Cuppers cup conundrum

first_imgOrganisers of the inter-college JCR Association Football League are searching for the forgotten winners of what may be the oldest football trophy in the world. For more than 120 years, winning colleges have had their names engraved on silver shields attached to the cup, seven of which have now been lost. Richard Tur, Senior President of the OUAFC, stated “there is a challenge in finding out which colleges won the trophy in the missing years” Since Magdalen first won it in 1883, the trophy, worth over £5000, has been competed for annually in Cuppers by 28 different Oxford colleges. Andy James, captain of the Balliol football team who won the last Cuppers competition, said “we were very happy when we won the cup. Because of its history and prestige, we felt really proud.”ARCHIVE: 1st wek MT 2005last_img read more

Man arrested over Plush attack

first_imgAn 18-year old man from the Edgware area of London has been arrested after the assault of Teddy Hall student Jeanne Marie Ryan in Plush Lounge last week.Her attack received widespread coverage on social media after she posted a #nomakeupselfie showing the cuts and bruises that she had received.According to Ryan’s report, the suspect groped her while she was dancing, before punching her in the face when she resisted. She further reports that he knocked her to the ground, before hitting her a further 6 times when she stood back up.In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, she said, “He seemed really angry that he hadn’t knocked me out straightaway.“I was bleeding profusely and as he walked off, I was yelling at someone to stop him from getting away but he just walked out of the club.“We had chosen to go there because it’s an LGBT club and we just wanted to dance with no hassle. Everyone who goes there thinks of it as a safe space – it’s great for dancing and not being bothered by guys.”Since the attack, Ryan has set up a JustGiving page to raise money for the Oxford Seuxal Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre. At the time of writing, the page had received 2,059 donations and raised almost £15,000.The suspect was arrested at 2am on Saturday. He has now been bailed, and is due to appear at St. Aldate’s police station on 1 April.Plush Lounge commented, “We are delighted to hear that a suspect has been apprehended, and we will continue to do everything we can to assist the authorities in the hope that justice will be swift and sure.”The police statment reads:“An 18-year-old man has been arrested and bailed in connection with a sexual assault at an Oxford nightclub.The man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in connection with the incident at the Plush Lounge in Park End Street, at around 2am on Saturday (22/3).The man, who is from the Edgeware area of London, has been bailed to appear back at St Aldates police station on 1 April.”last_img read more

A quarter of Jewish students fear anti-Semitic hate crime, NUS report finds

first_imgIn a statement to Cherwell, JSoc said: “We are proud that Oxford is one of the best campuses in the country for Jewish students; there is a thriving Jewish life, a fact which has been recognised by both OUSU and the UJS (Union of Jewish Students) in recent years.“We are thankful for the positive relationships with the University, the colleges and OUSU, and are hopeful that these will continue.“However, many of the concerns in the report resonate with the Jewish Society’s members and, alongside recent events, demonstrate that more can be done to improve the Jewish student experience.“In particular, Jewish students regularly encounter hostility and offensive debate when engaging in discussions around the Israel-Palestine conflict. Jewish students have also faced difficulties regarding the provision of kosher food and the scheduling of exams on religious festivals.“We call upon OUSU to adopt the report’s recommendations, and to continue their effort to make Oxford more welcoming for Jewish students.”The report also explored Jewish student representation in university student unions.It found that a majority of Jewish students feel able to engage with their individual student unions, with 75 per cent saying that they voted in student elections and 69 per cent saying that they always or usually were able to participate in student union societies.However, 43 per cent said they did not feel their student union understood their needs as Jewish students, and 51 per cent said they did not feel represented by their student union. A quarter of Jewish students in the UK fear anti-Semitic hate crime on campus, a new study has found.A report released by the National Union of Students (NUS) found that 26 per cent of Jewish students were either fairly worried or very worried about being subjected to a physical attack, property damage, verbal abuse or theft as a result of their belief.Almost two-thirds of Jewish students had not been the victim of crime at their place of study, but two thirds (66 per cent) said they believed they were targeted a result of their faith.28 per cent of students said they had received personal abuse over social media.However, the report found that a majority of Jewish students do not believe the NUS would respond appropriately to allegations of anti-Semitism if they arose. The NUS must “regain the trust of Jewish students”, the report concluded.It comes amid ongoing concerns over allegations of anti-Semitism within the NUS.The organisation’s president, Malia Bouattia, was recently denounced for “outright racism” by the Home Affairs Select Committee, after describing Birmingham University as a “zionist outpost”.Bouattia has denied claims of anti-Semitism but apologised for any offence caused.The report also raised concern that “Jewish students have reported that they do not feel their institution understands their needs.”42 per cent of students reported there was no kosher food on or near campus, while 59 per cent said their university did not avoid scheduling classes and exams during Sabbath and Jewish religious festivals.Almost half of students said they did not feel comfortable voicing their opinions on the Israel-Palestine conflict.Oxford University Jewish Society (JSoc) welcomed the report, and urged the University and OUSU to adopt its recommendations. Sandy Downs, OUSU VP for Welfare and Equal Opportunities, said: “It’s fantastic to see that Jewish students have high engagement with their students’ unions across the country, and we should be using that relationship to help affect change.“I look forward to working with JSOC and the NUS to consider how best to interpret and enact the recommendations in the report, and its good to see that lots of the suggestions are things which OUSU is already working on (including Kosher food provision and religious festival considerations in timetabling).”The report’s author, the NUS VP Rob Young, said: “In a wider context of increasing anti-Semitism across the UK, we know that Jewish students have been feeling increasingly uncomfortable on University campuses and that there is a lot of work to be done to change that.“This research has given us a greater understanding of some of the challenges faced by Jewish students in Universities and in the student movement. I hope that the sector will act on the recommendations in this report.“Everyone should feel able to participate fully in campus life and NUS and I are fully committed to ensuring that that is the case.”An Oxford University spokesperson said: “We welcome the NUS report and are encouraged to hear that so many Jewish students across the UK are actively engaged in university life, and that Oxford’s JSoc values its positive relationship with the University. We are working with colleges to address specific issues mentioned in the report, such as the provision of kosher food and the scheduling of exams.“On the subject of hostility and antisemitism, we have always made it clear that no form of harassment or victimisation will be tolerated at Oxford. We expect all members of the University community to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration, including when engaging in political debate. “We would strongly urge anyone who has experienced harassment or intimidation on the grounds of religion or belief to come forward and report any incident to their college or to the University.”last_img read more

Spice rack: Vanilla

first_imgVanilla beans are long pods of a tropical orchid plant, which is native to Mexico but is also grown, among other places, in the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Comoros and Réunion.The pods can be cut in half lengthways and the black sticky seeds scraped out on the tip of a knife. These seeds can be added to other ingredients to make biscuits, cakes, custard tarts and other sweet pastry deserts. This is an expensive way to use vanilla, even though the pods can be used a few times before finally being put into containers of sugar to impart the last of their flavour. More commonly, vanilla extract is used. It takes six months to obtain pure vanilla extract from the beans and the extract is 35% alcohol by volume. The flavour is far superior to vanilla essence or flavouring which is derived from phenol.Why not make a berry and almond traybake, adding vanilla extract to a sponge mixture and spreading two-thirds into the base of a tin. Sprinkle the berries – for example, raspberries or blackberries – over the top and cover with more sponge mixture, then scatter flaked almonds on top. Once baked, cover with glâcé icing that has had a little vanilla extract added.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

Press release: Hen Harrier Breeding Success

first_imgThis year has proven the most successful Hen Harrier breeding season for a decade in England, with 34 chicks fledged across Lancashire, Cumbria, Northumberland and Derbyshire.There were 14 nesting attempts of which nine were successful in producing chicks. This year’s success can be put down to a variety of factors including: high numbers of voles, a key prey species, good weather and a great partnership effort.Land managers have also been carrying out diversionary feeding offering supplementary food to the chicks since they have hatched. This technique ensures the best fledging rate and diverts the adult birds’ attention from taking the chicks of other vulnerable ground nesting birds.Unfortunately three nests failed due to predation and two due to a polygamous male struggling to provide two nests at once. Half of the attempts, four of which were successful, were on National Nature Reserves. While all other attempts and successful nests were on land managed for grouse shooting; one of these nests was just off the moorland on a hill farm in-bye land.Andrew Sells, Chairman of Natural England, said: Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association said: A high proportion of this year’s chicks have also been fitted with satellite tags, a large number of which have been funded through the RSPB’s EU funded LIFE project and Natural England. We will continue to monitor the progress of these birds closely throughout the year. The Hen Harrier Action Plan has provided a blueprint that should deliver a sustainable and well-dispersed hen harrier population and unlock the predator-prey conflict to the benefit of both species. Staff from Natural England, RSPB, Forestry Commission, the Moorland Association, United Utilities, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the National Trust, Northumberland National Park and Northumberland Wildlife Trust, individual Estates and their keepers, farmers, and a large number of volunteer raptor enthusiasts have worked in partnership to help ensure the future of these birds.This partnership has helped liaise with estates, find and monitor nests, fit satellite tags and ensure that resources are available where and when we need them.Gareth Cunningham, Head of Species Policy, RSPB said: It is very important that the hen harrier has bred more widely across England this year than it has for many years. We believe this is in large part because the multi-partner Hen Harrier Action Plan is now gaining traction. Dr Adam Smith of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust said: The increase in hen harrier chicks this year is truly remarkable. These figures are a tribute to all those working hard for the survival of this breath-taking bird and show that responsible management of grouse moors must be part of the solution. That plan’s practical approach is helping confidence build in the land management sector that birds of prey can be part of our cherished sporting moorland landscapes. We are delighted to see this year a substantial improvement in the breeding success of hen harriers across upland England with grouse moors playing a key role in delivering enhanced fledging rates. Reviving the fortunes of the hen harrier has been a cause close to my heart and I very much hope that we are now on the right path. But it will take more than one good breeding season to bring about a thriving population so it’s important that there is no let-up in the efforts to conserve this magnificent bird. Whilst we acknowledge progress, this species’ population is still at critically low levels and still vulnerable to illegal killing once birds disperse. We know that our English upland landscapes can support many more breeding pairs, indeed this is an international conservation obligation. We welcome this increase in the number of successful nests this year and are proud to have played a direct role in the protection of seven out of the nine nests, through our EU-funded Hen Harrier LIFE project.last_img read more

Vulfpeck Welcomes Cory Henry & Antwaun Stanley For Insane Stevie Wonder Cover At Fool’s Paradise [Pro-Shot]

first_imgJust a couple months ago, funk fools descended on the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for the first-ever Fool’s Paradise. Hosted by Lettuce, the festival featured sets from GRiZ, Nth Power, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue and, of course, Vulfpeck.The funk darlings brought out some special guests throughout their main stage set, including collaborating vocalist Antwaun Stanley and festival artist-at-large, Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry. The collaborations culminated in an all-star jam on the song “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder, letting loose for a crazy session for all to witness. As Vulfpeck continues to gain popularity, funk faithfuls can claim they saw it first at Fool’s Paradise 2016.Fortunately, the L4LM hosted festival has some exciting pro-shot footage of this jam to share. You can watch it all go down below, courtesy of John Peckham and Fool’s Paradise.More footage of audio of Vulfpeck’s two sets at Fool’s Paradise can be found here! Enjoy it, Funk Fools.last_img read more

Fiddler’s Samantha Massell & Ben Rappaport on a Surprise Proposal and Interning with Lin-Manuel Miranda

first_img Fiddler on the Roof Related Shows Q: Samantha, you were Lin-Manuel Miranda’s intern when you were in high school at Hunter, his alma mater. What were your duties? SAMANTHA: A lot of Guitar Hero and pizza ordering! It was when In the Heights was transferring to Broadway, and he was working on West Side Story. I transcribed lyrics he was translating into Spanish, and I was at the theater doing errands. He is an amazing human being and I’m so lucky to know him.Q: That was probably around the same time Ben was selling water in the aisles of the Broadway Theatre.BEN: That was a huge [survival job]! I’m one of those people who literally can’t do anything else besides acting. One summer, my mother drove me to a group interview at The Container Store and I was the only guy who didn’t get hired.SAMANTHA: The day the Fiddler casting was announced, I was selling $6 jewelry at the Javits Center. Hey, follow your dreams and stay humble! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 Ben Rappaport & Samantha Massell photographed at cloudbar(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Comments Samantha Massell and Ben Rappaport play the coolest couple in Anatevka, a dream come true for the young Fiddler on the Roof stars. As feisty middle daughter Hodel and radical tutor Perchik, they share the touching romantic duet “Now I Have Everything,” and Massell lends her golden voice to “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Far From the Home I Love.” Out of costume and relaxing on a roof deck just south of the Broadway Theatre, Massell and Rappaport enjoy an easygoing banter and mutual admiration for each other’s talent. (She’s a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan; he won the top drama prize while attending Juilliard.) The co-stars chatted about Fiddler, Samantha’s internship with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben’s recent proposal to actress Megan Kane and much more.Q: What’s the key to your chemistry as Fiddler’s rebellious lovebirds? SAMANTHA: We have a close relationship offstage, and I think that translates. This will sound corny, but I thank my lucky stars to have a co-star like him, someone I can talk to and feel 100 percent comfortable with.BEN: I can’t name names, but I have had several experiences in the past where the female lead and I didn’t really have that. It’s like a handshake—you have to have equal pressure, not like this [he extends a limp hand]. You’ve also got to be able to have fun, on and off stage. If you can’t do that…SAMANTHA: …go home!Q: Both of you have talked about being obsessed with this show and the roles you are playing. Where did that come from?SAMANTHA: We both have a deep personal connection to the show. My family left Lithuania the same year Fiddler on the Roof is set, and I’ve been singing these songs since I was a kid. Ben and I ran into each other at our first auditions, and we were both like, “I want this job more than any job ever.” Getting to tell the story of your family is a gift.BEN: My grandparents saw the show two months ago, and their parents came from the Pale of Settlement [Jewish territory in Russia], so they had a real understanding of it. They were also big Fiddler fans. Herschel Bernardi was their Tevye, and his son Michael is in our show. Seeing them interact with him was very special.Q: Hodel and Perchik give up everything for love. Would you be willing to do that?Oooh, I’m not really sure. Obviously, I have experienced love, but it hasn’t come with having to throw anything away. I’m sure to some degree I would.SAMANTHA: I’m not sure either. But I haven’t experienced love in that way.Q: Let’s talk about Ben’s marriage proposal to Megan Kane [on January 3], captured on a super-sweet video. SAMANTHA: The proposal was maybe the best day of my life because I’m a big fan of Megan. The three of us did a [2014 holiday] concert at 54 Below, and she’s an amazing singer.BEN: I had been planning it for about six months and wanted to do it at the curtain call, but our show is long and there were all kinds of issues. Our stage manager helped arrange for it to happen backstage after the matinee, and everyone was in the wings.SAMANTHA: Let me just say that I was his first proposal of the day.BEN: That is true! Two proposals in the span of an hour and a half.Q: In an episode of Adam Kantor’s “Motel Citizen” vlog, we got a glimpse of the bar cart in Ben’s dressing room. What are the specialties of the house? BEN: Vodka soda, pretzel rods—and bourbon is always a hit. I like to be a host and make people feel at home.SAMANTHA: I’m not a big drinker, so he has seltzer and pretzel rods for me.Q: Ben, you’ve done a lot of TV. What do people recognize you from?BEN: My first big gig was an NBC series called Outsourced, which [is [mentioned] a lot; I get The Good Wife a lot. These days, it’s Mr. Robot, because that’s such a huge hit. I just wrapped a pilot [Zoobiquity] in Chicago and Bart [Sher, the director of Fiddler] was nice enough to let me shave my beard. In a way, it works for Perchik because he’s the socialist of the group, and a beard is the symbol of tradition.SAMANTHA: I’ve done a lot of commercials—apparently I’m very good at selling things on television—and I want to get into more on-camera work. Ben’s been an amazing resource for me. But musical theater sings to my soul in a way I can’t describe.last_img read more

Pond turnover

first_imgPonds are dynamic. Things are happening out there. A pond isn’t like a sandbox that you build and then send the kids to play in once in a while. It takes management and time if you want a healthy fish population.For help creating a healthy pond, contact the UGA Cooperative Extension agent in your county by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Now is the time to fertilize ponds using 2 to 2.5 gallons of liquid “pop-up” fertilizer per acre. Throw it from a bucket from several upwind shore locations or pour it into the propeller wash behind a small boat. Give it two weeks to work, then heck to see if a shiny object like a tin can lid can be seen at an 18-inch depth. If the object doesn’t disappear at 18 inches, fertilize again. Properly working fertilizer causes a phytoplankton “bloom,” which is the growth of millions of tiny plants suspended in the water. These microscopic plants provide fish food, metabolize carbon dioxide and emit oxygen into the water. Phytoplankton also colors the water. Dark water color acts as weed control by preventing sunlight from penetrating to the bottom of the pond. Spring weather signals all kinds of changes in nature. Trees sprout leaves. Plants bloom. But weather that brings nature back to life can also kill the fish in ponds.When water temperatures increase, oxygen supplies decrease in fish ponds – a dangerous combination for small fish. Cold water holds more oxygen than warm water. As water warms in ponds, it starts at the top and continues warming the water deeper in the pond. Warm water holding less oxygen can rise to the surface, a phenomenon called “turnover,” limiting oxygen for some fish.Hard rain and wind have stirred the water this spring, too, which has decreased oxygen in the water. At the same time, fish, which are cold-blooded, are coming out of winter dormancy. Their metabolisms and immune systems are slowed down. Diseases and parasites are more likely to stress fish now, especially small fish. Small fish kills are already being reported across the state this spring.A pond’s carrying capacity is closely tied to its fish population. Crappie are not recommended for small ponds because. They multiply quickly and tend to feed in the middle of the pond where the predator bass can’t limit their population. Bream begin breeding at 3 to 4 months old, when they are only three inches long. They lay five or six clutches of eggs per year. Each clutch has about 10,000 eggs. More often than not, ponds are overcrowded with bream. If you have large number of catfish or bass weighing more than 5 pounds in a pond, they are taking up capacity. A fertilized pond can support about 400 pounds of fish per surface acre. All of these factors can lead to fish kills in ponds. Another factor in fish kills is the lack of food. This year’s harsh winter killed most of the microscopic phytoplankton suspended in the water. Suspended phytoplankton supplies food for fish and gives the pond color. After a winter like we’ve had, the water is clear.While none of these factors would kill fish outright, all these factors stress the fish. With enough stress, fish can die. Fish don’t like this time of the year, when weather conditions fluctuate. They like nice, even temperatures.To limit fish loss, regulate a pond’s population. If a bream is not large enough to keep, don’t put it back in the pond. Throw it on the bank instead. Also, don’t pull out a lot of bass unless you’re taking a larger number of bream. A pond aerator can provide extra oxygen. It can be as simple as a submersible pump with a long piece of PVC pipe with one-eighth-inch holes randomly drilled in it so water can come out in many fine streams. Aerators should run at night or during cloudy days. last_img read more

Scotland earmarks £100 million for green hydrogen development efforts

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The National:The Scottish government is to commit £100 million to developing hydrogen as a greener form of power. Industry bosses said Scotland had the opportunity to be a “leading hydrogen nation” – with ministers pledging to invest the cash over five years.The funding was announced as ministers set the target of Scotland producing 5GW (gigawatts) of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 – enough to power the equivalent of 1.8 million homes. This could then be increased to “at least 25GW by 2045”, according to a new Scottish Government policy paper.Ministers will set out more detail about how this could be achieved in a hydrogen action plan, to be published next year. The UK government will also produce its own hydrogen strategy in 2021, with ministers there having similarly set the target of 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030.Ahead of next year’s action plan, the Scottish government published a policy statement setting out how developing hydrogen capacity could help with both meeting emission reductions targets and in “generating new economic opportunities in Scotland”.Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said Scotland was the first country in the UK to publish a hydrogen policy statement that “sets out how we can make the most of Scotland’s massive potential in this new sector.“Indeed, Scotland is one of the best-placed nations anywhere in the world to develop competitively priced hydrogen for our own economy’s needs and to generate a surplus in supply to export to other European nations with emerging demand but insufficient supply to meet their own needs.”[Richard Mason]More: Scottish government pledges £100m to help develop hydrogen power Scotland earmarks £100 million for green hydrogen development effortslast_img read more

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa recovers 2.6 tons of cocaine at sea

first_img PORT CANAVERAL, U.S.A. – Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa on Dec. 6 offloaded more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated US$55 million, in Port Canaveral, Fla. The Tampa recovered more than 75 bales of cocaine from the water after the suspected narco-traffickers jettisoned the contraband in an attempt to flee law enforcement. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa received an alert from a Canadian Maritime Patrol Aircraft operating in the area. Once in range, the cutter Tampa launched its embarked helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, based in Jacksonville, Fla., to pursue and stop the vessel. The vessel alluded law enforcement, but cutter Tampa crewmembers located and recovered the contraband. “The entire operation ran like clockwork,” said Cmdr. Susan Polizzotto, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa. “The cutter and helicopter crews did exceptionally well on this important mission, and we recognize the vital support of international partners that enables us to keep dangerous drugs off our streets.” This interdiction was carried out as part of Operation Martillo, a joint effort of Western Hemisphere and European nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. The cutter Tampa is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter ported in Portsmouth, Va. By Dialogo December 10, 2012 [U.S. Coast Guard (United States), 06/12/2012; Citrus Daily (United States), 05/12/2012; Florida Today (United States), 05/12/2012; Radio Caracol (Colombia), 05/12/2012]last_img read more