Speech: Minister Mark Field speech: The UK and All of Asia: A Modern Partnership

first_imgIt is a great pleasure to be here in Jakarta, my first stop of a 2-week; 6-country; 9-city visit across South East Asia.Over the last year, since I was appointed Minister for Asia and the Pacific, I have criss-crossed the region – from Beijing to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu, Hanoi to Honiara.Over the next 2 weeks I will be adding Brunei, Manila, Vientiane and Phnom Penh to that list, as well as covering some familiar ground.It has been a privilege to meet a host of people from all over Asia, as well as the significant Asian diaspora in the UK. But I rarely have the opportunity to talk about the UK approach to Asia as a whole. Today I’d like to put that right.Ours is an approach that encompasses All of Asia, and as such I would venture to say that we are following in your ancestors’ footsteps. As far back as the seventh century, the Sri-vi-jayan Empire, based right here in modern day Indonesia, built flourishing trade routes that spanned the whole of Asia, from India to China – and across South East Asia.Engaging with all the nations and regions of Asia was the right approach in the seventh century, and it is even more so today, as the whole world tilts towards this diverse continent, with its enormous opportunities as well as some real challenges.I should say that my passion for Asia long pre-dates my appointment as Minister. You might say I was born with it.In 1962, my parents married just across the Sea of Java in Singapore. My father was stationed there with the British Army. I grew up hearing their stories about life in Asia. My interest grew stronger when I first visited over 20 years ago. It was already so different from my parents’ photographs and change continues apace.Quite rightly, the UK’s relationship with Asia has changed too, from that of my parents’ time more than half a century ago, to the partnership we enjoy today, with our eyes firmly fixed on the future.I have seen plenty of evidence of that myself, but I have been struck too by the region’s sheer diversity. To any Asian audience this is obvious.With a population of well over 3 billion people, more than 2,000 languages, and a vibrant mix of faiths and communities, Asia is both everything you can imagine, and nothing you would expect – diversity at its finest.But most of all I have been staggered by the palpable sense of energy right across the region. Booming tourism, smart technology, prodigious flows of business and trade. Growth rates the western world could only dream of. The economic ingenuity of the people. A dynamic drum-beat of enterprise that is setting the rhythm around the globe.And crucially it is a drum-beat that is being driven by the young. More people live in Asia than in the rest of the world combined, and over one third are under the age of 25. Asia represents the future of this planet.All of this explains why the UK government operates an ‘All of Asia’ policy. And I use the phrase ‘All of Asia’ deliberately.We have sometimes been accused of being too focused on the largest economies in the region to the exclusion of others. That was not true in the past and it is not true now.For centuries the UK has recognised the tremendous opportunities in the region. The context may have changed, but we have been engaged in All of Asia ever since.All of Asia is not just a catchy phrase for think tanks, academics, and the media – and I am aware some of those industries’ esteemed representatives are here today! It is a reality.That is why the UK has over 50 diplomatic missions across Asia, including in all 10 members of ASEAN. And it is why we are expanding still further, opening 3 new Posts in the Pacific and boosting the numbers of diplomats posted in the region.There are hard-headed reasons for doing so. Decisions taken by Asian nations directly affect British security and economic interests.If we are to engage effectively, we must be active and present right across the region. This is why I have made a point of covering as much of the ground as possible myself.By the end of this trip, I can proudly say that I will have visited all 10 ASEAN countries in just over a year, and some twice. That I hope shows how much this vital pillar of the continent matters to the UK.The conversation with ASEAN member states on our post-Brexit relationship with ASEAN is well underway, to ensure we maintain a close bond through a formal connection that is as broad and ambitious as possible. Of course, the UK has long had strong bilateral ties across this region, be it through governments, businesses, schools, and critically our peoples. But once the UK is outside the EU, our room for manoeuvre will be greater.Many of my counterparts recognise the brief period of uncertainty this brings, but speak enthusiastically of the new opportunities for bilateral co-operation with the UK that will follow. And yes – that includes new free trade agreements and enhanced trading partnerships.Partnership is central to all we do in Asia. All of Asia is about working together to promote and protect the things that matter most to all of us, both directly between nations and through the multilateral institutions we hold dear, as we will do with our Indonesian friends on the UN Security Council from January.So what are the key issues? Where do we hope to strengthen cooperation?We see 3, which are my priorities as Minister for Asia and the Pacific: prosperity, security and values.It is with the basic freedoms and values we hold so dear – those enlightened and humane values which have deep roots in the soil of Asia – that I should like to start.The UK will continue to be a steadfast advocate of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We believe people here in Asia – and the world over – should be free to express themselves and live the lives they choose.It means being free to engage in healthy debate, both face to face and online. It means being able to practise our faith or change it without fear of discrimination, or being free to have no faith at all. It means being valued for what we can contribute, regardless of our religion, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. It means making the most of our diversity.In the words of Indonesia’s national motto – Unity in Diversity.It is why the UK supports these freedoms and continues to promote them right around the world. It is why, for example, we stand up for the rights of the people of Hong Kong and for the principle of ‘One country, two systems’.In this year alone, I have discussed concerns about freedom of religion or belief in Nepal and Pakistan.During my recent trip to China, I raised our concerns about the region of Xinjiang amid reports of oppression and re-education centres.In Burma/Myanmar, I have highlighted the need for those who have perpetrated atrocities to be brought to justice. In Thailand and Cambodia, I have encouraged the authorities to create the conditions for elections that are free, fair and transparent.And in the Maldives, we have joined with partners in speaking out against those who seek to undermine the democratic process.These examples illustrate some points of concern, but there are also powerful examples of how open societies and democratic principles have won through.With over 800 million voters, India is right to boast of being the world’s largest democracy.Malaysia’s elections provided an emphatic endorsement of the power of democracy – something that is already vibrant in Indonesia.And in the months ahead I look forward to seeing the people of Thailand, Bangladesh and Afghanistan – as well as here in Indonesia – express their views at the ballot box.The UK’s next priority across Asia is our common prosperity. It is central to the successful, thriving and sustainable societies of the future. Many of the industries that will be vital for building that successful future are still in their infancy, as indeed are the regulations that will govern them. We can work together now to fashion a common approach.And while we should celebrate the fact that a number of Asian countries have reached or are reaching middle-income status, we all know that across the region, there remain huge disparities in wealth, education and opportunity.Many governments face a serious challenge in creating quality jobs to meet people’s aspirations: in India alone, a million new job seekers enter the market every month.This is where I hope the UK can offer support to partners across Asia, in 4 key areas.The first is education.Our global campaign to promote 12 years of quality education, especially for girls, was endorsed by 53 leaders at April’s Commonwealth Summit in London, including 18 from Asia.Since 2011, we have supported more than 6.8 million primary school children in Pakistan, and a similar number in Afghanistan.In South East Asia, our Education is GREAT Campaign is reaching out to more than 660 million people, promoting the value of education and the English language – the official language of ASEAN.Meanwhile the largest number of overseas students in the UK are from China; and the 5 branch campuses of UK universities in Malaysia – as well as others in China – demonstrate the huge appetite for top quality British education, as does the fierce competition for our prestigious Chevening scholarships.Second, we are working together to improve the business climate – vital to encourage investment and create the jobs of the future.Across Asia, we will invest over £200 million through our Prosperity Fund and other programmes to help lift people out of poverty, by improving the conditions in which they are able to do business.Here in Indonesia, we are helping develop a robust digital procurement system that will reduce corruption and increase transparency.In the Philippines we have supported the Government with their Ease of Doing Business Act. And we have recently concluded an MOU with the United Nations Development Programme to help promote a fairer business environment within ASEAN.Meeting the demand for modern infrastructure across All of Asia is vital to ensure the continent is free, open and prosperous. Not just to get millions more people physically from A to B efficiently and sustainably, but also to connect them virtually, so they can access the online market place.The UK has world-class professional and financial expertise to help Asia meet that demand and to source the funds it needs to support jobs, sustainable growth and prosperity. We have cutting-edge technical know-how and world-leading financial clout in the City of London, a constituency I have been proud to represent as an MP for more than 17 years.London is the undisputed global centre for infrastructure finance, a natural hub for Green Finance, a vital contributor to new international financial products such as Indian rupee-denominated Masala bonds, underwritten in London, and a growing hub for international Islamic Finance.It may come as a surprise to some that the UK was the first Western nation to issue a sovereign sukuk – or sharia-compliant bond – and that, to date, the London Stock Exchange has issued over $48 billion of these bonds.I have also had the pleasure of attending the launch of two Indonesian Komodo Bonds in London.We recognise the importance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative for meeting Asia’s infrastructure needs.That is why we have appointed a dedicated Envoy for Professional and Financial Services who is working to promote our unique offer and to ensure that investments in Belt and Road are the right ones and meet high international standards.The third area is research, innovation and everything associated with the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.Technology self-evidently holds the key to unlocking many of the problems the world faces. The UK and our Asian partners’ strengths in science, technology and innovation mean we have a great deal to offer each other.I saw some of the fruits of this cooperation for myself at a robotics and regenerative medicine lab in Osaka, where I simultaneously found myself in the future and the past when I came face to face with Leonardo da Vinci reincarnated in robot form!When I was in China last month I saw many examples of our collaboration with Chinese institutions. I met Professors from Oxford, Cambridge and King’s College London and saw an impressive UK-China research centre working on plant science in Beijing. This kind of collaboration is at the heart of people-to-people relationship with China, bringing mutual prosperity.And in India our UK-India Technology Partnership will work in areas like AI in healthcare, electric vehicles and advance manufacturing to create new opportunities for growth and jobs.The fourth area of cooperation under the prosperity umbrella is about laying the groundwork for future Free Trade Agreements and trade partnerships across the region.The UK has always been and will continue to be a global champion of free and open international trade.After Brexit, we will work quickly to establish a new economic partnership based on the final terms of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. Japan is the second biggest source of non-European FDI into the UK. Thanks in part to our Japanese friends, a vehicle comes off a British production line every 20 seconds.We will also seek to transition EU Free Trade Agreements with Singapore, Vietnam and Republic of Korea, while exploring new opportunities, such as FTAs with Australia and New Zealand, potential membership of the CPTPP, and enhanced trading partnerships across the region.But we all know that there can be no lasting prosperity without security. That is why it is so important that we – the UK and all the countries of the region – work together to uphold the rules-based international order.The UK has plenty to offer. We are a permanent member of the UN Security Council, a committed member of NATO, the G20 and the Commonwealth, and an active participant in the Five Power Defence Arrangements in South East Asia.We have a world-class military. We are the only G20 member to spend both 2% GDP on defence and 0.7% of GDP on overseas development. We have stood shoulder to shoulder with Japan, South Korea and other countries in denouncing nuclear adventurism by North Korea.And it is why we urge all parties to respect freedom of navigation and international law in the South China Sea, including the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.Our money and military presence are playing their part across Asia. As one of the few countries able to deploy air power 7,000 miles from our shores, in 2016 we sent our Typhoons to train with Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia for the first time.Our Royal Navy has deployed two ships to the Asia Pacific this year – HMS Albion and HMS Sutherland, with more of our world class fleet due to visit by the end of the year. Our almost unbroken naval presence provides a visible demonstration of the UK’s commitment to enforcement of UNSC sanctions and to peace, security and prosperity in the region.We are strong members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements with Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. British Forces Brunei have remained there since independence, at the invitation of His Majesty the Sultan.And we are enhancing security and defence relationships elsewhere in the region, through joint military exercises with South Korea and Thailand, among other things.We are committed to a secure, free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific, playing an active role in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region through military, multilateral and commercial engagement and capacity building.We have used our expertise in maritime domain awareness to support regional initiatives in the Indian Ocean region.As the world’s primary hydrographic charting authority, I can proudly report we are taking steps to chart the ocean with partners, helping to improve safety at sea, trade routes and security.We are also building a new framework for cyber security cooperation with India and other countries in the region. And we are strengthening counter terrorism cooperation, with a new Regional Counter Terrorism Hub.Asia also faces challenges related to ongoing and past conflict. We have an enduring commitment to Afghanistan, as shown by our recent commitment to a troop uplift, and we are working with the international community to help Afghanistan become more stable, secure and self-reliant.The meeting of religious scholars here in Jakarta in May did much to advance the religious narrative in favour of peace.Elsewhere, we are clearing landmines in Cambodia; and providing over £129 million of assistance to date to the Rohingya people from Burma who have been forcibly displaced from their homes.These are all tangible signs of our commitment to All of Asia, and our wish to further intensify our partnerships in the region. Crucially, they also illustrate our determination to ensure that disputes in the region are resolved, not through force, militarisation or coercion, but through dialogue and in accordance with international law.I have given just a small snapshot of UK activity across Asia. I hope I have demonstrated emphatically that our All of Asia policy is broad, ambitious and focussed on the future.It recognises that Asia will be the crucible in which the world of the 21st century will be forged – fuelled in large part by the energy, creativity and entrepreneurship of the millions of young people growing up in Asia today.And our All of Asia policy is tailored to the things that will matter most to them: getting a good education, finding a decent job, having their rights respected and feeling confident that their future is secure.It is about working together, with all of Asia, in a partnership of equals. Working together to build a future that is safer, more free and more prosperous. A future in which we can all contribute fully, and achieve our full potential.I look forward to working with you all towards this shared goal. Thank you very much.last_img read more

Funding opportunity

first_imgIn the Queen’s Head Pub at Harvard, a battle of wills raged over a pair of Red Sox tickets.“I have 800, I’m looking for nine,” called auctioneer Charlie Rose, senior vice president and dean of City Year. “Listen, don’t let him take these from you — they’re right behind home plate!”While such a showdown might seem familiar, the coveted tickets were just one of the donated items up for grabs at the ninth annual Summer Urban Program (SUP) auction held Tuesday. The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) event, which featured both a silent and a live auction, raised funds to run 12 summer day camps for low-income children and teens from the Greater Boston area, minimizing summer learning loss and funding meaningful youth employment. The auction traditionally earns about $50,000 to fund such programs.“SUP provides structured summer learning opportunities for young people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford other camp or programming experiences,” said Maria Dominguez-Gray, the Class of 1955 Executive Director of PBHA.“Everyone experiences summer learning loss, but without this programming, the children we work with can fall further behind every year. As a result, they may have a very significant achievement gap among children with means and children who don’t have the same opportunity. That’s why I think the event is so successful: it brings together family and supporters from all walks of life to ensure that we’re able to continue providing these programs.”“I have 800, I’m looking for nine,” called auctioneer Charlie Rose, senior vice president and dean of City Year. “Listen, don’t let him take these from you — they’re right behind home plate!”Andrew Iannone ’12, director of Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program (CYEP), said the auction’s success was crucial to his program, which serves 160 students from low-income backgrounds in Cambridge, as well as the continued success of PBHA.“It’s amazing to see such high-quality, meaningful, and impactful work being done by a student-run, staff-supported organization,” Iannone said. “On paper, it seems like PBHA would make no sense: What Harvard student would have time to do these sorts of things?“But it’s so rewarding to see the passion and hard work that have evolved out of students working together to address challenges in the community. As Cambridge residents, we owe it to the city to give back. There’s also this growth of support and leadership in the students that we serve, and to be able to play a part in that means a lot. It makes me feel like the work we’re doing really does matter,” he added.“The auction is a great way for the Harvard community to show support for us,” said Lauren Gabriel ’14, director of the Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment Program (RYSEP), which teaches ESL to recent immigrants and refugee high school students from low-income families. “It takes a whole community to keep it going. Without the support from the auction, we would not be able to provide these great programs.”“It’s impossible not to be impacted by the work you do at PBHA,” said Gabriel. “It’s a great way to experience Cambridge, and it makes you think about social equality and social justice. It’s impossible not to be affected by that.”last_img read more

Two professors named Guggenheim Fellows

first_imgIn early April, 181 U.S. scholars, artists and scientists were named 2012 Guggenheim Fellows, including two Notre Dame faculty members. Both professors Margot Fassler and Olivia Remie Constable are faculty in the Medieval Studies program. According to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s website, the award is commonly thought of as a “midcareer” award for candidates who demonstrate notable prior achievement as well as exceptional promise for the future. Recipients this year were selected from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants. Constable, director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, said her work is centered on the interactions between Christians and Muslims in southern Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries. “Next year, I will be writing a book on Christian perceptions of Muslims living under Christian rule in southern Europe in a period when Christians had conquered large areas that had once been under Muslim control,” Constable said. The research itself will focus on the relationships between the Christians and Muslims, she said. “I am looking at how this relationship worked, and at Christian understandings of what was needed for Muslim neighbors to remain Muslim,” Constable said. “This includes studying Christian attitudes toward Muslim dress, whether Muslims could continue the call to prayer and have public religious processions, etc.” Constable said her work focuses on the shifts in attitudes and the increasing discord between the Christian and Muslim communities during this time. “At first, in the century or so after the [Christian] conquests, none of these aspects of Muslim life presented a major problem for the Christians … over time, however, the continuation of these distinctive Muslim ways of life and religious practice became an increasing problem for Christians,” she said. “Eventually, in Spain, the Christian administration decided that it was no longer possible for Muslims and Christians to live together, and all Muslims were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula. I’m studying how and why this change in attitude took place.” Fassler’s work is also in the 12th century, centering on the figure of Hildegard of Bingen, a prominent Catholic nun who is in the process of being named one of the four female Doctors of the Church. “Hildegard of Bingen was a brilliant theologian, but unlike any other theologian ever, she was also a composer, author, artist and monastic reformer,” Fassler said. “I’m especially interested in her enormous treatise titled ‘Scivias’ and its depiction of the 12th-century view of the cosmos.” Fassler said the “cosmic egg” structure of Hildegard’s painting of the universe is remarkably similar to Aristotle’s earlier secular visions and even bears some resemblance to the modern scientific images of Big Bang expansion digitally created by scientists like George Smoot. “With the money from the Guggenheim Fellowship, I should be able to complete a book about Hildegard’s treatise as well as a digital model of her cosmic vision complete with music she composed,” Fassler said. She said she plans to project the model in the Notre Dame Digital Visualization Theater located in the Jordan Hall of Science. “With the model, I can show the layers of the painting and zoom in on different aspects as we go through,” Fassler said. “It will be incredible to go through her vision with her music, seeing the cosmos as she described them.” Fassler said among her favorite parts of the work is the many fields of inquiry it draws upon. “Study of the cosmos blends the sciences and the humanities,” Fassler said. “This project involves physics, astronomy, history of science, theology, music, drama, and the visual arts.” Constable and Fassler said they find it remarkable that two colleagues at Notre Dame received the fellowship in the same year. “I think that it is testimony to the strength of Medieval Studies at Notre Dame, and to the strength of our medievalist faculty, that we both won a Guggenheim fellowship in the same year,” Constable said. “We really have some amazing scholars working on the Middle Ages at Notre Dame who are doing innovative and fascinating work in many different fields.” Fassler said the support of the Notre Dame academic community as a major factor for her success. “I owe it all to the wonderful people who wrote for me [for the fellowship] and supported me,” Fassler said. “I love the way that Notre Dame truly encourages its faculty to be entrepreneurial.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Pecans & vitamin E

first_imgOver two crop seasons, the National Pecan ShellersAssociation collected fresh pecans from several states for thestudy.”It was a really good, national, geographically viablesampling,” said Ron Eitenmiller, a food scientist with the UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Significant pecan cultivars were selected from Arizona, Texas,Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and other pecan-growing states.”Eitenmiller analyzed the samples in his Athens, Ga., lab.He found the pecans’ nutritional profiles to be constant amongcultivars and across regions.”The vitamin E content looks to be pretty stable from year to year as well,” he said. “This work shows that pecans are not only a really good source of vitamin E. They are also aconstant source.”Pecans contain the alpha tocopherol form of Vitamin E that humans best absorb, Eitenmiller said.”Vitamin E is the primary antioxidant we use,” he said.”It protects our bodies when chemical reactions produceoxidative stress, which can be dangerous.”Vitamin E comes from plants. “We have to get vitamin Efrom our diet because our bodies don’t produce it,” Eitenmillersaid. “The major sources are edible oils from soybeans,peanuts, tree nuts, peanut butter, shortening and those kindsof foods.”Connie Crawley, an Extension nutritionist with UGA’sCollege of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers suggestions ongetting the best of pecans’ vitamin E into your diet.Use a small kitchen scale to weigh 1-ounce portions of nuts. Then chop and store them in single-serving containers.”Then you can sprinkle them on your cereal at breakfast or on your salad at lunch,” she said. “They’re a very concentrated source of calories. This way you’re not tempted to eat too many.”Nuts and natural vegetable oils are the preferred sourcesof vitamin E. Sunflower seeds are the highest source, Crawleysaid. The UGA study found pecans have vitamin E levels similarto those in almonds, pistachios and walnuts and higher thanthose in cashews, macadamia nuts and dry-roasted peanuts.But getting all your vitamin E from pecans isn’t a good idea.”There’s really almost no way to get the recommendedvitamin E in your diet from pecans,” Crawley said. “You’d haveto eat a whole lot of nuts. The recommended dietary intake forvitamin E is relatively low, and some nutrition groupsrecommend taking a supplement containing 200 to 400 milligramseach day.”Deciding whether to take supplements is a choice youshould be make with your physician’s advice, she said.Vitamin E isn’t pecans’ only good quality.”There’s good information coming out about peanuts andtree nuts being really good sources of monounsaturated fat,”Eitenmiller said.”They also have other components that help withcholesterol,” he said. “The pecan industry has studied theimpact of pecans on serum cholesterol and found that they lowerit if you routinely ingest them.”When eaten before meals, pecans can actually suppress your appetite, he said. Crawley agrees.”Eating any fat before your meal will make you feel full,” she said. “So, eating a small amount, like an ounce or 10 nuts, as an appetizer or snack before meals may take the edge offyour hunger.”But when it comes to eating pecans and other high-fat nuts, you have to develop a delicate balance.”Studies show pecans and other nuts can help reducehypertension when eaten several times a week,” Crawley said.”They contain beneficial fiber, and they’re a source of proteinthat’s low in saturated fats.”Compared to other high-fat foods, nuts are a good choiceas long as you can control your portion size. “But that’s thehard part,” Crawley said.last_img read more

Court finds former Milton junkyard owner liable for environmental violations

first_imgThe Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, found former Milton junkyard owner Gilbert Rhoades liable for environmental violations and clean-up of lead contamination at the Shirley Avenue site. The Court also found Gilbert Rhoades’ wife, Blanche Rhoades, liable for clean-up at the site. The Court’s rulings follow a two-day trial held in November as a result of an environmental enforcement action brought by the Attorney General’s Office based on inspections by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.‘Persons who operate junkyards in Vermont must follow our environmental laws,’ said Attorney General William H Sorrell. ‘By the very nature of their business, junkyards often handle hazardous materials. This case should be a message to junkyard owners that they need to handle those materials in a safe and proper fashion or they will be held accountable.’ Specifically, the Court found Gilbert Rhoades responsible for the operation of an unlicensed junkyard between 2007 and 2009; for the release of hazardous materials (lead) at the site; and for the abatement of existing lead contamination at the site as well as the threatened release of lead. Mrs. Rhoades was found liable only for the abatement of releases or threatened releases at the site. In previous rulings, the Court had already found Mr. Rhoades responsible for the unlicensed operation of a junkyard at the site from July 1, 2001 to August 3, 2007; for the operation of a solid waste management facility without certification; and for the improper management of hazardous waste at the site.Since November 2009, the Rhoades have been subject to a preliminary injunction prohibiting them from taking in any new junk, including scrap metal, at the site. A hearing will be scheduled in Vermont Superior Court to address remaining issues around remedies, damages and penalties. Source: Vermont AG 2.12.2011last_img read more

U.K. tops 20GW of installed wind capacity

first_imgU.K. tops 20GW of installed wind capacity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The U.K. has crossed the 20-GW mark for wind power capacity after the opening of the 659-MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm, RenewableUK said today.Denmark’s Ørsted A/S inaugurated the Walney Extension project in the Irish Sea earlier this month. It is now the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, leapfrogging the 630-MW London Array facility.The UK’s current onshore and offshore capacity of 20,128 MW can meet the annual power demand of more than 14 million homes, while reducing carbon emissions by 25 million tonnes a year, the industry body estimates. Of that capacity, 12.2 GW is onshore and 7.9 GW offshore.Since deployment of the country’s first commercial onshore wind farm in 1991 and its first offshore wind project in 2000, wind capacity expanded slowly to 1 GW in 2005 and grew to 5 GW in 2010. Then it picked up steam and reached 10 GW in 2013 and 15 GW in early 2017, with another 5 GW added just in the last 21 months.“It took 19 years to install the first 5GW of wind energy in the UK and we’ve now installed the same amount in under two years. That phenomenal growth shows just how quickly the UK is moving to a smart, low carbon power system and wind energy is at the heart of that,” commented RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck.More: UK now has over 20GW of wind capacitylast_img read more

Nearly 800 Cyclists Tackled The 44th Annual Assaults on Mt. Mitchell & Marion

first_img“The Freewheelers Association is grateful for another successful year of The Assaults,” Karl Johnson, Freewheelers Association President, said. “We are honored to put on a ride that fosters camaraderie and promotes healthy, active lifestyles while also benefitting the Upstate and Western North Carolina communities. A big thank you is due to our incredible sponsors, partners, and volunteers who made the 44th annual Assaults possible.” The organization behind The Assaults, The Freewheelers Cycling Association, is a Spartanburg, S.C.-based, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit community service organization founded in 1973. The Freewheelers’ mission is to provide education and promotion of bicycle safety and a forum for amateur sports competition and touring. To learn more about The Freewheelers, visit their website at www.freewheelers.info. SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The 44th annual Assaults on Mt. Mitchell & Marion, presented by Prisma Health, saw the ascent of nearly 600 cyclists on Mt. Michell and almost 200 riders on Marion on Monday, May 20. The 102.7-mile journey is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences in the Southeast, known as “the Beast of the East”. Seth Jones – Top Finisher Ben Allen – Youngest Finisher Ina Pfuhler, from Cincinnati, O.H., held this year’s fastest female time at 07:01:50. Organizations supported by the ride include FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Spartanburg County Baptist Network, NC High Peaks, Advent Outreach, the Bearden-Josey Women’s Cycling team, Palmetto Cycling Coalition, Partners for Active Living, and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. About The Freewheelerscenter_img Participants began in downtown Spartanburg, S. C., and rode to either Marion, N.C., (74.2 miles) or the Mt. Mitchell summit (102.7 miles). Thanks to ride sponsors and participants, the Freewheelers Cycling Association of Spartanburg, who hosts this ride, gave back almost $10,000 this year to organizations in and around the Upstate and Western North Carolina who help support The Assaults. About The Assaults With a beautiful day on Mt. Mitchell to compliment, Moorseville, N.C.’s Seth Jones was the fastest rider this year, completing The Assault on Mt. Mitchell with a 05:06:13 time, beating last year’s fastest time by 3 minutes. A bucket list ride for serious cyclists, The Assaults is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences in the Southeast, and draws a full field of around 800 cyclists from across the world each spring to ride from Spartanburg, S.C. to either Marion, N.C. (74.2 miles) or the top of Mount Mitchell (102.7 miles). To learn more, register, sponsor or volunteer, visit www.theassaults.com or email [email protected] Other notable participants included: 13-year-old, Ben Allen from Charlotte, N.C. (09:37:37), Michael Davis from Albemarle, N.C. who completed the Assault on Mt. Mitchell for the 39th time (09:59:40), and Justin Teutsch, who joined all the way from London, U.K. (06:11:00). Ina Pfuhler – Top Femalelast_img read more

It’s not you, it’s my line width

first_imgHave you ever read content (online or print) and felt tired by the end? It’s because you need to start exercising. Exercising your use of ideal line widths.The premise of reading, from a biological perspective, is fascinating. Our brains see each character as a picture, which it associates with those surrounding it (left to right or right to left, depending on your heritage), then interprets that as a word/number/sentence. Incredible!I don’t need to tell you how quickly this process occurs, since you’re reading without thinking about the shape of every letter.Doing so is tiring. Your eyes and brain need a break, even if it is shorter than your last “vacation day” (you call that a day off?). The pauses come as you change lines. Think of the last exhausting thing you read. I’d bet the lines were quite long. Researchers at the Baymard Institute learned our focus is best when you write within an ideal line width. The golden range? Between 50-75 characters, including spaces, on each line. They found your “subconscious is energized when jumping to the next line.”In plain English: You get bored, tired, and otherwise distracted if you cannot be entertained by the mundane process of…WOW, A NEW LINE!Line Width For Entertainment & All Possible Devices Far be it for me to dictate your relationship with your favorite word processor. Go on, keep your margins at the safe 1 inch.It’s not as if you’re putting text there anyway. Leave line spacing at double. Since you always seem to need the room.Ignore the footer field, like you always do! Content at the bottom has feelings, too!Reading Without TiringWell, that got out of hand. On the upside, when was the last time page formatting related to relationships? With readers viewing your content on any number of screen shapes and sizes, adopting a design which adapts is key. If you find the width cannot be reduced, there is another option: Line spacing.Remember in school how you double-spaced that paper to hit the 2-page requirement? Turns out, you were right all along. This blog uses approximately a 1.5 line spacing setting to enhance readability coupled with a large font.It’s your writing. Get it read! Pride aside, ask your marketing team how well a campaign runs if what you produce isn’t perused?Note: Reading from credituniongeek.com, line width is less than 80 characters.For further reference: http://baymard.com/blog/line-length-readability 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

Cashless tolls add to growth of Big Brother

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re Oct. 1 editorial, “Time for state to go all in on cashless tolls”: I would like to present my objection to your “Big Brother” approach.In the past, you published how much money New York state gathered in interest with E-ZPass account deposits, more money for our reckless spending state.Per the Massachusetts experiment of charging out-of-staters and non-E-ZPass patrons even more money than E-ZPass patrons, this becomes a deterrent to using toll roads, possibly increasing traffic and accidents on our secondary roads. I also object to the concept of using E-ZPass to track my usage, times and destination due to my distrust of my “benevolent” government. In eliminating all the toll collectors’ jobs, who will provide assistance to the “lost” tourists? How many of these out-of-work collectors will be put into “make work” jobs and how many will end up receiving some form of public assistance? I’m sure your readers will be able to provide additional objections to this poorly devised revenue enhancer. I feel it’s time to say no to your liberal/socialist concepts that Big Government will take care of us all.Lance FrasierCobleskillMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Get rid of the GOP, support the people

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe United States was founded upon the fight for independence from a monarchy and unfair taxation. The GOP would return the United States to a kleptocracy. The Republicans’ tax bill is a travesty that will further devastate the poor and middle class while rewarding billionaires and large corporations with a mega tax cut. This bill will balloon the deficit, which the GOP will use as an excuse to cut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.The GOP and Comrade Trump know that their tax bill’s “trickle down” economics has never worked. The GOP and Trump’s “fact-free” sound bites about the tax legislation are transparent to over 50 percent of the public who oppose this reverse Robin Hood bill. Yet, few Republicans opposed this sham bill that will also open up ANWR to oil drilling, causing permanent environmental degradation. But the GOP’s long-term plan is more destructive and sinister. Republican administrations continue to appoint ultra-right and unqualified lifetime judges to federal courts. The GOP fosters distrust in the government and legitimate news outlets while promoting their own false narratives. Trump’s unstable personality disorder could lead us into a nuclear war, if only to distract from the Russia investigation and garner immediate lemming-like support for this embarrassing specimen of a president.It’s time for the public to awaken from the GOP’s gas-lighting strategies. The Republicans have retreated from the principles upon which this country was founded. Americans need to replace the GOP with politicians who will support “we the people,” not just the rich.Doreen HarrisScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more