Editorial: The life aquatic?

first_imgAn historic medieval city, its crumbling foundations  shored up by endless restoration work and a tourist industry oblivious to its real concerns and studious preoccupations. A thousand ivory towers with their windows facing inwards. Institutions awash with subsidies and streets simply awash; sunk in its own past and reruns of Brideshead. Yet Venice is still the most compelling city in Europe.Is Oxford really going the same way? Specifically, are future LMH students really going to hail a gondola after one too many at the Bridge? Will the Joe Wellingtons of a later age have no choice but to make their way homewards by water and weir? The proposed new Bodleian building has already been cursed by modern Millenarians prophesying floods; the city’s suburbs grow damper every year; Christ Church students seem unable to step outside without toppling into the lapping waters. The Oxford Mail and the police, organisations never prone to exaggeration or the melodramatic, are already allegedly consulting leading architects about building a new Ark.These days, even the most stalwart of Republican candidates accepts that water levels are on the rise. Oxford is, after all, built on a floodplain. Oxford Waterworld may become a reality one day – but why worry? Think of the potential benefits: plenty of room for the threatened bargemen of Jericho; Oxford as the world’s leading marine research institute; enough depth for Magdalen’s sozzled toffs to jump off their bridge without breaking their legs. Scratch that last one. A valid point remains: the city will survive, it will adapt, and it’ll undoubtedly come up with a new set of winsome nautical ‘traditions’ to draw in a whole new raft of tourists. by Laura Pitel and Tom Seymour, Cherwell editorslast_img read more

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first_imgAs the 4-H Club celebrates its centennial year, the organizationannounces its National 4-H Hall of Fame April 11. Among the first100 inductees are posthumous selections for Georgians HermanTalmadge, Bill Sutton and G.C. Adams.”This Hall of Fame will honor those who have made significantcontributions to the 4-H movement during its first 100 years,” said Bo Ryles, state 4-H leader for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Each state and the District of Columbia was given the opportunity to submit up to three nominees. “We are honored in Georgia to have all three of our nominees selected for induction,” Ryles said.Sen. Talmadge, who died last week, was a champion for young people and agriculture. “4-H held a special place in his heart,” Ryles said. “He continually found ways to support 4-H.”Talmadge’s most lasting contribution to Georgia 4-H is Rock Eagle4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga. As Georgia’s governor, Talmadge led the state to commit funds to match private donations and to provide prison labor to construct Rock Eagle, now the largest 4-H center in the world.While serving as U.S. senator, Talmadge continued the 4-H Patronage Program begun by Sen. Richard Russell. The program made it possible for college-age Georgia 4-H’ers to work on the Georgia senator’s staff for one year. The program continues in modified form today.In retirement, Talmadge continued to be a loyal supporter, donor and champion for Georgia 4-H.W.A. “Bill” Sutton of Swainsboro, Ga., was the director of the UGA Agricultural Extension Service from 1954 to 1963. He was the Georgia 4-H leader in 1942-54 and a county Extension Service agent. He is best known as the founder of the Rock Eagle 4-H Center, and he led the purchase of land for the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md.Sutton was intensely interested in the development of a statewide4-H Youth Center. In 1950, when he heard that the acreage at theRock Eagle mound and lake near Eatonton was possibly available, he flew to Washington to secure the federally owned area.After a visit with Rep. Carl Vinson, the acreage was deeded to the University of Georgia for the 4-H Center. Ground was broken on the center in 1951.G.C. Adams of Oxford, Ga., is credited with being the founder of 4-H in Georgia. He began the Newton County Corn Club in December 1904.This club was followed by the Tomato Club and other farm productsclubs, canning clubs and ultimately the 4-H Clubs of Georgia,coordinated into one nationwide movement in 1921.The National 4-H Hall of Fame is a project of the public relations and information committee of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.New inductees will be admitted each year. The Hall of Fame willexist exclusively in cyberspace. All inductee will have their ownWeb pages. The web address will be announced on April 11.last_img read more

Solar and wind dominate bids in Indiana utility’s latest request for power supplies

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Courier & Press:Although still early in the process, Vectren appears tentatively poised to shift power generation away from fossil fuels and toward cleaner energy sources.As the utility develops its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the company has issued an “all-source” request for proposals (RFP) to supply up to 700 megawatts of power. Indiana law requires utilities to update these plans every three years with input from the public.Vectren has said it intends to close its A.B. Brown plant in Posey County and most of its F.C. Culley plant in Warrick County by 2023.Company spokeswoman Natalie Hedde said the utility received approximately 100 unique proposals for various means of energy generating capacity. “Vectren has been pleased with the number of responses to our all-source RFP,” she said.At the first of four public meetings on the process last week, Vectren gave a glimpse at the responses it received and how it might replace power output currently generated by burning coal.Solar and wind generation dominated the proposals, according to information on Vectren’s website. Other proposals included combining solar power with energy storage technology. Coal-based generation accounted for only a small sliver of the proposals. Combined cycle power generation, a process using both natural gas and steam turbines, also was proposed. However, replacing its coal plants with natural gas has already proved controversial for Vectren.More: Renewable energy proposals dominate Vectren’s search for new power generation Solar and wind dominate bids in Indiana utility’s latest request for power supplieslast_img read more

Missed offensive opportunities cost Syracuse in 3-1 loss to No. 7 Robert Morris

first_imgSenior forward Heather Schwarz held the puck at the bottom of the faceoff circle to RMU goaltender Jessica Dodds’ right. Her fellow senior forward and captain Jessica Sibley stood all alone on Dodds left. Schwarz fed Sibley with a clean saucer pass over a sprawled out Colonial defender but Sibley took one second too long to gather and shoot, and Dodds pushed over and kicked Sibley’s try away.The puck made its way to the stick of Robert Morris’ Maeve Garvey, who skated calmly out of the defensive zone and dumped the puck into Syracuse’s empty net.With 90 seconds left, Syracuse had a chance to be tied for first place in the conference with Robert Morris. If Sibley’s shot went in, the game would have been tied with the possibility of overtime. But the opportunity slipped right through.“Sibley was all alone on the backdoor,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said, “and the next thing you know it’s in the back of our net and it’s 3-1.”As the puck crossed the goal line for the final time Friday night, Sibley skated along the boards and bashed her stick into wall. It was just another in a long line of missed opportunities for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Syracuse (9-11-5, 8-3-2 College Hockey America) failed repeatedly to bury the puck in the net, No. 7 Robert Morris (17-2-6, 10-1-2) cashed in on several mistakes by the Orange leading to a 3-1 Colonials win on Friday night. The night was particularly difficult for Sibley and junior forward Stephanie Grossi, who had multiple “grade A” scoring bids throughout the course of 60 minutes.“Like coach Paul (Flanagan) said,” Grossi said, “we all gotta go home and think about what we did wrong today and how can come back.”One of the best chances of the game came when Grossi was in on the forecheck with about 13 minutes remaining in the first period. The puck got caught up in Grossi’s skates mere feet from the RMU net. All alone with the puck, Grossi was able to gather, take aim, and fire.She missed. High and to Dodds’ left.Grossi missed out again in the second period. As she skated in from the left faceoff circle, she fired it low and Dodds easily kicked it away, but right back to the SU junior. While Dodds was out of position, Grossi moved the puck to her backhand and took three quick strides across the crease before flipping a backhand shot into a wide open net.Dodds was able to recover just in time to send it right over the crossbar with the paddle of her stick. As the puck sailed into the glass Grossi tilted her head back in exasperation and the Syracuse bench — sure of the impending goal and on their feet to celebrate — slowly sank back to its seats.“The one open net on the power play is definitely haunting me a little.” Grossi said. “Would’ve liked to put that one in.”Sibley, the team leader in assists, struggled to find the net on a couple of fine chances. With 12:22 left in the second period, the captain found herself on a partial breakaway. But the pass was getting away from her and as she attempted to corral the wayward puck, she stepped on it.With the chance now wasted, the Colonials pounced. Two quick passes and suddenly junior defender Megan Quinn was left to defend a two-on-one chance. Garvey flew towards goalie Abbey Miller with the puck, and Quinn opted to lay out and defend the pass.The second Garvey recognized Quinn was going down, she shot. A dart high and to Miller’s glove side beat the junior and gave Robert Morris the lead. RMU’s second goal was an almost carbon copy of the first, except this time it was Jessica Gazzola burning senior defender Larissa Martyniuk and Miller. Only 1:53 separated the goals.“Getting the puck deep,” Quinn said, “that’s our main concern. There’s a couple times where we had the chance to get the puck deep and we kind of messed around with it on the blue line. Caused us some issues.”Syracuse outperformed Robert Morris in most statistical categories including shots (28-23) and faceoff wins (26-22). But, it seemed for every open net or turnover SU failed to capitalize on, RMU went for the finish move, and got it.“Sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield.” Flanagan said. Comments Published on January 27, 2017 at 11:13 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more