Love Eight Relationship on Isis

first_imgSummer Eights 2004 After last year’s historic double headship, Pembroke College came down to earth with a bump or two during this year’s Summer Eights, with New College W1 and Magdalen College M1 sitting at the top of the tables come the close of racing on Saturday. Magdalen M1 had started fourth on the river on Wednesday, and some thought that despite the obvious speed in the boat, the inherently unfair nature of bumps racing might deny the Blue-stacked crew the headship. Magdalen proved all doubters wrong by bumping Exeter, Pembroke and Oriel on successive days, to go head for the first time in fifty years, with a day to spare. Pembroke had lost the headship on Wednesday to Oriel, having been bumped well past the boat houses on the opening day. But despite bringing Theology finalist Basil Dixon into the boat for the rest of the week, Pembroke could neither gain revenge on Oriel nor hold off Magdalen as they dropped to third. Whilst the decidedly iffy weather meant that tow-path support was not what it might have been, Magdalen’s bump on Oriel was met by scenes of jubilation on the banks and boat house island, with Magdalen supporters and neutral observers alike happy to see a crew other than Oriel or Pembroke at the top of the table. Of course, it could have all been very different – Magdalen, along with Catz men and Somerville women, had failed to enter their boats into Eights on time, and the college captains could have voted to bar them from racing or impose penalty bumps – but in the end the fastest men’s crew on the river finished head, something that all too often does not occur. Oriel M1 have often been accused of arrogance, and are certainly not the most popular crew on the river. However, the entire crew, led by captain Alisdair Robbie, made a trip to Magdalen boat house after racing on Saturday to congratulate the headship holders (along with many other first division rowers), an action that deserves acknowledgement and commendation. Further down the men’s first division, renowned for the number of row-overs normally recorded, there were a surprising number of bumps, with both New College and Balliol moving up three places, although New’s bump on Christ Church on Thursday was marred by a pile up on the Green Bank which left the House’s cox Charles Thorogood in the Isis. Although everybody involved appeared anxious not to apportion blame for the incident, Thorogood had a very lucky escape as the rest of the racing boats thundered towards him before the division was eventually klaxoned. Balliol captain Andrew Crawford was overjoyed with his crew’s success after they bounced back from gaining spoons last year, demonstrating how quickly fortunes can change. Much the same could be said for Christ Church, who gained spoons to end up ninth, only three years after they had gained blades after starting in that position. Captain Lenny Martin was obviously upset by his crew’s fortunes, but took heart from Balliol’s comeback. With college stalwart Robin Bourne-Taylor returning from Olympic duty next year, the House should find it easier to persuade their other men’s Blues back in to college boats, something that they had been unable to do this summer, and real improvement is possible. But as a member of this year’s crew noted, ‘Whilst we are all obviously disappointed that we have gone down, other events this week have helped us to keep things in perspective. We’ve got spoons. It’s hardly the end of the world, compared to what happened to that poor girl from Catz.’ Indeed, a one minute silence before men’s division one on Thursday, in memory of Emilie Harris, a rower from St Catherine’s tragically killed the day before, was kept by one and all, with crews still on the river from the previous division easy-ing to show their respects. If women’s rowing ever takes second place to men’s, it certainly was not the case during this year’s Eights. In the women’s divisions New College kept us biting our nails, having to wait three days to gain the headship. Osiris coach Karl Offord reported that New had come within a foot of bumping Pembroke on the first day, and the girls in pink did not have an easy ride on Thursday either. Their downfall was to come on Friday however, when a crew member crabbed off the start and New took advantage of the mistake to make an easy bump. They then rowed over comfortably on Saturday. Other performances of note in the women’s first division were that of Teddy Hall who won blades and moved up six places on the river, including an overbump on St Hilda’s on day one, after the Christ Church and Catz had bumped out in front of them. Christ Church were also extremely quick throughout the week, moving up three for the third year in succession. With only two women’s crews achieving blades, the competitiob was fierce at every level. As one observer noted, ‘Good crews go up three, lucky crews win blades.’ Queen’s also moved up from the seconds division, putting in an excellent performance. In men’s division two St John’s, Worcester, and LMH won blades, the latter moving up from the third division, and looking assured in their new Stampfli. No blades were won in the women’s second division, although both Oriel and Worcester were impressive. Worcester’s chance of blades were foiled on the first day by a klaxon while they were chasing an overbump on LMH – the first time LMH had not been bumped in Eights for over two years. At the end of the week, the top divisions of Eights had been seriously shaken up. Whilst Oriel and Pembroke are unlikely to be on the back foot for long, it was refreshing to see change and the top of both first divisions. Almost as refreshing as that pint of Pimm’s. racing on Saturday. Magdalen M1 had started fourth on the river on Wednesday, and some thought that despite the obvious speed in the boat, the inherently unfair nature of bumps racing might deny the Blue-stacked crew the headship. Magdalen proved all doubters wrong by bumping Exeter, Pembroke and Oriel on successive days, to go head for the first time in fifty years, with a day to spare. Pembroke had lost the headship on Wednesday to Oriel, having been bumped well past the boat houses on the opening day. But despite bringing Theology finalist Basil Dixon into the boat for the rest of the week, Pembroke could neither gain revenge on Oriel nor hold off Magdalen as they dropped to third. Whilst the decidedly iffy weather meant that tow-path support was not what it might have been, Magdalen’s bump on Oriel was met by scenes of jubilation on the banks and boat house island, with Magdalen supporters and neutral observers alike happy to see a crew other than Oriel or Pembroke at the top of the table. Of course, it could have all been very different – Magdalen, along with Catz men and Somerville women, had failed to enter their boats into Eights on time, and the college captains could have voted to bar them from racing or impose penalty bumps – but in the end the fastest men’s crew on the river finished head, something that all too often does not occur. Oriel M1 have often been accused of arrogance, and are certainly not the most popular crew on the river. However, the entire crew, led by captain Alisdair Robbie, made a trip to Magdalen boat house after racing on Saturday to congratulate the headship holders (along with many other first division rowers), an action that deserves acknowledgement and commendation. Further down the men’s first division, renowned for the number of row-overs normally recorded, there were a surprising number of bumps, with both New College and Balliol moving up three places, although New’s bump on Christ Church on Thursday was marred by a pile up on the Green Bank which left the House’s cox Charles Thorogood in the Isis. Although everybody involved appeared anxious not to apportion blame for the incident, Thorogood had a very lucky escape as the rest of the racing boats thundered towards him before the division was eventually klaxoned. Balliol captain Andrew Crawford was overjoyed with his crew’s success after they bounced back from gaining spoons last year, demonstrating how quickly fortunes can change. Much the same could be said for Christ Church, who gained spoons to end up ninth, only three years after they had gained blades after starting in that position. Captain Lenny Martin was obviously upset by his crew’s fortunes, but took heart from Balliol’s comeback. With college stalwart Robin Bourne-Taylor returning from Olympic duty next year, the House should find it easier to persuade their other men’s Blues back in to college boats, something that they had been unable to do this summer, and real improvement is possible. But as a member of this year’s crew noted, ‘Whilst we are all obviously disappointed that we have gone down, other events this week have helped us to keep things in perspective. We’ve got spoons. It’s hardly the end of the world, compared to what happened to that poor girl from Catz.’ Indeed, a one minute silence before men’s division one on Thursday, in memory of Emilie Harris, a rower from St Catherine’s tragically killed the day before, was kept by one and all, with crews still on the river from the previous division easy-ing to show their respects.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

Campaign Spending Limits Up For Vote On Capitol Hill

first_imgFile PhotoINDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for campaign finance reform say the U.S. Senate is expected to make an historic vote today on Senate Joint Resolution 19.That’s the proposed constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending limits.Julia Vaughn, policy director at Common Cause Indiana, says passage of the resolution is unlikely given that it needs two-thirds support, or 67 votes, to pass.But she says broad political support is an important symbolic victory in what will likely be a long-term political effort to get big money out of politics.“We could very well lose the representative democracy that has served our country well for a long time,” she stresses. “We’re flipping really close to a government of and by the elite. And Americans are not willing to let our democracy go without a fight.”U.S. Supreme Court rulings – in Buckley versus Valeo in the 1970s and the more recent Citizens United and McCutcheon cases – have determined that spending money on elections is a form of speech or opinion, making campaign contributions, not simply campaign messages, a First Amendment issue.Indiana’s U.S. senators have not signed onto the legislation.Vaugn says the matter of big money in politics goes against core American beliefs and she says it’s hit a nerve with Hoosiers from all political backgrounds.“There is this sense of personal offense by the Supreme Court saying that a corporation has the same rights as me or that the billionaire has more rights than I do.”Passage of a constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote in Congress, and support from three-quarters, or 38, of the states.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

QPR announce Fernandes-led takeover

first_imgQPR have announced Tony Fernandes as company chairman and majority shareholder.Amit Bhatia, who has long been keen to join forces with a potential buyer, has returned to his role as company vice-chairman.Kamarudin Bin Maranun, one of Malaysia’s top businessmen, will also be involved with the club.AdChoices广告QPR say Fernandes – boss of AirAsia and the Lotus Formula 1 team – has acquired a 66% stake, buying out Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone.The popular Bhatia, son-in-law of stakeholder Lakshmi Mittal, stood down in May.He was unhappy at the removal of Ishan Saksena as company chairman and managing director, while another hike in ticket prices made Bhatia’s position untenable given his fan-friendly image and apologies for previous increases.Born in Malaysia, Fernandes was educated in England, attending Epsom College and later the London School of Economics.He is a West Ham fan and earlier this year was linked a takeover of the east London club, which did not materialise.Fernandes has enjoyed huge success in business and his many notable achievements include establishing AirAsia as one of the world’s leading airlines.QPR were widely reported to be up for sale for £100m, although that was mainly based of an off-the-cuff comment by Ecclestone in response to suggestions Mittal was keen to buy him out.There were some discussions between the pair soon after the end of last season, but they failed to make progress – much to the disappointment of many inside the club who wanted Mittal to take control.But Bhatia has always maintained that the family were keen to increase their involvement in the future.When QPR announced in March that they were discussing a possible takeover, he immediately issued a statement of his own insisting that the Mittals would not sell their stake.last_img read more

Fitness guru gives you the chance to get shape AND win a holiday!

first_imgHow would you like to get in shape AND be in with the chance of winning one of two holidays worth €1500? Letterkenny gym trainer Emmet Rushe is bringing his phenomenal Summer Shape Up challenge back for 2018, with even more fun plans in store!The Summer of 2017 was one to remember for the Rushe Fitness members.Last year saw the 1st Summer Shape up Challenge, where the members were motivated to get in the best shape ever, but also to push themselves outside of their comfort zones. And, with the added incentive of a €1000 holiday prize for the overall winner, they had no problems in rising to the challenge. Alongside the usual classes, members took part in weekly challenges in order to move them closer to the grand prize.“One of the main reasons that people fall away from training over the summer is due to family commitments and change in routine”, said Emmet.“We began running a weekly challenge and encouraged everyone to make use of our beautiful county. Within a few weeks, the challenges had taken off and had turned into a mini Wild Atlantic Way challenge and we had members doing their challenges all over Donegal and got their families involved. Some who were on holidays were doing them as far as Spain and Bolivia.” “This year, we have teamed up with Atlantic Travel in Letterkenny and have 2 prizes on offer.“The 1st prize is once again a fantastic €1000 holiday voucher, which took last year’s winner to New York for Christmas. “We also have a 2nd prize of a €500 holiday voucher from our partners at Atlantic Travel up for grabs.”Emmet Rushe launches Summer Shape up 2018 at Atlantic Travel Letterkenny And so for 2018,  The Summer Shape Up is going to be bigger and even more fun, with members being encouraged to keep up their fitness while exploring Donegal and getting in great shape in the process. .“We live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.  The photographs that we all have from last summer of adventures all over Donegal are amazing. We’re keeping fitness fun and encouraging people to experience new places with their families and friends.”If you would like the chance of winning one of the fantastic prizes on offer, or if you would simply like to get in shape for the summer, click the link below to find out more about this fantastic opportunity. The challenge begins on June 25th. https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/summer-challenge/Get a head start by reading Emmet Rushe’s fitness column on Donegal Daily here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/author/emmetrushe/Fitness guru gives you the chance to get shape AND win a holiday! was last modified: June 12th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:atlantic travelchallengeemmet rushefitnesshealthsummer shape uplast_img read more

Bali Indonesia – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite

first_imgBali, Indonesia – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineOberoi’s Indonesia is one of unhurried luxury and old-world leisure, and elite travelers can leave it to two of the brands most renowned properties, The Oberoi, Bali and The Oberoi, Lombok, to find the most inspiring ways to experience what this enticing slice of Southeast Asia has to offer.If you want a sense of how life is lived in a typical Balinese village, but without any compromise to style and luxury, look no further than The Oberoi, Bali. 74 luxury villas and lanai rooms spill across 15 acres of lush tropical gardens that overlook the Indian Ocean with an organic ease that makes the retreat feel like it’s a part of the natural landscape. The glistening Seminyak Beach frames the authentic village-style resort grounds, as villas come dressed in thatched roofs and river-stone pathways are lined with plumeria and swaying palms and come adorned with stone carvings.The comparison to old-world Indonesia ends here, however, as each villa comes replete with luxurious private pools and secluded garden bathrooms. After spending a few rejuvenating days at this tranquil hotspot, Oberoi will take you by sea or air to the nearby island of Lombok, as the Oberoi Best of Indonesia package will offer guests combining their stays at Oberoi Bali and Oberoi Lombok complimentary inter-island transfers, as well as airport or harbor pick up and drop off, replete with luxury car selection.Upon your arrival at The Oberoi, Lombok, embrace the postmodern cool and tropical hot of the resort’s elaborate design, as well as its added take on intimacy. This idyllic garden resort comes replete with 50 secluded thatched-roof villas and pavilions that are typical Oberoi-luxury, seeped in warm teak wood, woven carpets and indigenous artifacts. Spacious bedrooms and stunning sunken marble baths are privately set within pink-tinted limestone walls.It is here that ambitious guests will experience Indonesia at its best. Off the coast, embrace the warm tropical waters brimming with parrot fish, reef sharks and purple coral as Oberoi, Lombok’s Unforgettable Dive package offers guests the chance to explore three surrounding Gili islands ($2,270 for two divers). The breathtaking chance to experience fives dives at various reefs within two days is complemented by the laid-back luxuries of a five-night stay in one of the resorts bespoke suites, as well as complimentary airport transfers and daily breakfast and afternoon tea.For thrill-seeking guests who would prefer to remain on land, the Unforgettable Trek package takes guests on a 12,000-foot journey to the summit of the active volcano Mount Rinjani, before culminating in a rejuvenating soak in the sacred Segara Anak Lake’s hot springs ($1,830 for two guests).www.oberoihotels.com>last_img read more