The grain harvest and quality in 2013, was up 4.6% on last year’s levels, according to the final EU-27 cereals estimates, for 2013/14, released by Copa-Cogeca.In its report, Copa-Cogeca also listed data on the sowing intentions for the next marketing year.EU-27 soft wheat production is expected to climb by 6.9% to 135.8 million tonnes (mt) this year – up from 127 m/t in 2012/13, barley production by 6% and maize production by 0.4%.Yield for soft wheat is expected to rise to 5.8 tonnes per hectare (t/ha) from 5.5 t/ha, with the area given to planting is set to increase 1.6% to 23.5 million hectares.According to the report, sowings for the winter period also seem to be good so far but it is too early to tell how it will pan out. “Only in March will farmers be in a position to assess better the acreage for the production,” it said.
David Bowie is co-writing a stage adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth called Lazarus. The icon is working with Tony winner Enda Walsh (Once) on the new piece, which will be directed by Ivo van Hove. It will receive its world premiere later this year as part of New York Theater Workshop’s upcoming season.Lazurus is inspired by the 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, the alcoholic alien-turned-inventor portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 cult screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg. The play will feature a mix of old and new songs by Bowie.Bowie will not appear in the production, although he is no stranger to the theater—he made his Broadway debut in The Elephant Man in 1980. Lazarus has reportedly been in development for a number of years. View Comments
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Environmental Defense Fund:Coal plant closures are the clearest sign of how Texas’ electricity market is working. Running and maintaining coal plants is expensive (without even considering the hidden costs), and the majority of plants were built decades ago. Cheaper options – which often happen to be cleaner – abound.Recently the state’s largest power generator, Dallas-based Luminant, made a splash when it announced it will close three major coal plant complexes early next year. These plants have a combined seven units that represent over half of the power generator’s total coal capacity, and the state’s grid operator has officially given the green light to close them. Why close them? According to Luminant, the decision is “a result of challenging plant and market economics.”And it’s not just Luminant that is struggling. Last year, a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis looked at seven of Texas’ aging coal plants and “concluded that these plants’ days are numbered simply because they cannot compete.”The Vox article summarized it well: “The steady decline of coal in Texas has […] everything to do with relentless market discipline.”According to Environment Texas, since 2007, Texas has seen a remarkable 21,466 percent increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 639 percent increase in wind power production.As technology is consistently improved and refined, the cost of generating electricity from renewables continues to come down. And global forecasts show economics are on clean energy’s side: The International Energy Agency recently declared, “The era of expensive renewables is over.” Moreover, solar and wind basically have zero fuel costs since the sun shines and the wind blows for free.These favorable economics have helped boost wind and solar in Texas’ market. According to Environment Texas, since 2007, Texas has seen a remarkable 21,466 percent increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 639 percent increase in wind power production. There are now more than 10,000 wind turbines in the state.The transition to a clean energy economy is creating thousands of jobs, slashing pollution, and saving water. It’s also bringing investment to Texas: Big businesses – like Amazon – are investing in Texas wind left and right.All of these benefits should be enough to move decision-makers, and policy is undeniably crucial to delivering a clean energy future. But if state leaders won’t act, Texas is evidence that a well-designed competitive market can push coal plants to close and clean energy to soar.More: How clean energy is set to overtake coal in this competitive electricity market On the Blogs: Texas’ Electricity Market, in Uptake of Renewables, Is Working
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has made it his personal goal to restore the allure of the club by getting them back into the Champions League. “I think the only person who knows what’s happening is Luis himself,” said the England captain. “He has a huge decision to make and, as his team-mate, I have to show him respect and give him space to make whatever decision he wants to make. “But I think everyone knows how highly I rate him and how much I want him to stay, and what we can achieve this season basically depends on whether he stays or goes, I believe. “While I’ve still got a couple of years left – and maybe a few more who knows – I have to make the most of it. And that is about adding more medals to what I already have and to leave this club in the Champions League. That is the challenge for me personally. “It is not the same club (I joined) because we are not in the Champions League, so it becomes an awful lot more difficult to attract the top players. “But I think the club’s history and size – we’ve just been on a tour which has seen us play in front of nearly a quarter of a million people in 10 days – means the pull is still here. “We need to break back into the top four to get back the pull we had four or five years ago when we were comfortably in the Champions League year in, year out and challenging to win it. “Players who come and get the club back into the Champions League will experience some of the biggest nights of their career, because playing European football in front of this crowd is different to any other.” In spite of Gerrard’s insistence Saturday’s testimonial is a serious affair, there have been a couple of concessions in the form of the recently retired Jamie Carragher and former Reds striker Robbie Fowler, who will both get a few minutes towards the end. Carragher has opted for a career in television punditry but manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to see more of Fowler at Melwood. “I love Robbie, he’s a great guy and he’s good to have around,” he told liverpoolfc.tv. “We’re obviously looking to get him involved in the football club in terms of the coaching side which I think he’s got a lot to offer. “He never left the football club in maybe the way he wanted to so it’s a nice opportunity for him to play in front of the crowd again and give the Kop a real round of applause.” On Carragher, Rodgers added: “They (Carragher and Gerrard) are very close friends and they’ve gone through many battles on the field together and obviously with Stevie out injured towards the end of last season they never got the chance to play together, so it will be a nice moment for them.” Striker Luis Suarez’s desire to leave Anfield in order to play in Europe’s premier club competition and the Reds’ failure to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan last month have only served to highlight the problems faced. Gerrard has told the Uruguay international he wants him to stay despite two bids from Arsenal, but admits until they regain their top-four place they will always have to fight such battles. Press Association
New Delhi: The Indian cricket team toiled on the final day of the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, skipper Virat Kohli gave the team plenty to cheer by taking a wicket and cheering passionately. Kohli’s celebration has taken the internet by storm and it was small consolation for India as Cricket Australia XI ended up on 544, a lead of 186. The hosts were boosted by a 179-run stand for the seventh wicket with Harry Nielsen slamming a wonderful century and Aaron Hardie providing him valuable support with 86. The lower order also contributed with Daniel Fallins (43), Luke Robins (38*) and Jackson Coleman (36) all boosting Cricket Australia XI to a great total.Read More |Virat Kohli trolled in warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI However, it was Kohli who stole the show with his wicket celebration. Bowling from round the wicket to the left-handed Nielsen, Kohli bowled a full ball and the batsman miscued the lofted shot to long on. The catch was taken by Umesh Yadav. Kohli was awestruck that he had managed to take the wicket and pumped his fists aggressively to celebrate. The celebration is deserved for Kohli, who has not taken any wickets in Tests. In 105 First-Class matches, he has taken just three wickets. His last wicket in any format of the game was during the 2016 World T20 semi-final against West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai when he took the wicket of Johnson Charles in the first ball of his spell. India lost that match to be eliminated from the tournament.Read More |If India can’t win now, they will never do it in Australia: JonesOn day 3, Kohli had bowled a couple of overs as India tested their reserves. Speaking after the end of the day, Ravichandran Ashwin remarked jokingly, “Virat was guiding the bowlers what were the right lengths.”The match against Cricket Australia XI has been bittersweet for India. All their batsmen managed to get runs, with KL Rahul smashing a fifty in the second innings after failing in the first. Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Hanuma Vihari all managed to smash fifties but India would be disappointed with the bowling effort and also the injury to Prithvi Shaw which has ruled him out of the Adelaide Test starting on December 6. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
New Delhi: Former India player Shyam Thapa Tuesday described the second goal scored by Sunil Chhetri during the 4-1 thrashing of Thailand in the Asian Cup as a “masterclass” even as he praised the whole team for the impressive show in that match. Chhetri scored a brace in that match with India pumping in three goals in the second half which left Thailand, who were dominating the first session, shell-shocked.“All the goals were brilliant. The composure showed by Sunil before the penalty was terrific. The second goal was a terrific example of the team game. Udanta’s pass was perfectly finished by Chhetri. Truly masterclass,” Thapa said.Anirudh Thapa and second half substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua scored the other goals for India. It was India’s first win in the Asian Cup after 1964. It was also India’s biggest victory in the Asian Cup, surpassing the 3-1 win against Hong Kong in 1964.Also Read | BCCI announces cash reward for Virat Kohli brigade after historic series win against AussiesTalking about Anirudh, he said, “The bachcha (Anirudh) showed the right attitude and chipped it in. The future is bright and he is on the right path.“The toe-poke by Jeje was something extraordinary too. What I found so positive was that not a single goal came by fluke. The game plan was executed well,” said Thapa who is the current head of the technical committee of the All India Football Federation.India face hosts UAE in their next fixture on January 10 and the former striker feels “midfielders will have a tough task ahead”.“The midfielders have a tough task ahead against UAE. They need to be on their toes throughout. The team which will control the midfield will win the match. They need to go deep to lay a hand in defence as well as coordinate with the forwards up front.”Thapa, who had played for both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, also praised head coach Stephen Constantine for introducing a lot of youngsters in the team.“The coach has done a great work bringing so many young players in the national team. They are capable of running at the same speed and playing with same intensity for 90 minutes. It will help us going forward,” he said.Also Read | Imran Khan congratulates Virat Kohli and team on maiden Test series win in Australia“Moreover, the team has experienced players like Chhetri and Sandesh who can guide these boys on the pitch. “I recalled my playing days seeing these young chaps Ashique Kuruniyan and Anirudh Thapa play. Ashique has terrific energy and speed while Thapa’s finishing was too good,” said Thapa who was known for his back-volleys during his playing days. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.