Water war in Iowa less than heavenly

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams, there is a magical scene where Shoeless Joe Jackson appears from the cornfield surrounding the ball diamond that farmer Ray Kinsella has built. Shoeless Joe inquires, “Is this heaven?” Ray Kinsella replies, “No, it’s Iowa.”The other morning, while reviewing some online legal updates, I discovered a case pending in federal court in the Hawkeye State. My immediate thought was, “Is this hell? No, it is Iowa.”Let me explain. The Des Moines Water Works (a regional utility that provides drinking water) sued three rural, northwest, sparsely populated Iowa counties (Sac, Calhoun and Buena Vista) in federal court. All three operate drainage districts. The lawsuit accuses the counties of threatening the health of 500,000 central Iowans by discharging large amounts of nitrate from drainage ditches into the Raccoon River without a federal permit, in violation of the Clean Water Act.This is creative lawyering, to say the least. The utility is arguing that pollution that originated on scattered farms is subject to permit requirements set out in the U.S. Clean Water Act, which has always exempted runoff from farms from regulation. Agricultural surface water runoff has been exempt because it comes from many sources. Typically, the Clean Water Act is designed to require permits that limit pollution from single sources or “point sources” that can be regulated. These facilities, which include some large livestock confinement operations, as well as sewage treatment plants and factories, regularly emit pollution that can be directly measured. In the case of runoff, the nitrogen can come from farms, yards, golf courses and other sources, and it would be difficult, perhaps impossible, to trace back to specific sources.Des Moines Water Works asserts that the water in question in the lawsuit is not surface water, but ground water because it flows from field tiles. Iowa has over 3,000 drainage districts. Like much of the Midwest, Iowa is prime agricultural land because of field tile. It will be interesting to see how this argument plays out in federal court. For years, farm drainage tile has not been considered a point source of pollution.What is disturbing is the behavior of Des Moines Water Works. They point the finger directly at agriculture for nitrates in the water in Des Moines, yet this same utility dumps the nitrate they remove back into the river that heads downstream toward Ottumwa. What’s good for the goose…The trial is a year away. The legal fees to date have been high. Furthermore, the case has divided citizens into anti-farmer and pro-farmer, with polls showing the anti group with more members. Farmers are disgusted because many have embraced wise environmental practices for years. In addition, Iowa recently passed the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy that offers multiple methods farmers can use to voluntarily address environmental issues.Should the utility prevail, the U.S. EPA could make radical changes requiring permits of Iowa’s 3,000 drainage ditches that could lead to regulations on individual farms. This case could be precedential as other entities in other states march to the courts. It is also possible that the EPA could install a general permit category for farms that would change little.If the counties win, voluntary conservation efforts continue. The bad will generated by legal action, however, likely remains.It seems to me that the goal of safe drinking water is universal. It is unfortunate that the utility chose to sue rather than to work towards the common goal. To date, the only winners are the lawyers who are profiting from this divisive action.In the meantime, I watch for updates about this case and hope for a happy ending. And I think of that scene from Field of Dreams. “Is this heaven?” “No, it’s Iowa.”last_img read more

ESPN’s Mike Golic Will Attempt To Eat 36 Mini-Doughnuts In 1 Hour Tomorrow

first_imgESPN's Mike Golic.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Sports media personality Mike Golic attends the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)ESPN radio host Mike Golic will attempt an interesting feat Thursday morning. Golic, in response to a bet from Jon “Stugotz” Weiner over at The Dan Le Batard Show, will try to eat 36 mini-doughnuts in an hour, live on-air during Mike & Mike. Stugotz accomplished the feat in a three-hour time period last week, but had a rough time in the process. Tomorrow, @espngolic will attempt to eat 36 powdered mini donuts in ONE HOUR! Retweet if you think he will do it. https://t.co/x9qtyV0uaC— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) November 11, 2015Wondering just how big these doughnuts are? Here’s a shot of Stugotz’ plate before he started chowing down.Happy Thursday from the @LeBatardShow!!! pic.twitter.com/KMf6a53O2F— Charlie Hulme (@charlie_hulme) November 5, 2015The stakes? Should Golic finish the doughnuts in an hour, Stugotz will have to shave his head. If Golic cannot get through them, he’ll have to do something on the Le Batard Show’s “Grid Of Death.”Will he pull it off? We’ll find out tomorrow morning.last_img read more

Favorite Childrens Authors Come Together To Get Kids Reading

first_imgRecent research from The Kids & Family Reading Report indicates that 91% of kids say that their favorite books are the ones they picked out themselves – and summer is the perfect time for those fun books kids choose themselves.13 favorite children’s authors have written original short stories that kids can unlock as rewards in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading ChaTo encourage kids to “Power Up and Read” throughout the summer, 13 favorite children’s authors have written original short stories that kids can unlock as rewards in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.This free summer reading program, created by Scholastic and powered by Energizer, encourages kids around the world to log the minutes they spend reading in order to unlock more stories, earn rewards, and help set a new world record for minutes read – seeking to top the 304,749,681 minutes read in summer 2014. Children and families can sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge starting today at www.scholastic.com/summer.The top children’s authors participating include: Blue Balliett, Patrik Henry Bass, Varian Johnson, Gordon Korman, Michael Northtrop, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce, Roland Smith, R.L. Stine, Tui T. Sutherland, Lauren Tarshis, Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Jude Watson. Each of the authors has written a unique short story using the same opening sentence which is,“I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…”“We know that summer is the ideal time for kids to discover the power and joy of reading,” said Maggie McGuire, VP Scholastic Kids & Parents Online. “The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge creates an environment where kids are encouraged to choose their own books and read all summer, setting kids up to succeed when returning to school in the fall.”“I am a big believer in the power of choice when it comes to reading. In some cases, this freedom takes the pressure off reading, allowing a book to ‘just be a book.’ Other times, it allows readers to choose a book that serves as a mirror of their world or a window to a different perspective—or both! Whatever the reason, the power to choose gets us all reading, and the more we read, the more we grow,” said acclaimed author Varian Johnson, one of the featured authors in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.SUMMER READING FOR KIDS • Ultimate goal of setting a new 2015 reading world record: Students read and log minutes, earn digital badges and rewards, and help set a new world record for summer reading. • Read along with original short stories: Each original short story has a “read along” audio component, inviting children of all ages and reading levels to enjoy these engaging stories. • Dynamic creative writing game: Students can play a new “Innovation Machine” story starter game, powered by Energizer. This game encourages kids to create a one-of-a-kind story with fun story starters and wacky vocabulary combinations and enter into a contest to win prizes. Twelve winners will each receive a set of 12 signed books from the participating authors.SUMMER READING FOR PARENTS • Free daily tips: Parents can find something every day on the new “daily digest” with articles and tips from Scholastic Parents Channel experts here. • 2015 summer book list: Curated by Scholastic experts, this list features books for children in Pre-K through Young Adults. • Weekly sweepstakes: Parents can enter to win a “Power Up & Read prize pack,” including a Scholastic tote bag, a copy of Reading Unbound by Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith, $10 gift certificate to Scholastic Store Online, Energizer® brand batteries, Scholastic books and more.SUMMER READING FOR EDUCATORS • Grand prize for top school: The top elementary school that logs the most minutes this summer will win a visit from bestselling author Michael Northrop and the top middle school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from bestselling author Varian Johnson. • Classroom library sweepstakes: Educators who pre-register their students before June 30th, 2015 will be entered to win a free classroom library of 50 books. • Free summer reading tools: Educators can track their students reading minutes through the “Educator Dashboard” and their school’s progress on a virtual map, send automated emails to parents and access bi-lingual resources and printables.For more information about the Scholastic Summer Challenge, click here.last_img read more

Mens basketball Ohio State facing toughest task at worst time against Maryland

OSU senior forward Marc Loving (2) fistbumps with a fan during the Buckeyes’ game against Northwestern on Jan. 22. The Buckeyes lost 74-72. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorIt’s been a rough season for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, and it could get a lot rougher after the team’s next game.The Buckeyes were embarrassed by then 11-10 Iowa in their last game, dropping a winnable game 85-72 in a contest that could have pointed the program in the right direction. OSU picked up a big win against Minnesota at home, but lost all momentum against the Hawkeyes.Simply put, the loss to Iowa was a low point for OSU. Even though the worst loss in terms of score came at the hands of Wisconsin, the Buckeyes looked totally outmatched by an Iowa team missing its leading scorer, Peter Jok. Now, with a 3-6 conference record and just nine games left to salvage anything from a season littered with missed opportunities, the Buckeyes must find a way to beat the Big Ten’s best team — Maryland. And given how OSU has played thus far, there is little to convince Buckeye fans of a possible win on Tuesday. Following the team’s loss to Northwestern, junior center Trevor Thompson expressed his views as to why the team was losing, and losing in such ugly fashion. “We have to play for Ohio State,” he said. “We have to play for the university and for each other. What happens is we start to play for ourselves and were not thinking about the team. We have to be selfless. That has to be consistent.”The Terrapins are 19-2 this season and have won six straight conference games. Highlighted by a tough defense and the dynamic scoring ability of junior guard Melo Trimble, Maryland is one of the toughest matchups OSU will have this season. After Iowa, OSU coach Thad Matta was straight to the point about what went wrong.“We’ve got to try harder,” Matta said. “We did some things defensively tonight that I’ve never, ever seen us do. And give Iowa credit, my god did they play well. We just couldn’t get the stops that we needed.”Against Maryland, OSU will have to get stops. The Terrapins are a team that might not light up the scoreboard with points, but will limit an opposing offense to an average of 65.8 points per game. By contrast, the Buckeyes average 73.4 points per game, but have suffered from a lack of output from upperclassmen like senior forward Marc Loving and redshirt junior guard Kam Williams. Although each have averaged 11.4 and 10.3 points per game, respectively, both have been wildly inconsistent.Both players have the lowest plus-minus mark of the OSU starters, as Loving has posted a 3.7 on average, while Williams averages a meager 2.9. Thompson has been one of the lone bright spots for the Buckeyes, averaging 10.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season in his starting role. However, against Iowa, he failed to score in 13 minutes, and fouled out in the second half. Although a rebound for Thompson is likely against Maryland, OSU will need stronger output from Williams and Loving for the rest of the season if anything is to come for the Buckeyes. After the loss to Northwestern, Williams stood up in the locker room, and addressed the team. “We need everybody, going into a basketball game, to have the same, positive, common goal to win the game,” he said. “Not stats, not how many rebounds I can get or how many points I can get. The ultimate thing we are trying to achieve is to win basketball games. That’s why it’s a team game.”Williams might be standing up,expressing his views vocally and trying to rally the troops, but OSU has little hope if play does not improve. Maryland rolls into Columbus on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Schottenstein Center.Prediction: Maryland 83, Ohio State 69. read more

Justin Rose captures Memorial Tournament championship

Trailing by four shots heading into the Memorial’s final round, round one co-leader Justin Rose shot a near-flawless 66 on Sunday to claim his first career PGA tour victory at 18-under par.“For me, it’s a great way to win,” Rose said. “And to win here at the Memorial, at Jack’s tournament, I couldn’t think of a better place to win my first tournament. It’s a great day.”Chasing three-round leader Rickie Fowler, Rose said he was able to stay focused on his game and let the rest take care of itself.“I knew that I was in the hunt all week, but I wasn’t playing golf like I was in the hunt all week,” he said. “I was just in the moment and I thought that paid off for me today.”Playing nearly mistake-free golf with just one bogey in the first three days, the youngster Fowler was unable to close it out with three bogeys and a double bogey in his final round.Knotted at 16-under par heading into the par-3 12th hole, Fowler made double bogey to drop two shots back and never held the lead again.“I was just trying to aim at the back bunker and cut it off a little bit there,” said Fowler. “The ball started going where I wasn’t trying to. So I just made a bad swing and paid for it.”Although Fowler’s final round 73 resulted in a second place finish at 15-under, he was still pleased with his overall performance this week.“It was an awesome week,” he said. “Obviously not the round that I wanted today, didn’t hit as many greens as I would like to, but we had a lot of fun.”Rounding out the top five were Bo Van Pelt and Ricky Barnes in a tie for third at 12-under and Ryan Moore, Phil Mickelson and Tim Petrovic tied for fifth at 11-under par.World No. 1 Tiger Woods finished out his week with an even par 72, leaving him in a tie for 19th at 6-under for the tournament.The PGA tour will head south next week for the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., before heading to the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in two weeks for the 2010 edition of the U.S. Open. read more

Barca to use Coutinho tactics for Pogba

first_imgBarcelona are planning to employ the same tactics used to sign Phillipe Coutinho from Liverpool for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, according to BristolLive.The midfielder has had a frosty relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho which he led to him being dropped to the bench for their second UEFA Champions League clash against Sevilla last season over both legs.Pogba is reportedly keen to leave the club after Jose Mourinho also criticized him after winning the World Cup.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….Barcelona are currently odds on favorite to sign Pogba ahead of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain and the Spanish champions are planning to use the same strategy they employed with Phillipe Coutinho last summer for Pogba.Manchester United have no interest in selling their star player but Barca are prepared to wait till January to get their man as they did with Liverpool and Coutinho last season.The Catalan club have already signed Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich but are keen to bolster their midfield options with the addition of Pogba as they look to mount an all-out offensive on the UEFA Champions League.last_img read more

WHS BOYS TRACK Wildcats Get First Win Over Burlington Since Joining Middlesex League

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Boys Track team won a big meet against Burlington High, 51.5 to 48.5, on Thursday night at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.“In the 7 years we have been in the Middlesex League, we have never beat Burlington, so the victory was especially sweet,” said Head Coach Mike Kinney. “The meet was as close as it possibly could be and the team brought an enormous amount of energy.”Wildcat highlights included:Mike Fothergill rose to the occasion and won three events — the 300, the 55 meter dash, and the long jump.Greg Adamek placed second in the mile and the two mile, a grueling combination with times of 10:17.35 and 4:46.77.Senior Captain Ben Packer won the two mile in 10:13.82.Senior Captain Sam Vince won the hurdles in 8.94.Sean Riley won the high jump.Sam Juergens placed third and second in the long jump and high jump.Tyler Thomas placed second in the shot put with 41’5”.Colton Sullivan placed third in the dash.Richie Stuart placed third in the 300.Senior Captain Kevin Elderd placed second in the 1000 with 2:49.57.Jake Danieli placed second in the 600 with 1:29.96.Nolan Kennedy rounded out the scoring with a third place in the mile with 4:52.57.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related35 WHS Student Athletes Named Middlesex League All-Stars This SpringIn “Sports”WILDCAT WAKEUP: Gaudreau, Sperlinga, Aldrich & Godfrey Shine For Boys TrackIn “Sports”WHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Wildcats Win Season OpenerIn “Sports”last_img read more

Snowball the dancing cockatoo gets serious scrutiny from science

first_imgEnlarge ImageSnowball got down for a Taco Bell ad. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Ha, ha! Check this out! It’s a dancing cockatoo! This is how Snowball, a bird with a passion for dance, made the rounds as a viral video sensation getting down to the Backstreet Boys back in 2007. But Snowball is more than an amusement, he’s also the star of a new scientific study.Researchers are studying Snowball to learn how dancing can transcend the human condition and extend to our avian friends. “Spontaneity and diversity of movement to music are not uniquely human” is the title of a paper published Monday in the journal Current Biology.A previous parrot study (and one with a sea lion) showed some animals can keep a musical beat, but this new Snowball research suggests the bird is inventing moves as he goes.  1 The science team, led by cognitive neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University and Harvard University, filmed Snowball dancing to Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust and Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun. They analyzed the bird’s movements.The researchers counted 14 distinct dance moves and two composite movements. Snowball’s skills included a body roll, head bobs, foot lifts, head banging and a move reminiscent of Madonna’s ’90s Vogue dance craze. Snowball’s dance snippets tended to be performed for several seconds each, and he changed up his routine each time he heard a song again. “What’s most interesting to us is the sheer diversity of his movements to music,” Patel said in a statement on Monday. The study suggests Snowball may be displaying creativity in his dancing. The research team is currently investigating if the cockatoo’s capers are a form of social interaction with his human caregivers. Sea lion may be first nonhuman mammal to keep a beat Cussing rescue parrot forges sweet Amazon Alexa friendship 11 Photos The researchers said a collection of shared traits between humans and parrots might be responsible for Snowball’s dancing prowess: “(1) complex vocal learning, (2) the capacity for nonverbal movement imitation, (3) a tendency to form long-term social bonds, (4) the ability to learn complex sequences of actions, and (5) attentiveness to communicative movements.”Snowball’s talent first came to light after he was taken in by the Bird Lovers Only rescue agency in South Carolina in 2007. Besides his viral fame, he also starred in a Taco Bell commercial.Snowball seems to be showing that cutting a rug and getting creative with it isn’t just for people. Perhaps he’ll earn himself an invite to Dancing with the Stars. Commentcenter_img 11 spectacular suits of animal battle armor (pictures) Curious critters Share your voice Tags Sci-Techlast_img read more

Throwback Why wasnt Hazel Keech interested in Yuvraj Singh

first_imgHazel Keech, Yuvraj SinghInstagramYuvraj Singh has made headlines as much for his affairs off-field as much he has for his striking performance on-field. From being in a steady relationship with Kim Sharma to dating a number of actresses before finally setting his eyes on Hazel Keech, Yuvraj’s love story is nothing less than a Bollywood script.On Kapil Sharma’s show, Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech had once revealed how their relationship began. Talking about that phase, Yuvraj had said that he once he saw her and liked her, he wanted to meet her. But, Hazel just wasn’t interested in him. Yuvraj first approached Hazel on Facebook where she took a long, long time to accept his friend request. And once she did, Yuvraj pushed to meet her.What’s surprising is that it took Yuvraj three years to convince her to meet him. Every time they used to decide a date and time, Keech used to turn off her phone on that particular day and not show up. This happened a number of times over a period of three years, post which, Hazel finally gave up seeing Yuvraj’s perseverance and patience.Hazel had revealed on the show that for her family, Yuvraj was a really big name but, since she wasn’t interested in cricket at all, she considered him at par. In fact, she never tried to Google him or find out more about him through the internet or their common friends.However, once the duo met in person, there was no looking back for the two. Hazel and Yuvraj got along like a house on fire at their very first meet and struck a rapport. It took the couple a few more years of dating before they finally decided to tie the knot. Yuvraj popped the question in the most romantic, surprising way to Hazel Keech in Bali and of course, she said yes.last_img read more

Dr Reddys leads Indian charge of 130 billion Chinese pharma market stocks

first_imgRaghavendra NDr Reddy’s Laboratories is leading an Indian charge of the $130 billion Chinese pharma market, which is the world’s second largest. The likely liberalisation of the market by the Chinese regulator CFDA will benefit Indian pharma companies that have a solid presence in China, which is the world’s second largest pharma market, a report by Edelweiss Group says.Dr Reddy’s, which maintains a robust presence in China through a joint venture, is evolving a strategic plan to increase its revenue from the current $100 million. The company plans to achieve this by introducing new products and including more segments.The market has responded positively to the report with pharma stocks continuing their strong rally in the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Nifty Pharma sectoral benchmark hit a high of 9,278.70 after opening at 9,193.30. The index that benefited from the strong showing of Glenmark, Lupin and Aurobindo Pharma closed at about 9,263, up about 83 points or 0.91 per cent. Dr Reddy’s surged to an intraday high of 2792.55 from the previous close of 2765.20 to close 4.80 or 0.17 per cent up at 2,770.The company will strengthen its presence by scaling up the joint venture business and increasing the number of “dossier submissions and entries into new therapeutic areas,” MV Ramana, CEO, branded markets (India and emerging markets) of Dr Reddy’s, told Financial Express. According to Edelweiss, Dr Reddy’s, the largest foreign player in China, is poised to benefit from regulatory changes in the country. Dr Reddy’s plans to launch about 60 products and improve revenue significantly over the next seven to eight years, according to the report. PixabayThe company’s strong local partnerships have helped it commercialise some of the imported brands, the report says. The company’s revenue in FY18 was $100 million, with the help of its Canada-based joint venture Kunshan Rotam Reddy.”The size and growth of the market, our long presence and also the recent changes in China’s regulatory framework make this an attractive space for Dr Reddy’s. In terms of market size and expanded generic opportunity, China is the second largest pharma market with $130 billion in size, and generics form 65 per cent of the hospital market. About 22 per cent of the market is with off-patent innovators. While shortening the market access and reimbursement timelines for innovative drugs, China intends to replace the off-patent innovators with high-quality generics that opens up this share of the market to generic firms,” Ramana said.Dr Reddy’s US/EU portfolio mostly comply with Chinese regulations, while additional China-specific studies might be required in the case of some. “While in the past five years, we have had some good pipeline of filings, the plan is to scale this up and file a good number of dossiers in next few years,” he said.The Edelweiss report states that a growing Chinese pharma market and a relaxed Chinese drug regulator, CFDA, are likely to attract many Indian generic players. The relaxed norms may allow Indian companies to file their USFDA-approved products in China and get CFDA approval within months in the normal course. Among the drugs in demand, the most prominent are those for obesity, diabetes, respiratory illness and cancer.”While the regulations have been aligned with International Council of Harmonisation (ICH), there are China-specific requirements, which could pose challenges. Dr Reddy’s will continue to work to build strong regulatory capability and build on our experience to increase the probability of success for any new filing,” the report quoted Ramana as saying.last_img read more