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staff / The National Farmers Union (NFU) has paid tribute to the late Adrian Ewins, calling him an inspired journalist and a gentleman.

Adrian Ewins was always well respected for the integrity and the intelligence he brought to his profession, the association said in a release.

Ewins worked as a reporter for the Saskatoon-based Western Producerfor more than three decades. He fought the cancer that finally claimed his life for 23 years.

It has always been a pleasure to work with Adrian. He was an exceptional reporter who was committed to always putting complex stories into their full context, said NFU president Terry Boehm.

Farmers advocate honoured

The non-government organization GRAIN International is among four recipients of this year s Right Livelihood Awards, granted annually by the Swedish Parliament. Known as alternative Nobel Prizes, the awards were introduced in 1980 to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.

GRAIN was honoured for its worldwide work to protect the livelihoods and rights of farming communities and to expose the massive purchases of farmland in developing countries by foreign financial interests.

GRAIN will share the 150,000-euro cash prize with two other recipients: Jacqueline Moudeina, a human rights worker in Chad, and Ina May Gaskin, a U.S. advocate for safe childbirth methods.

An honorary award goes to Huang Ming of China for his work in harnessing solar energy.

Phone system on speed dial

staff / MTS has announced plans to deploy advanced Long Term Evolution (LTE), the world s fastest mobile wireless network, beginning in 2012.

LTE will further improve our customers wireless service experience by providing increased data speeds, access to exciting new wireless devices and by increasing their ability to access converged multi-media services across MTS high-speed Internet, Wi-Fi, and mobile wireless networks, said Kelvin Shepherd, president, MTS .

LTE technology is expected to feature initial peak data rates as fast as 75 megabits per second (Mbps) with future data rates of 150 Mbps and beyond. The new LTE network will support average user speeds that are up to five times faster than MTS s current 4G HSPA+ wireless network and will enable MTS to expand its handset options.

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