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

Cyberbullying Prevention

first_imgWith more and more students connecting on social media via their phones and tablets, it can be more difficult than ever for parents to make sure their children are safe and making good decisions online. The majority of schools have policies in place against bullying and regulating technology use in the classroom, but social networks are usually accessed outside of school where these rules have little influence. To help minimize the risk of online bullying and abuse it is important for parents to keep track of growing trends in social media. While it seems that social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, update their policies and software constantly, it’s important for parents to keep up with these changes and also talk to their children about the newer social media networks that they’ve joined. “In today’s world we, as advocates for youth, have to stay familiar with the current mediums youth are using to communicate with,” said Oakley Perry, National 4-H Council healthy living youth ambassador. “Understanding social networking apps is imperative to keeping our kids safe.” Parents should monitor their child’s social networking accounts, but should do so in a way that still leaves their child with privacy. While it can be easy to keep track of the things kids post online, parents should avoid obsessively reading their children’s texts and tweets. When it comes to ensuring your child is not a victim of cyberbullying, it is important to be aware of the warning signs. Parents can often spot the evidence of physical bullying, but it is sometimes difficult to tell when a child is being bullied online. “Parents and adults who know the (student) should look for several behaviors that could indicate bullying,” Perry said. Not all changes in behavior may be a result of bullying, but Perry encourages parents to talk with their children about any suspicions. Some signs of cyberbullying include avoidance of school and afterschool activities, a drop in grades, a loss of friends and withdrawal from normal activities, said Extension 4-H Youth Specialist Cheryl Varnadoe. It’s also important that parents talk to their child about cyber citizenship and what constitutes cyberbullying. Nobody wants to think their child is a bully, but students who are not usually aggressive can go overboard online, said Varnadoe. “Online, people can feel invisible and capable of doing things they normally wouldn’t do in person or in public — things that they know might be wrong,” says Varnadoe. “As our kids go online in increasing numbers no matter what the electronic medium, cyber ethics is a critical lesson.” For more information about cyberbullying and prevention or to book a social media safety program, parents and teachers can contact Varnadoe at [email protected] Additional resources for social media platforms recommended by the Georgia 4-H can be found at www.fosi.com, a website for the Family Online Safety Institute.last_img read more

Pressure on van Gaal to deliver

first_imgIt’s widely reported that he could replace under pressure Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.But Jorge Mendes told Globoesporte there isn’t an agreement in place.Van Gaal will speak to the media today, ahead of the Stephen’s Day trip to Stoke.last_img