Lightsource signs deal for 3 GW of solar in IndiaInvestment of GBP 2 billion agreed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.K. and is part of a wider GBP 10 billion trade deal between the two nations. November 12, 2015 Ian Clover Installations Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Lightsource Renewable Energy, one of the U.K.s leading developers of solar power projects, has today signed a landmark £2 billion ($3 billion) deal to develop 3 GW of solar PV projects in India over the next five years. The agreement was signed yesterday during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the U.K., during which some £10 billion ($15.2 billion) in trade deals was signed between the two nations. The Solar Trade Association (STA) of which Lightsource is a member said that the deal is a timely reminder to the U.K. government of the “booming international opportunities” available provided a strong domestic solar industry is nurtured and retained. The governments Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) recently made the decision to slash solar subsidies via the FIT by as much as 87%, having earlier brought forward the closure of the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme for larger-scale solar farms. These cuts are expected to lead to the loss of around 27,000 jobs within the solar industry over the next few years, the STA argues. Lightsource, meanwhile, has calculated that this deal with the Indian government will generate around 300 jobs in the U.K. alone, bringing in some £42 million in revenue. “We are delighted to be announcing this investment in India,” said Lightsource Renewable Energy CEO Nick Boyle. “The government in India has ambitious plans to electrify India and Lightsource will contribute significantly to that goal. India will be a key market for Lightsource in the future.” India’s ambitionsThe Indian National Solar Mission is targeting the installation of more than 100 GW of solar PV capacity domestically by 2022, and Narendra Modi has personally put his mark on the nations solar aims. In Paris at the UN talks on climate change later this month, Modi will launch his International Agency for Solar Policy and Application Initiative, which invites 110 countries to lobby for investment in their solar sectors. The aim is to attract $100 billion in funding by 2020. Very few solar companies in the U.K. will be in a position to get involved with such opportunities following the governments cuts, and Giles Frampton, business development direct at British Solar Renewables which has already expanded its solar portfolio into India and Pakistan has called it “a great shame” that the U.K. government has turned its back on solar PV. “Modis visionary work on renewables as a state governor and now as PM is to be applauded,” Frampton said. “We are now able to export British goods and know-how that have been developed in the turbulent U.K. market. It is a great shame that the U.K. government has turned its back on renewable energy in general and solar PV in particular while most other governments around the world recognize the huge contribution that solar PV can make as a rapidly deployable and cost-effective solution to the worlds growing energy needs.” Leonie Greene, head of external affairs at the STA, added that the visit of Modi to the U.K. should make British politicians “stop and think about what is at stake economically and technologically”. “While Modi is lining up an anticipated $100 billion of global solar business, the U.K. is pushing most of its solar industry backwards, leaving us at an international disadvantage,” Greene said. “It is not too late for our government to get fully behind the British solar industry and ensure we take full advantage of global solar markets estimates to be worth trillions of pounds over the coming decades.”Popular content Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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USA Latinx(HOUSTON) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was a frequent target of Donald Trump’s Twitter ire when the two competed for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. But in an increasingly tight senate race this year, Trump has promised to campaign for Cruz in the lead-up to the November election. Now, a group of activists, including Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg, are reminding voters of Trump’s old tweets against Cruz in an effort to undermine the senator.A GoFundMe account started by Antonio Arellano, Claude Taylor and David Hogg, and organized by USA Latinx, a Latino advocacy group, aims to raise six thousand dollars to buy a mobile billboard to display Trump’s past negative tweets about Cruz in October, when the president said he would visit Texas and hold a “major rally” for the senator. By Sunday afternoon, the GoFundMe had already surpassed its original goal, raising close to $10,000.“So many wonderful selections to choose from… Thank you @POTUS” Hogg tweeted on Sunday, along with several screenshots of Trump tweets attacking Cruz.Hogg rose to national prominence in February when he became one of the first students to speak out in support of gun control following the deadly shooting at his school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff members were killed.“Help support the billboard with Trump’s tweet about Ted Cruz outside his Texas rallies with Ted, donate here,” Hogg tweeted on Saturday, and later thanked supporters, writing, “We did it!!!!! Thank you to everyone who contributed.”Cruz is facing a challenge from Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Tex., who is mounting an aggressive campaign and raising a significant amount of money in his bid to unseat the conservative senator.No Democrat has been elected to statewide office in Texas since 1994, or held a Senate seat since 1993.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The series “Rethinking the Human,” a yearlong exploration of the very nature of what it means to be human, sponsored by the Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions, concluded last week (May 12-13) with a two-day symposium.Since fall 2007, the center has hosted a series of lectures, panel discussions, and film screenings to explore human nature, human values, human rights, and the limits of human experience. The series was also designed to investigate whether, as the conference program notes, “interreligious and intercultural conversations can have a positive effect on building human community and whether a pluralistic ethos can effectively transcend the uncompromising notions now current as to what is true, good, necessary, just and real.”Throughout the year, scholars from a range of disciplines, including the social sciences, the humanities, and religious studies, contributed to the dialogue, examining the topic through a broad lens. On Monday, Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and director of the Humanities Center, lent his unique perspective to the discussion. Bhabha, who was named by Newsweek one of “100 Americans for the Next Century,” delivered the keynote address in Andover Hall’s Sperry Room to a captivated crowd. His talk was titled “On the Barbaric Transmission of Cultures” and was drawn from a forthcoming book.Using the examples of the current war in Iraq, his own experiences, and various reflections from literature, Bhabha explored the theme of barbarism and civility.To begin, he cited the influential cultural critic Walter Benjamin, who, Bhabha said, saw the transmission of barbarism as both vexing and important.There has to be a way of remembering barbarism, said Bhabha, not as a “sanctified, worked-through in the Freudian sense, ‘made safe’ issue. … There must be some affective way in which the transmission of barbarism brings with it some of the anxiety… the terror of barbarism; otherwise, there is no way in the representation of it of both confronting it and moving beyond it.”He used the words of the late Susan Sontag to talk about barbarism and the war in Iraq.“It is an endless war,” Sontag wrote, “because it is boundless, and borderless, a war that is being pushed past … the acceptable limits of international laws of war and its humanitarian conventions. … This endless global war on terrorism leads to dehumanization and demonization.’”As a personal anecdote, Bhabha offered the story of his trip to Nuremberg, Germany, to see Hitler’s rally grounds and their empty, cracked concrete grandstand and stadium.He stood, Bhabha said, “without any sense of how to behave, where to look, what truism of history or barbarism to utter.“There is nothing — nothing — in the ethic of ameliorative witnessing, however sincere in its pursuit of human fairness … that prepares you today for the vacuum that such dispossessed cultural monuments create, the half-life of heritage, on the other side of which lies the death of human culture.”
5.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing6 2.Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing9 1.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing10 3. Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing8 7.Jamie McMurrayChip Ganassi Racing4 4.Matt KensethJoe Gibbs Racing7 7. Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports4 8. Martin Truex Jr.Furniture Row Racing3 9.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports2 Stage 1 resultsKyle Busch came to Kansas on the outside of the NASCAR Playoff bubble in ninth place, while Kyle Larson seemed to be in a relatively safe spot in the standings up in third. But the two Kyles went in opposite directions in Stage 1 of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, shaking up the playoff picture in the Round of 12 elimination race.Busch used fresher tires to scoot past Ryan Blaney on Lap 54 and win the stage, which ended under caution. It was Busch’s 14th stage win of the season.Meanwhile, Larson had to bring the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet down pit road on Lap 65, where the hood was raised. Larson shut off the engine briefly before restarting it and re-entering the track. Eleven laps later, smoke billowed out of the back of Larson’s car, bringing out a caution and ending Larson’s day.“I felt it drop a cylinder or something,” Larson told NBCSN. “Disappointing way to finish our race and probably our season. But we’ll be all right.”Earlier, pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. led the first 35 laps, but a restart violation forced the No. 78 Toyota to come down pit road for a pass-through penalty. The No. 78 failed to establish the inside line above the white line on the restart.RELATED: Truex earns restart penaltyRyan Blaney, who started at the back because of a qualifying time that was disallowed, moved rapidly through the field and finished fourth in Stage 1. Blaney was one of the cars that stayed off pit road after a Lap 46 caution for Brett Moffitt’s No. 83 car smacking the wall in Turn 2. After that, Blaney held the lead until Busch passed him.A competition caution came out on Lap 30 to check track conditions following heavy rain storms that moved through the Kansas City, Kansas, area overnight Saturday. 1. Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing10 5. Jamie McMurrayChip Ganassi Racing6 4. Ryan BlaneyWood Brothers Racing7 Stage 2 resultsDenny Hamlin won Stage 2 on older tires as he stayed out when there was a caution with five laps to go in the stage. Kevin Harvick, who went to pit road, finished second as different strategies played out among the NASCAR Playoff contenders in Kansas.Jimmie Johnson, another car that stayed out, fell back to 10th and picked up just one race point as a result. Kyle Busch was seemingly cruising to the stage victory, but he came in for tires and finished in fifth place.Hamlin and Brad Keselowski both picked up pit-road penalties coming out of the stage that made their attempts to win the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway that much tougher.Johnson, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were the drivers in danger of being eliminated as the race entered the Final Stage. Matt Kenseth, who finished fourth in the stage, moved into the eighth and final transfer spot heading into the Final Stage.Ultimately, Larson, McMurray, Stenhouse and Kenseth did not advance to the Round of 8. 2. Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing9 FinishDriverTeamRace points 6.Erik JonesFurniture Row Racing5 9. Matt KensethJoe Gibbs Racing2 8.Ryan BlaneyWood Brothers Racing3 10.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports1 10. Erik JonesFurniture Row Racing1 6. Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports5 3.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske8 FinishDriverTeamRace points
Ben Platt, Stephen Schwartz & Benj Pasek(Photo: Bruce Glikas) P.S. Broadway Backwards 2018 raised a record-breaking $680,273 for BC/EFA and The Center! Check out video highlights from the incredible event below. Check Out the Rocking Trailer for the New Musical GirlfriendWe’re counting down the days till the D.C. premiere of the coming-of-age musical Girlfriend, inspired by Matthew Sweet’s 1991 alternative-rock album of the same name. Kicking off performances at Arlington, Virginia’s Signature Theatre on April 17, Girlfriend follows college-bound jock Mike (Lukas James Miller) and self-assured but aimless Will (Jimmy Mavrikes) who find themselves drawn to each other. Matthew Gardiner directs the tuner featuring a book by Todd Almond and the music of Sweet. Get a sample of the show with the first official trailer below. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Ben Platt & More Join Starry Lineup for Stephen Schwartz’s 70th Birthday ConcertThese stars have magic to do! A new group of performers have been announced for the Dramatists Guild Foundation’s April 23 7:00pm benefit concert toasting the 70th birthday of beloved composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Ben Platt, Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Benanti, Alan Menken, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez and Renée Fleming will pay tribute to acclaimed Wicked and Pippin songwriter Schwartz at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. They join a previously announced lineup that includes Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Patina Miller, Darren Criss, Lindsay Mendez, Alex Newell, Michael McCorry Rose, Corey Cott and Casey Cott. Scott Schwartz will direct the special evening honoring his dad and collaborator.Katrina Lenk Lands Recurring Role on The Good FightThe Band’s Visit star Katrina Lenk is headed to the small screen. The stage talent has booked a recurring role on season two of the CBS All Access drama The Good Fight, according to Deadline. Lenk will take on the role of Nafatali Amado, fiancée to Colin Sweeney, played by stage vet Dylan Baker. Season two of The Good Fight is scheduled to premiere on March 4.Take a Look at Tony Winner Alex Sharp in the New Film How to Talk to Girls at PartiesThe first official trailer is here for How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a new feature film starring Tony winner Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). Co-written and directed by Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell, How to Talk to Girls at Parties takes place in 1970s London, where a teenage boy who is into punk music gets involved with a tourist who wants to escape from her group. The film also stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Tony nominee Ruth Wilson, Elle Fanning and Matt Lucas. Gear up for the film’s May 18 release with a first look below. View Comments
Related Tri, run and cycling apparel specialist Fusion is to support the Corley Cycles-Body Limits Trade Team in 2010. The Trade Team is a concept that seeks to join some of the leading brands in the multisport industry for the purposes of athlete development, product innovation and brand awareness.Corley Cycles (one of the UK’s leading specialist bike and triathlon stores) and Body Limits (sports injury clinic & gym) have partnered with the brands that form part of the Multisport Distribution Group (Blue, Fusion, ekoi, Nineteen and Velomotion) to support the team of athletes as they seek to progress from national and international standard to world-class performance.The ethos of the Corley Cycles-Body Limits Trade Team is create a “test team” concept where high performance triathletes receive access to world class technology and equipment allowing the brands associated in the project to test new products and enhancements in a live environment.The 2010 trade team consists of four members, Joel Jameson (2009 Vitruvian winner), Eimear Mullan (2010 British Duathlon Champion and elite triathlete), Richie Nicholls (ITU Triathlete on British Triathlon’s World Performance Scheme) and Georgie Rutherford (70.3 Age Group World Champion).www.fusionsportsuk.co.uk
Pacific Sports, the premier lifestyle and endurance sports management and consulting firm, has unveiled the renewed, energized US Open Triathlon (USOT) in the cities of Rockwall and Heath, Texas. In addition to Olympic, Sprint and Super Sprint distances; relays in the Olympic and Sprint distances; and two youth courses; the event will also launch the US Open Triathlon Collegiate Cup.It will be a big weekend in the Metroplex with the USOT Expo on Saturday 11 October and the race on Sunday 12 October. USOT competitors can make a weekend of it and also take in the Texas/Oklahoma football game at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday and the Texas State Fair in Fair Park.“Rockwall and Heath will provide us a tremendous venue for the U.S. Open Triathlon,” said Pacific Sports President Jack Caress. “We want to engage college, university and junior college triathletes, as well as the numerous cycling and triathlon clubs in the region, youth 7 to 14 years old, and all the weekend warrior/recreational triathletes in the state.“It is important for the future of this event to bring a triathlon that the Dallas Metroplex area can be proud of and that we can build on.”The event starts with a swim in the calm waters of Lake Ray Hubbard in the marina at Rockwall Harbor. The bike course will travel through rolling terrain incorporating the roads of Rockwall and Heath, and the run course will be in the Rockwall Harbor area with the finish immediately adjacent to host hotel, Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront.The Texas Triathlon Collegiate Cup is open to current students, alumni, faculty and staff of any college, university, junior college or community college. It is a race-within-a-race and will start within a solely-designated wave. Points toward the Cup will be assigned to the top five finishers for each gender and race category.Registration is now open for the October US Open Triathlon event.Founded in 1983 and based in Orange, California, Pacific Sports is a premier sports consultation firm, specializing in event production, management, and corporate sports marketing development. Having produced more than 300 sports events in the United States, including the 1996 Triathlon World Championships and 12 US Championships, Pacific Sports is dedicated to helping participants in all its events live an active lifestyle.In 2014, the firm will produce 10 events around the US including the longest running triathlon in the US (37 years), the Newport Beach Triathlon and two 2014 inaugural events, the Brooklyn Triathlon on iconic Coney Island and the US Open Triathlon in Texas. Pacific Sports’ largest event, the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles, has seen more than 40,000 competitors swim, bike and run in its 14 year history.www.pacificsportsllc.comwww.usopen-triathlon.com Related
The Leawood City Council voted Monday night to cancel the city’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration but will consider whether to have one on Labor Day.After about an hour of discussion among councilmembers and city staff, the council voted 6 to 2 to cancel Fourth of July fireworks. Ward 2 Councilmember Mary Larson and Ward 3 Councilmember Lisa Harrison voted against canceling the celebration. At its Aug. 3 meeting, the council will discuss the possibility of having Labor Day fireworks and will continue that discussion to its Aug. 17 meeting if necessary, Mayor Peggy Dunn said.Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Fairway and Westwood have also canceled their annual fireworks shows.Leawood tests alternative locationsThe city’s fireworks vendor tested some fireworks of various sizes at several locations last Wednesday, Dunn said. Most councilmembers and City Administrator Scott Lambers watched the tests. Parks and Recreation Director Chris Claxton said the best visibility was at Two Hallbrook Place, at 11161 Overbrook Road. Dunn said that she had watched a test at One Hallbrook Place, at 11150 Overbrook, and that she had seen about half the shells fired, “but it was also like a silent movie because you couldn’t hear anything.”The council and staff discussed whether to have people watch the display from designated parking locations with permission from businesses or to park and then walk to the park; social distancing requirements; fire department access to respond to medical emergencies; increased police department staffing; and whether the $35,000 cost for the display was justified.Parking on Leawood City Park’s grass is prohibited because of the park’s sprinkler system, Dunn said. Larson suggested possibly allowing people to walk into City Park to watch the fireworks but having no organized festival. Harrison suggested exploring a collaboration with adjacent municipalities to share the cost of a fireworks display and positioning it so their residents would also be able to see it; working with Ascend Learning or Hallbrook Place for parking; and having music on a radio station to accompany the fireworks.Ward 3 Councilmember Chuck Sipple said that he had worked with the American Academy of Family Physicians for the Leawood Labor Day Run and that parking there involved a lot of red tape regarding indemnification against damages to the parking lot, responding to distressed motorists and cleaning up trash.‘Magic of the Fourth of July Celebration will not be there’Ward 2 Councilmember Jim Rawlings said the problem “kind of reminds me of the story of Cinderella.”“I feel like the ugly sister trying to shoehorn a big foot into the glass slipper,” Rawlings said. “Being good stewards of our budget, I just cannot see spending $35,000 for this fireworks display when half the shells you couldn’t even see. Part of the thrill for me was to walk down to the park and feel the boom and smell the powder and listen to the music and maybe have a hotdog and that kind of thing. That’s all not going to happen. And I just think the magic of the Fourth of July celebration will not be there.”Another complication is that Lee Boulevard off Mission Road is planned for closure in about three weeks for construction, eliminating that access to City Park, Public Works Director David Ley said. Weather permitting, the road should reopen by Labor Day or the second week of September. Meanwhile, emergency access would be off 103rd Street and along Lee Boulevard.Ward 4 Councilmember Julie Cain said that she had received a lot of compliments from residents about the council’s May 18 decision to open the aquatic center and that having a fireworks display, either on the Fourth of July or Labor Day, was important as a show of unity, “especially with this super-volatile week we’re having.”