RHCP Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer Calls People ‘Idiots’ For Comparing Him To John Frusciante

first_imgDespite being an official member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers since 2009, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer gets compared to the band’s former axe man John Frusciante on a regular basis. While Klinghoffer can appreciate being mentioned to the legend, it has gotten on his nerves at this point, as he told Metro Russia (via Ultimate Guitar), “Of course it gets annoying. On one hand, it’s an honor for me to be part of this band and be mentioned in the same breath as Frusciante.”“But all these comparisons are simply absurd,” he says, before going on to describe those commentators as “idiots.”” “Because we are two totally different people. I have never tried to emulate his technique. And, of course, I was not trying to get him to leave the band.”While comparisons will always be drawn when you replace such a touted member of any band, it can still be a tough pill to swallow for any artist, especially when it lasts for years and multiple albums. Last year’s Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well 50th Anniversary celebration drew some of the most ridiculous comparisons and arguments ever, when Phish’s Trey Anastasio took on Jerry Garcia‘s role. The true heir apparent to the jam scene throne (Anastasio), and people still found a way to be negative about it. Let’s look at some other “replacement” guitarists over the years:– Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones 1974)– Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds 1965)– Jimmy Crespo replaces Joe Perry (Aerosmith 1979)– Vinny Vincent replaces Ace Frehley (Kiss 1982)And let’s not forget that Frusciante replaced the irreplaceable Hillel Slovak after his unfortunate death from a heroin addiction and overdose. That was not only a huge loss for the band, but a major debate for fans of the Chili Peppers. And then Frusciante left, was replaced by Dave Navarro, only to return for Californication. But if you can sit there and genuinely say that Klinghoffer doesn’t make the cut, you’re not listening to the music.Klinghoffer also played a major role in the writing, playing and recording on seven of Frusciante’s solo albums from 2004 to 2009 – check out A Sphere in the Heard of Silence and The Empyrean. You can bet that Frusciante himself wouldn’t work with him unless he was up to par. Unfortunately, the two haven’t worked together since he joined RHCP, “He tried as much as possible to distance himself from the band and I had to learn to live in it. We have not fought, our paths just diverged somehow. I think someday we can talk again.”His solo to end “Dark Necessities” off the band’s latest effort The Getaway keeps very much in line with that classic RHCP sound, along with some beautiful melodies and distortion a la “Goodbye Angels,” while carving his own path at the same time. The dude has got some serious chops.But, unfortunately, those comparisons will never end. That’s just the name of the game.[via Ultimate Guitar]last_img read more

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Lotus Covers The Grateful Dead & Led Zeppelin, Offers Setlist Craziness At Summerdance [Videos]

first_imgOver Labor Day Weekend, Lotus headed to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio, for their annual music festival, Summerdance. Marking many Lotus fans’ favorite run of the year, across the weekend, the jamtronica favorites had plenty of surprises planned for the crowd made up of their most diehard fans.On night one, Lotus took a page out of Phish‘s book, using the first letter of each song on the two-set setlist to spell out “Summerdance”. With this goal, the band drew on some of their most classic catalog, also using this set to offer a rare cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Ramble On”. Other highlights of the evening were the show-opening combination of “Suitcases” > “Umbilical Moonset” > “Middle Road” and a standout rendition of “Nri” in the second set, during which each band member got a chance to shine during individual solos.“Ramble On” [Video: Jennifer Cantwell]Setlist: Lotus | Summerdance | Nelson Ledges Quarry Park | Garrettsville, OH | 9/1/2018Set One: L’immueble > Inspector > Dowrn, Blue Giant, Help/Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, SpiritualizeSet Two: Intro > Did Fatt > Cresent > Dark Brown Earth > Soma > Shimmer > Intro > Shimmer > Intro > Shimmer > IntroEncore: Sunrain > ShimmerAs for the final day of the weekend, Lotus brought the beautiful weekend to a close. The second set saw the band offer up a “blended set”, opening the set up with “Blender” before gracefully moving through a number of fan-favorites while teasing other classic tracks within them. At points dramatic and other times buoyant, highlights of day three included “Planet Caravan” and the entirety of the blended set, with a major high point being the “Livingston Storm” that was infused with tastes of “The Surf”.Setlist: Lotus | Summerdance | Nelson Ledges Quarry Park | Garrettsville, OH | 9/2/2018Set One: Bush Pilot, Floating Amidst, Sodium Vapor, Plant > Planet Caravan > Travel > Sunrain (ending)Set Two: Blender, Livingston Storm (The Surf), Kalea, 128 (Cold Facts/Move Too Fast/Suitcases), Caywood (Opus, In An Outline) > Opus (ending), Juggernaut > Tip Of The Tongue > JuggernautEncore: Umbilical Moonset [Video: Ryan Myerholtz]Setlist: Lotus | Summerdance | Nelson Ledges Quarry Park | Garrettsville, OH | 8/31/2018Set One: Suitcases > Umbilical Moonset > Middle Road, Mikesnack, Eats The Light, Ramble On, DestroyerSet Two: Anti-Gravity, Nri, Contagion, Expired Slang, Forgotten, Sid > Flower SermonEncore: Wooly MammothOn the second night, Lotus covered the jam band royalty of the Grateful Dead, a rare occurrence for the group, which tends to gravitate toward covering more funk or electronic artists (such as “Inspector Norse” by Norwegian DJ, Todd Terje, that was performed earlier in the set). However, the Summerdance wildness did not stop there, as in the second set, Lotus revealed the winner of their fan setlist contest, interpreting one special fan’s “dream” setlist and making it a reality.The obvious highlight of Summerdance’s first set during the second night would be Lotus’ tribute to the Grateful Dead. The instrumental run through “Help On The Way”, “Slipknot!”, and “Franklin’s Tower” was a surprise throwback to the band’s earlier days in the first decade of 2000, when they would occasionally toss these classic tunes into setlists. As for the second set, the band’s fan setlist of choice started off with “Intro To A Cell”, with the climax of the set being the alternating takes on “Intro” and “Shimmer And Out” to close the set. In the encore, the band again recalled this “Shimmer”, using it to segue out of the jubilant encore-opening “Sunrain” and close out the night in full.last_img read more

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Dave Matthews Grabs Electric Guitar For Ellen DeGeneres Show Performance [Watch]

first_imgAfter wrapping up their lengthy summer tour on with a special orchestra-assisted Monday night performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Dave Matthews Band made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this morning to show off one of the songs from their latest album, Come Tomorrow.With Dave Matthews playing an electric guitar in place of his usual acoustic, the band delivered a performance of “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”, the lead single from Come Tomorrow, their record-breaking seventh-straight album to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts dating back to 1998’s Before These Crowded Streets. You can watch Dave Matthews Band’s performance on Ellen below:Dave Matthews Band – “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”[Video: TheEllenShow]While Dave Matthews Band has no more confirmed dates on their schedule, Matthews and guitarist Tim Reynolds have a number of duo performances on the docket, including a slot at Farm Aid 2018 in Hartford, CT on September 22nd alongside Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid. Dave and Tim also just announced their return to Mexico for a concert destination event set to take place February 15th–17th, 2019.For more information on Dave Matthews’ upcoming dates and other news pertaining to the band, head to the Dave Matthews Band website.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Report: Woodstock 50 Files Lawsuit Against Former Financial Backers Alleging Theft, Attempted Sabotage

first_imgThis summer’s Woodstock 50 anniversary festival continues to be marred by logistical issues, investor drama, and conflicting information from organizers.The latest development in this strange saga appears to continue the chaotic trend: According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, the event’s organizers have filed a lawsuit against their former financial backers, Dentsu Aegis Network, claiming that the firm stole upwards of $17M from the festival. The suit also reportedly alleges that Dentsu attempted to sabotage Woodstock 50’s attempts to revive their festival by contacting agents of the booked artists to persuade them to back out. According to TMZ, Woodstock 50 claims that Dentsu implied to certain artists that they would help book them to play at a 2020 Olympics event—which Dentsu is sponsoring—if they canceled their Woodstock booking.In a letter from Lang to Dentsu, which was picked up by various news outlets, Lang argued, “We also have evidence that Dentsu representatives have gone so far as to say that should the talent back out of Woodstock, they would be seen favorably by Dentsu, and that this could result in their performing the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where Dentsu is a major organizer. In these actions too, Dentsu has acted not only without honor, but outside of the law.”The public clash between Woodstock 50 organizers and Dentsu began in late April when Dentsu released a statement explaining that they had pulled their support were officially canceling the event. Considering the current state of affairs, the financiers determined that “we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.”However, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang was quick to refute the cancellation. That same day, festival organizers told The Poughkeepsie Journal that “Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought.” Lang later told The New York Times that “They do not have the right to unilaterally cancel the festival,” noting that the cancellation announcement by Dentsu caught him by surprise.Earlier this week, Dentsu officials told TMZ, “As financial partner, we had the customary rights one would expect to protect a large investment. After we exercised our contractual right to take over, and subsequently, cancel the festival, we simply recovered the funds in the festival bank account, funds we originally put in as a financial partner. … Further, tickets cannot go on sale for an event prior to obtaining a mass gathering permit, which has still not been granted. And we stand by original statement made last week.”In the days since, Lang has publicly made various claims about alternative financing goals while maintaining that Woodstock 50 will, in fact, go on as planned. Billboard reported that organizers will need to raise more than $20M by Friday in order for the event to go on.It’s admittedly tough to keep up with the current back-and-forth regarding the fate of Woodstock 50. As of now, tickets have not yet gone on sale and the status of the festival remains uncertain, though it’s still technically going to happen—depending on who you ask.last_img read more

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Event raises funds for St. Baldrick’s

first_imgIn its fifth year, The Bald and The Beautiful event will attempt to shave more heads and collect more donations for cancer research than ever before, senior Betsy McGovern said. McGovern, who is one of five head organizers for the event, said the charity fundraiser set for April will raise awareness and funds for cancer patients. “The event began four years ago, when a student named Sam Marks came to campus,” McGovern said. “He came as a freshman knowing he had cancer. He left after a semester, and then later passed away. The Bald and Beautiful was started in Duncan Hall, Sam’s residence, in memory of him.” A group of freshmen in Marks’ class served on the Freshman Class Council and brainstormed the event, McGovern said, and the event has grown substantially from its start. “There are three different organizations that we donate to, and depending on how you participate in the event, your money will go to a different organization,” McGovern said. The first way an individual can participate in the fundraiser by shaving his or her head, McGovern said. Traditionally, this option is more popular among males but in years past, the number of women participating has grown. Last year, 10 girls shaved their heads, McGovern said. “The people that shave their heads raise money in whatever way they want, “McGovern said. “Many contact family and friends; some even go around campus with a jar and ask students for donations.” All the money from the head shavings goes to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer charity dedicated to finding cures for children with cancer. Last year, the event raised nearly $50,000 for the charity. Students can also participate in The Bald and The Beautiful by buying hair extensions. Students can buy a strand or more of hair extensions, and the proceeds are donated to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, McGovern said. “Memorial has a close connection with Notre Dame, and a lot of students volunteer there,” McGovern said. “The funds we donate from the event help Memorial to build an outpatient pediatric cancer treatment center.” The third option to participate in the event is through hair donation. The program requires eight inches of non-dyed hair that will be cut and donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a charity that constructs wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair during treatment. “This year, we are trying to expand the event,” McGovern said. “For example, we are trying to have an event with Memorial for the pediatric cancer patients around St. Patrick’s Day.” However, the main event – head shaving and hair extensions – will happen on April 16, 17 and 19. “We will have the front two rooms of LaFortune set up for the event, ” McGovern said. “A lot of groups come in throughout the day to participate, like sports teams. People can take initiative with regards to how they want to participate in the event. McGovern said the event organizers are always looking for volunteers to accommodate the donators and donations. “The end product is so amazing,” McGovern said. “We have raised nearly $150,000 for these organizations in the past four years, and this year we want to make the event even more amazing.”last_img read more

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Area Schools Feeling COVID-19 Impacts

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped eflon / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 JAMESTOWN – Several local schools are feeling impacts of COVID-19 after teachers, staff and students tested positive for the virus this week.Another employee with Jamestown Public Schools tested positive for COVID-19 this Thursday. School officials say the district staff member was last working on Thursday, October 29 and likely did not have contact with co-workers while sick.This is the second employee of the district to test positive this week. Additionally, just this week three students from various school buildings also tested positive for the virus.Other local schools are also working to contain COVID-19 within their districts. Cassadaga Valley Central School closed both their elementary and middle/high school buildings on Friday after a staff member at both locations tested positive for the virus.After cleaning, school officials there expect to reopen the buildings next week.The Panama Central School District is also delaying the return of some of their in-person learning. School leaders report students in 7th, 9th, and 12th grades will return to full-time in-person learning in February.The school is currently following a hybrid schedule with mixed remote and in-person instruction.last_img read more

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Are you an athlete if you don’t compete?

first_imgYESCompetitions are a way to separate athletes into groups-swiftest, highest, strongest-but we come to them as athletes and leave just the same, no matter the score. A true athlete is one that can find competition without another person in sight and strives to better their physical ability without the reward of fame or glory.– Jessica Fuller, Pisgah Forest, N.C.As the activities we enjoy become increasingly competitive, much of the camaraderie and friendship that exists within athletic communities is lost. Those participating in these activities that become overly competitive lose sight of the beauty, the grandeur, the sheer awe that drew us all to the outdoors. Those who choose to participate in any activity without competing are not only athletes, but role models many people could learn from.– Lee Eschenroeder, Lynchburg, Va.There are a great many athletic folks out there whose motivation is something more than the sustenance for the ego. There are also many athletic endeavors which are spoiled by competition. Surfing, rock climbing, kayaking, come to mind. If you are trying to set a speed record for a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, you are missing the point.– Chet Naylor, Richmond Va.I’ll be an athlete until the day I die as long as I’m trying to live a better life through exercise. Athleticism should be about doing the best one can against yourself, not placing first.– Ray Keys, Franklin County, Va.The true definition of ‘athlete’ is “a person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports.” Anyone can be athletic and not have the competitive bug.– Joanna Lilly, Radford Va.The term athlete just describes a person who is strong enough and agile enough to play a particular sport. My little brother, Max, went to a five-week camp (Camp Mondamin) that was non-competitive in their philosophy. Max kayaked almost every river in North Carolina, climbed, and backpacked. The counselors and campers were all athletes because they were strong enough and agile enough to kayak, climb, and hike.– The Ovett Brothers – Sam age 15, Max age 12, Roswell, Ga.As a child, I was that lazy chubby kid who was always the last to be picked (and first to be knocked out) for dodgeball in gym class. I was constantly the focus of ridicule from my more competitive classmates. Then one day in high school I decided to go take a jog on the nature trail, and I was in heaven. There was no one to compete with but myself, no scowling referees or judges, and no awards but the satisfaction of being outside. I was hooked. Now I’m a devoted hiker, backpacker, trail runner, and mountain biker. Do I consider myself an athlete? Absolutely. Competitive? Heck no; I’ll leave that for those guys in gym class.–Wally Smith, Oakwood, Ga.NOCompetition is a way to test yourself, to see how you compare with other competitors. You risk defeat, momentary pain and unhappiness, and you stand to gain a pat on the back, a trophy, a high ranking. Competition isn’t about winning. Winning comes as a result of your preparation, skill level, attitude, and a little luck. Competition is a beautiful, important, and critical element of our society.-Chaman, Roanoke, Va.Taking grandpa out of the retirement home and putting him in a chamois and a Phonak jersey does not make him an athlete. One can look like a great athlete on the outside, but have the competitive spirit of The Cowardly Lion. Strength, agility, and endurance are great physical traits, but to perform in a competitive context, one needs drive, determination, and a desire to succeed. One cannot be taken seriously if they do not push themselves to new levels every time they train for their sport.-Todd McClure, Bradenton, Fla.I believe I’m an athlete, because my body parts within compete with one another. I have a natural heartfelt desire to compete just to function against gravity. Competition is within my bones and all my body parts want in. I am my own team, and there are many players within. If I don’t compete, I’m probably six feet under. Are you an athlete if you don’t compete? No, you’re dead.-Adrian Henson, Charlottesville, Va.We all compete. Eery day there are numerous finish lines to cross, challenges to face, winners and losers. So let me wordsmith your question a bit – “You compete. Are you an athlete?” If you play, bend, move, push, pull, throw, kick, twist, hit, lift, run, walk, ride, sweat and hurt..you are an athlete. Athletes are better competitors because they go to bed each night knowing that they “have fought the good fight…finished the race and have kept the faith” (2Ti 4:7). You compete. Why aren’t you an athlete?-Tim McClung, Blacksburg, Va.last_img read more

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Mobile access: How credit unions can effectively reach underbanked

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Almost 70 million Americans are currently outside, or at least not fully in, the U.S. financial system. Of those Americans, 51 million are underbanked—meaning they supplement their traditional bank accounts with alternative financial services such as payday loans and money orders.To help community financial institutions (FIs) better connect with the underbanked, a recent Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) report suggests mobile banking apps may be the way to go. The FDIC found 75 percent of underbanked Americans have access to smartphones, making them prime targets for mobile banking options.Based on its research, the FDIC determined six ways mobile banking helps FIs better meet the financial needs of the underbanked: continue reading »last_img read more

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Arsenal defender Sokratis admits he cost his team the game against Watford

first_imgArsenal defender Sokratis admits he cost his team the game against Watford Emery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with WatfordTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenEmery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with Watfordhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reflects-frustrating-2-2-draw-watford-2006290/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal’s defensive performances have been a cause for concern throughout Unai Emery’s tenure at the club and the signings of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney were designed to shore up the back line.However, Tierney has yet to make his debut because of injury and Luiz was at fault for the second goal on Sunday, leaving legendary Arsenal defender Martin Keown questioning everything about the defence – including the Greek centre-half.‘They shot themselves in the foot,’ Keown said. ‘Sokratis was the culprit who gave the ball away in between.‘“Pass it out” may be the message from management but as a player, there are times on the pitch when you simply have to trust your gut. You have to use that instinct and realise that, sometimes, it is not worth the risk.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement James GrayMonday 16 Sep 2019 3:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link The experienced Greek centre-back accepted the blame for Arsenal blowing a 2-0 lead (Picture: Getty)Sokratis Papastathopoulos has shouldered all the blame for Arsenal’s failure to beat bottom side Watford at Vicarage Road yesterday.It looked as thought Arsenal would record a fourth consecutive win to nil over Watford when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice before half-time to put the visitors in the driving seat.However, just eight minutes after the break Sokratis passed the ball straight to Gerard Deulofeu in his own penalty area and when it broke to Tom Cleverley 12 yards out, he made no mistake.A second defensive error, this time from David Luiz, gifted the Hornets an 81st-minute penalty which Roberto Pereyra duly converted and the Gunners were eventually fortunate to escape with a point.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think that I cost the game for the team,’ Sokratis said. ‘It was my mistake for something simple that I don’t have to do.‘I think this was the problem why we lose the three points. ‘I apologised because I cost the game for the team and I have to work harder.‘I know up to this moment I didn’t have a mistake, I didn’t do nothing. Everything was near to perfect.’He added of the second half: ‘Were we overrun? Yes, I think so. We knew that Watford would come at us in the second half with their fans, we knew they would push.‘As players we have to improve and score a third goal, maybe as well. We know that it was a great opportunity for us and keep at a high level but we missed it – now we have to move forward and onto the next game.’ Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Canada conducting environmental assessment for Jeanne D’Arc drilling project

first_imgThe Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is conducting a federal environmental assessment for the Jeanne D’Arc Basin Exploration Drilling Project, proposed by Husky Energy and ExxonMobil.Project and study areas and associated licensesHusky and ExxonMobil proposed to conduct an exploration drilling project within offshore exploration licenses on the Grand Banks, located approximately 350 kilometers east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Atlantic Ocean.As proposed, the Jeanne D’Arc Basin Exploration Drilling Project would allow the proponent, over a nine-year period, to determine the presence, nature, and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licenses 1151A, 1151B, 1152, and 1155.The Agency said that it invited the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, which included the Agency’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project and their significance, the proposed mitigation measures, and the follow-up program.The Impact Assessment Agency also invited comments on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. It is worth noting that this is the final public comment period in the process, and final conditions would become legally-binding on the proponents if the project is allowed to proceed. Written comments will be accepted until January 3, 2020.Following the public comment period, the Environmental Assessment Report and potential environmental assessment conditions will be finalized and provided to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, along with comments received.The Minister will make a decision on whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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