaten on 78 at the break, Edwards combined with Baugh afterwards to add 22 for the sixth wicket and looked set for his 10th first-class hundred when he edged Cornwall to slip at 189 for six. Cornwall then pulled off a fine return catch three balls later to remove David Bernard Jr, with no runs added to the score, as the death knell sounded for Scorpions. With hope dwindling quickly, Cottrell threw his bat around for three fours and three sixes in a 47-ball cameo, which unnerved Hurricanes, as he and Nikita Miller (15 not out) put on 34 for the last wicket. Fittingly, Cornwall took the final wicket to hand Scorpions their third defeat of the season. AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Barbados Pride by 200 runs on first innings, were 134 for seven in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: VOLCANOES 250 (AndrÈ Fletcher 84, Kavem Hodge 53, Shane Shillingford 28; Miguel Cummings 5-47, Sulieman Benn 3-65) and 134 for seven (Keddy Lesporis 29, Johnson Charles 25, Andre Fletcher 25; Roston Chase 3-19, Sulieman Benn 2-38). PRIDE 450 for five decl. (Shai Hope 162, Kraigg Brathwaite 117, Roston Chase 40 not out, Kyle Corbin 38, Carlos Brathwaite 27; Johnson Charls 2-51, Shane Shillingford 2-131).last_img read more

Indebted to Darwin

first_imgBritain’s Food Standards Agency is concerned about diminishing fish stocks and is asking citizens to consume less, reported The Telegraph.  This can only mean one thing, thinks Ulf Dieckmann (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria): it’s come time to pay the piper.  Who is the piper, you ask?  Answer: Charles Darwin.Dr Dieckmann said: “It was thought that these changes would only occur over millennia.  But it is becoming clear that significant evolution can take place within 20 years if the forces driving it are strong – and in fisheries they have been.”     Dr Dieckmann said that evolution caused by over-fishing took a longer [sic] to recover from than it did to cause: if the Barents Sea was closed to fishermen, it would take 250 years for cod to return to spawning at 10 years old.    “This is a Darwinian debt that will have to be paid back by future generations,” he added.    Dr Dieckmann said evolution caused by commercial fisheries had played an overlooked part in the collapse of the Northern cod off Newfoundland in 1992, the most disastrous crash yet of a major commercial fish species.    He said that from 1985 a downward trend in the size of spawning cod was detectable off [sic] and should have led to “a more precautionary approach” in setting catch quotas.Greenpeace is involved in this campaign, too, the article says.  The row has provoked a backlash by fisherman who are blasting the “Madness of Greenpeace.”  Either Dr. Dieckmann was calling the fisherman blind and random, or the changes (actually a trend toward extinction, not evolution) were caused by their presumably intelligent and purposeful actions.  The concept of a “Darwinian debt” also seems fishy.  Does it apply only to humans?  Or do fish also have to pay Darwin for what they overconsume, and so on down the food chain?    Rotate the globe over to Croatia.  Scientists there are gearing up for the big Darwin Day celebrations a year from now.  In a letter to Nature,1 Jasmina Muzini (ornithologist at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) wrote that his country has felt left behind.  Not to worry: he and his colleagues have started to make sure Darwin gets a big ovation in 2009.Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man have at last been translated into Croatian, thanks to the work of the renowned science and theology translator Josip Balabanic.  Other European countries –including Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia and Sweden – had access to Darwin’s works in their mother tongue during his lifetime.  But it was not until this year that Croatian students of biology could read them in their own language.    Religious education was introduced in elementary schools during the early years of Croatian independence, and ethics and the major world religions are now studied in high school.  At the same time, the importance of evolution for modern biology and medicine is publicly acknowledged by science academies and societies – in the spirit of your Editorial ‘Spread the word’ (Nature 451, 108; doi:10.1038/451108b 2008).    Croatia aspires to join the group of countries in which education and science occupy prime positions in national strategies, and recognizing the influence of Darwin’s writings is an important step in that direction.  Celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth on 12 February next year, possibly at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, will have particular significance for Croatians.1.  Correspondence, Nature 451, 627 (7 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/451627c.You didn’t realize you owe a debt to Darwin.  Are you behind in your payments?  Better not go into default.  His collection agency is red in tooth and claw.    If people accelerate evolution, such that things happen in 20 years that they used to think required thousands of years, great; let’s accelerate evolution on fruit flies and see if we can get them to evolve into mammals.  On second thought….    The Croatian suck-up to Charlie is so obsequious, you’d think they be embarrassed, but no: they are proud of their shame.  Cub Scouts have Webelos, which stands for “We’ll be loyal scouts.”  The Croatians have announced a new order for young wannabees in the Darwin Party axis of evil: the Webelodos, which stands for “We’ll be loyal Darwinist operatives.”  The motto of the Webelodos is DODO! DODO! (translation: see 02/15/2006, 02/17/2006 and 02/24/2006).  OK; whatever.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BJP moves to cut excess supply of Nira dam water to Baramati

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has cleared a proposal of the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) to cut off the ‘excess’ water supply from the left bank canal of the Nira-Deoghar dam to Baramati, the bastion of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.The approval by the State Water Resources Department, seen as a setback for Mr. Pawar, comes after Ranjeetsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, the newly-elected BJP MP from Madha (in Solapur) along with other leaders of the district including Ranjitsinh Mohite-Patil, raised objections about Baramati drawing excess water for irrigation, thus depriving the water-scarce areas in Solapur and Satara.While the BJP’s ‘water stratagem’, which comes ahead of the crucial Maharashtra Assembly polls, is being viewed in some quarters as a means to politically checkmate Mr. Pawar, water experts have expressed concern at the opaque manner in which parties and politicians — from the NCP and the BJP — subverted water rules for political gain.Noted water expert Pradeep Purandare said no notification was issued in this case nor was there any information in the public domain. Further, there was no reference to the Maharashtra Irrigation Act of 1976 (MIA 76) or any such pertinent legislation before diverting the excess water from the Nira Deoghar left bank, he added.“The lack of any official notification has effectively precluded public debate in this case. Such a vital decision to divert water, especially at a time when the entire State is the throes of acute water scarcity, should not be taken without opinion of the people of those areas,” said Mr. Purandare, a former associate professor at the Aurangabad-based Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI).He further pointed out that the Canal Advisory Committee, which ought to be functioning as a policy instrument, appeared weak and easily subject to the pressure of ruling politicos and parties.The waters from the Bhatgar dam (on the Yelwandi River) flow into the Veer dam on the Nira River. From Veer, the waters are channelled to the Nira Left Bank Canal (NLBC), which was completed in 1886, and the Nira Right Bank Canal (NRBC) which became operational in 1937-38.The NLBC services the Baramati and Indapur taluks, strongholds of Mr. Pawar and senior Congress leader Harshawardhan Patil respectively.The NRBC services Phaltan in Satara district and the arid tehsils of Malshiras, Sangola and Pandharpur in Solapur district (which form part of the Madha Lok Sabha constituency).According to the recommendations of a 1954 project report on the Veer dam, 57% of the waters of the Bhatgar dam were to flow through the NRBC, while the remaining 43% was allotted to tehsils serviced by the NLBC.Meanwhile, the Nira Deoghar dam (on the Nira river) with the aim to enhance irrigation in this region was completed in 2007.The project envisages two canals, a 208-km right bank canal, which will cater to the irrigation needs of Khandala and Phaltan (in Satara) and Malshiras, Pandharpur and Sangola (in Solapur) and a 21-km left bank canal to service Purandar, Baramati and Indapur in Pune district.The canals of the Nira-Deoghar are distinct from the old NLBC and NRBC of the Veer dam. However, only 65 km (of the 208 km) of the Nira Deoghar right bank canal is complete, with scant progress on the left bank as well.The ruling BJP including Mr. Naik-Nimbalkar have alleged that Ajit Pawar, the then Water Resources Minister in the erstwhile NCP-Congress government, had tweaked rules in 2007 to assign 60% of the allocated water to the Nira Deoghar left bank to bring more water to Baramati, while leaving 40% of the water for tehsils in Solapur and Satara.According to the BJP, the Congress-NCP extended this water allotment ‘agreement’ in April 2012 for a further five years – till April 2017. “The objective of the Nira Deoghar dam was to supply water to the parched districts. Instead, the leaders of Baramati [the Pawar clan] have bent the rules to ensure that only their taluk received water. This new order has ensured that justice denied for 12 years to the parched areas in Satara and Solapur has been finally redressed,” said Mr. Naik-Nimbalkar.He said that as the old ‘agreement’ had now expired, the new order, was issued on the basis of the 1954 water allotment (as recommended by the report on the Veer project).With the new government order, all the available water in the Nira Deoghar dam is likely to be channelled to the right bank areas to benefit the Solapur and Satra tehsils, while cutting off the Baramati and Indapur areas.“However, this water will have to be channelled through the old NRBC as the right bank canal of the Nira Deoghar dam is incomplete,” said Mr. Purandare.The important point in this labyrinthine dispute, he observes, is that both the NCP and the BJP’s methods of water allotment were “nebulous”.“When the NCP came up with the 60:40 water allotment rule for the Nira-Deoghar dam, it was utterly unclear as to who assented to this and who the contracting parties are. Likewise, the BJP’s ‘settling’ of this water score, while politically justified perhaps, is casual in method and procedure,” said another water expert, requesting anonymity.last_img read more

CamSur trips La Union squad for Ginebra streetball crown

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Chooks-to-Go falls to Petrochimi, faces Blatche-led China in QF Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Team CamSur bested Team La Union, 14-13, to bag the 2017 Ginebra San Miguel 3-on-3 Basketball championship recently at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The team, composed of Raphael Jude De Vera, Dan Michael Uy, Gawyn Khristnan Fernandez and Daniell Martin Uy, kept its composure in a tight contest for the title.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president De Vera, the team captain, said it was a dream come true to win the championship and to play at the historic venue.“It is a great feeling to come out as a winner and to be recognized as the best all over the Philippines,” said De Vera, who along with his teammates took home a trophy, Ginebra San Miguel products and a cash prize of P50,000.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 shutout“At the same time, that rare opportunity to play in front of our basketball idols and the legions of basketball fans is definitely a dream come true. We hope to serve as an inspiration to people from the provinces that when you are ‘ganado sa buhay,’ anything is possible.”Now on its second year, the tournament bankrolled by Ginebra San Miguel Inc. is committed to providing opportunities to aspiring athletes. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “Ginebra San Miguel aims to hone the skills and talents of these aspiring young athletes from the provinces, and from these crop of talented individuals we might discover the next Barangay Ginebra San Miguel player or our future players to the 3-on-3 games in the Olympics,” Ginebra brand manager Paolo Tupaz said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd midfielder Lingard happy working with ‘great Ole’ again

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Lingard happy working with ‘great Ole’ againby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is delighted to be playing for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again.The pair worked together with United reserves.“Ole is great,“ said Lingard.“He is great at one-on-one [conversations] with players. He has great man-management. He will always speak to you and tell you what to do.”“When I am on the right wing he likes me to come inside and make things happen. He gives me licence and freedom to do that.”“Ole knew me from [when he coached] the Reserves and knows what kind of a player I am. When I was a young player he was always there on hand to give advice and help the youngsters out. He helped me out as I was coming through and I learned a lot from him.”“He’s very special to this club and for this club. He knows where Man United has to be and that is at the very top and putting in performances like we did [against Bournemouth].””We are enjoying playing football and winning games three, four or five-one. Obviously we would like a clean sheet. But we will work on that and try to improve on it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoBakayoko insists AC Milan can upset Juventus

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bakayoko insists AC Milan can upset Juventusby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko insists they’re capable of upsetting Juventus in the Supercoppa.The Italian Super Cup takes place in Jeddah on Wednesday evening and is a replay of last season’s Coppa Italia Final.“It was important that we beat Sampdoria yesterday, as it gave us more confidence going into the Juventus game,” the on-loan Chelsea midfielder told Milan TV.“I feel in good shape and just need to recover a little energy. “It’s going to be tough, as Juventus are the best side in Serie A right now, but in a one-off match, we can beat them.” last_img read more

9 days agoAgent: Napoli need to let Elseid Hysaj leave

first_imgAgent: Napoli need to let Elseid Hysaj leaveby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Napoli fullback Elseid Hysaj has invited interest from Roma.Hysaj is ready to leave Napoli in January.”There had been discussions in the summer with Roma, then we stopped when the season began, but we still like them as a destination,” agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Marte.“I think it is Napoli’s interests to negotiate a transfer in January, seeing as they risk losing him as a free agent in June 2021. They’d only have the summer left otherwise, and seeing as Napoli have been fundamental in Hysaj’s career, we want to avoid leaving for free.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bombshell dud or something in between What notorious TrumpRussia memo says

first_imgWASHINGTON – After a drumbeat of anticipation, a secret memo was released Friday that President Donald Trump’s allies in the media and Congress had predicted would set off a bombshell, exploding the entire foundation of the Russia investigation.Spoiler alert: Not quite.What the just-declassified memo does is allege that a key source in the Russia affair hated Trump, and that federal officials central to the probe against him played fast and loose with surveillance protocols.“I think it’s a disgrace,” Trump said Friday.“A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves — and much worse than that.”He made the remarks after approving the release of a four-page memo written by Devin Nunes, the Republican chair of the House intelligence committee. The memo centres on allegations of impropriety in how federal officials obtained the right to monitor Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page.It alleges that:— British ex-spy Christopher Steele detested Trump and was desperate to stop him from being president. At the time, it says Steele was being paid US$160,000 by a firm hired to dig up dirt on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign.— Steele talked to the media while also acting as an FBI informant. During the 2016 election, he communicated concerns — first to Yahoo News, then Mother Jones magazine — that Trump was compromised. The memo says he misled the FBI about his contacts with journalists.The memo says the FBI later dropped him as a source: “Steele’s numerous encounters with the media violated the cardinal rule of source handling — maintaining confidentiality — and demonstrated that Steele had become a less-than-reliable source for the FBI.”— The FBI had leaned heavily on Steele’s tips to renew a warrant to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page. The warrant was renewed in October 2016. Federal officials had already monitored Page as early as 2013, amid concern he was a Russian asset.— Federal officials did not disclose the partisan payments to Steele when they sought the warrant in national-security court. Democrats responding to the memo say this allegation is misleading, and omits relevant facts.— Several senior officials signed off on the warrant request, with one key name on that list: Rod Rosenstein. He is now the top Justice Department official in change of the Russia investigation. If he were fired and replaced with someone more hostile to the probe, his successor could either end the investigation or set new rules to constrain it.Trump was asked whether he wanted to fire Rosenstein and replied: “You figure that one out.”But the document unveiled Friday fell short of the more hyperbolic previews offered by Trump’s staunchest allies.One memorable example was Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity, who predicted it would be worse than Watergate and would end the Mueller investigation by proving that it rested on a faulty foundation.“Your witch hunt is now over,” Hannity declared on his show a few days ago.There’s a glaring weakness in the argument that the document fatally undermines the Russia probe.It’s pointed out in the document itself, in the final paragraph on the final page. The document confirms that the FBI counter-intelligence probe into the Trump campaign ties with Russia began in July — three months before the events described in the memo.It says the FBI probe started in July 2016 as the result of a tip regarding another Trump aide, George Papadopoulos. Recent news reports have said the tip involved Papadopoulos disclosing over drinks with an Australian diplomat that the Russians had Hillary Clinton’s emails.Papadopoulos has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and is now co-operating with the Mueller probe.Democrats dismissed the document as a dud, at best. At worst, they cast it as a dishonest work of partisan origami that cuts around inconvenient facts that remain classified and are central to the case.Their view was shared by the fired head of the FBI who originally launched the Russia probe.“That’s it?” James Comey tweeted.“Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House (intelligence) committee, destroyed trust with (the) Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with (the national-security) court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen.“For what? (Department of Justice) & FBI must keep doing their jobs.”There was also criticism from the Republican side.Sen. John McCain blasted unnamed people from his own party attacking law enforcement, and undermining an important probe into Russian election-meddling: “The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests — no party’s, no president’s, only (Vladimir) Putin’s,” McCain said in a statement.“If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”Other Republicans took a nuanced view.They said it was important to see the memo, which they say raises troubling questions about civil liberties and whether espionage processes were properly followed. On the other hand, they remained committed to the Russia investigation.“I … remain 100 per cent confident in Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” said Republican lawmaker Trey Gowdy.A similarly balanced take came from Will Hurd — a Republican lawmaker who used to be an undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent. Hurd voted for the release of the document, but explained in a Washington Post opinion piece that he wants the Mueller investigation to continue.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Earlier versions said Papadopoulos met with a European diplomat and that the Carter Page warrant was renewed in 2013.last_img read more

A Whole Lott More To Premiere At ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival

first_imgIt was announced today that the award-winning new documentary A Whole Lott More will have its New York Gala Premiere on Monday, March 10th, at 6:30 p.m., as part of ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, at the JCC in Manhattan located at 334 Amsterdam Ave at West 76th street.The Premiere screening will be introduced by Emmy-nominee Victor Buhler, the director of A Whole Lott More, and by Wanda Huber, who is featured prominently in the film.Following the screening, Tamsen Fadal – Emmy-winning anchor, PIX 11 News – will moderate a Q&A with Executive Producer Loreen Arbus, President & CEO of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, Inc., Jacqueline Conley Director, Program Services, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and John Sasso, Assistant Director, IT Services, Northeast AccessAbilities Leader, Ernst & Young, LLP.A Whole Lott More has already won the Audience Awards at both the Toronto HotDocs Festival and the Indie Memphis Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Cincinnati Film Festival.A Whole Lott More began when director Victor Buhler, motivated by a car accident that left him in a wheelchair, decided to tell the powerful story of an Ohio company that hired primarily workers with disabilities, yet had been able to compete for decades, until the collapse of the auto industry gave the company a year to reinvent itself and find new contracts or close down. A Whole Lott More examines work and disability through new perspectives, revealing the struggles of over 8 million people in America with developmental disabilities to join the work force. It is a film about the great spirit of the American worker, about the economy, and about three unforgettable characters – who happen to have a developmental disability – and their quest for a job.A Whole Lott More will also have three other screenings: • Hunter College – March 6th at 7:00 p.m. • The Actor’s Fund in Brooklyn – March 10th at 7:00 p.m. • Jacob Burns Center (Pleasantville, NY) – March 13th at 7:30 p.m.To purchase tickets to the New York Premiere of A Whole Lott More at the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival or additional screenings on March 6 and March 10th click here.
To purchase tickets to the Jacob Burns Center screening on March 13, click here.last_img read more

BC grapples with future of Site C as Premier Horgan sends ministers

first_imgVICTORIA – The fate of the largest public project in British Columbia’s history, the Site C hydroelectric dam, will be the focus of intense scrutiny this week as provincial cabinet ministers travel north for last-minute consultations.The New Democrats promised to decide Site C’s fate by the end of the year after a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, the province’s independent energy regulator, concluded the dam is over budget and behind schedule.Construction work on the $8.3-billion project began near Fort St. John in the northeastern part of the province more than two years ago.The heat is on, said Premier John Horgan, who is sending his ministers of Indigenous relations and energy to the region for consultations with First Nations and community representatives this week.Horgan said he will continue to crunch numbers and try to decide what’s best for rate payers.“This is not an easy choice. This is not an easy decision,” he said. “We’re going to be grappling with it for the next couple of weeks. I’m not underestimating the challenge ahead of me.”Deciding the project’s future is the first major test of the minority New Democrats, who have said it will impact the entire province. Site C has been marked by environmental, economic, technological and Indigenous rights concerns that have become the front lines of political battles in the province.“I, now as the leader of the government, have to look at what the consequences are of what our decision will be going forward,” Horgan said.Environmental studies expert Karen Bakker said the utilities commission’s recent report shows the project’s cost could grow to $12 billion, all to provide energy that isn’t required.“It’s a very expensive project,” said Bakker, who led a team at the University of British Columbia that produced five reports on Site C. “That’s the conundrum the province is facing. This could be a huge money sink for the province.”The utilities commission was asked by the NDP government to confirm whether Crown-owned BC Hydro is on target to complete construction of Site C on budget and by 2024. It was also asked to provide advice on three possible outcomes: proceeding with the project, suspending construction until 2024 or terminating it.The commission concluded suspending and restarting the project in 2024 is the least attractive option, and would add at least $3.6 billion to the price tag.The review didn’t make a recommendation on whether the province should proceed with or cancel the dam, but said terminating Site C would cost $1.8 billion while completing it could cost more than $10 billion.The commission also said there are viable alternative energy sources, including wind, geothermal and industrial curtailment, that could provide similar benefits with an equal or lower cost.“The commission’s report is very clear that there are high economic risks,” Bakker said.She said the project also faces potential lawsuits from Indigenous groups.But Liberal Mike Bernier, who represents the Dawson Creek area near the dam, said killing Site C would result in the province losing $4 billion, with nothing to show for its investment.He said more than 2,000 people are currently working on the dam and their jobs are now under threat.“Site C is a generational opportunity to help the province grow, give us cheap renewable power and have opportunities for my kids and everybody else’s kids,” Bernier said. “To me that’s why this project is something I’m fighting for because I see the opportunities of building our province.”He said six of eight Indigenous groups near the dam site have signed benefits agreements with BC Hydro.Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser said he will speak with supporters and opponents of Site C when he visits northeastern B.C. this week.“We will be meeting with all of the nations regardless of their take on the project or their involvement in any benefits agreements or their opposition,” he said. “It’s to listen because we don’t know what we are going to do.”Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation, which is opposed to the dam, had a message for the government during a recent protest at the legislature.“It’s not this government that approved this project, but it is this government that has the ability to stop this thing,” he said.last_img read more