Oxford University has announced the names of the six people to receive honorary degrees in celebration of their achievements in their respective fields of study, subject to approval from Congregation.The honorary degrees will be presented at Encaenia, the University’s annual honorary degree presentation, on June 24th.This year’s awardees include eminent figures from the fields of engineering, medicine, history, literature, and music. The awarding of the degree is an honour bestowed in recognition of exceptional contributions to a specific field of study.The six recipients of the honorary degrees are: Professor Sir Richard Evans, Dame Hilary Mantel, Professor Ruth Simmons, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub and Ms Jessye Norman.Evans is a prominent historian of modern Germany, and recently gave a talk at the Oxford Union. He is also the President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.Dame Hilary Mantel is an author, whose most recent books on the career of Sixteenth Century Thomas Cromwell, Bring Up the Bodies and Wolf Hall, have been awarded the Man Booker Prize and have been adapted by the BBC. Mantel has also been awarded the Bodley Medal, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.Professor Ruth Simmons was the President of Brown University from 2001 to 2012, and is currently a Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at the university. Professor Simmons was previously the President of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the US, where she introduced the first engineering programme at an all-women’s college. Previous accolades include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal.Another honorary degree holder, Professor Dowling, is an engineer who is both Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge, and President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Her work focuses on minimising carbon emissions and noise of cars through the study of combustion, acoustics, and vibrations.Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub is a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society and pioneer of numerous complex heart operations, and is hugely involved in providing support for children with cardiac conditions in war-torn countries.Operatic soprano Jessye Norman has performed at several high-profile events, including the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution and the opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She has been awarded the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Professor Wallace Broecker, a climate change specialist, will also be presented with a degree in July, as he was unable to attend Encaenia last year.Speaking on the honorary degrees awards, Annie Hazlitt, an Oriel undergraduate, said, “I feel that the degrees are a sign of respect to the incredible work of these individuals. As a History student, I am really happy for Richard Evans as his books on Germany are some of the best I have ever read.”Queen’s student Ed Bithell concurred, commenting, “All the recipients have demonstrated that they are among the best in their specialities and should be recognised as such.”
When sophomore Meghan Donoghue decided to live off campus her senior year, she worked with Kramer Properties, a local retail company. A few weeks after signing her lease, however, she found out via e-mail that a different company would be managing her house.“We signed for our house with Kramer, paid the first and last month’s rent and the security deposit and about two weeks later received an e-mail that Kramer was no longer our landlord,” Donoghue said. “I know a lot of people who had signed with Kramer were really confused or upset when they heard about the switch.”Campus Apartments, a national retail management company, recently took over a portion of Kramer Properties.Mark Kramer, owner of Kramer Properties, said he sold 56 homes and Notre Dame Apartments in February 2008 to Gross and Cohen Real Estate Investors.Gross and Cohen decided to have Campus Apartments, a national chain managing off-campus housing at schools across the U.S., manage the homes and apartments for them, president Michael Cohen said.This is the first time the company has worked with Campus Apartments, but “they have great, national quality,” Cohen said.For students who have not yet signed a lease, the management change could work to their advantage.Rent for the homes now managed under Campus Apartments is lower than when they were managed under Kramer. Cohen said the lowering of the rent was a joint decision between Gross and Cohen investors and Campus Apartments.“There were not many units rented when [Campus Apartments] took over,” Cohen said. “They had to be aggressive.”Junior Mike Delach, who originally signed with Kramer Properties, said he was indifferent to the management change.“I knew that my lease was going to be honored. They just said it was going to be the same kind of ownership. They didn’t make it seem like anything was going to change,” Delach said.Delach said he hopes that he will still be able to have “the college experience” and would be disappointed if Campus Apartments was stricter than Kramer Properties. The only complaint Delach has so far, he said, is the lack of communication between Campus Apartments and students.“I’m feeling pretty under-informed from Campus Apartments,” he said. “[I’d like] more information. Security information would be good.”Donoghue said she has not yet been contacted by Campus Apartments. “Though we have not attempted to contact Campus Apartments, it seems strange to me that they haven’t reached out to us at all,” she said. Kramer said he sold the properties to reduce the number of homes he owned and help improve business.“We like to make it have more of a personal touch,” Kramer said. “It was getting quite large. We want to be on a personal level with students.”Kramer said he still has 75 student homes, as well as the Lafayette Square townhomes and other properties.“Business is still booming,” Kramer said. “We’re still around and we intend to be in business for a long time.”
Jonathan Groff in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Star Files Oceans rise, empires fall, and Hamilton still towers above them all. Jonathan Groff abdicated his throne as King George on April 9, and as he left the blockbuster musical (to go film for Netlix), the show took the first runner up slot by both gross and capacity. Most productions took a numbers dip this past week now that school is back in session following spring break, but five managed to reach seven figures. Meanwhile, two new musicals played full (or nearly full) weeks of preview performances with packed houses. Waitress played eight performances at 99.95% capacity (and was just shy of making the top 10 by gross), while Shuffle Along, with seven performances following its pre-opening hiatus, reached 99.67%.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 10:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,996,041)2. Hamilton ($1,813,655)3. Wicked ($1,676,579)4. Aladdin ($1,494,139)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,322,498)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Long Day’s Journey Into Night ($356,646)**4. Tuck Everlasting ($324,493)**3. Disaster! ($291,351)2. Eclipsed ($281,599)1. The Father ($243,636)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.35%)2. Hamilton (101.76%)3. Waitress (99.95%)*4. Shuffle Along (99.67%)**5. The Lion King (99.15%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Fiddler on the Roof (63.02%)4. Eclipsed (61.63%)3. Kinky Boots (59.20%)2. Jersey Boys (58.14%)1. Disaster! (46.12%)* Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on seven preview performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments Jonathan Groff
THE stage is set for today’s second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) Endurance meet at the South Dakota Circuit.Committee member Motitlall Deodass told Chronicle Sport that “all things are set and ready for a noon commencement of the event”.“So far, we have about 30 registered competitors up to when I called the office a few minutes ago and I am told that there are more still registering.”During round one, Team Wreckers’ Adrian Fernandes inched Sean Bacchus for the Overall title.2018 Overall champion Fernandes narrowly defeated Bacchus who finished 77 laps, both in 1600cc and overall brackets in the two-hour long drive.During round one action, the unlimited class was won by Romeo Singh (72 laps) but Motilall Deodass (59 laps) surprisingly finished second ahead of Seejatan. Deodass’ Motor Trend-sponsored Starlet encountered problems from the start of the race so he had to race at a decelerated pace throughout the race.Mohamed Ali (33 laps) was the best driver in the 2000cc class while Roshan Ali (20 laps) finished second followed by Rafeek Khan in third with 19 laps.In the 1500cc class, Narendra Mangar (73 laps) won, followed by Richard Hamid (70) in second place and Mark Wong (69) in third.
Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, May 01, 2013:â€¢6:39 a.m. Officers investigated obstruction of law enforcement by known suspect in the 800 block W. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢7:10 a.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 400 block S. G, Wellington.â€¢9:51 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by deception of a known suspect in the 100 block. N. Washington, Wellington.â€¢2:58 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 1200 block. N. Blaine, Wellington.â€¢7:33 p.m. Officers took a report of a vicious animal of a known owner in the 1800 block. N. A, Wellington.â€¢8:50 p.m. Nancy J. Leverenz, 30, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with failure to yield right of way.â€¢9:37 p.m. Juvenile female, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with defective headlamp.â€¢10:21 p.m. Samantha J. Studer, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with defective tail lights and no proof of insurance.
The uptick falls in line with an estimate released last month by the nonpartisan Senior Citizens League but falls short of the 2.8 percent offered in 2019 and 2 percent in 2018.Next year’s 1.6 percent boost will raise the average retiree benefit to about $1,503 per month, according to Mary Johnson, a Social Security policy analyst at the Senior Citizens League. Cost-of-living adjustments, which were implemented more than 40 years ago, are meant to counteract the effects of inflation, but economists are concerned that costs are rising at a much faster rate than the purchasing power of Social Security benefits. Prescription drugs and fresh groceries, for example, have become far more expensive. Some Americans on Social Security will see a little bump of about $24 a month in their checks next year.It’s actually a 1.6% cost-of-living increase that will benefit some 69 million retirees.
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Former LA Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas believes Steven Gerrard could be the perfect replacement for ex-Everton star Landon Donovan at the MLS side.Liverpool skipper Gerrard has announced he will exit Anfield at the end of the season following an incredible 17 year stay with the Merseysiders.The 34-year-old will not remain in the Premier League and is hotly tipped for a move to the MLS once his contract runs out.And Lalas believes, with Donovan leaving Los Angeles, the move would be right for all parties involved.“If it is true it would make sense,” he told the Sports Bar, when asked about the rumours. “The Los Angeles Galaxy is one team he has been linked to and they are a team who are in desperate need of signing a big name player.“Landon Donovan who has been on that team now for a number of years has retired so there is a huge opening and I think it would make a lot of sense right now.“The guy is an absolute legend. I think he would be a wonderful addition to the Galaxy just from a practical standpoint on the field and off the field in terms of replacing him [Donovan] with a big name.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The vexing problem of phosphorus in the water continues to make big headlines and haunt animal agriculture. This political hot button, however, has led to some positive developments in research regarding on-farm practices and technology. One of the most recently announced innovations addressing this problem is the Phosphorus Recovery System (PRS) from Quasar Energy that removes nearly all of the phosphorus from manure.The Brown family dairy farm near New Bremen, in the heart of one of Ohio’s key livestock regions, hosted an event in conjunction with the Quasar Energy Group demonstrating the new Phosphorus Recovery System (PRS) in July.“It’s funny that we are doing this here because I’m probably the one that helped start this phosphorus problem in the first place,” Alvin Brown said. “I used to want every inch of every field covered with manure, and now, we are working to reverse that idea and the growing problem.”Alvin started his farm with 10 dairy heifers in 1959, and his son, Lou, is now running the farm with about 275 milking cows along with 180 heifers at a near-by farm. Lou has put great effort into helping find new ways to reduce the phosphorus issues in his area. He is a member of the Auglaize County Soil and Water Board, Lake Loramie Advisory Board, Ag Solutions, Great Lakes Initiative, and Top of Ohio. On top of all those organizations, he is also currently serving as the Director of Ohio Dairy Producers.“It was not just random luck that our farm was chosen for this demonstration with Quasar,” Lou said. “Our whole family has put so much time and focus on this issue, that it only makes sense to have it here today.”Lou Brown hosted the Phosphorus Recovery System (PRS) demonstration from Quasar Energy on his farm near New Bremen.Lou’s son, Dan, obtained his master’s degree in biodigesters at The Ohio State University in Wooster where he actually worked with Quasar on the research and other aspects of the project to develop the PRS. They started this project three years ago hoping to develop a digester to help lower the amount of phosphorus in the manure from their livestock.On the Brown farm alone, their cows will produce up to eight tons of manure per day. In order to be able to move this large amount of manure off the farm, the Browns have a nutrient management plan in place with more than 1,000 acres of land where they are allowed to spread the manure. Everyone who raises livestock in a distressed watershed, such as theirs, must have one of these plans set up with their local Natural Resources Conservation Service in order to spread any manure on the land. This practice is progressively being recommended to other watersheds as well for prevention of phosphorus issues in the future.According to the Quasar Energy Group, farmers are not solely responsible for the current phosphorus management issues. There are 1,200 wastewater treatment plants between Wapakoneta and Lake Erie that contribute to these problems, At peak flow, 710,000 gallons of water flow into Lake Erie just from the Maumee River every second with phosphorus from farms and water treatments facilities collected along the way.This is where the Phosphorus Recovery System can be beneficial. As of right now, a farmer is not allowed to spread manure within 200 feet of surrounding waterways because of phosphorus run-off concerns. By removing the phosphorus from the manure, it opens up the possibility of removing those barriers. This can also add other opportunities for manure application including sidedressing corn, depending on the nitrates in the test results, or selling the phosphorus that was removed. This dried form of phosphorus removed from the manure through the process is easy to transport, and it has the possibility to be extremely valuable to the farmers, wastewater treatment plants, and cities who choose to remove the phosphorus from the manure and other wastes.Quasar has not been able to completely remove the phosphorus, but the group has been able to reduce the levels from 204 parts per million to just .3 parts per million in their tests.Quasar is able to accomplish this through a five-step system. First, the manure is pumped into the system from the holding pond. The manure is then processed through the centrifuge that separates the solids from the liquids. The solids from this separation have a total solid content of approximately 25% and contain 90% to 95% of the manure’s phosphorus. Those solids get conveyed to a different storage unit where liquids from the segregates drain into the collection tank located below the centrifuge where it is mixed with liquid hydrated lime. The lime helps control the pH to at least 10.5 to enable thickening and precipitation of the remaining solids that were not captured in the first separation process.A pump sends this material to a lime mixing tank where it gets further mixed to ensure a uniform pH. The material will overflow out of the top of the mixing tank into a lime settling tank. The solids settle to the bottom of the tank and the liquids leave through a top outlet during this phase. The settled solids and liquids then get pumped out of the tank into a filter press or plate frame press. It will squeeze the liquids out of the material, and this liquid material will have a phosphorus content less than 1 milligram per liter, which can be used for irrigation. The separated lime solids, or lime cake as the Quasar Energy Group likes to call it, can be blended with the solids that were collected from the centrifuge and transported out to another farm or away from the distressed watershed.The work for the PRS was funded through a USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant of almost $1 million. Quasar Energy Group is now currently partnering with the Parker-Hannifin Corporation of Columbus that makes many of the fittings for the PRS to make it more affordable for the farmers. The two groups believe that they can achieve the same results with fewer costs and a smaller-scale system that farmers can have easier access to and could afford to purchase for themselves or at least with a group of neighboring farmers. Brown thinks farmers would only have to put in two to three hours a day into separating if they had the system directly on their farm each day. Depending on the value of the removed phosphorus, this could easily be worth the extra time put into this process.The demonstration that took place at the Brown’s farm was only the second public demonstration for the PRS.“This is not a well-known John Deere tractor; it is the first of its kind,” Lou said. “Some people are bit gun shy of the new technology while others are willing to lead this project. Regardless, the wide variety of people in attendance from neighboring farmers to the local NRCS, Farm Bureau, Extension, and even senators goes to show how important and beneficial this system could be for Lake Erie and other distressed areas.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Confined animal feeding operations and other farming operations in the Raccoon River watershed in west-central Iowa would be required to implement numerical nutrient runoff standards, the state would have to implement a plan to restore the watershed, and CAFO construction or expansion would be halted if a lawsuit filed in a district court in Polk County this week is successful.The lawsuit was filed by environmental groups Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food and Water Watch.Nutrients runoff in Iowa has been the center of heated debate and legal action for the past decade. Most recently, a similar lawsuit filed by Des Moines Water Works was thrown out by a federal court.The state implemented a voluntary nutrients-reduction strategy in an attempt to begin to cut runoff that finds its way into public drinking water systems and the Gulf of Mexico. But the state has acknowledged in recent progress reports on the strategy that, to this point, it has done little to reduce runoff.In a statement to DTN on Thursday, the Iowa Corn Growers Association expressed disappointment in the latest lawsuit.“This lawsuit comes as a disappointment to Iowa farmers, as it will be costly and cause scarce resources to be reallocated from current water quality projects without any guarantee of improving our waters,” the group said.ICGA President and Logan farmer Curt Mether said the lawsuit couldn’t have come at a worse time for Iowa farmers.“At a time farmers are struggling financially and also from historic flooding, this lawsuit is a low blow to farmers,” he said. “It will divert resources from implementing conservation practices and helping our farmers recover from the latest natural disaster.”The ICGA said it has partnered with farmers and agricultural stakeholders, including the National Corn Growers Association’s Soil Health Partnership and Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, on projects to improve water quality.In March 2015, the Des Moines Water Works’ Board of Trustees filed a federal lawsuit against the Sac County Board of Supervisors, Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors and Calhoun County Board of Supervisors, in their capacities as trustees of 10 drainage districts. The suit alleged drainage districts were point-source polluters as defined by the Clean Water Act.Coming as a big relief to Iowa farmers, a federal court dismissed all of DMWW’s claims in March 2017, ruling the Iowa General Assembly is the appropriate body to address the state’s water quality issues and not the court.Iowa Soybean Association CEO Kirk Leeds said his group agrees with the previous federal court ruling that water quality issues are best solved by state lawmakers.“At the end of the day, ICCI and their partners suggest a legislative argument in legal proceedings,” Leeds said. “Trying to use the court system when this is, in fact, a legislative issue. The water works lawsuit showed us this is best handled in the political arena, not legal. Asking for a legal remedy on a clearly political argument is not effective.”Leeds said the ISA and its 11,000 family farms across the state are “very much committed” to the voluntary approach in reducing nutrients runoff.“Despite what ICCI’s lawsuit might say, this is not a corporate-agriculture problem,” he said. “Family farmers are trying to improve management practices while at the same time battling profitability issues. Farmers have installed cover crops among several other conservation strategies at a time when profit is marginal to non-existent.”THE LAWSUITThe complaint filed in the new lawsuit alleges members of the two environmental groups “recreate on the Raccoon River between the confluence of the Des Moines River and the Polk/Dallas county line (the meandered section of the Raccoon River).”They claim group members “suffer aesthetic injury and injury to their recreational use and enjoyment” of that section of the river as a result of “nitrogen and phosphorus pollution from agricultural sources.”The lawsuit also alleges their members “suffer injury and fear of injury from drinking water provided by Des Moines Water Works that contains nitrates and cyanotoxins, and suffer injury” by paying the costs incurred by Des Moines Water Works to treat the water.The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and has asked the court to declare the public has a property interest in the river.The Raccoon River drains 3,625 square miles, or 2.3 million acres, in west-central Iowa. About 73% of those acres are planted with corn and soybeans, and about half of the acres have tile drains. The state currently classifies the meandering section of the river as impaired.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources established a cleanup plan for the Raccoon River, including a total maximum daily load, or TMDL, for the river. The state determined that agricultural uses contribute about 85% of the nonpoint-source nitrate loads near Van Meter, Iowa.The TMDL calls for a 48% reduction of nutrients from nonpoint sources to meet the state’s Class C drinking water standard.“But TMDLs are pollution budgets rather than regulations with the force and effect of law,” the groups argue in the lawsuit. “The Raccoon River TMDL does not require agricultural sources to limit nitrates or implement best management practices.”NUTRIENTS STRATEGYThe state released a draft of the nutrient-reduction strategy in November 2012. The plan was adopted in May 2013, followed by revisions in 2014, 2016 and 2017. The goal was to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus by 45%, using voluntary, incentive-based programs for nonpoint sources.The lawsuit said the strategy, by the state’s own admission, has not lived up to its billing. The state released a progress report on March 7, 2019.“The report acknowledges that adoption of the strategy’s agricultural best-management practices was not making sufficient progress towards its nonpoint source nutrient reduction goal,” the lawsuit said.“’While annual progress continues in the implementation of these practices, early NRS efforts only scratch the surface of what is needed across the state to meet the nonpoint source nutrient reduction,” Iowa’s progress report stated, according to the lawsuit. “’Progress has occurred, but not at the scale that would impact statewide water quality measures. Statewide improvements affected by conservation practices will require a much greater degree of implementation than has occurred so far.’”CAFO PERMITS FALL SHORTIn July 2012, the EPA issued a preliminary investigative report into Iowa’s Clean Water Act permit program for CAFOs. EPA found the state did not issue permits to CAFOs when required, was not issuing adequate penalties for violations and had not been conducting adequate inspections.In 2013, EPA and the state entered into a work plan agreement to address the issues.“Through implementation of the work plan requirements, Iowa DNR discovered more than 5,000 potential animal feeding operations that were missing from the agency’s database altogether,” the lawsuit said. “These so-called ‘unknowns’ have seemingly escaped all applicable regulations and manure management plan requirements.”The Iowa Department of Natural Resources animal feeding operations database lists more than 9,000 such operations in the state.“Despite numerous documented manure spills and EPA’s findings that Iowa has not issued permits when appropriate, at the time of this petition’s filing, Iowa DNR has still not issued a single Clean Water Act NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit to a hog confinement animal feeding operation anywhere in Iowa,” the lawsuit said.“The Iowa DNR has allowed animal feeding operations to discharge manure to non-navigable tributaries to navigable waters and to navigable waters themselves by authorizing application of manure on frozen, snow-covered ground. In 2019, the Iowa DNR authorized more than 100 animal feeding operations to apply manure to frozen, snow-covered ground.”The lawsuit said the Iowa legislature has appropriated “insufficient funds for Iowa DNR to implement and enforce water quality protections” at animal feeding operations.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.