A very gay May morning

first_imgOxford’s traditional May Day celebrations went off without serious incident, despite several people ignoring police recommendations and jumping from Magdalen Bridge. 8,500 people packed onto the bridge on Saturday morning to hear Magdalen College Choir welcome in the dawn at 6am. 12,000 are thought to have been in the nearby area at this time. Traditionally, Oxford students celebrate May Day by jumping into the river Cherwell, but this has been discouraged in recent years because of safety fears, after one person was paralyzed. A two-metre high security fence failed to stop over a dozen from taking the plunge. Thames Valley Police acknowledged that “no one was injured” but admitted, “ideally we would have preferred it if no one had jumped.” Matthew Balaam, who had wanted to do the jump for over ten years, said, “it was fantastic, but it did hurt.” One male jumper landed on the concrete but was not seriously injured. However, Oxford City Councillor Mick McAndrews told Cherwell, theat despite being a “nice, Oxford tradition” it did need to be “properly policed”. Currently, a private security company employed by the Council provides the bulk of the security on May Day. “The money spent on stewarding seems to have been a waste,” he explained. Magdalen College Porter, Bob Porter, agreed.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

Sky High

first_imgSky Highdir Mike Mitchell2/5Billed as the American answer to the Harry Potter series, Disney’s SkyHigh has raised expectations in line with its title. It is hardly asignal for JK Rowling’s loyal following to lay down their Quidditchbrooms, but director Mike Mitchell’s film pleasingly and predictablyadheres to Disney’s magic family formula. This consists of an amplebase of flashy special effects, a moral message of tolerance andequality so blatant it feels like a truncheon-blow from the PC Police,and a sharp dash of ironic humour to keep surly teens and weary parents alike from snoring into their popcorn.That said, the screenwriters achieve nothing of the sophisticatedand cheeky humour which appreciative adult viewers have almost come toexpect since the celebrated animationShrek. With Sky High, Disney has sought to reinforce its status as theproviders and originators of reliable, old-fashioned family movies,perhaps a wiser move thanattempting to answer the challenge of their inventive and irreverentrivals at Dreamworks.The film charts the arrival of Will Stronghold, son of the world’sgreatest superheroes, the Commander and Jetstream, at the super-kids’highschool, located (as those who’ve figured out the devilishly clevertitle pun will guess) in the sky. Initially, due to his apparent lackof superpowers, dejected Will is lumped in with the class of sidekicks,who, to avoidcausing offence, have been collectively re-dubbed ‘Hero Support’.ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img read more

Thomas the Baker partners chef for pint-sized pudding

first_imgThomas the Baker has been working with Michelin-starred chef Jeff Baker on creating a pint-sized pudding for consumers this Christmas.The special edition Triple Chocolate Stout Christmas Pudding has been given a twist by chef Baker, with the addition of Saltaire Brewery’s Triple Chocoholic Stout, as well as Belgian chocolate chips.Baker said: “Thomas’s Christmas Pudding is already an award-winning 70-year-old recipe so it was a tough one to improve. We did five or six trials and decided to swap the Guinness for stout and soak the fruit in this for a week to get just the right ‘savoury’ flavour.”John Thomas, managing director of the Yorkshire-based bakery, said: “We are famous for our distinctive and award-winning Christmas puddings and were keen to tap into the unique and luxury handmade pudding market, which has been trending widely in the last few years.”last_img read more

Arboretum and Boston Teachers Union School partner for science education

first_imgGrowing out of a longstanding commitment to sharing knowledge about the natural world, the Arnold Arboretum’s educational programming for children began in the 1980s with the introduction of field study opportunities in the historical landscape. While this programming continues to thrive today, the Arboretum’s Boston Teachers Union School collaboration is designed to provide science instruction as an integral part of student learning throughout the school year. Funded through the generous support of a private donor, the program includes lessons on plant and animal life but also nurtures a broader understanding of science in general, intending to spark curiosity through thought-provoking activities that promote observation, reasoning, and language skills.Collaborating with the BTU School has opened avenues of discovery for both students and their instructors, and both teachers and parents have noticed a spike in the children’s enthusiasm for learning science. In addition to engaging students in the classroom, the Arboretum hosted the students for field studies in the landscape, creating opportunities for students to expand on their indoor experiments through an exploration of the Arboretum’s living collection of plants. Some of the students will learn elementary botany by growing plants in their classrooms this spring, and all will return to the landscape when the weather warms to continue to learn about science in the field. Whether in the classroom or on the Arboretum grounds, students and educators both look forward to the continued flowering of this unique educational partnership.Learn more about the Boston Teachers Union School and its partnership with the Arnold Arboretum. Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_img All of the state except the northwest corner is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions. The northwest corner has mild drought conditions. As of now, the northeast, west central and southern third of the state have severe drought conditions, based on the Palmer Drought Severity Index. The remainder of the state has moderate drought conditions. Showers this week will bring some short-term relief, but most of Georgia is still invarying degrees of drought conditions.Entire state dry Soil moisture and crop condition The weather outlook through May doesn’t look promising. It has taken a year for the present conditions to develop. It’s going to take several days of rain to make a significant dent in the drought. The dry conditions started in May 1998 and first became critical last summer. Normally, soil moisture is recharged during the winter. But that didn’t happen last winter. In October through March, total precipitation was in the bottom 15th percentile for the northeast and southern two-thirds of the state. With soil moisture reserves extremely low, early crop and pasture growth is being hindered. Dry soils are inhibiting proper germination of cotton in some areas of the state.center_img Outlook not promising County Extension Service agents rated 83 percent of the state’s topsoil moisture as short or very short. That’s up 16 points from last week, said Bob Bass, state statistician with the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service. Crop conditions vary considerably. The wheat crop was rated at 30 percent poor to very poor, compared to 13 percent last week. But with 21 percent of the onion harvested, 87 percent of the crop rated fair, good or excellent, Bass said.last_img read more

Ian Wright hails Willian signing and backs forward to help Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Aug 2020 4:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.9kShares Willian swapped the blue of Chelsea for the red and white of Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright believes Willian joining Arsenal on a free transfer is a ‘magnificent’ deal for his former club and claims the Brazilian’s arrival is only going to have a positive impact on fellow countryman Gabriel Martinelli.Willian, 32, put an end to months of speculation over his Chelsea future by putting pen to paper on a three-year deal at Arsenal worth around £220,000-a-week.There has been some surprise about the length of Willian’s contract since the move was announced and Wright admits he understands these questions from fans and pundits, considering the forward is in the twilight years of his career. Wright thinks Arsenal have completed a ‘magnificent’ deal for WillianWright says the addition of a serial winner like Willian is only going to help in the development of young Arsenal attacker Martinelli.He added: ‘He creates chances and scores goals and that’s what we need. There’s that Brazilian connection and getting a player like Willian has got to be good for our young players because he’s a winner. The more winners we can get in there the better.‘David Luiz is a winner. I don’t care what anyone says, I will always come out and back David Luiz whatever happens because I know his heart is in the right place and he wants to do the right thing for our club. I think he will transfer that into Willian and Willian will start feeling what we’re about.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘That’s only going to help Gabriel Martinelli, to have two experienced compatriots and Brazilian team-mates that he’s being involved with. I look at it from a playing point of view and it’s win-win for me.‘I’m delighted he’s there and fingers crossed it works out for him.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: The real reason Raul Sanllehi decided to leave Arsenal after sending warning to boardMORE: Arsenal legend Thierry Henry emerges as candidate to replace Quique Setien at Barcelona Ian Wright hails Willian signing and backs forward to help Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli Advertisement Ian Wright hails Willian signingTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:00FullscreenIan Wright hails Willian signinghttps://metro.co.uk/video/ian-wright-hails-willian-signing-2231222/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Of course, yes it is short-term but when you look at where we are at the moment, our financial restraints in respects of the money that we have or haven’t got, I think it’s a magnificent signing when you look at somebody of his calibre.‘I thought he was excellent for Chelsea last season. He didn’t play as often as he would have liked but every time he played he would bring something and create something and the different positions he can play in.Will Willian be a success at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘I think at this stage of his career coming to Arsenal with the young players we’ve got, with the experience he brings got and the creative ability and the fact he can play in different positions and you’ve heard Mikel speak about it… I just feel that it’s a brilliant deal for us, where we are.‘I’m not going to argue with people about the length of time. Of course, it’s a long time for a player of his age to get in respects of his contract. You can question that. If I’m Willian, I’d probably try and go for the same amount of time.‘But if he can be a part of creating enough. Because let’s face it, we didn’t create nowhere near enough from our midfield last season. It’s not a slight on the players, it just didn’t happen for us.‘I thought Dani Ceballos was, towards the end of the season, magnificent in the way he played and maybe fingers crossed that might happen.’ The Brazilian’s contract expired at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)But the legendary ex-Arsenal striker has full confidence in Mikel Arteta’s decision-making process and predicts the move will turn out to be a savvy piece of business for the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Obviously there’s people talking about Willian’s age and where he’s come from but you only need to listen to Mikel and how he speaks about a player like Willian,’ Wright said on his official YouTube channel.last_img read more

AP7 paves way for first risk factor investments

first_imgThe procurement of long/short risk premium mandates, however, was part of a regular process at AP7, she said, with the fund having had the mandates in place since 2005. Ingrid Albinsson, AP7Albinsson told IPE a year ago that the fund was considering the use of risk factors for diversification purposes.Asked how much of the portfolio AP7 would allocate to these risk-factor mandates, Albinsson said this had not yet been fixed.“The procurement is in an early stage and the allocation has not been decided, more than the fact we will be looking for one to three mandates as described in the procurement information,” she said.The risk-factor investments will focus on equities and currency exposure, she added.AP7 operates a large equity fund – mostly a passive global portfolio with an extra 25% of market exposure through leverage, and a smaller fixed-income fund. The two funds are combined for individual savers using a life-cycle approach.The passive global part of AP7’s equity fund is managed by external managers, and on top of this, it has a number of private equity and what it calls “active alpha” managers.The deadline for applications in response to the tender for advice is 8 March.In May 2017, an IPE focus group poll showed most European pension funds in a sample had allocated funds to strategies using risk-factor investing concepts. Swedish national pension fund AP7 has put out a tender for advice on “active alpha” procurement as the fund prepares to add risk-factor investments to its portfolio for the first time. AP7, the SEK430bn (€43.1bn) default provider of the premium pension portion of the country’s state pension, said it was looking for between eight and 12 managers to run strategies in three categories.These categories are long/short equity, long/short risk-factor strategies and risk-reducing strategies. AP7 is looking to allocate five to 10 mandates in the first category, between one and three mandates to the second and between one and three for the third category.The pension fund’s CIO Ingrid Albinsson told IPE: “The specification of risk-premium mandates in the search is part of the diversification effort that has been going on since last year in the equity fund.”last_img read more

Ramey follows learning season with 2018 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national title

first_imgKevin Ramey followed his RaceSaver Nationals title with the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national championship. He is pictured at left with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith and IMCA President Brett Root at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)FORT WORTH, Texas – A learning season in 2017 paid national championship dividends for Kevin Ramey in 2018.Ramey won a division-best 16 features en route to his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national crown.“We could not have asked for a better season. We were blessed,” said Ramey, from Fort Worth and track champion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway and RPM Speedway and Texas State champion as well. “It was just a phenomenal year.”He won eight times at Devil’s Bowl and seven times at RPM, plus a checkered flag run in the June 29 Sprint Series of Oklahoma at Red Dirt Raceway.“We lost a lot of races to rain, but we were consistent when we did race and when we looked at them, we saw we were up there in national points,” Ramey said. “There are a lot of good drivers at both our weekly tracks but this was one of those seasons where no matter what happened, it worked in my favor.”Ramey had 31 starts on the season. He finished outside the top five just once, breaking late while running fourth in a July show at Mesquite.“We got shock help from (defending national champion) Marcus Thomas and picked up our motor program.” Ramey explained. “Obviously our cars are good and we work on them every week. I do the same thing over and over and it works for me. We didn’t change setup more than a couple times all season.”Ramey’s son Dylan was in charge of regular service maintenance. He spends considerable time in the shop and also races a factory stock.“I’ve raced a Sprint Car since the 1990s and had raced IMCA off and on before this year,” Ramey said. “Last year I had back surgery but raced more later in the season. We tried some different things and made it a learning season. Some things worked, some didn’t.”Enough of those things worked that Ramey won six of 13 IMCA starts, then finished third in the main event and won the Jake Ita Memorial at the RaceSaver Nationals.He became the first driver with both national and RaceSaver Nationals titles on his IMCA resume by winning the sixth annual event at Eagle Raceway this September.“The RaceSaver Nationals are like the Chili Bowl to me. I don’t know why I’d ever miss it,” Ramey said. “The best of the best were at Eagle and it was a privilege racing with them.”While most of the hardware Ramey has taken home over the course of his career is displayed in the shop, the RaceSaver Nationals trophies and championship belt have their own special place in the house.“If I was going to guess,” he said, “the national championship trophy will go somewhere in the house, too, probably in Dylan’s room.”Wins                                   Top Five Finishes                       Starts16                                       30                                             31HIS CREW: Son Dylan, Jaime Geer and Brent Bullard.HIS SPONSORS: Jambo BBQ Pits of Fort Worth; Smiley’s Racing Products of Mesquite; Dirt Defender of Red Oak; Graham’s Wrecker Service of Dallas; Lightning Wings of Tulsa, Okla.; Precise Racing Products of Bennington, Neb.; Keizer Wheels of Orange City, Iowa; and Hoosier Tire.last_img read more

Local dance company plans Spring Concert, ‘City Lights’

first_imgPictured R-L are Emilia Hofer and Abe Trossman.Batesville, In. — Southeastern Indiana Dance, Inc. will hold the Spring Concert Sunday, May 5 at 2 p. m. at the East Central High School Performing Arts Center. The performance is completely free.The theme for this concert is “City Lights.” Lydia Woodward, Director, stated, “All the group dances are to music with the name of a city in the title. Some songs include “Moon Over Miami,” “Honolulu Baby,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” It’s going to be a great afternoon of fun and dance!”The concert includes ballet, modern, musical theater, jazz, hip hop, and tap dances. Additionally, eight solos and two duets.will be presented. Choreography is by Woodward, Brittany Nicholas, and Toni Miles.Students, from Batesville, Oldenburg, Hamburg, Sunman, Greensburg, Brookville, St. Leon, Milan,  Dillsboro, Cedar Grove, Moores Hill, Metamora, West Harrison, Rushville, Osgood, Guilford,  and Laurel, IN, range in age from 4 to 18-years-old. They include Charlotte Anderson, Abigail Balash, Madelyn Balash, Abbi Barker, Teagan Barker, Sophie Beck, Aiden Belew, Emerson Belew, Macey Benjamin, Clara Black, Lila Blessing, Allison Bohman, Breanna Bohman, Taylor Bolling, Joy Brewer, Talyan Burkhart, Reece Busch, Riley Callahan, Sophie Cassidy, Madelyn Comparone, Lucy Dole, Rebecca Durham, Sarah Durham, Kaylee Effing, Haley Feiss, Charity Frommeyer, Alexis Gallagher, Nate Geis, Addison Glaub, Eden Goniea, Leah Goodin, Ashley Gowdy, Laine Greathouse, Charlotte Harmeyer, Mary Harmeyer, Kaylee Hochstetler, Mia Hofer, Adriana Hoff, Lily Ison, Annabelle John, Daisy Jordan, Margot Keller, Kate Kinker, Macy Kinker, Stella Lecher, Addisyn Lemmel, Katie Lipps, Addison Luers, Gena Mack, Brielle Maple, Elliana McLain, Francesca Myers, Cate Neuman, Alexis Nobbe, Elaina Nobbe, Abigail Obermeyer, Ava Obermeyer, Lila Obermeyer, Ella Parsons, Annie Patterson, Maggie Peters, Ava Pierson, Jozey Powers, Stella Prickel, Bethany Purvis, Paris Raab, Tess Rennekamp, Madison Rohls, Kaycee Rowland, Kendal Ryan, Lydia Sarringhaus, Solara Scheel, Amelia Spielmann, Eleanor Spielmann, Abe Trossman, Brooklyn Tuttle, London Tuttle, Presley Vanderpool, Lauren Voss, Leigh Walmsley, Sophie Wesseler, Abigail Weigel, and Gabrielle Williams.last_img read more

Isaac Success: Disgraced ‘foursome’ Specialist

first_imgIsaac Success only appeared in the first two matches for Nigeria at the 2013 FIFA U- 17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirate before he was sidelined by an injury for the rest of the competition. However, his potential was not lost to scouts and it came as no surprise when in November of the same year, Udinese of Italy requested for his signature. Last season, he moved over to Watford in the English Premier League for a club record fee. During the week, he was in the news again but for the wrong reasons. After managing one goal in 19 appearances for the Hornets, Success felt he could do better in 90 minutes with four hookers, Kunle Adewalereports In spite of not being a regular since the beginning of last season, Isaac Success insists he is not getting tired of the super-sub tag he is fast earning at Vicarage Road.He said: “I’m a Watford player and if I get a chance to play in any way, I have to help the team, even if it’s only two or three minutes. It’s not frustrating being a substitute, I’m just happy to be among the 18 players selected for the game. Every time I get to play, I just want to help the team. I just have to keep working hard and see what comes up. I brought a lot of energy to the team when I came on, that’s what I’m about. As a striker, I’m ready to play anywhere in the forward line and it’s just up to the coach to give me the instruction where in particular I have to play.”Last week, Success allegedly paid four hookers $2,000 for a hotel romp but failed to score with any of them after drinking two bottles of Baileys and the 21-year old was arrested after angrily demanding his money back.Escort Alexis Domerge said the Watford star boasted of his prowess in the bedroom after paying the women $2,000 for a hotel romp. But Success drank two bottles of Baileys and then repeatedly failed to score with the hookers.When the women decided to blow the whistle on Success’s lackluster performance after 90 minutes, he angrily demanded his money back.He was arrested in the hotel lobby after cops were called.Domerge, 24, said: “He accused us of ripping him off and asked for his money to be returned. It was terrifying. He had paid four of us $500 each to party with him, and we all got naked as soon as the money came through on our phone bank accounts. He was drinking Baileys straight from the bottle. He must have chugged at least two. I pulled off his shorts and got down to it with three other girls doing everything you could imagine. But he was getting frustrated. What do you expect if you drink two bottles of Baileys straight from the bottle?”Fellow escort Michaela Carter, 30, said: “He had a nice body and all four of us massaged him for a full hour and a half as long as a football match would last. He had been boasting to us all night about how much he earned and how much fun we were going to have. But it’s fair to say that Mr. Success did not live up to his name during our night together.”Carter said his age showed: “He seemed a bit shy and awkward, probably because he’s only 21. After a bit of chat, Alexis took charge and said it was time to get down to business.“Alexis laughed and told him, ‘We want your money before the honey.’ So he transferred $2,000 straight to one of the girls, which was divided between the four of us.“The partying started as soon as the money came into our accounts and we all stripped off. All five of us were squirming around on the bed but after a while we realised the Baileys had taken its toll. Eventually, I told him I couldn’t stay any longer, and we couldn’t give him extra time. That’s when things started to get nasty.She said there was “a lot of screaming.”“At that point the police were called,” Carter said. “We were all making a terrible racket. I ended up with a slight cut on my face and a bruise on my arm during the chaos. I don’t know how it happened. During the row I also stumbled backwards and broke the heels of my $600 Louboutin shoes. It meant I was already £100 down.”Success, a Nigerian international who earns $30,000 a week, allegedly booked the four girls after spending the night at a lap-dancing club in London’s West End.In the early hours, the women were given the details of the luxury Sopwell House Hotel, Herts, where Success had hired a first-floor suite.Carter said: “We met him and a couple of his mates in reception but they left, leaving just Isaac and the four of us. We went up to his room. It was a nice room, and I could tell he had lots of money because there were designer clothes in there and Christian Louboutin trainers, which can cost $800 a pair.“He offered us drinks then started boasting about how rich he was. He said, ‘You won’t believe how much I earn in 90 minutes.’”Domerge, from Brooklyn, said: “I was actually quite turned on by his body. He’s beautifully toned. Eventually, Michaela and one of the other girls broke it to him that they couldn’t stay any longer.“But he then accused us of ripping him off and demanded his money back. Several police cars arrived really quickly and about five officers came in and cuffed his hands behind his back and took him outside.“Success admitted that he had paid us for sex, but he also claimed we’d cheated him out of the cash, without mentioning the reason why he didn’t have sex.“All this commotion was more than the hotel management could take and they ordered us out of the hotel — including him.”The women said Success later called his bank and had the payments to them stopped.Domerge said: “We couldn’t believe it when he accused us of cheating him and got the bank to get him his money back.“We made a deal and it wasn’t our fault he didn’t have a good time. His behavior was off the scale.”A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating an allegation of assault reported to have occurred at 6.30am at Sopwell House in St Albans on Monday September 11.“A 21-year-old man was arrested and de-arrested and inquiries are ongoing.”A representative for the player said: “We strongly refute all allegations against Isaac and will vigorously fight to clear his name.”Success signed for Watford from Spanish side Granada for $12.5 million last July — then a record fee for the Hertfordshire club. He has struggled to make the starting lineup since.Born in Benin, Success started his football career with local side, BJ Foundation Academy after which he left for Caitlin Fallows.In November 2013, Success agreed to a five-year deal with Udinese for a €400,000 fee.In July 2016, Success agreed a five-year deal with Watford in a record transfer fee, estimated around £12.5 million. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramcenter_img S ince his record transfer from Granada to Watford, Isaac Success has not been successful at hitting the back of the net for the Hornets, managing just a goal in 19 appearances to the disappointment of fans. The Nigerian however seeks new Haven in a hotel room with four hookers, but yet failed to literally hit the back of the net of the hookers.last_img read more