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Jock Strip

first_imgJock Strip always endeavours to be light-hearted but last week took a step too far. The very notion that Oxford’s glamorous and brilliant women’s football side should be commiserated on “defeat in Varsity” was absurd. Of course the real score was 4-3 to the might of the Dark Blues in a hugely entertaining encounter. The Tabs had started as favourites, having won twice in a row in 2002 and 2003, but to no avail. Apologies to readers and the side for the mistake, and the very best of wishes to the side for next season. It is all change at the top of the Oxford Sports hierarchy as Georgie Webb, third-year star of the recent Varsity basketball triumph, takes over the sabbatical post of Sports Federation President from fellow Brasenose sportswoman Libby Payne before the Michaelmas term. Given that the main task of the President is to ensure the efficient running of University sports clubs, the fact that her Basketball Club was recently chosen as the Sports Club of the Year certainly bodes well. Thursday marks the anniversary of sporting history being made at Oxford – 50 years since Roger Bannister ran the four minute mile on the track at Iffley Road. To mark the occasion, Oxford University Athletics Club are re-creating the fixture of 6 May 1964 against England AAA where the record was broken. Races begin at 3pm, with an elite mile race at 6pm, the time that Bannister set off half a century ago. Tickets for the event cost £10 and are available from the University Sports Sports Department. With dreary February mornings only a vague memory in the average rower’s mind, it is only four weeks until Eights, reminding us why anyone endures the hell of Torpids – for the sake of Summer Rowing! While the Isis is crammed with bare-chested boaties, business minded spectators can play the rowing stockmarket via www.bumpsdaq.com You can now trade in shares in Oxford colleges, gambling on race results and trying to make a virtual fortune out of your boatclub. Sounds intriguing, though Jockstrip would always bet on topless rowing over topless trading.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more


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Manor faces strike threat

first_imgEngineers at Manor Bakeries’ Barnsley site have vowed to repeat strike action if demands for a pay rise are not met.Unite union members at Carlton walked out for 48 hours earlier this week and are set to man the picket line next Monday and Tuesday. The union said 54 workers were excluded from a pay rise that the company’s 800 staff were given in 2009.However, Premier Foods said Unite workers at other Premier Foods factories had accepted a similar deal and that bakers at Barnsley were crossing the picket line to get to work.A spokesman added: “We are really disappointed at the action of 35 engineers, which undermines the future of the factory and that of our 800 permanent employees. The offer they have rejected mirrors the offers accepted by the Unite union at many other Premier Foods sites and will not be improved.”Union representative Pat Pepper said that because there was no offer on the table, members planned to continue striking until there was some serious attempt at negotiation.last_img read more


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Navy’s Blue Angels to appear over Indy to honor essential workers

first_img Google+ Navy’s Blue Angels to appear over Indy to honor essential workers WhatsApp Pinterest In advance of Fleet Week performances, U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will fly over Indianapolis as part of a nationwide salute to honor essential workers.The president said Wednesday that the Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds will be flying over major cities to pay tribute to America’s coronavirus warriors.The dates for the flyover shows, which won’t involve any stunts, have yet to be announced. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Facebook By Tommie Lee – April 23, 2020 0 657 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleBBB says COVID-19 scammers now using online puppy transactions to cheat peopleNext articleLatest coronavirus totals for Indiana and Michigan Tommie Leelast_img read more


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Olivier-Winning Sunny Afternoon Sets Closing Date in the West End

first_img The Kinks bio-musical Sunny Afternoon will take the stage for the last time on October 29 after playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre for over two years. A national tour of the production, directed by Edward Hall, will begin on August 19 at the Manchester Opera House.The show is set against the backdrop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative ’50s and riotous ’60s and features a book by Joe Penhall, along with music and lyrics and original story by Ray Davies. Sunny Afternoon explores the euphoric highs and agonizing lows of The Kinks and features some of the band’s classic songs, including “You Really Got Me,” “Waterloo Sunset” and “Lola.”Sunny Afternoon was the best performing show at the 2015 Olivier Awards, winning four awards including Best New Musical. Kinks frontman Ray Davies won for Outstanding Achievement in Music. The cast includes Doctor Who’s Danny Horn, Oliver Hoare, Tom Whitelock and Damien Walsh. At certain performances, the role of Ray Davies is played by Ryan O’Donnell. View Comments Danny Horn in ‘Sunny Afternoon’last_img read more


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New coronavirus cases fall in China but fears grow over global spread

first_imgChina reported a sharp fall in new deaths and cases of the coronavirus on Saturday but world health officials warned it was too early to make predictions about the outbreak as new infections continued to rise in other countries.Chinese authorities said the mainland had 397 new confirmed cases on Friday, down from 889 a day earlier. The numbers surged elsewhere, though, with outbreaks worsening in South Korea, Iran, Italy and Lebanon.In South Korea, authorities said on Saturday the number of new infections had doubled to 433, and suggested the tally could rise significantly as more than 1,000 people who attended a church at the centre of the outbreak reported flu-like symptoms. The World Health Organization welcomed the reported decline in new Chinese cases, but said it was concerned about the number of new infections elsewhere with no clear link to China such as travel history or contact with a confirmed case.”Our biggest concern continues to be the potential for COVID-19 (the new virus) to spread in countries with weaker health systems,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.The U.N. agency is calling for $675 million to support most vulnerable countries, he said, adding 13 countries in Africa are seen as a priority because of their links to China.In total, China has reported 75,569 cases to the WHO, and 2,239 deaths, Tedros said. According to available data, the disease remains mild in 80% of patients, and severe or critical in 20%. The virus has been fatal in 2% of reported cases. The disease has spread to some 26 countries and territories outside mainland China, killing 13 people, according to a Reuters tally.’BLUE WHALE’ ARRIVESThe latest Chinese figures showed only 31 of the new cases on Friday were outside of the virus epicentre of Hubei province, the lowest number since the National Health Commission started compiling nationwide data a month ago.But new, albeit isolated findings about the coronavirus could complicate efforts to thwart it, including the Hubei government’s announcement on Saturday that an elderly man took 27 days to show symptoms after infection, almost twice the presumed 14-day incubation period.That follows Chinese scientists reporting that a woman from Wuhan had travelled 400 miles (675 km) and infected five relatives without showing signs of infection.State television showed the arrival in Wuhan of the “blue whale” on Saturday, the first of seven river cruise ships it is bringing in to house medical workers, tens of thousands of which have been sent to Hubei to contain the virus.Social media users posted footage and images of some malls reopening, including in the cities of Wuxi, Hangzhou and in Gansu province. Shoppers queued in near-empty streets outside for mandatory temperature checks as trickles of customers in masks perused luxury goods shops and makeup counters.Iran, which had no reported cases earlier this week, has now detected 10 new cases of coronavirus, taking the number to 28 infections and five deaths.Japan, which confirmed 14 new cases on Saturday, faces growing questions about whether it is doing enough to contain its outbreak and whether the virus could disrupt this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Organisers postponed the start of training for volunteers as a precaution.FINANCIAL FEARSFinancial leaders sought to soothe investors’ fears over the outbreak, which has roiled global markets, with equities sliding on Friday.Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Saturday the yen’s recent declines were largely driven by a strong dollar, shrugging off some market views that the virus epidemic is triggering an outflow of funds from Asia.Senior Chinese central bank officials, meanwhile, played down worries about the potential damage to the world’s second-largest economy, saying the country’s financial system and currency were resilient.Chen Yulu, a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, said policymakers had plenty of tools to support the economy, and were confident of winning the war against the epidemic.”We believe that after this epidemic is over, pent-up demand for consumption and investment will be fully released, and China’s economy will rebound swiftly,” Chen told state TV.China has recently cut several key lending rates and has urged banks to extend cheap loans to the companies that are struggling to resume production and are running out of cash.The transport ministry said businesses would resume operations on a larger scale later this month and said more roads, waterways and ports were returning to normal.However, transport restrictions remain in many areas and while more firms are reopening, the limited data available suggests manufacturing is still at weak levels, with disruptions starting to spillover into global supply chains.Some analysts believe China’s economy could contract in the first quarter from the previous three months due to the combined supply and demand shocks caused by the epidemic and government containment measures.Topics :last_img read more