OTTAWA — The federal government and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding are asking a trade tribunal to throw out a challenge to their handling of a high-stakes competition to design the navy’s new $60-billion fleet of warships.In separate submissions to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the federal procurement department and Irving say the challenge filed by Alion Science and Technology of Virginia does not meet the requirements for a tribunal hearing.Alion was one of three companies, along with U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin and Spanish firm Navantia, vying to design the new warships, which are to be built by Irving and serve as the navy’s backbone for most of this century.While Lockheed was selected as the preferred bidder and is negotiating a final design contract with the government and Irving, Alion alleges the company’s design did not meet the navy’s requirements and should have been disqualified.Two of those requirements related to the ship’s speed, Alion alleged, while the third related to the number of crew berths. Alion has asked both the trade tribunal and the Federal Court to stop any deal with Lockheed.But the government and Irving say the contract is exempt from normal trade laws, which the tribunal is charged with enforcing, because of a special “national security exception,” meaning there is “no jurisdiction for the tribunal to conduct an inquiry.”Another reason the challenge should be quashed, they argue, is that Alion is not a Canadian company, which is a requirement for being able to ask the tribunal to consider a complaint.Alion’s challenge has been formally filed by its Canadian subsidiary, but the government and Irving say that subsidiary was never actually qualified to be a bidder in the competition — only its American parent.The responses from the government and Irving are the latest twist in the largest military purchase in Canadian history, which will see 15 new warships built to replace the navy’s 12 aging Halifax-class frigates and three already-retired Iroquois-class destroyers.The trade tribunal ordered the government last month not to award a final contract to Lockheed until it had investigated Alion’s complaint, but rescinded the order after a senior procurement official warned that the deal was “urgent.”The procurement department has not explained why the deal is urgent.Lockheed’s bid was contentious from the moment the design competition was launched in October 2016.The federal government had originally said it wanted a “mature design” for its new warship fleet, which was widely interpreted as meaning a vessel that has already been built and used by another navy.But the first Type 26 frigates, upon which Lockheed’s proposal was based, are only now being built by the British government and the design has not yet been tested in full operation.There were also complaints from industry that the deck was stacked in the Type 26’s favour because of Irving’s connections with British shipbuilder BAE, which originally designed the Type 26 and partnered with Lockheed to offer the ship to Canada.Irving, which worked with the federal government to pick the top design, also partnered with BAE in 2016 on an ultimately unsuccessful bid to maintain the navy’s new Arctic patrol vessels and supply ships.That 35-year contract ended up going to another company.Irving and the federal government have repeatedly rejected such complaints, saying they conducted numerous consultations with industry and used a variety of firewalls and safeguards to ensure the choice was completely fair.But industry insiders had long warned that Lockheed’s selection as the top bidder, combined with numerous changes to the requirements and competition terms after it was launched — including a number of deadline extensions — would spark lawsuits.Government officials acknowledged last month the threat of legal action, which has become a favourite tactic for companies that lose defence contracts, but expressed confidence that they would be able to defend against such an attack.—Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
Advertisement “We are thrilled to include this award in our 2017 edition,” says Reelworld Executive Director Gave Lindo who is in his second year of taking Reelworld through its annual festival. “The Reelworld Reel Activist Award gives us a chance to highlight a vocal community and industry member, be it a filmmaker or programmer, who moonlights as an activist and affects change in Canada and abroad.”First wave of films announced for Reelworld Film Festival 2017:FREELANCER ON THE FRONTLINES (Toronto Premiere, 86 min, Canada — Dir. Santiago Bertolino, 2016)Journalism has changed in the age of Internet. Follow freelancer Jesse Rosenfeld as he writes his way across the Middle East war-zones, from interviewing Al Jazeera journalists in a cage to budgeting for a bulletproof vest. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter IN JESUS’ NAME (World Premiere, 42 min, CANADA — Dir. Susan G. Enberg, 2017) — Closing night presentationIn collaboration with the survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School, IN JESUS’ NAME breaks the long-held silence imposed upon the children forced to attend the notoriously violent school. Suffering isolation, beatings, and rape carried out by Catholic missionaries, Canadian audiences will be forced to ask how they can contribute to reconciliation and healing. Toronto, ON (September 5, 2017) – For its 17th year, Reelworld Film Festival returns with hard-hitting, critically acclaimed documentaries, feature films, shorts and virtual reality to confront the need for social change. The festival, running October 11 – 15, is highlighting a plethora of pertinent issues of our current society; From media and war journalism with FREELANCER ON THE FRONTLINES to democracy in India with NEWTON, the crisis of capitalism in Venezuela with LA SOLEDAD; To the erasure of cultural genocide and need for reconciliation in Canada in closing night film, IN JESUS’ NAME, Reelworld Film Festival takes an unflinching look at the world’s most pressing issues.“For almost two decades, Reelworld has been at the forefront in providing diverse filmmakers a platform for their films”, says Reelworld founder, Tonya Williams. “It is our hope these stories advance social change and create a productive dialogue of tolerance from all sides.”For the 2017 edition, Reelworld Film Festival will be selecting a Reelworld Reel Activist in the Canadian film community to honour their work activating change through the medium of film. The 2017 Reelworld Reel Activist, along with the Reelworld Film Festival opening film and full lineup, will be announced onSeptember 20th, 2017 via Facebook Live at facebook.com/ReelworldFilm. Facebook Advertisement Reelworld Film Festival screenings will be held at Famous Players Canada Square Cinema with the opening night film at Glenn Gould Studio at 250 Front St W – opening film TBA. Reelworld is supported by TD, Cineplex, Telefilm Canada, CBC, the Bell Fund and its media sponsor, NOW. Reelworld runsWednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 15, 2017.About Reelworld Film FestivalFounded in 2001 by Tonya Williams, Reelworld Film Festival is dedicated to harnessing the power of film and storytelling for social good. As a platform for underrepresented voices, Reelworld showcases Canadian and International films that explore some of the most current and pressing social issues facing the world. In addition to hosting industry panels, workshops and talks, Reelworld showcases narrative features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, episodic content and VR/360 films that spark conversation and advance social change.For passes and tickets details: CLICK HEREFollow Reelworld 2017:Twitter: @reelworldfilmFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReelworldFilm/#Reelworld2017 Login/Register With: Advertisement LA SOLEDAD (Canadian Premiere, 89 min, Venezuela | Italy | Canada — Dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016)Part documentary, part realist-fiction, LA SOLEDAD paints a vivid portrait of the crisis of capitalism in Venezuela with harrowing stories portrayed by those who truly experienced them. The film picked up awards at Atlanta Film Festival, Miami Film Festival and more.HALF TICKET (Toronto Premiere, 112 min, India — Dir. Samit Kakkad, 2016)The award-winning feature film captures the story of two young brothers living lives of “have-nots” in a world of people who “have”. Faced with yearning for what seems unattainable for those living in the slums of India, these two boys go to any means to try to get what they think they cannot.NEWTON (Toronto Premiere, 103 min, India — Dir. Amit Masurkar, 2017)This dark-comedy and Berlinale Jury Prize winner takes an unusual approach to the universal issue of democracy and the fight for it during election time in India. With its dark-humour and multi-layered approach to capturing Indian culture, NEWTON is a hilarious art-house gem.
New Delhi: South Korean automobile major Hyundai Motor group Tuesday said it is investing USD 300 million in ride hailing service provider Ola, identifying India as the centre-piece in its strategy to gain leadership in global mobility market. The investment will be jointly made by group firms — Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation — and under a tripartite agreement with Ola, the companies will jointly develop electric vehicles ecosystem and fleet services for global markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalUnder the partnership, the three firms will also aim to develop electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure customised for Indian market, the companies said in joint statement. “Hyundai and Kia will invest a total of USD 300 million in Ola,” it said. This will be the biggest combined investment as on date by the two automobile companies. Commenting on the development, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice-Chairman Euisun Chung said, “India is the centrepiece of Hyundai Motor Group’s strategy to gain leadership in the global mobility market, and our partnership with Ola will certainly accelerate our efforts to transform into a smart mobility solutions provider. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHyundai Motor Group expects to accelerate its transition from a car manufacturer into a smart mobility solutions provider, as the partnership initiatives will allow it to engage in all aspects across the entire mobility value chain including vehicle production, fleet operation and mobility services, it added. Already, Hyundai has invested in car-sharing startup Revv, which had last year raised Rs 100 crore in a new funding round led by the South Korean auto major. Revv plans to plans to increase its geographical footprint to 30 cities in India within a year from 11 cities. Starting from this month, Hyundai Motor India has launched a pilot project offering customers to experience its products through a subscription model in partnership with Revv. The initiative will cover six cities — Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. As part of the investment in Ola, the group said the companies have agreed to co-create solutions to operate and manage fleet vehicles, marking the Hyundai’s first foray into the industry, as they expand operations from automobile manufacturing and sales to total fleet solutions. Ola Co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said the partners will bring to market a new generation of mobility solutions, and constantly expand their range of offerings for consumers. “This partnership will also significantly benefit driver-partners on our platform, as we collaborate with Hyundai to build vehicles and solutions that enable sustainable earnings for millions of them, in the time to come,” he added. Hyundai, Kia and Ola have also agreed to coordinate efforts to develop cars and specifications that reflect the needs of the ride hailing market (both users and drivers), the statement said. The partnership will also look at supporting micro-entrepreneurship opportunities by providing access to customised Hyundai and Kia vehicles as well as financing and insurance benefits for driver-partners. Under the agreement, the three companies will also extensively collaborate on developing unique fleet and mobility solutions, building India-specific electric vehicles and infrastructure, the statement said. Besides, it will also offer aspiring driver partners customised vehicles on the Ola platform, it added. The partnership will offer Ola drivers various financial services, including lease and instalment payments, while vehicle maintenance and repair services are expected to enhance customer satisfaction, it added.
“Globalization creates big winners and big losers, but where food systems are concerned, losing out means sinking into poverty and hunger,” said Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food. “A vision of food security that deepens the divide between food-surplus and food-deficit regions, between exporters and importers, and between winners and losers, simply cannot be accepted.”Mr. De Schutter stressed that the international trade regime must acknowledge the dangers for poor countries in relying excessively on trade, as this exposes them to volatile grain prices, which can quickly change their landscape into one of poverty and hunger, felt by urban and rural consumer alike.“The food bills of LDCs increased five- or six-fold between 1992 and 2008. Imports now account for around 25 per cent of their current food consumption. These countries are caught in a vicious cycle. The more they are told to rely on trade, the less they invest in domestic agriculture. And the less they support their own farmers, the more they have to rely on trade,” he said.Mr. De Schutter emphasized that it is this trade-centric approach – strongly championed by the WTO – that is limiting the ability of LDCs to ensure their food security.“We miss the simplest of win-wins. If we were to support developing world small-holders, who are often the poorest groups, we could enable them to move out of poverty, and enable local food production to meet local needs,” he said.“In this context, trade would complement local production, not justify its abandonment. The urban poor would have access to fresh and nutritious foods, and the gap between the farmgate price and the retail price would narrow. This, however, requires policy space to limit price volatility at domestic level: it is this policy space that the WTO rules are reducing.”Far from benefiting from the opportunities provided by access to international markets, LDCs are “victims of the pressure on land, water, and natural resources on which they depend, for which they increasingly have to compete with the agro-export sector,” Mr. De Schutter added.Mr. De Schutter called on the WTO to take these factors into account and ensure compatibility with the food security agenda to prevent vulnerable populations from experiencing endemic poverty and hunger.“In the long term, poor net-food-importing countries will not be helped by being fed. They will be helped by being able to feed themselves. This is the consensus of the post-global food price crisis world that even the G20 has recognized. It is disappointing that the WTO continues to fight the battles of the past.” 16 December 2011The current international trade regime backed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) is harming small-scale farmers in the least developing countries (LDCs), significantly increasing their risk of food insecurity and reliance on large-scale producers, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.
Wind turbines reach new heights in push for greater renewable energy returns by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – From megawatts to the size of rotors, everything about wind turbines has been getting bigger.But even proponents of wind power say they may be reaching a limit as logistics and a lack of social acceptance over their size start to hinder growth.San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group Inc recently announced it will be installing 61 GE turbines at its Meikle wind project in British Columbia capable of generating between 2.75 and 3.2 megawatts of power. At 180 megawatts, Meikle will be the largest wind project in the province.The 2.75-megawatt turbine rots will be nearly 60 metres long, while the tower to hold the rotors will stand at 110 metres. That means the tip of the blades will reach 170 metres high, or a little taller than the tower on Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. GE says they’re the biggest publicly planned wind turbines in the country.These latest turbines dwarf those of 30 years ago, when the average turbine had a diameter of 15 metres and pumped out all of 50 kilowatts.Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, said this evolution in size has been critical for the industry’s growth because it allows for more energy to be captured more efficiently.“Generally, the further off the ground you get, the better the quality of the wind resource. It’s more consistent, it’s often stronger, which means there’s more energy to capture out of the wind.”He said because wind turbines have become more productive, they can also operate in more places.“We’re now able to build productive wind turbines in areas where 10 to 15 years ago you never would have been able to do because you never would have been able to capture enough energy to make it worthwhile.”While the sheer size of the newest turbines are the most noticeable advancement, Hornung said every aspect of the technology has been improving, including rotor shape, the use of carbon fibre for lighter blades, and the ability to rotate the blades automatically to capture as much wind as possible.That kind of progress has helped make wind the most installed form of energy in Canada in the past five years and driven the cost of constructing wind turbines down by 50 to 60 per cent, said Hornung.Ward Marshall, director of business development at Pattern Energy, said equipment and computer modelling to optimize the use of that equipment have led to dramatic improvements in performance.“You have the ability to get all the oink out of the pig,” said Marshall.But while the latest turbines will allow Pattern to capture more energy, Marshall thinks they may be reaching a limit.“There’s always this issue of how big is too big.”The logistics of actually getting massive turbines to site are getting more complicated, especially in hillier areas of B.C. and Quebec, said Marshall.Some turbines are being designed to be built more on site, but that adds to costs, said Marshall.There’s also the problem of social acceptability and public resistance to large towers on the landscape, said Hornung.“In essence, how big can you build in an area where people are living?”But so far those challenges haven’t stopped Canada’s wind capacity from growing, with more than 10,000 installed megawatts today compared with about 300 megawatts in 2003, said Hornung.“It’s demonstrated that it’s truly a mainstream technology at this point.”
France will strive without respite to destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), with which the Algerian group that murdered d’Hervé Gourdel has affiliated itself, Mr. Hollande told the leaders of 193 nations on the first day of the Assembly’s 69th annual General Debate.According to published reports, Mr. Gourdel, a mountain guide, was seized in the Tizi Ouzou region, about 70 miles east of Algiers, while he was hiking, and his kidnappers gave France a 24 hour ultimatum to halt its air strikes against ISIL in Iraq. His beheading was posted on video sites today.“Operations are under way,” Mr. Hollande said, referring to his order earlier this month to launch air strikes against ISIL in Iraq, taking the podium as the UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding that all States make it a serious criminal offense for their citizens to travel abroad to fight with militant groups, recruit or fund others to do so.He blamed the Syrian regime for creating the conditions for terrorism to flourish and pledged continued total French support for the democratic Syrian opposition.“We must take steps to fight against terrorist networks, to protect our youth from indoctrination, prevent their recruitment and dry up their funding,” he said. Mr. Hollande also called for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stressing that Gaza cannot remain an arms depot for Hamas and an open air prison for its inhabitants. The UN must take steps to help Libya rebuild a State, disarm militias and oust terrorists there, he added, pledging French support to efforts to eliminate the Boko Haram Islamist extremist group in Nigeria, calling it the African equivalent of ISIL.
Freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe (10) blocks the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to open Big Ten play this weekend against closely-ranked opponents.The undefeated Buckeyes (12-0) are scheduled to play No. 10 Michigan (10-1) at 8 p.m. Friday and No. 15 Michigan State (11-1) Sunday at 2 p.m..The Buckeyes’ performances in those first 12 matches pleased coach Geoff Carlston, but he said he’s looking for more as the squad heads into the Big Ten season.“It’s been fun,” he said. “We knew coming into the season that we’re going to have to be pretty patient because there’s going to be a pretty big learning curve.”OSU has received major contributions from three freshmen — right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe, outside hitter Kylie Randall and defensive specialist Valeria León.Carlston said he likes what the younger players have done, but said the veterans have stepped up as well.“We have talented freshmen, but we have great leadership above them,” Carlston said.Carlston added that some younger players like sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits will have to play an even bigger role since junior middle blocker Anna Faul tore her ACL over the weekend.The team has been successful early in the season because of how it has come together, even more so than in previous years, junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said.“The chemistry on the floor is like no other,” Sekinger said. “Everybody just clicks with one another.”Carlston said this year’s group has had no problem focusing on each match, even though the roster is young.“It sounds cliché, but we really have put a huge emphasis on one opponent at a time, one match at a time,” he said.Finishing the non-conference schedule unscathed is an accomplishment for any team, senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary said. However, the weekend ahead of the Buckeyes marks the beginning of “the next chapter.”“(In) the Big Ten, obviously every single game we play is a challenge, so we’re just preparing this week and working hard,” Leary said.As far as the matchup against Michigan is concerned, Sekinger said some players are going to be extra motivated once the whistle blows.“I’m an Ohio kid, so I go more crazy for Michigan just because it’s a big rivalry,” Sekinger said.The Wolverines have just one loss on the season, coming against then-No. 16 ranked Florida State, who the Buckeyes played and beat at the Seminole Invitational.Freshman setter Maggie Heim, who has been limited this season by a hamstring injury, said her team will give Michigan a fight as long as the players keep up their effort.“If we come out with the energy we did against Florida State and just play really solid, I think we’ll have a really good shot,” Heim said. “We’ll just have to come out with more energy than (Michigan).”Following this weekend, the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Indiana for matchups against Purdue Oct. 4 in West Lafayette and Indiana in Bloomington Oct. 5.
Mr Matthews entered a formal not guilty plea and the prosecution offered no evidence so a not guilty verdict was entered by the judge.At the time Mr Matthews was charged, it was the first time that terrorism legislation had been used to prosecute someone who is helping a group which is also being assisted by the UK Government. It is baffling that the CPS took two years to decide to prosecute him, then seven months later they have suddenly realised there is not enough evidence to do soJoel Bennathan QC, defending A British ex-soldier accused of attending terrorist training camps run by militia fighting against Islamic State has had terrorism charges against him dropped.James Matthews, who had joined Kurdish forces targeting extremists, was charged after returning to Britain to attend the funeral of Jac Holmes, a fellow British volunteer fighting with the Kurds who was killed in Raqqa in late 2017.In the first case of its kind, he was charged with receiving instruction or training in Iraq and Syria on or before February 15 2016 “for purposes connected to the commission of preparation of terrorism”.The 43-year-old, from Dalston, east London, had been due to face trial at the Old Bailey in November.But at a hearing before Mr Justice Edis on Tuesday, prosecutor Tom Little QC announced the Crown had concluded there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction on “evidential grounds”. Counter terrorism sources previously denied the charges had heralded a change in policy towards those fighting against Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil).While there has been public sympathy for the band of volunteers who have joined the Kurdish YPG militia fighting Isil, the UK authorities say the battle-hardened volunteers might still be vulnerable to radicalisation and potentially pose a security risk.Turkey also says the YPG is linked to the PKK separatist group which is proscribed in the UK. Sources said returning volunteers were being investigated on a case-by-case basis. Several have been arrested and questioned on their return.Mr Little defended the decision to bring the charge against Mr Matthews and stressed the review was based on further evidence “specific” to the case. Mr Justice Edis said: “The Attorney General is ultimately responsible and is accountable to Parliament for his function and I’m not sure the court ought to become embroiled in that.”Mr Matthews sat in the well of the court as he was formally cleared of wrongdoing. He is believed to have served several years with the British Army in the 1990s and deployed to Bosnia. He joined the YPG in 2015 and later served three tours with the militia group, specialising in clearing mines and booby-traps, Kurdish sources told the Telegraph.He appeared in a Channel 4 documentary – The Brits battling Isis – about fighting the extremists and their self-styled caliphate. “After two-and-a-half years, we suggest Mr Matthews is entitled to a full and proper explanation of what has happened here and invite the court to direct that should be done.” Joel Bennathan QC, defending, said Mr Matthews was “happy” at the move.He said: “We have always said the decision to prosecute Mr Matthews for fighting with the YPG against Isis was extraordinary and totally unjustified. Mr Matthews is happy this has now come to an end.”Mr Matthews was always open about what he had done and it is baffling that the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) took two years to decide to prosecute him, then seven months later they have suddenly realised there is not enough evidence to do so. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. James Matthews arriving at the Old Bailey for an earlier hearingCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA James Matthews joined the YPG in 2015
Tomorrow marks the 202nd anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. The scientist, best known for introducing the concept of natural selection in his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species, led a fairly interesting life outside of his scientific work, as well. After the jump, check out some fascinating facts about the scientist you thought you knew.Born the Same Day as LincolnDon’t use up wall of your birthday wishes on the father of evolution. Both Darwin and Lincoln were born on Feb. 12, 1809, 4,000 miles apartSeasicknessDarwin spent much of the Beagle’s journey suffering from seasickness. For many of the first few weeks of the voyage, he lived only on raisins, because he couldn’t keep anything else downOne of the Galapagos Tortoise Species Only Has One Remaining MembersThis is Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise on earth. He lives, fittingly, at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Pinta Island. Attempts are being made to get him to breed with members of other Galapagos tortoise subspecies, in order to continue his bloodline. Thus far, the effort have been fruitless. There is, however, a standing $10,000 reward, if you manage to locate a female of the species.Darwin’s Captain Was a Fierce Oponent of the Theory of EvolutionVice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy might have piloted Darwin around on the HMS Beagle, but the captain didn’t care one bit for the theory of evolution. During an 1860 debate on the validity of Darwin’s theory, the fiercely religious Fitzroy held up a bible and asked the crowd, “to believe God rather than man”. He must have had some fondness for Darwin, however–after all, the captain named the highest peak in Tierra del Fuego “Mount Darwin,” in honor of the scientist’s 25th birthday.Darwin and the Crew of the Beagle Ate TortoiseThe Galapagos tortoises played a pivotal role in the formation of Darwin’s theory, as he began to notice variations in shells from island to island. Darwin noted that he could “pronounce with certainty from which island it has been brought.” What’s largely forgotten, however, is the fact that the crew actually dined on the giant reptiles, with each providing a tremendous amount of meat. The crew hauled 48 of the animals for eating.Married His Cousin Yep, Darwin’s wife, Emma Wedgwood, was also his first cousin. The scientist opted to marry her after compiling a list of pros and cons. Pros included “better than a dog” and cons included “less money for books.” Darwin and Wedgwood had 10 children in all (three of which became distinguished scientists), and her piano playing helped inspire sections of Darwin’s The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.Darwin’s Half-Cousin Pioneered EugenicsIn 1871’s The Descent of Man Darwin suggested that helping the sick could negate some of the effects of natural selection, though he ultimately added that the instinct toward sympathy was important–Darwin, after all, was sick for much of his life. This, along with Origin of the Species, played a role in helping Darwin’s half-cousin, Francis Galton to begin his initial research into the highly controversial field he would later call eugenics after Darwin’s death.
Best: ‘Jack is a quality player and it’s exciting for Ulster.’ Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 9:33 PM Apr 4th 2019, 6:38 PM Source: The42.ie/YouTube“That’s the sort of quality player you want but also as a person, he’s a top bloke. Really good guy around the place and you want people who are likeable as ultimately when you get into a battle, you need to trust people around you.“And Jack has all of that and it’s really exciting for Ulster Rugby.”Reflecting on last weekend’s quarter-final defeat to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium, Best believes it was the type of performance that the players and supporters alike can take heart from, as Ulster look to push on and compete for silverware again.“That was probably one of the big things we wanted to achieve from this season, obviously we want success, but we wanted everyone who doubted us last year, that doubted our commitment and ability. We didn’t want to prove them wrong but we wanted to bring them back in and show them, this is actually what Ulster Rugby is about, this is what we leave on the pitch and this is what traditionally Ulster have been about.“That’s what we want to get back to and we want to re-engage with the community, with the fans and want to give them something they can be proud of. I think Saturday was obviously a massive step towards that.” – First published today at 18.38You can listen to the full podcast below: Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe Share13 Tweet Email By The42 Team Best: ‘Jack is a quality player and it’s exciting for Ulster.’ Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/4577437 Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO ‘We need to get away from the days of signing bit-part players from other teams’ Rory Best has described the acquisition of Jack McGrath as a statement signing from Ulster. Short URL 31 Comments 32,115 Views Updated Apr 4th 2019, 9:33 PM RORY BEST SAYS Ulster’s acquisition of Jack McGrath from Leinster is a statement signing for the province, as they bid to strengthen their resources and continue on an upward trajectory under Dan McFarland.The IRFU this week confirmed McGrath’s move north after the loosehead prop initiated discussions over a potential switch having becoming frustrated by a lack of starting opportunities at both club and international level in recent times.McGrath follows Jordi Murphy in making the move to Belfast from his native province and the 29-year-old will hope consistent game-time in the number one jersey will help him challenge Cian Healy at international level.Following the arrival of Murphy and Marty Moore last summer, and the signing of Wallaby lock Sam Carter for next season, Ulster have made strong moves in the market as their revival under McFarland gathers momentum. Speaking on The42 Rugby Weekly, Ireland captain Best says it’s important Ulster continue to acquire the right calibre of player moving forward, rather than be content in adding ‘bit-part’ players to their squad.“Over the last 12 months now, we have brough in British Lions and Irish internationals,” the hooker said. “Bringing in Jordi and Marty and now Jack McGrath, and I think we need to get away from the days where we kind of signed bit-part players from other teams and hoped they were good.“Now to be saying we’re signing internationals is a great statement. We need to make sure we keep pressure on our structures and systems, that we can bring through plenty of Ulster-born players, but ultimately these are guys that are going to add something to the shirt, and they’re going to add something to the environment.“The likes of the Eric O’Sullivans coming through, in Jack McGrath’s case, he can learn off him. These guys can learn off one of the best looseheads.”On the signing of McGrath, Best added: “He’s a quality player. I’ve really enjoyed playing with him, not so much in a Leinster shirt. But playing with him for Ireland and seeing the way he progressed from a bit of a squad player to being a starting Irish international and the battle between him and Cian Healy has really come down to whoever got injured has fallen out and then the other one has had to wait their turn.
Microsoft is Finally Killing Off the KinectKinect is $50 more expensive to use with the Xbox One S Back in October of last year, Microsoft (finally) decided to kill off the Kinect camera. It should come as no surprise the Kinect adapter used to connect the device to Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and PC has now been discontinued. This is truly a sad day for fans of the notorious depth-sensing camera.In a statement to Polygon, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “After careful consideration, we decided to stop manufacturing the Xbox Kinect Adapter to focus attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming accessories across Xbox One and Windows 10.” There doesn’t seem to be much hope of the adapter returning in the future either. The spokesperson declined to answer questions regarding Microsoft’s product roadmap, simply stating the adapter “will no longer be available.”The original Xbox One had a port for Kinect. Following iterations — namely the Xbox One S and Xbox One X — lacked this port. In order to use Kinect, users on newer Xbox One units and PC needed to use the USB adapter. The adapter was sold separately for $39.99. For a short time, Microsoft offered it for free to those who upgraded to an Xbox One S. Currently, retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and even Microsoft have the adapter listed as unavailable. Most folks who need the adapter likely already have it. However, those who want the device may have to pay anywhere between $150 to $300 to second and third-hand retailers.It has been a long time since Microsoft released a game that requires Kinect. Because of that, the end of the peripheral and its adapter won’t affect many Xbox One and PC owners. There are still a small number of folks who regularly use Kinect for its motion tracking and voice recognition features. They, and perhaps any future Kinect users, may want to try to find an extra unit along with the adapter in case anything happens. I think it’s safe to say the Kinect will now join the great pantheon of short-lived gaming peripherals. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — C.S. Keys, a longtime sports broadcaster and former KUSI weatherman has died at the age of 54, according to his brother.In a Facebook post, his brother Richard Keys said the following:“My heart is heavy today because we have lost one of us today, my younger brother C S Keys has moved on to the other side of life. I know he was not alone on his journey for his faith was strong. we all wish to say our last goodbyes in person but often that is not apparent. How proud he made his big brother and I’m glad I had the opportunity to share that with him. You will be with me until that same journey is taken myself.”C.S. Keys came to San Diego in April of 2000 as the morning weathercaster for the KUSI Morning News. He quickly became one of the top television personalities in San Diego. After four years he joined San Diego 6 (formerly FOX 6) Ten O’clock News as their Sports Director/Anchor and host of “That Sunday Sports Show.”Recently he was the Executive Producer/Host of “The C.S. Keys Pregame Show” on San Diego’s Sports Leader, The Mighty 1090.Before coming to San Diego, C.S. delivered the weather forecast for WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for three years making their morning program one of the top rated news programs in the market. Prior to that, C.S. was the main weather anchor for competitor KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. C.S.’ arrival to KDKA made him the first African-American to anchor the weather in the Pittsburgh market. Described as “the most dynamic personality to come into the market in years”, C.S. was known as “the number one African-American presence or role model outside of athletics.”Keys was honored by Mayor Dick Murphy and the San Diego City Council when they proclaimed April 26, 2004 as “C.S. Keys Day” in the city of San Diego for his overwhelming support of all communities in San Diego and his commitment to youth.Recognized by the California State Assembly for his tireless efforts to help San Diego youth, Keys started his own foundations, C.S Keys’ KIDS with Athletes for Education Foundation, to help those in need.The cause of his death is unknown at this time. Updated: 6:44 PM Former KUSI weathercaster and longtime San Diego broadcaster C.S. Keys dies Posted: January 14, 2018 January 14, 2018 ,
The bipartisan $19.1 billion disaster aid bill stalled again Thursday when for the third time a GOP lawmaker objected to a request to approve the package by unanimous consent, CQ reported.Rep. John Rose (R-Tenn.) blocked the latest request, following previous procedural objections by Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).“This is absolutely, without a doubt wrong,” Rose said in blocking the latest request. He objected to the approval of nearly $20 billion in spending while the majority of lawmakers were out of Washington.The package, which gained approval from both the Senate and President Donald Trump late last week, is now expected to pass the House when lawmakers return Monday.The long-delayed disaster relief package includes $3.2 billion to rebuild military bases and Coast Guard facilities that have sustained extensive damage from natural disasters in the past year.Army photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Thomas ADC AUTHOR
Hafeezpet: TRS leader B Goutham Goud of Hafeez division successfully completed the party’s membership drive on Thursday and handed over the enrollment forms to Serilingampally MLA Arekapudi Gandhi, following a call by the State leadership to every leader to expedite the campaign. Goud managed to complete the task during the last one week and enrolled the activists. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Goud stated that it was his responsibility to complete any task entrusted by the State leadership and the MLA. Hence, he had completed the membership drive target successfully with enthusiasm. Goud said that the membership application forms would be received up to July 20 with a provision for Rs.2 lakh insurance cover. Hence, everyone seeking membership should apply by paying Rs.30 for (ordinary) Rs.100 (active) and Rs.50 (for SCs, STs). They must submit the details of Aadhaar card, a passport-sized photograph, mobile number and signature, which are compulsory.
Hyderabad: Students from Andhra Pradesh are constituting a majority in MBBS admissions in Telangana under the national pool. While the neighbouring Telugu State’s students are found to be more than 50 per cent, students from other States like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar, Rajasthan etc. are filling up the remainder of the seats. It may be mentioned here that Telangana joined the national pool from the last academic year and accordingly 15 per cent of seats in nine government medical colleges (nearly 220 seats) are allocated for it while Telangana native students vie for the rest of the 85 per cent seats. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us This provision (85 per cent State quota+ 15 per cent national pool) is being implemented in all States by the MCI following NEET UG coming into effect. Students from Andhra Pradesh are showing preference to medical study in Telangana if they are not in a position to get into a government medical college in their own State. Telangana JUDA chairman Dr P S Vijayender said that some of the colleges in Telangana are in the prestigious colleges’ list in both Telugu States and hence it is no surprise if AP students are keen on enrolling here. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Also, pursuing MBBS in Telangana college means there would be no language barriers at all, which is also one of the factors, he felt. Dr B Narahari, Associate Professor (Paediatrics), Niloufer hospital said that language is an important factor as students have to communicate with patients during their study. Hence it can be understood if AP students are keen on joining colleges in Telangana and the other factor it is the nearest State to pursue study then joining a college in far-off Northern States, he said. Advertise With Us Osmania medical college, Gandhi medical college and Kakatiya medical college (Warangal) are the reputed and oldest colleges in the State and obviously would rank high among preferences but other government colleges in Mahbubnagar, Siddipet, Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Suryapet etc. are also not far behind. According to Kaloji Health University officials, students from far-off States were also opting for seats in government medical colleges located in Telangana districts. “Students from Telugu States might prefer the Osmania and Gandhi colleges the most, but students from North are not shying away from joining in the new colleges, most of which have been established after the formation of Telangana,” an official said.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and state governments on a petition seeking to establish a Right to Information (RTI) portal to enable people to file online applications for information from any department. A bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana issued the order while hearing the plea filed by NGO Pravasi Legal Cell through lawyer Jose Abraham. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The NGO, which seeks to empower migrant people including Non Resident Indians (NRIs) on the legal front, sought a direction to all state governments to provide the online RTI portal facility to obtain information through the electronic mode. Describing the RTI Act as a powerful tool, advocate Abraham said the true objective of the legislation can be achieved only by timely response to citizens’ request for government information when the process was made online. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “One of the most effective provision in the RTI Act is section 7(1) which states that ‘information sought for concerns the life or liberty of a person, the same shall be provided within 48 hours of the receipt of the request’ is not effective under the existing system and it severely affects the life and liberty of citizens,” the petition said. Advertise With Us The petitioner told the court that the Central government established an online RTI portal for any Indian citizen including NRIs to seek information under the RTI Act with the desired ministry or department. The applicant can also pay the fee online and submit the RTI application. The Central government then directed the state governments in December 2013 to explore the feasibility of implementing online RTIs in their respective states. The Centre told the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to provide technical support such as software and source code to the state governments which desire to replicate the web portal for online filing of RTI applications. The petitioner said that only Maharashtra and Delhi had set up online portals. The lawyer said that a person seeking information now has to make a physical application. Also, the applicant will have to obtain a postal order by visiting the post office and paying the fee for such an application. Then the application is sent to the concerned department. “It is also difficult for Non-Resident Indians (NRI) desirous of obtaining information from any department of the state governments at present since they have to undergo physical application process,” the petitioner said.
You cannot miss Alia Bhatt’s reaction when Ranbir Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal ‘lock lips’Instagram/Varinder ChawlaThe Filmfare Awards 2019 was a star-studded affair, but amidst all the glamour, something that grabbed huge attention was Ranbir Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal’s apparent lip-lock.Yes, you read that right. Vicky has shared a picture on his Instagram story that shows him and Ranbir kissing each other while Alia Bhatt burst out in laughter.The photo shows Ranbir, who was sitting among the audience, passionately locking lips with Vicky. While in highest probability the two actors must be faking a kiss in the picture, Ranbir’s girlfriend Alia appears to have enjoyed the scene the most. A witty Vicky captioned the story as “Goals AF!”. Vicky Kaushal, Ranbir Kapoor’s lip-lock while Alia Bhatt can’t stop laughing.InstagramVicky is a very close friend of Ranbir, and the duo are often seen enjoying some boys time along with others like Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh, Shah Rukh Khan and others.Apart from Vicky and Ranbir’s apparent lip-lock, the event witnessed Alia for the first time publicly saying “I love you” to Ranbir on stage. Interestingly, both Ranbir and Alia bagged the best actor and best actress awards respectively at the Filmfare Awards 2019.While Alia won the honour for her performance in Raazi, Ranbir received it for the movie Sanju. The two love-birds have been going really strong, and there were rumours that they were planning to tie the knot. However, Alia recently cleared the air saying that marriage is not on cards anytime soon.
Blowhorn, India’s leading intra-city logistics aggregator, has announced that it is planning to turn towards environmentally sustainable mobility. The start-up plans to move 50 per cent of its fleet to eco-friendly mobility solutions like EVs, hybrid vehicles and CNG by the end of 2021 and 100 per cent by 2025. The company stated that it has a dedicated team building out a robust action plan to make this ambitious goal practicable.To this end, Blowhorn has over the past several months advanced discussions with multiple stakeholders including several EV and battery manufacturers, technologies targeting EV alternatives, and the broader mobility ecosystem. To underscore its commitment, Blowhorn also announced that it had expanded the roles of several of its most senior executives to drive this critical initiative. Currently, 10 per cent of the Blowhorn fleet already run on EVs and environmentally sustainable. Electric vehicles from Indian companiesPR handoutMithun Srivatsa, the co-founder and CEO of Blowhorn, says “At Blowhorn, historically, we have focused relentlessly and successfully on sustainable unit economics, profits and on enhancing the livelihoods of our partner drivers. We are at an interesting inflexion point where experimental technologies are poised to become mainstream. We have always believed that the future of smart logistics is green, and we hope that this public articulation of our commitment will spur more players in the broader logistics industry to follow suit.”Karthik Prabhakar, partner at Chiratae Ventures, adds “Electric mobility is a rapidly evolving sector, which will potentially grow the current landscape. Blowhorn is the innovation leader in intracity logistics and it was natural that they expanded into the new space.”Blowhorn, headquartered in Bangalore, is backed by marquee investors including Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG), MSDF, Draper Associates and Unitus Ventures.About BlowhornBlowhorn is India’s leading intracity logistics startup and an innovation leader. Founded in 2014, Blowhorn operates in all major metros in India with a broad suite of services from the first mile, middle mile, and last mile while handling goods from 1g to 1T. Blowhorn is backed by marquee investors comprising Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG), Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Draper Associates and Unitus Seed Fund.
Emma Watson engaged and planning her dream wedding?Getty ImagesEmma Watson was seen out and about, looking relaxed in comfy clothes. She was accompanied by a mystery man.The “Bling Ring” star was reportedly spotted while grabbing breakfast with a mystery man at the Venice Beach café Superba Food + Bread. It looked like the 29-year-old Parisian-born Brit may have borrowed the oversized black sweater and grey sweatpants from her friend, which she paired with white Birkenstocks.We have to say that Emma sure can make the “I woke up like this” fashion a real run for its money. Emma apparently went make-up free and scraped her hair into a messy updo for the morning outing with her companion. Emma seems to be enjoying some downtime after the release of the “Little Wome” trailer.Reportedly, the “Beauty and the Beast” actress stars as one of the fearless and bold March sisters in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, which is set for release in December. However, fans don’t seem to be pleased with her accent in the trailer. We have to say that the trailer barely has two spoken lines from Emma’s character, so maybe fans shouldn’t be jumping the gun. Emma WatsonReutersHowever, it doesn’t look like Emma is letting the haters get to her. Apart from her acting career, Emma is also quite the social activist. She recently helped launch a free legal advice line for those in England and Wales suffering from sexual harassment at work.’It finally feels like people are realising the scale of the problem, and I’m certainly hopeful that with global standards such as the recent International Labour Organisation treaty on harassment at work, we’ll start to see a new climate of prevention and accountability on this issue domestically,’ the Time’s Up activist told The Telegraph.Emma is a role model for many and we have to say, you go girl. You can check out the pics here.
Share A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on removing a number of Confederate statues from city property, the special session of the Texas Legislature ending without Gov. Abbott getting everything he wanted, and the sale of a particularly expensive estate near Austin.Our panel of non-experts this week includes:Joe Holley, Native Texan columnist for the Houston ChronicleMarcus Davis, owner of The Breakfast Klub and host of Sunday Morning Live on Majic 102.1Natalie Arceneaux, host of Your Business with C+A on KNTH 1070 AM