Largest U.S. co-op taps Aggreko for Texas storage project

first_imgLargest U.S. co-op taps Aggreko for Texas storage project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:A large-scale battery storage system will be built in Texas for the U.S.’s biggest electric utility cooperative, to time-shift solar-generated loads and provide grid services to transmission operator ERCOT.Mobile energy solutions provider Aggreko, which recently took over German-U.S. energy storage pioneers Younicos and incorporated it as a division of the parent company, announced to Energy-Storage.news yesterday that it has signed an agreement for a 2.25MW / 4.5MWh battery storage project with Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC).According to Karim Wazni, managing director of Aggreko Microgrid and Storage Solutions (essentially formerly Younicos), the cooperative picked his company out for the project due to its existing track record of “active and successful participation in the ERCOT market.” Aggreko has already executed five battery projects in Texas, including the ongoing updates and upgrades of the large-scale battery system at Notrees Wind Farm.The project is notable for two reasons: firstly, that in addition to providing power services to ERCOT markets, the battery storage system, which should be capable of storing and discharging 2.25MW of power for two hours, will also provide energy capacity to the local network. As a general trend, customers for large-scale energy storage systems are now seeking this longer duration energy storage as well as the ability to use batteries for high powered, short duration applications, Saft’s Michael Lippert pointed out in a recent interview.The second notable aspect for Aggreko Microgrid and Storage Solutions is that unlike other recent projects, and the projects it is currently working on going forwards, this project for PEC is an asset sale, as opposed to the mobile power ‘as-a-service’ or energy storage ‘as-a-service’ business model the company is rapidly becoming known for. “In this case, the storage project is an asset sale, which is what the cooperative was looking for, not an as-a-service offer,” an Aggreko spokesperson told Energy-Storage.news yesterday.Going forwards, Aggreko is expected to unveil a large project in New York State soon which will provide National Grid with solutions to defer spending large sums expanding transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure in the next few days. “We will be inaugurating a plant in New York State in two weeks, it’s a National Grid project where we’re providing 2MW of power for two hours, and that will be able to deliver peak shaving services to a substation,” Wazni said, adding that even these sorts of larger infrastructure projects could be done ‘as-a-service’.More: Power and capacity will be provided by Aggreko’s 4.5MWh Texas ‘legacy’ projectlast_img read more

How leaders break the trust barrier for high performance

first_imgTrust. Find any high performance team with sustained success and you’ll find it. It’s the glue of relationships. It’s the desire to serve the team over self.As important as it is, you’ll receive little training on it in an MBA program. You may have experienced it, but it seems elusive. Few can describe it; fewer can teach it, and finding a leader who can create it multiple times seems like a dream.Enter Colonel JV Venable. He’s a graduate of the USAF’s Fighter Weapons School. He commanded and led the USAF Thunderbirds and 1100 American airmen.“Commitment is the demonstrated will to deliver for the people around you.” -JV VenableTeaching trust is crucial. Think about the trust needed to fly within inches of another yet at over 500 miles per hour. You just can’t imagine doing it without the highest degree of trust. JV’s new book, Breaking the Trust Barrier: How Leaders Close the Gaps for High Performance, shares lessons from his experience as a Top Gun instructor with all of us. I recently asked him about creating this level of trust and how everyone can learn from his experience. continue reading » 82SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Borders Closed: Ebola Testing to Commence at Entry Points

first_imgIn an effort to address the severity of the Ebola outbreak in the country, the government of Liberia has with immediate effect closed all borders with the exception of major entry points including the Roberts International Airport (RIA), James Spriggs Payne Airport, Foya, Bo Waterside and Ganta points of entry.Though others termed the decision as belated, a release from the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says that at those entry points that remain open, preventive and testing centers will be established and stringent measures to be announced will be strictly adhered to. In addition, the Liberia Airport Authority is now mandated to inspect and test all incoming as well as outgoing passengers.The decision is at the top of an 11-point to-do list for the National Task Force set up and chaired by the President to support the Technical Team on Ebola (TTE).  The Task Force held its first meeting on Sunday, July 27, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and attended by key members of the TTE, ministers and other government officials, media, political leaders, the security sector and other concerned citizens.President Sirleaf officially announced the formation of the Ebola Task Force in her Independence Day remarks at Liberia’s 167th Independence Day ceremony in Monrovia to help the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and team of medical practitioners combat the deadly Ebola virus that has invaded the country and claimed hundreds of lives.The Liberian leader said the cardinal responsibility of the Taskforce is to work with the health team headed by the Ministry of Health, and provide support and guidance to them.  The task force will also establish community outreach forces with individuals mobilized from each community to reach out to the communities to sensitize residents about the disease and provide them information as to how they can protect themselves.The taskforce is to be chaired by the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Co-chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, who is also the chairman of the national Disaster and Relief Commission (NDRC).  It will also include representatives from Women and Youths organizations, the Inter-Religious Council, Market and Labor organizations, Political Parties leaders, Traditional leaders, and the Press Union of Liberia (PUL). “Fellow citizens,” the Liberian President said, “the hallmark of success of any nation is not the improvement in social and economic infrastructures; it is not in sound policies and law; it is the love of country. This love must make us brave in times of troubles as well as compel us to reach out to each others in times of distress.”“We must come together as never before inspite of our political, religious and social persuasions; we must show a deep sense of nationalism. We must reach across borders and join our brothers and sisters in the other neighboring countries that are also affected to show continuing common response,”“This is why today I’m establishing a national taskforce on Ebola, which I will chair. The taskforce will be co-chaired by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in his role as the chairman of the NDRC. That commission will now be active and strengthened,” she said.“We are going to be calling upon women and youth organizations, the Inter-religious Council, market and labor organizations, political party leaders, traditional leaders, and the Press Union of Liberia to send us representatives to serve on this taskforce.”To the families of all those affected and afflicted by the virus, to our doctors, and the national health team led by Dr. Walter Gwenigale, to our dedicated and sacrificial health workers, we extend to you our deepest personal and official sympathy for your loss and commit to our obligation to respond to you in your time of need.“Given the many challenges which we have faced, we mark the 167th independence anniversary of our nation with solemn reflection. Even as we do, we must continue to give praises and thanks to the almighty for continuing to shower his bountiful blessings and kind mercies upon us,”The issue of Ebola has now claimed the attention of the international community as more people continue to die of the virus since its outbreak in the Mano River Union (MRU), firstly in Guinea where it has hit the hardest. Ivory Coast is the only member of the MRU yet to be affected so far though it claimed some lives in that country years back.As confirmed by the governments of the three MRU countries and the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been 1,093 cases recorded as of July 20, 2014 with 786 laboratory confirmed cases of the Ebola virus. The death toll in the three countries now hit 660.President Sirleaf also said that the Ebola virus has gone beyond a virus that is claiming the lives of Liberians and is becoming more dangerous to the state by some unfortunate incidents.“On Wednesday we witnessed an unfortunate incident when a man angered over the death of his sister who died of Ebola decided to revenge, by setting fire to the MOH building. This is how damaging the virus has become; this is how the risk and the danger now go beyond the virus. We understand the anger, but we cannot and will not accept burning or attacking health workers and facilities.In another event, the Liberian leader said, another Liberian met his untimely death and put to risk others across borders because of indiscipline and disrespect for the advice which have been given by health workers. While she did name the Liberian she was referring to, the Government of Nigeria reported late last week that the virus had surfaced in that country through Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who had gone on an official government duty.So far there have been 415 cases, including 314 fatal cases and 304 laboratory confirmations of EVD, reported by the Guinean government.In Sierra Leone, WHO and that country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation reported a total of 454 suspects and confirmed cases of EHF as of July 20, 2014. Of these 454, 405 cases have been laboratory confirmed and 219 were fatal.The lead doctor, virologist Sheik Umar Khan, who has been helping to combat the virus in that country has contracted the virus and is now being treated according to reports.Liberia’s Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, has recorded 224 clinical cases of EVD, including 77 laboratory confirmations and 127 fatal cases. All of these cases are from six counties. These include, Lofa, Montserado, Margibi, Bomi, Bong, and Nimba Counties. Montserrado and Lofa are the most affected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spinach Leaf: “One of Nature’s supreme examples of nanoscale engineering”

first_imgUnder the peaceful summer sun, plants deal with a life-or-death situation: too much sun.  Those of us with legs can take cover, but a poor spinach plant out in the furrow must deal with the excess energy or die.  Since it usually doesn’t die, what’s its secret?  A process called photosynthetic feedback de-excitation quenching, if you care to know.  Scientists at Berkeley Labs discovered one key molecule in the process that helps ferry away the excess energy safely.    You can read the details in the press release, but Graham Fleming, one of the researchers, was impressed.  “This defense mechanism is so sensitive to changing light conditions, it will even respond to the passing of clouds overhead,” he commented (emphasis added in all quotes)  “It is one of Nature’s supreme examples of nanoscale engineering.”  Some of the steps in the multi-step process respond in a million billionth of a second.  It took special ultrafast equipment in their work on spinach leaves to discover what the molecule, a carotenoid named zeaxanthin, was doing.  Science Now has a picture of the crystalline molecule under the microscope, calling it a “unique safety valve.”  Those who want all the technical details can find the team’s report in Science.11Holt et al., ”Carotenoid Cation Formation and the Regulation of Photosynthetic Light Harvesting,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5708, 433-436 , 21 January 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1105833].Think about this when you eat spinach.  You are consuming a supreme example of nanoscale engineering.  A can of spinach may not help you punch Brutus to kingdom come, but might help you appreciate the King who came.(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA’s Presidents Cup flows over

first_img24 November 2003The 2003 Presidents Cup has been rated as one of the best-organised – and most exciting – golfing events ever.Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 majors and captain of the United States Presidents Cup team, said at the conclusion of the competition at Fancourt near George that he had never experienced anything as enthralling as the battle between the USA and the International Team to land the trophy.“It’s the most unbelievable event the game of golf has ever seen,” he said.Jack Warfield, vice-president of championship operations for the PGA Tour, told The Star newspaper that the level of organisation at the event was “second to none. The event was truly world-class, and rates with the best I have ever seen.“It has proved beyond doubt that South Africa is perfectly capable of staging huge golf tournaments”, Warfield said.Hollywood scriptwriters would have been sent packing had they come up with the story that unfolded on The Links course over four wonderful days of world-class golf and fantastic sportsmanship. It wouldn’t have been believable.Leads change handsOn the first day it appeared that the Americans would go into the second day with a lead, maybe as big as five-one ahead. But the Internationals stormed back, dominating the final holes to snatch an unlikely advantage of 3½ to 2½.On the second day, though, Nicklaus’ team got it all together and surged past the International team. In the morning four-ball action they won three matches to the two of the Internationals, but in the afternoon foursomes the real move came as the Americans won four of five contests to move three points clear of their opponents.It seemed that the powerful American line-up would run away with the title, but no one told the International Team that – they stormed back into the lead with a devastating performance in the four balls, winning six out of six matches as the USA was swept for the first time ever.That left only the singles to be played, with Nicklaus and co needing to pull something out of the hat to get close to Gary Player’s team. Making it all the more exciting was that South African favourite Ernie Els had been in fine form throughout the event, and had by that time established himself as the only unbeaten player.Nicklaus and Player gave the spectators the showdown they wanted when they pitted Tiger Woods against South Africa’s number one.One on oneAn incredible story unfolded as the USA started reeling in the Internationals, eating away at the deficit. In a clash of two major winners, US Open winner Jim Furyk saw off US Masters champion Mike Weir three-and-one to get the Americans moving.Jerry Kelly nipped South Africa’s Tim Clark one-up in a back-and-forth match. Then Kenny Perry defeated Nick Price one-up as the normally calm Zimbabwean – truly one of the nicest men in the game – broke his putter over his knee on the final hole as his putt to halve the match just failed to drop.It was an action indicative of the close-fought nature of the competition and the tension it engendered.KJ Choi, though, pulled one back for the Internationals with a convincing four-and-two win over Justin Leonard, who had been responsible for some outstanding putting on the testing greens earlier in the competition.Unfortunately for young Adam Scott of the International Team, he came out with a cold putter against Charles Howell III and was well beaten, going down five-and-four. Jay Haas then put in a storming back nine to race away from Stephen Leaney, clinching a four-and-three win for the Americans.Down to the wireRetief Goosen, though, took charge of his match against Phil Mickelson on the back nine, eventually triumphing two-and-one to leave the big hitting left-hander without a point in the Presidents Cup in 2003.Big Peter Lonard backed up the South African star’s fine effort by trouncing Fred Funk four-and-three.In a terribly tight battle, Chris Di Marco edged Stuart Appleby one-up before Vijay Singh drew blood for Player and co with a four-and-three success against David Toms.The contest between Els and Woods, meanwhile, had fizzled out. Els took a lead on the first hole, but five holes into the match, Woods took the lead for good, eventually claiming a four-and-three win.So it all came down to the match between Davis Love III and Robert Allenby. Heading into the final hole, the American was one-up and needed only to halve the 18th to secure the title for the USA. Unbelievably, Allenby snatched the hole to leave the two men all square and the contest tied at 17 points all. Both sides were just a half-point shy of victory.Sudden deathThat meant a sudden death playoff had to take place, and again it was Ernie versus Tiger as Els and Woods took to the course again, with the pressure rising.They started on the 18th. Both players managed par fives – Els with a testing putt – and so the contest moved on to the first hole. With all eyes on them and everything on the line, Woods and Els responded with fine pressure putts again, and so it continued on to the third playoff hole, the nasty second that is fortified by a collection of tough bunkers.Again, with incredible tension in the air, the two golf stars responded like the great gladiators they are by sinking tough putts.Then, both captains, Player and Nicklaus, said the playoff couldn’t continue because the light had faded too much and neither Woods nor Els could read the grain of the greens.No losersThere followed a period of consulting between the two captains, the two teams, a discussion with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and, when it was all over, the two legends, Player and Nicklaus, showed just why they are so revered around the world.Showing great respect for the game of golf, for each other, for their teams and their opponents, they agreed to share the trophy in a heart-warming decision – even though, as defending champions, the USA should have kept the trophy.As both men said: neither team deserved to lose.“I want to thank them for the way they have played the game here”, said South African President Thabo Mbeki, who followed US Presidents Gerald Ford, George Bush and Bill Clinton and Australian Prime Minister John Howard in playing the role of honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup.“The rules state that the defending champions hold the cup in the event of a draw, but theirs was an act of pure sportsmanship when they decided to share the Cup with us”, Mbeki said.That magnanmous gesture brought the curtain down on a spectacular competition. It started with the captains and it worked its way down through their players to the spectators, and the event went off in the very finest traditions of the game.Hollywood scriptwriters couldn’t have penned it better than this one.The Presidents Cup has now been contested on five occasions, with the United States winning three times. The last meeting resulted in a 21½ to 10½ victory for the USA.Previous results: 1994 USA 20 International Team 121996 USA 16½ International Team 15½1998 International Team 20½ USA 11 ½2000 USA 21½ International Team 10½ Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Chinese Wages to Push Up Cost of iPhone & More

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market “Coastal factories are raising salaries, local governments are hiking minimum wage standards and if China allows its currency, the renminbi, to appreciate against the U.S. dollar later this year, as many economists are predicting, the cost of manufacturing in China will almost certainly rise.”Marketwatch reports increases of 5% in Hunan province to 27% in Ningxia. Morgan Stanley estimates a country-wide increase of 17% average. Chinese rationale seems to be a simple desire to stimulate domestic spending and retain increasingly itinerant workers. Writ large, this is surely not a negative move. Foxconn’s suicides are only one small part of the picture of international electronics workers. As Tom Foremski wrote in his ZDNet blog, labor is an element that can be, and therefore more often than not is, driven downward at nearly every opportunity. “What is common across the electronics industry is a relentless focus on reducing manufacturing costs, and the largest manufacturing cost is labor; which is why employees are pushed to work faster, while maintaining high quality work, and at the lowest wages acceptable.”Even with an average increase in labor costs of nearly 20%, China will surely remain competitive. But these increases are unlikely to be absorbed by companies, like Apple, who use Chinese factories for much of their production. They will be passed on to the customers. Is an iPhone a luxury or a tool? Either way, the iPhone 4, reflecting these labor increases, might spike in price from $199 to about $235. A deal-breaker? Probably not. But it will have an effect. Arguably, electronics makers choose Chinese companies to make and assemble their products for one reason above all the others. It’s cheap. But recent actions in the Chinese labor market may qualify the country’s status, at least to the point of raising the prices on those products, including the iPhone. All Things D mentioned the Hon Hai company’s bump in employee wages after the rash of suicides at their Foxconn plant, but they also noted that after is not the same as because. China’s wage inflation is more systemic. The New York Times‘s David Barboza agrees. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Mapua’s Nieles rules NCAA Skills Challenge

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Nieles had a perfect run, but faced a slight hitch when his ball didn’t go down the net after his lay-up.“I wanted to get the ball, but (Naboa) was still shooting a layup,” he said, as he allowed Naboa to shoot two more attempts before taking the ball and cruising to the top of the arc to drill the game-winning jumper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNieles retained the Skills Challenge plum for Mapua after Darell Menina won the title last year.“I checked Shane’s time last year and he got 24.6 seconds. I felt I needed to best that and I was really inspired with what he did,” he said. MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe league’s best speedster remained from Mapua.Cardinal guard JP Nieles ruled the Skills Challenge in the 2017 NCAA Season 93 All-Star, beating St. Benilde rookie Unique Naboa in the Finals on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Nielestopped Letran’s Jeremiah Taladua in the semifinals to earn his spot in the championship round.Still, it was a huge validation for Nieles given the Cardinals’ woeful campaign this season.“I’m really happy. It shows that even though we’re down, I can prove that some of us can still step up,” he said.Nieles recorded the best time in the first round with 20.7 seconds, leading the list that also had Naboa (21.9 seconds), Lyceum’s Jaycee Marcelino (25.8 seconds), and Taladua (27.5 seconds) to qualify for the final round.Also joining the competition were Perpetual’s Keith Pido, Arellano’s Levi dela Cruz, San Sebastian’s Michael Are, San Beda’s Radge Tongco, EAC’s Jervin Guzman, and JRU’s Karl Bordon.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

Another big game from James Yap lifts Rain or Shine past NorthPort

first_imgYap finished with 19 points, joining Beau Belga as Rain or Shine’s top scorers. Raymond Almazan finally got his scoring groove back, tallying 14. Nambatac and Maverick Ahanmisi both chimed in 11.Stanley Pringle had 34 points for the Batang Pier. Sean Anthony also contributed greatly on the scoring department, finishing the game with 22 markers.“Come Sunday, we play in the first game, the time for us to study them is short,” said Garcia ahead of his squad’s showdown with league-leading Phoenix who they face this Sunday.“They played well. They beat NLEX by just a point today and they’re now 5-0,” he added. “It’s going be a tough game with both teams playing hard today.”NorthPort, for its part, slid to a 2-2 record in the standings ahead of its meeting against  Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT Rey Nambatac picked up the scoring cudgels and contributed from the charity stripe before Mark Borboran dealt the final blow and formalized the Painters’ fifth victory in six outings.“We hit big shots,” said Rain or Shine mentor Caloy Garcia. “James hit big shots, Nambatac carried us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGarcia went on to commend Borboran who he said “changed the complexion of the game.”“Practically, those guys who played in the end gave us this win,” he added. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ Lady Chiefs forces winner-take-all Game 3 in NCAA volleyball finals LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Scores:Rain or Shine 107 – Yap 19, Belga 19, Torres 16, Almazan 14, Ahanmisi 11, Nambatac 11, Borboran 6, Norwood 4, Daquioag 3, Rosales 2, Mocon 2, Ponferada 0.NorthPort 100 – Pringle 34, Anthony 22, Tautuaa 16, Bolick 9, Lanete 7, Guinto 6, Gabayni 4, Grey 2, Elorde 0, Sollano 0, Taha 0, Arana 0.Quarters: 28-25, 53-59, 79-89, 107-100.RELATED VIDEO ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rain or Shine drew another vintage performance from James Yap in it narrow victory over NorthPort, 107-100, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Yap, who has been the spearhead of the ElastoPainters’ offense in its past exploits, knocked down a step-back triple over BatangPier’s Paolo Taha to put his squad ahead, 102-100, with roughly three minutes left to play.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Métis premier Bob McLeod of NWT looks back on 8 years in

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsBob McLeod has a few remaining weeks governing the Northwest Territories.The Métis man from Zhahti Koe, Fort Providence was the first person to be re-elected premier of the N.W.T.But now he’s decided to retire.“I felt that I didn’t want to be committed for another four years and I didn’t really want to be in politics when I’m 70 years old,” McLeod said.He noted his leadership style as inclusive and cited his success on “letting the managers manage” in office.“Our first get together our cabinet said is that one of the things we should all aspire to is not to lose any ministers. I’m really proud that we had eight years of good government and didn’t lose a single minister.“We didn’t lose any motions on non confidence,” he said.During his time as premier there were several significant infrastructure projects including the $350-million hospital in Yellowknife, the $300-million Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway and the $202-million Deh Cho Bridge, the last major river to be bridged.McLeod said there are still some pages left unturned as he gets ready to call it quits.“The one that everyone always talks about of course is land claims and self government. We made some progress not as much progress as we wanted to but some of the claims have been negotiated going on thirty years.“It’s disappointing to me that I’ll have to join the list of Premiers that weren’t able to,” Mcleod said.Unlike its neighbours Nunavut and the Yukon, the N.W.T. never fully recovered from the 2008 recession.“It’s worrisome especially because exploration is down. Even with that we have mining projects, Mackenzie valley natural gas pipeline was approved and yet it never got built,” he said.In 2017, the Premier made headlines as he issued his “red alert.” He suggested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had acted out of colonialism after a moratorium on Arctic oil and gas development was announced in 2016.“Over a period of time we hadn’t produced a single molecule of oil and gas in a territory that historically has been producing oil and gas since the 1930s.“We had an immediate response from the federal government the next morning and I think our relationship has improved significantly,” McLeod said.The 19th Legislative Assembly will be elected on Oct. 1, 2019.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more