Croquet might be seen as a quintessentially Oxford sport; this year’s cuppers competition has an entry of over 500 players. However, outside Oxford the game is very much a specialist sport, and for this reason there are no university leagues. During the croquet season the players therefore instead battle out for the Frank Cooper Varsity Bowl against Cambridge, compete in the nationwide Longman Cup and play a number of friendlies, such as the game against High Wycombe last Saturday. This fixture was not without a history. The Oxford team entered the Longman Cup for the first time last year, and was defeated in the first round by High Wycombe. It was a tense affair, finishing 4:3 to the Buckinghamshire club, and the result may well have been different if the teams had been playing to the 3hour 30-minute time limit set in the rules. The friendly was a chance to seek revenge after this earlier loss. A game of croquet takes most of the day, and the two teams of four commenced at nine in the morning with doubles. The captain Stuart Romeril and Peter Barker lost to the High Wycombe duo of Bryan Judson and June Robinson, but the other Oxford doubles team, Simon Proctor and Andrew Cottrell, won their game to level the tie going into the lunch break. After the break all four team members engaging in singles play, and the players were paired together on a handicap system, similar to that of golf. Croquet has been dubbed ‘snooker on grass’, and the singles game between the Oxford captain Stuart Romeril and David Croker exemplified this. Like professional snooker, the players in croquet aim to create the opportunity to finish in one go, very similar to break building in snooker. After a scrappy start to the game, which could be compared to safety play in snooker, Stuart broke away and created an early lead. However, the points scored and the hoops passed can be a misleading guide to who’s winning because a good player, given the right opportunity, should finish the course in two goes or less. This theory was put into practice when, after a relatively easy miss, the Oxford captain let his opponent back into the game, and subsequently lost by 5 points. In the other singles the Oxford players won twice and lost once, and therefore the day ended in what the Oxford captain called “an honourable draw”, the scores in games three a piece. The Oxford team still have a number of home friendlies throughout term, but the main focus will be the Longman Cup, in which their first challenge will be an away fixture in Bristol, and of course the Varsity match, both of which will take place in June.ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003
A motion has been passed by St John’s College JCR and MCR in favour of adopting a tortoise as a College pet.Undergraduates are now awaiting final approval from college authorities before purchasing the animal which will inhabit the College gardens and ‘boost the collegiate spirit’.Commenting on the new addition to St John’s, JCR President Martha MacKenzie commented, “Everyone was very enthusiastic about getting a pet… The MCR went on to pass a motion in favour of a tortoise so it was brought back this week and there was much excitement. The motion passed without any objections and with lots of enthusiasm!” St John’s student Rachel Dedmen stated “We chose a tortoise because they are relatively low maintenance, and could live quite happily in our gardens, with dedicated Tortoise Reps to guard their welfare.”She added, “The tortoise will only enrich the St John’s experience, and quickly be a source of College pride – taking part in the annual Corpus Tortoise Race – and becoming a figure in St John’s history, (it will outlive all of us).”Jeremy Evans, also a student at St John’s College stated “I’m fairly neutral to the tortoise”, but commented “The extent to which it would alter my St John’s experience would probably be going to see it once or twice.”Though funds are yet to be finalised it has been agreed that the start-up expenses, as well as an annual running cost, will be shared between the JCR and the MCR.It is hoped that the tortoise will help to create closer ties between the JCR and the MCR.
Get ready for a “reely” great time at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, as the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center presents The Front Porch Holiday Slot Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Funds raised from this event will support services like breast cancer screenings and treatment for women in need at Shore Cancer Center. This event is part of Shore Medical Center’s year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary.All participants in the slot tournament will also receive a free ticket to Resorts Broadway Holiday show that day at 3:30 pm in the Superstar Theater. The Broadway Holiday Show, which stars Barbra Russell Sharpe, Ron Sharpe, Samantha Sharpe, and Friends, features the best music from Broadway favorites and many seasonal classics.This event will be hosted by Barbara Altman, host of “The Front Porch” radio show on WOND 1400AM. Masterpiece Advertising is a proud sponsor of this event.The slot tournament will be held in Resorts Casino in the slot tournament area located by the food court. Registration begins at noon at the tournament area adjacent to Soupman at the Quickbites food court. There is a $25 entry fee per person to participate. $15 of each entry fee will go toward the prize pool, with the remaining $10 donated to the Auxilary of Shore. Participants will play for 5 minutes, anytime from 12noon to 1:30pm. No RSVP is required.Resorts Casino is located at 1133 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Complete details will be available at Resorts’ Promotions Booth. Valid photo ID and Star Card is required to participate. Participants must be 21 or older. Bet with your head, not over it. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.The Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center is Shore’s original fundraising organization. Part of the Shore Medical Center Planned Giving and Development Department, the Auxiliary is made up of dedicated volunteers who work throughout the year on initiatives that include the hospital gift shop, thrift shops, golf tournaments and other community events. Since the Auxiliary’s inception in 1940, the Auxiliary has donated more than $12 million to Shore Medical Center.ABOUT SHORE MEDICAL CENTER At Shore Medical Center, located in Somers Point, NJ, kindness complements an extraordinary level of clinical sophistication. People are the foundation of this modern medical center where advanced technology harmonizes with compassionate care. Shore Medical Center attracts the area’s best physicians, nurses and clinicians, and is the first and only hospital in New Jersey and one of 80 healthcare organizations worldwide to earn Designation as a Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital®. Recognized for its dedication to patient safety, Shore has received five consecutive “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score since Fall 2014. Shore Medical Center is home to six Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedic, Emergency and Maternity and Pediatric care. Shore’s affiliations include Penn Medicine, Onsite Neonatal Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Advanced ICU Care, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Advanced Radiology Solutions. In addition, Shore is a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and has physicians on staff from the Rothman Institute. In 2011, Shore opened its Pediatric Care Center, the first of its kind in New Jersey, and its state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion. The Shore Medical Center Planned Giving & Development team (www.GivetoShore.org) creates and implements dynamic philanthropic programs that support the mission of Shore Medical Center.
Ocean City AARP Chapter 1062 members, shown here during an event in the fall, continue to keep busy and engaged by using technology and through other ways. By MADDY VITALEIn the beginning of a pandemic it becomes a reality that the many things that one takes for granted are on hold — no more gatherings or parties or events — and for some it can leave a feeling of isolation and loneliness.But Kathi Dwyer, media liaison for Ocean City’s AARP Chapter 1062, and Michele Musto, volunteer coordinator for United Methodist Communities at The Shores in Ocean City, the seniors just had to get a bit inventive and creative in ways to continue socializing – albeit at least six feet from their friend.Both Dwyer and Musto said their senior populations are tech savvy using various social media platforms to safely keep engaged. However, getting outside and being active are other highly recommended ways to stay healthy both emotionally and physically, they noted.“Many of our members are mobile and driving. I encourage them to continue social distancing, but to go for short or long walks,” Dwyer said. “There are some elderly people who are housebound and can’t get around, so talking to their friends on the phone is a good way to have contact with people.”She added that people could even partake in “distant chatting” with their neighbors in their yards.Other ways AARP members are keeping engaged is through Facebook. OCNJ AARP Chapter 1062 has a page with a wealth of information about COVID-19 from Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order requiring New Jersey residents to “stay at home” and all non-essential businesses to remain closed.A packed AARP 1062 event at the library in the winter. (Photo courtesy OCNJ AARP 1062 Facebook page)The Facebook page also contains an array of services that seniors may use, including the county’s Fare Free Transportation for needed medical appointments such as dialysis and even information about online food store ordering for all of a senior’s groceries.Dwyer said some pastimes such as reading a good book or watching old movies or upbeat Hallmark Channel shows are all great ways to get through a bad time in history.In the Facebook post to AARP Chapter 1062’s members it said:“AARP has been working to promote the health and well-being of older Americans for more than 60 years.”In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, AARP is providing information and resources to help older people and those caring for them to protect themselves from the virus and prevent it from spreading to others. You can find AARP’s coronavirus resources online at https://www.aarp.org/health/?cmp=CON-HEALTH-COVID19-031220.“We will be updating our AARP Facebook page with additional information going forward,” Dwyer said.Michele Musto, sitting, volunteer coordinator at United Methodist Communities at The Shores, with volunteers and residents, has had to be creative in designing events for the seniors to keep everyone engaged amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo courtesy Michele Musto)Musto, the UMC volunteer coordinator, said the residents at the facility, which has assisted living residents through hospice, has put together a host of ways to keep the residents active, while staying at a safe distance.One of the activities is bingo, which Musto runs twice a day, but with participants sitting far apart, she emphasized.She said there has been an outpouring of support from the community. Volunteers have created cards and letters and sent gifts to keep the residents upbeat in a critical time.“We are getting very creative in ways to connect,” Musto said. “Just because we are a retirement community doesn’t mean we can’t keep up with technology. We know it is unprecedented, so we are really pulling together to make everyone happy.”And just as AARP members need to stay connected, Musto said the UMC residents must stay active.“We have a responsibility to the families to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable and connected. We are social beings, so we are really encouraging people to do crossword puzzles, connect with each other in many ways. Write a letter. Read a good book,” Musto said.She continued, “We are just trying to get through each day and do so with a sense of humor. This is a serious situation, but you still need to keep the joy and humor and the fun in life. We are a friendly community.”For more information visit OCNJ AARP 1062 on Facebook or send an email to [email protected] To learn more about United Methodist Communities at The Shores go to the Facebook page or visit https://theshores.umcommunities.orgUnited Methodist Communities in Ocean City is a full-service care facility from assisted living to hospice.
Irish bakers could suffer as a result of a move by Revenue to significantly hike up the price of bagels, croissants and garlic bread.It has decided that these type of bakery products could increase in price by as much as 13.5%, because they were not sufficiently bread-like to be exempt from VAT.Michael Noonan, Ireland’s Finance Minister, met with representatives of the Irish baking industry to discuss the move and explained that nothing would change for at least a week until further consultations.Bakers, suppliers and retailers are thought to be angered by the decision as they felt they had not been properly informed about the new VAT rules, as well as the products that fall into this category, which could heavily affect their businesses. One supplier told The Irish Times that they had received no formal notification from Revenue and had only come across the information on its website by accident.
Vice President Joseph Biden swept into Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Thursday afternoon, showcasing two of the great strengths of his 40-plus years in politics: foreign policy and affability.“All foreign policy is the logical extension of human nature, with a lot less information to act on,” Biden said during a formal address to students at the Institute of Politics (IOP) at HKS. “And the same principles that relate to human interaction, they are critical in foreign policy, as well. People can tell whether or not you respect them or not.”Biden was at Harvard to deliver a broad survey of American strategic interests and foreign policy around the world, including China, the Middle East, Ukraine, and Central and South America, and to provide what he called “an honest accounting” of what it will take for the United States to thrive in the decades ahead.For more than a decade, Biden, 71, served as the chair or ranking member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as vice president he has played an unusually active role in a number of international issues, including nuclear arms reduction, international trade, and ending the Iraq War.Underscoring points first made by President Obama during his United Nations speech last week, Biden said the United States must update a post-World War II international order that “is literally fraying at the seams,” and successfully confront “immediate threats” like ISIS, Ebola, and Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, while still maintaining America’s values by “strengthening our core alliances, building relationships with emerging powers, defending and extending the international rules of the road, confronting the causes of violent extremism, and building a strong economy in the U.S. to underpin our ability to do anything abroad.”Biden said the country must take the lead on global challenges, but should not go it alone.“We can’t solve them ourselves, and we can’t ultimately solve them with force — nor should we try — but we can work to resolve these conflicts; we can seek to empower the forces of moderation and pluralism and economic growth; we can seek to delegitimize ISIL (or ISIS) in the Islamic World and their perverse ideology; we can cut off the flow of terrorist finance and foreign fighters,” he said.“Our response must be deadly serious, but we should keep this in perspective: The United States today faces threats that require attention, but we face no existential threat to our way of life or our security.”Following his prepared remarks, the affable Biden cut loose, grabbing a handheld microphone and eagerly taking questions from students as he crisscrossed the room, town hall-style.After Sietse K. Goffard ’15 introduced himself as the vice president of the undergraduate council as he prepared to ask a question, Biden’s “regular Joe” persona brought the house down. “Isn’t it a bitch, this vice president thing?” he quipped. “I’m joking, I’m joking, I’m joking: the best decision I ever made. I love the guy I work with.”In his comments, Biden flat-out rejected the notion that the United States could have identified and acted on the threat posed by ISIS a year ago, with the help of moderate allies in the region such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or the United Arab Emirates. “It’s fiction. It did not exist,” he said, noting that these nations were too focused on opposing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to see the potential trouble being created by arming and financing radical extremists.“So now we have a coalition, but it’s still going to be a hell of a long fight. But it cannot be, even if we wanted to, it cannot be our fight alone. This cannot be turned into a U.S. ground war against another Arab nation in the Middle East,” Biden said.Biden, who visited the IOP study group of his sister Valerie Biden Owens, a fall 2014 fellow, to chat informally before his address, told the broader student audience that they were lucky to be getting into politics at a rare, critical juncture in world history.“We are at an inflection point. The world is changing whether we like it or not,” Biden said. “The only time you get a chance to bend history a little bit is at these moments of great change. If we’re wise, if we have courage and resolve, and a little bit of luck, we can all make the world a better place, for real.”
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Transitioning offshore oil industry companies Equinor and Saipem have signed a cooperation deal to develop a floating PV concept for near-coastal sites, adding to the sea-swell of market interest in so-called ‘high-wave’ solar.The technology, based on a modular design by Moss Maritime, part of Saipem’s new-energy XSight division, aims to build on the “already established solar photovoltaic solutions for calm sea locations [but in areas with] rough weather conditions.”A 2018 World Bank report on floating solar – which centred on hydropower plant, water reservoir and in-land installations – concluded the potential of the technology “even under conservative assumptions” to be 400GW.Though floating solar remains an emerging technology, in-land arrays are being seen as an increasingly attractive option for large-scale PV deployment on reservoirs and alongside hydropower facilities, especially where land is limited.The largest such project currently is a 150MW development in Anhui, China, but, as Recharge has reported, that is soon set to be overshadowed by massive developments elsewhere in the world, including a 1GW plant in India and a sprawling 2.9GW complex off South Korea. The world’s largest floating solar array outside China – BayWa’s 27.4MW Bomhofsplas project in the Netherlands – is slated to be up and running later this month, according to its developer.Europe has taken strides in recent months to expand the market for ‘high wave’ floating PV with several projects being developed for open-sea sites. Developer Oceans of Energy’s Zon-op-Zee (Solar-at-Sea) project, the world’s first offshore solar array, “remained stable and intact” after weathering winds of up to 62 knots and waves over five metres high in the Dutch North Sea during the Ciara bomb cyclone late last year.[Darius Snieckus]More: Offshore oil industry giants Equinor and Saipem tie up for floating solar Equinor, Saipem join forces to develop ‘high wave’ floating solar technology
Kozyak wins diversity award April 15, 2005 Regular News Kozyak wins diversity award Growing up in a totally segregated city in southern Illinois, John Kozyak never had a conversation with a black person until he was in college in the mid-1960s. As the Coral Gables lawyer says, “I have done quite a bit of catching up since then.”Promoting diversity and mentoring law school students and young lawyers is his self-professed passion and mission, and Kozyak has received many awards through the years for those efforts.But a recent Diversity Advocate/Individual Award presented by The South Florida Business Journal at a Diversity Works! luncheon took on special significance for Kozyak because of the January 24 death of his hero, Henry Latimer, killed in a single car crash.Latimer, the only black elected member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, wrote this December 7, in nominating Kozyak for the award: “When it comes to reaching out to build stepping stones toward making diversity a reality in every aspect of our daily lives, John has boundless energy. His persona and demeanor are magnetic. People are moved and touched by the genuineness they sense and feel in John’s mission to bring diversity to the level where it is no longer a news item. His work is predicated solely on his belief that the playing field should be level for everyone irrespective of race, gender, religion, natural origin, or ethnicity.”When it came time for Kozyak to accept the award, he dedicated it to Latimer.“When I learned that Henry Latimer died, I cried—as many did—and decided the people he touched needed to carry on,” Kozyak said. “Although proud of my work in promoting diversity, there can be no comparison to what Henry did, so I dedicated my award to Henry Latimer.”
Area lost an icon in Raymond ZantaAnother icon passes away with the passing of Raymond Zanta. Our area has lost a great man who was a mentor to many barbers in our area plying their trade over his past 64 years. Besides his many civic achievements mentioned in his obituary, he was also a member and fine supporter of his Barbers Union Local 107. Rest in peace my friend. I remain one of your early students.Richard DiCristofaroRotterdam JunctionIf no pressure, then no impeachmentPresident Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, “ There was no pressure.”End of impeachment inquiry.However, the Democrats have chosen to start the circus back up with this. They take a secondhand (maybe third or fourth) account from an unknown “whistleblower” and run with it. Crazy is as crazy does.Brian BaldwinBurnt HillsManage your money better to pay off debtStudent debt is a hot topic right now. Should it be forgiven? Some of my friends seem to think, so according to the memes they regularly post.But many of those friends also “live their best lives” buying houses at the edge of bank approval, taking expensive vacations, buying new cars or constantly posting pictures of meals at restaurants.Through purposeful decisions and a planned budget, I paid off my student debt. I know what it’s like to feel like it is impossible to pay off such overwhelming amounts of money, but I did it and so can everyone else.The answer is money management, not putting the burden on taxpayers, many of whom have not acquired student debt of their own. There are financial advisers that can help create payoff plans or online financial videos and websites to help you do it yourself, such as my favorite, Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball Plan. Take control of your finances and take control of your life.Christal Wheeler-ClelandScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCome up with better plan for McDonald’sI attended the recent meeting at which plans for renovating McDonald’s were discussed (“Plans emerge for upper Union Street McDonald’s renovation in Schenectady,” Nov. 7).I was deeply disappointed in the plans for the site. I have concerns about both safety and aesthetics.Safety: The developers suggest adding an egress onto Union Street, creating another driveway across the sidewalk in this pedestrian-heavy neighborhood.They did not share traffic data, but it seems inevitable that adding another drive-through would increase the number of cars visiting the site. A similar McDonald’s is located on Route 50 in Glenville, a four-lane road with a turning lane.Aesthetics: The developers plan to demolish the building that currently houses Mr. Wasabi and Simon’s Menswear.It seems the McDonald’s building itself will stay about the same size but will be shifted 25 feet closer to Keyes. This means the parking lot on the Dean Street side of the site will get approximately 25 feet wider. Site plans also showed almost no landscaping to screen the huge expanse of blacktop from the neighborhood.So much work has gone into making the Upper Union Street corridor what it is today; shops and restaurants clustered in a walkable setting, with a harmonious business image.The McDonald’s as presented, taking up more than half a city block, would be unsafe and a blemish in an otherwise attractive district.If developers cannot come up with a better plan, I hope the Planning Board will reject the project.Gillian ScottSchenectadyState bail reform bill needs to be revisedWhile I fully support responsible bail reform, I voted no on the legislation set to take effect next year.I can agree that there’s no reason to hold non-violent minor offenders who pose no danger to public safety on cash bail, but this legislation goes too far.Under the new law, beginning next year, police will be forced to release criminals of violent crimes, burglaries, drug trafficking and grand larcenies.Any reform package should allow judges to hold offenders that pose a danger to others based on the seriousness of each crime and prior offenses.Keeping our communities safe is a continuing challenge. Our police departments and law enforcement agencies work at that challenge every day.But this new law makes the work of deterring crime much more difficult. The state Legislature should reconsider this bill altogether before it begins to eat away at public safety.As legislators we cannot lose sight of what it takes to keep crime down.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer represents the 111th Assembly District in the state Legislature.
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 May 2020 4:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link624Shares Advertisement Tony Adams reveals the best moment of his Arsenal career Former captain Adams won multiple trophies with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘Someone said to me the other day, “I thought you were left-footed” and that’s the biggest compliment you can give me!‘It was a very special moment. I’ve got some great memories but that’s probably the best.’Wenger’s Arsenal amassed 78 points during the 1997-98 season, pipping rivals Manchester United to the Premier League title by one point.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: William Saliba to be allowed train with Arsenal after loan spell expiresMORE: Tony Adams sends warning to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer Tony Adams has revealed the best moment of his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)Tony Adams says the best moment of his Arsenal career came in 1998 when he scored an iconic goal against Everton to help the Gunners win the Premier League.Former England captain Adams made 672 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions in an extraordinary career that spanned three decades.Adams won four English top-flight titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners and says scoring against Everton to help Arsene Wenger’s side clinch the title in May 1998 was ‘orgasmic’.Victory over Everton on May 3, 1998 would see Arsenal become champions and the Gunners secured a 4-0 win at Highbury, with Adams scoring the final goal late on.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘For me it was very spiritual to be honest,’ the Arsenal legend told Sky Sports. ‘It was one of those orgasmic moments.‘I’d been in recovery for two years – two years without a drink – and I was free in the head and feeling happy off the pitch as well as on it.‘To burst through and smash that one in… from a lad who couldn’t kick it with his left foot when he was 11. To smash that one in with my weaker foot was amazing. Comment