England all-rounder Ben Stokes is back in the one-day team for the three-match series against India starting next month.The 27-year-old, who sustained the injury before the second test against Pakistan this month, is expected to return to the field in a domestic Twenty20 match for the Durham Jets on July 5, a week before the ODI series begins.The all-rounder last competed in a 50-over international for England in New Zealand, which was his first competitive action after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) banned him from international cricket after his involvement in the incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September of last year.With the India ODI series beginning on July 12, Stokes will be able to build-up match practice ahead of the five-match Test series with India, starting August 1.If Stokes is deemed fully fit for Durham, he could also play in the third international Twenty20 against India on July 8.England are seeking to continue a winning run that saw them to an ODI series whitewash of Australia this month.Batsman Sam Billings, who has failed to impress for England in his past two call-ups, has been left out of the squad.All-rounder Sam Curran, who made his ODI debut against Australia last week, has also failed to make the cut.Fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes is still recovering from a thigh muscle tear and persistent knee injury but could return for the latter part of the India series.Team: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)
Holder: “We’ve already notified the NCAA and they’re going to assign an investigator to this.”— Brendon (@brendon_wm) September 9, 2013 AD Mike Holder: “I don’t want to believe (the allegations) are true. … Our goal is to separate fact from fiction.” #okstate— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) September 9, 2013 Here are the statements from Mike Holder on the Sports Illustrated scandal which will (presumably) drop tonight…Holder on SI: “I know enough to be very concerned.”— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) September 9, 2013 Holder: “I apologize to all the AD’s in the conference for what’s about to be said about a member of our conference.”— Brendon (@brendon_wm) September 9, 2013 “But we hope to make you proud by how we deal with it.” (2/2)— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) September 9, 2013 Holder: “I apologize to all the AD’s in the conference for what’s about to be said about a member of our conference.”— Brendon (@brendon_wm) September 9, 2013 Holder: “It’s time to Cowboy up.”— Brendon (@brendon_wm) September 9, 2013That last one is cringe-worthy but man, what a series of statements.Maybe he’s taking the “set your expectations really, really, really low and maybe we won’t look as bad by comparison!” angle but this is not a good look.One thing that nobody has talked much about but a reader named Brian mentioned in the comments section today was that Holder is probably terrified of what Boone’s thinking right now. This quote came from a CBS Sports story in 2011:“He [Pickens] has made it very clear to us,” Holder said. “If we want to lose our No. 1 supporter, then start breaking the rules.”This after Holder noted that Boone had disassociated himself from the OSU football program for a decade after the Hart Lee Dykes stuff in the late 80s.Boone’s your boy…until he’s not, and while I don’t think this is something he would bail the program on, Holder probably doesn’t want to take any chances. Boone doesn’t like getting embarrassed and nothing is more embarrassing than funding a football program that was running dirty the entire time.Stay tuned.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
The last week of the regular season. It’s been a blast this year, hasn’t it? Rivalry week abounds and really gets cranking on Friday night with TCU-Baylor. OSU badly needs a TCU win in that game to have a chance at the Big 12 title on Saturday night. Here’s this week’s schedule via Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 13If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Check out below to see all the Final Standings from the 2019 National Youth Championships and National Schools Cup!With over 8,000 action shots including Plate Winners and MVP’s check out the Image Gallery thanks to NRL Imagery by clicking HERE2019 National Youth Championships18 BoysNSW Combined High Schools defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesFlynn Kelso (QSST)Player of the FinalsLiam Robinson (NSWCHS)Final StandingsNSW Combined High SchoolsQSST FireNSWTA DevelopmentSouth Queensland SharksNSW Combined Independent SchoolsCQ BullsNSW Combined Catholic CollegesNQ Tropical CyclonesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsBrisbane CobrasWestern TigersACT RaidersVictoria StormTasmaniaNT DevilsSA RoostersNew Zealand Under 16s18 GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesLeesa Mi Mi (Brisbane City Cobras)Player of the FinalsAbby King (South Queensland Sharks)Final StandingsSouth Queensland SharksQSST FireBrisbane CobrasNSW Combined High SchoolsNSW Combined Independent SchoolsNSWTA DevelopmentNSW Combined Catholic CollegesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsNQ Tropical CyclonesWestern TigersVictoria StormACT RaidersSA RoostersNT DevilsTasmaniaNew Zealand Under 16sClick HERE for the full 2019 National Youth Championships Final Positions2019 National Schools CupYear 9/10 BoysOrmeau Woods defeated St Edwards College 8 – 3Player of the FinalsJai Charlton (Ormeau Woods)Final StandingsOrmeau Woods State High SchoolSt Edward’s CollegeTomaree High SchoolCavendish Road State High SchoolNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeClevelandYear 9/10 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated St Margaret Mary’s College 6 – 4Player of the FinalsKaliah Bob (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeSt Margaret Mary’s CollegeMiami State High SchoolPalm Beach Currumbin RedsNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeMonte Sant Angelo Mercy CollegeFairholme CollegeClevelandCavendish Road State High SchoolHoly Spirit CollegeRochedale State High SchoolSt Joseph’s Regional CollegeYear 7/8 BoysStretton State College defeated Mercy College 10 – 4Player of the FinalsKayliss Brown – Stretton State CollegeFinal StandingsStretton State CollegeMercy CollegeOrmeau Woods State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeYear 7/8 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated Cleveland 7 – 4Player of the FinalsOlivia Jenkins (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeClevelandPalm Beach Currumbin State High SchoolAll HallowsCavendish RoadMiami State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeClick HERE for the full 2019 National Schools Cup Final Positions
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 quick review: Beautiful looks, superb hardware at killer price
Sneha Saha New DelhiFebruary 28, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 15:11 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi on Thursday launched the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India.The Redmi Note 7 India price starts at Rs 9,999.Overall, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a much powerful version of the Redmi Note 7 as far as specifications are concerned.Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India. The Redmi Note 7 India price starts at Rs 9,999 while the Note 7 Pro has been priced slightly higher — but very reasonable given its hardware and features — at more at Rs 13,999. Some of the specifications and features of the two Redmi Note 7 phones are the same while in some other crucial aspects they differ.Overall, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a much powerful version of the Redmi Note 7 as far as specifications are concerned but by the looks of it both the phones seem similar as they sport the same gradient finish — something that Xiaomi is calling Aura design — Dot Drop notch (a fancy name Xiaomi is using for waterdrop notch), and minimal bezels around the screens. Over here at India Toady Tech we spent some time with the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro and can, briefly and from whatever we saw for now, that these say these phones are impressive in real as they seem on the basis of their images and specification sheet.Both the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro look gorgeous. There is no better way to describe them. For their prices it won’t be wrong to say that the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro are one of the best-looking phones under Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively. In the past, previous Redmi Notes like the Redmi Note 5, the Note 5 Pro or the Redmi Note 6 Pro were more about the powerful specifications than the outer appearance. But with the Redmi Note 7 series Xiaomi is attempting to change that and I believe the company has done a pretty good job at it. The aura finish makes the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro look beautiful. In fact, the gradient finish gives a premium touch to the devices and makes them look like expensive phones.advertisement With the Redmi Note 7 series Xiaomi is finally following the ongoing trend in the tech industry. I’m talking about the waterdrop notch which Xiaomi is calling Dot Drop. The Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro are the first phones from Xiaomi to come to India with a Dot Drop notch. The bezels around the screen have also been trimmed and that gives these two phones a more striking appearance, although there is still a fairly noticeable chin present at the bottom edge of the screen. Guess we can’t have everything, but all that Xiaomi has managed to do with the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro is impressive, particularly when you factor in the price of these two phones.Colours and gradientsWhen I was trying the phone after the Redmi Note 7 launch event in Delhi, I personally loved the Neptune Blue colour of the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Sapphire Blue colour of the Redmi Note 7. In India, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be available three colours including Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black. The Redmi Note 7 will also be available in three colours including Oxyn Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue. You will be able to buy the Redmi Note 7 on March 6 during its first sale in India, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale for the first time in the country on March 13 via Mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Home stores. The screens of both the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro looked fairly good in the indoor setting where I was trying the phones. More I will have to say on this once I get a chance to use the Redmi 7 and the Redmi 7 Pro in bright surroundings or under sunlight.Both the Redmi Note phones come with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display that has a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. One the things that impressed me is that Xiaomi has protected both back and front panel of the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Xiaomi says that both the phones should be ideally able to survive a minor drop or tumble.The USP of the Redmi Note 7 Pro is apparently its 48-megapixel camera. This camera uses Sony IMX586 sensor paired with f/1.79 aperture. Xiaomi is also using pixel-binning technology, so images by default are going to have 12-megapixel size. This is actually great news, because this should result in better low light photos. Or photos that have lots of details. The Pro version also includes a secondary 5-megapixel sensor on the back that enables portrait shots.advertisement The camera is one area where the Redmi Note 7 differs significantly from the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Unlike the 48-megapixel rear camera, the Note 7 comes with a more regular 12-megapixel camera. But like the Pro, it also has a secondary 5-megapixel shooter. Both phones have a single 13-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.We will have more to say about the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro cameras in our full review.One of the best bits about the Redmi Note 7 series is the aggressive pricing. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 675 chipset, which so far we have seen on the Vivo V15 Pro that sells for Rs 28,990 in India. So, good job there Xiaomi! The Redmi Note 7 is powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset, and is the first phone under Rs 10,000 come with this powerful processor. We will have more to say about the performance and whether the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro are worth their prices in our full review very soon. Stay tuned.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 launched in India, price starts from Rs 9,999ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7, a new 32-inch TV and everything else Xiaomi launched in India todayALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro launched: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow android Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 quick review: Beautiful looks, superb hardware at killer priceBoth the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro look gorgeous. There is no better way to describe them. For their prices it won’t be wrong to say that the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro are one of the best-looking phones under Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively.advertisement Next
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.”