Oxford pays tribute to Sir Roger Bannister

first_imgFigures from across the Oxford community have paid tribute to Sir Roger Bannister, who passed away last Saturday aged 88.Sir Roger, an Oxford undergraduate, was the first athletics runner to complete a mile in under four minutes, which he achieved at Iffley Road in 1954.A gold medal winner at the 1954 Commonwealth Games, Bannister later became an Oxford academic neurologist, and Master of Pembroke College.He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011.The University’s vice chancellor, Louise Richardson, said: “Roger Bannister epitomised what it means to be a living legend.“He was a regular presence at university events and remained committed to Oxford University to the end, engaging with students, challenging academics, and inspiring all of us.”Prof Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor: “Roger Bannister epitomised what it means to be a living legend. He was a regular presence at university events and remained committed to Oxford University to the end, engaging with students, challenging academics, and inspiring all of us”— University of Oxford (@UniofOxford) March 4, 2018 Sir Roger matriculated in Physiological Sciences at Exeter College in 1946, soon becoming President of the Athletics Club. He later became an Honorary Fellow of the College.Rector of Exeter College, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, told Cherwell: “Exeter is very proud to have been Sir Roger’s undergraduate college.“We at Exeter will miss him deeply, not least at the annual welcoming party each October for our new visiting students at which (with his wife Moyra and his fellow Exeter alumnus the author Philip Pullman) he spoke each year.”Marvellous to see so many warm tributes being paid to Sir Roger Bannister, who died surrounded by his family on Saturday. A pioneer of sport and of medicine. He regularly took time to talk with Exeter’s students and to encourage them— Exeter College, Oxford (@ExeterCollegeOx) March 5, 2018Sir Roger served as Master of Pembroke College between 1985 and 1993. Oxford University Athletics Club President, Miles Weatherseed, told Cherwell the club was “deeply saddened” to learn of the death of a “club legend”.He said: “Nearly anyone who has ever set foot on an athletics track is aware of his groundbreaking achievements back in 1954.“What took place on a windy cinder track at Iffley Road rightly stunned the world and heralded the start of an era of new possibilities in middle distance running.“There are barely any from whom a young athlete can draw so much inspiration.“The likes of Sir Mo Farah or Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, although still hugely inspiring, are far harder to relate to than a keen young Oxford medic, running for the pure enjoyment of it back in the 1950s.“The spirit of amateurism and the task of balancing his studies with his running are a far cry from the hugely commercialised and professional setup one sees in athletics these days.“The thoughts of everyone at the Oxford University Athletic Club are with his family and close friends at this difficult time.“We are sincerely grateful for all that he did for his university, his sport and his country, and he will be remembered forever as one of the true greats.”center_img A spokesperson for the College told Cherwell: “The Pembroke community is saddened by the death of former Master and Honorary Fellow, Sir Roger Bannister.“[He] took a deep interest in each student and their successes. He sustained that interest and remained a frequent visitor to College events right up until the end.“Sir Roger’s legacy will live on in College, through the Sir Roger Bannister Scholarship and the Bannister Medical Scholarship which are awarded annually. In addition to this portrait, many of Sir Roger’s athletics trophies are displayed in the College Hall.“His memory will continue to inspire future generations of Pembroke students.”Remembering Sir Roger Bannister – here is a video of him carrying the Olympic torch around our Iffley Road track in 2012: https://t.co/2USQbFRQ9N— University of Oxford (@UniofOxford) March 4, 2018Bannister was Chairman of the Sports Council (now Sports England) and was knighted for services to sport in 1975.He published more than 80 academic medical papers, mostly relating to the autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular physiology and multiple system atrophy.In 2012, Sir Roger carried the Olympic flame in the Oxford University track stadium, which is named after him.Lord Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University, said: “My wife and I were very sad to hear about Roger Bannister’s death.“He was not just one of the great athletes of the last century but a superb doctor and servant of Oxford University.“He was a man of great distinction and honour in every sense.“We will miss him enormously.”Sir Roger’s family said in a statement that he had “died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them.“He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”last_img read more

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IS IT TRUE NOVEMBER 15, 2017

first_imgEDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we have been told because of recent increases in the County Income Option Tax (CIOT) and the Wheel Tax that Vanderburgh County may now have the money to fund the expansion of the county jail?IS IT TRUE that after over two centuries of statehood the State of Indiana is finally on the verge of allowing alcohol sales on Sunday?…a panel of experts established by the State of Indiana has concluded that firewater should be available on Sunday just like it is in nearly every other place on the planet?…Hoosiers have always been able to purchase booze on Sunday but only at certain times and only at bars or restaurants where beer and cocktails are marked up by a factor of more than 100% when compared to the cost at a grocery store or liquor store?…it is encouraging that Indiana may finally be coming out of the Stone Age with respect to alcohol sales as we all know that buying more on Saturday has always been the way to defeat the idiocy that the state hath wrought?IS IT TRUE it will be interesting to see if the powers that be will lift the ban on selling automobiles on Sundays too?…this is a ban that has mystified most people who are aware of this relic of the past when “blue laws” were passed to appease temperance league devotees and cars got caught up in the mix?…we cannot understand how a state with four border states that allow and even encourage vehicle sales on Sundays could every think that restricting auto sales on Sunday was good for business?…this is one of the things along with alcohol sales that the Chambers of Commerce in Indiana should be flogging the state government over as it hurts Indiana businesses and diminishes sales tax collections?…we are amazed that pizza sales are allowed on Sunday given the Dark Age thought process that our laws come from?IS IT TRUE a group of American veterans who deal with some of the most debilitating mental anguish has called upon the State of Indiana to legalize medicinal marijuana? …some Veterans  feel that legalizing medicinal marijuana and decriminalizing small amounts may just cut back on the overcrowding problem at the Vanderburgh County jail?…they also feel that the pro-keeping someone who possessed a small amount of marijuana in jail at $50,000 per year cost to the taxpayers is bordering on insane?IS IT TRUE the City of Evansville has voted to give a $500,000 tax abatement to a distribution center for golf equipment that will be hiring about 50 people at an average wage of roughly $15 per hour?  …we been told that distribution centers much like call centers sometimes have very little economic impact on any regional economy?  …we hope that the new golf equipment distribution center will?IS IT TRUE last night the Vanderburgh County Democratic party had a very successful Dinner/VIP reception fundraising event?  …over 100 people attended the VIP reception and 185 attended the dinner?  …we are told this was the most successful fundraising event that the local democratic party have had in many years?  …it looks like party chairman Scott Danks has the party headed in the right direction?IS IT TRUE that the IRS has now documented that there has been massive migration of high earning individuals from high tax states to low tax states?…the big winner has been Florida with the losers being made up of Illinois, New Jersey, and New York?…we doubt that the people running these states with notice until their checks start to bounce?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that the State of Indiana should allow alcohol sales on Sunday?  Please take time and read our other articles entitled “StatehouseFiles, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Garaj Mahal Announces Full-Blown Return With Lineup Changes

first_imgLast year, at Element Music Festival in British Columbia, Garaj Mahal returned to the stage after a nearly seven-year hiatus. The performance was unexpected, though fans rejoiced at the fact that the wildly diverse jazz-fusion quartet was back together once again.Seemingly, the energy of the performance gave the band—comprised of Fareed Haque (guitar), Kai Eckhardt (bass), Alan Hertz (drums), and Eric Levy (keys)—new forward momentum, and in February of 2018, they announced their first shows in the United States in seven years. Following Garaj Mahal’s highly anticipated U.S. return, which happened over the weekend in Colorado, today, bassist Kai Eckhardt issued a statement on the status of Garaj Mahal moving forward.After thanking fans and promoters for encouraging their improbable reunion, Eckhardt notes that the group has received “a stream of very good offers from festivals.” However, he also adds that the group has “virtually no availability from all four members at the same time until further notice” given bandmembers’ children and other responsibilities that make scheduling difficult.After weighing the options, Eckhardt and guitarist Fareed Haque have decided to move forward with the project as co-leaders. He adds that Garaj Mahal’s lineup will still contain the original members of the group, but to make scheduling work, the group will expand to have a rotating lineup of musicians when others are unable to make it to shows:We are going to present a couple of new line-ups while at the same time keeping the original members on board as part of the family. Nobody gets fired. Instead we are expanding our inner circle to include some amazing musicians yet to be discovered by many of you. Our long time members are still our musical equals in the mix, but to the degree they are not available, Fareed and I will be in charge of navigating the ship.Following the announcement that Garaj Mahal is seemingly here to stay, albeit in less traditional lineups than expected, he notes that the group will forge forward into “a time of exploration and venture into the unknown,” adding that, “We are going to rely on the highest level of musicianship within the context of good vibes on stage. Rather than competing with our own legacy, we will allow for something new to be born from the love we have for our fans and the music.” He also explains that given that tumultuous climate in the world right now, the group must act on its mission to “to reach for unity in harmony through music.”He ends his note by thanking fans again and hoping that they will “share this journey with us, pushing the envelope and learning together with us by trial and error,” before ending with a stanza of Garaj Mahal lyrics that reiterate the band’s desire to help the world come together.You can read the full statement below, and stay tuned for performance and lineup announcements from the band in the future!Dear fans and promoters,After a seven year hiatus, the doors of the Garaj Mahal have opened once again thanks to you, our loyal fans both in Canada and the United States. It was your demand for our return that prompted promoters to reach out to us with great offers – first at Element Music Festival in BC – and then last weekend in Colorado at The Caribou Room and Psychedelic Ripple. Our reunion was highly improbable, almost impossible, but here we are.Despite our joyous reunion the future of our band ended up looking bleak because of restrictions placed on individual member’s availability. Since our early days, children have come into the mix and economic responsibilities have risen to a new level, keeping part of the team locked into other responsibilities including a year-round contract with another band.Being the band mediator made me aware of the catch 22 we are currently facing between a stream of very good offers from festivals – and virtually no availability from all four members at the same time until further notice.This left me with only one of two choices:To retire the band with a slim possibility of resurrecting it several years from now, or to co-lead with the member who was free to get on board and move ahead right now.After weighing the pros and cons, consulting with band members, agents and promoters…I asked Fareed Haque to join forces with me in co-leading Garaj Mahal.We are going to present a couple of new line-ups while at the same time keeping the original members on board as part of the family. Nobody gets fired. Instead we are expanding our inner circle to include some amazing musicians yet to be discovered by many of you. Our long time members are still our musical equals in the mix, but to the degree they are not available, Fareed and I will be in charge of navigating the ship.What fans can expect from us in the near future is a time of exploration and venture into the unknown. We are going to rely on the highest level of musicianship within the context of good vibes on stage. Rather than competing with our own legacy, we will allow for something new to be born from the love we have for our fans and the music.Out there in the world today, there is so much pain, fear, separation and conflict. Because of that we can not stay home and wait right now. Garaj Mahal has a mission to accomplish and that mission is to reach for unity in harmony through music.With appreciation and humility we thank our fans who have helped us come this far. We hope you will continue to share this journey with us, pushing the envelope and learning together with us by trial and error. We take risks. Sometimes we fall, but surely we will rise.I shall leave you with a little snippet of Garaj Mahal’s lyrics:“Rich or poor, black or white,straight or gay, religious or not,like it or not,lessons are learned in the melting pot.This is not the time to be small,this is the time to stand tall,listen to the rhythm of your heartwe all play a partin the never ending dance of life…”-Kai Eckhardtlast_img read more

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Vogel wins Gelber Prize for book

first_imgHenry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus Ezra F. Vogel has won the 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize for his book “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China,” published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. The book was named the winner by a five-person jury and selected from their previously announced shortlist.The Lionel Gelber Prize is a literary award for the world’s best nonfiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues. It was founded in 1989 in the memory of Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber and awards $15,000 to the winner.Vogel will receive the award and deliver the annual Lionel Gelber Prize free public lecture on March 15 at the Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto.last_img read more

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Florida city votes to close C.D. McIntosh coal plant by 2024

first_imgFlorida city votes to close C.D. McIntosh coal plant by 2024 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Ledger:The City Commission has five years to figure out an alternative method of providing an adequate supply of electricity.Lakeland Electric announced its plans to shut down C.D. McIntosh Unit 3 no later than fall 2024 at Monday’s utility committee meeting. It’s a matter of economics, according to Mike Beckham, LE’s assistant general manager of production.The city-owned utility has calculated that running the aging coal-powered generator costs about $20 more per megawatt hour than utilizing the natural gas-fired Unit 5. Unit 3 has been offline since February when the company discovered the 102-foot scrubber tank needed $1.4 million in emergency repairs. Beckham said the lower 22 feet of the metal exterior had significantly weakened and could have come apart at the seams.The outage was anticipated to last 45 days, but the repairs are ongoing and extensive. Unit 3 is not expected to be back up and running until May 22. Beckham warned that while Lakeland Electric does not anticipate any future work will be necessary for the scrubber, the ability to make further repairs may be limited on the debilitated structure.More: Lakeland Electric to shut down Unit 3 by fall 2024last_img read more

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July Contributor Question: What was your worst road trip moment?

first_imgOnce a month we throw our contributors for a loop with different question about their lives in the outdoors. Here are their responses to an inquiry about their worst road trip moments. WILL HARLANBeing held at gunpoint by narco militias in Mexico’s Copper Canyons. Totally ruined the vibe.Harlan-Will-photo-credit-Steven-McBride_FIXJENNIFER PHARR DAVISThe excitement and spray of projectile vomiting from a backseat toddler in five-minute interludes.JPD_FIXJOHN BRYANT BAKERWhile driving cross-country, I noticed a tire pass me on the right. Looking in the rearview mirror, I saw a shower of sparks spraying out from my camper.johnbryantbaker_FIXNICK NOESince I hardly ever carry cash, anytime a toll road pops up, my journey instantly falls into the Worst Road Trip Ever Category. If you’ve never written a check for 45 cents, you ought to try it some time.Nick_FIXCHRIS GRAGTMANSOn a desolate stretch of highway, one of my rooftop kayaks spiraled into the night like a boomerang. I slammed on the brakes and slid into the median, then ran down the middle of the highway towards my kayak, staring down the headlights of a semi truck barreling towards me. I yanked my kayak out of the way, just as the truck flew past blaring its horn.ChrisGragtmans_FIXTRAVIS HALLOn a cross-country journey from Yellowstone, I stopped to refuel in Somewhere, Illinois and mistakenly assumed that all gas pumps had been outfitted with auto-stopping mechanisms. When I returned from my routine beef jerky run, I discovered a $50 puddle of 87 octane outlining my ‘97 Mitsubishi Galant.TravisHall_FIXJESS DADDIOLeaving my wallet on top of the car, driving away into the night on a near-empty tank, returning the next day to the same stretch of highway to search for the wallet, only to run out of gas and be left totally stranded without fuel or the money to buy it._MG_9689last_img read more

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Beer and Tree Houses

first_imgFirst thing you need to know when you’re building a tree house for your kids, is that you’re going to fuck up. You’re not a carpenter. Unless you are. If you are a carpenter, stop reading. This doesn’t pertain to you. Go check out This Old House or something.Good.So, yeah, you’re gonna fuck up. Not every board will be level, corners won’t match, you’ll run out of screws and start using nails, which aren’t as structurally sound as screws, so you’ll go to the hardware store for the seventh time that day for more screws.Second thing you need to know, is you need to settle down. Keep it simple. Yes, a series of tree houses throughout your backyard connected by ziplines, climbing walls and swinging bridges would be awesome. So would a big ship, perched 15 feet up in a tree with a rappelling station at the end of the plank. But let’s be realistic here, you should focus on just building a box that won’t fall down the first time your kids climb the janky ass ladder you put up hastily after your oldest stood next to you when you declared the tree house to be done, and was like, “looks cool dad, but how do we get up there?”I know all this because I’ve built two tree houses, so I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I learned so much from my first experience building a tree house, I got to make an entirely new batch of mistakes on this second tree house.Also, you should be drinking a good beer the entire time you’re operating saws and nail guns because this is America and it’s your backyard, so what’s it to you!? For me, that beer was Starr Hill’s Northern Lights IPA. Actually, I was drinking two beers, Starr Hill’s old Northern Lights and their new Northern Lights. Same brewery, same style of beer, but the new Northern Lights has a revised recipe for a totally different outcome. Kind of like my two tree houses.If you have the chance to drink the old Northern Lights and new Northern Lights side by side, I highly recommend doing so. You’ll get a peek at the evolution of the IPA within these two bottles. Starr Hill started making Northern Lights in 2007, which in beer years, was forever ago. Back then, the idea with IPAs was to make them so bitter, they actually scarred the lining of your stomach and gave you heartburn. The modern IPA, on the other hand, employs a host of new hop strains and brewing technologies and comes across as more sweet and juicy than bitter. There’s still bite, but there’s balance and more complexity than just “hoppy.”Both of Starr Hill’s Northern Lights are period-appropriate interpretations of the American IPA. The older Northern Lights is a touch bitter, with heavy notes of pine and a dry finish. The new Northern Lights is more balanced, and packed with citrus. It’s juicy and a hell of a lot more refreshing than its predecessor. I think the word I’m searching for here is, “better.” Yes, the new Northern Lights is better than the old.Maybe, like me, they learned a thing or two over the years of building tree houses. I figure if I stick with it, by the fifth or sixth tree house, I might actually know what I’m doing.last_img read more

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NCUA Board ups small credit union threshold to $100 million

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board voted unanimously in favor of four supervisory actions Thursday, including one that will change the definition of “small entity” in the Regulatory Flexibility Act from credit unions with less than $50 million in assets to credit unions with less than $100 million in assets.At its open board meeting, the agency first approved the expansion of the community charter for the $342 million Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union in Charlotte, N.C., to include 10 counties in the Charlotte metro area. The credit union previously served Mecklenburg County only. continue reading »last_img read more

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‘Thousands have tried’. Bayern ponder how to stop Messi

first_imgBayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka said the German giants are working out how to curb the legendary talents of Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of Friday’s Champions League quarter-final.”Thousands of people before me have tried to answer this question,” Goretzka replied Tuesday in Lisbon when asked how to stop Messi.”It is nice – after playing against [Juventus star Cristiano] Ronaldo a few times – to play the other formative player of the last decade. Topics : “That can only be done collectively,” the 25-year-old central midfielder said of Messi, “because he is a gifted footballer”.”I don’t know how, but we have to force our game on them.”Messi scored his 31st goal this season on Saturday and is looking to lift the Champions League for the fifth time in his career with Barcelona.Treble-chasing Bayern, however, have won all 13 games since the coronavirus lockdown restart.center_img They underlined their impressive form on Saturday when Robert Lewandowski, the Champions League’s top scorer, netted twice and created two more in the last 16, second-leg rout of Chelsea to seal a 7-1 thrashing on aggregate.Bayern are chasing the treble having already won an eighth straight Bundesliga title and lifted the German Cup, but Goretzka says Barcelona present a true test.”There is no easy way now. We are here in the sun in Portugal and are preparing for a knockout game in the Champions League,” he said.”We’re really up for it. Knockout matches are great.”While Barcelona are packed with stars alongside Messi, Goretzka says Bayern are far more than just Lewandowski’s goals. “At the moment, we’re playing as a unit, in addition to the quality of the individual players.”We have a clear plan in hand and our intensity without the ball can make the difference.” But he admitted being wary of Arturo Vidal, Barca’s ex-Bayern midfielder.”I got to know him for a few weeks and played against him many times. He has a first-class mentality with amazing fitness,” added Goretzka.”I noticed that during fitness tests – which I took next to him – he can go beyond the pain threshold.”last_img read more

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Omari Forson to snub Arsenal transfer interest and sign pro contract with Manchester United

first_imgOmari Forson to snub Arsenal transfer interest and sign pro contract with Manchester United Comment Forson has moved up to the Under-18s (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have successfully seen off competition from Arsenal to convince Omari Forson to sign a professional contract, reports say.The 15-year-old is poised to put pen to paper on his first pro deal and has been at United for the last year after jumping ship from Tottenham.Forson has massively impressed academy chiefs, but the Daily Mail claim Arsenal had set their sights on poaching the young midfielder.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTUnited promoted Forson to the Under-18s and have managed to fend off interest from Arsenal.The Gunners had identified Forson as the perfect addition to their revamped academy, but the player has decided United is the best club to continue his career at.AdvertisementAdvertisementOle Gunnar Solskjaer has made a point of focusing on United’s academy stars, promoting the likes of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood to the first-team this season.Football has been suspended since March and United may be forced to rely on their academy further next season after Ed Woodward admitted the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic would affect the club’s spending power. Forson was being tracked by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘It’s always a top priority for us to strengthen the team and build on what Ole is very clearly achieving in terms of bringing us back to the top,’ Woodward said.‘But we’ve got to have clarity on what the future holds.’‘It is not necessarily going to be business-as-usual for clubs this summer,’ he continued. ‘It feels somewhat inappropriate to see speculation about transfers for hundreds of millions in current circumstances. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There’s a big disconnect between those stories and the economic realities facing football clubs in general.‘Clearly it’s true we are fortunate to be in a strong financial position compared to many clubs, but we are not immune from the financial impact of what this virus is doing. ‘I would say that once we have that visibility of a path through the crisis and coming out of the other side to relative normality then, of course, we aim to remain highly competitive in the market. ‘As I said before and I’ve said this many times, we remain committed to backing Ole to win trophies. That’s our core objective as a club.’MORE: Manchester United chiefs make decision on Dean Henderson’s futureMORE: Manchester United target Jack Grealish ‘too good’ for Aston Villa, admits Conor HourihaneFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryThursday 30 Apr 2020 4:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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