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Waitrose extends LEAF Marque commitment

first_imgWaitrose plans to source commodity crop ingredients, such as wheat and rapeseed oil, from farmers accredited with the LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Marque.Waitrose already sources all of its UK fruit and vegetables from farms approved by the scheme, which recognises sustainably farmed products and is based on LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management (IFM) principles.Waitrose’s farm on the Leckford Estate is also part of the scheme, which has 487 LEAF Marque farmers in the UK and 580 in another 36 countries.Jeremy Boxall, director of LEAF Marque, said: “We’ve worked with Waitrose for many years now and this commitment to sourcing more LEAF Marque certified commodity crop ingredients provides an excellent market opportunity for our farmers.”It also offers a clear incentive for other wheat and oilseed rape farmers in the UK to consider LEAF Marque certification. It’s becoming increasingly important for food businesses and retailers to ensure and demonstrate that they are sourcing responsibly and sustainably and the LEAF Marque is an ideal way to do this.”Alan Wilson, technical manager agronomy at Waitrose, added: “This is an important decision and signals the beginning of a new opportunity to work with progressive farmers who share the values of Waitrose and LEAF.”It is part of our Waitrose Way initiative to ensure that we engage and support farms that operate in an environmentally responsible way. This platform has already been a success for our fresh produce and we look forward to extending this into commodity crops such as wheat and oilseed rape.”Waitrose plans to focus on oilseed rape in the first instance with a view to all UK oilseed rape production coming from LEAF Marque growers by 2016. A timescale is currently being agreed for wheat.last_img read more

Faust named University Professor

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Celebrated historian Drew Faust, Harvard president emerita and Lincoln Professor of History, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor.Faust, who was Harvard’s 28th president from 2007 through last June, will become the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor on Jan 1. She succeeds Helen Vendler, who stepped down on July 1 to become Porter University Professor Emerita.Faust’s groundbreaking scholarship has addressed questions central to American life and the human condition. A historian of the American South and the Civil War, she has transformed the understanding of the nation’s most devastating internal conflict, shining new light on how the efforts of those caught up in the crisis and its aftermath reshaped the nation.“The reason I got so interested in the Civil War, moving from the antebellum South to the Civil War period in the focus of my research, is that it is a moment when people are confronted with the necessity of change and how they respond to that. What changes do they make, and what ones do they resist?” Faust told Harvard Magazine in 2007.Faust is the author of six books, including “Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War” (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), for which she won the Society of American Historians’ Francis Parkman Prize in 1997. Her most recent book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” (Knopf, 2008), explores the Civil War’s unprecedented death toll and its effects on 19th-century Americans. It won the Bancroft Prize in 2009, was a finalist for both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was named one of the 10 best books of 2008 by the New York Times.“Drew Faust is an eminent scholar of the Civil War and the American South, and one of the nation’s most admired historians,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “Her works, rendered in elegant and lucid prose, serve as exemplars of the craft of doing history through painstaking archival research and incisive analysis. With their close attention to issues of race, gender, identity, family, and other central elements of the fabric of American life, they reflect extraordinary insight into past lives and events while illuminating themes of continuing deep relevance to our national conversation.” In June, the Library of Congress honored Faust’s work with the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. The honor “recognizes and celebrates work of the highest quality and greatest impact that advances understanding of the human experience.”Faust’s scholarly contributions were similarly acknowledged in 2011 when she was asked to give the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. In her talk, delivered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Faust explored society’s fascination with war throughout time and spoke of “this struggle between the impossibility and necessity of communicating war’s truths.” She said, “As we continue to be lured by war, we must be committed to convey its horrors. We must make it our work to tell a true war story.”Faust holds several honorary degrees, including honorary doctorates from Yale University, Princeton University, and Oxford University. She has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award (2013), the Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award (2014), and the Massachusetts Historical Society’s John Godman Ropes Award in Service to History (2018). She was elected to the Society of American Historians in 1993, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994, and the American Philosophical Society in 2004.Faust came to Harvard from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 as the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her leadership at Radcliffe helped transform the former college into one of the world’s foremost centers for interdisciplinary research, study, and scholarship.In 2007 Faust began her 11-year run as Harvard’s president. Early on, she shepherded the University through the 2008‒09 financial crisis. Throughout her presidency, Faust championed efforts to create more effective collaborations among the University’s many parts, in both academic and administrative domains. She expanded financial aid to improve access and opportunity for students of all economic backgrounds, advocated for increased federal funding for scientific research, worked to return ROTC to campus, and oversaw a record-breaking $9.6 billion capital campaign.She also sought to foster greater inclusion and diversity among students, faculty, and staff, to integrate the arts more fully into campus life, and to promote innovation in learning and teaching, including the launch of edX, an online learning partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Before Harvard, Faust served for 25 years on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was Annenberg Professor of History, chair of the Department of American Civilization, and director of the Women’s Studies Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1968, magna cum laude with honors in history, and her master’s degree in 1971 and doctoral degree in 1975 in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.The University Professorships were created in 1935 to celebrate “individuals of distinction … working on the frontiers of knowledge, and in such a way as to cross the conventional boundaries of the specialties.” Faust joins 24 other Harvard faculty members who currently hold such a professorship.last_img read more

SMC president speaks on sustainability

first_imgSaint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli spoke Monday about the importance and necessity of sustainability in the world today.Cervelli spoke on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si’ and said the Pope did a great job explaining the complexity of environmental issues.  “I think Francis hits on the head that many of the problems we see today around sustainability are not simple, they are multi-dimensional,” Cervelli said.Cervelli said the issue of environmental conservation is much more than just the environment and that it affects so many other aspects of our lives. “The first part about environmental, economic and social ecology is how they’re all interconnected. We can’t look at them separately,” Cervelli said.Cervelli said colleges like Saint Mary’s can take steps towards dealing with sustainability issues by thinking of academics as integrated learning spaces and looking at the issues as issues of social justice.  “I have some hopes and dreams for the college and for all of you, and to think about academic programs that take this approach solving problems,” Cervelli said. “It’s not just the environment, it’s dealing with the social justice dimensions as well that we’re so passionate about at Saint Mary’s.”Cervelli said that progress can only happen once people share information and communicate with each other, no matter the field. “Many of our problems today follow the fragmentation of knowledge and the isolation of bits of information [that] can actually become a form of ignorance,” Cervelli said. “So many of you are studying in very fine departments with very fine faculty; one of our goals is to work across departments, and be able to talk from science over to humanities.”Cervelli spoke about one of her personal heroes, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed Central Park in New York City and Cervelli said he put parks in cities because it made the cities more livable. “He had a strong belief, as does Pope Francis, in the healing power of nature. It’s the unconscious reflecting, it’s that ability to escape,” she said. “He believed it’s one of the more important responsibilities of the government to provide these spaces.”Cervelli said that Olmsted and Pope Francis are similar in their beliefs for the importance of the common good. “Francis talks a lot about human health and wellness and how it comes out of the environment, but what comes out of it are human interactions, with each other, socially,” Cervelli said. “Frederick Law Olmsted believed back in 1852 that nature has a direct impact on healing of humans.”Cervelli said Americans should be very proud that the first idea of a national park was born in the United States.  “That spawned the conservation movement,” Cervelli said. “And I’m afraid often times it’s not even taught in schools. The ideas of land conservation, and perpetuity for everyone and to protect our environment [and] essentially ourselves.”Tags: cervelli, conservation, president, sustainabilitylast_img read more

Adamawa United come from behind to beat visiting Kwara United

first_imgRelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Ex-Eagles’ keeper joins Kwara United Adamawa United Football Club of Yola on Sunday defeated visiting Kwara United FC of Ilorin in a Match Day 17 fixture of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in the match played at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe, the hosts came from a goal down to defeat the visitors. They scored with goals from Idris Abubakar and Isa Garba in the 38th minute and 45th minute respectively to cancel out Alao Danbani’s 16th minute opening goal. Reacting to the match’s result, coach Abdullahi Biffo of Kwara United told NAN it was a disappointing game from his players, adding: “This is not what we bargained for.” Biffo, however, said such was the nature of the game of football, pointing out that his team would forge ahead to get better. While expressing confidence that his team would not be relegated from the NPFL, Biffo said his team would work very hard for that feat. Coach of the host team, Ibrahim Bariki, said the match was “very interesting”. Bariki said: “This is what every coach expects. “Our determination was good and it paid off.” Bariki, however, berated the match’s officiating, saying most of the fouls committed by the visitors were not punished by the match officials. NAN reports that the match officials had to be escorted out of the stadium by armed policemen as some of the home fans made attempts to attack them.Tags: Adamawa UnitedIdris AbubakarIsa GarbaKwara UnitednpflYolalast_img read more

Grant Hill ‘fired up’ for ‘Inside Stuff’ debut

first_imgChicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose warms up before an NBA preseason basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)by Jon KrawczynskiAP Basketball WriterMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Grant Hill’s playing career is over, but he’s still going one-on-one.Hill spoke with a nervous excitement on the eve of his debut as co-host of the new incarnation of “NBA Inside Stuff.” After an eight-year hiatus, the show is returning to the air on Saturday at noon Eastern on NBA TV. Taking the position once held by Ahmad Rashad, Hill was nervous going into his first interview of an NBA star.Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Garnett , center, shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao, left, of Brazil, and Earl Clark during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)The debut show on Saturday will feature a one-on-one between Hill and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Garnett. The two look back on Garnett’s career, including an appearance Garnett did with Rashad on the show while he was a fresh-faced youngster with the Minnesota Timberwolves.“I was really nervous beforehand,” Hill said in a phone interview. “I thought it went well. It was great to talk to Kevin. He opened up and I asked him questions that I wanted to know.”The first of 30 episodes this season will also include and an emotional piece on Derrick Rose’s return from a knee injury that sidelined the Chicago Bulls star all of last season.“To have two features with both of those guys, we’re jumping back in and we mean business having those guys on the show,” Hill said.Hill grew up watching the first version of “Inside Stuff,” and he has appeared on the show as a player several times. One of the program’s calling cards was an irreverent tone established in large part by the jovial Rashad, and Hill said he wants to try to strike a similar chord this time around. Taking that approach, Hill said, helps put the players at ease and draw out some of the personality that fans don’t see in postgame interviews in the locker room.“It’ll be fun, light-hearted,” Hill said. “I think you’ll see the personalities of guys. We want to bring all that back and we want to hopefully have a great relationship with the fans and audience and do our predecessors justice with how we do this show.”The staples “Jam Session” and “Rewind” will return as well, giving the show a familiar structure that will resonate with fans from years past. And the “Inside Stuff” brand doesn’t just appeal to viewers. Many of the players in the league watched the show as youngsters, and Hill said that helps them gain unique access to them away from the court.“We want them to see behind the scenes, get a chance to spend time with the guys at home, in their car, going to the bowling alley, going fishing, whatever it may be,” Hill said. “It’s more relaxed. It’s more fun. Because of the success of the show in the past and it is an NBA show, there’s a trust there. I think guys let us in and as a result we can let the fans in and they can see a side of guys that I’ve seen for the last 19 years as a teammate.”Hill said once he got started with the Garnett interview, the butterflies subsided and it felt “very natural.” But he’s still getting used to being the one who asks the questions rather than the one who answers them.“It is a little different,” Hill said. “You’re on the other side and asking the questions. I certainly have heard my fair share of questions, so that hopefully has helped prepare me for being on this side.”___Follow Jon Krawczynski on Twitter: read more