The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) announced that Arne Duncan ’86 has been elected by his classmates to be this year’s chief marshal for Commencement. Selected from the ranks of the 25th reunion class, the chief marshal greets classes as they process into Harvard Yard, presides over the chief marshal’s spread, and selects “marshal’s aids” to help with various Commencement duties as part of the HAA’s Committee for the Happy Observance of Commencement (“The Happy Committee”). With a history dating back to 1899, the important post of chief marshal has been held by many notable alumni including Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1904, Henry Cabot Lodge ’24, and Linda Greenhouse ’68.“It is an honor to be chief marshal for the 2011 Harvard Commencement,” Duncan said. “President Obama has challenged America’s young adults to lead the world in college completion by the end of the decade. At Harvard today and at thousands of institutions of higher education this spring, young men and women are celebrating their work toward helping America reach that goal and begin their roles as future leaders of this country.”Duncan has been active in Harvard affairs since graduating. Along with working on the HAA’s Schools and Scholarships Committee as an alumni interviewer, he has served on the Board of Overseers for Harvard College and on the visiting committee to the University’s Graduate School of Education.Duncan, who is currently the U.S. secretary of education, recently received Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association’s Robert Coles Call of Service Award and has been honored by the Civic Federation of Chicago and the Anti-Defamation League. Prior to his tenure in Washington, Duncan was CEO of Chicago Public Schools, serving from June 2001 through December 2008, thus becoming the nation’s longest-serving big city education superintendent. Before serving as Chicago superintendent, Duncan led a nonprofit foundation, the Ariel Education Initiative, that helped fund college for a class of inner-city children under the I Have a Dream program. In 2006, the City Club of Chicago named him Citizen of the Year.“We are very pleased that Arne will be leading the alumni at Commencement,” said HAA President Robert “Bob” Bowie Jr. ’73. “He’ll be a wonderful marshal and will surely help make this year’s Commencement a great day.”Harvard’s 360th Commencement will be held on May 26. To attend the alumni spread luncheon and the annual meeting of the HAA in Harvard Yard.
University of Georgia agricultural experts will give a forecast of agriculture in the coming year at a series of events set across the state in January. The new year looks bright for Georgia livestock producers, but not for many row crop farmers.Georgia Ag Forecast is an annual seminar series that informs Georgia producers and industry leaders about the market outlooks for different commodities.Economists from the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) and UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics will share their views about future markets for such commodities as cotton, peanuts, corn and livestock.The annual seminar series will be held Jan. 14-23 in Gainesville, Cartersville, Bainbridge, Lyons, Tifton and Macon. Extension livestock economists will present Georgia cattlemen with encouraging news.“I think, in 2015, cattlemen will be looking at pretty similar prices to what they had this past year, depending on when they sold. Last year we started off the year somewhere around $1.80 per pound for a 500-pound calf. That market today is almost $2.75. You’ve seen almost a $1 increase in a year,” said Curt Lacy, the Extension livestock economist based on the UGA campus in Tifton. Farmers who sold their stock in January or February of 2014 are going to receive a much better price this year, he said. Lacy expects prices to remain high, which is good news for cattlemen in Miller, Colquitt and Early counties. Those three south Georgia counties finished in the top 10 in farm gate values for beef cow production in 2013, according to the UGA CAED, joining Morgan, Madison, Carroll, Wilkes, Franklin, Jackson and Coffee counties.“I think, in general, this is about where we’re going to be for the next year or two,” Lacy said.While cattlemen can expect good news at this year’s Ag Forecast events, row crop farmers will get disappointing news. Cotton prices are hovering at 60 cents per pound, peanuts are $400 per ton and corn prices are around $4.10 per bushel. Those are discouraging figures for Georgia farmers who are planning next year’s crops. “It’s not as rosy a forecast for row crops as we’ve had in years past,” said UGA Extension agricultural economist Nathan Smith. For peanut growers, the news is especially grim as prices could fall even more as acreage is expected to increase in 2015, Smith said. “This year is more of a getting-by year, in terms of cash flow. The outlook isn’t as bright for row crops,” he said.Nearly 1,000 business people, producers and community leaders attended the seminars in 2014.“The main objective of the Ag Forecast seminar series is to provide Georgia producers and agribusiness leaders with information on where we think the industry is headed in the upcoming year,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA CAED. “It helps farmers plan what they’re going to plant in the next year, but it’s also good for bankers and others who do business with farmers or who will be impacted by the farm economy.”The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series is organized by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This series is made possible through the Georgia Farm Bureau Land Grant University Lecture Series Endowment and is supported by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.For more information or to register for the 2015 Ag Forecast series, see www.georgiaagforecast.com, follow @UGA_CollegeofAg on Twitter or search for #agforecast on social media.
BUSINESS entity Trophy Stall has thrown its support towards the development of Under-19 cricket in Essequibo.The support will go towards the staging of a three-match Under-18 50-over tournament to be played between the New Opportunity Sports Club Select XI and Wakenaam.The three-match series, which is set to commence tomorrow at the Wakenaam Community Centre ground in Good Success, is an initiative between senior coaches Forbes Daniels and Nandkishore Andrews.Proprietor of the business entity, Ramesh Sunich, has donated the first- and second-place trophies.Sunich, in an invited comment, said he is happy to contribute to the development of the game in the area, and lauded the coaches for the venture.Zaheer Mohamed, who received the prizes on behalf of the coaches, expressed gratitude to Sunich for his support.The Wakenaam side includes: Marlon Dindyal, Bhumeshwar Ramkissoon, Romario Stephen, Dicquan Clarke, Beesham Moses, Reon Venture, David Chalitar, Mahase Ramnarine, Devendra Seetaram, Quacy Whyte, Derwin Bacon, Sachin Dindyal and Matthew Chung.The New Opportunity Sports Club Select XI will have players such as Orlando Jailall, Shane Wong, Davendra Mohan, Sherlon Anthony and Saeed Hack.
DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.Today’s Donegal Daily Weather: We’ve led a charmed existence these past few days as all forecasters predicted showers – and apart from the odd one – it’s been clear, bright and sunny. It was 18C in parts of Donegal on Tuesday and with a mini heat wave due next week it looks like May could be just as nice as April. Wednesday could see a few more of them (the forecasters) getting it right, with showers predicted over some, though not all, of Donegal.The west once again looks best. It is certainly going to stay mild as at the light south-easterly winds veer southerly in the afternoon, temperatures hitting 14C to 16C. This is the time forecasters are saying we will see sunshine and those showers.The best of the weather will be in the morning, according the BBCNi, and showers will quickly die out to leave us with a nice evening ahead.Thursday and Friday looks like more of the same before it all warms up again at the weekend. Sources: BBC NI, Met Eireann, Sky.DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday. NICE, CHANCE OF A SHOWER: THE DD WEDNESDAY WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Dailymildshowerssunshineweather